Posts Tagged ‘immigration’

Here’s How San Mateo Handles Day Laborers: Huge Signs Telling You Where To Go To Find Them

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Thusly, just off the 101

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This place has been around for a long time.

Of course, some cry foul:

Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the arm of the federal government in charge of enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, said her office is focused on fighting terrorism, but still wants employers to know they are violating laws and subject to sanctions if they hire people who are not authorized to work in the country — including the workers from the San Mateo center. “That said, our primary concerns now are fighting human smuggling, counterfeit employment documentation and helping ensure domestic security,” Kice said.

Billboards that Say, “What If My Tax Preparer is Not Legal?” Well, I _Completely_ Misunderstood This Ad Campaign

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

What does this mean to you?

As seen in gentrified Hayes Valley:

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To me, it meant what if your tax preparer got caught overstaying his visa and then got deported and then who the hell would defend your return come audit time and that’s why you ought to hire a fully-fledged ‘Murican to help you with your taxes.

I’m srsly.

But it turns out that it’s just a rent-seeking trade guild.

I’ll tell you, I know a little bit about how people get into trouble with such alphabet soups as the IRS, the BOE and the FTB. (Oh man, if an auditor asks a bar owner why he why buys 200 kegs a month but only sells 50, you know, officially, he’ll start talking about employee theft and spoilage and, gee, look at all that beer in the lines, well that’s probably 100 keg’s worth right there.)

So that’s real life.

But I aint ever met anybody who needed to worry about, “What If My Tax Preparer is Not Legal?”

Just saying.

Cold Busted: Members of the Pink Bag Mafia Lose the Food Bank Food They Were Trying to Sell in Mid Market – “Immigration Issues”

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Here’s the scene from yesterday AM at the corner of McAllister and Market and Jones in the Tenderloinish Civic Center Twitterloin area.

The woman involved were trying to sell the stuff they had gotten from a program what just gives it away with just one condition, can you guess? The condition is that you DON”T GO TO MID-MARKET AND SELL THIS FOOD ON THE SIDEWALK RIGHT NEXT TO THE THUGS SELLING STOLEN iPHONES.

Anyway, this one was a little different. Instead of just kicking the women off the corner, our SFPD (you see them all – there’s a bunch in there) actually took their stuff. And word on the street is that the cops didn’t want to bust them, in part, over “immigration issues.”

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That’s all I know.

 

Word on the Street: “1,000,000 DEPORTATIONS – OBAMA: STOP THE DEPORTATIONS – YO BASTA! – NO MORE! – END S-COMM”

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

As seen in the Western Addition:

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Read This T-Shirt About Arizona’s SB 1070 Immigration Law and Then Try To Figure Its Wearer’s Meaning

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This woman has something to say but I can’t figure it out:

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Oh well

Gloria Allred’s Second Press Conference About Meg Whitman’s Former Housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Here’s the response to this morning’s presser from Meg Whitman about former housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan.

Gloria says that there will be no statement from Nicky today because it was emotionally-challenging for her to speak out yesterday.

And off we go:

Statement from Gloria:

An April 22, 2003 letter from the Social Security Administrationshows that the SSN provided by Nicky was problematic. The letter tells recipients to ask the employee for the employee’s SSN, but Meg didn’t do that. Meg’s husband partially filled out the SSA form and then handed it to Nicky with a note saying, “Nicky, please check this.” The Whitmans wanted an undocumented worker because undocumented workers are easier to manage.

Meg Whitman lied to the press and the public when she said that, “We never received that letter and  notification.”

Meg is exposed as a liar an a hypocrite. She should apologize to Nicky the press and the public. 

Nicky is a hero. She is the Rosa Parks of the movement to gain respect for Latinos and all those who work so hard in households today.

Exhibits:

Blowups showing the letter and quotes from Meg including handwriting from Meg’s husband: “Nicky, please check this. Thanks”

Q and A:

1. Let’s see if Meg will continue to deny knowledge of the letter.

2. Nicky says she only got the mail when the Whitmans were on vacation.

3. Nicky asserts that the handwriting is from Dr. Harsh. If the Whitmans would like to deny that, I’d like to know. Let’s see what they say. Nicky says she knows his handwriting.

4. I think this evidence speaks for itself. If Meg wants to take a lie detector test, that’s fine. I won’t tell Meg what to do.

5. My client doesn’t need to take a lie detector test. That’s irrelevant.

6. Many people hold onto documents for a long time. I’m glad Nicky did so.

7. Nicky knew she wanted to do something about what she suffered. Nicky was terminated in June 2009 because Nicky was gathering legal documents.

8. Nicky contacted a lawyer and that lawyer contacted me. That’s how I came to represent Nicky.

9. People who aren’t rich and powerful deserve to have representation.

10. I have had no contact with anybody in the Jerry Brown campaign.

11. I don’t know how Jerry Brown’s people knew two weeks ago about this issue. Maybe they knew something, I don’t know.

12. I don’t know why Meg would wait months after declaring her run for Governor to fire Nicky.

13. I think Meg saying “we” didn’t know is significant. Meg chose that word. I’m a former English teacher, I think words matter.

14. Let’s just see if Dr. Harsh will deny that this is his handwriting. If he denies it then we might offer more proof. I have no comment on any other evdience we  have.

15. I won’t say the name of the attorney who referred Nicky to me.

16. Nicky is not working at this time.

17. Nicky’s taking an enormous risk. She’s demonstrating more courage than anyone I’ve met during the decades I’ve been practising law. We shouldn’t underestimate how bright many housekeepers are.

18. We haven’t offered Nicky any money.

19. Nicky’s worked more than 15 hours per week and was told by the Whitmans that she wouldn’t get paid for anything more. Her back wages are probably not a significant sum.

20. I’m here to support Nicky and provide the truth about what happened to her.

Gloria might come back with another press conference soon if the Whitmans want to deny today’s allegations.

Now we’re off to the Spanish language part of the program.

To Be Continued…

Meg Whitman Doesn’t Do All That Well at Her Press Conference About Housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Here’s Meg Whitman’s presser about her housekeeper problem – it was just broadcast live at TMZ.com. [UPDATE: Here’s coverage from CBS San Francisco, just posted.] 

(Frankly, I don’t see how Meg can win her race after seeing this. Say hello to Governor Jerry Brown, the Once and Future King. Et iterum venturus est cum gloria. You know, Meg would have been better off saying that she would donate $150,000,000 to the state treasury early nect year rather than just spending all that dough on consultants and ad buys. IMO)

Anyway, Meg showed up about 15 minutes late and began by saying how former housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan was an “extended member of our family.” Then she asked about Jerry Brown:

 “What does he think I should have done instead?”

Then it was off to questions and answers, below.

1. Nicky came to work for us for 15 hours per week. Sometimes she worked ten, sometimes eight. Nicky never asked for mileage reimbursement for running errands around Menlo Park.

2. We didn’t receive a letter from the Social Securtiy Administration. We never saw any such letter.

3. We didn’t want to turn Nicky in to law enforcement due to our ten-year relationship with her.

4. I comported with the law. The law doesn’t require employers to turn employees in. I fired her as soon as I found out she was illegal. Every employer needs to make his or her own decision about how to handle such a situation.

5. It’s very possible that Nicky intercepted any possible letter that came from the Social Securtiy Administration. The Nicky I knew was not the Nicky I saw at Gloria Allred’s presser.

6. These days we have one housekeeper, plus a landscaping and pool service.

7. We play by the rules. We were explicit with the people at the employment. We told the agency that we wanted legal employees only.

8. I never asked Nicky directly about her immigration status. We got a copy of the I-9 from and Social Security card from the agency.

9. Nicky signed her I-9 form under penalty of perjury. Nicky lied.

10. I have not contaced the SSA to ask for any letter that they might have sent out.

11. Nicky was my employee directly. We left a check for her on the counter every Friday.

12. I haven’t talked with Nicky since she left the house on the Saturday afternoon when she confessed to us.

13. I was heartbroken. I had to tell Nicky that we couldn’t continue to employ her.

14. This is classic smear politics. This is how career politicians like Jerry Brown operate. This is Brown-motivated.

15. Until we can be assured that we can get our arms around securing our borders, I don’t think we should alter our immigration laws. A first step would be a temporary guest worker program.

16. I didn’t want to discuss Nicky in the press. I didn’t want to make an example of her. I feel badly for Nicky for her involvement with Gloria Allred.

17. If I was going to let Nicky go for political expediency, I would have done it in February 2009 when I announced my run for Governor, not in June 2009.

18. It’s absolutely false when people say I knew about Nicky’s illegal status before he confession. I didn’t.

19. Town and Country Resources of Menlo Park was the employment agency involved.

20. We don’t owe Nicky any money. We paid her less when she worked less than 15 hours a week. We even paid her during Christmas vacation.

21. My lawyer said that there was nothing that we could do for her after we found out about her status.

22. I didn’t talk about Nicky because I didn’t want to make an example of here. I don’t know who is paying Gloria Allred.

23. This issue has nothing to do with my character.  

24. I want this state to get back on track. There are 2.3 million Californians without jobs. This is a distraction from what Californians ought to be talking about.

25. I feel badly about the situation. But the law is the law. I don’t know what ICE will do.

26. It’s absolutely false the statement Nicky made about me saying to her, “I don’t know you and you don’t know me.”

27. I would absolutely take a polygraph test about whether I knew about her immigration status. I was stunned when Nicky told us.

28. If it comes to that I will absolutely take a polygraph test.

29. We were misled. Our country needs an E-Verify system in place.

30. We were given copies of a CA-issued driver license, an SSN card and an I-9. We relied on all these documents.

31. My campaign is doing very well with Latinos. I will work very hard to earn the vote of Latinos.

32. This is totally predictable. Nicky is being used. This incident could backfire on the Jerry Brown campaign.

33. I had a very cordial relationship with Nicky.

34. It’s not right what Nicky did.  

35. It’s very hard to know if Nicky should be deported. Nicky can’t see what is about to happen here. She is being manipulated.

36. She did normal kind of housekeeping duties. She drove one of the boys to school sometimes. She was not responsible for the children.

37. I don’t know if Nicky had a legitimate driver license. I’ve heard that it was a real driver license.

38. We comported with the law. I’m new to politics. I’m just getting used to smear politics.

39. Nicky would get the mail from the mailbox and then put it on the kitchen island.

40. I didn’t know that Nicky was illegal until June 2009.

41. I think I behaved correctly under the circumstances. I wouldn’t behave differently if I had to do it all over again.

42. We only have one employee now. We hired her through the same agency. She is legal. My mailbox is locked know. I get my own mail now.

43. It’s important to get back to the issues Californians care about. The budget is 100 days overdue. We are about to go to IOUs to pay vendors to the state of California. I need to turn my attention back to my campaign.

 44. I believe that this is linked to the Brown campaign, 100%

45. I can’t criticise the agency. They had the proper documents.

46. We had a very good relationship with Nicky. Her boys played soccer in our backyard and played with our mini-schnauzer.

47. I don’t think we abused or took advantage of Nicky. We paid her $23 an hour. If she had a parent-teacher conference or some kind of appointment, we let her go early.

I have to run. Thank you for coming. Let’s move on to solve the problems facing California.

And that’s it. This presser ended at 11:32 AM.

Yearlong Shanghai Celebration Starts Today – San Francisco Goes All Out For Our Sister City

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Why did Shanghai, the largest city in China, become one of our 16 Sister Cities in 1979? Well, we should all thank former Mayor and current U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein:

It was sort of a race between Los Angeles and San Francisco to establish a Sister City relationship with Shanghai and of course San Francisco won – and it was the first such Sister City relationship between an American city and a Chinese city.”

(Once again L.A. loses, of course(?) - thanks DiFi.) Now it turns out that our Big Sis is hosting a big party this year – it’s World Expo 2010. So, that’s a good excuse for a bunch of  the Bay Area’s cultural organizations to represent, via the Shanghai Celebration featuring Honorary Chair and San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Jay Xu, Director of the Asian Art Museum, confronting a media scrum after today’s announcement:

Check out the calendar of upcoming events all related to the Paris of the East - it’s packed, baby. Swan Lake featuring San Francsico Ballet Principal Dancer and Shanghai native Yuan Yuan Tan will kick things off from January 23-31 and then on February 12th comes the debut of the cornerstone of the Shanghai Celebration, a big exhibit at our Asian Art Museum simply called Shanghai. It’s going to be mega.

Just ask Jay Xu:

“The 2010 World Expo that opens in May is Shanghai’s coming-out party, the official debut as the city reclaims its position as a global powerhouse. The Asian Art Museum’s Shanghai exhibition was timed to coincide with this prominent international event. Only through understanding its tumultuous history, can one truly understand the progressive and stylish Shanghai of today.”

 O.K. then.

Our jet-setting mayor was on hand to cheerlead for San Francisco, a part of his job which I think everybody would agree he does well. He was dressed for rain today, with blue jeans, and a pair of brown shoes that he claimed were “ruined” by the wet:   

More deets from the AAA:

“The Shanghai Celebration is an unprecedented, year-long festival presented by more than thirty San Francisco Bay Area organizations commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the sister city relationship between San Francisco and Shanghai.

Spearheaded by the Asian Art Museum, the Celebration runs throughout 2010, coinciding with the World Expo presented in Shanghai from May to October. The more than 50 Shanghai-related programs feature exhibitions, concerts, performances, films, lectures, book readings, artist demonstrations and other special events and cover topics such as Shanghai’s architecture, jazz, historic Jewish communities, Art Deco design, filmmaking industry, contemporary art, cuisine, high-rise urban planning and fashion.

The cornerstone of the Celebration is the Asian Art Museum’s presentation of Shanghai, a major exhibition examining the visual culture of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, scheduled for February 12-September 5, 2010.

For the Shanghai Celebration program calendar of events, and a list of participating organizations, please visit www.shanghaicelebration.com.”

Check the lengthy, lengthy sked, after the jump. 

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Supervisors Mar and Campos vs. the Nativist “Californians for Population Stabilization”

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Oh my, San Francisco Supervisors Eric Mar and David Campos are going to get into it with the NPG/ZPG/Immigration Reduction crowd at this afternoon’s weekly meeting of the Board of Supervisors. To get up to speed on this brouhaha, click here and see the offending video ads from Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS).

Profoundly nativist, certainly. Racist? Well, as always, You Make The Call. (I mean, the bulk of the people we’re talking about here aren’t coming from Europe, that’s for sure.) A vote on this matter is on the agenda and CAPS is trying to pack the chambers with their supporters right now - we’ll just have to bide our time to see how this one turns out.

See how much sense this absurd YouTube spot makes to you. (Them immigrants don’t have two hands and two feet like us fine Americans, apparently….)

Today’s screed from the nativists. Enjoy:

“San Francisco Supervisors Play ‘Race Card’ in Response to TV Spot Linking Population Growth and Environmental Degradation

Supervisors’ Position is at Odds with Legendary Environmentalists, Including Gaylord Nelson and David Brower

San Francisco Board of Supervisors members Eric Mar and David Campos are attacking a Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) ad campaign connecting population growth to environmental degradation. Mar and Campos have scheduled time for the Board of Supervisors to consider a measure condemning the ads today, Tuesday November 10th.  CAPS will deliver the latest research regarding population growth and its effects on our environment to the Board of Supervisors prior to the meeting.

Mar and Campos’ position is at odds with a plethora of research and a long list of legendary environmentalists including the founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson and the Sierra Club’s first Executive Director, David Brower. “Often, when someone doesn’t have the facts on their side, they resort to name calling,” explained Diana Hull, Executive Director of CAPS. “Obviously, this is an emotional issue for Mr. Mar and Mr. Campos but as community leaders, they should know better. In America, we welcome all viewpoints.”

The ad campaign makes the point that the number one factor driving U.S. population growth is immigration. Further, when immigrants come to America, their carbon footprint expands to four times what it was in their home countries. The ads suggest that curbing immigration isn’t the solution to global warming but it’s a start.

Along with many highly respected environmentalists, both Gaylord Nelson and David Brower highlighted immigration-driven population growth as a major factor affecting our environment. The 2008 CIS study on which CAPS’ ads are based is the latest in a litany of research reinforcing the common sense conclusion that population growth affects our environment. CAPS’ calls to Mr. Mar’s and Mr. Campos’ offices to introduce them to the research and the facts went unreturned.

“There are many daunting issues facing California and the San Francisco area, so I’m surprised that Mr. Mar and Mr. Campos see this as the best use of taxpayer time,” commented Hull.  “With 12% unemployment and families having trouble putting food on the table, it seems like job creation would be a better use of the Board of Supervisors time.”

This attack on the ads comes just hours before the campaign is scheduled to conclude.  However, based on the positive feedback CAPS received from San Francisco residents, Hull is considering bringing the ads back to the San Francisco area.

For more information about CAPS or to view the ad campaign, please visit www.CAPSweb.org

Nancy Pelosi’s Citizenship Workshop a Huge Success

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

A couple hundred people flowed through the doors of UC Hastings College of Law over the weekend to take advantage of the free Citizenship Workshop put on by the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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There were lots of reporters on hand, so the Speaker spoke out on the issue of the day:

The government must stabilize the financial system because if we don’t, it will have a tremendous impact on American consumers, homeowners, taxpayers and the rest.” But, she added, “We cannot deal with this unless this bailout helps families stay in their homes.”

Look forward to more convenient one-day workshops similar to this from our Representative in Congress.