Coast Guard Death after Pursuing Undocumented Migrants at Sea in California

Coast Guard Death after Pursuing Undocumented Migrants at Sea in California

  Desperation added to desire can be a combustible mix. It might result in success, but it often results in catastrophe. People driven to desperate measures simply don’t give up, and that is so evident in the decades long struggle to control illegal immigration from Mexico to California. There are those who have spent more…

Supreme Court Hears SB1070, The “Show Me Your Papers” State Law Targeting Undocumented Immigrants

(All Images © Todd Bigelow. Registered with the US Copyright Office. Please do not publish or share without written permission from Todd Bigelow and/or his licensing agents. Copyright compliance measures are used and enforced to prevent unauthorized use.) Two years after leading the nation into a new era of racial profiling, Arizona’s controversial law SB1070…

Supreme Court to Weigh In on SB1070

Supreme Court to Weigh In on SB1070

Though the Obama administration would surely have preferred that the US Supreme Court decline to rule on the legality of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, thus leaving the federal appeals court rule striking down the most significant portions of the law as the defining word, it’s likely best that the SCOTUS put the issue to rest…

Another “Show Me Your Papers” State

Another “Show Me Your Papers” State

  Another Arizona? South Carolina police will now employ their “reasonable suspicion” to determine if a person is in their state illegally. Unless a person is observed climbing a border fence or otherwise illegally entering the country, how the hell can anyone have a “reasonable suspicion” the person is in South Carolina (or Arizona, or…

Oakland Museum of California Opening Gallery Featuring Two of My Images

Oakland Museum of California Opening Gallery Featuring Two of My Images

I’m humbled that for the second time in my career a museum has included my images in a permanent gallery. The Oakland Museum of California, an innovative museum that houses the largest and most comprehensive collection from famed documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, is set to officially open their renovated California History gallery after over a…

Immigrant Scapegoating: Must be Election Season

Immigrant Scapegoating: Must be Election Season

You know it’s campaign season when immigration shoots to the top of the news. Every politician has their list of talking points and immigration is always amongst them. Unfortunately, as is the case with most politicians, spinning the facts to fit their perspective is more prevalent than simply speaking the truth. The last few days…

Rick Perry was Right in My View from the Left

Rick Perry was Right in My View from the Left

Lord have mercy on my soul, because I’m about to say something that I might really regret: Ahem, cough, cough, aahhhemmmm……Is this thing on? Okay, here we go…..Folks, I agree with Rick Perry! There, I said it. Felt like I was spittin’ up a Penn Station rat, but I got it out. Now, what on…

State Immigration Laws Will Leave Farmers in a Bind

The Los Angeles Times published a editorial today that effectively pointed out the hypocrisy of states taking a tough stance on immigration by enacting laws to deter undocumented migrants from living in the state. States that rely heavily on agriculture, like Georgia, Alabama, Florida and California, also rely heavily on the immigrant workforce to harvest…

President Obama Announces Immigration Reform Package

President Obama Announces Immigration Reform Package

By now there isn’t much new to say about immigration reform. President Obama made his plan for comprehensive reform known today and, to no one’s surprise, Republicans for the most part slammed it. Claiming the reform package which, incidentally, is co sponsored by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, is nothing more than an attempt to legalize…

Senator McCain and his Pandering on Immigration Reform

Senator McCain and his Pandering on Immigration Reform

Nothing drives me crazier than hypocrisy. Nothing makes me want to run into traffic more than a politician who blatantly flip flops on issues and then blames the “interpretation” or “the media” for “misinterpreting” remarks. Folks, when a politician introduces and/or supports legislation, the bill works it’s way through congress. It’s pretty hard to “misinterpret”…