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How New York Schools Are Deterring Immigrants From Enrollment

How New York Schools Are Deterring Immigrants From Enrollment | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


At least 86 school districts in New York are requiring documents that some immigrant children do not have and discouraging enrollment as a result, a New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) survey found Thursday. Some schools are even reportedly turning kids away. An earlier review found that 139 districts were out of compliance with the law in their 2010 survey, but four years on, the majority of those schools still require information or proof of residency that could have a “chilling effect” on immigrants who are too afraid to register because of their immigration status, a move that could be in violation of federal law.

“Today’s survey demonstrates that the State Education Department (SED) has failed to enforce its own guidelines regarding immigrant student enrollment, despite being aware of the problems for years,” the NYCLU press release read in part.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that public schools cannot deny undocumented immigrants a public education on account of their legal status.


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Obama draws flak over immigration reform delay

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Insisting that factors beyond his control had created an untenable political situation, President Obama said Saturday that he would postpone his promised executive action to make drastic changes to the immigration system — a delay that leaves tens of thousands of immigrants open to deportation and millions more in limbo.
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The Second Cooler - documentary on US (im)migration and the free trade agreement

The Second Cooler - documentary on US (im)migration and the free trade agreement | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


The Second Cooler is a documentary about illegal migration shot primarily in Alabama, Arizona, and northern Mexico. The premise is that Arizona is the new Alabama—the epicenter of an intense struggle for migrant justice. The documentary’s purpose is to bring basic migration issues into focus. Those issues include the impact of free trade agreements on migration, the lack of a legal way for poor Latin Americans to come to the United States, the inherent abuses of the guest worker program, the fact that many migrants are indigenous people, anti-immigrant politics in Alabama, the thousands of migrant deaths at the border, and an escalating ideology of the border.


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Immigrant from Fiji confronts twisted U.S. Immigration Laws


Awesome speech by +Prerna Lal


"Prerna Lal is a law student at The George Washington University Law School. She was born in the Fiji Islands, came to the U.S. with her parents when she was 14, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area..."


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Gov. Brown signs immigration reform bills into law

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"Immigration rights activists are applauding Gov. Jerry Brown for signing three immigration reform bills.


The bills include legislation creating the State Dream Loan Program, which will provide $9.2 million for state public universities to administer loans to undocumented students."


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Refugees and Dissidents

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By Matt Hanson


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In North America, and elsewhere around the world, for example in Mediterranean countries such as Greece and Italy, there is a growing antipathy for migrants. The United States and Canada are not alone in the increasing volume of political distaste for migrants. In the United States in particular, there is an inherent contradiction within this debate, and this crisis of asylum, as concerns the identification of migrants as invaders.


With unabated trends favoring economic globalization, such as the overshadowing precedence of international free trade agreements, wealthy nations have a greater responsibility to receive economic migrants, and equally, forced migrants fleeing life-threatening persecution. To deny this responsibility is to reject the foundations of humanity, and to delegitimize the standard of national boundaries as security zones. Instead, national boundaries fulfill their original purpose, militarized demarcations, where the history of an invasion has simply taken another form.


In other words, the misperception of migrants as invaders exposes the fundamental myth of the modern nation state as a cultural, social, political, or economic distinction. As is most apparent outside of North America and Europe, however within as well, cultural, social, political and economic phenomena observably transcend state boundaries, merging in varying forms transnationally. Similarly, all people, as such, are a part of the transnational social capital that exists in every nation individually, and collectively throughout the globe. The inequalities of the global marketplace are manifest in the story of the modern immigrant.


Immigrant is a very different term than migrant. With its special legal, political, social and cultural ramifications, immigration is a process whereby a foreigner resides permanently in a country other than that of their origin. Immigration also connotes official identification, as recognized by the country wherein one is immigrating. Whereas migration is a primordial concept, immigration entails the officialdoms of international law, and domestic policy.


Anti-immigration is the result of geopolitical insecurity, while deeply rooted in forms of racism steeped in multigenerational, and colonialist inequality.


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Ex-BET Host Takes Stand On Immigration

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The former host of ‘106th + Park’, Rocsi Diaz, is making her directorial debut in “The Secrets of Strangers,” a public service announcement that chronicles undocumented immigrants who share their illegal status with American strangers.


It is the first to premiere from a three part Youtube series launched by Welcome.us, a nonprofit organization, that’s celebrating this June as the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month.


Welcome.us 
seeks to inspire Americans to share their stories of how their personal or their family stories of immigrating into the country.


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