kyledeb: December 2009 Archives

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Dear Mr. Santa Claus,

This is an open letter from William Gheen, president of the Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee, Jim Gilchrist founder of The Minuteman Project, Peter Brimelow, founder of VDARE, Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Pat Buchanan, the members of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, and most Republicans, along with some Democrats, in the U.S. Senate. 

We have just received word from the North Pole that you have been delivering presents to the United States all of these years without adhering to the proper legal immigration procedures.  We ask you, Mr. Claus, the same question we ask of all illegal aliens in America, "What part of ILLEGAL don't you understand?"  We ask that you cease and desist delivering presents to Americans this very Christmas Eve, or we will be forced to report you to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  You are infringing upon America's sovereignty and encouraging law-breaking by flouting a complex immigration system that few people understand.

It does not matter to us that there is, in actuality, no legal way for anyone to migrate to America from the North Pole.  There is no way for most illegal aliens to migrate to America.  That is the way we like it and we call any attempt to change it: AMNESTY.  Yes, we enjoy writing both the words, AMNESTY, and ILLEGAL, in capital letters.  They make more sense when we write them that way.  We also believe it is important to tell you on this Christian holiday, Mr. Claus, that we do not believe in the Christian values of forgiveness, compassion, and mercy.

At long last, Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is set to introduce his version of comprehensive immigration reform, tomorrow.  The last time I wrote about Rep. Gutierrez introducing this bill, I chided him for failing to co-sponsor the DREAM Act.  The fact that Gutierrez wanted to include the DREAM Act in his bill, but failed to co-sponsor it before, is just one of many ways the voices of migrant youth are stifled, used, and taken for granted in the U.S. immigration debate.  I commend Rep. Gutierrez for finally showing migrant youth the respect we deserve by co-sponsoring the DREAM Act.
I'm in the San Francisco Public Library waiting for my flight back to Boston after an incredible retreat with  I used the retreat as an opportunity to experiment with uploading live video from my phone through  Folks following my youtube and twitter accounts would have seen the videos automatically uploaded.  I still have lot's to learn about uploading quality and entertaining live video.  As such, all of my videos need work and there's something wrong with the last two, but here's one that gives you a good sense of what the retreat was like:

Nativists should be shaking in their boots.  The migrant youth movement is growing stronger and stronger.  The United We Dream Network is consolidating, and just sent out our first email through our brand spanking new powerful action center. Fired up! Ready to Go!