Tuesday, January 6, 2015
We have worked hard to keep our readers approsed of the immigration programs at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, including posts on the Hart Cellar Act session and the Anti-Poverty session. Below are links to the AALS Academic Symposium on Executive Action.
Separation of Powers (including Jill Family and Joseph Landau on immigration, moderated by Ming Shu Chen)
Federalism (including Raquel Aldana as moderator and Deep Gulasakarem on immigration)
DACA (including Alina Das as moderator, Shoba Wadhia, Peter Margulies, Geoffrey Heeren, Juliet Stumpf)
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Bordertown is an upcoming American adult animated sitcom on Fox created by Family Guy writer Mark Hentemann and executive-produced by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. It will premiere in spring 2015. Bordertown will follow two families living in a Southwest desert town on the United States–Mexico border. pisode first season will premiere in spring 2015.
Bordertown takes place in a fictitious town in Texas. The two main characters are Bud Buckwald and Ernesto Gonzalez. Bud is a Border Patrol officer living with his wife, Janice Buckwald, and their three children, Becky, Sanford, and Gert. Living next door to him is Ernesto Gonzalez, an ambitious immigrant and family man, who has been in the country less than 10 years and is happy to be with his family in the United States.[
Cartoonist and social commentator Lalo Alcaraz is one of the writers for Bordertown.
A Most Violent Year, which opens December 31, in a nutshell:
A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. The film is one immigrant’s determined climb up a morally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries and unprovoked attacks threaten his business, family, and––above all––his unwavering belief in the righteousness of his own path.
Here is the official movie website.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Although I do not see it on the list, Casablanca in my view is an all-time great immigration/refugee film.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
A documentary film "14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez" is finished and available for Educational Use and Public Performance Licensing. The 67-minute documentary is an excellent resource for Constitutional Law courses.
The film explores the recurring question about who has the right to be a U.S. citizen. It examines the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment through compelling personal stories and expertly-told history. The 14th Amendment provides that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
The film tells the history of the 14th Amendment through the lives of three ordinary and extraordinary American families who changed history by their courageous challenges to the powerful status quo. Descendants of Dred and Harriet Scott and those of Wong Kim Ark tell the stories of how their ancestors fought all the way to the Supreme Court and changed American history. Rosario Lopez and her daughter Vanessa are both activists in the immigrant rights youth movement. Born in the United States and a citizen under the 14th Amendment, Vanessa wants to be “either an artist, a photographer, a lawyer, or a marine biologist” and President of the United States. It is the citizenship of millions of children like Vanessa Lopez, born in the United States to undocumented parents, that is at stake now.
In United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898), the U.S. Supreme Court held, generally speaking, that a person -- even the child of undocumented immigrants -- born in the United States is a U.S. citizen under the 14th Amendment. This decision established an important precedent in its interpretation of the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
U.K. immigraiton barrister Colin Yeo has written a terrific review of the Paddington movie. Colin writes: "Paddington is a walking, talking, ursine pin-up for humanising our work." "Paddington’s story is that of the modern migrant. He is in many ways typical of my clients. This is more than a mere subtext to the film and it is, I hope, instructive to consider his tale from a legal perspective." And so he does.
This is one kid's movie I can't wait to see with my boys.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
In this op/ed, Professor Michael Olivas criticizes Republicans in the House of Represntatives for the strong negative public reactions to President Obama's latest immigration initiatives. In so doing, he kicks things off with a wonderful film analogy:
"In `Casablanca,' the greatest immigration movie ever made, the police round up the `usual suspects.' We see Rick meet Ilsa in one of the great `gin joints in all the world,' and Inspector Renault is `shocked … shocked!' at the gambling going on, as he is handed his winnings. Who knew this improbable 1942 wartime movie classic was to be reprised by today's elected officials?"
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is a national nonprofit "working to end the isolation and abuse of men, women, and children in U.S. immigration detention through visitation, independent monitoring, storytelling, and advocacy."
The group recently posted the following video to youtube. It tells the story of Carolina, a 16-year-old girl in U.S. immigration detention.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
“The Stranger” is a 40-minute documentary film commissioned by the Evangelical Immigration Table and produced by Emmy-award winning producer Linda Midgett. The Stranger profiles three immigrant stories and includes interviews with local and national Christian leaders. By highlighting biblical teaching related to immigrants, sharing compelling stories of immigrants who are also evangelical Christians, and addressing some common economic and political misconceptions, The Stranger seeks to mobilize evangelical Christians to respond to immigrants and to immigration policy in ways that are consistent with biblical principles.
A recent Immigrant of the Day, film director Mike Nichols (Germany), has passed away. Nichols began his career as an actor in a comedy troupe before making his Tony Award-winning directorial debut with the 1964 Broadway production Barefoot in the Park. Expanding into film, he directed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and then The Graduate, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director, in 1967. He is one of only a handful of individuals who have received Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards.
Facebook Quote of the Day: "I will accept anti-immigration comments on this page only from people whose ancestors were born here."
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
During an interview on CNN, actress Diane Guerrero broke down in tears as she recalled that she was only 14 when her parents were deported. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times that was published over the weekend, the “Orange Is the New Black” actress used her own story to highlight the need for immigration reform.
Guerrero told CNN host Michaela Pereira that she came home from performing arts school one day at the age of 14, and could not find her parents. “I got home, and their cars were there and dinner was started and the lights were on, but I couldn’t find them,” she said, choking up. “It was really hard.”
Guerrero said that, although she is a U.S. citizen, no one from the government ever spoke to her or checked on her welfare after her parents were detained, and eventually deported to Colombia.
Click here for more on this story.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Friday, November 21st, 2014, 7 PM to 8:30 PM at the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) 600 River Street, Austin, TX 78701
The Texas-made film follows our government's response to refugees and migrants in the creation and expansion of new private prisons for these families in remote and isolated areas of the Southwest. Reversing the progress of the immigrant rights movement and his own previous decisions, President Obama has surpassed the Bush administration in expanding the use of detention centers for refugee families. This history is portrayed and told by the people who live it and shines light on the growing grassroots movement fighting to close these family prisons and welcoming our neighbors with compassion.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, participants in the film and organizers working on solutions and with information on how to get involved.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Famed film director Milos Forman was orphaned at the age of nine when his parents were killed in Nazi concentration camps. Introduced to the theater by his older brother, he studied at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Prague and began working in theater productions. He later began to work in film, both as a writer and director, while struggling against the repressive Communist government. In 1969, he made his first American film, Taking Off, which was a critical success, but it wasn’t until 1975 that he achieved real fame with his adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director—a feat he topped, in 1985, with the film Amadeus, which won eight Oscars. His more recent films include The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon, and Goya’s Ghosts. He is also a professor at Columbia University and director of its film division.
Friday, October 31, 2014
After spending a year homeless in Paris, actor Djimon Hounsou was noticed by a stranger and fell into the world of fashion as a model. Starting in 1990, he played a few roles in television and film, but it was in 1997 that he came to international attention and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Cinque in Spielberg’s Amistad, a film based the true story of a mutiny aboard a slave ship of prisoners from Mende. Since then, Hounsou has appeared in other major films and was nominated twice for an Oscar for his roles in In America and Blood Diamond.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Dan Patrick is running for Liutenant Governor of Texas. And he wants you to know that "ISIS terrorists threaten to cross our border and kill Americans." The only thing standing in their way? "The Texas Rangers and National Guard." Which is why, if elected Lt. Governor, Patrick will make "border security" his "top priority."
Patrick's opponent is Leticia Van de Putte.
Born in Berlin in 1931, the renowned film and theater director Mike Nichols began his career as an actor in a comedy troupe before making his Tony Award-winning directorial debut with the 1964 Broadway production Barefoot in the Park. Expanding into film, he directed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and then The Graduate, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director, in 1967. He is one of only a handful of individuals who have received Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards.