Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Multilingual Coca-Cola ad sparks anger

On Super Sunday, ImmigrationProf blogger Rose Villazor favorably noted Coca Cola's multilingual Super Bowl commercial.  It appears that teh television spot has generated some controversy from English only advocates concerned that immigrants "fail to assimilate."

Judge for yourself.




Given the outcome of the one-sided football game, it seems that the Super Bowl advertisements and half time show have gotten all of the attention.


February 5, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Here's an Ad about R--skins that its Makers Don't Have the Money to Show During Sunday's Superbowl



The National Congress of American Indians did not have the funds to run this ad during the Super Bowl. You should watch it and share it anyway.

Want to get involved? Here's how to contact the DC team, the NFL, and the DC team's hometown paper: DC Team @redskins Roger Goodell & NFL @NFL @NFLcommish  Washington Post DC's hometown paper is still using the R-word in its coverage of the team.

My co-blogger, Professor Rose Villazor, brought this video to my attention.


February 3, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Deport Justin Bieber? The Movement Continues

Shining a Super Bowl Spotlight on Human Trafficking



Have you had enough Super Bowl hoopla yet?   Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks. Hall of Fame QB Payton Manning versus Shut-Down, Trash Talking DB Richard ShermanThe Super Bowl commercials to watch.   Office pools and potlucks.  When will the game begin?

Christine Pelosi offers a somewhat less upbeat of what the Super Bowl brings with this Huffington Post story about human trafficking and Super Sunday:  

"While merchants peddle Super Bowl gear, human traffickers peddle people. As we prepare for football festivities, merchants peddle Super Bowl gear and human traffickers peddle people. Though human trafficking is endemic 365 days a year, it is especially rampant on Super Bowl Sunday."

Click here for a different point of view.


January 31, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Another Foreign Boxer With U.S. Immigration Problems



Professional boxing is one of the most international of all professional sports, with championship boxers found in nations around the world.  Boxers quite frequently have immigration hold-ups, with gritty Mexican fighter Alfredo Angulo not long ago held in detention by U.S. immigration authorities for months and ex-heavyweight champ Mike Tyson denied a visa to travel to the United Kingdom.

Dan Rafael on reports that Heavyweight Artur Szpilka, who was turned away by the Department of Homeland Security upon his arrival at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago last Sunday and immediately sent home to Poland, has secured the proper visa and is scheduled to return to the United States on Friday night. Time was of the essence for Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs)  because he is scheduled to face Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight between potential heavyweight title challengers on Jan. 25 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.  The match will be televised on HBO.


January 21, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 20, 2014

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: Choir Of Refugee Children To Sing National Anthem At 7th Annual Run For Refugees


With the Super Bowl teams set, we wanted to highlight a special run set on the morning of Super Sunday.

A group of refugee children will sing the National Anthem at the 7th annual Run for Refugees 5K race. The choir will kick off the race at 10 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2.

With more than 800 runners and walkers expected, the Run for Refugees raises awareness and support for refugees who have settled in Connecticut. The event benefits IRIS - Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, New Haven's refugee resettlement agency. Since 1982, IRIS has resettled about 5,000 refugees, people forced to flee their home countries because of persecution. Last year IRIS helped more than 400 refugees and immigrants from nations such as Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, and Cuba. Services include job placement, English language training, healthcare coordination, education and youth services, immigration legal assistance, housing, and case management.



January 20, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mike Tyson thinks what Dennis Rodman has done is 'treason'




Because this whole Dennis Rodman-North Korea story wasn't crazy enough, let's add some Mike Tyson? After Rodman apologized for shouting down a CNN anchor this week, the former heavyweight boxing champ has decided to weigh in with his thoughts about Rodman. 




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

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Former Heayweight Champ Mike Tyson Barred Admission into UK

Saturday, December 14, 2013

IMMIGRANT OF THE YEAR 2013: David "Papi" Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

Friday, December 13, 2013

Latinas Play Squash? Ivy League Imports Squash Stars From Unlikely Places






The Wall Street Journal reports on an interesting development in the Ivy League.  A squash match between Cornell and Columbia last weekend featured two star players with backgrounds not common to the Ivy League. Reyna Pacheco grew up undocumented in a hardscrabble part of San Diego after her mother left Mexico with no money and no job. Now she's one of the best women's squash players at Columbia University. Jesse Pacheco. unrelated to Reyna, is the current captain of the Cornell team and an All-American. From the Bronx, she is the daughter of a single mother from Ecuador who lost her job when Jesse was in middle school.

Cornell won 3-0.


December 13, 2013 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Immigrants in the NFL: Sebastian Janikowski (OAKLAND RAIDERS)


It is Sunday in December so it seems appropriate to highlight the National Football League today.

Born in Poland, Sebastian Janikowski is a placekicker for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He played college football for Florida State and was a two-time consensus All-American. Nicknamed the Polish Cannon, Janikowski is considered to have one of the strongest kicking legs in the league, and leads the NFL in kickoffs for touchbacks.

In September 2011 on a Monday Night Football game, Janikowski tied the NFL record for the longest field goal at 63.


The Raiders play the New York Jets later today.

By the way, another foreign-born placekicker, Morten Andersen, is the leading scorer in NFL history.


December 8, 2013 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Immigration Article of the Day: Labor and Immigration Issues in Sports by Dr. Anthony Borgese


Labor and Immigration Issues in Sports by Dr. Anthony Borgese - Associate Professor - City University of New York

Abstract: Every year, international athletes come to play professional sports in the United States. Are they stealing jobs from Americans, or should they be welcomed for their talents? Should they be entitled to special treatment with regard to immigration and labor laws, or should they have to go through the same procedures as any immigrant applying for United States citizenship? The purpose of this article is to determine the historical and cultural framework with regard to the use of sports as a vehicle to achieve immigrant assimilation in the United States. This article also addresses the topic of athletes coming into the United States to “steal” jobs from Americans. Second, this article discusses the legal issues as well as the overlapping labor issues concerning immigration and worker migration. Third, the article is also important in the post-9/11 period because of immigration and security issues.


November 29, 2013 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 1, 2013

David "Papi" Ortiz World Series MVP

Friday, September 27, 2013

Immigrant of the Day: Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic), Los Angeles Dodgers



Hanley Ramírez (born December 23, 1983) is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop and third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Ramírez was the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year. In 2009, he won the National League batting title and in 2010 finished runner-up in the Home Run Derby. A three-time All-Star starter, Ramirez is hitting .346 for the MLB Western Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers.  Bleacher Report suggests that, on a team with many players having outstanding seasons, Ramirez may be the Dodgers' true MVP.



September 27, 2013 in Current Affairs, Games, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 23, 2013

NFL Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The NFL is celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.  Its webpage includes a list of celebratory activities and Hispanic NLF players.



My vote for the best Hispanic player in the NFL goes to Atlanta Falcon tight end Tony Gonzalez, a Cal Bear alum and lock for the NFL Hall of Fame.

Other well-known Hispanics in the NFL include Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys), Mark Sanchez (NY Jets), and Aaron Hernandez (formerly of the New England Patriots).

September 23, 2013 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

What About Immigration Reform, Senator McCain? McCain Criticizes LA Dodgers for Using Arizona Pool


"Poolgate" reached Washington D.C. yesterday  when U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) voiced strong displeasure with the Los Angeles Dodgers' celebration of their MLB National League West title.

After the Dodgers clinched the division with Thursday's 7-6 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks, roughly half the team celebrated by jumping into the pool behind the right-center field wall at Chase Field.

Here is what John McCain tweeted:

John McCain ✔ @SenJohnMcCainNo-class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats! "The #Dodgers are idiots"


There is no word about what Senator McCain's 2008 Vice Presidential running-mate Sarah Palin had to say about the Dodgers' exploits. Rumor has it that Palin is a fan of the Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League.



The "Celebration"



September 21, 2013 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Immigration Reform Through Ice Cream? ‘Sergio Romo’s Mexican Chocolate’ Is Here

Romo ice cream
Photo Courtesy of ColorLines

I hope to make it up to San Francisco Giant fans put off by my post about the Ninth Circuit's affirmance of slugger Barry Bond's obstruction of justice conviction.  Who could not like a story about ice cream?

 Sergio romo

Sports Grid reports that Sergio Romo’s "Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream" (it only tastes illegal) will soon be available. The Giants closer is promoting the ice cream and all proceeds go to help enact immigration reform.    A supporter of immigration reform, Romo wore "I Just Look Illegal" t-shirt at a victory parade after his Giants won the 2012 World Series.


September 16, 2013 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (1)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Say It Ain't So Joe: Fallen Baseball Star Barry Bonds' Obstruction Conviction Affirmed


As baseball season comes to a close, it is worth mentioning a recent legal development touching on a contiuing problem in America's pasttime.  Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals  for the Ninth Circuit, in an opinion written by Judge Mary Schroeder (and joined by Judges Michael Daly Hawkins and Mary Murguia), affirmed former Major League Baseball star Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction for an evasive response to a question before a grand jury investigating the use of performance enhancing substances in baseball.

Speaking in terms that a baseball fan can well understand, Judge Schroeder begins the opinion:

"Barry Bonds was a celebrity child who grew up in baseball locker rooms as he watched his father Bobby Bonds and his godfather, the legendary Willie Mays, compete in the Major Leagues. Barry Bonds was a phenomenal baseball player in his own right. Early in his career he won MVP awards and played in multiple All-Star games. Toward the end of his career, playing for the San F rancisco Giants, his appearance showed strong indications of the use of steroids, some of which could have been administered by his trainer, Greg Anderson. Bonds’s weight and hat size increased, along with the batting power that transformed him into one of the most feared hitters ever to play the game. From the late-1990s throug h the early-2000s, steroid use in baseball fueled an unprecedented expl osion in offense, leading some commentators to refer to the period as the `Steroid Era.'"


The suspension of a group of players, including stars such as Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, earlier this summer shows that MLB has much to do to clean up the game.



September 14, 2013 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Immigrant of the Day: Rod Carew (Panama)


Rod Carew was born on October 1, 1945, while his mother was on a train in Gatún (then in the Panama Canal Zone, the former U.S. territory), Panama. In 1962, Carew moved to New York City with his mother. Two years later, he was playing in the minor leagues, and in 1967, for the Minnesota Twins. An incredible left-handed batter, the California Angels grabbed Carew in 1979. After retiring from the major leagues, Carew served as a coach. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.




September 2, 2013 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Immigrant of the Day: Luc Mbah a Moute (Cameroon)


National Basketball Association player Luc Mbah a Moute was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Raised in Yaoundé, a metropolitan city, Luc and his family had close ties to the village of Bafia, where his father was a chieftain, and by extension, Luc was a prince. Growing up in Cameroon, Luc – like most boys in his country – played soccer, but as a teenager, he took up basketball.

Mbah a Mouté played college basketball for UCLA and led the Pac-10 Champion Bruins in rebounding as a freshman. He scored the winning layup at the end of a comeback win over Gonzaga in the Sweet 16. Mbah a Mouté also posted 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 assist in a Final Four victory over LSU. He became something of a cult phenomenon among the UCLA faithful. Along with fellow Cameroonian Alfred Aboya, the dynamic duo sparked the "Cameroon Crazies" (a take-off of Duke's "Cameron Crazies" fans) section, along with an enormously popular t-shirt which read "Moute Kicks Boute."    During the 2008 season, his team had a record of 35–4 and won their third-straight Pac-10 title and third-straight NCAA Final Four.

Mbah a Moute became the first player to start in three straight Final Fours at UCLA in thirty-four years. Bill Walton, Jamaal Wilkes, and Greg Lee (1972–74) were the last players at UCLA to do so.

Mbah a Moute was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2008 NBA draft.  He got off to a quick start with the Milwaukee Bucks and became a fan favorite. On July 12, 2013, Mbah a Moute was traded to the Sacramento Kings.





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