Colorlines: A rapidly expanding federal program that checks the immigration statuses of anyone booked into state and local jails is creating SB 1070 like conditions all over the country, according to recently obtained data.
The program, called Secure Communities, sends Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) information on anyone in police custody. So far, it’s resulted in almost 50,000 deportations.
We caught up w/ Florida Congressman and US Senatorial candidate Kendrick Meek during the America's Future Now conference in Washington DC.
He weighed in on a number of topics including the Gulf Oil spill and as heard in this clip Immigration Reform and SB1070. Meek who is a former cop talked about how the new law will create major distrust between Law Enforcement and Immigrants
Immediately after Arizona passed it's controversial anti-immigration law SB 1070, leaders in Texas weighed in and gave their take on it. Some conservative Lawmakers immediately launched a petition drive to Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and Speaker of the House Joe Straus demanding that they get serious about dealing with the invasion of illegals that is transforming Texas, and give us a bill that's just as powerful and effective as the one that just became law in Arizona. This peitition was put forth via the Peter Morrison Report.
This week at the Campaign for America's Future Convention in Washington DC, we caught up with young activist from Texas who are set to go see Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson to talk to her about the oil spill and environmental and social justice..
Meamya Christie from Dallas feels the African American community needs to be more aware of the Gulf Oil Spill
Monica Ramos from San Antonio is going to talk to Senator Hutchison about immigration rights and the Dream Act.
Why should folks in Texas be concerned about the new immigration law in Arizona? Because as we speak there are forces right here in the Lone Star state trying to bring the Arizona Apartheid-like law to Texas.. In a recent edition of the Peter Morrison Report a letter petitioning Rick Perry Lt Gov Dehurts and Speaker Straus was sent asking them to follow Arizon's lead.
here's what was sent outhttp://www.morrisonreport.com/fax_test/index.php?faxID=87
We know darn well most of us don't want this law in place. Folks in Texas are gonna have to gear up and get ready to fight..
I'll be suprised if 2010 doesn't go down as a landmark year that we deem the 'Year of the Border'. With Immigration reform a hot topic in Congress, Arizona passing an Apartheid-Jim Crow-like anti-immigration law, drug cartels out of control impacting folks both in Mexico and here in the US and a harsh economic climate that has brought out all sorts of racism directed at Brown folks, there is no choice but to deal with border issues...
*update April 23 2010-Arizona Gov Janet Brewer just signed into law this crazy bill #SB 1070 which will allow police to stop and check your proof of citizen ship. President Obama spoke out and said the Bill is Misguided. Folks are saying he could've been more forceful..Below is a picture that has beenpassed around Twitter that explains this best..
This new law just passed in Arizona is something we must absolutely oppose. It masquarades as a much needed law to crack down on 'illegal immigration', but really it's an excuse to racially profile all types of people who are 'suspected' of being in this country illegally. Translation-if your Brown expect to be engaged by the police. This is not likely to be applied to white people coming from other countries..The whole scheme reminds us of what used to took place in Apartheid, South Africa and currently takes place in Israel/Palestine. With the passing of this new law, we say its time for Public Enemy to redo thjeir classic song 'By the Time I get to Arizona' where they protested Arizona not honoring Dr Martin Luther King's bday.. This time around they need to do it in Spanish.
We continue our interview w/Houston activist and spoken word artist Deniz Lopez, aka Dee-Colonize, who touches upon the history of indigenous and Brown folks in Houston. She says it's still a border town to her. She also discusses the challnge of having Black & Brown unity in the sprawling city. We conclude by touching on police brutality issues. In 2009 60 people were shot by police in Houston and Harris county. Dee-Colonize does a a spoken word piece.
“Restore Fairness” produced by Breakthrough in association with 26 leading organizations, calls for the U.S. government to bring back due process and fairness to the immigration system. The video features the powerful voices of Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren and Lucille Roybal-Allard, Judges Dana Marks, Bruce Einhorn, civil society leaders Anthony Romero, Donald Kerwin, Karen Narasaki and Mallika Dutt as well as three very compelling personal stories with Jean-Pierre Kamwa, an asylum seeker from Cameroon, June Everett who lost her sister to immigration detention, and Walter Chavez and Ana Galindo, legal permanent residents who were victims of a warrantless home raid. Watch this story and take action to ensure that the U.S. government restores due process and fairness to our immigration system.
Bill White, the Mayor of Houston who is running for US Senate, talks to us about his plans and strategy for dealing with immigration and immigration reform.