Archive for 2009

Why Serious Immigration Reform Is Inevitable

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

For those of us who live and breathe immigration reform, it’s hard to remember that immigration isn’t everyone’s top priority. Not surprisingly, public opinion polls and headlines constantly remind us that health care and the economy consistently top the concerns of the general public. Even among Latino voters, a new study shows that health care is the most pressing issue. But this is neither a big surprise nor should it lead to the conclusion that immigration isn’t important. Polls are snapshots, taking the picture of the public psyche on a given day, at a given time, in the context of a range of political concerns. read more...

Predator Drones to Patrol Border

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Predator drones, the unmanned aircraft used by the U.S. military in the Iraq and Afghanistan war zones, will soon be employed to track illegal immigrants on the Mexico-California border.

The drone, which will be unveiled later today, will be operated out of the Antelope Valley by the military contractor General Atomics. The drones will fly above the border region with advancing electronic tracking equipment looking for illegal immigrants crossing into California.

According to the San Diego-based company, the drones will transmit information to U.S. authorities on human smuggles as well drug smuggling.

Such drones are already used on the border of Texas and Arizona.

Border Patrol officials told SignOn San Diego that the drone would initially be used to monitor ocean area, which has been used by human smugglers.

— Shelby Grad

LA Times Blog – LA Now

Why Is the Department of Homeland Security Incarcerating Refugees Across the U.S.?

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Last month, President Obama authorized the admission of 80,000 refugees into the U.S. in fiscal year 2010, something every President has done annually since passage of the Refugee Act of 1980. The United States has long recognized the importance of providing a safe haven for refugees. Beginning with laws granting refugee status to displaced persons after World War II and culminating with the comprehensive Refugee Act of 1980, the U.S. has sought to safeguard those who are unwilling or unable to return to their homeland based on a “well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”

Despite this commitment to helping refugees resettle in the U.S. permanently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its sub-agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), have adopted a policy of incarcerating refugees who have not adjusted to permanent resident status after one year of residency in the U.S.

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Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

In honor of Alex Sanchez, Homies Unidos invites you to join us for a Homies Christmas Celebration.

December 18th, 2009 – 6:00 p.m.

2845 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005


From the Inside and Looking Out

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Stories of people who are currently incarcerated and fighting case from Federal, Immigration,Detention and State Prisons. They talk about their life and how their families are affected by their incarcerations.
Homies Unidos is happy to share their stories and give voice to the voiceless and speak their mind to the world.

My name is Echas I’m a native of Guerrero, Mexico. I was born in a lovely family of nine members total. I was five years old when my father die. After my father’s death my mother abandon us along with the rest of my brothers. My older sister was nineteen years old, when she took the responsibility to care for us. My sister decided to immigrate to Los Angeles, CA to work and provide food on the table for us. After the period of two years, my sister had saved enough money to bring us over to Los Angeles provided roper education for all us.

By age of 7 I was going to school getting good grades, and as time past me by i was lost in between time of not knowing what to do with my life. I got arrested for recieving stolen property and was sentence t 8month in prison, after finishing my time i was deported to Tijuana,Mexico.  While in there I was harrased by authorities, robed and prosucuted without cause that lead me only one choice to come back to where all my family is, which is, Los Angeles.

I decided to turn my life around and started doing the right thing, enrolled in school and started working for the period of three years and stayed out of trouble.

Until one day, I was witing for my brother outside his apartment when the LAPD Rampart division showed up and started asking me for my legal Status they arrested me without any charges and turn me into ICE authorities. Now I’m being charge with re-entrie and they’re baseing on my criminal record.

Now i’m getting time and serving time for simply being here with my family were i’ve been since my youth and paying again for what already paid for, with precious of my life.

Thank you for reading my letter and thoughts.