The Oberlin Review

Clinton Proposes Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Writer

October 28, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

A defining issue of the presidential election has been immigration, largely due to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s controversial proposal to halt illegal immigration to the U.S. by building a wall on the Mexico–U.S. border. Immigration is an issue that the Oberlin community has also made a priority, though in a far different direction than Trump: In 2014, Oberlin made the decision to consider undocumented students as domestic, rather than international, applicants, making an Oberlin education far more accessible to them. Oberlin students understand the importance of a multicultural society and embrace opportunities to engage with people of different identities and backgrounds. Democratic presidential nominee Hillar...

Off the Cuff: Gabe Schivone, co-coordinator of UNIDOS youth group and volunteer at No Más Muertes/No More Deaths

Off the Cuff: Gabe Schivone, co-coordinator of UNIDOS youth group and volunteer at No Más Muertes/No More Deaths

May 1, 2015

Gabe Schivone is a U.S.-Mexico border activist, volunteer at No Más Muertes/No More Deaths and co-coordinator of UNIDOS ethnic studies youth group in Tucson, AZ. He has written articles for The Huffington Post opposing the violence on the U.S.-Mexico border and in Palestinian territories. This week, Schivone visited Oberlin to give a talk titled Gaza in Arizona: Colonial Technologies and the Transnational Military Industrial Complex and to join Amanda Rose, OC ’13, in leading Environmental Justice...

Immigration Coverage Ignores Racialized History

Sam White, Opinions Editor

October 10, 2014

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the time since August, when 18-year-old Michael Brown joined the rapidly growing ranks of Black men unlawfully killed by police, several long-overdue discussion topics have graced the media’s spotlight: police brutality, institutional diversity and representation, officer accountability and, above all, the prevalence of systemic racism in 21st-century America. When a disturbingly similar shooting in nearby St. Louis took the life of Vonderrit Myers on Wednesday, many news outlets were quick off the mark in continuing these crucial conversations. Yet the mainstream media has largely failed to extend these analytical frameworks to another primetime news context where they’re no less necessary: immigration reform. For...

Protesters Trek 20 Miles to Prevent Deportation

Emma Baxter, Contributer

February 8, 2014

Filed under Community News

  Nearly a hundred protesters stood in solidarity on the morning of Ricardo Ramos’s scheduled deportation, a day that also marked his daughter’s 12th birthday. On the morning of Jan. 16, protesters gathered to begin a 20-mile march from the Great Lakes Mall to St. Casimir Catholic Church in Cleveland in an attempt to prevent the deportation of Ramos, an Ohio resident for nearly 16 years. Veronica Dahlberg has worked closely with Ramos, his wife and three children as executive director of HOLA, grassroots organization that focuses on Latino outreach, advocacy and community organizing. The organization has dealt with family separation issues in Ohio for the past four years. “We had close to 10...

Prospective Immigration Reform to Ease Naturalization Process

Rachel Weinstein

September 13, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Last week, Oberlin students made the trek to Ashland, OH to participate in a procession and prayer vigil that called for immigration reform. Joined by more than 40 other local activists, a dozen students marched the perimeter of Ohio Republican Representative Bob Gibbs’s office on Friday afternoon to show support for prospective immigration reform that would have a major impact on both state and national levels. Joined by leaders of various local faith groups, Oberlin students composed the Immigrant Worker Project procession, an Ohio non-profit devoted to mitigate the hurdles of rural immigrant workers from Latin America. College senior Claire Molholm, an intern for IWP and organizer of last Friday’s vigil, said...

La Alianza Latina Calls for the Review to Drop the “I-Word”

Victoria Velasco and Stephanie Mora Hernandez

May 10, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

In the issue of The Oberlin Review released April 26, an article titled “Kiss My Sass: The Immigration Bill” included the word “illegal” in reference to undocumented immigrants and their entry into the U.S. We, the members of Oberlin College’s La Alianza Latina, find the term “illegal” to be extremely misleading and dehumanizing when used in reference to a group of people living in the U.S. that poses no threat to citizens of this country. The term also continues to perpetuate the criminalization of undocumented migrants who have historically been marginalized, oppressed and taken advantage of in the United States. We are not assuming bad intentions, but we believe that members of the student body should b...

Kiss My Sass: The Immigration Bill

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm

April 26, 2013

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

An eight-senator bipartisan Dream Team proposed a bill earlier this month that would, if passed, completely overhaul the United State’s current immigration policy. If I could describe the legislation in one word, that word would be badass. “When you look at the representatives of business, labor, the religious community, Hispanic community — across the board — this is a coalition,” Senator John McCain, Arizona Republican and co-captain of the Dream Team, said last week. “This is why we will succeed, because of this broad-based, dedicated support for this legislation.” In 844 pages the bill promises to: 1) Tighten border security by improving fences, barricades, administration and employee check-...

Workshop as Forum for DREAM Act Activists

Jessica Lam

March 11, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

As a part of Immigration Action Now week, the Asian American Alliance hosted a workshop on civil disobedience with two immigration reform activists, Adam Kuranishi of the Immigrant Youth Justice League in Chicago and Mohammad Abdollahi of DreamActivist.org. Abdollahi began by sharing his story of being an undocumented immigrant in the United States and how his undocumented status affected everything from his family to his ability to receive a college education. Abdollahi is best known for his civil disobedience actions that were directed at the senators and representatives whose support was needed for the passage of the DREAM Act. For him, the defining moment was when he attempted to transfer to Eastern Michigan...

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