Sunday, July 27, 2014

White House Braces for Impeachment Threat After Immigration Action


US News & World Report and CNN report that President Barack Obama is considering taking executive action on immigration, which could lead to impeachment action by House Republicans, according to a White House adviser. As unaccompanied children stream across the southern border, President Barack Obama is contemplating executive actions that may provide relief for immigrants living without authorization in the United States.  

White House aide Dan Pfeiffer says Obama is preparing to unveil his actions by the end of the summer and is poised to accept the political consequences, even if the fallout results in impeachment action by House Republicans.   “The president acting on immigration reform will certainly up the likelihood that they would contemplate impeachment at some point.”

Article II of the United States Constitution (Section 4) states that "The President, Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors."  Is the claim that deffered action of some kind constitute "High Crimes and Misdemeanoprs"?  Or is the impeachment after Bill Clinton just another political tool to try to undermine the President?


 Obama critic Dick Cheney does not support impeachment and says that it would be a "distraction."



July 27, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration Protesters in Boston


The Boston Globe reports on a anti-illegal immigration rally on Beacon Hill outside the Massachusetts State House yesterday.  "While Bree Sison of CBS Boston estimated that the gathering drew hundreds of people, Jeff Kuhner, the host of WRKO’s The Kuhner Report, who organized the rally, put the number closer to 10,000 people. People carrying signs that said “Deport illegals,” and “Americans before illegals” stood just outside the State House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m."

 Governor Deval Patrick last week said that Massachusetts would offer shelter to unaccompanied minors from Central America. The state has offered to house up to 1,000 children at one of two secure facilities for up to four months.


Kuhner told that he thought Saturday’s rally in Boston may well become a national story. “We made the Drudge Report.” (As an aside, I am not sure that is eomething that I would brag about.).


July 27, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immmigrant of the Day: Peter Frampton (England)



 A member of various bands since his teenage years, rock star Peter Frampton was a session musician and had an overlooked solo career before hitting it big with the release of his 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive!, which eventually sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Recently staging a major comeback, he won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental for his 2006 album Fingerprints, considered by some to be his best studio album.

Frampton has lived in London and the USA, including Westchester County, New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville. He moved to Indian Hill, an eastern suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio in 2000. ] Frampton cites the events of September 11 as hisreason for becoming a U.S. citizen. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


July 27, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

New Immigration Mobile App

The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), in partnership with Pro Bono Net and Verizon, are pleased to announce the launch of Immigo, a new mobile app designed to provide the most up-to-date information about changing immigration laws and policies. Launched at the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo in Los Angeles, this cutting-edge, comprehensive resource for anyone who works with immigrant communities is currently available for free for Apple devices and for Android smart phones and tablets.

"Day in and day out, our Affiliates and allies are working with individuals and families who have questions about immigration policy and reform. This is an easily accessible resource that provides access to the latest information, updates and resources for those assisting immigrants in this country," said Janet Murguia, President and CEO, NCLR. "Immigo will be a valuable tool not only for our NCLR Affiliates, but for all organizations working within the immigrant integration arena."

Immigo provides users with information about state and federal regulations and resources associated with immigration, as well as changes and updates to immigration law and policy. Additional features include a daily immigration news feed, national trainings calendar, and geolocation technology that allows users to find nearby, trusted providers of free or low-cost immigration legal services. "Immigo is the first-ever mobile app designed to connect individuals working with immigrants to comprehensive trainings, resources and legal referrals," said Matthew Burnett, Director of the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN). "As the largest network of nonprofit and pro bono immigration advocates in the country, IAN is proud to partner with NCLR, Verizon and Pro Bono Net to ensure that advocates anywhere in the country have ready access to timely, relevant information about this complex and ever-changing area of law."

To download the app for Apple devices, visit here  or search for "Immigo" in the iTunes App Store. To download the app for Android devices, visit here or search for "Immigo" in the Google Play Store. If you have questions or comments, please diret them by email to



July 27, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Prayers for the Migrant Children at the Border

From the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights:

 Listen to the Children Pray:
Lifting Up Prayers for the Migrant Children at the Border
August 7th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
San Francisco Federal Building (90 Seventh St.)


We hope you will join us for this special event & use this as an opportunity to engage your families and congregations! Many of us have heard the dehumanizing rhetoric being used against these children in the media and by many of our politicians.

It is time to change the narrative, lift up the humanity of migrants, and let the immigrant community know that Faith Communities stand strongly with them in calling for the protection of all migrant children.

We are inviting all faith communities to this interfaith prayer service! This will be a reverent, meditative and humble service, where we are going to dig deep into our rich faith traditions, in prayer, music and ritual for the protection of these children. There will be a special Children's Prayer Moment, so please invite children and families to come.

Come to the prayer service! Come and join us in prayer for these children. We believe prayer is a powerful tool for social change! All are welcome!

Bring your children! We are encouraging parents and grandparents to bring their children to be present in the prayer, ritual and music.  There will be a time where the children will spend a moment in prayer for the migrant children. If your congregation or youth choir would like to share music or prayers in the program, please email Daniel Pinell at


July 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigrant of the Day: Heidi Klum (Germany)


Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Heidi Klum was initially interested in becoming a designer until she beat more than 25,000 entrants in a modeling contest in 1992. After making a splash on the runway as a model for Victoria’s Secret, she was picked for the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and soon became one of the industry’s top models. In recent years, Klum has turned her efforts to other several other ventures, most notably as a judge and executive producer of the reality show Project Runway, for which she won an Emmy in 2008.



July 26, 2014 in Current Affairs, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration Article of the Day: The Scandal of Refugee Family Reunification: How the U.S. Refugee Family Reunification System Hinders Reunification and Endangers Families — And What Can Be Done About It by Andrew John Haile

The Scandal of Refugee Family Reunification: How the U.S. Refugee Family Reunification System Hinders Reunification and Endangers Families — And What Can Be Done About It by Andrew John Haile, Boston College Law Review June 25, 2014 Boston College Law Review, Forthcoming

Abstract: Many refugees arrive in the United States without their families due to forced separation abroad. Upon arrival, most are immediately eligible for reunification with certain family members, yet the immigration processes they must follow are torturous and often penalize the most vulnerable refugees with the least ability to self-advocate. This Note explains the U.S. refugee family reunification system, identifies its flaws, and provides comprehensive solutions for reform.


July 26, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)


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Cyrus D. Mehta writes that the overreaction surrounding 57, 000 unaccompanied children who have come to the United States, with a population of 300 million, is not befitting of a great nation of immigrants. Indeed, some of the reaction against these children has been nothing short of disgraceful. The waiving of the American flag against busloads of dazed and frightened children by residents of Murrieta in California did a great disservice to the ideals symbolized by this flag. The summoning of the Texas National Guard to the border against these children, unschooled in the complexities of immigration law, is also unwarranted. Are they going to shoot at these kids? It is further worth noting that developing countries host 80% of the world’s displaced population, while most of the anti-refugee sentiment is heard loudest in industrialized countries.Cliock the link above for the rest of Cyrus's post.


July 26, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Immigration Judges on Assuring Fairness for Juveniles in Immigration Court

New Report Details the Rising Political Power of the Children of Immigrants

Center for american progress

President Obama’s recent announcement requesting recommendations for administrative action, as well as the influx of child refugees coming across the southern border has reignited a debate over immigration policy, as both sides grapple with how to handle the arrivals. While there is heightened attention to the minors coming in at the border, another set of youth, young U.S.-born people, are paying very close attention to a range of immigration issues.

A new report released today by the Center for American Progress and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at USC details just how important the actions of both parties and the president on these pressing matters are to one of the fastest-growing segments of the electorate: the children of immigrants. The U.S.-born children of unauthorized immigrants alone will be able to cast 11 million ballots over the course of the next five presidential elections, and they will be watching to see how both parties address immigration.

As the report points out, most economists agree that repairing the nation’s immigration system will benefit the country’s economy, and that a path to citizenship would improve the fortunes and well-being of a large number of U.S. families. And yet the stalling of action on immigration reform continues. The effect of today’s divisive immigration politics may be even greater than numbers previously analyzed, as historical evidence and current polling point to the fact that immigration is a touchstone issue in voting preferences for the children of all immigrants. Widening the lens to include this entire group means a possible 15.4 million voters by 2032, who could potentially cast 41 million ballots over those election cycles. Shifting the focus slightly to consider all citizens of Latino or Asian American descent would bring the total number of new voters to 19.3 million, with a combined potential of 52 million presidential ballots cast.

Political inaction on immigration reform fails to recognize the mixed-status realities of many families, eliminates the potential financial benefits to these families and to society at large, and is likely to entrench a second generation against political actors perceived as holding up immigration reform progress.


July 25, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

California attorney general asks lawyers to help immigrant children

Congressman returns U.S. Chamber of Commerce award over immigration disagreement


The Detroit News reports that Congressman Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) on Thursday returned an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that he accepted earlier this year after disagreeing with the organization’s stance on immigration. Bentivolio returned the “Spirit of Enterprise” award because of the Chamber's support for a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants.

The U.S. Chamber has endorsed Birmingham a challenger to Bentivolio in the Republican primary.


July 25, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Internment in the United Kingdom During the Twentieth Century and Its Links to the Evolution of Immigration Detention by Stephanie J. Silverman


Internment in the United Kingdom During the Twentieth Century and Its Links to the Evolution of Immigration Detention by Stephanie J. Silverman Detention and Asylum Research Cluster, Refugee Research Network; Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security June 2014 International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 2014, 3, 168-174

Abstract: Immigration detention is cementing into a permanent aspect of border and immigration control in the United Kingdom. This article uses a historical examination of internment to contribute to a larger literature that unsettles the official record of detention policy as a natural development in an otherwise functioning immigration and border control bureaucracy. In so doing, I present an original overview of the First World War, Second World War, and Gulf War internments. My research findings demonstrate that wartime powers legislated in times of national distress have been repackaged as seemingly quotidian tools of immigration and asylum control. The results of this normalisation have included the reinforcement of a false logic of differentiation between citizens and threats, and between “good” and “bad” migrants; and an instrumentalisation of national insecurity to curtail the movements and basic rights of all individuals.


July 25, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)




Battery Gardens Restaurant 1 Battery Place New York, NY 10004 Inside Battery Park, Opposite 17 State Street, On the Water September 30, 2014 Cocktails 6:00 P.M. Dinner 7:00 P.M.

Honorees Mike Rienzi, Rienzi International

Rev. Lydio Tomasi, Executive Director Emeritus, Center for Migration Studies

H.E. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Specialized Organizations in Geneva and to the World Trade Organization


July 25, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigrant of the Day: Sanya Richards-Ross (Jamaica)

From the Bookshelves: The Right to Equality in European Human Rights Law The Quest for Substance in the Jurisprudence of the European Courts by Charilaos Nikolaidis


The Right to Equality in European Human Rights Law The Quest for Substance in the Jurisprudence of the European Courts by Charilaos Nikolaidis Routledge – 2015 – 238 pages

A right to equality and non-discrimination is widely seen as fundamental in democratic legal systems. But failure to identify the human interest that equality aims to uphold reinforces the argument of those who attack it as morally empty or unsubstantiated and weakens its status as a fundamental human right. This book argues that an understanding of the human interest which equality aims to uphold is feasible within the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

In comparing the evolution of the prohibition of discrimination in the case-law of both Courts, Charilaos Nikolaidis demonstrates that conceptual convergence within the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the EU on the issue of equality is not as far as it might appear initially. While the two bodies of equality law are extremely divergent as to the requirements they impose, their interpretation by the international judiciary might be properly analysed under a common light to emphasise the substantive dimension of equality in European Human Rights law.

The book will be of great use and interest to scholars and students of human rights, discrimination law, and European politics.

 Charilaos Nikolaidis holds an LLB (Hons) from City University London, an LLM (Hons) from University College London and a PhD in law from the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, where he also taught public law for several years. Dr Nikolaidis currently practices law in Greece.


July 25, 2014 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Immigration Article of the Day: Lauren Gilbert, Reconceiving Citizenship: Noncitizen Voting in New York City Municipal Elections as a Case Study in Immigrant Integration and Local Governance

Lauren Gilbert (St. Thomas) posted to SSRN her new article, "Reconceiving Citizenship: Noncitizen Voting in New York City Municipal Elections as a Case Study in Immigrant Integration and Local Governance." In this paper, I use New York City’s consideration of an amendment to its Charter that would extend voting rights to noncitizens in municipal elections as a case study in immigrant integration and local governance. I argue that such a policy would be consistent with the different meanings of citizenship, national, state, and local, while addressing potential obstacles under federal and state law. I conclude that while neither federal criminal nor immigration law prevents state or local governments from extending the franchise to noncitizens in state or local matters, federal law imposes certain impediments that may deter some noncitizens from registering or that could carry serious immigration consequences for those who vote in violation of federal law. I argue that New York City’s biggest challenge in moving this issue forward is dealing successfully with two related questions: 1.) why the City Council should be able to decide who "the People" are without approval from Albany and 2.) whether it should attempt to enact Intro 410 without a referendum. Part II examines the role of local government in regulating the lives of immigrants, contrasting enforcement-oriented strategies with those that are more integration-oriented, building on the work of Heather Gerken, Hiroshi Motomura, Cristina Rodríguez, and others. Part III spotlights federal law obstacles to noncitizen suffrage, looking at both federal criminal law and the immigration grounds of inadmissibility and deportability. Part IV focuses on state law obstacles, including New York’s Constitution, its state election law and its home rule provisions. Part V discusses other recent experiences with noncitizen suffrage, both in municipal and school board elections. Part VI provides some thoughts on best practices in moving the issue of noncitizen suffrage in New York City and other locales forward. I conclude that while New York law does not prevent the City Council from enacting Intro 410 without approval from Albany, that a city-wide referendum may be necessary, advisable, or, at the very least, that the City Council needs to engage the people of New York City directly such as through mini-town hall meetings in the 51 districts. New York law is ambiguous enough that good arguments can be made for why neither Albany’s approval nor a city-wide referendum is required. Nonetheless, given New York City’s historic relationship with Albany and the power the State legislature has to preempt local law on election matters, if the City Council attempts to expand the franchise to noncitizen voters without a referendum or comparable measure, it could trigger preemptive action in Albany or lengthy, divisive, and costly battles in the courts. Here's the link to the full article: RCV

July 24, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gov. Rick Perry Orders Dallas Cowboys to Mexican Border


Yesterday, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he was deploying the National Guard to the U.S./Mexico border.  Today, the Governor appraently has decided to pull out all the stops.

The New Yorker Reports (in jest?) that "In his boldest move yet to address the immigration crisis, on Thursday Texas Governor Rick Perry dispatched the Dallas Cowboys to the United States’ border with Mexico."  The article goes on to report that "there were questions about how effective the Cowboys would be in stopping illegal immigrants, since the team has the worst-ranked defense in the N.F.L." 

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The Dallas Cowboys website has yet to confirm or fdeny the new assigmennt of America's Team.  Rumor has it that the Cowboys will open up the exhibition season in San Diego so as not to stray too far from the border region.

Hat tip to Cappy White.


July 24, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

First Unaccompanied Minor: January 1, 1892 Ellis Island

From Mother Jones:

An unaccompanied child migrant was the first person in line on opening day of the new immigration station at Ellis Island. Her name was Annie Moore, and that day, January 1, 1892, happened to be her 15th birthday. She had traveled with her two little brothers from Cork County, Ireland, and when they walked off the gangplank, she was awarded a certificate and a $10 gold coin for being the first to register. Today, a statue of Annie stands on the island, a testament to the courage of millions of children who passed through those same doors, often traveling without an older family member to help them along.

Of course, not everyone was lining up to give Annie and her fellow passengers a warm welcome. Alarmists painted immigrants—children included—as disease-ridden job stealers bent on destroying the American way of life. And they're still at it. On a CNN segment about the current crisis of child migrants from Central and South America, Michele Bachmann used the word "invaders" and warned of rape and other dangers posed to Americans by the influx. And last week, National Review scoffed at appeals to American ideals of compassion and charity, claiming Ellis Island officials had a strict send-'em-back policy when it came to children showing up alone. Read more....


July 24, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Symposium: The Negotiated Expansion of Immigrant Control

Special Issue: Symposium: The Negotiated Expansion of Immigrant Control Summer 2014, Law and Social Inquiry

The Negotiated Expansions of Immigration Control (pages 555–559) Jamie G. Longazel and Maartje van der Woude

Crimmigration in the Netherlands (pages 560–579) Maartje A. H. van der Woude, Joanne P. van der Leun and Jo-Anne A. Nijland

Rhetorical Barriers to Mobilizing for Immigrant Rights: White Innocence and Latina/o Abstraction (pages 580–600) Jamie G. Longazel

Peripheral Matters: The Emergence of Legalized Politics in Local Struggles Over Unauthorized Immigration (pages 601–620) Doris Marie Provine, Martha Luz Rojas-Wiesner and Germán Martínez Velasco

Temporary Protection, Enduring Contradiction: The Contested and Contradictory Meanings of Temporary Immigration Status (pages 621–642) Miranda Cady Hallett Article

From Problems of Living to Problems of Law: The Legal Translation and Documentation of Immigrant Abuse and Helpfulness (pages 643–665) Sarah Morando Lakhani

The Limits of Discretion: Challenges and Dilemmas of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Enforcement (pages 666–689) Marjorie S. Zatz and Nancy Rodriguez

Scenes of Execution: Spectatorship, Political Responsibility, and State Killing in American Film (pages 690–719) Austin Sarat, Madeline Chan, Maia Cole, Melissa Lang, Nicholas Schcolnik, Jasjaap Sidhu and Nica Siegel

Municipal Corporate Security, Legal Knowledges, and the Urban Problem Space (pages 720–739) Randy K. Lippert and Kevin Walby


July 24, 2014 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)