Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Will Immigration Reform Be Any Different in 2013 than 1986?

Ted Alden in Winning the Next Immigration Battle in Foreign Affairs discusses how Congress must be convinced that immigration reform, with a path to legalization, will be any diffrerent than the reform brought by the last major piece of comprhensive immigration reform, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

February 12, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

From the Bookshelves: Children of the Revolución How the Mexican Revolution Changed America By Lionel Sosa


Children of the Revolución How the Mexican Revolution Changed America By Lionel Sosa

Between 1910 and 1929, the two decades that history defines as the Mexican Revolution, almost a million people left Mexico to escape the war’s devastation. This exodus jump-started the growth of the U.S. Latino population, a group which now numbers well over 50 million. These political refugees established productive new lives in the United States. Countless numbers of their descendants, now American citizens, are highly accomplished individuals, including both community and national leaders. To capture these never-before-told stories, Lionel and Kathy Sosa, together with KLRN public television in San Antonio and Jesus Ramirez and his My Story, Inc., wrote and produced a twenty-part documentary series titled Children of the Revolución: How the Mexican Revolution Changed America's Destiny. In this companion volume, some of these descendants tell the stories of life in Mexico, the chaos that their families endured during the Revolution, their treacherous trek to America, and their settlement in a strange new country. In these stories, we discover the heart of the Latino soul, rich in spirit, patriotism, and a fierce commitment to the United States. Their many contributions cannot be ignored. With Professor Neftalí García providing the historic backdrop, editor Lionel Sosa offers new insights into how the Mexican Revolution changed America. Lionel Sosa founded the largest Hispanic advertising agency in the United States, Bromley Communications. In 2005, TIME magazine named him one of the twenty-five most influential Hispanics in the United States.

Sosa has worked on numerous political campaigns, including the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and John McCain. He is recognized as an expert in Hispanic consumer and voter behavior.


February 12, 2013 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

The Dismal Politics of Immigration Reform in the House of Representatives

Alex Engler reports that while the Republican Party has a great deal to gain from successful bipartisan immigration reform, House Democrats face little benefit and even, paradoxically, the possibility of significant losses. Will House Dems kill immigration reform?


February 12, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Immigration Reform Hearing in San Francisco

The San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission is holding a hearing today on the need for state and national immigration reform. Here is the draft agenda:

Special Hearing on Immigration Reform—Local, State, and National
San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission
City Hall, Room 416
4 pm to 8 pm
February 11, 2013

State and Local Testimony Group
•    Trust Act—Secure Communities
o        Angela Chan, Asian Law Caucus
o        Laura Polstein CARECEN
o        Niloufar Khonsari, Pangea Legal Services and Iranian Bar Association
o        Affected persons TBA
•    Sanctuary Ordinance/City ID
o        Maria Dominguez, Oakland City ID coalition representative
•    Domestic Workers
o        Marci Seville, Professor of Law, Golden Gate Univ., Director, Women's Employment Rights Clinic
o        Mary, a domestic worker
•    Drivers Licenses for undocumented immigrants/Car Impoundments
o        Mark Silverman, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

National Issues 1—Visas
•    Family Visa backlogs
o        Lillian Galedo, Filipino Advocates for Justice
o        Mann Lee, Naturalization Program, Self-Help for the Elderly
o        Affected Clients: 1. Chan, Hin Ka;  2. Zhao, Yong ; 3. Chen Lie Jun
•    Same Sex Marriages
o        Zach Nightingale, Esq.
o        Affected Clients
            Suzanne Schwarzer
            Phyllis Christopher
            Erik Schnabel
•    High Tech/STEM Visas
o        Petra Tang, Esq.
o        Affected client
•    Diversity visas
o        James Byrne, Esq., Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre, San Francisco Irish American Bar Association

National Issues 2—Legalization for Undocumented Immigrants
•    A broad path to citizenship program
o        Clarisa Sanchez, Catholic Charities
o        Francisco Ugarte, Dolores Street Community Services
o        Denia—DREAMer student whose parents face deportation
•    DREAM Act
o        Kathy Gin, Educators for Fair Consideration
o        Angel Ku, DREAMer
•    Guestworkers
o        Cynthia Rice, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
•    Trade Agreements
o        David Bacon, Photo Journalist and Workers Rights Advocate
•    Three and ten-year bars  
o        Yaniris (pseudonym)—USC whose father is barred from returning for 10 years, after residing in the U.S. for 25 years with no criminal problems
o        Mario (Catholic Charities client) has a pending I-130 filed by his USC spouse, and he will file a provisional waiver based on hardship to his spouse and 4 USC children. He is fearful of losing his job due to his employer recently discovering he is undocumented.
o        Beatriz(Catholic Charities client) is a student at a UC who plans to go to medical school, was recently granted DACA, and is the only one in her family without status. Her father filed an I-130 when he was an LPR, which was later upgraded and granted before she turned 21. She now hopes to revive the petition in order to file a provisional waiver based on hardship to her USC mother who has epilepsy. She may have to work on Monday, so her presence is tentative.
•    Cancellation of removal requirements
        Francisco Ugarte, Dolores Street Community Services

National Issues 3—Enforcement
•    Secure Communities
o        Amria N. Ahmed, Esq., Arab Resource and Organizing Center
o        CARECEN Client: The client was referred to ICE after being arrested as the abuser in a DV incident.  She is still in removal proceedings. 
o        CARECEN Clients: Two women were placed in removal proceedings because of these policies.   One client (Gladys—with Maria co-worker translator) received an ICE hold in 2008 when she was stopped by the SFPD for driving infraction, she failed to stop at a stop sign.  After she was pulled over, the police officer realized she was driving without a licensed and requested she show ID.  She didn’t have her passport on her and the officer decided to arrest her for not having proper ID.  She is a long term SF resident and has 2 USC children.  Eventually, were able to get her the U Visa and terminate proceedings. 
•    Second Chance for Immigrants with Convictions
o        Su Yon Yi, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
o        Anoop Prasad, Asian Law Caucus
•    Detention
o        Affected clients
•    Employer Sanctions
o        (David Bacon, earlier speaker, will also speak on this)
•    Asylum
o        Nunu Kidane, Director of the Priority Africa Network (PAN)
o        Adoubou Traore, African Advocacy Network, Project Director (and paralegal Charles Jackson).


February 11, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Immigration Policy & Entrepreneurship Challenges and Pathways for Startups


The Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic (BLIP) and New York Legal Hackers cordially invite you to this star-studded panel discussion at the intersection of law, technology and business. Join us for robust dialogue and learn how immigration can promote entrepreneurship and economic growth and how federal immigration policy affects New York’s thriving startup scene. RSVP here.


February 10, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Civil Rights Coalition Files Lawsuit to Stop Alabama from Blacklisting Immigrants

On February 7, a coalition of civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit to stop a portion of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law requiring state officials to post an online list of immigrants who may be undocumented, without providing them with any way to contest their inclusion in the database. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama Northern Division on behalf of four Latino immigrants in Montgomery County who were arrested for allegedly fishing without a license, a misdemeanor offense.

“While the rest of the country focuses on how best to make Americans at heart become Americans on paper, Alabama continues to tread down a discriminatory, anti-immigrant path,” said Nora Preciado, staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center. “This lawsuit proves once again that Alabama’s policies aren’t just unconstitutional, but also out of touch with the political mainstream.”

The latest attack on immigrants in Alabama is part of HB 658, a package of revisions to the state’s notorious anti-immigrant law, HB 56. HB 658 effectively doubled-down on the draconian nature of the original law enacted in 2011. Section 5 of HB 658 requires the state to compile and post on a public website the names and other information clearly identifying certain immigrants unable to prove their legal status when they are detained on any state charge, no matter how minor, and appear in state court. The plaintiffs in this case would fall within this requirement and be unconstitutionally added to this “blacklist.”


February 10, 2013 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)