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Harrisonburg Immigrant Activist Arrested In DC

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Harrisonburg Immigrant Activist Arrested In DC

Harrisonburg immigration activist Isabel Castillo, an unauthorized immigrant, was arrested outside Sen. Harry Reid’s office in Washington D.C. Tuesday for participating in a protest supporting passage of the DREAM Act. Castillo was in one of three groups of recent college graduates arrested for staging sit-ins in front of senators’ offices.

Hundreds March for DREAM Act

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Hundreds March for DREAM Act

Hundreds of area immigrants and residents marched and rallied in support of the DREAM Act Wednesday evening in downtown Harrisonburg. Organizers urged Sen. Mark Warner to co-sponsor the bill that would grant children of unauthorized immigrants who arrived with their parents as minors “the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency.” Rebecca Martinez reports in today’s […]

A Downward Trend In Illegal Immigration?

Monday, May 3, 2010


While Arizona’s tough new immigration laws have been attracting much national attention lately, several recent articles and columns suggest that illegal immigration has been on the decline in recent years, due to more federal enforcement and a wounded U.S. economy. Marisa Taylor reports for McClatchey Newspapers on several unauthorized immigrants living in Harrisonburg:

Immigrants Rally For Reform

Monday, March 22, 2010


Although healthcare reform is dominating the lion’s share of headlines out of Capitol Hill, there was a large immigration reform rally on the mall in DC Sunday. Approximately 150 local Latino immigrants gathered on Wolfe Street Sunday morning, and loaded into buses chartered by Reform Immigration for America, to take the demonstrators to the March […]

ICE Arrests 12 In Harrisonburg Area

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Last Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the arrest of dozens of unauthorized immigrants and fugitives wanted for various criminal activities. The operation netted 36 people statewide; 12 arrests were made in the Harrisonburg area.

Mercer Recognized For Her Help

Monday, November 23, 2009

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TV3 reports that the teacher who helped Maria Martinez through the process of postponing her voluntary deportation, was recently recognized by The Promise Group for her work. Sandra Mercer, a teacher at Harrisonburg High accepted the teaching excellence award for her efforts in supporting student Maria Martinez Diez. “I spearheaded a drive to keep her […]

International City

Thursday, September 24, 2009


“Educate, Entertain, Eat.” If that sounds like the way to spend an early autumn afternoon in Harrisonburg, then the annual International Festival is the place you want to be. The mix of international food, music, dance, arts, crafts and community networking will be held this Saturday September 26 from 12 – 6 p.m. in Hillandale […]

Martinez Gets Deportation Deferment

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Remember the HHS grad that was set to be deported in August? The DNR is now reporting that Maria Martinez has been granted a deportation deferment for another year. For now, she is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at an immigration court in Arlington on Jan. 27. In the meantime, Martinez will continue to take […]

The Business of Detention

Friday, August 21, 2009


As a follow-up to the Brandywine immigrant detention center story, I did a brief Q&A with Patrick Lincoln, organizer with the People United. Lincoln has done some of his own research of the proposed detention center, slated to be constructed in nearby West Virginia.

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