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DACA Back In Congress

Trump’s subliminal message to Congress: Damned if You Do – or Don’t fix Immigration/DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)! 

DACA is an Executive Order President Obama signed in 2012 after Congress refused to act, again, on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. It grants temporary protected status to undocumented young people who entered the country illegally with their parents. Recipients have to meet certain standards and in return, get work authorization and a social security number.

President Donald Trump today (9/5/2017) gave the program a 6 month lease and asked Congress to Act — or DACA ends! 

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This “ending DACA by NOT ending DACA” is a BRILLIANT political strategy by President Trump.

I don’t agree with ending DACA. I fully support DACA and want these young kids (AND their parents, especially parents with kids who are US citizens and/or lawful PERMANENT Residents) to get lawful status. However, President Trump campaigned on an anti-immigrant platform and it was beyond naive of anyone to believe that HE would support DACA, AGAINST the wishes of his base of hard-line anti-immigrant supporters.

While Trump may not be very good at “presidenting”, HE is unsurpassed at political strategizing!

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With one stroke Trump sent his supporters/base into ecstasy and kicked the difficult, potentially career-derailing DACA decision to Congress. Bravo! Take THAT Paul Ryan. And am I GLAD to see it come back to haunt you!!!

Remember when Immigration Reform passed in the Senate – and Republicans, led by then House Speaker John Boehner, REFUSED to bring the bill to the FLOOR OF THE HOUSE for a vote? Well, tee-hee…had they DONE that, they WOULD NOT be facing this dilemma today, because dilemma it is…

If republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan KILL DACA, then President Trump GETS what he wants at the expense of Ryan and other republicans. Trump can claim: “I didn’t tell Congress to kill DACA; I just asked them to fix it. Left to me, I’d have let DACA stand but Congress decided…” Hispanics then flock to the polls in droves (hopefully) to defeat republicans and Ryan, Mitchell lose their Majority positions…which would lead Trump (and Steve Bannon, ex-White House chief strategist/senior counselor) to celebrate!

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If republicans, led by Ryan, legitimize DACA, then Trump can tell his base: “I didn’t do it. I ended it and sent it to them to do their job. They: Ryan, Mitch McConnell (Republican, Senate majority leader), etc – these swamp republicans, THEY saved DACA!” Hard-line republicans then flock to primaries to defeat these Trump blockers!

Either way, Trump wins with his base and hard-line anti-immigrant voices. Plus he also gets to blame and possibly get rid of republicans like Ryan and McConnell whom he sees as opponents.

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GOP leaders: Ryan (blue tie) & McConnel

See the Machiavellian sub-plot?

I wonder, with hindsight, what the GOP would do now if they could go BACK to 2005-2007 when BI-PARTISAN efforts led by Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy and Republican President George W. Bush tried and failed to pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 because HOUSE REPUBLICANS KILLED IT!

Tea Party.jpgYou get what you sow! If you had done the right thing THEN, instead of playing politics and catering to a BASE that NOW opposes YOU, your life would be MUCH easier today because there would likely be NO Donald Trump…since immigration would be OFF the table, hence NO wall to tout!

As for Democrats, I detest, deplore and abhor their blatant HYPOCRISY on Immigration Reform. When they had the perfect opportunity to pass COMPREHENSIVE Immigration Reform with NO republican votes in 2009, they instead embraced Health Care (which has proven to be a NOOSE around their necks ever since).

I’m not sure, wasn’t there, but word out of DC is that Michelle Obama argued passionately FOR Immigration Reform and Obama White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, argued against.

  • WHY didn’t YOU act, President Obama?
  • Why did you not tackle Immigration Reform BEFORE Health Care or TOGETHER with Health Care, back in 2009?
  • Why did you hastily (and cynically?) cobble together DACA (June 2012) and later DAPA (November 2014) in the run-up to elections?
  • What happens NOW to the PARENTS of DACA if Congress protects and/or deports the DACA kids?
  • I campaigned for Obama in 2008 and have never lifted a finger to do anything since because I felt very strongly, then as now, that President Obama and Democrats FAILED undocumented (and other immigrants) on Immigration Reform.

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So in my opinion, President Obama can “speak up” NOW, but the time I wanted him to SPEAK UP was when he was IN the White House with a MAJORITY in the House and Senate!

I wrote to President Obama in December 2008. (I gave a copy to Obama friend, then Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick to hand to the President), but I guess since I am NOT a Harvard erudite like Larry Summers…my voice was/is too plebeian, too inconsequential, to be either passed on or considered!

So president Obama, if you did not read that 2008 letter, one of many  I sent to you on immigration, I’m posting it, in part, below:

December 17, 2008

ATTENTION: President Elect Obama

Dear Mr. Obama,

Now that you are preparing to take over the leadership of this great country, putting your team together and soliciting input from the public, I’m hoping IMMIGRATION is high on your list.

The economy and its attendant issues do take precedence, right now. Healthcare is also important. But IMMIGRATION must not be overlooked as a top priority, either. Remember, during the campaign, when the financial crisis first broke, and republican Senator (John) McCain “suspended” his campaign and headed to Washington, you said: A president has to be able to do more than one thing at once. So I hope that you/your administration can work on both the Economy…AND Immigration too!

Dreamer sign.jpgIt makes smart POLITICAL sense:

Hispanics, a large and growing voting bloc, shifted away from republicans in the 2008 election and voted overwhelmingly for you. I doubt you believe that was due solely to your charm, intellect and good looks (though I admit those are considerable). They gravitated to you and Democrats because they hope YOU will reform the nation’s broken immigration system and make it possible for immigrants living here, (the most visible of whom are Hispanic), to achieve legal status. They were also turned off by the Republican’s vitriolic tone during the recent national debate over illegal immigration. The GOP’s racist, divisive and insulting comments, spurred by some politicians and talk-show hosts, demonized all Hispanics – both illegal and legal.

Reform immigration! You may not be able to claim immediate victory on the wars or the economy by the time mid-term elections roll around, but you can claim immediate victory on immigration reform.

In addition: The money immigrants send back home account for a large chunk of the GDP in many countries, like El Salvador. Without those remittances, observers say those countries would likely descend into chaos and contribute to regional instability. That would cost America a lot more.

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  • It makes smart ECONOMIC sense:

Millions of immigrants are willing, able and ready to buy some of those foreclosed and abandoned properties now flooding the market and blighting neighborhoods. Immigrants are also eager and willing to buy cars, now bloating dealer’s inventories. Legal status unleashes the power of millions of consumers who can now apply for credit, including bank loans, travel and open businesses.

Fixes a BROKEN system:

Many of the millions of undocumented immigrants living here no longer have lives to return to back home. Immigrants have set down roots and built lives here, in this country. Although many immigrants live in fear that allows them to be victimized without recourse, most do not want to go back and have nothing to go back to.

 There are news reports of military wives who are being deported because their husbands died in combat (Iraq/Afghanistan) before all the necessary paperwork was filed or completed. They’re being told to go…but their US-born children can stay!

  Talented, promising kids of illegal immigrants who are attending school here, or have graduated, cannot go to college. These “straight A” kids and honor students fall in the cracks instead of becoming the teachers, scientists and other skilled workers America so badly needs.

Immigration Inaction

 –  In Massachusetts, an outstanding math teacher, who had been teaching for years, was/is facing deportation because of a paperwork glitch.

  MEANTIME, immigration agents round up illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds then release them, because federal/state resources are overwhelmed. Yet ICE picks up factory workers, tears them from their families, and deports them.

Foreign artists/students/scientists and other professionals have to jump through so many hoops to get here, they give up in frustration and go elsewhere, taking valuable brain power and innovation with them.

The TIMING is perfect:

Democrats now have a majority in both houses. And I’m sure there are some republicans who realize their hard-line stance cost them Hispanic votes. They will want to get these votes back….and be more amenable. As you said during the campaign, NOW IS THE TIME!

The support is there. Despite the shouting coming from the right, a majority of Americans favor giving undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. Unions, businesses, politicians, churches, community groups, the legal profession as well as immigration advocates and enforcers, urge reform.

YES YOU CAN…

YES, WE CAN!

Respectfully,

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In My opinion, my BITTER, disgruntled, defeated, dejected, frustrated, feeling rejected, let-down by Democrats opinion, Democrats OUTRAGE now is way too little, far too late….and their lack of action is beginning to backfire on them with Trump’s DACA edict.

Memo to Democrats:

Take a page from the Donald Trump playbook and LEARN how to please your base, instead of pleasing Rham Emmanuel!

All photos: Google images

Goo-goo Ga-ga Politics: Massachusetts Senate Race.

NEWS HEADLINE in the Massachusetts U.S Senate race for the seat once held by Ted Kennedy, now held by Republican Scott Brown…

BOSTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Massachusetts Democrats are trading jabs over Brown’s fundraising efforts in New York City and whether Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren should release law school applications and personnel files from her teaching jobs...

Charles River separating Boston (right) and Cambridge. Boston university faces Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) across Charles.

I love Massachusetts. I don’t care WHAT Republicans say about us. They can say God hates us because we’re liberal. Like Jesus was so Conservative. He and John the Baptist were the radical liberals of their day, advocating change (yep), upsetting the status quo (consorting with prostitutes, imagine that!) and threatening the established order. The hypocrital Pharisees (bet they were Republicans) felt threatened, so they decided to assassinate Jesus to get rid of him. But I must be talking about a DIFFERENT Jesus.

Because the Republican’s Jesus was/is? a very Capitalist kind of guy! When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:22.

Yeah, that’s socialist Obama 1o1!

Prophet Malachi – last book of prophesy regarding the Coming of Jesus, The Messiah.

Malachi 3:5 – I will be a swift witness…against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me, says the LORD of hosts.

But I digress. To get back on point:

Massachusetts has two of the TOP five universities in America and a host of other acclaimed teaching institutions: Harvard, (#1) nestled in beautiful, laid-back Cambridge and nearby MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (#5-Tied with Cal Tech)* sprawling along the Cambridge side of the Charles River separating Cambridge from Boston. Yet in a year when ONE of the Presidential Candidates used to be governor of the state, we in Massachusetts are focusing on goo-goo ga-ga politics!

Incumbent senator, Republican Scott Brown is being challenged by a newcomer to politics, Harvard University professor…Elizabeth Warren.

Instead of focusing on the ISSUES, in a learned or supposedly erudite state like Massachusetts, here’s what we’re hearing about week after week:

  • Elizabeth Warren described herself as a minority on her Harvard employment application. Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother listed herself as Cherokee…making the democrat 1/32 part Native American. Welcome to the family, Elizabeth. Just don’t wear a hoody!
  • Elizabeth Warren’s tax returns…
  • Scott Brown’s tax returns…
  • Elizabeth Warren is elitist…

Elizabeth Warren. Democrat is challenging Scott Brown for Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy.

Are we out of our liberal, elitist minds?

Republicans being the misogynists they are…are tearing into Elizabeth Warren. Her grades were not good enough to enter Harvard. She had to hide behind minority status to get in, like the rest of us – black people, Hispanics and other so called “minorities” including President Obama. We are just NOT capable of getting high enough grades to be accepted to a university like Harvard – unless we get a leg up from Affirmative Action, because monkeys that we are, all we can understand is a banana which someone must first peel for us! Unlike the learned former President, the orator George Bush, the self characterized “average student” whose average during his first three years at Yale was 77. Now there’s a Mensa candidate…!

I was motivated to write this post by this news report on Boston’s local NBC affiliate WHDH: Mass. Dems file ethics complaint over Brown video

Posted: Today (5/9/2012) at 2:55 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Democrats have filed an ethics complaint over reports that GOP Sen. Scott Brown’s campaign used a video taken by an official Senate aide.

The Massachusetts Democratic Party pointed to a report by The Boston Globe that a video of Brown sinking a half-court basketball shot during a visit to a Hyannis youth center was taken by Brown’s Senate communications director Marcie Kinzel.

Kinzel told the Globe she shot the video on her personal iPhone and forwarded it to the campaign on personal time.

Cute guy! Maybe I should have used a less attractive photo? No, NOT the Cosmo centerfold! Phew…

Brown’s campaign posted it on YouTube and sent out emails to reporters highlighting it.

Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said Brown violated the law by allowing his official staff to engage in campaign activity on taxpayer time.

Brown campaign spokesman Colin Reed called the complaint “laughable.”

Are we seriously, like – serious?

I’m asking DEMOCRATS, again: Are you serious?

Can’t you let this go? You think there’s a voter who will read this story and go: “Why, that conniving rotten scoundrel, Scott Brown – I’m NOT giving that campaign finance lawbreaker MY vote. NOT after John Edwards!!”

I’m at a loss for words to describe the rock-bottom frenzy over inanities and fluff and crap that we’ve sunk to in discussing a race for a crucial SENATE seat. Republicans got to be laughing at us!

EACH STATE should NOT have to make its own laws governing gay marriage. I think this is nonsense. A gay couple can get married in Massachusetts or the handful of other states like Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont that allow gay marriage. But, if that couple visits a state where gay marriage is NOT legal and one spouse is hospitalized or heaven forbid dies, then the other/surviving spouse has NO rights? Can’t even go see their loved one even though that person may be dying!? That makes no damn sense – but do we poke Scott Brown? No! THAT’S A REAL ISSUE.

A cop in Arizona may be able to stop and question a suspected illegal immigrant, but if the person takes off and crosses the state line to another, more tolerant state, he/she is home free? Where’s the rationale?

We need UNIFIED stances on these issues!

  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on Immigration Reform, The Dream Act, Secure Communities?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on Tax cuts
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on Environmental Protection?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on Abortion/Women’s rights?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on reducing Student Loans?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on Health Care Reform? Will any of them vote to REPEAL Obamacare…which allows Scott Brown to put his 23-year-old daughter Ayla on HIS health insurance? And if so, will they ALSO vote to repeal Romneycare in Massachusetts?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on Iran? The war in Afghanistan? On new Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on reducing the deficit?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on new drilling/green energy sources for the future?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on education reform?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on trade with Cuba?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on dealing with China and trade deficits?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on crossing the aisle and co-operating in a Congress where the Tea Party thinks compromise is a dirty word?
  • Where do Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren stand on Welfare Reform? Medicaid, Medicare and social Security Reform?
  • What qualities do Warren/Brown think important in a Supreme Court Judge? 

These are ALL issues they are going to have to deal with in Washington. At least, I hope so! So when they get there, HOW ARE THEY GOING TO VOTE? Tell us. Remind us…

I realize none of that, NONE, is as important as the percentage of Cherokee blood running through Elizabeth Warren’s veins and arteries! She manipulated to get into Harvard? We get it. She’ll be right at home at the Capitol where she will be called on to manipulate public sentiment to sanction useless wars…with useless F-22 bombers!

I would be PROUD to have this noble Cherokee as MY ancestor. Back then if the Cherokees had guns – and the Europeans had Tomahawks – scenario TODAY: Cherokees in Congress. Republicans on reservation!

In one news report, we learn of Democrat angst because: “Scott Brown owns six houses (personal and investment properties) and that his trademark barn coat is made not of traditional canvas but higher-end suede, while the green pickup he highlights in his lunch-bucket appeal was bought not for blue-collar purposes but to tow his daughter’s horse trailer!”

Many people who were thinking of voting for Scott Brown, upon hearing this – won’t any more! How about voting for poorer candidates like John Kerry or one of the Kennedy’s?

Bay State Get real. Democrats, wake up! Quickly…or I swear I will start blogging for Republicans!

Going once – going twice…any Republicans interested?

Santorum called Romney the “worst republican” but he “endorsed” Romney. Rudy Guiliani said of Romney: “I’ve never seen a guy change his positions on so many things, so fast, on a dime”. He’s now sharing firehouse pizza with Romney.

So why, oh why, can’t I?

*U.S News World Report rankings/National University Rankings

Photos: Google

The Republicans “Dream” Nightmare!!!

2012. They will decide?

Ah yes! The DREAM ACT….

A BILL: To authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children and for other purposes. (See Article before this, titled: The Dream Act)

Martin Luther King said: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”

Back in December 2010, when Republicans rejected the Dream Act in the U.S. Senate they were riding an anti-illegal immigration surge within the Republican/Tea party.

Republicans were castigating and denigrating Hispanics. It didn’t even matter if these Hispanics were born in the USA! Long as you looked Hispanic – didn’t matter if you were from Texas. You needed to go back home – to Mexico!

Brewer's "heated discussion" with Pres. Obama

Arizona governor Jan Brewer was championing The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (introduced as Arizona Senate Bill 1070 or simply: Arizona SB 1070).

It aims to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants. The Arizona law makes not carrying immigration documents a crime and gives police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. The bill has been described as the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in recent U.S. history.

Republicans were ecstatic!

Other states rushed to follow – passing crass measures that ended up costing farmers to lose millions as illegal immigrants told those states – “adios”, and headed, not South – elsewhere!

Tomatoes rotting on an Alabama farm after Immigrants left over Immigration crackdowns!

Eight months later, in December 2010, with a Senate mix of 57 Democrats, 41 Republicans and 2 Independents, Republicans shot the Dread Act down in flames.

Only FIVE Senate Republicans voted FOR the Dream Act. FOUR Senate Democrats, out of 56, voted AGAINST the Dream Act.

THEN along comes TIME Magazine with it’s left-wing article about Hispanics and their VOTING POWER. Have I said Ooops!!! 

Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs —59

Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Crapo (R-ID)

Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Risch (R-ID)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Vitter (R-LA)
Warner (D-VA)

Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs —40

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (R-MA)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kirk (R-IL)
Kyl (R-AZ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Pryor (D-AR)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting – 1

Brownback (R-KS)    

Republicans alienated Hispanics with their fiery and often divisive and misleading rhetoric, then thought they would easily cruise to a 2012  election Victory by courting to Tea Party voters!

To add insult to Hispanic injury,  just see who the Republican’s prospective nominee is likely to be…Mitt Romney! Romney loves Illegal Immigrants so much, when he was governor here in Massachusetts, he tried to get State Police to round up illegal immigrants! Do I hear DOUBLE oops, Mr. Romney!

“Mea culpa….Lo siento, por favor perdóname”

So if you were say, a Romney supporter like U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and you happened to be Hispanic and you needed to sort of pull Romney and Republicans from the edge of Immigration Infamy, maybe you start thinking of drafting a bill that would SHOW Hispanics that you’re not really an unfeeling robot – that you actually CARE?

Sen. Rubio does not Support Dream Act. Now Flip-Flopping, but again, he supports Mitt Romney!

In 2011, Republicans tried to cut  2-billion-dollars in  funding for Headstart,  the preschool program for poor children. And in 2012 Republicans tried to cut billions in funding for the Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) But so what? They still LIKE kids, right?

So-oo…

How about giving kids of Illegal Immigrants a chance to Dream. What a brilliant, novel idea. And let’s call it the, er…Dream Act? Now why does that sound familiar? Never mind…

And so, Marco Rubio is drafting his version, or a Republican version, of the Dream Act…

As Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez put it, the Rubio bill allows certain young people to eventually earn legal status by attending certain four-year colleges or serving in the U.S. military. The proposal would bar these young people raised in the United States from ever becoming citizens. Similar restrictive or watered down proposals are said to be coming from Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona (both of whom have supported the DREAM Act before now opposing it). Let’s call them collectively The ‘Stolen Dreams’ Act.

I can’t wait to hear Republicans defend their version of the bill because theirs DOES NOT allow these kids to EVER become citizens! So go FIGHT AND DIE for us – but we’ll bury you in a Mexican flag!

You know what, serves President Obama right!

I’ve always maintained that he squandered his social capital on shoddy Health Care Reform when he should instead have gone for IMMIGRATION REFORM.

Pro Dream Act Rally

I believe strongly that if he’d gone for Immigration Reform, The Supreme Court would NOT have him over a barrel today…Hispanics would still be chanting: “si, se puede”, he WOULD NOT HAVE LOST the mid-term elections and millions of people would be out of the shadows buying houses, staring businesses, buying Insurance, travelling on airlines, buying vehicles, etc…

But that’s just me!!!

“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” Dr. King.

Photos:  Google Images.

Silent Center Starts to ROAR! Amen!!!

It’s about time for this nation’s MAJORITY — the middle-of-the-road Americans who make up the “Silent Center”  — to wake up and roar. THANK GOD that you are beginning to…finally!

For too long you’ve chickened out, burying your head in the sand, while you let a handful of posturing kooks and haters set the agenda and shape the political debate.

So where have you been?

The majority of Americans are NOT racists. The majority of Americans are NOT haters. The majority of Americans are sensible, level-headed people who understand that compromise is NOT a dirty word. In short, the majority of Americans are realistic, LEVEL-headed people who have NO problems electing a black president…and would elect a green, blue or striped president, if they liked what he or SHE stood for.

But until the shoe started to pinch you, Silent Majority, YOU didn’t care, did you? You happily let the country go to hell, gave politicians carte blanch to engage in unnecessary wars, to desiccate Healthcare Reform with one hand — while accepting money from the Health Care Industry with the other hand.

YOU, the silent majority, allowed your kids/families to be burdened with crippling student debt and other bad consumer loans. You let Republicans defeat and stymie attempts to regulate business. You looked the other way because YOU were too busy engaged in a buying frenzy you couldn’t afford – rushing to buy another prop you did not need, or another piece of materialistic flotsam that was cobbled overseas.

Did you NOT understand that there would be a price…for not caring? Now you’re waking up…hi ho!

Here’s just one example where you turned the other cheek. IMMIGRATION REFORM. (I use Immigration as a mirror to reflect several other issues of key importance, like the Iraq war, where you turned a blind eye with negative consequences.)

Where were you in 2006/7 when you let a minority of extremists on the right, led by racism and political posturing instead of practicality and human decency, set the agenda over IMMIGRATION REFORM?

Where were YOU when Ted Kennedy and John McCain (he was a different McCain – a principled McCain, back then) and President George W. Bush came so close to passing The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, (110th U.S. Congress)? If you think ILLEGAL Immigration is bad, LEGAL immigration is even worse – it’s a nightmare!

The law would have overhauled America’s broken Immigration system, INCLUDING providing legal status/a path to citizenship (PATH – as in working your way towards a goal) for the approximately 14 to 20 million illegal immigrants currently residing in this country.

What is the convincing argument that you can come up with to keep millions of undocumented people in this country remaining IN THE SHADOWS? There were ONLY two options. Assimilate or Repatriate. Now, Republicans have added a third: Limbo! Not deporting, not assimilating – just hanging around!!!

Think of it. There are up to/or more than 20-thousand people living in this country without official documentation. Meaning, most are NOT in government databases. So authorities have NO idea WHO these people are, WHAT they are…or even WHERE they are. What a haven for terrorists!

Some of these people have been here for 10, 15, 20 years. They come from EVERY country in the world, EVERY race, including an estimated 20 thousand undocumented Irish. But Republicans focus ONLY on the Hispanics. Why? There are thousands of Chinese, thousands of Vietnamese, thousands of Africans, Cape Verdeans, Caribbean…Haitians, WHITE Europeans, Russians, Brazilians etc…

(Please note that as far as I am concerned, immigrants of any kind who rape, kill, pillage etc…should be deported immediately, without process. I am NOT asking for hardened criminal immigrants to remain here. My case is for honest, hard-working people who come here to WORK, who come seeking a better life or who are fleeing persecution and hunger, famine, disease.)

Do you really believe the reason the economy is bad and you can’t find a job is because of undocumented immigrants? OK, tell me.

How many Undocumented Immigrants killed President Obama’s 447-billion-dollar jobs bill in the Senate? (October 11, 2011)

How many undocumented immigrants are working at NASA? Or assembling train engines at General Electric (GE)? Are at Boeing building jet engines? At Bank of America creating bad mortgage policies? How many jobs did Undocumented Immigrants take at investment banks on Wall Street? At Goldman Sachs? And How many Undocumented Immigrants took home million-dollar bonuses while you lost your home…or voted to bomb Iraq?  

How many towns are laying off teachers, doctors, nurses and closing fire stations because Undocumented Immigrants are taking their jobs? Don’t you understand that the jobs these immigrants take are generally the backbreaking, low paying jobs so necessary to an advanced economy that traditionally the better off natives NEVER WANT TO DO? Even welfare dependents will stay home instead of doing these jobs. (Don’t blame immigrants, blame your system, and the politicians who won’t fix it.)

The Wall Street Journal has a list of major companies that laid off workers in ONLY the FIRST quarter of 2009.

  • UNITED TECHNOLOGIES: 18-THOUSAND
  • GM: 10-THOUSAND
  • NISSAN: 20-THOUSAND
  • PANASONIC: 15-THOUSAND
  • NEC: 20-THOUSAND
  • CATERPILLER: 20 THOUSAND
  • HOME DEPOT: 7-THOUSAND
  • CIRCUIT CITY (Bankrupt): 34-THOUSAND
  • ALCOA: 15-THOUSAND.

I listed some of the bigger companies/biggest job cuts. But go check the list for yourself: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2009/01/08/first-quarter-layoffs-selection-of-job-cuts-by-major-companies/

Is somebody trying to make YOU believe that UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS are “taking” your jobs? Did they take those jobs in the Journal list? Whom do we blame here?

For the fourth quarter of 2008, follow the Journal link or use this to check company lay-offs: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2008/12/04/fourth-quarter-layoffs-selection-of-job-cuts-by-major-companies/

How many of you are willing to go to Georgia to dig onions? Why not? Like Republicans claim, Immigrants are taking your jobs. Now the jobs are available. Go do them!  $8 an hour, with little or no benefits. Backbreaking, filthy, baking in the sun all day. Waiting for you.

Lawmakers in Georgia, led by the state’s Republican governor, (naturally)  Nathan Deal, passed a law: House Bill 87 – the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011” intended to drive such individuals “back home.”

What happened? About a-third of the workforce fled Georgia (they didn’t leave America, they left Georgia), crippling Georgia’s largest economic sector: agriculture…by leaving millions of dollars in crops—blueberries, onions, melons and others—to sit rotting in the fields.

Farmers, who were not consulted about the law, (what do farmers know?) and left out of discussions when the law was being crafted…are pissed.

So, you’ll take the jobs if farmers pay more? Say from $8 to $12 per hour? Is 12-dollars an hour acceptable to you? Not YOU, per se…(you’re looking for at least $20 an hour and up) but maybe lesser educated people? OK. Throw in Health Care and other benefits, you argue — to attract American Workers.

Are these the same Health Care/Benefits packages that big companies are trying to get out of? The Post Office says benefits are crippling the service to bankruptcy!  (I’m NOT arguing FOR or AGAINST benefits. Just saying companies claim benefits raise costs, and they do.) Ford, Chrysler and GM had to renegotiate their benefits packages or go bust. Remember, YOU had to then bail them out? Are you willing to pay $5 for a head of lettuce? Why not? Just think of the number of American jobs you’ll be saving…

A factory here in Massachusetts, (employs an acquaintance of mine), shut down and moved operations to Mexico. The company is keeping an office with a skeleton staff in Massachusetts. Who took those jobs? Immigrants – over in Mexico. Since they didn’t actually COME here, and are not immigrants, we’ll call them “potential immigrants-in-waiting.” They didn’t NEED to come HERE because YOUR jobs went to them! Well, I guess that’s better than having them come here, right?

I’d prefer the factory to stay here and at least pay taxes and have the wages they pay be spent HERE and generate economic activity HERE, for shelter, movie passes, food, clothing, furniture – wouldn’t you? I assume Undocumented Immigrants pay rent and buy food and pay bus fare and their phone bills? Or does somebody do THAT for them?

Do you hear Republicans saying anything about these companies that they support, the ones they give tax breaks to, while these companies export jobs overseas? Of course NOT! Big business can send jobs overseas to foreign workers, long as (a) these foreign workers STAY OVER THERE and don’t take these same jobs here, IN America…and (b) as long as these businesses continue to donate to Republicans political coffers!

How many of you, the Silent Majority, believe that every one of these millions of undocumented people in the U.S. should be rounded up and deported?

How many of you believe that every one of these people CAN be bundled up and deported?

How many of you are willing to pay for it? To pay for hiring airplanes and personnel, pilots, law enforcement to accompany deportees, food and shelter to house deportees while they wait, and for the long appeals lawyers/individuals will mount in YOUR courts? Would you mind the government hiring more lawyers, judges, court clerks…while laying off teachers and police?

How many of you believe that the legions of kids born to these undocumented immigrants, who are U.S. citizens by law, should either remain here while their parents are deported – or should be deported with their parents? Or should the parents go – kids stay?

How many of you believe that undocumented students who have excelled in their studies at American schools (at taxpayer expense) should be denied access to university while American kids are failing? Do you blame Undocumented Immigrants for the numbers of American kids, who sit next to the immigrant kids, sharing the same lessons, teachers, facilities and opportunities, but still fail?

How do you expect these bright, intelligent immigrant kids to support themselves when they leave high school with straight A’s but cannot get a job, not even at McDonald’s, because they have no Social Security number? Are you willing to throw these promising kids under the bus – your future scientists, teachers and artists – while shouldering lifetime Welfare Benefits to failing American kids – just because they are American?

So, lets’ re-examine. What did Republicans achieve by killing Immigration Reform? Political gimmickry, pandering to the Right!

Did undocumented immigrants leave? NOPE. Still here, with de facto Amnesty.

Is the problem fixed – or did Republicans manage to sweep one more major issue under the carpet, again?

Do you expect people who braved hell to get here, crossed deserts, sailed rickety boats in shark-infested waters, paid smugglers, sold everything they possess for passage, to endure great hardship and persecution, even rape, along the way, to give up now, that they’ve gotten here? Do you really think that after getting a taste of America, people will return to foraging in garbage dumps for food? To return to drug wars and disease and starvation and political uncertainty and religious persecution and lack of opportunity? Would you?

Would you like a pregnant undocumented  immigrant woman to start labor pains, or get involved in an accident, or suffer a heart attack and go to a hospital and be refused treatment, and be sent away to die? Do you want the hospital to tell the pregnant woman, sorry, we can’t deliver your baby and let the woman and baby die in the parking lot? How would YOU feel if you woke up one morning and there were 20, 50 such cases around the nation?

Or would you proclaim, like the Republican Right/Tea Party crowd (yes, the ones who so zealously appear to believe in a merciful, just, compassionate, forgiving God, the ones who speak for Jesus), because they are very sure that Jesus would also say: “Too bad for you, unwanted immigrants. You should die, so you can get the message and go back to where ever it is that you came from. You are taking away from my plenty – go back to your nothing! Furthermore, I talked to Jesus this morning, and he agrees with me!”

Polls consistently show that a MAJORITY of Americans favor giving undocumented people who are already here, have been here for years, those who are hard-working, upstanding, willing to learn English where necessary, A PATHWAY TO LEGALITY.

So again I ask YOU, the Silent Majority, where were YOU when you let voices on the right prevail, and shallow, scared politicians ducked for cover, and let a MINORITY of right-wing Republicans crush efforts by tying reform to a secure border? Do you plan to build a fence on the Canadian border too?

Now states are passing piecemeal Immigration Laws WHICH THE WHITE HOUSE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THEN GO TO COURT OVER, WASTING THOUSANDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, because the Obama White House is AFRAID to take up a bill THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN INTRODUCED (HR 4321 – Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2009 by Representative Luis Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat in December, 2009)…because Republicans oppose it.

Most people thought President Obama had a wonderful opportunity to reform Immigration. But he squandered his political capital on a Healthcare Hash and now, instead of having the guts to force a vote, the White House is cowering because they’ve done the math/taken a poll, and apparently do not have enough votes to pass the bill!

Now we are governing by poll? By posturing? We are governing by fear?

Gone are the days when politicians with balls INTRODUCED a bill and DEBATED it and LET Congress VOTE. No, now handlers must first go behind the scenes and find out who is willing to vote for the bill, and tally how many votes they have, and if there are not enough votes, then capitulate and shelve/kill the legislation – EVEN IF IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO!

Oh Silent Majority, how much you are to blamed for…!!! And now, you protest…

Thanks God slavery is already abolished.

Imagine passing an anti-slavery vote Today. IT WOULD NEVER BE DONE. And thank God Rosa Parks did not go around asking for support BEFORE she sat down on that bus seat!

White House, take note. If the polls allow it…

Epic Congressional Battle 2 – IMMIGRATION REFORM!

If you thought that HEALTH CARE REFORM was tough – wait until debate starts on Immigration Reform!

On December 15, 2009, Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced legislation titled: The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP).

According to Immigration Attorney Sheela Murthy’s law firm:

The bill addresses a wide range of key immigration areas. Comprehensive Immigration Reform is intended as an overarching rewrite of a laundry list of pervasive immigration problem areas.
 
It is an effort to address these issues in a cohesive manner, rather than in a piecemeal fashion. This includes many matters of concern to our readers, such as enhancements to the legal immigration system, as well as revisions to the H1B and L-1 programs.
 
Some of these areas of interest:
 
—  The bill would allow family- and employment-based immigrant visa numbers that went unused between 1992 and 2008 to be “recaptured.”  It would prevent future loss of numbers by allowing them to roll over to the next year.
 
 — The bill also proposes to increase the percentage of immigrant visa numbers that may be used each year by a given country. Some categories of highly-skilled workers would be exempt from the numerical limits.

 — The bill also proposes to permit nonimmigrant skilled workers to file applications for adjustment of status (I-485s), if otherwise eligible, even if their priority dates are not yet current.

• This would have significant ramifications…like the ability to obtain the employment authorization document (EAD) and possibly enjoying AC21 portability benefits. 

 — The bill contains significant revisions to the current H1B, H2B, and L-1 temporary worker programs. It proposes establishing a Commission on Immigration and Labor Markets to research and provide recommendations on the flow of workers into the United States.

 — Included in the H1B changes would be requirements for recruitment of U.S. workers. The U.S. Department of Labor would be given additional enforcement authority. There would be audit authority given to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in connection with L-1 employers.

 — Finally, the bill contains proposals to improve the process of naturalization to U.S. citizenship, and to encourage naturalization. This would include grants to community-based programs in English-training and legal support aimed at facilitating naturalization.
 
Gutierrez chairs the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Immigration. Here is the release:

On Tuesday, December 15, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) will introduce new legislation, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Gutierrez will be joined by members of many different faiths and backgrounds, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus and Progressive Caucus.

Who:
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-4), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force

Rep. Nydia  M. Velázquez (NY-12), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11), Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus

Rep. Mike Honda (CA-15), Chair of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (TX-16), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (CA-6), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus

Rep. Joe Baca (CA-43)

Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)

Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32)

Rep. Joseph Crowley (NY-7)

Rep. Sam Farr (CA-17)

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (TX-20)

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)

Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)

Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-38)

Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz (TX-27)

Rep. Pedro R. Pierluisi (PR-At large)

Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)

Rep. Jose E. Serrano (NY-16)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (NY-9)

Other Members of Congress
 
What:
Introduction of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation 
 
When:
12:30 pm, Tuesday, December 15, 2009
 
Where:
Room 2261, Rayburn House Office Building
 
“We have waited patiently for a workable solution to our immigration crisis to be taken up by this Congress and our President,” said Rep. Gutierrez. “The time for waiting is over. This bill will be presented before Congress recesses for the holidays so that there is no excuse for inaction in the New Year.

It is the product of months of collaboration with civil rights advocates, labor organizations, and members of Congress. It is an answer to too many years of pain —mothers separated from their children, workers exploited and undermined security at the border— all caused at the hands of a broken immigration system.

This bill says ‘enough,’ and presents a solution to our broken system that we as a nation of immigrants can be proud of.” 
 
Now we’ve been through this before. Last time a similar effort at Comprehensive Immigration Reform was shot down, largely by republicans.

What’s going to happen this time around?

When President Obama was campaigning for office, he placed Health Care Reform and Immigration Reform among his TOP priorities.

He’s had to deal with the economy which was tanking when he took office. He’s had to deal with Afghanistan. He’s also taken on Health Care.

Many of his supporters are NOT too happy that he decided to send MORE troops to Afghanistan.

Others are NOT pleased that the PUBLIC OPTION is NOT included in the Health Care Bill. Yet more remain unhappy with his administration’s handling of Wall Street excesses…not that there’s much he can do about that!

However, IMMIGRATION REFORM gives the president an opportunity to mobilize and energize the growingly influential Hispanic base and pacify Unions/Labor Leaders who are lukewarm at best over the Health Care Bill they’re getting.

DEMOCRATS – let this be a warning!

FAIL ON IMMIGRATION REFORM AND COME 2010 – YOU WILL BE THE ONES LOOKING FOR STATUS…AND PACKING UP TO GO HOME.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!

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