Thursday, September 11, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Oscar de la Renta From Dominican Republic | Fashion Designer and Philanthropist


Oscar de la Renta From Dominican Republic | Fashion Designer and Philanthropist

Originally interested in becoming an abstract painter, Oscar de la Renta, born in 1932 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, found that he was more interested in fashion design. After founding his label, he first achieved success with ball gowns. Now one of the world’s leading designers, his work has been worn by Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush. Also a patron of the arts, de la Renta has served on the boards of Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera


September 11, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

From the Bookshelves: Patriots Debate: Contemporary Issues in National Security Law


 Patriots Debate: Contemporary Issues in National Security Law

The book provides foundational knowledge, introducing current issues in national security law. Written by a “who’s who” in the field of national security law, including: John Yoo, Louis Fisher, and Stewart Baker, the book present a series of debates, organized by chapter, in which an author presents ideas in a short essay, and another offers a response.

Patriots Debate is an accessible book offering informed, educated legal reasoning enabling the reader to understand the foundational legal opinions, laws, policies and mores that form both US government policies, and the surrounding debates based on competing views of the Constitution, statutes, presidential directives, judicial decisions and history itself.

Complex national security issue are exaimined:

An exploration of terrorism interrogations

The government as internet protector

Targeted killing--In accordance with the rule of law Law and cyber war--the lessons of history

The future of military detention


September 11, 2014 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Oral Arguments in Right to Counsel for Unaccompanied Minors Case reported on the oral arguments last week in federal court, which it states is "a case dramatizing the split personality in the Obama administration over the question of providing counsel to child migrants faced with deportation hearings. No less than Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate last year that it is `inexcusable' that young children `have immigration decisions made on their behalf, against them, whatever and they’re not represented by counsel. That’s simply not who we are as a nation.' . . . .  But in making the case for Justice on Wednesday, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Leon Fresco painted a dire picture of what would result if the court were to insist that children be assured counsel before any deportation hearing."

The federal district court in Seattle, Washington heard oral argument in J.E.F.M. v. Holder, the class action about the right to counsel for children in removal proceedings.  Below is the video of the oral argument.


Here is a news report about the argument.


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Immigration Article of the Day: Assessing the Prospects of Competing Agricultural Guest Worker Legislation: the Inherency of Unequal Bargaining Power in a Status Quo of Non-Enforcement by Ian David Baldwin

Assessing the Prospects of Competing Agricultural Guest Worker Legislation: the Inherency of Unequal Bargaining Power in a Status Quo of Non-Enforcement by Ian David Baldwin, George Mason University School of Law September 11, 2014

Abstract: This assessment of the major Congressional proposals by Democrats (HR 1773) and Republicans (S.744) to fashion a new guest worker program critiques the solvency of each proposal through the lens of their effect on illegal immigration. While S.744 may succeed at enticing migrants to apply through the W-Visa program in search of higher wages, portability rights, and the opportunity for a path to citizenship, the proposal may prove untenable to employers who view W-Visa holders as too costly. On the other hand, HR 1773 falls victim to the opposite problem - although growers will appreciate the stability of a workforce with little bargaining power, migrants will have little incentive to sign up for a visa program that affords them piece rate wages equal to what they would earn in an illegal setting.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Why Immigration Reform is DOA?

Readers of the ImmigrationProf blog know that I occasionally comment on comments to immigration news stories.  The comments to immigration news reports are often often are frequently uninformed and ugly.  Here are a couple of comments to a Washington Post story about the virtual political impossibility of immigration reform:
1:07 PM PDT [Edited]
All the arguments of advocates have been proven either patently false or completely irrelevant.   They have tried to link their self-created struggles to the American Indian, slavery, civil rights even invoked Caesar Chavez to try to justify their indefensible actions.   They have tried to claim that the Southwest was illegitimately taken away from them and that the Aztecs were really in California.   They have even attempted to tell us that no more illegal aliens were actually coming into the US. Most of the time, the debunking of these arguments has come from advocates or foreigners themselves.  They demand they be allowed to stay, having successfully ignored our laws for a long period of time.   They say it is only right to give Permanent Resident Status to people who are essentially foreign colonists. But they have never been willing to give more than lip service to stopping the flow of illegal aliens across our border. They want that to remain wide open so many more of their countrymen can come and take advantage of the generousness they have won for them.  But for Americans it is critical. The people so anxious to get their families here don't stop to think that if America is attacked and multitudes killed because of their precious open-border, there will be a massive push to expel ALL immigrants.  But they never think that far ahead...otherwise they wouldn't have come here in the first place....more
1:52 PM PDT
Report: Illegal Alien Drivers Behind 50% Hit-And-Run Rate In LA!
11:04 AM PDT 
" . . . it will not come as a surprise to those of us who foresaw the weakness, vulnerability, and inevitability of what the Obama presidency would bring upon us, the president’s continued refusal to fight our enemies where they live, along with his dedication to open borders, amnesty, and voting rights for illegal non-citizens, will ensure that his greatest legacy will likely be chronic battle against the relentless tide of global jihad, and the needless deaths of thousands of Americans, at best, and many more than that at worst, on our own soil, as well as abroad.  Our president has surrendered our security, our sovereignty, and our peace, all for the fraudulent votes of people who will protect him and his kind for generations to come." 

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Newly Minted Americans Share How Citizenship Has Changed Their Lives

Leading up to Citizenship Day, a group of recently naturalized Americans shared their personal stories on how citizenship has changed their lives during a press call today.  For a recording of today’s call, please visit here.

Each new American showed that the last step of becoming a citizen brings about critical advantages such as new educational opportunities, increased access to benefits such as healthcare, or simply an easier time practicing their religion.

“I became a naturalized citizen in the month of February,” said Guadalupe Guerrero, 25, of Compton, Calif. “My father had been a permanent resident since 1987 and, once we convinced him to become a citizen, his new citizenship sped up our naturalization process. The peace of mind from knowing you are safe is priceless. The opportunities from obtaining a better education and better jobs are also great.”

Jinzhi Cang, 73, of Houston, who naturalized Sept. 25, 2013, decided to become a citizen so she could feel valuable to U.S. society. “It has been a year since I became a U.S. citizen, and one of the things I see myself doing is voting,” she said. “Before I became a citizen, I saw myself as an outsider. Now I feel like a part of society. I have a voice. I can vote and elect an individual who can truly help and protect the people.”

For Thanh Bui, a 79-year-old new citizen also from Houston, the decision to become a citizen was a life-saving change: “I found out I was diagnosed with liver cancer. Had I not had my citizenship, I might have not had the Medicare and Medicaid benefits I needed to be able to help me through the stages of my liver cancer.”

“I cannot say just how much citizenship means to me. The International Rescue Committee has been such a huge help in earning my citizenship,” added Zoreh Ravani, a newly naturalized citizen from New York City. “I have the power to vote here. I can get my American passport and travel to any country I want to go without any restriction. I can freely practice the religion I want to, which I wouldn’t have in my own country of Iran.”

All four new Americans thanked the New Americans Campaign and affiliated organizations such as Boat People SOS (Houston) and the Chinese Community Center (Houston), for helping them complete their citizenship applications.

“Since 2011, the New Americans Campaign has naturalized more than 120,000 citizens. We have saved aspiring citizens and their families more than $85 million in USCIS fees,” noted Vanessa Sandoval, Immigration Legal Services Program Director for SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network) in San Jose, Calif., the lead organization for the New Americans Campaign in San Jose. “Most of our communities are unaware of the resources available to help them apply for citizenship — and the many benefits one can gain as a new American.”


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Lucas Guttentag Joins USCIS as Senior Counselor to Director Rodriguez

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Stanford Law School’s Lucas Guttentag began serving the Obama administration today as Senior Counselor to the recently confirmed Director of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), Leon Rodriguez. USCIS is a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Guttentag has taught courses at Stanford Law School (SLS) since 2012 and was appointed Professor of the Practice of Law in 2014.  Guttentag described his new role as “advising the director on policy matters in support of the administration’s efforts to improve and reform the immigration system.”

 Guttentag has a long history of expertise in immigration law and rights. He founded the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation in 1985 and was its national director for 25 years. He has argued major class action and constitutional cases on behalf of immigrants before the U.S. Supreme Court and many federal circuit and district courts for three decades. He has litigated other cases that challenged the indefinite detention of Haitian refugees at Guantanamo Naval Base, a federal law penalizing citizens and immigrants who marry during deportation hearings, and numerous challenges to state and local immigration laws.

Guttentag was named a Human Rights Hero by the American Bar Association’s Human Rights journal in 2001, was honored as one of the leading immigration advocates of the last 25 years by the National Immigration Forum in 2007, and was chosen as California Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Law by California Lawyer magazine in 2002. He received the annual outstanding litigation award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association four times. He received his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School and his BA with honors from the University of California at Berkeley.  In addition to being on the Stanford faculty, he was regularly teaching at Yale Law School.


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New Data Underscores Immigrant Contributions to California


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As pressure mounts for President Obama to quickly take action to provide relief from deportation for all undocumented immigrants, the California Immigrant Policy Center today released a new report detailing the contributions of immigrants to the state.

The report, the latest edition of “Looking Forward: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State,” features statewide statistics and local data from seven key regions: the Central Coast, Central Valley, the Sacramento area, Greater Los Angeles, Inland Southern California, San Diego/Border region and the San Francisco Bay Area. Authored by researchers at the University of Southern California’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), the report includes updated information on demographics, labor force participation, economic contributions, entrepreneurship, and numbers of eligible voters among all immigrants.

“Looking Forward” also zeroes in on undocumented immigrants’ contributions to the state’s GDP and the contributions of vulnerable workers with intermittent employment.


Demographics and mixed-status families

•  10.2 million Californians are immigrants - over one quarter of our state’s population.

•  26% or about 2.6 million of California’s immigrants are undocumented. Almost three in four non-citizens live in households that also have citizens.

Economic contributions.

•  Immigrants produce 31% of the state’s Gross Domestic Product – nearly $650 billion annually.

•  Undocumented immigrants alone contribute $130 Billion of the GDP – a figure greater than the entire GDP of Nevada - or AT&T’s total revenues.


•  Immigrants are more than one-third of the state’s labor force and are more likely to be entrepreneurial and create their own jobs.

•  Undocumented immigrants represent almost 1 in 10 of the state’s workers, making up 38% of the agriculture industry and 14% of the construction industry statewide. Civic participation.

•  By 2015, immigrants eligible to naturalize and the already naturalized could represent as much as 33% of California’s electorate.


September 10, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

EN LOS CAMPOS DEL NORTE Photographs by David Bacon

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EN LOS CAMPOS DEL NORTE Photographs by David Bacon

Playas de Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

"En Los Campos del Norte" or "In the Fields of the North" is an exhibition of photographs of farm workers in the U.S., almost all migrants from Mexico, taken by David Bacon. They are hung on the iron bars of the border wall, on the Mexican side of the wall between Mexico and the U.S. in Playas de Tijuana. The exhibition was organized Jose Manuel Valenzuela and Gabriela Zamora of the Colegio de la Frontera (COLEF), and was printed and mounted by the Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT).


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Ted Cruz to Seek to Shutdown Government Because of Immigration?


Comprehensive immigration reform and Executive action on immigration have been put off until after the November 2014 elections.  One might guess that, at least for the moment, immigration as a legislative issue is at a standstill.  But maybe not.  CNN reports that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Tuesday Congress should "use all means necessary" to prevent President Obama from granting what Cruz characterizes as "amnesty" to immigrants unlawfully in the country. "He said it would be `appropriate' to include a provision that would block the President from doing so in a critical government-funding bill that Congress must approve this month. Democrats immediately seized on the issue and charged that Cruz wants to shut down the government by attaching a `poison pill' to the funding bill, which is known as a continuing resolution or CR. "

Senator Cruz's latest threat makes it even clearer that immigration reform is being used as a partisan political football with little regard to the real human costs of the U.S. government's failure to act.


September 10, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Global Wine and Spirits Law Academy


This week, UC Davis School of Law has been hosting the internationational Wine and Spirits Law Academy. Wine wine and spirits law experts from around the world converged on UC Davis for the latest legal and marketing knowledge about the wine and spirits industry. It has been a funloving group, which took a trip to St. Helena and a private tour of a Napa Valley winery.

Last night, Ken Starr, President of Baylor University, was the keynote speaker at dinner.

Sponsors include UC Davis School of Law, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis Extension: Center for International Educationational Education, UC Davis Confucius Institute, and Wine & Law Program at the University of Reims (France).

The academy concludes today.


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Immigrant of the Day: George Soros From Hungary | Financier and Philanthropist


George Soros From Hungary | Financier and Philanthropist

Born in 1930 in Budapest, Hungary, George Soros worked for several Wall Street firms before setting up his own private investment concern in 1973 that eventually became the Quantum Fund, one of the first hedge funds. Hugely successful, he was the first American to earn $1 billion in one year. He has also been a major philanthropist since the 1970s. In 1984, he established the Open Society Foundations, funding initiatives around the world “to advance justice, education, public health, business development and independent media.”


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Immigration Article of the Day: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Rights for Immigrant Children by Erin B. Corcoran


Deconstructing and Reconstructing Rights for Immigrant Children by Erin B. Corcoran University of New Hampshire School of Law August 8, 2014 18 Harv. Latino L. Rev. (2015) (Forthcoming)

Abstract: Children rights advocates and scholars alike continue to call for the development of innovative and alternative rights models, which specifically provide for an expansive conceptualization of children’s rights. Central to their calls for reform is a simultaneous recognition that children’s rights must embody agency – a child’s voice (a proxy for autonomy) – free from governmental interference, as well as the establishment of certain fundamental “needs” that place an affirmative obligation on the State to ensure the child has, and affirmatively provide, when necessary. Reimagining children’s rights also requires reforming our laws in such a way that reflects children as inimitable rights holders possessing unique positive rights. Yet, in U.S. immigration law, children are still most often seen as illegal migrants and their status as alien is continually prioritized over their status as children. With a few notable exceptions, immigration law has been stagnant to adopt dynamic models that incorporate rights models that are informed by the developmental needs of children. This Article contributes to the much-needed discourse about how children’s rights should be understood and realized in immigration law. Unlike other areas of the law, U.S. immigration law still affords no legal distinction between children and adults when adjudicating potential forms of relief. Procedurally there are no compulsory child specific accommodations for immigrant children, as there are in family or juvenile court. Moreover, children are held to the same credibility and evidentiary burdens as adults. This Article concludes that international human rights law, specifically the Convention on the Rights of the Child, articulates a workable, comprehensive, framework of children’s positive (or welfare) and liberal rights that can and should be implemented in U.S. immigration law. Specifically, immigration law must at a minimum prohibit the return of a child to a country where the child would face irreparable harm; permit children when appropriate to petition for immigration relief on their own behalf; provide experts trained in child welfare and immigration law to assess the best interests of the child; and provide free legal counsel to children facing deportation.


September 10, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Elise Foley: Your Hardworking Immigration Reporter

Elise Foley

Do yourself a favor, follow reporter Elise Foley on Huffington Post or twitter. She is a terrific writer who really has her thumb on immigration issues.

Just last year, Foley was touted as one of the ten DC reporters you should know. The best quote from that coverage has to be this: "Some people refer to Elise Foley as a ‘reporter.’ I prefer to think of her as a twitter comedian who also breaks news about Congress.”

Her latest article for HuffPo is about the efforts of KIND to secure representation for unaccompanied minors. Foley quotes Wendy Young, president of KIND, who states:

"I wish people would take a deep breath and remember these are children...Regardless of whether they're eligible for protection under immigration laws, they're still vulnerable just by virtue of being children, and we owe it to them and to ourselves to take the time to sort out who should stay and who should go."


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The U.S Border Patrol Policy is Leading to an Unprecedented Numbers of Death

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September 9, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hiroshi Motomura: Your Guest Lecturer on Executive Action

Prof. Hiroshi Motomura, photo via UCLA, an immigration advocacy group, has created a 4 minute video on executive action featuring immprof extraordinaire Hiroshi Motomura of UCLA.

For those of you seeking a concise explanation of executive action, look no further.

This video is a great way to bring a renown guest speaker to class.


September 9, 2014 in Current Affairs, Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Why I Turned Myself in to DHS By JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS

Immigrant of the Day: Cheryl Diaz Meyer From Philippines | Photographer


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Cheryl Diaz Meyer From Philippines | Photographer

Cheryl Diaz Meyer, who immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1981, was one of the few female photographers to cover the beginnings of the wars in Iraq and Afghan. For her photographs of the war in Iraq, she won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. She also won acclaim for her documentation of the adversity facing women around the world. In addition to her continued work covering world events and issues, Meyer lectures widely.

September 9, 2014 in Current Affairs, Photos | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration Article of the Day: Refugee Burden-Sharing: A Modest Proposal Fifteen Years Later? by Peter H. Schuck


Refugee Burden-Sharing: A Modest Proposal Fifteen Years Later? by Peter H. Schuck, Yale Law School 2014 Chapter 4 in Contemporary Challenges to the Nation State: Global and Israeli Perspectives, Vol. Iii: The Nation State and Immigration: The Age of Multiculturalism, Edited by A. Shapira, Y.Z. Stern, A. Jakobson, & L. Orgad (2014).

Abstract: This chapter of an edited book reviews a 1997 article in the Yale Journal of International Law in which I proposed a system for distributing refugee protection burdens on a regional basis through a system of tradable refugee protection quotas. The chapter describes how this proposal was received and some analogous developments in refugee protection policies in other parts of the world.


September 9, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Decentralising Immigrant Integration: Denmark's mainstreaming initiatives in employment, education, and social affair

The topic of immigrant integration has been highly politicised in Denmark, and has been decisive for the outcome of elections. Denmark was among the first European countries to develop and implement a comprehensive Act of Integration, in 1998. It was also among the first to centralise the coordination of integration efforts in one ministry, collecting competences from the various ministries and agencies previously responsible for integration efforts.

The most recent shift in Denmark's national integration policy framework is toward 'mainstreaming' services (i.e., addressing the entire population instead of targeting a specific group) and decentralising their coordination, having abolished the centralised Ministry for Refugees, Immigrants, and Integration in 2011. However, mainstreaming is difficult at the national level since integration policies—even if designed centrally—are implemented at the local level.

A new Migration Policy Institute Europe report, Decentralising Immigrant Integration: Denmark's mainstreaming initiatives in employment, education, and social affairs, examines the development of immigrant integration policies in Denmark over the past 15 years, specifically focusing on the decentralisation of Danish integration policies. The report explores differences between policy frameworks at national and local levels, where certain areas have developed less restrictive and more accommodating policy responses to immigrant integration.

On a national level, one goal of the current integration policy is to embed integration efforts into regular (economic) operation, although the term mainstreaming is not used to describe these efforts. The report details various examples of mainstreaming immigrant integration policies that can be found in both labour market and education policies.

The report also examines the cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus, and finds that the two municipalities have undertaken a more deliberate approach to mainstreaming. This approach can be seen in both word and action throughout the cities. It is a challenge to evaluate the effects of a mainstreamed approach. While progress toward specific goals—e.g., lower immigrant unemployment rates—can be measured, it is difficult to assess which initiatives were responsible. The report analyses such evaluation and offers recommendations to deepen the understanding of mainstreaming as a wider policy framework in Denmark.

This MPI Europe report is the final in a series that examines the degree to which four European countries that are relative veterans regarding the reception and integration of immigrants—Denmark, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom—have mainstreamed integration priorities across general policy areas such as education, employment, and social cohesion. To read the individual country case studies and overview report, visit here.


September 9, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)