Archive | June, 2011

20 June 2011 ~ 12 Comments

Ninth Circuit Set To Hear CSPA Class Action Lawsuit on July 15

The Ninth Circuit is set to hear oral arguments in the nation-wide class action lawsuit regarding Section 203 (h)(3) of the Child Status Protection Act  (CSPA) on July 15. Finally. Often, children would age-out of immigrant petitions filed for them by their U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident parents at the age of 21 due […]

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20 June 2011 ~ 6 Comments

Report Back From AILA On Secure Communities and the New Prosecutorial Discretion Memo

At the Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference in San Diego, I had the great pleasure of attending some Open Sessions with officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Patrol. Earlier, David Leopard, the outgoing AILA President, had given Assistant ICE Director John […]

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11 June 2011 ~ 6 Comments

An Open Letter to the “Papers Please” Alabama Confederacy of Hate

Dear Alabama, I am a person of few words so I’m going to keep this short. I love it when bigotry and hatred come out in the open, parading as just laws upheld and sanctioned by our institutions and structures, because then, everyone can see that we don’t live in a “post-racial” society and an […]

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09 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

AILA Issues Warning For Immigrant Rights Activists

The American Immigration Lawyers Association issued a warning to immigrant rights activists asking them to behave at their upcoming annual conference in San Diego: There is no question that activism in the communities also is helping to move the ball forward.  Those who are so engaged have our respect, admiration and at times involvement. That […]

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09 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

“How to Stop Your Deportation”

This “How to Stop Deportation” guide released by Asian Law Caucus, Educators for Fair Consideration, and The New Immigrant Youth Alliance spread like wildfire yesterday to the point that I was accused of “vetting it” everywhere. I ended up having it emailed to me more than twice through South Asian networks, which pleases me […]

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07 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Update On Immigration Case

For those asking about my immigration court case: Immigration court proceedings take a long time. Only an immigration judge in San Francisco can order my deportation. That has not happened. I do not envision that happening anytime soon. I can’t discuss legal strategy online. spiders love to frequent my site. Essentially, I don’t spend […]

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06 June 2011 ~ 3 Comments


“I was so mad when we sold that prime property in Namadi Heights. Your father just doesn’t know how to take care of anything in his possession.” She was talking about a valuable piece of land that they had owned together in Fiji before I was even born. “What kind of idiot sells property in […]

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03 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Undocumented Youth Sue Georgia For Anti-Immigrant Legislation

Yes, you read that right. DreamActivist is part of the “rights group” suing Georgia for HB-87, a copycat of Arizona’s papers-please anti-immigrant law. Immigrants — both documented and undocumented–contribute over $25 billion into Georgia’s economy, by buying and selling goods, paying taxes, and creating jobs. The new law will successfully divert public safety resources into […]

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03 June 2011 ~ 37 Comments

Deconstructing the Dreamer Status

Angy’s post over at DreamActivist on D-Identity made me feel really proud today. It’s heartening to know that the spaces you have established and fueled are constantly refueled with critical thought and an honest accountability that is missing from most other movements. Here’s a small snippet: During the battle for the federal DREAM Act last […]

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02 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments


Dedicated to my first dream in eons. An instigation. An impulse. Sensual excitement. Neither black and white Nor cloaked in technicolor. Just one look Just one touch Soft red lips Sensuous whispers Skin on skin Sultry moans Too slow and yet too fast It’s over before you know it. Fading memories that seem more important […]

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