05 May 2009 ~ 0 Comments

On Being a Super-hero

Late at night in some real estate offices of the Bay Area, one may sometimes spy a young adult in a three-piece suit, vacuuming the carpets and emptying the trash. It isn’t a costume–it is a reality. I should get best-dressed janitor award. Inspired by the biggest ‘illegal alien’ superhero (Superman), an Dulce Pinzon seeks […]

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20 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Made in LA Humanizes the Immigration Debate

I recently had the chance to view this documentary at the Immigrant Solidarity Network in Chicago. And now I have the opportunity to blog about it. Made in L.A. is an Emmy-award winning film that tells the story of three Latina immigrants working in garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win […]

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27 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Global Migration Forum: What would happen if all undocumented migrants disappeared?

“California will collapse before breakfast, London before lunch, and most of Europe just before dinner.” Sharan Burrow, president of the International Trade Union Confederation. The Global Forum on Migration and Development opened in Manilla today with delegates from 151 countries in attendance. Obviously, the United States mainstream news media is not about to pick up […]

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19 August 2008 ~ 3 Comments

The Invisibles that Made the Beijing Games – Dark Side of the Olympics

I mentioned earlier that the computer-generated 55-second video footage of giant fireworks on film at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was pure simulacrum–with no relation to ‘reality.’ It turns out that there was more “staging” than meets the eye at the 2008 Beijing games. First, a 9-year old lip-synced the song “Ode to […]

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19 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Deport Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo – Son of Undocumented Immigrants!

“I’m here and this is my dream. So it’s cool.” Cejudo, crying the moment the match ended and wrapping himself in an American flag, defeated Tomohiro Matsunaga of Japan 2-2 on tiebreaker and 3-0 in the best-of-three match. He is the son of undocumented Mexican immigrants who bypassed college to pursue his dreams of being […]

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18 July 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Residency Not Determined by Undocumented Status

The Idaho Supreme Court ruled today that an undocumented immigrant who was injured in Ada County was entitled to medical assistance from that county regardless of his immigration status, stating that “the concept of residency does not distinguish between citizens and those who have entered this country illegally.” The ruling reversed a board opinion and […]

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02 July 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Feminization of Migrant Labor – Situating Migrant Women in a more Global Context

There is no doubt that women bear the brunt of the toughest and lowest-paying jobs (not to mention UNPAID housework). From sewing garments in sweltering factories to changing dirty diapers to wiping counters to doing the dishes to serving as “sex slaves” — the overwhelming majority of workers in these occupations are women. Take a […]

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09 June 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Under-reported Immigration News Brief – 1

This is my very first attempt at doing an immigration news round-up of sorts. It’s inspired by the rocking Citizen Orange/American Humanity (woo!) but instead of linking pro-migrant blogs together, I will be digging for immigration news and opinions not reported widely, sometimes more global in perspective (who doesn’t tire of American politics?) and posting […]

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04 June 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Undocumented Workers and Tax Contributions – Summary by State

I detest broad claims when it comes to the contribution of migrant workers to our economy. Large-scale estimates are often based on egregious and fallacious assumptions. I have posted this previously: I have never been one for macro-studies that pretend to take a statistic common to a particular community and multiply it to make a […]

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04 June 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Truths and (then some more truths) – Immigration and Neo-Liberalism

I found this written as a letter to the New York Times. Lets put my intellectual disagreement with grand truths and meta narratives aside for the moment. Truths: (1) The United States cannot support the rest of the world. (2) One cannot blame the United States for trying to limit the influx of people across […]

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