Thursday, November 30, 2006

Anti-Immigrant Judge?

619judge27 A Brooklyn judge is courting controversy with a new illustrated children's book that some critics are calling a thinly veiled anti-immigration screed. Criminal Court Judge John Wilson's "Hot House Flowers" warns of "effects of unregulated immigration" in a plot line about beautiful flowers that wither when dandelions sneak into their greenhouse.  Click here for the full story.


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More Big Game Noise

California has won the last four BIG GAMES by a combined score of 126-32, an average margin of victory of 31.5-8. In 2004, Cal was a 41-6 winner; the 35-point margin of victory tied Cal's 1921 victory (42-7) for the Bears' largest winning margin in the series. Cal Coach Jeff Tedford is unbeaten in four Big Games.

Here is another Big Game memory: 1972 California 24, Stanford 21 California drove 62 yards in the final 1:13 of the contest. The game ended with Bears quarterback (who later quarterbacked in two Super Bowls) Vince Ferragamo tossing a 7-yard touchdown to a diving Steve Sweeney for the final score.


Vince Ferragamo as an LA Ram.


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USCIS Issues Questions and Answers for New Pilot Naturalization Exam

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Emilio Gonzalez announced today the release of 144 questions and answers for the pilot test of a new naturalization exam. USCIS will administer the pilot exam in early 2007 to about 5,000 volunteer citizenship applicants in 10 cities. “We found that the current naturalization exam process lacks standardization and encourages applicants to memorize facts just to pass a test, but that doesn’t guarantee that they understand the meaning behind the question,” said Director Gonzalez. “Our goal is to inspire immigrants to learn about the civic values of this nation so that after they take the oath of citizenship they will participate fully in our great democracy.” USCIS included new questions that focus on the concepts of democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. In designing the new exam, USCIS received assistance and worked with test development contractors, U.S. history and government scholars, and English as a second language experts. USCIS also sought input from a variety of stakeholders, including immigrant advocacy groups, citizenship instructors and district adjudications officers. The pilot will allow USCIS to work out any problems and refine the exam before it is fully implemented nationwide in the spring of 2008.

The questions and answers are posted on the agency Web site, Questions that are not successful in the pilot will be dropped, narrowing the list to the same 100 questions as the current exam. The range of acceptable answers to questions will increase so that applicants may learn more about a topic and select from a wider range of responses. In addition to new questions, USCIS will soon release a new civics-based vocabulary list to help applicants study for the English reading and writing portion of the proposed test. During the trial period, volunteer applicants who choose to take the pilot exam can immediately take the current exam if they incorrectly answer a pilot question. To pass, applicants will have to correctly answer six of 10 selected questions. The 10 pilot test sites are: Albany, N.Y.; Boston, Mass; Charleston, S.C.; Denver, Colo; El Paso, TX; Kansas City, Mo..; Miami, Fla.; San Antonio, TX; Tucson, Ariz.; and Yakima, Wash.


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New Immigration Articles from SSRN

SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH NETWORK IMMIGRATION, REFUGEE & CITIZENSHIPLAW ABSTRACTS Vol. 5, No. 31: November 29, 2006 Editors: GABRIEL J. CHIN, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law BERNARD TRUJILLO, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School

"Unemployment Dynamics among Migrants and Natives" IZA Discussion Paper No. 2299 Author: KLAUS F. ZIMMERMANN, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), University of Bonn, Journal of Population Economics, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Co-Author: ARNE UHLENDORFF DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Full Text:

"The Internationalization of Public Interest Law" University of California, Los Angeles School of Law Research Paper No. 06-41 New York Law School Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 06/07-5 Author: SCOTT CUMMINGS, UCLA School of Law Full Text:

"Causes and Factors Hampering the Repatriation of Afghan Refugees - A Case Study of Two Camps in District Swabi (North West Frontier Province, Pakistan)" Author: MOHAMMAD JALAL UDDIN, University Of Peshawar - Islamia College. Full Text:

"Law and Terror," Policy Review, No. 139, October/November 2006. Author: KENNETH ANDERSON, Washington College of Law, American University, Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Full Text:

"The Crimmigration Crisis: Immigrants, Crime, and Sovereign Power" American University Law Review, Forthcoming. Author JULIET P. STUMPF Lewis & Clark College - Law School, Full Text:


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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Public Forum on Bay Area Immigration

In collaboration with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and other community partners, KQED presents “Bay Area Immigration: Where We’ve Been and Who We Are Now,” a public forum on Wednesday, December 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Public Main Library. Panelists Bill Ong Hing, Professor of Law & Asian American Studies at University of California at Davis, and Nu Nu Kadani of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration will lead a lively discussion about how the history of immigration affects who we are today and what this means for the Bay Area.  0. The event is a part of KQED’s Immigration in Focus (, a year-long collection of thought-provoking programs, special reports and events about the complex issues surrounding immigration.


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LatCrit Student Scholar Program

Dear Friend,

This is to let you know that applications are now being accepted for the 2007 Annual LatCrit Student Scholar Program. Each year LatCrit, Inc. sponsors this program designed to foster the intellectual and professional development of students who are interested in entering teaching, whether in law or other disciplines, and who are pursuing intellectual agendas in race, ethnicity, and the law. We write to you because you have been identified as interested in this area, and we ask you to alert students and faculty who may be interested in this opportunity in any way you deem best, including posting the materials which you will find at the web link at the end of this letter in a suitable place, circulating copies to faculty who may teach interested students, or circulating them to students directly.

As you may know, Latino/a Critical Theory (LatCrit) is a scholarly movement designed to respond to the long historical presence and general sociolegal invisibility of Latinas/os in the lands now known as the United States. While originating in the legal academy of the United States, this movement increasingly has striven to integrate inter-disciplinary studies and comparative analyses in the formulating of LatCrit theory and praxis. This year, the SSP will bring the Student Scholars into the LatCrit intellectual and social community in four mutually reinforcing ways:

1. Each Student Scholar will receive a scholarship covering registration, lodging, and group meals, to attend the Twelfth Annual LatCrit conference, to be held October 5-7, 2007, in Miami, Florida, at Florida International University School of Law. LatCrit conferences are open, mid-sized gatherings of about 75-135 attendees, and provide students with a rare opportunity to inspire and be inspired by faculty in law and other fields from all over the world who are doing cutting-edge work in race and ethnicity.

2. Each Student Scholar’s paper will be eligible for publication in a symposium issue devoted to the Twelfth Annual LatCrit conference.

3. Each Student Scholar will be matched with one or more academic mentor(s) whose work lies in an area of the Scholar’s interest, and who will work with the Scholar directly over the course of the spring and summer preceding the conference to help the Scholar prepare for the conference and advance his/her scholarly and activist agenda.

4. Each Student Scholar will receive a travel stipend of up to $750 USD to help subsidize travel expenses to and from the Twelfth Annual LatCrit Conference. Any additional expenses remain the responsibility of each Student Scholar.

This year, up to four students will be selected to be LatCrit Student Scholars. The LatCrit Student Scholar Awards Committee, comprised of LatCrit scholars, will make the selections based on application materials submitted in a timely manner. Successful applicants must submit: (1) a fully-completed application form; (2) a current resume; (3) a personal statement (no longer than one single-spaced page) explaining how the Student Scholar Program will further the student’s intellectual and professional agenda; and (4) a previously unpublished paper authored by the applicant, no more than 10,000 words long, on any topic related to race, ethnicity, and the law. All application materials, including the paper, must be typed and must be submitted in English. For copies of the official Call for Papers and related application materials, please visit the LatCrit, Inc. website at

The deadline for applications is FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2007. Inquiriesshould be directed to:

LatCrit Student Scholar Program
Professor Angela Harris
University of California - Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Room 418
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 643-6354 (voice)
(510) 642-3856 (fax)

We hope you will circulate these materials widely as soon as possible to any and all students who might be interested in participating.

Angela P. Harris


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Non-English Speakers in California

Almost 30 percent of the non-English speakers in the United States live in California, many of them in households that are "linguistically isolated" because they lack adults or teenagers proficient in English, according to data from the 2000 census released Tuesday.

The disproportionately high number of Californians with limited English skills is straining the state's education system, according to school officials interviewed about the report, as immigrants continue moving here, primarily from Mexico and Central America and also from Asia.

But immigrants are eager to learn, and their children are mastering English and successfully assimilating into American society, demographers and education experts said. Click here.


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Executive Order on Terrorism Ruled Unconstitutional

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) succeeded in having two provisions of a Bush administration anti-terrorism initiative ruled unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins ruled in Humanitarian Law Project v. Department of Treasury that the law, an Executive Order issued shortly after 9/11 and used to blacklist hundreds of individuals and organizations as “specially designated global terrorists” and freeze their assets, is unconstitutionally vague and imposes guilt by association. Click here for the CCR press release and an link to the ruling.

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Big Game Factoid

The first Big Game was held in March 19, 1892 on San Francisco's Haight Street grounds. Future U.S. President Herbert Hoover was the Stanford team manager for the first Big Game.

2002_big_game_flags KJ

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Dems, free trade and immigration: the challenge to come

The earlier post about Biden's "get tough" stance on immigration highlights the reality that Dems are goign to have to lead on immigration, rather than just criticizing the Republican approach. And this could prove tricky to the those party members who have run on more populist platforms that shun globalization in all its forms.  As Thomas B. Edsall wrote in today's NYTimes:

Politically, the result [of the November elections] has shifted the balance of power within the Democratic Party in favor of the protectionist wing, and especially in favor of such major unions as the Teamsters, the steelworkers and the autoworkers, all key party supporters with money and manpower.

The strengthening of the Democrats’ protectionist wing is virtually certain to force to the surface a second, and closely related, internal conflict between the party’s pro- and anti-immigration wings...

A solid block of Democrats who won this month — Jon Tester, James Webb, Sherrod Brown and Heath Shuler included — is inclined to put the brakes on all cross-border activity (otherwise known as globalization): trade, outsourcing and the flow of human labor.

The full op-ed is here.


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New Immigration Articles

Thronson, David B. Choiceless choices: deportation and the parent-child relationship. 6 Nev. L.J. 1165-1214 (2006).

Representing Culture, Translating Human Rights Symposium. Foreword by Karen Engle; article by Philippe Sands and Surakiart Sathirathai; panel introductions by Shannon Speed, Gerald Torres and Karen Engle; panel articles by Florian F. Hoffmann, Derek Jinks, Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Srinivas Aravamudan, Antony Anghie, David Kennedy, Ranjana Khanna, Gregor Noll, Charles Piot and Gaurav Desai; bibliography by Kuman Percy and Karen Engle. 41 Tex. Int'l L.J. 385-532 (2006).

Symposium on Children and Immigration. Introduction by Susan M. Akram; articles by Jacquelline Bhabha, Christopher Nugent, Angela Lloyd, Linda A. Piwowarczyk, Berta Hernandez-Truyol and student Justin Luna. 15 B.U. Pub. Int. L.J. 187-317 (2006).


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Race and Immigration Conference

A conference on “Race and Immigration: Challenges and Opportunities for the New American Majority”  will be held on Saturday, December 9, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street; Subway Line: 6 [103rd St.]). The conference will explore three primary themes: 1. Dynamics of minority race relations (particularly the tensions and potential for unity between African Americans and Latinos); 2. Ways in which immigration is changing the composition of Black and Latino populations and subsequently redefining what it means to be Blackand/or Latino in the U.S.; 3. The social and political implications of the demographic shift that is occurring as the majority of the American population becomes non- White. Participants include the following: U.S. Congressmen Gregory Meeks. Luis Gutierrez, and Charles Rangel; National Public Radio reporter Manadalit del Barco; PBS’s Maria Hinojosa; University of Chicago sociologist Saskia Sassen; University of North Carolina economist William Darity; and New York University Professors Juan Flores, Pedro Noguera, George Priestley, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, and many more.  For details, click here.


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New Book: The Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Immigration Law: Questions and Answers, Second Edition Robert James McWhirter

The Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Immigration Law: Questions and Answers, Second Edition Robert James McWhirter

With the drastic immigration consequences, the continued criminalization of immigration law, and the global nature of criminal prosecutions this completely updated and revised edition is an essential resource for your bookshelf. Set up in a unique question-and-answer format, this concise guide focuses on the criminal lawyer's most common questions about immigration law and representing noncitizens, from "Who exactly is an alien?" to "Are removal hearings conducted like criminal proceedings?" The answers are clear and carefully focused and, in most instances, direct you to specific cases or more in-depth resources. From an overview of immigration law to guidance for specific situations, this convenient reference addresses immigration court and procedures, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, extradition, and prisoner issues--a variety of real-life situations you face as a criminal lawyer with noncitizen clients or witnesses. The guide is an invaluable resource for both federal and state criminal law practitioners. Federal lawyers will find the chapters covering alien smuggling and hostage taking, immigration document fraud and false statements, and illegal entry and reentry (pretrial through sentencing) to be the most up-to-date source of information on handling these cases. All criminal practitioners will value the chapters on immigration consequences of criminal convictions, as well as border stops, getting witnesses and evidence from abroad, international extradition, treaty transfers, and how the PATRIOT Act affects aliens. Essentially a whole new book, this second edition of The Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Immigration Law is essential for your practice. To purchase The Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Immigration Law, Second Edition or for more information, go to or call toll-free 1-800-285-2221.


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Biden Blames Mexico for Undocumented Migration

Sen. Joe Biden, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's incoming chairman, wants to get tough with Mexico, calling it an "erstwhile democracy" with a "corrupt system" responsible for undocumented immigration and drug problems in the U.S.

Biden, D-Del., was in Columbia on Monday in his first postelection trip to this first-in-the-South presidential primary state as he continues to line up support for his presidential bid.

During a question-and-answer session before more than 230 Columbia Rotary Club members, Biden was asked about immigration problems.

Biden, who favors tightening the U.S.-Mexico border with fences, said immigration is driven by money in low-wage Mexico.

"Mexico is a country that is an erstwhile democracy where they have the greatest disparity of wealth," Biden said. "It is one of the wealthiest countries in the hemisphere and because of a corrupt system that exists in Mexico, there is the 1 percent of the population at the top, a very small middle class and the rest is abject poverty."

Unless the political dynamics change in Mexico and U.S. employers who hire undocumented immigrants are punished, undocumented immigration won't stop. "All the rest is window dressing," he said. Click here.


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Re-Live "The Play"

The series between Cal and Stanford has produced some of the most memorable finishes in college football history. Five games have been decided on the final play and many others have been in doubt late in the fourth quarter. This year is the twentieth-fourth anniversary of what many sports enthusiasts consider to be the greatest moment in college football history. "The Play" in the 1982 Big Game was an unbelievable conclusion to a fantastic game. Stanford appeared to win the game with a last-minute desperation drive led by now-NFL Hall of fame quarterback John Elway that culminated in a "game winning" field goal with only four second left. However, as Cal Coach Joe Kapp would say, "The Bear would not quit, the Bear would not die." The resulting kickoff is world famous. Cal won the game 25-20 following the miraculous 57-yard, five-lateral kickoff return now known simply as The Play.  The Stanford band, which wandered on the field in an early celebration, provided the last few blocks helping Cal get into the end zone for the winning score.

Bear fans can relive Big Game 1982.  Click here for links to both a short version of "The Play" and an emotionally rewarding (at least for Cal fans) longer version.  Click here for a transcript of Joe Starkey's screaming commentary, which includes the following:    

"AND THE BEARS!!! THE BEARS HAVE WON!!! THE BEARS HAVE WON!!! Oh my God, the most amazing, sensational, traumatic, heart rending . . . exciting thrilling finish in the history of college football! California has won...the Big Game...over Stanford. . . .  I have never, never seen anything like it in the history of I have ever seen any game in my life! The Bears have won it!"


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UN Policy Dialogue on Globalization and its Impact on Migration, Gender and Public Health

In light of the importance that the United Nations General Assembly placed on migration and development at its high-level dialogue in September 2006, the United Nations University, the UN Division for the Advancement of Women and Keio University (Tokyo, Japan) are jointly organizing a policy dialogue, to be held in New York, at 2 UN Plaza, UN DESA Conference Room, 23rd floor,on globalization and its impact on migration, gender and public health. Through a live video-conference, this expert dialogue will link speakers and audiences from Keio University in Japan, the United Nations in New York, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. The speakers will explore how globalization and migration effect gender relationships both within households and in society as a whole. The conference will also provide an overview of the impact of migration on public health issues, and will explore good practices in managing migration, so as to maximize its positive impacts and minimize its negative consequences on societies, communities, and individuals. Please register online to attend by 12.00 p.m., Thursday 30 November 2006. Please note that seating is limited for this event, therefore we will confirm your registration and attendance on Thursday 30 November 2006. Please indicate a valid e-mail contact at registration.


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Monday, November 27, 2006

Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship

Every once and a while, we try to bring a comparative perspective to the blog. (This helps me to keep my mind off of the merciless ridicule that KRJ heaps upon my alma mater.) For today, here's a humorous tidbit from Great Britain.

in the Short Cuts column of the November 16 issue of the London Review of Books, Andrew O'Hagan mercilessly satirizes a recent publication from the Home Office entitled "Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship." The book is obviously a noble effort on the part of the Home Office to assist the growing population of new citizens in Britain to "integrate." But O'Hagan suggests that it may have missed the mark, calling it "the funniest book currently available in the English language." O'Hagan writes:

"The book is not shy of suggesting how to gain and maintain a happy life in Britain. It mainly involves playing your music ‘at a reasonable level’ and making an effort to ‘greet one another in a friendly way’. There is no advice about how to swear properly or how to open a can of lager without spraying your jersey, but the authors must have assumed people would find that out for themselves. On the other hand, there is a wealth of advice about how to conduct yourself in pubs."

He compares the Home Office's new manual with the American approach -- the somewhat esoteric citizenship examination. Of the Home Office publication, he writes, "[t]he notion is, of course, rather American, and, for years now, people who wish to become American citizens have had first to mug up on the fact that Mickey Mouse’s girlfriend is called Minnie and that George Washington used to gad about wearing wooden teeth."

The full column can be found at:


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Pew Hispanic Center Report on Latino Voters

The Pew Hispanic Center has just issued a new fact sheet: Latinos and the 2006 Mid-Term Election. This fact sheet uses exit polls to compare the Latino vote in the 2006 election to elections in 2002 and 2004. It also assesses the possible impact of the Latino vote in 2006 by looking at the Hispanic share of eligible voters in the most contested congressional races, the Latino vote in 30 House seats gained by Democrats and the outcome in districts with large shares of Hispanic voters. For the full report, click here.


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Supreme Court Denies Cert in "Terrorist Activities" Case

For those following developments in the 212(a)(3)(B) terrorism bars, the S.Ct. denied cert today in the Third Circuit case of McAllister v. Gonzales, 444 F.3d 178 9 (3d Cir. 2006). the question presented in that case was whether a provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act that bars from asylum those aliens who have "engaged in terrorist activities," 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(3)(B)(iii)(V)(b), be struck out as unconstitutionally vague or overbroad, or, in alternative, should less literal reading of statute be employed, drawing on language outside statute and conforming to principles of international law? For more information about the case, click here.


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Cal This Saturday, the "official" team of the ImmigrationProf Blog the California Bears will be playing Stanford in the Big Game.  Sorry JMC (a Stanfurd alum) but the majority rules and 2 of the 3 blog editors spent their formative years in Berkeley.

The California Golden Bears return to Memorial Stadium in beautiful Strawberry Canyon looking for their fifth straight victory in the Big Game. Cal currently has an 8-3 overall record and has wrapped up at least a tie for second place in the Pac-10. Stanford, which lost to UC Davis last year, has a 1-10 mark. Cal will advance to its fourth straight bowl game, a first in its proud footbal history.  The Cardinal football team will not be in a bowl game but will go their seperate ways after the game on December 2. 

Stay tuned for details and many special features during Big Game week!


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