January 18, 2011 |
Linking their demonstration to the human-rights theme of Martin Luther King's Birthday, about 200 members of pro-immigrant groups marched Monday from Center City to the regional offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protest the pending deportation of four Cambodian men. Outside the office at 1600 Callowhill St., they festooned a fence with placards - "Stop Tearing Families Apart" - and hundreds of yellow ribbons. "Education, not deportation," they chanted. Rallying the crowd through a bullhorn, Desi Burnette of Media Mobilizing Project, a co-organizer of the march, said the men facing deportation were "heroes" to her because they made serious mistakes and learned from them.
January 1, 2011 |
Everyone agrees that Ismoil Samadov and Bekhzod Bakhityarovich Yusupov, two Muslims from Uzbekistan, arrived in the United States in 1999, overstayed their student visas, and are subject to deportation. And there is no question that when the FBI raided the Philadelphia rowhouse Samadov and Yusupov shared with other immigrants in 2002, they found a computer that contained a map of Pennsylvania State Police barracks and jihadi videos downloaded from the Web, including one of a speech by Osama bin Laden.
December 17, 2010 |
Emmanuel Figueroa, who became the target of vigilante justice after he raped an 11-year-old girl, was sentenced yesterday to eight to 20 years in state prison and five years of probation. Figueroa, 25, will be deported to his native Dominican Republic once his sentence is completed, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti. Figueroa, in blue prison clothing, looked straight ahead during his sentencing hearing and barely acknowledged his attorney or the Spanish interpreter who continuously whispered in his ear. In July 2008 he raped the learning-disabled girl after tricking her to come next door to his girlfriend's house on Godfrey Avenue in Lawndale.
October 7, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration deported a record number of illegal immigrants in fiscal 2010, according to figures released Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Of the 392,862 deportations from October 2009 through September of this year, about half were illegal immigrants with criminal records. The total was about 3,000 more deportations than the record set in the previous year. The second straight year of record deportations from the United States reflects the approach of ICE under the administration to focus its efforts on removing criminal aliens "who pose a national-security or public-safety threat," Department of Homeland Security deputy press secretary Matt Chandler said in a statement.
September 29, 2010 |
After he was convicted of assaulting a Philadelphia man in 1998, Cambodian refugee Mout Iv knew he was in the United States on borrowed time. As it turned out, quite a lot of borrowed time. He was freed from a Pennsylvania prison after four years, but paperwork snafus prevented his immediate return to Cambodia, as required by law. So immigration agents put Iv on "supervised release," allowing him to open a barber shop in Olney The government kept tabs on him with scheduled interviews, random phone calls, and unannounced visits.
September 28, 2010 |
The man who is a "strong suspect" in a simulated sexual act with a toy dinosaur at a Chester County playground faces deportation to Mexico, State Police say. Guadelupe Paramo-Almanza, 39, is suspected of flashing two teenage girls in Pomeroy Park, Avondale, about 4 p.m. Sept. 19, according to police. Following the lewd gesture, Paramo-Almanza allegedly simulated "a sex act on a dinosaur-shaped playground apparatus," police said. Paramo-Almanza was arrested shortly after, less than a mile away, and was believed to be drunk at the time, according to a state police supervisor who asked not to be identified.
August 31, 2010 |
Hov Ly Kol survived the "killing fields" of 1970s Cambodia and the crowded refugee camps of Thailand and the Philippines. In 1985, with his mother and a younger brother, he legally entered the United States as a refugee. Barring a last-minute stay of removal, Kol, 35, will be headed back to Cambodia on Tuesday - deported for taking part in a robbery that ended in murder. He is among about 50 Cambodian Americans across the nation awaiting imminent expulsion for crimes for which they have already served prison time, according to his supporters.
August 13, 2010 |
Ly Hov Khol was a young child when he and his family fled the "killing fields" in Cambodia in the late 1970s, a period when 1 to 2 million people died of starvation and disease or were brutally executed under the Khmer Rouge dictatorship. After spending time in refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines, his family was welcomed to the United States as refugees five years later, when Khol was 10. While in high school, Khol, who became a legal permanent resident, got involved with a gang.
July 29, 2010 |
ESPN Deportes Radio, the national Spanish-language sports radio network, has secured a local affiliate, effective 6 a.m. Monday. It's WWDB-AM (860), whose stock in trade has been money-talk shows. 'DB owner Beasley Broadcast also added ESPN Deportes on stations in Atlanta and Boston in a package deal that shut out ESPN's English-language partner in Philadelphia, Greater Media, which broadcasts sports talk at 950 AM and 97.5 FM. Natalie Conner , who heads Beasley's Philly operations, says she will use the network feed but plans live and local programming, as well as tie-ins to the Latino community and local sports teams.
July 16, 2010 |
At least two city officials appear to be ready to vote Friday morning to continue sharing arrest information with federal immigration authorities - an agreement recently opposed by Mayor Nutter and reviled by immigrant advocates. District Attorney Seth Williams appears ready to vote in favor of continuing the arrangement, given his public statements. The other parties to the agreement are Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and Municipal Court President Judge Marsha H. Neifield. Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety, confirmed late Thursday that Ramsey would vote in favor of the agreement.