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Grace Alano on Your Legal Rights Radio Show with Chuck Finney

My Appearance on “Your Legal Rights” Radio Show

I was recently a guest on Chuck Finney's radio show, "Your Legal Rights," on San Francisco station KALW.  Mr. Finney is the Deputy District Attorney for San Mateo. He has a weekly radio show with various legal topics.  Our week's topic was an update of immigration laws and issues. Other guests included J. Antonio "Tony" ...

H.R. 158, Visa Waiver Program

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 ...

Potrero Hill Festival

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 ...