Posts By Isabel Anadon

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"Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream," once said Khalil Gibran. When it comes to immigration reform, I think of these words and yesterday's lessons. What does tomorrow have in store? Specifically, I look at the lessons we might learn from those that call themselves dreamers or DREAMers -- the inspirational young leaders who have mobilized a movement to push immigration reform to the national and public spotlight. This first became clear in 2010 with the near passage of the DREAM act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act), which fell short by a handful of Senate votes, but... Continue Reading

NCLR Annual ConferenceThousands of Latino advocates and allies “rose as one” at the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) annual conference, held in New Orleans at the end of July. (Check out Twitter traffic from the conference.) New Orleans’ rich history of immigration, diversity and recent struggle to rebuild figured prominently into the conference, as did current events unfolding around immigration reform in Washington D.C. and the community’s attempt to organize for equitable reform. While First Lady Michelle Obama, the much anticipated keynote speaker, disappointed many by making only a fleeting mention of immigration in her remarks, reform and immigrant realities were at the center of many... Continue Reading

Posted In: Immigration, Immigration Reform & Policy

I recently attended a May 13 community forum hosted by the Chicago Reporter to celebrate the magazine’s 40th anniversary. The event focused on the current—and urgent—topic of immigration reform. 

The forum included Congressman Luis Gutierrez, local community activists, and immigration lawyers who dialogued on the prospects of immigration reform this year as well as how current enforcement has criminalized many non-criminal immigrants. Findings from a Chicago Reporter feature story, “Speedy Removal,” were also discussed. The story documented the negative effects of the fast-track deportation procedures in place since 1996, focusing on the Chicago enforcement area (Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin) with a number of eye-opening statistics: 

  • In 2011, of the total 11,786 deportations in Chicago enforcement area, 60 percent... Continue Reading
Posted In: Immigration
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