Saturday, August 18, 2012

Pitt Law Immigration Clinical Position

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law also invites applications for the position of Director of the Law School’s Immigration Law Clinic. This full-time position is not in the tenure stream, and is part of a system of contracts progressing to renewable long-term contracts. The position will begin on July 1, 2013. The Clinic’s primary mission is to serve the educational needs of our students and to provide legal services to individuals involved in asylum cases or in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court. Duties of the Director and Clinical Professor include classroom teaching, supervision of second- and third-year law students as they represent clients and participate in community projects; community outreach and fundraising; and administrative duties relating to the Immigration Law Clinic. The Director may also be expected to assume responsibilities involving the oversight of immigration-related legal services provided by pro bono attorneys and by the legal staff of Jewish Children and Family Services of Pittsburgh. These responsibilities, which will not exceed eight hours per week, may be separately contracted for and compensated by Vibrant Pittsburgh or other funders.

Qualifications include admission to practice in Pennsylvania or willingness to seek admission to the Pennsylvania bar; experience in the field of immigration law (specifically, asylum and removal cases), and, preferably, clinical pedagogy; and the ability to work effectively with students, clients and other constituents.

Contact: Professor Martha Mannix, Chair, Clinical Appointments Committee, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Email: mmannix@pitt.edu. The deadline for applications for the clinical position is September 14, 2012.

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August 18, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

At the Movies: Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man (2012), winner of the Sundance Jury Prize and the Audience Award for best international documentary.

Here is a synopsis of the film from its website:

In 1968, two producers went to a downtown Detroit bar to see an unknown recording artist – a charismatic Mexican-American singer/songwriter named Rodriguez, who had attracted a local following with his mysterious presence, soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They were immediately bewitched by the singer, and thought they had found a musical folk hero in the purest sense – an artist who reminded them of a Chicano Bob Dylan, perhaps even greater. They had worked with the likes of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, but they believed the album they subsequently produced with Rodriguez – Cold Fact – was the masterpiece of their producing careers.

Despite good reviews, Cold Fact was a commercial disaster and marked the end of Rodriguez’s recording career before it had even started. Rodriguez sank back into obscurity. All that trailed him were stories of his escalating depression, and eventually he fell so far off the music industry’s radar that when it was rumored he had committed suicide, there was no conclusive report of exactly how and why. Of all the stories that circulated about his death, the most sensational – and the most widely accepted – was that Rodriguez had set himself ablaze on stage 4 having delivered these final lyrics: “But thanks for your time, then you can thank me for mine and after that’s said, forget it.” The album’s sales never revived, the label folded and Rodriguez’s music seemed destined for oblivion.

This was not the end of Rodriguez's story. A bootleg recording of Cold Fact somehow found its way to South Africa in the early 1970s, a time when South Africa was becoming increasingly isolated as the Apartheid regime tightened its grip. Rodriguez's anti-establishment lyrics and observations as an outsider in urban America felt particularly resonant for a whole generation of disaffected Afrikaners. The album quickly developed an avid following through word-of-mouth among the white liberal youth, with local pressings made. In typical response, the reactionary government banned the record, ensuring no radio play, which only served to further fuel its cult status. The mystery surrounding the artist's death helped secure Rodriguez's place in rock legend and Cold Fact quickly became the anthem of the white resistance in Apartheid-era South Africa. Over the next two decades Rodriguez became a household name in the country and Cold Fact went platinum.

Here is a review by Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone.  More reviews can be found at Rotten Tomatoes.

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August 18, 2012 in Film, Music | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, August 17, 2012

California Will Issue Drivers Licenses to Deferred Action Recipients

Unlike the position of Governor Brewer in Arizona, California will issue a drivers license to DACA applicants who obtain employment authorization.

From UT San Diego:

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will start issuing driver’s licenses to those here illegally who qualify for President Obama’s two-year stay of deportation, potentially reigniting political battles in the state Capitol over undocumented immigrants.

“We’re not changing the law. We’re not bending the rules,” said Armando Botello, a DMV spokesman.

Botello said state law allows DMV to grant driver’s licenses to those who have what’s called an “employment authorization document.”

“It’s one of the documents accepted for years as proof of legal presence. We will accept that,” Botello said.

Botello said DMV did not consider the political controversy in making the decision.

“Our people who specialize in this — they looked at the rules. They consulted with our legal office and they made the decision,” he said.

The decision, which has not publicly announced, drew a sharp rebuke from Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, a strident opponent of government services for undocumented immigrants. Read more..

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August 17, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Rage Against the Machine Critiques Paul Ryan's Rage Against Immigrants

Tom Morello writes in Rolling Stone Magazine:

"Last week, Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan, the Republican architect of Congress's radical right-wing budget plan, as his running mate. Ryan has previously cited Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands. Rage guitarist Tom Morello responds in this exclusive Rolling Stone op-ed."

Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn't understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn't understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine.

Ryan claims that he likes Rage's sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don't care for Paul Ryan's sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.

I wonder what Ryan's favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? . . . Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!

Don't mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta "rage" in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions. Read more...

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August 17, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Key Factors, Unresolved Issues in New Deferred Action Program for Immigrant Youth Will Determine Its Success

In Key Factors, Unresolved Issues in New Deferred Action Program for Immigrant Youth Will Determine Its Success, Muzaffar Chishti and Faye Hipsman of the Migration Policy Institute identify important uncertainties about the implementation of the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  On August 15, just 60 days after President Obama announced a policy to offer two-year relief from deportation to certain qualifying unauthorized immigrants under the age of 31 who were brought to the United States as children, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for its new program.

A number of key factors, some still unknown or unresolved, will ultimately determine the success of an initiative that will allow qualifying unauthorized immigrants a conditional reprieve from deportation. The most salient issues to be addressed include the efficiency and uniformity of the program by the government and service providers; those of confidentiality concerns for both applicants and their families and employers who have hired them, national and state-level issues of how to qualify for the educational attainment guideline, and unspecified guidelines of what crimes preclude registration.

As well, how states choose to react to DACA will be a significant factor in DACA's implementation, as already Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has issued an executive order noting the state will not grant driver's licenses or other public benefits to DACA recipients. Though interpretation of some of the guidelines remains unclear – and it remains an open question how states will react on key issues such as whether DACA beneficiaries are deemed eligible to apply for and receive in-state tuition rates and other criteria – the broad outlines of the program have emerged.

KJ

August 17, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Asian Americans Call for Investigation of Hate Crimes

From the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice:

ASIAN AMERICAN CENTER FOR ADVANCING JUSTICE CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION AND LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS REGARDING OF SPATE OF VIOLENT ATTACKS ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
WASHINGTON – The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) – Asian American Institute (AAI), Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), Asian Law Caucus (ALC), and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) – are deeply troubled by the reports of at least nine attacks on Muslim and Sikh houses of worship around the country over the last two weeks. The reported attacks include:

August 4: Vandals fired BB pellets, and threw eggs and oranges at a mosque in Hayward, California; This was the fourth time vandals attacked the Hayward mosque in the last eight months;
August 5: A gunman attacked a Sikh gurdwara and shot and killed six congregants in Oak Creek, Wisconsin;
August 5: A man vandalized a sign in front of a mosque in North Smithfield, Rhode Island;
August 6: A mosque was burned to the ground in Joplin, Missouri; A previous fire a month earlier at the same mosque was caused by arson;
August 7: Two women left three pig legs at the entrances to a mosque in Ontario, California;
August 10: A man shot rifle pellets at a mosque while 500 congregants were praying inside in Morton Grove, Illinois;
August 12: An unknown assailant hurled an acid bomb at an Islamic school while congregants were praying inside in Lombard, Illinois;
August 12: Vandals shot paintballs in the early morning hours at a mosque in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
August 15: A firebomb was thrown at the home of a Muslim family in Panama City, Florida.
While we are encouraged by the general outpouring of support for those affected by the worst of these attacks – the killings of six Sikhs in Oak Creek – that incident cannot be understood in isolation. The hate crimes described above, all of which occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, are the most recent examples of a broad pattern of discrimination, violence and intimidation against Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities that has become prevalent in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Since 9/11, AMEMSA communities have been subject to a climate of intimidation marked by Islamophobic and hostile acts that have unfortunately become increasingly mainstream.

Advancing Justice condemns these attacks and calls on federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to promptly investigate and hold legislative hearings concerning these incidents to ensure justice for the AMEMSA communities. The free exercise of religion is a fundamental American right and is a cornerstone value in this Nation. We stand with the AMEMSA communities and call on all Americans to do the same as we demand religious tolerance and respect for our shared commitment to religious freedom.

CONTACT:    Kimberly Goulart
202-499-7027 x103
comrequests@advancingequality.org

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August 17, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

From the Bookshelves: Diary of a Bilingual School by Sharon Adelm Reyes and James Crawford

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Diary of a Bilingual School:  How a Constructivist Curriculum, a Multicultural Perspective, and a Commitment to Dual Immersion Education Combined to Foster Fluent Bilingualism in Spanish- and English-Speaking Children by Sharon Adelman Reyes, James Crawford 

Dual immersion, a popular new way to foster bilingualism, is capturing the attention of parents and educators alike. By bringing together children from diverse backgrounds to learn each other's languages in a natural setting, it has proved far more effective at cultivating fluency than traditional approaches. But how do these programs actually work? What goes on in dual immersion classrooms? And what is it that makes them so effective? Diary of a Bilingual School answers these questions with a unique mix of narratives and analysis. Depicting a year in the life of a second-grade classroom, it demonstrates what can happen when the instruction is bilingual and the curriculum is constructivist. The book focuses on Chicago's Inter-American Magnet School, one of the nation's most acclaimed dual immersion programs, where children thrive in an environment that unlocks their intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Simultaneously, without conscious effort, they become proficient in two languages and at home in a culture that differs from their own. For those who want to discover the benefits of dual immersion for their children or for their students -- or who want to learn more about child-centered approaches to teaching -- Diary of a Bilingual School is a must.

KJ

August 16, 2012 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Rust Never Sleeps: Controversy Over Driver's Licenses and Deferred Departure

The Obama administration's program of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been in the news this week, with the details of the program made available and the U.S. government now accepting applications.  Under the program, eligible noncitizens would be eligible for a temporary work authorization and presumably a Social Security card. 

One issue that has arose is whether deferred departure recipients would be eligible for state-issued driver's licenses.  Of course, driver's license eligibility for undocumented immigrants long has been a contentious issue across the country

Generally speaking, driver's license eligibility is in the hands of the states.  Almost all of the states bar undocumented immigrants from being eligible for licenses.

The federal REAL ID Act creates minimum eligibility standards for driver's licenses in the states and includes some that relate to immigration status.  The granting of "deferred action status," among certain other immigration statuses, satisfies the federal minimum for a license under the Act.  Download REAL ID Act 

We will see what the states do with respect to driver's licenses for deferred departure recipients.  Steve Magagnini reports in the Sacramento Bee that the California Department of Motor Vehicles has stated that deferred departure recipients would be eligible for a California license.  

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

In contrast, the state of Arizona, home of the immigration enforcement law known as S.B. 1070 (which the Supreme Court struck down in large part) and controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, apparently seeks to return to the national immigration fray.  In response to the unveiling of the new program, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order yesterday -- the same day that the administration began accepting applications -- barring the state from issuing Arizona driver's licenses (as well as providing public benefits) to noncitizens granted relief under the administration's new deferred departure program.

We will see how the driver's license issues unfolds with the implementation of the new deferred departure program.  It is one of possibly a number of issues that may arise as the Obama administration's new program becomes operational.  Interestingly, Arizona appears ready-and-willing -- locked and loaded, if you will -- to do its very best to stay at the heart of the national immigration debate.

KJ

August 16, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

African Olympic Athletes Have Begun Claiming Asylum in London

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Caity Weaver reports that the Olympic flag-bearer for Eritrea, 18-year-old Weynay Ghebresilasie, a steeplechase contestant in the London Games revealed that he claimed political asylum in the United Kingdom on the day of the Games' closing ceremony. In addition, "Over a dozen athletes and coaches from nations including Cameroon, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Ivory Coast `disappeared' from the Olympic village before the closing ceremony and have not returned home. Of the twelve athletes from Eritrea, four have already claimed asylum in the U.K."

KJ

August 16, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Immigration Article of the Day: Why a Wall? by Pratheepan Gulasekaram

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Why a Wall? by Pratheepan Gulasekaram (Santa Clara University School of Law), 2 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 147 (2012).

Abstract: Initiated with Operation Gatekeeper in the early 1990s, and extended with significant funding by the Secure Fences Act in 2006, the United States has committed itself to physical fortification of its border with Mexico. The stated purpose of the border fence is to eliminate unlawful entry into the United States. Yet, since the initiation of the border fence project, critics and empirical researchers have found the fortification, at best, to be costly and ineffectual in accomplishing its stated goals; at worst, they argue it causes significant death without any deterrence. In the face of this critique, this article theorizes the creation and persistence of a border wall, arguing that several factors unrelated to actual deterrence inexorably provoke the building of a physical border barrier. After first describing the powerful cost-benefit case establishing the disutility of a border fence, the article explains the underlying forces that render such critiques unpersuasive. Instead, the article presents alternative rationales for border wall construction based on incentives for national lawmakers and the federal government that are only marginally related to actual elimination of unlawful entry. The article then highlights the importance of the wall’s physicality, explaining how its existence alters immigration enforcement and migration discourse in politically, culturally, and legally significant ways. Fundamentally, the border wall naturalizes and normalizes the idea of a national border, thereby facilitating harsh enforcement strategies. Meanwhile, its presence helps generate even more undocumented presence within the country, rendering the wall not only an apparent solution to a perceived problem, but constitutive of the problem itself. Finally, the article queries whether the existence of the border fence at our current historical moment portends the weakening of nation-state boundaries. A physical border barrier, counterintuitively, may be the harbinger of diminished sovereign power, serving more as a warning to the walled-in citizenry of the constructing nation than to putative migrants on the outside.

KJ

August 16, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

As Many as 1.76 Million Unauthorized Immigrant Youth Could Gain Relief from Deportation

 As many as 1.76 million unauthorized immigrants under the age of 31 who were brought to the United States as children could gain a two-year grant of relief from deportation, according to updated Migration Policy Institute (MPI) estimates that take into account the more detailed eligibility guidelines outlined by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on August 3, 2012. The estimates are up from the 1.39 million figure that MPI released on June 15 — reflecting the updated DHS guidelines that youth lacking a high school or GED degree would be eligible to apply for deferred action as long as they have re-enrolled by the date of their application. MPI estimates 350,000 unauthorized young adult immigrants (ages 16 and older) without a high school degree or GED could potentially be eligible for relief from deportation if they meet the enrollment criteria.

The Fact Sheet, Relief from Deportation: Demographic Profile of the DREAMers Potentially Eligible under the Deferred Action Policy, provides new and updated estimates on the age, state of residence, educational attainment, country and region of birth, workforce participation and gender of the 1.76 million prospective beneficiaries, often referred to as DREAMers because the criteria for the deferred action initiative largely parallel the requirements of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM Act), which has been introduced in Congress in various forms since 2001. Using Current Population Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau, MPI estimates as many as 1.76 million people who could be at risk of being deported in the future or who are currently in removal proceedings could gain deferred action as a result of the Obama administration policy that was announced on June 15, 2012.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which will decide applications on a case-by-case basis, will offer a two-year grant of reprieve from deportation as well as work authorization for unauthorized immigrants who were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and who can demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

•  Entered the United States before the age of 16

•  Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 and up to the present time, and were physically present on June 15, 2012 and at the time of application

•  Are currently in school, have graduated from high school or earned a GED, or are honorably discharged veterans of the US armed forces (including the Coast Guard)

•  Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors; or otherwise pose a threat to public safety or national security

•  Entered the country illegally or overstayed their visa prior to June 15, 2012.

MPI estimates that:

•  1.26 million of the 1.76 million potential beneficiaries are 15 or older and thus immediately meet the age requirement to apply for deferred action. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS) has stated that only those who are 15 or older are eligible to file for deferred action when the process gets underway on August 15, 2012.

•  Five states – California, Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois – are home to 57 percent of the total population of potential beneficiaries. California has by far the largest population of potential beneficiaries, with 460,000, followed by Texas (210,000), Florida (140,000), New York (110,000) and Illinois (90,000).

•  Nearly three in four (or 1.3 million) prospective beneficiaries were born in Mexico or Central America. Another 11 percent (more than 180,000) came from the rest of Latin America, 9 percent (about 170,000) from Asia and 6 percent (about 110,000) from other parts of the world.

•  An estimated 800,000 children and youth who are potential beneficiaries are currently enrolled in the K-12 system.

KJ

August 15, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Open For Business: How Immigrants Are Driving Small Business Creation In The United States

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A new report, Partnership for a New American Economy, Open For Business: How Immigrants Are Driving Small Business Creation In The United States, analyzes the increasing importance of foreign-born entrepreneurs on U.S. economic growth and job creation. From local neighborhood shops to America’s largest companies, immigrant business owners contribute more than $775 billion dollars in revenue to our annual Gross Domestic Product and employ one out of every ten American workers at privately-owned companies across the country.

Key findings of the report include:

•Immigrants started 28% of all new U.S. businesses in 2011, despite accounting for just 12.9% of the U.S. population

•Over the last 15 years, immigrants have increased the rate by which they start businesses by more than 50 percent, while the native-born have seen their business generation rate decline by 10 percent

•Immigrants are now more than twice as likely to start a business as the native-born

•Immigrants start more than 25% of all businesses in seven of the eight sectors of the economy that the U.S. government expects to grow the fastest over the next decade. These include health care and social assistance (28.7%), construction (31.8%), retail trade (29.1%) and leisure and hospitality (23.9%), among others

In conjunction with the release of the report, The Partnership for a New American Economy will make the case for the economic importance of immigration reform with forums in Chicago and Boston on The Economics and Politics of Immigration. 

KJ

August 15, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Boxer Released from Immigration Detention

Professional boxer Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo, who has fought in some exciting bouts, reportedly has been released from immigration detention in El Centro, California.  ImmigrationProf previously reported that Angulo, who is represented by Golden Boy Promotions, had been in custody since January 2012.  His attorney states that Angulo's immigration problems in the United States are being worked out.

KJ

August 15, 2012 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

DOJ Investigates North Carolina Sheriff's Office Immigration Enforcement Activities

As Alabama's tough immigration enforcement law H.B. 56 illustrates, immigration is a hot button issue in the South, which has seen an increase in migration from Mexico over the last 20 years.  The latest immigration news from North Carolina is that a local sheriff's office has drawn the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice, which recently sued the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona for civil rights violations, for possible overzealous immigration enforcement, including racial profiling of Latinos in traffic stops. 

Allegations of racial profiling in immigration enforcement have long plagued federal authorities and, with increased state involvement in immigration enforcement, state law enforcement agencies have increasingly been accused of racial profiling.

KJ

August 15, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chinese Couplets: A Documentary on Acculturation anc the Children of Immigrants

From Felicia Lowe:

Follow my quest to unravel the mystery surrounding my mother’s emigration from China, the web of secrecy underlying her acculturation and unflagging pursuit of the American Dream and its repercussions on four generations of women.

It was the surprising revelation of a secret my mother disclosed to my daughter Alana that triggered my years-long search for answers about my mother’s life before she became my mother. My quest would take me to Cuba, China and the National Archives. Mother’s odyssey to America in 1937 illuminates the lengths to which families went to circumvent exclusion laws, the economic privation that drove my grandfather to Latin America, and the repercussions it had on four generations of my Chinese, then Chinese American family.

The phrase, “Chinese couplets” refers to two complementary lines of verse.  Each line reflects and informs the other, like mothers and daughters, the past and the present, the political and the personal - dualities that permeate my Chinese Couplets documentary.

This is not only my story, it is our story, we descendants of “paper sons and daughters,” children of immigrants, an American story.  I’m committed to restoring a history that has been erased, ignored or forgotten from the official record and the nation’s shared memory.

Chinese Couplets reveals the complex and contradictory nature of our national character, an America that embraces and welcomes immigrants, while at the same time being xenophobic and exclusionary to successive waves of ethnic and racial newcomers. Read more about this project and view a video here.

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SF Police Underreport Arrests of Latinos and Asians

Shoshana Walter writes for the Bay Citizen:

The San Francisco Police Department has underreported the arrest rates of the city's two largest minority groups for years, misclassifying Latino arrestees as "white" and Asian arrestees as “other," The Bay Citizen has learned.

The state has been publishing the erroneous statistics in a report called "Crime in California" since at least 1999, when the state Department of Justice first began posting the data online.

Because of the misclassifications, the department and federal and state officials have no accurate record of how often minorities are arrested in the city, creating skewed statistics and leading to widespread concern among local civil rights groups.

According to the reported data, African Americans are arrested at a much higher rate than whites. But by misclassifying Latinos, the department has inflated the number of whites arrested, indicating that the gap between the arrest rates for whites and blacks is even wider.

Over the years, concerns about racial profiling in the city’s African American and Latino communities have sparked city hearings and policy changes. Accurate, credible crime statistics were supposed to be a way to hold the department accountable. In 1999, the Police Commission ordered the police department to begin tracking racial data from all traffic stops. But disciplinary records show many officers still fail to fill out such tracking forms. And the misclassifications of Latino and Asian arrestees suggest other problems persist.

“This is just extremely troubling,” said Francisco Ugarte, senior immigration attorney at the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network. “If San Francisco is effectively unable to categorize those in the city being arrested, that would undermine our ability to monitor police practices – particularly in San Francisco, with such a huge Latino population.”

The Bay Citizen discovered the discrepancies after the California Department of Justice released the crime statistics for the year 2010 in June.

According to that report, 8,198 African Americans and 9,151 whites were arrested in San Francisco in 2010, along with 316 Hispanic adults and nine Hispanic juveniles. About 2,800 arrests are listed under “other.”

The Hispanic arrest figures included in the report come from other agencies in San Francisco, such as the California Highway Patrol, that have the authority to make arrests in the city but don't share the police department's antiquated computer system. Those numbers have fluctuated over the years, from a high of 705 Hispanic arrests in 2000 to a low of 283 Hispanic arrests in 2005. Read more...

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August 14, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES DIRECTOR MAYORKAS AND OTHER SENIOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIALS TO HOLD CALL ON DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS REQUEST PROCESS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas and other senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials will hold a conference call today, Aug. 14, at 12:30 PM EDT to discuss the process for certain individuals who came to the United States as children, to request consideration of deferred action following Secretary Janet Napolitano’s June 15th directive, Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children.

Director Mayorkas will provide a brief overview of the request process, and take questions. Following Director Mayorkas, senior Administration officials will be available to take questions on background.

Tuesday, Aug. 14 12:30 PM EDT

USCIS Director Mayorkas will provide a brief overview and participate in Q&A. Other senior Administration officials will be available on background

OPEN PRESS* *Media planning to call in must RSVP to SY Lee at sy.lee@hq.dhs.gov or 202.447.3698.

KJ

August 14, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

No Papers, No Fear Ride Stops in Mississippi, Listen to Freedom Riders Live Today

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The "No Papers, No Fear" bus tour to the Democratic Convention in North Carolina continues.  Mississippi Public Broadcasting's Daniel Cherry reports how the group of about 30 undocumented immigrants spent the weekend in Mississippi. Supporters of immigration reform, they are headed to the Democratic National Convention. Click here for more details on the group's visit to Mississippi.

On Tuesday, August 14, you can by phone and Internet talk with some of the courageous women on the ride, including several We Belong Together members. Hear about their reasons for riding, their reflections on the issues facing immigrant women across the country, and their hopes of what this ride can achieve.  Meet up with the bus riders on August 14 at 3:00pm PST / 6:00pm EST by going to www.WeBelongTogether.org and calling in to 805-399-1000, access code 188849#.  Get ready to offer your words of support to the courageous women of the “Undocubus” and help the world hear of their bravery.

KJ

August 14, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Immigration Article of the Day: The Institutional Structure of Immigration Law by Eric A. Posner

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The Institutional Structure of Immigration Law by Eric A. Posner University of Chicago - Law School July 2012 University of Chicago Institute for Law & Economics Olin Research Paper No. 607 U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 395

Abstract: Immigration law scholars should give more attention to the institutional structure of immigration law and, in particular, the way that the government addresses problems of asymmetric information in the course of screening potential migrants and attempting to control their behavior once they arrive. Economic models of optimal contracting provide a useful starting point for analyzing this problem. This approach is applied to several current debates in immigration scholarship, including controversies over “crimmigration” and courts’ refusal to extend labor and employment rights to undocumented aliens.

KJ

August 14, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Mandating E-Verify Not Popular Among States

From the National Immigration Law Center:

In the wake of last year’s disappointing Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting decision, worker advocates feared that 2012 would usher in a wave of state laws requiring that employers use the federal government’s flawed Internet-based employment eligibility verification system, E-Verify.

But now, as most legislative sessions have ended, it’s clear that almost all states declined to make use of E-Verify mandatory. Although a significant number of E-Verify bills were introduced in state legislatures, almost all ultimately were rejected by state legislators, who increasingly realize that it is bad public policy to require employers to use the program.

Check out NILC’s new Policy Resources: E-Verify in the States page for an overview of all state E-Verify laws, including bills introduced in the past legislative session. Questions? Contact Emily Tulli at tulli@nilc.org.

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