New American Media: DACA Gives Korean Immigrant a ‘Shot in the Arm’

Korean American DACA recipient Brian Cheong. cr: Viji Sundaram

Korean American DACA recipient Brian Cheong. cr: Viji Sundaram

OAKLAND, Calif. – Somewhere, in some corner of his mind, 25-year-old Brian Cheong was aware since he was in middle school that he, like the rest of his family, was undocumented.

But school in Baltimore, Md., was exciting for the Korean immigrant. He studied hard, honed up on his leadership and oratorical skills in high school, and became a bandleader. Being undocumented didn’t seem to matter – at least not until he began applying to colleges in the Bay Area, where he, his sisters and his parents moved soon after he graduated from high school.

Most Drug Smugglers Arrested by Border Patrol are U.S. Citizens

SAN DIEGO — Immigration advocates say a new report showing the vast majority of people caught smuggling drugs into the country are U.S. citizens starkly contrasts with public perception.

The study by the Center for Investigative Reporting shows three out of four people caught with drugs by the U.S. Border Patrol are U.S. citizens. Looked at another way, four out of five drug busts by the agency involve at least one American.

“Immigrants are the scapegoats,” said Andrea

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Guerrero of Alliance San Diego, a group that focuses on border issues and immigration.

“The public perception is that drug runners are immigrants, but this report shows us very clearly that drug runners are American. American citizens,” she said.

Thousands of American citizens flagged for deportation since 2008, report says

A Secure Communities protest in L.A. (AP)


By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout

Thousands of  American citizens flagged for deportation since 2008 have been U.S. citizens, a new report says.

Secure Communities is a federal program that scours fingerprint logs from local jails for illegal immigrants to deport. A report from the Berkeley Law Center in California finds that 1.6 percent of Secure Communities apprehensions, in a random sample of arrests, were American citizens.

“If we extrapolate” that percentage to the more than 225,000 arrests or bookings into Immigration and Customs Enforcement from Secure Communities since 2008, “then we find that approximately 3,600 US citizens have been apprehended by ICE from the inception of the program through April 2011,” the authors write.

OUTLAW: My Life As an Undocumented Immigrant

by Jose Antonio Vargas for

This article was originally published in the New York Times Magazine.

One August morning nearly two decades ago, my mother woke me and put me in a cab. She handed me a jacket. “Baka malamig doon” were among the few words she said. (“It might be cold there.”) When I arrived at the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport with her, my aunt and a family friend, I was introduced to a man I’d never seen. They told me he was my uncle. He held my hand as I boarded an airplane for the first time. It was 1993, and I was 12.

Rep. Cleaver: GOP Manufactures Black-Brown Tensions

by Julianne Hing

On Tuesday members of the Congressional Black Caucus led by Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver lambasted Republicans during a House Immigration Subcommittee hearing for trying to generate tension between black and immigrant communities in an effort to pass anti-immigrant bills that would serve neither community.

The committee’s newly appointed leaders—Reps. Elton Gallegly, Steve King and Lamar Smith, are longtime anti-immigration hardliners who gathered folks for a panel called “Making Immigration Work for American Minorities,” in which House members debated the impact that immigrants had on high unemployment and depressed wages in communities of color. Gallegly, King and Smith argued that immigrants drove down wages and were primarily responsible for the unemployment crisis in black communities.

“I am concerned by the majority’s attempt to manufacture tension between African-Americans and immigrant communities. It seems as though they would like for our communities to think about immigration in terms of ‘us versus them,’ and I reject that notion,” Cleaver said in his statement, the AP reported.