March 1, 2008
High Skill Immigration Zone Proposal
Richard Harmon, an immigration attorney from Cleveland, Ohio, and others are circulating to the Presidential candidates and policy leaders an idea on high-skill immigration law reform.
The are proposing new legislation that would create "High Skill Immigration Zones" as a catalyst to attract high-growth companies and high-end immigrant talent to locate in economically struggling cities, such as those in the rustbelt.
Obama Lends a Hand to McCain
Now that the N.Y. Times has raised the issue (after we did but who is watching), the papers, blogs, and public are chattering about whether John McCain is constitutionally eligibile to be President of these United States. The Washington Post reports that Senator (and, I am afraid to say this, frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for President) Barack Obama will co-sponsor legislation introduced Thursday by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) designed to ensure that John McCain can become president, even though he was born in the Panama Canal Zone. The U.S. Constitution requires that a U.S. president be a "natural-born citizen." McCaskill's bill seeks to expressly establish the eligibility of anyone born to a U.S. citizen who is serving overseas as an active or reserve member of the U.S. armed forces. McCain's father was a Navy officer serving in the Panama Canal Zone when McCain was born there in 1936. Cclick here for a blog entry from last December describing Senator McCain's immigration and nationality history.
February 29, 2008
A Note on the Border Fence
I have been avoiding posting anything about the raging controversies about the extension of the border fence. It seems that Texas landowners, immigrant advocates, environmentalists, and many others have critical comments about the fence. And, as NPR reports, even the "virtual" fence is experiencing "technical difficulties" that will take years to resolve.
Dems to Get Tough on Immigration? I Sure Hope Not
Sam Stein at the Huffington Post has an interesting post positing that Democrats may soon be taking tougher position on immigration. A confidential study put together by key think tanks close to the party leadership, urges Democrats to adopt more rigid rhetoric when discussing immigration by encouraging office-holders to emphasize "requiring immigrants to become legal" rather than stressing border enforcement and the opening of a path to legalization for the undocumented already here.
Hope the candidates, at a minimum, stay the(ir) course(s) on immigration.
National Citizenship Plan
Congratulations to the staff at Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) for producing "A More Perfect Union - A National Citizenship Plan" - plan to foster citizenship and integration.
It can be downloaded at www.cliniclegal.org or click here.
Immigrant of the Day: Jacqueline Rebecca Louise de Rothschild (France)
Jacqueline Rebecca Louise de Rothschild (born 1911 in Paris, France) is a chess and tennis champion, author, sculptor and a member of the Rothschild banking family of France. According to her memoir Jump in the Waves, her family had to flee France due to in the Nazi occupation during World War II.
Jacqueline de Rothschild and her husband settled in New York i n 1940. They lived in Philadelphia for several years before moving to Los Angeles in 1949.
As an American citizen, Jacqueline Piatigorsky, a name that she took upon marriage, won numerous national tennis championships. Her passion for the game of chess led to a second career during which she represented the United States in the first woman's Chess Olympiad and won a bronze medal. In the 1960s, she was the highest USCF-rated female chess player in California and ranked No. 2 in the United States.
Piatigorsky is a patron of the arts and in 1985 created an endowment for the New England Conservatory of Music to provide the "New England Conservatory/Piatigorsky Artist Award." In her forties, she developed an interest in sculpting. A Los Angeles area gallery put on the first exhibition of her works in 1976.
February 28, 2008
Refugees in Israel
Refugees from Africa have entered Israel in the past few years, posing questions for Israelis.
Larry Derfner of U.S. News and World Report writes:
For the ragged people streaming out of Egypt—African refugees fleeing genocide, war, and persecution—Israel appears to be the Promised Land indeed. But in the eyes of Israel's government, mindful of the Jewish experience with persecution and genocide, these new arrivals pose a delicate problem and a potentially serious peril.
Refugees crossing the porous border into Israel started their journeys in Sudan, Eritrea, and other African countries. Since 2005, when they began trickling into Israel—the Middle East's most liberal and prosperous country—their numbers have grown to about 6,000. Between dozens and hundreds more arrive each week—more than 1,000 so far this year, many from Eritrea. Most have tragic stories like that of a former English teacher who fled Eritrea after his father was killed by government agents. "When I was in Sudan, I heard people were going to Israel," he says. "I didn't have the money to go anywhere else, so I wanted to come, too." Click here for the rest of the story.
Family of U.S. Citizen Illegally Deported to Mexico Says Government Endangered His Life
Attorneys for the ACLU of Southern California and the law firm of Morrison & Foerster on Friday announced the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of Peter Guzman, a U.S. citizen who was illegally deported to Mexico. Guzman, who was born in Los Angeles as Pedro but is called Peter by his family, was deported May 11, 2007 from an L.A. County jail despite clear evidence that he was a U.S. citizen. He spent nearly three months lost in Mexico while family members desperately searched for him. They slept in a banana warehouse and started their days at 6 a.m., visiting hospitals, jails, shelters, and truck stops. His mother scanned online photos of the deceased from a Tijuana morgue.
We Beat the NY Times! Is John McCain Eligible to Be President?
Today's N.Y. Times raises something this blog raised a while back. Is John McCain, who born in the Canal Zone, eligible to be President of the United States? Is he a "natural-born citizen" as the U.S. Constitution requires? For Jonathan Turley's analysis of the constitutional law issue, click here.
Immigrant of the Day: Meryle Secrest (United Kingdom)
Meryle Secrest (born June Meryle Doman) is an award-winning biographer. Secrest was born and educated in Bath, England. She began her career as a journalist in Canada. After her family emigrated to Canada, she worked as women's editor for the Hamilton News in Ontario, Canada; shortly thereafter, Secrest was named "Most Promising Young Writer" by the Canadian Women's Press Club. In 1964 she began writing for the Washington Post. In 1975, Secrest left the Post to write full-time.
- Secrest has written a number of critically-acclaimed biographies; her subjects have included Frank Lloyd Wright, Joseph Lord Duveen, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Salvador Dali, Kenneth Clark, Bernard Berenson, Romaine Brooks, and Richard Rodgers. She has also published an autobiography entitled Shoot the Widow: Adventurers of a Biographer in Search of Her Subject (2007).
Secrest became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1957 and now lives in Washington, D.C.
Secrest's Being Bernard Berenson was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 and for the American Book Awards in 1981. In 2006, she received the National Humanities Medal.
UT Immigration Clinic's Work Highlighted in New Yorker
The New Yorker ran a great article about the Hutto immigrant detention facility for families outside of Austin, Texas and the litigation brought by the University of Texas law school clinic, headed by Barbara Hines, and the ACLU. Download new_yorker_lost_children_by_m_talbot.pdf or click here.
Lou Dobbs Attacks ADL
From Immigration Daily (www.ilw.com): CNN's Lou Dobbs recently called the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) "a joke" and labeled the Anti- Defamation League (ADL) as "absolute advocate group for open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens." In response, the American Jewish Committee press release denounced media's recent treatment of immigrants, including Dobbs's show.
More Republicans, More Anti-Immigrant Local Ordinances
For an interesting research paper by a political science Ph.D. student finding that local immigration ordinances are more likely to be passed in areas with high percentages of Republicans (rather than where there has been a large increase in the Latina/o population), click here. The bottom line is that political, not demographic, factors are more likely to result in the local anti-immigrant measures.
February 27, 2008
Unauthorized Migration Estimates in the UK and US
How are estimates of undocumented migration made? Here's an important lecture on the topic:
'Just the Facts': Official Reports, Mass Media, and the Politics of Unauthorized Migration Estimates in the United Kingdom and the United States
Ph.D. Candidate in Demography, Australian National University; Visiting Fellow, CCIS
Tuesday, March 4, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Eleanor Roosevelt College Administration Building
Conference Room 115, First Floor
Reception to follow
The production and dissemination of statistical and demographic information has increased significantly in the last decade given advancements in information technology. As such, numbers have become more powerful and political than when The Politics of Numbers (1987) was released two decades ago—for few subjects has this been more apparent than unauthorized migration. Using content analysis of mass media, internet sources, congressional/parliamentary transcripts, and a short survey of demographic professionals working on immigration-related topics, this paper tracks and analyzes estimates of
unauthorized migrant populations issued in high profile UK (2004/05) and US (2005/06) reports. Rather than assessing the validity of statistical techniques, the paper examines the numbers within the public discourse, focusing on the relationship among quantitative information on unauthorized migration, its production, the mass media, public opinion and political power in the United Kingdom and the United States. More specifically, the paper asks: What do 'the
facts' mean and to whom? How do differing modes of presentation color the debate over immigration?
Jennifer Blakeslee is a doctoral candidate in Demography and Sociology at the Australian National University and a visiting fellow at CCIS. Her doctoral research--Consuming illegality: migration, labor and agriculture into the 21st century—investigates contradictions between economic and immigration policies in Spain and the United States, focusing on labor demand in the fruit, vegetable and horticultural industry and the evolution of the global labor market. She is currently working on a project examining Romanian migration to Spain and Italy with the Center for Demographic and Social Change at Kansas State University. She has a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in Asian and Economic History (1996) and M.A.s in Demography (2003) and International Law (2004) from the Australian National University. She has also worked on Complex Systems applications with the Santa Fe Institute (2004) and was a visiting researcher at Oxford University (2005).
Food for Thought for Political Junkies: Foreign-Born Voter Data on Texas and Ohio
The Migration Policy Institute today released election profiles for Texas and Ohio that examine voter registration by nativity, providing breakdowns for foreign-born citizens and the size of their vote during the 2004 general election. The election profiles also outline the size and growth of the foreign-born population (citizen and noncitizen) as a share of each state’s total population, and provide voter breakdowns by ethnicity. Election profiles for all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be available on MPI’s website later today. The election profiles are based on data from the Census Bureau’s 2006 American Community Survey; the Federal Election Commission; the Migration Policy Institute Data Hub and the Pew Hispanic Center. For more state-by-state information on the foreign born, including income, workforce, education, language, demographic and country of origin data, please visit the MPI Data Hub.
Immigrant of the Day: Mona Rico (Mexico)
Mona Rico (1907-1994) was born Enrigueta Di Valenzuela in Mexico City, Mexico. An actress, her films include Eternal Love (1929), Shanghai Lady (1929), A Devil With Women (1930), and Zorro Rides Again (1937). Rico and her mother walked across the Mexican border. She came to Hollywood at age 19 in 1928.
Rico secured a five-year acting contract. Her first role of significance came opposite John Barrymore as the second lead in Eternal Love. It was reported that Miss Rico was sitting in the casting room of the studio when a girl's hands were needed in a film test. After her hands were recorded, she was given a screen test. The following day she obtained her contract.
Rico's first all-talkie feature was as a Spanish dancing girl in Shanghai Lady.
At the age of 23, Rico became an American citizen. Rico died in Los Angeles, California on July 15, 1994.
February 26, 2008
Villanova University School of Law's Second Annual Ryan Forum on Law and Public Policy: The Iraqi Refugee Crisis: Law, Policy and Practice
The Villanova University School of Law's Second Annual Ryan Forum on Law and Public Policy is on The Iraqi Refugee Crisis: Law, Policy and Practice. The event is scheduled for Friday, April 4th from 8am - 5pm at the National Press Club in Washington DC and is cosponsored by Catholic Relief Services, Holland + Knight, Migration Policy Institute and Proskauer Rose. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
More than two million people have fled Iraq and hundreds of thousands more are internally displaced within Iraq. The Forum will bring together leading legal scholars, legislators, government officials and other public figures in a bipartisan atmosphere of frank discussion and analysis to address such questions as: Who are the refugees? Why are they fleeing? What is their status under the law? What conditions and obstacles are the refugees facing in host countries? What ethical and moral considerations are posed by the refugee flow? What are the ramifications of the flow? What challenges does the refugee flow present to neighboring countries and to relations in the Middle East? What has the United States government done to offer refugees protection? What role should the United States and other countries play in the refugee crisis? Some of our confirmed speakers include: Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador of Jordan to the United States; Ambassador Imad Moustapha, Ambassador of Syria to the United States; Ambassador James Foley, Department of State; Michel Gabaudan, Regional Representative, Washington DC Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Deborah Amos, NPR; Professor David Martin, Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Kathleen Newland, Migration Policy Institute; Chris Nugent, Esq. Holland + Knight; Bill Frelick, Human Rights Watch; Kirk Johnson, The List Project; and Eric Blinderman, Esq., Proskauer Rose; Trudy Rubin, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Kristele Youness, Refugee International. there also will be three Middle East experts participating -- Chawla Elia, General-Secretary of Caritas Iraq, Najla Chadha, Caritas Lebanon Migrant Centre and Mark Schnellbaecher, Regional Director for the Middle East, Catholic Relief Services. This will be the first time that a representative from Caritas Iraq has left Iraqi to talk about the refugee crisis since the war began. Pre-registration is required, visit http://www.law.villanova.edu/link/ryan.ap
Long-Term Immigration Trends
The American Immigration Law Foundation's Immigration Policy Center posted an important publication today, titled Immigration: Long Term Trends and America's Future. This Immigration Fact Check discusses long-term immigration trends in the U.S. Immigration critics claim that immigration is out of control, and that today's immigrants aren't assimilating. This fact check, and the longer report it is based on, rebuts these claims, showing that the annual flow of immigrants appears to have peaked in 2000 and that projections show continued decline through 2015. Furthermore, if you look at meaningful indices of assimilation, you find clear indicators of integration and upward mobility among today's immigrants. Equally important, the immigrant population will be a key component in supporting the U.S. workforce as Baby Boomers retire. Thanks to Tim Vettel of AILF for this information.
Kansas and Immigration
Now Kansas is getting into the act on local legislation. Carl Manning of the Associated Press reports:
Legislators agree that Kansas employers shouldn't hire illegal immigrants, but they disagree over how the state should punish violators, a House committee chairman said Monday.
The Federal and State Affairs Committee considered four bills dealing with illegal immigration. They dealt with hiring requirements, denying most public benefits to illegal immigrants, allowing local governments to ban them from renting houses and requiring local and state law enforcement officers to review the citizenship of people they stop for any violation. Click here for the rest of the story.
Interview of Peter Loewy of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
Ed Poll interviews Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP's name partner. Peter Loewy talks about the challenges he faced in building the West Coast Fragomen practice from one lawyer (himself) to a staff of over 70 lawyers and 400 staff in just 20 years. To listen to the audio file, see here. The Fragomen firm is a peeminent immigration law firm representing businesses around the world.
Thanks to Immigration Daily (www.ilw.com) for posting a link to the interview.