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Lack of immigration fix leaves crops rotting in California fields - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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Lack of immigration fix leaves crops rotting in California fields
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California growers need a more reliable source of labor — one they believe would come from immigration reform.
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Protests today in over 10 cities anti-border militarization component of immigration reform

Protests today in over 10 cities anti-border militarization component of immigration reform | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it

Border residents and communities across the country are participating in a National Day of Action Against Border Militarization on Wednesday, July 17. Residents and community organizations in 10 cities will protest the “border surge” component proposed in the bi-partisan Senate's Corker-Hoeven amendment and other legislation being proposed in the House of Representatives. The Border Network for Human Rights, Presente.org, Detention Watch Network, and the Southern Borders Communities Coalition, among others, are leading the effort.

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Saying "No!" to creation of the most militarized border since Communist Germany.

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Carlos Batara's curator insight, July 23, 2013 2:17 AM

10 protests is a good start.  We need a whole bunch more.

 

It seems like I live in a time warp, where I have been transported to a different dimension and time. 

 

After all, there is no good reason for the transformation of presumably immigration reform discussions into a call for border surges, adding weapons to drones, and militarizing the Southwest borders of the United States.

 

It's almost as if someone forgot to tell reform opponents that the Battle of the Alamo ended a long, long time ago. 

 

Note that I wrote "no good reason" existed for the current push to create war zones at our borders.  I understand the "political reasons." 

 

The so-called "political reasons" are not good reasons.

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Lack of immigration fix leaves crops rotting in California fields - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Lack of immigration fix leaves crops rotting in California fields - Santa Rosa Press Democrat | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
Lack of immigration fix leaves crops rotting in California fields
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California growers need a more reliable source of labor — one they believe would come from immigration reform.
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As House GOP leaves women unprotected from violence, citizens fight back

As House GOP leaves women unprotected from violence, citizens fight back | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
House Republicans filed their own version of the Violence Against Women Act legislation yesterday, but it doesn’t protect all victims from violence. Indeed, it rolls back current law.
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so many crime victims need VAWA! Open this to learn how you can push on Congress.

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Border Patrol vehicles are destroying Arizona wilderness areas

Border Patrol vehicles are destroying Arizona wilderness areas | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
Border Patrol operations are destroying designated wilderness areas where motorized vehicle travel is prohibited by law.
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Immigration reformers flex political muscle with massive petition delivery today

Immigration reformers flex political muscle with massive petition delivery today | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
The immigration debate claimed the spotlight this week — both at the President’s State of the Union address and at yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Today, nearly 300,000 Americans
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Increasing momentum to accomplish reform.

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The daunting, invisible barrier to US citizenship

The daunting, invisible barrier to US citizenship | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
  Although they could naturalize, almost two-thirds of the 5.4 million legal immigrants from Mexico aren’t US citizens. In fact, their rate of naturalization---36%---is only half that of
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The Women of Mexico's Drug War

The Women of Mexico's Drug War | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
For the incarcerated in Ciudad Juárez, it's a fine line between victim and perpetrator.
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I live in the most amazing place. 

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Why Certain Immigrants Should Be Provided Legal Counsel At Immigration Court Hearings

Why Certain Immigrants Should Be Provided Legal Counsel At Immigration Court Hearings | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
A blog dedicated to advancing constructive dialogue on immigration. (RT @ImmPolicyCenter: In criminal courts, defendants must be provided with attorneys; in #immigration court, this is not always the case.

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I found this via attorney Carlos Batara and highly recommend his work on ScoopIt to any interested in immigration!

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Carlos Batara's curator insight, January 24, 2013 12:31 AM

The need for mentally incompetent immigrants to be represented by appointed legal counsel is critical.  Deportation defense hearings are complicated enough even when everyone understands what happening.  When combined with convoluted rules in certain instances, mentally infirm immigrants stand almost no chance of ensuring fair hearings. 

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Supported by Steve Jobs’ widow, DREAMers speak: The Dream Is Now project website

Supported by Steve Jobs’ widow, DREAMers speak: The Dream Is Now project website | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
Undocumented youth are stepping out of the shadows of anonymity to publicly share their citizenship status and personal stories on a new website. The Dream is Now launched
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Excellent means for DREAMers to tell their story and appeal to the American public!

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Lessons Learned From A Collaboration Without Borders in Latin America

Lessons Learned From A Collaboration Without Borders in Latin America | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
MediaShift . Lessons Learned From A Collaboration Without Borders in Latin America | PBS http://t.co/TMeNUDCh

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Youtube : Border Patrol removing blankets and food left for those in need

Youtube : Border Patrol removing blankets and food left for those in need | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
On January 8, 2013 - in the midst of historic cold temperatures - a Border Patrol agent removes blankets from a trail used by migrants near the town of Arivaca, Arizona. More than 178 people died while crossing the Arizona desert in Fiscal Year 2012.

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Overheard on Twitter: "when they aren't killing unarmed teenagers, they're stealing blankets and water."

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"More than 178 people died while crossing the Arizona desert in Fiscal Year 2012."

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Mexican drug war one of the deadliest episodes in Americas - Tampabay.com

Mexican drug war one of the deadliest episodes in Americas - Tampabay.com | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
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Mexican drug war one of the deadliest episodes in Americas
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With at least an additional 70,000 deaths tied to drug violence, the numbers point to a brutal episode that ranks among Latin America's deadliest in decades.

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And the death toll is far from complete...

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Border Explorer: Looks like DREAMers will be (legal!) drivers

Border Explorer: Looks like DREAMers will be (legal!) drivers | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it

This afternoon, the federal government updated its guidance page for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) page. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under the Obama Administration has now confirmed that recipients of deferred action are authorized to be in the United States. They are now, therefore considered to be “lawfully present” under federal immigration laws. This counteracts the arguments from those opposed to allowing them to receive drivers licenses. 

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...in ALL 50 States!!

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Why ICE released immigration detainees nationwide today

Why ICE released immigration detainees nationwide today | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
Multiple detention centers across the country are freeing groups of low-priority detainees without bond in a “supervised release.” The move came as a surprise. ICE claimed that sequestration prompted
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Whatever the reason, this is really good news.

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Bootheel remains biggest border challenge - Carlsbad Current Argus

Bootheel remains biggest border challenge - Carlsbad Current Argus | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
Bootheel remains biggest border challenge
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LORDSBURG — The burlap fiber clings to the top of the barbed wire fence, waving gently in the breeze.
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It's rough land. This is an interesting report on illegal border activity.

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Obama reverses Latino approval rating - will he keep it?

Obama reverses Latino approval rating - will he keep it? | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
President Obama’s job approval rating soared markedly over the past year among the Spanish-speaking US population. Obama's job approval rating is up nationwide.
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When immigration ‘reform’ propels private prison profiteering

When immigration ‘reform’ propels private prison profiteering | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
Recent immigration reform proposals trade the promise of a "pathway to citizenship" for increased border enforcement. But that’s a deal that makes border communities recoil.
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Another reason to separate immigration reform from border security--two (2) separate issues.

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Violence Against Women Act reauthorization clears Senate in significant gender-split vote

Violence Against Women Act reauthorization clears Senate in significant gender-split vote | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
  The US Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization in a gender-split vote of 78 to 22 today. Every female Senator voted to pass the
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What kind of difference would it make in our legislation if women were equally represented?

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Bizarre Sex-Slavery Cult Busted on U.S.-Mexico Border

Bizarre Sex-Slavery Cult Busted on U.S.-Mexico Border | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
Mexican immigration authorities said Tuesday that a strange cult which allegedly ran a sex-slavery ring among its followers on the U.S. border has been...
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Violence Against Women Act: Why it’s dying. What will we lose? Can we save it?

Violence Against Women Act: Why it’s dying. What will we lose? Can we save it? | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
Unnoticed, the Violence against Women Act (VAWA) died quietly with the closing of the 112th Congress in 2012. VAWA is a law that defends women from domestic violence and
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Get to work, Citizens!!

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Pathway to citizenship: Could it derail comprehensive immigration reform?

Pathway to citizenship: Could it derail comprehensive immigration reform? | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
  Today, the White House revealed that President Obama will announce an immigration reform proposal in Las Vegas on Tuesday. This proposal, Obama assured members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
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Is the pathway to citizenship nonnegotiable? 

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The Washington Office on Latin America

The Washington Office on Latin America | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
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This is a comprehensive report on shifts in the US-Mexico border region.

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The Lone Star College shooting and the cost of freedom (Opinion)

The Lone Star College shooting and the cost of freedom (Opinion) | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
Today, just hours after a conservative newspaper columnist exhorted the advantages of gun freedom despite the inevitable resulting damage, shots rang out on the campus of Lone Star College
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Do Texans and guns go together like a horse and carriage? That and a few other questions about the Constitution in this opinion piece.

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Mexican women—walking dead—march to implore governor’s help in feminicide seige

Mexican women—walking dead—march to implore governor’s help in feminicide seige | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
Four Mexican women are risking death in a protest march to implore the governor’s intervention to recover the bodies of their deceased daughters from state agencies. Their more than
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The world community needs to apply pressure on Mexico.

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Naming the people who die in the desert

Naming the people who die in the desert | U.S.-Mexico border | Scoop.it
Good luck charms, coins and a few scraps of paper - forensic scientists trying to identify the bodies of illegal migrants have very little to go on
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