A Texas state agency is refusing to issue birth certificates for children of undocumented immigrants, a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Austin charges. The suit, filed on behalf of six mothers who were not born in the United States, alleges that the Texas Department of State Health Services has an undeclared policy preventing its employees from issuing the certificates despite the fact that children born on American soil to undocumented immigrants are legal U.S. citizens.

“We are making it impossible for these women to get the legal proof they need to take care of their children, and we are denying U.S. citizen, Texas-born children their basic rights,” Jennifer Harbury, an attorney with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, which filed the suit, told Valley Central (KGBT in Harlingen), the CBS affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley.


See what undocumented immigrants carry across the border
February 7, 2015

1. Carlos Gomez, 34, from Guatemala. He already had lived in Miami for 10 years until he was deported five months ago. He tried to go back to the U.S. but was deported again from Mexico. In his bag was a shirt, scissors, a pair of pants, razor blades, pills, shampoo, deodorant, a can of coke and a T-shirt.

2. Alfredo Núñez, 46, from El Salvador. He wants to go to the U.S. but he thinks it would be okay if he can reach the north of Mexico and find a job there. In his bag, he has a pair of shoes, a bible, toilet paper and a cell phone.

3. Delmis Helgar, 32, from Honduras. She is in a hurry to reach Houston where her little daughter is living with relatives, after her ex-husband was recently deported. In her bag was a make-up set, hand mirror, lip gloss, deodorant, a shirt, a small bible, face gel, a wallet, a cell phone, pills, a battery charger, hair band and two pantyliners.

4. Andres Sanchez, 42, from El Salvador. He lived and worked in Virginia. Two years ago he was caught during a normal police check when he was driving. He was deported. He’s trying to go back to Virginia. He’s traveling with no bag because he wants to look like a local.


Okay so since I keep my tumblr a little semi-anon this is a lot of info I’m about to give out so here goes:

I was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and was brought to the U.S. at the age of 6 to central Texas where I’ve grown up for the rest of my life. I attend Texas State University as a Geography (GIS) major & German minor.

I’m currently having financial troubles regarding my university tuition. Because of my severe depression and undocumented status I will be charged as an out-of-state student come my senior year. As an undocumented students this is incredibly expensive and my family and I can no longer afford it. I’m desperate at this point because I truly don’t want to drop out when I’m so close to finishing. Please help me finish my senior year of university. In my GoFundMe page I have added more details about myself.

My GoFundMe page: http://www.gofundme.com/txstsenior
& paypal: k.rod91@yahoo.com

Please reblog.

THIS! Go @Tia_Oso !! “I am Tia Oso, the black woman who took to the stage and demanded a microphone on July 18 at the Netroots Nation Presidential Town Hall in Phoenix, #Arizona. I did this to focus the attention of the nation’s largest gathering of progressive leaders and presidential hopefuls on the death of #SandraBland and other black women killed while in police custody, because the most important and urgent issue of our day is structural violence and systemic racism that is oppressing and killing black women, men and children. This is an emergency… Organizing is often led by women, but our experiences are often minimized. I, along with the 50 other black organizers attending Netroots Nation 2015, decided we would use the platform of the Presidential Town Hall to demand that former Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) #SayHerName and address the crisis of structural racism and their plans to make sure that black lives matter should they be elected president…Black immigrants experience a double oppression, as they must contend with both the reality of racial discrimination in America as well as its complicated and punitive immigration system..Black leadership must be foregrounded and central to progressive strategies if we are to achieve a multi-racial democracy with social and economic justice for all people. ” For full article : bit.ly/1MmUBge ….. #BlackLivesMatter #migration #SayHerName #undocumented #BlackMigrants #BW #qtpoc #NN15

Introducing: “Visions From The Inside,” a collaborative effort between 15 visual artists and detained migrants at Karnes Detention Center in Texas.

For more info on project: bit.ly/csvisions

Excerpt from letter: “We need the help of all of you because we feel depressed and forgotten in this place.”

"I chose images of mothers holding children because I remember how it felt to be placed in I.C.E detention. All I wanted was the comfort of my mother and I think that the women are incredibly brave, strong and noble in those situations. [Even in detention] they are still fighting for the safety and well being of their children.” -Fidencio Martinez (@artistfidencio)

#VisionsFromTheInside #EndFamilyDetention #DetentionLetters #art4 #art4change #artivism #artivist #activist #politicalart #humanrights #socialjustice #immigration #migration #migrantpower #pinchefrontera #borderlands #Not1More #undocumented #unaccompaniedminors


In the United States, a Congressional mandate requires that approximately Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fill 32,000 beds in immigration detention facilities every day. In Canada, nearly 100,000 people have been detained since 2006.

But for most North Americans, these massive detention facilities are largely invisible. That’s by design. The physical architecture of these spaces remain hidden to the general public. With Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention, Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist and migrant rights organizer Tings Chak peels away this invisibility. In graphic novel form, she walks the reader through these physical spaces step by step.

The intricately illustrated book was released by The Architectural Observer last year and we recently got the chance to talk with Chak about the project and her work with Toronto grassroots organizing group No One Is Illegal.  


Amar escaped the repression in Eritrea as a teenager in order to find a better life. A grueling journey led him to Israel and a small school for undocumented migrants known as Nitzana. While the school welcomed him with open arms, Israeli policy does not, and he will soon have to survive on his own. (x)