Archive for May 6th, 2008

The Washington Post

LONDON — Britain’s Home Office tightened visa regulations for skilled workers Tuesday, forcing employers to prove they had no option before hiring a foreigner.

The change is part of a full overhaul of Britain’s immigration system that will impact students, workers and temporary visitors and that is meant to make the process of choosing whom is allowed into the country more selective. It is modeled on Australia’s strict point system for granting visas.

Under the new rules, potential workers will be evaluated based on their age and their ability to speak English, and the amount of money they earn. Potential migrants earning more than $48,000 would have a simpler time than those earning less.

“Our new points system means that British job seekers get the first crack of the whip and that only the skilled migrants we actually need will be able to come.” said Liam Byrne, the immigration minister.

The new regulations are part of government attempts to limit levels of immigration and will affect thousands of computer programmers, lab technicians, midwives and other skilled laborers that come to work in Britain annually. Another set of rules that covers students and temporary workers will be announced later in the year.

Had the new regulations been in operation last year, the Home Office said 20,000 people would have not been allowed into the country. That figure represents about 10 per cent of the workers who came to Britain from outside Europe.

The new rules will not affect the movement of people from within the European Union, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

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The Washington Post

In just over a decade, Frederick County has been transformed from a bucolic, timeless community of dairy farms and strawberry festivals to a fast-paced mosaic of high-tech firms and housing developments, Pilates classes and exotic eateries, mega-stores and McDonald’s.

The changes have also brought thousands of Hispanics, some legal immigrants and others not, who have migrated up Interstate 270 to meet the demand for construction and service jobs. Until now, the county has handled the influx with outreach classes in schools and community policing programs. Chic Hispanic restaurants flourish in downtown Frederick, and working-class Latinos have remained relatively invisible.

Suddenly, however, their presence is igniting a controversy that some fear could escalate into the kind of war over illegal immigration that has torn apart Prince William County. In the past month, the Frederick County sheriff has joined with federal authorities to identify and deport illegal immigrants, and county commissioners have proposed legislation to ban free translation of county business and require public schools to track down students who are in the United States illegally.

“The single biggest threat to our country is the immigration problem. We cannot continue to absorb this population or we will end up in collapse like a Third World country,” said Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, whose officers have identified 18 illegal immigrants in the past two weeks after traffic stops or other incidents. “We are not going out in a white van with a big net, but we are getting the criminal element of the illegal population out of Frederick County.”

Local opponents of the measures, including black, white and Hispanic residents, say the crackdown and other proposed actions smack of racism and political grandstanding. They say Latinos have been welcomed by Frederick’s businesses as a source of cheap labor. Since 1990, the county’s Hispanic population has more than tripled, from fewer than 5,000 to more than 15,000, growing to about 5 percent of the county’s inhabitants.

“This is nothing but scapegoating,” said Lydia Espinoza, a community mediator of Mexican American descent. “The immigrant community has been growing here for years, but now people are seeing more Latinos in public, speaking Spanish in stores. They hear about overcrowded houses or issues that can be resolved by the community. Instead, some people are stoking these emotional fires to create group feelings against immigrants.”

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Aztlan.net

Los Angeles, Alta California - May 1, 2008 - (ACN) “The Brown Berets de Aztlan have undertaken an active campaign to recruit more soldiers and form new chapters throughout Aztlan,” said Chairman David Rico yesterday. “We will be having a series of presentations throughout the Southwest starting in San Diego on May 8, 2008,” he added.

David Rico is one of the original founders of the Brown Berets in California and was one of the Brown Beret soldiers that seized and took over land in Barrio Logan in San Diego that later became, the now world famous, “Chicano Park”.

Brown Berets

In the first presentation in San Diego, David Rico and other Brown Berets will be speaking on what it takes to be a Brown Beret de Aztlan, what the organization believes in and on future plans. They will also be answering questions.

The first presentation is scheduled for May 8, 2008 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Centro Cultural de La Raza located in Balboa Park at 2125 Park Blvd, San Diego.

After the recruitment campaign, the Brown Berets de Aztlan will be organizing caravans to the state of Arizona where our community is presently under siege by racists and other anti-immigrant elements.

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The benefit screening of the movie BORDER for imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean is sold out. However I think you’d still have fun even if you can’t get inside to see the show. There should be a lot of folks outside showing support for the Ramos and Compean families. Radio Hosts John and Ken will be there broadcasting as well. You can donate to the Ramos family at the AgentRamos.com website with your credit card through PayPal. Or you can mail a check payable to Monica Ramos at P.O. Box 972925, El Paso Texas 79997.

TUESDAY MAY 6, 2008
Arrive at 7:30 P.M.
Film Shown from 8:00 P.M. ? 10:00 P.M.
SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd (at Mulholland)
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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Bradenton

MANATEE — County Commissioner Donna Hayes has asked Sheriff Brad Steube to look into a program that would identify illegal immigrants booked at the county jail and detain them for possible deportation.

The so-called 287(g) program, run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, trains local law enforcement officers on how to question and detain an arrestee believed to be living illegally in the United States for possible deportation.

Steube has pursued the program for more than a year and might soon get his wish.

More than 90 agencies nationwide are seeking funding for the program, according to ICE, and 47 agencies are already participating in the program that has trained nearly 700 officers.

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Newsday

DANBURY, Conn. - The Rev. Al Sharpton criticized Danbury officials for using undercover police officers to promise jobs to day laborers in 2006, only to turn them over to federal agents for deportation.

The arrests were unfair, Sharpton told a Danbury church congregation Sunday.

“I don’t lie to folks and then deport them,” Sharpton told about 350 people at New Hope Baptist Church on Sunday. “I’m coming to a town that switches bait.”

A federal judge earlier this year refused to block the deportations of nine men who were picked up at a local park by undercover city officers and turned over to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The judge ruled that Danbury police did not exceed their authority. Supporters of the laborers are appealing the ruling.

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I didn’t attend the Communist May Day march this year but a guy named “Ringo the Gringo” did and he took all these great photo’s. He has many more photos of the march and several other riff raff parades on his website Ringo’s Pictures.

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