Immigrant Children and a Broken Immigration Policy

Let’s give a human face to a tragic condition that demands attention, our broken immigration policy and its horrific impact on the lives of immigrant children.

Immigrant Children and a Broken Immigration Policy

(Shannon Freshwater)

Belkis Rivera was six years old, when her mother left her with relatives and fled drug gangs to live safely in America.  Seven years later, in retaliation, the gang went after Belkis, and she was forced to cross the border in search of safety and her mother.  She was caught by US Border Patrol and ended up in a broken immigration legal system.

Sonia Nazrio, “Child Migrants, Alone in Court” (NYT, April 10, 2013) explains, ”In a nation that prides itself on the fact that everyone accused of a crime — murderers, rapists — has the right to a lawyer, undocumented immigrants, even when they are unaccompanied children, are not entitled to a public defender. Although some children are represented by pro bono lawyers or, for the few whose families can afford it, private lawyers, it’s estimated that more than half of them go to court alone. These children — some as young as 2 years old — have no one to help them make the case that they should not be deported.”

Click on the link Sonia Nazrio’s NYT Op Ed,  ”Child Migrants, Alone in Court,” and follow the tragic story of Bilkis and so many other immigrant children, who are confronted with an immigration system that is broken.

Candidate Forum at May 1st Meeting

AAPI Democratic Club Meeting:
Time: May 1st, Wednesday, at 6 p.m.
Location: SDCDP Office, 8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste 105, San Diego CA 92111.

It will be a Candidates Forum for SD City Council D-4, and the 80th Assembly District.

The Dem Party office is the 4th building on the right as you head north on Industrial Park Drive.

May 19 – Monthly Meeting – Dr Alan Gin Professor of Economics USD Speaking on San Diego’s Economy 2013

Alan Gin

Professor Alan Gin

As San Diego prepares for the impact of sequestration cuts, will the recent upturn in construction, the overall improvement in California’s budget, and the growth in local technology companies be enough to see job increases and an improved outlook in San Diego county for 2013?

As Europeans continue to suffer the consequences of austerity measures and their trade with the U.S. stagnates, will Obama’s renewed focus on ties with Asia help Californians? Or will the trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership be another NAFTA that facilitates the moving of jobs to Asian labor markets?

Alan Gin is the author of USD’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators and a frequent contributor to local media on items of economic interest. He is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of San Diego. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and his Master’s of Arts and Ph.D. degrees, both in Economics, from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His work experience includes stints with the Community Development Department of the County of Fresno and the Public Works Department of the City of Oxnard.

Professor Gin also has an interest in the business environment of Asia in general and of greater China in particular. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Business Association of San Diego and sits on the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Association of Southern California (San Diego Chapter). He was named as the Asian Business Association’s Member of the Year in 2006 and its Business Leader of Year in 2007. He was also selected as the Asian Heritage Award Winner in Business Enterprise in 2006. He taught in the University of San Diego’s Study Abroad Programs in Hong Kong and Beijing/Shanghai, and has traveled extensively in the region.

Eventbrite - Monthly Meeting - Dr Alan Gin Professor of Economics USD Speaking on San Diego’s Economy 2013 NO fees to pay or need to be a member to attend.

4:00PM – 5:30PM
Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot Street, San Diego, CA
For additional info call Susan Peinado at (619) 800-5098
Directions and parking information

Social Time Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30pm before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share. After the meeting ends everyone is invited to adjourn for Happy Hour at the Point Break Cafe at 2743 Shelter Island Dr on the corner of Shelter Island Dr and Shafter St.

Come Learn About “Fracking”: Threats to our Water and Climate

Come learn about the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” at a free event on April 20th.  Speakers will cover everything from what is it, what are the risks, what are the current legislative and regulatory actions underway and what can we do as citizens to oppose this? Free and open to the public.  Publicize to friends and family and other organizations you belong to!

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May 4 – Painting the Town Blue, 33rd Annual Roosevelt Dinner

SD_Dems_rd13logo3_3San Diego’s Democratic event of the year has a new name, a new location, and a whole new feel.

Our County Party’s annual awards dinner will be a gala to celebrate our many successes in 2012 and the people who worked so hard for our candidates and our causes.

San Diego’s newly elected Democratic Mayor — fresh from working with the City Council to renegotiate a deal with hoteliers that better protects the interests of taxpayers and workers — will deliver welcome remarks to attendees.

Honorary Event Chairs are Three Members of the United States Congress
Susan Davis – Scott Peters – Juan Vargas

Award Recipients
Chair’s Awards: Jess Durfee & Christine Forester
Leadership: Eduardo Valerio
Volunteer: Nancy Witt
Club: Young Democrats
Legislator: Olga Diaz, Deputy Mayor, Escondido

Featured Speaker
Christine Forester
Through her loyal support of President Obama, Christine has become one of his most successful fundraisers in the county, a trusted member of his inner circle and a personal friend of his family.

Please mark your calendar for 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, when we’ll be “Painting the Town Blue” at the Hilton San Diego Resort in Mission Bay (1775 E. Mission Bay Dr, San Diego 92109).

6:00 Welcome Reception & Silent Auction
7:00 Dinner & Awards Ceremony
8:30 Dancing to Acoustic Blue & More!

Suggested Attire: Cocktail/Evening

You can purchase your tickets here online, but to ensure being seated with the club make your reservations through Carol Heasley (619) 224-8013 or [email protected] please make checks payable to the San Diego County Democratic Party. Proceeds will support the Democratic Party’s efforts build on our progress throughout the county.

A reduced rate of $100 is available for Club members and GO Team members, the regular ticket price is $125 and includes a welcome reception, dinner, and dancing with a live band. So if you’re not a member of the Club now is a great opportunity to join and save more than a full year’s membership!

For more information, including sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please call (858) 277-3367 or email [email protected].

We also need items to donate to the auction – timeshare vacations, jewelry, paintings, pottery, rare books, old Playboys from the 60’s, you get the idea.

May 4 – Arab Film Festival

arab film festival Pre-season San Diego Arab Film Festival Event
Tickets are available now at

($10, or $8 for MOPA members) and will be on sale at the door beginning at 5:30 pm on May 4.

For information call 619-243-0827 or email [email protected] or visit

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Movie: Bahiya & Mahmoud | Jordan | 14 min

Bahiya & Mahmoud is the third film by Jordanian director Zaid Abu Hemdan. The film tells the story of an aging married couple who have fallen into a reliable routine of bickering and making one another miserable until the morning that Mahmoud wakes and finds his wife Bahiya gone. The film won the Best of Festival award in the Palm Springs International Short Festival that made it eligible for Academy
Award consideration in the short film category. The film also won the award for Outstanding Short in the Arab Film Festival in San
Francisco, participated in the official competition at Dubai International Film Festival 2010 and was part of the official selection of Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

بهية ومحمود | الأردن | ١٤ دقيقة

الفيلم الثالث للمخرج الأردني زيد أبو حمدان، يدور الفيلم حول قصة زوجين
مسنين جعلهما الروتين اليومي يدخلان في مشاحنات مستمرة أصابتهما بالبؤس
من بداية الليل وحتى الصباح، حتى يأتي اليوم الذي استيقظ فيه محمود
ليكتشف أن زوجته بهية ذهبت وتركته. وقد نال الفيلم جائزة أفضل فيلم في
مهرجان بالم سبرينجس الدولي للأفلام القصيرة، مما جعله مؤهلاً للدخول ضمن
ترشيحات جوائز الأوسكار في فئة الأفلام القصيرة، كما حصل الفيلم على
جائزة التفوق للأفلام القصيرة في مهرجان السينما العربية بسان فرانسيسكو،
وكذلك القسم الرسمي لـمهرجان دبي السينمائي الدولي ٢٠١٠، والقسم الرسمي
في مهرجان الدوحة ترايبيكا السينمائي الدولي.See More