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“There are people calling this a form of ethnic cleansing and I can’t figure out a reason why it isn’t. Sure, not every Hispanic in the state is undocumented, but you could certainly forgive them for feeling that measures this punitive mean they aren’t welcome. If the state is willing to deny someone water because they don’t have proper ID, they really, really don’t want you around.” - digby, on Alabama’s strict immigration law, which went into effect last week.

Wow. Ethnic cleansing by municipal pettiness. A new low.


This is some really scary stuff.

this makes me cry. It feels like we’re heading to a climax of something in the near future.



If they are paying the bill ( which to have  a bill for water makes me angry but whatever right now) what business is it of yours,

Oh wait you can immigrant blame until they are all gone and by that time people are so poor and downtrodden by the government not doing their jobs tehy have lost any fight to notice what’s happpened

except terrorizing and alienating INNOCENT HUMAN BEINGS

if ever there was better proof that white supremacist heteropatriarchy/nationalism is about resource distribution and the normalization of unequal distribution. and frankly, I’m SO tired of hearing, “stupid individual state who is making things sucky” crap. the entire US needs to take responsibility for this. Citizens need to ask themselves what their values are. is denying people *water* based on their ability to pay or their citizenship status ok??? is denying people water based on ANY reason ever ok? Because once we agree it’s ok based on people’s ability to pay—then it becomes ok to deny based on citizenship status, on the needs of corporations, etc etc.

this is not just about a state fucking everything to hell but ALSO about the normalization of restriction of resources to an ever increasing amount of people and the control of access to a *life source* by corporations/government rather than communities…


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A friend of mine from high school’s mom is currently being held in an immigration detention center for being an undocumented immigrant, and she isn’t getting medical attention that she needs which will have a negative impact on her long-term health, and it would mean so much if you guys would sign this petition to try to get her released.

The petition is here:

Thank you all so much!!

Petitioned on behalf of the humane treatment of Heng Yee Chee, aka Grace Gleason, are Assistant Field Office Director (Detention) William Joyce and Assistant Field Office Director (Detained Case Management) Wayne Muller of the New York City Field Office, Hudson County Correctional Facility, Kearny, NJ. The Field Office Main Telephone Line number is 1.212.863.3401. More contact info.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a married binational gay couple in California who were denied a marriage-based green card by immigration officials.

Handi Lui, a citizen of Indonesia who in 2009 married his American spouse, Michael Ernest Roberts, in Massachusetts, sued the government after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, denied the couple’s marriage-based petition for permanent residency (the Board of Immigration Appeals later upheld that decision). In the lawsuit Lui argued that in doing so, USCIS violated the Immigration and Nationality Act’s provisions banning sex discrimination. Furthermore, Lui argued, immigration officials’ interpretation of the Defense of Marriage Act in denying the green card petition was unconstitutional.

A House Republican–led advisory group currently defending DOMA in multiple legal challenges had moved to dismiss Lui’s complaint. And in a five-page order issued Wednesday, U.S. district judge Stephen V. Wilson did so, writing that immigration officials did not err in their decision and that the court is bound by a 1982 case involving a Colorado gay male couple denied immigration sponsorship rights (in the rejection of the couple’s petition decades ago, officials wrote that their attorney had “failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two f***ots”). 

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URGENT: Nadia and her mother are scheduled to be deported back to Bangladesh on September 29 at 11am. They were denied motion to reopen their case after a mistake of the immigration judge. Please take action immediately to stop their deportation!

Nadia was brought to the U.S. when she was only a one year old. She is now 19 and a junior at Stony Brook University in New York studying Psychology. Nazmin has three younger children, all of whom are U.S. citizens and need her to stay in the country.


1. Call DHS – Janet Napolitano (202-282-8495) and ICE – John Morton (202.732.3000)

Sample Script: “I am calling to ask that DREAM-Eligible student Nadia Habib (A# 073-588-622) and her mother Nazmin Habib (A#073-642-352) be allowed to stay in the U.S. Nadia came to the U.S. as a one year old and is studying Psychology. Nazmin is a contributing member of her community and provides for her three U.S. citizen children. Don’t deport Nadia Habib and her mother Nazmin Habib.”

Please sign the petition and ask all of your contacts to do the same. You can also share the petition and action alert with your friends on Facebook/Twitter


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“On Tuesday September 27th we are collaborating with the Chicago LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Coalition to present a community forum on the intersection between immigrant rights and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities. Using the event as an excuse, here is a short list of these intersections put together by the Association of Latino Men for Action’s LGBT Immigrant Rights Project coordinator and IYJL organizer Tania Unzueta. Find more info here, or watch the live broadcast.”

7 simple reasons why the LGBTQ community needs to care about immigrant rights:

#1. We are immigrants too: Of the 10.8 million people who live in the United States undocumented, many are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ). Some of these are LGBTQ youth who came with their families as minors and consider the U.S. their home, while others came to escape persecution in their own countries. They have built their lives here, fallen in love, and started families, but under current U.S. immigration law there is no legal process for them to become citizens. Today they remain in the country in limbo, vulnerable to abuse, and under constant threat of being deported.

#2. Our families have limited options: LGBTQ immigrants, both documented and undocumented, face hurdles when attempting to regularize their status or become citizens. If an immigrant with a visa happens to fall in love with a U.S. citizen of the same sex, their partner cannot help them change their immigration status to that of a permanent residentv. Because same-sex relationships are not recognized under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), for an immigrant who is in a same-sex marriage, there are an extra 2 years of residency before citizenship if the application is accepted compared to one who is in a heterosexual marriage. But if the application is denied, the immigrant partner will be put in deportation proceedings. There are at least 35,000 same-sex couples in the U.S. that are affected by the immigration system.

#3. We can’t help our immigrant partners: If a person is in deportation proceedings, whether it is because they traveled undocumented or were denied adjustment of status, there are very few options for them to remain in the country – heterosexual or LGBTQ. Some get a “cancelation of removal” from immigration when they have family members- children, husbands or wives, except that for same-sex couples, their citizen spouses do not count. As of May 2011 the policy of the Obama administration has explicitly been to deport immigrant same-sex partners of U.S. citizens, regardless of marital status. This year the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has estimated that they will deport over 400,000 people, the most annual deportations in the country’s history. According to statistics by DHS a third of immigrants detained have no criminal record, many of them include LGBTQ people, and permanent partners of U.S. citizens. [NOTE: This may change under the recent change in enforcement priorities announced by the Obama administration, and the guidelines for prosecutorial discretion announced by DHS. These procedures include LGBT people and same-sex couples, according to the White House, however there are still many questions about the implementation and efficacy of the policy].

#4. We are here escaping persecution: Many LGBTQ and HIV positive immigrants leave their country of birth escaping homophobic and transphobic violence, including threats to their lives. Since 1994 the U.S. considers this ground to request asylum and eventually permanent residency. However, the process for asylum can be a long and harsh process, where in the end, there is no guarantee that it will be granted. There are several cases of gay and transgender immigrants, who could not meet the burden of proof for their asylum claim. Some of them have accused immigration judges and officials of holding biased standards based on stereotypes of safety and behavior, and are still in limbo, or detained.

#5. We face harassment & death in detention: A civil complaint by the National Immigrant Justice Center against DHS details “sexual assault, denials of medical care, arbitrary confinement, and sever harassment and discrimination” against LGBTQ immigrants. The complaint is on behalf of 13 transgender and gay people who came to the U.S. to escape persecution in their won countries. In addition, there have been several documented cases where transgender immigrants have been denied access to hormones, and HIV+ detainees denied access to medication, resulting in a number of deaths and investigations into human rights abuses. These abuses reflect the wrongful treatment that thousands of immigrants face in detention facilities throughout the country, under a system that disproportionately affects LGBTQ immigrants.

#6. Queer undocumented youth are fierce: LGBTQ undocumented organizers have taken leadership roles in the national campaign for immigrant rights. This has been most visible in the campaign for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM), which would provide a conditional path to citizenship for immigrant youth who arrived to the country before the age of 16. LGBTQ youth have “come out” to speak about being LGBTQ and undocumented, using their stories to advocate for change.xiv Additionally some of these youth make specific references to the gay liberation movement as inspiration, citing Harvey Milk’s activism in the 1980s. If these youth were to be deported, some would be going back go countries that they have never known, and that may not be accepting of their sexuality and gender. For many of these LGBTQ undocumented youth the only country they have known is the U.S. and they are fighting for their lives.

#7. Our struggles are intertwined: The same politicians and organizations that oppose the rights of undocumented immigrants oppose the rights of LGBTQ people. Data shows that we are more likely to encounter a person who favors both immigrant and LGBT rights, than someone who supports immigration, but opposes same-sex marriage. Homophobic politicians are likely to attempt to block immigration reform to prevent LGBTQ immigrants from gaining legal status through same-sex permanent partnerships. LGBTQ movements need to build strategic alliances with immigration movements to ensure equal rights for all.

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Why is it that whenever someone writes “unpopular opinion,” whatever follows is guaranteed to be a popular bigoted trope? Why is it never something decent, or at the very least harmlessly insane like, “Unpopular opinion, I believe rainbows are created when unicorns mate with mermaids”?

  1. because they honestly believe PC culture oppresses them
  2. because the number of spaces where voices from people who are queer, of color, and/or women are more prominent are too many for them
  3. because they are solipsistic and criticism of their bigotry is overwhelming when there is nothing greater to compare it to because nothing is greater than their life and their valuable perspective

choose one

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Republicans proposed a bill that would make it so that undocumented immigrant victims of domestic violence get deported 

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I don’t practice singing anymore. After sewing, laundry, cleaning and cooking, I have no breath left to sing.

“Chan Wai Fun” (false name), a migrant worker in the garment industry, as quoted by Miriam Ching Louie

She sewed for McClintock garments, when manufacturer Jessica McClintock was profiled by San Francisco Business Times as an entrepreneur who was running a multimillion dollar business which provided benefits that exceeded industry standards.

On the other hand, Chan Wai Fun worked for a contractor, and thus, McClintock had no legal obligations to her.  She was paid $5 an hour, with no benefits and no overtime.  ”We keep two sets of timecards, one to punch in the time clock and one where we write down our real hours.”

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August 20, 2011

A Colorado immigration judge halted the deportation on Friday of a lesbian Mexican national in a same-sex marriage who would be eligible for a marriage-based green card if not for the Defense of Marriage Act.

Immigration Judge Mimi Tsankov in Denver, Colo., determined that deportation proceedings for Sujey Pando will be held off until January amid developments in the Obama administration on allowing gay foreign nationals in legally recognized same-sex marriages with U.S. citizens to stay within the United States.

Sujey is in a same-sex marriage with Violeta Pando, a correctional case manager. The couple has been together five years and married in Iowa in November 2010. If not for DOMA, Violeta would be able to sponsor Sujey for residency in the United States through a I-130 marriage-based green card application.

Growing up in Mexico, Sujey was ostracized by her family after she came out and was snuck into the United States at the age of 16. Her deportation troubles started in 2008, when she was arrested after a traffic violation and taken to jail. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement was notified and deportation proceedings started against her.

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VERY VERY Important petition/ calls for us to make tonight!! Please share reblog, fb the link EVERYWHERE.  Issac has been in the forefront of this battle for a long time and he was pulled over Thursday for a broken tail light and is now on a ICE hold. We want to stop the local ICE to not even pick him up and in order for us to do that, we need ALL OF YOUR HELP!

if you can call at least 4 or 5 times and ask your friends and family to do the same, it would help our dear friend Issac!  

“Does Isaac look familiar?  Well he should because he is one of the seven brave DREAMers arrested last month at San Bernardino City College protesting against the same program which is now going to send him into deportation.  During his public action ICE refused to intervene and detain him, however now that the media is not watching ICE is doing just that, right now Isaac Barrera is sitting in jail with an ICE hold.  In a matter of hours he could be picked up and transferred to an immigration detention center.

We need your help to get Isaac out.  Please take action, make the following two phone calls at least four or five times and ask your friends and family to do the same.  We need to highlight this broken system and Isaac’s story is a great way to start.

1.  Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors member Gloria Molina213-974-4111

“Hi I was calling to ask that you immediately contact the Los Angeles ICE director and ask them why they are detaining Isaac Barrera Sanchez.  On Thursday Isaac was pulled over for a minor traffic violation, instead of being released he was taken to jail and now he has an ICE hold.  I am hoping Molina will take action and urge ICE not to detain this 20 year old DREAM student.”

2.  ICE – John Morton – 202.732.3000

*Please remain extremely polite on the call.

Sample call-in script: “Hi, I was calling because my Dream Act eligible friend, Isaac Barrera Sanchez was recently pulled over for no license. He was being held at the Men’s Central jail in Twin Towers in Los Angeles, however I am hearing that he is being transferred to ICE. I was calling to ask that ICE not detain him because he is a DREAMer and is DREAM Act eligible. Why is ICE going to detain Isaac?”


In 2009 Isaac received a ticket for driving without a license, he was scared like many of us and instead of going to court to take care of it he just let it go.  The little ticket turned into a big ticket and now Isaac owes $800 on that.  On Thursday night Isaac was pulled over for a broken headlight, through that stop officers learned of his previous unpaid ticket and so he was taken to the Twin Towers jail.  There he fell into the usual troubles, his fingerprints were run and he was found to be undocumented.  Early this morning ICE intervened and interviewed Isaac, they immediately placed an ICE hold on him and now he could be detained at any moment.

Near & dear to us. Please take a moment to help our undocumented brother Isaac <3

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