Friday, March 09, 2007

Immigration Reform in America: Which Side of the Fence are you On?

I wanted to announce the above panel/debate to be held at Franklin & Marshall College on Wednesday, March 28th at 7:00pm in Stager Hall, Stahr Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
The panel/debate will be moderated by Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Director, Center for Politics and Public Affairs, The Floyd Institute, @ Franklin & Marshall College. Panelist will include:

Dr. Steven A. Camarota, Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies;

Professor Michele Pistone, Director Clinical Program & CARES Clinic, Villanova University School of Law;

Mr. Jack Martin, Special Projects Director, FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform).

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Canadian asylum woes

And the Canadians think they are treating their failed asylum seekers badly?
The Toronto Star article talks about the plight of one woman from Zimbabwe who was denied asylum in Canada but because of the tenuous situation in Zimbabwe, she will not be sent back until the socio-political situation improves. Wow. I guess she's lucky that she is not in the U.S. She's upset because she is in legal limbo -- not a permanent resident, questionable access to health care and she has to pay $150 each year to renew her work permit.
What would her situation be like in the U.S., if, for example, she was denied asylum, but had TPS (Temporary Protected Status)? like many Haitians, and Liberians (although that will expire in the fall of 2007).

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Meeting a Minuteman

This was an interesting read I found on the NY Times website. It is the story of a group known as Minutemen, which is a group make up of civilians who have dedicated themselves to being vigilant around the borders to stop illegal immigration. Something that particularly struck me about the person interviewed was his belief that he is giving back to the "American people" through his service.
I think this comes to a very important issue as we talk about immigration: how welcoming is too welcoming, and where do we draw the line?