Saturday, September 24, 2005

A different side of the Long Island immigration story

The New York Times focuses once again on immigration in Long Island -- but not on the conflict around day laborers that has occupied central stage in media coverage. This story takes a look at the impact that immigrants are having on the small business community.
-jc

September 24, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

The Constitution

"They keep talking about drafting a constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of real smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore."

George Carlin, quoted in the Houston Chronicle.

September 24, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Katrina Evacuee Deported

There is a report that ICE deported an evacuee/refugee who fled Hurricane Katrina and fled to a shelter.

http://www.borderlandnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050922/NEWS/509220324/1001

September 24, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, September 23, 2005

NYU Immigration Clinic Seeking Stories

Students from the Immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU School of Law in collaboration with the NYSDA Immigrant Defense Project are preparing to write an amicus curiae brief in support of the petition for certiorari being filed with the US Supreme Court in United States v. Sanchez-Villalobos. This troubling federal criminal illegal reentry decision from the 5th Circuit held that an immigrant with two misdemeanor drug possession convictions could be deemed to have been convicted of an aggravated felony. No stories will be used without permission of the parties involved. Send all stories to Rose (rose@nyu.edu) and Hannah (Hannah.roman@nyu.edu).

September 23, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Bus Line Checking for Undocumented Passengers

Greyhound Lines reportedly is having drivers check for undocumented passengers.  Employees who fail to follow the policy risk termination.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002513607_webgreyhound22.html

September 23, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Another Case of Rendition

The Toronto Star reported that the U.S. government deported four Canadians to Syria, where they were tortured. The U.S. Ambassador refused to apologize for the removal in this case or the general policy of "rendition," in which noncitizens with suspected terrorist ties are sent to other countries for interrigation and torture.

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1127211479348&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

September 23, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Immigration and No Child Left Behind Act

MPI and Urban Institute Co-Sponsored Event:
The New Demography of America's Schools: Immigration and the No Child Left Behind Act

Immigration and the success of school reform - particularly the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act - have become as inextricably bound as they were at the turn of the 20th Century.

At this release and breakfast briefing, the authors of two ground-breaking reports will discuss their findings about students who are the children of immigrants and/or are English language learners, where they live and the schools they attend.  These findings, considered in the light of the landmark regulations of the NCLB Act, have significant implications for urban schools and education policy.

When: Fri., September 30, 2005
8:30 to 10:00 a.m
Where: Migration Policy Institute
Conference Room
1400 16th Street, NW
Suite 300 (Third Floor)

Speakers: 

Randy Capps, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
Clemencia Cosentino de Cohen, Research Associate, Urban Institute
Michael Fix, Vice President and Director of Studies, Migration Policy Institute

Respondent: Patty Sullivan, Director, Center on Education Policy

September 23, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, September 22, 2005

ICE Memorandum of Understanding

Here is the Memorandum of Understanding from ICE authorizing the Arizona Department of Corrections to perform the immigration functions that we discussed earlier: Download ice_az_mou.pdf.

-jc

September 22, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

New in the Bookstores

For a refreshing look at the integration of immigrants in American civic life, see Noah Pickus, True Faith and Allegiance:  Immigration and American Civic Nationalism (2005).

KJ

September 22, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

California Enacts Human Trafficking Law

Recognizing that it was a significant problem in the Golden State, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger on September 21 signed a bill criminalizing human trafficking of immigrants. We'll add details later in the day.

KJ

September 22, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Conference

The Hispanic National Bar Association holds its annual meeting on Ovctober 16-19 in Washington D.C. There are a number of immigration panels at the conference, including one on "Immigration in the Post-9/11 Era." For information, see http://www.hnba.com/calendar/2005conf.asp

KJ

September 22, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

New Refugee Book

Susan Martin and Andy Schoenholtz have published their latest book "The Uprooted." The book examines the problems facing refugees and forced migrants and develop recommendations crucial to meeting the needs of populations displaced by humanitarian emergencies. For a press release about the book, see

http://explore.georgetown.edu/documents/?DocumentID=3098

KJ

September 22, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

San Bernadino Sheriffs Office to enforce immigration laws.

The trend of using state and local law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration law continues. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to allow sheriff's deputies to screen for illegal immigrants at the county's largest jail and turn them over to federal officials for possible deportation. The L.A. Times has more details in the story posted here.

-jc

September 21, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Services for Hurricane Katrina Immigrant Survivors

For helpful resources for immigrant survivors of Hurricane Katrina, see the National Immigration Law Center page at http://www.nilc.org/disaster_assistance/index.htm

September 21, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Business Immigration News

For excellent business litigation news on a regular basis, see the website for Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP http://www.usabal.com/news/2005/index.html

September 21, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

DHS and Arizona Agree for Training of State Officers in Immigration Enforcement

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced an agreement between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Arizona Department and Corrections to train Arizona personnel to perform immigration enforcement functions. See

State and local enforcement of the immigration laws continues to be a much-debated and controversial topic. However, the federal government continues to move in this direction. Los Angeles County recently agreed to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement.

KJ

http://www.ice.gov/graphics/news/newsreleases/articles/050920phoenix.pdf

A similar agreement with the state of Florida can be found at:

http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Domestic_Security/DS_5/INS_FDLE_MOU.pdf

September 21, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Comparative immigration law

Today's Christian Science Monitor contains an interesting article on Germany's repatriation of unsuccessful asylum applicants, many of whom have been in that country for years.  The article, which is attached here, provides some food for thought in analyzing the convergences (and divergences) of European and U.S. responses to immigration.

-j

September 20, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

More on Immigrants and Hurricane Katrina Relief

The Congressional Research Service released a report on Hurricane Katrina-related immigration issues addressing the key question, whether Congress should relax any immigration laws pertaining to foreign nationals who are victims of Hurricane Katrina.

http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2005,0921-crs.pdf

September 20, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Expansion of expedited removal

The DHS has announced its plans to expand expedited removal authority
policy to across the entire southwest border. Here is the press release:

http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2005,0916-removal.pdf

September 20, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

ICE Nominee Under Fire

Julie Myers, a 36 year old former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ken Starr assistant, and White House staffer, faced hard questions by a Senate Committee about her experience to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. President Bush nominated Myers for the position. Myers reportedly has no immigration experience but some experience with money laundering.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/19/AR2005091901930.html

Dan Eggen & Spencer Hsu, Immigration Nominee's Credentials Questioned, Tuesday, September 20, 2005; A01

September 20, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)