January 3, 2009
Shut Down Hutto
Message from Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr.
If you care about the innocent children imprisoned for profit at Hutto, please take time to consider the following. It will only take you a few minutes to help free the children.
As we enter our fourth calendar year of trying to help free the innocent children imprisoned at T. Don Hutto located in Taylor, Texas. Hutto is a for-profit prison run by ICE, CCA and the Williamson County Commissioners. With one small act on our part...collectively we can get President Barack Obama's attention and perhaps intervention to free the children from inhumanity.
On Barack's Change.gov website, Jane Chamberlain posted about the imprisoned children in Hutto. http://change.gov/page/content/openforquestions20081229
If we get enough votes, it will demonstrate to the new administration that there is a moral concern across this country about such cruelty and abuse being dealt innocent children by demented and greedy people in power. Vote here and elevate our concerns for the children.
The more votes we can generate, the more attention the Obama administration will hopefully give the innocent children. Let's forward this to our respective spheres of influence. Let's try to get 1000 votes, than 2000. Let's not stop until the children are treated with kindness and gentleness.
Save the change.gov link. Let's monitor this like like a major fund raiser. It will not cost us any money, just our time to. It doesn't involve money, it involves rights of the children that are not being honored by the current regime. Taking time to free the innocent children from greedy exploitation is time well spent.
Let's get this link on our blogs. Let's let the media know what we're doing. Let's get major organizations to post this on their websites. So, please share.
The following link is from the International Herald Tribune, of the New York Times. It exposes the cruelty, CCA, ICE and the ethnic cleansing Operation Endgame, the ten year program that was launched in 2003 for a 100% purging of American of the millions of "removable aliens", placing them first in for-profit prisons.
2009 might just be the year that we get the change that we've longed for, a change that would allow innocent immigrant children from around the world to experience the pinnacle of human dignity here in America. In solidarity, we can make that difference.
Did we hear anyone say "Yes we can!"?
Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr.
Wajahat Ali on Flying While Brown
Wajahat Ali, a lawyer, graduate of UC Davis School of Law, and blogger, has an op-ed ("Flying while Brown") worth reading in The Guardian about the "special attention" paid Muslim Americans at our nation's airports. The recent removal of a group of Muslim Americans from an AirTran flight has brought to international prominence a longstanding problem for Muslim Americans.
January 2, 2009
2008 Law Journal Rankings
The Georgetown Immigration Law Journal is tied for No. 259.
Support the DREAM Act
A message and request from DreamActivist.org:
I hope this email finds you in good health in the New Year.
Undocumented students (DREAM Act beneficiaries) need coalition partners, sponsors and endorsements for both Change.org IDEAS starting Jan 5 and more importantly, for our 65,000+ petition drive launching soonish. Obviously, we already have close to 40 organizations behind us but it doesn't hurt to have more support and big names.
At Change.org, thanks to the help of facebook, NCLR, and pro-migrant bloggers, we got into the second round at 8th place overall with a whooping 2219 votes and it is going to be cut-throat in the next round - We don't have a whole lot of immigration supporters on the site and the ALIPACers will be out to sabotage the contest. Whether or not we make it, we want to make a strong showing for pro-migrant ideas.
We would like your official support for the second round and for the petition drive launching soon as well.
- DreamActivist - United We Dream
o NAKASEC (Chicago, LA)
o University Leadership Initiative (Texas)
o Fair Immigration Reform Movement (LA) -Myron
o Casa de Maryland
o National Immigration Law Center (D.C.)
o Voces de la Frontera (Wisconsin)
o CHIRLA/CA DREAM Network
o National Council of La Raza (D.C.)
o NY State Youth Leadership Council
o Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (Denver, CO)
o UCLA Labor Center
o Brown University
o United States Student Association
o Student Labor Action Project (D.C.)
o First Focus (D.C.)
o Students Working for Equal Rights
o University of California
o Citizen Orange (Pro-Immigrant Blog)
o Student Immigrant Movement
o National Immigration Forum
o Center for American Progress
o New World Foundation
o Minnesota Freedom Network
o El Puente/Latino Youth Collective of Indiana
Annual Report on the Federal Judiciary: Immigration Prosecutions Up in 2008
Along with bankruptcy filings and the prosecution of sex crimes, the aggressive prosecution of immigration offenses is profoundly shaping the federal court dockets, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in his annual report on the federal judiciary.
Filings of criminal immigration charges, concentrated in the Southwest, jumped by 27 percent, to more than 21,000. Administrative appeals were also up, attributed in the report to increasing numbers of appeals of Board of Immigration Appeals decisions. For the N.Y. Times story on the annual report on the federal judiciary, click here.
One can only wonder whether the criminal immigration prosecutions -- many of them for criminal re-entry -- are the best use of limited federal prosecutorial resources. Economic crimes have seemingly run rampant in recent years -- the Bernard Madoff scandal immediately comes to mind. Perhaps the new administration will re-examine the prosecutorial priorities of the U.S. Attorneys offices. And perhaps immigration reform will decrease the need for criminal immigration prosecutions.
January 1, 2009
The Grinch Stole Christmas!!!! Activists protest Christmas arrests by Border Patrol
Community activists gathered in San Bernardino on Wednesday to protest a series of arrests by immigration enforcement officials that allegedly targeted day laborers during the Christmas holidays. (Click here and here for full news stories.) Among the claims made is that the officers engaged in racial profiling.
The U.S. Border Patrol confirmed that agents made six arrests during the December 23-25 in San Bernardino at a site where crowds of day laborers line up for work across the street from a Home Depot store.
University of Arkansas to Open Immigration Law Clinic
Immigrants are everywhere -- even in Arkansas! Here is piece of evidence number 1001. The University of Arkansas School of Law is opening an Immigration Law Clinic on January 12. Professor Elizabeth Young will be the new clinic.
Actually, it has long been known that Arkansas has experienced a large increase in its immigrant population, with many immigrants laboring in the meat and poultry industry, over the last 20 years. Indeed, in no small part due to immigration, Arkansas saw its Hispanic population as a percentage of the total population increase dramatically from 1990 to 2000. And, not surprisingly, Latinos have alleged that Arkansas law enforcement has engaged in racial profiling (see here).
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
December 31, 2008
President Obama to Face Immediate Challenges on Immigration
The Hill has an interesting story about the likely challenges that the new Obama administration will face on immigration, including fashioning positions in two pending lawsuits challenging policies that are directed at employers. We soon shall see what the new administration does in these cases, as well on the issue of immigration reform generally.
What?!!? New Year Resolutions for Immigration Officials
"I will decide all cases based on the evidence of record after having read the file carefully and applied the immigration laws, regulations and agency policy memorandums in a spirit of fidelity to Congressional intent and just compassion for the people and businesses who will be affected by my decision."
This one seems fair enough to me, as well as something required by the Due Process Clause. All of the resoultions make for interesting -- and revealing -- reading.
White Nationalists: Anti-Obama, Anti-Immigrant
From Eric Ward:
Since the weeks leading up to the most significant elections ever to take place in the United States, federal law enforcement agencies, the media and human rights organizations have paid close attention to threats made against Presidential-Elect Barack Obama. Some of these threats have been made by individuals with ties to the neo-Nazi movement in the United States.
. . .
Under the guise of "controlling immigration," the far right Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the most influential anti-immigrant group in the United States, has stated publicly that one of its top goals for the next federal legislative session is to restrict the 14th Amendment. The Federation for American Immigration Reform was founded by John Tanton, a conservationist and retired ophthalmologist. FAIR has received 1.2 million dollars (U.S.) from the "racial science" foundation the Pioneer Fund. FAIR has many associations with political extremists including white nationalists. Click here for the entire piece.
Flake--the new Arizona Maverick
Dan Nowicki writes for The Arizona Republic
Jeff Flake is positioning himself as Arizona's Republican maverick for the future.
Once considered almost a novelty for his relentless one-man attack on House GOP spending practices and push for Cuba policy reform, many conservatives now are looking to the five-term congressman for guidance in rehabilitating the tarnished Republican brand.
And Flake, 45, recently laid the preliminary groundwork to follow two other Arizona Republican mavericks - John McCain and Barry Goldwater - into the Senate if McCain decides to retire instead of seeking re-election in 2010 or Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., chooses not to run again in 2012. In recent years, Flake has grown closer to McCain and is a loyal ally of the 2008 presidential candidate on priorities such as comprehensive immigration reform and in the battle against pork-barrel politics. He also hasn't ruled out a possible 2010 run for governor.
Flake is taking on a more prominent role in statewide politics, partly because he is dismayed by the single-minded obsession some of his fellow Republicans continue to have toward illegal immigration. Like McCain, Flake is a strong supporter of a comprehensive reform approach that would include a temporary-worker program and the legalization of undocumented workers already in the country. That stance has drawn Flake the enmity of GOP immigration restrictionists. Click here for the rest of the story.
December 30, 2008
Fact Sheet on T and U Visas
The National Network on Ending Violence Against Immigrant Women has prepared a fact sheet to assist attorneys and immigration practitioners in summarizing the interim final rule on Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident for Aliens in T or U Nonimmigrant Status, issued on December 12, 2008 that becomes effective on January 12, 2009.
Arizona´s Law Yields No Sanctions Against Employers
When the state's employer-sanctions law took effect nearly a year ago, it threatened to shut down businesses that hired illegal workers. But not a single employer has been taken to court in Arizona, mainly because the landmark law is too difficult to enforce, authorities say. In Maricopa County, where the law led to raids on a dozen businesses and the arrest of 159 workers and a manager, investigators have not been able to assemble enough evidence showing that employers actually knew the arrested workers were illegal, which the sanctions law requires. For the full story, click here.
Tamar Jacoby on Immigration Reform
Jim Blasingame of the Small Business Advocate Radio Show had an interesting interview with Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute about immigration and immigration reform. Jacoby, an immigration expert, offers insights into the immigration team of the Obama Administration nd the possible plans for 2009.
The Plight of Iraqi Refugees
The war on Iraq, not surprisingly, has resulted in a steady flow of refugees out of the country. The Baltimore Sun has a special three-part report on the difficulties facing Iraqi refugees resettling in the United States.
December 29, 2008
Castaneda: Call off the Hunt
Jorge Castaneda contributed an op-ed to the NY Times yesterday:
There are myriad claims to Barack Obama’s attention, and the list will only grow before Jan. 20. But immigration reform and, more immediately, putting an end to the outgoing administration’s unfortunate and inhuman immigration enforcement policy should be high on the president-elect’s list.
But even without comprehensive reform, Mr. Obama can make a huge difference in the lives of millions of undocumented migrants in the United States today. Since late 2006, the Bush administration has been carrying out the “tough love” side of immigration reform without the generous and open-arms side, which would mean legalization for those in the United States today, and a migrant worker program for those it will need tomorrow.
It has pursued a humiliating and hostile policy of persecution and harassment of illegal Mexicans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans, Hondurans and many others. It changed the rules of the game without any warning or empathy, nor with the traditional understanding the United States has shown, more often than not over the past century, in regard to those who cross its borders without papers. Click here for the entire piece.
Child Maid Trafficking and Slavery
The Huffington Post has a story on child maid trafficking (actually enslavement) in the United States, focusing on a 10 year old from Egypt brought to Irvine, California to live as a servant in the garage of a large home. Such trafficking has been on the rise over the last decade despite increased border enforcement.