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B-Side: Learning the Hard Way

students-hallwayWe’re learning the hard way. This edition of B-Side is about a group of people struggling to learn, to make it in college. And we’re not talking about the usual too many units not enough time kind of trouble. These students are undocumented immigrants – most brought here by their parents when they were too young to have any say in the matter. And now they’re dealing with the consequences.

There are all kinds of difficulties those of us who were born here would never even think about. Tam Tran, a graduate student at Brown University in American Studies helps us navigate the issue. Tam is undocumented.

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Under Construction…We’ve Been Hacked

Dear Dedicated B-Side Listener:

Our site has been hacked, which is a total bummer. Our technical team is hard at work trying to repair the problem.  But, basically, the website has been wiped out.  We’re rebuilding now and when we’re done we hope it will be a much better site than it was before.  At the moment, though, it’s pretty ugly.

You can still listen to past shows on our bare bones podcast site:

http://bsideradio.libsyn.com/

Or by visiting us in Itunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=79941797

You may also be wondering when the heck we’re going to have a new show for you. Well, that’s a good question. The answer is soon. And that’s not all. We’re actually working on three hour-long shows that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.

Here’s a preview:

IN LIMBO – The story of a man who went to Afghanistan to make a difference but found a more complicated reality than he could have imagined. And the stories of undocumented immigrant students trying to go to college and the obstacles that they face – legally, emotionally and fiscally.

LOST & FOUND – From a lost diary, to lost hearing to finding oneself in a batch of”Janet Jackson Breast Cupcakes,” this episode of the show is about various forms of being lost and found. Host, Tamara Keith is looking for suggestions for where to tape the show. Do you know of an awesome lost and found, maybe at a museum? Do you know a nature guide who would be interested in getting lost with the host? If you have better suggestions, please send them to Tamara.

BOUNDARIES – There are physical boundaries and psychological ones. On this episode of B-Side, we explore a lot of them. We patrol the border on the open seas in Grease, visit a tiny European town divided between two nations. We take a ride in the Berkeley casual carpool where some people just have no boundaries and talk to a new mom who describes pregnancy like an alien invasion that doesn’t improve one the child is born.

See, we’ve been hard at work. We swear! In the meantime, please check out our old shows on itunes an Libsyn.

Again, we are sorry about our minor technical disaster.

Sincerely,

The B-Side Crew

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Additional Resources

Organizations

Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee

http://www.alipac.us/

California Immigrant Policy Center
http://www.caimmigrant.org/index.php

California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative
http://www.decolonizing.com/pdfs/AB_540_Qs_As.PDF

Center for the Study of Migrant Education and Labor
http://www.decolonizing.com/ab540.htm

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
http://www.chirla.org/

Dept. of Homeland Security
http://www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/statistics/publications/index.shtm

DMI Blog:  Politics, Policy, and the American Dream
http://www.dmiblog.com/archives/2008/06/ices_newest_trick_deporting_hi.html

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
www.E4FC.org.

Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
http://www.fairus.org/

Glendale Community College
http://www.glendale.edu/new/services/eops/EOPS_AB_540.htm

Greenlining Institute
http://www.greenlining.org

Jobs for the Future
www.jff.org

Institute for Higher Education, Law and Governance University of Houston

http://www.law.uh.edu/ihelg/

Latino Issues Forum
http://www.lif.org/

The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
http://maldef.org/about/offices/west/

Migration Policy Institute
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/

National Coalition of Advocates for Students
http://www.ncas1.org/

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
http://www.ncsl.org/

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships

http://www.edpartnerships.org

National Immigration Law Center
http://www.nilc.org/immlawpolicy/DREAM/index.htm_

The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
http://nakasec.org/blog/

PEW Hispanic Center
http://www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/statistics/publications/index.shtm

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute
http://www.trpi.org/

United We Dream
http://dreamactivist.org/2008/09/17/california-ab-540-ruling-from-appeals-court/

Urban Institute
http://www.urban.org/

Articles – Academic and Advocacy

A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States
http://pewhispanic.org/reports/report.php?ReportID=107

Chief Justice Earl
Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity UC Berkeley Law School

http://www.law.berkeley.edu/centers/ewi/california_dream.html

In-state Tuition and Unauthorized Immigrant Students National Conference of State Legislatures

http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=13100

Trends in Unauthorized Immigration PEW Hispanic Center
http://pewhispanic.org/reports/report.php?ReportID=94

Young Lives on Hold: The College Dreams of Undocumented Students College Board

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/young-lives-on-hold-college-board.pdf

http://www.collegeboard.com/press/releases/204864.html

Media:  Journalism and Advocacy

BNet, Winter 2002
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa39
55/is_200201/ai_n9050021/pg_1?tag=artBody;col1

The California ReportCollege Hard to Reach for Undocumented Students
http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R906051630/a

NewsHourTuition Tug of War
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education/jan-june03/tuition_2-19.html#

Video: Lost and FoundTam Tran
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI7J2b3t4WU

Video: Undocumented Dreams
Greenlining Institute
http://www.greenlining.org/videos/watch/L6zuuItnjbY

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