Returning to Mexicali – My (Un)Documented Life


This past weekend I had the opportunity to return to Mexicali after over a decade of growing up undocumented in the United States.  I had an amazing time with my husband, relatives, and friends.

via Returning to Mexicali – My (Un)Documented Life.

How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts



How Race Is Made in America examines Mexican Americans—from 1924, when American law drastically reduced immigration into the United States, to 1965, when many quotas were abolished—to understand how broad themes of race and citizenship are constructed. These years shaped the emergence of what Natalia Molina describes as an immigration regime, which defined the racial categories that continue to influence perceptions in the United States about Mexican Americans, race, and ethnicity.

Molina demonstrates that despite the multiplicity of influences that help shape our concept of race, common themes prevail. Examining legal, political, social, and cultural sources related to immigration, she advances the theory that our understanding of race is socially constructed in relational ways—that is, in correspondence to other groups. Molina introduces and explains her central theory, racial scriptswhich highlights the ways in which the lives of racialized groups are linked across time and space and thereby affect one another. How Race Is Made in America also shows that these racial scripts are easily adopted and adapted to apply to different racial groups.

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HT Steven Riley @mixed_race

Number Of Unaccompanied Minors Detained At U.S. Border Continues To Rise

The number of unaccompanied minors detained at the U.S. border with Mexico continues to rise, with more than 6,700 taken into custody in December alone, according to the latest figures released this week.


The number is a jump from roughly 5,600 detained in November and 4,973 in October, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Compared to same three-month period in 2014, the number of apprehensions in 2015 represents a 117% jump.


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Invoking Holocaust, 1,000 rabbis deliver letter asking Congress to welcome refugees and “not make the same mistake”

Jewish leaders implore the U.S. to “welcome the stranger,” not to turn away refugees as it did during the Holocaust

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Scared, vulnerable kids migrating from Central America need more legal help

Navigating the American court system without an attorney is hard. Imagine what it’s like for an immigrant child seeking refuge in the U.S. — alone.

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Tech leaders make immigration a moral issue, not an economic one

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman runs into a problem when he advocates for immigration reform in Washington. Yet the tech sector has failed to win over Washington — despite multimillion-dollar advocacy campaigns. With the composition of the Republican-led House, which has blocked immigration reform, unlikely to change in 2016, their current strategy won’t work. Instead of using typical techie metrics-speak to explain how granting legal status to the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants

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Immigrants, Latinos Helped Drive Business Creation Last Year

Immigrants helped boost business creation in 2014, index finds, while share of new Latino business owners also climbed.


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Qián Xuésēn (1911-2009), also known as Tsien Hsue-shen or H.S. Tsien or 钱学森, was a top rocket scientist in the US in the 1940s and then, after the US deported him in 1955, a top rocket scientist in China. He helped to found the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in the US and China’s aerospace industry.
That decision to deport him has affected the balance of power between China and the US ever since.


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