From La Jornada: Where immigrants go in the US. The darker the color, the more immigrants.
Undocumented migrants in the US are facing very hard times. The economic meltdown has done away with quite a lot of employment, and various official entities have been jacking up their deportation procedures, some of which are pretty awful. There's a fair amount of coverage in the US which even cursory googling will reveal. Though not providing global analysis, two articles of here and here in the NY Times put a human face on medical problems. Border Lines is about my favorite source of migration information. It is a blog which offers comprehensive coverage of important issues as well as more resources. It is part of The Center for International Policy's Transborder Project.
The Mexican Government provides much good information at its Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior site. Some of the information here is in English as well as in Spanish. There are of course many resources in Spanish, including the Migration section of La Jornada here and this site, Mexicanos Sin Fronteras.
Here are snips from some recent coverage in the Mexican press which I have translated and summarized.
From La Jornada on hopes for the Obama presidency by Arturo Cano.
Enthusiasm has its limits. The election of Obama and the majority democrats have achieved in the Senate and House of Representatives don't guarantee reform demanded by migrants and their organizations, although the election has been celebrated and greeted with hope by various migrant organizations including The National Alliance of Latin and Caribbean Organizations (NALAAC).
Migrant leaders are undertaking actions to make migration reform a priority in the first 100 days of Obama's government.
"The Latin vote is not an empty vote or a blank check. It represents the hopes for change and for social and economic justice for Latinos," according to a communication from the organization Mexicanos sin Fronteras.
....[M]igratory reform is not the only issue which concerns migrants. "It is only a part of the debt that the US has with immigrants and Latinos."
Migrant leaders want immigration reform to be one of the "ten domestic priorities" of the new president, and they are not inclined to let him forget his promise: "On January 21 we are going to be in Washington to demand reform and an end to raids [on migrants]," said Angélica Salas, director of the Coalition for the Human Rights of the Migrant headquartered in Los Angeles.
Other demands include loss of housing because of the economic crisis and the establishment of employment programs.
Immigrant leaders remember that Barack Obama, as Senator, defended the immigrant reform proposal of 2007 which was not passed by Congress. Both Obama and John McCain participated in the final negotioations of the legislative efforts which were ultimatelt blocked by the concerns about getting votes that both Democrats and Republicans had.
Migrant organizations consider the gravity of the crisis does not exclude the necessity of an integrated migration reform. "Getting out of this economic bind requires every ne of us including migrants," said Chung-Wha Hong, director of the Coalition of Migrants of New York.
One must not forget, said the orgainzers of the first [protest] march of the Obama era that the Latin vote grew 30 percent over that of 2004, nor that 67 per cent of the "hispanics" voted for the winner [Obama] and the legislators which will accompany him in his work which will hopefully achieve justice for persecuted and harassed families.
Here is an article from El Diario de Xalapa (it also appeared in other OEM papers) about those immigrant raids. It appeared on November 7, 2008.
The headline reads:
Raids Against Migrants in the US Compared to Those by the Gestapo
Ciudad de México. - US Police raids against undocumented immigrants are similar to those which the Gestapo made against the Jews, affirmed Jorge Bustamente, the UN's speaker Jorge A. Bustamante in Guatemala.
....[Bustamante] is an official of the United Nations for the Human Rights of Immigrants and made the comparison as an academic expert specializing in the subject.
The raids and deportations that the INS authorities of the United States have made are the main violations that this country commits against the human rights of immigrants, Bustamante said.
He added that in Latin America hopes have surged, although they are not that strong, for success in a unified and just immigration reform through the election of Barack Obama.