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Bill Ong Hing
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Bill Ong Hing is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and Professor Emeritus, U.C. California, Davis School of Law. He teaches Immigration Policy, Rebellious Lawyering, Negotiation, and Evidence. Throughout his career, he has pursued social justice by combining community work, litigation, and scholarship. He is the author of numerous academic and practice-oriented books and articles on immigration policy and community lawyering. His books include Ethical Borders—NAFTA, Globalization and Mexican Migration (Temple Univ. Press 2010); Deporting Our Souls—Values, Morality, and Immigration Policy (Cambridge Univ. Press 2006), Defining America Through Immigration Policy (Temple Univ. Press 2004), Making and Remaking Asian America Through Immigration Policy (Stanford Press 1993), Handling Immigration Cases (Aspen Publishers 1995), and Immigration and the Law—a Dictionary (ABC-CLIO 1999). His book To Be An American, Cultural Pluralism and the Rhetoric of Assimilation (NYU Press 1997) received the award for Outstanding Academic Book in 1997 by the librarians’ journal Choice. He was also co-counsel in the precedent-setting Supreme Court asylum case, INS v. Cardoza-Fonseca (1987). Professor Hing is the founder of, and continues to volunteer as General Counsel for, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco. He serves on the National Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C.

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Corker-Hoeven Provision Would Exacerbate the Immigration Death Trap

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 6:20 PM

On the weekend of a different 9/11 -- the one in 1998 -- four migrants died trying to cross into the United States from Mexico. On Friday, the body of a man was found floating in the All-American Canal. On Saturday, a man died who had been in a coma...

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Resisting S-Comm Through ICE Detainers

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 1:21 PM

In spite of the fact that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is supposed to be targeting immigrants who present public safety challenges and 400,000 DREAMers have been granted deferred action and employment permission, ICE continues to implement its "Secure Communities" program (S-Comm) across...

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Mexico: Too Big to Fail

(4) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 11:06 AM

As President Obama visits Mexico to discuss, among other things, U.S. immigration reform, it's too bad that members of Congress who are involved in drafting legislation have left out a key ingredient to addressing undocumented immigration from Mexico: investing in Mexico in order to create jobs and ease the need...

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What Is Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

(38) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 10:31 AM

For immigrants and immigrant rights advocates, the post-election news that many Republicans understand that comprehensive immigration reform has to be tackled and that key Senate leaders such as Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham already are working on a blueprint is splendid. The challenge will be in determining just...

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Wade Michael Page: A Reflection of De-Americanization

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 4:20 PM

On Sunday, Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old, white supremacist with a military background killed six people at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee and critically wounded three others. He has been described as a "frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band." His most...

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Obama's Hypocrisy on Arizona's SB 1070

(46) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 4:11 PM

After the Supreme Court struck down the heart of Arizona's anti-immigrant SB 1070 law on Monday, President Obama expressed concern over the one provision that the high court let stand for the time being:

"I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's...
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Like It or Not, Arizona's SB 1070 Is About Racial Profiling

(82) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 3:25 PM

In the Obama administration's challenge to Arizona's anti-immigrant SB 1070, Department of Justice lawyers avoided arguing that any of the law's provisions, including the requirement that state police check the documents of suspected undocumented immigrants, invite racial profiling. In fact, at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Chief Justice...

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Honor Trayvon Martin's Death: Declare War on Racism

(16) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 8:58 AM

The tragic shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin highlights the sad truth that racial profiling of African Americans and the country's racial divide continue. The juxtaposition of this incident and the winding down of our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan provides us with an opportunity to declare another...

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Resisting Alabama Through Community Policing for Better Public Safety

(4) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 11:50 AM

As the Republican presidential contenders moved into Alabama and Mississippi, one local issue that they all appear to agree upon is the anti-immigration laws that have been bandied about in these states. Yes, Newt Gingrich might consider withholding deportation of 80-year-old grandmothers or DREAM Act students who join...

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Lessons to Remember From Japanese Internment

(17) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 11:33 AM

This Sunday, February 19, marked the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. On that day in 1942, then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting the wheels in motion for one of the largest violations of civil liberties...

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Prop 8 Case and the Message for Immigration Reform

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 10:37 AM

The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision striking down California's Proposition 8 attempt to take away marital rights from same-sex couples sends a strong immigration-reform message to Congress: it's time to allow U.S. citizens lawfully married to same-sex partners the opportunity to apply for lawful immigrant status. Under current...

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"Ching Chong, Chinaman": The De-Americanization of Asian Americans

(25) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 9:48 AM

Eight U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan have been arrested in connection with the apparent suicide of Pvt. Danny Chen, a 19-year-old infantryman who was Chinese American. The arrests came after family members pressured the Pentagon to investigate allegations that Chen had been repeatedly taunted with racial slurs. The...

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Free Trade Agreements Mean Job Losses in the Other Country as Well

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 5:06 PM

With great fanfare recently, Congress approved Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. Congress, the White House, and big business cheered, while labor groups derided the move, arguing that the FTAs will result in more U.S. job losses. Obscured by the the debate, however, is the potential...

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Give Criminal Aliens a Second Chance

(11) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 8:04 PM

With great fanfare last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced the arrest of some 3,000 convicted "criminal aliens" during a its seven-day national "Operation Cross-Check" enforcement operations. The attention-grabbing announcement emphasized that more than 1,600 had felony and highlighted seven of the arrestees who had been convictions...

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Vigilante Racism and the De-Americanization of Muslim Americans

(11) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 2:49 PM

We are told at a young age that we are a land of immigrants. But we are reminded all too often that we are a land intolerant of diversity.

Consider the experience of the Muslim American Society in Westchester County, New York, this past Tuesday. In celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, the...

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One Hand Clapping for Latest Obama Deportation Reforms

(73) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 6:28 PM

With much fanfare last week, White House officials announced that the deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrants could be halted if they are not criminals and pose no national security threat. Once terminated, the individuals can apply for permission to work. A special government working group will be...

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Control the Border: Invest in Mexico

(13) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 7:00 PM

If you believe that undocumented Mexican migration is a problem, and you believe that the reason most undocumented migrants come to the United States is to work, then it really does not take a brain surgeon to understand that the way to address the challenge is to help Mexico with...

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Remarkable or Not, All Dreamers Deserve a Chance

(46) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 9:24 AM

Jose Antonio Vargas' story is remarkable. He disclosed in a New York Times Magazine essay that he is an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines who learned of his true status at the age of 16 when he applied for a driver's permit. In spite of that challenge, he...

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Did Arizona Really Win at the Supreme Court?

(100) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 11:41 AM

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona's "Legal Workers Arizona Act" (LAWA) enabling the state to revoke the business licenses of employers who hire undocumented workers. The ruling on the state's version of an "employer sanction" law passed in 2007 (not to be confused with the state's broader anti-immigrant SB...

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Kill the Death Penalty

(51) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 12:06 PM

The abolitionist group Death Penalty Focus has just announced the appointment of Jeanne Woodford, the former warden at California's San Quentin prison, as its new executive director. Woodford, who also was the director of the California Department of Corrections at one point, will be lobbying against the death penalty. After...

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