Border shutdowns hurt people on both sides

It’s no secret that President Donald Trump’s views on immigration policies and border security has stirred some controversy. Ever since he took office two years ago, he has been promising to implement a border wall and insisting that  Mexico pays for it. While many proponents of stricter border security are concerned about crime and drugs crossing into the United States and immigrants “stealing jobs,” that should be the least of their worries. The migrants from Central America are fleeing gang violence, poverty and political oppression — not bringing it. Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rank among the most violent countries in the world and are home to one of the world’s largest and most dangerous gang, MS-13. Trump has recently threatened to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border in order to stop the Central-American caravan from entering the U.S. The caravan crisis in Tijuana was a cause for fear and concern because of the many negative impacts that a possible border shutdown can have for local businesses in Baja, California. Tourist-friendly businesses can expect a decrease in their sales because of a possible shutdown. A recent five-hour shutdown of the border near San Diego last month

By | 2018-12-10T23:31:46-07:00 Dec 10, 2018 | 11:31 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

President Conoley addresses “Sanctuary Campus” demands after protest

Student protesters demanding that Cal State Long Beach officially adopt a “Sanctuary” campus status marched to and delivered a set of demands to President Jane Close Conoley at Brotman Hall just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The students originally gathered by the Prospector Pete statue on upper campus at 1 p.m. where they rallied a crowd with chants and speeches about making CSULB a sanctuary campus. The group, primarily led by Sandra Ocampo and Esmerelda Antonakakis with the campus organization La Raza Student Association, grew to around 20 members before they marched to the President’s office. At one point, campus police officers asked them to refrain from using their bullhorn after receiving a noise complaint from faculty members located in Peterson Hall 1. “I was cool with it,” said University Police Department officer Vergal Munoz Jr. “It’s the faculty that’s complaining. I don’t care. They can talk all they want.” The students then marched to Brotman Hall’s top floor on lower campus to chants of “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!” and “Education, not deportation!” Outside of President Conoley’s office at Brotman Hall, Antonakakis delivered a series of demands to the president. “We are present with fellow students, faculty,

CSU Chancellor Timothy White targeted by David Horowitz Freedom Center

A series of anti-immigration posters were distributed to the California State Universities via email Tuesday morning, calling for the prosecution of CSU Chancellor Timothy White for supporting sanctuary campuses. The posters, which included a caricatured image of White along with the caption, “Defund CSU prosecute Timothy P. White,” were claimed by the David Horowitz Freedom Center as a part of a national campaign aimed at targeting administrators who do not comply with immigration laws.  “We want the chancellor to be prosecuted and all funds to be suspended,” said David Horowitz, founder of the center. “Chancellor [White] has declared [all CSU’s as] sanctuary campuses, your campus is defying federal law and defying the security of students.” Although the Freedom Center assumes CSULB to be a sanctuary campus, CSU officials have not officially declared the campuses as sanctuaries, which they emphasized in an open letter released Nov. 17 and continue to emphasize to this day. “We do not call our campuses ‘sanctuary campuses’” said Elizabeth Chapin, CSU manager of public affairs. “The CSU will not enter agreements with federal authorities to enforce federal immigration and hold requests.” The Freedom Center, whose focus is defending free societies and American freedoms, launched the “no

By | 2017-03-23T13:44:11-07:00 Mar 22, 2017 | 9:43 pm|Categories: CSU, News|Tags: , , |

Immigration clinic brings families to CSULB

Concerns and questions about immigration brought people to The Pointe on Saturday, where they met with attorneys at a free legal clinic. The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition and Cal State Long Beach’s Future Underrepresented Educated Leaders hosted the clinic, welcoming upward of 50 attendees into the venue where they could have any questions relating to immigration answered by volunteer attorneys. The clinic had been planned for four weeks, but recent events, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids across California that saw over 150 people arrested and President Donald Trump’s executive order calling for the construction of a wall along the Mexico-United States border, have led to many concerns about security from deportation. “It’s a large range of immigration questions,” said LBIRC Development Assistant Maribel Cruz. Petitioning for a family member’s citizenship, obtaining Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and what to do when faced with a deportation order are among the concerns that Cruz said people, both citizens and not, have reached out to the LBIRC for help with. Upon arrival to the Pointe, attendees filled out forms with information about their reason for seeking consultation before being paired with one of the 11 attorneys present. Cruz stated that

By | 2017-02-12T19:32:08-07:00 Feb 12, 2017 | 7:32 pm|Categories: Campus, Events, News|Tags: , , |

Congress must pass immigration legislation for 11.3 million undocumented immigrants

The time has come for Congress to discuss the problems with our immigration policy and produce legislation to address it. It’s not an issue with simple solutions, and wading through the complexities of fixing our broken immigration system is not an easy job. But that's what Capitol Hill is for, and the clock is ticking. Legislators should take the first step of at least discussing reform, setting aside partisan politics – if only for a second – and agreeing that immigration is a pillar of America in need of repair. American voters agree. In Dec. 2014, 69 percent of voters in a Beyond the Beltway Insights Initiative poll said they would like to see the new Congress make legislation dealing with immigration, according to The Hill, an online news source. There were about 11.3 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States in 2013, according to Pew Research. That’s greater than the population of Los Angeles. Many of these immigrants see themselves as Americans and contribute to the American economy. Rather than addressing the fact that 5.1 percent of our country’s labor force was made up of undocumented immigrants in 2012, that maybe those hard-working people aren’t so bad and that

By | 2015-03-03T11:07:39-07:00 Mar 2, 2015 | 12:23 pm|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , , |

On immigration, Obama has the law and Reagan on his side

Last Monday, I was furiously pecking away on the keyboard at a law firm where I work as a paralegal, hoping to prepare all the evidence and finish a petition on time for an immigration case — that is, until a federal judge ruined everything. The case involved a client who had been in the U.S. since the age of 14. He had lived here for over 20 years, attended middle and high school here, and suffered through all the same awkward teenage rites of passage as any other American. If approved, the petition would have provided him with relief through Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which equates to a promise by the federal government not to deport an individual for a certain period of time. But right as I was about to finish, the managing attorney turned towards me, and said, “Alright Hunter, you can stop now.” Confused, I asked why, to which he responded: “Some judge in Texas just killed the new program.” By issuing a preliminary injunction just two days before the expanded DACA program was set to go into effect, Judge Andrew Hanen buried President Obama’s new immigration policy in the legal system on

By | 2015-02-25T11:40:28-07:00 Feb 24, 2015 | 10:32 am|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , |

La Bestia carries immigrant refugees, not criminals, to the United States

People flee from countries where their lives are in mortal peril and where they and their families are starving; in the U.S., people have pounds to spare. Half a million Central Americans cross Mexico aboard “La Bestia,” or The Beast, a network of cargo freight trains en route to the United States every year, according to the Migration Policy Institute in a September 2014 report. There are no passenger trains heading north, and it costs the equivalent of $10,000 to pay a smuggler and risk taking a bus. Yet the Mexican and American governments urge the train companies to speed up their cars, making it more dangerous for people to get on. “Migrants travel on top of the train with nothing to hold on to,” the MPI report said. “Accidents caused by train derailments and falls because of changes in speed, or migrants falling asleep are common and have resulted in countless injuries, amputations, and sometimes death.” Additionally, more checkpoints have been established in areas popular among immigrants as jump on points. Border control has been raiding nearby hotels and makeshift refugee camps that often provide the temporarily homeless migrants with food, shelter and medical care. On top of that,

By | 2015-02-11T15:59:43-07:00 Feb 10, 2015 | 6:07 pm|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , , , |