Thursday, February 24, 2011

Borders, Jails, and Jobsites: An Overview of Federal Immigration Enforcement Programs

UC Berkeley School of Law’s Warren Institute today released a new report that analyzes the complex legal and policy issues surrounding U.S. immigration enforcement in the U.S. The new report, Borders, Jails, and Jobsites: An Overview of Federal Immigration Enforcement Programs in the U.S. explains the intent of federal programs that target noncitizens—and the unintended consequences.

Despite current economic constraints, the federal government continues to escalate funding for enforcement programs. In this year’s budget request, the White House seeks approximately $5.5 billion for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, $55 million more than was allocated last year. But do these programs work—or is the U.S. throwing money away on failed policies?

Co-authors Aarti Kohli and Deepa Varma describe the primary actors and programs; present specific concerns identified by scholars, advocates and researchers; and offer substantive reform recommendations. Recommendations for Congress and the administration include:

Border Enforcement

• Eliminate Operation Streamline and return to pre-existing practices of removing migrants through the civil immigration system.

• Limit expedited removal to individuals apprehended at ports of entry, as opposed to those stopped in the interior of the United States.

• Work with Mexican authorities to count border deaths accurately

Federal Partnerships with Local Police

• Investigate the implementation of the Criminal Alien Program before allocating additional sums for the expansion of the program

• Support additional research to understand how deportation policies impact transnational gangs.

• Change Secure Communities regulations so that it focuses on violent high-level offenders only and no longer sends fingerprints of all arrestees to the Department of Homeland Security Workplace Enforcement

• Examine the impact of current E-verify expansions before making the program mandatory for more employers.

• Coordinate immigration worksite enforcement activities with the Department of Labor to target employers engaged in labor violation.


• Develop and implement a model of civil detention, including alternatives to detention, as soon as possible based on best practices from international models, and develop corresponding standards for detention conditions.

• Create a single medical records system for all detainees and develop a method to access complete medical histories of those in custody.

• House detainees as geographically close as possible to the location of the individual’s apprehension.

This report on immigration enforcement policies and practices was prepared for the bi-national research initiative, U.S.-Mexico Migration Dialogue, which is coordinated by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Mexico Institute. A presentation of a draft of preliminary findings was made at the Wilson Center in November 2010. It is intended as a resource for policymakers, scholars and advocates.


February 24, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Lugar Faces Anti-DREAM Act Foe

From America's Voice:

Lugar Challenger Mourdock Out of Step with Immigration Approach Advocated by Indiana Leaders

Washington – This week, Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock announced his plans to run against Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) for the Republican nomination in the 2012 Senate race.  Despite his great “respect” for Senator Lugar, Mourdock cites a litany of “reasons” he has chosen to challenge the long-time senator.  A number of them include Senator Lugar’s attempts to forge bipartisan consensus and get things done.  Near the top of his list, according to Mourdock, is Lugar’s work on the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to earn legal status if they graduate from high school and enroll in college or the U.S. military.

“It’s bizarre that Mourdock would challenge Senator Lugar for being too ‘bipartisan’ and attempting to get things done in Washington,” said Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice.  “It’s also deeply disturbing that he would single out Senator Lugar’s work on the DREAM Act as a ‘reason’ to challenge him.  When is it ever a bad thing to allow bright and talented young people to enroll in college or serve in the military, in the only country they know as home?”

When it comes to immigration, Mourdock is practicing tired old wedge politics, in sharp contrast to the Indiana leaders who have rallied around common sense approaches like those embraced by Senator Lugar.  Recently, leaders such as the Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana attorney general Greg Zoeller, President of Marian University, mayors, and members of the business community endorsed the Indiana Compact as a pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach to the problem of illegal immigration.  The principles of the Compact stress the need for federal action on common sense immigration reforms that respect the rule of law, promote family unity, and strengthen the economy—principles that are in line with Senator Lugar’s work on behalf of the DREAM Act.

The Indiana Compact was developed in response to a more divisive battle raging in the Indiana state house, where a faction of state lawmakers is hoping to bring an Arizona-style anti-immigration law to the Hoosier state.  As is true in other states where Arizona-style laws are being considered, Indiana’s SB 590 is drawing strong opposition from various facets of society.  Roland Dorson, President of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, noted the potential economic damage of SB 590, saying, “We don't want to become Arizona, where there is empirical evidence that they have suffered from passage of that law…We don't want to hang out a shingle that says, 'No entry.'  This is two steps backward."  Leading Indiana agricultural figures, such as the head of the Indiana Farm Bureau, have also expressed opposition to SB 590 and fear its effects on the agricultural industry in the state.  And, according to the Indianapolis Star, “Eli Lilly and Co., Cummins and some other major Indiana businesses have expressed worry that it would hinder economic development.”  With a combined market cap of $62 billion, Eli Lilly and Cummins have expressed specific worry that their “ability to recruit and retain” a competitive workforce will suffer and that “these jobs will simply go elsewhere” if the new Arizona copy-cat law is enacted.

“The immigration debate in Indiana illustrates the two choices policymakers face today.  They can either engage in divisive wedge politics and continue to block progress on common sense immigration reform, or they can roll up their sleeves and work on a bipartisan basis to advance real, pragmatic immigration solutions.  Smart policymakers will stand with the mayors, business leaders, and other pillars of society who are tired of the rhetoric, tired of politics as usual, and are demanding action on real, comprehensive immigration reform,” Tramonte concluded.


February 24, 2011 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Statistical Portrait of Hispanics in the United States, 2009

Statistical Portrait of Hispanics in the United States, 2009 by the Pew Hispanic Center:  This statistical profile of the Latino population is based on Pew Hispanic Center tabulations of the Census Bureau's 2009 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is the largest household survey in the United States, with a sample of about 3 million addresses. It covers the topics previously covered in the long form of the decennial census. The ACS is designed to provide estimates of the size and characteristics of the resident population, which includes persons living in households and group quarters.


February 24, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Same Sex Couples Recognized for Foreign Diplomats

Amidst the announcement that the Obama administration is backing off of its defense of DOMA, the news that the administration is recognizing same sex partners for for foreign diplomats entering the U.S. got lost:

Erica Pearson writes for the Daily News:

There's no getting around a bar on U.S. immigration benefits for same-sex couples - unless you're a diplomat.

The State Department sent a cable this month to personnel worldwide informing U.S. citizen employees about a new major exception: if they're posted to the States, their foreign same-sex partners can get a special visa to live and work here legally.

The program quietly went into effect Feb. 9, providing the temporary J-1 visa that commonly goes to visiting scholars or au pairs, a State Department official confirmed Tuesday.

Even as they celebrate the move, some gay New Yorkers said they find the new policy unfair - State Department employees have a right that's out of reach for ordinary citizens.

"It's an important step for the Obama administration to recognize our families in this regard," said Darlene Nipper of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "All of our families should be treated fairly across the board." Read more...


February 24, 2011 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Symposium on “The Future of Legal Education”


The Iowa Law Review is holding a Symposium on “The Future of Legal Education” this Friday and Saturday.  America’s law schools are reevaluating the way they teach the law. Recent research has suggested new techniques for legal education, and some law schools have either made pedagogical changes or are considering doing so. Iowa Law Review’s symposium, entitled “The Future of Legal Education,” will critique the prevalent methods of teaching legal education, address proposed reforms, and debate what steps law schools should take to best prepare students for the practice of law. The symposium will be held February 25–26, 2011, at the College of Law in Iowa City, Iowa.  Here is the program.


February 24, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Filling Labor Shortages through Immigration: An Overview of Shortage Lists and their Implications

Check out "Filling Labor Shortages through Immigration: An Overview of Shortage Lists and their Implications" on Migration Information Source.   The report discusses what labor shortages are, how they are identified and measured, and how governments use this information in addressing recruiting difficulties in tight labor markets. The piece also discusses some of the challenges and pitfalls of analyzing perceived shortages, especially in immigration policy.


February 23, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

U.S. Hate Groups Top 1,000


A new Southern Poverty Law Center report shows that the number of active hate groups in the United States topped 1,000 for the first time and the antigovernment “Patriot” movement expanded dramatically for the second straight year as the radical right showed continued explosive growth in 2010.

Several factors fueled the growth: resentment over the changing racial demographics of the country, frustration over the lagging economy, and the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories and other demonizing propaganda aimed at minorities and the government.

The report is in the Spring 2011 issue of the SPLC’s quarterly investigative journal Intelligence Report. The Hate Map also contains a comprehensive, state-by-state listing of hate groups and their locations.

“Nativist extremist” groups – organizations that go beyond mere advocacy of restrictive immigration policy to actually confront or harass suspected undocumented immigrants or their employers – saw their numbers increase by 3 percent, from 309 groups to 319. Taken together, these three strands of the radical right – hate groups, nativist extremist groups and Patriot organizations – increased from 1,753 groups in 2009 to 2,145 in 2010, a 22 percent rise. That followed a 2008-09 increase of 40 percent.


February 23, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Black Interesections on Migration: Feb. 24 Teleconference

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Priority Africa Network

Invite you to:

Black Intersections on Migration

National Conversations on African, African American, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latino Migrations to and in the U.S.

A four-part series of teleconference briefings on timely and critical analyses of migration, race, and identity.

The United Nations has declared 2011 as the “International Year for Peoples of African Descent”.  Ten years ago, landmark recommendations were made at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban South Africa.  In a four-part series of teleconferences that looks at the span of Black presence in the U.S. over the centuries, we will examine the unique migration experiences of the African Diaspora within the context of U.S. history and the current debate over immigration.   The series brings provocative frameworks and analyses into the discussion about race and immigration that are seldom considered.

You can listen to Teleconference I, a presentation by Professor Rhonda Magee of the University of San Francisco Law School on "Slavery as Immigration?", at

Teleconference II

African American Migrations--The Exodus from the U.S. South

Thursday, February 24, Noon Pacific, 1PM Mountain, 2PM Central & 3PM Eastern

An Interview with Isabel Wilkerson, Author of "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration"

Our speaker Walter Turner is unable to be a part of the teleconference.  Instead, we will listen to a 24-minute taped interview with

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson who wrote the epic

book, "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration".  We will then have a discussion about the impact of The Great Migration on the African American community and on the United States as a whole.  We will also talk about parallels with immigration to the United States, a comparison that Ms. Wilkerson alludes to in her interview.

In her review of the book, Janet Maslin of the New York Times wrote, "Ms. Wilkerson works on a grand, panoramic scale but also on a very intimate one, since this work of living history boils down to the tenderly told stories of three rural Southerners who immigrated to big cities from their hometowns."

Toll-free Dial-in (US/Canada): 1-866-931-7845

International Dial-in:  1-310-374-4949

Conference Code:  707591

Please RSVP by calling (510) 663-2254 or sending an email to

Teleconference III – Thursday, March 31: New African Immigrants—Grappling with Concepts of Race and Identity

Speaker: Jackie Copeland Carson, PhD, President Copeland-Carson and Associates and author of “Creating Africa in America: Translocal Identity in an Emerging World City”.

Teleconference IV – Thursday, April 28: The Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latino Migrations to the U.S.

Speaker: Janvieve Williams Comrie, Executive Director, Latin American and Caribbean Community Center

All briefings are at Noon Pacific, 1PM Mountain, 2PM Central & 3PM Eastern


February 23, 2011 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

AZ Sweeping immigration statute (SB1611) heads to Legislature Floor

Working late into the night a state senate subcommittee worked to pass a bill requiring proof of status for a large number of everyday activities.  The bill heads now to the Republican controlled State Senate. EQ

February 23, 2011 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Two New Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Immigration Articles

"China's One-Child Policy and the Mystery of Missing Women: Ethnic Minorities and Male-Biased Sex Ratios" Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 73, No. 1, pp. 21-39, 2010 ERWIN H. BULTE, Tilburg University - Department of Economics, Wageningen University. NICO HEERINK, Wageningen University and Research Center. XIAOBO ZHANG, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).  ABSTRACT:   Recent estimates suggest that as many as 40 million women are missing in China. We exploit a special provision in the Chinese one-child policy (OCP; allowing for preferential treatment of ethnic minority groups) to revisit the mystery of these missing women, and in particular to explore the contribution of China's OCP in distorting sex ratios. Our results imply that preference for boys is the main driver of the gender gap, and that the OCP is responsible for about half of it. This is true even before ultrasound technologies for prenatal gender determination were available. Not surprisingly, interaction between the OCP and ultrasound technologies has contributed to the gender gap.

"Designing Populations: Lessons in Power and Population Production from Nineteenth-Century Immigration Law" Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc, Forthcoming JULIET P. STUMPF, Lewis & Clark Law School.  ABSTRACT: This response to Kerry Abrams’ insightful piece, The Hidden Dimension of 19th-Century Immigration Law, applies to modern population design the lessons Abrams excavates from the history of U.S. western migration. It employs Hidden Dimension to bring historical depth to two issues in contemporary immigration law: the integration of noncitizens into U.S. communities, and the role of federal, state, and local government and private individuals in regulating migration. Using nineteenth-century law facilitating white Christian migration as a precedent, this piece explores how the interplay between immigration regulation and mainstream law can be a leading edge in the integration of migrants into incumbent communities. Abrams’ historical tale also sheds light on the modern power of subnational governments and private decisionmakers either to disrupt or to foster the acceptance of new migrants into U.S. communities.


February 23, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Education is my Right

The Center on Digital Storytelling reports on Northern California/Pacific Northwest Region:

“My voice says…

I need to be heard

I can speak

I can call you a friend, a cousin, a brother

I can speak my mind I can tell you stories

I can sing you a song.

But how do I know what to say? what to sing?

Because I am educated.

Education is my right.”

~ Excerpt from a digital story by Jose Rodriguez, created in an open workshop (Berkeley, California)


 Image from Jose Rodriguez’ story.

On January 20, Jose Rodriguez’ digital story, Education is my Right, screened at Laney College Theater in Oakland. Created in our January open workshop, the story premiered in Lesson Plans, an original stage production developed collaboratively by youth from Destiny Arts Center and Youth Speaks. Lesson Plans was commissioned by the Rex Foundation to inspire and compel action ensuring that education is available to all.

In October 2010, as part of our ongoing work on the Seattle Refugee Youth Project, we facilitated an action planning session with 18 high school storytellers and a group of University of Washington (UW) students. Seattle Youth and UW mentors planning “Voices of Migration: A Digital Storytelling Premiere”. The UW mentor students and the youth watched digital stories created by the youth about the challenges refugees face in transitioning to the United States; identified important themes in the stories; determined audiences; and began planning a community screening of the stories, scheduled for March 5th.

With funding from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and UW’s Center for Global Studies, the youth and mentors are preparing for an afternoon premiere entitled Voices of Migration, featuring the stories, cultural dance, information about volunteer opportunities, and a Q & A session with the youth storytellers. Following the premiere, there will be a VIP reception with the storytellers, their families, project partners and funders. On Friday, January 28, Seattle PBS station KCTS9 featured a story about the project. The premiere is free and open to the public, but seats are limited so please RSVP to


February 23, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

United States-Brazil Civil Society Forum Promoting Greater Cooperation among U.S. and Brazilian Citizens

United States-Brazil Civil Society Forum Promoting Greater Cooperation among U.S. and Brazilian Citizens in the United States and Brazil 

Hosted by BrazilWorks

When: Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 9am-5pm

Where: American Immigration Lawyers Association 1331 G Street, NW Washington, D.C. 2005

This forum is a gathering of individuals and organizations in the United States with close ties to Brazil. The purpose of the Forum is to develop a better understanding of our community in the U.S. and its common interests. The Forum will also discuss and debate the viability of establishing a national association to articulate and promote the interests of our community with respect to bilateral relations and cooperation with Brazilian civil society. The Forum will be hosted by BrazilWorks, but will be organized as an independent, non-partisan gathering. The proceedings will be scheduled and facilitated by the Executive co-chair, Mark Langevin, in cooperation with a panel of co-chairs representing diverse issues, interests, and organizations around the United States. Preparations for the forum will include the ad hoc composition of working groups to explore and develop briefings for a number of issues, including: immigration, bilateral civil society cooperation, government relations, environmental protection, culture and education, economic development, and organizational structure. These briefings will be incorporated into the forum’s resolution that will be discussed and ratified at the gathering.


February 23, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Congressman Calls for Official Apology for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

On Sunday, a day after the 69th anniversary of the executive order incarcerating Japanese-Americans, U.S. Congressman Mike Honda called on Americans to end the blaming of immigrants and called for an official U.S. apology for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Honda, D-San Jose, spoke to about 200 people gathered for the "Day of Remembrance" that solemnly commemorated federal Executive Order 9066, issued Feb. 19, 1942. It authorized the imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans during World War II in internment camps.  For the full story, click here and here.

Congressman Honda's website offers some thoughtful insights about the recent Arizona shooting spree.


February 23, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law to Host Symposium on SB 1070 Symposium

The Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law (AJICL) will host a symposium titled “SB 1070's Unaddressed Consequences: Issues on the Borders of the Immigration Debate.” This student-organized event will take place Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law from 1 to 5 p.m. in Room 164. It will bring together legal scholars and local community leaders to discuss issues ranging from the national security impacts of SB 1070 and similar laws, to SB 1070’s impact on displaced persons and refugees, to the “real world” impacts of the law on local businesses and communities.

Arizona Law Professor G. Jack Chin will open the symposium providing a background on the legal status of SB 1070 from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Professor Chin is an expert on racial profiling, birthright citizenship and the constitutional law of immigration. He recently co-authored a memo titled “A Legal Labyrinth: Issues Raised by Arizona Senate Bill 1070.”

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., University of Pittsburgh Law Professor David Harris will discuss the impact that SB 1070 will have on law enforcement in a paper titled “The re-branding of immigration issues from the political realm to national security.” Professor Harris is a leading scholar on police behavior and regulation, and he has published articles on traffic stops of minority motorists and stops and frisks. He is also the author of “Good Cops: The Case for Preventive Policing.”

Professor Michael Stein of Harvard Disability Center and William & Mary Law School will give a presentation from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on how SB 1070 will effect refugees, with a special focus on disability issues. Professor Stein is an internationally recognized expert on disability rights. He participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and he regularly consults with international governments on their disability laws and policies.

Finally, the symposium will close with a panel discussion and question-and-answer session featuring participants from multiple areas affected by SB 1070, including tribal leaders, local business leaders, and media.

A reception will follow afterwards.

Founded in 1982, the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law (AJICL) is one of the oldest student-run international legal journals in the United States.


February 23, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Michael Creppy Appointed to BIA

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced today that Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed Michael J. Creppy to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Creppy has served as EOIR’s chief administrative hearing officer since April 2006. From May 1994 to April 2006, he served as chief immigration judge, overseeing the numerous immigration courts around the country. Prior to joining EOIR, he worked for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in various capacities: from 1988 to 1994, in the Office of the General Counsel as deputy general counsel for litigation; from 1986 to 1988, as associate general counsel primarily focusing on the employer sanctions and anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act; and from 1984 to 1986, as chief legal officer for the INS district office in Los Angeles.

From 1983 to 1984, Creppy served as a trial attorney with the Office of Immigration Litigation, part of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Division. From 1981 to 1983, he was a trial attorney for the former INS district office in New York, N.Y. Prior to joining DOJ, Creppy served from 1979 to 1981 as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

Creppy received a bachelor of arts degree in 1975 from Fisk University, a juris doctorate in 1978 from Howard University School of Law and a masters of law degree in 1979 from Georgetown University Law Center. Creppy is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

The BIA is responsible for hearing appeals of decisions rendered by immigration judges in removal cases brought by the Department of Homeland Security. It is the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying federal immigration laws.

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February 22, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Vilcek Foundation Names 2011 Vilcek Prize Recipients

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the 2011 winners of its annual prizes, given in biomedical science and the arts and humanities.

Titia de Lange
, PhD, has been chosen to receive the Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science in recognition of her groundbreaking research on mechanisms that help maintain genome stability and protect cells from becoming cancerous. Born in the Netherlands, Dr. de Lange is the Leon Hess Professor of Biology at the Rockefeller University in New York City. Her many previous awards and honors include the 2010 Clowes Memorial Award, the 2001 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research and membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Yugoslavian-born Charles Simic is awarded the Vilcek Prize for the Arts, this year given in the field of literature. Appointed the fifteenth United States Poet Laureate in 2007, Mr. Simic’s poetry is widely recognized as among the most strikingly original of our time. Earlier this year, he was presented with the Robert Frost Medal, by the Poetry Society of America; his previous awards include a MacArthur Foundation fellowship and the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

The Vilcek Prizes are accompanied by a $100,000 cash award and a trophy created by designer Stefan Sagmeister. The Vilcek Prizes are the highlight of the Foundation’s year-round programs to honor and publicize the accomplishments of foreign-born scientists and artists.

 The 2011 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise recognize the achievements of Yibin Kang in biomedical science and Dinaw Mengestu in literature. Born in China, Dr. Kang’s research has contributed to the understanding of the molecular basis of cancer metastasis. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University.

Ethiopian-born Dinaw Mengestu is an awardwinning novelist, whose writing explores the themes of alienation and human connection among immigrants in America. Also a journalist, he has reported on conflicts in Africa for Rolling Stone, Granta, and other publications.

The Creative Promise prizes were inaugurated in 2009 to acknowledge the accomplishments of a younger generation of immigrants in the early stages of their professional careers. These winners each receive a $25,000 cash award and a commemorative plaque.

In the literary category, they are Ilya Kaminsky, Téa Obreht , Vu Tran, and Simon Van Booy; in biomedical science, Katherine Fitzgerald, Ekaterina Heldwein, Galit Lahav, and Elina Zuniga. Each finalist will receive a $5,000 prize.

The prizewinners and finalists will be honored at the Vilcek Foundation’s annual awards presentation dinner in New York City this April.


February 22, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

The AZ New Bill --Everything but the Kitchen Sink?

The Bill is TWENTY-NINE pages long and can be downloaded here;  The bill is being heard this afternoon and here's the committtee's agenda.  We will post what comes out from the hearing. 

Here's a quick summary of the bill provided by a practitioner:

Take eligibility for Federal benefits out of the purview of Federal law; Impose mandatory minimum 6-month county jail terms for anyone convicted of using someone elss SSN or ID to obtain employment; Make it illegal for undocumented persons to drive a vehicle in AZ, punishable by involuntary forfeiture of vehicle and mandatory 30 days in jail, to be paid for by the person jailed; Make it possible for the state to seize monetary assets of person caught driving illegall in AZ, to be placed in the GF; Force K-12 schools, both public and private, to verify citizenship status before allowing students to attend; Same for legal guardians doing Home Schooling;Enlisting the AZ Dept of Education as a new arm of ICE enforcing federal immigration laws by acting as central clearinghouse for citizenship status of all students in the state; Require community college district boards to deny admission to any students who fail to prove US citizenship; Allow the AG to go after any Arizona employer who is not registered with, and taking part in, E-Verify; require the State to suspend the business license of any business not in compliance (the language seems to include a loophole for out-of-state companies doing business in AZ); Require AZ residents to attest to US Citizenship when applying for certificate of title to a car; allow MVD to deny certificate of title to those who cant prove citizenship; Require AZ residents to attest to US Citizenship to register a motor vehicle; Allow the MVD to deny, revoke, cancel or suspend vehicle registration at their discretion if they believe the owner is not a citizen; Require law enforcement to check the revoke/cancel/suspend/deny database when pulling over traffic violators; Authorize law enforcement to confiscate the license plate and registration card of vehicles which they have reasonable caus to believe is in violation, whether or not driven by the registered owner; Require revocation of driv⿙s license for those found guilty of violating Section 13-2930; Require proof of citizenship to apply for public housing benefits; Forbid a public housing authority, city, town, or county to provide public housing benefits to any person who cannot provide proof of citizenship; Require public housing authorities to EVICT ALL RESIDENTS OF A DWELLING UNIT if a resident of that unit allows a person who is in the country illegally to reside in that unit; Make it a Class 1 Misdemeanor to live in public housing unit if lacking proof of citizenship; broadens the definition of licence to be any license issued by the state or a subdivision of the state; not just for the purpose of operating a business.. THEREFORE, this section would require the state to verify citizenship before issuing: a drivers license, a marriage license, a fishing licenses; Require new fingerprinting requirements to deal with US citizenship; Require the Peace Officer Training and Certification Board to revoke the certification of any officer who refuses to uphold the United States and Arizona constitutions and enforce the laws of this state And for good measure; Not allow the State or any subdivision to accept a Consular ID Card issued by foreign govt as avalid form of identification.



February 22, 2011 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Beyond Borders: Migration and the Next California


On March 10, 2011, Beyond Borders: Migration and the Next California will bring together scholars, writers, and community organizers into a dialogue about borders, the communities they divide, and the people who cross them. A reception will follow the symposium to celebrate the launch of Boom: A Journal of California. In order to open a conversation about international migration in California, speakers in Beyond Borders will focus on what the U.S.-Mexico border has been in the past, and then think about what it might become in the future. Can we find ways of thinking about border futures in borders past?

Kelly Lytle Hernández, author of Migra! The History of the U.S. Border Patrol, will deliver the keynote address: “Amnesty or Abolition? Race, Freedom, and the Future of the Illegal Alien in America.” Responses from Kevin R. Johnson, Dean of the UC Davis School of Law, Rubén Martínez, award-winning journalist, author, and performer, and José Padilla, Executive Director of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., will follow.

The symposium will also include a roundtable discussion moderated by Louis S. Warren (Professor of History, UC Davis) and Carolyn de la Peña (Professor of American Studies, UC Davis), co-editors of Boom: A Journal of California. This symposium marks the inaugural issue of Boom, which will appear in March 2011, in print and online. Thoughtful, provocative, and at times playful, Boom aims to create a dialog about the vital social, cultural, and political issues of our time, in California and beyond. Boom includes a wide range of works, from scholarly articles forming the gravitational center of each issue, to shorter, often informal works.

Beyond Borders is open to scholars, journalists, policy makers, activists, and members of the general public, and will be held in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre in the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, on March 10, 2011 from 4:10 to 6:00 pm. A reception for the launch of Boom will follow the symposium. Space is limited. Please pre-register for this event online.


February 22, 2011 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Russell Pearce Attacks Again, Takes Page from Prop 187

The author of Arizona's SB1070 is now taking on Plyler v Doe by proposing that undocumented children not be eligible for K-12 education.

Julianne Hing writes for Colorlines:

SB 1070 should watch out. Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce has a new pet that he’s nurturing, a bill numbered SB 1611 that, if passed, would likely take SB 1070’s place as the symbol of harsh anti-immigrant legislation.

The bill, which the state senator called an “omnibus” immigration bill, the Arizona Capitol Times reported, would bar children from K-12 education if they couldn’t produce a U.S.-issued birth certificate or naturalization document. It would forbid undocumented immigrants from driving in the state or accessing public benefits. Folks who are caught driving would face a month of jail time and would have to turn over the car they’re driving.

The bill also seeks to crack down on the immigrant community’s allies by making it a Class 1 misdemeanor if a public employee failed to report violations of national immigration laws—such a violation is currently a Class 2 misdemeanor. Identity theft would result in 180 days of jail time. SB 1611 would also bar undocumented immigrants from enrolling in community colleges, entirely. It also requires Arizona businesses to use E-Verify, a federal immigration database rife with holes and flaws. Lastly, SB 1611 would require that the state attorney general sanction any business that does not make use of the database. Companies would be forced to get with the program or face suspension of their business license. Read more...


February 22, 2011 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tanton Network Banned from Earth Times

MJ Olahafa writes for

The Earth Times, an environment specific news agency, has taken a bold step and is attempting to remove all the content  from its site that was added by anti-immigrant groups affiliated with John Tanton.

The Tanton Network is an array of anti-immigrant organizations founded or funded by white nationalist John Tanton. Well known as an advocate of racial eugenics, Tanton was nicknamed The Puppeteer for orchestrating the most powerful anti-immigrant movement in the United States. In his own words:

“I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” – Dec. 10, 1993, letter to the late Garrett Hardin, a controversial ecology professor.

“Do we leave it to individuals to decide that they are the intelligent ones who should have more kids? And more troublesome, what about the less intelligent, who logically should have less? Who is going to break the bad news [to less intelligent individuals], and how will it be implemented?” – Sept. 18, 1996, letter to now-deceased California multimillionaire and eugenicist Robert K. Graham. is an environmental website based in the UK, yet it maintains an impressive international scope: The Earth Time boasts the fact that over 3/4 of its readers come from the United States and Canada. A few weeks ago The Earth Times website introduced a bold new look, with a new plan of focusing only on environmental issues. Gone are the various non-environmentally related topics, and gone are the racist publications of the Tanton Network.

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