Vermont migrant worker Danilo Lopez may avoid deportation

by Alicia Freese July 3, 2013 vtdigger.org Danilo Lopez, an undocumented farm worker living in Vermont who was slated for deportation Friday, may be granted a temporary reprieve.Instead of leaving the country, Lopez is filing an application for a ‘stay of removal,’which, if granted, could delay his deportation for up to a year.Danilo Lopez (center) speaks before Gov. Peter Shumlin signs S.38. Natalia Fajardo translates. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDiggerNatalia Fajardo, an activist with Migrant Justice, which has been advocating on behalf of Lopez, said a U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) official ‘hinted’that Lopez would be a ‘strong candidate’for a ‘stay of removal.’If it’s granted, and if the U.S. Congress passes an immigration reform bill that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Fajardo said it’s possible the ‘stay of removal’will allow Lopez to apply for a work permit.Lopez, a prominent immigrant rights advocate who was part of the successful lobbying effort this spring that won migrant workers the right to drive in Vermont, was turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol in 2011 after state police pulled over a car he was riding in for a speeding violation.Since then, the Vermont State Police has done away with the policy of referring people without proper documentation to the U.S. Border Patrol, although the practice still takes place among some local police departments, according to Fajardo.Vermont’s congressional delegation, Gov. Peter Shumlin, and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger all wrote letters urging ICE to grant Lopez prosecutorial discretion. Supporters delivered a petition to ICE offices in Burlington, Mass., asking for the same.The high-profile nature of Lopez’s situation has helped his case, Fajardo says. An ICE attorney told Migrant Justice members, ‘you’ve got a lot of ammo on your side.’ read more

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Public officers warned against political favoritism on the job

first_img General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service UnionGeneral secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), the union which represents majority of public officers here, has warned its members to be loyal to the state and not to any political party. Letang warned public officers against showing favoritism to any political party in the execution of their duties as it is a violation of the Public Service Act of Dominica.Section 14 Subsection 3 (a) (i) of the Act states that “a public officer shall not speak in public on matters that may reasonably be regarded as of national political controversy”. “Your loyalty is to the state, to the citizens of this country, you are not employed by any political party, you are employed by the state”.“Regardless of which party is in power, whether it is a party you support or not, you have a responsibility to carry out your duties because that is what you were employed to do,” Letang admonished.Members of the Dominica Public Service Union at a membership meeting (file photo)He also reminded public officers that they should never appear on any political platform showing public support for a party.He added however, that they have a right to support any political party of their choice in their private capacity as is the right of every citizen.“Outside of work, nobody is saying that you do not have political preferences and in your private capacity you can talk about certain issues that affect you, that is political issues”.He said public officers should not “drag politics into his workplace or do what you’re not supposed to do because of which party is in power”. “Party comes, party goes but your responsibility to the citizens remain,” Letang advised. Dominica Vibes News 74 Views   5 comments LocalNews Public officers warned against political favoritism on the job by: – April 8, 2014last_img read more

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Parkway cruises past Gladewater in Battle on the Border

first_imgThe Parkway Panthers rolled to a big halftime lead and cruised past the Gladewater, Texas, Bears 47-27 in the Landers Dodge Battle on the Border Saturday at Independence Stadium.The Bears (1-2) only rarely slowed down Parkway’s powerful offense. The Panthers (2-0) rolled up 494 yards total offense.The Parkway defense didn’t allow a touchdown in the first half. Gladewater’s only score came on a kickoff return that cut the Panthers’ lead to 13-6.Parkway’s defense also forced several turnovers that led to touchdowns. Gladewater, an option team, gained 250 yards rushing but most of that came in the second half, including some against the second team.Parkway coach David Feaster was able to play many of his reserves, but he had to put his first team back in at times in the second half as Gladewater closed the gap and the game turned sloppy. Parkway was never in any real danger against a Gladewater team that couldn’t pass.Feaster had high praise for his defense, which allowed 56 points in a wild one-point victory over Bastrop in the season opener last week. “I’m just very happy with the way out defense played,” he said. “Our defense got a lot better. They showed it there in the first half and got us the lead. Turnovers were huge. That gave us a chance to blow them out and get that lead. That’s what we need.”Senior defensive back Lloyd Cole had a big game. He returned an interception for a touchdown and had eight solo tackles and one assist.Senior linebacker Ryan Black led the Panthers with six solo tackles and six assists, including three solo for loss. He also forced two fumbles and recovered one.Joey Cook had five solo tackles and five assists. Kendall Brown had four solo tackles and two assists and forced one fumble. Malcolm Banks had four tackles and two assists. Knije Harrison was in on five tackles and forced a fumble. Antoine Beckwith forced a fumble and then recovered it. He also had two tackles for loss and one sack. Kyler Marrus forced a fumble. Semaj Tarver recovered a fumble.Junior running back Robert McKnight played a starring role for the second straight week. He scored four touchdowns, including one on a fingertip grab near the back of the end zone. He finished with 127 yards rushing on 10 carries.EJ Williams added 71 yards on 13 carries and also scored a touchdown.Keondre Wudtee completed 13 of 22 passes for 236 yards with two interceptions.CJ Morgan set up one touchdown with a catch at the 1-yard line. He finished with three receptions for 102 yards. He also scored a rushing touchdown.Deonte Hawkins caught three passes for 48 yards. McKnight had four for 38 yards. Parkway hosts Huntington Friday. The Raiders dropped to 1-1 with a 23-20 loss to Captain Shreve. — Russell Hedges, [email protected] Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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