Posts tagged Immigration
Posts tagged Immigration
"They’ve put my kids’ pictures on hate sites. Not even the Mafia does that."
Rep. Steve King got more than he bargained for when he embedded a liberal group’s YouTube video of the congressman’s remarks into a fundraising email. American Bridge decided to have some fun with the Iowa Republican, adding some text to their video after they learned King was using it for fundraising.
Effective Tuesday, the Associated Press dropped the use of “illegal immigrant” in its reporting. An excerpt of the new guideline is quoted above.
I just want to put this in bold: "Use ‘illegal’ only to refer to an action, not a person"
In the now-widespread video of Mitt Romney slamming 47% of Americans at a Boca Raton fundraiser, he also voices one wish: That his dad was Mexican, instead of white. Seriously.
Romney says, chuckling: “Had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this… I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”
Hilarious! Not only did he strap 47% of Americans to the metaphorical roof, he wants to be Latino — because people only voted for Obama because he’s black, amirite? Goddamn that affirmative action. </sarcasm>
Which brings me to the screen shot above. In an effort to pander to Latinos, he’s released several videos in Spanish to say, essentially, I give enough shits about you to have a campaign ad produced saying so.
Well, maybe Mitt’s web people could give enough shits to actually complete the description. It currently reads: “La campaña de Obama recientemente lanzó un video asegurando que” which, correct me if I’m wrong here, translates to: “The Obama campaign released a video recently assuring that”
Tsk-tsk. Sloppy. Especially when you click through to YouTube and discover the full description. It’s a 30 second copy-paste job to put it on the site. Romney can pander to Hispanic and Latino voters all he wants, but with appearances like these tonight on Univision (no specific policy statements, and only hinting he’d continue the DREAM Act put in place by Obama via executive memo), and careless web work that seems to be emblematic of his floundering campaign, I wish him the best of luck.
America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry sums up Romney’s problems with Latino voters well with this message to Mittens:
"If you got your wish and were born of Mexican grandparents, we wonder if you would still view Arizona’s immigration approach as a ‘model' for the nation? Would you be for a law that would likely cause you and your loved ones to be stopped because of the color of your skin or the ethnicity of your family? Somehow you don't sound like the kind of guy who can relate to how unfair and unnerving it is to live in a state that sanctions discrimination based on where you are from and what you look like. In fact, your absolute lack of empathy for those trying to build a better life for their families is appalling. Really, is it any wonder you are polling so poorly with Latino voters?”
Go sit in a corner and think about how many Latino voters are in that 47% you denigrated, Mitt. Then get back to us.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) made a point about the potential for racial profiling in Arizona’s anti-immigration law on Wednesday by challenging members of the House to look at a series of photographs and determine which of the people were immigrants and which were citizens.
In a 5-4 ruling earlier this week, the the Supreme Court found that three out of four provisions of the Arizona law were unconstitutional because they were preempted federal laws. The court upheld that police could be required to inquire about immigration status when they stop suspects, but it left open the possibility of future challenges once that portion of the law was finally implemented.
"In Arizona today, all that stands between you and a legal nightmare is whether a police officer feels that there is a reasonable suspicion to inquire about your country of origin," Gutierrez explained. "Yet, Arizona politicians will tell you — with a straight face, no less — that they can apply this law without racial profiling, without assuming that someone named Gutierrez isn’t less likely to be in this country legally than someone named Smith. That’s an amazing skill!"
"I’m sure Justin helped Gomez learn all about American customs and feel more at home in her adopted country," the congressman said. "Oh, wait a minute. I’m sorry. Because I’m not a trained Arizona official, I somehow got that backwards. Actually, Ms. Gomez of Texas has helped Mr. Bieber of Canada learn about his adopted country. Justin, when you perform in Phoenix, remember to bring your papers," Gutierrez warned.
Indeed. Paging Joe Arpaio…
Drew Sheneman (06/21/2012)
I assure you, he’s totally serious.
Just awesomeness from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in response to whether or not Democrats in the U.S. Senate will force another vote on the DREAM Act to make Republicans “go on the record” about immigration. Here’s why it’s a clown question: The GOP has filibustered it twice already.
I think they’re on the record regarding immigration and the DREAM Act.
In Joe Arpaio’s Arizona, a six-year-old child falls under his jurisdiction as a criminal, instead of a minor in need of care from Child Protective Services:
Maricopa County Sheriff Office deputies arrested a 6-year-old suspected illegal immigrant Friday, the day President Barack Obama softened the country’s deportation policy toward young illegal immigrants.
The girl was with 15 other people believed to be in the country illegally who were traveling to the Midwest and northeast United States, said Chris Hegstrom, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office…
The whereabouts of the girl’s parents or other caretakers is unknown. All of the people traveling with her claimed to know nothing about the girl.
"Where was she going? What are they going to do with her? We’re trying to get to the bottom of this right now," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.
All of the other suspected illegal immigrants, who claimed to be from Mexico, were booked into jail.
"We enforce the human-smuggling laws here," Arpaio said. "Every chance I can get to take action on my own without turning them over to ICE, I do. Especially with the new policy the president has."
I fear any action that Arpaio takes “on his own” — keep in mind, he’s the target of a Department of Justice lawsuit over abuses towards inmates and residents of Arizona, particularly those with brown skin. And it sounds like he arrested this six-year-old girl out of spite over Obama’s new policy towards young undocumented immigrants.
For Sheriff Joe:
Well, Arizona, all your crimes are now solved, thanks to Sheriff Joe.
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En memoria de Erica y Miriam Delgado. Su historia no debe ser silenciada.
Pre-1965, we had quotas that virtually eliminated immigration of anyone other than white immigrants. Is that what she meant? Or does she simply not understand history? Either way, she’s advocating for racist, ethnocentrist policies repealed by Congress nearly 50 years ago.
Mark down July 8th as a day history was made in Arizona.
In a swift affirmation of Arizona’s fast growing and powerful new political movement, Secretary of State Ken Bennett notified Gov. Jan Brewer that the once seemingly invincible architect of the state’s controversial SB 1070 “papers please” immigration law has officially been recalled. Bennett confirmed that the recall petitions delivered by the Citizens for a Better Arizona “exceeds the minimum signatures required by the Arizona Constitution.”
"Let’s make no mistake about it," said Randy Parraz, co-founder of the Citizens for a Better Arizona. "Russell Pearce has been recalled." According to Bennett’s statement, Pearce has two options: Resign from office within five business days, or become a candidate in the recall election. Either way, Pearce becomes the first state senate president in recent memory to be recalled in the nation.
Parraz credited a “dramatic shift” over the past six months due to Pearce’s often extremist leadership in state senate. “We had people pouring into the office,” Parraz said, citing the role of Republicans, Democrats and Independents in the door-to-door canvassing initiative, “and they told us: Russell Pearce is too extreme for our district and state.”
Beyond his self-proclaimed key role in the state’s notorious SB 1070 law, Pearce oversaw a near circus-level of extremist and reckless legislation in the Arizona senate this past spring, including draconian cuts in education and health care. Mired in various scandals, Pearce infamously accused President Obama of “waging jihad” on America. And last month Fox News Phoenix explored his widely denounced connections to neo-Nazi hate groups. In a recent interview with FOX News, Pearce dismissed the recall effort as the work of “far left anarchists.” In truth, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed that an additional one third more than the necessary signatures had been properly collected and verified.
Fuck yes, Arizona. ¡Sí, Se Puede!
Sam Brooke of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project talked to Justin Elliott about why the Alabama law, which takes effect in September, is the worst state measure to date:
"The twist is a provision in the Alabama law that requires schools to determine and verify immigration status of any student who is enrolling and any parent of students who are enrolling. The bill’s backers are saying that this is constitutional because they are not turning people away from schools. The schools are not supposed to turn people away, but they are required to collect this data and to report it to the Legislature. This is clearly in violation of existing Supreme Court precedent, because it will in fact have a chilling effect on immigrant children enrolling in school.
And that’s not all…
"There’s also a prohibition on renting in the law. It is a crime for a landlord to rent an apartment if they knew or should have known that the tenant is undocumented. Also under the law, if a person enters into a contract with someone who they know to be an undocumented immigrant, that contract is unenforceable in the state courts.”
This is depraved. Given Alabama’s stellar history on civil rights, I see this going very, very wrong in a hurry.
Find out more: http://immigrantsforsale.org
En Español: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pIy06BN4hk
Immigrants are for sale in this country. Sold to private prison corporations who are locking them up for obscene profits!
Here are the top 3 things YOU need to know about the Private Prison money scheme:
The victims: Private prisons don’t care about who they lock up. At a rate of $200 per immigrant a night at their prisons, this is a money making scheme that destroys families and lives.
The players: CCA (Corrections Corporation of America), The Geo Group and Management and Training corporations—combined these private prisons currently profit more than $5 billion a year.
The money: These private prisons have spent over $20 million lobbying state legislators to make sure they get state anti-immigrant laws approved and ensure access to more immigrant inmates.
Be a part of the movement to follow the players, the money and the victims of this money making scheme @ immigrantsforsale.org
Immigrants for sale, though they paid $11.2 billion in taxes last year. GE (General Electric) paid zero. CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) has several major shareholders, including General Electric. Private corporations exploit undocumented workers for even more profit. Again, who’s gaming the system?
According to the Home Office, the department in charge of internal security in the UK, an immigration officer decided to get rid of his wife by placing her on a “no-fly” list.
The Daily Mirror reported that the officer’s wife traveled to Pakistan to visit relatives, but when she arrived at the airport to come home to Britain, she was told she could not board the plane and officials would not reveal why.
The woman ended up stranded in Pakistan for three years as a result, the Daily Mail reported. “She obviously thought her husband, being an immigration officer, would be able to find out what was going on,” a source inside the immigration office told the Mirror. “Little did she know it was him who had put her on the list. By all accounts he then had the time of his life.”
What’s more, Home Office officials didn’t discover the fraudulent listing until the immigration agent, whom the British government didn’t name, was put up for promotion and a review of his work uncovered his wife’s name on a no-fly list.
Now that is serious abuse of authority. What an asshat, and further, isn’t a divorce cheaper in the long run?
Last week, the Census Bureau provided the first peek at the results from the 2010 census.
The federal government uses these population counts to distribute federal dollars to the states. According to Andrew Reamer at the Brookings Institution, in 2008 the federal government distributed $866.5 billion in funds to the states based on the census population counts. Your state gets its share of the federal pie based on the number of people that are counted by the census. If there were $866.5 billion in funds to disperse in 2010, each person would be worth $2,807 in federal money to your state.
Note that I say “people” not “citizens.” This is where Arizona may have lost as much as three-quarters of a billion dollars annually in federal funding. The Arizona state government could have easily put this money to good use, as according to the New York Times, the state faced a $2.6 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2011.
I come to this conclusion by comparing what the Census Bureau expected Arizona’s population to be and what it really was — or at least who was counted. Throughout the decade, the Census Bureau demographers estimate each state’s population.
So, the Census Bureau demographers projected Arizona’s population to be 6,668,079 but the actual number was 6,392,017 or 276,062 fewer people than what the Census Bureau expected to find. This was the largest shortfall of any state in absolute numbers.
So why was the Census Bureau wrong? Or were they wrong? It is not unreasonable to surmise one of two things were contributing factors: Either Arizona’s undocumented population did not want to stick around in the state or they did not think it was wise to fill out a government form — even if their confidentiality is strictly guarded by the U.S. Census Bureau. If the shortfall was due to the latter, then at $2,708 a person, Arizona lost out on $775 million in federal grants per year.
Karma is a bitch, eh? Your whole “Papers, please” thing, Jan Brewer, just might have cost your state big. Really big.