Posts tagged "immigration"

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Is Resigning

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is negotiating his resignation. [Salon] The police have been lying about the distance between Mike Brown’s body and Darren Wilson’s car, which affects the argument about whether Wilson was genuinely in danger and thus justified in shooting to kill. [RawStory] Meanwhile, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has compared the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 21, 2014

Jane Byrne, Chicago’s First And Only Female Mayor, Has Died

Chicago’s first and only female mayor, Jane Byrne, has passed away. [Sun-Times] #YouKnowHerName is trending over the media gag order on saying rape and suicide victim Rehtaeh Parson’s name in Canada. [Jezebel] President Obama’s immigration plan would extend protection to 5 million unauthorized immigrants. [New York Times] The KKK is threatening lethal…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 14, 2014

Michael Brown’s Parents Spoke To The UN About Justice In Ferguson

Michael Brown’s parents gave a statement to the UN about the need for justice in Ferguson, Missouri. [The Root] Jeff Osborne isn’t sorry for the Nazi imagery in his lyrical video for Nicki Minaj's “Only,” because the First Amendment will die…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 12, 2014

4 Reasons I Want/Need To Learn Spanish

All right, that’s it, I’m done, I have to learn Spanish. Je peux lire le français et parler un peu, so while I’d like to brush up on it to be fully fluent, I could get by in French-speaking countries. But my one year of Intensive Spanish in high school is no longer cutting it.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 19, 2014

Life After Dating: When Your Partner Is Unemployed

Growing up, my parents were able to provide a stable middle-class upbringing for me, my three sisters and my brother. I can understand now how fortunate we were not to worry about hunger, housing, or medical bills. Although my Mom made a point to show us how privileged we were  — I'm from Fairfield County,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 21, 2014

True Story: I Had My Immigration Interview

It has become abundantly clear to me over the past couple of months that people don't know much about sponsoring someone for immigration. That makes sense, of course, because the majority of us will never do it. But insofar as people do know about the process, they know it involves getting a green card and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2014

True Story: I Am Sponsoring My Husband For Immigration

There's been one movie everyone has been telling me to see all year, recommended so many times that I've genuinely lost count of the suggestions. It didn't win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It doesn't feature actors that I particularly like. But I've been told that "The Proposal," starring Sandra Bullock as a Canadia…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2014

Watch This Father Sing “Home” With His Daughter And Fight To Bring His Mother Home

Jorge Narvaez became an online sensation a few years ago when he sang a cover of "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on YouTube with his daughter Alexa. Now, he's back in the spotlight with both of his daughters -- this time, to spread the word in support of family…
By: Claire Hannum / April 18, 2014

True Story: I Married My Gay Best Friend

After my traditional engagement to my high school sweetheart fell apart, I was faced with the prospect of another devastating loss: the deportation of my best friend Emir. Desperate to stay in America, Emir tried every legal recourse to obtain a green card, knowing that his return to the Middle East—where gay men are ofte…
By: Liza Monroy / February 12, 2014

Chinese Woman Seeks Asylum In The U.S. Over Forced Birth Control

It's worth a reminder sometimes that the term "reproductive rights" doesn't just mean the right not not reproduce, like with abortion. Reproductive rights can also mean the right to produce, like in the case of Mei Fun Wong, a Chinese woman seeking asylum in the U.S. because she fears she'll be persecuted for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2011

Salma Hayek Says She Was An Illegal Immigrant

Salma Hayek looks kind of like an alien on the cover of V Spain. Which is fitting, because inside the magazine, she reveals that she was once living in the United States as an illegal alien. (Yeah, I don't love that phrase, either. Sorry I had to use it to make that intro work.)…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / December 9, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Meg Whitman Accused Of Employing An Undocumented Maid

Meg Whitman's undocumented maid claimed in a press conference today that she was fired after she asked the California gubernatorial candidate and her husband for help gaining legal status. Nicky Diaz Santillan worked for the Whitman/Harsh family for nine years and claimed they never asked for her legal status before employing her. When Santillan wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 29, 2010

Why Is Sarah Palin Talking About Barack Obama’s Balls?

Fresh off his gabfest with the girls last week on "The View," Sarah Palin is taking a stab at the president's masculinity. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday" yesterday, she said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has "the cojones" — Spanish for "balls" — that President Barack Obama "does not have" to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2010

Meet Gladys Castro, The Illegal Immigrant With A 4.09 GPA

Regardless of your opinion on immigration, we can all agree it's a disappointment when finances prevent an intelligent person from obtaining an education. And 17-year-old Gladys Castro of Fontana, California, is intelligent: the senior has a 4.09 average at Kaiser High School, where she took Advanced Placement classes, led the Advanced Biology Club and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2010

Shakira Shakes Up Controversy Over Arizona’s New Immigration Laws

If I wasn’t already slightly embarrassed to admit that I grew up in Arizona, I am now. With the announcement of the new immigration laws, I want to boycott the state altogether, but unfortunately that’s not an option since my family lives here. In fact, I am here right now with my brother for a…
By: Ami Angelowicz / April 30, 2010

Foreign Battered Women May Be Granted Asylum In The U.S.

Foreign victims of domestic violence may finally be able to escape their abuse; the Obama administration has instated a new policy that may grant some of these victims asylum in the United States. The policy would reverse a Bush administration stance that did not allow foreign abuse victims entry into the U.S.
By: Carrie Wasterlain / July 16, 2009

Legalize American Apparel!

We knew that American Apparel had very liberal views on immigration reform, but not this liberal. The company is under fire from U.S immigration officials for allegedly hiring about 1,600 employees who are not eligible to work in the United States. An additional 200 employees are said to have "discrepancies in their work records." Official…
By: Zandile Blay / July 3, 2009

U.S. Ban On People With HIV Could Be Repealed

Did you know that people with HIV who want to visit the U.S. or move to the U.S. from another country basically can't? For about 20 years, there has been a ban making it really hard for people with the virus to enter the country, even for health conferences. They've been able to apply for…
By: Catherine Strawn / July 17, 2008