‘I don’t label myself as an illegal immigrant’
Silver Spring, Maryland, resident Yves Gomes’s father Robin was deported to Bangladesh early 2009. A few months
later, his mother Cecilia was deported to
India, but he says he is waiting for
President Barrack Obama to act on immigration reforms.
“As a migrant who does not have legal status, I would benefit from a pathway to citizenship, alongside many other immigrant
youth. I came to the United States in 1994
when I was 17 months old. My immediate
family lived here legally for 12 years before
we lost the ability to further appeal our case
in 2006,” Yves, 21, says.
“Since then, I have been living here without legal status and since 2010, with the
help of my lawyer Mrs Cynthia Katz-Groomes, have been able to receive
deferred action from the US government.”
He was scheduled to be deported to India
August 13, 2009, but the reprieve from the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
came three days before the set date.
The authorities looked at his academic
Yves Gomes at a 2009 rally for immigration
achievement. He had taken five advanced
placement classes in his senior year at Paint
Branch High School in Silver Spring,
Maryland graduating with a 3.8 grade-point average. They put on hold his deportation allowing him to continue his college
The Gomes family came on a tourist visa
to visit relatives in Silver Spring and
applied for legal status. Robin worked in a
hotel and Cecilia worked in a community
college while doing her PhD.
Robin’s application for political asylum
was denied in 2006, and the family was
ordered to leave the country. In 2008, the
family was stopped by the police for a faulty
tail-light. Later, immigration agents raided
the house and detained Robin.
Pursuant to their attorney’s request,
Cecilia was allowed to remain in the country to sell the home. She had to wear an
electronic bracelet to monitor her movements. Yves has a younger brother Aaron,
who is a US citizen.
“It is good to see that the President is
placing immigration reform as his top pri-
ority for his new term. His words regarding
reform, echoed the concerns of both
Democrats and Republicans, as he men-
tioned the need for a pathway to legaliza-
tion for the millions of undocumented
(idea emphasized by some Democrats), and
also the need to increase border security
(idea emphasized by Republicans.),” Yves
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office determined February 6 that a San Jose police sergeant was justified in shooting and killing San Jose resident Varun Kumar October 16, 2011.
According to a court statement, Kumar, 32, was intoxicated and tried
to smash a stolen car out of a dragnet. He was shot by Sergeant Sergio
Carabarin only after officers tried boxing his car in with their vehicles in
a crowded apartment complex, used two Tasers, and struck him on the
head with a gun.
All the while, a seemingly impervious Kumar ignored repeated police
commands to surrender and drove his car at high speed, smashing into
police cars and a parking lot support beam, narrowly missing officers.
Fearing for his life and for the others, Carabarin, who had been told by
a dispatcher that the suspect may be armed, fatally shot Kumar. No
weapon was found.
The 25-page District Attorney’s Office report states that Carabarin’s use
of deadly force was in response to an apparent and immediate threat of
great bodily injury or death to himself or officers and civilian bystanders.
His conduct was justifiable in defense of himself and others and no criminal liability was attached to him.
According to the police the incident began just before noon October 16,
2011 when an anonymous caller said the driver of a Ford Taurus was
brandishing a gun at two other men in the parking lot of the Parkside
Terrace apartments in San Jose.
Concerned that the armed suspect would try to flee, officers tried to
block escape routes with their cars. But, the moment they tried to arrest
Kumar he revved his engine and rammed his vehicle into the patrol cars.
As the car careened at high speed back and forth, Carabarin saw the
suspect reach for a center console. Believing that he was reaching for the
reported weapon, the officer fired his weapon, fatally.
An autopsy showed Kumar was extremely high on methampheta-mines. He had a long criminal record of domestic violence, car theft, burglary, reckless driving, drug possession and for evading the police.
Atlanta: Sikh man kills family, self
The funeral of Shivinder Singh Grover, his wife, Damanjit Kaur and sons Sartaj and Gurtej was held at the Wages and Sons
Funeral Home in Stone Mountain, Georgia,
According to the police, Grover, 52, killed his 47-
year-old wife and children aged 12 and 5, before
hanging himself in their apartment in Johns Creek,
Atlanta. The bodies were found February 4 morning.
Around 200 people crowded the rooms of the
funeral home. Grover’s parents traveled from India
to attend the funeral. His brother and sister and
two of Damanjit’s sisters, who live in the US, were
among the mourners.
Classmates of the children from the elementary
school and Damanjit’s friends briefly spoke about