Thursday, October 24, 2013

Growing Clash Between Immigrant Rights Activists and Washington Power Brokers

David Bacon reports on the growing number of actions this fall by immigrant communities and immigrant rights groups, responding to Congressional inaction, as well as to many anti-immigrant provisions of Congress' immigration reform bills. There is a growing interest in using direct action to defend immigrants in their workplaces and communities, and building a stronger grassroots movement for more progressive immigration reform proposals:

"Almost all community-based immigrant rights organizations outside of Washington DC are seeking ways to stop the Federal government's huge wave of deportations. Last year 409,849 people were deported from the U.S., and the total for President Obama’s first five years is about to reach 2 million. According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency of the Department of Homeland Security, current deportations average 30,791 per month, including over 8,500 parents of U.S. citizen children. The Federal government spends more today on border and immigration enforcement than on all other law enforcement agencies combined -- $18 billion last year alone."


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