Thursday, June 28, 2007

Immigrant of the Day: Felix Frankfurter

198pxfrankfurterfelixloc Felix Frankfurter (November 15, 1882–February 22, 1965) was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  Born in Vienna, Austria, he immigrated with his family to the United States in 1894, and grew up on New York City's Lower East Side. After graduating from City College of New York, Frankfurter enrolled in New York Law School and transferred to Harvard Law School, where he became an editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduated with one of the best academic records since Justice Louis Brandeis.

In 1906, Frankfurter became the assistant of Henry Stimson, a New York attorney. In 1911, President Taft appointed Stimson as his Secretary of War and Stimson appointed Frankfurter as law officer of the Bureau of Insular Affairs. During WWI, he acted as major and judge-advocate, and as secretary and counsel of the President's mediation commission.  In 1918, leaders within the American Jewish community convened the first American Jewish Congress in Philadelphia. Frankfurter, joined by Rabbi Stephen Wise, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, and others to lay the groundwork for a national Democratic organization comprised of Jewish leaders from all over the country, to rally for equal rights for all Americans regardless of race, religion or national ancestry.

In 1920, Frankfurter helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union. In the late 1920s, he joined efforts to save the lives of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two anarchists who had been sentenced to death.

On January 5, 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt nominated Frankfurter to the U.S. Supreme Court.  After a quick confirmation, Franfurter served from January 30, 1939 to August 28, 1962. Frankfurter became the Court's most outspoken advocate of judicial restraint. He was heavily influenced by his close friend and mentor Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.  In practice, this meant Frankfurter was generally willing to uphold the actions of government against constitutional challenges. Later in his career, this philosophy frequently put him on the dissenting side of ground-breaking decisions of the Warren court.  However, Frankfurter joined the Court's unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of Education (1954).

Frankfurter retired in 1962 after suffering a stroke. He died at 83.  Frankfurter was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963.  The Library of Congress has an extensive collection of Frankfurter's papers. (here).


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The Rubber meets the Road: Will Hopes for Immigration Reform Live or Die?

Intersections: A blog from Los Angeles by Daniel Hernandez (here) has a nice summary of the divisions among Latino leaders (and others) on the Senate immigration reform proposal.  We should get a better idea later this morning about the prospects for immigration reform this year.  A well-informed source tell us that "Things are moving faster than we anticipated.  Cloture vote first thing tomorrow morning.  Very emotional meeting between the groups and Sen. Menendez.  Frustrations over the future prospects on the bill. . . ."  For a discussion of the final push from Latino leaders for immigration reform now, click here.  We will let you know what happens.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Youth Perspectives on Immigration

KQED Public Radio Airs Youth ‘Perspectives’ about Immigration

Sunday, July 1 at 4:30 pm and Wednesday, July 4 at 6:30pm

KQED 88.5 FM San Francisco and 89.3 FM Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2007 – High school students tackle immigration through audio essays in a special edition of Perspectives from KQED Public Radio ( on Sunday, July 1 at 4:30 pm, and Wednesday, July 4 at 6:30pm. 

KQED invited Northern Californian students in the ninth to twelfth grades to submit essays about how immigration has affected them, their family, or their friends.  The 30-minute essay compilation includes opinion pieces, serious commentaries, and funny stories that reflect the students’ personal experiences with immigration and what it means to them.  Entries were judged on writing style and originality, and the winners recorded their essays in their own voices at the KQED studios.

“Young people don’t often have the opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Raul Ramirez, director of news and public affairs for KQED Public Radio. “KQED is committed to reporting news and information from all Northern Californian communities and wanted to provide a medium in which young people could express their thoughts and share their stories.”

The winners of Perspectives’ 2007 youth contest are:

·         “Church and Community” by Autumn, age 18, San Francisco
·         “Immigration” by Erick, age 16, Atherton
·         “My Journey to America” by Jimena, age 17, San Mateo
·         “That’s Why I Came to America” by Penisimani, age 16, Atherton
·         “My First Experience at the Dance Party” by Tatsuhiro, age 15, Atherton
·         “Escaping Violence. Discovering Violence” by Torbertha, age 17, Oakland

The special edition of Perspectives will be available for online streaming at after its broadcast on July 2.


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Immigration stories (aplenty) in the news, and more

While the Senate debates the immigration bill, the media discussion on immigration is also robust today.  Christopher Mason and Julia Preston of the NYTimes has a story noting that the point system in Canada (which looks somewhat like the system that the Senate is toying with) has generated backlogs.

The LATimes Editorial page raises concerns that amendments could kill the core of comprehensive immigration reform by greatly weakening the legalization provisions and the guest worker provisions.

A Washington Post story by Pamela Constable takes a look at the impact of migration on the nation of Honduras.  As she reports, the  U.S. has deported over 13,000 people to Honduras since January.  She writes:

Illegal migration is a crucial safety valve for Honduras, a chronically poor country of 7.5 million where 40 percent of the populace earns less than $3 a day and just over half the workforce has a sixth-grade education. Money sent directly to Honduran families from relatives working in the United States, both legally and illegally, provides nearly one-third of the national income -- $1.8 billion in 2005, $2.3 billion last year.

Over the past several years, however, the pace of deportations from the United States has skyrocketed.....

Read more here.

All major newspapers have been tracking the Senate bill and reporting on amendment votes.

In my (still-evolving) view, the currently proposed Senate legalization package appears to be purchased at the price of a two-tier immigration system that makes immigration to our country completely dependent on the opportunities that people have in their own countries.  We'd have a temporary track for low-skilled, low wage workers who may (depending on the amendment process) never find a legal route to immigrate permanently, and a permanent track for people who get points based on the education and language skills they've acquired in their home countries, regardless of whether they have ties to a US employer or family.  The bill's hyper-criminalization of people who overstay visas seems likely to feed rather than end the growing cycle of detentions and incarcerations of low wage immigrant workers.  My deep concern is that the legalization of (some of the) people currently present may be achieved at the price of a bill that actually makes our immigration system even less rational and workable than it is at present.

Many Americans came here because they could make something of themselves here even when their own countries closed doors to them.  I think that's a big part of the American ethos, and part of why this country works.  The Senate bill could change that at a fundamental level, and that could be very unfortunate.

But let's see what comes out of a conference committee should the House show the ability to get their own bill passed....


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Update on Senate Amendment Actions

A report from Ana Maria Patino:

National Public Radio just reported that Hutchison’s (R-Texas) and Webb’s (D-Va) amendments were defeated.  You can read the NPR report here:

          Hutchison’s amendment would have required anyone who was applying for a Z visa to return home within 2 years in order to qualify for a renewable Z visa to live and work lawfully in the United States. The vote was 53 to 45. 

          Senator Webb’s amendment would have pushed back eligibility for Z visas from January 1, 2007, to 2003 (4 years before the law’s date of enactment). This would prevent millions of people who arrived within the last 4 years from even seeking Z visas. The amendment also would have created a “roots test” to determine if an immigrant is eligible for legalization, including things like homeownership, business ownership, knowledge of English, education in the US, history of filing taxes, etc. The Webb amendment creates an ill-defined set of eligibility criteria that would prevent millions of people from receiving Z visas. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 79 to 18.

          Expected to be voted on today is the Christopher Bond (R-Mo) amendment 1255  that disqualifies a person with a Z visa to apply for lawful permanent resident status. Hopefully, this amendment is defeated as well.


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Norwegian Refugee Council

Please find below a link to a vacancy announcement by the Norwegian Refugee Council - Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre for a Senior IDP Profiling Adviser:$file/Vacancy_IDP_Profiling_Adviser.pdf

The deadline for application is: 6 July 2007


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Immigration Reform and the GOP

The Wall Street Journal thinks the Republican Party has a lot to lose if immigration reform is not achieved:

Immigration reform stayed alive in the Senate yesterday, albeit not without continuing rancor among Republicans. Restrictionists seem to believe the issue will harm the GOP if it succeeds, but we think the political reality is closer to the opposite: The greater danger for Republicans is if it fails.

We've written often about the merits of immigration reform, and we have our own problems with parts of the Senate bill. But it's worth spending some time on the larger politics of the issue, especially for Republicans. They're caught between a passionate minority of their party -- who oppose any reform that allows illegals a path to citizenship -- and the larger electorate, which is more moderate and wants to solve the problem. Like Democrats on national security, this is a classic case in which pandering to the base will harm the GOP overall. Click here for the rest of the piece.


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Tom Tancredo Still in the Race?

Tancredo_interview2_2 At least Rep. Tom Tancredo theoretically remains in the running for the Republican Presidential nomination, although his single issue, anti-immigrant ticket does not seem to be gaining much traction.  Still, he plods forward.  The latest is that Tancredo apparently wants to fence (here) the U.S./Canadian border as well as our southern border with Mexico.  His anti-immigration hyperbole has earned Tommy T a small, yet enthusisatic (if not particulary well-informed), following (here).


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Immigrant of the Day: Tina Brown

Tinabrown400 Tina Brown (born Christina Hambley Brown on November 21, 1953, in Maidenhead, England) is a journalist, magazine editor, columnist and talk-show host.  Born a British citizen, she is now a U.S. citizen.

Brown rose to prominence in the American media industry as the editor of the magazines Vanity Fair from 1984 to 1992 and of The New Yorker from 1992 to 1998.

Brown grew up in Little Marlow, in Buckinghamshire on the outskirts of London. Brown went to college at St Anne's College, Oxford. Brown met Harold Evans in 1974, and began working for his Sunday Times as a writer. She reported from New York for the paper, then quit to join the Sunday Telegraph in London. Evans and Brown were married in East Hampton, New York at the home of then-Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn in August 1981.

In 1992, Brown became editor of The New Yorker. She redesigned the magazine, introducing the first staff photographer (Richard Avedon) and brought in many new reporters and critics.  Her tenure at The New Yorker was controversial: Brown was accused of destroying the magazine, while she argued that she cut dead wood and reinvigorated the magazine. Over her tenure, many respected writers left or were fired (and many others remained), and circulation increased by 30 percent (adding 250,000 new readers).

In 1998, Brown left the New Yorker to start a new magazine, a book company and a television show. She went on to produce a series of specials for CNBC. The network followed up by signing her to host a weekly talk show of politics and culture. The program ended in May 2005. In the last few years, Brown also has written columns on politics and culture for the Washington Post and the New York Sun.

Today, Tina Brown lives in New York City with her husband, Harold Evans, and two children. For an article on Brown's new book on Princess Di, The Diana Chronicles, click here. For book details, see here.


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Rodriguez on Immigration Reform

Cristina Rodriguez (NYU) has a thoughtful piece on Balkinization (here) on immigration reform, including a defense for earned legalization (with some burdens imposed on the undocumented).  I think that Cristina may be willing to sacrifice a bit more than I would and, for that reason, she seems to minimize just how bad the "Grand Bargain" is in many respects for immigrants, present and future.  Still, her piece is well worth a read.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New Immigration Articles

Aldana, Raquel. On rights, federal citizenship, and the "alien". 46 Washburn L.J. 263-308 (2007).

Coming to America: the weaponization of immigration. 46 Washburn L.J. 309-333 (2007).

DiMarzio, Most Rev. Nicholas. John Paul II: migrant Pope teaches on unrwritten laws of migration. 21 Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Pol'y 191- 214 (2007).

Lynch, William. A nation established by immigrants sanctions employers for requiring English to be spoken at work: English-only work rules and national origin discrimination. 16 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 65-101 (2006).

Martinez, George A. Immigration and the meaning of United States citizenship: whiteness and assimilation. 46 Washburn L.J. 335-344 (2007).

Rees, Kristen. Student article. Texas colonias: a paternalistic depiction of unconscionability at the bottom of the market. 16 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 167-194 (2006).


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Immigration Fact Checks from IPC

1. Temporary Worker Visas and Wage Pressure

2. Immigration and Unemployment in Georgia

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) at the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) has assembled a team of professionals to analyze the accuracy of the assumptions and perceptions that shape the public debate over immigration, with the goal of reducing the level of deception and confusion in the debate. Today IPC is releasing two "Immigration Fact-Check" memos covering current issues in the federal immigration debate. Both are summarized below and the full text of each is available on the IPC website at and via the links below.

1. Temporary Worker Visas and Wage Pressure

The debate over how many immigrants should be permitted to enter the country each year under a new temporary worker program is clouded by a common misconception: that the greater the number of temporary workers admitted, the greater the downward pressure on the wages of native-born workers. However, this assumption is not supported by the facts.

Read the full text here.

2. Immigration and Unemployment in Georgia

A report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) argues that the increase in the number of less-educated immigrant workers in Georgia between 2000 and 2006 caused employment levels among less-educated natives to decline. However, there is no evidence of a direct, negative relationship between employment levels for immigrants and natives in Georgia. Instead, evidence suggests that immigration has had generally positive effects for most native-born workers and that employment levels among less-educated natives have declined for reasons unrelated to immigration.

Read the full text here.

For more information contact Tim Vettel (at 202-742-5608 or or visit the Immigration Policy Center website at

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is dedicated exclusively to the analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States. The IPC is a division of the American Immigration Law Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 


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San Francisco Network Opposes S. 1639

New Bill Is Worse and More Unjust To Immigrants

(San Francisco, CA) -- Relief over the defeat of Senate compromise bill (S.1348) was short lived for members of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) after learning that a new immigration bill, S. 1639, is scheduled to be introduced in the Senate early this week.

“The Senate’s proposal is a disingenuous attempt to improve this country’s immigration policy and proactively discriminates against our communities,” says Christina Wong of Chinese for Affirmative Action, and a SFILEN member.

“It is a flawed bill that will not get any better given the Senate leadership seeking to restrict debate and amendments. It is both – lack of a democratic process and substance,” explains Gen Fujioka of Asian Law Caucus.  “We have to oppose it.”

Encouraged by a $4.4 billion funding earmarked for border enforcement by President Bush to persuade Republicans to negotiate with Democrats, immigrant rights advocates are working hard to educate members on the harmful and unjust bill before discussions are expected to wrap up as early as Friday, June 29th.

“As progressives we need to make it known that this bill could create a worse situation for all immigrants. Arabs, for example, have been waiting to reunite with their families and under this measure, could be denied equal access to merit based visas which favors high income, highly educated immigrants from predominantly English speaking countries,” said Lily Haskell of the Arab American Legal Services, whose organization provides services to a growing Arab community in San Francisco.

Similar to bill S. 1348, new bill S. 1639 proposes reducing the number of people eligible for Z visa. Amendments waiting in the wings for debate include imposing “roots tests” for undocumented immigrants, which include unrealistic criteria that require home ownership, English proficiency, and family ties before applying for a Z visa.

Under S. 1639 not only does it makes it difficult for undocumented immigrants to obtain a Z visa, but once approved many will be denied the opportunity to acquire a green card.

“We have heard a number of concerns from our members – many of whom are undocumented. They feel that the requirements that are being placed on immigrants are unfair and unrealistic,” according to Antonio Diaz of People Organized to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights.

Other communities, often left out of the immigration debate, will feel the impact as well. The latest proposals for immigration reform will only further divide our country and our communities. 

“Thousands of Filipinos fleeing economic hardship in the Philippines will stay underground as they seek to reunite with, and support their loved ones.  Moving away from a family-based immigration system to a punitive, guest worker and security-focused system has repeatedly failed in Congress and will continue to fail,” said Terry Valen of the Filipino Community Center.

Eric Quezada, Executive Director of Dolores Street Community Services, whose organization provides neighborhood-based shelter, housing, advocacy and support for working-poor men says: “Our communities need and deserve legalization equality without criminalization, touchback, and cumbersome bureaucracy. As progressives, we must continue to fight for just and humane policy that recognizes the contributions of all immigrants, regardless of status.”

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The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) is comprised of the Asian Law Caucus, the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, the American Arab Legal Services, Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, CARECEN, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Dolores Street Community Services, Filipino Community Center, La Raza Community Resource Center, La Raza Centro Legal, Mujeres Unidas y Activas and PODER. For more information, contact Carolyn Tran at 415-282-6209 ext 15.


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Ask Ann Coulter (About Immigration)

On June 14, we blogged (here) about a story by Ann Coulter entitled "'No Drug Smuggler Left Behind!," which attacks President Bush about his stance about immigration reform. Tonight, Coulter will appear live On "HARDBALL WITH CHRIS MATTHEWS" tonight at 5:00 pm (ET) and repeats at 7:00 pm (ET).  And you can Ask Ann Coulter a question at


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Senate Immigration Debate Moves Forward

Today, the Senate voted 64-35 to allow debate on the revised immigration bill. The debate will now move on to various amendment votes and, incredibly, leaders state that they want a final vote before the July 4 break.


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OIS Naturalization Flow Report and Refugee Data

The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) would like to announce the release of *Refugees and Asylees: 2006*. This report presents information on the number and characteristics of persons admitted as refugees or granted asylum in the United States during fiscal year 2006.
The PDF is available on the OIS web site at: <>


Access data on persons who were admitted as refugees or granted asylum during fiscal year 2006 by country of birth, age, gender, and other characteristics. The data tables, in Excel format, are available at:


The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) would like to announce the release of *Naturalizations in the United States: 2006*. This report presents information on the number and characteristics of foreign nationals who became American citizens during fiscal year 2006. The PDF is available on the OIS web site at:


Access data on foreign nationals who became American citizens during fiscal year 2006 by country of birth, age, state of residence, and other characteristics. The data tables, in Excel format, are available at:


*Legal Permanent Residents: 2006*

*Data on Legal Permanent Residents*


Older editions of the *Yearbook of Immigration Statistics* back to 1996,including PDF files and Excel tables, are available on the OIS website at:


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Activists Convene in Atlanta

Immigrant Rights Groups Raise Their Voices for Equality, Dignity and Justice While Senate Debates Key Immigration Bill

(Oakland, CA-Atlanta, GA) Over 200 immigrant and refugee rights activists and community members will converge on Atlanta, GA to debate, dialogue and work towards a shared agenda for deep justice with thousands of other participants at the first-ever U.S. Social Forum (USSF). At the USSF, being held June 27 through July 1, 2007, immigrant rights groups will also continue demanding just and fair immigration reforms, calling on Congress to stop Senate bill 1639 now being debated.

They will participate in the march and opening ceremonies on Wednesday, June 27 at 2 pm EST.

Members of the Immigrants Rights Caucus, convened by the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, will carry out community meetings, marches, dialogues, workshops and other activities during the USSF.

In addition, they will hold a media conference on Thursday, June 28, 9:30 a.m. EST in Atlanta, at the Immigrant Rights Tent, near the registration table.

The media conference will address the hotly-debated immigration reform bill before the Senate and other concerns being expressed by immigrant and refugee communities during the Social Forum.

The Immigrant Rights Caucus, along with allies and partners in social, economic, racial and environmental justice movements at the U.S. Social Forum, will be directing their fire to stop the repressive immigration bill being debated in the U.S. Senate. The Immigrant Rights Caucus proposes reforms and other actions that protect and expand the rights of the foreign-born and redirect resources to address the root causes of involuntary migration, including political and economic instability and conflicts resulting from "free" trade and other neoliberal policies.

The U.S. Social Forum is the first-ever major grassroots gathering of communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, social, racial, environmental and economic justice groups, environmentalists, human rights advocates, LGBTQ rights, women, youth and Indigenous peoples.

Consistent with the progressive "World Social Forum" process, participants will shape their discussions and proposals on building a better and more just world without war, poverty, racism and repression and in solidarity with the struggles of people internationally for social and economic justice and freedom from tyranny.

For more information, the full schedule of events and links to the latest news & analysis:

NNIRR Network News & Analysis:
Migrants Rights Caucus:
NNIRR Dispatches from on the Road:
USSF homepage:
NNIRR Homepage:

Excerpt from the NNIRR Statement on the US Social Forum

For Liberty, Justice, Equality & Sustainable Communities Across Borders
Determining Our Rights, Envisioning Our Future

A message from the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

"The U.S. Social Forum provides an ideal setting to cross-fertilize ideas, movements and communities. Only through such dialogue -- becoming vulnerable and opening our hearts -- can we as social justice movements become invulnerable. It is through the process of dialogue that we can arrive at a shared vision and analysis - the necessary preconditions to work from a shared agenda, where together we define our rights and organize to attain them as part of envisioning another future, the better and more just world that is possible, and that we must enact into being."

click here to link to the full statement

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Click here for the Migrants Rights Caucus Workshops!

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USSF Immigrant Rights Tent Schedule - click here for the updated schedule!

Wednesday 6/27

10:00am - 1:00pm   Immigrant Rights Caucus Orientation & March Prep
                    (Contact: Colin Rajah, NNIRR: 415-203-8763)

    * Overview of USSF and Immigrant Rights (workshops, plenaries, other activities)
    * Strategize messaging
    * Plan for Immigrant Rights Press Conference
    * Plan for drafting of USSF Immigrant Rights Resolution
    * Immigrant Rights Tent management

1:00pm - 2:00pm    Meet up with other delegations and contingents, depart together to Opening March
                      (Contact: Colin Rajah, NNIRR: 415-203-8763)

2:00pm - 7:00pm   Open Space

Thursday 6/28

7:30am - 9:30am      Bay Area May 1st Alliance - MIWON member exchange
                       (Contact: Liz Sunwoo, MIWON: 213-550-6042)

9:30am - 10:00am    Immigrants Rights Press Conference (tentative)
                      (Contact: Arnoldo Garcia, NNIRR: 510-928-0685, or Diana Wu, NNIRR: 510-847-9339)

10:00am - 1:00pm      South-Asian & Arab Caucus meeting & gathering
                         (Contact: Monami Maulik, DRUM: 347-385-9113)

3:30pm - 5:30pm        Remittances: A Strategy for Transnational Migrant Organizing (workshop)
                          (Contact: Viviana Renella, TIGRA: 415-867-3707)

5:30pm - 6:00pm        Immigrant Rights Caucus Daily Dinner Debriefs
                         (Contact: Colin Rajah, NNIRR: 415-203-8763)

Friday 6/29

1:30pm - 3:30pm        Popular Education & Immigrant Rights Working Group meeting
                         (Contact: Diana Wu, NNIRR: 510-847-9339)

3:30pm - 5:30pm         Las Remesas: Una Estrategia para que los Migrantes Nos Organizemos
                          al Nivel Transnacional (w/shop)
                          (Contact: Viviana Renella, TIGRA: 415-867-3707)

5:30pm - 6:00pm        Immigrant Rights Caucus Daily Dinner Debriefs
                         Immigrant Rights Plenary Speakers Checkin
                         (Contact: Colin Rajah, NNIRR: 415-203-8763)

6:00pm                  Depart to Plenaries

9:30pm - 10:30pm      Immigrant Rights Plenary Debrief
                        (Contact: Colin Rajah, NNIRR: 415-203-8763)

Saturday 6/30

1:30pm - 3:30pm   Immigrant Communities in Action: How to Build Grassroots Immigrant Rights
                         Coalitions in Your City & Challenge the DC Model
                         (Contact: Kavitha Pawria, Immigrant Communities in Action (ICA): 

5:30pm - 6:00pm     Immigrant Rights Caucus Daily Dinner Debrief
                        Final Immigrant Rights Resolution Drafting
                       (Contact: Colin Rajah, NNIRR: 415-203-8763)
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The Immigrants Rights Caucus at the US Social Forum

The Immigrants Rights Caucus is convened by the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (

The Caucus includes members and advocates from over 25 organizations, including the following groups and partner organizations:

·    AFL-CIO
·    American Friends Services Committee (AFSC)
·    Audre Lorde Project (ALP)
·    Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition (BAIRC)
·    Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
·    CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities
·    Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
·    Coalicion de Derechos Humanos
·    Colectivo Flatlander
·    Colonias Development Council
·    Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)
·    Esperanza del Barrio
·    Families for Freedom
·    Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc.
·    Fuerza Unida
·    Grassroots Global Justice
·    Highlander Research and Education Center
·    Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA)
·    Movement for Justice in el Barrio
·    Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
·    Multiethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network (MIWON)
·    National Immigration Project (NLG)
·    National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
·    Priority African Network (PAN)
·    Progressive Communicators Network (PCN)
·    Queers for Economic Justice (Q4EJ)
·    South Asian Network (SAN)
·    Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network (REJN)
·    Southwest Workers Union (SWU)
·    St. Peter's Housing Committee
·    Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research & Action (TIGRA)
·    United Methodist Church - Women's Division


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Immigrant of the Day: Alfonso Marquez

Mini85a5052235856c5a2e772750c970e6f Alfonso Marquez (born April 12, 1972 in Zacatecas, Mexico) has been a Major League Baseball umpire since 1999. He has "umped" the 2006 World Series, the 2003 American League Championship Series, and four Division Series (2001, 2002, 2005, 2006), as well as the 2006 All-Star Game.

The first Mexican-born umpire in major league history, Marquez resides in Gilbert, Arizona. Marquez wears the uniform number 72. For Marquez's official MLB biography, see here

Marquez is from the small town (1,800 people) of La Encarnacion, Zacatecas, in central Mexico. Twenty-seven years ago, Marquez at age 7 left the farm fields of Zacatecas and followed his mother through a small hole in a chain-link fence separating Mexico from the United States.

Marquez is involved in many charity efforts. For a L.A. Times story about his work, click here.


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Increase in Deaths in Immigration Detention

The detention of immigrants has increased dramatically since the 1996 immigration reforms.  This development has been criticized at many different levels, from the high costs to the poor conditions of confinement.  The NY Times reports (here) that 62 immigrants died in administrative custody since 2004, according to a new tally by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that counted many more deaths than the 20 previously known. "No government body is charged with accounting for deaths in immigration detention, a patchwork of county jails, privately run prisons and federal facilities where more than 27,500 people who are not American citizens are held on any given day while the government decides whether to deport them."


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Chicago Task Force on Muslim Americans

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is pleased to announce the release of the findings of its independent Task Force on the civic and political integration of Muslim Americans. “Strengthening America” calls for Muslims and non-Muslims to work together to create full and equal opportunities for Muslim Americans to participate in American civic and political life.

The Task Force, led by Farooq Kathwari, chairman and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., and Lynn Martin, former secretary of labor and congresswoman,  brought together a group of thirty two distinguished Muslim and non-Muslim leaders to examine the Muslim American experience and provide a roadmap for accelerating Muslim American engagement.

The Task Force found that Muslim Americans are a well-educated, diverse group and concluded that their talents are needed to help address critical domestic and foreign policy challenges related to homeland security and U.S. relations with Muslim countries and peoples.  There are opportunities for Muslim Americans to expand their contributions to national security and continue to take the lead in encouraging greater civic participation, leadership development, and institution building within their community. Non-Muslim groups and government leaders can work to better recognize Muslim American contributions to national security, improve collaborations with Muslim American institutions, and provide greater opportunities for young Muslim Americans.

For more information about the Task Force and its findings, including access to a downloadable version of the full report, please visit the Muslims Task Force page of the Chicago Council Web site.


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