East Harlem Against Deportation, at its roots, draws its strength from immigrants, their friends and loved ones, and local community organizations, all of whom daily live out the struggle against our country's broken immigration system. Our movement will include organizing events and a letter-writing campaign throughout Spring and Summer 2009, as well as the formulation of a specific policy agenda to protect undocumented immigrants in New York City and State.
Las raíces de El Barrio Contra La Deportación obtienen sus fuerzas de los inmigrantes, sus amigos y seres queridos, y de organizaciones comunitarias locales. Todos estos viven diariamente la lucha contra el sistema descompuesto de inmigración de este país. Nuestro movimiento incluirá la organización de eventos informativos y una campaña de cartas escritas, por toda la primavera y el verano del 2009. También se formulará una agenda política especifica que protegerá a los inmigrantes indocumentados de la ciudad y del estado de Nueva York.

EHAD Final Policy Report

Friday, May 1, 2009

Anti-Immigration Sentiments Triggered by Swine Flu, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Still an Uphill Battle

MSNBC discusses anti-immigration rhetoric employed by talk show host Michael Savage and talk radio host Jay Severin. The article, by Brian Alexander, outlines historical examples in which disease outbreak has led to fear mongering and ostracization of "the other". The piece notes that a counter-effort has been mobilized by Latino rights groups and ends by noting the necessity of"fighting racism with information":

Blame-the-victim reactions can be fought with clear, accurate information about the disease and about how it is spreading, said Dr. Larry Kline, a San Diego physician and member of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission. “People get snippets of information here and there, and unfortunately much of it is inaccurate. That makes things ripe for blame and blame and fear never helped anybody.”

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Washington Independent published an article in the same spirit, and links the swine flu case to the uphill battle of comprehensive immigration reform. It highlights the Thursday, April 30 meeting on immigration immigration in the Senate Judiciary Committee:

The hearing was full of powerful arguments for why comprehensive immigration reform would boost the U.S. economy, enhance public safety and reinforce American values of hard work, family unity and entrepreneurship. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan testified to how legalizing undocumented immigrants would boost economic conditions for everyone, while Thomas Manger, Montgomery County, Md., Police Chief and Chairman of the legislative committee for the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association, testified that legalization would improve relationships between local communities and police officers and help law enforcement do its job.

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Click here for a complete list of witnesses in the Senate hearing.

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