Elian Gonzalez, now 20 years old, is saying some very inconvenient things about American immigration policy that contradict the old-school, right-wing Miami Cubans who dominated South Florida politics for decades (a group Fidel Castro once called "Fascist American Gangsters.") Anyone who grew up d ... More >>
Everyone's been so quick to declare Marco Rubio dead ever since he got all the GOPers hot and bothered when he decided to take on immigration reform. He managed to bring down the harrumph from fellow GOPer leaders like Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, from California, who said Rubio and his "weasel words" c ... More >>
Right now Washington D.C. is buzzing about the immigration bill, legislation that could radically change the country's stance on who's in and who's out. The one guy who seems to have put all his political chips on the passage of the legislation is Senator Marco Rubio. And because Rubio is essentiall ... More >>
GetEQUAL, a national grassroots organization dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community, have organized a sit-in at the Tampa office of Senator Marco Rubio, to protest his stances on immigration reform and employment discrimination. "The U.S. Supreme Court continues to deliberat ... More >>
Marco Rubio, the first person to deliver a response to the State of the Union in both English and Spanish (the English version was kinda dry, hey-ohhhhh) wants immigrants to be proficient in speaking English before being given permanent residency. "On the day we announced the principles that would ... More >>
That GOP need to build bridges to the nation's Hispanic community? The need party elders have talked so much about since Barack Obama was re-elected largely due to Hispanic support? The need that's propelled Florida's own Marco Rubio to preeminence in the early scouting reports on the GOP 2016 presd ... More >>
Barack Obama took to the TV and told the world that Marco Rubio "has been a very positive force" in the immigration debate. Hmm.Obama is up to no good. He has to be. Why else would he suddenly be praising the GOPers' Goldeny Golden-Touch Golden Boy of the Golden Future Rubio? What say you, Admira ... More >>
Look, you guys. It's not so much that Jeb Bush is out of step with everyone else on immigration reform or that he's a complete flip-flopping dolt. It's just that he has horrible timing. And, as Jeb! points out himself, people were totally against the whole "path to citizenship" thing when he was ... More >>
Shining Beacon of Light Marco Rubio called President Obama's first draft on immigration reform "dead on arrival" yesterday, saying that the president's bill "repeats the failures of past legislation" and that the bill will die as soon as it enters the hallowed halls of Congress just like every past, ... More >>
A group of eight Democratic senators and Republican senators have decided to stop it already with all the bickering and do some bipartisan work and have released an immigration reform framework that includes a "path to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants -- a day earlier than when Obama is supp ... More >>
We had a four-story package a few weeks ago that looked at Arizona's SB 1070, the controversial law that would turn local law enforcement into immigration officials -- the controversial law that was just gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court.The court said this morning that Arizona was not allowed to mak ... More >>
This week's issue includes a four-story special report from Village Voice Media about SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law that both casts criminal suspicion on anyone who looks Latino and transforms local law enforcement officers into immigration investigators. It's featured nationally because it i ... More >>
The Dream Act would help immigrant students.A bill that would make college more affordable for undocumented immigrants has recently been filed in the Florida Legislature.If passed, the Dream Act would allow undocumented immigrants who attended three or more years of high school in Florida to qual ... More >>
Do undocumented migrants steal jobs from American workers?
Russell Pearce and other illegal-immigration populists rely on misleading, right-wing reports to scapegoat immigrants and terrify penny-pinched Americans.
Andrea HuerfanoThis weekend dozens of undocumented immigrants took to the sands of Miami Beach to tell Congress to pass the DREAM Act this week. About 50 people formed human billboards spelling out the words "Dream Act Now" and "Call [Sen. George] Lemieux Now."Activists in South Florida -- a fron ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
Today, amnesty is a dirty word. So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship
Joyce Tarnow (hearts) John TantonJohn Tanton's name is getting a lot of play. Depending on who you talk to, Tanton is either a raging pro-eugenics racist with a deep-seated animosity toward brown people -- or -- a beaming, professorial Renaissance man with an insatiable curiosity and an infallibl ... More >>
Dayworkers looking for work outside LW Home Depot.After last week's Community Relations Board meeting in Lake Worth, where a reading group from the Night Heron Grassroots Activism Center presented a PowerPoint lecture on hate groups operating in Lake Worth, I posted a couple of items on the meeti ... More >>
Support for AZ Sheriff Joe's draconian immigration enforcement.The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is under scrutiny in Lake Worth these days. As we reported yesterday, residents packed a small room at Monday night's CRB meeting to hear a presentation on local "hate groups," inc ... More >>
Even a board specifically appointed to promote harmony and mediate opposing viewpoints has a rough time getting residents -- or themselves, for that matter -- to see eye-to-eye in Lake Worth. Harsh words were exchanged Monday night when the Lake Worth Community Relations Board heard from activists a ... More >>
Flickr: British Red CrossOne week after an earthquake that devastated the Haitian capital, the Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN) are trying to pull off a very delicate public relations maneuver: stating their sympathy for the Haitian people, while also communicating in no uncertain ... More >>
Flickr: anita gtThe government of Guatemala has issued a public protest based on immigration officials' actions in Riviera Beach.A Guatemalan immigrant in Jupiter is facing deportation after Federal Express employees in Riviera Beach opened a package, inspected its contents, then reported a possi ... More >>
Mary Lindsey: Losing the battle against Jennings?The ethics complaint filed on behalf of Lake Worth business owner Gary Dario against City Commissioner Cara Jennings has been dismissed yesterday by the Florida Commission on Ethics for "lack of legal sufficiency," according to a news release issue ... More >>
Maxwell: The crusade temporarily suspendedThe Lake Worth elections slated for November 3rd just get weirder by the minute. As if the flap about Mayoral candidate Rene Varela's role in the sales of wild dolphins to a marine park in Dubai weren't scandal enough, now the Palm Beach County Environmen ... More >>
Photo: geogroupinc.comThe Broward Transitional Center in Pompano BeachThe Obama administration has plans for kinder, gentler immigration holding centers to be located in nursing homes and hotels. This new generation of facilities will be less like a prisons, more like the immigration facility in ... More >>
Protesters say illegals take our jobs, bring in leprosy, and, grrr, sell ice cream from bicycles
101 Haitian refugees sailed north full of hope. They got screwed.
Write me some comebacks, Mex
Radio host Joyce Kaufman wins fans by flaying a new enemy: undocumented immigrants
The government's determination to deport old-school rapper Slick Rick knows no bounds
David Caulkett wants your $10 to help Uncle Sam in the fight against illegal immigration.
Sgt. Cabadiana was the poster child for the Bush military. Then they took his wife away.
The INS screwed up when it let in the September massacre's mastermind
The INS had two chances to nab Mohamed Atta. It failed both times.
When terrorists knock, the INS is more than likely to fall down on the job
Letters for October 25, 2001
The immigration service's own describe how America failed to protect its borders from the September 11 terrorists
For a growing number of immigrants, detention by the INS comes down to a long and lonely stint in the Fort Lauderdale Jail