Tuesday, November 20, 2007
ANDRES OPPENHEIMER has an interesting column on his appearance on Fox News:
"On Nov. 8, I had the distinction of being called ''a crazy columnist'' and a ''nut'' on prime time television by conservative Fox News anchorman Bill O'Reilly for a column I had written about the urgent need for a comprehensive solution to America's immigration crisis. I'm not going to disqualify O'Reilly -- or the CNN anti-immigration crusader Lou Dobbs -- as a Hispanic-phobic hate monger. Rather than trying to smear him, as O'Reilly did to me, I will focus on how deceiving his arguments are. You judge."
Check it out here.
New Study on the Economic Impacts of Immigration: high immigration cities experienced higher wage and housing price growth
A new study by economist Giovanni Peri (UC Davis) finds that research on US data shows that high immigration cities experienced higher wage and housing price growth. Immigration had a positive productivity effect on natives overall, but important distributional effects. Highly educated natives enjoyed the largest benefits while the less educated did not gain (but did not lose much either).
The Houston Chronicle reports on the change in the "catch-and-release" policy in South texas:
"After pleading guilty to entering the country illegally, the Mexican immigrant from Veracruz told a federal judge here last week he came to the U.S. to earn money to pay for his mother's funeral. ''It doesn't matter if you're trying to pay off funeral expenses, or take care of a sick family member," explained U.S. Magistrate Diana Saldaña, referring to the plight of another immigrant. ''When you cross the Rio Grande, you're going to be spending time in prison if the Border Patrol finds you — that's the bottom line." The frank courtroom exchange has become a daily occurrence since Oct. 30, when the Border Patrol launched Operation Streamline-Laredo, a zero-tolerance campaign that prosecutes, jails and deports nearly every adult illegal immigrant that border agents catch. The controversial operation has jammed local jails to capacity, strained the staff of the federal public defender's office and sparked charges that immigrants' due process rights are being violated. But it has been applauded by those favoring strict enforcement of immigration laws."
Featuring Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sonia Nazario
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007, 6:00 PM
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin @ Grove, San Francisco
Sonia Nazario will discuss her book Enrique's Journey, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning series from the Los Angeles Times. This true story of a Honduran boy's dangerous odyssey to rejoin his mother in the U.S. has the potential to reshape our conversations about immigration. Presented in partnership with The Allstate Foundation.
Click here to see Facing History resources related to issues of immigration and membership in society.
Please note: There is NO reserved seating for this event. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We anticipate a full auditorium; please plan to arrive early. Doors to the auditorium will open at 5:30 PM. The program will begin promptly at 6:00pm.
Please contact Karen Foster with questions at 510-786-2500 x226 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The N.Y. Times reports that Japan, which Japan has tried hard in recent years to shake its image as an insular society, is about to impose strict immigration controls that many fear could deter visitors and discourage businesses from locating here. Today, Japan will put in place a tough system for monitoring foreign visitors. Modeled on the controversial U.S.-Visit program, it will require foreign citizens to be fingerprinted, photographed and questioned every time they enter Japan. The screening will extend even to Japan’s 2.1 million foreign residents.
Peter Löwenbräu Griffin is the protagonist of the hit Fox television show "Family Guy." He' is 43-years old man of Irish (and partially black) descent currently residing in Rhode Island with his family.
In an episode (Padre de Familia (Family Guy)) that first aired on November 18, 2007, Peter Griffin starts an anti-immigration group, but immediately changes his views after discovering he was born in Mexico. Unable to prove his American citizenship and the legitimacy of his marriage, he is deemed an "illegal immigrant," separated from his wife Lois by authorities, and forced to work on his father-in-law's estate as a groundskeeper, all the while leading the fight for immigrant rights.
Monday, November 19, 2007
The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hate Crimes Statistics Report released today demonstrates the real societal impact of anti-immigrant campaigns launched over the airwaves and through anti-immigrant legislation. The report shows a sharp increase in the number of hate crimes reported against Hispanics based on their ethnicity or national origin to the highest levels since the reports were first mandated by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act.
According to the report, in 2006, Hispanics comprised 62.8% of victims of crimes motivated by a bias toward the victims’ ethnicity or national origin. In 2004, the comparable figure was 51.5%. Since 2004, the number of victims of anti-Hispanic crimes increased by 25%.
The Mexican-Ameican Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF) issued a press relaease about th hate crimes report. “Anti-immigrant hatred heard on the radio and cable shows reaches America’s neighborhoods with real consequences,” stated MALDEF President and General Counsel John Trasviña. “Heightened anti-immigrant sentiment has blocked immigration reform and seeks to turn local police into immigration law enforcers thus making it more difficult for victims to report crimes. The FBI report should serve as a wake up call to our nation’s leaders to take action on comprehensive immigration reform, reduce tensions and safeguard the basic civil rights and liberties of all Americans.”
The report goes on to demonstrate the steady growth of anti-Hispanic hate crimes after 2004.
2006: 576 anti-Hispanic crimes against 819 victims
2005: 522 anti-Hispanic crimes against 722 victims
2004: 475 anti-Hispanic crimes against 646 victims
2003: 426 anti-Hispanic crimes against 595 victims
2002: 480 anti-Hispanic crimes against 639 victims
A Wall Street Journal news story says "Polls regularly show a majority of Americans resigned to legalizing immigrants if the process includes penalties and is balanced by improved border and workplace enforcement. But polls also show that Americans are outraged about government benefits for illegal immigrants, which makes framing a campaign message tricky for the Democrats."
June Kronholz writes in the Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama had just ended his stump speech before a friendly audience in this tiny southern Iowa town when Stephen Scott's hand shot up with a question. Would Mr. Obama, as president, have signed last summer's failed "amnesty bill" for illegal immigrants, Mr. Scott, a local landscape painter, asked testily.
Mr. Obama cautiously walked through a long answer that ended with a plan to give legal status to long-established illegal immigrants. "There. Another question," he said, shutting down discussion.
Democratic strategists believe that Hispanic voters could swing a decisive handful of states -- including Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada -- to the Democrats in 2008, ensuring the election of a Democratic president and cementing a Democratic majority for years to come. But the party's blue-collar, middle-income and African-American supporters are increasingly angry about illegal immigration, much of it Hispanic. Click here for the full story.
LOS VOLUNTARIOS DE LA COMUNIDAD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Jose Sandoval
408 203 1696
WHAT? PRESS BRIEFING/CONFERENCE
WHEN: DATE: Tuesday, November 20 TIME: 12 noon
PLACE: outside the San Jose City Hall
Santa Clara Street, between 4th and 5th Streets
ASSEMBLYMAN JOE COTO TO PARTICIPATE IN PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING A TEN-MILE HUMAN RIGHTS WALK IN SAN JOSE
Assembylman Joe Coto (23rd Assembly District) will be participating in the press conference of los Voluntarios de la Comunidad on November 20th announcing the upcoming Ten-Mile Human Rights Walk which will take place on Sunday, December 9th, at 9 a.m. at Story and King in San Jose, and end at San Jose City Hall. One of the various themes of the march will be promoting the human rights of immigrants. Assemblyman Coto will be participating in the walk.
For more information on the march, please see www.voluntariosdelacomunidad.org .
Eddie "Piolín" (Tweety Bird) Sotelo is a Los Angeles radio personality, born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico in 1972. His show, "Piolín por la Mañana," which is in Spanish day, on mornings on KSCA in Southern California. The L.A.Times ranks Sotelo in the 100 most powerful people in Southern California. His show is the most popular show on Los Angeles among non-English speaking listeners.
Sotelo has described own experience of living and working in the United States as an undocumented immigrant. Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Sotelo regularized his immigration status and now lives legally in Los Angeles. "I was working three different jobs every day, and I know the feeling when you got fired just because you don't have a green card ... they (employers) make you feel like you're not worthy," he told Reuters.
The Observer reports on Sotelo's role in the spring 2006 immigration marches in Los Angeles:
"Eddie 'El Piolin' Sotelo does not look like a revolutionary threat to America. He is short, stocky, with neat dark hair and a broad smile. His nickname means simply 'Tweety Bird' in Spanish. Until 18 months ago, Sotelo was virtually unknown. Though more than a million listeners tuned into his radio show, the majority of America was blissfully unaware of his championing of the rights of illegal immigrants - simply because he did it in Spanish. Then, one day, he publicised protests against a draft law to classify undocumented migrants as felons. Sotelo urged his Hispanic listeners to take to the streets. They answered his call in their millions. In Los Angeles, 400,000 marchers streamed through downtown. A similar number jammed Chicago. In dozens of cities, millions of people were suddenly protesting against a law few other Americans even knew about. And 'El Piolin' was at the front of the marchers. 'More than two million marched. And I am proud that we were peaceful,' he tells The Observer"
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Simon Cable of the Daily Mail reports:
A British woman planning to start a new life with her husband in New Zealand has been banned from entering the country - because she is too fat.
Rowan Trezise, 33, has been left behind in England while her husband Richie, 35, has already made the move down under leaving her desperately trying to lose weight.
When the couple first tried to gain entry to the country they were told that they were both overweight and were a potential burden on the health care system. Click herefor the full story.
Many restrictionists, including prominent Harvard profesor Samuel Huntington, often complain that immigrants "fail to assimilate" and, among other things, fail to learn English (which is not really true, in any event). However, we as a country do not always make it particularly easy for immigrants to try to become integrated into U.S. society. For example, ESL classes are over-enrolled in cities throughout the country. Naturalization of immigrants is the final stage of the formal legal assimilation of immigrants. However, CNN offers a recent report about the red tape and long delays that make immigrants wait years to become citizens.
Despite hitting the national news last with a controversial television ad equating terrorism and immigration, Republican Presidential candidate Tom Tancredo's one-issue campaign is headed nowhere. Tancredo's candidacy based on illegal immigration has failed to catch fire even though immigration has been a big issue for the last few years in the U.S. For political analysis of Tancredo languishes in the shadows, see Ben Adler's article on Politico.com.