For the nation’s migrant farmworkers, high temps creating a “Black Summer” at Latina Lista. Tragically the people who give us life through working the fields are experience much physical stress and five have died in three months.
Sadly, even with these deaths, new stories of workers being misled, taken advantage of, forced to live in squalor conditions, deprived of sufficient water, breaks and shade, exposed to lethal pesticides and dangerous equipment are heard every week.
Democracy Now featured a story of illegal tactics used by U.S recruiters yesterday. In one case the recruiter, rather than being punished, was made commander of a recruiting center. Given that most see the Iraq war as terrible and unjust it’s no wonder nobody’s signing up to go. U.S. Military Recruitment Tactics: Kidnapping High School Kids? at Dream Act Texas. If they need new soldiers let Bush and his cabinet go fight. Also read Postville: Child Labor isn’t Kosher on charges that Agriprocessors violated child labor laws.
Surprise, surprise at Open Borders Lobby on the new plan by ICE to have people deport themselves known as “Scheduled Departure.” We’re not too surprised to find out nobody showed up. Why? Because it’s a ridiculous idea put together by an agency that realizes it can have no effect in a country that refuses to address the issues (or reasons) rather than the symptoms.
“No Human is Illegal” on the article by Peter Rachleff at Anti-BVBL.
Zuky gives us the next installment of the Chinese Experience in Chinese American Experience, Part 3: Donaldina Cameron.
Arab-Bashing Extremist Dropped by Libertarians at Hatewatch.
After a brief fling, the Libertarian Party has officially dumped its U.S. Senate candidate from Kentucky – former “Predator” movie star Sonny Landham – whose support of genocide against Arabs was apparently too much for the “party of principle.”
What Happens When Local Cops Become Immigration Agents? Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Immigration-Enforcement Activities Impact Budget, Arrest Rates and Response Times at Immigration Prof Blog. This post links to a OnPoint article detailing the investigation. It seems that the negative effects of Arpaios tactics include longer response times, high costs to the public and less attention, and arrests, for other serious crimes. One thing I didn’t realize is that under the anti-smuggling law a person can be arrested for smuggling themselves.
The End of Citizenship? will be published soon as a review of, and rebuttal to, Peter Spiro’s new book Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization (Oxford Univ. Press 2008)which apparently attempts to argue the devaluation of American citizenship amongst other nativist claims. Also a reader gives an account of Some Unknown Economic Impacts of this Nation’s “Enforcement Only” Approach to Immigration? and Protect them, protect us on the execution of foreign nationals by the U.S.
He needed killin’ at Latino Politics Blog.
The Lonestar State has put another man to death, but this time, it violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by failing to inform Jose Ernesto Medellin, a Mexican national, of his right to seek assistance from the Mexican Consulate.
Update: Mexican’s Death Bares a Town’s Ethnic Tension at Standing FIRM.
In an article from yesterday, the Times explores the ethnic tensions that have been brought out by the murder and Shenandoah’s proximity to Hazelton, where an anti-immigrant measure was passed last year.
McCain Gets Punk’d by Paris at The Unapologetic Mexican.
No volunteers yet in San Diego for self-deportation at Western MA Coalition for Immigrant & Worker Rights.
Of Comic Books, Immigrants, and Eternal Fascism at Wild Chihuahuas.
Latin@s Underrepresented on Olympic Team at Vivir Latino and Hiroshima’s Legacy : 63 Years Later. Some Mujeres Are Worth Protecting More Than Others where we read Michael Savage’s recent disgusting quote:
[Y]ou turn on the cable news, they’re covering again a missing child. Not a missing country but a missing child. … We hear about the rape of a woman, but not about the rape of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is crying, she’s been raped and disheveled — raped and disheveled by illegal aliens
Facebook used to aid LGBT asylum cases in Canada at Immigration Equality.