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The Immigrant’s Journal Our leaders who stood for Unity & Justice FREE Protecting God’s Children From Distant Lands June 22-July 06, 2008 Vol. V. 57 26 Court Street, Suite 701, Brooklyn, NY 11242 Tel: 718-243-9431 Fax: 718-222-3153 Email: immjournal @aol.com Undocumented Seized Obama on Immigration on Buses & Trains mmigrants are being targeted for "What this says to us is that immigrants- I her family. "This is the last thing I deportation while riding on Amtrak expected coming home. They seemed to —documented or undocumented—can and Greyhound. These private trans- be approaching all of the Latinos on the expect to be targeted and inspected every port companies are collaborating with train and asking them for papers. One single time they board Amtrak or immigration authorities to turn rides into family even had work permits but immi- Greyhound to go anywhere near a U.S. a raid on wheels for unsuspecting immi- gration officials told them that this was border crossing. That these companies grants. not enough and they were detained also. do not warn people they may end up in Immigrant rights activists led by I'm a customer, I paid just like everyone immigration detention through the sim- Families for Freedom, recently joined the else, but my family and I were treated ple act of purchasing a ticket is uncon- families who rallied in front of Amtrak like we are less than human beings," she scionable," said Maria Muentes of and Greyhound headquarters to hold the said. Sonia's family was detained at the Families for Freedom, a network by and arack Obama, residential nomi- travel companies accountable for taking their money and not warning them that they may be interrogated, arrested and detained by immigration officials. Amtrak station and then transported to an Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) facility where some members were sent home and others Customs for families facing and fighting deporta- tion. "I have witnessed a raid on a Greyhound bus and could see that the B nee for the Democratic party has said that “immigration will not be used as a football in his administration.” Sonia, who immigration officials imprisoned in the Buffalo Federal families detained were scared and In this issue, and every other issue, we arrested along with her family while they Detention Facility. unable to communicate with the ICE and shall highlight the Senator’s views on the rode peacefully on an Amtrak train, After being bonded out they experi- Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issue of immigration. spoke about the terror of being grilled by enced the same terror a second time officials, said Joanne Macri, Director of immigration officials and separated from coming home on the Greyhound bus. continued on page 5 Undocumented workers come here to Free Legal Consultations work, not to drive When I was a state senator in Illinois, I voted to require that illegal aliens get he Immigrant’s Journal Legal & The consultations can be on any legal mat- trained, get a license, get insurance to T In addition to the free consultations, listen- Educational Fund, Inc in partner- ter such as: ers can enjoy news, views, interviews as protect public safety. 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One of the programs that the Journal is especially proud of is its free citizen- ship drive. For many years, the mented immigrants for the remainder of 2008. Over 3,500 illegal immi- grants have been arrested there are indications that these worksite raids, deportations mounting and cated to the diverse immigrant groups IMJLEF has been offering free citizen- in dozens of business SWAT-team-style that constitute the fabric of New York. ship assistance to members of the sweeps, far ahead of the arrests of immi- Our purpose is to educate and empower public. We call it “deportation innocu- previous year’s pace. President grants, while pleas- the immigrant communities through the lation” because when one becomes a Julie Myers, who heads George ing to conservative development and coordination of vari- US citizen it is protection from depor- the immigration agency, Bush voters, may alienate ous plans of action on important issues tation. Additionally, it is also said ICE (Immigration some Latino voters, that are crucial to their growth. In sum- protection for your children. When a and Customs potentially driving mary, our goals are: parent becomes a citizen, all children Enforcement) will press them toward under the age of 18 gets derivative citi- dramatic enforcement Democratic presi- To educate the members of the com- zenship. Everybody makes mistakes in operation until the Bush adminstration dential nominee Barack Obama. munity about the contributions that life at some time or another. You don’t leaves office January 20, 2009. “We will immigrants have made to the United want one little mistake to become a life ERROR! Electronic Employment States, economically and historically. of sorrow. This service is provided every Satur- Verifications Systems To inform members of the immigrant day from 10am to 3pm at 26 Court community about the changes in immi- Street (downtown Brooklyn) and Tues- gration law, the educational system, days and Thursdays from 3pm to 7pm any on Capitol Hill are eyeing health issues, voting rights, financial opportunities, home purchasing and other basic information. at 1105 Nostrand Avenue. The free cit- izienship application assistance is available only to individuals who have never been arrested. Individuals who M favorably bills that create a massive electronic employ- ment database. While proponents of the hires per year in the U.S. 11,000: number of workers per day who would be flagged as ineligible for Shuler-Tancredo "SAVE Act" (HR 4088) employment if E-Verify were mandatory To legally assist and direct members have been arrested must have a paid and the Johnson "New Employee of the community facing immigration for all employers consultation with the attorney. This is Verification Act of 2008" (HR 5515) talk and other legal problems. necessary as certain offences are tough about cracking down on illegal 25: workers per work day per congres- deportable. immigrants, the truth is, their bills’ For many years, new immigrants to the sional district who would be flagged as nationwide mandatory electronic ineligible for employment if the Shuler United States have been misinformed, We need your help employment verification system require embezzled and denied opportunities. or Johnson bill passed, making E-Verify In addition to this great citizenship all American workers, foreign- and This existed as a result of the lack of mandatory for all employers drive, the Immigrant’s Journal Legal & native-born alike, to seek the govern- credible publications and organizations Educational Fund, Inc in partnership ment’s permission to work. If the gov- If the Shuler or Johnson bills are passed, geared towards new immigrants. Hence, with Figeroux & Associates offer free ernment database isn’t accurate, E-Verify would have to be expanded The Immigrant’s Journal was launched legal consultations every Saturday on its Americans will be denied employment exponentially in a short time period. to fill that void. Today, The Immigrant’s ICE Radio program. and paychecks, at least temporarily, Journal is published in English, Span- The Immigrant’s Journal reflects on the while they attempt to resolve the prob- 55,000: the number of employers cur- ish and French. The Journal provides past ten years and looks forward to ten lem with the government agencies. rently enrolled in E-Verify up-to-date information on laws and reg- more years of service to the immigrant The proposed bills build upon the E- ulations affecting the immigrant community. All services provided by the Verify program, a small pilot program 7 million: the approximate number of communities, as well as news and IMJLEF are funded through the gener- that taps Social Security Administration employers in the U.S. human interest stories. ous support of the Law Firm of Figeroux (SSA) and Department of Homeland In March 2005, the first Annual Think & Associates and its membership pro- Security (DHS) databases to make deter- 13,000%: approximate increase from Tank Conference: Protecting Immi- gram. minations about employment authoriza- number of current users grants was held at the Brooklyn In effort to continue this community tion. Here is what we know about the Museum, where the Immigrant’s Jour- service, we are inviting members of the databases and what we can expect if 6,500: approximate number of employ- nal Legal & Educational Fund, Inc public to make a donation. Donations are these bills are passed: ers per day (including weekends and hol- Membership Program was launched. tax deductible and any amounts are wel- The event was a success and the Mem- idays) that would have to enroll in E- comed. For more information on making Errors in the database that E-Verify bership Program currently boasts over Verify to meet the Johnson bill require- a donation, please call 718-243-9431. checks to determine work authorization 3000 members. ment of enrollment of all employers status impact millions. within 3 years. 4,800 per day to meet the Shuler bill 4-year requirements. 4.1%: error rate in the SSA database 50-60 million: number of queries per FRADULENT MARRIAGE 17.8 million: number of discrepancies in year E-Verify would have to respond to if OR NOT? the SSA database the Johnson or Shuler bill were enacted If you are scheduled for a Stokes interview 12.7 million: number of database dis- 3.6 million: number of queries E-Verify (a second interview), crepancies pertaining to native-born U.S. received in 2007. HIRE AN ATTORNEY. citizens If you fail a Stokes interview, immigration 1 in 25: number of new hires that would authorities are likely to commence deportation receive a tentative nonconfirmation Source: Immigration Policy Center proceedings against you. Call 718-834-0190 to based on error rates schedule an appointment NOW! 55 million: approximate number of new THE IMMIGRANT’S JOURNAL JUNE 22-JULY 06, 2008 IMJ 2 COMMUNITY WORK CM First Step Training: A Minority Owned, Community Business M First Step Training Center Inc Training Center is not only to 24-hour private security force and mod- C first opened first its doors in 2001. Although under new man- agement the philosophy of the school teach, but to counsel and assist individuals in acquiring self- confidence in order to reach ern elevator service. Class sizes are small enough to encourage individual atten- tion, and teachers uses up-to-date teach- remains the same. It embodies a quote their full potential. That’s why ing methods and equipment to encourage from Frederick Douglas: "We must lift as free legal and career consulta- student participation, motivation and we climb, each one teach one." tions are offered to all students. curiosity. According to Director Clerisa Plus, students are directed to Going a step further, CM First Step McKenzie, the school is more than a agencies which will help them Training has partnered with the Law business opportunity. It started to meet secure job placements. Firm of Figeroux & Associates to offer a need in the community, especially in In today's hospitals and extend- free tax and legal consultations to the the neighborhood of Bedford ed care facilities a nurse assis- businesses in the Restoration Stuyvesant. She said: “We feel that edu- tant is an important part of a Plaza/Bedford Stuyvesant area. Brian cational opportunities should be avail- healthcare team that includes Figeroux, Legal advisor for CM First able in an atmosphere of free inquiry and many personnel outside of nurs- Step Training believes in giving back to intellectual stimulation to all qualified es. Nurse assistants are needed the community. applicants of diverse ages and back- to provide routine care so that He said: “At Figeroux & Associates, we grounds. As a community of people, we nurses can provide care that only believe in giving back to the community should join together with a deep desire they can perform. which supports us. That’s why we offer and strong determination to grow in The nurse assistant must not pro bono consultations on tax and busi- knowledge and maturity.” only be very skilled in the actual ness issues to the business community. At “The school offers more than an edu- procedures being performed but a minimum, there is the free consultation cation for students. It also serves as must also be able to observe a patient's This is a very important career and the and extended recommendations depend- guidance and a counselling resource of condition and report that information ceritified nursing assistant course offered ing on the client’s economic situation.” sorts for members of the community. back to the nurse. by CM First Step Training is really lay- For more information on the certified Indeed, the completion of a program of Due to other responsibilities, the nurse ing a foundation for career that’s both nursing assistant program or to schedule instruction as a Nurse's Aide is the first cannot spend large amounts of time in personally and financially rewarding and an appointment for a free consultation, step in the process of life learning in the the room with the patient so the nurse offers job security. please call 718-789-7122/718-622-1800. health care continuum,” she added. assistant is often referred to as the nurse's Students can learn in a comfortable CM First Step Training Center Inc: step Clearly, the goal of CM First Step "eyes and ears". environment. 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CRIMINAL LAW CIVIL LITIGATION BANKRUPTCY LAW OFFICES OF FIGEROUX & ASSOCIATES REAL ESTATE Visit our website at: www.falaw.us 2626 Court Street, Suite 701, Brooklyn 1105 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn THE IMMIGRANT’S JOURNAL JUNE 22-JULY 06, 2008 IMJ 3 LEGISLATION No Match is No PUBLISHER & PRESIDENT Laverne B. Henry Solution VICE PRESIDENT Debra Mondezie EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Colin A. Moore ASHINGTON, DC: Administration should suspend W The Department of Homeland Security .announced a "supplemental the "no-match" effort until the database achieves acceptable levels of accuracy and until LEGAL ADVISOR Brian Figeroux, Esq. SUPPORT/PARTNERSHIPS proposed rule" concerning the employers and employees have Brian Figeroux: Tel:718-243-9431 actions required of employers efficient mechanisms to correct who receive "no-match" letters data errors and to obtain status from the Social Security confirmation. WEB DESIGNER Administration. Rather than "This unchanged regulation Mario V. Figeroux making changes in the sub- clearly leaves employers holding stance of the previous rule, the bag as to Congress' failures Volunteering at which was enjoined by a to create legal avenues to fill THE IMMIGRANT'S JOURNAL LEGAL Federal District Court, DHS legitimate labor needs," said & EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC. reiterates its same old argu- Campbell Walker. "Employers ments. The rule's bottom line will be left with a Hobson's Internship positions available throughout the remains unchanged: employers choice — keep the employee year. may believe they have no while potentially being exposed choice but to fire any employee to employment verification The Immigrant's Journal Legal & Educational who cannot resolve within 90 penalties or terminate the Fund, Inc. is an organization dedicated to the days a social security records employee and face possible educational and economic empowerment of all discrepancy. wrongful termination or discrim- immigrants and immigrant organizations here "The Social Security ination charges. Where are the in the United States. We at the Journal recog- Administration is charged with rational and predictable legal nize the enormous contribution of immigrants administering social security protections for employers trying to this country economically, socially and polit- benefits, and is not structured to do the right thing?" ically. Since September 11, 2001, however, or oriented to be an immigra- immigrants have increasingly been discriminat- tion enforcement tool. This misguided dictable delays in obtaining documenta- ed against and Congress has passed legisla- attempt to fit the square peg of immigra- tion of status or database corrections. tion curtailing the rights of immigrants here in AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 08032140. The tion enforcement into the round hole of The SSA has emphatically and consis- the US., broadly claiming that immigrants are a American Immigration Lawyers Association social security benefits is a guarantee of tently stated that there are many reasons threat to ''National Security.'' We at the Journal is the national association of immigration increased discrimination and erroneous for a no-match record to be generated lawyers established to promote justice, advo- believe that these charges are unfounded, terminations," stated Kathleen Campbell other than a lack of work authorization. cate for fair and reasonable immigration law unsubstantiated and exaggerated. Walker, President of the American Some of these reasons include: spelling and policy, advance the quality of immigra- Immigration Lawyers Association. errors, incomplete names, inversion of tion and nationality law and practice, and The Immigrant's Journal Volunteer Intern One predictable result of implementa- date order, valid name changes pursuant enhance the professional development of its Program: was introduced to give our volun- tion of this rule will be unwarranted fir- to divorce or marriage, as well as cultur- members. teers the opportunity to work in an immigrant ings due to database errors and pre- al differences in name order. The friendly environment while developing the nec- essary skills for college or law school. They AILA Condemns ICE's Failure assist our staff in resolving immigration and other legal concerns through personal inter- to provide Basic Medical Care views, radio, email and telephone contact. They also assist the public with citizenship applications and in researching whether or not ASHINGTON, DC: AILA W applauds the introduction of the Detainee Basic Medical Care Act of 2008 by Representative Zoe Lofgren (D- Since 2003, at least 83 detainees have died in detention in custody or shortly after release. AILA urges Congress and the Administration to undertake a broader re-examination of our current detention policies. children of naturalized US citizens have derived citizenship from their parents. Some of our volunteers assist our legal staff by engag- ing in legal research and writing letters on CA) in the House and Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Edward M. Kennedy (D- ICE”s detention system and their treatment of detainees should comport other legal issues. Volunteer interns are also MA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Daniel Akaka assigned various other jobs in our Youth with basic American values of decency and fairness. (D-HI) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) in the Programs. Senate. authorities adopted generalized detention policies. The detention of individuals is an This bill takes an important step in address- standards in 2000, these standards have not extraordinary power that should only be used Hours are flexible. Email your cover letter and ing Immigration and Customs Enforcement's been consistently followed or enforced. in extraordinary circumstances. Current law resume or any questions to (ICE) outrageous failure to provide medical Despite DHS's monitoring of conditions, requires ICE to put immigrants in jail even email@example.com treatment in detention facilities which has widespread reports of abuse persist. Recent when they pose no danger to the community resulted in serious harm to detainees and in reports by the DHS Office of Inspector or flight risk. AILA supports reforms that some cases, even death. Since 2003, at least Tel: 718-243-9431 Fax: 718-222-3153 General (OIG) and the Government would require the Attorney General to release 83 detainees have died in detention in cus- Accountability Office (GAO) highlighted the an immigrant from detention if he or she does tody or shortly after release. The Department Department's lack of compliance with current not pose a danger to the safety of other per- VISA of Homeland Security's (DHS) current health care standards and the obstacles that sons or of property and is likely to appear for process for providing outside medical care detention facility personnel and detainees any scheduled proceeding. To ensure that BULLETIN requires that on-site medical personnel in have encountered in obtaining approval for detention is not used to separate American detention centers across the country obtain outside medical and mental health care. AILA families needlessly, AILA urges DHS to prior authorization from officials in encourages DHS to work collaboratively with expand cost-saving community-based alter- Washington, resulting in both unreasonable The visa bulletin summarizes the Congress to issue regulations that will ensure natives to detention programs that require availability of immigrant numbers delays and denials in some cases. This bill detainees are treated humanely in all respects immigrants to show up for their court pro- would require DHS to issue guidelines for each month based on family- including the provision of medical care. ceedings. Most importantly, the Department's requiring the timely and effective delivery of While this bill is an important first step sponsored and employment pref- detention system and their treatment of health care to detainees. toward ensuring that detainees receive appro- detainees should comport with basic erences, as well as the diversity Explosive growth in the numbers of non-cit- priate medical care, AILA urges Congress immigrant category. To access American values of decency and fairness. izens in immigration detention has resulted in and the Administration to undertake a broad- the visa bulletin, go to inconsistent and often poor conditions of con- er re-examination of our current detention www.theimmigrantsjournal.com Source: AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 08051562 finement. Although federal immigration THE IMMIGRANT’S JOURNAL JUNE 22-JULY 06, 2008 IMJ 4 HOW TO GET A GREEN CARD Get A Green Card... Deportation Trap continued from page 1 How Do I...Help My Fiancé(e) Become a Permanent Resident of the US? Association Immigrant immigrants that when Defense Project. "We all stopped by immigration United States You are a U.S. A (U.S.) citizen who decides to marry a person who is citizen; and You and your fiancé(e) intend to sat stunned as they took families with children off of the bus. Passengers are not expecting a raid on a officials it is your right: To ask for an attorney. You can say, "I cannot answer your questions not a citizen or perma- marry within 90 routine bus or train ride. I without my attorney nent resident can take days of your could see they did not know present." different paths to help fiancé(e) entering it was their legal right to To not sign anything. their fiancé(e) get per- the U.S.; and ask for an attorney or Don't lie. manent residence. You are both free refuse to proceed with the Do not be combative, One option is to marry to marry; and interrogation," Macri con- be polite and clear. You overseas. If you marry You have met tinued. don't want to give them overseas, you can then each other in person This shocking trend is part Don’t let this be an excuse to assault you file a Form I-130, within two years of the Department of you, your family or physically. Petition for Alien before you file this Homeland Security's a loved one. Make sure someone in Relative, for your new petition unless: efforts to deputize every- your family knows husband or wife. 1. The requirement one in the community to where you are going and has all your Another option is if to meet your help them enforce immigration law. information so they can find you if you your fiancé(e) is already in the U.S. in fiancé(e) in person would violate strict "They claim that they are simply step- are detained. another lawful temporary status and you and long-established customs of you or ping up border inspections but essential- Expect to be investigated by immigra- want to get married in the U.S. your fiancé(e)'s foreign culture or social ly they are bringing the border to you. tion officials each and every time you One other option is the fiancé(e) visa if practice; or It's easy pickings for them to target ride Amtrak or Greyhound or anytime your fiancé(e) is overseas and you want 2. You prove that the requirement to per- unsuspecting people on these busses and you drive near the border. to get married in the U.S., or he/she is in sonally meet your fiancé(e) would result trains but a nightmare for New York City the U.S. and wants to depart the U.S. and in extreme hardship to you. families who will face deportation as a Editor’s note: For more information, return to get married. result of having taken that train or bus Source: uscis.gov contact Maria Muentes, 646-483-1333 at ride," demanded Juan Carlos Ruiz, Families for Freedom. Also listen to What are the basic eligibility require- Director of New York New Sanctuary Editor’s note: The information here is solely www.allblackradio.com and WPAT 930 ments for a fiancé(e) petition? Movement. for this purpose. 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There are a whole Obama on host of reasons why we have not been gen- erating the kinds of jobs that we are generat- Immigration ing. We should not use immigration as a tac- tic to divide. Solve the driver's Source: 2008 Democratic debate in Los license issue with Angeles before Super Tuesday Jan 31, 2008 immigration reform On the driver's license issue, I don't believe that we're going to have to deal Deporting 12 million with this if we have comprehensive people is ridiculous and immigration reform, because people impractical don't come here to drive. They come here The American people want fairness, want to work. If we have registered them, if they justice. They recognize that the idea that have paid a fine, if they are learning English you're going to deport 12 million people is and going to the back of the line, if we fix our ridiculous, that we're not going to be devot- legal immigration system, then we will not ing all our law enforcement resources to have this problem of undocumented workers Barack Obama with community leaders, left, Gerry Hopkins and far right, Brian sending people back. But what they do also in this country, because people will be able to Figeroux, at an exclusive meeting where the Mighty Sparrow (second left) present- want is some order to the process. We're not actually go on a pathway to citizenship. ed a cd with a song written especially for the charismatic Senator. going to be able to do these things in isola- tion. We're not going to be able to deal with Source: 2008 Democratic debate in Los cy and increase the number of legal immi- Q: How do you address high unemployment the 12 million people who are living in the Angeles before Super Tuesday Jan 31, 2008 grants to keep families together and meet the & declining wages in the African-American shadows and give them a way of getting out demand for jobs that employers cannot fill. community related to the flood of immigrant of the shadows if we don't also deal with the problem of this constant influx of undocu- Immigration raids are Bring People Out of the Shadows: Allow labor? undocumented immigrants who are in good A: Before the latest round of immigrants mented workers. That's why comprehensive ineffective standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go showed up, you had huge unemployment reform is so important. Something that we THE PROBLEM to the back of the line for the opportunity to rates among African-American youth. So to can do immediately that is very important is Immigration Bureaucracy is Broken:The become citizens. suggest somehow that the problem that we're to pass the Dream Act, which allows chil- immigration bureaucracy is broken and over- Work with Mexico: We need to do more to seeing in inner-city unemployment, for dren who through no fault of their own are whelmed, forcing legal immigrants to wait promote economic development in Mexico to example, is attributable to immigrants is a here but have essentially grown up as years for applications. decrease illegal immigration. case of scapegoating that I do not believe in, Americans, allow them the opportunity for Immigration Raids are Ineffective: Despite I do not subscribe to. There is no doubt that higher education. I do not want two classes a sevenfold increase in recent years, immigra- Source: Campaign booklet, "Blueprint for we have to get control of our borders. We of citizens in this country. 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"We still don't know for certain whether Terry. "This is mostly because the this is a short-term change or the begin- region's two top recipients of workers ning of a new direction," he added. "But remittances, Mexico and Brazil, departed if it were to become a trend, it will push significantly from past trends." millions into poverty." Remittances to Mexico were virtually Most of the money sent by migrants unchanged in 2007, rising barely 1 per- goes to pay for basic expenses such as cent to US$24 billion. Money transfers to food, shelter, clothing and medicines. Brazil dropped 4 percent to about US$ Migrant workers sent some US$66.5 billion to the region in About three-quarters of the remittance 7.1 billion last year. 2007, MIF estimates. 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