- Eli Kantor
- Beverly Hills, California, United States
- Eli Kantor is a labor, employment and immigration law attorney. He has been practicing labor, employment and immigration law for more than 36 years. He has been featured in articles about labor, employment and immigration law in the L.A. Times, Business Week.com and Daily Variety. He is a regular columnist for the Daily Journal. Telephone (310)274-8216; firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit beverlyhillsimmigrationlaw.com and and beverlyhillsemploymentlaw.com
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Repealing Part of the 14th Amendment Won't Fix Our Immigration Problem; Giving the Undocumented a Pathway to Citizenship Will.
Los Angeles Times (Opinion): As an attorney and supporter of immigrant rights, I tried to read with an open mind Charlotte Allen's Sept. 20 Times Op-Ed article, "A birthright that shouldn't be." Allen argued against the 14th Amendment's provision of birthright citizenship, warned of the costs associated with U.S.-born children of undocumented workers and castigated the Obama administration for failing to secure our borders. The most meaningful part of her essay was what she did not say. Out of more than 1,000 words, she devoted exactly two sentences to offering a solution to our immigration problems. Allen began by noting that if we ended birthright citizenship, "it would bring America's citizenship policies into line with those of most of the rest of the world." Sorry, but my mother never bought the "all the other kids are doing it" argument, and neither do I. The U.S. is the gold standard for the rest of the world, not the other way around. I'd prefer to keep things that way.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
National Journal: Ending the Constitution's birthright citizenship won't stop illegal immigrants from crossing the border and it could cause major logistical problems for American parents in U.S. delivery rooms. But lawmakers and analysts agree that the Constitution's citizenship guarantee for all babies born inside U.S. borders now will be part of any conversation about changing the immigration system. "I've been asked by a lot of constituents, 'Why do we have this practice?' And I don't have a good answer to that. I just don't think it makes sense to continue," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has championed legislation to help illegal immigrants earn green cards and toughen security at the border. Recently, Graham said policymakers should consider changing the automatic citizenship given to all babies born in the United States, a move that some immigrant advocates viewed as a radical shift in his thinking. Graham insisted on Tuesday that nothing has changed. "It has to be looked at in terms of an overall solution to immigration. I'm not saying, 'Change the Constitution. That fixes the problem,' " he said.
THE LEGISLATION WOULD HELP ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT STUDENTS BECOME CITIZENS IF THEY SERVE IN THE MILITARY OR GO TO COLLEGE. REPUBLICANS ARE EXPECTED TO FIGHT IT.
Los Angeles Times: Democrats will try to add legislation creating a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrant students who serve in the military or go to college to a broader defense bill in the Senate as early as next week, leaders said Tuesday. The $725-billion defense authorization bill already faces Republican opposition for including a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays and lesbians in the military. Tacking the immigration measure onto the usually popular defense bill is a nod to the importance of Latino voters in the midterm election. "We're going to address two issues that are long overdue," Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, said Tuesday in announcing the legislative lineup. Republicans indicated their intent to fight both issues. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell expects the defense bill to include "a number of extraneous measures in it that have nothing to do with defense, making it needlessly controversial." Immigrant rights groups welcomed a possible vote on the so-called DREAM Act, which would allow minors who entered this country illegally a path to legal status and eventually citizenship if they go to college or join the military.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
THE MAJORITY ARE IN FACILITIES BEYOND THE REACH OF LEGAL AID GROUPS, RESULTING IN CASELOADS OF 100 DETAINEES PER ATTORNEY, A RIGHTS GROUP REPORTS. AN ADDITIONAL 10% HAVE NO ACCESS TO ANY LEGAL AID.
Los Angeles Times: Even as the Obama administration seeks to create a more humane system of detention for illegal immigrants, most continue to be held in rural jails without ready access to legal representation, a human rights group says in a report to be released today. In a survey of immigration detention facilities nationwide, the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center found that more than half did not offer detainees information about their rights, and 78% prohibited private phone calls with lawyers. More than 80% of detainees were in facilities that were isolated and beyond the reach of legal aid organizations, resulting in heavy caseloads of 100 detainees per immigration attorney, the survey found. Ten percent of detainees were held in facilities in which they had no access at all to legal aid groups.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
FEDS AND CIVILIAN GROUPS PATROL THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER ON THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SHOW
Los Angeles Times: From both sides, the stretch of the Rio Grande that paints the border between southeast Texas and northern Mexico doesn't look that wide. To those trying to make it to the United States, either in search of opportunity or to sell illegal goods, it's a hop worth attempting, even if it takes multiple times to achieve success. To those trying to keep those crossers at bay, it's barely an obstacle at all, not even wide enough to obscure the activities of those on the other side. The docuseries "Border Wars" (National Geographic, 8 p.m. Wednesdays) focuses on the perspective of the latter group. It's "COPS" with an added dose of geopolitics: Each episode focuses on a handful of efforts undertaken by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to bring order to a porous border, not always successfully. But accidentally or not, "Border Wars" plays like advocacy work masking as law enforcement propaganda. First there is the imbalance in scale between the officers and their targets. The show highlights not only the organization required to track illegal activity, but also the depth and organization of the illegal systems themselves. In one scene, an agent tears open a trash bag filled with all the provisions a border crosser would need for a long journey, provided by the people who steer the grueling trips. It's as thought-through as any of the agent's high-tech tools.
Friday, September 03, 2010
Los Angeles Times: The number of immigrants entering the United States illegally has plummeted in tandem with the economy, with the greatest slowdown occurring between 2007 and 2009, according to a report issued Wednesday by the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center. Also, the number of people apprehended at the border is down dramatically, and furthermore, an estimated 1 million illegal immigrants have left the country. But the report, coming as the immigration reform debate turns increasingly ugly, is a timely reminder of how perception lags reality. Even as Arizona passes draconian anti-immigrant laws and prominent Republicans seek to disenfranchise American-born children of illegal immigrants, the truth is that illegal immigration has not been this low since the middle of the decade. Congress should be using this period to negotiate a fix for the broken immigration system. Despite fewer arrivals, 11 million illegal immigrants remain in the United States, and reform is crucial. But instead of addressing current conditions, the country is awash in political rhetoric more suited to conditions in years past. It is a missed opportunity. Because as soon as the economy rebounds, so will illegal immigration.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Los Angeles Times: The federal judge who halted most of a controversial Arizona immigration law dismissed a separate lawsuit Tuesday that had been filed by a Tucson police officer. The complaint by Martin Escobar was one of seven lawsuits filed in an attempt to nullify SB1070, which requires police officers to determine the status of people they have legally detained whom they suspect of being in the country illegally. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, ruling in a lawsuit brought by the Obama administration in late July, found that the key provisions of the law appear to violate the U.S. Constitution. She placed them on hold until the state could convince her otherwise in a trial. Arizona has appealed Bolton's ruling. Arguments are scheduled before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in November. The case is expected to ultimately end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.