Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Switzerland’s prospects of advancing to the knockout stage of the soccer World Cup rests on an issue that has split the country: immigration. According to Bloomberg, 15 members of the 23-player squad, which faces Honduras today in Switzerland’s final group game, have parents or grandparents who weren’t born in the country.
UPDATE (4:30 PST): Switzerland beat Honduras 4-0.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Here is some immigration-related news from the Boston Marathon bomber case. A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the oath of citizenship cannot be used against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his coming trial.
When the government announced its intentio to seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev, it alleged a number of aggravating factors and described Tsarnaev’s actions as “especially heinous, cruel and depraved,” thus justifying the death penalty. The “aggravating factors” included the multiple killings, the death of a child, the large crowd that the Boston Marathon draws, the iconic event and the shootout that Tsarnaev allegedly engaged in with police several days after the bombings. Tsarnaev’s attorneys objected to the government’s listing of “betrayal of the United States” as another aggravating factor. It was, according to the government, a betrayal of the oath he took when he became a U.S. citizen: “I will bear true faith and allegiance.”
Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen whose family came from Dagestan, took that oath seven months before the bombings that killed three, injured 260 others and led to the shooting death of a police officer.
“He betrayed his allegiance to the United States by killing and maiming people,” the government asserted in January.
In a status conference Wednesday, Judge George O’Toole granted a defense motion and dismissed the government allegation as “unduly prejudicial.”“Drawing a distinction between naturalized and natural-born is highly inappropriate,” O’Toole said.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
We have seen a rose in xenophobia in Europe in recent years. Jason Overdorf on Business Insider raises the interesting question of what World Cup soccer would look like if immigrants were banned from the competition.
Broadly defining “foreigner” as anyone with at least one foreign-born parent, Switzerland would lose two-thirds of its players. France and the Netherlands might be knocked out of contention. And Algeria, Ghana, Turkey or even Suriname could win it all.
A truly international team,the San Antonio Spurs routed the Miami Heat 1 and win the NBA championship. The Spurs have a team with players from all over the world, including Australia, Italy, France, Argentina, Canada, and Brazil. Manu Ginobili (Argentina) and Tony Parker (France) are the most well-known, but the Spurs have several other international players as well.
In contast, the Miami Heat, led by Lebron James, is a home grown United States team, with the team composed of players born in the United States.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
The UK's Daily Mail reports that professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, a recent victor in a surprisingly close fight with Argentina's Marcos Maidana, has cancelled a tour of Britain. "The world’s No 1 pound-for-pound boxer is reported to have encountered a visa problem which prevents him boarding his flight to London." Although it is unclear what the visa problem is, Mayweather has had criminal problems in the United States and served a recent jail sentence for assaulting a former girlfriend.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma Thunder last night in the National Basketball Association playoffs and advance to the finals to play the Miami Heat. The Spurs have a team with players from all over the world, including Australia, Italy, France, Argentina, Canada, and Brazil. Manu Ginobili (Argentina) and Tony Parker (France) are the most well-known, but the Spurs have several over international players as well.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Stiverne won a vacant heavyweight world title in the first boxing event to be held at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. With the victory, Stiverne became the first Haitian-born heavyweight titleholder. He claimed the belt that Vitali Klitschko vacated in December to turn his focus on politics in Ukraine.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Jesse Katz in Los Angeles Magazine tells the story of enigmatic Los Angeles Dodger star Yasiel Puig, who fled Cuba by hook or by crook to Mexico and ultimately the United States. As Los Angeles Tims reporter Bill Plaschke writes,
"In an account featuring on-the-record interviews and court records, Katz details how, in June of 2012, Puig was smuggled to Mexico by members of the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel, his trip funded by a Miami air-conditioning repairman named Raul Pacheco who was on probation for attempted burglary. The smugglers held Puig in a seedy Mexican hotel for more than two weeks while attempting to extract increased payments from Pacheco. Eventually Puig was taken from the hotel by a gang organized by Pacheco and soon thereafter joined the Dodgers by signing a $42-million contract.
The stunning timeline doesn't even scratch the surface of a compelling tale that recounts Puig's humble childhood in a tiny rural village, how he was dropped from his Cuban league team for disciplinary reasons, reports of his failed defections, and accusations that he turned in potential defectors to the Cuban government while planning his own escape."
Saturday, March 29, 2014
The National Basketball Association's Brooklyn Nets announced yesterday that the team had signed former Immigrant of the Day Jorge Gutierrez for a two-year deal. The Nets had previously signed Gutierrez to two ten day contracts. The move gives the Nets three international players: Gutierrez (Mexico), Andrei Kirilenko (Russia) and Mirza Teletovic (Bosnia).
On the same day as Gutierrez signed with the Nets, the NBA announced that he had been fined for a flagrant 2 foul Wednesday night on Cody Zeller of the Bobcats.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Former Dreamer, ImmigrationProf Immigrant of the Day, and Pacific 12 2012 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Cal basketball player Jorge Gutierrez recently signed a 10 day contract with the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. Gutierrez is one of a handful of Mexican nationals, including Horacio Llamas, Eduardo Nájera, and Gustavo Ayónto, to play in the National Basketball Association.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
ESPN reports the IBF junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina was jailed in Clark County Detention Center in Nevada after immigration officials discovered that Molina had been deported in 2006 and re-entered the country illegally. Molina had been scheduled to defend his title last night against Jermall Charlo at the MGM Grand Garden on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo main event. Because of Molina's detention, his fight was canceled.
Interestingly, Alfredo Angulo, who fought in the main event, had his own immigration problems a while back and was held in immigrant detention for a lengthy period of time in 2012.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Photo Courtesy of http://www.sochi2014.com/en/photos
The Winter Olympics in Sochi have attracted interntaional attention. Think Progress reports on something not likely to be covered in the television coverage.
As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, kick off this week, many Central Asian migrant workers who transformed the small resort town into a lavish, international winter sports hub will not be around to celebrate. Over the course of seven years of construction, at least 700 workers were not paid, with hundreds expelled to their home countries.
The International Olympic Committee has launched a full investigation into the claims that hundreds of migrants who worked on the Sochi Games have not been paid. NPR reports that activists, including those voicing concerns on the treatment of migrant workers, are suffering harassment and fear that it will escalate after the Olympics conclude and the world is not watching.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Want to get involved? Here's how to contact the DC team, the NFL, and the DC team's hometown paper: DC Team @redskins Facebook.com/redskins http://www.redskins.com/footer/contact-us.html Roger Goodell & NFL @NFL @NFLcommish https://www.facebook.com/NFL 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.
Friday, January 31, 2014
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 Sherman. The Super Bowl commercials to watch. Office pools and potlucks. When will the game begin?
"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.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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 ESPN.com 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.
Monday, January 20, 2014
With the Super Bowl teams set, we wanted to highlight a special run set on the morning of Super Sunday.
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.
Friday, January 10, 2014
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.