Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Immigrant of the Day: Rumeal Robinson (Jamaica)

Images Rumeal James Robinson (born November 13, 1966, Mandeville, Jamaica) is a retired American professional basketball player. He grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and graduated from the famous Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (where Patrick Ewing attended).

Robinson played college basketball for the University of Michigan. He is famous for hitting two crucial free throws with 3 seconds left in the 1989 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game for the University of Michigan Wolverines against Seton Hall University.

Robinson was drafted in 1990 by the Atlanta Hawks with the 10th pick. He was signed to a 4-year deal with the Hawks. He also played for the New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Lakers.


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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New Immigration Articles

Feltman, Rachel. Comment. Undocumented workers in the United States: legal, political, and social effects. 7 Rich. J. Global L. & Bus. 65-86 (2008).

Nelson, Christopher D. Comment. Protecting the immigrant family: the misguided policies, practices and proposed legislation regarding marriage license issuance. 4 U. St. Thomas L.J. 643-667 (2007).

Rodriguez, Cristina M. The significance of the local in immigration regulation. 106 Mich. L. Rev. 567-642 (2008).

Scaperlanda, Michael A. Reflections on immigration reform, the workplace and the family. 4 U. St. Thomas L.J. 508-529 (2007).

Vaala, Lindsey R. Note. Bias on the bench: raising the bar for U.S. immigration judges to ensure equality for asylum seekers. 49 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1011-1042 (2007).

The Marden Lecture. The Legal Profession and the Unmet Needs of the Immigrant Poor. Lecture by Judge Robert A. Katzmann; responses by Robert E. Juceam, Daniel M. Kowalski, Steven Lang, Esther F. Lardent, Andrew I. Schoenholtz and Hamutal Bernstein. 21 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 3-60 (2008).


March 25, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Lawsuit Challenging Cave Creek, Arizona Day Laborer Law

Today, the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU of Arizona and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) announced the filing of a lawsuit challenging an anti-solicitation ordinance in Cave Creek, Arizona - aimed at day laborers - that restricts the First Amendment rights of immigrants, longtime legal residents and citizens alike. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, which supported the measure as a misguided means of tackling immigration, has been contracted by a local municipality to enforce the ordinance. At 8 a.m., before the news conference, there was a walk organized by Salvador Reza of the Tonatierra Community Development Institute, to raise awareness about discriminatory and constitutionally-flawed measures in Phoenix that target local immigrants.


March 25, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Cost of Migration from Mexico

This looks like an interesting presentation at the University of California, San Diego, next week:

Measuring the Cost of Migration for Mexico

Agustín Escobar Latapí
Professor of Social Anthropology, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social-Occidente (Guadalajara, Mexico)

Wednesday, April 2, 3:30 PM
Eleanor Roosevelt College Administration Building
Conference Room 115, First Floor
Reception to follow

Dr. Agustín Escobar Latapí is currently a visiting fellow at the Center for U.S. – Mexican Studies. Concurrently, he is a researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social en Occidente (CIESAS). Dr. Escobar is a member of the Consejo Nacional de Evaluación de la Política de Desarrollo Social (CONEVAL) and of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI) at the highest level. In 1994, he received the national award for scientific research in social sciences from the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias to which he is also a member. He has authored or been co-author of 8 books and over 90 articles and chapters. Until 2006, he was director of the “Mexico – US Migration Management: a Binational Approach”. From 1999 to 2005, he oversaw the qualitative evaluation of Oportunidades, Mexico’s main social policy program. His most recent publications include: Pobreza y migración internacional (CIESAS, 2008) and “The Economy, Development and Work in the Final Report of the GCIM” International Migration (4: 2006).

These seminars are open to all members of the UCSD community, as well as faculty and students from other universities and the general public. For directions to CCIS, visit our website. Parking permits can be purchased at the information booth on North Point Drive (north end of campus). Visitors may also use metered parking spaces (max. 2 hours) in the North side parking lot. Papers previously presented at CCIS seminars can also be downloaded from our website under “Working Papers.” For further information, please contact Ana Minvielle (E-mail:, Tel#: 858-822-4447).

Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
9500 Gilman Drive
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0548


March 25, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Oral Argument in Case Involving U.S. Citizens Held in Iraq

Later this morning, at 10 a.m., the Court is scheduled to hear argument in the consolidated cases of Munaf v. Geren (06-1666) and Geren v. Omar (07-394) on federal courts’ jurisdiction over habeas claims of U.S. citizens held in Iraq. Gregory G. Garre of the Solicitor General’s office will argue for Geren, and Joseph Margulies of Chicago will argue for Munaf and Omar.   Scotus blog should soon post transcripts to the arguments and provide updates on the case.


March 25, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Immigrant of the Day: Fernando Espuelas (Uruguay)

Fern3_2 Fernando Espuelas (b. August 6, 1966 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is an entrepreneur and the founder of StarMedia Network, the first pan-Latin Internet portal in 1996 and the first IPO for a Latin Internet company in 1999. In 2002, Espuelas founded VOY, L.L.C., a digital media company focused on Latinos and those discovering Latin culture. VOY's portal was launched in 2005.

Time named Espuelas as one of the “Leaders of the Millennium”, and he was recognized as a “2000 All-Star” business leader by Crain's New York Business magazine. The World Economic Forum includes him among its elite "Global Leaders of Tomorrow," and he was also a recipient of Latin Trade Magazine's prestigious Bravo Award.

Espuelas' family in Uruguay was financially secure until his father abandoned them when he was 8 years old. Seeking survival at a time when Uruguay was in an acute political and economic crisis, Espuelas and his mother immigrated to the United States in 1976, with only $100. After a series of factory jobs, his mother found work as a housekeeper in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Espuelas attended Greenwich High School and graduated in 1984. While in high school, Espuelas was the President of the Debate Team and the Connecticut State Champion debater in 1982. Espuelas worked in a series of jobs while going to school: gardener; gas station attendant; Woolworth's clerk; restaurant worker; movie usher; newspaper delivery boy; messenger; Chinese food delivery person; pet shop cleaner; baby sitter; electronics board assembler in an electronic church organ manufacturing company; and as an intern at Philip Morris' headquarters in New York.

In 1988, Espuelas graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in history.


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Monday, March 24, 2008

Declare War on Racism

Declare War on Racism

Barack Obama’s speech on our nation’s racial divide juxtaposed with the fifth anniversary of our invasion of Iraq gives us an opportunity to declare another war—a war on racism in America. With race on the front pages, the opportunity is ripe for President Bush and all of the presidential hopefuls to declare war on bigotry and hate. 

More than 150 years after the Civil War and 50 years after the Civil Rights Act and the end of the national origins immigration system, racism continues in the United States. From hate speech and hate crimes to employment discrimination and forms of social preference, subtle actions and institutionalized racism continue to challenge our nation. A few years back when Trent Lott was sharply criticized for racist sentiment at Strom Thurmond’s retirement party, we saw Democrats and Republicans alike agree that racism is wholly and completely unacceptable. But after Lott stepped aside, addressing racism was pushed to the back burner again, allowed to eat away at our nation’s character. Any talk of improving race relations remains hushed and polite when it occurs at all.

The problem with polite talk on these issues is that it lets the vast majority of the nation off the hook. The nation ends up treating overt incidents as the exception, regarding those instances as the occasional target. In fact the prime target should be the foundation of institutionalized racism that has created an environment that enables subtle and unconscious racism and emboldens perpetrators of racist speech and acts.

We need more than polite talk. We need a sense of outrage and indignation. We need massive mobilization over the issue. We need a declaration of war. The declaration of war on the evils of hate and racism must be loud and constant. Just as we have poured millions of dollars into campaigns against drugs and smoking, into efforts to address recycling and other environmental concerns, we need attention-grabbing strategies to begin now, in the midst of current recognition that improving race relations matters.  We need a clear vision statement on these issues to serve as the basis for this moral declaration. We must be driven, not politely, because we are beyond politeness on the evils of hate and prejudice that our leaders acknowledge are not American values.  Let’s put our heads together on this national priority. Be creative and imaginative in approaches. Set an example. Call for new laws, enforcement of existing regulations, smart coalition-building, civility, respect and approaches to addressing actions and private attitudes.  Make that call loud and clear and remind us over and over. Make it part of the national psyche, not just part of the national agenda.

The public face of American pluralism—dominated by politicians, professionals and community leaders—is mostly positive. The problem is with the private off-camera face of America that fails to teach our children and challenge our neighbors to be respectful of others.  We all share to varying degrees the blame for a culture that gives rise to hate speech and ethnic animosity. Every time we engage in even subtle racism or the fostering of stereotypes, we perpetuate that culture. As much as each of us shares the blame, each of us can be part of the solution. Every time we reach out to others whom we have been conditioned to distrust, fear, or subordinate because of culture, race or class, we begin to chip away at the wicked culture that gives rise to irrational hatred, animosity, and violence.

In the aftermath of the September 11 tragedies, President Bush spoke out against hate crimes directed at Americans of South Asian, Pakistani, Arab, and Muslim descent.  He urged “Americans not to use this as an opportunity to pick on somebody that doesn't look like you, or doesn't share your religion.” But since then, he and other leaders have done little to demonstrate sophisticated knowledge about the racialized structures of our society that continue to keep down underprivileged blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, and many Asian Americans. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get serious as a nation and as individuals.


March 24, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Immigration Law Impacts Families

As we know, U.S. immigraton law and its enforcement can affect families' ability to reunite.  For a poignant story of  how the law is affecting a marriage between a citizen and undocumented immigrant, click here.  For the story of a family member being denied the opportunity to visit family in the United States, click here.


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Ban on travelers with HIV into U.S. reviewed

The Houston Chronicle reports that

"Despite contributing billions to the international battle against AIDS, the United States remains one of only 13 nations — including Iraq, Qatar and Armenia — to ban HIV-positive foreign visitors and immigrants. Public health officials and advocates are calling on the U.S. government to lift the long-standing travel ban for foreigners with HIV, calling it draconian and politically motivated. Congress appears to be listening.  The Senate is expected to debate the ban this month as part of President Bush's global AIDS relief package."


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Innigrant of the Day: George Dzundza (Germany)

George George Dzundza (born July 19, 1945) is an American actor known for his role as Sgt. Max Greevey in the first season of the TV crime drama Law & Order. Dzundza was born in Rosenheim, Germany, and spent the first few years of his life in displaced persons camps in Germany with his Ukrainian father, Polish mother, and brother.  Before immigrating to the United States in 1956, the family lived in Amsterdam.

Dzundza attended St. John's University, studying speech and theater arts. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Dzundza played Commander Daskal in The Beast. His other major film roles include The Deer Hunter, Basic Instinct, Crimson Tide, and Dangerous Minds. His other, lesser known acting roles include the Archie Bunker-like father in the short-lived Christina Applegate sitcom Jesse, and the voice of the supervillain Ventriloquist in Batman: The Animated Series and Perry White in Superman: The Animated Series, as well as numerous minor roles within both shows. His Broadway theatre credits include Terrence McNally's The Ritz. More recently, Dzundza portrayed George O'Malley's father on Grey's Anatomy.


March 24, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

New SSRN Immigration Articles

Here are some new immigration articles from the Social Science Research Network, which can be accessed at

Common Law Constraints: Whose Common Good Counts? John Finnis, University of Oxford - Faculty of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Legal Services Support Centers and Rebellious Advocacy: A Case Study of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center Bill Ong Hing, University of California, Davis - School of Law

The Devastating Impact of the Initiative Process on Latino and Immigrant Communities Kevin R. Johnson, University of California, Davis

Ode to Ellis Island Barbara P. Billauer, University of Maryland - School of Law Foundation for Law and Science Centers, Inc., Norman A. Bailey, Affiliation Unknown

The Immigration-Terrorism Illusory Correlation and Heuristic Mistake Mary D. Fan, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, American University Washington College of Law

Who Owns Taiwan: A Dissection of International Title Roger C. S. Lin, Taiwan Civil Alliance Richard W. Hartzell, H Research Group


March 24, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hate Crime Film: A Dream in Doubt

Following 9/11, there was an unfortunate rise in hate crimes directed at Muslims, Arabs and South Asians in the United States. I call these heinous acts the de-Americanization of individuals who are of certain immigrant backgrounds. They are the result of vigilante racism where the perpetrators feel emboldened or deputized to enforce a Euro-centric vision of America. See: Vigilante Racism: The De-Americanization of Immigrant America, 7 Mich.  J. of Race and L. 441 (2002).

Here is an announcement on the Oakland and San Francisco Premieres of a moving film on one of these post-9/11 hate crimes:

It was the first hate-based murder in the wake of September 11, 2001-one of thousands of reported and unreported hate crimes in the years that followed. The victim: a turbaned Sikh man in Mesa Arizona, where his family had sought religious freedom, searching for the American Dream. Meet a family still determined to believe in that dream, even as the nightmare continues for many religious and ethnic minorities in a climate of xenophobia and fear.

Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30 PM
Oakland Museum of California
James Moore Theatre
1000 Oak Street
Free parking in museum garage, entrance on Oak Street
One block from Lake Merritt Bart

Post Screening Discussion Featuring:

Co-Producer "A DREAM IN DOUBT"

Managing Director, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Founding Member of the Sikh Center of The San Francisco Bay Area

Moderated By:
South Asian American Film and Arts Association

Wednesday, April 9 at 6:00 PM
San Francisco Main Public Library
Koret Auditorium

100 Larkin Street
One block from Civic Center Bart
Post Screening Discussion Featuring:

City of Richmond City Council Member

Development Director, "A DREAM IN DOUBT"

Co-Sponsors: The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, The Sikh Student Association of UC Berkeley, The South Asian American Film and Arts Association and Colorlines Magazine
Series Sponsors: ITVS Community Cinema, KQED Education Network, The Oakland Museum of California, The Oakland Film Office, The San Francisco Public Library, Access SF, Bay Area Video Coalition and Hands on Bay Area

Both screenings are free and open to the public. Reservations recommended, email

For more information visit


March 23, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Is This the Way to Treat a U.S. Vet?

The Washington Post has a troubling story about a U.S. veteran who is being denied LPR status:

"During his nearly four years as a translator for U.S. forces in Iraq, Saman Kareem Ahmad was known for his bravery and hard work. "Sam put his life on the line with, and for, Coalition Forces on a daily basis," wrote Marine Capt. Trent A. Gibson. Gibson's letter was part of a thick file of support -- including commendations from the secretary of the Navy and from then-Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus -- that helped Ahmad migrate to the United States in 2006, among an initial group of 50 Iraqi and Afghan translators admitted under a special visa program. Last month, however, the U.S. government turned down Ahmad's application for permanent residence, known as a green card. His offense: Ahmad had once been part of the Kurdish Democratic Party, which U.S. immigration officials deemed an "undesignated terrorist organization" for having sought to overthrow former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein."


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