April 5, 2008
Bolinao52: Vietnamese Refugees
From Ernesto Hernandez at Chapman:
You may want to look into an amazing documentary on Vietnamese Refugees called 'Bolinao52.' It was shown at Chapman Univ. Law School and Film School with the director Duc Nguyen, Dean T. Canova, and Professor M. Cianciarulo speaking after.
check it out at:
The story is very good and the movie (1 hour) has great footage, stories, and presents the perspectives of the refugees, later generations, the US military, and the Filipino rescuers.
It was great to have this movie remind us of stories and experiences shared by, reminding us (especially students and non-refugees) not to forget, and remind us how else this happens.
April 30th, 2008- 9pm WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE KTEH Public Television
San Jose, California
Comcast channel 10
May 4th , 2008- 2pm REPEATED AIRING KQED Public Television
San Francisco, California
Electronic Employment Verification Systems Issues
From the Immigration Policy Center:
ERROR! Electronic Employment Verification Systems: What Will Happen When Citizens Have to Ask the Government For Permission to Work?
Many on Capitol Hill are eyeing favorably bills that create a massive electronic employment databases. While proponents of the Shuler-Tancredo "SAVE Act" (HR 4088) and the Johnson "New Employee Verification Act of 2008" (HR 5515) talk tough about cracking down on illegal immigrants, the truth is their bills' nationwide mandatory electronic employment verification system require all American workers, foreign- and native-born alike, to seek the government's permission to work. If the government database isn't accurate, Americans will be denied employment and paychecks, at least temporarily, while they attempt to resolve the problem with the government agencies.
The proposed bills build upon the E-Verify program, a small pilot program that taps Social Security Administration (SSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases to make determinations about employment authorization. IPC just released a new Immigration Fact Check, titled ERROR! Electronic Employment Verification Systems: What Will Happen When Citizens Have to Ask the Government For Permission to Work?, that covers what we know about the databases and what we can expect if these bills are passed, including information on database error rates, the impact on the SSA, and employers' misuse of the program.
For more information contact:
IPC is a division of the American Immigration Law Foundation. Visit our website at www.immigrationpolicy.org.
Passing of Ira Gollobin
Sad news from Peter Schey:
Ira Gollobin, a renowned civil rights and immigration lawyer, who practiced law in New York City for over 70 years, acting as attorney in many high profile immigration and extradition cases from the 1950s to the 1980s, passed away this morning in New York. Ira was 96 years old. Ira passed away peacefully following several days of hospitalization for a staph infection.
Ira served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law for 25 years. He was a long-time active member of the National Lawyers Guild. He will be deeply missed by those who were honored to meet and learn from him along his 96-year life journey.
Ira wrote numerous periodical articles on immigration policy, dialectics, East Asia, and Marxist theory. He is the author of Dialectical Materialism: Its Laws, Categories, and Practice (1986), and Winds of Change: An Immigration Lawyer’s Perspective of Fifty Years (1987).
Ira’s epic book on dialectical materialism is a comprehensive review of Marxist philosophy, integrated into subjects ranging from workers to politics to human consciousness. For those interested in the relationship between history, philosophy, politics, consciousness, and the struggle for freedom, this is a book you want to read. If you use a highlighter, forget it. You’ll want to highlight the whole book.
Ira served as general counsel to the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born throughout the McCarthy period. During the Cold War witch-hunt to identify and deport immigrant “communist sympathizers,” Ira and the American Committee coordinated the legal defense of immigrant workers, labor leaders, authors, and others for their real or perceived communist beliefs or associations.
In 1980 Ira put together a team of lawyers including Ira Kurzban, Rick Swartz, and me to work on the Haitian Refugee Center v. Smith case. Under his guidance, and with the help of many others, we won a major class-wide injunction that blocked an “expedited deportation program” initiated by the INS-headquarters to quickly deport of over 5,000 Haitian refugees deemed a “threat” to South Florida. After a class-wide permanent injunction we won was upheld in the Court of Appeals (Haitian Refugee Center v. Smith, 676 F.2d 1023 (1982)), the first Haitian adjustment act (that Ira and Rick helped draft and get enacted) granted all class members permanent resident status. Ira was the architect of this victory.
In the last chapter of his book, a chapter on wisdom, Ira wrote:
Class society places its imprint on wisdom. The musings of the sage .... and the guile of the rulers ... have been acclaimed as wellsprings of wisdom, while the masses' hard earned experience and insights, gained in labor and class struggle amid a multitude of afflictions, have been denigrated by oppressors as responses, sometimes docile, sometimes violent, of beings little above the level of brutes. On the contrary, as regards the oppressed, those with the most practical experience are the wisest and most capable. All wisdom comes from the masses ... The wisdom of tens of millions of creators creates something incomparably higher than the greatest prediction of genius. (Quotations and citations omitted).
Ira was a unique intellectual adventurer and a lawyer whose passion for justice was easily matched by his clients’ love and affection for him. We will miss him, and his guidance, very deeply. We will always treasure what he brought to each of us and to humanity’s struggle for emancipation.
Peter A. Schey
President and Executive Director
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
April 4, 2008
New Immigration Symposium
The Richmond Law Review's March 2008 issue focuses on immigration:
SAVE AMERICA: STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION The Honorable Virgil H. Goode, Jr. United States Congressman, Fifth District of Virginia
RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF AMERICANS IN MEXICO UNDER IMMIGRATION LAW AND OTHER AREAS OF MEXICAN LAW Jorge A. Vargas Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
A NEW "U": ORGANIZING VICTIMS AND PROTECTING IMMIGRANT WORKERS Leticia M. Saucedo Associate Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
BORN IN THE U.S.A.? RETHINKING BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP IN THE WAKE OF 9/11 John C. Eastman Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law, Chapman University School of Law
BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP, THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT, AND STATE AUTHORITY James C. Ho Of Counsel, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Dallas, Texas
HELP WANTED: LOOKING FOR A VISA SYSTEM THAT PROMOTES THE U.S. ECONOMY AND NATIONAL SECURITY Jonathan G. Goodrich J.D. Candidate, 2009, University of Richmond School of Law
CLOSE TO CRUCIAL: THE H-2B VISA PROGRAM MUST EVOLVE, BUT MUST ENDURE Lindsay M. Pickral J.D. Candidate, 2009, University of Richmond School of Law
Click on the link above to access the articles in the issue.
Upcoming ILRC Seminars and Webinars
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center Conducting Seminars & Webinars on Immigration Law
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), a non-profit, national resource center, is currently offering both traditional classroom seminars, as well as web-based seminars (webinars). All sessions provide MCLE credit, and discounted registration fees are available for staff members of non-profit and IOLTA organizations.
Topics offered this spring are:
• Learn the Latest on the New U Visa for Victims of Certain Crimes (Webinar)
Learn the latest and the most accurate information to assist clients applying for U nonimmigrant status! During this webinar, you will learn about: the new procedures and policies for applying for U visas; details on the definitions, changes, standards, and red flags included in the U nonimmigrant status interim regulations; where waivers are needed and how to apply for them; and strategies for helping clients apply despite prior immigration violations or criminal arrests.
• Introduction to Deportation Defense (San Francisco)
Are you a lawyer who wants to learn more about representing clients in removal proceedings? Do you want to represent your clients with the confidence that comes from a better understanding of the local practices and procedures? This seminar will teach you the nuts and bolts of representing persons in removal proceedings and provide you with the skills to present a successful case before the San Francisco Immigration Court.
• Training on Naturalization, Citizenship, and Voting (Sacramento & Fresno)
This two-part seminar is designed for attorneys, paralegals, educators, social service providers, organizers, and other advocates. Topics include: the basics of naturalization; the legal requirements for naturalization, such as residence and physical presence; good moral character; the English and U.S. history and civics exams; the oath ceremony; and the naturalization process. We will also review the complex, yet important, issues involving citizenship for children, reviewing acquisition and derivation of citizenship and INA § 322 citizenship for children. In addition, we will review the importance of voting, key laws on voting, and how to encourage naturalized citizens to vote.
• The Record of Conviction and Categorical Analysis (San Francisco & Los Angeles)
This seminar will teach two skills: How to accurately read a criminal record such as an Abstract or rap sheet, and how to use major beneficial new law to limit how the government can characterize a past conviction (e.g. as an aggravated felony) and what documents it can use to do so. In the past two years, the Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit, and BIA have issued key decisions in the “categorical analysis,” the law that governs how immigration authorities can characterize a past criminal conviction. In addition, the Ninth Circuit has published important good decisions on the government’s burden of proof and of document production. A thorough understanding of this area is crucial to defending any noncitizen with criminal record issues. The seminar will go over cases, but will focus on providing concrete defense arguments and a step-by-step means of analyzing a particular conviction record.
Click here to learn more or to register for the above trainings.
For any questions, please contact Sai Suzuki at email@example.com.
ILRC to Honor DREAM Students and Eva Grove
On behalf of ILRC's board of Directors and Staff, please join us in honoring this year's Phillip Burton Immigration and Civil Rights Awards honorees:
Eva Grove of The Grove Foundation
The DREAM Act Students
Thursday, May 15, 2008
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter Street @ Mason, 11th Floor, San Francisco, California
6:00-7:00 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00-9:00 pm Dinner & Awards Presentation
To purchase online: https://www.ilrc.org/ticket11.php
Rare Footage of the Brown Buffalo: Oscar Zeta Acosta
Acosta was a Mexican-American attorney, author, politician, and Chicano activist. He is most famously known as "Dr. Gonzo" in Hunter S. Thompson's book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
In 1974, Acosta disappeared while traveling in Mexico.
Comments on DHS SSA No-Match Rule Needed
On Wednesday, March 26th, DHS published it's proposed No-Match rule in the Federal Register. Although they did make small changes, they have basically re-submitted the same flawed rule which was preliminarily enjoined by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in September of last year.
We now have less then 30 days to submit comments and let DHS know we oppose their rule. We need to generate as many comments as we can. The deadline to submit comments is April 25, that's only a little more then 3 weeks away. We need to act now. Please forward this message as widely as possible.
Several model comments are posted on the LWIW website and instructions on how to submit comments. Spanish comments will be available soon.
Click here for National Immigration Law Center's Talking Points about the new Supplemental Proposed Rule
Summary of the DHS Supplemental Rule on No-Match Letters
Facts About the Social Security "No-Match" Letter
Click here for a copy of DHS' Proposed Rule
If you have any questions please contact Mike Munoz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obtaining Office of Immigration Statistics Info
The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) of DHS is now using a new service, GovDelivery, to deliver email updates about new publications. Going forward you can receive emails from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to notify you of new publications posted on its web pages.
You can sign up to receive email updates whenever new content is added to following pages:
Immigration Statistics main page (www.dhs.gov/immigrationstatistics)
Immigration Statistics Publications page (www.dhs.gov/ximgn/statistics/publications/index.shtm)
GovDelivery is a service that allows you to sign up to receive notices when DHS.gov pages are updated. You can select from a variety of topics such as travel documentation, grant information, Press Room items, the Leadership Journal, and activities and programs.
To change or cancel your subscription visit the subscription page (http://service.govdelivery.com/service/multi_subscribe.html?code=USDHS). You will see this option in all of the e-mail updates you receive.
Office of Immigration Statistics
Department of Homeland Security
800 K Street, NW
10th Floor, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20536
Visit the OIS website at:
Immigrant of the Day: Guy Lombardo (Canada)
Guy Lombardo (1902–77) was a bandleader and violinist famous throughout the world. With his three brothers Carmen, Lebert, and Victor and other musicians from his hometown of London, Ontario, Lombardo formed the big band The Royal Canadians in 1924. The musical team played at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City from 1929 to 1959, and their New Year's Eve broadcasts (which continued with Lombardo until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria) were a major part of New Year's celebrations across North America.
The Royal Canadians were noted for playing the traditional song "Auld Lang Syne" as part of the celebrations. Their recording of the song still plays as the first song of the new year in Times Square. The Lombardos are believed to have sold more than 300 million phonograph albums during their lifetimes.
In 1938, Lombardo became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
In his later years, Lombardo lived in Freeport, Long Island, New York, where he kept his boat, Tempo IV. He also invested in a nearby seafood restaurant (or clam shack) originally called "Liota's East Point House." It was soon "Guy Lombardo's East Point House." Lombardo later became an earlier promoter and musical director of Jones Beach Marine Theater, which is a still-popular concert venue south of Freeport.
April 3, 2008
Seton Hall Sues ICE
Seton Hall Law School's Center for Social Justice filed a great lawsuit for civil damages today against ICE and one local police deparmtent for several illegal ICE raids, reflecting a state-wide pattern of illegal ICE raids.
This is consistent with a series of suppression motions being filed in New Jersey cases by several organizations and attorneys, including trainings led by Seton Hall Law School and Catholic Charities of Newark.
See the Seton Hall Law site for the Center for Social Justice for full details.
PNRX has blogged about the suit here.
UNHCR Compilation of Case Law on Refugee Protection in International Law March 2008
The United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees has prepared a "Compilation of Case Law on Refugee Protection in International Law March 2008." Click here to check it out.
Immigrant of the Day: W.H. Auden (United Kingdom)
W.H. Auden (1907-73) is regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His work is noted for its stylistic and technical achievements, its engagement with moral and political issues, and its variety of tone, form, and content. The central themes of his poetry are: personal love, politics and citizenship, religion and morals, and the relationship between unique human beings and the anonymous, impersonal world of nature. For a sample of some stanzas from an Auden poem, Law Like Love, click here.
Auden grew up in England and read English literature at Christ Church, Oxford. Besides his poetry, he was a prolific writer of essays and reviews on literary, political, psychological, and religious subjects, and he worked at various times on documentary films, poetic plays, and other forms of performance. For a bibliography, click here.
Auden has been admired for his unsurpassed technical virtuosity and an ability to write poems in nearly every imaginable verse form; the incorporation in his work of popular culture, current events, and vernacular speech; and also for the vast range of his intellect, which drew easily from an extraordinary variety of literatures, art forms, social and political theories, and scientific and technical information.
Auden had a remarkable wit, and often mimicked the writing styles of other poets such as Dickinson, W. B. Yeats, and Henry James. His poetry frequently recounts, literally or metaphorically, a journey or quest, and his travels provided rich material for his verse. Auden visited Germany, Iceland, and China, served in the Spanish Civil War, and in 1939 moved to the United States and later became an American citizen.
Generally considered the greatest English poet of the twentieth century, Auden's work has exerted a major influence on succeeding generations of poets on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1954 to 1973, and divided most of the second half of his life between residences in New York City and Austria. He died in Vienna in 1973.
Not Giving Up on the DREAM Act
In spite of Congress' failure to move on the DREAM Act last Fall, countless students and many advocates are forging on. Once such effort is headed by Appleseed.
Appleseed Centers Strive to Make DREAM Act a Reality
April 3, 2008 - As part of a grant from the Blavatnik Charitable Foundation received in November, the national office of Appleseed and Appleseed Centers continue to advocate for passage of the DREAM Act, federal legislation that would provide legal status to undocumented high school students who attend college or serve in the U.S. armed forces.
The legislation, also known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, would grant conditional legal status to some 65,000 students a year who arrived in the United States before age 16, have been in the country for five continuous years, graduated from a U.S. high school and have no criminal record.
"Advocacy for the passage of the DREAM Act strikes at the core of Appleseed's mission of ensuring that opportunities and justice are available to all," said Eric Gutiérrez, Appleseed's immigration policy director. "This collaborative project, under the umbrella of the Appleseed Immigration Policy Program, is a shining example of how we leverage pro bono partnerships to correct social injustices, in this case, within the immigrant community."
The Appleseed Centers participating in this project are located in three states and have approached this issue in various ways:
• Nebraska Appleseed has targeted people in a statewide network to call their senators before the DREAM Act vote in October. In conjunction with funding from a local foundation, Nebraska Appleseed also publicized the in-state tuition option to students, parents, teachers and service providers through a number of trainings. Additionally, they distributed 5,500 in-state tuition brochures and nearly 100 posters. The brochures and posters, in both English and Spanish, have been shared with Appleseed Centers in other states that have passed in-state tuition legislation.
• Chicago Appleseed is conducting research to identify and describe the situation in Illinois, where in-state tuition is available to some undocumented immigrant youth, and to identify opportunities to address continued challenges. Chicago Appleseed will compile data to present to national and state elected officials. The Center has met with a number of higher education institutions and will lead a session with the University of Illinois Extension at the Educating Latinos for the Future of America conference next month.
• Washington Appleseed has collaborated with the Latino/a Education Achievement Project (LEAP), formed 10 years ago to "improve academic achievement of Latino/a students in Washington state." Washington Appleseed and LEAP are collecting resolutions in support of the DREAM Act from state education groups, school boards, community colleges boards of trustees and university boards of regents. The goal is to illustrate to members of the U.S. Congress the broad support for the DREAM Act from mainstream America, with the belief that garnering support for the DREAM Act should be the primary initial focus of a broader immigration reform agenda.
For more information on Appleseed, visit www.appleseednetwork.org.
News Flash: Immigrants Saved Social Security!
Yesterday, the N.Y. Times ran an interesting editorial entitled "How Immigrants Saved Social Security":
"Immigration is good for the financial health of Social Security because more workers mean more tax revenue. Illegal immigration, it turns out, is even better than legal immigration. In the fine print of the 2008 annual report on Social Security, released last week, the program’s trustees noted that growing numbers of “other than legal” workers are expected to bolster the program over the coming decades. One reason is that many undocumented workers pay taxes during their work lives but don’t collect benefits later. Another is that undocumented workers are entering the United States at ever younger ages and are expected to have more children while they’re here than if they arrived at later ages. The result is a substantial increase in the number of working-age people paying taxes, but a relatively smaller increase in the number of retirees who receive benefits — a double boon to Social Security’s bottom line." (emphasis added).
New Immigration Articles
Adams, Josh. Federal court jurisdiction over visa revocations. 32 Vt. L. Rev. 291-316 (2007).
Hill, Linda Kelly. Holding the due process line for asylum. 36 Hofstra L. Rev. 85-123 (2007).
FBI Background Checks: Clearning the Backlogs
Getting the FBI to complete background checks for immigration applications has caused serious processing delays. Yesterday, USCIS announced a plan to clear the backlogs:
USCIS AND FBI RELEASE JOINT PLAN TO ELIMINATE BACKLOG
OF FBI NAME CHECKS
Partnership Establishes Series of Milestones To Complete Checks
WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) today announced a joint plan to eliminate the backlog of name checks pending with the FBI.
USCIS and the FBI established a series of milestones prioritizing work based on the age of the pending name check. The FBI has already eliminated all name check cases pending more than four years.
“This plan of action is the product of a strong partnership between USCIS and the FBI to eliminate the backlogs and to strengthen national security,” said USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez.
By increasing staff, expanding resources, and applying new business processes, the goal is to complete 98 percent of all name checks within 30 days. USCIS and the FBI intend to resolve the remaining two percent, which represent the most difficult name checks and require additional time to complete, within 90 days or less. The goal is to achieve and sustain these processing times by June 2009.
The joint plan will focus on resolving the oldest pending FBI name checks first. USCIS has also requested that the FBI prioritize resolution of approximately 29,800 pending name checks from naturalization applicants submitted to the FBI before May 2006 where the naturalization applicant was already interviewed.
The target milestones for processing name checks are:
Completion Goal Category
May 2008 Process all name checks pending more than three years
July 2008 Process all name checks pending more than two years
Nov. 2008 Process all name checks pending more than one year
Feb. 2009 Process all name checks pending more than 180 days
June 2009 Process 98 percent of all name checks within 30 days and process the remaining two percent within 90 days.
Brain Drain and Immigration Policy
Here's an interesting presentation at UC San Diego on the matter of brain drain and immigration:
The Importance of Brain Return in the Brain Drain-Brain Gain Debate
Assistant Professor of Economics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz (Austria), Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, UC Davis
Tuesday, April 8, 3:00 PM
Eleanor Roosevelt College Administration Building
Conference Room 115, First Floor
Reception to follow
Recent theoretical and empirical studies have emphasized the fact that the perspective of international migration increases the expected returns to skills in poor countries, linking the possibility of migrating (brain drain) with incentives to higher education (brain gain). If emigration is uncertain and some of the highly educated remain such channel may, at least in part, counterbalance the negative effects of brain drain. Recent empirical evidence, moreover, seems to show that temporary (rather than permanent) migration is prevalent among highly skilled from middle towards high income countries (such as Eastern to Western Europe and Latin America to the US). This paper develops a tractable overlapping-generations-model that provides a rationale for return migration and predicts who will migrate and return among agents with heterogeneous abilities. We use parameter values from the literature and the data on return migration to quantify the effect of increased openness on human capital and wages of the sending countries. We find, for plausible values of the parameters, that the ”brain return” channel is at least as important as the ”incentive” channel in promoting brain gain in the sending country.
Karin Mayr joined the Economics Department at UC Davis as a Visiting Assistant Professor in August 2007 from the Economics Department at the University of Linz, Austria, where she also received her PhD in 2004. She has previously spent visiting appointments at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and Trinity College, Ireland. She is a member of the European Migration Network at the International Organisation for Migration. Her research interests are in international migration, public economics and political economy.
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: email@example.com, Tel#: 858-822-4447).
April 2, 2008
Parallel Immigrant Experiences: WWII and 9/11
Here's an interesting program that focuses on the parallels between the attacks on immigrants during World War II and post 9/11:
The Enemy Alien Files Consortium & Partners and the Oakland Museum of California – Education Department present
INALIENABLE: IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
youth voices from world war ii & post 9/11
Multicultural, intergenerational dialogues –
Personal stories, video and cultural performances on challenges to civil liberties during wartime.
Sat., April 12, 2008, 1-4 p.m.
at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street (at 10th St) Oakland
For information, contact NJAHS: (415) 921-5007 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to the stories of civil liberties and human rights violations experienced by immigrants of Japanese, Italian and German descent in the U.S. and from Latin America, identified as "enemy aliens" during World War II – alongside stories by Arab, South Asian, Muslim, Latino, African, Asian Pacific Islander and other youth today, impacted by post-9/11 policies and practices.
Learn about the hidden internment stories of World War II and post 9/11 and current efforts to secure government accountability and redress.
A new website & educational resource portal for curriculum guides, DVD's, publications and classroom activities
Enemy Alien Files Consortium
Members: American Italian Historical Association, German American Internee Coalition, Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, National Japanese American Historical Society.
Partners: American Muslim Voice, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
New Mexico Residents Demand Resignation of Deputy Sheriff
Following abusive immigration raids in Chaparral, New Mexico, where local sheriffs deputies took part, residents are demanding resignations:
Border Network for Human Rights: Fernando Garcia (915) 577-0724
Hundreds of Otero County Residents Signed a Petition Demanding the Resignation of Lead Deputy Sheriff in Chaparral, NM/Otero County
At the Press Conference this Wednesday, BNHR will present a Report with a Dozen Testimonies of Civil Rights Violations and Immigration Enforcement by Sheriff Deputies.
March 31, 2008. Chaparral/Otero County, New Mexico. After last year’s immigration raids in Chaparral, NM, BNHR presented a lawsuit against the Otero County Sheriff Office with the primary purpose of stopping the aggression against community members and to further prevent the separation of immigrant families.
However, after such action and against all expectations, the Border Network for Human Rights still continued to receive reports and complaints, detailing the immigration enforcement activities of the Otero County Deputies. US citizens and residents were questioned alike; people were detained and arrested due to suspicion of their immigration status, people during routine traffic violations ended up in deportation proceedings, and even house visits by sheriff deputies evolved into full-blown immigration operations. Residents were illegally detained and “held” while they waited for immigration agents to show up and even children were victims because they had to be picked up by relatives all the while their parents were being deported.
Therefore, last week BNHR and Chaparral residents launch a petition drive to demand the end of these aggressive practices and to ask for the resignation of the lead sheriff deputy in Chaparral, NM/ Otero County. The result of the Petition Drive and the hundreds of signature from Chaparral Otero will be presented in the following press conference:
Press Conference to Present Petition
Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:30 AM
St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church Saint Agustin Hall
568 Lisa Street,
Chaparral New Mexico
From: Border Network for Human Rights
1101 E. Yandell Dr., El Paso Texas 79902 Phone (915) 577-0724 Fax (915) 577-0370