The Department of Immigration and Border Patrol of Australia's secret blacklist of immigration lawyers and agents has been discovered.
DIBP claims that the list is used for "risk assessment" for partner visas and has "no impact" on assessing cases. The Migration Alliance, the lobby group of Australian migration agents that broke the news
of the list, is not convinced.
Manoj and Maninder recall their harrowing year-long escape
from brutality in India. They smuggled themselves into the United States, where they encountered further abuse in a detention center in El Paso, Texas. In the aftermath of the ruling on India's sodomy law
, they've been granted asylum, but they continue to fear for their lives.
The Patriot Act
was originally signed into law by Bush
in 2001, following 9/11
. This bill gives law enforcement agencies the power to search your email, telephone records, medical records, record your telephone conversations, without your consent
. It's allowance of indefinite detention
of immigrants has been a major point of criticism from opponents
. Today, President Obama, who previously promised
to protect our civil liberties, has quietly extended the bill for another year.
Eighth grader Anthony Soltero shot himself on Thursday, March 30,
after the assistant principal at De Anza Middle School told him that he was going to prison for three years because of his involvement as an organizer of the April 28 school walk-outs to protest the anti-immigrant legislation in Washington.
The vice principal also forbade Anthony from attending graduation activities and threatened to fine his mother for Anthony's truancy and participation in the student protests."
Anthony was learning about the importance of civic duties and rights in his eighth grade class. Ironically, he died because the vice principal at his school threatened him for speaking out and exercising those rights," ...
Ling Chan gave up everything to come to America.
"Chan arrived in the United States with no knowledge of English, no support network, and a dependent child...she was happy to land a janitorial job with AXT Inc., a Fremont, California semiconductor manufacturing firm...on a four-person cleaning crew, scrubbing the boxes used to ship semiconductor wafers around the factory...after a few weeks, her colleagues -- mostly Chinese immigrants, like herself -- whispered that this was no ordinary dust: It could give you cancer." [via Fark, of all places]
One big happy family
Ottawa granted permission for three wives of a polygamist to stay in Canada permanently and an immigration official has warned that several more applications from polygamists' wives are likely on the way, according to internal government documents obtained by The Globe and Mail
The report says the women filled in "housewife" as their occupation on their applications for immigration. They stated they would receive financial assistance from Mr. Blackmore. Under marriage information, they wrote "not available."