South Africa’s new scapegoats |Pambazuka

Contrary to the US immigration debacle, South Africa’s legislative body welcomes its immigrant population with civil rights and social services. With firm legislation in place, social and economic troubles rise to the surface.  The buzzword or media go to is ‘xenophobia.’ This article cuts across most political speech and straight to the history and culture of the native vs immigrant argument in South Africa.

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On a longer view, in the two decades since the end of apartheid, South Africa has absorbed, largely peacefully, migrants comprising more than 10% of its 50m population. In such a situation many other societies would have developed outright xenophobia. The liberal climate in the multi-ethnic townships and informal settlements contributed to the integration of migrants.

So why is this positive model collapsing? Observers believe disappointment at the slow progress in public wellbeing, given the overly-high expectations raised post-apartheid, has led to frustration and anger now directed against foreigners—instead of questioning the performance and quality of South Africa’s own leaders.

via Pambazuka – South Africa’s new scapegoats.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) bites into Senate on stalling immigration vote.

Chuck Schumer lights a fire under Senate on Immigration Bill prompting a robust response from Sen. Chuck Grassling. He urges the Senate not to use recent gun violence to sidetrack Immigration Bill voting.


Immigration: Black Caucus to Fight for Diversity Visas and African, Caribbean Immigrants | Politic365

Black Caucus

“The gloves are coming off — the point system is not enough,” said a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus yesterday on the issue of the diversity visa lottery being axed in the “gang of eight” immigration legislation.

“We’re having a press conference next week on diversity visas,” confirmed CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH) after the House completed their last votes Thursday. One member of the CBC stated this week that he will not vote for an immigration bill that does not include the diversity visa program.

via Immigration: Black Caucus to Fight for Diversity Visas and African, Caribbean Immigrants | Politic365.

Are Black Immigrants Forgotten in the Immigration Debate?

Of the nearly 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. in 2011, 80 percent came from Mexico or Latin America. But Hispanic immigration is decreasing and according to CBS News, “for the first time since 1910, Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia.” In an interview with The Root, Rep. Yvette Clarke (D, New York) explained that while some of the challenges facing immigrants are universal, others depend on the country of origin.

via Are Black Immigrants Forgotten in the Immigration Debate?.

RAW VIDEO: Native American Confronts

A Native American man criticized protesters at an Arizona rally against illegal immigration calling them the real illegals for invading his country and killing Native Americans when Europeans first settled on US soil.


How Immigration Reform Could Expand Incarceration of Immigrants – COLORLINES

The House made its first formal foray into immigration reform yesterday at a lengthy Judiciary Committee hearing in which Republicans struck a familiar chord. Despite record-setting deportation levels in recent years, Republican members of the committee were in broad agreement that they want even more enforcement before they could sign onto the comprehensive reform ideas laid out by Senate negotiators and President Obama.

via How Immigration Reform Could Expand Incarceration of Immigrants – COLORLINES.

Wanna Get Involved in the Coming Immigration Reform Fight? Here’s How

With Obama’s proposals only a hazy shade more inclusive than the Senate’s plan, and with the inevitable back room dealing and negotiating already underway, is there any room for everyday people who aren’t lobbyists and professional activists to insert themselves?

via Wanna Get Involved in the Coming Immigration Reform Fight? Here’s How.