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Team USA (No Matter Where They Were Born)
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

As the London Olympics begin this week, the United States counts many “transfers” — immigrants from all over the world who are now U.S. citizens — among its top athletes. Some people may feel threatened by the ...

No Turning Back: Alabama Anti-Immigrant Laws Unite Opposition
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Their efforts to rid Alabama of ethnic diversity has backfired on them, bringing forth a multicultural, bilingual movement that would not have emerged in Alabama for another 50 years were it not for HB 56 and ...

Undocumented or Illegal?
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

When people who have immigrated to another country through methods other than the official legal system are discussed, we hear quite a few words bandied about: “illegal,” “undocumented,” and “alien” just to na ...

Race the Driving Factor Behind Arizona’s SB 1070?
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

E-mails from former Sen. Russell Pearce purportedly reveal the motivations behind SB 1070, claims the ACLU. E-mails from former Sen. Russell Pearce purportedly reveal the motivati ...

How Do You Call the Cops on the Cops? Sobering Accounts of Abuse by Border Patrol
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

With each Homeland Security busload of migrants being released from Border Patrol custody, we listened and then documented case after case of abuse. What would you do if you were ...

Arizona “Papers Please” Law Faces New Challenge
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Last month, the Supreme Court struck down three of the four provisions of SB 1070, Arizona’s harsh anti-immigrant law. Now civil rights groups are going after the remaining provision—what many call, the “show ...

Immigration: Local v. Federal Battle Still Raging
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's immigration laws, the battle between legislators at the local and federal level is still raging.   Despite the recent ...

DREAMers: Not So Different From Me
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

to this country by their parents when they were under the age of 16. They, like me, were born in a country other ...

Next Steps toward Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

After announcing these principles, Sojourners asked Christians across the country to add their endorsement. More than 10,000 people have now signed their name! Recently, a group ...

But It’s a Dry Hate: The Human Spirit of Arizona Will Not Be Broken
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

The system is not broken, it is meant to break people. Even at 10 p.m., the dry heat caused the collapse of multiple people of faith gathered in a candlelight vigil outside Sherif ...

The Politics of Immigration
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

There has for some time been a larger immigration strategy at play here that I will bluntly call “evil.” Both sides have been spinning and claiming victory in Monday’s S ...

North Carolina: Don't Follow Arizona
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

The recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court should put to rest any notion of North Carolina trying to enact an Arizona- or Alabama-style immigration bill. The recent ruling by th ...

The Supreme Court, Racial Profiling, and Brewer’s Hobbled Law
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Brewer’s law had four legs. Now it has one—a lame one. On Monday the United States Supreme Court struck down three of four key provisions in Arizona’s attrition-through-enforceme ...

Following SCOTUS Decision, Where Are We On Immigration Reform?
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Monday's Supreme Court decision leaves the state of immigration reform almost unchanged. For CNN , Allison Brennan writes: "After two years of protests, ...

Reactions to Supreme Court Ruling on Anti-Immigrant Law (PHOTO & VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

Although three of the four provisions were struck down, the fourth —t he so called “show me your papers” clause — is very harmful to communities. It allows racial profiling on the basis of appearance. ...

Supreme Courts Stops Some of Arizona’s Attack on Immigrants
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Today the Supreme Court struck down three central provisions of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. Today the Supreme Court  struck down  three central provisio ...

SCOTUS Strikes Down Key Provisions in Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Legislation
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down large portions of the controversial Arizona anti-immigrant law SB 1070. The Supreme Court on Monday struck down large portions of the contr ...

Crowds Erupt in Praise as Obama Announces Immigration Policy Change
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Dreams came alive today as President Obama granted relief to thousands of undocumented students. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? ...

VIDEO: President Obama Speaks on Immigration Policy Changes
Originally Posted: 06/15/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama speaks on immigration policy changes. Earlier today, the  White House announced  a change to deportation enforcement that would grant work permits to cer ...

BREAKING: Relief, Work Permits Offered to Certain Immigrants
Originally Posted: 06/15/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, has been at the forefront, pushing for changes to immigration policies that rip apart families. According to the Associated Press ...

Immigration: Unity, Morality and Common Sense
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 3:46pm | Type: SojoMail

June 14, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "The most important thi ...

Vargas: Journalist and Immigration Rights Activist
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Jose Antonio Vargas writes the TIME cover story on undocumented immigrants. A year after publically admitting his status as an undocumented immigrant, journalist Jose Antonio Va ...

Immigration: Unity, Morality and Common Sense
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Tuesday was a big day. Nearly 150 evangelical leaders signed onto an “Evangelical Statement of Immigration Reform.” Instead of ideology, we came together because of morality and common sense. And that’s what l ...

The Atlantic: Give Us Your Geniuses
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

From The Atlantic , a plea for an immigration policy that encourages the movement of high-skilled foreign nationals to the United States: In this age of extreme polarization, it seems unlikely that there would be an issue where the benefits ...

Immigrant Discrimination Through a Child's Eyes
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

The story of Harriet Tubman is still being lived out today in the lives of Latino families in my school and across the country. We made a circle for our guided reading time. I sat ...

Evangelical Leaders Announce Immigration Table Launch
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Church leaders today gathered in Washington, D.C., to announce the launch of the Evangelical Immigration Table – a broad coalition of organizations, churches and pastors from across the political and religious ...

LIVE STREAM: Evangelical Leaders Unite on Principles for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Evangelical leaders from across the political and religious spectrum meet today to call for immigration reform based on a set of five principles:  Respects  the God-given dignity of every person Protects  the unity of the immediate family ...

Alabama Pastor's Take on Latest Anti-Immigrant Legislation
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

In my beloved Alabama, where 3 percent of the population (largely Hispanic) is estimated to be undocumented, our state government has created the harshest and most egregious anti-immigrant laws in the country. ...

Hundreds Protest Alabama Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds of Alabamians gathered at the state Capitol grounds after their legislators passed HB 658, a harsher version of now infamous anti-immigrant HB56. Hundreds of Alabamians ...

Crisis on the Canadian Border
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

Harsh crackdowns on immigrant communities by law enforcement instill fear and breed distrust, preventing members of those communities from seeking help in moments of crisis and reporting legitimate offenses or ...

Alabama’s Indefensible New Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

Last week, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley made a morally indefensible decision. He signed HB 658, which intensifies the climate of fear that already hangs over Alabama like low dark clouds before a hurricane. ...

Iowa Congressman's immigrant slur
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

As reported by  Salon :  Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, compared immigrants to dogs at a town hall meeting yesterday, telling constituents that the U.S. should pick only the best immigrants the way one chooses the “pick of the litter.” Read th ...

Immigration: Joel Osteen Gets Political
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

In an uncharacteristic move, televangelist and bestselling author Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, stepped into the political arena briefly to talk about Alabama's House Bi ...

The 'Field of Panties': Sexual Violence and Immigrant Farmworkers
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

They call it the field de calzon — the "field of panties" — because so many rapes happen there. On Wednesday, the organization Human Rights Watch released the report Cultivating Fear: The Vulnerabili ...

Violence Against Women Doesn't Discriminate
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 11:25pm | Type: Blog

The House of Representatives votes today on a version of the Violence Against Women Act that would limit protections to immigrant, LGBT and American Indian abuse victims. House Republicans argue that Democrats ...

Church Leaders Speak Out on VAWA
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

For  CNN ,  Leith Anderson  and  Lynne Hybels  on the new version of the Violence Against Women Act being debated by Congress: This week the House of Representatives is considering a proposal to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, ...

Violence Against Women Act Faces Congressional Threat
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Some victims, it seems, are more worthy than other victims. This is the clear message sent by a deeply flawed version of the Violence Against Women Act that is headed for a vote in the U.S. House of Representa ...

Unable to Work, Indian Immigrant Women Turn to Spiritual Practices for Comfort
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

LOS ANGELES -- Even though she met her husband through an arranged marriage, Pooja Sindhwani considers herself a modern woman. She worked in interior design in her native India for four years, and she and her ...

As a Nation of Immigrants, What Do We Value?
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Our friends at the National Immigration Forum started a new campaign today to advocate for Citizenship and Integration grant funding. Our friends at the  National Immigrati ...

Civil Disobedience in Alabama on HB56
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Civil disobedience hits the Alabama State Legislature today in opposition of the HB56 legislation on immigration. See the livestream for the latest updates: Civil disobedience hit ...

Called to Welcome the Stranger
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

If, as Christians claims, the story of the Bible is important to us, then we shouldn’t be so worried about foreigners; we shouldn’t be so afraid of immigrants. Editor's N ...

Protesters March as SCOTUS Hears SB 1070 Arguments
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

More than five hundred people showed up at the Supreme Court today in opposition to Arizona’s SB1070 law. More than five hundred people showed up at the Supreme Court today in opp ...

SCOTUS Hears Immigration Arguments
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

Early news reports indicate that the justices were sympathetic to the provision allowing police officers to check the immigration status of people who are arrested or otherwise detained. ...

Arizona's Immigration Legislation Undermines Christian Values
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

SB 1070 is not just ethically bankrupt but undermines basic Christian values and American ideals. Today, the Supreme Court is hearing a case about the constitutionality of Arizon ...

See It, Say It: The Supreme Court Should Strike Down SB 1070
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

This week, I’m one of many Americans hoping that the Supreme Court will strike down Arizona’s extreme anti-immigration law, SB 1070. “See it, say it.” We’re urged, these da ...

Faith Leaders Target Alabama's Immigration Bill With Ad
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, a diverse group of faith leaders in Alabama released a television ad targeting Alabama's HB 56 -- the worst anti-immigrant law in the country. Yesterday,  a div ...

BREAKING: ICE Arrests 3,100
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

This just in from the Associated Press: "The Obama administration said Monday it arrested more than 3,100 immigrants who were illegally in the country and who were convicted of serious crimes or othe ...

Pastor Who Granted Sanctuary Releases 'Why Am I a Deportation Priority?' Video
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park in Newark, NJ, has been advocating for Indonesian immigrants in his congregation. Watch a video Kaper-Dale made about the issue on God&# ...

Refugee Finds His Own Church ‘Sanctuary’
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Global positioning satellites track every move Saul Timisela makes while he seeks refuge in a church, claiming the centuries-old right of sanctuary from the reach of secular authority — in his case, the federa ...

Misguided Encouragement Leads to Deportation of Indonesian Immigrant
Originally Posted: 03/23/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

The day before the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale was supposed to meet with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, a tragedy occurred — one more Indonesian immigrant from his congregation was deported ...