Truth in Immigration
The New York Times reports that judges selected during three years of an illegal patronage-style process have rejected requests for asylum at a higher rate than other judges in the Justice Department's immigration court system
A recent study by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found that non-citizens, including undocumented immigrants, are less likely to visit an emergency department for medical treatment. The report is another blow to the myth that undocumented immigrants are a disproportionate strain on local hospitals. MORE
Neighborhood Centers Inc., a Houston-based organization with the mission of “bringing resources, education and connection to underserved neighborhoods,” recently put out a myth-busting booklet on immigrants. We applaud NCI’s efforts to improve the immigration debate. MORE
The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently announced the guilty plea of a former Customs and Border Protection officer who violated the civil rights of two undocumented immigrants. MORE
Santiago Perez, a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, pleaded guilty [on August 19] in federal court in Houston to violating the civil rights of a Guatemalan national and a Mexican national, who had crossed the border into the United States.
In pleading guilty, Perez admitted that in December 2006 near Falcon Heights, Texas, he struck an individual from Guatemala in the head with his service pistol after the individual had attempted to flee. The blow produced a significant gash on the victim’s head.
In a recent segment, CNN anchor Lou Dobbs told viewers that substantial evidence suggests that large numbers of non-citizens, including undocumented immigrants, are voting in federal elections and could be the deciding factor in November’s elections.
From the Washington Post:
As the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement compiles a record number of arrests through household and work-site raids seeking illegal immigrants, a growing number of U.S. citizens such as [Marie Justeen] Mancha say they have gotten caught in the net.
Today, the New York Times reported that Hiu Lui “Jason” Ng, a 33-year-old computer engineer from New York, died August 6, 2008, while in custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
[W]hen Mr. Ng, who had overstayed a visa years earlier, went to immigration headquarters in Manhattan last summer for his final interview for a green card, he was swept into immigration detention and shuttled through jails and detention centers in three New England states.
Numerous studies have found that the vast majority of immigrants take affirmative steps in learning English and integrating into American society. A recent article by the Washington Post examines how companies are creating programs to help these “new Americans” become better employees and citizens. MORE
To limit their patient-care responsibilities, some American hospitals have engaged in a troubling practice that places immigrants at risk. A recent story in The New York Times documents how several hospitals have privately initiated deportations of immigrant patients for post-hospital care. MORE
The need for evidence has rarely been an impediment for Lou Dobbs and his correspondents, but this week, Dobbs’ fill-in host Kitty Pilgrim, in addition to exaggerating the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., made the baseless claim that all undocumented immigrants are uninsured.
SUSAN ROESGEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, a violent death in a small town is turning into a question of race and hate. It happened in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. The victim was a Mexican illegal immigrant whose girlfriend was a local white woman, and the suspects are three popular teenagers.
Previously, Truth in Immigration reported on the beating death of Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and MALDEF’s subsequent involvement. On the same day as a vigil held for Luis Ramirez, federal authorities opened investigations into his murder and the possible motivations for the attack. MORE
Pop Quiz: It’s 8pm and you’re watching one of the three major cable news networks. You see a Latino face. Is he or she more likely to be (A) a guest on the show commentating on the latest news item, or (B) video footage of illegal immigrants jumping a border fence?
Thanks to ImmigrationProf Blog for flagging this story for us. Increasing death threats aimed at prominent Latino leaders have come as a result of the deterioration of the immigration debate. Truth in Immigration is steadfast in its mission to bring the debate back to a rational and hate-free environment. MORE
UPDATE: MALDEF President and General Counsel John Trasviña has sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey requesting that the Department of Justice "initiate an investigation into the death of Luis Ramirez to determine if his murder was motivated by bias." Click here to read the letter.
Anti-immigrant groups often claim that their activities do not threaten the safety of immigrants. Whether they like it or not, however, these groups’ agendas may be exploited by those wishing to carry out violence against immigrants.
The Southern Poverty Law Center recently criticized two high-profile ads placed in The New York Times and The Nation. Produced by a coalition that includes three listed “hate groups,” the ads attempt to blame traffic congestion and global deforestation on recent immigration to the United States. MORE
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has a history of misrepresenting facts concerning immigrants and Latinos. Now, in a recently released “backgrounder,” CIS targets foreign students. The backgrounder questions the accuracy of a 2007 Institute for International Education (IIE) report, which concludes that foreign students contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. MORE
The Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) provides recommendations for resolving individual and employer problems with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As mandated by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 § 452, CISOMB is an independent DHS office that reports directly to the DHS Deputy Secretary.
From the Christian Science Monitor (July 7, 2008):
Two hours after Fernando Tinoco started his new job at a meatpacking plant in Chicago, he was escorted by security guards to the office and fired.
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