Not the Land of Opportunity she expected: An Iranian refugee loses her father in a taxicab robbery

October 7, 2010 by · 14 Comments
Filed under: Immigrant Stories 

When it comes to crime and immigration, I usually hear about immigrants coming to the United States and committing crimes. To take a look at the other side of this equation, I decided to explore the story of an immigrant family whose taxicab-driving father was allegedly killed by Americans last year.

LidaProfile1 150x150 Not the Land of Opportunity she expected: An Iranian refugee loses her father in a taxicab robbery

Lida Vatanpour

On the summer evening before Lida Vatanpour headed for an organic chemistry make-up exam at the University of Texas at Dallas, the 29-year-old Iranian with reddish-highlighted black hair, dark eyes and a pretty smile called her father.

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Crime, immigration laws and a father’s anger

July 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Arizona 

Woman Being Arrested2 e1280547775736 150x148 Crime, immigration laws and a father’s anger“Russell, this is really going to make you mad, but Sean was shot by an illegal alien.”

The words of an Arizona state senator’s wife in December 2004, as quoted in a Reuters article, could be credited with inspiring the legislation behind Arizona’s newest and very controversial immigration law SB 1070, which was partially blocked by a federal judge on Wednesday.

Already a fierce opponent of illegal immigration, Senator Russell Pearce, Sean’s father, began firing off one legislative proposal after another to curb illegal immigrants’ access to employment, voting, bail and public benefits.

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