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Thursday, September 30, 2010

New IPC Letterhead
For Immediate Release
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Introduced in the Senate
Menendez-Leahy Bill Another Step Forward
September 30, 2010

Washington D.C. - On Wednesday, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced S.B. 3932, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. The bill takes a broad approach to solving the wide range of problems that plague our broken immigration system. It offers proposals on border, interior, and worksite enforcement, on legalization, and on future flows of immigration. Now the Senate and House both have a vehicle (Congressman Luis Gutierrez previously introduced a CIR bill in the House last December) for generating a serious discussion on immigration reform in the coming weeks. These bills are a direct response to the overwhelming public demand for solutions to our broken immigration system. Both political parties have acknowledged that this broken system is no longer sustainable, and is disrupting America's businesses, families, and long-term economic recovery.
"It is hard to turn ideas into legislation and legislation into good law, but Senators Menendez and Leahy have injected new life into the immigration reform debate," said Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center. "At a time when every social issue we care about bumps up against immigration - healthcare, national security, and the economy - this bill is a step in the right direction. However, attention now turns to the rest of the Senate and House - where there are serious comprehensive proposals which lawmakers can react to and build upon - and the question remains; will they embrace this challenge or kick it down the road once again?"
The Immigration Policy Center has prepared a summary of the The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 which can be accessed at:

Monday, September 27, 2010


Date: Wednesday, September 29th
Time: 4:30-TBD (3-4 hours)
Location: TBD

Details: French/English interpreter needed to interpret for a band at a pub for a music documentary.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

2 English/Spanish simultaneous interpreters needed in Fresno Saturday October 2nd

2 Spanish/English interpreters for an on-air debate for 2 hours.
Date: Saturday, October 2nd
Time: 10am-12pm
Travel will be covered for highly experienced US based interpreters only. 

Interpreters must be very fast typists. 
We need 2 people who can transcribe as the debate is going on.  The debate will be aired in Spanish, but there will be an English feed as well.  We need one person to transcribe in Spanish and one person to transcribe in English.  The debate will last an hour with an hour of prep. The transcriptions will have to be cleaned up after the debate and sent to us. 

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Multilingual Education in Finland

THE AVAILABILITY of education in a language other than Finnish or Swedish has become increasingly available in Finland, especially so in the capital region. Multilingualism is more of a norm than an exception in schools nowadays, with more than 4,000 students from an immigrant background attending school in Helsinki alone.
In the Helsinki region a number of private and public schools offer an entire education in a foreign language for children from an immigrant background or who are residing in Finland temporarily. These languages include English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Estonian and Chinese. The schools can also be attended by Finnish children, but usually include a language test to ensure the children’s capability to follow classes.
On top of this, a number of public Finnish-language schools offer basic education in another language for children from an immigrant background. The largest language groups include Russian, Somali, Estonian, Arabic and Vietnamese. The subjects taught include mathematics and environmental science for example, and do not concentrate exclusively on learning the language.
Even more widely offered is the teaching of a foreign language as a mother tongue. This is provided in schools to support and preserve the knowledge of the students’ own language. All students whose mother tongue is one other than Finnish or Swedish are entitled to study their own language throughout their whole schooling. There are currently more than 40 foreign languages being taught as a mother tongue in Finnish schools.
Read more: Multilingual education 

Monolingualism is for dumb Gringos

A man behind him in line asked loud enough for all of us to hear, “Do you know what it is called when someone speaks three languages? Trilingual. When someone speaks two languages? Bilingual. Do you know what we call someone around here who only knows one language?” The man squirmed and indicated no. “We call that person a dumb Gringo.”
The man got red in the face while the rest of us laughed.
I was thinking of that exchange the other day. Actually, when a person only speaks one language that person is monolingual. The United States is the only major country in the world that politically pushes monolingualism, and I believe the gap in academic achievement between students in other countries and those in the United States can be traced right to this issue.


Friday, September 24, 2010


House Republicans Pledge More of the Same on Immigration
It was a week of broken dreams and empty promises for immigration reform. The failure of the Senate to take up the DREAM Act illustrated once again that good policy isn't enough to make legislation work. And over on the House side, GOP members unveiled their "Pledge to America," a pledge that promises, among other things, more of the same deportation-driven strategies for resolving our immigration crisis. Although the public appears to have an insatiable appetite for talking tough on illegal immigration, if cable shows and Tea Party candidates are your measure of the public taste, catering to the worst of the public's instincts is not a strategy for the long run.Read more...

New Census Data Underscores Growing Entrepreneurial Power of Latinos
New data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau highlights the rapidly growing economic power of Latino-owned businesses in the United States. According to the Bureau's 2007 Survey of Business Owners, there were 2.3 million Latino-owned businesses in the country as of 2007, which generated $345.2 billion in sales and employed 1.9 million people. Moreover, the number of Latino-owned businesses grew by 43.7 percent between 2002 and 2007, which was more than twice the national average. In other words, the Latino community tends to be highly entrepreneurial, and the businesses which Latinos create sustain large numbers of jobs. Read more...

Will the GOP's Failure to Move the DREAM Act Galvanize the Latino Vote?
In a procedural vote Tuesday, Senate Republicans (and two Democrats) voted not to proceed (56-43) to the Defense Authorization bill in a party line vote, preventing the consideration of, among others, the DREAM Act amendment. Hemming and hawing their way through floor speeches, Senate Republicans expressed sympathy for the plight of potential DREAM Act students and offered to "debate the merits of the DREAM Act" in a standalone bill, just not on the Defense authorization bill. This latest vote, coupled with some in the GOP's recent anti-immigrant rhetoric on birthright citizenship and Arizona's immigration enforcement laws, has the potential to not only alienate America's fastest growing voting bloc, but drive them to the polls in November. Read more...

DREAM Act Delayed in the Senate, But DREAMers Continue
Tuesday, the Senate voted 56 to 43 against proceeding to the Defense Authorization Act (S. 3454). This procedural vote, which basically followed party lines, ends consideration of some critical social issues - offered as amendments - that affect the military. Among the amendments not considered were a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the DREAM Act, an immigration bill that would provide legal status to young people who graduate from high school and pursue college or military service. While Democrats blame Republicans for prioritizing procedure over policy and Republicans blame Democrats for trying to shore up the Latino vote before midterms, it's the roughly 800,000 undocumented students who should blame Congress for its inability to legislate. Read more...

Colin Powell, Military Personnel Make Case for the DREAM Act
Over the weekend, former Secretary of State and retired General, Colin Powell, not only called for Republicans to stop driving the anti-immigrant bandwagon, but made an economic case for immigration as well as the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is attached to the Department of Defense (DOD) authorization bill; the Senate votes tomorrow on whether to proceed to debate on the floor with the DOD bill. Meanwhile, as critics of the DREAM Act - which provides legal status to qualifying undocumented youth who have graduated high school and want to attend college or join the military - continue to decry that it is "extraneous" and "has nothing to do" with the military, a host of former military personnel heralded the DREAM Act as a smart way to recruit capable, mission-ready soldiers. Read more...

IPC Resource Pages:
Read about how the DREAM Act could unlock the door to the American dream for thousands of young people each year:

Creating Opportunities for Immigrant Students and Supporting the U.S. Economy

Court Certified Japanese Interpreter needed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, September 28th for a full day. 

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Court Certified Spanish Interpreter needed in Pomona, California on Tuesday, September 28th, from 10am-1 for a deposition. 

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

ATA Online Learning: American Translators Association Webinars

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ATA Webinar Series

Tax Tips for Translators

Presenter: John Matthews
Date:  December 8, 2010
Time: 12 noon Eastern Time
Duration: 60 minutes
CE Point(s):  1
Mary Q. is a fictitious self-employed translator facing many of the issues encountered in a freelance translation business. In this webinar, we will take a look at Mary’s business and taxes. We will examine her translation business, income, and expenses.  Finally, we will prepare a sample tax return for her.
This webinar will cover:
  • What is considered income? 
  • What expenses are deductible? 
  • How do you reduce taxes and maximize income? 
  • How do you stay out of hot water with the IRS, state department of revenue, and city finance office?
About the Presenter
John Matthews is a self-employed freelance translator. He holds an MBA degree and worked for several years preparing income tax returns for clients at H&R Block.  John currently serves as the treasurer for the Mid-America Chapter of ATA (MICATA).
Register Online: ATA Member $35 | Non-Member $50

ATA Online Learning: American Translators Association Webinars

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Getting Started as a Freelance Translator

Presenter:Corinne McKay, CT
Date: November 9, 2010
Time:12 noon Eastern Time
Duration:60 minutes
CE Point(s): 1
Many beginning translators have strong language skills but struggle with the practical aspects of running a freelance business. Participants in this webinar will learn how to lay the groundwork for a successful relationship with agencies and direct clients, and how to avoid common freelance pitfalls.
This webinar will provide practical strategies that can be implemented immediately. The presentation will cover:
  • Writing a translation-targeted résumé and cover letter
  • Finding well-paying clients
  • Identifying specializations
  • Establishing rates and payment terms
About the Presenter
Corinne McKay, CT, is an ATA-certified French into English translator based in Boulder, Colorado. She is the current president of the Colorado Translators Association, chair of the ATA Public Relations Committee, and past administrator of the ATA French Language Division. Since 2005, Corinne has taught the online course "Getting Started as a Freelance Translator," and her book How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator is a widely-cited reference for the translation profession.
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ATA Webinar Calendar

  • January 18, 2011
    The Zen of Translation Environment Tools (TEnTs)
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Translators without Borders was founded in 1993 as an organization of volunteers who  “translate for humanity.” We recently spoke with founder Lori Thicke about some upcoming changes to the organization that promise to increase its ability to serve its non-governmental organization (NGO) partners like Doctors without Borders and Handicap International.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


We have 2 documents totaling 1,000 words to be translated from English into Vietnamese to be delivered by 6pm Los Angeles time. Basic legal marketing materials. 

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bill Clinton: Economy, disasters imperil millions

Bill ClintonAP – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton makes introductory remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative, Tuesday, …
NEW YORK – Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday warned of the growing devastation of the global economic downturn and said the dangers posed by natural disasters around the world had been increased by the effects of climate change.
The former president spoke in New York on the first day of the annual Clinton Global Initiative. The conference brings together leaders from government, business and philanthropy, who make financial commitments aimed at tackling poverty and disease around the world.
Clinton announced new financial commitments to help Haiti recover from the effects of a massive earthquake last January, and to Pakistan, where monsoon rains led to deadly flooding last summer. He also announced a new program to help Louisiana's gulf coast, which is still recovering from the massive oil spill and the effects of Hurricane Katrina five years ago.
Clinton said the gulf region had been hit by "everything but a plague of locusts" and said climate change had made events like hurricanes and flooding more frequent and deadly.

NPR News: 

Op-Ed: DEA Call For Ebonics Experts Smart Move

September 6, 2010
The Drug Enforcement Administration is seeking Ebonics translators to interpret wire-tapped conversations. Critics fear the move by a federal agency could set a precedent. But linguist John McWhorter argues that, while any conversation about Ebonics is charged, the DEA is on the right track.
Now, the Opinion Page.
It seemed routine enough. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, recently sent out a call, soliciting translators in more than 100 languages and dialects. Those translators are needed to help interpret wiretapped conversations for investigations. But one of the languages in the posting took many by surprise. The DEA wants nine Ebonics translators. They would help with investigations across the Southeast.
Fourteen years ago, the school board in Oakland, California, sparked a national debate when it recognized Ebonics as a language. Faced with a backlash, the school board backed down. But the new buzz about the DEA posting is a reminder that the debate isn't over about whether Ebonics is a language, a dialect or simply, as some contend, poorly spoken English. John McWhorter is a linguist and a contributor to The Root and The New Republic. He's also a lecturer at Columbia University. And he says, whatever you call it, black English is complex and indistinct, and the DEA is on the right track.
We've posted a link to his op-ed at Click on TALK OF THE NATION. And we'd like to hear from law enforcement officers in our audience. Does hiring Ebonics translators sound like a good idea for investigations? Give us a call at 800-989-8255. Or you can reach out by email:

Monday, September 20, 2010

NPR's Terri Gross Interviews Eliza Griswold on her book The 10th Parallel

Illustration of Christian and Islam symbols inside human heads
More than half of the world's Muslims live along the 10th Parallel; so do most of the world's Christians. It's a place where ideological -- and geographic -- conflicts often arise.
The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam
By Eliza Griswold
Hardcover, 336 pages
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
List price: $27
Read an Excerpt
August 25, 2010
In the winter of 2003, writer Eliza Griswold traveled to the northern capital of Sudan with Franklin Graham, the evangelical leader and son of Billy Graham, to meet with Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan.
There were several reasons for making the trip. Graham wanted to ask Bashir for the right to preach to Muslims in Khartoum and in northern Sudan. (Bashir denied his request.) Griswold, meanwhile, wanted to see how Christian evangelicals had come to play such a large role in U.S. foreign policy, a topic she was researching for her book The Tenth Parallel, about the collisions between Islam and Christianity in certain parts of the world.
She says that when someone like Graham travels to Sudan to meet with an official, he is seen as representative of what all Americans believe."That is one of the more dangerous realities of how conservative evangelicals abroad can shape the perception of the West," she says. "This is especially sensitive in the Muslim world. ... [And then we see] this kind of defensive posturing of Islam — that Islam is under threat by the West. Unfortunately, a handful of evangelicals can misrepresent what the West is about and make Muslims feel very much under threat."

New IPC Letterhead
For Immediate Release
The DREAM Act: 
Creating Economic Opportunities

September 20, 2010

Washington, D.C. - As the bipartisan call for passing the DREAM Act gets louder - from military, education, faith, and Republican leaders alike - some may overlook the economic benefits of granting legal status to eligible undocumented youth who want to attend college or join the military. There are currently 2.1 million undocumented youths living in the U.S. who, without the DREAM Act, are unlikely to go to college and cannot work legally in the U.S. The DREAM Act, however, would provide an opportunity for them to live up to their full potential as future doctors, nurses, teachers, and entrepreneurs and make greater contributions to the U.S. economy and society. 
  • The DREAM Act would give beneficiaries the opportunity to increase their standard of living - and their tax contributions: If legalized, DREAM Act beneficiaries would have access to greater educational opportunities and better jobs, which in turn means more taxable income. According to a study from Arizona State University, an individual with a bachelor's degree earns approximately $750,000 more over the course of his/her lifetime than an individual with only a high-school diploma.
  • The DREAM Act would save taxpayers money: A RAND study from 1999 shows that raising the college graduation rate of Hispanics to that of non-Hispanic whites would increase spending on public education by 10 percent nationwide, but the costs would be more than offset by savings in public health and benefits, as well as by increased tax revenues resulting from higher incomes. 
  • The DREAM Act keeps talented students in the United States: Letting the talent of DREAM Act students go to waste "imposes economic and emotional costs on undocumented students and on U.S. society as a whole." The DREAM Act would stop brain drain by allowing our most talented students to remain in the country.
While some in Congress continue to play politics with the DREAM Act, America and its taxpayers continue to lose. Without the DREAM Act, the United States is missing out on talented workers and entrepreneurs, and is losing vital tax revenues and other economic contributions. 
To read IPC's Fact Check, see:
For more information on the DREAM Act see: