kyledeb: September 2008 Archives

Will Coley of Aquifermedia has emailed me and asked me to highlight two of his latest videos in tandem with the fact that there are two pro-migrant bills in Congress for us to support. 
Aquifermedia's videos show very simply how to call your Congressperson and Senator in support of these bills, which might be useful for people that haven't done it before. 

The first bill is H.R. 1176, or the "Child Citizen Protection Act"Call your Congressperson in support of this bill.   Aquifermedia video on how to call your Congressperson:

The second bill is S. 3594, or the "Protect Citizens and Residents from Unlawful Raids and Detention Act".  Call your Senator in support of this billAquifermedia video on how to call your Senator. 

There is more below on each of this bills and why you should support them.
America's Voice has another great video mocking the CIS report which suggests migrants are to blame for global warming.  

Homeland Gitmos

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Breakthrough continues to produce excellent media to get the word out about the horrific conditions migrants are living in in the U.S. today.  Check out their new website, Homeland Guantanamos, for a vivid portrayal of migrant detention in the U.S. today.
When The Unapologetic Mexican produces a documentary, you better watch out.  Below is Nezua's documentary of the Democrat National Convention in 2008.

DNC08: Beer and Loathing (The Pollatix of Grain and Periphery) from nezua on Vimeo.
Originally posted at The Sanctuary.

Surprise. Surprise. 

Mark Krikorian found Obama's answers to our questionnaire on The Sanctuary.

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Same-Sex Couples [Mark Krikorian]

Obama's answers to a questionnaire on immigration from a hard-left group are mostly unremarkable -- he backs the procedure supporters call "comprehensive immigration reform," does not necessarily oppose raids and detention of illegals so long as they're done humanely, etc. (h/t Jennifer McFadyen) But one thing that I suppose I should have known but didn't is that he supports the "Uniting American Families Act," which would extend spousal immigration rights to same-sex couples. So now McCain has two extreme Obama positions on immigration to attack: driver's licenses for illegals and immigration for gay couples. Will McCain ever use them to criticize Obama? No -- he'll just keep criticizing Obama for being too weak in support of amnesty.
Mark Krikorian - The Corner (23 September 2008)
For a little history on Mark Krikorian, he came to Boston University some time ago with Lou Barletta where he was beaten badly in a debate about U.S. migration policy. 

With registration deadlines fast approaching, I encourage everyone to check out a new site set up by the Obama campaign: Vote For Change.

It's a one stop shop where you can register to vote, check if you're registered, change the address you'll be voting from, order an absentee ballot, find your polling location, all in a matter of minutes.
It seems I'm always one of the last to act on these happenings.  The truth is I hate reading about them, so I always put it off.  I knew another person had died in detention, but I didn't want to learn the details. 

I didn't want to get to know another person who's only sin was the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness, and have them die before my eyes.  I finally did it, but I honestly don't want to write about it.  Instead I'll point you to the people that already have.

The Unapologetic Mexican
American Humanity
Vivir Latino
Latino Politico
Problem Chylde

Read these and more to learn of another tragedy, another disgrace to the human condition.  Most importantly though, sign this petition to ask for answers.  Go to for more information.

The Sanctuary has already endorsed the petition.
Maybe McCain confused the Prime Minster of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, with the Zapatistas.

I did a translation for a friend, regarding this Talking Points Memo post by Josh Marshall, and I thought I'd go ahead and post it on Citizen Orange. 

It appears that before Spanish media, McCain evaded the question of whether or not he would meet with the Prime Minister of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.  It's hard to tell without the audio, since I can't really read McCain's tone, but it seems as if he doesn't know who the Prime Minister of Spain is.

Lou Dobbs Buys Obama Waffles

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Even the Southern Poverty Law Center has not gone as far as to call Lou Dobbs a racist.  Still, it's clear with incidents like this that Dobbs is not in the least sensitive to racial concerns.

Picture from Politico

The New Migrant Spirit

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Gustavo Arellano has an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times that is a breath of fresh air in the U.S. migration debate.  Please read, "My Dad, the illegal immigrant."
Be sure to read Nezua's latest post on Hispanic Heritage Month.  It sent chills down my spine.  No on can touch the spice in Nezua's writing.  Here's a taste:

Soy Indio y Euro, soy mestizo, soy Latino.  I am the conqueror and the conquered, I am the field and the worker and the hungry consumer; I am all these things, but my heritage is and will always be la lucha. And that is why I am here many days. For mi gente are still in the fields.
Nezua - The Unapologetic Mexican (15 September 2008)
I've been following the happenings in Prince William County for sometime now through the work of the documentary film-makers Annabel Park and Eric Byler at 9500Liberty and through the pro-migrant blog Anti-BVBL, run by Alanna Almeda. 

Anyone that's interested in pro-migrant blogging or in new media should be following the goings on in Prince William County, where new media has intensified the debate about U.S. migration policy at the local level. 

For a some time it seemed as if the nativist movement, lead by Greg Letiecq through his blog Black Velvet Bruce Li, and his extremist Help Save Manassas, had the upper hand.  But there's has been backlash.  The good and decent people of Prince William County are standing up to Letiecq's hate.  
Here on Citizen Orange we wrote about the attacks on Isabel Garcia, a defender of a migrant rights.  Manuel at Latino Politico has the breaking news.

The best part is that we beat out the nativists in a letter writing campaign.  Ah it feels good to write about something good for a change.

Guest Work: A Graduate in Ghana

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I apologize if I'm bombarding everyone with too much rich content at once, but I know if I hold off on these guest works any longer I'll just forget to post them. 

Kia Alexander, originally from Oakland, CA, is a good friend of mine from college.  Instead of following the herd of undergraduates that go into finance, she decided to go her own way and has ended up in Ghana.  She sent me an email update from there and I asked her if I could publish it on Citizen Orange. The only way to solve the problems associated with is through a global perspective and Kia certainly provides that.  Below is the email.
I have two pieces of guest work that I wanted to publish on Citizen Orange, but I haven't gotten around to doing it until now.

This first piece is a poem by a local activist in Arkansas, Michael Ogelsby.  I met Ogelsby through email and another important migrant rights activist, Dorinda Moreno.  Instead of introducing Michael Ogelsby, I'll just lead off with his poem, which was the first I knew of him.
The Organization for Economic Co-Operation And Development (OECD) has put out a "flagship publication on migration" entitled the International Migration Outlook 2008.  According to the BBC, the OECD "represents the world's richest developed countries", so it's conclusions should be taken with a grain of salt. 

Still the summaries of the report that are available give a good overview of global migration, and the fact that it's being studied suggest that the world is finally accepting migration as a global phenomenon that has to be dealt with in a comprehensive manner:
The climate of terror that the U.S. federal government has forced upon millions of unauthorized migrants has ensured, yet again, that migrants will likely be at risk of great harm as Hurricane Ike approaches Texas.  Some migrants would rather take their chances at home than risk getting detained and deported.

XP has two important posts on Hurricane Ike, one where he's updating with recent developments, and another entitled "As Hurricane Ike Looms Closer, Immigrants Refuse To Leave."

Don't we wish the U.S. were as good as Cuba is at evacuating people out of harms way in the face of hurricanes.

New America Media just published an excellent piece entitled, "The Long Road To America."  Instead of just focusing on the U.S. this piece follows migrants all the way back to the countries from which their fleeing.  It has an especially excellent section on Vietnamese migrants:

Crime Goes UP After Postville Raid

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If you need anymore proof that nativists are lying about the correlation between crime and unauthorized migrants see this article from the Associated Press on the Postville raid:

POSTVILLE, Iowa - Postville's police chief says he's trying to add another officer to his staff as crime has risen in the city after an Immigration raid in May.

The Agriprocessors meatpacking plant was raided May 12, when 389 people were charged with being in the country illegally. Most were also charged criminally.

Postville Police Chief Michael Halse says the workers who have come to replace those picked up in the raid are temporary. He says he doesn't know their backgrounds or where they came from.

Halse says he hopes life will return to the way it was before the raid, but predicted that normalcy could be years away.
Associated Press (7 September 2008)

Then again, nativists don't like to listen to local police chiefs when they say they shouldn't be enforcing broken federal immigration law, so I can't imagine they'd care about this.
As Hurricane Gustav was bearing down on the Gulf Coast, Barack Obama sent an email to millions of his supporters asking them to donate to the Red Cross:

Today, the thoughts and prayers of all Americans are with those in the path of Hurricane Gustav -- and many of you are asking what you can do to help.

We do not yet know what the impact of Hurricane Gustav will be, and we hope with all our hearts that the damage will not be as great as it was three years ago.

But we know there will be damage, and there is something you can do right now.

Your financial support will strengthen organizations like the American Red Cross that are evacuating Gulf Coast residents and planning to help communities get back on their feet.

Make a donation to support the American Red Cross today.
Barack Obama (1 September 2008)

Now, according to an editorial from the New York Times, it does not look as if the Red Cross did the best it could evacuating unauthorized migrants from the area and assuaging their fears.
It seems the world has forgotten Haiti as yet another named storm has pounded into the country.  Hurricane Ike has pounded into the country after hundreds were left dead from Tropical Storm Fay, Hurricane Gustav, and Tropical Storm Hanna. 

The Miami Herald reports from the small town of Caberet in Haiti:

Haitian town hit hard by ike: bodies on every street corner

CABARET, HAITI -- In this tiny Haitian town flooded by Hurricane Ike, the grim reality set in Sunday morning as the bodies of a dozen children lay dead on a concrete slab. Mothers wailed, fathers screamed, an entire town was shaken as they tried to count the dead - many of them children and old women swept up by the river. So far, 22 are believed to have died, but the number would likely rise.

Abiding in Bolivia posted a video of Aymara hip-hop group Ukamau Y Ke.  Thought I'd let readers take a break from all the outrage for a second and enjoy the music. (sombrero tip to The Mex Files)

I've come to expect figures like William Gheen of ALIPAC to completely strip an entire subset of people from their humanity with their words.  It becomes grating to my ears when an elected official does so.  Even more so when they dehumanize the very people they were elected to represent. 

Watch the video above to see Republican incumbent Virgil Goode (VA-5th District) debate Democrat challenger Tom Perriello on the "anchor baby situation".  I've transcribed much of the video below.

There is so much wrong with what Goode says, but I'm going to try and cut to the heart of it.  
I knew unauthorized migrants were going to get left behind in Gustav.  I wrote about it here.  Despite assurances from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), migrants have been forced to live in such a climate of fear that they wouldn't dare leave.

The Associated Press reports (sombrero tip to the Latin Americanist):

Many of the illegal immigrants who have been rebuilding New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina stayed behind when Gustav struck because they were afraid of being arrested if they boarded the buses and trains arranged by emergency officials.

"We know that people died during Katrina, but we had no choice but to stay here," said Carlos Mendoza, a 21-year-old illegal immigrant from Honduras who rode out the storm with seven other people. They took shelter in an apartment that is close to a street corner where day laborers congregate.

"Many stayed because of fear," Mendoza said. "I would say at least 50 percent of us."

Peter Prengaman - Associated Press (3 September 2008)

UPDATE: Angela Kelley of the Immigration Policy Center just put up a piece about this at Huffington Post.  (They also have a new pro-migrant blog, Immigration Impact)
Picture: From Alaskan Independence Party Website

It seems as if Sarah Palin is all over the internet.  The media has gone wild with analysis of her

Here's one perspective you've probably missed.  Manuel Guzman at Latino Politico and Roberto Lovato at Of America have brought to light hilarious irony. 

While nativists swipe at the fantasm that is Aztlan and the Reconquista, the supposed plan by Mexican migrants to take over the southwest portion of the United States, it appears that Sarah Palin has legitimate connections to Alaska's version of the Reconquista.
I continue to be thankful for an independent new media at the conventions.  It's where I get all my worthwhile news.  I just got this from brownfemipower:

Cold Snap Legal is staying on top of what is happening to protesters at the RNC. Among some of the latest updates:

#ICE agents are entering jail and pulling out arrestees with "foreign-sounding names!

#Men in jail have been on 23 hour lockdown, They are on hunger strike until this ends and they are either charged or released.

#f you've been released from jail and have NOT had your property returned, please call the Coldsnap hotline (651.356.8635). We can help out!

brownfemipower - La Chola (3 September 2008)

This after "raids" were conducted on protestor's homes in advance of the Republican National Convention.  It's what pro-migrant bloggers have been saying for a long time now.  The U.S. migration debate affects everyone residing in the U.S.  If you think it just affects migrants, you'll get your answer when the government bashes your front door in.

Picture: Ariana Cubillos / AP Photo

Thank God.  It looks as if our prayers for the Gulf Coast came through.  But we forgot to pray for the Caribbean.

(For those of you that can't read all the way through this post, skip to the end.  Haiti needs help.) 

According to the latest report I could find from Bloomberg, it appears as if Hurricane Gustav was nowhere near the disaster that Katrina was.  This probably had a lot to do with the fact that Gustav hit the U.S. with a lot less force than was expected. 

With the federal, state, and local governments in the area mobilizing effectively to oversee efforts in the aftermath of the disaster, and the two major presidential candidates taking significant actions for the relief efforts, I'm starting to realize that an entire populations of the people affected by Gustav are being forgotten. 

The U.S. media and politicans seem to have completely forgotten about the Caribbean, where hundreds have died and entire communities have been wiped out.  While U.S. politicians are patting themselves on the back, Haiti is suffering from it's own Katrina.  (Sombrero tip to Peruanista)