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, July 10, 2009

Book of the Week: (In)justice at the Margins of the State

Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today
Edited by David C. Brotherton and Philip Kretsedemas

A collection of essays that examines immigration enforcement in the United States, excavating a history of discrimination and exclusion that extends far beyond the reactions of 9/11. Particularly poignant in the collection is Mr. Brotherton's case study of Robert Delgado, a Dominican father under deportation. The middle-aged man had grown up in the United States as a young boy, lived through shattered dreams of becoming a baseball player, and was to be deported to a foreign country that he had never known - away from his parents, his siblings, his wife and children, in a trial that was doomed to be a lost cause in justice by the immigration laws of the state. As Mr. Brotherton astutely points out, "The marginality of [Robert]'s race and class, the cynical mass packaging of the American Dream, the shattered hopes of his parents' generation, the children left fatherless, resentful, traumatized; these are all the truths embedded in his final plea."

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