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The Mexican Repatriation - YouTube vlog brothers
n which John discusses The Mexican Repatriation of the 1930s, a story from U.S. History he learned about only recently. SOURCES:

The most comprehensive history of this period I found is a book called Decade of Betrayal by Francisco E. Balderrama and Raymond Rodriguez. It was there I first learned the story of Jose Lopez.

The wikipedia article about The Repatriation of the Great Depression-era is quite good: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican...

The 2017 paper that found the deportations either has no impact on U.S. unemployment or else made it slightly worse: https://www.nber.org/papers/w23885
Mexican  deportation  immigration  history 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Edelman PR drops GEO Group after employee revolt at the prospect of laundering the reputation of private US concentration camps / Boing Boing
How bad is GEO Group? Put it this way: the following banks believe the company is too dirty to do business with: "SunTrust, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Wells Fargo."
GEO  immigration  ICE  PR 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Trump admin's 'tent cities' cost more than keeping migrant kids with parents
WASHINGTON — The cost of holding migrant children who have been separated from their parents in newly created "tent cities" is $775 per person per night, according to an official at the Department of Health and Human Services — far higher than the cost of keeping children with their parents in detention centers or holding them in more permanent buildings.

The reason for the high cost, the official and several former officials told NBC News, is that the sudden urgency to bring in security, air conditioning, medical workers and other government contractors far surpasses the cost for structures that are routinely staffed.

It costs $256 per person per night to hold children in permanent HHS facilities like Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas. And keeping children with their parents in detention centers like the one run by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement in Dilley, Texas cost $298 per resident per night, according to an agency estimate when it awarded the contract for the facility in 2014.

At those prices, the additional cost to operate a 400-bed temporary structure for one month at capacity would be more than $5 million. The average stay for separated kids is nearly two months.
refugee  immigration  children  cost  $775/day 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
Writing on the Wall: Report Suggests Border Project Is Off-Track and Over Budget > ENGINEERING.com
According to the GAO, the results of the test were less than satisfactory. All four concrete prototypes would present “extensive” construction challenges, two of the others would present “substantial” challenges, and the last two would present only “moderate” challenges. Six of the prototypes would need “substantial” or “extensive” design changes to accommodate surface drainage, and the same number would require “substantial” or “extensive” changes to accommodate Border Patrol’s gates.

Only four of the prototypes could be built on 45-degree slopes, while three of them would not be constructible on any slope over 15 percent. One of the prototypes could not be constructed on any slope without a redesign. This is a particular challenge on the U.S. southern border, where much of the terrain is difficult or mountainous. While the original GAO report included data on the susceptibility of the walls to scaling and breaching, CBP asked that the GAO not make that information public out of security concerns.
Trump  wall  engineering  fail  GAO  report  politics  immigration 
january 2019 by Quercki
(64) Amy Patrick - Howdy. To recap: I’m a licensed structural and...
Am I a wall expert? I am. I am literally a court-accepted expert on walls.

Structurally and civil engineering-wise, the border wall is not a feasible project. Trump did not hire engineers to design the thing. He solicited bids from contractors, not engineers. This means it’s not been designed by professionals. It’s a disaster of numerous types waiting to happen.

What disasters?

Off the top of my head...
1) It will mess with our ability to drain land in flash flooding. Anything impeding the ability of water to get where it needs to go (doesn’t matter if there are holes in the wall or whatever) is going to dramatically increase the risk of flooding.
Trump  wall  immigration  structural  civil  engineering  facts  facebook 
january 2019 by Quercki
Detaining immigrants is big business / Boing Boing
how lucrative the business of detaining immigrant asylum-seekers in the United States has become.

“In 2018 alone, for-profit immigration detention was a nearly $1 billion industry underwritten by taxpayers and beset by problems that include suicide, minimal oversight, and what immigration advocates say uncomfortably resembles slave labor,” write the Beast's Spencer Ackerman and Adam Rawnsley.

Excerpt from '$800 Million in Taxpayer Money Went to Private Prisons Where Migrants Work for Pennies' --
immigration  ICE  private  prison  profit  taxes 
january 2019 by Quercki
San Diego is America's safest city, but Republicans keep claiming that the US-Mexican border is responsible for "gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive crime" / Boing Boing
San Diego and Tijuana are practically a single city, separated by a border, which Donald Trump wants to close, claiming that "The most important way to stop gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive crime is at our Southern Border."

White supremacist Tucker Carlson, who grew up near the San Diego/Tijuana border-crossing at San Ysidro, blames immigration for making America "poorer and dirtier and more divided."

San Diego is America's safest large city.

And it's not an exception: other safer-than-average US cities include the border towns of El Paso, San Antonio, and Phoenix.

Reality has such a left-wing bias.

San Diego is poised to end 2018 with 1.9 murders per 100,000 residents, compared to 23.1 per 100,000 in Indianapolis and 51.7 per 100,000 in Baltimore. That means a resident of Indianapolis is 12 times more likely to be murdered, a resident of Baltimore 27 times.
crime  murder  border  immigration  Mexico  statistics 
january 2019 by Quercki
We can’t let Trump close California’s gateway with Mexico - Los Angeles Times
he brewing crisis at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on the U.S.-Mexico border is yet another deliberate insult to California by President Trump.

Let’s recap (so far). First he deployed a show of force better suited to “Call of Duty” than the busiest border crossing in the Western Hemisphere. Customs and Border Protection shut down San Ysidro for hours at a time in recent weeks, wreaking havoc on the estimated 175,000-plus people who cross daily and the multibillion-dollar San Diego-Tijuana economy. Military helicopters have buzzed along the border to try to terrify the thousands of Central Americans amassed in Tijuana while waiting to seek asylum here. Then on Sunday la migra fired tear gas canisters over the border to push back these refugees, including women and children.

Even the California Highway Patrol took part in this sad charade, blocking off the northbound 5 and 805 freeways Sunday.

For millions of Latinos, the Tijuana-San Diego checkpoint is a western Ellis Island.
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Government authorities have treated the migrant caravan like a war game, a traffic accident or an invasion — but not like what it really is: an urgent, but completely manageable, flow of refugees.
immigration  California  Trump  wall  asylum  refugees 
november 2018 by Quercki
Proposed ‘public charge’ rule change stirs confusion over green card eligibility | Public Radio International
Hundreds of thousands of immigrant parents in California may disenroll their children from health insurance, food stamps and other federally subsidized programs because they fear that receiving these benefits will make it impossible for them to become permanent residents in the United States.

Their fears have been triggered by new regulations proposed by the Trump administration that expand the number of benefits that immigration officers can take into account in deciding whether to deny an immigrant permanent residence in the United States. Federal law allows immigration officials to deny green cards to immigrants if authorities decide they are likely to become a “public charge” — someone who relies excessively on government benefits to survive.

The draft regulations are currently open for public comments until Dec. 10th.
immigration  WIC  food_stamps  health  insurance  Trump 
november 2018 by Quercki
How US policy in Honduras set the stage for today's migration
U.S. military presence in Honduras and the roots of Honduran migration to the United States are closely linked. It began in the late 1890s, when U.S.-based banana companies first became active there. As historian Walter LaFeber writes in “Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America,” American companies “built railroads, established their own banking systems, and bribed government officials at a dizzying pace.” As a result, the Caribbean coast “became a foreign-controlled enclave that systematically swung the whole of Honduras into a one-crop economy whose wealth was carried off to New Orleans, New York, and later Boston.”

By 1914, U.S. banana interests owned almost 1 million acres of Honduras’ best land. These holdings grew through the 1920s to such an extent that, as LaFeber asserts, Honduran peasants “had no hope of access to their nation’s good soil.” Over a few decades, U.S. capital also came to dominate the country’s banking and mining sectors, a process facilitated by the weak state of Honduras’ domestic business sector. This was coupled with direct U.S. political and military interventions to protect U.S. interests in 1907 and 1911.
immigration  U.S.  corporations  military  Honduras  politics  history 
october 2018 by Quercki
The Sustained Work of Activists Pushed This California County to Cut Ties With ICE
In Contra Costa County, activists succeeding in getting ICE out.

Sheriff David Livingston has asked ICE to begin the process of removing undocumented immigrants from the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, California. It is now the third area in California to end its contract with ICE, according to the Los Angeles Time. Livingston said the decision to end the contract, which began in 2009, is because it’s not financially sustainable and because of increased scrutiny. For months, demonstrators showed up to protest the jail, which holds about 200 undocumented immigrants a day. One protest even attracted more than 1,000 people.

“Managing protests in Richmond [has] become expensive and time-consuming for our staff,” he said. “And to be very fair, one must acknowledge a growing chorus of community groups and individuals, from both within and outside the county, that have focused on undocumented immigrants’ issues. And they raise important concerns.”



While ICE says this means that detainees will now be further away from their families, “reducing the opportunities for in-person family visitation and attorney coordination.” But a staff attorney with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus said that ICE can do something to help families. “ICE is acting as if their hands are tied,” she said. “It’s truly on them for detaining people in the first place.”
ICE  Richmond  immigration 
july 2018 by Quercki
Donate to Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC) :: Powered by Aplos
On July 10, 2018, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office announced that it is ending its contract with ICE at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, California.

While we are fighting for a just and responsible closure of the immigration wing — meaning fighting for everyone detained in West County Detention Facility to be released — hundreds of people detained there need your help today to reunite with their families.

ICE is rapidly transferring people detained at West County to Colorado and other places that are far from their attorneys and families - and in some cases, to courts that follow a harsher interpretation of immigration law. ICE is moving at lightening speed, and so must we. We are coordinating with local attorneys and legal services organizations to bond people out quickly, so they can continue their case in San Francisco immigration court and and fight from freedom.
immigration  contra_costa_county  Richmond  ICE 
july 2018 by Quercki
ALL POSSIBLE RESPONSES TO “THEY SHOULD GET IN LINE AND DO IT THE RIGHT WAY, THE WAY MY FAMILY DID,” WITH CITATIONS (ALSO JOKES)
(TL;dr: there’s a really good chance that at least some portion of your family came to the U.S. without a visa and/or received immigration amnesty, and the “right way” from 1790-1965 has nothing to do with how things are done now.
immigration  facts  history 
july 2018 by Quercki
Libby Schaaf's Moment | East Bay Express
Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin tweeted, "Thank you @LibbySchaaf for your strong leadership for justice and sanctuary for Oakland and East Bay residents." State Sen. Scott Wiener D-San Francisco, added, "If @LibbySchaaf is prosecuted for protecting her constituents against Trump's extreme immigration agenda, she will be the first political prisoner of the Trump era. And not the last. Get ready to fight."

But Schaaf's decision to warn about the ICE raids — along with her earlier declaration that she's willing to be jailed to protect immigrants' rights — was more than just politically shrewd. It was the right thing to do. Trump's immigration crackdown and his racist rhetoric have been deplorable — and dangerous.

Oakland, Berkeley, and other liberal cities have long had sanctuary policies primarily because of health and public safety concerns. Local political leaders have understood for years that we want undocumented immigrants who have been victims or witnesses of crime to come forward without fear of being deported. We want undocumented people who are sick — especially those with a communicable illness — to go to health clinics or hospitals. We want undocumented parents to send their children to school and not live their lives on the street. That's what it means to be a sanctuary city. And Schaaf sent undocumented immigrants living in Oakland an unambiguous message that she's got their backs.
Libby_Schaaf  immigration  ICE  Trump 
march 2018 by Quercki
Endisolation | CIVIC: Ending the isolation of men and women in U.S. immigration detention
CIVIC is devoted to abolishing U.S. immigration detention, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. We visit and monitor 43 facilities and run the largest national hotline for detained immigrants. Through these windows into the system, we gather data and stories to combat injustice at the individual level and push systemic change.
immigration  detention  Jamie  CIVIC  Richmond 
march 2018 by Quercki
Shakesville: Trump Comes for Documented Immigrants
As you may have noticed, I have spent the better part of a year warning that the Trump administration was signalling their intent to come after documented immigrants.

Naturally, I've been accused of alarmism, hyperbole, paranoia, and the usual chorus of insults, and once again I am left wishing that everyone who spent a second telling me to STFU had instead used that energy to resist this administration and its ugly nativist agenda.

Because here is where we are now: Tina Vasquez at Rewire reports on "Operation Janus," a joint operation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which may revoke the citizenship of thousands of people, many of whom have been naturalized U.S. citizens for decades.
Trump  immigration  citizens 
february 2018 by Quercki
(2) No Wall No Ban at Musical Refuge concert - YouTube
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Great song of open borders and hearts, written by Ellie Grace, with some additions from Bonnie Lockhart, who conducted this finale of the powerful Musical Refuge concert. The event was sponsored by ASWAT Arabic Ensemble, and included La Pena Community Chorus, Vukani Mawethu, Occupella, San Jose Taiko, Sophia Bouzid, and Choral Majority. An evening of blending voices, languages, musical styles, and cultures, in support of immigrant and refugee rights.
DACA  immigration  song  video 
january 2018 by Quercki
Oakland police chief faces council over details of August immigration raid | Oakland North
Questions regarding Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick’s truthfulness about police cooperation in an immigration home raid in West Oakland this summer were on the minds of many in the chambers at Tuesday’s city council meeting, but those would have to wait nearly four hours and more than 30 agenda items until the issue was finally heard.

The agenda item was only an informational report, yet it was the first time Kirkpatrick had to answer publicly to the city council regarding an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) home raid on August 16, for which Oakland police officers provided traffic enforcement. That morning ICE agents raided a home on 27th Street to serve a sealed criminal search warrant as part of a federal criminal investigation into human trafficking, according to Homeland Security Investigations (a division of ICE) Special Agent in Charge Ryan Spradlin. No one was arrested during the raid in connection with a crime, but according to federal ICE documents, Oakland resident Santos de Leon was arrested after an ICE agent asked if he “had legal status to reside in the United States,” to which he said no.  He is currently out of detention on civil immigration bond, but faces a potential deportation for “unlawful presence,” according to Brian Hofer, chair of Oakland’s Privacy Commission.
Oakland  police  Anne_Kirkpatrick  ICE  immigration  truth  lies 
december 2017 by Quercki
Abuses Alleged at Richmond ICE Facility – Indivisible East Bay
No access to bathrooms, only to plastic bags. Hours-long lockdowns. Federal immigration detainees at the West County Detention Facility have documented these and other complaints in a September letter signed by 27 inmates to Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), a group that monitors jails where immigrants are detained.



The Contra Costa County Sheriff – whose office has a $6 million-a-year contract with ICE to operate the immigration detention center – is investigating the allegations of mistreatment raised by the detainees.

The allegations were publicly revealed in a San Francisco Chronicle article on November 2, and the newspaper has further investigated the story:
immigration  jail  Contra  Costa  CIVIC 
november 2017 by Quercki
Vera Institute Of Justice Is Offering Legal Help To Fight Deportations
Using public funding to aid immigrants facing deportation helps build trust, increases public safety and keeps families together, says Turner.

The Vera Institute of Justices, the organization that launched SAFE, created the network after studying the impact of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP). NYIFUP started in 2014 and has represented immigrants facing deportation who otherwise didn’t have access to legal resources.

According to the study, Vera found that immigrants that had adequate representation in court had a higher chance of winning their case before an immigration judge. Forty-eight percent of immigrants who had proper representation in court were successful in their cases – an increase of 1,100 percent. It’s a stark contrast to the four percent success rate typical in similar cases.

The SAFE Cities Network includes:

Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Dane County in Wisconsin, Oakland/Alameda County in California, Prince George’s County in Maryland, Sacramento, CA, San Antonio, TX and Santa Ana, CA.
immigration  justice  Alameda  county  Oakland 
november 2017 by Quercki
Complaint Filed Against Oakland Police Chief for False Statements | East Bay Express
Eight Oakland residents, including Brian Hofer, chair of the city's privacy advisory commission, filed a complaint against Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick on Monday for allegedly making false statements.

The complaint, lodged with the Citizens Police Review Board, alleges that Kirkpatrick made at least three false statements about an Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that involved the search of a West Oakland residence on Aug. 16.

At least two Oakland police officers assisted ICE during the raid by blocking off the street to through traffic.
Oakland  police  immigration  ICE  Anne_Kirpatrick  lies 
november 2017 by Quercki
Homeland Security Cancels Massive Roundups of Undocumented Immigrants - NBC News
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security had planned nationwide raids to target 8,400 undocumented immigrants later this month, according to three law enforcement officials and an internal document that described the plan as "the largest operation of its kind in the history of ICE," an acronym for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

But after NBC News reported the plans late Thursday, the agency issued a statement saying it had cancelled nationwide enforcement actions due to Hurricane Irma and the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

"While we generally do not comment on future potential law enforcement actions, operational plans are subject to change based on a variety of factors," ICE spokesman Sarah Rodriguez said in a statement.
#resistanceworks  immigration  raid  DACA  ICE  Homeland_Security 
september 2017 by Quercki
Phoenix Newspaper Tears Into Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio In Brutal Twitter Thread | HuffPost
Arpaio’s tenure as sheriff from 1993 through 2016 has received strong criticism from civil rights advocates, largely stemming from his extreme stance on immigration and for overseeing what they say was cruel treatment of inmates.

And few know those controversies better than the Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly that’s doggedly covered Arpaio for two decades.

The night that Trump pardoned him, the Phoenix New Times unleashed an eye-opening Twitter thread reminding readers of some of the grimmest stories of Arpaio and his office.
Arpaio  Arizona  sheriff  crime  immigration 
august 2017 by Quercki
This Study Found That as Immigration Increases, Violent Crime Decreases | Colorlines
Published online yesterday (June 6), “Refuting Fear: Immigration, Youth and California's Stunning Declines in Crime and Violence” documents “dramatic reductions in crime” as California’s population has evolved from 67 percent White in 1980 to 62 percent people of color in 2017. The shift is even more pronounced when considering people under the age of 25, where the population went from 60 percent White to 71 percent people of color—a demographic change that the author, senior research fellow Mike Males, says is largely driven by immigration.

The study found that as the complexion of California changed, crime decreased: violent crime rates for youth dropped by 72 percent between 1980 and 2015, and homicide arrests of youth plummeted by 92 percent in the same period.
crime  immigration  solution 
june 2017 by Quercki
The case for renaming Boalt Hall - San Francisco Chronicle
Boalt prospered in California and soon was president of the Bohemian Club. In 1877, Boalt delivered an influential address, “The Chinese Question,” at the Berkeley Club. He argued that never before in history have two non-assimilating races lived in harmony unless one enslaved the other. That the Chinese could never assimilate was self-evident to Boalt: Americans look at the Chinese with “an unconquerable repulsion which it seems to me must ever prevent any intimate association or miscegenation of the races.” Boalt invoked the alleged criminality, intellectual differences, cruelty and inhumanity of the Chinese, and mused it would be better to “exterminate” a strongly dissimilar race than assimilate it.

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Now that the Civil War was over and slavery was unconstitutional, Boalt conceded the Chinese could not be enslaved and thus had to leave California. Recognizing the limits of California’s power in the federal system, Boalt proposed an unprecedented move — holding an advisory ballot measure to send a message to Eastern elites that California spoke with one voice on the Chinese. The Chronicle praised this proposal and the Legislature agreed; it was signed into law late in 1877, and two years later the voters by large majorities voted to advise Congress to put an end to Chinese immigration
Boalt  U.C.  Berkeley  law  Chinese  exclusion  immigration  racism 
may 2017 by Quercki
For some immigrants, fear is now their daily companion | The Sacramento Bee
We had no idea why he was taken or to where. We did not see him for more than a week. When my father finally returned home his upper body was bruised, black and blue, from the torture he’d endured. It was the start of an era that changed millions of lives forever – looking over our shoulders, keeping our heads down, sheltering each other and living with constant fear.

Now, please do not assume I am equating the consummate evil of the Nazi regime with America under our current administration. I know this nation has checks and balances, elected officials with courage, citizens who are unafraid of speaking out and a democracy that works. I know there are not American gas chambers and gallows awaiting those taken abruptly from our streets. But here is what we have in common: We have fear.

Because Jewish people, Romani families, the disabled and others were the targets of hate speech and despicable actions under Nazi dominance, we all lived in fear. With every knock on the door, my mother rushed to hide my little brother, Avram, who, as a fragile and small boy was a target for the Secret Police. Neighbors huddled inside, afraid to go to work or shop for food. School for me, a place I loved, was deemed too dangerous, and my childhood was stolen.
immigration  fear  Dov  WWII  Trump 
may 2017 by Quercki
Town hall crowds to GOP: We live here, we're not paid, and we're not going away - Shareblue
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attempted to add additional weight to the false characterizations at a recent press conference: “There is a bit of professional protester, manufactured-base in there,” he said, providing no evidence. “Just because they’re loud, doesn’t necessarily mean that there are many.”
To debunk these false characterizations, people at town halls are demonstrating that they are, in fact, constituents, in numerous heartening ways.
In Colorado, voters lifted up their state identifications:

In Virginia, constituents wore name tags with their zip codes:

In Arkansas, citizens simply told their senator where they lived:
GOP  paid  protest  false_accusation  healthcare  immigration  ICE 
april 2017 by Quercki
Lawyers say ICE agents falsified documents to justify detaining a Dreamer and DACA recipient
Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents last week for being in the Seattle apartment of his father, whom agents were targeting for arrest. While apprehending his father, authorities also detained Ramirez, who was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. when he was seven. But it seems they ran into a little problem: He's here legally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program and also has no criminal record. Oops!

That's when ICE agents appear to have totally fabricated Ramirez's gang affiliation so they could justify arresting him in what his attorney calls "one of the most serious examples of governmental misconduct" he's ever seen. (Also, if true, easily one of the most embarrassing examples. Look at that document above—it looks like a two-year-old experimenting with an eraser got ahold of Ramirez’s statement.)

Ramirez's lawyers have a filed a case challenging Ramirez’s detention in a US District Court in Seattle, but the Department of Justice is claiming the federal court has no jurisdiction over a matter being handled in immigration courts.
ICE  dreamer  immigration  lies 
february 2017 by Quercki
40 years of data show immigration decreases or stabilizes crime rates | Ars Technica
This study builds on previous findings on arrests and criminal offenses. That previous data showed that foreign-born residents of the US were less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans. The new study looked at 200 major metropolitan areas as defined by the US Census Bureau. The researchers then used Census data and FBI crime reporting data from 1970-2010 to look at trends for these regions.

The authors were interested in increases in crimes that might be attributable to an influx of immigrants who decreased economic opportunities or ended up in jobs that might otherwise have gone to local-born residents. To that end, they looked at violent crimes and property crimes, including rates of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, and larceny.
....The most striking finding comes from the authors’ models for violent crime, murder, and robbery. The authors found that in three out of four statistical models, an increase in the percentage of foreign-born residents was significantly associated with decreases in these three types of crimes. In other words, when immigrants went up, violent crime went down. For example, rates of property crimes declined more rapidly in cities with high percentages of foreign-born residents than they did in cities with low percentages of foreign-born residents.
immigration  crime  research  data 
february 2017 by Quercki
Urban crime rates and the changing face of immigration: Evidence across four decades: Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice: Vol 15, No 1
ABSTRACT
Research has shown little support for the enduring proposition that increases in immigration are associated with increases in crime. Although classical criminological and neoclassical economic theories would predict immigration to increase crime, most empirical research shows quite the opposite. We investigate the immigration-crime relationship among metropolitan areas over a 40 year period from 1970 to 2010. Our goal is to describe the ongoing and changing association between immigration and a broad range of violent and property crimes. Our results indicate that immigration is consistently linked to decreases in violent (e.g., murder) and property (e.g., burglary) crime throughout the time period.

KEYWORDS: Immigration, crime, US metropolitan areas
immigration  crime  abstract 
february 2017 by Quercki
For the past 40 years, the presence of immigrants in US cities was correlated with a reduction in violent and property crime / Boing Boing
In a new paper published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, sociologists and criminologists from University at Buffalo (SUNY), the University of Alabama, Kennesaw State University, the State of Georgia, and Georgia State University review 40 years' worth of FBI data on violent crimes and property crimes, correlating this data series with Census data on the influx of immigrants to US cities.

The authors conclude that US cities undergoing net increases in migrants also experienced stable or declining crime rates for murder, non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, and larceny.

Further, they found that there was "significant association" between the presence of foreign-born people in a city and a decline in crime -- the more foreigners, the safer the cities became.
immigration  crime  data 
february 2017 by Quercki
Vermont DMV Glitch Registers Green Card Holders to Vote | Off Message
Some local green card holders may have recently received disconcerting mail from town clerks in Vermont. Specifically, they've been sent notifications saying that they are registered to vote.

Why would that be cause for alarm for green card holders? For one thing, it's illegal for non-citizens to vote. And doing so could lead to deportation.

At a time of heightened anxiety in immigrant and non-citizen communities — not to mention President Donald Trump's obsession with voter fraud — the mystery mailings inspired some justifiable conspiracy theorizing on social media. Is this a plot by Trump agents looking to set up non-Americans for voter fraud?

On Friday, a Facebook post describing the situation of a green card holder referred to as "Luke"  went semi-viral, locally and beyond. A search of the post's wording revealed dozens and dozens of reposts, including many from well outside Vermont. Seven Days attempted to track Luke down. We couldn't.

According to the post, Luke, a permanent resident/green card holder, "received a letter from the town clerk saying that he was now registered to vote, which is weird because he has never registered to vote!"

The letter identified the Department of Motor Vehicles as the agency that registered him on January 23 — though he hadn't visited the DMV since 2013, the post said. Aware that he cannot legally vote in the United States, Luke got it straightened out, per the post, but the question remained: Had others had a similar experience?
immigration  DMV  voting 
february 2017 by Quercki
Meet James Robart, the judge who halted Trump’s immigration ban
Trump tweeted Saturday morning that he thought U.S. District Senior Judge James Robart's temporary restraining order was “ridiculous,” and declared it would be overturned.

Robart, who Trump demeaned as a “so-called judge,” was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2004 after receiving unanimous support from the U.S. Senate.

Robart sits on the federal bench in Seattle, where he last year declared that “black lives matter” while hearing a Department of Justice lawsuit against the Seattle Police Department over racial disparities in fatal shootings by police.
justice  Trump  Muslim  immigration  ban 
february 2017 by Quercki
#ReportHate | Southern Poverty Law Center
Report A Hate Incident

Please report incidents of hateful intimidation and harassment to your local law enforcement first. Submitting the incident to the Southern Poverty Law Center using this form will aid in our work monitoring incidents around the country. 
report  hate  racism  misogyny  immigration  LGBT 
november 2016 by Quercki
Lets Talk: At the Heart of Movement Building From French Fries to Fracking - Inspiring Movement Moments of 2013 - Lets Talk: At the Heart of Movement Building
Remember this spring, when the Associated Press finally dropped the I-word, and youth of color defeated prison-to-pipeline policies in Los Angeles public schools?

Or remember back in February when 50,000 people rallied in DC against the XL Pipeline?  And then in October when the protests of 5,000 young people linked the pipeline, fracking, and the whole mess of fossil fuel development?

How about September, when legendary Black activist Chokwe Lumumba scored a grassroots electoral victory in the Jackson, Mississippi mayoral race?

Or just this month, when fast food workers chucked the french fries and grabbed headlines and policy attention with strikes in over 100 cities?

Each of these moments is part of movement-building — the labor of love that keeps our work alive in quiet times, ignites movement sparks in loud times, and fans movement embers when the work gets really tough.
justice  immigration  oil  race 
march 2016 by Quercki
Joe Arpaio "Failed in His Responsibility," Says PI | Phoenix New Times
A private investigator hired by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to report on the agency's defiance of a federal judge's order concluded that Sheriff Joe Arpaio "failed in his responsibility" to have proper control over his agency.


Don Vogel, a former Mesa Police Department detective, testified Wednesday in Arpaio's ongoing contempt trial. The PI said he found evidence to show that Arpaio had been aware of U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow's December 2011 preliminary injunction early on, ordering the MCSO not to enforce federal civil immigration law.

Arpaio and Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan already have admitted to civil contempt of Snow's court in the landmark racial-profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio, but they still face the possibility of a criminal contempt charge if Snow believes their disobedience was willful.

The results of Vogel's independent investigation added weight to the argument that Arpaio's actions were intentional.

Asked at one point what factors pointed to possible criminal contempt by Arpaio, Vogel referred to several issues covered in the report he produced for the MCSO.

Chief among these were the billing records for former Arpaio attorney Tim Casey, whose court-compelled testimony has been damaging to the sheriff. 

Casey recently testified that he first informed Arpaio of the injunction the day the court issued it, December 23, 2011. Though Casey did not bill anything on that date related to his telling Arpaio and his underlings about the order, he did make related billings on several occasions thereafter, such as on December 26, 2011.
Arizona  Joe_Arpaio  illegal  harassment  immigration  jail 
october 2015 by Quercki
More than a Mascot: Indigenous Resistance at the Border
Discussions about the U.S. – Mexico border typically focus on two issues, the border’s impact on migrants and the nebulous specter of “national security”. Somewhat lost in the shuffle are the border’s negative effects for indigenous people living on tribal lands.

The list of abuses and violations perpetrated against indigenous people at the borders is truly staggering. The largest tribe at the U.S. – Mexico border is the Tohono O’odham near Arizona.

In recent years, Homeland Security has increased its presence on O’odham tribal land, which has brought profiling, harassment, destruction of O’odham cultural sites and artifacts, and an increase in the incarceration of O’odham people. As is often the case with highly marginalized groups, the people are left with little to no recourse.

The U.S. government also requires all indigenous people to carry identification cards, even while on their own land, evoking obvious comparisons to the “pass” system under South African apartheid.
Native_American  immigration  Homeland_Security 
april 2014 by Quercki
U.N. Holds U.S. Accountable for Human Rights Violations at Home and Abroad | American Civil Liberties Union
"The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights," warned Jimmy Carter in a 2012 New York Times op-ed. Less than two years later, Carter's warning has been vindicated. Yesterday, the U.N. Human Rights Committee issued a blistering report on the U.S. government's role in perpetuating injustices both within its borders and abroad.

This month in Geneva, the U.S. faced a barrage of questions from renowned human rights experts regarding its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), one of the few international human rights treaties the U.S. has ratified. During the extensive review, the committee raised critical points about the United States' responses to questions on issues such as counter-terrorism operations overseas, treatment of migrants, racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and felon disenfranchisement laws. The U.N. committee's findings and recommendations (called "Concluding Observations") address many of the issues raised by ACLU and other groups in reports and briefings that took place prior to the US review.

The committee condemned the United States' lack of accountability for disappearance, torture, and unlawful killings of terrorism suspects, and its failure to apply the ICCPR to international operations. In addition, the committee denounced racial disparities in law enforcement that have led to the incarceration of a disproportionate number of minorities (particularly Blacks and Latinos), effectively denying them basic human rights throughout the criminal justice process. This includes severe sentencing such as the death penalty and life without parole for juveniles; improper use of solitary confinement; and denial of civil rights following incarceration (most notably, the right to vote).
U.S  rights  violence  U.N.  immigration  racism  stand_your_ground 
march 2014 by Quercki
Passengers on doomed 1948 flight, their names now emerge from shadows - latimes.com
He could hear the Woody Guthrie song "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos" playing in his head:
The sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon,

A fireball of lightning, and shook all our hills,

Who are all those friends, all scattered like dry leaves?

Miguel Negrete Álvarez. Tomás Aviña de Gracia. Francisco Llamas Durán. Santiago García Elizondo. Rosalio Padilla Estrada. Tomás Padilla Márquez. Bernabé López Garcia. Salvador Sandoval Hernández. Severo Medina Lára. Elías Trujillo Macias. José Rodriguez Macias. Luis López Medina. Manuel Calderón Merino. Luis Cuevas Miranda. Martin Razo Navarro. Ignacio Pérez Navarro. Román Ochoa Ochoa. Ramón Paredes Gonzalez. Guadalupe Ramírez Lára. Apolonio Ramírez Placencia. Alberto Carlos Raygoza. Guadalupe Hernández Rodríguez. Maria Santana Rodríguez. Juan Valenzuela Ruiz. Wenceslao Flores Ruiz. José Valdívia Sánchez. Jesús Meza Santos. Baldomero Marcas Torres.
history  Mexican  deportees  immigration  work  song  Woody_Guthrie 
july 2013 by Quercki
Georgia To Use Cheap Prison Labor To Harvest Crops For Second Year In A Row | Addicting Info
When Georgia Republicans passed an anti-immigration law last year, Hispanic farm workers fled the state in droves, leaving farmers with no one left to pick the crops. Republicans said that they were creating new jobs for Americans by clearing out undocumented workers, but as it turns out, the law also scared many legal workers away as well and Americans aren’t crazy about working in the fields all day picking crops for little money. As a result, crops rotted, costing farm owners millions of dollars. Georgia Republicans then had an idea. Replace the field workers with dirt cheap prison labor.

According to 11 Alive News in Georgia, the state “is using transitional prison inmates to work in south Georgia’s Vidalia onion industry this spring. The program is an update of a failed program introduced in 2011, in which the state sent probationers into vegetable fields to help ease a labor shortage that followed the passage of a tough new immigration law. Growers complained that probationers were unreliable and slow compared to migrant workers who have historically worked in vegetable fields.”

Since the law passed in 2011, growers have complained about worker shortages and as a result of that shortage, crops have rotted. Rotting crops have caused strain on the food supply, causing some prices to rise. So while Republicans wage their race war against Hispanics, crucial fruits and vegetables are left to rot in the fields instead of being used to feed families who need them. And their idea to use prison labor is also a bad move. Republicans across the South are considering similar moves to replace union workers so that businesses can use cheap labor to make products and thus steal jobs held by Americans who earn good wages. Prison labor is a way for big business to find cheap labor here in the United States, and since the prison population is disproportionately African-American, it would basically be a return to slavery. And as the demand for cheap prison labor rises, Republicans will be pressured to keep the prison population high. That means more people will be sent to prison unnecessarily. It also means more Americans will lose their jobs. Why pay someone a fair living wage when businesses can pay pennies to a prisoner to do the same work? This is what we can expect if Republicans continue to be elected to office.
immigration  workers  prison  slavery  farm  food 
april 2012 by Quercki
Immigrant Steel Workers March Against Unjust Firings | Truthout
At a rally before the march started, fired worker Jesus Prado told the assembled crowd, "I worked for Pacific Steel for seven years. We've organized this March for Dignity because we want to stop the way they're stepping on us and treating us like criminals. We came here to work, not to break any laws."

"Many of us are buying homes, or have lived in our homes for years," added another fired worker, Ana Castaño. "We have children in the schools. We pay taxes and contribute to our community. What is happening to us is not just and hurts our families. All we did was work. That shouldn't be treated like it's a crime."

Berkeley City Council member Jesse Arreguin agreed. "We're here today to send a message to the Obama administration that the I-9 raids have to stop," he told the crowd.

Two hundred fourteen workers were fired in December and January, as a result of a so-called silent raid, in which the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspected the company's records to find workers who don't have legal immigration status. ICE then demanded that the company fire them, because it said they lacked legal immigration status.
Occupy_Oakland  Berkeley  immigration 
february 2012 by Quercki
8 Stories Buried By the Corporate Media That You Need to Know About | | AlterNet
1) Our Planet Saw the Largest Increase in Carbon Emissions Since the Industrial Revolution
2) Widespread Trafficking Of Iraqi Women And Girls Thanks To The Iraq War
3) More Iraq Veterans Committed Suicide Last Year Than Active-Duty Troops Died In Combat
4) Drone Strikes Kill Innocent Civilians, Not Just 'Militants'
5) Record Number Of US Kids Face Hunger and Homelessness
6) Prisoners Are People Too
7) US Deports 46,000 Parents, Kids Left Behind In Foster Care
8) FBI Teaches Agents That Muslims Are Violent Radicals
climatechange  trafficking  war  suicide  PTSD  homelessness  poverty  children  prison  immigration  homelandsecurity  FBI 
january 2012 by Quercki
Ethnic Media: Where Do Immigrants Stand on Occupy? | Truthout
For example, each day that there are delays and disruptions in operations at the Port of Oakland, the region loses approximately $8.5 million in lost wages and state taxes, as well as in business revenue related to imports and exports, according to Robert Bernardo, a spokesman for the Port of Oakland.

Valerie Lapin, spokeswoman for the Oakland-based Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports, told India-West, a San Leandro, Calif.-based weekly newspaper for the South Asian diaspora in the United States, “Truck drivers are definitely part of the 99 percent. They are such a clear example of those who are being exploited.”

Indian Americans, most of them from Punjab, make up roughly one-third of all truck owners and drivers in California. Nearly all of them are in business for themselves, which means they get no health insurance, have to pay for truck fuel, maintenance and registration, making no more than $25,000 a year.

Several Indian-American owners of trucking companies who operate out of the Oakland ports expressed their displeasure over the two-day protest, according to India-West.

“I didn’t cross the picket line because I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Rajiv Jain, owner of Bridgeport Transporting and Warehousing, told the paper.

“My drivers were intimidated by the protestors. We don’t support them at all,” asserted Jain, noting that at a similar occurrence in November, protestors threw rocks at the trucks, shattering windshields that had to be replaced by the drivers who own their own trucks.

Jain estimates he and his drivers lost $45,000 on Dec. 12, the first day of the protests.
Occupy_Oakland  port  immigration 
december 2011 by Quercki
“Free Pancho!”: the Occupy Movement Steps Up for Immigrant Rights | IMAGINE 2050
According to the Free Pancho Movement website, “Now we need to join Pancho and elevate the Occupy Wall Street dialogue to include building more ‘constructive programs’ that meet the needs of people and communities outside the current system of greed and violence.”
On Wednesday, November 23, Occupy Oakland passed a proposal to hold a rally on November 30 in Solidarity with Occupy Phoenix to “say no to criminalization, incarceration, and corporate profiteering at the expense of immigrant communities.” The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization comprised of 2000 legislators and 300 corporate members, was scheduled to hold their national States & Policy Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, on that day. Behind much of this nation’s anti-immigrant legislation, including infamous Senate Bill 1070 in Arizona, ALEC has drafted over 800 “model” bills and resolutions, according to the ALEC Exposed website.
The rally was scheduled to be held in Fruitvale Plaza, the predominantly Latino neighborhood where Pancho lives.
Occupy_Oakland  Arizona  immigration 
december 2011 by Quercki
In Politics, Sometimes The Facts Don't Matter : NPR
We'd like to believe that most of what we know is accurate and that if presented with facts to prove we're wrong, we would sheepishly accept the truth and change our views accordingly.

A new body of research out of the University of Michigan suggests that's not what happens, that we base our opinions on beliefs and when presented with contradictory facts, we adhere to our original belief even more strongly.

The phenomenon is called backfire, and it plays an especially important role in how we shape and solidify our beliefs on immigration, the president's place of birth, welfare and other highly partisan issues.
politics  Arizona  backfire  immigration  fact 
october 2011 by Quercki
On Kyriarchy « TAL9000
I thought I’d step back a bit to explain something to people who are ostensibly on the same side as we are and yet don’t get it.

Progressives, liberals, socialists, syndicalists, Marxists, radicals, Keynesians, reformers, and other assorted leftists: The class war is not the only front the enemy cares about. It’s not about money to them, it’s about power. They want to have power over us, as much power over as many people as possible. They want to control us. They want to be able to starve us, to throw us out on the street, to control our bodies.

Their goal is not to hoard capital, or to gather the world’s resources under their control, except as a means to an end. Their goal is to protect and reinforce their own privilege. Their goal is to defend the kyriarchy.
kyriarchy  patriarchy  plutocracy  abortion  immigration  welfare  classism 
february 2011 by Quercki
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR): The Estimated Cost of Illegal Immigration
[Note that only legal immigrants are currently eligible for subsidized housing and "food stamps"]

The former Immigration and Naturalization Service estimated that the illegal alien population was increasing by about half a million aliens per year in 2000.

The Huddle Study
Because the number of illegal aliens can only be estimated, similarly the fiscal cost (government budget outlays) for those aliens can only be estimated. Dr. Donald Huddle, a Rice University economics professor, published a systematic analysis of those costs as of 1996 (see table below). The study also estimated the tax payments of those same aliens.
alien  immigration  taxes 
april 2010 by Quercki

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