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

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Experts on the Issue: ICE Home Raids and the Economics of Undocumented Immigrant Labor

The Immigration Justice Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law released a report today on home raids by federal immigration agents. Supported by analysis of more than 700 arrest reports from New York and New Jersey, the study uncovers outrageous constitutional violations by ICE and outlines a series of policy recommendations for the agency. Instances of misconduct include failure to present search warrant and to obtain consent, operational patterns suggestive of racial profiling, and seizure of residents without legal basis.

From an economic perspective, Professor Gerald Jaynes of Yale Economic and African-American Studies writes, in an easy-to-read narrative format, that immigrants pay more taxes than they cost their states in welfare spending. He dispels the common misperception that undocumented immigrants drive down wages of African-American workers. This is something that Camp Vigilance, the California-based Minutemen activist group, should keep in mind before pushing for constitutionally absurd initiatives to end state benefits for U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants.

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