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September 30, 2007

Massive Immigration Court Asylum Disparities PersistMassive Immigration Court Asylum Disparities Persist

A new study from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), examines a disturbing trend of inequity among the nation’s immigration courts. The report, Asylum Disparities Persist, Regardless of Court Location and Nationality, offers a detailed analysis of asylum decisions and the judge-by-judge disparity that exists in each of the nation's separate immigration courts — from New York to Miami, from Los Angeles to Boston, and from Chicago to Houston. Also analyzed are the disparity rates for asylum seekers from different nations — China, Haiti, Colombia and others.

The full report is available on the TRAC website at; http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/183/

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September 29, 2007

Spitzer driving a fine line on immigration

DAN JANISON, dan.janison@newsday.com, September 24, 2007

"Gov. Eliot Spitzer pleased some, but not all, of his allies last week by moving to let illegal immigrants get drivers' licenses.

Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy draws as much political karma for opposing illegal immigration as anyone who can be counted as a Spitzer ally. Call it cul-de-sac creds. "I agree with Eliot on most policies, but disagree with him on this one," Levy said with notable restraint.

Republicans decried the news as reflexively as immigrant advocates and city Democrats praised it. Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) had started talking in January about legislation to counteract Spitzer's policy - which the Democrat honed while campaigning last year. GOP Candidate John Faso opposed it when he was running for governor last year. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) denounced it essentially as a hare-brained security threat.

Spitzer nixed a 2002 executive order from GOP Gov. George Pataki that forced license applicants to submit a Social Security card or a letter from the federal government saying they were ineligible for one. Spitzer insists this requirement imposed a hardship on the undocumented without helping security".

at; http://www.newsday.com/news/local/politics/ny-lijani245387856sep24,0,2350233.story

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September 28, 2007

HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION URGES PASSAGE OF THE DREAM ACT

The National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community.

Media Contact: Sonia Medina 202-223-4777; Email: smedina@hnba.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2007

Senator Durbin Proposed Legislation Is Key For America’s Future

(Washington, DC) – On September 21, 2007, Senator Durbin introduced legislation entitled the “Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act” (“Dream Act”) as an amendment to a major U.S. defense appropriations bill (HR 1585). Among other things, the Dream Act would establish a structured method by which permanent legal status would be granted on an earned basis to students that were brought to the United States as minors and that complete high school, demonstrate good moral character, and continue on to a college degree or honorable service in the U.S. military.

"The students in this country, regardless of how they came here, deserve an opportunity to continue with their education in a lawful environment. They deserve the right to remain, learn, and contribute to this country, a place where they have already spent significant portions of their lives,” said Carlina Tapia-Ruano, Chair of the HNBA Section on Immigration Law.”

“The Dream Act is a winning proposition in all aspects,” said Jimmie V. Reyna, National President, HNBA. “The Dream Act preserves America’s past and future investment in its youth, it encourages education and military service, and it rewards legal status to immigrants that have earned this valuable privilege. This is the type of immigration reform that makes sense, and we look forward towards working with Senator Durbin and all Members of Congress on its passage.”

The Senate’s recent struggle to pass comprehensive immigration reform demonstrated the importance of addressing immigration issues in an effective and meaningful manner. Although the Senate was unable to advance comprehensive immigration reform, the need for positive change to critical aspects of the immigration system continues.

The HNBA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national legal association representing the interests of 38,000 U.S. Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and legal professionals. Its mission is to improve the study, practice, and administration of law and justice for all Americans by ensuring full and meaningful participation by U.S. Hispanic legal professionals in the legal profession, and to address legal issues that affect the Hispanic community. www.hnba.com.

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September 27, 2007

Oppenents of the DREAM Act Continue to Out-Call Us - Senators Need to Hear From YOU!

The DREAM Act will be offered by Senator Durbin (D-IL) as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill that the Senate will consider this week! Call your Senators today and ask them to help immigrant kids achieve their dreams by supporting the DREAM Act! View AILA's talking points for more information about the amendment.


Sen. Lamar Alexander: (615) 736-5129

Sen. Bob Corker: (423) 756-2757

Each year, thousands of ambitious immigrant students who graduate from U.S. high schools are unable to pursue their dreams of going to college or serving in the U.S. military because they lack legal immigration status. This amendment would remedy this injustice by providing deserving immigrant students with a six-year path to permanent residence, provided that they complete their high school education and either pursue higher education or serve in the armed forces. Act today to help these kids achieve their dreams!!

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September 26, 2007

Senate To Resume Consideration of DOD Authorization Bill (H.R. 1585)

This week the Senate will consider the Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 1585) for the first time since Senator Durbin (D-IL) introduced the DREAM Act (S.A. 2919) as an amendment last Friday. Senator Durbin continues his pursuit of a Senate vote on the amendment this week. Meanwhile, DREAM's opponents continue their aggressive attempts to derail the amendment altogether.

If passed, the DREAM Act would facilitate access to college for immigrant students in the U.S and provide a path to permanent residence for ambitious immigrant youth who were brought to the U.S. as young children and who want to pursue higher education or military service.

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September 25, 2007

U.S. BISHOPS URGE ELECTED OFFICIALS TO SUPPORT DREAM ACT, AFFIRM IT IS THE RIGHT AND MORAL THING TO DO

DATE: September 19, 2007, From Mar Muñoz-Visoso, O: 202-541-3200, C: 303-646-8616


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. BISHOPS URGE ELECTED OFFICIALS TO SUPPORT DREAM ACT, AFFIRM IT IS THE RIGHT AND MORAL THING TO DO

WASHINGTON - In a statement delivered September 19 at the National Press Club Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Florida, called elected officials to “resist the voices of dissension and fear this time and vote for the DREAM Act.”

Speaking on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Wenski, a consultant to the bishop’s Committee on Migration, said that “as a provider of education to thousands of children and young adults nationwide, the Catholic Church has witnessed the suffering of young persons who through no fault of their own, reside in an undocumented status and are denied access to legal status in this country and an opportunity to continue their education.”

Bishop Wenski said that “the DREAM Act would give these young people an opportunity to meet their potential and to fully contribute to our society. This is not only good for them but good for our country.”

The DREAM Act would provide young persons who were brought by their parents to this country at an early age a way to regularize their status and obtain permanent residency. It also would allow states to give these young persons eligibility for in-state tuition.

Bishop Wenski addressed also opponents of this legislation who would call it “amnesty.” He reminded them that “these children are in an undocumented status not because their own choice or decision” but because “they were dependent on their parents” and “the United States is the only country and home many of them know.”

“Should we forsake these young people because we lack the political will and courage to provide them a just remedy?” Bishop Wenski asked. “By investing in these young people, our nation will receive the benefits for years to come. It is also the right and moral thing to do.”

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September 24, 2007

Resubmission to NBC After Erroneous Rejection for Improper Fees

NBC advises that the problem which resulted in I-485, I-765 and I-131 filings being rejected for incorrect fees (i.e., rejected for not including the new fees while the old fees were still in effect) has been fixed. If your filing was rejected for incorrect fees, please resubmit to the following address with the instructions “DO NOT OPEN IN THE MAIL ROOM” in BIG BLOCK LETTERS:

USCIS
427 S. LaSalle, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60605-1029
ATT: Dennis Sharkey

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September 23, 2007

New York’s Immigrant Drivers

New York Times Editorial, published: September 22, 2007

"Gov. Eliot Spitzer made a very important if politically hazardous decision yesterday. He decreed that New York State’s Department of Motor Vehicles will award driver’s licenses to those who can prove who they are and pass the tests, not only those in good standing with the federal immigration authorities. That decision is correct for all who use New York’s roads.

Like other governors and mayors, Mr. Spitzer is trying to deal with Washington’s failure to produce a coherent immigration policy that would deal humanely with the 12 million illegal immigrants who have come to America to work, often in the lowliest of jobs. That lack of resolve forced states and sometimes local communities to figure out how to cope with reality — housing, working conditions, all sorts of local problems. Mr. Spitzer’s licensing rules are an attempt to deal with higher accident rates among unlicensed drivers — many of whom flee the scene because they fear immigration authorities...".

At; http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/22/opinion/22sat3.html?th&emc=th

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September 22, 2007

Pass the Dream Act

From the New York Times, Editorial, September 20, 2007;

A small but worthy step toward immigration reform is returning as an amendment to the defense authorization bill. As the Senate debates that fat holiday wish book for the Pentagon, it should rescue this sliver of bipartisan good sense from the wreckage of last summer’s failed immigration debate.

It’s called the Dream Act, and it offers a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants’ children after they graduate from high school and complete two years of military service or college. Its Senate sponsors, including Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Richard Lugar of Indiana, have championed it as a way to open a future to talented children whose opportunities are closed because of their parents’ decision to immigrate here illegally. They also see it as giving a needed boost to the military by opening a new stream of high-quality recruits.

The idea is modest and smart, but modest and smart usually don’t get very far these days. The anti-immigrant forces that buried the Senate’s comprehensive reforms under a wave of faxes and phone calls are at it again over the revival of this small part of that much bigger bill. They are convinced that giving a break to blameless young men and women — maybe about a million — who want to earn a college degree or serve in the military weakens the country instead of strengthening it. Their hostility to nurturing a new cohort of American citizens, their reflexive “no” even to this limited attempt at immigration decency, lays bare the bankruptcy of their self-defeating passions...".

at; http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/20/opinion/20thur2.html?th&emc=th

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September 21, 2007

Division and Dislocation: Regulating Immigration through Local Housing Ordinances

The last two years have seen an intensified public debate over the issue of undocumented immigrants in the United States. However, Congress and the White House have repeatedly failed to enact immigration reform legislation that might effectively address the problem of undocumented immigration. This inaction by the federal government has led to heightened frustration at the local level. One way in which some policymakers and activists have expressed this frustration is through support for ordinances that target undocumented immigrants. As of March 10, 2007, such ordinances had been proposed, debated, or adopted in at least 104 cities and counties in 28 states. These ordinances encompass a number of measures-most notably prohibitions on renting to or employing undocumented immigrants and the adoption of English as the official language of the local government. Forty-three of the 104 localities have debated or passed rental restrictions alone or as part of broader ordinances.

AILF's Immigration Policy Center recently published a study of housing ordinances. Author Jill Esbenshade, Associate Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University, found that:

• Over 40 percent of the households targeted by local ordinances include children and almost one-third include U.S.-citizen children
• Contrary to popular belief, ordinance initiatives are not correlated with the size of a locality's foreign-born or Latino population, but instead is related to a rapid increase in the foreign-born or Latino share of the population
• Ordinances are not correlated with high local unemployment rates. Around two-thirds of ordinance locales (68 percent) had unemployment rates at or below the national average in 2000, as did 64 percent of the 25 largest localities in 2005 for which unemployment data was available.

The study is entitled Division and Dislocation: Regulating Immigration through Local Housing Ordinances. A summary is available on the IPC website; http://www.ailf.org/ipc/special_report/SpecialReport0907.pdf

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September 20, 2007

House Immigration Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on USCIS Fee Increase Rule

The Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold hearings on the USCIS fee increase rule on Thursday, September 20, at 10:00 am in room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The list of expected witnesses was not available as at this time.

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September 19, 2007

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to Hold Immigration Related Hearing This Week

The Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold hearings on "The 'Material Support' Bar: Denying Refuge to the Persecuted?" on Wednesday, September 19, at 2:30 pm in room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.
Witnesses will include:

PANEL I:
Paul Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS

PANEL II:
Anwen Hughes, Senior Counsel, Refugee Protection Program, Human Rights First
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, Chairman, International Policy Committee, US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Mariana (name has been changed to protect witness identity), Colombian Refugee

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September 18, 2007

The DREAM Act is Back!

The DREAM Act will be offered by Senator Durbin (D-IL) as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill that the Senate will consider this week! Call your Senators today and ask them to help immigrant kids achieve their dreams by supporting the DREAM Act! View AILA's talking points for more information about the amendment.

Sen. Lamar Alexander: (202) 224-4944

Sen. Bob Corker: (202) 224-3344

Each year, thousands of ambitious immigrant students who graduate from U.S. high schools are unable to pursue their dreams of going to college or serving in the U.S. military because they lack legal immigration status. This amendment would remedy this injustice by providing deserving immigrant students with a six-year path to permanent residence, provided that they complete their high school education and either pursue higher education or serve in the armed forces. Act today to help these kids achieve their dreams!!

Message;

Congress will soon vote on The DREAM Act, an important policy that will help immigrant kids achieve their dreams - You can help make the The DREAM Act a reality by calling and emailing Congress! Learn more about the DREAM Act and how to take action at http://capwiz.com/aila2/home/.

WWW.AILA.ORG

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September 17, 2007

EU Justice Chief Announces Landmark Immigration Proposal

Jessica Pupovac - AHN Writer, September 14, 2007

"Brussels, Belgium (AHN) - The European Union's top justice official is advocating for the bloc to open it's doors to 20 million more immigrant workers over the course of the next two decades.

Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini called on the 27-member states to "look at immigration as an enrichment and as a inescapable phenomenon of today's world, not as a threat," in a speech delivered at an immigration conference in Lisbon Thursday.

He said that he is weighing proposals to develop a "Blue EU Labour Card" program, which would "attract the workers needed to fill specific gaps." Under the proposal, highly qualified foreigners would enter one of the EU's member states for a period of two years before either returning to their home countries or applying for a renewal in the same or a second member country. After five consecutive years in any one state, they would be able to seek longer-term residency status, at which point they would be entitled to move freely across borders.

The proposal would also include boosting the legal immigrants rights to work under fair conditions.

He plans to formally unveil the proposal on October 23...".

at; http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7008521848

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September 16, 2007

Division and Dislocation: Regulating Immigration through Local Housing Ordinances

News Release, September 13, 2007;
by Jill Esbenshade, Ph.D., American Immigration Law Foundation

The last two years have seen an intensified public debate over the issue of undocumented immigrants in the United States. However, Congress and the White House have repeatedly failed to enact immigration reform legislation that might effectively address the problem of undocumented immigration. This inaction by the federal government has led to heightened frustration at the local level. One way in which some policymakers and activists have expressed this frustration is through support for ordinances that target undocumented immigrants. As of March 10, 2007, such ordinances had been proposed, debated, or adopted in at least 104 cities and counties in 28 states. These ordinances encompass a number of measures—most notably prohibitions on renting to or employing undocumented immigrants and the adoption of English as the official language of the local government. Forty-three of the 104 localities have debated or passed rental restrictions alone or as part of broader ordinances.

According to the judges who so far have heard cases involving the ordinances, a local ordinance that regulates immigration or otherwise conflicts with federal immigration law is unconstitutional. Regulating immigration has long been within the exclusive purview of the federal government. The ordinances also have been found to deny "due process" rights to renters and landlords. Local ordinances that target undocumented immigrants needlessly foster anti-immigrant and anti-Latino discrimination, divide communities, and undermine the economic prosperity of the locales that adopt them. Most cities and counties already have the ability to deal with problems such as crime and overcrowding through existing laws. Rather than championing anti-immigrant ordinances that claim to deal with these problems without actually doing so, local policymakers would be well advised to focus their energies instead on addressing the concerns of their residents that actually fall within the range of local power.

Among the findings of this report:

Over 40 percent of the households targeted by the ordinances include children and almost one-third include U.S.-citizen children. Roughly 4.9 million children in the United States live in households headed by undocumented immigrants. About 3.1 million of these children are U.S.-born citizens.

Ordinance initiatives are not correlated with the size of a locality's foreign-born or Latino population, but with a rapid increase in the foreign-born or Latino share of the population, especially since 2000. The increase, rather than the number itself, is shaping popular perceptions of an immigration "crisis."

In 2000, only 20.2 percent of localities with ordinance initiatives had Latino population shares over the national average of 12.5 percent. Only 16.3 percent had foreign-born population shares above the national average of 11.1 percent. More recent data for 28 larger cities and counties show that only 35.7 percent had either Latino or foreign-born population shares above the national average.

In most localities, a significant amount of the increase in the Latino population appears to consist of native-born citizens moving from one part of the country to another, as well as children born to Latinos already living in the locale. Between 1990 and 2000, the Latino population share of the average ordinance locality increased in size by 4.1 percent, while the foreign-born share grew by 2.8 percent. Similarly, among the 28 largest ordinance localities, the Latino share of the population rose by 3.5 percent between 2000 and 2005, while the foreign-born population increased by only 2.1 percent.

Ordinances are not correlated with high local unemployment rates. Around two-thirds of ordinance locales (68 percent) had unemployment rates at or below the national average in 2000, as did 64 percent of the 25 largest localities in 2005 for which unemployment data was available.

Implementation of the housing ordinances relies on the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database. According to several reports by federal and state agencies, SAVE has problems with accuracy and timeliness and cannot currently be expanded to meet new demand.

Read the entire report here at; http://www.ailf.org/ipc/special_report/sr_sept07.shtml

For more information contact Tim Vettel (at 202-742-5608 or tvettel@ailf.org.

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September 15, 2007

DREAM Act

From the Immigrants' List;

In the upcoming months there may come a chance for a pro-immigrant piece of legislation. Specifically, this legislation is called the DREAM Act. For those who don’t know what it is, the DREAM Act would give conditional residence to undocumented students. The requirements include:

They must have been in the US for 5 consecutive years
They must have arrived before the age of 16
The must have a high school diploma or GED
They must demonstrate good moral character.
While this Act would only apply to students, it can serve as a powerful springboard for further immigration reform. Many of these students arrived at a very young age and have thus inherited an undocumented status. They need your help in contacting Senators and Representatives.

To send an email to your Representatives go to: http://www.immigrantslist.org/dream

Please do your part in helping these immigrant youth better their futures and this country. Ask the congressmen/women to support the DREAM Act and co-sponsor it as well.

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September 14, 2007

H-2B Exemption to Expire in THIS MONTH Unless Key Legislation is Passed!

Send Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Bob Corker, and Rep. Jim Cooper, an email from Contact Congress to urge their support of The Save Our Small and Seasonal Business Act (S. 988, H.R. 1843) that would extend the H-2B exemption.

Let them know that this critical legislation would help small business employers, who are reliant on seasonal workers, to hire qualified individuals to work during peak months. The bill would provide relief by extending an existing exemption in the H-2B visa cap for experienced foreign workers who have participated in the H-2B program within the past three years, have followed all our laws while here, and then returned to their native countries as required. This exemption is set to expire on September 30, 2007 unless the provisions of S. 988/H.R. 1843 are passed.

Visit Contact Congress to send Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Bob Corker, and Rep. Jim Cooper, a message TODAY! Encourage your employer-clients to do the same!

If your legislator is already a cosponsor of S. 988 or H.R. 1843, you will automatically be directed to a letter thanking them for their support of this issue at www.aila.org

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September 13, 2007

Immigration and the Elderly: Foreign-Born Workers in Long-Term Care

Aging populations and the growing need to provide long-term care to the elderly are among the leading demographic, political, and social challenges facing industrialized countries, including the United States. As of 2004, 34.7 million people in this country had lived to their 65th birthday or beyond, accounting for about 12 percent of the U.S. population. By 2030, the number of older people in the United States is likely to double, reaching 72 million-or nearly one out of every five people. This aging of larger numbers of Americans will require significant increases in financial and human resources for healthcare support and other social services, resources which the United States is, even to meet today's needs, ill-equipped to provide from within its citizenry. As a result, immigrants have played and must continue to play a significant role in the growth of the U.S. labor force in general, and of the direct-care workforce in particular.

However, this may not be so easy to achieve. U.S. immigration law provides virtually no opportunities for foreign paraprofessionals to work in the United States on a temporary basis or to come here as permanent immigrants. Furthermore, there are no temporary visas designed for direct-care workers, and the number of immigrant visas available for all less-skilled workers is capped at only 5,000 per year.

Walter Leutz, an Associate Professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, examines this problem in detail in his study entitled Immigration and the Elderly: Foreign-Born Workers in Long-Term Care. The report, including its summary, was published by AILF's Immigration Policy Center; http://www.ailf.org/ipc/ipc_index.asp

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September 12, 2007

Senate To Hold Confirmation Hearings for DHS Assistant Secretary Myers

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold a hearing to examine the nomination of Julie L. Myers to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security on Wednesday, September 12 at 10:00 AM, in room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

The hearing will be webcast live on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee website.

Ms. Myers last testified before the committee on September 15, 2005, when her nomination to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security was approved. Though the full Senate never voted on her nomination, Ms. Myers assumed the position in January 2006 following a recess appointment by President Bush. If the past is any indication, this nomination hearing may prove to be controversial due to concerns expressed by senators from both parties over Ms. Myers' lack of qualification for the position.

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September 11, 2007

Upcoming Event: Sept 18th Rally in DC

Dear Friends,

With comprehensive immigration reform dead for this Congress, our hope is that other positive steps will be possible.

There will be a rally for legal, employment based skilled immigrants in Washington, DC, on September 18th. The event is being organized by Immigration Voice and is expected to have between 5,000 to 10,000 participants.

What: Rally for employment based skilled immigrants
When: Tuesday, September 18th
Where: Washington DC


The issues they are address at the rally are:

1. The need to fix the backlog in the employment based green card system.
2. The need to change the current per-country rationing of green cards.

Click Here for more information on the issues they are addressing.

For more information on the rally and how you can take part, visit their website at http://www.immigrationvoice.org.

Respectfully,

Drew Seman
Immigrants' List

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September 10, 2007

Americanism is a matter of the mind and hear

Franklin Roosevelt said during War World II that the principle on which the country was founded and on which is has always been governed is that Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart; Americanism is not and never was a matter of race and ancestry. This is the type of leadership we need in the U.S. to resolve the immigration situation. Many current political leaders believe that by fostering hatred this is a solution to immigration. We need better leaders.

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September 09, 2007

How do you get an immigration bond placed?

Once an immigration bond has been set by ICE you can pay for it by either going to a CIS office and paying the bond amount or by contact an immigration bondsman. In Nashville Jose Castro is an immigration bondsman at 615-578-4036. ICE offices in Tennessee cannot receive an immigration bond.

Posted by VisaLawyer at 10:52 AM | Comments (0)

September 08, 2007

Getting an immigration bond in Nashville TN

If you are arrested in Nashville TN as part of the 287g program started by Sheriff Daron Hall you will not have a bond set. As of now Sheriff ICE has not begun to place immigration bonds. They leave this work for ICE when the immigrants are transfered to ICE facilities. This places a lot of stress on the system as families and friends try to bond out the immigrants.

The South has a long history of Sheriff's playing a role greater than that of the warden of the jail. In Birmingham AL Bull Connor ensured that it remained a divided city in the 1960's. It is interesting how history repeats itself.

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September 07, 2007

Missing the Target: Anti-Immigrant Ordinances Backfire

The newest report from the Immigration Policy Center examines the veracity of popular arguments used to promote anti-immigrant ordinances. The author, IPC Research Associate Walter Ewing, explains that in the wake of congressional failure to pass immigration reform legislation this year, hundreds of state and local governments across the country are considering thousands of legislative proposals that target undocumented immigrants. The "English only" resolution that the Culpeper, Virginia, County Board of Supervisors passed on August 9th is but one such resolution. Supporters of the Culpeper resolution, like their counterparts elsewhere in the country, claim that one reason they acted is the supposed reluctance of Latino immigrants to "assimilate" into U.S. society. The best available evidence, however, shows that the children and grandchildren of today's immigrants from Latin America are learning English and moving up the socioeconomic ladder in much the same way as the descendants of the European immigrants who came here a century or more ago. Ewing rebuts the arguments of "English Only" supporters and finds in this IPC Perspective that, in fact, today's Latino immigrants are integrating into U.S. society as successfully as did their Irish, German, and Italian predecessors.

The complete report is available on the IPC's website; http://www.ailf.org/ipc/2007_august_perspective.shtml

The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a project of the Center for Community Change, has updated their Database of Recent Local Ordinances.

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September 06, 2007

Endorsements for Karl Dean; Mayorial candidate; Nashville Tennessee

1. 9/4/07; Dear Mario,

I am asking you to vote for Karl Dean, for the Mayor of Nashville. He's been the only candidate who has not run a negative campaign. 3. He's big on diversity and he's the best man for the job.

You can cast an early vote on Sept. 4th - 6th at the following locations: Belle Meade City Hall, Bellevue Mall, Bordeaux Library, Edmondson Pike Library, Green Hills Library, Hermitage Library, Madison Library,

After September 6, you would need to wait and vote on September 11, election day. For more info. or to get a ride to a poll call 277-5597 or visit www.karldean.info

Sincerely,

Eva Melo; eva@latinmarketcommunications.com


2. From: henry lara [mailto:henrylaraunion@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 11:36 AM
To: Mario Ramos
Subject: Re: Pat Buchanan and Bob Clement

Mario, The Middle Tennessee Hispanic do not support Bob Clement. Courtney@karldean.info Henry Lara.

9/3/07;
Mario Ramos wrote:
Dear All,

I cannot attend this meeting; the Middle Tennessee Hispanic Democrats should consider distancing itself for mayoral candidate Bob Clement for running a campaign to the right of Pat Buchanan and Lou Dobbs on immigration.

Have a Great day,

Mario Ramos

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September 05, 2007

House Immigration Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on STRIVE ACT

The Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, of the House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the STRIVE Act of 2007 (H.R. 1645) on Thursday, September 6 at 1:00 pm, in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building.
The hearing will be webcast on the Judiciary Committee website, and testimony from the hearing will be posted on InfoNet once it becomes available.

Expected witnesses include:

Panel I:
* Representative Joe Baca (D-CA)
* Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
* Representative Ray LaHood (R-IL)

Panel II:
* Josh Hoyt, Executive Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and
Refugee Rights
* David Lizarraga, Chairman, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
* Reverend Danny Cortez, Esperanza USA
* Cassandra Butts, Center for American Progress
* Tony Wasilewski, Small Business Owner
* Eduardo Gonzalez, US Navy Petty Officer Second Class

In May, the House held six weeks of hearings on the STRIVE Act that touched upon nearly every important facet of immigration reform. Testimony from those hearings is available at www.aila.org under Congressional Testimony. The hearings were halted in June when House leaders indicated they intended to wait upon the deadlocked Senate and would postpone further subcommittee action until the fate of S. 1348 had been decided.

Please stay tuned for developments on further CIR hearings in the House.

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September 04, 2007

Arrest of mother puts 'human face' on immigration

Aug. 31, 2007

NOTE: Photographs, video and audio available at http://umns.umc.org.

By Kathy L. Gilbert, From the Worldwide Faith News archives www.wfn.org

"Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant recently arrested and deported to Mexico, puts a "human face" on immigration in a high-profile case that United Methodist leaders say will force Congress to see the issue in terms of justice and mercy.

Her Aug. 19 arrest has separated Arellano from her 8-year-old son, Saul, who was born in the United States and is a U.S. citizen. Arellano is a member and lay leader of Adalberto United Methodist Church and had taken sanctuary in the Chicago church from Aug. 15, 2006 to Aug. 16, 2007. She decided to leave the church to speak nationwide for immigration reform and was arrested days later.

Since her arrest, Saul has lived in Chicago with the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of the church, and his wife. (Hear interview with Rev. Coleman at add podcast link.)

Coleman said Arellano is "free and secure in Mexico and continuing the struggle for the 4 million U.S. citizen children who are losing one or more parents" due to deportation. Coleman and his wife plan to take Saul to Mexico to visit with his mother, who will decide about Saul's future...".

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September 03, 2007

Missing the Target: Anti-Immigrant Ordinances Backfire

In the wake of congressional failure to pass immigration reform legislation this year, hundreds of state and local governments across the country are considering thousands of legislative proposals that target undocumented immigrants. The "English only" resolution that the Culpeper, Virginia, County Board of Supervisors passed on August 9this but one such resolution. Supporters of the Culpeper resolution, like their counterparts elsewhere in the country, claim that one reason they acted is the supposed reluctance of Latino immigrants to "assimilate" into U.S. society. The best available evidence, however, shows that the children and grandchildren of today's immigrants from Latin America are learning English and moving up the socioeconomic ladder in much the same way as the descendants of the European immigrants who came here a century or more ago. IPC Research Associate Walter Ewing rebuts the arguments of "English Only" supporters and finds in this Perspective that, in fact, today's Latino immigrants are integrating into U.S. society as successfully as did their Irish, German, and Italian predecessors.

At http://www.ailf.org/ipc/2007_august_perspective.shtml

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September 02, 2007

Economy Loses Billions Due to Border Crossing Delays

A study prepared by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and California Department of Transportation found that delays crossing the northbound border cost the San Diego County economy over $2 billion per year. The Imperial Valley Association of Governments (IVAG) is currently finalizing a study with similar findings regarding the Imperial Valley and Mexicali region.

Columnist Patrick Osio Jr. writes that the answer to these money-draining delays is to open more gates, expand existing crossings, and build new crossings. Osio says that funds for the projects have not been found, nor has any member of Congress been willing to push for them. Meanwhile, the 700 miles of double-layer border fencing called for in the Secure Fence Act of 2005 could cost more than $50 billion over 25 years, according to a December 2006 report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

These studies illustrate the need for money to be spent improving efficiency and infrastructure in both rural and urban areas all along the U.S.-Mexico border, rather than just spending money to expand border walls.

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September 01, 2007

TENTATIVE: House Immigration Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on CIR

Members of Congress will return to work next week after the month long August recess. On Thursday, September 6, The Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, of the House Judiciary Committee, is TENTATIVELY scheduled to hold a hearing on the STRIVE Act at 1:00 pm in room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building. According to newspaper reports, the recent arrest and deportation of Elvira Arellano, an undocumented immigrant who sought sanctuary in a Chicago church for more than a year, reinvigorated the immigration debate and Immigration Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren's (D-CA) attention to the matter.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, is expected to testify before the subcommittee as is Chicago resident Tony Wasilewski, whose wife was deported to Poland this summer.

At this time, no information about the hearing is available on the Immigration Subcommittee website; http://judiciary.house.gov/committeestructure.aspx?committee=4

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