Any full-blooded Americans around here?

I didn’t think so.

Read it and weep

By the way, didn’t we eradicate the full-blooded ‘Americans’ we met when we got here…?

…oh, and F@ck You, Kathleen Parker.

Published in: on May 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm  Comments (1)  

No human being is illegal

Whenever we discuss the immigration debate, it is important to emphasize that no human being is illegal. This descriptor for a person does not appear in immigration law or, for that matter, in any constitutional documents. The use of this term serves to dehumanize and objectify our fellow human beings. As long as we can cast the other in such language, we need not consider their histories or their dreams, their cultures or their contributions.

Published in: on January 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm  Comments (2)  

Four lives, two worlds

Mexicans left to make a better life; villagers mourn their final return

Sixteen-hundred miles from their Mexican home, the four illegal immigrants toiled as brick masons in Greater Cincinnati so their families could survive the poverty of this village.

Like thousands of men before them, they left this dusty place in vans packed shoulder-to-shoulder in a desperate run from poverty to prosperity.

But these four came back in coffins, the victims of unsolved, brutal murders.

Published in: on January 27, 2008 at 2:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Job seekers must obtain Homeland Security approval

US citizens and other residents will require prior approval from Department of Homeland Security to get a job, under new immigration guidelines introduced by the Cabinet and sanctioned by President George W. Bush.

Published in: on August 12, 2007 at 2:50 pm  Comments (2)  

Immigration issue might push Southwest to Democrats

Democrats have been predicting a takeover of the Southwest for a decade. And they’ve made some gains. Now, with the Republican-led defeat of the comprehensive immigration plan, they might get what they’ve long wanted.

Published in: on July 6, 2007 at 9:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Border barrier accidentally crosses border

The 1.5-mile barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border was designed to keep cars from illegally crossing into the United States. There’s just one problem: It was accidentally built on Mexican soil.

Embarrassed border officials say the mistake could cost the federal government more than $3 million to fix.

Published in: on June 30, 2007 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bush May Be Out of Chances For a Lasting Domestic Victory

He looked uncharacteristically dejected as he approached the lectern, fiddling with papers as he talked and avoiding the sort of winking eye contact he often makes with reporters. And then President Bush did something he almost never does: He admitted defeat.

Published in: on June 29, 2007 at 8:07 am  Leave a Comment  

FBI Investigates Alleged White Supremacist Death Threats From Former Washington Times Writer

By Bruce WilsonHis Friend, The WA Times Editor’s Wife, Compared Immigrants To “Filthy Orc Hordes”

Published in: on June 23, 2007 at 12:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Bait and Switch

The SPLC vs. Lou Dobbs

Errors and extremist sources on Lou Dobbs Tonight

Published in: on June 23, 2007 at 12:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Mind Games: Points of Entry

A game based on immigration legislation recently considered by Congress

Published in: on June 22, 2007 at 10:34 am  Comments (1)  

Immigrants don’t destroy our national identity, they renew it.

The next Americans

By Tomás R. Jiménez, assistant professor of sociology and a visiting research fellow at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego.

Published in: on May 27, 2007 at 10:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Immigrants and Politics

May 25, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

A piece of advice for progressives trying to figure out where they stand on immigration reform: it’s the political economy, stupid. Analyzing the direct economic gains and losses from proposed reform isn’t enough. You also have to think about how the reform would affect the future political environment. (more…)

Published in: on May 24, 2007 at 10:58 pm  Comments (25)  

A Photo-Op for Bigotry

My Dear Mr. Dobbs:

Please allow me to begin by saying that I have the utmost respect for you, and think that you’re a highly intelligent, and knowledgeable fellow. Any self-made individual holds a special place in my heart, particularly one who attended a prestigious, and demanding school like Harvard.

Having said that, I must express my dismay, and disappointment, at your failure to acknowledge, and take responsibility for, some dubious numbers that you used (more…)

Published in: on May 15, 2007 at 1:38 pm  Comments (1)  

Tell Lou Dobbs To Get His Facts Straight

As a member of SPLC, I received the following letter. I am sharing it in it’s entirety. Please take action with me!

Southern Poverty Law Center May 15, 2007

Dear Jennifer,

The increasingly nasty immigration debate, driven by demagogic politicians and right-wing pundits, is stoking the fires of racist extremism — spawning a new breed of well-armed vigilantes and fueling a dramatic growth in hate groups.

Center Urges CNN to Retract False Reporting

Immigration: Getting the Facts Straight

Contact CNN

Unfortunately, mainstream journalists like CNN’s Lou Dobbs are playing a major role in fomenting anti-immigrant hysteria.

Despite being confronted with undisputed evidence to the contrary, Mr. Dobbs says he stands “100 percent behind” the claim that there have been 7,000 new cases of leprosy in the U.S. in recent years. What’s more, he has attributed part of the increase to “unscreened illegal immigrants.”

The truth, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is that new leprosy cases peaked in 1985 at 361 and have declined since, even as the number of undocumented immigrants has increased. The source for Dobbs’ outrageous leprosy claim is an anti-immigration zealot who once publicly stated that “most” Latino immigrant men “molest girls under 12, although some specialize in boys, and some in nuns.” (more…)

Published in: on May 15, 2007 at 1:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lou Dobbs Goes Postal On Pastor

Watch the video

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 1:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Helping Immigrants, and a Town, Move Ahead

May 10, 2007
Our Towns
By PETER APPLEBOME

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.

The story has the makings of a suburban film noir: a homeless Guatemalan immigrant found unconscious and near death on a lonely stretch of wooded road; his death a few hours later was ruled a homicide and police officers were under investigation.
(more…)

Published in: on May 9, 2007 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

LA Mayor Condemns Rally Violence

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa condemned the Police Department’s use of force against demonstrators and reporters at an immigration rally, saying he was “deeply, personally troubled” by the clash.

“… We don’t need a long and lengthy investigation to stand up and speak to the truth. What happened on May 1st was wrong, was wrong,” he said.

Police struck reporters and demonstrators with batons and fired more than 240 rubber bullets into a crowd that included children at the end of an immigration rights rally. Officers say they responded after being pelted by rocks and bottles.

Published in: on May 5, 2007 at 12:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

May Day 2007: Hundreds of Thousands March for Immigrant Rights

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants took to the streets on Tuesday in protests in dozens of cities across the country. Calls focused on demanding a path to citizenship for undocumented workers, ending immigrant raids and deportations and rejecting anti-immigrant legislation. Democracy Now speaks with organizers of the day’s two largest protests: Los Angeles and Chicago.

Hundreds of Students Walk Out of Classrooms to Support Immigrant Rights

Students once again played a key role in the May Day protests. In Los Angeles, city officials reported around six hundred students walked out of class to join the march for immigrant rights. Meanwhile in Detroit, dozens of students were arrested for taking part in a walkout that also protested the planned closure of dozens of schools. DN speaks with two student organizers.

A Look at the Forces Behind the Anti-Immigrant Movement

DN takes a look at the forces behind the anti-immigrant movement with journalist Max Blumenthal of The Nation. Blumenthal says the ideas for the movement “did not come from a vacuum and they’re not necessarily a rational response to a crisis. They come from the white nationalist movement, a movement that seeks to maintain what they consider the white character of then United States.”

Published in: on May 2, 2007 at 1:59 pm  Comments (1)  

Police Clash With Immigration Marchers In LA

Video here.
Probe Promised

Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas Into Peaceful LA Immigration March

Published in: on May 2, 2007 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

May Day

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Immigration reform supporters march in downtown Los Angeles. Hundreds of thousands of activists rallied across the United States on Tuesday, demanding an overhaul of immigration laws and greater rights for the country’s estimated 12 million illegal workers.(AFP/Robyn Beck)

Published in: on May 1, 2007 at 10:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Pirates of Homeland Security

The Ordeal of Suzi Hazahza

Published in: on April 1, 2007 at 11:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Which Babies Are Real Americans?

Anti-immigration hysteria and anti-choice propaganda come together in a neat and terrifying package.

Published in: on February 24, 2007 at 5:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cop shooting drives Republican to threaten Bush with impeachment

If the unfortunate task of keeping tabs on the Right-wing Outrage Chamber isn’t part of your routine, you may not be familiar with the story of Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean; they’ve become the latest great causes célèbres among wingnuts everywhere.

Published in: on February 9, 2007 at 6:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Who Would Jesus Deport?

A grassroots movement is forming in which anti-immigrant rhetoric dovetails with the odes to God and country that have long constituted conservative evangelical boilerplate.

Published in: on February 9, 2007 at 6:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Illegal Immigrants Killed in Arizona

Gunmen stopped a pickup truck full of illegal immigrants, shot some and took the rest captive Thursday in an attack that left at least three people dead and two wounded, authorities said.

A body lay in the bed of a pickup in the desert Thursday near Tucson.

Published in: on February 9, 2007 at 1:38 am  Leave a Comment  

The KKK Finds a New Cause

The Ku Klux Klan is using illegal immigration as a recruiting tool — and it’s working.
CNN video

Published in: on February 7, 2007 at 2:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Maybe You Should Learn English Yourself First?

ENEORCE?

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Val Ammer at a rally for The Coalition to End Taxpayer Subsidies for Illegal Aliens in Oklahoma City. Legislation filed in the 2007 Legislature that convenes Monday would crack down on immigrants who make their homes in Oklahoma illegally and restrict the use of state resources on the undocumented, including elimination of a program that allows children brought to the state illegally by their immigrant families to pay in-state tuition at Oklahoma colleges and universities. (AP Photo/Ty Russell/File)

Agency needs $3M to plug border tunnels

Published in: on February 1, 2007 at 12:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Immigrants Mistreated, Report Says

U.S. authorities mistreated suspected illegal immigrants at five prisons and jails nationwide, violating federal standards meant to ensure safe and humane custody, according to a government report released yesterday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and contractors denied timely medical treatment to some of the immigrants, failed to disclose and justify disciplinary actions against them, and improperly limited access to relatives, lawyers and immigration authorities, according to the Department of Homeland Security inspector general.

Published in: on January 18, 2007 at 12:26 am  Leave a Comment  

We Can’t Make It Here Anymore

by James McMurtry

video

There’s a Vietnam Vet with a cardboard sign
Sitting there by the left turn line
Flag on his wheelchair flapping in the breeze
One leg missing and both hands free
No one’s paying much mind to him (more…)

Published in: on January 15, 2007 at 12:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Talk radio wingnut targets Congress members for Assassination

Racist/white supremacist whackjob Hal Turner said:

“ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO INTRODUCES, CO-SPONSORS OR VOTES IN FAVOR OF ANY SUCH AMNESTY WILL BE DECLARED A DOMESTIC ENEMY AND WILL BE CONSIDERED A LEGITIMATE TARGET FOR ASSASSINATION”

Here’s the ignorant hatewad’s blog while his regular site is down. (Not that you’d want to give the lunatic any traffic.) (Tempted as I am to not give this idiot any attention at all, I don’t know that ignoring this scum makes it go away. I think it is the kind of organism that grows in the dark…)

Hat tip to Billy

Published in: on January 4, 2007 at 2:33 am  Comments (2)  

Save Judeo-Christian values

Virgil Goode: Immigration leaves USA vulnerable to Muslim extremists’ infiltration.

USA Today editorial: Ugly voices tarnish debut of Congress’ first Muslim
Swearing-in of Minnesota’s Ellison is chance to win hearts and minds.

Published in: on January 2, 2007 at 1:04 pm  Comments (1)  

Katrina Begets a Baby Boom by Immigrants

First came the storm. Then came the workers. Now comes the baby boom.

Published in: on December 12, 2006 at 12:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Immigrant soldiers serving in US military

Almost 70,000 foreign-born serve in U.S. armed forces, roughly 5 percent of total

Published in: on November 30, 2006 at 12:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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