Illinois in the ICE Age

June 3rd, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

  Illinois in the ICE Age is a data visualization project that I made along with Jimmie Glover, Ruth Lopez and @taratc for Chicago MigraHack. The visualization is based on a data set provided by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse that describes the trajectory of 915 migrants detained in Illinois from the time they were […]


Got the numbers

June 8th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

At a time when little boxes inviting users to “retweet” or “like” a web page are everywhere, their absence is noticeable on the pages of organizations seeking tougher enforcement of immigration laws and a reduction in immigration levels. National organizations like Numbers USA have active presences on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube […]


Union leaders and alderman among 32 arrested at immigration rally

May 25th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

It all went as planned. After warning protesters who were sitting in front of the doors of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices three times, an officer told the activists to stand and that they were being arrested. Thirty-two protesters who represented unions and immigration rights groups were lined up and led inside the building […]


Asian Americans Reluctant to Stand Up for Immigration Issues

December 4th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

From Asian Americans Reluctant to Stand Up for Immigration Issues: NEW YORK – The Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston recently released a study showing that many Asian Americans pay close attention to immigration issues but few of them are willing to stand up and do advocacy work. According to […]


U.S. “legal” immigration explained in flowchart

September 25th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

It’s dangerous to oversimplify what are ultimately complicated policy issues, like immigration, not to mention the huge variety of experience that immigrants face, but most of the public debate on this, and many other issues, seems founded on information, that, even at a basic level is pretty misinformed.  This diagram about different pathways to legal […]


technology and activism

May 2nd, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Here are two new instances of technology (both via boingboing) that seem to really aid social justice movements. Cause Caller is a VOIP tool that lets you define a cause and contacts related to that cause (for instance, congressional representatives on a panel investigating a particular issue).  Users can then enter their phone number and […]


Exclusion Acts

December 26th, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

In researching the details of a museum that my father wanted to go to on our trip in San Francisco, I read this.  It’s crazy that, more than 100 years later, the motivations for limiting immigration and the use of legislation to exclude certain classes of immigrants persists.  The faces of the undesireable immigrants is […]


la quinta inn, colonias

February 16th, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

We stayed in a hotel last night, under really random circumstances.  A friend of friends from DC was at the show.  She had recently moved to Las Creces to work as a union organizer doing community and university outreach in an attempt to improve wages and working conditions for workers at the state university in […]


“I don’t want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas.”

February 10th, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

I stumbled across this quote on the Internet.  It’s from Karl Rove, allegedly uttered at a Republican Women’s convention when talking about the benefits of Bush’s immigration policy.  I came across the quote in the context of an editorial on the conservative National Review website. The editorial’s commentary is pretty interesting: It is precisely Rove’s […]


ACLU immigration forum @ MCPL Auditorium.

February 6th, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

According to a Jan. 2 ACLU news release from the ACLU, the discussion will contain a “panel consisting of specialists on central aspects of the current national debate over immigration to the United States and their rights and responsibilities.” Link to a Bloomington Alternative article about the forum