A Promising but Precarious New Normal for the Young and Undocumented

A Promising but Precarious New Normal for the Young and Undocumented

Miguel Tapia was 13 when he found out what it means to be an undocumented American. His parents explained that even though he had lived in Delaware since he was 2, he could not get a drivers license, apply for federal financial aid, or work legally in the United...
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...
ICE Records Don’t Match Deportation Claims

ICE Records Don’t Match Deportation Claims

In the rush to try to deport 400,000 people per year, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) might have forgotten to file some paperwork. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University has just published a report analyzing...
Why Women? Why Now? Looking at Gender and Immigration

Why Women? Why Now? Looking at Gender and Immigration

One need only consider the story of Roxana Santos mentioned in Break the Chain’s previous blog post to understand the very real implications of strict immigration enforcement laws in this country and what that looks like for a woman. Roxana lives in Maryland....
Dragnet Nation

Dragnet Nation

The Secure Communities program was always an intended tool for the war in Eastasia. Or was it Eurasia? The Obama administration continues to use Orwellian language in its quest to take the over-reaching Secure Communities nationwide. This pilot fingerprinting program...
A Coming out Party for Jose Antonio Vargas

A Coming out Party for Jose Antonio Vargas

Today the journalism world is shocked by the announcement that Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-winning writer who has worked for The Washington Post and Huffington Post and published pieces in Rolling Stone and The New Yorker, is an undocumented immigrant. Vargas,...