Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

US Politics: Keep a wary eye on the push for a constitutional convention – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Keep a wary eye on the push for a constitutional convention

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

At their annual meeting last weekend,  the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that brings together Republican lawmakers and corporate lobbyists for common causes, discussed plans to hold a constitutional convention, which would be the first since 1787. Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides for such a gathering once two-thirds of the states agree; proposed amendments must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

Today, that means that 34 states must agree to hold the convention. The Guardian’s James Lartey reported  that 28 already do so.  Tom Coburn, a former U.S. senator from Oklahoma who retired from the Senate in 2015 and is now a senior adviser to a group called Convention of States, predicted that it is “three or four years away” and 2.5 million volunteers are on stand-by.           Continue reading

Canada welcomes Caribbean, other immigrants – By Nelson A. King

Canada welcomes Caribbean, other immigrants

July 18, 2018  – BY NELSON A. KING  -Caribbean Life News

Gilles LePage

Photo:  Gilles LePage, New Brunswick minister of Labor, Employment and Population Growth.

While the Trump administration in the United States has stepped up detention and deportation of Caribbean and other immigrants, America’s next-door neighbor, Canada, is doing the opposite — welcoming immigrants.

On Friday June 13, 2018, the Canadian government said ministers responsible for immigration met to jointly plan for the future of immigration in Canada.

“As immigration is a key economic driver that supports job growth, innovation and diversity across Canada, the Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI) met today to discuss key priorities for building on the success of the immigration system,  ” said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the immigration agency, in a statement.             Continue reading

Former Presidents Clinton and Obama on Illegal Immigration – Revealing video

Former Presidents Clinton and Obama on Illegal Immigration – Revealing

Published on Apr 29, 2018

Immigration is a topic that is haunting President Donald Trump’s presidency.

The main street media has painted Trump as unique when it comes to stemming illegal immigration.

Just in case you missed it you need to see and hear what Clinton and Obama had to say about illegal immigration in the United States of America.

Trump is shown as reacting to their statements…. which are quite similar to the ones he has made in the 2016 Presidential Elections, and now as President.

The difference is that he is acting out his beliefs through ACTION...

The hypocrisy of politics is exposed.

The US Deportation Industry – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The US Deportation Industry – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

US- Detention Prison

Families are separated without any pity. The parents are in Texas while the children are in New York, or elsewhere. Deportation is a million-dollar industry in the United States. A number of private contractors are rubbing their hands with anticipation at Donald Trump’s immigration policy. The deporting of 12 million undocumented immigrants, and splitting of families, will make a number of businesses rich.

Obama said recently, ‘It is the imagery of Trump’s proposals that will hurt. The sight of children being wrenched away from parents is most troubling. It is un-American.’ It is definitely contrary to the values of America and indeed to any decent society. But this ‘wrenching’ is exactly what is happening under Trump; people are deported for trivial reasons and families are split with little hope of being reunited.

Read more: The US Deportation Industry

This is not what was meant by ‘suffer the little children…’- By Mohamed Hamaludin

This is not what was meant by ‘suffer the little children…’

By Mohamed Hamaludin

An undocumented Honduran woman claimed immigration agents ripped her infant from her while she was breastfeeding her baby at a detention center in McAllen, Texas, and handcuffed her when she resisted the outrage. The Department of Homeland Security rejected the accusation as “false” but, given the administration’s record on “false” news, the denial will ring hollow to many people.

And, in any case, between April 19 and May 31, 1,995 children were taken from 1,940 adults who crossed the border without documentation, the parents jailed, the children taken into state custody.         Continue reading

Micro-aggression and the Caribbean Diaspora: A Perspective – By Lear Matthews

Micro-aggression and the Caribbean Diaspora: A Perspective

By Lear Matthews

There is a dimension of the immigrant experience that has not received much attention.  Micro-aggression is a concept used by psychologists to describe a phenomenon in multi ethnic societies such as the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. According to Derald Wing Sue and colleagues, micro aggressions can be defined as, “brief and common place daily verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities, intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative slights and insults to the target person or group”.

Micro-aggression may be an expression of contempt, fear, power, self-defense, implicit bias or discrimination. It may also signify a lack of knowledge of a particular group of people. The author will examine this phenomenon as it relates to the English speaking Caribbean Diaspora, with implications for the wider immigrant community. Personal narratives are used to highlight examples and consequences of micro-aggression. An in-depth, empirical-based study on the topic is forthcoming.   Continue reading

Linton Kwesi Johnson: ‘It was a Myth that Immigrants didn’t want to fit into British society’

Linton Kwesi Johnson: ‘It was a Myth that Immigrants didn’t want to fit into British society. We weren’t allowed’

Decca Aitkenhead  | The Guardian UK 

As the Jamaican-born dub poet reflects on decades of race relations in the UK, from the Brixton riots to Windrush, he says young black men carry knives out of fear, and questions how much progress we have made since his time as a teenage Black Panther

When Linton Kwesi Johnson was a boy, he wanted to grow up to be an accountant. “If I was an accountant,” he chuckles softly, sitting surrounded by piles of books and CDs in his modest south-London terrace house: “I would probably be a multimillionaire by now.” The world, on the other hand, would be considerably poorer.    Continue reading

UK: Reckless Tories Are Alienating Minority Voters – Rachel Sylvester | The Times UK

Reckless Tories Are Alienating Minority Voters

Rachel Sylvester | The Times UK

It is almost seven years since the Conservative members of David Cameron’s cabinet were given a presentation setting out the scale of the Tories’ problem among ethnic minority voters. Andrew Cooper, then the prime minister’s director of strategy, told his party’s most senior politicians that “not being white” had become the single biggest driver of not voting Conservative.

According to the former strategist, since elevated to the House of Lords as Lord Cooper of Windrush: “What bothers me most is that they’ve stopped believing it’s a problem.     Continue reading

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reduces ICE cooperation

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reduces ICE cooperation

NY Mayor Bill de Blasio

The two bills, signed into law since Nov. 14, 2014, also end the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at Rikers Island and all City facilities.        Continue reading

Celebrating 180th Anniversary of Indian Arrivals Day in Guyana 

Celebrating 180th Anniversary of Indian Arrivals Day in Guyana 

By Vidur Dindayal

 It is truly wonderful that we are celebrating Indian Arrivals Day. We say thanksgiving prayers to our forbears who suffered and toiled to make a good life for themselves and for us who follow them. We thank them for clearing the path and building a home for us to live and prosper in Guyana, in the new world, far away from mother India.

180 years ago our ancestors first set foot in Guyana. The first batch, 249 in all, sailed from India in the SS Whitby on 13 January 1838 and arrived in Guyana on 5 May 1838 after a voyage of 112 days. The first landings were 164 passengers at Highbury, East Bank Berbice. The SS Hesperus with 165 on board sailed from Calcutta on 29 January 1838 and arrived in Guyana on the night of 5 May 1838.       Continue reading

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