Media Coverage

Detaining women and children ‘is just plain wrong’

Author: 
Griselda Nevarez
Source: 
VOXXI

The opening of a new family immigration detention center has drawn criticism from advocates who argue it is inappropriate to detain women and their children who pose no threat to national security.

The 50-acre facility, located about 80 miles from the southern border in a small Texas town called Dilley, will soon become the country’s largest family immigration detention center. It will first hold up to 480 people but will expand to a maximum capacity of 2,400 once construction nearby is finished in May.

Con dibujos y cartas, miles de niños piden una reforma migratoria al Congreso

Source: 
Noticias Univision

Con dibujos y más de 4 mil cartas, miles de niños pidieron a los líderes republicanos del Congreso una reforma migratoria integral que complete las acciones ejecutivas del presidente, Barack Obama, al que dirigieron palabras de cariño y agradecimiento.

La organización "We Belong Together" ("Estamos hechos para estar juntos") se ha encargado de recoger 4 mil cartas de niños y niñas de diferentes partes de Estados Unidos, y de hacer llegar a la Casa Blanca y al Congreso 400 de esas misivas.

With drawings and letters, 1,000s of kids ask Congress for immigration reform

Source: 
Fox News Latino

With drawings and more than 4,000 letters, thousands of children on Tuesday asked Republican congressional leaders for comprehensive immigration reform to complement the recent executive action by President Barack Obama, to whom they directed words of affection and thanks.

The "We Belong Together" organization collected 4,000 letters from boys and girls around the country and ensured that 400 of the missives were delivered to the White House and Congress.

Immigration Laws and Legislation: Immigrant Rights Groups React to President Obama's Reform Plan

Author: 
Rebecca S. Myles
Source: 
Latin Post

Immigrant rights groups have fought long and hard to press for immigration reform through protests in the nation's capital and across the nation.

They've handled disappointment after President Obama twice postponed announcing any kind of resolution to remove punitive programs that tore families apart through its secure communities program or provide any relief for the many decades immigrant families had contributed and supported the American economy. On Thursday night in a 15-minute speech, some families finally heard of plans that will provide some relief.

What Will Happen to the Immigrants Left Out of Obama’s Executive Actions?

Author: 
Michelle Chen
Source: 
The Nation

In his speech last night announcing his latest executive action on immigration policy, President Obama took great pains to tell the country what his new immigration policy is not: it is not “amnesty,” just a way for people to avoid deportation; it is not citizenship, just work authorization; it won’t provide social welfare benefits, it will just allow employers to keep exploiting immigrant labor.

Obama Immigration Plan to Boost Low-Wage Workers

Author: 
Katherine Peralta
Source: 
USA Today

Jeannette Vizguerra is a mother of four from Mexico City who has been in the U.S. for 17 years. She’s made a living in Denver working in jobs from housekeeping to food vending, though she’s undocumented.

“Practically my whole family is here now,” she says, who along with her husband, brings in about $3,200 a month for the family of six.

Immigrant Women Facing Domestic Abuse Need Stronger Protections

Author: 
Adriana Cazorla
Source: 
Women in the World - The Daily Beast

President Obama should take action now, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to protect immigrant women who are victims of domestic abuse from becoming victims of the immigration system, too.

I am a survivor of domestic violence, and I am an immigrant. My husband used my immigration status to threaten me for over twelve years.

Why We Must Protect Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

Author: 
Sameera Hafiz
Source: 
YWCA USA Blog

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Over the years this month has provided us all the opportunity to reflect and refocus on the experiences of survivors of domestic violence and untangle the issue from the tired public debate: the NFL responses, the Chris Browns, and the persistent question, “why does she stay?”

Orphaned by deportation: the crisis of American children left behind

Author: 
Lauren Gambino
Source: 
The Guardian

Ten-year-old Andrés Jimenez was looking forward to the end of summer. Not because he was particularly eager to return to school, but because the end of summer was meant to be the president’s deadline for taking action on immigration.

But Obama’s deadline came and went, and with it Andrés’ hopes of reuniting his family after his father was wrenched from his life three years ago.

Andrés was seven when his father, after whom he is named, was stopped for driving with an expired license plate, an event that would unravel the life his parents had worked so hard to build.

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