Woodfin Suites workers, Lori Hurlebaus photo
Several reports this morning of good news for immigrants and supporters of justice:
- Near home, hotel employees at the Woodfin Suites who were threatened with termination for trying to get their employer to comply with the Emeryville living wage ordinance won a reprieve yesterday. Their supporters at EBASE write:
- Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, incoming Democratic Governor Deval Patrick says he is going to cancel an agreement that his predecessor Republican Mitt Romney made with the Feds to use state troopers for immigration enforcement. Romney wanted a gesture to ride fear of immigrants toward a presidential bid. Patrick's spokesperson said:
- Across the political spectrum, lawmakers are figuring out that "war on terror" regulations are breaking the asylum process for otherwise eligible applicants. Somehow the definition of "past support for terrorism" has come to mean excluding persons who paid ransoms to rescue kidnapped relatives or did the bidding of gunmen threatening their lives. The United States has an obligation under international conventions to provide a fair process for determining whether asylum seekers really face danger; post 9/11 paranoia is making a mockery of this requirement.