Archive for August, 2004

Anti-Outsourcing Bills

August 31, 2004

Click here for today’s L.A. Times editorial on anti-outsourcing bills.

Ninth Circuit Decision on State Drug Offenses

August 30, 2004

Here’s an interesting decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit finding that state felony drug offenses are not” aggravated felonies” for immigration purposes unless the offense contains a trafficking element or is punishable as a felony under the federal laws enumerated in 18 U.S.C. Sec. 924(c)(2).

11/04 Election

August 30, 2004

Vote by Mail, click here to download the application for an absentee ballot. Complete and mail or fax it to the Registrar of Voters. Remember, only U.S. citizens may vote.

Mexican Ambassador Speaks

August 25, 2004

Originally uploaded by evey.

Last night I attended an event at the Institute of the Americas in San Diego to hear Mexican Ambassador Carlos de Icaza speak about NAFTA, immigration, and security issues. In response to U.S. immigration policy, he said Mexico wants to “participate in the solution of the problem” and continue a dialogue with the U.S.

U.S. Border Patrol in Need of More Training

August 24, 2004

Today’s Washington Post is reporting on a survey that found that most Border Patrol workers believe they have not been given sufficient training to fight terrorism.


August 23, 2004

From National Geographic (August 2004):

European countries with the highest proportion of foreigners:

Luxembourg 37.5%
Latvia 22.8%
Estonia 20%
Switzerland 19.7%
Austria 9.4%

Action Alert

August 18, 2004

From the AILA: “Immigrants’ rights advocates around the country this week are organizing a letter writing campaign, among other activities, in support of Rodi Alvarado’s asylum application. Rodi Alvarado is a Guatemalan woman who was persecuted at the hands of her abusive husband, with the Guatemalan government refusing to protect her. Ms. Alvarado’s case has been pending for nearly ten years and AILA and our coalition partners are urging Attorney General John Ashcroft to immediately make a decision to grant her asylum. Such a decision in favor of Ms. Alvarado will help ensure that women who flee from trafficking, domestic violence, honor-killing and other gender-related abuses continue to have the opportunity to receive asylum in the United States. Please send a letter by Friday, August 20th, to the President and Attorney General Ashcroft and urge them to act NOW and make a final decision in favor of Rodi Alvarado and ensure that women and girls who flee gender-related persecution can receive safe haven in this country.” For a model letter, go to

The Art of Jailing: U.S. Immigration Detention Centers

August 13, 2004

Mark Dow’s new book, American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons, sheds new light on the individuals who worked at the INS immigration detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, which housed many asylum seekers. The book also discusses the horrific prison conditions.

The Flame of Justice

August 11, 2004

San Diego Immigration Law Specialist, Lilia Velasquez (aka: the flame of justice) is quoted today in the San Diego Union Tribune on the new rule regarding expedited removal.

More Power to Border Patrol Agents

August 11, 2004

The New York Times today is reporting on the expansion of the expedited removal process.