Category Archives: Immigration

A Little Girl Named Nohemi: Martyr of Migration

On February 4, the grandparents of Jocelyn Nohemi Alvarez Quillay reluctantly saw the girl off from the family home in the province of Canar, Ecuador. Nohemi was embarking on a journey of thousands of miles to reunite with her parents, Jose Segundo Alvarez and Martha Violeta Quillay, who were reportedly living and working in New…
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Death, Child Deportation Continue on the Migrant Trail

A Mexican human rights defender said this week that the deportation of child migrants from his country has more than doubled. In remarks made at a conference in Oaxaca,  Diego Lorente Perez de Eulante, director of the Fray Matias de Cordova Human Rights Center, charged that child migrants were being locked up and subjected to…
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Searching for Migrants-Dead or Alive

On the migrant roads of North America, rallies, press conferences and remembrances were held December 18,  the International Day of the Migrant. North and south of the border, the common themes were justice for migrants, respect for human rights, an end to deportations, and the legalization of the undocumented. In Mexico, the Ninth Caravan of…
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Indigenous Migrants Organize

The presence of migrant voices in the Mexican political landscape continues to expand.  In the southern border state of Chiapas, returning migrants from Mayan indigenous communities have organized a new association to fight for two rights they say are fundamental:  the right to freely migrate without violence and the right to stay home. Meeting in…
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Activists Turn to Direct Action

Outraged by deportations, immigrant rights activists in the U.S. and Europe are turning to direct action to halt the forced removal of migrants.  And increasingly, undocumented immigrants themselves are willing to put their bodies on the line and risk deportation to force a change in national policies. In the latest U.S. action, more than 100…
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Migrant Deaths Heighten Calls for Action

The deaths of at least 133 African migrants off the coast of Italy last week spurred some international leaders to call for changes in global migrant policies. The tragedy occurred after a ship carrying Eritrean, Ghanaian and Somali migrants caught fire, capsized and sank October 2 near the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. Possibly hundreds of…
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Will Syria Crisis Stifle Immigration Reform?

As the political crisis and debate intensify over Syria, immigrant advocates fear the issue of possible U.S. military action will delay comprehensive immigration reform in Washington. At a Labor Day march this past week, Eric Garcetti, the new mayor of Los Angeles, said Syria could become a “distraction” for immigration reform. The leader of the…
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Immigrant Advocates Score Major Legal Wins

While a comprehensive immigration reform waned in the U.S. Congress, significant developments on the immigration front occurred in the courts in July. In three back-to-back decisions, federal courts struck down state or local laws that attempted to regulate housing, employment and other matters based on a person’s immigration status. On Friday, July 26, the U.S….
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Outrage Follows Migrant Deaths in Arizona

The deaths of three young men in the Arizona desert last month have prompted Mexican non-governmental organizations to renew demands for actions and changes from the Mexican and U.S. governments. In a statement signed by scores of human rights, migrant, labor, civic, and faith-based organizations, the groups demanded meaningful policy shifts at a time when…
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Border Leaders Slam Militarization

As was predicted, the procedural vote on moving forward the Hoeven-Corker amendment to the U.S. Senate’s immigration reform bill passed by a hefty majority (67-27) on Monday, June 24, paving the way for final approval of the legislation. “I repeat, we will complete this project before the (July 4) recess,” Senate Majority leader Harry Reid…
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