Does he look illegal? American activist fights for immigrant rights

January 31, 2011 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Arizona, Immigrant Stories, Podcasts 
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Roberto Reveles is an immigrant rights activist in Phoenix, Arizona.

Click here to listen to a podcast of the entire interview with Roberto Reveles.

When I met immigrant rights activist Roberto Reveles on a blazing hot summer day in downtown Phoenix for an interview, he was wearing a shirt that said, “Do I look illegal?” And I thought to myself yes, you do. But as I would soon find out, there is much more to this American son of Mexican immigrants than his sense of humor.

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Why Jose jumped the fence: A story of illegal immigration

October 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Jose Montes says he jumped the fence when he came to the U.S. illegally 30 years ago. He then went back to Mexico a year later to play in his band. When he returned to the U.S., he got caught by U.S. Border Patrol, but was able to get back into the U.S. on a subsequent trip. He is now a U.S. citizen.

Watch the video below as Jose explains why he chose to enter the United States illegally. Also, Jose shares his views on Arizona’s controversial immigration law SB 1070.

Not the Land of Opportunity she expected: An Iranian refugee loses her father in a taxicab robbery

October 7, 2010 by · 14 Comments
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When it comes to crime and immigration, I usually hear about immigrants coming to the United States and committing crimes. To take a look at the other side of this equation, I decided to explore the story of an immigrant family whose taxicab-driving father was allegedly killed by Americans last year.

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Lida Vatanpour

On the summer evening before Lida Vatanpour headed for an organic chemistry make-up exam at the University of Texas at Dallas, the 29-year-old Iranian with reddish-highlighted black hair, dark eyes and a pretty smile called her father.

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U.S. Immigration Laws–Native American Style

August 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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I came across this Current TV video clip that shows what would happen if the Native Americans had implemented United States-like immigration laws. The Native Americans’ worries about the newcomers from England are quite funny and reflect a lot of current attitudes in the United States. I enjoyed the talking buffalo character who is definitely anti-immigration.

Crime, immigration laws and a father’s anger

July 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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The words of an Arizona state senator’s wife in December 2004, as quoted in a Reuters article, could be credited with inspiring the legislation behind Arizona’s newest and very controversial immigration law SB 1070, which was partially blocked by a federal judge on Wednesday.

Already a fierce opponent of illegal immigration, Senator Russell Pearce, Sean’s father, began firing off one legislative proposal after another to curb illegal immigrants’ access to employment, voting, bail and public benefits.

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