November 20, 2010
International Migrants Day - - December 18
From the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
Celebrate and Organize!
For Justice & Human Rights
International Migrants Day - December 18
NNIRR is calling on members, partners and allies to celebrate and organize for justice and human rights on December 18, International Migrants Day. On this day, we will be joining migrants’ rights supporters throughout the world in protest of abuse and discrimination against migrants, as well as in celebration of their lives, dignity and contributions.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the International Convention for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (MWC). Approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18, 1990, the Migrant Workers Convention (MWC) entered into force in 2003; to date, 44 countries have approved the Convention.
The Migrant Workers Convention is significant in elaborating on human rights protections for all migrants, regardless of their immigration status or citizenship. On this 20th anniversary, NNIRR will be joining community members and global allies to renew our efforts for universal ratification of the Convention – a task that has grown in urgency with the increase in immigration restrictions and xenophobia in countries around the world.
Here's how you can celebrate and organize for International Migrants Day with NNIRR:
1. Let us know about your December 18th event by Tuesday, December 7. Click here and send your event information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include the title, date/time/place, sponsor(s) and public contact information (telephone, email and webpage). NNIRR will send an announcement of nationwide activities to the media and to sister organizations and communities.
Suggested activities include:
Media events, statements, press releases
Community receptions, dinners, cultural programs, film showings
City resolutions recognizing International Migrants Day
Protest events at local/state/federal offices against immigration enforcement programs like Secure Communities
You may also want to connect with groups in your area to link with activities celebrating International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10th.
2. Report rights violations and abuses committed against immigrant and refugee members of your community. Click here for a suggested guideline.
Please send your report on abuses to email@example.com.
During the week of December 13-18, NNIRR will share the stories of organizing and report abuses from communities participating in the Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network, or HURRICANE.
3. Share a quote from an interview of someone who is reporting an abuse or had their rights violated.
You can also send a photograph of the abuse or action for justice, a short video or even a news report. Documenting an abuse is organizing for justice and human rights!
4. Use and share the findings and recommendations of NNIRR's new human rights report, Injustice for All: The rise of the immigration control regime, during your event or celebration.
You can also share Injustice for All with reporters, elected officials, community groups and leaders, your church or other organizations to discuss what to do to organize for justice and human rights, including demanding socially just immigration reforms.
Day of Inclusion: December 17
Join Assemblymember Mike Eng, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Mayor Kevin Johnson, former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, many statewide elected officials and over 45 civic rights organizations on December 6 at the CA State Railroad Museum for a "Day of Inclusion" enacted by California law in 2009 that in part states:
"WHEREAS, Despite the commitment of the United States to further racial, religious, and cultural tolerance, embodied by the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, intolerance and discrimination against immigrants and minority groups persist, and the 66th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, on December 17, 2009, represents a timely and excellent opportunity for our nation to rededicate itself to the eradication of intolerance and discrimination against immigrants and minority groups."
This one of two statewide events being held this year in response to new legislation that promotes inclusion and appreciation of California's immigrant heritage. For more information, see www.dayofinclusion.org
Steve Li to be released, following Senator Feinstein's private bill
ImmigrationProf's Bill Hing has kept us in the loop on the Steve Li case, a San Francisco college student who faced deportation to a country that he had not been to for decades. A huge break in the case occurred just hours after California Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a private bill seeking to block his deportation to Peru. Li will be released from Immigration & Customs Enforcement custody in Florence, Arizona and will soon return to San Francisco. For more, see the S.F. Chronicle and here.
November 19, 2010
THEY KEEP COMING: Another Undocumented Student Body President
Fresno State student body president, Pedro Ramirez, our Immigrant of the Day earlier this week, may have started a trend. Nineteen-year-old José Salcedo, a keynote speaker at a student rally at Miami Dade College's InterAmerican campus in Little Havana, "surprised many of his listeners when he revealed he was undocumented. The Colombia-born Salcedo is . . . . Student Government Association president at the InterAmerican campus, student representative on the Board of Trustees for MiamiDade College and a member of the school's Honors College, one of 550 elite students." For the full story, see the Miami Herald.
National Geographic Should Stop Glorifying Border Patrol
From National Day Labor Organizing Network:
As a response to National Geographic's newly launched series, "Border Wars," we've created a petition sign-up page so that people like you can voice their opposition to Nat Geo's glorification of the Border Patrol's hunting of migrants--as if the desert was some kind of hunting reserve and migrants are the game.
You can find the link to the petition here: http://bit.ly/bordercrisis
"Border Wars" paints a sensational picture of agents protecting the US/Mexico border against terrorists, drug lords and other criminals, with their fancy gear and heroic stoicism while the other side of the story is largely ignored and downplayed--that of the people they intercept in these treacherous lands. Ultimately, the show serves to further stoke public fears and promotes the criminalization of these people as "invaders," "trespassers" and "illegals."
As an organization that fights for human rights and dignity, we know that there's a human rights crisis on the border not a war. These are human beings who've embarked on a dangerous journey across the desert because they have little to no other economic options for themselves or their families. We also know that many of them will never make it across the desert due to dehydration, violence and/or heat stroke. Afterall, who would take such a risk if the stakes weren't so high?
We think that National Geographic should stick to reporting on science NOT sensationalism. Please join us in telling Nat Geo to stop re-enforcing stereotypes of migrants as "illegals" and reducing their plight to a cat-and-mouse chase in Sonoran Desert.
Marco & NDLON.
Communications and Technology Organizer
National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON)
Feinstein Introduces Private Bill for DREAMer Steve Li
Matt O'Brien writes for the Contra Costa Times
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a private relief bill in Congress this morning on behalf of Steve Li, the City College of San Francisco student who has been detained for two months as immigration officials sought to deport him to Peru.
The bill, if enacted, would grant Li a green card allowing him to permanently reside in the United States. Congress rarely passes such bills, but the mere introduction of the private bill effectively halts Li's deportation for the time being, said his lawyer, Sin Yen Ling.
"Its amazing. It's extremely rare for a private bill to be introduced," Ling said. "It's clear she thought this was an important case."
Feinstein sees the bill as a temporary measure, said spokesman Gil Duran.
The 20-year-old student was arrested at his home by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Sept. 15. He was moved from a California jail to an Arizona detention center in October, and has waited there since.
"I don't expect him to be released before Thanksgiving, though it would be nice," Ling said. "He will be released, though it's a question of when."
Feinstein said in a statement that it would be unjust to deport Li before Congress considers the DREAM Act, a bill that would would provide a path to citizenship for people brought to the United States illegally at a young age who graduate high school and enroll in college or military service. House and Senate leaders have indicated they will bring the act to a vote in late November and early December. Read more...
Is the DREAM Act the Line in the Sand for Latino Voters?
A lame duck Congress appears to be considering one more time the DREAM Act. In "What Democrats owe Latinos: Passing the Dream Act," Edward Schumacher-Matos argues that Latinos may well revolt against the Democrats unless something gives: "Latinos are fed up with congressional delays over comprehensive immigration reform. The time has come for President Obama and the Democrats to man up in the lame-duck session and at least fight to pass the Dream Act. Otherwise, the Democrats risk Latino withdrawal, rebellion - or both."
Latinos flocked to vote for President Obama in 2008. Will they in 2010 without the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform?
November 18, 2010
Radio Bilingüe: Executive Position Opening
Executive Vice President & General Manager
Where a new generation of voices will be heard,
A legacy of public service will grow, and
A 21st century Los Angeles will reflect the difference we make.
We are seeking an Executive Vice President & General Manager to lead L.A. Public Media -- one of the most exciting public media organizations in the country offering new, interactive public media service and community resources. Our Executive Vice President & General Manager will possess a complement of skills including outstanding leadership, organizational management, financial acumen, marketing and communications, and hands-on accountability to build successful funding and community partnerships and effectively communicate with the audience we serve.
L.A. Public Media (LAPM) is based in Los Angeles, California and is a non-profit, noncommercial multi-media platform service (radio, web, video and mobile) producing a new media model offering journalistic content, entertainment, information, and cultural programming from a perspective that values race and ethnicity as the driving force of our coverage. We are positioning ourselves to become the nexus to captivate a younger (25 – 40 year olds), diverse, underserved audience, and equip them with the information they seek and insights to navigate an ever evolving social landscape.
LAPM is a project of Radio Bilingüe and supported through a major grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Executive Vice President & General Manager (EVP/GM) will be responsible for making seamless interface with the parent organization a success. Investing up to $10 million over five years, CPB anticipates funding core support for initial staffing, research, program development, launch and growth. LAPM has developed a strategic roadmap to reaching our goals for both programming and fund development to take our organization to the next level. The EVP/GM will be a key leader in obtaining these goals and ensuring our success.
The Executive Vice President & General Manager is a rewarding career opportunity for the right person who has the desire to make a significant difference in our community. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer (also the CEO of Radio Bilingüe) and will have several senior management and staff positions as direct reports. Principal responsibilities include strategic leadership and oversight of finance, fund development, human resources, facilities, content, marketing and communications, contract/legal activities, and grants administration for the organization. We seek a collaborative leader who will ensure the cultivation of a culture of teamwork, programmatic integration, and develop and participate directly in the business infrastructure and operations to support our short and long term strategic goals.
The position doesn’t require a public media industry background, but a leadership background in media and/or non-profits is a plus. LAPM is still young with start up needs and excitement. It has been moving forward since 2008 and now has a website presence already established and senior content management staff in place. In addition to our current funding sources, the Executive Vice President & General Manager will implement strategic goals to ensure sustainability.
In the next five years the EVP/GM will:
• Grow a multi-media, interactive digital website launched in September 2010 – www.laforward.org
• Pursue and nurture partnerships with public radio and media outlets to distribute our content on stations and news sites locally and across the country
• Implement a plan to bring curated content from others seeking to serve a like audience
• Implement a marketing plan to build and sustain audience objectives
• Establish on-air broadcasting and fully functioning production facilities
• Operate a 24-hour multi-platform, multi-cultural interactive radio and digital presence including locally-hosted signature programs; music and entertainment; award winning journalism; arts and culture
• Maintain a sustainable revenue model through new membership, fundraising methods and support from foundations, major gifts and underwriters
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE
You are a seasoned Executive Vice President & General Manager with vision, strategic thinking, strong leadership and team building, outreach, marketing, board and community relations, fund development, writing and hands-on completion of deliverables.
You will have the ability to successfully meet the above organizational goals and…
• An undergraduate degree, masters degree preferred, in Business Administration or closely related discipline
• Significant number of years of professional leadership and management experience working with senior management and oversight bodies/boards
• Directed a like size organization and responsibilities
• Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule to accommodate organizational needs
Finance and Fund Development
• Preparation and management of an annual operational budget of $3 - $5 million
• Ensure the continued financial viability of the organization through sound fiscal oversight
• Fund development: $500,000 2010/11, with increased growth to $10 million within five years
• Oversight of multiple vendor, funder and partnership contracts
Strategic Planning and Business Acumen
• Develop and implement organization-wide strategies, initiatives and goals
• A visionary and detail person, sustaining and improving the organization now, while directing today’s activities towards tomorrow’s growth
• Direct a clear culture and organizational direction, act on it, and impel it throughout the organization
• Provide creative input to the organizational development and strategic plan
Leadership / Management / Human Resources
• Use excellent project management skills to ensure the big picture goals and time-sensitive tasks (your own and delegated) are successfully completed
• Hands-on management of contracts, grants and amendments, including reporting and funder relations.
• Lead multi-disciplinary teams to new levels of effectiveness and organizational impact, overseeing programs, development, operations, finance, stakeholder relationships, staff, and public outreach
• Inspire, coach, develop and empower a talented staff
• Develop and implement operational policies and procedures that interface with the parent organization, and establish efficient and collaborative staff communications
• Guide and recruit a team of staff and consultants to implement the fund development plan and other initiatives to ensure sufficient operational and program success
• Establish contracting and other procedures that promote the value of diversity
• Manage human resources and performance reviews, refine and implement personnel procedure, hiring practices, and other operational infrastructure needed
• Plan and negotiate space needs to accommodate the organization as it grows and develops
Board Relations and Development
• Leadership role in recruitment of Board members to the organization who will most effectively assist in obtaining our mission, vision and goals
• Organize board meetings
• Provide reports, outcomes and organizational details to executive management and Board
• Provide timely concise, clear and informed communications to Board members
• Leverage the professional guidance and knowledge collectively held among members of the Board
• Report accurately on financial and funding progress and challenges
Community Outreach / Partnered Relationships / Communications / Public Relations
• Partner with the parent company Radio Bilingüe and funding organizations to ensure strong and responsive interface.
• Engage the community so that LAPM is responsive; advocate for the organization
• Be the face of the organization (with other colleagues) and and involved leader in our community
• Educate communities about LAPM, increase support for our mission, and continue to improve our success in building our audience
• Develop relationships, expand our network, and create strategic partnerships
• Communicate effectively with stakeholders, media, community leaders, and organizations
• Refine and implement a communications/marketing strategy that connects the organization with those we want to serve and support our mission
• Experience marketing to and reaching our demographic is desirable
• Actively participate in developing new media partnerships
Technical, Media Experience, Industry Specific
• Strong interest and affinity for technology applications, specifically: web, mobile, fund development, sales and database management
• Profit media industry experience useful
• Demonstrate commitment to quality customer service
• Understand the values of public broadcasting
• Knowledgeable of the multi-ethnic media universe
• Local media industry and community leader connections a plus
How to Apply:
Contact your recruiter Wendi Brown with any questions at:
• 541.858.0376 Phone
• 866.929.WBCP Toll Free
• 866.224.1423 Fax
Apply ASAP, as this position will only remain open until the needs of the organization are met.
L.A. Public Media is an EEO employer
Plaintiff cannot use strict liability or respondeat superior in Sec.1983 Claim--Tenth Rules
Porro v. Barnes No. 10-6002
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
2010 U.S. App. Lexis 23247 November 9, 2010
Alfredo Yero Porro, a federal immigration detainee was acting in a disruptive manner and destroying his cell. A certified emergency response team (CERT) removed him from his cell, walked him to the booking area, and restrained him on a chair. CERT member Kenny Lovett tasered Mr. Porro at least three times while he was restrained. Mr. Porro brought a claim under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against Mr. Lovett, and his supervisor Sheriff Stanley Barnes and Michael Bryant, Mr. Barnes successor, in their official capacity. The district judge entered summary judgment against Mr. Lovett and awarded damages of $100,000. The court granted summary judgment to Sheriffs Barnes and Bryant because Mr. Lovett’s behavior was perpetrated outside the policies and procedures implemented by the supervising defendants.
Mr. Porro appealed the summary judgments in favor of Mr. Barnes and Mr. Bryant, but did not indicate what section of the constitution was violated or why he was detained. §1983 claims of excessive force can be maintained under the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, or Fourteenth amendment depending where in the criminal justice system the violation occurred. Violations occurring during arrest are covered by the Fourth Amendment and claims from incarcerated persons serving sentences are covered by the Eighth. A person in federal immigration detention who is already detained, but not serving a sentence does not fit under either of these amendments. Therefore the court concludes that any §1983 claim in these circumstances, has to be brought under either the Fifth or Fourteenth Amendments. In this case the defendants were state officials and therefore the Fourteenth Amendment applied.
A §1983 claim requires direct personal participation by the defendant or failure to enact obviously needed procedures or training. It is not sustainable by strict liability or respondeat superior. The sheriff defendant in the present case did not authorize, participate nor was present at the tasering. There was no obvious specific deficiency identified by Mr. Porro in the training the officers received. As the court notes "To create a triable question of fact on the use of excessive force, a plaintiff must do more than show that the defendant county failed to adopt the most porotective possible policy against the application of force. " (Id 1) Therefore, Mr. Porro’s claim against Sherriff Barnes failed.
Mixed Boycott Results in Arizona
The Associated Press reports:
A boycott brought on by Arizona's controversial immigration crackdown raised the specter of vacant convention centers, desolate sports arenas and struggling businesses throughout the state.
Seven months later, the boycott's effects are coming into focus, showing it has been a disruptive force but nowhere near as crippling as originally feared. Read more at EQ
Sheriff Joe Back in the Headlines, Joins Forces with The Hulk, Dick Tracy, Wyatt Earp -- Really!
Not long ago, controversial Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio promised to create a new "illegal immigration posse," a volunteer armed posse to help enforce the immigration laws. This is just the latest chapter in his campaign against "illegals."
Yesterday (Download Immigration Posse News Release), Sheriff Arpaio announced that
"56 new members from various professions will be sworn in by Sheriff Arpaio as illegal immigration fighters including some well known personalities. Hollywood actors and real life law enforcement professionals Steven Seagal, Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk) and Peter Lupus (Mission Impossible) all signed on to work this detail. A retired Chicago police official aptly named Dick Tracy who now lives in Arizona has also joined this posse. And Wyatt Earp, a local resident whose uncle was the famous lawman, is joining the posse as well."
For TPM Muckracker's story on the posse, click here.
It is hard to take the newest members of the posse seriously but the immigration events in Arizona over the last year are no joke. Sheriff Joe appears to be popular in Arizona and the legislature jumped on his bandwagoon to pass the ill-fated immigration law known as SB 1070. Many Latinos -- U.S. citizens and lawful immigrants as well as the undocumented -- are scared to death of arrest, deportation, etc.
Antonio Ocampo Released in New Orleans
From the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice:
VICTORY IN NEW ORLEANS!
FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS RELEASE OF IMMIGRANT DETAINEE FROM SHERIFF’S ILLEGAL CUSTODY
Community pressure defeats Sheriff’s attempts to bring ICE into the courtroom, wins Antonio Ocampo’s release after 97 days
We are thrilled to announce that Antonio Ocampo walked out of the New Orleans federal courthouse a free man on Monday, November 15, after spending 97 days in illegal custody on an expired immigration detainer. The Chief Federal Judge ordered his immediate release after Antonio filed a writ of habeas corpus from inside Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) Friday. Antonio was embraced by cheering community members after a coordinated legal and organizing strategy won his release and beat back Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s attempts to drag ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) into the courtroom.
“Inside, I knew they were violating my rights. I complained to jail officials. I filed five written grievances. But no one listened,” said Antonio on the steps of the federal courthouse moments after being released.
Antonio is a member of the Congress of Day Laborers, a project of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice. The Orleans Parish Criminal District Court ordered Antonio’s release on August 12 based on time he had already served on misdemeanor charges. He should have been set free immediately. Instead, Antonio was held in jail because ICE had placed an immigration detainer on him (commonly known as an ICE hold). That gave ICE 48 hours to investigate, charge, or detain Antonio. ICE never did. According to law, Sheriff Gusman should have set Antonio free at the end of 48 hours. Instead he continued to hold Antonio illegally for 97 days, in violation of his Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
As soon as our Legal Department filed the petition for writ of habeas corpus on Antonio’s behalf on Friday, the Sheriff attempted to turn him over to ICE – effectively trying to deport the evidence of his own violations of the Constitution. We stopped him.
Then, soon after U.S. Marshals served him with papers ordering him to federal court, Sheriff Gusman attempted to drag ICE into the courtroom. He announced through his lawyers that he would be asking ICE to attend and testify at the federal hearing. Organized day laborers, clergy, and community members faced off with the Sheriff all day in protests and negotiations and forced him to back down. At the end of a long, tense meeting just an hour before the hearing, Sheriff Gusman relented and ordered his lawyers to call ICE off.
Antonio’s case makes it very clear that ICE detainers lead to violations of constitutional rights. Sheriff Gusman effectively suspended the Constitution in relation to Antonio. If Antonio Ocampo had not filed a writ of habeas corpus from the jail, his illegal detention would have been indefinite. When advocates and an organized community bring egregious civil rights violations to light and attempt to hold Sheriffs accountable, Sheriffs use even the expired detainers to immediately attempt to deport the evidence – as Sheriff Gusman did on Monday. The recent expansion of the federal Secure Communities program into Orleans Parish Prison is likely to make these routine constitutional violations even more pervasive.
What do we want now? First, ICE should set Sheriff Gusman free. ICE should allow Sheriff Gusman to decide not to submit to ICE detainers and allow him to opt-out of Secure Communities. Second, Sheriff Gusman should run his jail in line with the Constitution. He should affirmatively decide to end the use of detainers in OPP and throw Secure Communities out of his jail.
“When the Constitution says ‘We, the people,’ that includes Antonio,” said Jose Zelaya, a member of the Congress of Day Laborers, at the triumphant press conference on the courthouse steps Monday. “We, the people includes me. We, the people includes all of the residents of New Orleans and all of the communities in the United States,” said Mr. Zelaya.
Stop the Conference: The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Conference Cancellations Due to Arizona’s S.B. 1070
The Center for American Progress has released a report on the negative economic impacts of Aruiizona's immigration law. Passage of S.B. 1070 triggered a backlash against Arizona and led many national organizations and opinion leaders to call for economic boycotts. Arizona’s convention industry felt the effects of this backlash immediately when major groups and associations started canceling events and conventions in the state.
CLINICAL IMMIGRATION TEACHING FELLOWSHIP
The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Katherine O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic is interested in hiring an attorney or recent law graduate as a Clinical Teaching Fellow. The fellow would work on deportation defense cases in the immigration and federal courts, on immigration detention litigation, and on impact litigation and advocacy projects with local and national immigrant advocacy organizations. The fellow would also be responsible for supervising students and would have the opportunity to take part in the academic life of the law school. This position is ideal for a candidate interested in the substantive areas of immigration or criminal law and/or a candidate interested in a career in clinical teaching.
The Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo is an in-house year-long intensive live client clinic in which students represent immigrants facing deportation in the immigration courts and federal courts. In addition, students have the opportunity to represent immigrant community based organizations engaged in impact projects on cutting edge immigration issues, including immigration detention conditions. The clinic’s docket focuses on immigrants facing deportation because of encounters with the criminal justice system. The nation’s harsh deportation laws are at their harshest when immigrants have criminal convictions. Even long-term permanent residents (green card holders), who have lived in the United States since childhood, can face permanent exile from their children, homes, and livelihoods for matters as minor as turnstile jumping or shoplifting candy. The fellow would have an extraordinary opportunity to confront the injustices of this system and make a monumental difference in the lives of his or her clients. In the cases before the immigration courts, students have the opportunity to conduct trials, examine witnesses, and draft and argue motions. In the deportation defense cases in federal court, students have the opportunity to brief and possibly argue important questions of law that may impact, not only the lives of our clients, but all immigrants facing deportation in the jurisdiction. In impact projects, students have the opportunity to work on impact litigation and provide other legal support for community organizations engaged in systemic reform efforts seeking to curb abusive or illegal immigration enforcement practices. Students will also gain other important lawyering skills pertaining to interviewing, client counseling, negotiating, legal research and writing, cross-cultural lawyering, trial techniques, and appellate advocacy. In this clinic, students perform all aspects of their client’s representation together with a colleague and under the intensive supervision of a practicing attorney and full-time member of the Cardozo clinical faculty. The seminar associated with the clinic covers some substantive aspects of immigration law, lawyering skills development, ethical issues, and social/political analysis of the immigration laws and procedures affecting our clients.
The Clinical Fellow would assist in teaching the seminar component of the clinic and would supervise students’ case work. In addition, the Fellow would have the opportunity to handle his or her own cases and would cover the clinic docket during the summer session. The clinical director, Peter L. Markowitz, a fulltime member of the Cardozo faculty, will be responsible for mentoring, training, and supervising the Clinical Fellow. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and list of three references (both academic and professional) to: Zsuzsana Toth at 212-790-0411 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Immigrant of the Day: Pedro Ramirez (Mexico), Student Body President Fresno State
The student body president of California State University, Fresno, Pedro Ramirez, is our Immigrant of the Day. Earlier this week, his college newspaper disclosed that Ramirez was undocumented after receiving an anonymous e-mail.
Ramirez is a dual major in political science and agricultural economics. He came to the U.S. with his family from Mexico at age 3 and went on to become valedictorian of his high school class in Tulare County. According to the Sacramento Bee, Ramirez did not know "he lacked proper immigration papers until high school, when he told his parents he planned to join the military before applying to college and they told him he wasn't a citizen."
Ramirez pays in-state fees for college as permitted by California law, which was upheld by the California Supreme Court earlier this week. When elected to be Fresno State's student body president, he declined the $9000 stipend because he could not lawfully accept it.
November 17, 2010
Mass. Gov. Patrick to push for in-state tuition for undocumented students
"Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday vowed to adopt the rest of an advisory panel's immigration reform recommendations, including pushing for in-state tuition for illegal immigrant students at state colleges, during his second term." Read the rest of the story here.
Pelosi Sets November 29 for DREAM Act Vote
As we blogged yesterday, President Obama has pledged to support the passage of the DREAM Act during Congress' lame duck session. Current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced that the a vote will be taken in the House on November 29.
From the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
Nancy Pelosi just announced that she will bring the bipartisan DREAM Act to a vote in the house on November 29th! Now is our chance to finally make the DREAM Act a reality. Take action now!
During the campaign season, Senators Harry Reid and Dick Durbin courageously promised to introduce the DREAM Act after the election before the new representatives are sworn in, during the so-called "lame duck" session. This is a very short session, and everyone in the Illinois delegation needs to know our top priority for the lame duck is passing the DREAM Act.
Tell your Congressman to Pass the DREAM Act during the lame duck session!
The DREAM Act allows children of undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years, graduated from high school, and are of good moral character the opportunity to earn citizenship through at least two years of college or military service.
We all know the DREAM Act is the right thing for the economy, for the military, and for social justice. Why would we waste the talents of hundreds of thousands of students who simply want to contribute to the country they love? But we also know that the best way for politicians to understand this is to talk these young people themselves. That is why we are asking each Illinois Congressman to meet with DREAM eligible students. We need your help to make sure the congressmen listen to these powerful stories.
Ask your congressman to support the DREAM Act and meet with DREAM Students!
Thank you for your leadership.
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
PS. After you contact your congressman forward this email to your friends, family, and neighbors and ask them to do the same. We need everyone's help to make the DREAM Act a reality now.
Former Whitman Nanny Before Labor Panel Today
Susan Ferriss writes for the Sacramento Bee:
Attorney Gloria Allred said today that she has "Irrefutable" evidence that former Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman owes her former Mexican housekeeper between $8,000 and $10,000 in wages and mileage.
The amount - which includes what the housekeeper spent on driving - is more than the approximately $6,000 wage claim that was originally filed against Whitman on Sept. 29.
Whitman's husband, Griffith Harsh, an attorney for the couple and Whitman spokesman Tucker Bounds are at a meeting this morning with Allred and former housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan in downtown San Jose at the Department of Industrial Relations. Read more...
The Rise and Fall of Employer Sanctions
Blog Editor Bill Hing and frequent contributor David Bacon have collaborated on an article that readers should find of interest -- "The Rise and Fall of Employer Sanctions" Fordham Urban Law Journal, 2010 DAVID BACON & BILL ONG HING. ABSTRACT: Workplace Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids by gun-wielding agents resulting in the mass arrests of dozens and sometimes hundreds of employees that were common under the George W. Bush administration appear to have ceased under the Obama administration. Legally questionable mass arrests in neighborhoods continue to occur in neighborhoods under the pretext of serving warrants on criminal aliens. However, disruptive, high-profile worksite raids appear to have subsided. Instead, the Obama administration has engaged in silent raids or audits of companies' records by federal agents that have resulted in the firing of thousands of undocumented workers. The administration defends these softer, gentler operations, yet the result is the same: workers who are here to feed their families are out of work. In this article, David Bacon and Bill Ong Hing argue that ICE raids - be they the Bush-style or the Obama approach - should cease. The basis for these operations - employer sanctions - should be repealed, and true reform that recognizes the rights of all workers should be enacted.
November 16, 2010
President Obama Will Push for the DREAM Act
As Kevin Johnson reported earlier today, congressional leaders were meeting with the President to discuss the DREAM Act.
Kevin Bohn reports for CNN:
Washington (CNN) – Several Congressional Hispanic leaders met with President Obama Tuesday to ask for his help in building support for a bill, known as the DREAM Act, which would award citizenship to illegal immigrants who have gone to college or served in the military.
Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform believe the lame duck session may the best opportunity to pass one concrete immigration reform measure before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.
The President sat down with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) and Nydia Velazquez (D-New Jersey) to discuss the issue.
After the meeting, Gutierrez told reporters that Mr. Obama committed to make phone calls to members to push for comprehensive reform, but will ask for support on the DREAM measure "as down payment."
In a statement, Gutierrez said the DREAM Act is "the only piece of immigration reform legislation that can get broad support from Democrats and has attracted significant Republican support in the recent past."
The White House said in a statement following the meeting, "The President and the CHC (Congressional Hispanic Caucus) leaders believe that, before adjourning, Congress should approve the DREAM Act. This legislation has traditionally enjoyed support from Democratic and Republican lawmakers and would give young people who were brought as minors to the United States by their parents the opportunity to earn their citizenship by pursuing a college degree or through military service." Read more...