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Semana Nacional de Migración 2011

25 Oct

Con la presencia del Presidente de la República Mexicana el Lic. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, la Lic. Margarita Zavala Gómez del Campo, El Secretario de Gobernación Francisco Blake Mora, entre otras personalidades del medio de la política mexicana, el 17 de octubre se dio por iniciada la semana nacional de migración 2011, cuyo tema central fue: “Los Derechos humanos del migrante niños, niñas y adolescentes no acompañados”.

La sociedad civil tuvo especial participación en este esfuerzo, compartiendo espacios con instituciones gubernamentales abordando temas de derechos humanos universales y análisis normativos en materia de migración en México, refugiados y derechos humanos de los migrantes.

La Fundación Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) como actor relevante en la agenda binacional entre México y Estados Unidos fue invitado especial del Gobierno de México, teniendo presencia en la Ceremonia de Inauguración, en las conferencias magistrales y en una Reunión Privada con la Lic. Margarita Zavala quien convocó a 10 organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil para trabajar con ella en una agenda común a favor de los migrantes y de la región, asuntos que sonde interés medular para el desarrollo de los objetivos de la fundación como lo fueron: Derecho del migrante a la identidad, Derecho al voto: los mexicanos residentes en el extranjero, Derecho a la educación.

El segundo día de actividades MATT se hizo presente en la premiación de del 1er concurso de tesis sobre migración internacional 2011, la Directora en México Laura Ballesteros Mancilla, en representación de Aracely García Granados, compartió presídium con la Lic. Margarita Zavala, Presidenta Nacional del DIF, El comisionado del Instituto Nacional de Migración el Dr. Salvador Beltrán del Río, el Mtro. Javier Díaz de León Director ejecutivo del Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, se le entregó el premio por su tesis de maestría al Mtro. Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa quien fue elegido por el comité dictaminador de este concurso como el máximo ganador con la tesis de título “De la repatriación de cadáveres al voto extraterritorial. Política de emigración y gobiernos estatales en el centro occidente de México”.

La Mtra. Ballesteros Mancilla resaltó la labor que de manera conjunta se ha venido realizando con el Instituto Nacional de Migración, con el IME y demás dependencias de gobierno que apoyan a que el Programa Yo soy México sea posible, de igual manera agradeció a la Presidenta Nacional del DIF por emprender la tarea de redefinir las políticas públicas en materia de migración.

En el tercer y último día, en la reunión privada con la Lic. Margarita Zavala y 10 Organizaciones de la sociedad civil, entre las presentes se encontraban Ashoka, Caminos Posibles, Fundación BBVA, Fundación KELLOGG, la Fundación Apple Seeds, la Universidad Intercontinental, el Tecnológico de Monterrey, entre otras.

Para MATT fue una semana de mucha proyección, debido a la vinculación que se hizo con altos funcionarios de gobierno, con organizaciones de la sociedad civil y demás órganos estatales y municipales que están interesados en colaborar de manera conjunta con las fundación, fue una semana de logros y éxitos cosechados, toda vez que la apertura de foros públicos que se logró de un universo de cientos de ONG´s en México MATT tiene la fortuna de estar en el primer círculo de estas Organizaciones que de manera conjunta con el gobierno de México abordaran en los próximos meses el tema migratorio y de la cual han sido reconocidos sus programas y trabajo que se ha venido realizando.

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Lady Gaga: Canta canción en contra de la SB1070

9 May

By Doris Marquez  @ Matt.org
Lady Gaga: “No apoyo las injustas leyes de inmigración en mi país”, exclamó la cantante en un concierto que ofreció en la ciudad de Guadalajara, “Quiero justicia, todos queremos justicia e igualdad, y escribí esta canción que pide justicia para los inmigrantes en mi país”.

Gaga comentó que la canción “ Americano” de su más reciente album “Born This Way” según las declaraciones publicadas por la Prensa  Asociada , Gaga mencionó que esta canción es una respuesta a la controversial ley antiinmigrante SB1070.

La cantante ha dado declaraciones que “Americano” habla o es acerca de las comunidades que hasta hoy son discriminadas en EE.UU , como aquellos que fueron o son afectados por la ley de inmigración y así mismo los que estan a favor de el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo.

Gaga , mencionó en una conferencia que se llevó en la ciudad de México que ella tiene  un gran apresio por la cultura mexicana y que esta totalmente en desacuerdo con las leyes antiimigrantes.

Además la cantante ofreció un concierto en la ciudad de Phoenix, AZ, y en el cual la cantante portaba en unos de sus brazos un mensaje que decia , “STOP SB1070”.

La letra de la canción “Americano” en cuestión incluye la frases en español e inglés:

“Mis canciones son de la revolución; Mi corazón me duele por mi generación; If you love me, we can marry on the west coast; On a wednesday, en el verano en agosto”.

Luego, la canción termina repitiendo “Don’t you try to catch me; Don’t you try to catch me; No, no, no, no; Don’t you try to catch me; I’m living on the edge of the law, law, law, law


Foto: Cortesía de lancelovesgaga.blogspot.com

Madres inmigrantes

6 May

By Doris Marquez @Matt.org

El día 10 de Mayo , significa mucho para muchas mujeres , ya que se festeja el día de las madres en México. Pero hay muchas mujeres inmigrantes que tienen poco que celebrar ya que muchas madres inmigrantes se encuentran lejos de sus hijos.

Me encantaría compartir con ustedes la historia de América López una madre quien decidió inmigrar con su prima a los Estados Unidos.

Cuando América tomó la decisión de dejar El Salvador e inmigrar a EU fue muy difícil para ella dejar a sus hijos de 7 y 11 años de edad. América comentó “Uno siente que se desgarra por dentro. Hacer ese esfuerzo es muy difícil en el momento”.

Desde hace seis años , América esta madre salvadoreña le dijo adiós a sus seres más queridos para emprender el mismo viaje que cientos de miles de madres han realizado hacia EE.UU en busca de una mejor vida  para sus hijos.

lamentablemente  es muy triste lo que muchas mujeres tiene pasar , y más aún siendo madres. Así que este día de las madres no hay que olvidarnos de este magnifico día y agradecerles a estas grandiosas mujeres lo que hacen por sus seres más queridos.

Aquí les mostrare  otro caso,  María otra madre inmigrante

One More Reason for Immigration Reform: To Ease the Budget Deficit

18 Apr

by Regina Cantu @ Matt.org

The current budget mess is one more reason why I think we should be doing something about immigration.While immigration policy did not cause the crisis, changing the policy could bring immediate reductions in government spending. And unlike most other proposed spending cuts, there would be no pain felt by every-day Americans.

There are 12 million people in this country without documentation. A portion of them are already paying taxes, but imagine if all of them did? There are 65,000 undocumented kids a year graduating from high school without a means to work and contribute to the economy.

But this idea is hardly a novel one. In 2010, before the most recent budget crisis, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern and Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), both Democrats on the bipartisan fiscal commission, said reforms giving the 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States a chance to stay in the U.S. legally could boost the economy and thereby help pay down the debt.

Becerra, a member of the House Democratic leadership and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said there’s a “credible connection” between immigration and the country’s economic situation. Millions work in an “underground economy” in which they neither pay taxes nor contribute to entitlement programs such as Social Security, he said.

If you’re thinking in terms of this fiscal commission and our efforts to try to get this budget realigned, it makes sense to consider something that could add tens of billions or hundreds of billions to the economy,” Becerra said in an interview.

Former President Bill Clinton has also backed the idea of increasing the legalization of immigrants to help the country’s fiscal situation. He was quoted at a fiscal summit in Washington saying that policy changes to ensure entitlements stay solvent and to cut deficits “will be less draconian if there’s more people in the system.”

Reform to build a more inclusive economy is not just about legalization. Even for documented immigrants barriers to economic security and opportunity are pervasive, so turning work into wealth is elusive. Immigrants tend to work in jobs without health or retirement benefits, essential elements of the “wealth escalator,” and while many of them pay taxes, they are ineligible for many public benefit programs they help to support. In addition, their daily demands, their low-wage jobs, and language barriers often make higher education prohibitive, and job-training programs to get them into living-wage jobs are often non-existent.

According to the Center for American Progress, pursuing an “enforcement-only” policy would cost us $2.6 trillion over 10 years. It’s time we look at immigration not as a problem, but an opportunity to craft a policy that both recognizes that immigrants make valuable contributions to our economy and supports their ability to do. Our budget depends on it.

I just don’t want it delayed anymore,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who was arrested during an immigration protest last weekend outside the White House. “I think the commission should work forward. [There’s] not a problem with including it. It’s a win-win situation, both for immigrants and our economy.

When we talk about the budget, we typically fall into a narrow discussion around what to cut and what not to. But what we need to talk are larger issues about taxation and the tax base. A 2010 study by the Center for American Progress found:

legalizing the roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants through comprehensive immigration reform as well as making future flows more flexible would grow the economy by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. The stark number cuts into the credibility of claims by immigration restrictionists that immigration reform during an economic recession is implausible

There are a lot of ways to “fix” the budget. This is one feature that would benefit us all.

Se rendirá homenaje a los inmigrantes en Nueva York

15 Apr

By Doris Marquez      matt.org

Apartir de este año en adelante se rendirá homenaje anual a los inmigrantes solicitandoles que compartan sus historias personales sobre como, cuando llegaron a EE.UU, y como lograron cumplir su sueño americano.

El pasado lunes 11 de Abril , comenzó la Semana de la Herencia de los Inmigrantes 2011 (Immigrant Heritage Week) con actividades culturales en museos , galerías y centro comunitarios de Manhattan , Brooklyn entre otros.

Añadiendo , que este año se le esta solicitando a inmigrantes de todo el mundo que expliquen y compartan sus experiencias , de amigos o de sus familiares. Las cuales serán grabadas y serán expuestas al público en donde podrán ser escuchadas por internet.

La comisionada de la Oficina de Asuntos del Inmigrante de la Ciudad , Fátima Shama comentó: “Queremos captar las historias que es importante que celebremos como inmigrantes, pero que también queremos compartir con otras personas , agregandó también “Todos tenemos una historia que contar”.

Los inmigrantes que esten interesados en compartir sus historias deberán comunicarse a la organización sin ánimo de lucro Storycorps y reservar el día y la hora para poder llevar acabo la entrevista.

Los organizadores de la Semana de la Herencia de los Inmigrantes tiene actividades de la octava edición, en las cuales pretenden demostrar la diversidad de la ciudad y las riquezas culturales.

Por otro lado  Shama, comentó que el programa de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York , Citizenship Now , brindarán asistencia legal gratuita pero solo para asuntos migratorios.

Para mayor informacion visitar la página de internet.  Storycorps

Foto: Cortesía de nyc.gov

Native-Born America Gives Jobs to “Illegal Aliens”

12 Apr

Courtesy of Rob Smith Jr. at http://www.robsmithjr.com

By Tina Kosikowski

Try this on for size with the nativist nearest you: native-born America gives jobs to “illegal aliens.” According to the Embassy of Mexico and Carlos Rodriguez, candidate for the 28th Congressional District of California, evidence argues AGAINST the myth that so-called illegal aliens steal jobs from “real” Americans. If anything, the opposite is true…

The Embassy of Mexico goes into detail.

Myth: Undocumented immigrants are taking jobs away from Americans.

REALITY: Undocumented Immigrants differ from U.S. citizens in their economic sectors and occupation.

Among unauthorized immigrants in the labor force, 30% are service workers and 21% are construction workers. An additional 15% are production and installation workers. Two-thirds (66%) of unauthorized immigrant workers are employed in these three broad categories; by contrast, only 31% of U.S.-born workers perform those jobs […]

Undocumented immigration is sensitive to labor market demand. Immigrants are more likely to work in seasonal activities, such as agriculture, which suffer the largest job losses during downturns. Therefore, the size of the immigrant population changes in response to economic downturns or expansion […]

Immigration is not the cause of today’s high unemployment rates. In fact, reliable estimates show that immigration levels —both undocumented and applications for H-1B visas for high-skilled professionals— have fallen along with the economic downturn […]

Carlos Rodriguez, candidate for the 28th Congressional District of California, put it into perspective.

Myth debunked: Illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from Americans.

Truth:There is very little overlap between American jobs and immigrant work.  The vast majority of the undocumented population speak little English, are low skilled, are uneducated and secure the worst paying jobs. By contrast, only 7% of the American labor force has less than a High School diploma and the cities with the highest unemployment rates are in the Midwest, that coincidentally have the lowest rates of immigration.

Bottom line:  An English speaking American who has taken advantage of all this country has to offer does not compete with undocumented workers for the same jobs. Immigrants have always come to do immigrant work.

Even the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco weighs in on the Effect of Immigrants on U.S. Employment and Productivity:

The effects of immigration on the total output and income of the U.S. economy can be studied by comparing output per worker and employment in states that have had large immigrant inflows with data from states that have few new foreign-born workers. Statistical analysis of state-level data shows that immigrants expand the economy’s productive capacity by stimulating investment and promoting specialization. This produces efficiency gains and boosts income per worker. At the same time, evidence is scant that immigrants diminish the employment opportunities of U.S.-born workers.

The Embassy of Mexico, Mr. Carlos Rodriquez, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco did NOT arrive to these conclusions over heated debate. Authoritative, verifiable information and research support these truths. I LOVE comments and opposing view points. If you decide to share yours in opposition to the premise of this post, please be prepared to cite your sources and stick to the facts!

“Illegal Aliens” = Taxpayers

24 Mar

By Tina Kosikowski @ MATT.org

My favorite undocumented immigrant myth of all time: they don’t pay taxes.

Bottom line: statistics prove undocumented workers contribute more to government coffers than they consume services. Good luck getting nativists to stick to the facts on this topic…

Did you know, according to the Social Security Administration, approximately two thirds of all undocumented workers in the U.S. pay the same federal taxes as citizens do (Social Security, Medicare, and personal income) by means of an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN)?

Did you know the only services undocumented immigrants can legally access from means-tested government programs is K-12 public education and emergency medical care?

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS),

“…an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service… ITINs are for federal tax reporting only, and are not intended to serve any other purpose. IRS issues ITINs to help individuals comply with the U.S. tax laws, and to provide a means to efficiently process and account for tax returns and payments for those not eligible for Social Security Numbers (SSNs).

An ITIN does not authorize work in the U.S. or provide eligibility for Social Security benefits or the Earned Income Tax Credit… ITINs are issued regardless of immigration status because both resident and nonresident aliens may have a U.S. filing or reporting requirement under the Internal Revenue Code.”

Why would “illegal aliens” want to file taxes? It makes perfect sense- potential beneficiaries of immigration reform are eager to create a paper trail for themselves documenting their contributions to the U.S. In other words, paying taxes (toward services they will most likely never benefit from) is in their best interest!

The Embassy of Mexico recently contributed to an article released by Hispanically Speaking News titled, “Myths and Realities Associated with Undocumented Immigrants.” In the next week and a half, MATT will review a total of six myths revealing what the Embassy of Mexico and authoritative information sources have to say about each…

MYTH #2. Undocumented workers do not pay any taxes. (My personal favorite.)

Reality: They do, and in several different ways. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the majority of undocumented immigrants pays income tax using, among other mechanisms, Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN’s), while most employers withhold federal, state and local taxes from such workers. In fact, between one-half and three-quarters of undocumented immigrants pay federal and state income taxes, Social Security, and Medicare taxes. Undocumented immigrants pay the same real estate taxes—whether they own homes or taxes are passed on to them through rents—and the same sales and other consumption taxes as everyone else. The majority of state and local costs for schooling and other services is funded by these taxes.

Additionally, the U.S. Social Security Administration has estimated that three quarters of undocumented immigrants pay payroll taxes, and that they contribute US$6-7 billion in Social Security funds that they will be unable to claim (Porter 2005). This amount, moreover, keeps accumulating, generating US$6 to US$7 billion in Social Security annual tax revenue, and an additional US$1.5 billion in Medicare taxes. This money, according to the 2008 annual report of the Social Security Board of Trustees, will help reduce the SSA’s projected longterm deficit by 15%, which is equivalent to a 0.3% rise in the pay roll tax.

Agree? Beg to differ? Feel free to share or start the debate here. Stay tuned for myth #3 later this week…