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Aarti Kohli in the news:



Senate immigration group: national ID too costly

Aarti Kohli Warren Institute report cited in US News & World Report, March 12, 2013

Graham said no final decision had been made on ditching the biometric ID card idea, which had also sparked civil liberties concerns, and he declined to say how much such a card would cost. A study by the University of California, Berkeley Law School’s Warren Institute last year estimated start-up costs to the government for such a program would top $22 billion.


Far fewer illegal immigrants turned over to feds

Aarti Kohli quoted in The Press Democrat, November 24, 2012

“If someone is pulled over without identification, for law enforcement, that raises questions and they tend to err on the side of bringing folks to jail,” said Kohli…. “If you can determine that this person is who they say they are, that gets rid of the additional uncertainty,” Kohli said. “I think what’s happening in Sonoma is really instructive. It’s telling us something: if people have identification they are perceived as much less of a threat.”


Calif Latino grocery chain fights immigration woes

Aarti Kohli quoted in The Associated Press, October 27, 2012

“There’s a great irony for companies who serve immigrant communities, because of the possibility that many of their customers are undocumented. They can serve them, but they’re not supposed to hire them,” said Aarti Kohli, an immigration policy expert…. “I think sometimes community members feel, here is a company that wants us to buy their services and in return, what are they doing for us?”


Immigrant advocates blast Brown vetoes in Calif.

Aarti Kohli quoted in Associated Press, October 2, 2012

“It is disappointing that Jerry Brown doesn’t want to be the anti-Jan Brewer,” said Aarti Kohli, senior fellow at the Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at University of California, Berkeley School of Law. “The advocates feel very betrayed. They feel like the immigrant and particularly the Latino community have been behind the governor … and that he hasn’t really shown a deep understanding of these really serious issues.”


Immigrant advocates blast Brown vetoes in Calif.

Aarti Kohli quoted in Associated Press, October 2, 2012

“It is disappointing that Jerry Brown doesn’t want to be the anti-Jan Brewer,” said Aarti Kohli, senior fellow at the Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at University of California, Berkeley School of Law. “The advocates feel very betrayed. They feel like the immigrant and particularly the Latino community have been behind the governor … and that he hasn’t really shown a deep understanding of these really serious issues.”


Nation’s first ‘anti-Arizona’ law likely headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s office

Aarti Kohli quoted in Contra Costa Times, July 6, 2012

The California bill is unlikely to conflict with federal law as Arizona’s did because “even the federal government acknowledges these (immigration holds) are ‘requests’ … so it’s not as if they are refusing an order from the federal government,” said Aarti Kohli, a senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy.
This story appeared in other national media outlets, including CNN.


Asian American immigrants outpace Latinos

Aarti Kohli quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, June 19, 2012

“Cambodians, Hmong, Laotians—are not generally doing as well,” said Aarti Kohli, an immigration policy and law expert who was recently with the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. “We should be paying attention to the major gaps between people.”


Immigration: Bill would cut local authority to hold illegal immigrants for feds

Aarti Kohli Warren Institute report cited in North County Times, June 1, 2012
According to a report released last year by UC Berkeley’s law school and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, 93 percent of immigrants arrested under Secure Communities were Latinos. But Latinos make up 75 percent of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.


Racial profiling major fear among immigrants near US—Canada border

Aarti Kohli Warren Institute report cited in The Huffington Post, April 17, 2012

Immigrant rights groups have raised similar concerns with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which often works in concert with border protection. One of ICE’s key enforcement programs, Secure Communities, disproportionately nets Latinos, according to a report from Berkeley Law School.


The American nightmare

Aarti Kohli report cited in The News, April 6, 2012

A new report points out that large numbers of US citizens are also getting caught in the dragnet. A study released by the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley School of Law found evidence of wrongful arrests, detentions and strong indications of racial profiling.


Aarti Kohli Releases Report on ‘Secure Communities’

-Salon, February 19, 2012 by Irin Carmon
http://www.salon.com/2012/02/19/what_its_like_to_be_shipped_home/singleton/

Another report by the University of California at Berkeley Law School found that about one-third of the 226,000 immigrants deported under “Secure Communities,” a program that links local law enforcement to immigration status, had spouses or children who are U.S. citizens.

-Star Tribune, February 24, 2012 by Ian Bratlie
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/140372963.html

A study by the Warren Institute at the Berkeley Law School estimated that more than 3,600 U.S. citizens were unlawfully held due to Secure Communities flags. From the time Secure Communities began in October 2008 through April 2011, Homeland Security received 7.8 million sets of fingerprints.


Aarti Kohli Criticizes Biometric ID Cards

-San Jose Mercury News, February 9, 2012 by Matt O’Brien
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19924113

Kohli said the biometric worker card carrying unique physical markers is “an idea that’s come up again and again from different political leaders, and it keeps coming up.”

-SecureIDNews, February 10, 2012
http://www.secureidnews.com/2012/02/10/new-report-predicts-financial-and-civil-obstacles-for-biometric-id-card

A new report created by the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy at UC Berkeley School of Law predicts a price tag of at least $40 billion for a mandatory biometric employment verification card for all U.S. workers that would utilize either fingerprint or fingervein scans.


Aarti Kohli Exposes Flaws in Federal Immigration Program

Hispanically Speaking News, February 2, 2012
http://bit.ly/zGNXvF

A study of the program by the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley School of Law found that Latinos make up 93 percent of those arrested through Secure Communities, but only 77 percent of the undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S. The report also found that only 52 percent of those arrested under the program had or will have a hearing before an immigration judge.


Aarti Kohli Finds Wrongful Arrests in Fed Immigration Program

National Catholic Reporter, January 31, 2012 by Monica Clark
http://ncronline.org/news/immigration-and-church/archbishop-joins-immigrants-rally-against-federal-deportation-program

According to a comprehensive study on Secure Communities by the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley School of Law, 39 percent of those arrested through Secure Communities have a spouse or child who is a U.S. citizen. About 88,000 families with members who are U.S. citizens have been impacted by the program.


Aarti Kohli Evaluates Rubio as Possible GOP VP Candidate

-San Francisco Chronicle, Politics Blog, January 27, 2012 by Joe Garofoli
http://bit.ly/xeotSb

Rubio is Cuban-American, “and they have in general been far more conservative than other Latinos on a lot of issues, particularly on immigration.”

-San Francisco Chronicle, January 27, 2012 by Joe Garofoli
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2012/01/27/MN261MV198.DTL

“Surprisingly, he has taken a hard-line position even on issues that have bipartisan support,” like the Dream Act, said Aarti Kohli.


Aarti Kohli Reveals Flaws in Deportation Programs

-The Associated Press, December 14, 2011 by E.J. Tamara
http://www.salon.com/2011/12/15/aclu_citizens_jailed_under_us_immigration_program_2/

In October, a study by the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law &Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, found that ICE arrested more than 3,600 U.S. citizens through Secure Communities between April 2008 and April 2011.

-Los Angeles Times, December 15, 2011 by Paloma Esquivel
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-1215-detained-citizens-20111214,0,3469916.story

Although the exact number of U.S. citizens detained on immigration holds is not known, a study published earlier this year by researchers at UC Berkeley found that citizens made up 1.6% of Secure Communities cases analyzed.

-The Daily Journal, December 28, 2011 by Robert Iafolla
http://bit.ly/zbY0ew (registration required)

The Berkeley report analyzed data from Secure Communities, a program that feeds illegal immigrants arrested by local law enforcement to ICE, and argued that it encourages racial profiling, splits up families and snares people that it shouldn’t.

-Queens Chronicle, December 29, 2011 by Cory Bennett and Rebecca Ellis
http://bit.ly/vYgHLw

It is difficult to estimate how many children follow deported parents, though Aarti Kohli, director of immigration policy at the University of California Berkeley Law School, found that if both parents are deported, the children follow if they are younger than teenagers. If one parent is deported, families frequently separate, with the non-deported parent staying with the children.


Aarti Kohli Criticizes Federal Immigration Program

Contra Costa Times, December 3, 2011 by Matt O’Brien
http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_19464451

About 11 percent of all Secure Communities deportations are voluntary,
according to UC Berkeley Law School’s Warren Institute. Latino immigrants are the most affected by Secure Communities. Although they make up 77 percent of the nation’s illegal immigrant population, they account for 93 percent of the people arrested through Secure Communities. The institute said its figures, culled from public records requests, were disturbing and raised questions about the fairness of the program.


Aarti Kohli Reveals Racial Profiling in ‘Secure Communities’ Program

-The New York Times, October 18, 2011 by Julia Preston
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/us/latinos-said-to-bear-weight-of-deportation-program.html?_r=2

“If Secure Communities was working properly,” the report said, a match under the program “should never result in the apprehension” of a citizen.

-KQED News, October 19, 2011 Host Tara Siler
http://www.kqed.org/a/kqednews/RN201110191730/a

“The unauthorized population in this country: 77% are Latinos, 13% Hatians, 6% from Europe and Canada.  In our sample, 93% of the people identified for deportation were Latino…. We recommend the government consider suspending this program until they fix clearly the problems that we have outlined.”

-Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 19, 2011 by Jason Hoppin
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_19149446

“When we found this, we were quite disturbed because we didn’t expect to see U.S. citizens in the sample,” said Aarti Kohli, director of immigration policy at the Warren Institute.

-The Denver Post, October 20, 2011 by Nancy Lofholm
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_19152289

“We think Secure Communities should be suspended until they address the problems,” said Aarti Kohli, director of immigration policy at the University of California Berkeley School of Law’s Warren Institute.

-Hispanically Speaking News, October 21, 2011 by HS News Staff
http://bit.ly/trEzvH

“The government’s own data has consistently shown that most of the people impacted by this program have no criminal record or are low-level offenders.  To lock these people up in detention centers without access to attorneys or an opportunity to see a judge is undemocratic,” said Kohli.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 24, 2011 by Michael Matza
http://articles.philly.com/2011-10-24/news/30316728_1_bob-dane-deportation-numbers-illegal-immigration

The report, “Secure Communities by the Numbers,” concluded that many immigrants “are pushed rapidly through the system, without appropriate checks or opportunities to challenge their detention and/or deportation.”


Aarti Kohli Explains New Immigration Deportation Policy

Public Radio International, September 16, 2011 by Amy Isackson
http://bit.ly/ohqFld

Aarti Kohli, Director of Immigration Policy at the UC Berkeley’s Boalt Law School, says the policy has the potential to affect only a small minority of the undocumented immigrants in the US.  “We’re talking 300,000 people, not the estimated 11 million who are in the country. You don’t actually get legalized. You just don’t get deported.”


Aarti Kohli Lauds Passage of Dream Act

The Daily Californian, September 15, 2011 by Sara Khan
http://www.dailycal.org/2011/09/15/panel-of-experts-offers-views-from-respective-fields/

“What California did this year is pretty amazing,” she said. “It’s the leader in the country. The legislature passed AB 130 which Gov. Brown has signed—this is a major step.”