Born in the USA—To Unauthorized Immigrant Parent(s)


Source: Pew Hispanic Center

Via The Pew Hispanic Center:

An estimated 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the United States in 2008 were the offspring of unauthorized immigrants, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Unauthorized immigrants comprise slightly more than 4% of the adult population of the U.S., but because they are relatively young and have high birthrates, their children make up a much larger share of both the newborn population (8%) and the child population (7% of those younger than age 18) in this country.

These figures are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s March 2009 Current Population Survey, augmented with the Pew Hispanic Center’s analysis of the demographic characteristics of the unauthorized immigrant population using a “residual estimation methodology” it has employed for the past five years.

The new Pew Hispanic analysis finds that nearly four-in-five (79%) of the 5.1 million children (younger than age 18) of unauthorized immigrants were born in this country and therefore are U.S. citizens. In total, 4 million U.S.-born children of unauthorized immigrant parents resided in this country in 2009, alongside 1.1 million foreign-born children of unauthorized immigrant parents.

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A Commitment to Peacekeeping

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From Refugees International:

Saturday May 29th marked the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, a day to recognize the efforts and the sacrifices made by multinational peacekeepers all over the world. The past 15 years have marked both an exponential increase in the number of missions and peacekeepers deployed, and an overwhelming transformation in the very nature of peacekeeping. It has changed from relatively simple monitoring missions to complex, multidimensional efforts to stabilize conflict, support the implementation of peace agreements, re-build governments and – in the meantime – protect civilians from harm.

Any one of these tasks is easier said than done, particularly in the punishing political and geographical spaces that the largest missions have been deployed to.

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A Letter (and a Photograph)

Fidel IS Dead


Some time after completing his autobiography, months before his death. R. A. gave several handwritten, sealed copies of the letter below, addressed to his friends and newspapers, to D. M. K. for mailing at the appropriate time. It appeared in major U. S. papers and abroad.

Dear friends:

Due to my delicate state of health and to the terrible emotional depression it causes me not to be able to continue writing and struggling for the freedom of Cuba, I am ending my life. During the past few years, even though I felt very ill, I have been able to finish my literary work, to which I have devoted almost thirty years. You are the heirs of all my terrors, but also of my hope that Cuba will soon be free. I am satisfied to have contributed, though in a very small way, to the triumph of this freedom. I end my life voluntarily because I cannot continue working. Persons near me are in no way responsible for my decision. There’s only one person I hold accountable: Fidel Castro. The suffering of exile, the pain of being banished from my country, the loneliness, and the diseases contracted in exile would probably never have happened if I had been able to enjoy freedom in my country.

I want to encourage the Cuban people out of the country as well as on the Island to continue fighting for freedom. I do not want to convey to you a message of defeat but of continued struggle and of hope.

Cuba will be free. I already am.


Reinaldo Arenas


From Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas, translated by Dolores M. Koch
© the Estate of Reinaldo Arenas and Dolores M. Koch, 1993. Published
in the U. S. by Penguin Books.

Image: Fidel is Dead in the Bowery by J. M. Alvarez


We Lost Another Champion of Our Humanity

This week we lost Eunice Shriver. Now Kenneth H. Bacon from Refugees International:

Washington, DC – With grief and a deep sense of loss, Refugees International announces that Kenneth H. Bacon, President of Refugees International, died this morning from an aggressive melanoma that spread into his brain. Mr. Bacon, who became President of Refugees International in 2001 and was only 64 years old at the time of his death, devoted the final years of his life to building the organization into the leading advocacy group on refugee crises.

“Ken Bacon was an extraordinary human being. He led by example and dedicated his efforts to help those most vulnerable – refugees and displaced persons across the globe,” said Farooq Kathwari, Chair of the Board of Directors of Refugees International. “We are inspired by his passion, his integrity, his humility, and the dignity with which he faced the inevitable.  We will sorely miss our friend and colleague.”

Under Mr. Bacon’s leadership, Refugees International doubled in size and grew from an organization that largely sounded the alarm on the latest refugee crisis to a program built on sustained advocacy to transform unwieldy and often ineffective international systems. During his tenure, the organization successfully advocated for increased protection and assistance for displaced people in places like Darfur and Iraq, where he focused much of his own work, as well as in Afghanistan, Burma, the DR Congo, Colombia, and Thailand. Mr. Bacon also launched new advocacy programs on peacekeeping and statelessness.

Here’s the complete statement.

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