An Interpreter Speaking Up for Migrants:
Erik Camayd-Freixas is a professor and a legal translator who assisted in the fast-track trial and sentencing of the over 400 illegal immigrant workers in Postville, Iowa, who were arrested on criminal charges involving identity theft rather than the usual deportation proceedings. Unusually for a court interpreter, who maintain a strict code of impartiality and neutrality, Camayd-Freixas spoke out, writing "that the immigrant defendants whose words he translated, most of them villagers from Guatemala, did not fully understand the criminal charges they were facing or the rights most of them had waived." [more inside]
posted by Forktine
on Jul 11, 2008 -
Terry Bressi's long saga "I was stopped, threatened with lethal force, dragged out of my vehicle, and detained for several hours for no reason - other than requesting to know what law authorized the police to stop me and demand ID after admitting I wasn't suspected of violating any law and I wasn't being detained. Instead of answering my inquiries, the 'peace officers' preferred to initiate force against me."
posted by trharlan
on Apr 12, 2005 -
Axing Foreign Acts
— Now that immigration control falls under the rubric of Homeland Security [+
], ticket sales should pick up for Broadway shows: foreign culture exchange is
on the wane
down the drain, says the Voice's Don Mattingly this week. Students
, too. Bureacratic transition pains or police-state policy? More info? Paranoid surmises?
posted by hairyeyeball
on Apr 10, 2003 -