Archive for May 12th, 2008

This happens everywhere and these agricultural corporations are never punished.

The cherry harvest lurched to a stop Friday morning west of Shafter after the United Farm Workers said men, women and teenagers were camping in the orchards where they work.

The labor union learned more than 100 fruit pickers were bathing in drainage ditches and sleeping outdoors Thursday northwest of Lerdo Highway and Jumper Avenue, Delano organizer Armando Elenes said. Many traveled from Wenatchee, Wash., at the request of a company they had worked for in the past, Stemilt Growers Inc., he said.

?The company foreman even gave them a card with instructions on how to get here from Washington,? Elenes said.

Some workers were told they would have housing, or would be allowed to sleep in the orchard, he said.

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If the City Council gets its way, Angelenos (illegal aliens) can still have chickens come home to roost - but only one of them can be a rooster.

Cock-a-doodle-do-ing in the wee hours of the morning, illegal backyard cockfighting and odors have led to a surge in neighborhood complaints from the northeast San Fernando Valley to Compton.

But the city has nothing on the books to control its noisy fowl problem.

“We deal with barking dogs, why can’t we deal with crowing roosters?” asked Janice Hahn, the councilwoman who proposed Wednesday limiting roosters to one per household.

Now, most Los Angeles residents can have only three cats and three dogs. But the sky is the limit on roosters.

“We’re talking about suburban streets and homes where people … have 1,000 roosters,” said Deputy City Attorney Bob Ferber, who heads the city’s Animal Protection Unit.


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Arizona authorities on Sunday found 53 illegal immigrants in a southwest Phoenix home at 9618 W. Kingman being held against their will by suspected smugglers demanding more money for their release.

The group of rescued immigrants included two 13-year-old girls and a mentally disabled man.

There were three women, and the rest were men, said Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Harold Sanders.

Sanders said the investigation began Saturday after authorities received information that the immigrants were being held with force against their will, and that smugglers wanted an average of $2,500 for each person.


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Desmoines Register

Postville, Ia. ? At least 300 people were arrested today at the Agriprocessors, Inc. meat packing plant, federal officials said. The operation, which targeted people who illegally used other persons Social Security numbers and were in the U.S. illegally, was the largest of its kind in Iowa, Claude Arnold, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Four Homeland Security buses with U.S. Immigration and Customs tags on them were a the plant this morning.

The buses, along with a trail of SUVs and vans with Minnesota license plates, arrived at about 11:45 a.m. Federal agents descended upon this northeast Iowa community at about 10 a.m. today to conduct an immigration raid at the nation?s largest kosher meatpacking plant. The ICE agents entered the Postville plant to execute a criminal search warrant for evidence relating to aggravated identity theft, fraudulent use of Social Security numbers and other crimes, said Tim Counts, a Midwest ICE spokesman. Agents are also executing a civil search warrant for people illegally in the United States, he said.

Immigration officials told aides to U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley that they expect 600 to 700 arrests. About 1,000 to 1,050 people work at the plant, according to Iowa Workforce Development.

Chuck Larson, a truck driver for Agriprocessing, was in the plant when the agents arrived. ?There has to be 100 of them,? he said of the agents.

Larson said the agents told workers to stay in place then separated them by asking those with identification to stand to the right and those with other papers, to stand to the left.

?There was plenty of hollering,? Larson said. ?You couldn?t go anywhere.?
When asked who was separated, Larson said those standing in the group with out papers were all Hispanic.

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Tim O’Hare celebrated his mayoral win on Saturday. The Farmers Branch City Council member made a name leading efforts to pass a ban on apartment rentals to illegal immigrants.

FB Residents Elect Immigration Measure Proponent
CBS 11 Dallas/FortWorth
May 11, 2008

FARMERS BRANCH (CBS 11 News) ? Tim O’Hare won the Farmers Branch mayoral contest with 64 percent of the vote. Still, residents are expressing mixed emotions over the win.

As a councilmember, O’Hare pushed his Dallas suburb’s efforts to pass one of the country’s most sweeping anti-illegal immigration measures. The proposed ordinance would have banned apartment complexes from leasing to those in this country illegally.

Now, Carrollton’s newly elected mayor says he wants to compare notes with Farmers Branch, but avoid mistakes. The federal government recently approved jailers in the city to eventually look up federal immigration records to determine whether those in the city are here illegally.

Tim Kelly has lived in Farmer’s Branch for 38 years now and supports O’Hare. He says the crackdown on illegal immigrants will lead to new development.

“I think they’re very progressive, these young guys,” said Kelly. “I’m very familiar with Addison, and what has happened in Addison since I’ve been here I think will now happen with Farmers Branch. They are young, and they have vision.”

But the owner of Las Regias restaurant, Patty Gonzalez, says she’s disappointed Bledsoe didn’t win. She says she’s very concerned what will happen next.

“Honestly I’m very disappointed and scared because I don’t know what are his plans,” said Gonzalez. “I’m a business owner. There’s scary to know there are people that really don’t could affect us.”

The ordinance banning illegal from renting apartments hasn’t gone into effect because critics filed a federal lawsuit in Dallas. A federal judge has delayed the ordinance until after the case has gone to trial.

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“Linguistic balkanization is a threat to American national unity?and these three candidates are irresponsibly contributing to it. Shame on all three of them.”

In A Double Whammy, McCain Sticks It To The Base On Cinco De Mayo
May 11, 2008

Last week, on May 5th , Cinco de Mayo, Senator John McCain once again showed his contempt for the Republican base by hitting it with a double whammy.

In the same statement (see here) McCain announced that 1) he was opening a Spanish language website, and 2) he was going to the convention of the Hispanic chauvinist agitator group the National Council of La Raza [NCLR].

Why did McCain choose Cinco de Mayo to announce his double whammy? As I pointed out recently , Cinco de Mayo is not even a big deal in Mexico. It?s hardly celebrated. My school didn?t even suspend classes for it.

But in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has become a big Mexican-American drinking fest and de rigueur occasion for pandering by U.S. politicians?chief among them being Panderer-in-Chief George W. Bush.

John McCain?s Spanish-language website is called Estamos Unidos (We are united). If you only changed one letter, the “m” to a “d”, then is would be Estados Unidos (United States). Clever, eh? You can see the website here.

The website so far has links to articles. Some of the articles are in Spanish, but some are in English. As time goes by, we can expect the McCain camp to hispanify more of the website.

There are also plenty of videos, including one with McCain talking (in English with Spanish subtitles) to Latino entrepreneurs. There are also promotional videos featuring Mel Martinez, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Mario Diaz-Balart plugging for McCain. All four of them are Cuban-Americans. In fact, all but Mario were born in Cuba. Cuban-Americans and Mexican-Americans do not always cooperate, but all the big league Mexican-Americans are already going for the Democrats, so I guess McCain had to settle for the Cubans.

Of course, McCain is not the only candidate with a Spanish website. Barack Obama has one also, which features a blog by Conchita Cruz of South Carolina. Conchita says she?s registered to vote, although judging from her photograph, she barely looks old enough.

The Obama website reports Obama gushing on about Cinco de Mayo too. Apparently, he said that “As Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, it reminds us that, although the Mexican cultural traditions are an important part of who we are as Americans, the American dream is still out of reach of many Latinos.” [My emphasis?!]

Hillary has what?s called a “bilingual” website, with articles in both Spanish and English and it includes her “Hispanic Agenda”. (Hmmm, how about an American agenda?)

So why is it bad for any of these candidates to have Spanish-language website? Aren?t they just reaching out to voters?

Yes they are?but in the wrong way, taking us down the slippery slope of linguistic, cultural and political balkanization.

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