Some time ago I setup an internet news scanner. Several channels were configured to follow various topics. One of the channels I setup was for stories concerning immigration and hte Pacific NW. Some stories of general interest to us turn up from time to time.
You can see/subscribe to it here: here.
A story from the July 3, 2011 Seattle Times about a new improved crackdown. Its about Washington State, but the story addresses issues we've been interested in.
Secure Communities has come under fire from immigrant-rights groups, which worry that the program will cost counties money, lead to racial profiling and disrupt immigrant community trust in law enforcement. Some fear the potential of deportation could hinder reports of domestic violence and other crimes.
Media Consortium has a brief review of developments in the evolving sotry about harsh anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona, Utah and other states. It contains links to primary source stories on various instances of current "hard" reform legislation initiatives. It seems that businesses and unions are pushing back. Which leaves one to wonder who or why is the legislation being pushed so vigorously.
E.g. in Arizona, Julianne Hing quotes a letter from business leaders to AZ Senate President Pearce:
Last year, boycotts were called against our state’s business community, adversely impacting our already-struggling economy and costing us jobs. Arizona-based businesses saw contracts cancelled or were turned away from bidding. Sales outside of the state declined … It is an undeniable fact that each of our companies and our employees were impacted by the boycotts and the coincident negative image […] Arizona is looking like a nativist, restrictive and intolerant place, and that’s bad for business.
This is a new documentary concerning immigration into the United States through Mexico via railroad trains.
I haven't seen it myself, and so can't recommend it. It was just released March 8, 2011. Its mostly in Spanish.
Here are two English and one Spanish trailers from the film. The home page for the film is: here.