Archive for October, 2005


October 31, 2005

Today’s Washington Post editorial states that Ellen R. Sauerbrey the nominee for assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration is a novice and not qualified for the job. The editorial notes that if she is nominated she will be the “Michael D. Brown of the refugee world.”


October 28, 2005

My op-ed in La Prensa on The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005.

Digital Photo Deadline

October 19, 2005

Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries will be required to have passports with digital photographs by October 26, 2005. This applies to passports issued on or after October 26, 2005. The digital photograph is printed on the page, not glued or laminated into the document.

The 27 VWP countries include: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

PBS Television: Destination America

October 14, 2005

Tune in to PBS TV on Oct. 26 to watch the story of Rodi Alvarado, the courageous asylum seeker who fled Guatemala after suffering ten years of brutal domestic violence. Rodi’s story will be featured on “Destination America,” a four-part series examining an array of immigration and refugee issues. The fourth episode, airing Oct. 26 (check local listings for times), features a segment on Ms. Alvarado’s claim for refugee protection, entitled “Breaking Free: A Woman’s Journey.” Rodi Alvarado’s highly publicized case is at the center of the push for protecting women who flee serious violations of their human rights.

More information is available here:

Check local listings here


October 14, 2005

The United States and Mexico have committed to increase law enforcement presence in Laredo, Texas, including sending a “Violent Crime Impact Team.”


October 3, 2005

Washington Post article on unemployed spouses of temporary non-immigrant workers.