imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Letter by Alliance of Iranian Americans to INS

by Babak Sotoodeh, President, AIA Friday, Dec. 20, 2002 at 9:47 AM

We cannot understand why the completely legal Iranian immigrants, and the 245 (i) immigrants have been arrested? We also cannot understand why the Iranian immigrants who have overstayed their visas, but who came to the INS in good faith to comply with President Bush's call have been arrested? And, worst of all, we cannot understand why the sick, the disabled, and the elderly have been arrested? http://www.payvand.com/news/02/dec/1096.html

Letter by Alliance of Iranian Americans to INS Acting District Director in Los Angeles
Allianceia.org
December 18, 2002
http://www.payvand.com/news/02/dec/1096.html

December 17, 2002

Mr. Ronald J. Smith
Acting District Director
Immigration & Naturalization Service
300 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 Via Fax Only
Re: Meeting with the Alliance of Iranian Americans ("AIA")

Dear Mr. Smith:

The Iranian American Community is outraged at the maltreatment that its members have been receiving at the hands of the Immigration & Naturalization Service ("INS"). We have been receiving and documenting the horror stories of defenseless Iranian immigrants, who in their efforts to be law abiding citizens and to comply with the call of the President Bush to combat terrorism by complying with the Special Registration law, have come to INS offices under your jurisdiction and instead have faced wholesale arrests, without any proper justifications. We cannot understand why the completely legal Iranian immigrants, and the 245 (i) immigrants have been arrested? We also cannot understand why the Iranian immigrants who have overstayed their visas, but who came to the INS in good faith to comply with President Bush's call have been arrested? And, worst of all, we cannot understand why the sick, the disabled, and the elderly have been arrested?

Yesterday, December 17, 2002, I accompanied the New York Times' Western Bureau Chief, Mr. Broder to the Los Angeles INS. We met Mr. Francisco Arcaute, your Public Affairs Officer. He did not want to meet both of us together, and promised me that he will meet me after he is finished with Mr. Broder. This was confirmed by his assistant, who called me 2 minutes before Francisco accompanied Mr. Broder to the exit door, stating that Francisco was coming down to take me in for a meeting. Instead, Francisco turned around and briskly returned inside as soon as he saw me, ignored my calls for him, and the INS security officers blocked me from going in, although I showed them his calling card. This could hardly be regarded as a friendly gesture by the INS when the Iranian American community has extended its hands for dialogue and understanding.

Today, Francisco called and said that you will talk to me if I send this letter. I asked him how many Iranians have been arrested, and how many of them are in custody at the present time. He said he cannot discuss that information with me. I reminded him that AIA wants to meet the INS to find out what has happened to these defenseless Iranian immigrants, the sick, the elderly, and the disabled, who are incarcerated not only at your detention facilities in Santa Ana and Los Angeles, but in the criminal courts of San Pedro, Pomona, Pasadena, and Lancaster. Also, we want to have the permission to see these people, and to examine these jails and detention areas. Francisco replied that INS cannot do that. My initial reply was that the meeting would then be futile.

In credit to Francisco, he suggested that I should mention in my letter to have the responsible people for these matters from the detention be present at the meeting, since apparently effective last week the INS district directors are no longer in charge of the enforcement/detention units. Furthermore, he suggested that I mention in my letter that we need to find out how many people have been arrested and are now incarcerated or detained at the present time, so you may request permission from Washington, D.C. to release these vital information.

I am looking forward to meeting you, if you are the proper INS official in charge of these arrests, and/or the other responsible people who can help us in resolving the above problems.

Very truly yours,

Babak Sotoodeh
President, AIA



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Message from Alliance of Iranian Americans
Allianceia.org
Greetings:

I have been receiving lots of inquiries from people, asking how they can help.

Yesterday, I told everyone that we have been advised to "Get politically as well as legally going by setting up picket lines. That even if we send 10 people to the INS office in Los Angeles (or any other place where arrests are taking place), with picket signs reading something like "Everyone is entitled to a lawyer, even immigrants," will be helpful." No offers have come from anyone to do this. Not even one!

If anybody needs to help, this is what we need:


Bodies out there demonstrating at the jails where people are being held, so we could force INS to release these people, and
People who were here legally, and were arrested for no reason, for the class action. These people would be the member of the class for the class action that we have in mind. They should send their complete information to AIA.
Organize local AIA chapters, so we can respond quickly and be organized for future emergencies.
Pass this around please. Email it to your mail list and ask them to become AIA members.


Here are some links about the Special Registration and AIA's role in publicizing INS's malfeasance. Please note that the NY Times had agreed to report that hundreds of Iranians were being arrested, on the condition that the people who were arrested and released would agree to talk to them and mention their names. We had people who originally promised (through their relatives when these people were in jail) that they would talk to NY Times, but then refused to do that for irrational fears. Other people who were brave enough to do that, were unfortunately released too late to talk to the NY Times before the publication's deadline. We lost a great window of opportunity.

The site for the NY Times article (page A16) "Men From Muslim Nations Swamp Immigration Office" is: www.nytimes.com/2002/12/17/politics/17IMMI.html. AIA member, Ally Bolour was cited in there.

The site for the Sacramento Bee article "Muslim, Mideast visitors face deadline" is: www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/5621827p-6598045c.html. AIA member, Babak Sotoodeh was cited in there.

Today we publicized these horrible events by speaking to reporters from the National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, the Register (Freedom Newspapers), and KTLA news in Southern California. I urge all AIA members to try to publicize these injustices in their local media.

Below is the content of my letter faxed to INS' Acting District Director, Mr. Smith.

Regards,
Babak Sotoodeh
AIA

http://www.payvand.com/news/02/dec/1096.html
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 2 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Mr. James Mercer Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002 at 8:37 AM

Local News

Segregation in the City of Angels: A 1939 Map of Housing Inequality in L.A. A15 7:44PM

Justice Dept. seeking info, IDs on 1.3M visitors to protest website DisruptJ20.org A15 1:04PM

San Francisco Rally Protests Hate Crimes in Charlottesville A14 5:38PM

New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites A02 1:52PM

Tracking Twenty Years of Stockton Killings by Law Enforcement A02 1:27PM

Garcetti Cronyism - Why and How to Ignore Your LA Dog License A01 5:05PM

Nation's Worst Meltdown Was In LA J31 4:54PM

As RV towing resumes in LA, officials say program won't 'target homeless' J31 1:15PM

Class War on the Waterfront: Longshore Workers Under Attack J21 10:18AM

Limits to Growth Published Forty Years Ago J18 5:15AM

KPFK's Indy Media on Air Now on Wednesdays J25 9:13AM

Lessons From Portland’s Clashes With Fascists J13 7:36PM

Dr. Maryse Narcisse of Haiti Visits Southern California M20 5:55PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Religious Groups Call for Aid and Debt Relief for Puerto Rico and Dominica O22 3:47PM

Capitalisme catastrophiste autoréalisateur O22 12:23AM

Curriculum vitae paraphysique O20 11:53PM

Hate Groups in U.S. Sometimes Have Northern and Western Members splcenter.org O20 7:00PM

South African Officials Announce Trail of ANC Pres Zuma on 800 Counta O20 3:02PM

Abrégé de déictique O19 10:26PM

Large Scale Shootings in Kurdistan Autonous Zone Iraqi Kurdistan on Video O19 4:43PM

The Shortwave Report 10/20/17 Listen Globally! O19 4:19PM

(A-Radio) B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world – Episode 5 (10/2017) O19 5:10AM

Correction on Cambodia 1960's 1970's Domestic and Foriegn Powers O18 8:18PM

Presidential Obstruction of Justice, 108 pp O18 5:16PM

Trump is More than "Silly Tricks" O18 7:23AM

Paraphysique du capital O18 12:46AM

Sheriff Mark Lamb policing for $$$ DOLLARS $$$ at Pinal County Jail O17 12:39PM

Memories of Cambodian Genocide in 70's compare with Rohyinga Displacement into Bangladesh O16 9:00PM

Netanyahu, Tell the World the Truth! O16 8:15PM

Paraphysique de l'aposématisme O15 11:06PM

Southern California can open a key role for Palestine Israel Lens O15 7:32PM

Reem Assil has a first amendment problem O14 11:25AM

Reem Assil has a first amendment problem O14 11:24AM

Paraphysique de robotique biométrique O14 1:10AM

IMF and World Bank Meetings Begin With Growth Forecasts and Crisis Risk Warnings O13 8:37AM

Reem Assil Drops Lawsuit Against Jewish Protesters O13 7:04AM

The Shortwave Report 10/13/17 Listen Globally! O12 4:59PM

Ni de droite, ni de droite, AILLEURS ! O12 12:44AM

IMF Reports Global Growth and Releases New Ways to Predict Economic Crisis O11 7:34AM

Les compétitions O11 3:50AM

Reem’s Oakland Bakery Drops Lawsuit Seeking to Silence Protests O10 8:05PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy