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News from Across the Country
3/7: Obama’s 2015 Budget Adopts Contradictory Stance on Immigration
By Walter Ewing - American Immigration Council
The Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal is of two minds about how to deal with the broken U.S. immigration system. On the one hand, the document calls for the creation of “a pathway to earned citizenship for hardworking men and women” who are in the United States without legal status. On the other hand, the budget would continue to devote significant sums of money to the detention and deportation of many of the same people for whom the administration would like to create a path to citizenship. In other words, the administration pledges that it will do its best to deport from the country the very same people it wants to help stay....
3/5: Washington Continues to Spend Billions on Immigrant Detention
By Larry Benenson - National Immigration Forum
President Obama released his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Regarding immigration, it’s a mixed bag....
3/7: California's SCA-5 Education Bill--A step forward or backward? (2)
By June Chang--China Daily USA
"SCA-5 would give preferential treatment based on race, and instill into young minds that we are unequal. Our children would have to learn that people have unequal opportunities for no reason other than the color of their skin," said Chris Zhang, a local attorney and founder of United Asian Americans for Activism (UAAFA) at the meeting....
3/7: California's SCA-5 Education Bill--A step forward or backward? (1)
By June Chang--China Daily USA
To its supporters, California Senate Constitutional Amendment No 5 - SCA-5 - would provide a level playing field for admission to the state's higher education institutions, but to many opponents, it simply smacks of racism, June Chang reports from San Francisco....
2/14: New US Border Policy Could Be Boon For Defense Firms
By John T. Bennett - DefenseNews.com
Immigration reform legislation could provide an unexpected boost for defense firms, and one senior senator says pro-Republican business leaders’ political heft is needed to persuade House leaders to move a bill....
2/11: 2013 GAO Report on Sexual Abuse in Detention Centers SEXUAL ASSAULTS GO UNREPORTED
By Devon G. Peña
It was no surprise that the Government Accountability Office finally released a report this past November 2013 that has been wildly underreported. The report, Immigration Detention: Additional Actions Could Strengthen DHS Effort to Address Sexual Abuse, concluded that ICE does not have reliable data because of serious underreporting and lack of coordination between regional and central headquarters....
Tear Down the Walls Day of Action! Earth Day to May Day!
By Tear Down the Walls
During the Tear Down the Walls National Gathering, Earth Day to May Day was chosen to be supported as one of the nationally coordinated local days of action. We're calling on all our allies to get involved!
1/29: San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Vote for Immigrant Rights Resolution Is Unanimous
By Alan Benjamin
the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a resolution that calls upon President Obama to (1) stop the deportations, (2) extend DACA [Deferred Action] to all undocumented immigrants, and (3) end the firings of undocumented immigrants by means of I-9 audits, E-Verify and employers' sanctions. The resolution -- which was initially adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council -- was introduced by Supervisors David Chiu, David Campos and Scott Wiener.
Spring 2014 U.S.
Immigrant Alert! Newsletter
2014: What’ll be Happen to the Immigration Reform?
The Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal is of two minds about how to deal with the broken U.S. immigration system. On the one hand, the document calls for the creation of “a pathway to earned citizenship for hardworking men and women” who are in the United States without legal status. On the other hand, the budget would continue to devote significant sums of money to the detention and deportation of many of the same people for whom the administration would like to create a path to citizenship. In other words, the administration pledges that it will do its best to deport from the country the very same people it wants to help stay.
While the budget underscores how we'll benefit from commonsense immigration reform by accounting for savings the Congressional Budget Office has forecast, it continues our dysfunctional and illogical immigration detention system. As in past years, the budget includes billions of dollars for the detention operations of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — part of the Department of Homeland Security — including funding for 30,539 detention beds....
Immigrant News Summary
By National Immigrant Solidarity Network
May Day 2013
Mobilization For Immigrant Workers Rights!
of Cities/Communities, Hundred of Thousands People
Across the Country March to DemandImmigrant Workers
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 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 2013!
May Day Actions:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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