October 25, 2009

Detained immigrant children face legal maze in U.S.

By Rose Marie Arce
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MIAMI (CNN) -- When "Marta" was 12, she entered the United States illegally, hoping to join her mother, who had left her in Central America years ago to search for work. Three years later she was sitting in immigration detention by herself waiting to be deported back home to her grandmother, who was dying of cancer.

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October 23, 2009

Second immigration official leaves new federal office
"A second high-ranking official in a two-month-old federal office that oversees immigration detention policy and planning has left the government, sources say. Cree Zischke, tasked with addressing detainee health care issues for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of Detention Policy and Planning, departed just weeks after her boss, Dr. Dora Schriro, left ICE in late September to become commissioner of New York City's jails." Andrew Becker, Oct. 23, 2009.

October 15, 2009

Remembering the late Plyler vs. Doe Judge William Wayne

Judge William Wayne Justice dies at 89

He was once called 'the real governor of Texas’


Oct. 14, 2009, 9:37PM

Black children across Texas attend public schools because Justice enforced federal desegregation laws in 1970.

Hispanic children gained the same rights as blacks because of Justice's rulings. His orders prompted bilingual education in Texas.

Texas must educate all children regardless of their immigration status because of a Justice decision.

Juveniles convicted of crimes were moved from incarceration in work camps to modern rehabilitation facilities at his command.

The most sweeping change of all was the Ruiz prison reform case that ended brutal conditions for inmates and prompted a massive building boom that gave Texas one of the largest and most modern incarceration systems in the nation.

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October 09, 2009

The Pecos Insurrection

How a private prison pushed immigrant inmates to the brink.

FORREST WILDER - OCt. 2, 2009 - Texas observer

October 05, 2009


Surviving Criminalization: Films on Incarceration & Family Detention

The Equal Justice Society, in partnership with the ACLU of Northern California, the San Francisco Film Society and the Commonweal Institute, will be screening two documentaries that take a probing look into America’s criminal justice and immigrant detention systems. As racial justice advocates, we believe that building a movement that addresses both systems of oppression is imperative.

Wednesday, October 14th
7:00 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinema
1881 Post Street, San Francisco Japantown

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Security Gates for U.S./Canada border towns

October 01, 2009

Immigration Crackdown With Firings, Not Raids

Published: September 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES — A clothing maker with a vast garment factory in downtown Los Angeles is firing about 1,800 immigrant employees in the coming days — more than a quarter of its work force — after a federal investigation turned up irregularities in the identity documents the workers presented when they were hired.

"Broken in U.S.A." NEW YORK TIMES  - click  here TO READ EDITORIAL

Two more recent "Widow Penalty" victories!

"Widow Penalty" victory in Maryland
Brent Renison reports: "The Court finds that the plain language of 8 U.S.C. § 1151(b)(2)(A)(i) does not automatically strip an alien, whose citizen spouse filed an I-130 petition but died before it was adjudicated, from classification as an “immediate relative” solely because the citizen died before the couple’s second wedding anniversary." Hats off to Michael Pass with Steptoe & Johnson in D.C.

"Widow Penalty" victory in Florida
"Before this Court is an issue of law regarding Plaintiff Juana MacLean's residency status in the United States. Coined by Plaintiff as the 'widow penalty,' this issue arises when a United States citizen petitions the government to adjust the status of the alien spouse, but dies before the government actually adjudicates the request. The Government takes the position that a petition dies with the death of the petitioning United States citizen. The surviving spouses claim the Government's position is contrary to the law. The Court agrees." Hats off to Jeff Devore.