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Calendar, Night&Day The Other Alcatraz

The Other Alcatraz

For nearly 80 years, many Chinese immigrants were barred from entering the country through the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first law to bar people from this country on the basis of race or national origin. To circumvent the…
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Safe Haven?

One spring evening three years ago, Gessildo Silva and two friends were walking down a street in Rio de Janeiro. Suddenly, they found themselves surrounded by a gang of young men shouting, "Faggots!" and, "Barbie girls!" Silva and his boyfriend…
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Immigration Hide 'n' Seek

Anti-immigration laws passed last year have sparked a Bay Area trench war between the government and Hispanic activists who are scrambling to combat what they see as an all-out offensive by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Last October, Congress passed…
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Custody by Ethnicity

Under the grip of the immigration crackdown and in open defiance of established S.F. policy, the city's Juvenile Probation Department is prohibiting undocumented relatives from taking custody of arrested youths. Critics say the juveniles, mostly held on relatively minor crimes,…
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Rounding Up the Usual Sospechosos

One day last August, public interest lawyer Renee Saucedo was working in her Mission District office when she got an agitated call from a client she was representing in a labor dispute. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) agents were raiding…
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