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October 24, 2008

Who Are the Soccer Moms and NASCAR Dads of the 2008 Election and Beyond?

IPC Report Reveals the Growing Political Power of Immigrants and Their Children

October 23, 2008

Washington D.C.- Late on Election Day, pundits will begin to identify the demographic groups who are responsible for swinging the results in key races around the nation. Today, a groundbreaking report released by the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) entitled The New American Electorate: The Growing Political Power of Immigrants and Their Children examines the growing electoral clout of a previously unidentified yet pivotal group of voters in key states around the nation-naturalized immigrants and the U.S.-born children of immigrants raised during the current era of immigration that began in 1965.

"New American voters are now the fastest growing demographic group in the American electorate," said Rob Paral, author of the report. "This group of New American voters is critical to highlight as their growth has been utterly unprecedented."

The report prepared by Rob Paral and Associates for the Immigration Policy Center finds:

New Americans Were Nearly 9% of All Registered Voters in 2006
New Americans Registered Voters Jumped Nearly 60% between 1996 and 2004
New Americans Share of Registered Voters Exceeded the 2004 Victory Margins in 16 States Including Battlegrounds: Nevada, Florida, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.
2008 is expected to be a banner year for New American voters due to record-breaking naturalization rates of up to three million new citizens; turbo-charged registration efforts by groups like the We Are America Alliance and "Ya es Hora, Ve y Vota;" and aggressive GOTV efforts in ethnic communities which will likely result in Latino turnout hitting record highs in 2008-surpassing the 7.6 million Latino voters who turned out in 2004.

"This report could not be more well-timed," said Angela Kelley, Director of the Immigration Policy Center. "The campaigns, pundits and press have spent this entire election cycle searching for a new and weighty voting bloc. Their search is over. Step aside Soccer Moms and NASCAR Dads. New Americans are ready to vote. This group has been decades in the making and they are certain to flex their voting muscles this year"

at; http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/index.php?content=sr081023

For more information contact:
Wendy Sefsaf, 202-507-7524 (office), 202-631-0358 (cell), or email wsefsaf@ailf.org
Andrea Nill, 202-507-7520 (office), or email anill@ailf.org

IPC is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.

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October 23, 2008

U.S. Consulate at Ciudad Juarez Advises AILA Liaison on Upcoming Move

The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez has been in overdrive for the past two months preparing for its move to its larger new consular facility in November. They have been processing about 800 immigrant visa cases and 700-800 non-immigrant cases per day. Immigrant visa files not scheduled for interview between now and the move date have already transferred to the new facility in preparation for opening so there may be a delay if they need to bring a file back. November 6, 7, 10, and 11, the post will be closed while they move. They will start operations back up gradually from November 12 to 14. Following a Mexican holiday on November 17, they expect to be back up to full steam on November 18.

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October 22, 2008

Bob Tuke fundraiser

I would like to invite you to be my guest at the Fundraiser for my good friend Bob Tuke who is the Democratic Senate candidate in Tennessee. The cost of the event is $100 per person. This event will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm on Monday, October 27, 2008, at the TN Democratic Party Freedom Room at Tennessee Democratic Party, 223 Eighth Ave. No., Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37203 Phone: (615) 327-9779. For more information contact Mirna@tukefortennessee.com 615-748-9011.

Please let me know if you want to attend; call me at 615-329-4588.



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October 20, 2008

FAQ; what does an ICE raid cost

Answer; read about the cost at;

"ICE Conducts 1,172 Raids in 11 Months
La Opinión, News Report, Jorge Morales Almada, Translated by Elena Shore, Posted: Oct 17, 2008


LOS ANGELES -- In less than a year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has conducted 1,172 worksite raids across the country. In 11 months, from Oct. 1, 2007 to Aug. 31, 2008, ICE arrested 4,956 people in these operations, of which 1,022 were either wanted for criminal charges or had a deportation order against them. Of those arrested, 116 people were owners, managers, supervisors or human resources employees who were accused of hiring undocumented immigrants.

Those who did not have documents to work in the country were charged with identity theft, Social Security fraud or were given an administrative charge under immigration law.

This data is limited to ICE raids on companies or factories, and does not include the organization's actions in specific neighborhoods or homes.

One of these raids was carried out May 12 in the meat processing plant Agriprocessors Inc., in Postville, Iowa, where 389 undocumented workers were reportedly detained.

According to information disclosed by ICE to The Des Moines Register in Iowa, this raid cost more than $5.2 million in research, operational and processing expenses. This figure does not include expenses by the Department of Labor or the federal attorney general.

ICE did not have data on how much has been spent on the more than 1,000 raids that have been conducted in the country between October and August...".

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October 16, 2008

Something other than cash

On October 14, 2008, DOS issued a travel alert to visa applicants and others visiting the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in light of recent muggings near the consulate that have targeted applicants for U.S. visas. Those seeking consular services are encouraged to make provisions to pay fees with something other than cash.

I suggest that you use a US Post Office money order.

Posted by VisaLawyer at 12:27 PM | Comments (0)

October 13, 2008

Immigration Ad War Continues in Spanish

from the Wwashingtonpost.com, Channel 08

By Ed O'Keefe

"Arguably one of the most intriguing aspects of the presidential campaign is how John McCain and Barack Obama continue to fight over the issue of immigration in only their Spanish language ads. The issue rarely arises in their English-language political debate, but Spanish-speaking television viewers continue to see it mentioned in campaign ads.

The most recent message, "Otra Vez Con Lo Mismo," comes from the Obama campaign and attacks McCain for a message he started airing last week.

"McCain is up to the same distortions and lies on the immigration issue," the new ad states in Spanish. "He wants to hide the fact that he's the one who turned his back on us."

The ad then plays a clip from a CNN debate where McCain is asked about the immigration reform legislation and whether he would vote for it now. "No, no I would not," he says.

The ad continues: "McCain caved to the anti-immigrant crowd and, with the Republicans, turned his back on our community. If John McCain is not willing to stand up against his own Republican Party, how will he stand up for our community in the White House?"

The ad will air for an undetermined amount of time starting Wednesday in Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico, according to Obama campaign spokesman Federico de Jesus. Both the Obama and McCain campaigns have focused virtually all of their Spanish-language ad efforts in the "Latin quartet" of states, where Hispanic voter turnout could significantly tip the scales in favor of either candidate".

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October 08, 2008

Workers ran for doors when federal agents arrived at chicken plant, witnesses say

1. The AILA Carolinas Chapter has been activated for raids response to this.

2. We ask that if you can visit the
Greenville online newspaper website and politely and appropriate respond to the various anti-immigrant sentiments being posted online, and report any hate-speech (e.g. towel heads was one I saw today), I would appreciate. Let the community know you support immigrants.

3. Call 1-800-417-7666 to Donate to the National Immigrant Bond Fund! The National Immigrant Bond Fund seeks to reaffirm the values of dignity and due process by assisting immigrants swept up in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions to post bond quickly in order to secure a fair hearing in America’s courts. www.immigrationbondfund.org .

4. Make a donation to AILF in honor of the raid victims. The American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) was established in 1987 as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit educational, charitable organization. The Foundation is dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society, and to advancing fundamental fairness and due process under the law for immigrants. www.ailf.org

Posted by VisaLawyer at 02:10 PM | Comments (0)

Craigslist; http://nashville.craigslist.org/

Here is copy of my listing at Craiglist;

I am an immigration lawyer with over 22 years of experience. My firm handles business and family clients. My staff speaks English and Spanish to help you. Call us today find out how you may apply for a visa to live the American Dream.

Mario Ramos
Telephone 615-329-4588

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October 03, 2008


Latina Enterpreneurship Breakout Session: Issues & Opportunities
DATE:October 6, 2008, TIME: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Coleman Community Center - 384 Thompson Lane, 862-8445 (Nolensville Road and Thompson Lane)
Speaker: Maria Payne

The Business of Civic Engagement: The Latino Vote in 21st Century USA
DATE: October 6, 2008, TIME: 1:30 AM - 3 PM
LOCATION: Coleman Community Center
Sponsored by: Metro Human Relations Commission
Speakers: Fabian Bedne, Raúl López, Rene Valadez

TIME: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Food by : La Hacienda Taqueria y Tortilleria

The Business About New Populations: Alternate Solutions to "English Only"
TIME: 4:00 PM - 6 PM, LOCATION: Coleman Center
Panel Discussion
Speaker: Mario Ramos
Sponsored by: Metro Human Relations Commission

NAHCC Hispanic Heritage Month Educational series are FREE and open to the pubic.

If you wish to attend please RSVP to: RSVP@nashvillehispanicchamber
com or by phone: 615-216-5737 or visit: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 40541, Nashville, Tennessee 37204

Posted by VisaLawyer at 07:25 AM | Comments (0)

October 01, 2008

English Only Supporter has the Wrong Number, Dag-blangit;

English Only supporter who left a voice mail at my office;

Keepin' English Only off the ballot? That's a paddlin'.

Greg Ramos is the attorney who discovered the loophole that kept Eric Crafton's English Only off the ballot. For those who wish to genuflect, the line starts to the left.

Mario Ramos is also an attorney in Nashville. He had nothing to do with derailing English Only, but thanks to the shared last name, he gets the bitter taste of anonymous badgering without the tangy sweetness that comes with hero worship.

It's like eating your Brussel sprouts and still not getting dessert. And it sounds a little something like this...http://blogs.nashvillescene.com/pitw/2008/09/english_only_supporter_has_the.php

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