Archive for February 11th, 2008

Chicago Sun-Times

The biggest shocker of Super Tuesday was not that New York Sen. Hillary Clinton won Massachusetts.

That loss by Sen. Barack Obama just proves celebrity endorsements are overrated. Despite having the support of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Caroline Kennedy — not to mention Kennedy cousin Maria Shriver — Massachusetts voters still chose Clinton.

No, the upset was that Obama lost 2-1 among Latinos on the West Coast. Because California has a large Mexican-American population, as does Illinois, you would have expected Obama, a phenomenal field organizer, to have done a lot better than that.

That brings me to a sensitive topic: What role, if any, did racism play in the outcome of the Latino vote?

We may not talk publicly about the existing tensions, but it wasn’t that long ago that then-Mexican President Vicente Fox outraged black Americans by saying: “Mexicans are doing the jobs that not even blacks want to do.”

And in 2003, a survey conducted in Durham, N.C., examined the attitudes of Mexican immigrants toward African Americans. It wasn’t pretty.

A third of those surveyed said they believed African Americans were troublesome, and a majority of Mexican immigrants said they believed black Americans were “lazy liars.”

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Racist Mexican Culture And The Memin Comic Book Character


Readers of “Memín Pinguín” were taught proper social etiquette by
learning to read the Spanish language and by understanding that
everything Memín Pinguín was, they should aspire not to be.

Seeing Black

The “Memín Pinguín” stamps, featuring a Sambo-like man with exaggerated lips and eyes, were printed recently as part of a postal series meant to pay tribute to the history of Mexican comic books. Memín Pinguín comic strips first appeared in 1947 and became so popular in the country that they were later exported throughout Latin America, to Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands, and to the Philippines.

African Americans?who were already upset with the quip by Mexico’s President Vincente Fox that Mexicans who migrate to the U.S. do jobs that “not even Blacks” will do?have led the outcry in objecting to the stamps. But the Associated Press noted in a July 2 interview with Fox that he has “refused to back down” from criticism from Rainbow/PUSH, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, the National Urban League and even the White House.

In the 1930s, comics formed part of a literacy promotion effort in Mexico. With a general public that consisted of indigenous Mexicans, African descendants, Asians and Europeans (mostly from Spain), the government initiated a campaign to advance Spanish as Mexico’s official language. “At the same time, they propagated and institutionalized an ideology that promoted a white esthetic.”

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Anti-Black Sentiment In Mexican Politics

LA Times

Anti-black sentiment also manifests itself in Mexican politics. During the 2001 elections, for instance, Lazaro Cardenas, a candidate for governor of the state of Michoacan, is believed to have lost substantial support among voters for having an Afro Cuban wife. Even though Cardenas had great name recognition (as the grandson of Mexico’s most popular president), he only won by 5 percentage points ? largely because of the anti-black platform of his opponent, Alfredo Anaya, who said that “there is a great feeling that we want to be governed by our own race, by our own people.”

Given this, it should not be surprising that migrants from Mexico and other areas of Latin America and the Caribbean arrive in the U.S. carrying the baggage of racism. Nor that this facet of Latino culture is in turn transmitted, to some degree, to younger generations along with all other manifestations of the culture.

The sociological concept of “social distance” measures the unease one ethnic or racial group has for interacting with another. Social science studies of Latino racial attitudes often indicate a preference for maintaining social distance from African Americans. And although the social distance level is largest for recent immigrants, more established communities of Latinos in the United States also show a marked social distance from African Americans.

For instance, in University of Houston sociologist Tatcho Mindiola’s 2002 survey of 600 Latinos in Houston (two-thirds of whom were Mexican, the remainder Salvadoran and Colombian) and 600 African Americans, the African Americans had substantially more positive views of Latinos than Latinos had of African Americans. Although a slim majority of the U.S.-born Latinos used positive identifiers when describing African Americans, only a minority of the foreign-born Latinos did so. One typical foreign-born Latino respondent stated: “I just don’t trust them?. The men, especially, all use drugs, and they all carry guns.”

This same study found that 46% of Latino immigrants who lived in residential neighborhoods with African Americans reported almost no interaction with them.

The social distance of Latinos from African Americans is consistently reflected in Latino responses to survey questions. In a 2000 study of residential segregation, Camille Zubrinsky Charles, a sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, found that Latinos were more likely to reject African Americans as neighbors than they were to reject members of other racial groups. In addition, in the 1999-2000 Lilly Survey of American Attitudes and Friendships, Latinos identified African Americans as their least desirable marriage partners, whereas African Americans proved to be more accepting of intermarriage with Latinos.

Ironically, African Americans, who are often depicted as being averse to coalition-building with Latinos, have repeatedly demonstrated in their survey responses that they feel less hostility toward Latinos than Latinos feel toward them.

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Prince William Political Climate Adds to Deportation Fear

Celia Llanes, brought it on herself.

Washington Post

Celia Llanes came to the United States 4 1/2 years ago with typical immigrant aspirations. She hoped to provide for her family, earn enough to buy a patch of land back home and perhaps take her girls to Disney World. Today, her wish is far simpler: that when she is deported her girls will be deported with her.

“I am waiting for immigration,” she says with a matter-of-fact tone. She has begun sending some of her more valued belongings (such as a set of Royal Prestige pots she paid for in installments) to Guatemala because, she says, “they don’t let you take anything.”

As the anti-illegal-immigration backlash grew last year in Prince William County, where Llanes lives, the 32-year-old Manassas resident said she started to feel the world around her change. She said supermarket cashiers suddenly grew annoyed and acted as if they didn’t understand her. She said her girls told her, “Mami, las maestras prefieren a los Americanos.” (”The teachers prefer the Americans.”)

Prince William county supervisors voted in October to enact some of the region’s toughest policies against illegal immigrants, including the use of police to enforce immigration laws. Llanes says the new measures have become such a source of personal anxiety that she is convinced they are taking a toll on her health. She has sharp stomach pain apparently caused by gallstones, and her frequent headaches have gotten worse.

Llanes, her husband and their children don’t venture far from home for fear of being stopped while driving without a license. In the summer, she did not take the girls to the neighborhood pool because she has heard of raids at public places. On Christmas, they only went to a brother-in-law’s house nearby and did not stay long.

Llanes is resigned and, in a way, agrees with those anti-illegal-immigrant forces around her. As someone who entered the country illegally, she does not feel she is entitled to much.

“If they are going to take me away, let them; after all, this country is not ours,” she often says.

These days, she most fears that she’ll be alone when she is finally stopped and deported, just as she heard happened recently to a young man whose mother had sent him to buy shrimp at the local Global Food market. She can’t bear the thought of leaving her girls behind. One separation “already cost me too much,” she says.

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Michelle Malkin

The plan is called ?The Merida Initiative.? Seems that the White House has had this plan in the works for nearly a year with little congressional input on either side of the border.

We can?t finish our own border fence, properly supply our immigration agents and border patrol with all the equipment and resources they need, or get our house in order. Yet, the Bush administration wants to fork over $1.4 billion to Mexico and Central America?with much of it going into the hands of corrupt law enforcement officials and government bureaucrats who have worked tirelessly to undermine our immigration laws. The funding is tucked into the 2008 supplemental budget.

Naturally, the State Department has taken a lead role. They?ve held meetings in secret and cut out members of Congress from discussion. You?ll love the explanation for the secrecy: Mexico is ?sensitive,? you see. Also, according to one expert, ?Mexico is very protective of its sovereignty and very worried about any incursion of U.S. security forces or private contractors?like Blackwater?coming in to train Mexicans.? Yeah, they?re worried about incursions and sovereignty.

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Stop The North American Union

A warning apparently you CANNOT rely on Snopes. They may be part of the media that is working to suppress the truth or spreading disinformation. Below you will find refutations of the Snopes’ contention that the NAU is ‘false’.

Snopes apparently never fact-checked and simply ‘parroted’ the propaganda and lies taken from government websites or spewed forth by government staff. The Department of Commerce is in charge of executing the SPP-NAU Presidential orders for the entire Executive Branch in conjunction with the State Department and, of course, the Department of Homeland Security.

You will learn that there is a Canadian government document which PROVES Bush, Fox and Martin actually signed an agreement, which is contrary to the government’s (spp.gov) claim that the trilateral ’summits’ consist merely of ‘dialog’ and discussion’.

The participants claim that nothing of substance is being done during those meetings and that those who say there IS, are nothing but ‘conspiracists’. Harper, after the 2007 trilateral meeting in Montelbello, Quebec, Canada, insulted We the People’s intelligence by saying it consisted of such very boring things as discussing “the color of jelly beans”.

You should know that the SPP-NAU agreement is, by definition, a TREATY. According to Webster’s, a treaty is “a formal agreement between two or more nations, relating to peace, alliance, trade, etc.” You will learn that the SPP is a SIGNED agreement that has NOT come before the Senate for the 2/3rds ‘yea’ vote REQUIRED by our Constitution in order for it to proceed! The SPP is being implemented by EVERY department in the Executive Branch, in secret and without Congressional oversight as detailed in this article, Treason Abounds ~ Gov’t Cabal Plots North American Union.

Since you cannot copy and paste from a Snopes’ webpage you will have to go to the Snopes’ NAU page found here to see the Snopes’ comments listed below, which will be proven false.

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Star Telegram

DALLAS — Gov. Rick Perry today told members of an influential Hispanic organization that building a fence between El Paso and Brownsville is “absolutely not the answer” to the immigration problem.

Perry?s comments before the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce came less than two weeks after he told reporters in Austin that “there is some strategic fencing that we support. … that you can use strategic fencing to help control the flow of illegal activities.”

The governor made no comments about strategic fencing during his speech today. Instead, his comments were similar to what he made a few months ago during a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon in Mexico City. At that time, Perry railed against all of the “mean rhetoric” and said that border fences “absolutely won?t work,” according to published reports.

Members of the audience applauded Perry when he made the comments about the fence.

Perry’s position on building a border fence “has never changed,” spokesman Robert Black said.

“The governor has always said fence or wall the entire length of the Texas-Mexico border is nonsensical and won?t work. But strategic fencing in your urban areas is useful and can work,” Black said.

Speaking at a luncheon today, Perry said that better coordination among local, state and federal authorities is the way to deal with the immigration problem. Officials should use “the technology that we have available” and “be wise about how we secure our borders,” Perry said.

Perry added that officials must not “demonize those with Latino heritage who are law-abiding members of our community.”

“We want to make sure that the good guys get in and the bad guys stay out.”

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Reuters

WASHINGTON - Non-Hispanic whites will become a minority in the United States by 2050, with immigrants and their children driving 82 percent of U.S. population growth in coming years, a new study said on Monday.

The U.S. population will grow to 438 million in 2050 from 296 million in 2005 if current population trends continue, the Pew Research Center study found.

Non-Hispanic whites would account for 47 percent of the total in 2050, it concluded.

By that time, one in every five Americans will be a foreign-born immigrant, compared to one in eight in 2005.

“Of the 117 million people added to the population in this period due to the effect of new immigration, 67 million will be the immigrants themselves and 50 million will be their U.S.-born children or grandchildren,” the study said.

While the white population, with its lower fertility rate, ages, the Latino population, the nation’s largest minority, will triple in size. Latinos will be responsible for 60 percent of the population growth until 2050.

They will account for 29 percent of the population, or 128 million in 2050, up from 14 percent now, the study said.

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AZ Star Net

Back in Minnesota, the topic of illegal immigration was as far removed from Elizabeth Houle-Nelson’s life as the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.

But illegal immigration hit closer to home once she moved to Oro Valley with her husband, Dennis Nelson, about five years ago.

‘I just couldn’t understand why they were coming,’ the retiree said of illegal border crossers. ‘I thought, ‘Why don’t they stay home? Why don’t they just get a visa and come legally?’ ‘

Her search for answers eventually led Houle-Nelson to become an ardent supporter of Just Coffee. The Mexican coffee cooperative aims to create jobs that help keep farmers from migrating north of the border.

At a recent meeting of the Spanish Culture Club in Sun City Vistoso, Houle-Nelson shared her involvement with Just Coffee.

The cooperative grows the coffee in Salvador Urbina, Chiapas, and it roasts and packages the coffee in Agua Prieta, which is across the border from Douglas.

Houle-Nelson told more than 60 of her neighbors that trips to Agua Prieta and Chiapas to see the people behind the cooperative made a believer out of her.

‘We saw the working model ? something that really made a difference,’ she said.

Also at the meeting were Daniel Cifuentes and Adrian González, who work with the cooperative in Agua Prieta. The men shared the history of Just Coffee.

Fronteras de Cristo, the Presbyterian Church’s border ministry in Agua Prieta, helped start the cooperative in late 2002, using the fair-trade model that seeks living wages for the farmers, Cifuentes said.

In its first year, the cooperative exported 13,000 pounds of coffee to the United States, Cifuentes said. Last year, it was 50,000 pounds.

In addition to receiving a fair price for their coffee, members of the cooperative also have health insurance, Cifuentes said. A portion of the profits go toward improving their community.

Most of the coffee is exported to this country and sold at various Tucson locations, including churches of various denominations, Cifuentes told the Sun City residents.

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AZ Star Net

Phoenix — A Senate panel approved two measures designed to make it harder for those here illegally to get public services.

One bill, SB 1072, requires state workers to verify the immigration status of applicants to get services under the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. The bill is designed to buttress existing rules barring most types of state-paid care for those not in the country legally.

The other, SCR 1012, specifies what documents government workers could accept to show eligibility for public services. That measure is specifically aimed at barring state and local agencies from recognizing the ID card issued to Mexican nationals by local consulate offices.

Both proposals were approved on 4-3 party-line votes by the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Human Services. And both drew questions about whether the actual effects of either becoming law were far broader.

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AJC

Two bills that would crack down on illegal immigrants in Georgia passed the state Senate on Thursday.

A measure to make it a felony on the fourth conviction of driving without a license passed 38-13.

The bill would affect illegal immigrants in particular because they are unable to obtain a Georgia driver’s license legally.

Under that legislation, those caught without a license who could later obtain a legal license would see their cases dismissed, bill sponsor John Wiles (R- Kennesaw) said.

The other measure would cut state funding to local governments that do not cooperate with federal officials trying to enforce immigration laws.

That bill, sponsored by Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville), says government agencies may not enact policies that give sanctuary to illegal immigrants.

In some states, police make it a policy not to ask suspects about legal status, Pearson said.

No city in Georgia has such a sanctuary policy, he said, but his legislation would subject any that did to the loss of state money.

The latter legislation also includes an amendment that would cut funding to public employers and welfare agencies that do not run the names of new workers and welfare recipients through federal databases to make sure they are in the country legally.

State Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) introduced the amendment.

State employers and welfare agencies already are required to check names, under Senate Bill 529 which became law last summer.

Rogers’ amendment Thursday added teeth to the current law by threatening to cut state money to agencies if they do not comply.

The no-sanctuary bill passed the Senate 45-8.

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Statesman

House Democrats are crafting a ?scaled-down? immigration reform measure despite the political minefields that surround the issue, the Roll Call newspaper reported Monday.

It says that Hispanic members ? including Rep. Joe Baca ? are seeking five-year visas for illegal immigrants who pay fines and pass criminal background checks. Baca, a California Democrat chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Baca said the prospects for a compromise package were discussed in high-level meetings that included Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who chairs a key immigration subcommittee, Roll Call said.

The paper added: ?It?s unclear if the behind-the-scenes discussions will actually result in a bill coming to the floor, but Democrats say drafts of legislation already have been written and are being vetted behind the scenes.?

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I’ve met Rafael of the Desert Angels several times when I’ve been on the border. He’s been caught by the Border Patrol transporting illegal aliens in his ambulance so they really don’t appreciate him being down there. The Desert Angels are easily confused with Enrique Morone’s and The Border Angels, but they are not related.

While I disagree with Rafael Hernandez on most everything related to illegal immigration I respect him and understand that he is simply acting as a humanitarian without looking at the larger picture. He sees someone crossing the border and he wants to help them.

Enrique Morones and The Border Angels are not humanitarians. Enrique is a brown supremacist and what drives him is his hatred for America and white people.

SignOnSanDiego

EAST COUNTY ? No one knows what became of the man, woman and young girl who supposedly disappeared last week as they tried to cross the border illegally east of Tecate. Authorities were notified that someone had seen their bodies in an abandoned house in the desert.

Details are scarce, but the potential to avert a tragedy on the border was enough to unite, if only for a few hours, two groups that are poles apart in the immigration debate.

Last Saturday, the Angeles del Desierto, or Desert Angels, a group that searches for missing immigrants, joined forces with the Border Patrol Auxiliary, an anti-illegal-immigration group started by the founder of the California Minutemen, Carl Braun.

Rafael Hernández, leader of the Desert Angels, had accepted an offer from a rancher who said he could find more people to help in the search, men ?who know the area very well.?

Hernández didn’t realize the rancher was talking about Braun’s group.

The additional searchers arrived on motorcycles and trucks, which they use to find and report people who cross the border illegally. Hernández said his reaction was ?Dear God, no.?

But the groups decided to work together.

Since they had radios with different frequencies, a member of the Desert Angels accompanied Braun’s group. That way, they had a way to communicate if they found the bodies.

?The communications were very terse and they told us, ‘Just because we’re helping you doesn’t mean we share your opinions,’ to which we replied, ‘No, of course not, we already knew that. This is a strictly humanitarian mission,’ ? Hernández said.

Braun, who launched his group last month, agreed.

?Differences get put aside in cases like this. In fact, we plan to return (today) to keep searching,? he said.

The Border Patrol said that its agents have been looking for the three missing people but that the search area is big and they don’t have details about the bodies.

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Immigrant ‘broke his neck’ to stay in UK
metro.
Sunday, February 10, 2008

An illegal immigrant apparently deliberately broke his neck in a desperate bid to avoid being deported, it has emerged.

The 34-year-old African is understood to have repeatedly hit his head against a wall while he was being held in a cell at an immigration centre.

Amadov Nyang broke three bones in his neck and was last night paralysed from the neck down and on a life-support machine.

Sources revealed that Mr Nyang was being held at the secure unit at Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, after being arrested when it was found his British visa had expired.

A source who did not want to be named said: ‘The three main vertebrae in his neck snapped. As a result he is paralysed and is a quadriplegic who is very unlikely ever to walk again ? if he survives.’…..

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