Six Words Fresh Off the Boat

ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat gave word that they will be giving fans a book inspired by the show and the immigrant experience. Six words, countless takes on the immigration experience. Our family has made us who we are.

A collaboration between the Six-Word Memoir author at the hit ABC television show Fresh Off the Boat, this book will capture hundreds of takes on the immigration experience—from first-generation Americans to stories of our grandparents and other relatives.

Six Words Fresh Off the Boat marries the phenomenon of Larry Smith’s successful Six-Word Memoirs with ABC and 20th Century Fox Television’s hit comedy Fresh Off the Boat. The book captures hundreds of takes on the immigration experience, from every-day people as well as world-famous celebrities including Aziz Ansari, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Julianne Moore, Mario Batali, George Takei, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Billy Collins, Junot Díaz, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. This book will have you thinking in sixes and challenging others to share six words about their lives.

You can pre-order the book the book now at

Maz Jobrani: Immigrant on Netflix

A Netflix original:  Maz Jobrani: Immigrant


Comic Maz Jobrani lights up the Kennedy Center with riffs on immigrant life in the Trump era, modern parenting pitfalls and more.

Here are a little facts on the special.  A graduate of UC Berkeley, Jobrani fled the Iranian Revolution in the late 1970s at the age of six to move to the U.S. with his family. Filmed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the hour long special covers political humor about being an immigrant in the era of Trump, as well as observations about modern day parenting.

In addition to co-starring on CBS’ new comedy, Superior Donuts, which begins its second season this fall, Jobrani authored the best-selling book I’m Not A Terrorist; But I’ve Played One on TV.

Film Recommendation: Buen Dia, Ramon A Charming Film About Illegal Immigration

'Buen Dia Ramon' manages to tell a story we have heard many times, but with nuance and finesse we have rarely seen. (Photo : 20th Century Fox)
‘Buen Dia Ramon’ manages to tell a story we have heard many times, but with nuance and finesse we have rarely seen. (Photo : 20th Century Fox)

“Buen Dia, Ramon” (Good Day, Ramon) is an independent film written and directed by Jorge Ramírez-Suárez. The film is about an ambitious young Mexican travels to Germany to live with his friend’s aunt. However, due to unforeseen circumstances leads Ramon to living on the streets when he cannot find her. He faces a bleak future until he meets Ruth, an 80-year-old retiree, and they develop a close bond. “Buen Dia, Ramon” is arguably one of the finer portrayals of illegal Mexican immigration in recent years. We have seen this subject explored before but never with the subtlety and nuance that Ramírez-Suárez manages to convey in his direction.

The film is currently available on Netflix or for purchase on Vudu, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. More details on the film’s official website at

Colbert Report’s “Tip of the Hat” to IPC for Offensive “Anchor Baby” Amendment

  Washington, DC- The American Heritage dictionary quickly amended its definition of “anchor baby” to include information on its derogatory use, thanks to the tireless crusade of American Immigration Council’s Immigration Policy Center (IPC).

Stephen Colbert’s witty and satirical show quickly pays homage to this rather drastic amendment in his latest edition of “Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger.”

Despite its humor, the skit does shed light on the very real issue of how offensive words are manipulated to further anti-immigration sentiments.

As IPC’s director, Mary Giovagnoli, points out, “unfortunately, until we come to a real resolution of our immigration crisis, the language is only likely to get worse.  Bad policies are often cloaked in misleading language. Style trumps substance. Emotions beat out logic. Every day, we work to change that equation, creating the space for better policies and better solutions.”

Updating the definition of “anchor baby” is one small but definitive step into that right direction.


Stephen Colbert Sticks Up for Illegal Immigrants

Watch Stephen Colbert’s incisive commentary on Alabama’s immigration law and a farmworker shortage.

From LA Times:

Stephen Colbert would really like to solve the country’s immigration problem, if only to ensure a steady supply of tomatoes for his BLTs.

As he lamented on last night’s “Colbert Report,” “Our country’s tomato industry is plum screwed.” Alabama recently enacted the toughest immigration laws in the country, and, as a result, migrant workers have left the state in droves. Colbert joked that “Hispanic farm workers have fled Alabama, stealing yet another thing Americans would like to do.”

The mass exodus has left many farmers in the state without enough laborers to harvest their crops, and Americans are hardly lining up to fill the vacancies. One frustrated Alabamian farmer claimed, “They’re not as hard workers as the Hispanics.”

Read more here.

TWO Television Exposés on Immigration Detention on PBS and NBC on Oct. 18th

From Detention Watch Network:

Documentaries Highlight the Massive Expansion of the Immigration Detention System

On Tuesday, October 18th, PBS and CNBC will be airing two different investigative reports on immigration detention. DWN’s Executive Director, Andrea Black was interviewed for both documentaries which highlight the massive expansion of the immigration detention system and its key drivers.

DWN is conducting a national campaign for “Dignity not Detention” to end mandatory detention laws, which are among the primary reasons for the explosion in immigration detention. To endorse the campaign and learn more visit

PBS Frontline: Lost in Detention
Last year, the Obama administration set new records for detaining and deporting immigrants who were inside the country illegally. The government plans to best those numbers in 2011, removing more than 400,000 people. In partnership with American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop, FRONTLINE correspondent Maria Hinojosa takes a penetrating look at Obama’s vastly expanded immigration net, explores the controversial Secure Communities enforcement program and goes inside the hidden world of immigration detention in Lost in Detention, airing Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings).

CNBC: Billions Behind Bars: Inside America’s Prison Industry
A CNBC original documentary, goes behind the razor wires to investigate the profits and inner-workings of the multi-billion dollar corrections industry. With more than 2.3 million people locked up, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. One out of 100 American adults is behind bars – while a stunning one out of 32 is on probation, parole or in prison. This reliance on mass incarceration has created a thriving prison economy. The states and the federal government together spend roughly $74 billion a year on corrections, and nearly 800,000 people work in the industry. ALL TIMES IN ET: Tuesday, 10/18/2011: 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM,  12:00 AM, 1:00 AM. Friday, 10/21/2011: 8:00 PM. Sunday, 10/23/2011: 10:00 PM.

CHECKPOINT NATION: Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement on the Rise in The US since 9/11

Breakthrough and Rights Working Group (RWG), a coalition focused on ending racial profiling and fighting other human rights violations in the U.S., today released “CHECKPOINT NATION? BUILDING COMMUNITY ACROSS BORDERS,” a documentary video depicting the reality of racial profiling.

Several federal initiatives — such as 287(g) and Secure Communities, which give local and state police authority to enforce federal immigration law — have intensified racial profiling of migrants and people assumed to be migrants. Laws similar to Arizona’s SB1070, which would require Arizona residents to carry ID documents to prove their immigration status — and which lead to increased discrimination — are being passed in states around the country.

In CHECKPOINT NATION?, a woman named Maria describes being stopped and harassed by Arizona police for no discernable reason while nine months pregnant — and subsequently trailed by immigration agents into one of the most intimate moments of her life.

Set in the U.S./Mexico border area, which sees more and more migrant deaths every year, the video also demonstrates how diverse groups of allies — including Muslim, Arab-, South Asian-, African-, and Latino-Americans; civil rights lawyers and media activists — have found common ground in each other’s histories and united in the shared goals of justice, equality, and respect.

CHECKPOINT NATION? was produced to complement the release of a new report and Week of Action around the 10th anniversary of September 11th spearheaded by RWG, a national coalition of more than 300 civil liberties, national security, immigrant rights and human rights organizations committed to restoring due process and human rights protections that have been eroded in the name of national security. The report, “Reclaiming Our Rights: Reflections on Racial Profiling in a Post-9/11 America,” will be released on September 14th. CHECKPOINT NATION can be viewed here.

Los Angeles Musician Tasered Into Coma by Arizona Border Patrol

Jose Gutierrez Guzman

Link to video on this story can be found here.

America’s Voice reports on the sad story of an immigrant father tasered into a coma by the Border Patrol.  Three weeks ago, Jose Gutierrez lived in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, had a solid job as a film engineer, and was the frontman for popular Spanish rock band, FZ10. Things changed when he was deported on March 21 for being an undocumented immigrant, even though Gutierrez has lived here since childhood, supports his U.S. citizen family, and has no relations in Mexico.  Gutierrez was tasered as he was trying to rejoin his family.

Before this whole ordeal, Gutierrez wrote a song called “ICE” for his L.A. band, in which he criticizes the criminalization of immigration in America.

Initially, “[t]hough Gutierrez remains in a persistent vegetative state, two Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers guard his hospital room 24 hours a day, ready to re-deport him if and when he recovers.”  ICE later decided not to seek to remove Gutierrez while he was receiving medical care.

For more on this story, click here and here.


Hidden Cameras Reveal Diners’ Reactions When Racial Profiling Is Staged for ‘What Would You Do’

Elissa Stohler from abc News reports that In 2010, the simmering debate about U.S. immigration reform exploded when Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 was signed into law. A portion of the bill requires police, during the enforcement of a law, to ask for someone’s identification if that person is thought to be in the country illegally. Even though the law triggered a wave of protests, polls showed that over 50 percent of Arizona voters supported the bill. SB1070 became law in April, 2010 without a public vote, but the more controversial parts of it were suspended by a federal judge and are currently being disputed in the courts.

For these reasons, “What Would You Do?” decided to travel to Arizona. The show installed their hidden cameras at BK Carne Asada and Hotdogs, a popular restaurant in Tucson, and hired actors to portray an off-duty security guard and a Latino customer. Later, host John Quinones, who is Hispanic, went undercover to see how restaurant patrons would react when he was the one facing racial profiling. (Click here for more on Quinones’ undercover work.)

Filmmakers and Progressive Organizations to Launch “Entre Nos Moms for Family Unity” Campaign

On the heels of Mother’s Day weekend a partnership of organizations including the Center for American Progress, America’s Voice Education Fund, and Reform Immigration for America joined Indiepix Studios and the filmmakers of the award-winning film “Entre Nos” to launch the Entre Nos Moms for Family Unity campaign. This unique culture and advocacy partnership leverages a powerful immigration-related story to continue building momentum for comprehensive immigration reform. It is also a unique opportunity to engage a new and active constituent group in the debate: women, and, more specifically, mothers.

The Entre Nos Moms for Family Unity campaign will bring together mothers and their children at house parties throughout the country where they will share their stories and highlight the importance of keeping families together by passing meaningful immigration reform legislation this year. The campaign will launch with a Mother’s Day weekend screening of “Entre Nos.” Written and directed by Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte, and starring Paola Mendoza, “Entre Nos” tells the inspirational story of an immigrant mother and her children as they struggle to build a life in a strange city after being abandoned by their father. Mendoza made the film as a tribute to her mother and will show the film in the Jackson Heights community of Queens, New York, where the film was shot. The screening will be on Friday, May 7, at 8:00 p.m. at Natives Theatre, 82-22 Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, and will be followed by a live Q&A with Paola Mendoza, her mother Liliana Legge, and Vanessa Cárdenas, Director of Progress 2050 at the Center for American Progress.

The theatrical release of “Entre Nos” is slated for May 14 at the Quad Theatre in New York City, and DVDs of the film will be provided for the Moms for Family Unity campaign house parties.

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