peter schey

Peter Schey

Mexican government-linked immigration attorney in Los Angeles, heads up the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL). Very active supporter of illegal immigration and frequent quote source for the mainstream media. The MSM invariably forgets to mention his links to that government:

- The CHRCL collaborated with that government on a program to push visas for crime victims.

- He wrote an "opposition research" paper for that government, telling them how to oppose groups such as the Minuteman Project.

- He was used by a Mexican consulate to represent illegal aliens; see this and this. In the first case he was hired by them, in the second they may have just introduced him to his clients.

He was also involved in the Plyler v Doe case which enabled illegal aliens to receive elementary educations. No one wants there to be uneducated children, but the correct solution is to fight against illegal immigration.

Schey may or may not be a citizen of the U.S., and all of his actions discussed below redound to the benefit of the Mexican government rather than U.S. citizens.

Last modified Dec 17, 2008
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LULAC, Mexico-linked Schey join, file suit against Arizona immigration law - 07/11/10

Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law - someone with a series of links to the Mexican government - has now joined with the League of United Latin American Citizens in a lawsuit against Arizona over their new immigration law (link):

The complaint, filed Friday in federal court in Phoenix as a class action, alleges that Arizona's training materials recently developed and distributed to Arizona law enforcement agencies to implement the law "exacerbate the conflicts between the United States Constitution and federal laws on the one hand, and Arizona law on the other hand."

"The training materials issued a few days ago by Arizona are so vague and ill-defined that they will certainly lead to widespread racial profiling and discrimination," said Peter Schey, president of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

..."As the oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States, we are profoundly disturbed by the anti-immigrant law recently enacted in Arizona," said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. "We plan to vigorously fight that law, and Arizona's discriminatory training materials to implement the law, in the federal courts, in the Arizona legislature, and in the United States Congress."

1986 loophole: visa holders prove they became illegal aliens to get amnesty (Peter Schey) - 12/17/08

The 1986 amnesty is still having a major impact, over two decades later. Teresa Watanabe of the Los Angeles Times offers "Settlement opens up amnesty for tens of thousands of immigrants" (link):
[The LAT's poster adult] arrived in the United States from his native Turkey with a valid student visa in 1981, but fell out of legal status when he failed to enroll in school, he said...

Thanks to a recent legal settlement, the chance to apply for amnesty is finally open to [the poster adult] and tens of thousands of others who entered the country on a valid visa but fell out of legal status between 1982 and 1988. The settlement, approved this fall by a U.S. district court in Washington state, stems from a class-action lawsuit filed by attorney Peter Schey originally on behalf of an immigrant assistance program of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL CIO...

The landmark reform law offered a one-time amnesty to immigrants who were in the United States unlawfully from before 1982 to about 1988.

But Congress was concerned that those who entered the country with a valid visa would argue that they fell out of legal status during that time simply to qualify for amnesty. As a result, Schey said, Congress created a rule requiring immigrants to show that their shift from legal to illegal status was "known to the government."

That rule, however, created a new problem: How to prove that the government knew about their violations?
Every "problem" has a "solution", and any "problems" with any new amnesties (aka "comprehensive immigration reform") would have their own "solutions". For a reverse-Kafkaesque example, see this:
[Schey] also successfully argued that the government knew many immigrants had violated their status another way: by failing to furnish an address report every three months. The government's failure to produce the address reports showed that the immigrants had not filed them, violating the terms of their visa, he argued.
Note also that, as befits the LAT Style Guide, the fact that Schey has a series of links to the Mexican government was not in the article.

Texas Border Coalition sues to stop border fence; lead attorney is Mexico-linked Peter Schey - 05/18/08

The Texas Border Coalition - a group of cities, counties, businesses, chambers of commerce, and economic development committees listed at the link - has sued the Department of Homeland Security over the border fence. The lead attorney in the case is Peter Schey, someone with a series of links to the Mexican government. The chairman of the TBC is Chad Foster, mayor of Eagle Pass. Others involved include Richard Cortez (mayor of McAllen), Pat Ahumada (mayor of Brownsville), Raul Salinas (mayor of Laredo), and Eddie Aldrete and Dennis Nixon of International Bancshares Corp./International Bank of Commerce.

Their claims are listed here and they say that the DHS didn't pay enough for lands they acquired, showed preferential treatment regarding lands owned by the Hunt family, and that Michael Chertoff failed to more or less cross his t's by establishing guidelines beforehand. And, Schey is quoted as saying the following ironic bit:

"They hoodwinked property owners [into waiving their property rights]... This whole thing has been built on a foundation of lawlessness."

Another Mexico link for Peter Schey: hired by Mexican consulate - 05/16/08

The New York Times story "Arizona County Uses New Law to Look for Illegal Immigrants" (link) about Sheriff Joe Arpaio's attempts to enforce immigration laws in Maricopa County, Arizona contains the following:

Peter Schey, a lawyer from Los Angeles hired by the Mexican consulate here to represent some of the detainees, said, "This sheriff is not the director of homeland security, but that is how he is acting."

This is at least the fourth link that Schey has to the Mexican government; MSM hacks frequently fail to point out his series of links when offering quotes from him.

Agriprocessors meat packing raid, Postville, Iowa (kosher, UFCW) - 05/12/08

Somewhere from a few hundred to 700 or more persons were arrested in Postville, Iowa earlier today as part of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid of the Agriprocessors meat packing plant in the town. That plant produces kosher meat and is owned by the Rubashkin family, Hasidic Jews from New York; this page has more details on the culture clash after the bought the plant and seem to have gained a great deal of power in the town.

United Food and Commercial Workers union rep convicted in Swift meatpacking case (UFCW, harboring illegal aliens) - 05/09/08

From this:
A former union representative who helped illegal workers get jobs at a Swift & Co.

Fabian Nunez, Mexico-linked Peter Schey, American Apparel join to support illegal immigration - 04/29/08

Yesterday, California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez held a press conference at the headquarters of American Apparel to oppose workplace raids and thus support illegal immigration. Also on hand was AA's attorney Peter Schey, someone with at least a few links to the Mexican government. Nunez is also a co-chair of the Hillary Clinton campaign, so asking her about his activities is highly recommended. From the Tiffany Hsu report (link; like Anna Gorman she doesn't mention Schey's links):
"The last thing we need is to bring the type of disruption to our economy that could ultimately lead us into a downward spiral into a recession," Nunez (D-Los Angeles) said.

...If American Apparel's facilities are raided because of the company's support for legalizing the workforce, Schey said repeatedly that the company would "come down like a ton of bricks" on ICE and use "the courts and other devices if possible." He did not elaborate...

...But Schey said between drops in revenue from stalled production and the dangers of suddenly losing a stable workforce, the raids could cause tens of millions of dollars of economic damage...

Although Nunez said companies should not endorse hiring illegal immigrants, he said workers who were employed should be left alone.
Needless to say, his economics is off: fewer illegal aliens would do wonders for the California economy. And, also needless to say, he's completely corrupt.

And, per this:
"As Speaker of the Assembly I am announcing today that I will be introducing legislation condemning the questionable practices perpetrated by ICE," Nunez says.

He says he has seen proof agents have violated people's constitutional rights during enforcement operations.
UPDATE: I'd like to know whether Nunez has any qualms about appearing in support of ignoring our laws with Peter Schey, someone who has a joint venture with the Mexican government (, who wrote an "opposition research" paper that they commissioned, who has at least one other link, and who generally acts in a way that supports Mexico's agenda. Due to an unknown issue with my call to (916) 319-2046, I'll be sending an email to Steve Maviglio, a Nunez aide who left a comment on this earlier entry. The only email I have is Assemblymember.Nunez *at*

However, if anyone else wants to call or email them and find out, leave a comment.

UPDATE 2: After a day, my email hasn't been replied to. So, I'm going to assume a) that it wasn't a phone problem and Steve Maviglio hung up on me, and b) Fabian Nunez doesn't see a problem with opposing our laws in conjunction with someone linked to the Mexican government.

Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack takes illegal immigration side in Swift raid; Peter Schey link - 04/29/08

From this:

Allegations that federal officials illegally rounded up and arrested almost 1,300 Swift factory workers during raids in Marshalltown and across the country are being highlighted today at a public hearing that includes testimony from former Gov. Tom Vilsack...

Mexico-linked Peter Schey sues over immigration raid; Anna Gorman/LAT fails to note his links - 04/26/08

Immigration lawyer Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is suing the feds over a recent immigration raid in Van Nuys, California. He also has at least a few links to the Mexican government, yet Anna Gorman of the Los Angeles Times yet again fails to inform her readers of that fact in her report "L.A. civil rights attorney files claims over federal immigration raid" (link). Per her, he's just a "longtime Los Angeles civil rights attorney" who's "trying a new strategy to push federal immigration authorities to change the way they conduct workplace raids" when in fact there's probably a bit more that he wants.

He claims that constitutional rights were violated because ICE agents locked down the building and didn't allow people to leave until they showed that they were citizens or legal immigrants:

"That group detention is completely unconstitutional... They have no individual probable cause, yet they come in like the Gestapo."

The article quotes two other immigration lawyers on the case: Carl Shusterman says it's a long shot, but John Ayala of the American Immigration Lawyers Association disagrees. And:

[A citizen who was detained] said immigration authorities could have handled the arrests in a more diplomatic and less theatrical way.

Unfortunately, there's the possibility that "drama" might have been the point. Micheal Chertoff of the DHS has hinted at conducting raids in order to inflame the left, and the whole raid might have been designed to generate outrage and lawsuits from the usual suspects, such as those mentioned above. If that's the case, Chertoff's goal would be to generate a backlash in order to get what Bush wants: a massive amnesty and a "guest" worker program. Note that ICE called the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) - a group that's allegedly collaborated with the Mexican government - shortly before the raid.

Needless to say, Gorman doesn't look into that possibility.

Please write readers.rep *at* with your thoughts.

Mexico-linked Peter Schey tries blocking border fence, may sue - 01/14/08

Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is an immigration lawyer with at least a few links to the Mexican government.

One Bill Gil Cedillo brings back illegal aliens driver's licenses (January 2008 edition) - 01/12/08

From this:
Saying Friday's release of final regulations in the U.S. REAL ID Act clears the way, a Los Angeles Democrat said he will move ahead with a bill that would let illegal immigrants obtain driver's licenses.

State Sen. Gil Cedillo has previously proposed such legislation, but it has been vetoed repeatedly by Republican Gov.

Jorge Bustamante/U.N./Notre Dame wants pro-illegal immigration boycott (earlier: dual citizenship to support Mexico's agenda in U.S.) - 12/16/07

From this:
Jorge Bustamante, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants and a sociology professor at the University of Notre Dame, this week called Republican Party policies on immigration "immoral." Writing in the Mexico City daily Reforma, Bustamante said the Republican candidates share a in immigration stance that "lacks even the most minimum recognition of the demand for the Mexican migrant labor."

He called on Mexicans to harness "the real power we have as consumers" to boycott big companies that do business in Mexico and fund Republican candidacies...
He didn't suggest any specific companies, only suggesting an internet search. The second link describes how he met with Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, the National Immigration Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the California Rural Legal Assistance program in May.

But, in 1995 he went even further. In response to a possible presidential run by California governor Pete Wilson, he said:
I'm proposing to introduce an initiative that will facilitate permanent Mexican residents in the United States to become citizens of that country, so their increasing number will translate in a real possibility of more votes against Wilson in the next elections... ...This way if a Mexican by birth acquires U.S. citizenship, that fact would allow him to vote in the United States, without loosing his Mexican nationality... ...anyone who wants to defend the interests of Mexico in whichever country they reside, augment their political power in order to make it within that country's rules...

Felipe Calderon explicitly wants Mexican consuls to meddle in U.S. immigration debate (non-profits) - 12/07/07

The only thing shocking about this is that he'd openly admit it:
[Today, Mexican president Felipe Calderon] asked his diplomatic representatives in the U.S. to participate in the public debate on immigration by appearing at public events, talking more to the media and working with nonprofit groups to promote Mexican immigrants' role in supporting the U.S. economy.

"The key is to neutralize this strategy of confrontation and discrimination that forms part of U.S. society's mistaken perception, and be able to newly focus arguments on the complimentary aspects of our economies," he said [to the consuls].
Several non-profit groups have direct or indirect links to the Mexican government, such as the ACLU, SPLC, AFSC, and MALDEF via membership in a group headed by Peter Schey, someone with a long list of links to that government. He also heads the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, which has been an occasional quote source for the MSM.

Another group is the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, whose president serves on an advisory council to the Mexican president. That group helped organize some of last year's illegal immigration marches, and is in turn linked not just to Rod Blagojevich but also to the Blue America PAC (run by some bloggers).

Another frequent quote source, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, has a direct albeit somewhat minor link to the Mexican government.

New Haven's Junta for Progressive Action is/was collaborating with that government and sued to block immigration raids. Kica Matos, their former president, now works for that city and pushed through their efforts to give ID cards to illegal aliens. And, she's married to Henry Fernandez of the Center for American Progress.

Needless to say, there are many others.

In fact, it's difficult to find a non-profit involved in immigration matters that doesn't have some sort of a link, whether direct or first or second-level indirect. When nonprofit groups are involved in immigration matters in the future, it will be even more difficult to tell whether they're speaking for the Mexican government or not, and it will be even more important to attempt to call them on any links they have. In some cases their public funding should be eliminated, and if it applies they should be requested to register under the DOJ's Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Calderon's instructions came two days after he accused U.S. presidential candidates of "swaggering, macho and anti-Mexican" posturing. He also warned the U.S. Congress not to impose conditions on a $1.4 billion anti-drug aid package.
Mexican diplomats meddling in our internal politics
"Mexico's Defense of Illegal Immigrants"
American Jewish Committee collaborates with Mexican government to support illegal immigration
Mexican consul meddling in Irving Texas (Matricula Consular cards to prevent arrests)
New York Times alludes to Mexican meddling via consulates (Little Rock)
Ramos/Compean trial transcripts; meddling Mexican consuls initiated case?
Nancy Pelosi didn't meet the meddling Mexican congressmen?
Dianne Solis, Alfredo Corchado, Dallas Morning News downplay Mexican meddling
More meddling by Mexican consuls
"Bush Bill Would Aid Mexico's Meddling in U.S."
"Mexico is meddling in US military"

UFCW, Mexico-linked Peter Schey sue DHS over immigration raids (4th Amendment, yeah sure) - 09/14/07

From a UFCW press release (link):
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today, sought court intervention to protect the 4th Amendment rights of all Americans and enjoin the government from illegally arresting and detaining workers including U.S. citizens and legal residents while at their workplace.

The lawsuit - filed in the U.S.

Mexico-linked Peter Schey advises new sanctuary movement, helps prosecute BP agent - 07/09/07

Emily Bazar of USA Today offers "Illegal immigrants find refuge in holy places", all about the "new sanctuary movement" in which churches take in illegal aliens in an example of far-left false compassion. is now the Swift Raid Collaborative (Mexico-linked Peter Schey) - 05/30/07

Peter Schey is an immigration attorney with at least three links to the Mexican government. In addition to heading the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, he also operates, which until recently was called the "Mexico Project". It's since undergone an interesting change.

Jorge Bustamante/United Nations, MacArthur Park riot, CRLA, Peter Schey, NILC, ACLU... - 05/18/07

And Teresa Watanabe too! From her report "Human rights expert examines migrant issues in L.A." comes this:
In the first broad international scrutiny of U.S. treatment of migrants, a United Nations human rights expert [Jorge A. Bustamante, U.N. "special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants"] took testimony about worker abuse, government raids, family separations and other issues as he wrapped up a two-day visit to Los Angeles on Thursday... [it was] undertaken at the invitation of the U.S. government.

"There is concern in the United Nations human rights community about rising anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States," said Bustamante, who will present his report to the world body in the next year.

..."The way the local police physically abused marchers [at the MacArthur Park riot] represents right there a violation of human rights," he said... Bustamante, a University of Notre Dame sociology professor who splits his time between his native Mexico and the United States... ...But Bustamante said he was concerned that the U.S. was not in actual compliance with some of its laws...

...At the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, immigration attorney Peter A. Schey told Bustamante that new migrant protections passed by the Republican-controlled Congress in 2000 still have not been implemented because of bureaucratic delays. Those protections would offer visas for migrant crime victims who cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation.
Watanabe forgot to mention that Schey has at least three links to the Mexican government, including collaborating with them on a project related to those visas.

Bustamante also met with the National Immigration Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union, who took the U.S. to task for detention centers. He also met with Jeffrey Ponting, "an attorney with the California Rural Legal Assistance program", as well as histrionic community activists.

AVWatch: Antonio Villaraigosa, Fabian Nunez at MacArthur Park candlelight vigil? - 05/16/07


According to this [1]:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Speaker Fabian Nunez and radio host El Piolin are billed as participants in a Thursday procession and candlelight vigil for immigration reform at MacArthur Park. They gather at Immanuel Presbyterian Church at Wilshire and Berendo about 5:30 pm and begin walking about 6:40.
However, the page they link to doesn't say anything about those three, only including a flyer listing the organizers:
CARECEN, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA; possible Mexico collaborateurs), COFEM, Garment Worker Center (GWC), Instituto Popular de Educacion del sur de California (IDEPSCA), Koreatown Immigration Worker Association (KIWA), Los Angeles Archdiocese Social Justice Committee, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Multi-ethnic Immigrant Worker Organizing Network (MIWON), Pilipino Worker Center (PWC), SEIU 1877, We Are America Coalition (We Are America Alliance)
UPDATE: From this:
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez are expected to join immigrant-rights protesters Thursday at a rally denouncing police behavior during a May 1 immigration rights rally...

"The LAPD denied our community both a political and physical space to nonviolently claim our rights to legalization for all undocumented immigrants and a fair immigration reform for the country," said the event's organizer, Mexican American Political Association President Nativo Lopez. "Political leaders and organizations throughout the country stand solidly with us."

...[Police Chief William Bratton], who will be at the LAPD's assembly area at Thursday's rally, according to his office, told KPCC-FM on Wednesday that the ranking officer who was in MacArthur Park during the May 1 melee [Deputy Chief Cayler "Lee" Carter Jr.] has decided to retire rather than continue on home duty pending an investigation.
But, wait, it gets even better:
LAPD officials will distribute fliers to people at the staging areas of Thursday's immigration march and rally at MacArthur Park, assuring participants that officers want to work cooperatively with them.

The flier, written in English, Spanish and Korean, reads:

"Procession for Justice

"The Los Angeles Police Department is committed to working in cooperation with the event organizers [ed: as the links show, some of the organizers have questionable links and positions] to protect your right to free speech. We wish to allow you to engage in marches, demonstrations, protests and rallies in the city of Los Angeles to freely express your opinions.

"The goal is to provide you with an atmosphere that is safe and in harmony with your right to free speech. We appreciate your cooperation in assisting us in our ability to ensure that you have a positive experience."

UPDATE: An audio snippet of Alcalde Villaraigosa speaking - all in Spanish - at the rally is in this MP3 file. Whether he said anything at any time in English is not known. He promotes a path to citizenship, lists several religious and ethnic groups saying they're all Americans, and at the beginning and the end says, "we're here and we're not leaving."

And, from this related article:
...A coalition of civic leaders, legal advocates and newspapers is seeking all internal LAPD records involving the clash between police and protestors during May 1 immigration reform rally.

The group is requesting copies of videotapes of the incident, policy documents, the names of officers involved, communications on the use of force at the event, and memos between elected city officials.

Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law says the information will help prevent any cover up.
Schey has at least three links to the Mexican government.

Gil Cedillo's SB 1 would create "Office of Immigrant Affairs" - 03/19/07

California state Senator Gil Cedillo - a Democrat whose actions are usually indistinguishable from those that a paid Mexican agent would engage in - is back with a new scheme: creating an "Office of Immigrant Affairs" with bill SB 1.

He pretends that that Office would help new immigrants get settled in the state, help them apply for citizenship, and so forth.

Watanabe, Gorman on "Unity Blueprint for Immigration Reform" (massive amnesty, questionable links) - 03/17/07

Teresa Watanabe and Anna Gorman of the Los Angeles Times offer "Immigrant advocates gear up". Several pro-illegal immigration groups have crafted a radical plan called the "Unity Blueprint for Immigration Reform". The "reporters" fail to note that one of the leaders behind the effort - Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law - has at least three links to the Mexican government and that one of the other groups involved - CHIRLA - has allegedly collaborated with that government. Others involved include LULAC, Nativo Lopez, and the AFL-CIO.

Please write readers.rep *at* and suggest they include such material facts in future reports. The Project Director of the UCLA Downtown Labor Center ( is also an endorser; let's ask them what they think about that: chancellor *at*

As for the "blueprint", it's even worse than might be imagined. You can see it here:

First of all, one wonders why the guy in the upper right is grimacing, and why he has his hand in that position. Was he holding a flag that they airbrushed out?

Then, we get to their demands. Take a deep breath:
- Entrenching anchor babies. Anyone who had a child here could petition for citizenship; no need to wait until the child is 21.
- Make illegal aliens a protected class under civil rights law.
- Legalize everyone except those who've committed "serious crimes".
- Legalize everyone under TPS status.
- Raise the numbers of visas to match labor needs based on "reliable economic indicators".
- No expansion of "guest" worker plans.
- No more time-based ban on those who've entered illegally or overstayed their visas.
- No U.S. military on the border.
- "Make enforcement of laws to prevent vigilantism a priority and monitor vigilante activity."
- "Make border enforcement solely a federal function."
- "Repeal the Secure Fence Act of 2006 in its entirety."
- "Enact legislation prohibiting mass non-individualized detentions of citizens and immigrants at work sites and elsewhere." (no more raids like the recent show raids)
- "Repeal the recent law that bars States from issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrant drivers."

There's much more, but including all their demands would take up too much space. After reading this, I have to wonder whether they're serious or not, since these demands are extremely radical and could have been written by the Mexican government itself. For all we know, they indeed had input into the process. Even one of the endorsers admits the ideas are extreme:

"Why shouldn't we ask for everything?" said Pablo Alvarado, president of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. "These are our dreams."

And we see them pointing to examples of recent propaganda:

Activists said the blueprint reflected consistent academic research showing that immigration is good for America, that current visa levels are artificially low and that a large underclass of illegal migrants serves no one except unscrupulous employers who exploit them. They acknowledged that many of the provisions would be seen as politically unrealistic but said they expressed their highest hopes for immigration reform.

In addition to Schey and Alvarado, Nativo Lopez of the Mexican American Political Association has some involvement. Their campaign manager is Clarissa Martinez De Castro. And, while I thought they were at least somewhat rational:

The blueprint has won the backing of the AFL-CIO and other major labor unions by rejecting guest workers in favor of more permanent visas for foreign laborers, subject to stronger workplace protections and stricter tests on whether Americans are available for those jobs.

Others signing it are:

* Maria Elena Durazo
Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

* Father Richard Estrada
Our Lady Queen of Angels, Los Angeles

* Antonio Gonzalez
William C. Velasquez Institute

* Dolores Huerta
President, Dolores Huerta Foundation & Co-Founder of the United Farmworkers Union

* Victor Narro
Project Director, UCLA Downtown Labor Center

* Rosa Rosales
National President, League of United Latin American Citizens

* Angelica Salas
Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles

* Angela Sanbrano
Executive Director, Central American Resource Center (Los Angeles) and President of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities

Of interest also is how all these groups are linked together:

The draft blueprint developed at the initial meeting was further considered and improved upon following discussion at the National Latino Leadership Summit on Immigration Policy held in Phoenix on February 3, 2007. That meeting was jointly convened by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the William Velasquez Institute (WCVI), the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA), the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). The summit meeting was attended by approximately fifty organizations from around the country involved in immigration reform work... The draft blueprint was next considered and improved upon following discussion at a meeting of the Border Human Rights Working Group in San Antonio, Texas, on February 12-13, 2007. The Border Human Rights Working Group is a collaborative project of over fifty NGOs, CBOs, legal services providers, and faith-based organizations working along the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Gil Cedillo, Peter Schey, LULAC, MALDEF, more at Migrant March II - 02/05/07

Migrant March II is a caravan driving from San Diego to Brownsville and back in order to push for immigration "reform". Those leading it are Nativo Lopez and Enrique Morones (associated with San Diego's Democratic Party). Also along for the ride is a Mexican official.

Maricopa County sued over anti-smuggling law; Mexico links - 11/22/06

A potential class action lawsuit has been filed by various groups against Maricopa County, Arizona (home of Phoenix) concerning a state law designed to stop human smuggling. Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas have been using that law to arrest and charge illegal aliens with smuggling themselves into the country. Since starting that earlier this year, they've managed 180 convictions (two by jury) out of 360 arrests.

Dorie Turner/AP ignores Teodoro Maus affiliation (Georgia, Perdue) - 09/19/06

Last week, Georgia governor Sonny Perdue said the following:
"It is simply unacceptable for people to sneak into this country illegally on Thursday, obtain a government-issued ID on Friday, head for the welfare office on Monday and cast a vote on Tuesday."
You're probably thinking that few could raise objections with such comments, and you'd be right.

AP ignores Peter Schey Mexican government links (Border Human Rights Working Group) - 08/24/06

An AP story about a recent crash fails to note a key affiliation of one of the groups mentioned. If you've never heard of the CHRCL, you might think they're just an ordinary "human rights" group:
A border rights coalition asked federal officials Wednesday to suspend Border Patrol high-speed chases pending a review of a Yuma-area rollover two weeks ago that resulted in multiple deaths.

The letter from the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law also asked Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and the heads of Customs and Border Protection and the Border Patrol to update Border Patrol hot-pursuit policies.

The letter was sent on behalf of the Border Human Rights Working Group, a coalition of organizations involved in human-rights advocacy in the four states bordering Mexico.

It also sought through a Freedom of Information request copies of all Border Patrol documents concerning the Yuma chase and crash, and policies and training materials concerning high-speed chases...
What the article fails to note is that the CHRCL is headed by Peter Schey, someone who's collaborating with the Mexican government on a website. He's also representing some illegal aliens who were arrested under a new Arizona law, and there is some kind of involvement of the Mexican consul. And, an "opposition research" paper he wrote appears on a Mexican government website.

And, this is at least the second time that the AP has failed to note these connections.

At post time, google shows no results for "Border Human Rights Working Group". (UPDATE: See the info below.)

Please contact the AP at and suggest they start telling their readers the whole truth. Also, here are the sources currently featuring this article and their contact information:

KTVK (contact link at bottom of page)

KVOA (contact link on left sidebar)

KOLD (the only contact form I could find is here; also has their phone numbers)

Daily Star (perhaps their News and Research Services Director: eraines *at*

AZCentral (try and

UPDATE: A copy of the letter that "BHRWG" sent is at this link. However, you'll need to right-click, choose "Save as", and add ".pdf" to the end of the file name since it doesn't have an extension.

The letter reveals who's in the BHRWG:

American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico
American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego
American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona
American Friends Service Committee (San Diego, CA)
American Friends Service Committee (Tucson, AZ)
Binacional Migration Institute (Tucson, AZ)
Border Angels / Gente Unida (San Diego, CA)
Border Action Network (Tucson/Nogales/Douglas)
Border Network for Human Rights (El Paso, TX)
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services (El Paso, TX)
Coalicion de Derechos Humanos (Tucson, AZ)
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
No More Deaths (Tucson, AZ)
South Texas Civil Rights Project (McAllen, TX)
Southern Poverty Law Center (Montgomery, AL)
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Derechos Humanos is working with the Mexican government. So is the CHRCL. So, MALDEF, the ACLU and the SPLC are associated with at least two groups openly working with the Mexican government.

Nathaniel Hoffman, Andrew Becker, Contra Costa Times support illegal immigration - 06/20/06

Nathaniel Hoffman and Andrew Becker of the Contra Costa Times offer separate articles that support illegal immigration.

Hoffman offers "Immigration rights advocates contemplate their next steps". From the headline on down it's completely biased towards supporting illegal immigration and foreign citizens marching in our streets.

Maricopa County Attorney: Mexico trying to block Arizona law - 05/11/06

Andrew Thomas, the Maricopa County Attorney (Phoenix), is trying to prosecute a coyote and 48 illegal aliens.

AP quotes Peter Schey, fails to mention Mexico affiliation - 05/05/06

The AP's "Cost to Remove 12M Illegal Immigrants Huge" is a bit more balanced than we've come to expect from the AP. (The author is Martha Mendoza, and that appears to be the AP-supplied title).

Peter Schey working with Mexican government (Arpaio posse) - 05/04/06

By now you've heard about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's plan to use his posse to round up illegal aliens in the Phoenix area. The Sheriff has already arrested about 120 illegal aliens and charged them with conspiracy to smuggle themselves into the country.

What you probably haven't heard about is the lawyer who's been brought in by Mexico to defend those Arpaio has arrested. In fact, that might have been by design. Consider this intriguing paragraph from Amanda Lee Myers of the AP in "Ariz. Posse to Arrest Illegal Immigrants":
A Los Angeles attorney brought into the case last week by the Mexican Consul General's Office in Phoenix plans to file another motion claiming Maricopa County Attorney officials are violating state and federal law because it's the federal government's job to control illegal immigration.
Isn't it odd not to name the attorney? Aren't most attorney's, you know, publicity hogs?

I had to search through a few articles, but I finally found out who Mister Mysterioso Esq. is, in the Arizona Republic's "Migrants challenge smuggling charges":
On Friday, a Los Angeles attorney brought into the case by the Mexican Consul General's Office in Phoenix will file another motion to dismiss charges claiming Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is violating state and federal law and using the conspiracy charges to control illegal immigration, which is the federal government's job...

"(Thomas) was elected to be a county prosecutor, not the head of the federal Department of Homeland Security," said Peter Schey of the LA-based Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.
Those related links have more on Mr. Schey, whose CHRCL is collaborating with the Mexican government on a site called the "Mexico Project" at He also argued Plyler v. Doe before the Supreme Court. Because of that case, illegal aliens are entitled to receive K-12 education and, of course, that's served as a huge magnet for illegal immigration and greatly helped give the Mexican government a safety valve for their unwanted population.

5/9/06 UPDATE: See this disturbing PDF from the CHRCL: It offers advice on how the Mexican government can fight "vigilante" groups, including doing opposition research.

And, from this:
A prosecutor seeking to convict dozens of illegal immigrants for illegally crossing into Arizona has accused the Mexican government of organizing legal efforts to dismantle a state law targeting immigrant smugglers.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says the Mexican government has arranged for a lawyer to challenge his legal opinion that illegal immigrants suspected of using smugglers to cross into the state can be charged as conspirators.

The lawyer also argues that the state can't regulate immigration.

Thomas has asked the U-S State Department to protest the Mexican government's alleged involvement in the case.

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law collaborating with Mexican government - 12/29/05

The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) is a "non-profit, public interest legal foundation" located at