Archive for February 2011

DHS Agrees to Pay $400,000 to U.S. Citizen, Army Veteran, Unlawfully Detained by Immigration for Over Seven Months

Feb 28th, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, Immigration, lawsuit

From the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: Years after being wrongfully detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Rennison Castillo, a United States citizen and Army veteran, is finally receiving an apology and just compensation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In November of 2005, Mr. Castillo had just completed his sentence for violation of […]



S-Comm Now Screens Immigration Status in California

Feb 28th, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, Documents, Immigration

From the Associated Press: Federal authorities can now screen the immigration status of arrestees in every county in California. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that the last six counties were hooked up to the so-called Secure Communities program this week. Through January, the agency had arrested 65,000 people in California who were identified through […]



Indigenous Ecuadoran Woman Humbles US Oil Giant

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

This article is not really about immigration, but where else can you find an indigenous and uneducated grandma take on Chevron and WIN $9.5 billions? According to an AFP article by Valeria Pacheco, an indigenous villager Maria Aguinda helped bring a landmark judgment against US oil giant Chevron for polluting the rain forest she calls home. […]



Living the American Dream: Nonito Donaire, WBC and WBO Bantamweight World Champion

Feb 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

A native of the Philippines, Nonito Donaire, Jr. is a professional boxer known as the Filipino Flash and a three-division world champion. Currently, Donaire is the WBC and WBO Bantamweight World Champion, which he won last night in a fight against Fernando Montiel. Donaire knocked down Montiel with a devastating left hook and the fight was stopped shorthly after that. For those who […]



Some States “Just Say No” to Harmful Immigration Enforcement Laws

Feb 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Immigration

From the American Immigration Council: If Arizona had its own television show, the warning “don’t try this at home” would appear after every commercial break. (Cut to tumbleweeds and Arizona businesses pulling their pockets inside out) This week, some states – like Virginia, South Dakota and New Hampshire – actually heeded that warning and rejected […]



ICE Deports Alleged Genocide Leader Mudahinyuka From Chicago To Rwanda

Feb 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Headline News

A man going by the name of Thierry Rugamba reportedly immigrated to the United States in 2000, as a victim of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He settled in Bolingbrook, Illinois, where he worked at an African grocery. But all was not as it seemed with Thierry Rugamba, according to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. In 2004, […]



Justice Prevails in Shawna Forde Murder Case

Feb 18th, 2011 | By | Category: America Now, lawsuit

We recently reported on the Forde allegedly was involved in a group affiliated with the Minuteman. Pima County jury convicted Shawna Forde today of two counts of first-degree murder in the May 30, 2009 deaths of Arivaca residents Raul Junior Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia. The jury also convicted Forde of attempted first-degree murder in the […]



Delayed Immediate Relative Petitions

Feb 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Documents, Research

From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Delayed Immediate Relative Petitions, (Form I-130) at Texas Service Center In November 2010, USCIS transferred approximately 36,000 Immediate Relative petitions from our California Service Center to our Texas Service Center. We anticipated that this redistribution of work would result in more timely adjudication of these petitions. Due to a […]



Difficult to Amend Birthright Citizenship

Feb 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Immigration, Reform

Davis, CA: In the ongoing debate over illegal immigration in the U.S., and over the reform of America’s immigration system, the voices calling for politicians to put a stop to automatic U.S. citizenship for babies who are born to illegal immigrants in the United States, are steadily increasing in both strength and number. Today, all who […]



Immigration Authorities Find Heroin Worth $1.3 Million

Feb 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Deportation, Documents, lawsuit

Brownsville, TX: The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrested a 31-year-old woman who came to the United States from Mexico by driving her car across the Veterans International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas. According to a press release issued by the Customs and Border Protection the woman was referred to a secondary screening at the immigration checkpoint. During […]

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