Posts Tagged ‘Immigration’

So sad, but true.

Francisco Castaneda died while being held in a deportation facility, after telling officials that his penis was killing him.. literally.  During his time in North Kern Prison in Delano, California, Castaneda made the claim to officers and his doctors that he needed immediate attention.  Mulitple times his doctors recommended that he get a biopsy of the growth, but the Chief Physician of two different locations in California both rejected the claims from their Doctors on staff.  Finally, when he officially got approval for a biopsy, he was released soon after without any treatment.  Within the next few days, Castaneda would undergo great pain, including the amputation of his penis, before dying like some sort of government trash dumped into the Gulf.

His family sued the shit out of the state, claiming that he died while on their hands, and that this could have been prevented had he the attention he deserved as a human being in the most prestigious fucking country in the world.. the US of A.

Luckily, his daughter will be getting $1.5 million of that money – and this case is now going against the Federal Government in April of next year.

by Yvonne Wingett and JJ Hensley – Aug. 18, 2010 09:46 AM
The Arizona Republic

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors withheld an item from its Wednesday agenda to accept $1.6 million in immigration funding from the state that would help pay for Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration enforcement efforts.

The board will consider the matter at a future meeting.

The Supervisors decided not to hear the item Wednesday amid concerns over financial accountability within the Sheriff’s Office.

It is unclear how the Supervisors would have voted on the item, but it is not the first time the Legislative-approved immigration funds have become a sticking point between board members and Arpaio.

Last year, supervisors initially blocked the funding from going to Arpaio’s office. That decision came one month after the Justice Department announced that the Sheriff’s Office was the subject of a civil-rights investigation into allegations that deputies discriminate.

One month later the Supervisors changed their minds and approved the funding with a 3-1 vote.

In 2008, former Gov. Janet Napolitano stripped Arpaio of the $1.6 million and redirected it to a fugitive task force. Republican legislative leadership gave the money back to Arpaio in a budget package in early 2009.

via Supervisors stall on illegal-immigration funds for Arpaio.

IllegalInAmerica Says:

Wow, Sheriff Arpaio is getting investigated for civil rights issues?  And he is still the lead sheriff against illegal immigrants in Arizona?

Somebody get him out of there!  I’ve recently posted an article about how Sheriff Joe is being sued by a number of different people claiming that he “ruined” their political careers by convening and organizing attacks against them while they were at a vulnerable time in their careers.  He spreads lies and hate so that he can gain politically the upper-hand.

What I think is rediculous are his tent cities.  He makes captured people stay in these nasty, surrounded in desert, not up to standards shitholes.  Also, he makes the inmates wear pink underwear… this guy is just freaking nuts.

Check below for a ton more information about this asshole.

Best,

IIA


Fingerprint sharing led to deportation of 47,000 – Yahoo! News.

By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press Writer Tue Aug 10, 7:17 am ET

WASHINGTON – Records show that about 47,000 people have been removed or deported from the U.S. after the Homeland Security Department sifted through 3 million sets of fingerprints taken from bookings at local jails.

About one-quarter of those kicked out of the country did not have criminal records, according to government data obtained by immigration advocacy groups that have filed a lawsuit. The groups plan to release the data Tuesday and provided early copies to The Associated Press.

As issue is a fingerprint-sharing program known as Secure Communities that the government says is focused on getting rid of the “worst of the worst” criminal immigrants from the U.S.

Immigration advocates say that the government instead spends too much time on lower-level criminals or non-criminals.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement divides crimes into three categories, with Level 1 being the most serious. Most of those deported committed Level 2 or 3 crimes or were non-criminals, a monthly report of Secure Communities statistics shows.

“ICE has pulled a bait and switch, with local law enforcement spending more time and resources facilitating the deportations of bus boys and gardeners than murderers and rapists and at considerable cost to local community policing strategies, making us all less safe,” said Peter Markowitz, director of the Immigration Justice Clinic at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York.

Markowitz’s clinic, the National Day Laborer Organizers Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights had requested and sued for the statistics. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released some of the documents late Monday.

Richard Rocha, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, said non-criminals still may be people who have failed to show up for deportation hearings, who recently crossed the border illegally or who re-entered the country after deportation. He also said it’s important to remember that more people commit crimes that are considered Level 2 and 3.

Secure Communities is “a beneficial partnership tool for ICE and state and local law enforcement agencies helping to identify, prioritize and remove convicted criminal aliens not only from the communities, but also from the country,” Rocha said.

The Obama administration wants Secure Communities operating nationwide by 2013.

As of Aug. 3, 494 counties and local and state agencies in 27 states were sharing fingerprints from jail bookings through the program.

From October 2008 through June of this year, 46,929 people identified through Secure Communities were removed from the U.S., the documents show. Of those, 12,293 were considered non-criminals.

IllegalInAmerica:

Wow, a whopping 12,293 people deported without criminal records.  Of course, these were people that had ‘re-entered’ the country illegally, or ‘recently’ came over.

We need a better system than one that is going to oust over 24% of its deportees only because they are of illegal status, and have not done any criminal activity.  The problem is that I know there are many more criminals out there, in every community both ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ that we should be focusing our attention on.

Peter Markowitz, thank you for everything you did to get those statistics released from ICE and Secure Communities… it really will show how horrible an immigration filtering system can be, especially when starting out with deporting over a quarter of its deportees for no apparent reason whatsoever… there is way to much hate going on in this country, and I am willing to bet that most of the 12,000 people deported for no reason were only deported because that is all that Secure Communities could capture.

OBAMA – is this true?  You and your administration are backing a system that has deported thousands just for re-entering the country, even though they had probably been here for their whole lives, and were going to visit their friends and family ‘illegally,’ but only because the system is so broken in America that they have to do it ‘illegally.’  When can we change the terms of this agreement with our politicians, and our culture.  It is obviously apparent that at least half of the U.S. agrees with me that something should be done about illegal immigration, and not an automatic deportation of 12,000,000 people.  Give us something to work with here, and quit wasting my time.

IIA

FOXNews.com – ACLU Urges Virginia Police to Ignore Attorney General’s Immigration Opinion.

“The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is urging the state police to ignore Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli’s ruling that police can ask people about their immigration status during routine stops.

The civil rights group argued that Cuccinelli’s opinion lacks a legal foundation and presents constitutional and public policy problems.

Cuccinelli issued the advisory opinion Monday at the request of state Delegate Robert G. Marshall. Rebecca K. Glenberg, legal director of the ACLU of Virginia, followed up with a letter to Virginia’s police chiefs Thursday saying the opinion is legally flawed and should be disregarded.

But so far, Virginia police are ignoring the ACLU, said Dana Schrad, executive director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.

Glenberg said in her letter to the police chiefs that Cuccinelli’s opinion failed to acknowledge that a federal judge recently blocked the Arizona law’s key provisions, including the requirement that officers inquire about immigration status when they have reason to believe a person they’ve stopped may be in the country illegally.

She also said that because most police officers have not been trained on immigration law enforcement, which is primarily a federal responsibility, allowing them to question people about their status “is an invitation for racial profiling and potential Equal Protection violations.”

IllegalInAmerica Says:

WOW Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli… good for you for making your opinions heard… I’m not sure if you heard about last week, but the federal government had to get involved with Arizona over similar measures that Virginia is trying to enforce, apparently ‘under the radar’.  The ACLU is not a force to tangle with, and I really feel bad for the groups who have to deal with them, because it means that you or your actions have hindered someone else from being able to live peacefully, with equal civil rights.  It is now more imperitive than ever for Immigration Reform to happen on a national level from the Federal Government.

What is it with you bullshit card playing politicians?  It seems like everytime America is going to change to include more civil rights to more people, you all start getting weird and doing weird shit.  I guess you’re just asking for me and my generation to start a NEW AMERICAN REVOLUTION, IS THAT IT!?!?

Well guess what, I’m going home tonight, and drinking a beer for all the people gettin pulled over right now because of their skin color.

Obama Administration Considers Bypassing Congress on Immigration Reform

by Marcus Stern ProPublica, July 29, 10:47 p.m.

The Obama administration, anticipating that Congress might not pass comprehensive immigration reform this year, is considering ways it could act without congressional approval to achieve many of the objectives of the initiative, including giving permanent resident status, or green cards, to large numbers of people in the country illegally.

The ideas were outlined in an unusually frank draft memo prepared for Alejandro N. Mayorkas, director of the federal agency that handles immigration benefits, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). The memo lists ways the government could grant permanent resident status to tens of thousands of people and delay the deportation of others, potentially indefinitely.

“In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, CIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations,” said the memo, which was prepared by four senior officials from different branches of USCIS.

The 11-page document was made public Thursday by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who with six other senators wrote to Obama more than a month ago, asking for his assurance that rumors that some sort of reprieve was in the works for millions of illegal immigrants weren’t true.

“The administration has failed to reassure us that the information we were hearing was inaccurate,” Grassley said in a statement to ProPublica Thursday night. “This memo gives credence to our concerns that the administration will go to great lengths to circumvent Congress and unilaterally execute a back door amnesty plan.”

The memo’s release is certain to put the administration on the defensive with opponents of “comprehensive immigration reform” — Washington code for putting many of the estimated 12 million people in the country illegally on a potential path to citizenship. It is also likely to make immigration an even hotter topic in this year’s congressional elections, which have already been roiled by Arizona’s controversial attempt to use state and local police to enforce federal immigration laws.

Christopher Bentley, a USCIS spokesman, said last night that the agency would not comment on details of the memo, which he described as an internal draft that “should not be equated with official action or policy of the Department…We continue to maintain that comprehensive bipartisan legislation, coupled with smart, effective enforcement, is the only solution to our nation’s immigration challenges.”

Bentley said that internal memos help the agency “do the thinking that leads to important changes; some of them are adopted and others are rejected” and that “nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions.”

“To be clear,” he said in an e-mail, the Obama administration “will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation’s entire illegal immigrant population.”

One of the memo’s most controversial suggestions is wider use of “deferred action,” the agency’s discretion to indefinitely delay the deportation of otherwise deportable non-citizens. “This would permit individuals for whom relief may become available in the future to live and work in the U.S. without fear of removal,” the memo said.

The memo acknowledges that granting deferred action to an unrestricted number of people “would likely be controversial, not to mention expensive.” Instead, it suggests that this option be used for particular groups, such as the approximately 50,000 young people who would be allowed to stay in the country if Congress passed the Dream Act. That bill would provide a potential path to citizenship for qualifying young people who complete a college degree or two years of military service.

The memo also says that standards for “extreme hardship” cases could be eased so “many more spouses, sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents” could seek relief without fearing deportation.

In what would be a reversal of a position held by the agency’s Office of General Counsel under previous administrations, the memo suggests granting green cards to large numbers of people currently in the country under Temporary Protected Status. That status typically is used to forestall deportation proceedings for large groups of undocumented foreign nationals when it would cause them hardship, such as sending them home in the wake of a major earthquake or hurricane or during a civil war.

Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform are certain to welcome any effort by the Obama administration to unilaterally open pathways to citizenship for many currently in the country illegally. But the draft is also sure to outrage immigration-restriction groups.

“The memo proposes 18 different ways for the Obama administration to essentially eliminate our borders through regulatory fiat and in clear violation of the letter and the spirit of U.S. immigration laws, which Obama swore an oath to faithfully execute,” said Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations for NumbersUSA, an organization that lobbies for tighter immigration laws and practices.

Darryn:

Wow, there seems to be two perspectives here.  ON one front, we have a group of people that work for the immigration department leaking memos about allowing several million people become legal citizens, and then another front of illegal immigrants getting arrested as we speak and on their way to deportation.

What is happening right now that can cause such disorganization among the people?  Why do we have to be filled with so much hate and disorder?

A memo released from the Senate to President Obama’s administration to tell Obama off about a possible idea like this: http://www.propublica.org/documents/item/congressional-letter-to-president-obama-on-immigration-june-21-2010

Engineering grad returns to Mexico, now waits to become legal – CNN.com.

Magdalena De Kino, Mexico (CNN) — Oscar Vazquez will likely read this story. He has the internet. He has a television, too. Then, he’ll go off to work at a car parts factory.

He buries himself in work in this small Mexican town to keep his mind off thoughts of his wife and young daughter back in the United States.

“I try to keep myself busy,” Vazquez said. “Like weekends are really tough. Most days, I just go to work and come home and sleep and sleep as much as I can and go back to work.”

It’s not the life Vazquez thought he’d be living after earning a mechanical engineering degree at Arizona State University.

Across the border, Vazquez’s wife, Karla, and 2-year-old daughter, Samantha, live in Phoenix, Arizona, where it’s relatively safer.

Karla Vazquez said she would have moved to Mexico with her husband if not for Samantha.

Like many Mexican border towns, Magdalena De Kino has seen its share of violence. A few months back several men were shot and killed just down the street, Oscar Vazquez said. The bullets scarred the front of his house.

“That happened before I moved in,” he said. “But it’s still a little scary to have a bullet hole in your front door.”

Every few weeks, Karla and Samantha make the three-hour drive to visit Oscar on Karla’s days off.

“The only thing that worries me is that she drives kind of fast,” Vazquez said, with a frown, during one of the visits.

“I just want to get here,” she interjected.

Magdalena De Kino is a far cry from the life Vazquez lived in Phoenix. When he was in high school, he was an executive officer in the ROTC program.

He was also a member of the robotics team, which entered an underwater remotely operated robot in a competition against universities.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology was one of them.

The little robot called “Stinky” — built in a couple of days by Vazquez and his teammates — won the competition.

But behind all his successes, he was hiding a secret. Vazquez was an illegal immigrant. But not by choice.

When he was 12, his mother smuggled him across the border into Arizona so they could be with his father.

He graduated from high school and college in Arizona, and started a family.

Then Oscar and Karla decided to take an extraordinary risk: He would leave the United States. In essence, Oscar Vazquez would “self deport” to Mexico so he then could apply to return legally.

“No one is going to hire you for a top job if you don’t have your Social Security number and all that stuff,” Vazquez said.

It was the only way to have a successful future in the United States, according to Karla Vazquez.

“He worked so hard to get a degree and really wanted to put it to use,” she said. “He wasn’t going to be able to do that without getting legalized.”

The Vazquezes thought the process would be smooth. He applied for a waiver of his “excludability” based on extreme hardship to his family.

His initial application was rejected.

The U.S. government wanted to see more documents of the family’s finances as well as evidence of the psychological impact of Vazquez’s absence on the family, to prove hardship.

“Do they want to see me living in a box with my baby for it to be enough for them to let my husband come back home?” Karla asked.

“Do they want to see me lose my job and then my child to protective services because I can’t provide for her? What more do they need?”

It could be another year before there’s a decision on his appeal.

How does that make him feel?

“Frustrated,” Oscar says, “not to be with the family, not to be able to see my daughter grow up.”

When he graduated from Arizona State last year, Vazquez was asked to stand during the commencement to be honored for his outstanding perseverance and determination. Hundreds of people applauded him, including President Obama, who was there to deliver the commencement address.

For now, Vazquez lives with those memories and his hope for the future.

“I do want to be able to go back home and give them all the things they need and all the things they want and give them the life they deserve,” he said.

To Oscar: You Rock!  You shouldn’t have to even think about leaving your family behind.  I’m so sorry that this has happened to you and your family.  Better days will be here for all of us, I just hope that it is not too late for you to enjoy your daughters childhood.

This is the type of bullshit that comes out of creating laws against people that live in your community that are not doing any more harm than anyone else.  It’s bullshit that Arizona State University can issue these degrees, and that he can even meet President Obama in his commencement, but has to virtually self-deport because he’s scared shitless that when America deports him, he’ll have no chance to see his daughter again.  How is it possible that a state can issue these degrees, seemingly understanding that he was probably illegal, and then create a law that targets people like him specifically?  It makes me sick.

D


Bright Eyes plans concert to fight immigration law

(AP) – 5 hours ago

OMAHA, Neb. — Bright Eyes, Cursive and other Nebraska music acts will perform at a concert to raise money to fight a law that would ban the hiring of or renting to illegal immigrants in the Nebraska city of Fremont.

The Concert for Equality on Saturday in Omaha’s Benson neighborhood will include two simultaneous shows — one outside and the other indoors at the Waiting Room.

Tickets cost $20 to $50, and proceeds from the sold-out concert go to the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, one of two civil rights groups who have sued the city of Fremont. The groups says the voter-approved ordinance is discriminatory.

The Fremont City Council voted Tuesday to suspend the ban until the lawsuits are settled. It was to take effect on Thursday.

via The Associated Press: Bright Eyes plans concert to fight immigration law.