RollCall in the Halls of Capitol Building #unafraid #undocumented #immigrant #immigation (at New York State Capitol)
I try to write down as many things as I can remember about my past, and the history of my family. I tell myself that I don’t ever want to forget where I came from and who we were before we came to this country. I want to remember everything like it happened just a few days ago.
But it isn’t really easy. No, it’s not easy at all. Recreating those memories instills in me the fear of living in the war zone. It brings on a hate that is associated with being oppressed.
I question whether writing down these memories is against what my parents wanted. They wanted to leave that place of death, and start anew in this foreign land. Am I doing wrong by asking them to allow me to recreate their deepest fears on paper?
I don’t think so. The shadow of their mother land will haunt them until the day they die, regardless of whether I write it or not.
I guess I write it down more or less for myself. Because without these memories…I wouldn’t feel whole.
I was born in this foreign land, and yet I do not feel like I wholly belong to this one place. There’s a part of me that is back there in the shadowland, even though I’ve never been there before. Maybe that part resides within the homes of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins I’ve never met. Those are sides of my parents that I will never get to know because…
Well, just because.
So the only way I’ll ever know that part of myself is if I write down the memories, good or bad.
The Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service was created to determine whether individuals or organizations filing for immigration benefits pose a threat to national security, public safety, or the integrity of the nation’s legal immigration system. The following is an interview with Don Crocetti, who is the architect and former Chief of FDNS.
Seriously, com on! I think Brian and I are some how cursed! The first time we try something, it never goes the right way!
I was having a good morning, then I get a call from the Lawyers office, she said that the lawyer will not be in on Friday. Friday! We were so close! So fucking close! She gave me another appointment with a different lawyer for the 31st of this month. I looked him up and didn’t find any reviews on him. We want someone good, someone who knows exactly what they are doing, some one has successfully helped some one else.
Now I have a ton of calls to make, and a lot of research to do on other lawyers. I hope we can find someone who can see us sooner. We need to know what is going on NOW. We cannot wait another week, we waited an entire month to see this guy, and at the last minute, he can’t make it!
Brian and I are so furious! Nothing ever goes smoothly for us. We have waited so long.
#ylc ! Dope as pic @nydontloveu #mayday #workers #immigrant #rights #undocumented #undocumentednyc #nyc #nyda #nysylc
May 22, 2013
Photo: Casey Renner
Section 6 of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Actprovides that $6.6 billion be placed in a separate Treasury account on or before October 1, 2013. The bulk of the money, earmarked for “one-time and start-up costs necessary to implement this Act,” is to be transferred from the general fund, which means it’s coming directly out of taxpayer’s pockets.
The proposed bill provides for the establishment of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Trust Fund. The Trust Fund will hold money transferred from the general fund of the Treasury and proceeds from various application and registration fees collected from immigrants and employers.
More than 75 percent of the U.S. Treasury’s general fund consists of money collected from sales and income taxes, to be used for law enforcement, health and human services, public safety, the administration of justice and general government services – all departments and services that are already severely affected by sequestration.
Nevertheless, the amnesty bill calls for $6.5 billion to be transferred “On the later of the date of the enactment of this Act or October 1, 2013.”
Additionally, another $100 million is to be appropriated at the same time, “to remain available until September 30, 2015, to the Department to pay for one-time and startup costs necessary to implement this Act.”
On top of that, all fees and penalties collected from immigrants and employers applying for visas or a change in status will also be added to the Trust Fund.
Initially, $3 billion over the next five years will be made available to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for use in implementing the Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy. Another $2 billion will be made available over the next 10 years for the Secretary to achieve and maintain border security, and another $1.5 bill will be made available to the Secretary over the next five years to actually fence in our borders.
An additional $100 million dollars is to be made available from 2014 through 2018, $50 million for “ increas(ing) the number of border crossing prosecutions in the Tucson Sector of the Southwest Border region to up to 210 prosecutions per day” and $50 million for “reimburs(ing) State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies for any detention costs related to the border crossing prosecutions.”
The Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy, which is included in the bill, deserves much more than a paragraph of explanation, but suffice to say it includes additional border patrol stations, mobile, video, manned and un-manned surveillance equipment, single-, double- and triple-layered fencing, increased man-power and training, helicopters, tanks and aircraft. In short, everything we’ve been asking for to protect our borders from illegal aliens.
And all for the low, low price of just $6.6 billion – to start. Oh, and amnesty for a few million illegal aliens.
People here won’t even believe you half the time when you say that you’re Canadian, and that you were born here. If you’r brown, It’s always just “no, where are you really from?”
And I always say “here”.
And they will reply “No. Where is your family from?”
And then I say “here”.
And they’ll just look at me like I’m hiding some awful truth!
Aqui en America hay comida mas que arroz y frijoles. Hay niño’s que nacido con corona de oro. Hay futuro para los que busca. Por eso vienen. Porque kieren tener hijos sin piez rompido y con ropa en la espalda.
The beauty of Europe on a sunny day: everyone comes out to play :)
1. Enter courtyard, get asked by guard where I was going.
“To the library,” I say.
“Okay, then you have to sign-in and give me your backpack. Standard procedure, heh heh.”
2. Ask about wireless internet.
“You know, we have a network, but they won’t give us the password.”
“You mean you really don’t have the password?”
“No, can you believe it? They haven’t given us the password.”
“Will they give it to you today, or tomorrow, or weeks from now?”
“Oh, I don’t know. I don’t think they want to give it to us.”
*This use of the malevolent “they” is common in México. There’s always an “ellos” and they’re always standing in the way of things, and it’s never clear who they are.
3. Sit down at beautiful colonial table to work offline.
15 minutes later, be brought not one, but two passwords for internet networks, which both work.
“Just tell me which one you use, and I’ll mark it down, but don’t tell anybody. They don’t want us to give it away.”
Quase Lua Cheia … Fiz minha pequena mudança para Lisboa … Mudei de ares, de cama, de pessoas, de comidas, de hábitos … A vida continua em minha antiga casa, mesmo sem a minha presença…E a minha vida continua, mesmo estando aqui …
Muita gente me perguntou, porque! Porque sair do seu País, abandonar uma vida que você já se habituou, uma vida boa, confortável que você tinha lá, para viver (mesmo que por um ano ou muitos meses) num lugar tão novo, onde você não conhece nada … Ou quase nada …
Não se faz essa mudança porque o país é estável ou instável… Não se faz esta mudança porque você gosta ou não de sua Família, de sua vida … Se faz essa mudança quando se cansa de fazer tudo igual … Se cansa da mesmice das coisas… quando o dia a dia te engole … quando você deixa de sonhar … e de se encantar …
Eu me cansei … Cansei de muitas coisas … E precisava de tempo para outras … Precisava me renovar … Me redescobrir …Saber quem realmente eu sou … Precisava respirar ares novos … Pessoas novas ….
Eu precisava de novos planos ….novas metas… novos amores …. sim … novos amores ….porque mesmo estando aqui, do outro lado do mundo, e tendo um mundo a descobrir em frente aos meus olhos, eu constatei que sim … sinto falta de alguém …. e para mim é parte importante em minha vida … somos seres sociáveis … amigos e família são importantes …amores também …
É quase Lua Cheia …. E esta sonhadora aqui vai pedir a sua Lua que mostre seu caminho …