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Discriminatory H.R. 158 Bill Targets the Wrong People

The Iranian-American community and its allies are rallying against discriminatory bill H.R. 158, Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. In essence, the bill is overly and unreasonably broad in that it will render ineligible citizens of visa waiver countries who are of Iranian origin ...

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Potrero Hill Festival

Good times were had by all at last month's Potrero Hill Festival in San Francisco. It was the first time I had a booth anywhere. Normally, I give talks or volunteer at events. I shared the space with my friend Rocio Guzman of Aesthetica Spa (she's a fantastic aesthetician, by the way).  I think we confused one woman, ...

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Gay Rights Are Human Rights

It's been a phenomenal pride weekend here in San Francisco, especially in light of the historic Supreme Court ruling that gay marriage is a legal right across the U.S.  A friend asked me yesterday how that ruling affects immigration law.  It actually doesn't have a direct impact as did the ruling two years ago (on the same ...

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The Connection Between the Prison-Industrial Complex and Immigration

I have often read about the “military-industrial complex”, the industry that keeps the U.S. war economy going strong and the country in a perpetual state of war. Today, I learned the term “prison-industrial complex ”.  This is the definition I found on Google: The prison industrial complex (PIC) is a term we ...

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Global Warming and Immigration

The dire news of the severe California drought has got me wondering what the future holds for our state.  Will Californians become refugees in other states?  It may sound farfetched now, but at this rate, we are going to become the next Oklahoma dust bowl or go through the crisis that Sao Paulo is going through.  I ...