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Fall 2014
U.S. Immigrant Alert! Newsletter

In this issue:

1) National Religious Leaders Send One-Sentence Letter to Obama: Don’t Trade Kids' Lives in Immigration Action!

2) The U.S. Is Deporting Cambodian Refugees and Orphaning Their Children

3)New Report Details Prejudice and Pretext in Georgia's Hyper Immigration Enforcement

4) Unaccompanied Minors: Their Arduous Journey and Their Unknown Fate

5) As Migrant Children Face Backlash, Communities Mobilize to Drown Out Hate

6) Updates, Please Support NISN! Subscribe the Newsletter!

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National Immigrant Solidarity Network
No Immigrant Bashing! Support Immigrant Rights!

Los Angeles: (213)403-0131
Washington DC: (202)595-8990

The National Immigrant Solidarity Network (NISN) is a coalition of immigrant rights, labor, human rights, religious, and student activist organizations from across the country. We work with leading immigrant rights, students and labor groups. In solidarity with their campaigns, and organize community immigrant rights education campaigns.

From legislative letter-writing campaigns to speaker bureaus and educational materials, we organize critical immigrant-worker campaigns that are moving toward justice for all immigrants!

STOP THE DEPORTATIONS |  SPECIAL REGISTRATION: Not Over Yet  |  OPPOSE THE CLEAR ACT: Write to Congress  |  SEVIS Stop the Surveillance of Innocent Students 

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Latest Immigrant News from Across the Country

9/8: Obama broke his promise to Latinos

By Carmen Velasquez - Politico.com

When Barack Obama and I last sat down in 2006, I refused to shake his hand. Today, I still won’t. His announcement last weekend that he would delay executive action on immigration is his fifth broken promise to Latinos on this all-important issue for our community. He has been blind to the pain of the 1,100 deportations our communities face every day and the anguish our families feel as they are swung back and forth as political pawns....

9/6: White House Immigration Relief Delay: Politics Over People!

By Voces de la Frontera

"Today's news is a clear statement from Washington that once again, politics trumps the lives of people....

9/3: National Religious Leaders Send One-Sentence Letter to Obama: Don’t Trade Kids' Lives in Immigration Action

By Coalition of National Faith Leaders

Forty national religious leaders have delivered a succinct, one-sentence message to President Barack Obama urging him not to compromise the lives of children fleeing violence in Central America as the Administration considers its next steps on immigration....

8/24: America's Continuing Border Crisis (2)

By Aviva Chomsky

In fact, the so-called “crisis” of these last months is anything but new, while the “debate” over where to temporarily detain the children is beside the point. The number of Central American youths crossing the U.S.-Mexican border has been rising steadily since 2000. Figures for minors apprehended at the border have gone up from a few thousand a year as the twenty-first century began, to 6,000-8,000 annually through 2011, 13,625 in 2012, and 24,668 in 2013....

8/24: America’s Continuing Border Crisis (1)

By Aviva Chomsky

Call it irony or call it a nightmare, but the “crisis” of Central American children crossing the U.S.-Mexican border, which lasted for months amid fervent and angry debate, is now fading from the news. The media stories have been legion, the words expended many. And yet, as the “crisis” leaves town, as the sound and fury die down and attention shifts elsewhere (even though the children continue to arrive), the real factors that would have made sense of what’s been happening remain essentially untouched and largely unmentioned. It couldn’t be stranger -- or sadder....

8/21: Seven Reasons Why Undocumented Immigrants are Rooted in America

By Immigration Impact

With immigration legislation now moribund in Congress, all eyes have turned to the White House to see what sorts of non-legislative fixes to the immigration system might be implemented by the Obama administration....

8/5: As U.S. Speeds the Path to Deportation, Distress Fills New Family Detention Centers

By Julia Preston - New York Times

After declaring the surge of Central American migrants crossing the border a humanitarian crisis, the Obama administration has shifted sharply to a strategy of deterrence, moving families to isolated facilities and placing them on a fast track for deportation to send a blunt message back home that those caught entering illegally will not be permitted to stay....

8/10: Private Prisons House More Latinos Than Do Public Ones, Study Finds

By Matt Thompson - NPR

In March, Rina Palta reported for Code Switch on a study that found private prisons were disproportionately filled with inmates of color. A broader recent study of federal data from 2005 has revealed something similar: The proportion of white inmates was significantly smaller in private prisons than in public ones, and the proportion of Latino inmates was larger....

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Fall 2014 U.S. Immigrant Alert! Newsletter

National Religious Leaders Send One-Sentence Letter to Obama: Don’t Trade Kids' Lives in Immigration Action!

WASHINGTON – Forty national religious leaders have delivered a succinct, one-sentence message to President Barack Obama urging him not to compromise the lives of children fleeing violence in Central America as the Administration considers its next steps on immigration.

With new reports of Honduran children being killed following their deportation from the US and Mexico, this incredibly short message underscores the critical importance of protecting children and families seeking safety. The full letter reads:

While we celebrate the potential of executive action to alleviate the suffering caused by our nation’s broken immigration system – particularly in light of political inaction in Congress – it must not come at the cost of due process and access to humanitarian protection for children and families fleeing violence in Central America.

9/6: White House Immigration Relief Delay: Politics Over People!

Joe Shansky, Voces de la Frontera

White House Immigration Relief Delay: Politics Over People

In response to the President's announcement today that he will again delay executive action on immigration, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, released the following:

"Today's news is a clear statement from Washington that once again, politics trumps the lives of people.

Six years ago, President Obama was elected on a pledge to pass immigration reform in the first 100 days of his term. Instead, his administration has squandered the opportunity to move a bill under a majority Democratic Congress.

They have chosen to continue the previous administration's "endgame" enforcement policies to build and expand a deportation machinery that has torn families apart, criminalized working class people whose labor we benefit from, and only served to benefit private prisons and private military contractors on the border.

Yet again the President asks the people for more time. Our families don't have that time - not when ICE's arbitrary quotas demand that 32,000 people be detained a day and 1,100 end up being deported daily.

The major lesson for our movement now is to overcome the cruel partisan gamesmanship that dominates our culture, and for the people most impacted to escalate our activity and voices on the ground.

That's how we defeated draconian legislation like Sensenbrenner's HR 4437 or Arizona-style criminalization laws, and secured meaningful victories like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

And that's why we'll mobilize harder than than ever to defend our communities, in the face of these cynical political calculations."

Fall 2014 Monthly Immigrant News Summary

By National Immigrant Solidarity Network


May Day 2014

National Mobilization For Immigrant Workers Rights!

(Photo: Los Angeles May Day 2013)

May Day 2013 Reports from Across the Country (PDF Document)

National Immigrant Solidarity Network http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org

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 worker rights!

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 and deportation.
4. No to the guest worker program.
5. No to the TPP, NDAA, Gitmo political prisoner's camp.
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 law.
9. Yes to labor rights and living wages for all workers.
10. Yes to the education and LGBTQ immigrant legislation.

We encourages 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 info@immigrantsolidarity.org

Past May Day Actions:

May Day 2013

http://www.ImmigrantSolidarity.org/MayDay2013/

May Day 2010 Reports from Across the Country
May Day 2010 Reports Home Page

Los Angeles, May Day 2010

May Day 2011

May Day 2010

May Day 2009

May Day 2008

May Day 2007

May Day 2006

March 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

http://www.ImmigrantSolidarity.org/2009Conference/

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!

NISN Conf2
NISN Conf1

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 siuhin@aol.com or info@immigrantsolidarity.org no later then Friday April 24, 2009.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.ImmigrantSolidarity.org/2009Conference/ 
E-mail: info@ImmigrantSolidarity.org
Phone: (773)942-2268

 

May Day 2008

May Day 2008 International Workers Day and Immigrant Mobilization Report!!

Print Report (PDF Format)


July 27-29, 2007 NISN National Grassroots Immigrant
Strategy Conference
University of Richmond, Richmond School of Law
Richmond, VA

http://www.2007conference.net

3-Days conference Ends With Sucessful Adoptions of National Immigrant Solidarity Network 2007 - 2008 Strategic Immigrant Campaign Framework!


Based on the feedback from our members and allies we had formulated our 2007-2008 Strategic Immigrant Campaign Strategy during our July 27-29 National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference in Richmond, VA. This is a non-binding resolution, that will only provide you a menu of suggested actions that can guide and encourage your local organization to discuss and choose which action(s) you would like to focus on in order to organize with us:

>> Read the Full Report and the Call

National Immigrant Solidarity Network Points of Unity

Great Article! (7/29 Richmond-Dispatch) Conference at UR on immigrant solidarity

Conference Photo Album


Jan 29, 2007 Washigton D.C. Congressional Lobby
and National Call-In Day for Immigrant Rights

Organized 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. >> Read the Congressional Lobby Day Report

More Details | More Information About the Open Letter | Endorse the Letter

 


May Day 2006 - We Have Made History!

Ten Millions Across the Country Take to the Streets to Demand Immigrant Rights!

http://www.NoHR4437.org http://www.ImmigrantSolidarity.org

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!

Report from Spirng 2006 Immigrant Mobilizations


Past Campaigns and Issues

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