USA Today runs an interesting article about how some activists are making their undocumented status public as a means to stall deportation but also to challenge existing federal deportation policies. The article centers on Mohammad Abdollahi who "got himself arrested during a May 2010 protest of immigration policies and had a friend alert immigration officials of the arrest. He figured that if his case was made public, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials would be hard-pressed to deport him." Interesting article.
From the New York Times: Juan Luis Zelaya, an undocumented immigrant from Honduras, placed 4th out of 6 candidates in his bid to become student body president at Texas A&M. "On the one hand, Mr. Zelaya and other undocumented students receive support and encouragement from university administrators, faculty members and fellow students...Yet at the same time, undocumented students say they have been made to feel unwelcome. At last year’s rally, a student who is a member of a campus conservative group approached Mr. Zelaya and bluntly told him that he had reported him to the federal immigration authorities."
Looks as if that fence is working. The New York Times reports that illegal Mexico-U.S. border crossings are down significantly in recent years. However, to listen to the Republican presidential candidates and the rhetoric coming out of Arizona, one would think it's at an all-time high. This article, though, does a nice job highlighting the debate that is occurring within the
Daniela Pelaez, a high school Valedictorian in Miami, FL, came to the US from Colombia when she was 4. Her mother was detained by customs officials in 2008 and denied re-entry into the US, so Pelaez has been living with her father in Miami. Her brother serves in the US military. Recently a federal judge ordered Pelaez be deported to Colombia, which has caused
From NPR: "Portions of Alabama's strict immigration law will remain in force until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on its predecessor, the Arizona statue that ignited a national firestorm in the debate over illegal immigration." It's going to be a crazy Spring.
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I am an associate professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, and director of the Curriculum & Instruction doctoral program. I serve as an associate editor at Applied Psycholinguistics, and an editor at Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. I was a bilingual teacher in Detroit, MI and have worked in district, state, and nonprofit settings. I work with bilingual learners from multilingual homes in K-8 settings, thinking about language use and development, cross-linguistic relations, instructional interventions, and teacher practice. I've published a bunch of articles and book chapters, and have developed language and reading curricula. I always work in close collaboration with teachers to facilitate the translation of research to practice.