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sandra chica: Now, Pablo Villavicencio is in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody pending removal from the country, ICE spokeswoman Rachael Yong Yow said, according to The Chronicle Herald. Villavicencio's wife, Sandra Chica, said he went to deliver pizza to Fort Hamilton last week and was asked for identification by the guard who received him. An Ecuadorean restaurant worker making a delivery to an Army garrison in Brooklyn wound up being detained June 1 after a routine background check at the gate revealed there was a warrant for his arrest for immigration law violations, officials said. Villavicencio, who worked at Nonna Delia's pizzeria, an hour away by car in Queens, produced a city identification card, but the official told him he wanted to see a state driver's license, Chica said. The check on Villavicencio showed there was an active ICE warrant on file, at which point he was detained by military police, said Fort Hamilton spokeswoman Catherine Santo Pietro. An Army spokeswoman told The New York Times that if visitors don't have a military identification card, they have to get a pass that requires a background check. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

jennifer gauthier: The renaming is nice, but Vancouver still has a long way to go in order to have roadway names reflect the multicultural history and makeup of the city, said one city planning expert, according to Toronto Star. Shirley Jepson-Young stands in the West End lane that is now named after her late son, Dr. Peter Jepson-Young, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1986 and continued to advocate for the community until his death in 1992. Peter Jepson-Young. Peter and Vivian Jung. Jennifer Gauthier / For Star Metro On Tuesday, Vancouver city council unanimously approved a motion to name two West End lanes after prominent locals Dr. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

leaders: The proposal was described the same day that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said leaders will craft an attempt at compromise on the issue that Republicans could embrace and vote on soon, according to The Chronicle Herald. Ryan is hoping an accord would derail threats by the GOP centrists to force a series of votes on immigration this month that leaders say would be divisive and damage the party's electoral prospects in November. Conservatives said later that no agreement has been reached, underscoring how elusive it has been for the GOP to resolve its long-running schism over the issue. The flurry underscored the escalating pressure Republicans face to address immigration, an issue pitting centrists representing Hispanic and moderate voters against conservatives with deep-red constituents sympathetic to President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant outbursts. Rep. Painfully aware of those divisions, leaders had seemed happy to sidestep the issue until the moderates' rebellion forced their hand. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

star metro: The aim is to get Canadian experience on their resum and potentially a domestic job reference, according to Toronto Star. Ruchi Lall is a new immigrant from India and has a Master of Social work. In Vancouver, newcomers participating in a government-funded program have been placed in not-for-profits as volunteers but also in for-profit companies like Subway for unpaid work positions, Star Metro reported this week. Lall spent a month volunteering before she was able to land a temporary job. In B.C., companies are legally required to pay minimum wage to people who do work that benefits the company, whether or not the individual has volunteered to do that work for free. Jennifer Gauthier / For Star Metro Immigration lawyers say the practice extends well beyond one Vancouver-based pre-employment program and may not slow down unless employers become better educated about the need to pay minimum wage to those who volunteer. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

state license: Now, Pablo Villavicencio is in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody pending removal from the country, ICE spokeswoman Rachael Yong Yow said, according to CTV. Villavicencio's wife, Sandra Chica, said he went to deliver pizza to Fort Hamilton last week and was asked for identification by the guard who received him. An Ecuadorean restaurant worker making a delivery to an Army garrison in Brooklyn wound up being detained June 1 after a routine background check at the gate revealed there was a warrant for his arrest for immigration law violations, officials said. Villavicencio, who worked at Nonna Delia's pizzeria, an hour away by car in Queens, produced a city identification card, but the official told him he wanted to see a state driver's license, Chica said. The check on Villavicencio showed there was an active ICE warrant on file, at which point he was detained by military police, said Fort Hamilton spokeswoman Catherine Santo Pietro. An Army spokeswoman told The New York Times that if visitors don't have a military identification card, they have to get a pass that requires a background check. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

army garrison: Villavicencio's wife, Sandra Chica, said he went to deliver pizza to Fort Hamilton last week and was asked for identification by the guard who received him, according to Vancouver Courier. Villavicencio, who worked at Nonna Delia's pizzeria, an hour away by car in Queens, produced a city identification card, but the official told him he wanted to see a state driver's license, Chica said. An Ecuadorean restaurant worker making a delivery to an Army garrison in Brooklyn wound up being detained June 1 after a routine background check at the gate revealed there was a warrant for his arrest for immigration law violations, officials said.article continues below Trending Stories Charge laid in death of senior assaulted outside Costco New tool lets you see the value of your home Adriane Carr will not run for mayor of Vancouver Facebook moving offices to Burrard Street Now, Pablo Villavicencio is in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody pending removal from the country, ICE spokeswoman Rachael Yong Yow said. An Army spokeswoman told The New York Times that if visitors don't have a military identification card, they have to get a pass that requires a background check. This is unhuman, Chica said during a phone interview. The check on Villavicencio showed there was an active ICE warrant on file, at which point he was detained by military police, said Fort Hamilton spokeswoman Catherine Santo Pietro. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

climate-induced: That includes climate-induced migration, resulting from forced or voluntary displacement resulting from acute disasters or long-term environmental degradation. ; Although the international community recognizes current and anticipated climate-induced human crisis, the world is largely unprepared to address it, according to National Observer. This is in part because of the scale of climate-induced migration and the lack of legal recognition of the concept of climate refugees in international law. International Refugee Rights Conference in Toronto June 7-9 organized by ccrweb provides opportunity to address urgent issue of climatechange refugees migration It was organized by the Canadian Council for Refugees to discuss strategies for the protection and promotion of human rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants. Policies are absent The 2018 Global Report on Internal Displacement found about 96 per cent of disaster-related internal displacement in 2017 was due to weather. Given rising emissions and global temperatures, large scale migration and instability are likely to intensify. That was virtually the same as the previous year. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

leaders: The proposal was described the same day that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said leaders will craft an attempt at compromise on the issue that Republicans could embrace and vote on soon, according to Vancouver Courier. Ryan is hoping an accord would derail threats by the GOP centrists to force a series of votes on immigration this month that leaders say would be divisive and damage the party's electoral prospects in November.article continues below Trending Stories Charge laid in death of senior assaulted outside Costco New tool lets you see the value of your home Adriane Carr will not run for mayor of Vancouver Facebook moving offices to Burrard Street The flurry underscored the escalating pressure Republicans face to address immigration, an issue pitting centrists representing Hispanic and moderate voters against conservatives with deep-red constituents sympathetic to President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant outbursts. Conservatives said later that no agreement has been reached, underscoring how elusive it has been for the GOP to resolve its long-running schism over the issue. Painfully aware of those divisions, leaders had seemed happy to sidestep the issue until the moderates' rebellion forced their hand. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., said that under an offer from the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, young immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children could get a new visa that would let them stay in the country for eight years. Rep. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

measures everyone: The government says border officials can only remove failed refugee claimants after they have exhausted all legal options available to try for refugee status, including applications to the Immigration and Refugee Board, appeals and other administrative measures, according to Vancouver Courier. Everyone ordered removed from Canada is entitled to due process before the law, said Scott Bardsley, press secretary for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. Between Jan. 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 only 135 individuals who made an asylum claim following an irregular entry were removed from the country, says information provided to the Commons committee on immigration.article continues below Trending Stories Charge laid in death of senior assaulted outside Costco New tool lets you see the value of your home Adriane Carr will not run for mayor of Vancouver Facebook moving offices to Burrard Street During that same period, more than 5,000 asylum seekers arrived through unofficial entry points. Once individuals have exhausted all legal avenues of appeal/due process, they are expected to respect our laws and leave Canada or be removed. This could be because of a lack of travel documents, health concerns or travel restrictions. But while the Canada Border Services Agency makes every effort to remove as many ineligible asylum claimants as possible, the vast majority of irregular border crossers are not 'removal ready,' Bardsley added. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

china rise: For critics, like Sen, according to The Chronicle Herald. Marco Rubio, they present a threat to academic freedom and a spy risk. For university students like Moe Lewis, they offer a chance to learn about Chinese art and pick up a few phrases in Mandarin. As tensions between the U.S. and China rise over trade and security, perceptions vary wildly about educational exchanges that have thrived since diplomatic relations were normalized four decades ago. And while the China-funded Confucius Institutes that have mushroomed worldwide since 2004 focus on benign subject matter, U.S. lawmakers are pushing for them to be more tightly regulated or even shuttered. Increasingly, U.S. authorities are concerned that Chinese professors and students could exploit access to universities to gather intelligence and sensitive research an issue a Senate judiciary panel will address Wednesday. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

immigration status: He also wrote that Philadelphia's policies are reasonable and appropriate, according to The Chronicle Herald. Philadelphia has said it will turn over immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement only if the agency has a warrant signed by a judge. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said in his ruling that the conditions the federal government placed on the city in order to receive the funding are unconstitutional, arbitrary and capricious. The federal requirements included allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers access to prisons to interview people of interest, providing advanced notice of release of those people and following rules prohibiting restrictions on disclosure of any person's immigration status. Federal attorneys had said the city's policies put federal immigration agents in danger and create situations where criminals in the country illegally are released and allowed to reoffend. The public statements of President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asserting that immigrants commit more crimes than native-born citizens, are inaccurate as applied to Philadelphia, and do not justify the imposition of these three conditions, Baylson wrote. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

rohingya refugees: Myanmar's government said it hoped the pact would hasten repatriation, but rights groups still doubt it will let many Rohingya return or can guarantee the safety of those who do, according to The Chronicle Herald. Myanmar's statement didn't mention Rohingya, reflecting the government and the Burmese majority's insistence there is no such ethnic group in Myanmar. The memorandum of understanding promises to establish a framework of co-operation that aims to create conditions for voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya refugees but does not address Myanmar's denial of citizenship for the minority. Instead it referred to them as displaced persons. The U.N. and U.S. have described the army crackdown that began in August last year as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar's security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes in western Rakhine state, where most Rohingya lived. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

judges: The judge sent former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to jail, not to prison, according to CTV. Critics said the six-month sentence was too lenient. The broader message of this victory is that violence against women is now a voting issue, said Stanford University law professor Michele Dauber, who launched the recall effort against Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky. But opponents of the recall warned that Tuesday's lopsided result -- Persky lost by 20 points -- is also a powerful political force where it shouldn't be the courtroom. Cordell was among a number of law school professors and retired judges who fear that judges may now take public perception into account more than they should when handling high-profile and sensitive cases. This sets a dangerous precedent for state court judges in California and perhaps beyond, said LaDoris Cordell, a retired Santa Clara County judge who supported Persky's campaign against the recall. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

security forces: Myanmar's security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes, according to CTV. The UN and U.S. have described the army crackdown that began in August last year as ethnic cleansing. The memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday promises to establish a framework of co-operation that aims to create the conditions for voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya refugees. Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in November to begin repatriating Rohingya, but refugees feared their lives would be at risk in Myanmar without international monitoring. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

subway restaurant: Some have been new immigrants making sandwiches without earning a dime, according to Toronto Star. Ruchi Lall is a new immigrant from India and has a master's degree in social work. But not everyone coming and going have been paid employees. Lall spent a month volunteering before she was able to land a temporary job. Its owner said he didn't consider labour law when he got involved. Jennifer Gauthier / for Star Metro This Subway restaurant at 6402 Victoria Dr. in Vancouver is one business participating in an unpaid work placements' program aimed at giving recent immigrants Canadian job experience. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

voter segments: Whichever way Peterborough-Kawartha votes, so goes the election at least that's been the case for the past 40 years, according to CTV. So the question everyone is asking is which way will this riding vote in on June 7 Its demographic makeup may offer some clues. This is the third in a series of blogs leading up to the provincial election that will look at voter segments their party preferences and key ridings. While the province has millions of different voices, our analysis shows that there are seven prominent segments, or voter groups, who tend to decide the outcome of an election Urban Affluence, Orange Heartland, Red Core, Blue Ontario, Boomer Battleground, Multicultural Families and Young & Urban. By looking at this riding through a demographic lens we can see that Peterborough-Kawartha is home to a large number Blue Ontario voters. You can find a more detailed summary of the key voter segments, here. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

burmese insistence: Myanmar's statement didn't mention Rohingya, reflecting the government and the Burmese majority's insistence there is no such ethnic group in Myanmar, according to Vancouver Courier. Instead it referred to them as displaced persons. The memorandum of understanding promises to establish a framework of co-operation that aims to create conditions for voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya refugees but does not address Myanmar's denial of citizenship for the minority.article continues below Trending Stories Online map shows crabby crows dive bombing pedestrians in Metro VancouverP!nk hikes Capilano trail, thanks Vancouver for being 'damned awesome'Seismic upgrade of Lord Strathcona elementary a Canadian first Trudeau stands up to tough crowd in Nanaimo Myanmar's government said it hoped the pact would hasten repatriation, but rights groups still doubt it will let many Rohingya return or can guarantee the safety of those who do. Myanmar's security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes in western Rakhine state, where most Rohingya lived. Predominantly Buddhist Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in November to begin repatriating Rohingya. The U.N. and U.S. have described the army crackdown that began in August last year as ethnic cleansing. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

interview people: The federal requirements included allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers access to prisons to interview people of interest, providing advanced notice of release of those people and following rules prohibiting restrictions on disclosure of any person's immigration status, according to Vancouver Courier. The public statements of President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asserting that immigrants commit more crimes than native-born citizens, are inaccurate as applied to Philadelphia, and do not justify the imposition of these three conditions, Baylson wrote. He also wrote that Philadelphia's policies are reasonable and appropriate.article continues below Trending Stories Bear family hanging out on Burnaby Mountain Vancouver stroke survivor shares harrowing path to recovery Bathtub races return to Vancouver for the first time since 1996Online map shows crabby crows dive bombing pedestrians in Metro Vancouver Philadelphia has said it will turn over immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement only if the agency has a warrant signed by a judge. Federal attorneys had said the city's policies put federal immigration agents in danger and create situations where criminals in the country illegally are released and allowed to reoffend. Today's opinion from the district court in Philadelphia is a victory for criminal aliens in Philadelphia, who can continue to commit crimes in the City knowing that its leadership will protect them from federal immigration officers whose job it is to hold them accountable and remove them from the country, O'Malley wrote in an emailed statement. Department of Justice spokesman Devin O'Malley said the department maintains it used proper authority to attach conditions to the public safety grants. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

campaign office: Carl Wlasenko, a 68-year-old former toolmaker, took part in a similar action in front of Ford's campaign office in Hamilton last week, according to NOW Magazine. He says, he got into a run-in with a Ford staffer over some chalk art he'd scrawled on the sidewalk in front of Ford's office. Falafel, chicken wraps and water bottles are going round on the bus as it barrels down the 401 headed deep into the heart of Ford Nation. Wlasenko says he wants no part of the PC leader's austerity agenda. He talks like that. I used to work in Scarberia, says Wlasenko. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

university students: For critics, like Sen, according to Vancouver Courier. Marco Rubio, they present a threat to academic freedom and a spy risk. For university students like Moe Lewis, they offer a chance to learn about Chinese art and pick up a few phrases in Mandarin. As tensions between the U.S. and China rise over trade and security, perceptions vary wildly about educational exchanges that have thrived since diplomatic relations were normalized four decades ago.article continues below Trending Stories Wai Young not worried about crowded field of candidates in bid for mayor Online map shows crabby crows dive bombing pedestrians in Metro VancouverP!nk hikes Capilano trail, thanks Vancouver for being 'damned awesome'Seismic upgrade of Lord Strathcona elementary a Canadian first Increasingly, U.S. authorities are concerned that Chinese professors and students could exploit access to universities to gather intelligence and sensitive research an issue a Senate judiciary panel will address Wednesday. I think every college should be aware of what these institutes are used for and that they are in fact consistently been used as a way to quash academic freedom on campus at the behest of a foreign government, said Rubio, R-Fla. And while the China-funded Confucius Institutes that have mushroomed worldwide since 2004 focus on benign subject matter, U.S. lawmakers are pushing for them to be more tightly regulated or even shuttered. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

community leaders: In their wake, Myanmar's military and local Buddhists would respond with a campaign of rape, massacre and arson that has driven about 700,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh, according to CTV. But more than a dozen teachers, elders and religious leaders told The Associated Press that educated Rohingya - already subject to systematic and widespread harassment, arrests and torture - were singled out, part of Myanmar's operation to drive the Muslim Rohingya from majority Buddhist Myanmar. It was Aug. 26, the day after Rohingya Muslim separatist attacks on military outposts in the group's homeland in western Myanmar. Soldiers targeted the educated, they said, so there would be no community leaders left willing to speak up against the pervasive abuse. My brother apologized and pleaded with the military not to kill him; he showed them his ID card and said, 'I'm a teacher, I'm a teacher.' But the government had planned to kill our educated people, including my brother, Hashim said. It's an old tactic, according to those who study genocide - and often a precursor to killing. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

dinner party: Capital D-Dinner Parties, the sort where a group of the host's friends or colleagues sit around a prettily laid table and are expected to sustain interesting conversation across the span of several courses, always feel to me like an awkward first date that just won't end; ease and enjoyment the exception rather than the rule, according to Toronto Star. I've been known to excuse myself early from the table to get a jump on the dishes, my way of coping with the discomfort. Maybe this is an inconsequential admission for some, but the dinner party is high currency in the circles I run in as a food writer, academic and chef's wife. It took upheaval for me to reconsider my approach. Everyone eats and drinks what they want, as they want it, avoiding the ever-anxious interplay between host, guest and food. As the host of a more relaxed dinner party, Franklin says she can sit back and enjoy the gathering. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

drummer tri: Miss Canadiana . The bulk of the piece focuses on the Hunan, China-born performer's involvement with her band, including husband and co-songwriter Robert Drisdelle on guitar, bassist Nick Dourado and drummer Tri Le, making music that's a breath of Technicolor fresh air, not just locally but among listeners nationwide looking for something positive and fun, according to The Chronicle Herald. At first I had no idea why we were picked, and I looked into some of the others in the series, says Song over coffee in her South End neighbourhood. The new 10-episode online series profiles Canadian artists from a broad range of cultures, and the quartet's singer Shane Keyu Song, who is also a talented painter and graphic designer, represents Nova Scotia among a host of creators like Kazakh muralist and Matt Mays record cover illustrator Ola Volo and Toronto artist and activist Camille Turner a.k.a. I thought, these people are real artists, and we look like a bunch of poor punks by comparison. There's no need for the singer to sell herself or her bandmates short though. And we are. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

immigration sting: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE said it expected criminal charges including identity theft and tax evasion, according to Toronto Star. Steve Francis, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations special agent, speaks during a news conference discussing an early-morning immigration sting in Ohio on Tuesday. The 114 arrests occurred at two locations of Corso's Flower & Garden Center, one in Sandusky, a resort city on Lake Erie, and another in nearby Castalia. John Minchillo / The Associated Press No criminal charges have been filed against Corso's, but the employer is under investigation, authorities said. The operation is part of the Trump administration's focus on employers, one that took hold about a year after the president took office, and came months after a surge in deportation arrests began. Two locations were searched, and Khaalid Walls, an agency spokesperson, said a large volume of business documents were seized. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

kurdish militia: But ultimately, the Kurdish militia known as the YPG is expected to retreat to east of the Euphrates River, meeting a long-standing demand by Ankara, which considers the militia a terror group tied to a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey's borders, according to The Chronicle Herald. Ethnic Kurds live on both sides of the border, in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria. Illustrating the fragility of the arrangement, the United States and Turkey offered differing descriptions of what the deal entailed, how it would be carried out and when. Turkish officials suggested an ambitious plan had been hashed out under which the withdrawal would be complete within six months, with Kurdish fighters giving up their weapons as they leave Manbij. The U.S. wouldn't discuss whether the Kurdish troops would have to give up weapons, and insisted the plan included only estimated timelines based on events on the ground and no hard deadlines. A Turkish official said Turkey would review the withdrawal before a new council is set up to administer the multiethnic town, which has been run by the Manbij Military Council for several years. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

case: Racism's most odious form, though, is when it appears as official policy, as is the case with the Black Identity Extremist BIE classification recently adopted by the FBI. The Black Identity Extremist label was revealed last year when an FBI report was leaked to the press, provoking a firestorm of criticism from civil liberties and racial justice groups, alleging the FBI was reverting to behavior akin to COINTELPRO, its counterintelligence program from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, when it criminally targeted, surveilled, infiltrated and disrupted protest organizations like the Black Panther Party, leading to the imprisonment and death of many, according to Rabble. This recent leaked FBI report, titled Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers, was dated Aug. 3, 2017 -- ominously, just three days before the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one anti-racist activist, Heather Heyer, was killed, and scores more were injured. The scourge of racism takes many shapes, and has been integral to American history long before the nation's founding. In addition to the FBI memo, documents obtained by several groups under the Freedom of Information Act revealed the existence of an internal document at the Department of Homeland Security, that staff there referred to as the Race Paper. A copy was released by DHS, but in a completely redacted form. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Media Justice and 40 other organizations have written to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, calling for the release of the unredacted version of this paper. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.