The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural 2012 “Change in Motion” Multimedia Contest. The competition challenges young adults to explore the role that immigration plays in their lives and communities.The program allows young filmmakers and artists to create projects which focus on celebrating America as a nation of immigrants and explore the impact immigration has on our everyday lives.The contest is sponsored, in part, by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Patrick Oliphant is one of the world's most prominent political cartoonists today. He was born in Australia and, as a young boy he began his journalistic career as a copyboy for his hometown newspaper. At the age of 20, he was promoted to the position of cartoonist. In 1964, Mr. Oliphant came to the United States to work as the political cartoonist for The Denver Post. One year later, his work was syndicated nationally by the Los Angeles Times.
In 1975, Mr. Oliphant joined the Washington Star and moved to Universal Press Syndicate in 1980. When the Washington Star folded in 1981, Mr. Oliphant decided to work as an independent cartoonist without a home newspaper and he is the only cartoonist who continues to do so successfully. His work is published in countless newspapers and magazines worldwide. Specially commissioned works appear in The New Yorker magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Pat Oliphant has won numerous awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize in 1967, the Thomas Nast Prize of Germany and the Premio Satira Politica of Italy, both in 1992. Dartmouth College honored him in 1981 with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree and the National Cartoonist Society named him "Cartoonist of the Year" in 1972.
Mr. Oliphant's achievements as a cartoonist, painter and sculptor have been celebrated in major exhibitions presented at the Smithsonian Institution, several presidential libraries and most recently, at an installation in the Library of Congress, the first exhibition presented in the newly restored Great Hall.
Vivek Wadhwa, an advocate for reform of America's high-skilled immigration system, cited the IPC in a Washington Post article focusing on DREAMers:
"There are an estimated 1.8 million children in the U.S. who could be classified as “illegal aliens”, according to the Immigration Policy Center. They didn’t knowingly break any laws. Their parents brought them to this country to give them a better future. These “DREAMers” as they are called, grew up as Americans, believing they were entitled to the same rights and freedoms as their friends. But, because they don’t have the proper paperwork, they are forced to live in the shadows of society—as second-class human beings with limits on where they can work and study, and what they can do. Until recently, they would also fear being rounded up in the middle of the night to be deported to a land that they don’t even remember."
Nichola Lowe is Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on regional economic and labor market development in the North American context. A central concern of her work is the accountability of business assistance and workforce development programs to the larger host community.
"Between 1996 and 2007, foreign-born Michiganians were three times as likely as nonimmigrants to start a new business, according to the Immigration Policy Center. And they’re six times as likely to start a high-tech firm."
Today's announcement from the country's most powerful labor federations serves as yet another signal that the momentum for immigration reform is building, and the muscle behind it is growing stronger. We applaud the leaders of the A.F.L.- C.I.O and Change to Win labor federations for providing constructive input and coming together to support a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system.