How a middle-aged professor came to participate in a civil disobedience action to stop a deportation bus

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As I woke at 5:30 in the morning  to get dressed I remembered all the instructions:  no contacts in case the cops use pepper mace; no shoe laces, lacy accessories or jewelry that will be removed in jail; be prepared for a strip search and to have your glasses removed while you are detained.  The […]

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The 1.7 Million

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The Obama administration in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have made it a priority to detain and deport 1.7 million members from our communities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enacted a yearly quota of 400,000 deportations in 2010 in an attempt to surpass the 387,000 deportations from 2009. The profits made from these human transactions go […]

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Declaration of Independence from “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”

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Having lived undocumented most of our lives and having seen our family members and community experience what it means to be considered “illegal” in this country, we understand the importance for legislation and a change in the immigration laws. However, the current atmosphere in Congress, focuses on militarization, criminalization, and surveillance, without addressing the real […]

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Every Day, People Fight and Die For what They Believe In

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Not only is Ruth Gomberg Muñoz an amazing anthropologist, activist, and professor – she is an amazing friend and mentor and ally. She has taught classes such as “Undocumented Labor Migrations” at UIC [where we met!] and has published an ethnography titled, “Labor and Legality” which focuses on undocumented immigrants who work as busboys at […]

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Cómo dejé de creer en la reforma migratoria integral y aprendí a amar la reforma gradual

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Este escrito fué originalmente publicado en Ingles, el 14 de diciembre del 2012. Fue traducido en colaboración entre la autora, y organizadores en Tennessee, parte del TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). La traducción fue hecha como parte de un esfuerzo para informar a sus miembros de las diversas posturas en el movimiento pro-inmigrante […]

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How I stopped believing in CIR and learned to love ‘piecemeal’ legislation

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Versión en Español Tania A. Unzueta I must admit, I once believed in  comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). I believed in what it promised, an overhaul of an antiquated immigration system that would result in a conditional path to citizenship for the 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants who currently reside in the United States. I […]

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