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  1. Texas Tortilla Company Convicted of Employment of Undocumented Workers

    By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC
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    La Espiga De Oro (Espiga), manufacturer of tortillas for distribution to restaurants and businesses, forfeited $1 million because of a felony conviction of conspiracy to induce and encourage unlawful immigration through a pattern and practice of hiring and employing illegal aliens at the Texas tortilla factory. Owners Alfredo Sosa Lira, his wife Lydia Botello-Lira, their daughter Lydia Lira, and night manager Roberto Guerra, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor violations associated with their continued employment of undocumented aliens between October 2011 and August 2015.

    Homeland Security Investigations investigated a series of complaints about the company’s hiring practices. An undercover operation later led to evidence that the company knowingly hired individuals not authorized to work in the United States. In some instances, the company knew that aliens used fraudulent documents to secure employment.

    HSI executed a search warrant at the company in August 2015, which led to the discovery of 10 undocumented workers working there as well as evidence demonstrating that 55% of their employees were not authorized by law to work at the factory. Following the search warrant, the company was charged by criminal complaint and began cooperating with HSI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to revise their hiring practices and implement new procedures to prevent future violations of federal law.

    The company paid $1 million, representing an amount that at least equals the value of property used to facilitate the crime, the value of wages paid to the unauthorized work force and the value of products manufactured and services provided by the illegal workforce during the conspiracy. This money will go directly to immigration authorities to assist them with their future enforcement efforts.
  2. Letters of the Week: August 14 - August 20

  3. How Trump's legal immigration cuts could be a blessing to DREAMers. By Nolan Rappaport


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    Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) recently introduced a revised version of the bill addressing legal immigration into the United States, the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. It is supposed to spur economic growth and raise working Americans' wages by giving priority to the best-skilled immigrants from around the world and reducing overall immigration by half.

    Supporters include President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, andActing Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke.

    Nevertheless, it will not reach the president’s desk without support from influential Democratic congressmen, which will be difficult to get and won’t be free.

    According to Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.), the RAISE Act “and the bear hug by the Bannon/Kelly/Trump White House — betrays the deep animosity towards legal immigration that has become the central, unifying tenet of the Republican Party.”

    Gutierrez has his own problems getting legislation through Congress. He recently introduced the American Hope Act, H.R. 3591, which is the latest version of the DREAM Act, which would provide lawful status for undocumented aliens who were brought here as children.


    Efforts have been made to get a DREAM Act through congress since 2001. No one has succeeded, and Gutierrez won’t either unless he can get republican support for his bill.


    Can these political opponents work together?

    See more at http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blo...-a-blessing-to

    Published originally on The Hill.

    Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.




  4. Why Was Trump so Reluctant to Condemn the White Nationalists in Virginia? Is it Because He Shares Their Europeans-Only Immigration Goal? Roger Algase

    The following comment has been expanded as of August 15 at 12.35 pm.

    The latest news report shows that the White House has finally clarified his comments on the Charlottesville rally to condemn explicitly the "extremist groups" including white supremacists, KKK and neo-Nazis, who instigated the rally which has taken three lives so far.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...-groups-241590

    Any indication that the Trump administration shares the outrage against the neo-nazi hatred and violence in Charlottesville that every decent American, including many of Trump's strongest supporters in the Republican leadership who have openly expressed their condemnation of this white supremacist rally, must feel, is surely welcome.

    But why did the White House take so long to issue that statement, which did not come out until the afternoon of August 13, the following day?

    Why has the president still not spoken out directly to condemn the neo-nazis and white supremacists who caused the deaths of three people related to the rally?

    Could it just possibly be because he shares their objectives of limiting US immigration to people from mainly white areas of the world, which is also the obvious purpose of the RAISE Act that the president has praised so highly?

    Is it because, like the white nationalists and neo-nazis eho demonstrated in Virginia, Trump also wants to engage in ethnic cleansing of black and brown immigrants already in the United States through mass arrests, incarceration, deportation and violation of basic due process and human rights?


    My earlier comments follow:

    The following has been updated as of 8:23 am on August 13:

    America is now experiencing even more serious effects from the relentless campaign of defamation, exclusion, deportation and fear against Latino, Muslim and other non-white immigrants that Donald Trump has been carrying out as candidate and president for the past two years. The Guardian reports that at least one person has been killed in the course of violence that took place in the wake of a horrifying rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12. (The death toll has now risen to 3, according to later reports.)

    The same paper also reports that Trump issued a statement condemning bigotry and hatred in general "on many sides", but he did not condemn the white nationalists (who used to be known has neo-Nazis in the days when journalists had more courage and were more direct than seems to be the case now) who organized the rally in particular. This failure has led to widespread criticism from other Republican leaders.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...nce-many-sides

    To what extent were the same white supremacists in Charlottesville whom Trump refused to criticize specifically inspired by Trump's numerous speeches as a candidate condemning Latino immigrants as "criminals", "rapists" and drug dealers who are destroying America, and labeling most or all of the world's Muslims as potential terrorists, while demonizing highly skilled South Asian and East Asian immigrants as "stealing" jobs from Americans; as well as his actions as president in seeking to ban almost 200 million Muslims from six different countries from entering the US, widening the deportation dragnet for non-criminal immigrants and, mot recently of all, promoting the RAISE Act, which would make drastic cuts in legal immigration from Latin America, Africa and Asia?

    David Duke, former KKK leader and one of the Charlottesville rally's strongest supporters, directly attributed the inspiration for the rally to the president in the following tweet:

    "This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back...We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That's what [we] believed in. That's why we voted for Donald Trump."

    http://www.businessinsider.com/david...e-rally-2017-8

    Just in case anyone missed the reference, "Taking Back America" was a hallmark of Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric during the campaign and is still arguably one of his hallmark slogans as president: See, Breitbart News (July 30):

    Seven Ways Trump is Taking Back America's Culture

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-governm...ricas-culture/

    It is also at least implied in some of Trump's "America First" immigration executive orders.

    But why should there be any surprise that Trump initially failed to condemn the neo-nazi white supremacist rally in Charlottesville?

    His entire campaign, followed by his entire presidency to date, has been imbued with the spirit of hate toward people of color and other racial/religious minorities. In his ideology, his glorification of white "civilization" and the supposed need to protect America's borders against people belonging to other enthicities and non-Christian religions such as Islam, something that formed the cornerstone of Trump's Warsaw speech, Trump was not only supporting the white nationalists, but was clearly identifying himself as one of them, as POLITICO explained right after the speech:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...ope-g20-240325

    See also salon.com, writing shortly after Trump's inauguration:

    Trump's Muslim ban is no surprise: Our new president's agenda is fueled by white nationalism

    http://www.salon.com/2017/01/30/trum...e-nationalism/

    Moreover, Trump has not only brought the white nationalists' racism to Washington with him, but also its proto-fascist, anti-democratic agenda, as so obviously apparent in his attacks on the press and the courts during his campaign, and his calls to rough up protesters at his own violent rallies; not to mention his horrifying incitement to police brutality against immigrants at his recent Brentwood NY speech.

    (And don't forget the centerpiece of Trump's entire immigration agenda - his Border Wall of anti-Mexican, anti-Latino hate and humiliation.)

    For an in-depth analysis of the white nationalists whom Trump brought to Washington, or tried to bring, after his election, see POLITICO.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/sto...er-milo-214629

    No wonder that Trump was so hesitant to speak out against the white supremacists and neo-nazis who caused the deaths of three innocent people in Charlottesville. At bottom, the people who organized this violent, racist, proto-fascist rally were Trump's people. In his most basic instincts of authoritarian white supremacy, of which Trump's goals of persecution and exclusion of non-white immigrants are an essential part, Trump has been showing himself to be an ally and supporter of the rally's leaders, if not actually one of them himself.
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    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

    Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 08-15-2017 at 11:36 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  5. 149 Cases of Reported Physical and Sexual Abuse on Unaccompanied Minors by CBP

    by , 08-11-2017 at 09:37 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the ACLU:

    We obtained records of 149 cases of reported physical and sexual abuse on unaccompanied minors by border officers. https://t.co/e0VSgPTJnD— ACLU National (@ACLU) August 10, 2017


    “There is a clear history of agents and officers engaging in what I believe was serious misconduct, documented by my office, in many instances who received little or no discipline whatsoever as a result,” said James Tomsheck, the former head of internal affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who has become a sharp critic of the agency after being ousted amid controversy."

    Click here
    for the rest of the report.

    Updated 08-11-2017 at 09:43 AM by MKolken

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