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Some Inspiration

If you want to make changes in the world, you're going to have to be there day after day doing the boring, straightforward work of getting people interested in an issue, building a slightly bigger organization, carrying out the next move, experiencing frustration, and finally getting somewhere, that's how the world changes -  Noam Chomsky I stayed up last night reading  Imperial Ambitions  by Noam Chomsky and I came across that line, and even though he was talking about the anti-war movement , I think this appeals to the immigration movement, the Dream Act movement or any kind of movement that wants to succeed.
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The current status of undocumented immigrants is devastating. Some people see them as criminals, while others think they are stealing jobs in America and hurting the country. Invaders? It's really ironic when people call undocumented immigrants invaders, what happened to the war in Iraq? why is most of the world calling Americans the invaders? I ask myself that question a lot. But thanks to Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck and other xenophobes in the media, they have manage to demonize undocumented immigrants by calling them criminals, invaders, among other words promoting hate speech and racism against the Hispanic community and foreigners. But there is hope and people are starting to organize and fight back with the truth

Immigrants add billions to NY economy

Immigrants - both documented and undocumented - contributed $229 billion to the state’s economy a figure that represented nearly one quarter of New York’s economy in 2006, according to a report recently released by the Fiscal Policy Institute. “These figures should wipe away any impression that immigrants are holding the New York economy back,” said David Dyssegaard Kallick, senior fellow of the Fiscal Policy Institute and principal author of the report, Working for a Better Life: A Profile of Immigrants in the New York Economy. “In fact, immigrants are a central component of New York’s economic growth.” Immigrants make up 37 percent of the population in New York City and account for 46 percent of its do I need to say more?

Ignorance Wars

Gheen Vs Gilchrist (this is so funny) It only took Simcox two days to pile on and take his cheap shot at Jim Gilchrist as well. He and his friend William Gheen (ALIPAC) have started a “destroy Gilchrist and Huckabee” campaign with help from among the kooks and zealots of the movement. William Gheen, President of ALIPAC, has had a personal grudge against Jim Gilchrist since the Minuteman Project was founded. Gheen makes his living soliciting donations from unsuspecting Americans in the name of border security. What most people don’t know is just how much of the donor money coming into his organization Gheen pockets. He has never opened his books to the public or explained what happened to the money that many hard working people have given to him. William Gheen uses fear- mongering and race baiting to scare old people out of their savings with stories of “the savage invasion from the Southern border”. When Gilchrist founded the Minuteman Project many patriots believed that Jim was doing

Immigration debate should be fact-based

A recent  University of South Carolina  study concluded that the effects of the Latino presence in the state are mixed, with wage depression occurring only in some sectors. It also concluded that the still small (but growing) Latino presence in South Carolina  has led to small  education and health care costs . This study also noted that despite an increasing Latino presence in health care facilities, Latinos  do not  appear to be overwhelming the system. For example, in 2005 Latinos made up only 1.6 percent of all hospital discharges (inpatient, outpatient or emergency room visits). The study also pointed out that federal funding has provided some of the resources needed by the South Carolina public education system to provide services to Latinos.  Furthermore, schools are also community centers that bring together cultural and linguistic diversity that will be needed by students who will compete in an increasingly globalized world. A recent Urban Institute study concluded t

Going After Kids

One of the more disturbing issues in the immigration debate is its impact on children, including American citizens in immigrant families. NCLR and the Urban Institute published a report last fall on the subject, which documents that alarming numbers of children have been separated from their parents in immigration workplace raids. The Nickelodeon network, to its credit, took a look at what happens to these children when they're "deported" with their families, and when they're left behind when parents are deported. Check out the comments that have appeared on the ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration) website - which claims it is merely concerned about legality - in response to the Nick News feature on this issue: "Did you know that the illegals have carved out their own hallways in the public schools? My daughter said that she feels uncomfortable when she has to use the hall to get from class to class. Legal American's are being terrorized by the ill

A Dream Deferred

Every year 65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools. They are denied the chance to pursue their dreams, based solely their immigration status, which they never had a chance to control. This is their story.