Thursday, April 23, 2009

Immigration News Roundup - April 23, 2009

1. After Losing Freedom, Some Immigrants Face Loss of Custody of Their Children: A very sad story in today's New York Times talks about the plight of a Guatemalan woman, Encarnación Bail Romero, who was picked up during a raid in a poultry processing plant near Carthage, Missouri, and, while she was in jail awaiting deportation, her parental rights over her U.S-born son Carlos were terminated on grounds of "child abandonment" and the boy was given for adoption to an American couple. Encarnación is now fighting to regain custody of her boy. Carlos' case is symptomatic of the huge number of kids who find themselves in legal limbo as a result of deportations.

2. College Board Supports DREAM Act: The College Board is supporting legislation that would offer some undocumented youths a path to citizenship through college or the military. The association best known for the SAT and AP tests it administers is stepping into the contentious issue for the first time, just as President Obama is signaling that he may encourage lawmakers to overhaul immigration laws this year. The board's trustees have voted unanimously to support the legislation, known as the Dream Act.

3. "...Pinche gobierno, cuéntanos bien"...no, mejor dicho, ¡no nos cuenta!: A nationwide group of Latino ministers has a message for illegal immigrants: Stand up, but refuse to be counted in the 2010 U.S. census. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders is urging undocumented immigrants to boycott the census — which is used to calculate everything from federal funding to congressional representation — unless Congress first passes immigration reform. "The same data that helps the Latino community to seek political empowerment, the same numbers that are used to show how strong we are and prove our growing numbers, that's the same data the anti-immigrant forces use against us," the Rev. Miguel Rivera, the head of the coalition, said Tuesday.

It should be noted that many other Hispanic groups such as NALEO have opposed this campaign as counterproductive but it is important to know that it is going on. El Rev. Miguel Rivera también tiene un articulo en español que explique el porque de esta campaña.

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