Immigrant Rights News - Monday, August 17, 2009
The Other Town Halls
Labor Unions Sell Members on Immigration Reform
The issue is immigration reform. Representatives of the two largest national labor organizations in the country, the AFL-CIO and Change to Win, are trying to sell their local union members on a joint statement calling for immigration reform. But not everyone is buying it.
They made the hardest sell in
Death sought for 3 in Arivaca case
Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against the three people accused of killing a man and his 9-year-old daughter on May 30 in Arivaca.
Deputy Pima County Attorneys Rick Unklesbay and Kellie Johnson filed a notice of their intent this week in the cases against Shawna Forde, Jason E. Bush and Albert R. Gaxiola.
The three are accused of breaking into the home of Raul Junior Flores and his wife, and killing
The prosecutors listed six legal bases for seeking the death penalty. […]
More lawmakers tackle rise of wage-theft complaints
By Emily Bazar,
Agustin Gonzalez became a casualty of the real-estate bust in 2007 when he lost his construction job in the
Since then, he says, he has become another kind of casualty: a victim of wage theft.
Gonzalez now works as a day laborer in the
"I feel like a slave," says Gonzalez, 38, who entered the
As the economy falters, lawmakers are taking action on the increase of wage-theft complaints. […]
Immigrant Detainees Staging Hunger Strikes to Protest Deplorable Confinement
By Aura Bogado, AlterNet
Posted on August 7, 2009
When more than 60 prisoners at the
Last week, the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, along with other human rights and civil liberties groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, urging her to address the mounting complaints at the detention center. "Over the past one month this center has become a symbol of all of our national concerns about ICE's widespread failure to ensure its facilities … meet ICE's own minimum detention standards," wrote Saket Soni, Executive Director for the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice. Detainees, he wrote, are "risking their own health to call attention to ICE's violation if its own minimum standards and to demand permanent improvements."
This move came one day after the Obama administration issued its own letter on July 27, 2009, in response to a federal court petition, stating its refusal to create lawfully enforceable rules for immigration detention. […]
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