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Should I Stay Or Should I Go? – The Debut Episode of Our New Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

In the pandemic two women wrestle with the same question and reach very different conclusions.


A Haitian-American Finds Her Place in the Black Lives Matter Movement

The killing of George Floyd seems to have pushed more Haitian-Americans than ever to join the movement for equality.


Underground Networks Spring Up to Support Child Migrants

In response to growing numbers of anti-immigrant groups, an informal network emerges to provide humanitarian aid to undocumented child migrants and their families.

What the DOMA Ruling Means for Gay Binational Couples

Erwin de Leon has a clear path to becoming a U.S. citizen now that the Supreme Court repealed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Immigration News Picks, August 24, 2012: Mississippi Gov. Signs Executive Order

Mitt Romney says his goal is to get 38 percent of the Latino vote but will his party’s harsh anti-immigration policies scuttle this plan?

Amid Immigration Debate, a Crackdown in Arizona on Transporting Undocumented Migrants

FI2W’s Valeria Fernandez was a guest on PRI’s The Takeaway. She spoke about the impact of Thursday’s raids on shuttle van companies in Arizona, in which 47 people were arrested.

More Latinos May Have Voted For Obama Than Previously Thought, New Survey Says

By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor

Support for Barack Obama in the presidential election among Hispanic voters may have been even higher than exit polls have indicated. According to a new poll released Thursday by ImpreMedia, the country’s largest Spanish-language newspaper chain, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), Obama’s margin over John McCain may have exceeded the 2-to-1 ratio indicated by earlier surveys.

Seventy-two percent of Latino voters chose the Democrat, said the poll, which surveyed 800 Latino registered voters between November 7 and 14 “in the 21 states with the largest Latino voter populations, and accounting for 93 percent of the Latino electorate,” according to NALEO’s press release.

That figure is higher than the 67 percent announced after Election Day — the difference, according to La Opinion‘s Pilar Marrero, lies in the fact that this survey included early and absentee voters who accounted for “forty percent of Latino voters.”

The poll also seems to confirm that turnout among Latinos was high: 92 percent of registered Latinos surveyed said they voted in this election. Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of the NALEO Educational Fund said in the press release,

The record turnout among Latinos solidifies this emerging electorate as an important voting bloc among U.S. voters. The survey also finds that naturalized immigrant voters and first time voters played a significant role in shaping the Latino vote.

However, the Democratic Party should heed the message of Latino voters in our survey: with their strong support of President-elect Obama and his party, come high expectations.


Get Me a Grande Latte and a Tutorial on Immigration

Despite all the talk about immigration over the past several years, it’s clear that many people are still mystified about how the U.S. immigration system works.  But if you explain it with pictures maybe people will get it.  That’s the approach taken by two magazines –Reason and GOOD– who just published new graphics describing the process of immigrating to the U.S. today.

Both show how long it takes to become an American citizen, how many people are trying to do so, what it really means to “get in line,” and “why coming illegally might seem like an attractive option.”

GOOD’s graphic is on a sheet the magazine distributes for free at, of all places, Starbucks coffee shops nationwide. (Click on the image to see it in a large size on their site.)

Good Sheet - Coming to America

Good Sheet - Coming to America

Reason presents a flow chart showing how difficult and slow it is to immigrate legally. (Click on the image to go to their site and see it in full size.)

Reason Magazine - What Part of Legal Immigration Dont You Understand

Reason Magazine - What Part of Legal Immigration Don't You Understand