Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ask Governor Brown to Sign Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

From California Domestic Workers Coalition:

Hello friends,

We are so close to VICTORY. Can you join us as we cross the finish line? Let us know if you can be by our side in the final push for the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, AB 889:

Monday, 9/24 (Sacramento) - Domestic Workers will deliver over 20,000 signatures for AB 889 to Governor Brown's office

Action in Sacramento from 11:00am - 12:30pm.
Buses to depart Bay Area at 8:30am and depart Sacramento at 1:00pm
For more information:

Friday, 9/28 (San Francisco) - R-E-S-P-E-C-T Domestic Worker Flash Mob at 12:00pm in Union Square
For more information:

Saturday, 9/29 (Los Angeles) - Mass Mobilization for the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights and the TRUST Act at 12:00pm in Macarthur Park
For more information:


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Undocumented Migration Challenge in Greece and EU

From the Wall Street Journal:

It is early in the afternoon at this important port 125 miles from Athens and two Greek navy officers are patrolling the docks, each wielding sticks with mirrors to peek under trucks. They have seen nothing so far.

Suddenly, three young men burst from behind a massive container and take off down a dock. The officers begin a chase, but the drama is over before it starts. Within a minute, the three men, faster and more desperate, have escaped into a dilapidated industrial complex.

The men, says one officer, are undocumented immigrants, who apparently spent the night on the dock hoping to sneak onto a ferry to Italy. They are part of a deluge of undocumented workers trying to reach Europe through Greece, and slipping past authorities is just part of the process. "Day in, day out, the same story," the officer lamented, trying to catch his breath. Read more...


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Friday, September 14, 2012

Privately Operated Federal Prisons for Immigrants: Expensive, Unsafe, Unnecessary


Since immigation reforms in 1996, detention has increasingly been used as a form of immigration enforcement.  Since then, the number of immigrant detainees has increased dramatically.  Increasing scrutiny (and here) has been given to the efficacy of such detention. Mark Dow, American Gulag (2004) critically analyzes the growth of the immigrant detention system in the United States.

Privately Operated Federal Prisons for Immigrants: Expensive, Unsafe, Unnecessary chronicles the May 2012 Adams County Correctional Center uprising in Natchez, Mississippi, a private for-profit facility operated by Corrections Corporation of America, under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The report details some of the tragic personal consequences for Juan Villanueva, his family, and others caught in the midst of the horrific conditions at the facility, leading to the insurrection. The report weaves into this narrative a look at the rise and fall of the private prison industry, and its resurrection through the benefit of federal contracts to detain and imprison undocumented immigrants, in an atmosphere of moral panic after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

As Common As Dirt: In the Fields of California, Wage Theft is How Agribusiness is Done

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. advocacy is featured in the most recent issue of The American Prospect. “As Common As Dirt: In the Fields of California, Wage Theft is How Agribusiness is Done,” details the case of CRLA’s client Ignacio Villalobos from Imperial County.  Villalobos has been a farmworker for nearly 70 years starting as a young boy in Texas with his family.

Author Tracie McMillan, takes a closer look at the life and wages of the Coachella migrant farmworker and spotlights some of the challenges of low-income workers in rural areas. In April 2012, CRLA filed a lawsuit on behalf of Mr. Villalobos. The lawsuit claims that the grower, along with a number of its contractors, subjected the workers to extreme unsafe and unhealthy conditions in its Los Angeles County and Riverside County fields; and routinely underpaid the workers by manipulating their time records and paystubs, and by failing to reimburse them for the tools they need to plant, harvest, and pack the onion crop.


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Third Circuit Rules on Motion to Suppress and Egregious ICE Conduct

Congratulatons to Nancy Morawetz and the NYU immigration clinic for this great motion to suppress case. The Third Circuit provides an important discussion on the Lopez Mendoza case, in which the Supreme Court recognized the possibility of the exclusionary rule applying to civil deportation proceedings  based on widespread or egregious violations of the Fourth Amendment. See Oliva-Ramos v. Attorney General.


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Arizona DACA receipients may be able to get in-state tuition break

The Arizona Republic reports that young undocumented immigrants who receive work permits through President Barack Obama's deferred-action program (DACA) will be eligible to pay lower in-state tuition, Maricopa Community College officials said Wednesday.  The decision goes against the wishes of Gov. Jan Brewer but could benefit potentially thousands of young undocumented immigrants in the Valley who under state law are now barred from paying in-state tuition.  To read more  EQ

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Romney Endorses Anti-Immigrant Congressman Steve King

Elizabeth Llorente writes for Fox News Latino:

The Romney campaign attempted to put distance on Wednesday between the Republican presidential candidate’s approach to immigration and that of Rep. Steve King, a conservative firebrand congressman whom he endorsed for re-election last week. . .

King, the vice chairman of the House immigration subcommittee, elicited outcries from immigration advocates and Latino civil rights groups earlier this year after he drew parallels between attracting the best from around the world to emigrate here, and picking the best dog out of a litter.

He also came under fire for likening illegal immigration to a “slow-motion terrorist attack” and a “slow-motion holocaust,“ and calling for an electrified fence along the Mexican border, saying “we do this with livestock all the time.”

In his endorsement of King during a campaign event Friday in the congressman’s congressional district, Romney said "I'm looking here at Steve King. He needs to be your Congressman again. I want him as my partner in Washington!" Read more...


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National Immigrant Integration Conference in Baltimore

The 5th Annual NIIC is an exciting event that will engage bipartisan experts and organizations in the immigrant and refugee policy, advocacy, government, research and social service arena to discuss innovative strategies for improving immigrant and refugee integration on local and national levels.

Featured speakers include Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland. Click here for more information.


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Sheriff Joe Faces Tough Re-Election Bid

Nicholas Riccardi writes for the Associated Press

Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio is gearing up for what he expects will be the toughest of his five re-election campaigns.

He is facing a determined effort from immigration rights activists to push him out. A ruling may come any day in a lawsuit that alleges his department violated the civil rights of Hispanics. A second lawsuit filed by the Justice Department is making its way through the courts.

And in TV ads, he doesn't mention the signature issue that helped bring him to national prominence — a sign, people in both parties say, that undocumented immigration is losing its potency. . .

Two allies — tough-talking former lawman Russell Pearce, who authored many of the state's strict immigration laws, and Andrew Thomas, a telegenic Harvard law graduate and once the county's top prosecutor — are out.

Thomas was stripped of his law license by a state court panel. Pearce was recalled, then lost a bid to return to the statehouse last month. "There were three prime movers behind the immigration crackdown" in Arizona, Thomas said. "Two of them have been sidelined, and they're gunning for the third."

Arpaio, who usually wins re-election by double-digit margins, allowed he may have a tighter race ahead of him. "It might be a little bigger challenge because I have people coming after me — the Justice Department," he said, adding that he believed the federal probes were politically motivated. Read more...

Sheriff Joe has got to go!


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Immigration Article of the Day: The Rule of Law, Historical Equity, and Mexican Contra Prohibition Immigrantsby Michael V. Hernandez

The Rule of Law, Historical Equity, and Mexican Contra Prohibition Immigrants
by Michael V. Hernandez Regent University - School of Law. Regent Journal of International Law, Forthcoming

Abstract: Immigration reform issues are extraordinarily complex and have been the subject of extensive scholarship. In this article, I undertake the relatively modest goal of addressing two core issues of the immigration reform debate: a balanced view of the rule of law, and the significance of the unique attributes of our relationship with Mexico. I argue that our current laws and enforcement policies are not consistent with the rule of law. Specifically, because the rule of law mandates consonance between our immigration laws and reasonable and equitable enforcement standards, our immigration laws must be revised to conform to what is presently equitable and feasible. I also argue that, given our unique history with Mexico, Mexican nationals should occupy a favored status in our immigration laws. Although I do not advocate an open border, the United States and Mexican governments should undertake an aggressive partnership to formulate policies and adopt laws that will further economic development in both countries, particularly in Mexico. Finally, I conclude with a proposal to label immigrants in a more accurate and less divisive way that furthers constructive efforts to solve immigration related problems; hence the label in the article title "Contra Prohibition Immigrants."


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

72,000 DACA Requests Have Been Received by USCIS

From the Associated Press:

The Obama administration has approved the first group of young DREAMer immigrants who will be able to avoid deportation for up to two years and get a work permit. The approval process is months ahead of schedule.

The Department of Homeland Security approved the small group three weeks after the government started accepting applications for the deferred deportation program.

In an e-mail the Associated Press obtained Tuesday, a DHS official told a congressional staff member that the first notifications were being made this week. The DHS official said about 72,000 applications had been received since the program started Aug. 15.


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Texas Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case Involving Termination of Deported Immigrant's Parental Rights

The Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in an interesting immigration-related cases.

The Court will begin arguments at 9 a.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom in Austin. Link for live video webcasts courtesy of

The last case on the calendar is 11-0713 In the Interest of E.N.C., et al. from Lamar County and the Sixth District Court of Appeals, Texarkana

For petitioner: Judy Hodgkiss, Paris

For respondent: Luisa P. Marrero, Austin

The principal issues are (1) whether legally sufficient evidence supported the “best interest” standard for terminating a deported Mexican citizen’s parental rights despite his continuing support for his children and visits with them with help from relatives since his deportation and (2) whether legally sufficient evidence supported the endangerment standard when that evidence was based in part on the father’s conviction for criminal activity with a minor a decade earlier.

This case involves a father who left Wisconsin before his probation ended, then was arrested for probation violation in Texas when he sought to renew an immigrant-work permit and eventually deported. The court of appeals affirmed the trial court’s termination order.


Court of appeals opinion


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Guest Post: Kelsey Clark, Arizona's "Show Me Your Papers" Law and the Future of Immigration

Arizona's "Show Me Your Papers" Law and the Future of Immigration

The Arizona state government has successfully cleared the latest hurdle in enforcing their controversial immigration law, nicknamed the "show me your papers" law. United States District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that the most controversial part of Arizona law SB 1070 can finally be put into action.

This law, signed in 2010 by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, permits police officers to require immigration or citizenship documentation from those who are suspected of being in the country illegally, but only while enforcing other laws. Although the state scheduled enforcement of the law to begin on July 29, 2010, the same Judge Bolton issued an injunction the day before. The case made its way up to the Ninth Circuit, which overturned the law due to fears of what the law could symbolically encourage other states to try. Having survived the Supreme Court in Arizona v. United States, Judge Bolton ruled that this law cannot be challenged any more until it goes into effect.

SB 1070 is Arizona's response to the immigration crisis that has hit their state. Of all fifty states, Arizona has the worst illegal immigration problem. Their controversial law became the inspiration for similar laws in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah. Arizona's controversial law classifies being in the state without proper documents as a misdemeanor.

Attorneys for Governor Brewer argued before Judge Bolton that Arizona law enforcement officers are trained not to discriminate and that they must have a reasonable suspicion of someone's undocumented status prior to requesting their papers. Judge Bolton reasoned that Arizona should have the opportunity to enforce its law, because there is no way to prove beforehand that it will be carried out in a way that violates civil rights. This follows the reasoning of the Supreme Court, which declared that the law was constitutional but left room for the possibility of abuse. While upholding the portion of the law in question, they allowed potential cases of racial profiling to make their way up the judicial system.

Arizona is unsure of how the federal government will respond to information obtained by state law enforcement regarding individuals' immigration statuses. Considering President Obama's disapproval of the law, Arizona has no reason to expect ICE to follow through with Arizona's leads. However, Arizona is hopeful that their law will dissuade illegal immigration into their state.

Those who oppose the law will undoubtedly monitor its enforcement and are prepared to seek legal remedy if it is carried out in a manner that threatens civil rights. Some Hispanic leaders have expressed disappointment with what this law permits. On the other side, leaders such as Senator John McCain have expressed relief that finally the state is permitted to take bold action in order to counter a problem that is both dangerous and frustrating for Arizona residents.

One thing is for certain: this will not be the last time that Arizona's "show me your papers" law is brought before the judiciary for review. Inasmuch as Arizona's methodology has become an example for other states dealing with heavy illegal immigration problems, the future of immigration law will likely pivot on how Arizona's situation develops.

Author Byline: Kelsey Clark is the editor in chief for She loves to write article and ideas that parents & nannies would be interested in hearing. She helps society on giving information about nannies through nanny services. She is a professional writer & loves writing on anything.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Matter of E-A- (BIA #3766)

An asylum Applicant from Cote D'Ivoire participated in a propaganda campaign where members of his group would dress as members of the oposition party and engage in the the burning of passenger buses and cars, threwing stones, and harrassing merchants.  The BIA affirmed the IJ's finding that the applicant engaged in a serious non political crime making him ineligible for asylum.  To read the complete decision follow this link  EQ

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Economy Would Grow Under Democratic Immigration Platform

From the Center for American Progress:

At their respective nominating conventions this summer, the Republican and Democratic parties could not have adopted more different platforms on the question of how to deal with the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The platform adopted by Republicans doubles down on nearly every extreme enforcement tactic, with the goal of “self-deportation,” or driving all undocumented immigrants out of the country. In contrast, the platform adopted by Democrats calls for the practical, forward-looking reforms that were once embraced by leaders in both parties—even by a Republican whose name was conspicuously absent during their convention, former President George W. Bush.
In this infographic we illustrate what would happen to our economy during the four years of the next presidential administration based on the respective immigration policies of the two political parties. Specifically, we look at the consequences for overall economic growth, jobs, and taxes of either deporting 11.5 million undocumented immigrants (including 8 million workers, as the Republican platform would do) versus enabling them to earn legal status (as the Democratic platform would do).

In essence the economy and job growth would increase under the Democratic approcach to immigration in contrast with ecoomic decline under the Republican immigration platform. Click here.


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L.A. Considers Library Card as I.D. for Undocumented Immigrants

Catherine Saillant writes for the Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles officials are considering a plan to turn the library card into a form of identification that the city's large illegal immigrant population could use to open bank accounts and access an array of city services.

The City Council unanimously voted recently to consider the proposal, which would have Los Angeles join the growing number of cities across the nation that offer various forms of identification to undocumented workers and others who cannot get driver's licenses because of their immigration status.

Though L.A.'s plan would not be as sweeping as those adopted by cities like San Francisco, Oakland and Richmond, it would be a major step in serving the estimated 300,000 residents who don't have bank accounts or debit cards.

The ID card would include a user's name, address and a photograph, and would be issued through the city's libraries. The city would partner with a private vendor to set up bank accounts for those who want to use the library ID as a debit card. Banks generally require official identification to open an account.

But anyone able to provide proof of L.A. residency would be eligible for the library card, said Councilman Richard Alarcon, who proposed the concept. Banking services would include direct deposit, international and domestic money transfers and the debiting. Read more...


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Report: Latino Immigrant Entrepreneurs

In Latino Immigrant Entrepreneurs: How to Capitalize on Their Economic Potential, Alexandra Starr, Emerson Fellow, New America Foundation, concludes that Latino immigrant entrepreneurs are making important yet largely overlooked contributions to the U.S. economy. With expanding Latino markets at home and abroad, their economic impact is set to grow. But roadblocks stand in the way. Policy changes--including visa reform, improving access to credit, and a more ambitious trade agenda with Latin American countries--would help the United States unlock the full potential of its Latino immigrant entrepreneurs.

Starr also has an op/ed in the Wall Street Journal advocating more visas to encourage immigrant entrepreneurs.


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Report: Immigrants Appear to Earn Wage Premium from Citizenship

Beyond imparting political and social rights, naturalization appears to confer economic gains for immigrants in the United States, with a wage premium of at least 5 percent, according to a new Migration Policy Institute study (MPI) released today. The report, The Economic Value of Citizenship for Immigrants in the United States, analyzes the impact of naturalization on immigrants and assesses a number of studies that have examined the earnings gap between naturalized and noncitizen immigrants — a divide that widened over the economic crisis. Even after accounting for the fact that naturalized immigrants have higher levels of education, better language skills and more work experience in the United States than noncitizens, the MPI study concludes there is some evidence of a wage premium of at least 5 percent resulting from citizenship.


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September 11, 2011 Remembered: Collateral Damage of September 11: The Decade-Long-Plus Delay of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Photo montage courtesy of Wikipedia

It is another September 11. As ImmigrationProf noted one year ago, "It is September 11 and we have been deluged with news stories, blog postings, television specials, and the like looking back on what happened on this fateful day 10 years ago. We hear stories of great courage as well as irretrievable -- and heart-breaking -- loss. We are told repeatedly how that day changed `eveything" in America." 

The civil rights and related costs on the nation have been high.  Arabs and Muslims in the United States suffered discrimination, hate crimes, and "special" immigration programs.  And, more generally, 9/11 has had consequences on all immigrants, such as the delay of comprehensive immigration reform. Click here for further analysis.


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At the Movies: HARVEST OF EMPIRE The Untold Story of Latinos in America



HARVEST OF EMPIRE The Untold Story of Latinos in America

“We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.” Juan González, Harvest of Empire

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, Onyx Films is proud to present Harvest of Empire, a feature-length documentary that examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González, Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.

From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S.

“They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades -- actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north,” says Juan González at the beginning of the film. Harvest of Empire provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of our nation’s growing Latino community.

The film features present day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material, as well as interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Dr. Lorenzo Meyer, journalists Maria Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, and others.

The film will soon be showing in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C.


September 11, 2012 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | TrackBack (0)