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Immigration Raids During Proceedings Undermine Courts

Immigration courts in our country are set up to determine whether an immigrant has any relief from deportation. But of what use is the system if immigration agents can raid a courtroom and snatch an immigrant even as his matter is being heard before the judge?

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, Los Angeles Daily Journal

Alien Indifference

It was a typical morning in Immigration Judge Stephen Sholomson’s packed courtroom. Fifty or so people – immigrants, their lawyers, interpreters — crammed into the tiny room on the 17th floor of a bank building next to Pershing Square. More immigrants and lawyers ambled in the hallway outside, waiting to be summoned when their case was called. A security guard tried to manage the chaos.

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, Los Angeles Daily Journal

Make Way for the Iraqis

By Pamela Hartman Refugees from the war in Iraq are resettling in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, bringing with them little more than the shirts on their backs and harrowing tales of kidnap and murder, lives threatened and futures

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, Los Angeles Daily Journal

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  • ICE Must Release People From Detention to Slow...
    03/31/2020

    Social distancing has been mandated in many places throughout the United States to slow the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus. Meanwhile, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to detain approximately 38,000 people in close quarters. This conflicts with medical […]

  • How Storytelling During the COVID-19 Crisis Can...
    03/30/2020

    We are in the midst of a crisis unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. We are scared and scrambling to protect ourselves and the ones that we love. This is normal and understandable. However, if we’re not mindful, the spread of the coronavirus and the accompanying fear could […]