Archive for March 12th, 2008

CHIRLA is a brown supremacist organization in Los Angeles that uses taxpayer funding to distribute material to invaders to help them evade deportation. They also organize invader protests and marches.



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NY Times

New Orleans — A group of 500 foreign welders and pipefitters brought in to work at Gulf Coast oil rig yards after Hurricane Katrina said Monday that they had sued their employer, claiming they were lured with false promises of permanent-resident status, forced to live in inhumane conditions and then threatened when they protested.

The workers were recruited in India and the United Arab Emirates and brought in late 2006 and early 2007 under the government’s temporary guest worker program. They worked at Signal International, an oil-rig repair and construction company with yards in Pascagoula, Miss., about 85 miles east of here, and in Orange, Tex., about 100 miles east of Houston.

The company said it had brought them in to supplement a labor force depleted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

At a rally here Monday, workers and their lawyers said they had given up life savings, sold family jewelry and paid up to $20,000 in immigration and travel fees after being assured that the company would help them to become permanent residents of the United States.

In a statement, the company called the workers’ charges ”baseless and unfounded” and said it had spent ”over $7 million constructing state-of-the-art housing complexes” for the workers. The company said that the ”vast majority of the workers” recruited had been satisfied with their conditions and that the workers were being paid ”in excess” of prevailing rates and in full compliance with the law.

Workers and their advocates disputed those assertions. Ignorant of American immigration law, advocates said, the workers were unaware that they had been brought in only temporarily.

”They didn’t know they were guest workers,” said Stephen Boykewich of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice. ”They thought they were getting permanent status.”

The green cards enabling residency never materialized, according to the lawsuit, and the workers were forced to live in overcrowded guarded ”bunkhouses” at Signal International, with inadequate toilets and unhygienic kitchens that frequently made them ill.

The class-action lawsuit was filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery, Ala., among other groups.

The workers’ assertions are the latest in a series of complaints about exploitation of foreign laborers on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Previous complaints have involved Hispanic hotel and construction workers and farm laborers and have centered on low pay and harsh working conditions.

In the summer of 2006, Hispanic hotel workers sued a prominent New Orleans developer over inadequate pay, and last month, fruit pickers walked off the job in a parish north of here over exploitative conditions.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has also sued on behalf of immigrant workers involved in the reconstruction and cleanup of New Orleans after the storm. It maintains that immigrants brought in under the guest worker program are ‘’systematically exploited and abused,” all over the country.

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The State

Columbia, SC (AP) — Anyone registering to vote in South Carolina would have to show a passport, birth certificate or naturalization documents under a bill being pushed by Republican lawmakers.

Supporters of the bill say it will protect elections by ensuring illegal immigrants or other noncitizens can’t cast a ballot. Critics say it’s just a GOP move to hassle people who might vote for Democrats.

The measure would apply only to people registering after it becomes law, not voters already on the rolls.

‘The only people stifled from voting are those who can’t legally vote,’ said Rep. Alan Clemmons, who leads a subcommittee that approved the measure earlier this year.

By law, only citizens can vote. Clemmons said requiring residents to verify what they put on their voter application form is not a burden.

‘It’s a simple matter to produce a birth certificate,’ the Myrtle Beach Republican said, adding he’ll volunteer to help secure one for any South Carolinian without it.

But Democrats contend poor and rural residents are less likely to have a birth certificate, much less a passport, and that getting one takes time and money. Some older residents weren’t even born in a hospital, said Brett Bursey, executive director of the state Progressive Network.

The measure is ‘aimed squarely at suppressing the Democratic vote,’ said the liberal activist.

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Frontera NorteSur

Building on a cross-border educational initiative, Mexico’s federal government plans to expand educational and vocational training programs for Mexican migrants in the United States. Speaking at an educational and economic development conference in Mexico last week, Mexican Education Minister Josefina Vazquez Mota said the administration of President Felipe Calderon plans to open an additional 100 community education centers to serve the migrant population in the US. The functionary also announced that Mexico will open a similar educational facility in Canada for the first time.

The purpose of the centers is two-fold. Besides providing basic and secondary education skills, the programs aim to professionalize the work skills of migrants. Certification programs will be made available for Las Vegas gardeners, New York restaurant industry employees, California cosmetologists and Wisconsin dairy workers, Vazquez said, adding that better education and economic competitiveness are linked together by the ties between the three member states of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Due to the unwillingness of the federal government to enforce immigration laws at the workplace, Assemblyman Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) has introduced legislation to revoke the business licenses of employers who deliberately hire illegal aliens in California.

Under AB 2421, a business that the court finds to have intentionally employed an unauthorized alien would temporarily or permanently lose its business license.

Please click here to learn more and to take action.

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Kelly C. Barr was widowed at the age of 28 last June.

Her husband, John, 42, was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 250 in northern Tuscarawas County. John also left behind a 3-year-old daughter, Alison.

The man who caused the crash was an illegal immigrant who was driving without a license.

The Dover woman is on a crusade to close what she calls a loophole in Ohio law that would allow unlicensed drivers to be charged with felonies in cases such as her husband?s.

?It just breaks my heart. My daughter still talks about her dad every day,? she said. ?It?s so life changing for us. If there?s anything I can do to not make (my husband?s death) in vain, I want to do that.?

Juan Usralios, the man charged in John Barr?s death, originally was charged with involuntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony, but that later was reduced to a misdemeanor.

Prosecutors indicated that Usralios could have been charged with a felony only if he had been driving drunk, recklessly or with a suspended license. Usralios did not have a license.

At Kelly?s urging, legislation was introduced last year by former State Rep. William Healy, D-Canton. Ohio House Bill expected to be reintroduced this term by Rep. Allan Sayre, D-Dover.

Attempts to reach Sayre for comment Monday were unsuccessful.

Under the proposed law, prosecutors could charge unlicensed drivers with a felony in such crashes.

?We consider it a loophole in the law,? said Kelly S. Barr, John?s cousin. ?You could cause a fatality and never have a driver?s license and they don?t consider it negligence,? she said. ?You have to have a suspended or revoked license to be charged with a felony.?

She added the driver was involved in another traffic accident 18 months before the fatal accident. Usralios was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to make restitution.

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LA Times

A young convict and alleged gang member had been released from jail a little more than a day before he shot and killed Los Angeles High School football star Jamiel Shaw Jr., LAPD Chief William J. Bratton said Tuesday.

On the same day mourners attended the 17-year-old’s funeral in the Crenshaw district, authorities announced that the alleged gunman, Pedro Espinoza, 19, had been formally charged with Shaw’s death. Espinoza, according to officials, is a member of the 18th Street gang and had spent nearly four months in a Los Angeles County jail for exhibiting a firearm and resisting arrest before he was released March 1, 28 hours before Shaw’s death.

“It was spontaneous,” Bratton said of the killing. “He was a gang member. He saw someone else he thought was from an opposing gang and he immediately, almost intuitively, popped out of that car and shot that young boy twice.

“He assassinated him just on the belief the other individual may have been a gang member. That is what we are up against in this city, sociopaths like that who just got out of jail and within a day had a gun and in an instant took that young boy’s life.”

The charge of murder with special circumstance enhancements could carry the death penalty.

Shaw, who was not a gang member, was only three doors from his home in Arlington Heights on March 2 when he was fatally shot. Two men in a car had pulled up next to him, asked if he belonged to a gang, and then shot him when he apparently didn’t answer, authorities say.

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