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VIDEO: Obama Talks About Immigration

Obama gave an interview with “El Pistolero” radio show and it was featured on Univision.

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Winning the Fight of Our Lives

Subhash Kateel has written a great article in the current edition of LeftTurn. Going beyond green cards and legalization, Kateel writes about the immigrant prison-industrial complex and predictions that have unfortunately come true in recent years.

During the debate over Immigration Reform in 2006 and 2007, it was said that:

 A system was developing that would systematically criminalize and attack immigrants’ lives as people of color and working people. This emerging apartheid would use the criminal justice-, prison-, and deportation systems – and any other system – at its disposal to make lives of immigrants – both legal and undocumented – as hard as possible. What we would see, whether we won reform or not, would be more arrests, more raids, more detentions, and more deportations. In sum, more destruction of our communities.

Sadly, this prediction has proved to be right on target.

We felt no satisfaction when government tactics confirmed our worst fears. No one wants to be right or prophetic when predicting the destruction of our communities. 

For whatever reason the link to the full article at LeftTurn.org isn’t working. Click here to read the full text on the Education, Equity, Politics and Policy in Texas blog.

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UPDATE: SC Raid Tears Community Apart

Yesterday there was an AP article giving us a bit more information on Monday’s raid in Greenville, South Carolina.

One of the immigrants arrested,  Magdalana Domingo Ramirez Lopez, talks about her experience coming the united states.

Lopez, 29, believed she was safe. But she spent most of Tuesday being fingerprinted and questioned by federal agents and a day later was coming to grips with being sent back to Guatemala. Her sons — ages 4, 5 and 6 — were all born in the U.S.

“The whole time I was there with police, I cried. I kept thinking about my sons. That I wouldn’t see them again,” she said.

She left Central America because she didn’t want her family to grow up in a place where she was so hungry at times that she had to eat grass and dirt.

“I came to the U.S. for work. I came in peace. My goal was to help my sons grow up in a better place. Now that’s gone,” she said.

For a slideshow of pictures from the raids, visit the Charlotte Observer.

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