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June 24, 2008

McCain privately pledges immigration reform

Friday, June 20, 2008, www.ap.com

CHICAGO (AP) | Republican candidate John McCain assured Hispanic leaders that he would push through Congress legislation to overhaul federal immigration laws if elected, several people who attended a private meeting with him said Thursday.

Supporters who were in the room denied speculation that the late Wednesday night session was held behind closed doors in Chicago for fear of offending conservatives, many of whom are suspicious of the senator from Arizona's stance on immigration.

Both Mr. McCain and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama support giving legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, but neither has made the issue a centerpiece of the campaign.

"This was not a secret meeting," said Rafael Rivadeneira, a vice chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Illinois, who was among more than 150 Chicago-area Hispanic leaders who attended. "There was nothing he said that they wouldn't want people to hear."...".

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June 20, 2008

West Coast mayors decry immigration raids

By Emily Bazar, USA TODAY

"Three West Coast mayors are asking the leaders of other cities to take a stand against workplace immigration raids that they say hurt local economies and may force companies to relocate.

At the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this week in Miami, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will ask their colleagues to challenge how the government raids businesses in search of illegal workers.

They want Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to focus on businesses that exploit workers, such as those that violate wage and safety laws, not "responsible employers" that contribute to economies, their resolution says.

"We've never taken the position that you shouldn't enforce the law," Villaraigosa says. "What we've said is, in a time of limited resources, we should prioritize our enforcement. At a time when we don't have the resources to go after criminals, we're going after legitimate businesses and workers instead. That doesn't make sense."...".

T; http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-06-19-Mayors-raids_N.htm

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June 19, 2008

Mythbusters

MYTH: Illegal immigrants are a threat to public safety because they are more likely to commit crimes.
Immigrants have been a perceived threat to public safety since America was founded and the myth has not gone away. From the editorial pages to Town Hall meetings, the myth of immigrant crime is perpetuated more than ever. But, before throwing up your hands in defeat when you hear these erroneous statements, consider responding with a few quick mythbusting facts!

FACT: Immigrants are five times LESS likely than the native-born to be in prison.

• In a 2007 study, University of California, Irvine, sociologist Rubén G. Rumbaut found that, in 2000, the 3.5 percent incarceration rate for native-born men age 18-39 was five times higher than the rate for immigrant men (0.7 percent).

• Moreover, among native-born male high-school dropouts, 9.8 percent were behind bars, compared to only 1.3 percent of immigrant dropouts.

FACT: Undocumented immigration is NOT associated with higher crime rates.

• Although the undocumented immigrant population doubled from 1994 to 2005, the violent crime rate in the United States declined by 34.2 percent and the property crime rate fell by 26.4 percent during the same period. Border cities and other cities with large immigrant populations also experienced decreasing crime rates.

More mythbusting facts on this issue can be found in Immigrants and Crime: Setting the Record Straight, a two page fact sheet from the IPC at http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/images/File/factcheck/ImmigrantsandCrime03-08.pdf

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June 18, 2008

Who is more creditworthy?

Though illegal immigrants can't get a driver's license in North Carolina anymore, they can still be approved for a home loan.

With an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), good credit and proof of tax filing, those who aren't legal permanent residents can qualify for a fixed-rate “ITIN mortgage.”…

But according to estimates from the Hispanic National Mortgage Association and local lenders, less than 1 percent of ITIN loans have gone into foreclosure. That compares with 1.2 percent for prime mortgages and nearly 11 percent for subprime mortgages given to borrowers with poor credit history, according to the latest available data from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

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June 17, 2008

Coyote v Immigration Lawyer

FAQ Can you the immigration lawyer guarantee my relatives entry into the US?
Answer; No, the current immigration law do not allow persons with a visa to enter the U.S. The lack of immigration reform hinders between 80-90% of the persons who seek my advice.

However here is a Policy Spotlight wherein the authors show that Coyotes can virtually guarantee delivery. The article is called Controlling Unauthorized Immigration from Mexico: The Failure of "Prevention through Deterrence" & the Need for Comprehensive Reform

"A recent study performed by the University of California at San Diego's Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and published by the Immigration Policy Center, IPC, argues that, not only is the current U.S. border enforcement policy ineffective, it is counterproductive, facilitating the very thing it tries to prevent: undocumented immigration. In fact, the study, entitled "Controlling Unauthorized Immigration from Mexico: The Failure of "Prevention through Deterrence" & the Need for Comprehensive Reform", shows that as U.S. border enforcement policy gets tougher, apprehensions of those trying to enter the U.S. does not rise accordingly as expected. Instead, to get around toughened enforcement measures, new and successful strategies are developed by those trying to enter the U.S., with many resorting to "coyotes" to help get them across the border rather than going it alone. According to interviews done by the authors with undocumented immigrants who have successfully entered this country, hiring a coyote virtually guarantees a successful entry, and they are considered to be a much safer means of crossing when dealing with the dangers of the desert, as well...".

https://www.immigrationpolicy.org/images/File/misc/CCISbriefing061008.pdf

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June 16, 2008

Current Cap Count for Non-Immigrant Worker Visas for Fiscal Year 2008

The Department of State has the H-1 visa count at;

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=138b6138f898d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=71919c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1____

There you will see that the H-1B visa was finished for this fiscal year by the end of April. We will have to wait until 2009 for change this situation.

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June 11, 2008

FAQ; Can ICE deport a USC?

Answer; Yes; see below;

"A headline in the San Francisco Chronicle screams, 900 Nabbed in State on Immigration Charges. The Seattle Times reports, Feds Combing Jails for Illegal Immigrants. An AP article declares, Immigration Raid in Iowa Largest Ever in US and reports 390 arrests. In 2007, more than 276,912 US residents were deported. Thanks to a recent Bush Administration crackdown, the net cast by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) is wide--so wide, it turns out, that some of those being deported are US citizens.

Is ICE an efficient law enforcement agency? Or, in the words of Robert, 38, a US citizen twice deported to Mexico, is ICE "just throwing us out for nothing"?

Consider what happened to Peter Guzman. Last year Guzman, a US citizen born in Los Angeles in 1977, drove onto the tarmac of a regional airport in his hometown of Lancaster, about eighty miles northeast of Los Angeles, boarded a charter plane without a ticket and refused to get off. Guzman was arrested and sentenced, and served forty-one days in a Los Angeles County jail. According to his lawyer, Mark Rosenbaum of the Southern California ACLU, Guzman was excited about being released in time for his brother's July wedding in Las Vegas. "It was a big deal to Peter. He was going to be the best man." It never occurred to Guzman that in July he'd be eating garbage and bathing in the Tijuana River.

But on May 11, 2007, he called his family and said he'd been deported. According to the ACLU lawsuit, before his sister-in-law could find out exactly where he was and give him instructions, the line was cut. She overheard him ask, "Where am I?"

In early August 2007, after Guzman had spent three months trying to return, his appeal to a border agent in Calexico was finally successful: Guzman was arrested for missing his first probation hearing and brought back to Los Angeles. ICE says it has Guzman's signature on a voluntary departure agreement. Guzman's attorneys say the signature was coerced and that it is never legal to deport a US citizen...".

At; http://www.alternet.org/story/87467

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June 10, 2008

Border Crossings, Spain, Grappling With Illegal Immigrants, Tries Forgiveness,

June 10, 2008, Border Crossings, Spain, Grappling With Illegal Immigrants, Tries Forgiveness, By JASON DePARLE, NY Times

"The United States has an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, a record number. Its last mass amnesty program, which began in 1987, legalized 2.7 million. President Bush proposed an immigration plan that would give some workers a path to legalization. But it died last year under assault from people who said it would lead to more illegal immigration.

Europe has held at least 20 legalizations in the past 25 years, giving residency papers to about four million people. Italy and Spain account for about two-thirds of the total, to the consternation of northern Europeans who see the south as the Continent’s weak back door. With free movement across much of Europe, legalized immigrants can easily head north, alarming those worried about job competition, welfare costs, cultural clashes or terrorist threats.

Southern Europe’s tolerance for illegal immigration has several explanations. Its aging populations and booming economies created a need for foreign workers. Its proximity to northern Africa and eastern Europe places it close to countries that supply them. And its economies have traditionally depended more on off-the-books workers.

No country has run more legalization programs than Spain, which has carried out six since 1985. As recently as a decade ago, immigrants made up less than 2 percent of the population. Now they are more than 10 percent. About 40 percent come from eastern and northern Europe; 38 percent come from Latin America; and 20 percent from Africa.

Despite the rapid change, until recently there was little political conflict, with legalizations occurring under both conservative and socialist governments. Spain even offers immigrants free health insurance, whether they are legal or not.

“The attitude toward unauthorized migrants is much more relaxed than in the United States,” said Joaquín Arango, a sociologist at Complutense University in Madrid...".

At; http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/10/world/europe/10migrate.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&ref=us&pagewanted=print

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June 05, 2008

Night of 1,000 Conversations with the Rights Working Group

http://www.rightsworkinggroup.org

Get your community talking about the inhumanity of detention conditions and what we all must do to hold DHS accountable.
Join the Night of 1,000 Conversations on June 19, 2008

What & When
On June 19th, thousands of people from across the country will gather in homes, offices, coffee shops, and places of worship to discuss how the overreach of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is undermining the civil liberties and human rights of people living in America.

The Problem
In the name of national security, DHS has adopted practices that routinely violate basic rights of immigrants in this country, including legal residents and citizens.

The Solution

Organized by AILA coalition partner, the Rights Working Group, the Night of a 1,000 Conversations will promote awareness and mobilize our communities. People all over the country will engage each other in discussions about actions to help restore accountability to DHS’ practices. The Night of the 1,000 Conversations will be the critical first step to launch a larger Rights Working Group campaign to demand extensive reforms at DHS.

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June 03, 2008

Fresno high school valedictorian scheduled to be deported

Published in the AP on June 2, 2008;

"The valedictorian at Fresno's Bullard High School won't be attending college in the United States this fall because he's scheduled to be deported.

Seventeen-year-old Arthur Mkoyan's 4.0 grade-point average qualified him to enter one of the state's top universities. But he and his mother have been ordered back to Armenia after their last appeal for asylum failed.

The family fled from what used to be part of the Soviet Union and has been seeking asylum since 1992.

A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement says they were given an extension until June 20 so Mkoyan could attend his graduation ceremony.

A federal bill called the DREAM Act that would have given some high-performing illegal immigrants legal status to attend college stalled last year in Congress".
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Information from: The Fresno Bee, www.fresnobee.com

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June 02, 2008

All Tenn. counties must issue marriage licenses without regard to immigration status

Here is an article about a fellow AILA lawyer Vanessa Saenz who won a great case in Tennessee;


To view the contents on www.tennessean.com, go to:
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200805280210/NEWS0202/805280437

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