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Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)


Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)



“Immigrants” is a track by K’naan.  It is part of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s collection the Hamilton Mixtape, and features  guest rappers Residente, Riz MC, and Snow Tha Product.  “All four rappers have immigrant backgrounds, emphasizing the message of the track and its recurring sample from Hamilton’s Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down).

Click here to listen to “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)”
(from “The Hamilton Mixtape”)

[“Yorktown” sample:]
[Hercules Mulligan:]
And just like that it’s over, we tend to our wounded, we count our dead
[John Laurens:]
Black and white soldiers wonder alike if this really means freedom…
[George Washington:]
Not yet[K’Naan:]
I got 1 job, 2 jobs, 3 when I need them
I got 5 roommates in this one studio but I never really see them
And we all came America trying to get a lap dance from lady freedom
But now lady liberty is acting like Hillary Banks with a pre-nup (Banks with a pre-nup)
Man I was brave sailing on graves
Don’t think I didn’t notice those tombstones disguised as waves
I’m no dummy, here is something funny you can be an immigrant without risking your lives
Or crossing these borders with thrifty supplies
All you got to do is see the world with new eyes

We get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
We get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
We get the job done

[Snow Tha Product:]
It’s a hard line
When you’re an import
Baby boy it’s hard times
When you ain’t sent for
Racist feed the belly of the beast
With they pitchforks, rich chores
Done by the people that get ignored
Ya se armó
Ya se despertaron
It’s a whole awakening
La alarma ya sonó hace rato
Los que quieren buscan
Pero nos apodan como vagos
We are the same ones
Hustling on every level
Ten los datos
Walk a mile in our shoes
Abrochenze los zapatos
I been scoping ya dudes
Ya’ll ain’t been working like I do
I’ll outwork you, it hurts you
You claim I’m stealing jobs though
Peter piper claimed he picked them he just underpaid Pablo
But there ain’t a paper trail when you living in the shadows
We’re Americas ghost writers the credit is only borrowed
It’s a matter of time before the checks all come

We get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
We get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
We get the job done
Not yet

[Snow Tha Product:]
It’s Americas ghost writers the credit is only borrowed
It’s Americas ghost writers
It’s Americas ghost writers
It’s Americas ghost writers
It’s Americas ghost writers the credit is only borrowed
It’s Americas ghost writers the credit is only borrowed
It’s Americas ghost writers the credit is only borrowed

[Part Chorus:]
We get the job done

[Riz MC:]
Ay yo aye immigrants we don’t like that
Na they don’t play British empire strikes back
They beating us like 808’s and high hats
At our own game of invasion, but this ain’t Iraq
Who these fugees, what did they do for me
But contribute new dreams
Taxes and tools swagger and food to eat
Cool, they flee war zones, but the problem ain’t ours
Even if our bombs landed on them like the Mayflower
Buckingham Palace or Capitol Hill
Blood of my ancestors had that all built
With the ink you print on your dollar bill, oil you spill
Thin red lines on the flag you hoist when you kill
But still we just say “look how far I come”
Hindustan, Pakistan, to London
To a galaxy far from their ignorance
Cause immigrants, we get the job done

Por tierra o por agua
Identidad falsa
Brincamos muros o flotamos en balsas
La peleamos como Sandino en Nicaragua
Somos como las plantas que crecen sin agua
Sin pasaporte americano
Porque La mitad de gringolandia Es terreno mexicano
Hay que ser bien hijo e puta
Nosotros Les Sembramos el árbol y ellos se comen la fruta
Somos los que cruzaron
Aquí vinimos a buscar el oro que nos robaron
Tenemos mas trucos que la policía secreta
Metimos la casa completa en una maleta
Con un pico, una pala
Y un rastrillo
Te construimos un castillo
Como es que dice el coro cabrón?

We get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
We get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
We get the job done
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
Look how far I come
We get the job done

Not yet







The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is seeking an attorney for a one-year legal fellowship with our San Francisco office.  The fellow would work to further our technical support and capacity building work on behalf of immigrants and the practitioners who defend their rights.  The ILRC is a national nonprofit legal support center located in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1979, we specialize in immigration law, policy, and immigrants’ rights.  The ILRC’s work concentrates on three main program areas: (1) building the capacity of attorneys, paralegals, organizers, service providers, immigrants, and others by providing legal technical assistance, trainings, and publications; (2) assisting immigrants with civic engagement projects to help expand immigrants’ rights and political power; and (3) conducting policy and advocacy work related to immigration law and immigrant rights.

The ILRC is a team-based organization that makes most of its decisions in a collaborative fashion that allows for significant staff input.

Job Responsibilities: The legal fellow will be responsible for contributing to several concurrent programs including:

  • Providing case-specific technical assistance to public defenders, private practice attorneys, nonprofit agency staff, and pro bono attorneys who work with low-income immigrants on issues relating to family-based immigration, removal and deportation defense, VAWA, asylum, and other areas of immigration law;
  • Writing manuals, practice advisories, and outreach and educational materials for attorneys, paralegals, community organizers, members of the immigrant community, and others;
  • Conducting in-person and/or webinar trainings on immigration law and practice for legal workers and other practitioners who serve the immigrant community;
  • Conducting research and writing assignments for ILRC’s staff attorneys on a variety of immigration law issues;
  • Working with networks of other immigrant rights organizations and/or organizing with and presenting to groups on immigration law, policy and immigrant rights issues;
  • Engaging in policy and advocacy work on immigration law issues;
  • Traveling for trainings, meetings, and other events in California and throughout the United States; and
  • Helping immigrants lead and participate in civic engagement projects.

Qualifications: The successful applicant is required to have:

  • Excellent writing, editing, legal research and analysis, and oral presentation skills;
  • Exceptional time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • A strong work ethic, including the following qualities: organized, flexible, reliable, and dependable, with the ability to be an independent worker and to handle several projects simultaneously while thriving in a team-based collaborative decision-making environment;
  • A strong commitment to immigration law and immigrant rights;
  • A willingness to travel throughout California and the United States; and
  • A current Bar membership in good standing for any state in the United States or the District of Columbia.

It is a plus if the applicant has additional experience including:

  • Experience representing clients in the practice of general immigration law before the EOIR, BIA, and/or and the federal courts, especially complicated family-based and removal cases;
  • Broad knowledge of family-based immigration law and removal defense including the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability; the intersection of criminal and immigration law; and the rules governing BIA and judicial review;
  • Writing and securing grants from foundations and corporations;
  • Technical writing whether for immigration or other purposes;
  • Training, teaching, or other public speaking experience;
  • Working in, leading, or forming coalitions;
  • Collaborating with immigrant communities;
  • Coordinating civic engagement projects or working as a community organizer; and
  • Second language proficiency, preferably Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese, within the range of conversational to fluent.

Salary/Benefits: Pay is commensurate with experience. The ILRC provides competitive salaries, excellent benefits including professional membership dues, health/dental/vision insurance, a flexible spending account for medical and dependent care, vacation, and sick leave. The ILRC sponsors a retirement plan option upon fulfillment of eligibility.

Applications: This position will remain open until it is filled.  We will consider applications on an ongoing basis beginning immediately.  To ensure consideration of your application, please submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position and salary requirement, a resume, two writing samples – one sample that demonstrates immigration law knowledge and a second sample that shows business writing acumen — and the names of three references as soon as possible to:

Staff Attorney Hiring Committee
1663 Mission Street, Suite 602
San Francisco, CA  94103
Fax: (415)255-9792 (no calls, please)

The ILRC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.



Bill Ong Hing, Contemplating a Rebellious Approach to Representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in a Deportation Defense Clinic

Bill Ong Hing, Contemplating a Rebellious Approach to Representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in a Deportation Defense Clinic:

“In response to the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children at the border in the summer of 2014, I expanded my pro bono work with students and started a law school deportation defense clinic. With the hard work of a full-time immigration attorney and a paralegal, the Clinic has attracted three to four students each semester (including summers) who receive three to six units of credit. Within a few months, the Clinic accepted dozens of cases that were transferred to northern California from detention facilities across the country. The pressure to accept such a large number of cases so quickly came from funding sources and from other legal services providers who were having difficulties managing their own caseloads. The clients uniformly suffer from trauma as well as cultural challenges.”

“In the meantime, with Jerry López’s vision of rebellious lawyering in mind, I have been committed to practicing law and running the clinic in a collaborative fashion. As this work under pressure has unfolded, we have failed to be perfect. Triage often forces us to shortcut the type of collaboration that is needed to focus on the detailed needs of individual clients or develop allied relationships and institutional partnerships. Yet some remarkable things have been accomplished. The Clinic’s staff, students, and I strive to not, as Lopez put it, ‘be overwhelmed by the daily detail of work’ or get frustrated over the ‘lack of fully developed theoretical help,’ and try to pursue a rebellious vision of lawyering amidst the high case volume and multiple client needs.”


Read the article in its entirety here:  Bill Ong Hing, Contemplating a Rebellious Approach to Representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in a Deportation Defense Clinic Clinical Law Review, Vol. 23, p. 167, 2016.


Courtesy ImmigrationProf Blog



Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, by Ross Gay – keep on, #RebelliousLawyering

Time for a poem.

“Soon it will be over,

which is precisely what the child in my dream said,

holding my hand, pointing at the roiling sea and the sky

hurtling our way like so many buffalo,

who said it’s much worse than we think,

and sooner; to whom I said

no duh child in my dreams, what do you think

this singing and shuddering is,

what this screaming and reaching and dancing

and crying is, other than loving

what every second goes away?

Goodbye, I mean to say.

And thank you. Every day.”

Excerpted from Ross Gay’s “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.”


ILRC: Special Considerations for LGBTQ Immigrants

The ILRC provides guidance to LGBTQ immigrants.

“How to Best Prepare.  If you or a loved one are not a U.S. citizen (even if you are a legal permanent resident), take the time now to create a preparedness plan for your family in case one of you is detained and/or deported. This plan should include ensuring important government and health documents are accessible by another family member, emergency contacts are shared with those you trust, and instructions for care and an affidavit designating a care giver for any children you have are documented. Always have on hand the contact information of a legal service provider in case of emergency.”

“In case of contact with immigration authorities, do not answer any questions or provide personal information. If immigration authorities come to your home, keep your door closed and do not open it at all unless the authorities can show you a warrant with your name on it that is signed by a judge. They almost never have a warrant like that. If you are detained, do not sign anything you don’t understand. Ask to speak with a lawyer and for a hearing before an immigration judge. Be sure to keep materials explaining your rights, like ILRC’s red cards, easily accessible to read aloud or to pass to immigration authorities or police if immigration authorities were to attempt to enter your home or approach you on the street.”

Download ILRC’s Special Considerations for LGBTQ Immigrants here.



Local Options for Protecting Immigrants


From ILRC:
“This resource identifies and explains some key provisions that cities and counties can enact in order to protect immigrants from discrimination and deportation.”




Family Preparedness Plan – by ILRC, download here


From ILRC:

“Every family should have a Family Preparedness Plan. While it is our hope that you never have to use your plan, it is a good practice to have one in place to help reduce the stress of the unexpected. This packet will help everyone create a Family Preparedness Plan, regardless of immigration status. However, because of the additional challenges immigrant and mixed status families face, we also have additional advice for immigrants.”

Download FAMILY PREPAREDNESS PLAN BY ILRC: family_preparedness_plan

Link to download here: https://www.ilrc.org/family-preparedness-plan





The Principle and Politics of Sanctuary By Noah Zatz

The Principle and Politics of Sanctuary

By Noah Zatz

What to do? It is easy to feel paralyzed, and powerless, in the face of President-elect Trump’s announced intention to rain terror on immigrants and people of color with mass deportations, Muslim registration, racial profiling, and so much more. Start somewhere. For me, that has meant staring where I live, by attending my first local school board meeting. I’ve joined with other parents to make my small city’s schools into sanctuaries from federal immigration enforcement and other intrusions. It’s also meant starting where I work, joining with faculty, staff, and students to push similar policies at the university level.

Providing sanctuary offers a potent combination of practical protection, personal integrity, and political pushback. These are winnable fights that small groups of ordinary people can take on in our communities and build from there.

Consider the private home. If a federal officer knocks at my door and asks me whether there are Muslims present, I will refuse to answer, as is my right. If she asks permission to enter and look for Muslims herself, I will refuse, as is my right. It doesn’t matter if she is just doing her job as ordered by a lawfully elected boss. She has the power that the law gives her, and I have the power that the law gives me. I can choose not to enable her to abuse her power. I will not be a collaborator. Exercising my constitutional rights is as American as apple pie.

Just as I can make my home a sanctuary, we can do the same in our institutions, including state and local governments, universities, K-12 schools, and workplaces. As members of those communities, we should demand it, through the channels already open to us. Schools can choose to refuse access to their premises or their information, unless federal authorities present a valid judicial warrant to force them. Localities can choose to refuse to devote scarce local resources and authority to assisting federal enforcement. And so on.

This is not about defying federal authority. It is about taking responsibility for how we use what power we have.

Sanctuary offers a simple moral idea that draws on rich and righteous histories. It connects us to the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves, the protection offered to Anne Frank and Schindler’s List, and the 1980s religious movement to welcome Central American refugees from Cold War conflicts.

Many cities have been taking up the call, and I am proud that my local Culver City, California schools just joined them last week. It was heartening to watch students, parents, and teachers speak out, and to see how responsive leaders can be to constituents close at hand and organized well. This week, University of California President Janet Napolitano issued a strong endorsement of sanctuary principles at our University.

No doubt, strong stands for sanctuary will provoke demands for submission and all sorts of bullying. They already have, with Trump’s vague threat to cut off federal funding from localities. But this bravado rests on dubious grounds, both legally and politically. Just as the private home has long stood protected against police intrusion, so, too, are schooling and policing long recognized as zones of quintessential local control. Federal authorities have limited ability to commandeer state and local governments, even by leveraging federal funding. That, after all, was the one objection to Obamacare that succeeded in the Supreme Court.

We should act quickly, forcefully, and broadly, before Trump takes formal power and attempts to crack down and divide opposition. Legislators who sympathize with Trump’s aims may nonetheless hesitate to strip vital funding from constituents who already have taken a stand and to imperil local institutions that serve a wide swath of the population. As is so often true, there is safety in numbers and in facts on the ground.

Organizing locally to establish sanctuaries now also builds the relationships that will defend them later. Beyond that, it can develop experience with and confidence in a tactic that can apply beyond the context of immigration enforcement where it has taken root. The University of California policy, for instance, extends to noncooperation with any federal efforts to establish a Muslim registry, and the approach may also bear on Trump’s intentions to nationalize racial profiling through “stop-and-frisk” policing. More generally, when ordinary people take direct action to stop an outrage, most often it will be local governments that decide whether to stand back or to crack down, as we have seen at Standing Rock.

In addition to offering protection, incomplete as it may be, sanctuary also advances a broader political strategy for countering Trumpism. Refusing to hand over our own powers may provide the best hope for puncturing Trump’s brand of populist authoritarianism. The bully’s appeal lies partly in the spectacle and promise of unique power. “I alone can fix it,” Trump bragged. This explains why he flaunts his disregard for all rules, boasts of sexual assault with impunity, smirks about getting away with murder. Begging for mercy and moderation only reinforces this dynamic.

Instead, exercising our power can cut Trumpism down to size. Render it ineffective, publicly so, and merely by refusing to assist unconscionable policies. This approach is doable, accessible, tangible, and has integrity. It pushes well beyond those earnest and awkward holiday dinner conversations we keep hearing about. All this goes hand-in-hand with comedy and the arts, no doubt why Trump has shown such ill humor and thin skin.

In our cities and towns, schools and universities, private homes and places of worship, what should we do? Work together to provide sanctuary, exercise the power that is ours, and refuse to become accomplices.

Copyright Noah Zatz.  Reprinted here with the author’s permission.

About Noah Zatz: https://law.ucla.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/noah-d-zatz/


Going Forward, One of Several New National Anthems – Sharon Jones


The remarkable Sharon Jones of the terrific Dap-Kings just passed.  A wondrous person and a great performer.

Here is a clip of Sharon Jones’s live performance of Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.

Going forward, we are regarding this as one of our national anthems.  We’re not a “united people.” And we need not have only one national anthem any more than we need have “one official language.”  We can choose who we want to be, what languages we want to speak, and what national anthems we want to sing.  And, yes, we should keep Sharon Jones and Woody Guthrie alive in our memories.






ILRC: Know Your Rights and What Immigrant Families Should Do Now

ILRC: Know Your Rights and What Immigrant Families Should Do Now

From ILRC :
“It’s important for everyone to know their rights if approached by an immigration (ICE) agent as well as how families can best prepare for something happening. This resource provides practical tips for things immigrant families can do now to prepare as well as information on rights everyone has in the United States, regardless of immigration status.”

Link to the Two-Page ILRC Fact Sheet “Know Your Rights” – click here.

Click here to download: ilrc-know-your-rights

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