September 10th, 2012

California Border Patrol apprehensions hit a new low

via Sacramento Bee:

With the economy still down, sneaking across the California border just isn’t as tempting as it once was for illegal immigrants.

The number of apprehensions by the California Border Patrol fell from about 101,000 in 2010 to 73,000 during 2011, according to new figures from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The number of immigrants apprehended at the California border has fallen 65 percent since the start of the recession and nearly 90 percent since 1992. Apprehensions have also plummeted nationwide.

Read the full report from the Department of Homeland Security here

July 1st, 2012
As the flow of immigrants from Mexico has dwindled in recent years, enrollment at San Francisco’s Mission Education Center has plummeted from a high of 264 students in the mid-2000s to 72 this past spring. Our new chart shows how the shifting immigration trends have impacted the school’s demographics and enrollment. 

Read the full story here.
March 22nd, 2012

Since 1965, when Congress overhauled the nation’s immigration law, the Hispanic population in America has jumped from just under 10 million to more than 50 million in recent years, including about 9.6 million illegal immigrants from Latin America as of 2008, according to the report.

But, according to a new study, the era of mass migration from Mexico appears, for the moment, to be over. Apprehensions of unauthorized border crossers were at the lowest point in decades last year. Legal entries also dropped from 219,000 in 2002 to 139,000 in 2010.

November 14th, 2011
We walked into the jail, and the first thing I smelled was urine. They threw us in a jail that had no beds, no toilets, no shower, nothing but just concrete. It had a little toilet bowl that didn’t work that had urine and trash and all that stuff up in there.

Longtime Los Angeles resident Wilberle Vereus. Vereus was only 2 years old when his family fled Haiti on a boat following the 1991 coup d’état of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. But after a U.S. immigration judge sent him to Haiti this year, Vereus found himself back where he was born, in a country he barely knew.

Since January, the United States has deported more than 250 Haitians knowing that one in two will be jailed without charges in facilities so filthy they pose life-threatening health risks.

July 12th, 2011


Illegal immigrants rescued off Santa Barbara coast: Weak, hungry and stranded on Santa Cruz Island for days, 15 Mexican passengers are rescued after calling 911.

Photo: Santa Cruz Island. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Reblogged from Los Angeles Times
July 7th, 2011


Two voices in the immigration debate today on Fresh Air:

1. Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas explains why he recently came out as an undocumented immigrant in The New York Times Magazine, and what the consequences of that decision have been

2. Mark Krikorian, who runs a think tank that advocates for low immigration and high enforcement of current laws, explains why he believes Jose Antonio Vargas should return to the Philippines.

Reblogged from NPR Fresh Air
June 22nd, 2011
Reblogged from The American Prospect
May 23rd, 2011

From CBS News: The debate on child farm labor: In agriculture, children as young as 12 are allowed to work unlimited hours outside of school. Byron Pitts reports on the “Migrant Stream” and the families who are part of it whose children work alongside them in the fields for minimum wage.

April 21st, 2011


Agents patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border are fighting boredom. Due to increased infrastructure, enforcement and the effects of the recession, arrests of illegal crossers have dropped more than two-thirds from 2000 to 2010.

Photo: The border fence east of San Luis, Ariz. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Reblogged from Los Angeles Times
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