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NEW YORK — Today U.S. DistrictJudge Susan Bolton issued an opinionthat upheld the controversial “papers, please” provision of the harsh Arizonaimmigration law SB 1070, threateningthe civil rights of women immigrantsacross the country. Last month, a circuitallowed similar provisions to stand inGeorgia and Alabama. Judge Boltonruled today that police in Arizona canenforce the “papers, please” portion of the immigration law.“Civil rights and immigration expertshave clearly stated that the ‘papers, please’ provision of SB 1070 encourag-
es racial proling and promotes stigma
and bias against immigrants, and yet to-day a U.S. district judge chose to ignorethose warnings,” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the NationalLatina Institute for Reproductive Health(NLIRH), one of the two organizationsthat lead the National Coalition for
“Papers, please” provision upheld, endanger-ing women immigrants’ civil rights
Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR).“Provisions like this force women immi-grants into the shadows and ignore theenormous social and economic contribu-tions women immigrants make to their communities. Women are the backbonesof their families and communities, anddraconian immigration policies like ‘pa- pers, please’ disproportionately impactwomen immigrants living, working andraising families. It’s a real blow thatJudge Bolton’s opinion upheld this pieceof the law.”“The ‘papers, please’ component of this law threatens to create a dangerouslevel of mistrust between law enforce-
ment ofcials and women immigrants
who fear detention,” said Miriam Yeung,executive director of the National Asian
Pacic American Women’s Forum
(NAPAWF). “Today’s decision showsan immediate need for comprehensiveimmigration reform that protects womenimmigrants and their families.”This decision reinforces how Arizonacontinues to lead the nation in troublingimmigration policy. Last week, Gover-nor Jan Brewer issued an executive or-der outlining the state’s refusal to com- ply with the federal immigration policythat gives young immigrants withoutdocuments the opportunity to work
legally in the United States for the rst
time. Instead, Brewer has ordered stateworkers not to issue driver’s licenses or
other public benets to undocumented
immigrants, further limiting the optionsof these young people.
The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights is the leading national
collaboration to specically focus on
women and gender issues in the publicdiscourse on immigration. The coali-tion represents more than 60 leading organizations with a presence nationallyand in every state.
By: Aurora Vega-Buzon
aphne, a night man-ager at the Shangri-LaHotel in Manila, wasrecruited by Hotel Manage-ment Incorporated (HMI)to work at a hotel in MyrtleBeach, South Carolina. HMIrecruits workers from Ja-maica, Costa Rica, Honduras,and the Philippines, to work as seasonal workers in varioushotels in different cities andstates throughout the UnitedStates.
Daphne was housed in a dorm-room style housing where 40 other hotel workers lived and shared aroom with 3 other female work-ers. Every day, all workers ride in ashuttle from the housing to the hotelwhere they work, and they wereshuttled back to the housing after their shifts.Daphne works 85 hours a week,at $6.50/per hour. Payments for housing and transportation allow-ances were automatically deductedfrom their paychecks. HMI alsodeducts other “fees” to cover thecosts of their recruitment, placementand air fare from the Philippines.Thus, Daphne gets only about $380/month which is barely enough for their food and other basic necessi-ties. Daphne does not know that theminimum wage is $7.25, and thatshe is entitled to overtime pay.Christian, a high school mathteacher from Bacolod, was alsorecruited to work in the UnitedStates by International TeachersPlacement (ITP). As placement fee,ITP collected roughly $12,000 fromChristian to “guarantee placement”.Within 11 months, Christian ar-rived in the United States with 4other teachers who, like him, weretold will teach at various middleschools in Illinois. They were met atthe airport by ITP’s president, Mr.Greg Dela Paz who brought themto an apartment where several other teachers recruited by ITP lived.Mr. Dela Paz told Christian andthe other teachers that they can stayin the apartment and share in the
rent, or nd their own housing. One
week later, Mr. Dela Paz told Chris-tian and the 4 other teachers thattheir teaching positions had been
lled but they will be assisted in ap-
plying in other schools in Illinois or neighboring Iowa.Daphne and Christian may beeligible to apply for T or U visa clas-
sications, as victims of trafcking
and/or other qualifying criminalactivity.What is a T or U Visa? The T Visa
classication is available to per-
sons; (i) who have been subject to
“severe trafcking,” dened as the
“use of force, fraud or coercion for
sex trafcking, or the recruitment,
harboring, transportation, provision,or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force,fraud, or coercion for involuntaryservitude, peonage, debt bondage,or slavery;” (ii) who are physically present in the United States.; (iii)who the Secretary of the Depart-ment of Homeland Security (DHS)in consultation with the AttorneyGeneral agree have complied with areasonable request by federal, stateor local law enforcement agency toassist in the investigation or pros-
ecution of such trafcking or in the
investigation of crimes where acts
of trafcking are at least one central
reason for the crime; or who is un-able to cooperate in the investigationor prosecution due to a physical or psychological trauma; or who is un-der 18; and (iv) who would “suffer extreme hardship involving unusualand severe harm upon removal.
The U Visa classication, on the
other hand, provides temporary im-
migration benets to certain victims
of qualifying criminal activity who:(1) have suffered substantial mentalor physical abuse as a result of having been a victim of “qualifyingcriminal activity;” (2) possess cred-ible and reliable information estab-lishing that s/he has knowledge of the details concerning the qualifyingcriminal activity upon which his/her petition is based; and (3) have beenhelpful, is being helpful, or is likelyto be helpful to a certifying agencyin the investigation or prosecution of the qualifying criminal activity; and(4) the qualifying criminal activityoccurred in the United States, inUnited States territories or posses-sions, or violated a federal law that provides for extraterritorial jurisdic-tion.Qualifying criminal activityincludes one or more of the follow-ing, or any other similar activities inviolation of federal, state, or localcriminal laws: abduction; blackmail;domestic violence; extortion; falseimprisonment; felonious assault;female genital mutilation; being heldas a hostage; incest; involuntaryservitude; kidnapping; manslaugh-ter; murder; obstruction of justice; peonage; perjury; prostitution; rape;sexual assault; (abusive) sexual con-tact; sexual exploitation; slave trade;
torture; trafcking; unlawful crimi-
nal restraint; witness tampering; or attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation tocommit any of these crimes.A person granted a T or a U Visa
classication may obtain employ-
ment authorization, which is incidentto the T or U status. In addition, a person granted a T or U Visa clas-
sication may further be eligible
to adjust status to that of a LawfulPermanent Resident, upon meetingcertain criteria and requirements.A careful evaluation by an ex-
perienced law rm will assist an
individual in determining whether s/he is eligible for a T or a U visa clas-
T or U Visas for Victims of
Trafﬁcking or Crime