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News from Across the Country
12/18: Migrant Deaths and Displacements Soar in 2014
By Frontera NorteSur: on-line, U.S.-Mexico border news
According to the Geneva-based organization, nearly 5,000 migrants perished worldwide while attempting to reach their promised lands. The fatal toll was more than double 2013’s number, jumping from 2,778 deaths to 4,868 deaths. The OIM identified the Mediterranean Sea, where more than 3,000 migrants perished trying to cross the body of water that separates Europe from Africa and Asia, as the deadliest route....
12/8: Karnes County asked to expand immigrant detention center
By Jason Buch - Express News
Karnes County commissioners will vote today on whether to double the number of beds in an immigration detention center there that this summer was converted to house women and children from Central America....
12/5: The myth of “civilizing” civil immigration detention
By Bethany N. Carson - Grassroots Leadership
A recent article by Mark Noferi of the American Immigration Council analyzes the current and proposed civil detention system, and reveals a divide between mere improvement of conditions within facilities and true reform. Noferi reaches a bold, yet unsurprising, conclusion: 'To be ‘truly civil,’ a system of civil detention should detain less.'....
12/5: ICE freeing detainees to comply with Obama’s immigration plan
By Jeremy Redmon - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the releases Friday but could not say how many people have been freed and from which detention centers. But an ICE official said the number would not be 'big' because many detainees have serious criminal records or are recent border crossers, making them ineligible for relief. The federal agency is expected to provide statistics in the coming days....
11/20: Obama executive action on immigration only decent thing to do
By Richard Cohen - Southern Poverty Law Center
By halting the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, President Barack Obama has done the only decent, humane thing he could do....
11/17: Is Obama’s Immigration Plan Too Modest? Proposals Cover Less Than Half of Nation’s Undocumented
By The Democracy Now!
Obama’s executive actions will not provide any formal, lasting immigration status, but many immigrants will receive work permits, which will give them Social Security numbers and allow them to work legally under their own names. Another key component could prevent the deportation of parents whose children are U.S. citizens....
11/20: National Religious Leaders Respond to President's Historic Action on Immigration
By Sidney Traynham
Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Jewish and Muslim leaders from across the religious community are responding to the President Obama announcement of temporary relief for millions of undocumented immigrants....
11/20: 10 things to know about tonight’s immigration announcement by President Obama
By Rev. Noel Andersen - Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants’ Rights Church World Service
There’s a lot left to do. So here’s a list we put together of 10 things to know About President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration....
Winter 2014 U.S.
Immigrant Alert! Newsletter
Is Obama's Immigration Plan Too Modest? Proposals Cover Less Than Half of Nation's Undocumented
Democracy Now! Co-Host JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, the president clearly made the—he made the statement right after the election, that this was the direction he was going to go to. But what happened on Friday was that it's becoming clearer that it's going to happen sooner rather than later, as we head to the end of the year. But the key thing, I think, that's being missed is that the numbers that are being bandied about, between 3.7 and 5.3 million undocumented, that number includes the 1.2 million young people that are already under a protected status, or deferred deportation, under DACA. So it's really a much more modest number that we're talking about. And the difference is, it's still a question of what plan President Obama takes, whether he will require the parents of U.S. citizen children to have been here at least 10 years or five years, which would affect the final number, and whether he will include the parents of the DACA young people who have already received a deferred deportation situation. And, of course, this is all temporary, because Congress can change it at any moment. So, I think it's actually a pretty modest proposal whichever way President Obama goes, because even at the most expansive plan, which would be about 5.3 million people, that's still less than half of the undocumented that are in the country currently..
Obama executive action on immigration only decent thing to do
Richard Cohen - Southern Poverty Law Center
By halting the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, President Barack Obama has done the only decent, humane thing he could do.
It makes no sense for the administration to continue deporting immigrants in record numbers given the fact that Congress is debating legislation that could provide them with a path to citizenship. Enough hard-working families have already been harmed.
The president’s action is quite limited. It does not create a path to citizenship. It does not entitle undocumented immigrants to receive public benefits like food stamps. It simply halts deportations for those who meet certain criteria, giving them lawful presence in the United States – but only for the time being. The rug could be pulled out from under them at any time by this or any future president.
In short, President Obama has simply given a small measure of security to millions of immigrants who are now living in the shadows.
But we need to give them more. And for that, we need congressional action.
Immigrant News Summary
By National Immigrant Solidarity Network
May Day 2014
Mobilization For Immigrant Workers Rights!
(Photo: Los Angeles May Day 2013)
May Day 2013 Reports
from Across the Country (PDF
National Immigrant Solidarity
We are calling
A national day of multi-ethnic unity with youth,
labor, peace and justice communities in solidarity
with immigrant workers and building new immigrant
rights & civil rights movement! Wear White
T-Shirt; organize local actions to support immigrant
1. No to anti-immigrant
legislation, police surveillance and the criminalization
of the immigrant communities.
2. No to militarization of the border.
3. No to the private prison, immigrant detention
4. No to the guest worker program.
5. No to the TPP, NDAA, Gitmo political prisoner's
6. Yes to a path to legalization without condition
for undocumented immigrants NOW.
7. Yes to speedy family reunification.
8. Yes to civil rights and humane immigration
9. Yes to labor rights and living wages for
10. Yes to the education and LGBTQ immigrant
everyone to actively linking our issues with
different struggles: wars in Africa, the Americas,
Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine & Korea
with sweatshops exploitation in Asia as well
as in Los Angeles, New York; international arm
sales and WTO, FTAA, NAFTA & CAFTA with
AIDS, hunger, child labors and child solider;
as well as multinational corporations and economic
exploitation with racism and poverty at home—in
order we can win the struggle together at this
May Day 2014!
Please send your May Day 2014 annoucement and reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
May Day Actions:
May Day 2013
May Day 2010 Reports from Across the Country
Day 2010 Reports Home Page
Los Angeles, May Day 2010
25th 2006 Los Angeles Mobilization
Past and Recent National Immigrant Solidarity Network Campaigns
National Immigrant Solidarity Network
4th National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference
& Immigrant Rights Film Festival
April 10-12, 2009 Chicago, IL
Stop Immigrant Raids! Support Immigrant Workers Rights!
Together We Build A New Immigrant Rights Movement!
Successful Ending! Together We Build A New Immigrant Workers Rights and Justice Movements of 2009!
Conference Report, Campaign Proposals
National Immigrant Solidarity Network (NISN) is a grassroots, broad-based, multiethnic coalition of community, immigrant, labor, human rights and student activist groups, founded in 2002 in response to the urgent needs for the national coalition to fight immigrant bashing, support immigrant rights, no to the sweatshops exploitation and end to the racism on the community! We also actively linking our issues with different struggles: wars in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine & Korea with sweatshops exploitation in Asia as well as in Los Angeles, New York; international arm sales and WTO, FTAA, NAFTA & CAFTA with AIDS, hunger, child labors and child solider; as well as multinational corporations and economic exploitation with racism and poverty at home—in order we can win the struggle together.
Between April 10-12, 2009 on Chicago, IL; over 110 organizers, activists and community members from African American, Native American, African immigrant, European Immigrant, Asian American, Latino/Latina, Arab-Muslim-North African, progressive labor, interfaith, LGBT, student, anti-war/peace and global justice groups from across the country. To meet face-to-face at to discuss how to build a new national, broad-based, immigrant rights/civil rights movement, and to set our 2009-2010 national grassroots immigrant campaign strategy.
We agrees together we’ll focus on building all multi-ethnic, multi-constituent, broad-based grassroots immigrant rights movements run by de-centralized volunteer-based community-rooted immigrant rights activists from youth, workers and community members who can play more active role on campaign formulation and decision making for local coalition building to organize popular education campaigns, such as: campaign to against immigrant dentition, deportation & raids; immigrant labor rights movement; campaign against local anti-immigrant ordinance; comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) and linking the immigrant rights movement with other struggles, such as: anti-war and anti-globalization movements.
We welcomes our new steering committee member Alex Franco from Movement for Unconditional Amnesty, Philadelphia, PA.
We'll also discuss the lessons from the 2008 election and what we should expect from the new President and the Congress affecting immigrant legislation for the next two years.
We acknowledges that different people from different organizations, backgrounds have different believes on how to achieve the justice and better future for the tens of millions of immigrants across the country, and how immigrant rights movements can link to the broader peace and justice movements.
We had agreements, we have difference and even heated debates; after three days conference, at Sunday April 12th based on the feedbacks and proposals submitted to the conference, we had draft our new points of unity and strategic immigrant campaign proposals.
For those didn’t able to come, we welcome your feedback and any suggestions of additions/modifications to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org no later then Friday April 24, 2009.
For more information, please visit:
Jan 29, 2007 Washigton
D.C. Congressional Lobby
and National Call-In Day for Immigrant Rights
by: National Immigrant Solidarity Network
On Monday, January 29, a group
of us, representatives from San Francisco La Raza Legal
Centro, National Organization of Women, veterans and I met
with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's staff on immigration and present
our open letter and exchanges ideas on the immigration issues.
In addition, thank you for everyone who had visited and
call your representatives at the Call-In day, at dozen states.
the Congressional Lobby Day Report
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Day 2006 - We Have Made History!
Ten Millions Across
the Country Take to the Streets to Demand Immigrant Rights!
Today was one of the
most important days in U.S. history: ten millions of immigrants,
activists and allies in over 200 cities from across the
country chose to skip work, school, and the normal daily
routine to participate in "A Day Without Immigrants."
We held a national boycott, general strikes, rallies and
symbolic actions in order to demand basic rights for all
immigrants, and to build a new multi-ethnic united civil
rights movement for the 21st century!
from Spirng 2006 Immigrant Mobilizations