Immigrant Rights News - Thursday, September 18, 2008
2. Frontera NorteSur: “World Migrants Say No to Walls, Yes to Legalization”
3. Reuters: Appeals court upholds Arizona immigration law
4. Clarion Ledger: 9th worker charged after Laurel immigration raid
150 illegal [sic] immigrants arrested in
Immigrant advocate group protests higher citizenship fees
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September 18, 2008
Nearly 150 illegal immigrants [sic] in the
The arrests occurred in northern Indiana,
Those arrested in the operation hail from 26 countries, including
So far this year, officials have made about 23,000 such "fugitive arrests," and 7,000 others have been detained after being questioned during sweeps and found to be in the country illegally, Montenegro said.
"A lot of these fugitives have been ignored [by the federal government] for many, many years," she said. "It could be someone who just became a fugitive, or someone who has been here for 20 years and we're now just tracking them down."
Immigrant advocates called the action an emblem of a broken system that has separated thousands of families through deportation. As part of Citizenship Day, they protested Wednesday in Grant Park against higher fees for
In Chicago, applications for U.S. citizenship dropped 39 percent during the first four months of the year to 8,049, compared with the same period last year, according to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
"The United States needs to rediscover that the center of democracy is citizenship, a democracy where the people have a stake," said Joshua Hoyt, the group's executive director. "We need to create a stake for the undocumented so they're no longer vulnerable and their families aren't being broken."
Frontera NorteSur (FNS)
September 17, 2008
World Migrants Say No to Walls, Yes to Legalization
In a major gathering ignored by US mass media, thousands of migrants met in
Issuing a final declaration, migrant representatives demanded legalization of undocumented migrants, strengthened United Nations protections, increased political rights in destination countries, the compliance of temporary worker programs with articles 97 and 143 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the ratification of the 1990 International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, among other demands.
“To migrate is not a crime,” the World Social Forum declaration stated. “The causes that give rise to migration are crimes. Let’s raise our voices, defend our rights and struggle toward building a world without walls.”
The migrant rights statement blamed the mass migrations uprooting the planet on the current world capitalist economic model with all its attendant environmental and economic consequences. The ILO’s Patrick Taran has estimated that migrants represent three percent of the world population, or 191 million people.
At the mass meeting held near
Anywhere from 4.5 million to 8 million undocumented migrants could be residing in EU member states, according to recent estimates. As in the
Apart from protests by Amnesty International, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and grassroots migrant groups, the new EU policy caused serious diplomatic frictions with several South American governments and leaders, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who threatened to cut oil supplies and curb European capital flows in his oil-rich nation.
Jorge Bustamante, UN special migrant human rights rapporteur, charged that migrants living in the
The UN official likewise criticized his native country,
“With shame, I have to say that we Mexicans treat them worse than they treat us in the
According to statistics from Mexico’s federal Interior Ministry cited in the Mexican press, the United States deported 528, 822 Mexicans from September 2007 to August 2008, while Mexico deported 89, 507 foreigners, mainly Central Americans, during the same time period.
Bustamante took issue with the Spanish government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for cracking down on undocumented workers and supporting the EU’s return directive.
Said Bustamante: “It is incongruent for the Spanish government to approve this directive, which is a step backwards, an escalation of the criminalization of migrants, who are not criminals. Besides, there was a time that
Bustamante’s appeal to the Spanish government was echoed by Ignacio Diaz de Aguilar, World Social Forum coordinator and president of the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid.
Enjoying an economic boom in recent years,
In an interview with Latin American journalists last July, Spanish Labor and Immigration Minister Celestino Corbacho Chaves said critics were unfair to lump
“There is no change in immigration policy, Corbacho said. “There is a new context in
For migrant representatives, not all the news delivered in
Alberto Acosta, ex-president of
Elaborating on the same theme, Lorena Escudero,
The World Social Forum’s migrant assembly concluded with a march of about 5,000 people through the streets of
Rights: For a World without Walls.”
In its final statement, the
Sources: La Jornada, September 13 and 15, 2008. Articles by Armando G. Tejeda and Fabiola Martinez. Inter-Press Service July 16 and 21, 2008; September 12, 2008. Articles by David Cronin, Franz Chavez and Alicia Fraerman. http://www.Cimacnoticas.com, June 18, 2008 and September 11, 2008. Articles by Guadalupe Cruz Jaimes and editorial staff. Proceso/Apro, July 23, 2008. Article by Alejandro Gutierrez. El Universal/AP/Notimex, July 1, 2008 and August 1, 2008. La Jornada/AFP/ Reuters/ DPA/ PI/ Notimex, June 21, 2008.
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Appeals court upholds
Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:35pm EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday upheld an
Some 12 million illegal immigrants are believed to live in the
It was not immediately clear whether
The American Civil Liberties Union, a plaintiff in the suit, said the court expressly left open the possibility of further challenges if and when it was enforced.
Immigration, business and civil rights groups challenged the law, saying it was preempted by federal rules governing immigration.
The groups also contended the law, called the Legal Arizona Workers Act, violates employers' due process rights by denying them the chance to challenge allegations that their workers are illegal before their licenses are revoked.
But the appeals court ruled that federal law does not preempt the Act or its requirement that employers to use an electronic verification system to check the work-authorization status of employees through federal records.
The court also ruled that the law "can and should be reasonably interpreted to allow employers, before any license can be adversely affected, to present evidence to rebut the presumption that an employee is unauthorized."
Although the court upheld the law "in all respects", it noted that its opinion did not bar later challenges once it is enforced.
(Reporting by Gina Keating; Editing by Tim Gaynor and Alan Elsner)
9th worker charged after
The Associated Press
A ninth suspected illegal immigrant has been charged with identity theft as part of an ongoing federal investigation in the aftermath of the nation’s largest raid on undocumented workers.
Nearly 600 workers at Howard Industries’ transformer factory in
The latest person charged with identity theft in the case, Tomas Juarez-Perez of
“Eight of them have been indicted. I anticipate this last fellow to face the same charges,” said John Weber, a federal public defender who represents the accused workers. “My clients have entered a not guilty plea. We’re preparing for trial.”
Weber said those indicted face up to 17 years in prison if convicted and sentenced to the maximum on all three counts — aggravated identity theft, use or possession of a fraudulent alien registration card and use of a Social Security number belonging to someone else.
The trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 15.
Juarez-Perez is accused of using the resident alien card of a man named Jose Rodriguez, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in
It’s not clear how many more of the workers could face federal criminal charges in the case.
“The investigation into the case continues,” said Barbara Gonzalez, an ICE spokeswoman. “As with any investigation, additional charges may be filed.”
Gonzalez would not say how the fraudulent identities were obtained nor how ICE identified the nine people as allegedly using someone else’s personal information.
However, several people in
One of them, who asked that he only be identified as Jose, said illegal workers sometimes paid from $400 to $1,500 for fraudulent identities from people they learned about through word of mouth.
The lower-priced documents were generally made with fictitious Social Security numbers, while the more expensive ones contained the real information of other people, Jose said. Several other people backed up the claim, but asked that their identifies not be made public for fear of retribution or deportation.
Jose said when he first applied to work at Howard Industries, he learned the Social Security number he purchased had already been used there. He said he obtained new documents, applied again and was hired.
A woman who answered the phone at Howard Industries on Thursday declined comment. The company issued a statement in the past that says it “runs every check allowed to ascertain the immigration status of all applicants for its jobs. It is company policy that it hires only
Howard Industries is the largest employer in
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