Ahmed set to replace Khan in TKR line-up

first_imgFawad AhmedThe Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) have recently disclosed that they are turning to Australia’s Fawad Ahmed in order to replace their prized leg spinner Shadab Khan. The Pakistani bowler, who brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the formidable team, will this year be out of the Caribbean Premier League owing to other engagements.As such, the Trinbago franchise has turned to another leg spinner in order to replace Khan’s brilliance. With 196 First Class and 35 T20 wickets, a T20 average of 27 and an economy rate of seven runs per over, Ahmed is set to bring added action to “the biggest party in sport” this August. The bowler has gathered his T20 experience from a number of successful stints in the Australian Big Bash tournament.Speaking on Ahmed’s selection, Director of TKR Venky Mysore stated, “We were hugely disappointed to lose out on Shadab for this year’s tournament, but Fawad is a fantastic replacement. As a bowler who can turn the ball both ways we are sure he will be a fantastic addition to the TKR squad for the 2018 season.”The Trinbago Knight Riders will jump start the 2018 CPL season against the St Lucia Stars on August 8 at the Queen’s Park Oval.last_img read more

Immigration raids kill dreams

first_imgSosa and about 50 other immigrants were gone from the largely Latino Newhall neighborhood, leaving family and friends in fear. In May 2006, Homeland Security began an operation called Return to Sender. Its purpose was to collect undocumented immigrants who have ignored deportation orders, have been convicted of crimes or pose a threat to national security. Nationwide, the operation has netted more than 18,000 individuals. It was established largely to deal with the more than 600,000 immigrants who have ignored orders of deportation, federal immigration officers said. As immigration officers continue to beef up enforcement efforts – like last week’s raid in the Valle del Oro apartment complex in Newhall – many longtime immigrants with families and well-established roots in communities have been picked up. In Los Angeles County, ICE officials detained 1,499 undocumented immigrants – 43 percent of whom had never been issued deportation orders. NEWHALL – Oscar Sosa and his wife Floricenda Barrios had a pretty good life. Sosa worked at the same Castaic restaurant job for 10 years, while Barrios has cleaned houses in Newhall nearly as long. Their two daughters, 9 and 6, do well in school, and just recently the couple had pooled enough money to rent a white grocery truck. They drove their moving convenience store from neighborhood to neighborhood in the Santa Clarita Valley selling mangoes, tomatoes and eggs. With every dollar, they came closer to their piece of the American dream. Then last Friday, when Sosa was leaving to pick up his younger daughter from preschool, he was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The family’s dreams were shattered. Sosa, who has lived in Newhall for 15 years, had started immigration proceedings in 2001. Barrios hastily revealed stacks of receipts showing Sosa had paid $4,500 to lawyer in the quest to legalize his status. “I don’t understand why they have to take the good ones,” Barrios said in a recent interview, her eyes welling up with tears. On Friday, it had been eight days since she had seen her husband. “My daughters, they ask me, `Why did they take my dad,”‘ she said. “`Is it because he doesn’t have good papers like we do?”‘ ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said that while the main goal of Operation Return to Sender is to capture those who have evaded the law and ignored court orders, immigration officers who stumble upon other undocumented individuals will take them into custody, too. “We are a nation of immigrants,” Kice said. “But we are also a nation of laws.” Kice added that while the individuals are held in detention centers, they have access to phones, have the right to an attorney and if they haven’t had one, an immigration hearing. But immigration lawyers and advocates say the recent large-scale sweeps of undocumented people took the wrong people into custody and limit their possibilities for a fair day in court. “If you are targeting individual wrongdoers, that’s fine,” said Paromita Shaw, a spokeswoman for the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. “But when you conduct a sweep in an indiscriminate manner, you definitely pick up people that do not fit the profile and people’s civil rights will inevitably be violated.” Often people who have never had an encounter with the legal system sign voluntary deportation papers out of fear or hopelessness, she said. “Once they are detained, they become depressed and at that point, people choose to leave rather than wait out the immigration process that can last for years. “That’s not justice.” The practice of conducting large-scale immigration sweeps had been reduced since the 1980s because they were ineffective, Shaw said. “This is breaking up families.” Mario, a 22-year-old undocumented resident of the Valle del Oro apartment complex, said he watched from his balcony two weeks ago as his cousin was taken away by immigration officers. “I saw people running into their apartments and officers coming towards them,” Mario said. Mario said neighbors quickly started calling each other to try and determine how many people had been picked up. “We have counted 52 people missing since last week,” he said. With tears in his eyes, Mario said his other roommate had not been back to their apartment since April 29. Mario assumes he was also picked up by immigration officers. “I am so scared in that apartment by myself,” he said. Barrios, who also is undocumented, said her choice to migrate from Guatemala to the United States was not an easy one. The mother of four used to wash clothes for a living. “If I would have stayed, my children wouldn’t have gone to school,” she said. “There is too much poverty there.” She crossed the border with the help of a smuggler – a coyote. She paid him by working in his home. She had no family in her adopted land until she met Sosa. A few years later, they had their first daughter together. Barrios said she’s scared. She is afraid that officers will come for her next. Sometimes she thinks about going back to Guatemala, but doesn’t know how she could care for her daughters. “I don’t know what I am going to do,” she said. “I really don’t know.” Her former husband of 14 years beat her. [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img