August 7, 1990 |
Night and day, a dozen or so people sit on a corner at Callowhill and 16th streets, caught somewhere between the First and the Third World. The people, many of them impoverished immigrants from the Dominican Republic, are camping out in front of the Immigration and Naturalization Service office waiting to apply for legal residency under a loophole recently added to a 1986 amnesty program. As established by Congress, the program made undocumented residents who moved to the United States before 1982 eligible for legal residency status, so long as they did not leave the country after their arrival.
April 28, 2001 |
For years, Dorine Gono of Liberia was afraid to tell anyone that she had only temporary permission to be in the United States. Sergio Carmona of Kennett Square was turned back by the U.S. border patrol three times before he crossed from Mexico in 1984 by wading - up to his neck - across the Rio Grande, all the time worried that he would still end up being deported. A U.S. immigration law passed last year may offer relief from the fears and instability that they and millions of others here illegally or on temporary visas live with.
August 8, 1990 |
Officials of the Immigration and Naturalization Service say there is little they can do to ease the plight of the immigrants who stand in line outside the Philadelphia office day and night, seeking legalization interviews. Lyle Karn, district director of the INS, said the dozen or so people who are camping outside, hoping to apply for legal U.S. residency, must wait behind those who have already scheduled appointments - often months in advance. "We can't just give the people outside appointments to come in and be interviewed because we don't know who will be calling in sick, how many of my staff will be available to do interviews, and how many people who have scheduled interviews will cancel each day," Karn said.
October 2, 1994 |
Six-year-old Hai Hotak remembers the day in April when Hong Kong immigration officials wrestled him from his mother's arms and deported him to China, where he now lives with strangers. He and his mother were in Hong Kong's immigration office at the time. "Suddenly, a group of people came and pulled us apart," the boy said in his light voice as he sat on the floor of a dingy apartment among a family he first met in April. "My mother started crying. " Across the border, in Hong Kong, his parents sat recently on the bunk bed of their tiny apartment in a government-subsidized housing compound.
May 1, 2009
Children who grew up in the same neighborhoods and went to the same schools may pay more than their classmates to go to college, if they came to this country illegally. That may sound fair. But, for the nation, it's a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face. These children of illegal immigrants are going to stay in this country. It is best that they become well-educated, gainfully employed, and able to give back to American society. Some of these kids are top scholars.
May 16, 2011
President Obama has finally put comprehensive immigration reform on a front burner. With at least 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country, it's about time. It won't be an easy task to accomplish, but there is reason to hope immigration won't be saddled with the same level of partisan fighting that birthed a health-care reform package that left everyone wishing for more, or less. Republicans and Democrats have pushed for new immigration rules for more than a decade. Congress has come close.
September 20, 2007 |
The husband of an undocumented Chinese immigrant who miscarried twins during a deportation attempt last year probably will be allowed to stay in the country permanently, his attorney said yesterday. New York lawyer Theodore Cox said federal authorities had moved the case of Philadelphia resident Tian Xiao Zhang, 36, from immigration court to an administrative track. Instead of having to argue his own case for political asylum, Zhang will be considered the spouse of a woman already granted legal residency.
June 18, 1986 |
Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker has two weeks to find a place to live in this town, city Solicitor Handsel Minyard has ruled. Tucker, appointed commissioner Jan. 2, had asked Mayor Goode to grant him an extension on a city charter rule requiring non-civil service employees to move to Philadelphia within six months of their hiring. City Councilman John Street had requested a legal ruling on whether the charter allowed extensions. But Minyard ruled Monday that Tucker, who lives in Medford, N.J., with his wife and four children, must have a legal residence in the city by July 2. Citing two parts of Section 3-306 of the charter, the solicitor wrote that the paragraphs "leave no room for deviation" and that the six-month limit "must be met and cannot be extended.
July 28, 2009 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday overturned the conviction of a legal U.S. immigrant deported from Camden to the Dominican Republic after he admitted that he repeatedly sexually assaulted his teenage neighbor. Attorneys successfully argued that Jose Nunez-Valdez had not been properly warned that by pleading guilty in 1998, he faced deportation. The judges tossed out the plea, and the case of Nunez-Valdez, who was deported in 2002, may now go to trial. "This is a big case," said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.