Posts filed under 'Immigration'

Be Careful What You Wish For…

So how are those “pro-business” Republican policies working out in Alabama?  Just ask the agro, auto, and manufacturing industries.

December 12th, 2011 at 07:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Republicans,Wankers

No One Could Have Anticipated…

Outside of the “severe labor shortages” (but not to worry, they’re only at farms and poultry plants), it sounds like the good citizens of Alabama don’t really enjoy the government treating them like they look Mexican.

November 18th, 2011 at 07:56am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

People Unclear On The Concept

Russell Pearce brags that it took a recall to oust him from office.

Um, getting recalled is not exactly a ringing endorsement, dude.

November 16th, 2011 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Immigration,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Question Of The Day

Why is it that inexpensive immigrants taking American jobs is some kind of terrible stealth invasion, but inexpensive convicts taking American jobs is a success story?

1 comment July 7th, 2011 at 07:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Labor,Republicans,Unemployment,Wankers

Well, At Least They’re Consistent

Apparently it’s not just suspiciously Latino-looking characters that AZ lawmakers want to force into producing their papers:

Arizona may become the first state to require lenders to prove they have the right to foreclose by providing a complete list of any previous owners of the mortgage, under a bill passed yesterday by its Senate.

The legislation, which is headed to the House after being approved 28-2 in the Republican-dominated Senate, would allow foreclosure sales to be voided if lenders that didn’t originate the loan can’t produce the full chain of title. Arizona permits nonjudicial foreclosures, meaning property can be seized from the homeowner without a court order.


The bill would require lenders to provide a document attached to the notice of foreclosure sale with the name and address of every beneficial owner of the deed of trust in chronological order, along with the date, recordation number and a description of the instrument that “conveyed the interest of each beneficiary.”

Excellent.  I suppose it helps that one of the bill’s sponsors is currently doing battle with her own mortgage servicer over this very issue…

(Cross-posted at MyFDL)

February 26th, 2011 at 10:41am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Immigration

Is Labor The New Latinos?

The HuffPost Hill raises an interesting question:

According to 2008 exit polls, John McCain won 37% of union members nationally, while picking up 35% in Wisconsin and 41% in Ohio. Now, if you’re a union member, it’s long been fine to vote Republican for the guns and the other stuff, knowing that the GOP isn’t the workingman’s best friend, but he’s not gonna be that much worse than the Democrat. That’s the calculation that created the Reagan Democrat and has kept the GOP competitive for several generations. But what happens to that calculation when Republicans make a real attempt to ELIMINATE YOUR UNION? If that union number drops from 37 to, say, 25, how does the GOP get to an electoral majority?

I think this is a lot like immigration – a golden opportunity that the Democrats are squandering by trying to out-Republican the Republicans.  Just as Obama is kicking Dubya’s ass on the number of deportations, we also see him and other Democrats like Andrew Cuomo and Rahm Emanuel embracing the GOP gospel of scapegoating public unions for budget shortfalls and trying to freeze or cut their pay.

So once again, instead of seizing the opportunity and locking up a key constituency, Obama and the Democrats are desperately trying to hand them back to the Republicans.  Brilliant.

February 24th, 2011 at 08:00am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Immigration,Labor,Politics,Polls,Republicans,Wankers

How To Get Republicans To Yes On Immigration Reform

I think we finally have a hook to get immigration reform passed!  Sarah Palin and Joe Lieberman have accidentally shown us the way forward with their very rational and well-informed responses to Wikileaks’ Cowardly Attack On The Very Foundations Of Our Civilization.

Sarah Palin:

Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book ‘America by Heart’ from being leaked, but US Govt can’t stop Wikileaks’ treasonous act?

Joe Lieberman:

ANCHOR: What do you think of the Justice Department’s actions so far to not charge Julian Assange with treason?

LIEBERMAN: I don’t understand why that hasn’t happened yet.

And Sarah again:

No wonder others are keeping silent about Assange’s antics.  This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts.

All we have to do is point out that if the GOP doesn’t allow undocumented immigrants to become American citizens, they’ll never be able to legally charge any of them with treason!  (Or call them un-American without looking like idiots, but obviously that’s not much of a deterrent.)

Thanks, Joe and Sarah, for showing us the way!  You are like two radiant beacons of stupid, casting your blinding light upon a sea of, well, mostly more stupid.

(Cross posted at MyFDL)

2 comments December 8th, 2010 at 10:38pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Lieberman,Palin,Politics,Republicans

The Other Gaypocalypse

Sure, it’s a big deal that Judge Walker struck down Prop 8, but it’s sucked up so much blog and media attention that I think we’re missing the dire unintended consequences of another, very similar ruling:

Mexico’s supreme court on Thursday upheld a landmark law that allows gay marriage in the capital city, bucking a challenge raised by the conservative government of President Felipe Calderon.

This year, Mexico City became the first capital in mainly Catholic Latin America to pass a law allowing gay couples the same marriage and adoption rights as heterosexuals.

Do you realize what this means? Millions of opposite-marriage-loving Mexicans will be forced to flee to the United States (but not California) to preserve the sanctity of their marriages!

In addition to the inevitable collapse of American society as we know it, think how many conservative heads will explode while trying to decide whether to vilify the interlopers or welcome them as brothers. (Pro Tip for Mexican marriage refugees: Tell Bill O’Reilly how much you love Christmas and falafel – I know it sounds weird, but trust me on this one.)

(Crossposted at The Seminal)

August 5th, 2010 at 08:32pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Judiciary,Teh Gay

Welcome To The Club

Is our Hispanic Caucus learning?

A group of Democratic lawmakers wants to use the immigration reform debate to fix one of the most hotly contested aspects of the health care law — provisions that bar immigrants from using new government programs to get coverage.

The move by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus would add a contentious new element to an already monumental task — passing a bill that puts 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

But the lawmakers say they’re merely following through on a pledge they made when the health care overhaul passed in March, and they expect the White House and Democratic leadership to do the same.

Some members of the caucus almost withheld their votes for health reform over what they saw as punitive, anti-immigrant measures in the bill, which bans illegal immigrants from using newly created exchanges to buy insurance, even with their own money, and maintains a five-year waiting period for legal residents to enroll in Medicaid.

They signed on only after receiving assurances that their concerns would be rectified as part of the immigration reform battle, according to lawmakers, advocates and Hill aides.

“The expectation was that everybody knew it was unfair and that a new immigration bill would correct that,” Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) told POLITICO.

Asked at what level he received such signals, Grijalva said: “High enough to feel secure about it.”

And you believed them???  Have you been paying any attention at all?  Obama promised labor EFCA if they went along with his terrible healthcare bill, and look how that worked out for them.  You really think Obama’s going to go out on a limb for you when he’s never gone out on a limb for anything progressive in his life?  Yeah, good luck with that.

July 20th, 2010 at 07:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Immigration,Obama,Politics,Wankers

My Genius Foolproof Immigration Reform Plan

I think I have finally figured out an immigration strategy that Republicans can get on board with:

Invade and annex Latin America.  The Republicans get to indulge their undying love for conquest and occupation, and everyone in (and from) Latin America becomes an American citizen and can come and go as as they please.  Everybody wins!

July 1st, 2010 at 11:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Republicans

Great Moments In Spin

Florida Republicans want to pass their own version of Arizona’s show-me-your-papers law… for the immigrants’ own good:

[Rep. William] Snyder, a former police officer, said the proposed legislation is needed to protect undocumented immigrants, who are vulnerable to abusive employers and violent criminals.

“This is a human right issue,” he said. “They don’t enjoy the same rights and privileges that you and I do. The solution is to enforce the laws that currently exist and to discourage people from coming here to ‘find a better life’ when in fact they just come here and are victimized.”

Aww, what a sweet compassionate man.  He only wants to harass Hispanics to protect them.  Needless to say, Florida’s immigrant and Hispanic communities don’t see it quite the same way…

“The reaction is, ‘What? This is ridiculous,’ ” said Neelofer Syed, a Tampa immigration lawyer who hails from Pakistan. “It is supposed to be that you are legal until you are proven guilty. This law is like, ‘we think you are guilty unless you establish that you are innocent.’ ”

Rep. J.C. Planas, a Republican from Miami, called it an election year stunt.

“I don’t understand how anyone can think the Arizona law is good for Florida,” said Planas, chairman of the Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus. “It is a huge waste of police resources to start doing these things.”

I’m wondering what the Cuban community thinks of this.  I’m no expert on Florida politics, but I got the pretty strong impression that they have an awful lot of political clout, and antagonizing them seems like a really bad idea.  I’m not sure they necessarily see things the same way as the Hispanic population in general, but they would certainly be subject to being harassed for their papers, so I can’t see them being big fans.

June 29th, 2010 at 11:34am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Liberty For White Guys!

Yes, it is kinda ironic that the teabaggers are suddenly so up in arms about government infringing on personal freedom, yet don’t seem at all bothered by Arizona’s show-me-your-papers law.  I’m pretty sure their passion for freedom only applies to white people – after all, it’s not like the teabaggers were up in arms about Bush/Cheney’s warrantless wiretapping, indefinite detentions, or torture of Teh Scary Muslims.

May 27th, 2010 at 11:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

The Wages Of Bigotry Is Boycotts

Apparently Arizona’s government are such huge racist bastards that it never even occurred to them that many people in other states are not:

Acknowledging that Arizona has developed a serious image problem because of its tough new immigration law, Gov. Jan Brewer and tourism-industry leaders said Thursday that they will launch a new effort to stanch the flow of lost trade and convention business in the state.

The legislation and firestorm of negative publicity that followed brought calls for boycotts, moved groups to back out of local conventions and led several cities to cut business ties with Arizona companies.


“It’s up to us to get the truth out there. This is impacting Arizona’s face to the nation,” said Brewer, who blamed the controversy on misconceptions about the law.


Officials were just starting to see signs of life when the backlash over the new immigration law began, said Debbie Johnson, CEO of the Arizona Tourism Alliance and the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.

To date, dozens of cities and groups have announced boycotts. Arizona has lost at least 30 to 40 meetings and conventions, she said.

“We were surprised by (the boycotts),” Johnson said. “We didn’t think it was going to be a tourism issue. This is a political issue.”

Of course, no one could have anticipated.  They couldn’t even imagine that anyone might find the show-me-your-papers law offensive.  But I think this is my favorite part right here:

“The end goal is to reassert that we are a safe, inviting, diverse and culturally aware community,” said Steve Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Really?  A diverse and culturally aware community that harasses Latinos and demands to see their papers?  That has banned ethnic studies and won’t even allow anyone with an accent to teach English?  I can’t think of any other state whose government has actively embraced racism and xenophobia like Arizona’s has.  They’re like that creepy uncle who uses the N-word all the time and can’t understand why no one invites him to dinner any more.

(h/t Karin for the accent thing)

May 17th, 2010 at 07:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Racism,Wankers

GOP Latino Outreach Continues

More and more Republicans are jumping on the show-me-your-papers bandwagon – God forbid they should let Arizona out-xenophobe them:

At a Tea Party rally in Ramona, Calif., on Saturday, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter told the conservative crowd that he supports the deportation of children of illegal immigrants – even if they were born in the United States.

“Between $10 [billion] and $20 billion in this state that we spend on immigration – that’s health services, that’s education and jails. We just can’t afford it anymore,” he told the crowd, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We’re not being mean. We’re just saying it takes more than just walking across the border to become an American citizen.

“It’s what’s in our souls.”

Conservative lawmakers in Oklahoma, buoyed by the passage of SB 1070, say they will introduce a similar bill in their state. In fact, Republican state Rep. Randy Terrill told The Associated Press that Oklahoma may even take Arizona’s example further and include assets seizure provisions and harsher penalties for illegal immigrants.

I especially love that Duncan Hunter quote about how it’s what’s in our souls that makes us Americans.  I guess that means Latinos just aren’t racist and hateful enough to be real Americans.  What a shame.

1 comment May 1st, 2010 at 03:02pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers


Man, the Republicans really want to make sure that no Latino ever votes for them again until the end of time, don’t they?  They pass the racial-profiling/show-me-your-papers law in Arizona, and they’re trying to pass it in Texas and Missouri, so it’s not like the GOP can claim that AZ is just one bad apple.  And then you’ve got this winner who wants all driving tests to be in English only, and Lindsey Graham throwing a tantrum and threatening to sabotage a bill with his own name on it if the Senate considers immigration reform.

Considering how large and fast-growing segment of the population Latinos are, this seems like a recipe for electoral suicide, unless the GOP has a plan to keep Latinos from voting.  Oh.  Right. Nevermind.

April 30th, 2010 at 07:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Immigration,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Republican Rebranding!

Looks like the Minnesota GOP is trying something new:

Minnesota’s Senate District 42 has a poll up asking constituents

Do you believe in enforcing our nation’s immigration laws?

Both possible responses are “yes.” Two variations on “yes.” At least they are consistent.

Who says they’re the Party Of No?

April 27th, 2010 at 06:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Republicans

Lindsey Takes His Ball And Goes Home

Lindsey Graham refuses to support the climate change bill that has his own name on it:

The effort to enact comprehensive climate and energy legislation this year suffered a critical blow Saturday when Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), the key Republican proponent of the bill, withdrew his support because of what he said was a “cynical political” decision by Democrats to advance immigration legislation first.

The move forced the other two authors of the climate and energy bill, Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), to cancel a much-anticipated news conference planned for Monday at which they were to unveil the plan they negotiated with Graham.

Graham, who spent weeks working with Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on an immigration measure that will appeal to both parties, wrote in an open letter Saturday to leaders of the climate effort, “Moving forward on immigration — in this hurried, panicked manner — is nothing more than a cynical political ploy.”

I guess not everyone can be as noble and idealistic as the guy who co-authored an environmental bill that he doesn’t believe in.

April 26th, 2010 at 07:04am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Environment,Immigration,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

America’s Newest Terrorist Threat

Mimes!  Female mimes!  With… Death Balloons!  And Hate Whistles!  Assaulting people with their faces!  What self-respecting anti-immigrant activist wouldn’t feel threatened?

Yesterday, approximately 200,000 people gathered at the National Mall to show their support of comprehensive immigration reform. Roy Beck, director of the immigration restrictionist group, NumbersUSA, decided to add himself to the mix and report on the event via a live stream that was available on the group’s website. According to Anne Manetas of NumbersUSA, a group of female mimes threatened Beck and his bodyguards with “constant efforts at crushing physical intimidation” instigated by “blowing hateful whistles” and waving balloons.


However, that doesn’t explain why Beck’s bodyguard is the one who ended up being arrested and charged with assault yesterday. Lena Graber, one of the three mimes who pressed charges against Beck’s bodyguard, talked with Wonk Room this morning. Graber explains that she and four other mimes followed Beck and his crew around for four hours in an effort to prevent Beck from picking a fight with demonstrators. According to Graber, Beck’s bodyguard pulled out a pocket knife and started popping the mimes’ balloons. Graber cannot provide details on the assault charges filed by the other two mimes, but she did provide an account of what happened to her yesterday:

They were pretty aggressive and they would sort of elbow us out of the way and say “Don’t touch me” as they were doing so. One of the bodyguards had white makeup all over his elbow and he was all upset that the mimes had gotten makeup on him…but our makeup was on our faces and I wasn’t face-bunting anyone so I felt like that was more incriminating evidence than anything else.


Graber also stated one of Beck’s cameramen remarked, “well, I guess I’ve never been followed around by five women all day — even better they’re not talking.” Another witness who did not want to be named confirmed Graber’s account and described the mimes’ behavior as “completely whimsical in nature — never threatening.” Both Graber and the witness confirmed that the “hateful whistles” were actually just small plastic whistles in the shape of a soccer ball.

Stay classy, anti-immigrant assholes.  And stay safe – those mimes sound awfully scary.

1 comment March 23rd, 2010 at 11:37am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Republicans,Wankers


Why is it that Republicans and conservadems seem perfectly okay with American jobs going overseas, but completely freak out over the idea of foreigners showing up here to collect them in person?

March 18th, 2010 at 07:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Economy,Immigration,Racism,Republicans

Nose, Say Goodbye To Face

One of the most frustrating trends in American politics is this idea that some people are so undeserving that the government must never do anything for them, even if it would help the rest of the country as a whole.  We saw it with the stimulus bill (and every time there’s a stimulus bill), where the most effective stimulus measures (food stamps, extended unemployment insurance, etc.) always meet with the most resistance because they primarily benefit the poor and unemployed.  No matter that they’re the people most likely to spend their stimulus money back into the economy which is the whole idea, because they haven’t earned that money, and we’ll be damned if we let our hard-earned tax dollars go to lazy freeloaders.

In other words, many Americans would rather let the recession and 10% employment continue rather than give money to the people who need it most (tax cuts for the rich are fine, because they’re all such hard workers and productive members of society).

Now there’s a study showing that legalizing undocumented immigrants would increase GDP by $1.5 trillion over ten years, and even if it turns out to be completely correct and valid, even undisputed, I predict that it will have exactly zero impact.  Because even if it would be a huge benefit to our economy, there’s no way we’re going to give those people a free pass for sneaking into our country.

It’s sad, really.  If you told America that for every dollar it gave to a homeless guy it would get two dollars in return, it would still walk right by him and tell him to get a job.

January 8th, 2010 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Immigration,Politics


SEIU’s Eliseo Medina does a great job calling out the GOP’s hypocrisy on pretending that their hatred of undocumented immigrants is some kind of admirable, patriotic defense of American workers; bonus points for pointing out how the Entitlement Reform Party also suddenly morphed into the Save Medicare Party:

[Republicans will] even resort to feigning support for policies and programs that they’ve historically opposed — like Medicare — and then reverse course and file amendments to privatize it.

Given this track record, it should come as no surprise then that members of the anti-immigrant (and anti-worker) Immigration Reform Caucus are now trying to co-opt a “pro-worker agenda” in a ruthless effort to push their extremist mass deportation agenda and block the smart, practical immigration reform American workers need.

Thanks to a new report released today from America’s Voice Education Fund, a closer look at the voting records of these Members show them to be some of the most consistent opponents of legislation that would benefit American workers.

Despite the hype, the op-eds, and the continued pandering to a small minority of anti-immigrant voters, these leaders have no interest in supporting working families; no interest in raising standards or wages for working people who struggle everyday to provide for their families. In fact, these so-called champions of the American worker have taken every opportunity to make life harder for working families.

As the report shows, SEIU gives 95 percent of these phony reformers an “F” grade for their anti-worker voting records. Of the 87 Members of the House of Representatives who received an “A” grade from the extremist anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in the 110th Congress:

· 94 percent voted against the Employee Free Choice Act
· 93 percent against Equal Pay for Women
· 83 percent against Extending Unemployment Compensation
· 68 percent against Increasing the Minimum Wage
· 82 percent against Providing Parental Leave for Federal Employees

(This is actually one of the very few instances where Republicans do not use “workers” and “jobs” as a synonym for “profits”, by the way.)

Some other things the Republicans have recently become fierce defenders of:

o Balanced budgets.
o The filibuster.
o The minority party’s right to participate in the legislative process.
o Transparency and accountability for the Fed.
o Constitutional freedoms (only for Americans, though).

I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but you get the general idea…

December 10th, 2009 at 10:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Immigration,Labor,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Lou Dobbs Deported From CNN


Lou Dobbs, the longtime CNN anchor whose anti-immigration views have made him a TV lightning rod, plans to announce Wednesday that he is leaving the network, two network employees said.

A CNN executive confirmed that Mr. Dobbs will announce his resignation plans on his 7 p.m. program. His resignation is effective immediately; tonight’s program will be his last on CNN. His contract was not set to expire until the end of 2011.

Good riddance.  I’m gonna go with four months as the over/under for when he gets his own show at Fox News.

4 comments November 11th, 2009 at 06:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Immigration,Media,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

What Do Most People Say?

This is dickish and bizarre on so many levels:

Sen. Bob Bennett wants the Census to collect information on who is in the country illegally in its official 2010 count, but Census Director Robert Groves said that’s not practical a mere six months before the questionnaires are mailed to every household.

“A lot of the forms are already printed,” Groves said Wednesday. “That train has left for the 2010 Census clearly.”

Bennett, a Utah Republican who faces a tough re-election effort, introduced a bill last week that would add an 11th question to the Census forms asking if the person is a citizen or legal resident. He wants to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count used to apportion seats in the U.S. House.

“It does not make any sense for congressional seats and the Electoral College to be determined by a process that unfairly provides the advantage to those communities with high illegal populations,” Bennett said in announcing his legislation.

In addition to being yet still more anti-immigrant demagogic wankery, why wait until six months before the forms have to be mailed out?  Why didn’t Bennett think of this when he had a Republican Congress and a Republican president?  Did he want to make sure that it would fail so he could rant about the Democrats coddling illegal immigrants?

But even if we set those questions aside, does anyone seriously believe that any undocumented immigrant is actually going to tell the Census Bureau that they’re not a “citizen or legal resident”?  That seems like an even bigger practical question than whether or not there’s enough time to change the forms.

2 comments September 24th, 2009 at 11:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Republicans,Wankers

So Much For Immigration Reform…

This does not bode well:

Passing immigration reform is “going to happen this session,” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), referring to the 111th Congress. “But I want it this year if at all possible.”

Harry Reid confidently declaring that something good will pass (or that something bad won’t) is like the kiss of death.  It usually means that he’ll lackadaisically make zero attempt to whip votes, and end up failing miserably.

Hopefully he’ll get voted out in 2010 and the Democrats can try it again with a real Majority Leader.  That’s assuming they’re even willing to elect one, of course – they seem pretty content to be led by ineffectual milquetoasts.

June 5th, 2009 at 07:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Immigration,Politics

Comment-Inspired Musings

Just a couple of thoughts inspired by the comments to my Dick Cheney, Gay Marriage Crusader post:

1) How long before Republicans’ two favorite hot-button topics converge, and they start wailing about immigrants using phony gay marriage to get green cards?

2) How will Rush Limbaugh and other hardcore bigoted conservatives deal with Cheney reiterating that gay marriage isn’t so bad after all?  It’ll be pretty hard for them to argue that Dick Cheney, of all people, isn’t a real conservative.  My guess is that they’ll just ignore it…

2 comments June 3rd, 2009 at 07:01am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Cheney,Immigration,Media,Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay

The GOP’s Noble, Lonely Crusade

If there’s one thing Republicans in general, and Tom Tancredo in particular, hate, it’s bigoted intolerant racists:

Earlier this week, Tancredo declared her to be a “racist” who should be “disqualified” from serving on the bench.

This afternoon on CNN, he went further, attacking [Sonia Sotomayor’s] affiliation with the National Council of La Raza as equivalent to being a member of the Ku Klux Klan:

TANCREDO: If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case, which is, from my point of view anyway, nothing more than a Latino — it’s a counterpart — a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses. If you belong to something like that in a way that’s going to convince me and a lot of other people that it’s got nothing to do with race. Even though the logo of La Raza is “All for the race. Nothing for the rest.” What does that tell you?

SANCHEZ: Alright. We’re not talking about — we’re not talking about La Raza –

TANCREDO: She’s a member! She’s a member of La Raza!

You see, the only reason Republicans hate minorities and women and gays so much, is that minorities and women and gays all hate straight white men, and Republicans simply cannot abide that kind of intolerance.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, “La Raza” appears to be Spanish for “ACORN”:

The La Raza line is the latest right-wing attack on Sotomayor. Right-wing groups have been waging war against La Raza since the 2006 immigration rallies. Conservatives, including Rep. Charles Norwood (R-GA), claim the group “supports racist groups calling for the secession of the western United States as a Hispanic-only homeland.” The right-wing blog Stop The ACLU calls La Raza “an anti-white extremist group.”

These attacks — promoted by Drudge — are only going to escalate. Of course, the characterizations are wildly false. La Raza is the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization that focuses on such nefarious issues as “civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health.” Used to these attacks, La Raza has a long fact-sheet debunking the unhinged claims of the right, including pointing out that “La Raza” translates as “the people,” not “the race,” as the right wing suggests.

Tancredo echoed a popular right-wing myth, claiming the group’s slogan is “All for the race, nothing for the rest.” When ThinkProgress asked a La Raza spokeswoman, she replied, “No. That’s very much incorrect.” In fact, the true slogan is “Strengthening America by promoting the advancement of Latino families.” A far cry from Tancredo’s egregiously false, race-based characterization.

May 28th, 2009 at 07:13pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Judiciary,Racism,Republicans

Jonah Goldberg’s Perfect Candidate

Must be charismatic and self-loathing.

No freaks.

(h/t BT)

May 8th, 2009 at 10:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Media,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Sexism,Teh Gay

You Want A Node Job, Right?

Wired has a feature on an indie sci-fi film called Sleep Dealer, where the future of immigration is virtual “telemigration” – instead of crossing the border, Mexican workers jack in with the help of “coyoteks” and and perform menial labor in the U.S. via remote control.

I wonder how the anti-immigration people would take this idea.  Technically, the telemigrants would still be in their home country – this would be more akin to outsourcing than anything else.

April 17th, 2009 at 07:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Movies

Obama Denounced By Expert On Intolerance

Oh, this is just beautiful.  The opening paragraphs of a Guardian hit piece on how Rev. Wright has thoroughly destroyed Barack Obama’s political career:

Listen for a few minutes to Joey Vento, owner of a south Philadelphia institution that serves gut-busting sandwiches through a takeaway hatch, and the scale of Barack Obama’s problems become apparent. Obama is having the worst week of his campaign. It is, some believe, a week that threatens his chances of becoming president.

“That minister, that was terrible, all his sayings. He’s preaching hatred,” Vento said. “The thing I didn’t like about Obama; you’re telling me for 20 years you been going to that church and you never heard that?”

Vento, 68, was speaking about Obama’s former pastor and spiritual adviser, Jeremiah Wright, whose sermons have been aired repeatedly on US television denouncing the US as racist.

Joey Vento, Joey Vento… cheesesteaks… Now why does that sound so familiar? Oh wait, now I remember:

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations held a public hearing Friday to address a controversial sign at the popular Geno’s Steaks that has garnered worldwide attention.

The hearing was scheduled after allegations were made accusing Geno’s Steaks of discrimination for posting a sign that reads: “This Is America. When Ordering Speak English.”

Geno’s owner Joey Vento said it is “free speech” and defended his policy during Friday’s hearing.

“This country is a melting pot, but what makes it work is the English language,” Vento told the commission during a hearing that lasted more than six hours….

Oh yeah, he’s the perfect guy to interview about hate speech.

1 comment March 22nd, 2008 at 08:51pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Immigration,Media,Obama,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Monster Of The Week

This is absolutely terrible:

No problems so far, the immigration agent told the American citizen and his 22-year-old Colombian wife at her green card interview in December. After he stapled one of their wedding photos to her application for legal permanent residency, he had just one more question: What was her cellphone number?

The calls from the agent started three days later. He hinted, she said, at his power to derail her life and deport her relatives, alluding to a brush she had with the law before her marriage. He summoned her to a private meeting. And at noon on Dec. 21, in a parked car on Queens Boulevard, he named his price — not realizing that she was recording everything on the digital camera in her purse.

“I want sex,” he said on the recording. “One or two times. That’s all. You get your green card. You won’t have to see me anymore.”

She reluctantly agreed to a future meeting. But when she tried to leave his car, he demanded oral sex “now,” to “know that you’re serious.” And despite her protests, she said, he got his way.

The 16-minute recording, which the woman first took to The New York Times and then to the Queens district attorney, suggests the vast power of low-level immigration law enforcers, and a growing desperation on the part of immigrants seeking legal status. The aftermath, which included the arrest of an immigration agent last week, underscores the difficulty and danger of making a complaint, even in the rare case when abuse of power may have been caught on tape.

The story goes on to provide all the sordid details, as well as a bunch of other examples of predatory immigration officials extorting sex from desperate, helpless immigrant women. In this particular case, the woman’s husband found out and left her, and she still doesn’t have a green card.

Someone really needs to go through La Migra with a firehose and clean all the scum out, and I don’t think it’ll be Dubya or McCain. How about it, Barack? Hillary?

March 21st, 2008 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Immigration,Wankers

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