Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

“Let Me Try Again” – Poem by Immigrant Salvadoran Poet Javier Zamora

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Border Wall Nogales Mexico Arizona USA

U.S. Border Wall at Nogales, Mexico

My Poetry Corner October 2017 features the poem “Let Me Try Again” by Javier Zamora, an immigrant Salvadoran poet and educator who lives in Northern California. Born in 1990 in a small fishing town in El Salvador, he was a year old when his eighteen-year-old father fled the Civil War (1980-1992). Four years later, his mother joined his father, leaving him with his grandparents. At nine years old, unaccompanied by a family member and under the charge of other undocumented immigrants, ‘Javiercito’ made the treacherous journey to reunite with his parents in the United States.

In “The Shatter of Birds,” dedicated to Abuelita (granny), Zamora recalls her pain at losing him.

Javiercito, you’re leaving me tomorrow
when our tortilla-and-milk breaths will whisper
te amo. When I’ll pray the sun won’t devour
your northbound steps. I’m giving you this conch
swallowed with this delta’s waves

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Do Modern Spanish and Portuguese People have North African or Arab Blood?

Do Modern Spanish and Portuguese People have North African or Arab Blood?

Masaman–  Published on Aug 4, 2017 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc51I9hswbc
Are Spaniards and Portuguese today mixed with North Africans or Arabs?
Today we’re going to be following up our last video on Latin America, and digging up the roots of the Iberian people groups. Because of the hectic environment in pre-modern Iberia, the genetics, language, culture and attitude of the groups living there are quite unique in Europe, and that makes it a very interesting place to learn about. Be sure to let me know your thoughts on Iberia and the rise of the Spaniards and Portuguese in the comments below.
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Guyana Speaks: Guyana’s West African Connection – London UK – 24th September 2017

Guyana Speaks: Guyana’s West African Connection – London UK – Sunday 24th September 2017

Please join us at The Classic, 28 Upper Tooting Road, London, SW17 7PG.   Doors open at 1.30pm.

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Dr. Vibert Cambridge

Our two esteemed presenters, Dr. Michelle Yaa Assantawa, and Rosamond Grant (see flyer for more details), will be joined by Dr. Vibert Cambridge, a recipient of Guyana’s Golden Arrow of Achievement.   He will be speaking via Skype on the contribution of J. A. Barbour-James, a Guianese postal official who worked in the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana) during the first decade of the 20th century.  [See Flyer below]  Continue reading

DEFEND DACA! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

DEFEND DACA! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

DACA Rally SFO – Sept 5, 2017

“This means that we might have to go back to the shadows,” said the two sisters. They were referring to President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program. The sisters were brought to Richmond Hill in Queens as babies. They went to school and attended their local houses of worship.

At weekends, they shopped with their parents on Liberty Avenue and heard about the stories of their parents’ homeland. In fact, there wasn’t a day that they didn’t hear about Guyana, Trinidad, and Surinam, or about life in the United States.     Continue reading

Opinion: Trump’s Impending Immigration Sell-Out – By David Frum

Trump’s Impending Immigration Sell-Out

By leading with DACA, Trump puts immigration control on the path to failure.

David Frum | The Atlantic

President Trump is setting in motion, Tuesday, the worst defeat for the immigration-control cause since President George H.W. Bush signed into law the 1990 Immigration Act, doubling U.S.A. immigration quotas.

But while the elder Bush understood what he was doing, Trump does not.

The 1990 law operated precisely as its authors intended and expected. Today’s immigration actions will produce results almost directly opposite of those advertised.        Continue reading

Haitians flee from the US to Canada’s French-speaking Quebec province

Haitians chasing false promises flee from United States to Canada

NEW YORK, Aug 15 2017 – Thousands of Haitians with uncertain immigration status have fled the United States in recent weeks, walking across the New York border into Quebec seeking a safe haven in Canada, according to the United Nations‘ refugee agency and Canadian immigration lawyers.

An influx of asylum seekers has put a strain on Canadian authorities, which has led them to build tents on the border, shift resources and set up new shelter space. The influx has in part been from Haitians living in the U.S. who say they fear the Trump administration will soon end their protected status in the country, sending them back to Haiti.      Continue reading

NYC: In Little Guyana, Proposed Cuts to Family Immigration Weigh Heavily

In Little Guyana, Proposed Cuts to Family Immigration Weigh Heavily

By VIVIAN WANGAUG. 11, 2017 – New York Times

Richard David’s face is plastered around the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens. Along Liberty Avenue, on posters in the windows of sari shops and roti restaurants, Mr. David advertises his campaign for City Council, which, if successful, would make him New York’s first city councilman of Guyanese descent.

One of Mr. David’s campaign promises: securing money for resources like immigration lawyers or language assistance for the diverse neighborhood that includes Little Guyana, a hub of the largest Guyanese community outside of the country itself.      Continue reading

The Policies of White Resentment – By Carol Andersonaug – NYTimes

The Policies of White Resentment

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USA : The Myth of Reverse Racism – The idea of white victimhood

The Myth of Reverse Racism

The idea of white victimhood is increasingly central to the debate over affirmative action.

Vann R Newkirk II | The Atlantic

Contrary to initial indications, the civil-rights division of the Department of Justice won’t be dismantling affirmative action after all. At least, that’s the current word from Trump administration officials, after a New York Times article claimed the department would be using the broad powers of justice to take on universities that it decided had discriminated against white people.

The DOJ since clarified that it was gearing up to investigate complaints from dozens of organizations alleging that certain universities used quotas — which are illegal — to limit the number of Asian American enrollees.      Continue reading

Canada: Asylum Seekers Overwhelm Quebec’s Refugee Resources – commentary

Asylum Seekers, Fleeing Trump’s Hostility, Overwhelm Quebec’s Refugee Resources

Crossing at remote locations along the border, thousands have left the U.S. for Canada in hopes of attaining refugee status

Photo:  Thousands of asylum seekers have fled the U.S. for Quebec, Canada, in recent months because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant statements and policies. (Photo: Morgan/Flickr/cc)

by  Jessica Corbett, staff writer – https://www.commondreams.org  – August 03, 2017

So many asylum seekers are pouring over the Canadian border from the United States that authorities opened Montreal’s Olympic stadium—a 56,000-seat arena and one of the city’s most famous landmarks—as a temporary welcome center.
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