#immigration news digest (9/25/2014 edition): h/t @forbes, @DLind, @nytimes, @washingtonpost, @voicesny
Immigration: The Myth Of The “Anchor Baby” via @forbes
[we] often see comments on stories that talk as if a person can come across the border, have a child and stay in the country indefinitely. That isn’t the way it works.
The child migrant crisis seems to be over. What happened? via @DLind
- The surge of child migrants has declined sharply But by the time Congress returned in September, the crisis had completely dropped off the radar of policymakers, the media, and the public.
- Quite simply, the surge of child migrants has stopped.
Mexico Makes Route Tougher for Migrants via @nytimes
under pressure from the United States and other Central American nations, Mexico in recent weeks has taken a rare step toward stemming the flow of migrants, sweeping them off trains, setting up more roadway checkpoints and raiding hotels and flophouses where they congregate on their journey north.
Obama and immigration: High hopes, a mixed record
Obama’s record on immigration is one of caution and deliberation punctuated by moments of determination amid some broken promises. With the president delaying executive action until after the November congressional elections, some Democrats worry that expectations have been raised beyond what he can deliver.
Children of Immigrants
via @nytimes (photography)
In discussions about children of immigrants, scholars often deal with statistics, but rarely with the actual individuals who have their own voices and ideas of identification. We are more than numbers, more than the reports that analyze our educational attainment and economic standing.
This continuing portrait series is inspired by conversations I’ve had with children of immigrants over the past two years. The people I met talked about their childhoods and how they defined American culture. They reflected on self-identification and the imbalance of cultural identity. And they looked at how the label “children of immigrants” affects the members of that community.
Mexicans in NY: The Promise of More Political Clout via @voicesny
There is growing evidence that Mexicans, the fastest growing Latino population in the city, may be on the verge of gaining more political power in the city and the state
But a number of hurdles – such as low citizenship and educational achievement rates – may slow the process down. What’s more, Mexicans are not concentrated in certain areas of the city as some ethnic groups are, but rather are scattered across the city.
Still, attention is increasingly being paid to the Mexican community, and it should be only a matter of time before Carlos Menchaca, the city’s first Mexican-American City Council member, is joined by other representatives of the community. Mexicans are the third largest Latino community in the city after Puerto Ricans and Dominicans.