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Task force on new Americans highlights importance of immigrant media

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(Image courtesy of New America Media.)

Elena Shore | New America Media

When President Obama announced his executive actions on Nov. 20, the two most controversial programs got the most attention. The expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the launch of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), which would temporarily protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, were blocked from going into effect by a federal judge, a decision that is now being appealed.

Research: Art activities preserve health, heritage for ethnic elders

Photo: Marlene Herrera holds up a saddle blanket woven by her great aunt. (Colleen Keane/Navajo Times)

Photo: Marlene Herrera holds up a saddle blanket woven by her great aunt. (Colleen Keane/Navajo Times)

Colleen Keane | Navajo Times / New America Media 

ALAMO, N.M. — Carefully dragging out a large, clear plastic container from her bedroom closet, Marlene Herrera, a member of the Alamo Navajo community said, “I’m glad I saved these.” 

For some English learners, math fluency transcends language

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Nancy Lopez and Daniel Jimenez

South Kern Sol / New America Media, Commentary

Editor’s Note: When it comes to math, English Learner (EL) students – the fastest growing segment of public school students in the country – continue to fall near the bottom in state and national assessments. According to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), in California only 8 percent of fourth-graders and 3 percent of eight-grade EL students tested proficient. But for some immigrant students, who struggle to adjust to a new language and culture, math can be the great equalizer. Many discover a fluency in numbers made possible in large part thanks to exposure in their home countries, where math instruction often outpaces levels in U.S. classrooms. 

Math is Harder in Mexico

Coming to the United States at the age of 13 was without doubt a difficult experience. Being at school and not understanding anything beyond “Hi”, “Bye” and “What is your name?” was very frustrating, especially because I cherished academics. 

Latino families at the center of immigrant and LGBT rights

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‘When love prevails’

Dave Montez | New America Media Op-ed

Growing up in a small, rural Colorado town and knowing you’re gay isn’t easy. I did it with the love and support of an amazing family, but their journey to acceptance wasn’t without its bumps and detours. For some in my family, it took time for them to accept me, but as Latinos, we don’t turn our backs on family. In the end, love prevailed.

Exile is punishment — A right to counsel for immigrant detainees

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Juan Rocha

New America Media | Commentary

Exile is the state or a period of forced absence from one’s country or home. One synonym for exile is deportation. Last year the United States government deported more than 400,000 people; though all of them were born outside the United States, many of them arrived as children and knew only life in the United States, while others assimilated and adopted the United States as their own country. One of those 400,000 deportees was a man named Paul.

A new Bracero Program will hurt farmworkers

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David Bacon

New America Media | Op-ed

Most media coverage of immigration today accepts as fact claims by growers that they can’t get enough workers to harvest crops. Agribusiness wants a new guest worker program, and complaints of a labor shortage are their justification for it. But a little investigation of the actual unemployment rate in farmworker communities leads to a different picture.

NSA spying casts open Internet debate in new light

Joseph Torres and Malkia Cyril

New America Media | Commentary

Our nation’s Internet freedom is under attack — and the consequences for communities of color couldn’t be greater. 

The August strategy — Immigrant rights activism heats up

Photo courtesy of Alliance for Citizenship

Photo courtesy of Alliance for Citizenship

Elena Shore

New America Media News Report

About 40 leaders of immigration reform advocacy organizations were arrested Thursday on Capitol Hill. The group was there as part of a protest aimed at pressuring the House GOP into passing an immigration reform bill with a pathway to citizenship.

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