Archive for June 5th, 2008

“Was LA’s immigration policy of “don’t ask-don’t tell” responsible for the murder of Jamiel Shaw Jr. by an illegal alien gang banger? LAPD’s Special Order 40 is now under fire for sheilding criminal aliens from the law and has sparked the call for them to be deported.”

Full Disclosure Interviews Jamiel Shaw Jr. Parents


This is sort of related to the previous post entitled “Forced labor fuels development, U.S. report finds”. Keep your barf bag close by. GuardDog

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ATLANTA - Hispanic workers die at higher rates than other laborers, with 1 in 3 of these deaths occurring in the construction industry, a government study reported Thursday.

Hispanics tend to hold more high-risk jobs than those in other racial groups, but language and literacy barriers and poor training and supervision may also be factors, researchers said. The leading causes of death in recent years have been falls and highway-related accidents.

?Many of the Hispanic workers in construction are undocumented, and many of those who are recently arrived do face a language barrier,? said Rakesh Kochhar, associated director for research at the Pew Hispanic Center.

?A language barrier hinders understanding of a job, or the risks associated with it, or safety precautions,? said Kochhar, who was not part of the new study.

The study was done by health researchers in Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It?s being published this week in the CDC?s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The study counted more than 11,000 Hispanic work-related deaths nationwide from 1992-2006. The data were culled from death certificates, police reports, workers? compensation reports and other sources.

The researchers calculated an annual death rate of 5 per 100,000 Hispanic workers in 2006. But the rate for foreign-born Hispanics, roughly 6 per 100,000, was far higher than the 3.5 for those born in the United States.

The rate for non-Hispanic white workers was 4. For blacks, it was 3.7.


The Washington Post

There have been no major flaps over day-labor sites here, or boiling controversies over immigrant boardinghouses or schools crowded with children who don’t speak English.

But a group has formed to fight illegal immigration. Calls about the issue to the area’s congresswoman have swelled. And Ray and Colette Tranchant want to sue the government over what they call its failure to enforce immigration laws.

The catalyst was a tragedy that roiled the Hampton Roads area and triggered stiffer local policies on illegal immigrants. In March 2007, the Tranchants’ daughter Tessa, 16, and her best friend, Alison Kunhardt, 17, were killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver who had a police record and was in the country illegally.

“What happened in Virginia Beach is they woke up Saturday morning and realized not only do illegal immigrants work in your town, live in your town, but they also kill people in your town,” then-Del. John J. Welch III (R-Virginia Beach) told reporters at the time.

As national immigration politics increasingly become local and police reveal the legal status of more suspects, high-profile deaths caused by illegal immigrants are serving as powerful tipping points for community outrage. The tragedies often live on nationally as talking points for opponents of illegal immigration and as symbols on Web sites that list victims as if they were fallen soldiers in an invisible war.

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DHS Bureau Will Report the Number of People Who Die Awaiting Deportation.

The Washington Post

The top U.S. immigration enforcement official told a congressional subcommittee yesterday that the Bush administration will disclose more information about foreigners who die in the sprawling network of federal detention centers around the country.

Julie Myers, assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau, said her agency will report such deaths to a branch of the Justice Department that collects similar information about inmates in state prisons and local jails.

The Justice Department publishes statistics on the fatalities, not the identities of the victims, but Myers said the change represents “more transparency” about detainee deaths. Since last year, congressional Democrats have pleaded with ICE to reveal the names and circumstances of foreigners who have died in U.S. custody.

Myers announced the new reporting requirement during a congressional hearing on medical care for immigration detainees, the first since The Washington Post published a series of articles last month that documented a broken system of care for the growing number of foreigners who are imprisoned while the government tries to deport them.

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Contra Costa Times

More than half of new California immigrants who are permanent legal residents lived in the state illegally before getting green cards, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

The study suggests that the conventional notion of a legal immigrant as a brand-new arrival who has waited in a home country to get a green card is not the norm.

“The idea (is) you sit at home, you wait, you get the green card,” said research fellow Laura Hill. “That’s certainly an experience for immigrants, but it’s not the most common.”

Of green card holders living in California, only 33 percent are new to the United States, never having entered the country before becoming legal residents here, according to the study. Another 15 percent previously visited the country at least once without violating immigration rules.

But a majority ? 52 percent ? had past experience living in the country illegally, usually without the government knowing about it, Hill said.

The numbers were based on a survey of 8,000 people with green cards who shared detailed histories of their migration experiences with researchers as part of The New Immigrant Survey in 2003 and 2004.

Thirty-five percent of the California green card holders had come into the United States at least once before by illegally crossing the border, while 18 percent violated the terms of a legal visit by overstaying a tourist visa or working when they were not supposed to.

“It highlights how overly simplified our understanding of immigrants and immigration can be,” said Hill, who said a stark distinction between “illegal” and “legal” immigrants does not acknowledge the frequent correlation between both categories. “We need to be a little more cognizant of the variety and breadth of experience.”

Along with California, the study looked at the country as a whole. It found that a somewhat smaller percentage of green card holders ? 42 percent ? have previously lived in the country illegally. Of those, 20 percent had crossed the border illegally and 22 percent had violated their visa terms.

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Associated Press

PLAINFIELD, N.J., June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) has filed a RICO and Fair Housing discrimination lawsuit against Connolly Properties, Inc. and other defendants on behalf of a former employee and several tenants in the Federal District Court in New Jersey. The lawsuit asks the court to find the Defendants liable for unlawfully harboring illegal aliens, laundering the proceeds of illegal alien rental income, discriminating against U.S. citizen tenants, and mistreating U.S. citizen tenants and a former employee in the process.

The lawsuit alleges that Connolly Properties has intentionally targeted illegal aliens to fill vacant apartments in its complexes and that Connolly Properties has segregated tenants based on their race. Connolly Properties is a major operator of apartment buildings in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. IRLI believes that this is the first civil lawsuit challenging a landlord’s harboring of illegal aliens in rental housing to be filed under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. The United States Department of Justice is currently prosecuting a criminal RICO case in a federal district court in Kentucky alleging many of the same issues.

Contact: Mike Hethmon of Immigration Reform Law Institute, +1-202-232-5590,


Tulsa World

A federal judge on Wednesday halted the full implementation of House Bill 1804, Oklahoma’s landmark immigration law aimed at decreasing the use of illegal workers and limiting access to state services.

Judge Robin Cauthron has granted injunctive relief in a case that has pitted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Oklahoma chambers of commerce against the state.

Cauthron is a judge with the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Oklahoma.

The injunction prohibits two sections of HB 1804 from taking affect July 1. One section would require an employer to verify a worker’s eligibility before he or she could be eligible for contracts with the state. A second section would require businesses to verify the work authorization status of individual independent contractors to avoid state tax penalties.

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK ? A man who was in the country illegally was arrested Saturday at the Wakefern warehouse on Tower Road after it was discovered he was using his cell phone to take pictures inside the the women’s bathroom at the facility.

Juan C. Torres, a 28-year-old resident of Jamesburg, was arrested when Patrolman Michael Hallman inspected his cell phone and found video images taken inside the bathroom.

Police were called to the scene after Torres was discovered in the bathroom attempting to videotape women, police said. Employees told police that Torres had locked himself in a stall and stood on the toilet adjacent to an occupied stall to take the pictures.

When he was arrested, police found two outstanding warrants from Jamesburg and East Brunswick for unknown violations. Once in custody, it was discovered Torres was in the country illegally, police said.

Torres was charged with contempt for the outstanding warrants as well as the third-
degree crime of producing images of exposed body parts without license.

He was taken to the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick, with bail on the criminal charge set at $15,000.

In addition, the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement issued a no bail detainer.


Mexican Legislators say “Juan Hernandez is hurting Mexico’s Image” and “this shows that their is a link between the PAN party and the far right in the United States.”

El Universal

Federal representatives of opposition parties (PRD-PRI) criticized the political activism of Juan Hernández in the collection of funds for the candidate of the U.S. Republican Party, John McCain, and made an exhort to the chancellery to send an “attentive note” to the former Friend of Fox to impede that he injures the image of the country (Mexico).

Edmundo Ramírez (PRI), secretary of the Commission of Population, Borders and Migratory Matters of the House of Representatives, affirmed that far from fortifying the Hispanic community, these actions affect the image of Mexico.

Although as a citizen, he said, he has the right to participate and to speak as he chooses, the PAN party should be take caution in the way those who were close collaborators of the former Mexican president participate.

EL UNIVERSAL brought to light that Juan Hernández, an old collaborator of Vicente Fox, now dedicates part of his time to collect funds for the presidential campaign of John McCain.

On the matter, the legislator Ramirez from the PRI party, considered that there are other ways to promote political participation of those who have the possibility to vote.

“Who is Juan Hernández? A person who has always operated with the American right and here in Mexico, one of the representatives of the right reactionary wing” added the representative.

“I exhort the chancellery to ask top-level officials, of the previous administration not to damage the image of the country. Therefore, we as a parliamentary group have been in disagreement with they way (Vicente) Fox continues being presented like the president and giving conferences and speaking without representing anybody”.

Alejandro Sánchez Camacho (PRD) regretted the attitude of the former Friend of Fox, and added that with this, it shows that their is a link between the PAN party and the far right in the United States.

“It shows that still the Man with Boots has threads of power that moves, not only in our country, but in every part of North America and South America”, added the legislator of the PRD party.