Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bilingualism and Immigrant Children

This looks like an interesting paper/presentation relevant to the education needs of immigrant children:

Bilingualism for the Children? Dual-Language Programs under Restrictive Language Policies

April Linton
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego; Visiting Research Fellow, CCIS

Tuesday, February 5, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Eleanor Roosevelt College Administration Building
Conference Room 115, First Floor
Reception to follow

This paper employs qualitative data from twelve school districts to explore dual-language educators' and parents' responses to California Proposition 227 and Massachusetts Question 2.  Both laws severely restrict "bilingual" programs in which teachers use a child's native language to help them transition to reading, writing, and speaking in English.  The Massachusetts statute specifically mentions two-way bilingual programs as a possible option for parents who choose to waiver their children out of English immersion, but it certainly does not promote them. What has motivated the maintenance and further initiation of dual-language programs despite restrictive language policies?  And to what ends?  Following a description of Proposition 227 and Question 2 and their passage, we discuss how education professionals and parents have reacted to these laws, and the reasons why we now observe English immersion policies in some districts whereas in others, restrictive language policies have not impeded the establishment of more dual-language programs.

April Linton's current research topics include immigrant incorporation in the United States and global links between trade, development, and the environment. Her recent publications include "A Critical Mass Model of Bilingualism among US-Born Hispanics" (Social Forces 2004), ""A Taste of Trade Justice: Marketing Global Social Responsibility via Fair Trade Coffee" (Globalizations 2005), and "Dual-Language Education in the Wake of California Proposition 227: Five Cases" (Intercultural Education 2007).

Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
9500 Gilman Drive
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0548


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Tax Information for Immigrants

Lipman_f Professor Francine Lipman (Chapman) has again offered this blog a great reference.  If you go to, select Legal Information and other Resources for Iowans, select Work then Taxes you will see a on a number of immigrant tax topics including ITINs, filling out W-4s, Top Ten Tax Tips for Immigrants. These are also all available in Spanish.

As April 15 gets closer by the day, this information will be all the more useful and necessary.



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Another Slavery Conviction: A Sign of the Times

As we have reported on this blog, slavery has been on the upswing in recent years.  Earlier this week, ICE announced that a woman was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to holding her Filipino domestic worker in forced labor  An investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Labor uncovered the crime. According to the ICE press release, ii 2001, Elizabeth Jackson arranged to have the victim brought to the United States. After the woman arrived, Jackson confiscated her passport and forced her to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week for less than $400 per month. From 2001 to 2002, Jackson used intimidation and repeated threats of deportation to keep the victim from leaving without permission. Also in federal court today, James Jackson, Elizabeth Jackson's husband, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and assessed a fine of $5,000 for harboring the Filipino woman in the couple's Culver City, Calif., home.

On the subject of slavery, Professor MARIA ONTIVEROS (USF) wrote an interesting article that offers a Thirteenth Amendment analysis of "guest worker programs." In these visa programs, non-United States citizens may come to work in the United States for a limited period of time. Under most of these programs, the worker must leave if they get fired or quit. The article offers a historical perspective of agricultural guest worker programs from 1770 through today and concludes that poorly crafted guest worker programs may violate the Thirteenth Amendment.   To see the article, click here.


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REAL ID a Pain for the States

The REAL ID Act mandates federal standards for driver's licenses.  Some states have complained about the costs and headaches of the mandatory federal standards.  According to  the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

"About 800,000 Wisconsinites will have to renew their driver's licenses early if they want to use them to board airplanes under a federal anti-terrorism law requiring more secure IDs, according to the state Department of Transportation." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 29, 2008. The federal Real ID law requires that the new IDs and licenses be issued by December 2014 to people who have not turned 50 by then, but thousands of already-issued licenses don't expire until after that time. Those drivers will have to come in early to get the federally sanctioned IDs if they want to use them to get on an airplane or enter a federal courthouse. Most licenses in Wisconsin are good for eight years. "This really is a program that the federal government foisted on the states without any input from the states, just said this is a good idea, you guys go do it," Gov. Jim Doyle said Tuesday. "There are huge decisions to be made.""


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Immigration in Super Tuesday States

Thanks to the Immigration Policy Center for this message on the possible effect of immigration issues in the primaries being held next week:

The impact of Latinos and immigrants in the voting booths and on state coffers will get increased attention as "Super Tuesday" approaches.  Poll after poll shows that a candidate's stand on immigration and the tone of the immigration debate are important to Latinos.  Florida's Republican primary is a perfect example.  The winner, Sen. John McCain, supports immigration reform; his major opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney, supports deportation-only policies. McCain easily won in Florida, and election analysts credit Latinos with the win.  The Arizona senator got 54% of the Republican Latino vote; Romney got only 14%.  All year, many candidates have tried to win elections by taking anti-immigration positions.  And all year, they have lost.

Beyond the voting booth, there are vigorous arguments over whether immigrants cost or contribute. Restrictionists argue that immigrants are bad for the state economy, but the facts prove otherwise.  Study after study documents the economic contributions of immigrants in "Super Tuesday" states.  A recent report from the Americas Majority Foundation shows that states with large immigrant populations have stronger economic health.   

Latinos Can Have a Big Impact in States with Small Margins: According to NALEO, Latinos constitute 14.2 % of the electorate in Arizona, 17.3 % in California, 5.3 % in Illinois, 8.1 % in New Jersey, 33.8 % in New Mexico, and 8.7 % in New York.
Bigger and Bigger Buying Power:  "Super Tuesday" states, California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Georgia are eight of the top ten states in terms of Hispanic buying power.  Arkansas ranks number one in growth in Hispanic buying power, followed closely by Tennessee, Georgia, and Minnesota.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 734,227 Asian-owned businesses and 851,250 Hispanic-owned businesses in the 24 "Super Tuesday" states.

Healthy States and Immigration Rates: A 2008 study by the conservative Americas Majority Foundation found that the 10 states with the highest percentage of immigrants, including "Super Tuesday" states, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, experienced the highest Growth State Product. The study found that a large immigrant population and recent increases in immigrant population are associated with elevated levels and growth rates in gross state product, personal income, per capita personal income, disposable income, per capita disposable income, median household income, and median per capita income.

Economic Impact Assessed: Below is a snapshot of some of the recent research on the impact of immigrants in a handful of "Super Tuesday" states.

    * Arizona: A 2007 study by the University of Arizona's Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy concluded that "the total state tax revenue attributable to immigrant workers was an estimated $2.4 billion-even balanced against estimated fiscal costs the net 2004 fiscal impact of immigrants in Arizona was positive by about $940 million."
    * Arkansas: A 2007 study by the Urban Institute found that "...without immigrant labor, the output of the state's manufacturing industry would likely be lowered by about $1.4 billion-or about 8 percent of the industry's $16.2 billion total contribution to the gross state product in 2004."
    * New York: A 2007 study by the Fiscal Policy Institute concludes that New York's immigrants are responsible for $229 billion in economic output in New York State or 22.4 percent of the total New York State GDP.
    * Georgia:  A 2006 study by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute estimated that an average undocumented family in Georgia contributes between $2,340 and $2,470 in state and local sales, income, and property taxes combined.

Contact: Tim Vettel
202-742-5608 (ofc), 202-281-0780 (cell)


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A Nice Story from the South

From the L.A. TimesJose Luis Gutierrez, the mayor of a suburb of Mexico City, has declared Ecatepec a "sanctuary" for the undocumented immigrants from Central America who pass through here each day. He has ordered his police officers and city officials not to arrest, extort or otherwise harass the migrants. He's also ordered them not to cooperate with Mexican immigration agents.

One might wonder why this Mexican mayor feels strongly enough about migrants to declare his city a sanctuary.  "mmigration is a deeply personal issue for him, Gutierrez said. One of his cousins has lived in the Los Angeles area, "without papers," for 10 years. "We were raised together by our grandmother," Gutierrez said. Because his cousin is in the U.S. illegally, he hasn't been able to return to Mexico and the two men haven't seen each other in a decade. "All those people who have gone to the north are our blood," the mayor said."


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Immigrant of the Day: Heath Ledger (Australia)

260pxheath_ledger Born in Perth, Western Australia, Heathcliff Andrew Ledger (1979–2008) was an Academy Award-nominated actor. After appearing in television roles in the 1990s, Ledger starred in film, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, Monster's Ball, A Knight's Tale, and Brokeback Mountain, and completed the role of the Joker in the forthcoming Batman movie The Dark Knight shortly before his death.

In 2001, Ledger won a ShoWest Award for the Male Star of Tomorrow based on his performance in The Patriot. In 2003, he was named one of Australian GQ's Men of the Year for acting. Ledger received "Best Actor of 2005" awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his acclaimed performance in Brokeback Mountain, in which he plays Wyoming ranch hand Ennis Del Mar, who has a love affair with aspiring rodeo rider Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. He also received a nomination for Golden Globe Best Actor in a Drama and a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor for this performance. At age 26, Ledger became one of the youngest performers ever nominated for the Best Actor Oscar.  In 2006, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Ledger died thousands of miles from home, but like hundreds of other entertainers who came before him, he left his native land to carve out a career in Hollywood. In doing so, the actor, who died last week in New York City of undetermined causes, joined a long list of expatriate entertainers that includes Spain's Antonio Banderas, Canada's Mike Myers and even the man who paid tribute to Ledger at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Englishman Daniel Day-Lewis.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


The following is a statement released today by Douglas Rivlin, Communication Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington:

"Based on exit polls provided by CNN, which included questions about immigration and ethnicity, the results of the Florida primary are further evidence that the immigration issue is not shaping up to be the wedge issue some had hoped it would be. In fact, the deportation-only approach favored by many candidates seems to be more of a liability than an asset. The exit polls show that the deportation-only approach to immigration was favored by a minority of Republican voters (40%), with the majority (58%) selecting either a temporary legal status (29%) or a path to citizenship (29%) for immigrants in the country illegally. Gov. Romney captured 38% of these deportation-only voters, compared to Sen. McCain’s 26%. Meanwhile, Sen. McCain captured a majority of the majority of voters who selected temporary or permanent legal status for immigrants here illegally. Similarly, Gov. Romney won among Republicans who identified immigration as their number one issue (43% to McCain’s 25%), but these voters were only 16% of the Republican electorate. So pandering to the deportation-only crowd, in which Gov. Romney, Gov. Huckabee, and Sen. Thompson have all engaged in to varying degrees over the past several weeks, doesn’t seem to deliver a win, even in a Republican primary. The flip-side – the harm a deportation-only approach does to a candidate – also shines through in the Florida results. While Sen. McCain and Gov. Romney split the non-Latino Republican vote (33%-33%), Sen. McCain had a big edge among Latino Republicans, winning both Cuban Republicans (54% to Romney’s 8%) and non-Cuban Latino Republicans (53% to Romney’s 21%). These results are from just one state, albeit an important one, but they lend further evidence to what we have been saying about harsh anti-immigration positions in an electoral context. The benefits to a candidate of a strict deportation-only approach to immigration are practically non-existent, while the downside with the fastest growing group of American voters – Hispanics – of wanting to deport their families and neighbors can be decisive."


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Sixth Circuit Rejects Demanjuk Appeal

We previously reported on the pending appeal of an order to deport an alleged former Nazi concentration camp guard.  Here is an update.  A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit refused to disturb the order to remove John Demjanjuk to his native Ukraine or to Germany or Poland.

For a copy of the opinion, click here.  for a news story, click here.


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Arizona and New Mexico Elections

Some interesting information on the profile of voters in Arizona and New Mexico--two states with large numbers of immigrants:

Dear Friend:

The NALEO Educational Fund, the leading organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, has compiled Electoral Profiles for the 2008 Arizona and New Mexico Presidential Primaries.  As a supporter of our organization, we want to continue to provide you with timely and relevant information to enhance your work on issues affecting Latino participation in our nation's civic life.  In the attached documents, you will find data on the Latino population and electorate in Arizona and New Mexico, and analysis regarding the potential impact of the Latino vote in those states. 

To view the 2008 Arizona Presidential Primary Election Profile, please click here, and to view the 2008 New Mexico Presidential Primary Election Profile, please click here.

We also want to remind you that the 25th Annual NALEO Conference, the nation's largest gathering of Latino elected and appointed officials, is coming to Washington, DC, June 25-28.  The Annual Conference will include a discussion of the pivotal role of Latinos in Election 2008.  For more information, please click here to visit our web site.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington!

Arturo Vargas
Executive Director
NALEO Educational Fund


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Detainees Settle Drugging Suit

The L.A. Times reports that two foreign nationals who said they were forcibly drugged by U.S. immigration officials during efforts to deport them have settled their case.  Amadou Diouf, a native of Senegal, will get $50,000, and Raymond Soeoth of Indonesia will receive $5,000 and be allowed to stay in the United States for at least two years, said Ahilan Arulanantham, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. The ACLU filed the case with the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Soeoth, who was appealing his case for political asylum, alleged that he had been sedated with anti-psychotic drugs in December 2004 at a detention facility. Diouf, who also was pursuing an appeal for permanent legal status, said he was medicated in February 2006 while on a commercial plane at Los Angeles International Airport.


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Minutemen Moved

101_02703 We previously reported how the Minutemen had adopted a stretch of Interstate 5 near a Border Patrol checkpoint near the U.S./Mexico border.  Caltrans has given the San Diego Minutemen a new -- less visible state highway -- stretch of road to clean up for the Adopt-A-Highway program. Caltrans officials say the change was made because of safety concerns. Last week, members of the state Latino Legislative caucus warned Caltrans that the signs indicating the San Diego Minutemen's stretch of freeway on I-5 could draw protesters to the busy area near San Clemente. Click here for more on this story.


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Immigrant of the Day: JuJu Chang (South Korea)

Abc_wn_webcasta_071020_abs JuJu Chang (b. 1969 in Seoul, South Korea) is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News' 20/20, Good Morning America, ABC News Now, Good Morning America's Weekend Edition, and Nightline.

From 1999-2000, Chang anchored the early morning newscasts of World News Now and World News This Morning. From 1998 to 1999 she reported primarily for World News Tonight, covering such stories as the bombings of United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Chang was based in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 1997. Between 1991 and 1995 Chang served as a producer and off-air reporter for World News Tonight. She produced a series on women's health which won a duPont-Columbia Award. Her off-air reporting assignments included the 1992 presidential campaign and the Gulf War in 1991.

Chang won a Gracie Award for a PBS Now report on judicial activism and a Freddie Award for a series she hosted for PBS, The Art of Women's Health. She won another Gracie Award for a 20/20 story entitled Women and Science, a profile of the transgender neurobiologist Ben Barres.

Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in political science and communications.

Chang is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.


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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

WHAT?! Navarette: Latinos Should Support McCain on Immigration

Ruben Navarette Jr.'s latest on CNN suggests that Latina/os should flock to John McCain because of his support of "comprehensive" immigration reform:

"For the foreign-born, many of whom care deeply about the immigration issue, maybe the person who deserves their support in November isn't the candidate who voted to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border (Barack Obama) or the one who equivocated on giving illegal immigrants driver's licenses only to cave in and oppose it (Hillary Clinton). Maybe it's the guy who stuck his neck out and co-sponsored with Ted Kennedy, no less, a comprehensive immigration reform bill that offered a path to legal status and made him a pariah in his own party.

in terms of more general immigration policy, Obama Obama believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill.

And maybe it's the person who, despite learning that protecting the border is the first priority, still stuck by his guns about the need for a comprehensive approach: Viva McCain."

This all is very curious.  What is odd is what Navarette fails to mention.  Although he once supported comprehensive immigration reform, John McCain now says that he heard "the people" and will support "enforcement only" until the border is "secure."  Hillary Clinton, perhaps following in the footsteps of Bill who signed draconian immigration "reform" legislation into law in 1996, has endorsed the need to crack down with little, if any (and certainly not "due") process, on "criminal aliens," a phrase so broad that it includes some rather petty (as well as serious) crimes.

Navarette also fails to note that, despite much criticism, Barack Obama -- in stark contast to Hillary Clinton -- has stuck by his guns on the driver's license issue.  His loyalty has won him the endorsement of California State Senator Gil Cedillo, who for many years has championed allowing undocumented immigrants to be eligible for a driver's license.  The driver's license issue is big in the Golden State, with a Democratic legislature passing bills several years in a row only to have them vetoed by the Governor.  Obama's willingness to take a stand on driver's licenses could help him in the Democratic primary.

Obama's immigration platform includes, among other things, fixing the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increasing the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill.  Such current positions, not past failed proposals, should attract the Latino vote.


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Human Trafficking Resource Center

A message from The National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Improving the national response to protect victims of human trafficking is a core component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Rescue & Restore public awareness campaign.  Since 2004, the Rescue and Restore campaign has worked in conjunction with a national, 24-hour, toll-free hotline number that is funded by and launched through HHS’ anti-trafficking program.

Originally named the National Information and Referral Hotline and later re-named the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), HHS’ national hotline can be reached at 1.888.3737.888.  The NHTRC seeks to foster increased local ownership and capacity-building in the field by connecting callers with anti-trafficking practitioners in communities nationwide who understand local needs and are best equipped to respond to tips and serve victims in their area.   

The NHTRC has recently expanded its capacity to include the provision of increased training and technical assistance services and materials.  Through these increased services, the NHTRC will not only continue to link victims with local resources in their area through hotline calls, but it will also connect community members with additional tools to raise awareness and combat human trafficking in their localities.

Under the new operational leadership of Polaris Project, the NHTRC maintains all of its original core functions of receiving hotline calls 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  Many of these hotline calls include tips about potential trafficking situations and referral services for victims.  Additional technical assistance services, available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm EST, now also include:

·         Direct referrals to local resources and service providers who provide training or technical assistance in a given area;
·         Provision of a variety of resources and materials on human trafficking from diverse sources;
·         Phone consultations to individuals or organizations who seek increased technical assistance on a particular topic;
·         Assistance with specialized information requests including different types of in-depth queries;
·         Review of third party materials;
·         Support in procuring speakers/trainers for a variety of engagements and events.

The NHTRC strives to engage and support local efforts to combat trafficking and to connect callers with contacts, referrals, and resources in their area including contact with local Rescue and Restore coalitions and Human Trafficking Task Forces.  In order to provide accurate referrals and up-to-date resources, we encourage you to speak with us about the ways in which your organization would like to be part of the effort and how the NHTRC can best be of assistance to you.  Please also feel free to pass on this information to other individuals or organizations that may be interested.

To learn more about the NHTRC and how your organization or a group in your community can become more involved, please contact Polaris Project at 1-888-3737-888 or email Nicole Moler at 

Organizational Capacity Building through the Compassion Capital Fund

We would like to make you aware of a valuable resource offered through the ACF Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) Demonstration program, which is designed to help nonprofit organizations increase their effectiveness, enhance their ability to provide social services, expand their organizations, diversify their funding sources, and create collaborations to better serve those in need.  CCF supports intermediary organizations that provide capacity-building training, technical assistance, and sub-awards to faith-based and community organizations within their geographic service area.

If you’re interested in exploring this opportunity further, please visit the CCF Web site at to view general information about current CCF intermediaries to see if an intermediary is serving your area; to research intermediaries in more detail, visit .  The current intermediaries are working with faith-based and community organizations focused on one or more of the following social service priority areas: addicts, at-risk youth, elders in need, homelessness, healthy marriage, welfare to work, and children of prisoners.  Though human trafficking is not a social service priority area for CCF, if any of your organization’s activities can be aligned with any of the priority areas listed above, you may be eligible for assistance from a CCF intermediary.  If you find an intermediary that’s serving your area, please review the summary of their project on the Web site, and then contact them for more information.

You may also subscribe to the CCF newsletter for information about other funding opportunities, or visit the HHS Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives Web site at 

Grant Opportunities from the U.S. Department of State

Please visit and to view all eligibility and application requirements:

1. International Programs to Combat Trafficking. The State Department has approximately $8.5 million available to fund programs across all global regions, and a maximum amount per award of $500,000.  Deadline for regional or global scope proposals: February 12, 2008, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  Applications for programs in individual countries must be submitted to U.S. Embassies in the country where the proposed program will be located.  Deadline for country-specific proposals: Determined by individual U.S. Embassies but before February 12, 2008.   

2. International Collaborative Partnerships to Combat Trafficking. G/TIP invites U.S. non-profit/NGOs to submit anti-TIP proposals for capacity building programs with locally-based organizations abroad. Each application must include at least one sub-grant to a locally-based organization as part of a mentorship model.  Direct funding for non-U.S. institutions is not available under this announcement. The State Department has approximately $1.2 million available for this grant program to support multiple awards with a maximum amount per award of $200,000.  Deadline: March 3, 2008, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Kind regards,

Jay Womack
Acting Program Director


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Northern Cal Citizenship Day Feb. 2

Promoting naturalization is one key to civic participation for newcomers. Here's one program sponsored by The American Immigration Lawyers Association Northern California Chapter:

Saturday, February 2, 2008
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hastings College of the Law, Mayer Lounge
198 McAllister Street, San Francisco
Near Civic Center Muni/BART Station
Eligible applicants will receive free assistance with their citizenship applications as time permits. Participants can also obtain answers to questions regarding their applications or the citizenship process.
You must meet all of the requirements below to apply for naturalization (although some
of these requirements are waived for military personnel and their spouses):
 Be a U.S. permanent resident for at least five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen or
have an approved VAWA petition). Can apply 90 days before you meet the 5 years/3 years.
 Be physically present in the U.S. for at least ½ of those 5 years/3 years.
 While a permanent resident, you did not leave the U.S. for a period of one year or more (a period of
6 months or more may also disqualify you, this would need more analysis).
 Be at least 18 years old.
 Have good moral character and pay taxes. All arrest/court documents will need to be reviewed.
 Pay filing fee of $595 plus biometrics fee of $80 (total fee $675). No biometrics fee for 75 and older.
 Be a resident of the USCIS district in which you will be filing for 3 months before filing.
 After filing your application, you must maintain continuous residence in the U.S. until oath ceremony.
 Speak, read and write basic English. Seniors are NOT exempt from this requirement except:
• Age 55 and older who have been permanent residents for 15 years or more (at time of filing)
• Age 50 and older who have been permanent residents for 20 years or more (at time of filing)
• Those who have a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment, such that the
disability/impairment prevents them from learning English – an extra form and explanation from
the doctor is required. The disability must have existed for at least one year.
 Pass civics and history test. If you meet the age exemptions above, can take test in native language.
To receive assistance at the workshop, you must bring all of the following:
 Alien card. Social Security card, passport and CA identification/driver’s license is also recommended.
 List of all addresses (including zip code) where you have lived for the past five years, including
month/day/year start date and end date.
 List of all employers or schools for the past five years, addresses, and month/day/year start date and
end date.
 List of all trips outside the U.S. during the last five years, including month/day/year of each exit and
 Information about all current and former spouses and all children, including full legal name, date of
birth, social security number, alien number, date and place of naturalization, and current address.
 Information about all of your current and prior marriages, including date of marriage, date the
marriage ended, and how marriage ended (divorce/death/annulment).
 Information about all of spouse’s prior marriages, including date of marriage, date the marriage
ended, and how marriage ended (divorce/death/annulment).
 Documentation of all arrests and/or convictions, including reason for the arrest, date, place, and
outcome/disposition. Bring ALL arrest and court documents, even if the charges were dropped.
 Men only: Evidence of Selective Service (military) registration if you were in the U.S. between the
ages of 18 and 26. You may verify registration at, or by calling (888) 655-1825.
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The process will go much more quickly if you fill out a sample naturalization application and bring it with you to the workshop. You can get a free application form online at:
PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to register, just drop in on February 2.
We thank our co-sponsors for their contributions and support:
• U.C. Hastings College of the Law
• Bay Area Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
• Chinese Newcomers Service Center
• Asian Law Caucus
• Irish Immigration Pastoral Center
• Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
• Iranian American Bar Association Northern California Chapter
• Jewish Family and Children’s Services
• National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
• Immigrant Legal Resource Center
• Polish American Immigrant Rights Coalition
For more information, you many contact:
Media Inquiries: Virginia Sung,, (415) 296-0682
Other Inquiries: Christina Lee,, (650) 588-7100


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A New Elvira Arrellano?

Late last summer, the U.S. government deported Elvira Arrellano after she had spent a year seeking sanctuary in a Chicago church.  Here we go again!

The N.Y. Times reports that a Mexican woman says she is ''picking up the torch'' from another Arrellano. Flor Crisostomo, 28, who paid a smuggler to drive her across the U.S. border in 2000, spurned a deportation order Monday and moved into Adalberto United Methodist Church. Crisostomo hopes her actions send a message similar to Elvira Arellano, who became a beacon of hope for millions of undocumented immigrants. Adalberto's pastor said no one pressured Crisostomo to take sanctuary at the church, which is in a predominantly Latino neighborhood.


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REAL ID Final Rule

The Federal Register (Vol. 73, No. 19, January 29, 2008), includes the final version of the REAL ID regulations:  "The Department of Homeland Security is establishing minimum standards for State-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards that Federal agencies would accept for official purposes on or after May 11, 2008, in accordance with the REAL ID Act of 2005." For the DHS description of the final rule, click here.


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Immigration in State of the Union Speech

2008012813_d05492298h President Bush talked briefly about immigration in his state of the Union speech. He stated:

"America needs to secure our borders, and with your help, my administration is taking steps to do so. We are increasing work-site enforcement, we are deploying fences and advanced technologies to stop illegal crossings, we have effectively ended the policy of 'catch and release' at the border, and by the end of this year, we will have doubled the number of Border Patrol agents."

For Spencer Hsu's response in the Washington Post, click here.


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Immigrant of the Day: Yvonne De Carlo (Lily Munster) (Canada)

200pxthemunsters_2 220pxyvonne_de_carlo_in_the_ten_com Yvonne De Carlo (born Margaret Yvonne Middleton) (1922–2007) was a film and television actress, best known for her role as "Lily Munster" on the 1964-1966 television series The Munsters.

The daughter of an aspiring actress, De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her father abandoned her family when she was 3. As a teenager, De Carlo was taken by her mother to Hollywood where she enrolled her in dancing school. Unable to find work, they returned to Canada. The pair made several such trips until 1940, when De Carlo was first runner up to "Miss Venice Beach" and was hired as a showgirl at Florentine Gardens. She made her first film appearance in 1941, but could only find bit parts for the next few years.

De Carlo began at Paramount Studios and moved to Universal Studios and she was utilized as a B-movie version of Maria Montez, one of the studio's reigning divas.

Cast in The Ten Commandments (1956) in a leading role as Moses' wife), De Carlo was part of a major hit. The film was a huge success and De Carlo was among those to be praised for her restrained work.

However, DeCarlo's most famous role that led her to pop culture legacy is of Lily Munster in the cult television classic The Munsters (1964-1966), which allowed De Carlo to demonstrate a comic flair. She also played Lily in the 1966 feature film Munster, Go Home and the 1981 TV movie The Munsters' Revenge.

Yvonne De Carlo was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a second star at 6715 Hollywood Blvd. for her contribution to television.

De Carlo died in January 2007.  Here is an obituarary.


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