The Anti-Immigrant Movement and the National Immigration Debate

Over the past two decades the anti-immigrant movement has dominated immigration discourse in America, leading to some of the harshest and most extreme policies and rhetoric in decades. This became true following the tragic events on September 11, 2001. Since … Continued

Think Your Summer was Hot? Try Working in the Agricultural Fields of the US.

Much of this country’s food production depends on foreign laborers who come to this country temporarily. The US contracts with other governments to bring workers here to do the “unwanted, unpleasant jobs” that Americans do want to do. These migrants … Continued


Reproductive Agents: The Right-Wing Vilification of Immigrant Women’s Fertility

The Population and Development Program at Hampshire University released its spring 2011 DifferenTakes journal.  The journal focuses on the anti-immigrant movement and the greening of hate, and includes a piece written by Hampshire College student and Imagine 2050 writer Susana … Continued


International groups call for U.N. protocol on climate refugees

by Martha Pskowski The global community has issued a call for a new protocol on immigration, as climate change threatens developing countries, that the United Nations must heed. At the recent climate talks in Cancún, the Equity and Justice Working … Continued


A stroll in the Arizona desert

The state of Arizona, located in the Southwest region of the United States, shares a 389 mile border with Mexico. After the passing of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, a 640 mile fence has been built along the US/Mexico … Continued


Cross-Post: The Rio Rico Shootings, J.T. Ready, and Neo-Nazis in the Desert

Stephen Lemons of Feathered Bastard, provides more details on the recent desert shootings, including information on neo-Nazis who are “patrolling” Pinal County. This is the county where two men were murdered by unknown assailants the day after the anti-immigrant rally … Continued


Indigenous Peoples Take a Stand Against Senate Bill 1070

86 years after the Indian Citizenship Act, indigenous communities are challenging the notion of what it is to be a U.S. citizen. In June of 1924 the U.S. Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act. Controversial for its time, the Act … Continued


Thousands Die in the Desert as a Result of U.S. Border Policy

Stephen Lemmons chronicles the activists who are fighting back in this Phoenix New Times feature article. Gene Lefebvre remembers the day in late August 2008 when 20 to 25 Border Patrol agents, half of them on horseback, raided the Arivaca, … Continued


Is Water a Privilege?

No, it’s not. Water is a basic human right. But some people in this country seem to think (or pretend to think) otherwise. I’ll start with an incident I heard about last week. A volunteer with No More Deaths, an … Continued