Friday, August 21, 2009

This Week's Immigration News

How migration transformed Martha’s Vineyard (Financial Times)
This article provides a case study of Brazilian immigration to Martha's Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts and the upcoming holiday destination of President Barack Obama. Today there are approximately 3,000 Brazilians living in Martha’s Vineyard, which is significant given that the island’s winter population is only 15,000. There are many indicators of the Brazilian presence, from the grocery stores that offer Amazonian fruit juices to the Brazilian evangelical churches. Like many communities adjusting to the arrival of new immigrants, native-born Americans and foreign-born Brazilians sometimes clash, and relations remain tense at times.

Hospital homeland comforts (New York Daily News)
At the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, there is a 16-bed wing called the Chinese Unit that offers bilingual staff, Chinese food, and Chinese décor. While the unit is open to patients of all ethnic backgrounds, its existence is an indicator of the growing Chinese immigrant population in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Some Lawyers Said to Prey on Illegal Immigrants (New York Times)
James Hector Alcala, a well-known immigration lawyer from Utah, was recently indicted for running a large immigration fraud operation. Alcala promised temporary work documents called H-2B visas to American businesses for workers not eligible for the visas and mishandled immigration cases for individuals. Apparently, Alcala is not alone in such activities. Since 2000, the U.S. Justice Department has suspended or expelled more than 300 lawyers from practicing in immigration courts.

-Posted by Penny King

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