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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Watch: Geraldo Compares Immigration Debate to a "Cheap Drug" and Almost Kicks Ass on TV

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 1:04 PM

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The death of Kathryn Steinle at the hands of an undocumented Mexican national has become a flashpoint in the national debate over immigration and Sanctuary City policies, with everyone from Donald Trump to Bill O’Reilly to Hillary Clinton weighing in on the case. Now you can add another pundit to the mix: Geraldo Rivera.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Video Captures the Isolation of Being an LGBT Refugee in San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 9:44 AM


Junior Mayema came to San Francisco in November 2014, hoping to flee the racism and homophobia he’d experienced in South Africa. Being both gay and gender nonconforming, he was an easy target for police assault (his wrist was broken), and in Congo, his birthplace, “everything was impossible” because of his identity.

Journalist Brian Rinker (a former intern at SF Weekly) began documenting Junior’s story in April. At that point, Junior was a regular at Cafe Flore in the Castro and living in transitional housing near Divisadero. He received almost $300 per month in government benefits but was having a hard time surviving in San Francisco.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Black and Latino Communities Unite on Housing, Immigration Campaigns

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 10:01 AM

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Community activists in the Bay Area's Black and Latino communities are uniting today around issues facing both groups: displacement and incarceration. 

This morning, activists from the immigrant rights and #BlackLivesMatter movements will hold a press conference at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in San Francisco to kick off a "Free the People" caravan that will travel to Bakersfield’s Mesa Verde detention facility over the weekend. 

According to the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), one of the detainees at the facility is Christopher Henry, a Jamaican immigrant who has been cleared of charges for marijuana possession but has been held in custody for over three years, away from his three daughters. Organizers say that Henry's case is an example of how Black people face disparate treatment from immigration law enforcement. According to BAJI, Black immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America are five times more likely to be detained or deported than non-Black undocumented immigrants. 

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Day May Day

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 10:26 AM


Friday is May 1st, historically International Worker's Day, and, more recently, a day of protest for the rights of immigrants. This year, with protests against racist policing continuing across the country in the wake of the killings of Walter Scott and Freddie Gray, the Bay Area's May Day is packed with demonstrations linking police repression with other social justice issues. 

Here's your schedule of major events, whether you want to join or plan your commute:

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Jeffrey Bugai: Man Convicted of Impersonating Cop to Sexually Assault Illegal Immigrants

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 8:10 AM

Not a cop. but definitely  a criminal
  • Not a cop. but definitely a criminal
A San Francisco jury declared 36-year-old Jeffrey Bugai guilty on 17 felony counts of sexual assault after he was found posing as a cop to lure male immigrants to his home and then assault them. 

The District Attorney's Office says Bugai, a licensed security guard, lured five unsuspecting male victims to his house between January 2008 and March 2014 and either drug them or threatened them with a gun. Bugai, under the color of authority, would force the men, most of whom recently arrived from Central America and had limited English-speaking skills, to perform sexual acts.

Sometimes, he'd handcuff them and tell the victims that he would deport them — or worse — if they called the cops.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Driver License Scams Could Wring Immigrants of Cash

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

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The driver license has become a rite of passage for teens eager to break free of their parents.

And while the journey to obtain one is not easy or fun — get a lift to the DMV, wait in line for many hours, and prove you can in fact parallel park — the cards are an object of desire, especially for those who cannot legally obtain them.

But when the new year rolls around, California residents of any immigration status will be able to legally get a driver's license.

And here come the scammers.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

San Francisco's Sanctuary City Policy Working for Central American Youth

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Earlier today, San Francisco's Health Director announced that some 500 Central American refugee kids would make San Francisco their home by next year. 

And we plan on welcoming each one of them under the city's Sanctuary City program, which creates a safe haven for illegal immigrants. They'll get access to health care, schools, and other city services. 

Garcia points our that many of these kids will need mental health care after enduring extreme poverty and strife in their home countries while being torn apart from their families.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

San Francisco Restaurant Workers Recover Unpaid Wages

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Don't give them reason to spit in your food
  • Don't give them reason to spit in your food

Those hardworking cooks and servers who have been getting stiffed by their employers will finally get the money they rightfully earned.

Wage and Hour Division investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor conducted comprehensive reviews of payroll records and employment practices in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, in addition to employee interviews, and found that restaurants were violating minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions.

As a result, 273 restaurant workers will divvy up $672,333 in unpaid minimum wages and overtime compensation, according to the feds.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christopher Stender: Court Upholds Injunction Against Attorney Accused of Scamming Immigrants

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM


Martin Guajardo, the former San Francisco immigration lawyer accused of scamming his clients, remains at large since City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against him in November 2010. In the meantime, Christopher Stender, an attorney whom the city has accused of aiding and abetting Guarardo's alleged fraud, has continued to practice law.

Stender's job is about to get much harder though.

Yesterday, the California Court of Appeal upheld Herrera's March 2011 injunction that Stender and his now-closed San Francisco law firm, Immigration Practice Group (IPG), must inform all their clients that Guajardo is not allowed to practice law and must turn over the case files for any clients who wish to find new representation.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Berkeley Police to Disregard Immigration Status

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

The Berkeley City Council broke ranks with the federal government this week, ordering their police department not to participate in immigration policing.

The council, bowing to demands from the Coalition for a Safe Berkeley, voted to instruct its Police Department to ignore the immigration status of anyone it comes in contact with.

This move brings them shoulder to shoulder with Santa Clara County which, almost a year ago, ordered its Sheriff's Department not to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention requests.

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