Posted on September 28th, 2010
Last Friday, comedian Stephen Colbert appeared in court as an “expert witness” to speak on behalf of America’s farmworkers. Colbert, who hosts Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report in character as a conservative news anchor, was asked by California representative Zoe Lofgren to testify after he worked for one day as a farm worker at Gill Corn Farms in Hurley, New York. The stint was on an episode of his show as a part of the United Farm Workers’ “Take Our Jobs” challenge.
Colbert appeared in court in character describing what he called his “vast experience spending one day as a migrant farm worker”. Sarcastically Colbert joked, “I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to C-SPAN 1″. The comedian did break from character a few times to persuade the House pannel to support the AgJOBS bill which would increased the number of legal farmworkers in the country. He stated, “It seems like some of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work, but don’t have any rights as a result. And yet we still invite them to come here and at the same time ask them to leave. And that’s an interesting contradiction to me”.
If you or someone you know needs to obtain labor certification, contact the Orange County labor certification attorneys of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 to learn more about your rights.
Posted on September 20th, 2010
Last week, three more California counties joined the U.S. Immigrations and Custom’s Enforcement’s “Secure Communities” program. The program installs an Enforcement Cast Tracking System in county jails that provides a central database of the federal government’s immigration records. With the addition of Kings, Kern, and Madera counties, two thirds of the state’s county jails are equipped with the system.
The database runs inmates’ fingerprints to determine legal status. Furthermore, if the system finds a match, officers can view if the suspect has applied for or received a visa or refugee status, if they’ve been deported, and where from. Previously, officers would have to call the ICE for information which could take days to obtain.
Arizona and Texas are the only two other states to implement the program.
If you or someone you know is looking to obtain refugee status, contact the Orange County refugee status lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C. at 949-540-6704 to learn more about your rights.
Posted on September 15th, 2010
A Bakersfield College geology professor, Natalie Bursztyn, is currently being forced to not work and stay in her home country of Canada after delays in receiving her H-1B temporary work visa. Students and fellow professors urged Kern Community College District officials to help Bursztyn obtain her visa, which costs $300. The district would be required by law to pay the $300 for the visa if they were to continue to employ her.
In May, the district decided to go ahead and pay for the visa for the beloved professor. The visa would allow her to stay in California and teach for two more years. However, at the start of the school year district officials told Bursztyn that the federal government had yet to finalize the visa. Bursztyn says that she suspects her visa had not been approved because the college was so delayed in asking for it to be renewed.
Bursztyn is unable to teach this semester and is not receiving compensation for her time off.
If you or someone you know is looking to acquire a H-IB temporary work visa, contact the Orange County temporary worker visa lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 to learn more about your rights.
Posted on September 8th, 2010
California police have arrested and charged 33 immigration activists with misdemeanor crimes since May.
The arrests came out of three protests in Los Angeles, largely as a result of the new Arizona immigration law. The first protest occurred outside of the federal courthouse on Alameda Street. Protesters used tube devices to connect their arms, making it more difficult for police to separate them and arrest them.
The second protest occurred outside the West Los Angeles Federal Building, where protesters sat with locked hands blocking traffic.
Lastly, in the third protest, participants blocked the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Highland Avenue using the tube locking devices. Police officers were forced to carry the protesters out of the street before using special equipment to remove the devices.
The arrested protesters have been charged with unlawful assembly, resisting an officer, and blocking the street or sidewalk.
If you or someone you know is considering filing an immigration petition, contact the Orange County immigration petitions lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 to learn more about your rights.
Posted on September 1st, 2010
The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against an Arizona community college for requiring its prospective employees to show proof of a green card before hiring them.
Officials at the Phoenix-area Maricopa Community Colleges are alleged to have acted illegally in their practice of requiring non-citizens to bring in a green card before they could start working.
The lawsuit comes after a year of investigations into the community colleges. In 18 months, almost 250 non-citizen prospective employees of the community college were required to bring in green cards and other proof of work-eligibility documents not required by federal law before being hired.
The Immigration and Nationality Act states, “it [is] unlawful to treat authorized workers differently during the hiring process based on their citizenship status”.
If you or someone you know is seeking a green card application, contact the Orange County green card attorneys of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 to learn more about your rights.