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Mission: Securing Asylum for Tibetan Nationals

In our recent blog regarding Steve’s trip to Tibet in May of this year, he noted the oppressive conditions under which Tibetans have been suffering since the PRC invaded in 1951. The continued persecution of the Tibetan people by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has also been well-documented by human rights advocacy groups and the United States Department of State. As a result, it is possible for many Tibetans now in the United States or traveling to the U.S. to qualify for asylum protection under the American immigration laws. It is our aim at SMA to help as many of those people as we can. To qualify for asylum in the United States a foreign national must show: — That he or she has been persecuted in the past or has a well-founded fear of future persecution, on account of his or her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion; and — That the government of his or her country of nationality, or in the case of an individual who is stateless, the government of the country where he or she last habitually resided, is unwilling or unable to protect him/her from such persecution.   This is usually shown through a combination of oral testimony and documentary evidence which are presented to an Asylum Officer or an immigration judge after the foreign national has filed an asylum application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The asylum application must be filed within 1 year of arrival in the United States unless it can be shown that 1 of the 2 exceptions to the one-year filing deadline applies. It is also possible for a foreign national who is in deportation or removal proceedings, to raise a claim for asylum as a defense to removal, however this can only be done in front of an immigration judge. There is no set list of what treatment constitutes persecution. Rather, there is a wide-range of treatment that often, when combined, is considered sufficiently serious by the courts to constitute persecution. Because of this, it is extremely important for an individual who believes that he or she has been persecuted, to speak with a qualified immigration attorney about whether or not they are eligible to apply for asylum. While the process of applying for asylum protection can be a lengthy one, asylum is an exceptional benefit because it allows an asylum applicant to live and work in a protected status in the United States during the entire course of the application process. Once granted, the recipient and his or her spouse and children are entitled to remain permanently in the United States with the freedom to leave and return as they wish, and without fear that they will be returned to the place where they fear harm. Finally, an individual need not be from Tibet to qualify for asylum; individuals from any country outside the United States, who meet the criteria listed above, may qualify for asylum protection. If you have any questions regarding eligibility or the process please contact us. We are here to help. Please contact our asylum/immigration specialist Kate Chaltain at

Trump is destroying the Republican Party!

It was not until Trump decided to run for president did the Republican Party lose traction in its' race to the Whitehouse. Immigration and the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States have been propelled it to the front position of American republican politics As soon as  Donald Trump launched his campaign for president he began emitting repulsive rhetoric about "Mexican rapists" and making minorities his patsy  in a disgraceful appeal to the Republican Party's racist base. His apparent purpose is to destroy American families and American-born children of  immigrants. His solution of mass deportation and ending birthright says it all. Throught history "ethnic cleansing" has bee part of the human experience.  Trump's solution to the "immigrant problem" is version of ethnic cleansing in the ilk of Hitler's 25 demands  "All financial interests in or in any way affecting German newspapers shall be forbidden to non-Germans by law, and we demand that the punishment for transgressing this law be the immediate suppression of the newspaper and the expulsion of the non-Germans from the Reich.  Newspapers transgressing against the common welfare shall be suppressed. We demand legal action against those tendencies in art and literature that have a disruptive influence upon the life of our folk, and that any organizations that offend against the foregoing demands shall be dissolved"  While shifting the republican's base from policy issues to  immigration may have catapulted Trump to number one in the polls, it created a backlash from the millions of Americans with an undocumented immigrant family member.   Even as we speak President Obama is intervening with plans to help the 8.8 million legal immigrants in the country to become American citizens though an organized push to make all eligible Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holders).  Obama's "Stand Stronger" Citizenship Awareness Campaign is intended as  a comprehensive effort to change their immigration status so that they can fight back against the GOP hate in the voting booths. Imagine the effect of   8 million new voters in the next decade, and some 5.4 million of them Latino? It will be all over for the republicans as no republican will ever live in the White house again. The whiplash republicans are feeling is due to the frightening  thoughts of millions of new citizens. Republicans recognize that Latinos vote for Democratic candidates in much higher numbers (2-1) than they vote for GOP candidates. 5 million new Latino vote could permanent keep republicans out of the white house.

Zeca Pagodinho live in New York October 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Zeca Pagodinho will be in to New York at Melrose BallRoom with the tour of their latest CD , 'Being Human', the 23rd of his career. The title refers to the day when Zeca Pagodinho made the news with his ATV in 2013 , rescuing the victims of the rains in Duque de Caxias.The celebrations for a 30-year career started. Pagodinho releases “Zeca Pagodinho Multishow Ao Vivo: 30 anos, Vida que Segue”, an album in which he sings songs that tell stories close to his heart.Songs like “Trem das Onze” (Adoniran Barbosa), “Diz Que Fui Por Aí” (Zé Keti and Hortênsio Rocha), “O Sol Nascerá” (Cartola e Elton Medeiros), “Mascarada” (Zé Keti and Elton Medeiros), “Aquarela Brasileira” (Silas de Oliveira) in beautiful arrangements and special guest singers Zé Menezes, Paulinho da Viola, Marisa Monte, Yamandú Costa, Hamilton de Holanda, Mauro Diniz, Rildo Hora, among others. In 2014, the multimedia project "Sambabook Zeca Pagodinho", in which artists such as Alcione, Arlindo Cruz, Diogo Nogueira, Gilberto Gil, Jorge Aragão, Lenine, Maria Rita, Amir Guineto, Beth Carvalho, Djavan, Marcelo D2, Jorge Ben Jor, Mariene de Castro, Monarco and the Velha Guarda da Portela, among others, sing songs written by the sambista.The Sambabook includes, in addition to a CD and DVD, a book with the discography of the singer and sheet music.Artist : ZECA PAGODINHO By : Brazil In Concert GroupDate : Sunday 25 October , 2015 Time : door open 6:30 pm - show time 9h30 pm Venue : Melrose BallRoom - http://www.melroseballroom.comAddress : 36-08 33rd Street, Long Island City, New York 11106Capacity : 1.300 Duration : 1h30Tickets : Press Contact: Josimar Moreira Tel: (212 ) 398 6464 Email:

Brazilian Heritage Exhibition At Newark City Hall

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, The Newark Municipal Council, Brazil’s Minister Of Tourism, Henrique Eduardo Alves, And Ambassador Ana Petersen, Consul-general Of Brazil In New York,Will Kick-off Week-long “brazilian Heritage Exhibition” At Newark City Hall On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 2:30 PmExhibition Presented By Jose Moreira, Ceo And Producer Of The Brazilian Festival In Newark, And Silvana Magda, Brazil In New York Ceo, Will Celebrate The Rich Culture Of Brazil Through Live Music, Dance, And Dialog And Artifacts. Newark, NJ –- August 24, 2015 — Mayor Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, Brazil’s Minister Of Tourism, Henrique Eduardo Alves, and Ambassador Ana Petersen, Consul-General Of Brazil in New York, will kick-off the week-long “Brazilian Heritage Exhibition” at Newark City Hall on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 2:30 p.m. at City Hall, 920 Broad Street, in Newark.   The exhibition will highlight the diverse culture and traditions of Brazil with traditional costumes, live music, dance presentations, arts and crafts, and cuisine.    Newark is home to one of the largest Brazilian-American communities in the United States.   Who:             Mayor Ras J. Baraka Newark Municipal Council Members Henrique Eduardo Alves, Brazil’s Minister of Tourism Ambassador Ana Petersen, Consul-General of Brazil In New York Silvana Magda, CEO, Brazil in New York Jose Moreira, CEO and Producer, Brazilian Festival in Newark   What:            Will kick-off week-long Brazilian Heritage Exhibition at Newark City Hall   When:           Tuesday, August 25, 2015 2:30 pm.   Where:          Newark City Hall Rotunda 920 Broad Street   MEDIA NOTES:        Parking is available on nearby streets and lots.

Court Orders Prompt Release of Immigrant Children from Family Detention

PRESS RELEASE   August 24, 2015 Washington, D.C. - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (Council) welcome a decision released Friday evening by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Flores v. Lynch, No. 85-04544 (C.D.Ca.), which ruled that children should generally be released from detention within five days—preferably to a parent, including a parent with whom they were apprehended. The government must implement the Court’s ruling by October 23, 2015. “There is no denying that the government has breached the Flores settlement agreement. The status quo is unacceptable, and the government must take immediate and dramatic steps to end family detention,” said Victor Nieblas Pradis, AILA President. “Our CARA Project* staff and volunteers submitted numerous declarations to the Court showing how the government is still detaining accompanied minors in secure, unlicensed facilities. It can no longer hide from the American people the ugly truth of how it treats children fleeing persecution,” said Nieblas. “Just as striking is how the Court condemned the ‘deplorable’ conditions in temporary border jails. They do not meet even minimal standards for safe and sanitary conditions,” said Nieblas. “This decision will bolster our efforts to end the inhumane practice of detaining children and their mothers,” according to Melissa Crow, Legal Director of the American Immigration Council. “The Court chastised the government for ‘unnecessarily dragging their feet’ in releasing children from family detention facilities and for repeating the same arguments they had raised in earlier briefing, which she had already rejected. Judge Gee also scoffed at government warnings that the swift release of children and mothers could spur another mass migration of Central American families, characterizing them as ‘speculative at best, and, at worse, fear mongering.’” Crow added, “Although the Court gives the government some latitude to exceed the five-day limit ‘in the event of an emergency or influx of minors into the United States,’ the decision emphasizes that this should be the exception, not the rule. It’s time for the government to stop making excuses and harming innocent children and their mothers.” “AILA and the Council will be watching every step the government takes. We expect it to follow this federal court’s order with no less zeal than it did obeying the Texas district court’s DAPA decision,” said Nieblas, referring to the extraordinary efforts the government made to comply with the injunction against the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents process and the planned expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process. The recent ruling in Flores follows from a July 24, 2015, decision, in which the Court concluded that the government was in violation of the terms of the original Flores settlement, which was intended to ensure the proper care of children in immigration custody. In July, the Court had ordered the government to release children subject to the settlement agreement, but gave the government an opportunity to respond to the Court’s ordered remedy. The government’s response fell far short. Press inquiries, please contact: George Tzamaras, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 202-507-7649, Wendy Feliz, American Immigration Council, 202-507-7524, *CARA is a pro bono project serving the mothers and children detained in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas. The partners in this project are CLINIC, the American Immigration Council, RAICES, and AILA.
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