An American Dream Deferred

An American Dream Deferred

One of the most important lessons I learned growing up was that if I played by the rules and worked hard, I could accomplish anything. This was — and still is — an American value taught to all children who grow up in this country and attend our public education...
Supreme Court Side-Steps Hate, Racial Profiling in Arizona

Supreme Court Side-Steps Hate, Racial Profiling in Arizona

Em Dickey is an intern for the Break The Chain Campaign at the Institute for Policy Studies. The Supreme Court split decision on Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law came just 10 days after President Obama’s memo expanding prosecutorial discretion and...
Arizona’s Immigration Bind

Arizona’s Immigration Bind

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer called a news conference in Phoenix after the Supreme Court released its ruling on her state’s “papers, please” immigration law. She announced that the key components of her law “unanimously have been vindicated by...
Immigration is a Human Rights Issue

Immigration is a Human Rights Issue

Carlos Ruiz was born in Mexico but grew up in California. He speaks English better than Spanish and has two young daughters who were born in the United States. He was deported back to Mexico nearly two years ago, and since then hasn’t seen his children, mother,...
Stealing State Parks

Stealing State Parks

“Sorry, we’re closed.” In one of the saddest signs of the times, this message is popping up all across the country as governors and legislators are cutting off funds (and shutting off access) to one of the finest, most popular assets owned by the...
Buyer’s Remorse

Buyer’s Remorse

The latest local and state elections results suggest that voters have second thoughts about the tea party’s political agenda. Consider the following: In Ohio, unions scored a victory. Voters elected tea-party-backed John Kasich as their Republican governor last...

Surprise: Guess Who Wants Gun Control?

Let’s take a little trip to Irony, Arizona. It’s not a town, but a concept. Though the state’s political leaders don’t seem at all familiar with it. Claiming to represent the will of the people, they’ve enacted the most free-wheeling gun...

Arizona Vigilante Declared Guilty on All Charges

Via Colorlines: This afternoon a Pima County, Arizona, jury found Minuteman border vigilante Shawna Forde guilty on two counts of first-degree murder for killing nine-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul Flores Jr. in May 2009, the Arizona Daily Star reported....
Emerging Issues in Ending  Violence Against Immigrant Women

Emerging Issues in Ending Violence Against Immigrant Women

Ad-Hoc Congressional Hearing: Hear the testimonies of survivors of violence and advocates who will share their stories demonstrating the need for legislation protecting women from violence, and on the dangerous impacts of ICE Access programs on immigrant women and...

Justice for a 9-Year-Old Girl’s Killers in the Courts and in Print

A chilling trial is underway in Tucson for the murder of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father. According to eyewitness testimony from her mother (the attackers thought she was dead), Brisenia pleaded with anti-immigration vigilantes who had invaded her own home,...

What if Jared Loughner Were a Muslim Arab Immigrant?

The repercussions of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson last week, in which six others were murdered and 13 wounded, continue to resonate. Discussion — and discussions about the discussion continue. Discussions rise and fall about...

A New Attack on the 14th Amendment

In yet another waste of their own time, and ours (seriously, have these people heard of the unemployment crisis or what?), some eager lawmakers took to the National Press Club in DC today to unveil a fresh attack on immigrants, this time dragging the US Constitution...
Organizing Against Arizona’s Immigration Law

Organizing Against Arizona’s Immigration Law

Arizona is expected to begin enforcement of SB1070 on July 29th unless President Obama succeeds in suing the state to prevent the law from being implemented. While the Justice Department is acting on the grounds that Arizona’s appropriation of immigration...
Immigrants Head to the Hill

Immigrants Head to the Hill

IPS social worker Tiffany Williams, program manager of our Break the Chain Campaign, went to the Dept. of Labor and then an ad-hoc hearing chaired by Rep. Raul Grijalva (link to his OtherWords op-ed) and co-chaired by several other Representatives about...