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PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES IMMIGRATION REFORMS

 

 

 

   

By Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery

 

President Barack Obama last night announced immigration reforms, just as       Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush before him took unilateral actions to  expand  protections for immigrants after Congress failed to act. 

President Obama 's plan will offer temporary relief from deportation to the parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for more than five years, work and pay taxes. He will also extend a program that already allows undocumented migrants brought here as children to stay in the country.  The reforms are temporary, however, and could be undone by a future President and Congress.

Besides offering protections for a limited number of immigrants already in the U.S., the President also announced plans to strengthen enforcement at the border and prioritize enforcement resources to focus on deporting criminals who have convicted felonies, not families or working parents of U.S. citizens.

SETTLEMENT TO HALT FORCED DEPORTATIONS

 

East County News Service

November 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A hearing is set for February 9, 2015 to approve a final settlement in the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) lawsuit to halt forced deportations by the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The ACLU won a class action lawsuit filed in 2013 after demonstrating that officials threatened, lied and intimidated undocumented immigrants, forcing them to sign “voluntary” deportation papers even if they had strong claims to remain in the U.S.

BORDER CHILDREN: LA MESA CHURCH FORUM HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

 

Hear audio excerpts from Morones' presentation from our East County Magazine radio show originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM:  http://www.kiwi6.com/uploads/new

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2014 (La Mesa)--Parishioners and guests at the United Church of Christ in La Mesa lined up to purchase T-shirts proclaiming “Love has no borders,” after hearing an impassioned presentation on the plight of border children August 17th.

Wearing a “Save the Children” tie, pediatrician Dr. Richard Short introduced guest speaker Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels (www.borderangels.com) .  The church congregation has committed to support Border Angels’ efforts to aid immigrant children and families fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.  Over 60,000 have flocked to America seeking asylum here, including families and children placed in detention centers here in San Diego County.

“Everybody looks to the president or the mayor. But what can we do?” Morones asked.  He emphasized that the Central American refugees are fleeing to numerous nations, not only the United States.

BORDER ANGELS CALL FOR ACTION, HELP FOR IMMIGRANT FAMILIES AFTER PROTESTERS BLOCK BUSES

 

Hear our podcast  on the Central American immigrants:

Updates on Murrietta, Congressman Juan Vargas' visit with immigrants in El Centro, and our interviews from this rally, including Enrique Morones of Border Angels. Rev. Beth Johnson from the Palomar Unitarian Universalist congregation and Everard Meade, Trans-Border Institute at USD, providing historical background on the Central American situation.

Listen here: http://kiwi6.com/file/hp9656gewn

 

By Nadin Abbott

“What we need is humanitarian solutions. Sending the children back to sure death is not humanitarian.” – Enrique Morones, Border Angels

“This is a failure to enforce federal law at the federal level.” Murrieta Mayor Alan Long

July 2, 2014 (San Diego)—Yesterday, dozens of anti-immigrant protesters blocked buses carrying 140 immigrants from Central America, mostly women and children. Shouting racial slurs and carrying signs demanding the migrants be sent home, the protesters forced the buses bound for Murrieta to turn around and go to San Ysidro instead.  The buses carried migrants from Texas, where holding cells are over flowing due to a massive influx of families and children.

Today, Border Angels held a rally in support of the immigrants and began a donation drive for toys, clothing, diapers to welcome the immigrants, most of whom were fleeing violence and threats of death in their homeland.

But what’s fueling the surge in immigration from Central America?  To understand what’s happening today, we have to look back several decades into the history of the region and the role of U.S. foreign policy in Central America.

SAN DIEGO ACLU SUES IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS FOR EXPULSION OF U.S. CITIZEN

 

East County News Service

June 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego ACLU has filed suit against top immigration officials for unconstitutionally preventing a born-and-raised U.S. citizen from returning to the United States from Mexico. Like Joseph K. in Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial, Oscar  Olivas, a 45-year-old natural-born U.S. citizen, has been detained but does not know why. He is unable to access the court before which he stands accused, and has not been allowed to view any evidence used against him.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Diego, naming the port director of Calexico, the San Diego field director of  U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and  Secretary of State John Kerry. The suit asks the court to allow Olivas to return to the United States, declare that he is a United States citizen, and affirm that the order exiling him violated the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TAKING MEASURES TO DEAL WITH INFLUX OF IMMIGRANT MINORS

 

 

By Trevor Hill

June 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This year, the number of minors illegally crossing the border north through Mexico into the United States has increased to approximately 48,000 (92% higher than last year) and is projected to reach over 60,000 by the end of the 2014 fiscal year. The vast majority of these children is not coming from Mexico, but in fact is fleeing Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

To deal with the influx, immigrant minors and adults alike are being shipped to warehouses and other facilities in order to hold them until they can be deported or granted a green card. About 700 minors are currently being held in a warehouse Nogales, Arizona, where living conditions have become deplorable due to overcrowding and lack of supplies. Fortunately, this is only a temporary housing for the children who will spend only enough time in Nogales to receive vaccinations and be checked medically before being sent to facilities in Ventura, California; San Antonio, Texas; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

This overcrowding is due to a lack of legal representatives willing and/or able to represent these children in Immigration Court. Because courts are not required to fund lawyers for the children, they must find a legal representative through advocacy groups or pro bono law programs.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFERS HELP TO PROTECT FAMILIES OF MILITARY AND RESERVISTS FROM DEPORTATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2013 (Washington D.C.) The U.S.  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a memo aimed at halting the automatic deportation of “spouses, children and parents of active-duty military members, reservists who may be called up as part of the 'Ready Force.'"  Family members of U.S. troops can now apply for parole, allowing them to stay in the U.S. while Congress continues delaying action on comprehensive immigration reform.

IMMIGRATION BILL PASSES U.S. SENATE WITH LARGE MAJORITY, FACES BATTLE IN HOUSE

 

By Nadin Abbott

June 27, 2013 (San Diego)—The United States Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill today with 68 Senators voting for it, and 32 Senators voting against it.

In addition to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants and other provisions, the bill contains many provisions that would impact many in East County, including businesses, agriculture, and bolstering medical personnel.

It also calls for a border security “surge” including hundreds of miles of new border fencing and 18,000 additional federal agents on the U.S.-Mexico border.  Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who supports the bill, said it would create “the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

JUDGE GRANTS RIGHT TO COUNSEL FOR IMMIGRANT DETAINEES WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 9, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- For the first time, the United States government will offer legal counsel to immigrant detainees with mental disabilities facing deportation hearings. This is the first expansion of the right to counsel in 30 years – the result of an ACLU lawsuit. Before to last week's federal court ruling, these individuals were not guaranteed legal representation  even though they clearly demonstrated tremendous difficulty in representing themselves in the complicated legal proceedings against them.

José Gonzalezis a 33-year-old man who doesn't know his own age and, in many aspects of his life, has the cognitive ability of a two-year-old. Both his parents are lawful permanent residents of the United States, and José had a pending petition for residency. Until last week's historic ruling, the government expected José to represent himself in a deportation hearing – after holding him for five years in a detention facility.

IMMIGRATION REFORM RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT TRUSTEES

May 4, 2013 (El Cajon) – Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Board of Trustees voted on April 16 to adopt a resolution calling on Congress to enact the comprehensive immigration reforms being hammered out by a bipartisan “gang of eight” legislators (four Republicans and four Democrats).

The resolution was introduced by trustee Mary Kay Rosinski  and passed with five votes in favor.  The action comes on the heels of similar resolutions adopted by San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego City Council.

SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT CONSIDERS RESOLUTION TONIGHT TO SUPPORT IMMIGRATION REFORM

 

Proposed resolution calls for pathway to citizenship and respect for human and civil rights in enforcement

April 4, 2013 (San Diego) --Following the lead of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) and the San Diego City Council, the Board of Trustees of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) may also add their voice to the immigration reform discussion taking place around the City and the nation.

BIPARTISAN COALITION IN SENATE ROLLS OUT IMMIGRATION REFORMS

By Miriam Raftery

January 30, 2013 (Washington D.C.) –One day after a bipartisan coalition of Senators (four Republicans and four Democrats) introduced a framework for immigration reforms,  President Barack Obama has announced a four-part plan for comprehensive immigration changes 

The President's plan includes a pathway to citizenship, strengthening border security, cracking down on employers who hire undocumented workers, and streamlining our legal immigration system.  For details on the President's plan, see http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/29/watch-live-president-obama-speaks-comprehensive-immigration-reform.  For the Senators' framework, see http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/562528/reform0128principlessenatefinal.pdf.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

January 10, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

December 5, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL/REGIONAL

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READER’S EDITORIAL: THE REPUBLICANS MARCH TO THE LAND OF OZ

By Daniel J. Smiechowski

December 3, 2012 (San Diego)--Locally in San Diego, as well as nationally, the Republican Party is on its way to the Land of Oz. We're not in Kansas anymore, says Dorothy to Toto. Federalists and Whigs and Republicans, oh my! Yes Wizard, demographics do count and America's GOP better not hide behind the curtain.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

November13, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

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ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

September 27, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

  • Judge rules Arizona can enforce strict provision to immigration law (Reuters)
  • Worrisome levels of arsenic in rice (Consumer Reports)
  • Massive tumors in rats fed genetically modified corn (CA Right to Know blog)
  • More than 1,000 pastors plan to challenge IRS by endorsing candidates (Fox)
  • As tax credit wanes, jobs vanish in wind power industry (New York Times)
  • Tesla offers free solar travel with new super-charged tech (RawStory)
  • Senators to Hilary: Show us the ambassador’s cables (ForeignPolicy)
  • Mormons want to expel Romney critic (Daily Beast)
  • Whose next in line for a kidney transplant? The answer is changing (NPR)

WORLD

  • Out with color: Islamists force Timbuktu women to wear black veils or face corporal punishment (Observers)
  • Fake Italian pilot traveled in cockpit, police say (Reuters)
  • Marijuana and cancer: Researchers find cannabis stops metastasis in aggressive forms of cancer (Huffington Post)
  •  Report: restrictions on religious views rise worldwide (Jerusalem Post)
  • Second day of anti-Japan attacks rock China (NPR)
  • Man held in revenge plot over Muslim cartoons (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Russia reveals shiny state secret: It’s awash in diamonds (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Pakistani TV stations air a real ‘made in USA’ video. Will it calm violence? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • The terrorist veto (City Journal)

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READER'S EDITORIAL: ROMNEY -- THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN CANDIDATE

By Patrick Osio

“By virtue of his father’s birth in Mexico where he was automatically a Mexican citizen by birth, makes US born Mitt Romney a second generation Mexican American. His actions against the Hispanic immigrant community reflect a loss of gratitude for Mexico granting the Romney family refuge from religious persecution they suffered in the U.S.” – Patrick Osio

September 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- Anyone born in the United Sates is a native-born citizen. Also, anyone who is born of American parents visiting or living in a foreign country, and is registered by those parents with the nearest U.S. consulate or Embassy, becomes a “native-born” citizen, though not born in U.S. territory. The child thus enjoys dual citizenship as a native-born in both the country of birth and the U.S.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

 
 
June 28, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:    
 
 
U.S.
 
GENERAL NEWS
  • Supreme Court says Montana cannot ignore Citizens United ruling (NPR)
  • Supreme Court rules juvenile life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment (Chicago Tribune)
  • GM Grass linked to Texas cattle deaths; fields found toxic with cyanide produced by crop (CBS)
  • E-mail change angers Facebook users (CNN)
  • Thousands evacuated as wildfire nears Colorado towns (USA Today)
  • With no vote, taxpayers stuck with tab on bonds (New York Times)
POLITICS
  • Issa: No evidence White House covered up `Fast and Furious’ fallout (Los Angeles Times)
  • Obama invokes executive privilege over ‘Fast and Furious’ documents (Los Angeles Times)
  • Rubio sticks to GOP doctrine over immigration (The Hill)
  • Cash rules at Romney retreat while Condoleeza Rice steals the show (Yahoo news)
WORLD
 
GENERAL NEWS
  • Analysis: Mexican ruling party faces defeat but may back reforms (Reuters)
  • Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi named Egyptian president (CBS)
  • Morsi quits Muslim brother hood, vows to unite country (NBC)
WIND ENERGY NEWS
  • Iberdrola to explore sale of U.S. wind plants and projects (Recharge News)
  • Quatar takes state in Iberdrola (The National)
  • Texas wind energy fails again (National Review)
  • Presidential projects on wind power flawed according to new book (KXXV)
  • The trouble with turbines: an ill wind (Nature) 
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JOHN L BROOKS SEEKS TO OCCUPY 51ST DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL SEAT

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
Vote your passion, not your fears.” -- John L. Brooks motto
 
May 14, 2012 (San Diego)—Updated May 17, 2012 --John Brooks has set his sights on the 51st Congressional seat held by Bob Filner. He is running against Denise Moreno Ducheny and Juan Vargas on the Democratic side. Why is he running? He was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, and knew that the next step was to step to the plate and run for office.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

April 26, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S.
  • Feds make first arrest in BP Gulf Coast oil spill (CBS)
  • Justices to hear appeal over controversial Arizona immigration law (CNN)
  • Obama takes on college costs, eyes young voters (Bloomberg)
  • Radioactive particles from Japan detected in California kelp (Los Angeles Times)
  • Romney sweeps five northeast primaries (USA Today)
  • Mitt Romney: Mothers should be required to work outside home or lose benefits (HuffingtonPost)
 
WORLD
  • Stirring Mexico volcano closes schools, raises alert (Reuters)
  • Afghan girls in school after poison attack (BBC)
  • Japan fears nuclear plant sits atop active geological fault (Reuters)
  • Hollande and Sarkozy head for runoff in French election (NY Times)
 
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CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE DENISE MORENO DUCHENY HAS BIG PLANS FOR OUR REGION

 

By Mia Myklebust
 
March 8, 2012 (San Diego and East County) --“The reason I’ve run for office is because I’ve always cared about the areas I’ve lived in,” said Denise Moreno Ducheny, Congressional hopeful for California’s 51st district—an open seat, since Congressman Bob Filner is running for Mayor.
 
“This is my district now. It needs representation,” said Ducheny, a self-described Democrat “with a little Libertarian streak.” 

HUNTER AUTHORS BILL TO FORCE DEPORTATION OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

 

September 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) has introduced H.R, 2952, a measure requiring immigration officials to expedite deportation of undocumented immigrants.

 

BORDER CROSSER SHOT BY PROPERTY OWNER IN JACUMBA


August 26, 2011 (Jacumba) – An “international traveler” who crossed the U.S.-Mexican border was shot by a property owner in Jacumba around 5:27 p.m. yesterday. The shooting occurred in the 42000 block of Old Highway 80. The patient was life-flighted to Sharp Memorial Hospital.

HUNTER INTRODUCES BILLS TO FUND BORDER WALL CONSTRUCTION AND CUT FUNDS TO SANCTUARY CITIES, STATES

March 30, 2011 (Washington D.C.) Earlier this month, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Unlawful Border Entry Prevention Act, which includes San Diego Congressman Brian Bilbray among its cosponsors. The measure would provide the Secretary of Homeland Security with full discretionary authority to build up to 350 miles of additional infrastructure on the Southwest border.

ICE AGREES TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR IMMIGRATION DETAINEES IN SETTLEMENT OF ACLU SUIT

 


Lawsuit Charged Lack Of Medical And Mental Health Care Led To Death and Unnecessary Suffering

January 17, 2011 (San Diego)--Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have agreed to provide immigration detainees with constitutionally adequate levels of medical and mental health care as part of an agreement last month to settle an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit.  The suit charged that deficient care at the San Diego Correctional Facility caused unnecessary suffering and death.

 

As part of the settlement, ICE has also agreed to change its policy on medical care that had led to the denial of what ICE deemed to be "non-emergency" care, including heart surgeries and cancer biopsies.

PRESIDENT SIGNS BILL TO STRENGTHEN BORDER SECURITY

 

August 14, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama signed the Southwest Border Security Bill into law yesterday. The measure will significantly increase resources in the San Diego area.

 

“Today's action by Congress answers my call to bolster the essential work of federal law enforcement officials and improve their ability to partner with state, local, and tribal law enforcement,” the President said of the measure. "This new law will also strengthen our partnership with Mexico in targeting the gangs and criminal organizations that operate on both sides of our shared border.”

MEXICAN IMMIGRANT IN CRITICAL CONDITION FROM TASER USED BY BORDER PATROL DURING STRUGGLE

 

Update:  The injured man, Anastasio Hernandez, died Saturday. The County Medical examiner's office listed high blood pressure, methamphetamine use, and the physical altercation with officers as contributing factors in his death.

May 29, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego Police homicide detectives are investigating the serious injury of a 32-year-old Mexican border crosser. Following a struggle, a Border Patrol agent used a Taser to subdue the suspect, who quit breathing and is not expected to survive, according to SDPD.

READER'S EDITORIAL: CONGRESS MUST ASSURE MEXICO DEALS WITH ITS ECONOMIC PROBLEMS

By Tracy Emblem

Recently Arizona enacted its own immigration bill which potentially usurps the federal government’s authority to regulate immigration.

 

California Congressman Brian Bilbray, Chair of the Immigration Reform Committee, and former lobbyist for FAIR (listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), offers no real solutions to the immigration debate. In response to Arizona’s new radical immigration bill, Bilbray supported its legality and explained that police could spot illegal immigrants merely by the way they dress. His remarks demonstrate a lack of critical thinking skills necessary for leadership in Congress on complex, human, social and economic issues.

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