Made In LA
Documentary "Made in L.A." follows the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in L.A.'s garment factories and their struggle for self-empowerment as they wage a three-year battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table. The film is scheduled to air nationally after Labor Day on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007 at 10 p.m. on PBS. For more details, see here.
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A Brief History Of US Immigration ...
David D. Murray writes "Throughout its history, the US has had a mixed relationship with immigrants, welcoming them when they're needed and passing restrictive laws when too many came too quickly."
Bloggings: August 29, 2007
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CRS On Report On Social Security Benefits For Noncitizens
The Congressional Research Service issued an updated report discussing current policy and legislation on social security benefits for noncitizens.
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Responding to Robert Yang's letters (08/21/07) and (08/23/07), if anyone really believes the statements in his letter, to whit that no one complains when Americans abuse the welfare state or that Europeans do not complain about illegal immigrants and have a free market economy, I suggest that one leave California and get in touch with conditions in the rest of the world, or, better yet, hang out with a few Europeans who have come to the US and joined the Republican party. We exist even on the West Coast. I believe some of us are even prominent in the local political scene, though the name of one such seems to have been erased, or even terminated from my memory, as if the end of days were coming and it was twinned with some mnemonic predator. Perhaps I should return to kindergarten and cop to being a commando so I can jingle all the way around the world in 80 Days.
Honza Prchal, Esq.
There is a message of hopeful transcendence in the grammatically incorrect but clearly heartfelt letter written by Mihai, the man who lived in this country for 17 years and was deported (08/28/07 ID). All immigration practitioners know that immigrants who stay fully inside the law don't get deported; but by saying that, I do not mean to pass judgment on Mihai for whatever he did or failed to do that lead to his removal. Instead, kudos for shedding the victim mentality and recognizing that removal from the US is not, commonly, a death sentence. As a counselor at law for convicted noncitizens, who, because of the 1996 enactments, are now facing aggravated felony-based removal charges from the only country they can remember, this single, simple truth serves to plant the idea in their heads that a removal order from the US, as devastating as it is on family relations, does not mean that their life is over. There is life after removal, and as long as anyone is alive, one has options to pursue. We do not have enough data on what happens to people after removal. DHS posts statistics about those who re-enter on I-212 waivers and those who re-enter illegally and are prosecuted or re-deported. But what of those who don't come back? Does their experience in the US hurt or help them in the globally competitive job market which Robert Yang's letters speak of? Does the US experience give them a desirable patina; or does the fact of deportation, regardless of the reason, stigmatize them? I would like to make inquiry into this area of research, to hear the voices of the deported; to learn what sense they made, if any, of their experience; and would they do it again? Perhaps ILW.COM can serve as a forum to collect those unheard stories.
Jay McTyier, Esq.
St. Petersburg, FL
Letters from E.C. Villareal and USA4u (08/28/07 ID), obviously with vested interests, lecture lawyers about the unauthorized practice of law (UPL). Mr. Villareal's letter states when he tells people what the law says, he is a "parrot," claiming that is not practicing law because the law "is a matter of public record". However, advising a person as to how that law affects them is the application of the law, and that is practicing law. Nobody can effectively address the needs of a client and not "suggest legal strategies". The facts, the law and the consequences of the law are inextricably a part of the process of the practice of law. One cannot go half way and then let the client founder. I am against non-lawyer consultants in the areas of immigration, family law and bankruptcy, three areas the State of California allows non-lawyers to become involved in. I have heard the rhetoric about "not advising on the law", about informing the client of the "choices", allowing the client to make the "choices". I have seen disastrous results on many occasions. The blind leading the blind provides a great disservice, because clients do not receive proper guidance. USA4u's letter claims lawyers play golf and the paralegals doing the work. I invite anyone to my office to see who does the work. In the meantime, if anyone wants medical advice, cheap, call me and I'll show the way. I have not had any formal medical education, but I have a Merck Manual and know an aspirin from a lollypop. I will even tell you what's wrong with you, because that's not practicing medicine, because I will only inform about things in the "public domain". Wannabe a doctor? Go to medical school. Wannabe a lawyer? . . . well, you know.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
The Indian tribe inscription is fantastic for those who has Indian descend however, I know how desperate most of the Latinos are and whatever it takes to stay here. This will be tried. What happen to the American dream?
Gladys C. Farris
Every nation in this planet has their own "illegal" immigrants problem, including purist homogenous nations like Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Yes, USA is surrounded by many poorer neigbors, so is E.U., Africa to the South, East Europe to the east and close to middle east as well. Poor Africans do whatever they can like swimming, kayaking etc. to reach E.U. in desperation for better live. Same stories different places. Spain fully legalized its 700K "illegal" immigrants recently, because there's no way and common sense to spend efforts and funds to deport non criminal "illegal" residents who are holding jobs, the natives don't want, so they may contribute fully into its tax and social security system. South Korea must offer "temporary work visas" for its 30K "illegal" immigrants as well, mostly from China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia etc. for 3 years validity and terms. South Korea economy is booming from recent economy crisis and these workers are filling the jobs natives don't want because of its tight labor market. 27 nations in Europe and 12 nations in South America fully understand, there's no way to win global competition by restrictionist trade and immigration policies since jobs can be outsourced anyway, capitals can be moved in a blink of eyes and few strikes on computer keyboards to other places offering better return. Less red tapes mean more tourism activities, more trades and businesses, less costs of doing business and more peaceful world and region overal, there's no need for border dispute and bickering on import duties in E.U. and the need for Germans to attack French like in the past. They are now one big family, the proud Europeans.
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