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Undocumented Youth Arrested at Protests for DREAM Act in Georgia

By Fi2W blogger Aswini Anburajan

From The American Prospect

It’s worth noting a Georgia protest where seven undocumented youth got arrested Wednesday for sitting in the middle of a busy intersection to protest a rule that bans undocumented students from attending Georgia universities. This is the latest in a series of escalating protests in response to the DREAM Act, and we’ll have to see what happens with these youth.

Should they be threatened with deportation, it’ll raise the furor of the Latino community, and without a doubt, place the White House in the middle of the immigration fray once again.

Read the whole post at The American Prospect.

Texas Excludes Low Income Latinos from Census

From The Media Consortium’s Weekly Diaspora.

As Claudio Rowe reports at Equal Voice Newspaper / New America Media, officials in Hidalgo County, Texas, are planning to sue the federal government for failing to count as many as 300,000 Texas residents living along the U.S.-Mexico border. The residents, most of whom live in unincorporated subdivisions called colonias, are predominately U.S.-born Latinos (65 percent). Though community organizers spent months preparing families to participate in the census, the federal government failed to mail census forms to 95 percent of colonia residents—allegedly deeming them “hard to count.” The omission could lose the state tens of millions of dollars in social services funding over the next decade.

Texas welcomes wealthy Mexican immigrants, rejects working class undocumented

At the Texas Observer, Melissa Del Bosque notes that, while U.S. immigration policy has grown increasingly hostile towards Mexican immigrants in general, the government has been remarkably accommodating toward wealthy Mexican immigrants. She reports that Texas border cities are doing everything they can to encourage Mexican investment in the state, even brokering deals with the federal government to expedite visas for wealthy investors eager to flee Mexico’s security crisis

Read more at The Media Consortium’s Weekly Diaspora.

 

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