Archive for June 15th, 2008

Complete lies and tall tales. Reconquistas will say anything, and the Spanish media will print it. They are talking about McGonigle Canyon.

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Partial translation

In a conference performed at the University of San Diego (USD), Beirich notified that one of the greater risks in the United States is that the mass media, as the greater news chains, use air space to promote “feelings of hatred toward the Latin Americans”.

An activist and social worker extracted objects from a knapsack that white supremacists destroyed in a camp of 300 Mexican laborers located in the North County of San Diego, after the mass media launched a campaign of defamation against the laborers.

Oscar, the activist, told Notimex that “there were mass media that published maps of the settlements, they reported how to get there and what time the laborers worked. It was like an invitation to the supremacists so that they could come to destroy everything they found.”

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Conference participants rallied in Manhattan on Saturday for the New York State Domestic Workers? Bill of Rights.

CASAdeMaryland.org

One woman, too scared to give her name, told of being struck by her employer in Bethesda, Md., as she scrubbed her hands raw polishing the floor. Another woman, Violet Anthony, who is 29 and from Mumbai, said her face became marbled with bruises after her employer in Queens slammed her into a wall and slapped her. Araceli Herrera said some of her employers inspected her bags before she left their homes and refused to drive her to or from the bus stop, a half-hour?s walk away. One employer, she said, fired her after she had a gallbladder operation and needed a month?s rest.

?With each job, I was exploited more. The thing is, the more you suffer, the harder it is to defend yourself,? said Ms. Herrera, 48, who trained to be an optometrist in her native Mexico and now works as a housekeeper in San Antonio. ?We come from an atmosphere of violence, of blows, and we think we have to tolerate that.?

All three women were in Manhattan over the weekend for the first National Domestic Workers Congress, four days of workshops, meetings and a rally to demand rights for a work force that organizers describe as splintered, almost invisible, and staggeringly difficult to organize.

?Collective bargaining is not possible,? said Ai-jen Poo, an organizer with Domestic Workers United, an advocacy group for nannies, caregivers for the elderly, and housekeepers in New York. Workers usually achieve rights through strength in numbers, Ms. Poo said, banding together to pressure an individual employer to change. But in the New York City area, she estimated, there are 200,000 domestic workers working for perhaps as many employers.

?The power dynamics are different,? Ms. Poo said. ?If you try to negotiate, you?re out.?

The conference drew about 100 women, most of them representatives from domestic workers? groups in about 10 cities. Nearly all of them were immigrants, from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, the Philippines and India. They came together to build alliances and hone strategies to demand benefits that many of their employers almost assuredly take for granted: paid vacations and holidays, cost-of-living wage increases, health benefits and advance notice of termination. The workers threw their support behind a proposed New York State Domestic Workers? Bill of Rights, which, if passed, would be the first in the nation.

?Right now, it?s like the wild, wild West ? anything goes,? Ms. Poo said. ?Our point is that there needs to be a basic standard of protections, because the majority fall under employers who abuse, and everyone is vulnerable.?

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The Washington Post

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. — An Oregon man is the winner of this year’s Great American Think-Off, a national philosophy competition that gives ordinary people the chance to debate some of life’s perplexing questions.

This year’s question: “Does immigration strengthen or threaten the United States?”

Craig Allen, of West Linn, Ore., won a gold medal Saturday after a live audience in New York Mills decided he was most convincing when arguing that the system of immigration and immigration policy is broken. He says it encourages an influx of illegal immigrants and poses a threat to the country.

During the debate, the four Think-Off finalists touched on what it means to be an American and stressed that American identity is evolving.

The debate is held by the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the cultural and creative opportunities of rural Americans. New York Mills is a farming town of some 1,200 people in central Minnesota, about 170 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

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Last year, City Attorney of San Diego attempted to “nifong” John Monti, however the attempted legal lynching didn’t work. John Monti was acquitted. John Monti’s acquittal in October 2007 showed the length that “human rights advocates” will go to persecute someone like John Monti.

John Monti would have been sentenced to several years in prison if the San Diego Police Department, City Attorney Michael Aguirre, and the so-called “human rights advocates” had their way.

However, something went awry in their plan ? it was called the TRUTH. Monti was acquitted 12-0! Monti, who was demonized by the local San Diego liberal press as someone who attacked “disabled immigrants” while yelling racial slurs, was acquitted completely!

Here is why:

? Monti stood for what he believed in. He told them about the sex trafficking of Mexican minor girls that is happening as a consequence of illegal immigration and the corruption in Mexico. This was the truth that the SDPD and so-called “migrant advocates” didn’t want to be heard.

? Monti’s, who is a Los Angeles area bilingual 6th grade teacher, had his students and their parents come as his character witnesses. They told the truth.

? Independent witnesses came to tell the truth as to what they saw. An independent witness even surfaced during the trial who had been maliciously ignored by the police and told the truth! She had been horrified by reading how the liberal San Diego press had gotten the story wrong!

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From Jeff Schwilk:

Outstanding SDMM Rally at the LDS Church in San Marcos today!! Over 20 patriots came out to protest the SD Mexican Consulate issuing hundreds of matricula cards to Mexican illegal aliens. Despite promises to the contrary from LDS headquarters in Salt Lake yesterday, they did use the inside of the church for their event, not the parking lot. This would apparently violate some church rule that money cannot be exchanged inside the church. Matricula cards cost aliens $27 each + $15 more if they don’t bring their own picture. If 600 scheduled aliens all showed up, that would be well over $16,000 paid to the consulate today inside an LDS church. If you add passport renewals and other documents, the profit for the Mex. Govt. could be much higher.

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LA Times

Some people deny it. They say that race is not a factor in L.A.’s gang crisis; the problem, they say, is not one of blacks versus Latinos and Latinos versus blacks but merely one of gang members killing other gang members (and yes, they acknowledge, sometimes the gangs are race-based).

But they’re wrong. The truth is that, in many cases, race is at the heart of the problem. Latino gang members shoot blacks not because they’re members of a rival gang but because of their skin color. Likewise, black gang members shoot Latinos because they are brown.

Just look at the facts. In February 2006, our jail system erupted into a full-scale riot involving about 2,000 black and Latino inmates at the North County Correctional Facility at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. One black inmate died and numerous others were injured. Through extensive interviews with participants, our investigation revealed that race — not gang affiliation — was the motivating factor.

Furthermore, we have evidence linking inmates who are known as “shot callers” directly to street shootings based entirely on race. These shot callers at Pitchess and elsewhere are affiliated with gangs, to be sure, and in many cases they may give the order to kill a particular person or a member of a particular gang. But if that person or gang cannot be found, the shot caller will often order the gunman to find someone — anyone — who is black or brown and shoot them instead. Gang affiliation does not matter. Only the color of the victim’s skin matters.

I would even take this a step further and suggest that some of L.A.’s so-called gangs are really no more than loose-knit bands of blacks or Latinos roaming the streets looking for people of the other color to shoot. Our gang investigators have learned this through interviews in Compton and elsewhere throughout the county. L.A.’s gang wars have long been complicated by drugs, territory issues or money. Now, it can also be over color.

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Rasmussen Reports

One-third of U.S. voters are still angry about illegal immigration, an issue that neither presidential candidate has made central to his campaign. But, voters blame Washington, not immigrants (see video).

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that along with the 32% who express “anger,” an additional 27% are frustrated with the lack of action. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say it?s just one of many issues they have an opinion about.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of those angry about immigration direct their anger at the federal government while only 12% point towards the immigrants. This fact, perhaps more than any other, may explain how official Washington misread the public mood so badly last June. While the Senators believed they were solving the problem, voters believed that the government was the problem.

This is consistent with other recent polling data showing that an overwhelming majority of voters believe the federal government itself has become a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interest.

Overall, public attitudes about immigration have shifted little in the past year. By a 63% to 28% margin, voters continue to believe it is more important to gain control of the border than to resolve the status of those who are already in the country illegally. Democrats are more evenly divided than other voters, but a plurality (49%) agree that controlling the border is the top priority.

At the same time, by a 56% to 27% margin, all voters continue to favor a welcoming immigration policy that would let anybody move to the United States except national security threats, criminals, and those looking to live off the U.S. welfare system. Republicans and unaffiliated voters are a bit more supportive of a welcoming policy than Democrats, but 52% of those in Barack Obama?s party support that approach. Among those who say it?s more important to gain control of the border, 60% favor a welcoming immigration policy.

Voters who are angry about the issue also hold views right in line with the population at large?they favor a welcoming immigration policy by a two-to-one margin (60% to 30%).

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It seems that every week the Sheriff makes a major bust which continues to make the Mayor of Phoenix and the AZ Governor look like fools for opposing him.

KTAR

Arpaio wants access to Gordon’s e-mails

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has requested copies of Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon’s e-mails after Gordon publicly accused sheriff’s deputies of racial profiling during Arpaio’s notorious crime suppression operations.

“When he goes around publicly, national television, and say I go after brown-skinned people with cracked windshields, I want the evidence,” Arpaio said. “Tell him to put up or shut up.”

The mayor asked for a federal investigation into possible civil rights violations that may have occurred.

The sheriff said he just wants proof. “This is allegations going to the Justice Department. He is the one has made public statements over and over that my deputies racial profile. Since he’s made these allegations, I’d like to get to the bottom of this.”

In addition to Gordon’s e-mails, he also wants access to the e-mails of the city manager and chief of police.

City of Phoenix employee Scott Phelps, speaking on behalf of Gordon, said Arpaio is retaliating against Gordon.

“The mayor, back in January, said that there’s always a price to pay for speaking out against the sheriff and you only have to look at deputies who have been reassigned, publishers who have been jailed,” said Phelps. “It’s not news, we predicted it. It was reported that we predicted it and I think you’re seeing it.”

This all came to a head when sworn officers showed-up to scan all the records. When the media arrived, Phelps said reporters were bullied by deputies.

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Yeah kids, it’s cool to have the government implant a chip in your body and track your every move!

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Immigrant case puts hospital in a bind

A woman seriously injured in a fall several months ago is illegally in the U.S., which means she is not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare.

Kansas

The patient, a middle-aged woman, has been at the hospital almost four months.

Staff members have been unsuccessful trying to find a different place for her, but the hospital does not offer long-term care.

Family members are unable to care for her. No local health care provider has been willing to accept her.

The staff has brought in the Kansas City, Mo.-based Mexican Consulate for assistance.

“A patient like this will not be able to benefit from any normal county and state resources like most people would,” Blasingame said.

Her immigration status prevents her from applying for Medicaid or Medicare.

Blasingame could not release specifics of the woman’s condition or details about the cost of treating her, citing privacy concerns. For that reason, The Eagle is not naming the woman.

According to Daniel Aguado Ornelas, with the Mexican Consulate’s Protection Department in Kansas City, Mo., the woman fell in the restroom of a Hutchinson retail store in late 2007. She was airlifted to a Wichita hospital. She has since suffered brain damage, he said.

Ornelas said arrangements have been made for her to receive care at Hospital Civil Libertad in Ciudad Juarez, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

He said his office arranges long-term medical care in Mexico for Mexican nationals living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or insurance status.

“Even if they have papers, some people decide to receive medical attention in Mexico” because it’s cheaper, Ornelas said. “We do this all the time.”

He said his department handles about one case a month. In this instance, Ornelas said the Juarez hospital is requiring a family member to assist in the woman’s care.

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