If you don’t live or work in Washington, a chronicle of staffing changes on the Beltway is about as interesting as faraway mild weather or a stranger’s dreams. In other words: not very. But Representative John Boehner announced a new hire last week whose presence in the Speaker’s office implies that immigration reform is still a viable possibility, or at least that Boehner would like it to be. That hire’s name is Becky Tallent and until last week she was the director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center.
They stood together with adults on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Monday to talk about the grown-up issue of comprehensive immigration reform – a topic that some of the most powerful elected leaders in the country can help decide.
But the kids and teens from California, Texas, North Carolina and Florida used something else besides the spoken word to raise their voices about how deportations affect them, their parents and family stability.
(TRNS) — Immigration reform activists delivered 6,000 letters to 60 House Republican lawmakers from children whose family members have been deported or are in danger of being shipped out of the U.S.
The event, hosted by We Belong Together: Women for Common Sense Reform, began in the Rayburn House Office Building where activists spoke before leading a group of children to deliver the letters.
“Stop hurting millions of children across the country,” said We Belong Together Co-Chair Pramila Jayapal.
WASHINGTON -- Immigrant rights and feminist organizations are coming together in an attempt to reframe immigration as a women’s issue, which they hope will redefine the fight over changing the nation’s immigration laws.
So far, the groups have sought to influence immigration legislation in the Senate, undertaken large-scale demonstrations and united national women’s groups.
And even as chances of an immigration overhaul have faded in recent weeks, their efforts have mobilized women across the country.
MIAMI (AP) — Brian Díaz recuerda con claridad aquel día de abril del 2013 en que los agentes de inmigración llegaron a su casa y se llevaron detenido a su padre, un inmigrante centroamericano que cruzó ilegalmente la frontera hace más de una década en busca de un mejor porvenir económico para su familia.
Brian, de 9 años, tiene frescas esas imágenes y el dolor que soportó durante dos meses, hasta que el padre fue liberado. Ahora está con miedo de su madre sea encarcelada y deportada.
Las letras redondas, grandes y prolijas. Otras, chiquitas, afiladas y desgarbadas. En línea o fuera del renglón. Todas, letras de niños con un gran coraje y valor. Miles de chiquitos de todo el país se armaron con lápiz y papel para pedir por sus seres queridos cuando faltan pocas semanas para Navidad. Esta vez, no le escribirán a Papa Noel sino a alguien más terrenal: los congresistas que tienen frenada la reforma migratoria.
Miles de chicos y jóvenes se suman a la campaña “Un Deseo para las Fiestas” que busca mantener unidas a las familias de indocumentados.
My mother’s birthday falls around Thanksgiving. This year, she turns 64. Which means it was 42 years ago, at the young age of 21, that my mother immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan to continue her studies and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. With English as her second language, she struggled through graduate studies and medical school while working and raising my sister and me.
Burned by Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)’s dismissal of the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform bill, Democrats have hailed his recent remarks as the nail in the immigration reform coffin. Meanwhile, Republicans have said that Democrats are dramatizing to save face over President Obama’s botched HealthCare.gov debut. Though the Senate bill lacks a clear future, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) have joined a national campaign to push it forward.
Activists aren’t just targeting House leaders — they’re also trying to correct the image that immigration reform is only about undocumented male workers. During a press conference, organized by the pro-immigration group We Belong Together, on Tuesday, with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), feminist leader Gloria Steinem pushed the notion that immigration reform is a women’s issue — 75 percent of all immigrants are women and children, while 51 percent of all undocumented workers are women. Because of deportation fears, undocumented females are reluctant to report domestic abuse and other crimes against them.
Organizers say immigration reform is a women's issue at heart
The women’s rights community is not giving up on immigration reform.
Though the bill that hurtled the Senate is likely dead in the water in the House, women’s groups took to the National Press Club on Tuesday to focus attention on the impact immigrant laws have on women—using the star power of feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem to propel them forward.