Archive for April, 2005

San Diego Speaker Event: Refugee Protection in a Post 9/11 World

April 27, 2005

Refugee Protection in a Post 9/11 World with Andrew Painter, Senior Protection Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Date: May 2, 2005
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Deutz Conference Room
Institute of the Americas (IOA), UCSD campus Speaker: Andrew Painter, Senior Protection Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Lecture is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA.

IOA is located in the northwest part of the UCSD campus. Go east on Pangea Drive off North Torrey Pines and park in the Pangea parking structure located on the north side of Pangea Drive. Cross N. Scholars Drive and walk east to the next street, International Lane, which is parallel to N. Scholars and go north about 300 feet. IOA is the white stucco building with a red-tiled roof on the east side of International Lane. If you are walking from campus, it is west of RIMAC on Ridge Walk. For further questions, contact Leslie Kamps at (858) 822-9297 or email Web site at

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Solicitud de Amnistía Tardía

April 24, 2005

Inmigrantes indocumentados que han vivido en los Estados Unidos a largo-plazo tienen la oportunidad de solicitar Amnistía bajo la ley de IRCA de 1986. Esta oportunidad de legalización resulta de un acuerdo entre una clase colectiva y el servicio de ciudadanía e inmigración (CIS). La solicitud de amnistía tardía se tienen que enviar al CIS antes del 23 de mayo de 2005.

Los inmigrantes que califiquen para la amnistía tardía son personas que han vivido en los EE. UU. continuamente ilegalmente desde antes del 1 de enero de 1982 hasta algún tiempo entre 5 de mayo de 1987 y el 4 de mayo de 1988 cuando ellos fueron al servicio de inmigración o una oficina designado por el servicio de inmigración y fueron rechazados porque salieron fuera de los EE UU sin permiso del servicio de inmigración después del 6 de noviembre de 1986.

Personas que llenan estos requisitos pueden ser miembros de la clase que califiquen para solicitar amnistía tardía. Para probar los requisitos no necesitan la solicitud original de amnistía que intentaron de entregar al servicio de inmigración en 1987 o 1988; pueden demostrar este requisito con declaraciones de amigos o personas que fueron con ellos en es tiempo.

Las personas que son consideradas como miembros de la clase por el servicio de ciudadanía e inmigración serán elegibles para residencia temporal y finalmente pueden solicitar la residencia permanente debajo de la ley de IRCA de 1986. También, serán elegible de recibir permiso de trabajo y beneficios de unidad familiar. Personas que piensan que califiquen para ser miembros de la clase deben de contactar a una organización comunitaria o a un abogado inmediatamente. Para mas información por favor de llamar a (619) 220-0333 (EE. UU.).


April 17, 2005

A new Utah law will replace undocumented workers’ driver licenses with “driving privilege cards.” The new card will indicate that it cannot be used as legal identification.

President Taken By Surprise By New Passport Initiative

April 14, 2005

According to the AP news, the President was unaware of the State Department’s position to tighten the passport rules. The President is quoted as saying “‘[w]hen I first read that in the newspaper about the need to have passports, particularly today’s crossings that take place, about a million for instance in the state of Texas, I said, `What’s going on here?'”


April 13, 2005

A CIA-trained Cuban exile applied for political asylum in the United States yesterday. Luis Posada Carriles has been linked to a number of “terrorist cases” in his efforts to kill Cuban President Fidel Castro. According to his lawyer, Carriles is in hiding.


April 12, 2005

The two New York City teenagers arrested last week for plotting to become suicide bombers are still being detained by government authorities. The evidence against them seems sketchy according to the New York Times. According to the Times, the police found an essay on suicide in the Bangladeshi girl’s belongings. “[D]etectives went on to question the girl about her political beliefs before arresting her. Even less is known about the investigation of the girl from Guinea. Teachers and students at the high school she attended expressed outrage at the arrest and at the idea that she could be plotting terrorism.”


April 12, 2005

The Washingtons Post’s views on the REAL ID Act: “As we’ve written before, the House provisions, known as the Real ID Act, are an unfortunate mishmash of policies, none of which constitutes a solution to the problem of illegal immigration. Instead of tackling the issue head-on, the provisions would make it more difficult for people to seek asylum in this country, even though asylum-seekers represent a tiny proportion of illegal immigrants; prevent states from making their own policies on driver’s licenses; and allow the homeland security secretary to waive, at his sole discretion, environmental laws that have hampered the construction of a fence along the southern border near San Diego.”

Teen Girls Held As Potential Terrorists

April 7, 2005

From the AP: “Two 16-year-old girls living in New York have been detained since last month on immigration violations amid concerns they were potential recruits for a suicide bomb plot that never materialized, officials said Thursday.” One of the girls is from Bangladesh, the other from Guinea.

U.S.Citizens Passport Iniative

April 7, 2005

Here’s the State Department’s press release on the new passport iniative that will tighten the passport rules. The new iniative requires all U.S. citizens, Canadians, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and citizens of Mexico to have a passport or other accepted secure document to enter or re-enter the United States.

Minutemen Project

April 7, 2005

The Minutemen group has been monitoring parts of the US-Mexican border for undocumented immigrants but not without complaints. Some have called the group vigilantes, accused them of carrying armed weapons, and of obstructing the Border Patrol officers’ work by setting off the ground sensors. According to a Border Patrol spokesperson, the Minutemen are “… [t]romping all over the place making our job a little more difficult,” he said. “It’s not a major crisis, but it is detrimental to our operations.””