Tag Archives: immigration

In Which I Discover My Welsh Roots

Here’s one of the best benefits of being a blogger I’ve had in a long time. In a post about the Super Bowl yesterday, I mentioned that my paternal grandfather had died in 1989. That prompted longtime JMG reader (and my real life pal) Homer, an avid genealogy hobbyist who lives in Tucson, to do some research on the Jervis …

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Schwarzenegger: California Should Build Prisons In Mexico

The Governator thinks it might be good idea for California to build prisons in Mexico and ship the state’s undocumented immigrant criminals there. “We can do so much better, in the prison system alone, if we can go and take inmates – for instance, the 20,000 inmates that are illegal immigrants that are here – and get them to Mexico,” …

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On Immigration Equality

Here’s an interview with documentarian Sebastian Cordoba and a look at Through Thick and Thin, his film about the inequalities facing binational LGBT couples in the U.S.

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Who Are You And What Have You Done With The REAL Lou Dobbs?

Just-resigned CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, who endeared himself to the right-wing with his regular rants against the brown hordes pouring across our southern border, says he’s had a change of heart and now supports amnesty for undocumented residents. Resentment has been burbling across the wingnut blogosphere ever since Dobbs told Spanish-language network Telemundo late last month that he wants a …

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Salvation Army: Want Xmas Toys For Your Kids? Show Us Your Green Card

Talk about the “Christmas spirit.” In Houston the Salvation Army wants proof of legal U.S. residency before giving out Xmas presents to needy kids. In a year when more families than ever have asked for help, several programs providing Christmas gifts for needy children require at least one member of the household to be a U.S. citizen. Others ask for …

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Gallup: 700M In World Would Like To Live In A Different Country, USA Top Choice

According to a two year survey of 135 countries, Gallup estimates that 700 million adults in the world (16% of the adult population) would like to live in a different country, with about 25% naming the United States as their dream home. Canada is the second-most popular choice. The rest of the top desired destination countries (those where an estimated …

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CNBC: Immigrant NYC Marathon Winner Not A “Real” American

Sunday morning when I reported that an American had won the NYC Marathon for the first time in 27 years, I purposely didn’t mention that he is a naturalized citizen – an immigrant from Eritrea – because, you know, so fucking what? American is American, right? Well, not according to CNBC’s Darren Rovell. Via AmericaBlog, Rovell’s commentary: It’s a stunning …

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HIV Travel Ban To Be Finally Lifted

The United States’ ban on immigration for HIV+ persons is finally about to be history. The Customs and Immigration Service has advised workers to stand by for the ruling. Currently HIV qualifies as an exclusionary communicable disease, and applications may be turned down by the US authorities if a person wishing to travel to the country, or settle there permanently, …

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Obama: No Insurance For Illegals

Speaking on a radio show today, President Obama told a caller that his health care reform plan will not offer coverage to illegal immigrants, but they will continue to be treated at ERs as per law.

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At Obama’s New Hampshire Event

Protester on illegal immigrants: “Send them home with a bullet in their head.”

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Amsterdam’s Mayor Weds NY Couples To Send Message To U.S.

Yesterday the mayor of Amsterdam married five bi-national couples on a gay Pride party boat to send a message to the United States about marriage equality and immigration reform. The mayor of Amsterdam married five American-Dutch gay couples on Saturday in an implicit criticism of the lack of same-sex marriage in many U.S. states. Tens of thousands of spectators cheered …

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Bishops Oppose Immigration Equality

A group of elderly transvestites in embroidered gowns is opposing immigration equality for same-sex couples. The long-standing fight over the country’s estimated 36,000 same sex couples of two nationalities is a small but emotional part of the debate over immigration reform. But including same-sex couples in the mix could make it harder to pass an immigration overhaul. A key ally …

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Maine: Judge Jails Poz Woman For Protection Of Her Unborn Baby

In Maine, an HIV+ woman charged with falsifying immigration documents has been sentenced to remain in jail until the birth of her baby because the judge is concerned that she won’t receive proper prenatal HIV medication if deported. But even the woman’s prosecutors object. Both the federal prosecutor and the defense attorney urged the judge to sentence Tuleh to 114 …

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Uniting American Families Act: Live Stream

The Senate Judiciary Committee hears the Uniting American Families Act at 10am today. The act would allow gay Americans to sponsor a foreign spouse for immigration to the United States. View a live video stream of the proceedings here or on C-SPAN.

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GOP Rep Wants To End Citizenship For Kids Of Undocumented Immigrants

Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA), who is running for governor of Georgia, wants to repeal the portion of the 14th Amendment which grants “birthright citizenship” to any child born on American soil. Deal and his supporters say the 14th Amendment wording was never meant to automatically give citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants. “This is a sensible, overdue measure that …

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Bank Teller Quits Over Mexican IDs

Christianist site World Net Daily is canonizing a Virginia bank teller because he quit rather than adhere to a new policy requiring the acceptance of ID cards issued by the Mexican consulate. A personal banker in Arlington, Va., is quitting his job after Chevy Chase Bank, one of the largest and best-known banks in the Washington, D.C., region announced it …

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Service Guarantees Citizenship

The Pentagon has announced a program that will allow legal U.S. residents to earn full citizenship in as little as six months in return for military service. Stretched thin in Afghanistan and Iraq, the American military will begin recruiting skilled immigrants who are living in this country with temporary visas, offering them the chance to become United States citizens in …

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“English First” Defeated In Nashville

Yesterday voters in Nashville defeated an “English First” referendum which would have made English the mandatory language for all city business. Nashville voters rejected a proposal to make English the mandatory language for all government business, easing fears that the measure could damage the city’s reputation and cost agencies millions in federal funding. With 100 percent of precincts reporting early …

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San Francisco Begins Issuing ID Cards To All, Regardless Of Immigration Status

To howls of protest across the wingnut blogosphere and talk radio, today the city of San Francisco began issuing photo ID cards to all residents who can provide proof of living in the city, regardless of their legal immigration status. The cards, also available in New Haven, Conn., and being considered in other cities, have sparked fury among advocates of …

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Let My Partner Stay

Another great viewer-created clip from CurrentTV: “Because same-sex marriages are not recognized in the United States, certain marital benefits, like the advantage of permanent residency for a foreign born partner, are denied to bi-national spouses. This commonly results in the foreign partner being forced to leave the United States, and their loved ones, behind. Brittany and Joanna’s story is one …

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