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A student's bold statement, December 8, 2010
A post yesterday on the trend among young, undocumented student activists and their supporters of revealing their immigration status, done as a political act, has drawn some interesting comments.
They were posted in response to a question: Has revealing immigration status truly become less risky for those who do it?
Recent statements from federal immigration officials have indicated that there's less of a priority being placed on deporting people who would have been eligible for the Dream Act, proposed legislation that failed in the Senate late last year, and which would have granted conditional legal status to young people brought here as minors who went to college or joined the military. Some youths in high-profile cases have had their deportation suspended. Is the risk of deportation for these young people who "come out" no longer so great?
Ninth Circuit Court Rules Against Arizona Immigration Law - New York Times The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Arizona, letting stand a lower court decision that last year blocked the most contentious parts of the state’s anti-illegal immigration law, SB 1070.
French veil ban: First woman fined for wearing niqab - The Guardian A 28-year-old women was stopped by police outside a shopping center near Paris and fined for wearing a full-face veil; the ban on Islamic face coverings went into effect in France yesterday.
Arizona bills targeting illegal immigrants founder - East Valley Tribune Arizona state senate president Russell Pearce had promised colleagues not to push anti-immigrant measures until a budget was approved; there is now an effort to wrap up the session in the next two weeks, with dozens of items still awaiting action.
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Dodger Stadium during a game, May 2006
An insightful comment came in this afternoon in response to the racial tension that's surrounded the attack on opening day at Dodger Stadium of Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan from Santa Cruz. There has been a racial undercurrent to the story since it was reported that the two suspects who violently beat Stow, who is white, were described as Latino.
Soon afterward, anti-Latino comments began appearing beneath the news reports online. This phenomenon has spread, bubbling into the mainstream via the talk-radio circuit. I wrote about this occurring in a post last Friday, which in turn generated more anti-Latino reaction. There was one comment on the site that I had to delete, which I wrote about earlier today.
In response to today's post, a reader named Jose posted the comment below, which I'm reprinting in its entirety, with slight copyedits. While I haven't closely followed the saga of of the team's owners, which he writes about also, he makes interesting observations about the climate at the stadium and more:
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The team logo behind home plate, August 2009
The "uncomfortable racial undercurrent" I mentioned in a post Friday on the discussion surrounding the severe beating of a white San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium opening night, by two men described as Latino, has not become any more comfortable over the weekend.
In the post, I highlighted an essay from a Latino writer that addressed the racial undercurrent, which began brewing after reports described the suspected ethnicity of the men who attacked Santa Cruz paramedic Bryan Stow. I also highlighted a few of several racially charged comments posted beneath just one of the news reports, an early story on the local CBS News website.
Since Friday, the discussion has attracted more of the same on the Multi-American site. A comment from a reader identified as Leo Fryer referred to the attacks and/or violence as "part of Hispanic culture," then went south from there, referring to Latinos as insects and calling for their being "exterminated." I was about to take the comment down (all opinions are welcome, but the line is drawn at cursing and hate speech) when responses to it began coming in, illustrating the racial tension surrounding the attack. Here are a couple of other readers' responses:
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A couple of posts last month addressed a strategy that a growing number of undocumented youths have embraced as they campaign for legalization, revealing their immigration status as a political act.
It took off last year as undocumented college students campaigned for the Dream Act, proposed legislation that would have granted conditional legal status to young people brought here illegally as minors if they attended college or joined the military. The bill died in the Senate last December, but students and their supporters have not given up their campaign.
Some perceive "coming out" as equal parts catharsis and political strategy, and see the trend continuing. Here's how Jorge Gutierrez, a young man I spoke with last month, put it when I asked him if he saw revealing immigration status as becoming a cultural norm among his peers: