Citizenship by birth

7 08 2010

Citizenship by birth is the new hot topic for the anti-immigration crowd, also the term birth tourism.

Birth tourism is the concept that foreigners come here just for the purpose of having a baby and later on that child could claim the parents to begin the process of residency. This sounds a bit farfetched to me, just because of the expense of coming to the US, paying a steep hospital bill and going back to your country and waiting until the child turns 21 to come back. It is possible, everything is possible, but sound very impractical. What if the kid doesn’t want to come here? or dies before turning 21? or the laws change? And if you can afford all the process why not try to move to the US in the first place… yes the immigration laws, even if you have money, it is not that easy.

I think that this issue of citizenship at birth has come up because of the illegal immigration issue and what people call “anchor babies”. Read the rest of this entry »


Can we deport US Citizens?!?!

22 04 2009

Apparently we do… according to a research done by the Associated Press, after it  interviewed at least 55 US citizens that have been detained for immigration violations for time ranging from a day to years and also some have been deported. How can you accuse a US citizen of immigration violations when they are not immigrating?!?!  Read the article here

How can we improve the system so that this doesn’t happen anymore?

Imagine spending hours, days, maybe years  in jail for being assumed to be foreigner in your own country… do you carry your birth certificate or passport with you at all time??? If you don’t maybe you should.

The Dream Act

13 04 2009

Last year I wrote about the Dream Act here about many immigrant youth that were brought to the US usually as infants and that are Americans in almost every way, except they are undocumented. In the article I cited at that time there were a few that didn’t even know they were undocumented, until it was time to get a driver’s licence or go to college, because they could not do either one.

That is where The Dream Act comes in, it is a project to help those kids go to college. It is not to pay for their college education, it to allow them to go. They had no say in what country they were raised, they had no say in coming here; but they are here now, they are great members of society, they are good students and they want to pursue a higher education.

 The Dream Act was introduced on March 26, 2009.  You would probably ask, why do I care? Why should I support them, they are not here legally? Well  first, it was not their choice, second they are already here, they have been raised as Americans, and lastly, as members of society wouldn’t you rather have these kids go on to college and become part of the engine that moves the country forward? would you rather they be unemployed or worst? They have so many possibilities, they can find the cure for AIDS or Cancer or Parkinson’s, they can improve the way of life of their own communities, they can be anything that they set their minds to be. Would you want that possibilities for yourself or your own. Well they are your own. Read their stories here they are not an abstract idea, they are real, they are Americans from every corner of the world and they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Help them become the better future for America…

Here are some things you can do to support the DREAM Act:

1. CALL – The National Council of La Raza has a page to help you call your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.

2. FAX – America’s Voice has a page to help you fax your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.

3. EMAIL – has a page to help you email your congressional representatives in support of the DREAM Act.

4. PETITION – has the official petition in support of the DREAM Act.

5. TEXT – Text “Justice” (“Justicia” for Spanish) to 69866 to be the first to know when the DREAM Act is introduced.  FIRM’s Mobile Action Network is an excellent way to stay connected and have maximum impact at just the right moment.

DO immigrant women have rights? Even when illegal?

1 03 2009

This is a case of an immigrant woman that I have heard allegedly happen and I want to know not only your opinion but does she have any rights.

This starts like any other love story, boy meets girl they fall in love they get married. Things change and unlike other love stories, they don’t live happily ever after. She is an immigrant in his country…

I don’t know how she came in, I am lacking a lot of details, but she is an illegal immigrant now. During the course of their marriage he was supposed to have asked for her green card but apparently didn’t. I have my doubts that it was even a legal marriage.

After a while he became abusive, mostly verbally and then escalated, the abuse  became also physical. For some reason, some women stay in relationships like that, I will never understand why.

Then she got pregnant, the abuse ceased for a little and then started again, but this time she was pregnant and afraid to miscarriage because of the beatings. She left him and ended up at his parents house; they welcomed her with open arms, they always treated her as a daughter and they said they’ll figure out how to make things work.

One day she overheard a conversation between her mother in law and her son (her husband); she was saying that they only needed to wait for a few more weeks until the baby was born, then she would call immigration have the daughter in law deported that way they could get rid of her and keep the baby. She panicked, Read the rest of this entry »

Is this really tolerance?

1 10 2008

I attended a meeting aimed at asking for Steve Bizzell the Sheriff of Johnston County to resign because of the comments that he made. Here are excerpt of his interview:

 Bizzell is a farm boy so steeped in traditional American culture that he won’t even eat spaghetti, much less a taco. Since becoming sheriff a decade ago, he has watched a Hispanic influx change the rural landscape of his home county. Its population is now 11 percent Hispanic. 

These mostly undocumented workers have helped build a new economy, fueling a construction boom and harvesting most of the county’s crops. But some residents of this once insular place see them as a threat, opening Spanish-speaking businesses, crowding hospitals and schools, even monopolizing aisles at Wal-Mart. 

Bizzell has emerged as the face of the backlash. 

But to travel with Bizzell is to understand not only the anger, but also the ambivalence that surrounds an intensifying crackdown on illegal immigrants.

In one breath, he condemns illegal immigrants for “breeding like rabbits” Read the rest of this entry »

In a Generation, Minorities May Be the U.S. Majority

8 09 2008

This is an article from the New York Times.

Ethnic and racial minorities will comprise a majority of the nation’s population in a little more than a generation, according to new Census Bureau projections, a transformation that is occurring faster than anticipated just a few years ago.

The census calculates that by 2042, Americans who identify themselves as Hispanic, black, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander will together outnumber non-Hispanic whites. Four years ago, officials had projected the shift would come in 2050.

The main reason for the accelerating change is significantly higher birthrates among immigrants. Another factor is the influx of foreigners, rising from about 1.3 million annually today to more than 2 million a year by midcentury, according to projections based on current immigration policies.

So what does this mean for all of us? It means that we are all going to be the same, different!!

So-called minorities, the Census Bureau projects, will constitute a majority of the nation’s children under 18 by 2023 and of working-age Americans by 2039.

For the first time, both the number and the proportion of non-Hispanic whites, who now account for 66 percent of the population, will decline, starting around 2030. By 2050, their share will dip to 46 percent.

Higher mortality rates among older native-born white Americans and higher birthrates rates among immigrants and their children are already driving ethnic and racial disparities.

Should we be afraid of those immigrants and close our borders?  It is too late. Read the rest of this entry »

He went from undocumented farm worker to neurosugeon

7 09 2008

Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa crossed the border, worked as a farm worker and went to become a Brain Surgeon. Is that the American Dream of what?

You can read and her his story on NPR . You can hear it from him in this video.

In my previous post I talked about the Dream Act, a piece f legislation that would give talented people the opportunity to do what Dr. Quinones Hinojosa did, and become all that they can be, and improve our country, save lives, advance science, and more. They could even go back to their ancestral home and improve life for others, so they don’t need to come in pursue of that dream. You can read more about it here.