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Aura Bogado: The US is quietly opening shelters for babies and young kids. One has 12 children and no mothers.

One of the infants is just 2 weeks old and was born in the United States, making the child a U.S. citizen in the custody of the federal refugee agency.

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Willie Nelson’s new song “Immigrant Eyes” (with lyrics)

It turns out that Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter Angie Valeria were just two of dozens who’ve died in the Rio Grande this year. In this spirit, here’s Willie Nelson’s new song celebrating immigrants.

July 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

Video: “Dear America” by Jose Bello

Two days after he read this poem at a TRUTH Act forum in Bakersfield, California, ICE arrested Jose Bello.

July 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Miranda Cady Hallett, Theo J. Majka: The benefits that places like Dayton, Ohio, reap by welcoming immigrants

There are practical reasons for cities like Dayton to encourage immigrants to stay, be part of the community and put down roots.

May 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: An Affront To Justice

Amidst our grim, slow slide into a police state where almost no one is safe comes a new report showing ICE arrests of undocumented immigrants at courthouses in New York state have … Continue reading

February 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

Jessica Corbett: ‘Literally What Jesus Told People to Do’– In Arizona Possible Prison Time for Leaving Food and Water for Migrants

“If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?” Four women were found guilty of misdemeanors and are facing … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: From the Belly to the Head

In my immigrant culture
the custom was for children to live at home with
the family, to contribute to that home, and continue
to do so until they had families of their own,
but I never said that, never explained, never
wanted to say my people do things differently

January 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Adrie Kusserow: Jesus, Immaculee and the Pig

Essex, Vermont This is where Jesus dumped Immaculee before wandering off  to tend another flock of clouds,  down in the psych ward, clutching her bible and scattered papers,  preaching to … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · 8 Comments

Henry Giroux: Trump’s fascist efforts to demolish democracy

Fascist politics is once again on the rise in the United States, Europe and Latin America.  As an echo from the past, its principles and attitudes are re-emerging in a populist … Continue reading

December 2, 2018 · 3 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Dramatic Monologue — Joseph Brodsky

We tap dance down the highway. There’s an exit. Who made me a pharoah? Dare I gesture — or reach for a cigarette?   Shouldn’t I be on the banks … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Tough

. An immigrant mother and her daughter finally explore the things they had left unsaid. Born in the UK to a Chinese mother whose parents were targeted by the state … Continue reading

February 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Bernice Yeung: The Women #MeToo Leaves Behind

Another day, another startling story about sexual harassment, or worse. The reality is that every day, about 50 people experience extreme sexual harassment when they are sexually assaulted or raped on the … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Days and Nights in the City Where I First Opened My Eyes

My mother worked nights at home, daytime too, in the house, at the sewing machine, making dresses for women who could afford to have dresses made for them. We bought … Continue reading

November 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mary Swander: Hunger Among the Amber Fields of Grain

“Over 80 percent of our school children here in Storm Lake, Iowa, are in danger of going hungry,” the director of a Food Insecurity Summit tells me. “They eat breakfast … Continue reading

November 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

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