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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) and linebacker Kevin Minter (51) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 7 Comments   Share   Trading for New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson has drawn a mixed reaction.Some think it’s a bad move because the longtime Minnesota Vikings RB has his best days behind him. Others think it’s a great move with hope he can get back to his All-Pro days. And others say, what’s the harm?Fox Sports football analyst Mark Schlereth didn’t hold back his negative outlook on the Arizona Cardinals’ recent acquisition when joining Bickley and Marotta on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station Thursday. The Cardinals rank last in the NFL in rushing with 259 yards on 100 carries — just 51.8 yards per game. Eighteen players in the league have more yardage on the ground than Arizona does as a team.Arizona has been struggling to move the ball in the run game since All-Pro running back David Johnson went down with a wrist injury in Week 1.The offensive line has also struggled to stay healthy or perform. Nine different players have started on the offensive line through the season’s first five weeks, and the group has also allowed quarterback Carson Palmer to be sacked 19 times, tied for second-most in the league behind the Houston Texans (20).Only time will tell, but a look at the numbers at least suggests Peterson’s arrival will benefit the Cardinals. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “You guys trying to win the 2009 NFC Championship? Is that what we’re going after? If that’s the case, then you guys are golden out there,” Schlereth said. “I think there were a lot of teams that kicked the tires on Adrian Peterson. They watched the film, they saw no explosion. I think there are a couple of things that you have to look at. I think I always look at the fit of a guy and I look at who you’re replacing in (David) Johnson and that guy may be the second-best receiver and route runner you have on your team.”The Cardinals acquired Peterson from the Saints on Tuesday, giving up a conditional 2018 sixth-round pick, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.Peterson has had a long and successful career, rushing for almost 12,000 yards and 97 touchdowns. Now in his 12th year in the NFL, Peterson has averaged 4.8 yards per carry over that span.There’s no questioning his past running ability. The questions come about his age and what else he can bring to a team.“Adrian Peterson, one, has never been a blitz pickup guy. He just has never been interested in doing it and he’s horrible at it,” Schlereth said. “He can’t catch the football. I don’t know what he has left in the tank, but just from a pure fit standpoint, I think the fit’s bad. And then obviously the offensive line there in Arizona is one of the worst rated offensive lines in football, so I mean you got an old back, what is he 32 years old? You got very little tread left on the tires in a system that doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense to me. Good luck.”center_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Mark Schlereth, NFL analyst last_img read more

Californias Central Valley Needs More Immigration Lawyers

first_imgShare273TweetShare3Email276 Shares“Mural: Cops and immigrants.” Credit: Franco FoliniMay 30, 2017; KQEDPresident Trump’s rhetoric has immigration lawyers in California struggling to keep up with rising client demand, as its significant immigrant population seeks to establish or strengthen legal status in the U.S. Its Central Valley, an agricultural region with many immigrant farm workers, is particularly hit hard because it has a “tiny number of immigration attorneys.”KQED, in a recent article, quoted Justin Sweeney, an immigration lawyer in downtown Fresno, who has seen a 400 percent increase in clients over the same period last year. “I used to do an appointment every hour, but now because there’s so many people coming in we do an appointment every half-hour,” he said.OneJustice is a California-based nonprofit that maps immigration services in the state in an effort to expand legal services. It has found that even though there are more than 400 nonprofit immigration providers in California, only 28 of them are in the Central Valley. The American Immigration Lawyers Association has about 500 members in San Francisco and Oakland, but barely 40 in Central Valley.There are close to 300,000 legal immigrants eligible for citizenship in the Central Valley, and about the same number of undocumented immigrants. According to Allison Davenport, a staff attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, which provides presentations on immigration law basics to immigrants in rural areas, “nonprofit groups like hers are trying to fill the gap for those who can’t afford private lawyers. But they are overwhelmed too.”Geography plays a role. The nearest immigration courts for the Central Valley are in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which means that clients may incur travel expenses and the time for the attorney to travel, which adds to the cost. Cost itself is a challenge for the farmworker client “with little cash to spare.”The dearth of immigration lawyers and the lack of money for legal representation create a third problem. Davenport said, “A lot of attorneys in the area, a lot of their caseload is cleaning up the mess created by fraudulent providers.” Immigration consultants, called notarios in Spanish, are barred from giving legal advice in California, but in Mexico notarios are licensed to practice law. Immigrants sometimes resort to notarios as they try to navigate the complexities of immigration law. U.S. immigration laws are complex, and some notarios are incompetent while others are outright swindlers.Immigrants are jumping at the opportunity to get advice from nonprofits like the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Funding for immigrant legal support has increased recently and this has allowed nonprofits in California’s Central Valley to expand their services. Much more needs to be done, however, to make sure immigrants get the legal help they need.—Cyndi SuarezShare273TweetShare3Email276 Shareslast_img read more