By Andrew Becker and Anna Gorman
April 15, 2009魚拓
Nearly three-quarters of the roughly 897,000 immigrants deported from 1997 to 2007 after serving criminal sentences were convicted of nonviolent offenses, and one-fifth were legal permanent residents, according to the study released today by Human Rights Watch.
The deportations cited in the report occurred after the passage of a 1996 law that mandated the detention and deportation of all immigrants, even those who are longtime lawful residents, if they committed a crime punishable by at least one year behind bars.
The law is retroactive, so immigrants are often deported because of crimes they committed before the law was written.
The top reasons for deportation during the 10-year period were entering the U.S. illegally, driving while under the influence of alcohol, assault and immigration crimes, such as selling false citizenship papers, the report said.
Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which favors stricter controls on immigration, said illegal immigrants had no right to be here and should be removed regardless of their criminal records.
"They don't need to have committed a crime at all," he said. "They still should be deported."
The Human Rights Watch report estimates the deportations have caused the separation of more than 1 million family members.
Yakara Hernandez of Tampa, Fla., said she and her husband understood that he came to the U.S. illegally and were willing to pay the penalty. Hernandez said they owned a business and a home, paid taxes and were raising three daughters.
But she said the family's life had been on hold since immigration officials deported her husband to Honduras in December 2006.
Leticia Benitez, who lives in Azusa, said her family had also been divided by deportation. Benitez's husband, a legal permanent resident, was arrested in 2007 and deported to Mexico based on an old misdemeanor conviction for statutory rape."
"That was a mistake he did when he was a teenager," said Benitez, a U.S. citizen. "He shouldn't be punished for that.
Restaurant owner faces deportation
ACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 22 (UPI) -- An immigrant who built up a successful Indian restaurant in Jacksonville, Fla., faces deportation for employing illegal immigrants, authorities say.
Shawn Arnold, Rajak's lawyer, said deportation proceedings are likely to begin soon. If his client is deported, he would not be able to return to the United States for five to 10 years.
Rajak admitted he employed four illegal immigrants and rented living quarters for them.
Although Rajak had a clean criminal record before his arrest on the immigration charge, investigators said they learned later that he entered the United States himself in 2002 with false documents that said he was a religious worker. During sentencing, Rajak described growing up in poverty and struggling to get jobs as a cook in Mumbai and then on a cruise ship, which brought him to the United States.
Children Of Immigrants Less Likely To Get Benefits
by Pam Fessler魚拓
April 15, 2009 · Children living in immigrant families are more likely to be poor than those whose parents were born in the U.S. But these same children are far less likely to receive public benefits — even though most of them were born in the U.S. and are citizens. This has some people worried about the welfare of one of the nation's fastest growing groups — the citizen children of immigrants.
Blazer said the fears also extend to legal immigrants. Some of them worry that their children's use of benefits — such as food stamps and health coverage — could jeopardize their own legal status or prevent them from becoming citizens because they'll be considered a public charge, someone unable to support themselves.
"They get very nervous. They don't really know the process," said Ramos. "So for a lot of them it's very intimidating to complete the application."
Ramos said that language is a big barrier, and she tries to help non-English speakers navigate the bureaucracy. She also tries to dispel a lot of myths.
Unemployment for Immigrants and the US-Born: Picture Bleak for Less-Educated Black & Hispanic Americans
By Steven A. Camarota
Those native-born Americans most in competition with immigrants, particularly illegal immigrants, are teenagers (16-17), all adults (18+) without a high school diploma, and young workers (18 to 29) with only a high school diploma.
The East Hampton Press Knife wielded in clash between immigrant and protestor By Carolyn Kormann Apr 21, 09 7:11 PM">The East Hampton Press
Knife wielded in clash between immigrant and protestor
By Carolyn Kormann
Apr 21, 09 7:11 PM魚拓
Gabriel Sanchez-Nugra, 26, was arrested on Monday morning, April 20, at around 8 a.m. by East Hampton Village Police in front of the East Hampton train station on Railroad Avenue and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. Bail was set at $350.
Police responded to a 911 call of menacing in front of the train station after Springs anti-illegal immigration protester Ricky King said that Mr. Sanchez-Nugra had threatened him with a 2-inch silver switchblade. When an officer arrived on the scene, Mr. Sanchez-Nugra was still holding the knife and police confiscated it.
Mr. King has been part of protests against illegal immigration in front of the 7-Eleven in Southampton and the East Hampton train station on several occasions. A few weeks ago, he held up a sign in front of the train station that read, “Mayor Rickenbach’s Slave Labor Market.”
Mr. Sanchez-Nugra is alleging that Mr. King started harassing him, saying “go back to your country,” cursing at him and using racial slurs, Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen said.
Chief Larsen said that police looked into filing charges of harassment against Mr. King, but because the detectives did not see the incident, there was insufficient evidence for such a charge. “Because this is such a hot issue throughout the county, we also contacted the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Unit,” Chief Larsen said. “He concurred that there was not enough evidence to charge Mr. King with anything.” Village police also forwarded statements to the District Attorney’s office for review but have not received a response yet.
“The bottom line is words are words and a knife is something totally different,” Chief Larsen said.
April 21, 2009
Report: Hispanic workers in South face
'hostility, discrimination and exploitation'
By FRANK FERNANDEZ
Many Hispanics are facing "widespread hostility, discrimination and exploitation" in the South, according to a report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Hispanic workers in the South face "rampant abuse" by bosses in the work place and racial profiling by police on the streets, the report said. Hispanic women suffer through sexual abuse, fearful of fighting back because they might be deported, the report said.
And while the report — titled "Under Siege: Life for Low-Income Latinos in the South" — did not look specifically at Florida, the problems "probably don’t stop at the state border," Mary Bauer, director of immigrant justice for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in a phone interview.
"In some of these issues, in terms of the larger picture, people being vilified and being treated as guilty and being subject to racial profiling, those are complaints that immigrant advocates hear everywhere in the country," Bauer said.
Crisanto said he has heard complaints from Hispanics who worked construction or in roofing and then were not paid. If Hispanic workers complain about not being paid, their bosses threaten to report them to police or immigration, Crisanto said.
"People are afraid to report anything, because they are afraid the police will arrest them, deport them," Crisanto said. "There is no confidence."
The traffic stops often are uncalled for, she said.
"There is no reason," Valtierra said. "They will say something about the car or the license plate or the tinting is too dark. But in the end the ticket is only for not having a driver’s license
Racial intolerance makes it hard for Salinas to come together
APRIL 21, 2009
As my pastor used to say "All are welcome in the kingdom of heaven, but you must enter through the gate!".
I have NO problem with immigrants of ANY race being here, as long as they do it right. However, I can tell you that growing up in this area, being a caucasian girl in a public school near Castroville- I got plenty of hatred thrown at me for no reason. I never did anything wrong to them.
A couple of years ago, I was walking out of a restaurant and a young boy held the door open for me. I thanked him and said sweetly called him a gentleman. His mother spun around and snapped at im saying "SHE can open the door for herself!" and looked at me like I was Satan...
Japan Pays Foreign Workers to Go Home
Japan to Immigrants: Thanks, But You Can Go Home Now
By COCO MASTERS / TOKYO Monday, Apr. 20, 2009
Homeless immigrants flown home
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Charity Thames Reach is helping people who want to go home after being unable to find work or housing in the UK.
Christof from Poland, who had his passport stolen, was among the first people to return home under the scheme.
It is being supported by a £120,000 grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government.
Immigrants from eastern Europe who have been living rough on the streets of London are being flown back home in a government-backed scheme"
"When we have people in circumstances in central London who are in the state we are seeing some of these people in, ultimately they are going to be a drain on the NHS," he said.
"So getting them back will save us money.
Polish immigrants are leaving USA
FRIDAY, 17 APRIL 2009 23:42 KRYSTYNA TELLER
many of Polish immigrants, who succeeded in coming here, are leaving. Years of dreaming about America and then months of applying for a legalized stay don’t matter when the economic crisis hits.
Such is the story of Anna Kowalska*, 32, a Polish immigrant who lived in the U.S. for over eight years, during which she got married and had children. Last May however, Kowalska moved to Canada to seek a better and economically safer life.
“We realized that it’s going to get worse; that it’ll be hard to keep a job, especially in the construction business, where my husband worked. It was my husband’s job that really constituted our ‘be or not to be’,” said Kowalska
…Others return to Poland
There are many more Polish immigrants who, out of fear of the crisis, moved to different countries, such as Canada and Poland. However, there are no available statistics to show their exact number.
Today, some of those who left the U.S. are trying hard to return because the economic crisis turned out to be much worse in Poland. Jobs are hard to find and the prices of food rose greatly, even though salaries of most Polish citizens remained the same.
One of Kaminski’s clients, a Polish immigrant working at a shipping company, told her about the number of people who decided to move back to Poland. Most of them returned to their home country last year, during the time when the price of American dollar dropped significantly.
Hamptons day laborers' campsites sign of poor economy
BY DAVE MARCUS | firstname.lastname@example.org
9:53 PM EDT, April 20, 2009
Telesforo Serafico, 58, a carpenter from Mexico who arrived in the United States 18 years ago, said he has watched as immigrant friends in the Hamptons have lost jobs in construction and given up one meal after another.
"I've seen a few of the guys out here give up on apartments and go live under the trees," he said. He led a reporter and a photographer to a mattress and homemade tent just a few dozen yards inside the woods from a middle-class street, Hillcrest Terrace.
"It's very hard for all working people in the East End, especially immigrants," said Michael O'Neill, co-chairman of the East Hampton Anti-Bias Task Force. "These guys from Latin America will stop eating rather than stop sending money home to their families."
Unemployment amongst immigrants doubles
Brazilians currently make up Portugal’s largest foreign community.She said, “These are people who have lost their jobs because of the economic crisis, and, instead of staying in Portugal to be exploited, they return to their home countries
Neo-Nazi group based in Phoenix
Recently distributed fliers call for white pride, deny Holocaust
April 22, 2009
By Anita Burke
A Rogue Valley man recently released from prison after being convicted in a string of racially motivated assaults in 2003 now leads a statewide neo-Nazi group based in Phoenix.
The 29-year-old with a shaved head said he and his staff in Phoenix coordinate activity around the state, while a local unit focuses on recruiting and Southern Oregon issues — especially illegal immigration and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Patterson would not disclose membership numbers, either locally or statewide.
In recent weeks they have distributed fliers across the Rogue Valley and Klamath Falls calling for white pride and unity, denying the Holocaust happened and demanding that illegal immigrants return to Mexico so the white race doesn't become extinct.
The national immigration debate, the worsening recession, and Barack Obama's presidency all fueled growth in the number of hate groups in America, the center reported.
Patterson describes his group as "normal people with a legitimate cause — surviving as a race."
"People call me a hatemonger, but I care about my community, my culture and my race," he said.
Immigration crusader runs against McCain
PHOENIX, April 22 (UPI) -- The founder of the anti-immigration group Minuteman announced Wednesday he is running against Sen. John McCain for the Republican nomination in Arizona.
Chris Simcox, at a news conference outside the state Capitol in Phoenix, attacked McCain on immigration, blaming him for recent violence along the border with Mexico, The Arizona Star reported. But he also promised not to run a "one-issue" campaign.
"He is fully responsible for the deaths along our borders, the raging violence in Mexico and the violence that we have in the streets of U.S. cities from border to border, coast to coast," Simcox said
Minuteman founder launches bid for McCain's seat
38 comments by Mary Jo Pitzl - Apr. 22, 2009 02:52 PM
The Arizona Republic
Simcox is best known for his work on the U.S.-Mexican border. And at his news conference, he called for the immediate deployment of 25,000 National Guard and military personnel on the border.
CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS
April 21, 2009 – 8:45 p.m.
McCain Gets a Primary Challenger in Arizona
By Emily Cadei, CQ Staff
The mission of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps is to serve as a “neighbhorhood watch” for America’s borders to prevent unlawful entry. The group says it provides evidence of illegal immigration to law enforcement officials, distinguishing itself from the Minutemen Project, a separate anti-illegal immigration organization that critics say promotes vigilante justice. The two groups are often confused.
Europe's far right on the march魚拓
The far right is on the rise throughout Europe, riding a perfect storm of unemployment, declining wage levels, poor housing and immigration.
In many countries, the far right is tapping in to a widespread "anti-politics" mood.・・・
What unites the movement is a belief that there are too many foreigners in Europe, that they should be induced to return from whence they came, and that the established political order needs to be overturned - not least the EU itself・・・
In Italy, the far right now forms part of a coalition government with Silvio Berlusconi's administration, with the xenophobic Northern League and the post-fascist National Alliance being given senior positions in government.
In France, the high water mark for the far right came when Jean Mari Le Pen's National Front party garnered about six million votes, when he beat Lionel Jospin, the Socialist candidate, into fourth place in the 2002 presidential elections.・・・・
The National Front has yet to improve on that performance, but the continuing disarray of parties on the left, including the Communist Party, now a fraction of its former self, mean that the potential is still there.・・・・
Turning to northern Europe, in recent years, Belgian politics have become characterised by a deepening rift between the French-speaking south and the Flemish North.
This division has deepened by the emergence of the far-right Flemish Bloc party as one of the biggest movements.
Not only does the Flemish Block advocate home rule, but it is fiercely anti-immigrant and openly anti-Semitic. Its influence continues to grow.
Despite criticism, Haider and other leaders of the Freedom Party were frequently pictured attending and speaking at reunion gatherings of the war-time Waffen SS.・・・・
Austria, unlike Germany, was never subjected to the intensive de-Nazification campaigns that followed from the defeat of Adolf Hitler.・・・・
In Britain, the British National Party (BNP), the successor organisation to the National Front, has, in common with its sister parties, attempted to shed the hardline, sometimes violent image associated with some of its shaven-headed supporters.