Economic Refugee News: Weekly Roundup 07/10/10

  • What is Democratic Senator Kay Hagan’s position on the DREAM Act?  Three students recently staged a hunger strike to demand that Senator Hagan’s comes out in support of that piece of legislation.  Unfortunately, the Senator has not even agreed to meet with them.  The story was featured on the Charlotte Observer, the Raleigh Public Record, and this blog.
  • Today’s most machiavellian web of anti-immigrant groups, the white supremacist John Tanton Network, uses the issue of immigration to drive a wedge between communities of color.  This video takes an in-depth look at what is going on.
  • Another of example of a politican going as low as he can go to advance his own political career: New York Republican Michael Allegretti viciously going after DREAM students to rile up the party’s anti-immigrant base in his favor during the nomination process.  Read the Silive.com piece here.  Make sure you thank his Democratic opponent, Rep. Mike McMahon, for standing up to Allegretti’s bullying.  Click here for the act.ly petition.  
  • The New York Times: A 61-year-old Jamaican man who spent three decades living and working in New York, was stuck in an immigration detention center for over five years!  He was barely released last July 1st; here’s the official statement on this from the National Immigrant Justice Center.
  • The United Farm Workers has teamed up with Stephen Colbert on the hilarious and thought-provoking “Take Our Jobs” campaign.  Here’s a blog post on Crooks & Liars.  Also check out the Coming to a Farm Near You: Steven Colbert? post on DailyKos.
  • Instead of passively waiting for copy cat laws of Arizona’s authoritarian policy law to pop in their own states, State Legislators for Progressive Policy are taking a pre-emptive strike in the battle against bigotry.  Read the Washington Post story here.
  • The Immigrant Youth Justice League launched a campaign to demand on moratorium on deportations.  The next major action is scheduled for Saturday July 17th, 2010 at the Cook county Jail, located on 26th St. and California Ave.
  • A new poll has revealed strong bipartisan support for the DREAM Act.  Click here to access it.  In fact, 70% of Americans support it.
  • Bob Anderson, Democratic former lieutenant governor of Iowa, advocates for comprehensive immigration reform in this opinion piece.
  • Immigration Talk with a Mexican American has an idea for President Obama: The U.S.A. Jobs for Americans Plan and Honors Program
  • Sign this petition on Change.org thanking President Obama for filing suit against Arizona’s authoritarian police law.
  • Brookings Institution: a new immigration policy is necessary to secure American competitiveness and long-term economic development.
  • New York Times Editorial: The Constitution Trumps Arizona.
  • If you haven’t seen checked it out already, make sure you take a look at Senator Durbin’s webpage on the DREAM Act (he’s one of the lead sponsors of this piece of legislation).
  • Looks like President Obama has now moved away from loud and all-too-public ICE raids against economic refugees and instead is opting for so-called “silent” ones.  Find out the details here.
  • Call to action: Mass DREAM mobilization in Washington D.C. on July 19th-21st.