symsess: March 2008 Archives

Immigrant's List still has not met their goal for letters sent and representatives contacted. Please help STOP THE SAVE ACT!

Thanks to Damn Mexicans for linking to The Feathered Bastard which covers an anti-Arpaio protest in The Battle of Bell Rd., Part Deux: Mayor Phil Gordon blasts Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

At I am a DREAMer Prerna writes I don’t understand the hatred (and yet I have lived with it most of my life.)

All I know is that in my heart, I did nothing wrong. In my day-to-day life, I do nothing wrong. All I am guilty of is love in defiance of a homophobic society and obedience to the people that gave birth to me. And if that is a crime, so be it.

Also read Time to file taxes - Undocumented worker filing taxes to the IRS. - "People without social security numbers, including undocumented immigrants, can file their taxes using an ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number)."

Dallas Latino Night Clubs and Restaurants Raided by ICE at Latina Lista. - "A total of 49 undocumented immigrants who worked as security guards were reported arrested."

Migrating to El Norte at La Bloga.

When things go bad, many Americans commonly blame someone else for their problems. Historically, immigrants have been convenient scapegoats: They not only “take away” jobs from “hard-working” American citizens and deplete the country’s resources, the argument goes, they are criminals who have entered this country illegally and must be punished with jail or deportation.

Please visit the newly launched site A Dream Deferred.

Why is the SAVE Act not making news? This subject is covered by Dream Act Texas.An open letter to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times

It is reprehensible that you, as the most important newspaper media outlets in the country have not been informing the American people about the S.A.V.E. ACT (HB 4088) - that is currently being discussed in Congress.

Read about the anti-migrant legislation being introduced in California in California on an Anti-Immigrant Bill Roll at The Latin Americanist.

Watch and read about Border Stories at Smart Borders.

Clara and Sophia from the new group Border Stories are doing important work for la frontera. They are humanizing this entire border region one video clip, one interview, one face at a time. Their work could not have come at a better time.

Damn Mexicans give us the Scumbag of the Week - "Buffalo" Rick Galeener.

Taylor ISD May House Hutto Detainees at T Don Hutto blog.

Got word of this story from Jose Orta who is encouraging everyone to contact Dr. Bruce Scott, Superintendent of Taylor ISD, with a polite email to let him know that entering into a Memorandum of Understanding to house Hutto detainees for free is a bad idea.

Read Minuteman volunteers having annual 'spring watch' and In Texas, slur carries baggage of history at Just News.

Most of us agree that dumb fences are, well, just dumb. But 'smart' fences - that's another story. These 'smart' fences may even be able to tell us the meaning of life.  Unfortunately for their creator, the fences may have an epiphany causing them to implode and fall.

A Dream Deferred has officially launched. Watch the video here and take a moment to visit this wonderul site at A Dream Deferred.

Smart Borders writes Humansarehumansarehumans…

“People in the detention centers are treated as things,” an ACLU attorney stated to me at tonight’s meeting at San Felipe de Jesus Church in Brownsville. “In Raymondville, they referred to people as ‘bodies’ and their quarters as ‘pods.’ It is the most dehumanizing thing.”

Also read The Difference between the Dalai Lama and a Satyagrahi.

Read Los Desaparecidos at La Mariposa en la Pared.

While some of us read the morning paper, drank coffee, lingered in bed, made love, or worshiped the Lord, others were hard at work thoughtlessly plucking people from their lives of work and worry and placing them into prisons at the taxpayers' burden. A group of ICE officers, who had dined and drank and yucked it up with the waiter at that very restaurant the night before, laughed at the funny joke they were now playing on their gracious hosts.

NO TO SAVE ACT at Illegal Is Illegal.

Focusing on the SAVE Act please visit Dream Act Texas for a Four Part Series on this terrible bill. Saving the U.S. from the S.A.V.E. Act - part I / Part II / Part III / Part IV.

Here's a post on the SAVE Act from Eristic Ragemail as well titled SAVE: A War of Attrition Against the Immigrant Community and its Advocates

Oklahoma Anti immigration bill will cost state 1.8 Billion in revenue (You have to see the image in this post - read it too, of course) and The undesirables in U.S. God bless America.

Economic Impact of Oklahoma´s Restrictionist Immigration Law HB1804 = $1.8 Billion at Immigration Talk With a Mexican America.

SHORTY GUZMAN DEAD? at Border Reporter.

Dream Act Texas has Virginia's Dreamy Robot and Family torn by immigration laws.

Also at Dream Act Texas:

The anti-migrant sentiment seems to be catching on as we see examples of this same activity in the post Over 600 illegal migrants nabbed in northern Africa - in 2008.

Is Vogue Racist For Choosing This LeBron James /Gisele Bundchen Cover? at Vivir Latino.

The Unapologetic Mexican gives us some wonderful posts. In Your Papers, Fraulein we have the first successful use of the Rapid Response Network.

We have also learned that in some cases ICE agents are hanging out on corners and challenging people to show their papers on the street. In cases like this, the Rapid Response teams would be very useful and we need to start setting them up in the most affected communities.
Also watch the video Vigil (to End the War) - [MTV Vid 3-25-08].

Here's a link to the Citizen Orange post that gives information about the May 1st Coalition's Rapid Reponse Network. This post was given to us by yave.

Latino Politico writes "Wetback" Making A Comeback.

There are some words that have rightly been banished out of the lexicon of everyday conversation. They are loaded with hate, xenophobia and ignorance. Those who choose to use them are quite aware of their volatility, but have seen an opening lately to allow their bigoted views to be trotted out.

Another great post from Eristic Ragemail on the SAVE Act in SAVE: A War of Attrition Against the Immigrant Community and its Advocates

The Act is the product of the same Nativist mindset which gave us the 2005 Real ID Act. From almost every perspective, the 2005 Real ID Act is tremendous breach on what we have come to call civil liberties.

In Another Wonkette Post.... Damn Mexicans gives us a link to comments by Dobbs on Richardson's endorsement of Obama along with a Fox News beard report. I may be missing something, but I don't see how a full beard equals a "Hispanic" look.

Harry Houdini was a migrant adopted by America and celebrated for his ability to escape various situations as well as his ability to make an elephant disappear.  Though not all migrants will come to know the fame of Houdini they, just like him, want to be citizens of this great nation. Sadly because of the onslaught of anti-migrant sentiment and laws they have come to know the terror of living in the shadows instead. 

ICE's military style raids of homes and businesses have many people searching for their loved ones and coming up empty handed.  Please read the Dream Act Texas post for resources to help find loved ones and feel free to provide others you may know of. 

U.S. Immigration Director Whines on His Blog and Story Time! - Office Lunch at Damn Mexicans. It's one thing to feel the punch to the gut when someone you deal with daily turns out to be a nativist - it's another when you're one of "those people" they're ranting about.

At Pro Inmigrant - Youths attack two Latino men with rocks, racist words.

Breakthrough released the ICE game recently while ICE themselves have been playing another game for quite sometime in ICE's game: make the immigrant disappear the agency plays Houdini with migrant's family members turning ordinary people into gumshoes searching for their relatives. Please see this post for resources to help find relatives arrested by ICE. - Dream Act Texas

Federal Immigrant Detention Policy Needlessly Tears Apart Families at Latina Lista.

This month, three months after she was first arrested, Margarita will finally be released from the detention center but won't be seeing her children. Instead, she'll be loaded on a transport and taken back to Mexico.

In It doesn't just happen to Latinos Dream Act Texas tells us of the Haitian migrant, Edwidge Danticat's story, which she wrote about in her book "Brother, I'm Dying."

Chronicle of Higher Education Article - Why Congress Should Revive the DREAM ACT at I am a DREAMer.

"They Wanted to Take My Baby": Interviews with Immigrant Detainees at the National Immigrant Justice Center. - This is a video which you should definitely watch.

For all the pro-migrants out there please consider entering the essay referenced at Dream Act Texas.  I believe a win by a pro-migrant supporter is essential in this struggle to help those in need.  We all believe this country is strengthened by immigration so enter to win and score a victory for true freedom, liberty and compassion.

ESSAY CONTEST: “Does immigration strengthen or threaten the United States?” and a post about the frustrations of being a DREAMer in Leaving the Hungry Kids in the Donut Shop at Dream Act Texas.

Special Latina Lista Post: Why Does the Nation Remain Silent While One AZ Sheriff Conducts Immigrant Manhunts? at Latina Lista

Some thoughts about the ‘DREAM Act’ movement from I am a DREAMer.

Immigrant's List is still in need of support to reach their goal of 2,500 letters sent. Please make sure you stop by and send one out to help stop the SAVE Act.

Also please support the pro-migrant videos over at Movement Vision Lab and vote for your favorite.

Mustang Ridge may open a new family detention center over at T. Don Hutto blog.

Hate Crime Film: A Dream in Doubt, Is This the Way to Treat a U.S. Vet?, Another Immigration RICO Claim Bites the Dust! and Clinton on Immigration: Why Does This Get So Little Play? at Immigration Prof Blog.

Many here know Arpaio is an anti-migrant hero.  He is celebrated for his ridiculous treatment of criminals and 'crackdown' on migrants in his Arizona community.  Though I'm not sure what positive effect Joe's criminal treatment provides I believe I have to agree with this quote from an Irish judge that Joe "appears to take a chillingly sadistic pleasure in his role as incarcerator."  It's quite obvious that Joe cares not for people in general or he wouldn't have staged a raid on Good Friday.  What harm is a migrant worker doing that he couldn't wait until after the Holy weekend?

Sheriff Joe Arpaio knows how to celebrate the Holy weekend and Jesus' sacrifice in Sheriff Joe Arpaio uses Easter weekend to round up brown people in Phoenix at Multiplicative Identity

Sheriff Joe Crucifies Human Rights on Good Friday at Latino Politico.

I failed to add this to yesterday's sphere so I wanted to give it attention today. From I am a DREAMer read Militarization of migration control - Scapegoating, Xenophobia and Profit-Making. There is more on this in Dream Act Texas's posts.

Many anti-migrants claim they are for "legal" immigration which stuns me as they often cite FAIR and Numbers USA in their arguments. For any of you that have spent time reading through anti-migrant message boards you know the nasty things written there.

Border Reporter gives us some terrible words used to describe migrants in A HOLDING PEN FOR WETBACKS

A crotchety, 75-year-old general manager of an Austin, Texas, water supply company is facing calls for his resignation after he referred to a proposed detention facility south of the city as a “holding pen for wetbacks” in a public notice, the Austin American-Statesman reports this morning.

On this Good Friday let us think of a person who gave his life for the good of others.  So many in this sanctuarysphere (and some yet to be discovered) exhibit that same spirit by working every day to help migrants and you should all be thanked for that.  Though religions may vary here they all preach common decency and courtesy.  We cannot let our spirits wane because of those that feel hatred and incivility are an acceptable way of life. We will continue to support one another until we have achieved our goals - freedom and justice for ALL.

Yesterday's post included Fash's plan to branch out internationally and find pro-migrant blogs in other country. Please visit Open Borders Lobby to see the many blogs she's found and help her find more.

Please take a moment to watch some wonderful pro-migrant videos at Movement Vision Lab and vote for the one you like best.

I'm going to save the laughs for the next section because you're going to need them after reading this. In An Agent, a Green Card, and a Demand for Sex we read about an immigration official who used his authority to demand sexual favors from a hoping applicant. Fortunately she recorded the incident and gave the tape to the New York Times. At Mexico Trucker.

We know that everybody poops (even nativists), but not everyone poops in a Homeland Security building (although a bet there's a lot of poop in the air) Bush is calling this new wave of terror the "Bowel Movement" and will probably try to link it to Iran in Pooping Bandit Strikes Homeland Security Building! 

Blogging for change; blogeando por cambio; bloguant pour changment at Open Borders Lobby.

Here's a new site to the sphere Orcinus with the post Spiting our faces

Among the folks have been (shall we say) particularly amused by Americans' current fetish about keeping out "illegal aliens" are Native Americans -- who of course have a somewhat unique perspective on the issue, having themselves long endured an "invasion" of "outsiders" and the subsequent "cultural change" that followed.

We are NOT talking Nonsense in Bars at Irish Voices.

We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that we are not giving up on the undocumented Irish in the US. We will continue to battle on their behalf. We will not give up until this battle is over.

ANTIs and PROs find Common Ground! at Immigration Talk with a Mexican American

Smart Borders - La Frontera or My Students as Teachers.

The main reason I am against any sort of border wall is because my students deserve better than a border wall. Because they have taught me the plight of the immigrant in this country, I will campaign with the rest of my life for real immigration reform rather than symbols of evil like a border wall.

Nativist Republican Candidate Jim Oberweis’ Loses in Safe Republican Seat at Eristic Ragemail explores the further loses in the nativist camps.

Hot Topics on His Panic Blogs. - Working together for a common cause: American Dream at Pro Inmigrant.

More positive evidence - Immigrant neighborhoods have less crime! at Latino Politics Blog.

Watch the informative video The Schuler- Tancredo Bill and read English Only on School Buses at Damn Mexicans blog.  We're also reminded to contact our representatives to stop the SAVE Act.

Obama's Speech on Race Underscores Generational Division of Voters at Latina Lista.

Today was a historical day in Barack Obama's run for the Democratic presidential nomination and for the country as a whole. For the first time, a presidential candidate delivered a speech on the racial divide of this country from a PERSONAL perspective. Not as someone who watches it from the sidelines but who has lived it.

I'd like to open up today's round-up with a question. If, as you'll read in Eristic Ragemail's post, politicians are being kicked out of office or not elected at all when they take an anti-migrant stance then why are the anti-migrant voices so loud? Are Americans against our current wave of migrants, but more afraid of anti-migrant extremism?  Or do they support the American dream, but just don't take time to show their views outside the ballot box?

If you go to any story about undocumented migrants the comments section makes you feel as though you need a shower. Do FAIR, Numbers USA and/or ALIPC ask their members to attack these comments sections?  I've covered a few anti-migrant rallies in person, and from afar, only to witness a dismal turnout. Though to hear these anti-migrant groups speak you'd think they were speaking from atop the White House itself to a million people. Where are the voters that refuse to buy into the anti-migrant rhetoric?

500 to 0ne - is the ratio of nativist callers to pro-migrant callers to the offices of congressional representatives in recent immigration law fights in the house and senate. Read more at People Migrate. This posts calls for others to join in a discussion about positive immigration reform.

This was good to see over at Long Island Wins - AntiImmigrant pols warned to back off and Suffolk bill dead.

"Irish Need Not Appy" was the reception many Irish received when fleeing Ireland during the great potato famine. Is that so different from what's happening now?  Read ¡Que Vivan Los San Patricios! The Unapologetic Mexican

And what (and how) did the Irish do when they finally reached this land of opportunity? For they were hardly celebrated and welcome. They were hardly (yet) part of the US that now looks down on the new THEM. // How quickly we forget what it means to be hungry, and how forgivable (and understandable and human and brave) it is to do something as small as cross a sea or a desert to feed yourself, and to live. How easily we overlook the very same patterns taking place in almost the very same order.

In McCain: Republicans Need to Abandon Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Eristic Ragemail illustrates the point that politicians need not fear taking a pro-migrant stance. I feel like a broken record, but we're seeing that anti-migrant politicians are getting kicked out of, or not elected to, office.

SAVE Act update at Migra Matters.

A Win for the PROs! Heinous Blackwater Security Facility will NOT be built in So Cal! at Immigration Talk with a Mexican American.

No Border Wall Walk Day 8 at Smart Borders.

It is this force we have sought to channel this week through a sustained, nonviolent demonstration through communities bracing for the effects of the Secure Fence Act of 2006. As it stands now, the border wall is federal law, and so to counter this legislation, we must begin to change the hearts of the constituents who voted in politicians who would espouse such an atrocity on our southern border. We must positively and nonviolently educate our brothers and sisters here and throughout the United States.

What happens when two sisters start a white supremacist pop group? Extremism Goes Mainstream over at Damn Mexicans.

Drugs wouldn't be a problem if nobody wanted them. Read The American side of the story on the Mexican Drug Cartels? at Dream Act Texas. Americans have to take the blaim for the proliferation of drug trafficking and the terror that goes along with the trade. I imagine most people that use drugs aren't too worried about the lives destroyed in getting them here. Also read Human Rights Violations against Migrants in Mexico.  Also make sure and read What does citizenship mean?.

Check out the posts here the "worst of the worst" ... or just an easy conviction? and Rapid Response Network Hotline - raids resource.  If you're in the NY/NJ area please check out the Rapid Response Network Hotline setup by the NJ May 1 Coalition and get the information out for migrants in these areas.
When I read the post Geraldo Rivera and the Zeitgeist of the New Nativist over at Eristic Ragemail I wanted to fire back on Amazon against those that chose to bash a book they'd never read. But I guess I should have realized that this is actually right up the nativist's alley as it mirrors the way they treat people.  They always seem to be looking for someone to hate and thankfully for us they often even look within their own faction for victims.

I'm reading Geraldo's book now so here's a link to a quick post I wrote with some quotes from it. 

What's the real problem of Lou Dobbs with HIS PANIC specially with Mexicans? at Pro Inmigrant along with Convicted of Federal Civil Rights Violations After Burning Cross and the terrible story of Francisco Castaneda who died from penile cancer in a detention center. (Here's a link to this story on this blog written by Kyle.)

This is a very important must read article for everyone. Revisting The Words We Use: The Rhetoric of Race at Para Justicia y Libertad.

Sadly, closet racists are unaware of their prejudices. Since this country refuses to take responsibility for sweeping racism under the rug, people will continue to feel like they are stepping on egg shells. As long as we continue to believing in a fallacy racism does not exist because we live in color-blind society, closet racist will continue to point to other groups, using terms such as “they,” or “those people,” instead of referring to themselves.

Check out Kyle's first Immigration post at his MTV Street Team blog.

Continue the fight against the SAVE Act.

Action Alert on Shuler/Tancredo Bill over at Irish Voices blog.

ANTIs In Congress To FORCE Introduction of SAVE ACT (GESTAPO Bill) at Immigration Talk with a Mexican American.

Note to Readers: A number of ANTI websites including FAIR, NumbersUSA, Alipac.us and others are providing their members (blind followers) free fax and form letters for emails. They are being asked to mass call and deluge Congress´ emails and faxes. The ANTI sites are keeping track and hounding all Congress members who have not signed on. Here is an example of what the ANTI sites are saying. READ HERE
(Please visit ITWMA's blog, but I wanted to quote this because we have to act!) According to Roy Beck, of Numbers USA, "Nothing is more important in the fight against illegal immigration." Of course Roy Beck and his followers also want to stop immigration all together. Personally I believe nothing is more important than showing compassion towards one another and working towards a more positive world, but I guess that's why I'm not Roy Beck.

I am a DREAMer asks all DREAMers to participate in a questionaire. Please stop by and let your story and your voice be heard. Calling all DREAM Act Students to Participate - Giving Voice to our DREAMs. Also read Being ‘illegal’ gay and from Iran with no hope of political asylum?


No Border Wall Walk- Day 6 or the Day of Reflection at Smart Borders.

Immigration, which is the primary basis of our opposition to the borer wall, is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Our country has 12 million extralegal workers living and contributing to our GDP, and at least twice as many people who depend on their working power and hope to keep the extralegal residents “illegal.”

Act NOW to Stop the SAVE Act and Protect Workers at the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Migra Matters has a great post on the SAVE Act House Republicans Move Forward on Shuler-Tancredo Bill.

H.R. 4408 Must Be Stopped~ Call to Action at Generation 1.5.

Dream Act Texas: Urgent: Please help stop HR.4088 "The Republicans have pushed this bill to vote even though it has not been evaluated in committee. It is urgent that everyone contact their representative." Also read about the University of Houston and their deplorable treatment of students in need of financial aid.

Read about the SAVE Act and the fact that Congress can't SAVE the nation or themselves with latest immigration reform at Latina Lista.

Make sure and contact your representatives to stop the SAVE Act.  It takes two minutes to write your representative, but the effects last a lifetime. - visit Damn Mexicans blog to watch the videos there and if you're a filmographer or just have a video camera make a video and change the world. (video contest site is Movement Vision Lab.)

While we were sleeping from Dream Act Texas

This came up by way of AP- I knew about it, but had not taken it as seriously as I should have. Apparently the GOP hasn’t learned that this type of anti-immigrant baiting will cause them very serious problems at the polls.

At the same time, it just shows that we can’t stop watching for a minute. The GOP is trying to pass something that could be even worse than was presented before…

Read Getting Immigration Very, Very Wrong at DMI Blog.

Here at Citizen Orange read Yave's post Enforcement Through Attrition: A Success Story and Kyle's post U.S. Deportations Resulting in Better Organized Gangs.

Day 4: Having Hope from Smart Borders.

Students Lobby in D,C. for DREAM Act at Generation 1.5.

DREAM Act Banners from I am a DREAMer blog. Grab one and put it on your site.

There have been many pro-migrant victories recently even though the nativist super groups have so many resources. FAIR is constantly lobbying congress to push bills through, but the people keep showing they do not agree. Anti-migrants are loud and unashamed. We have to continue pushing forward to keep our voices heard.  Make sure you contact your representatives to oppose the SAVE Act and any other anti-migrant legislation. (go to Immigrant's List for more information).

Read Anti-migrant group ALIPAC calls for boycott of Nickelodeon over at Multiplicative Identity. Apparently ALIPAC didn’t like Nickelodeon’s story on the ill effects of deportation on children.

Read No Border Wall Walk- Day 3 or Overcoming Fear over at Smart Borders and give them encouragement as they protest the border wall. A quote from from this post: “all of us have had to overcome the fear of being ridiculed, the fear of not being strong enough or of giving up 9 days of relaxation at nearby South Padre Island.”

Please read Yave’s post here titled Who’s at your front door? it’s federal law enforcement!.

Immigration Prof Blog has Another Hurdle for the Border Fence and an article debunking the myth that African Americans are against Latino migrants Beyond the Black/Brown Divide.

People Migrate links to the Smart Borders blog where we can read about the NO Border Wall Walk. This is an important event and I encourage everyone to stop by and leave your thoughts. Here’s day two: No Border Wall March to Brownsville. Here’s day one: No Border Wall Walk- Day 1 or A Lesson in Solidarity.

Watch an ICE raid video over at The Unapologetic Mexican in the post “The Nice ICE?”. Also, read Felons For Clinton. Bush sings before taking a bow in Someone Said Something About Banality?.

Watch an authentic Mardi Gras Indian dance at Professor Zero.

Who’s this week's scumbag? Find out at Damn Mexicans.

We’ve all had an irate commenter who thinks that name calling and profanity is a great way to get their point across. Dream Act Texas has a quick post on this in This is a civil blog. “Ice can’t freeze freedom of speech” is chanted by students from SWER in the post Stop Prosecution, Reform the Constitution. Read more about this group, Students Working for Equal Rights. Also read the story Reduce tuition for Out-of-State students, but not for DREAMERS.

As we get into the weekend let’s not forget the most important thing we can do - support one another. Our support for one another will radiate out and bring others in. Just in the past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of discovering some new pro-migrant blogs as has Kyle. I’m sure many of you have as well. Also, let’s not forget that the anti-migrant activists will come out of hibernation soon and start throwing rallies in a town near you. Let’s get the message out there. Hate is not ok. Don’t let the fear mongers drive this debate. - symsess

T. Don Hutto reports on International Women’s Day March on Hutto. If you’re in Texas and can make it to this march at 3:30pm please go out and support.

Watch Nezua report on schools in Oregon and watch him change clothes on his think MTV vlog. Also, read his letter to Barack on his blog The Unapologetic Mexican.

I am a DREAMer proposes a very positive use of spam via the DREAM Act Smart Spam Project. Please stop by and read more about it.

Damn Mexicans tells us where to go see ” Under the Same Moon ” Early and for Free! Go watch it and write a review.  The ICE game had many people checking out our blogs and I'm sure this movie will as well.

Yesterday was Alamo Day so those posts will lead us into today’s pro-migrant round-up.

Culture Kitchen says Happy Alamo Day: Let Us “Never Forget” The Battle By Batting Immigration.

Confidential Study Suggests Tougher Words for Dems on Immigration along with some words on Alamo Day in America’s Shrine of Martyrdom. (For those that haven’t heard there is supposedly going to be a anti-migrant protest at the Alamo this year on the 4th of July. Also, if you haven’t seen the Alamo, it’s a strange sight as it’s just been built around so it seems very out of place.  I guess they really wanted to memorialize it.)

In an effort to continue the Alamo theme I’ll link to an old post I wrote titled Remember the Alamo? over at American Humanity.

A big “Happy Belated Birthday!” to The Unapologetic Mexican who give us another thoughtful post titled candles on every corner in which he speaks of staring at computers too much and the world that was together just after 9/11 which has sense been splintered into hateful factions. What happened to those people that wanted to help then - the people that didn’t care who you were or where you were from? I was in the towers that day and thankfully made it out alive. We need the compassion that was felt the days after the towers fell - we need the compassion I witnessed traveling down the flights of cement stairs watching the floor numbers as we slowly made it to the first floor. There was a calm and reassurance spoken that we would be ok. Nobody cared who you were, where you were from, or what political party you sided with. We need that back.

Thanks to Nezua for inspiring today's title. Today's first link is on the report that the GOP is trying to push through strict immigration bills that go so far as to remove funding for local police in "sanctuary" cities. Given the meaning of that word I'd imagine a sanctuary city wouldn't need police so I guess it should work out fine.  Unfortunately there's not much else in this bills to joke about.

Senate GOP pushes strict bills on immigration enforcement. Read all about it over at Mexico Trucker. A thanks to Dream Act Texas for referencing this article in their post. 

A Border Patrol agent finds the joys of ebaying with government property up for sale in The Case of the Stolen Night Vision Goggles over at Border Reporter. Was it those meddling kids that caught him?

The Unapologetic Mexican give us something to think about regarding cognitive versus the material. In The Cognitive and The Material Nezua writes that we must embrace the cognitive in our effort to bring the dialogue to our side. Facts and figures are just that, but emotion, empathy, and the idea of justice are the things we must promote.

Smart Borders asks "what is an American?" in Native American Take a Stand on the Border Walk.  If we haven't done enough to change the landscape of America we're now putting fences along the border.  Just the thought of it seems so ridiculous.

As far as I’m aware the SAVE Act is currently the next and worse federal piece of legislation against migrants. Kyle has a great writeup on this inappropriately named bill which is supported by our favorite politician Tom Tancredo.

Have you written, called and faxed your congressional representatives yet? The SAVE act is pending and we can’t let it pass. Visit Immigrants List for more information. Please take a moment to create a letter using their form and help them reach their goal of 2,000. (last check they’ve surpassed this goal, but let’s keep the number rising.)

You must read this post or you’ll force me to say please: Best Have Your Papers In Order: New Immigration Legislation Could Effect Millions of US Workers - in this post Duke over at Migra Matters gives us more information on the SAVE Act and why we need to worry that it could be passed.

Continuing on the SAVE Act People Migrate gives us Open Letter to Senators Fienstien and Boxer and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez.

I failed to include Smart Borders in the round-up yesterday and today.  The March 2nd post titled An Exercise in Free Migration is a must read.  I'm sorry I missed this post in the round-up as it falls right in line with the "there is no line" post from Yave. 

Eristic Ragemail speaks on the effects of immigration discussions on elections in Immigration: The Myth of the Third Rail of Politics.

The Unapologetic Mexican gives us a great write-up on the nasty mud slinging that happens within supposed ‘sides’ of a discussion or issue. Truly we should try to work together rather than isolate ourselves behind a bunker of crude labels and put-downs towards everything we don’t agree with. Read Nezua’s post The Giddy and Greasy Gatlin.

A crazed psycho killer clown, a crazed psycho killer writer, a crazed psycho colonel, and an old guy that looks like Jack Nicholson’s grandfather all want Hillary Clinton as our next president – “there is nothing sexier than a woman you have to salute in the morning.” What? See the video over at Vivir Latino.

Multiplicative Identity steams about Margeret P. Jones’ fake biography where she assumes the role of a minority. In Appropriating the Words of Others a Threat to Democracy she tells us that Obama stole his slogan “yes we can!” from Bob the Builder. What else has he stolen? And finally read about Fidel Castro and his having avoided 638 assasination attempts in Us dream of death deferred.

Wow! Prerna has a new look and gives us some great topics to ponder: (1) Discourse and power: reshaping the argument and reclaiming the language. (2) Likening anti-immigrant hysteria to McCarthyism. (3)’Sanctuary Cities’ as a form of modern ‘underground railroad’. This is a great post and should be visited by all.

La Bloga gives us Sneak peek: Latinos in Lotusland reading this Wednesday, March 5th at Cal State L.A.!

Wild Chihuahuas speaks on Latino immigration issues in her state and the mission to take down the middle-class.

Why the anti-immigrant crowd (and those sadly following their rhetoric) feel that yelling, screaming and cursing will bring about any positive change escapes me. Over at People Migrate there is a link to an article titled “Guest opinion: If you're a foe of illegal immigration, at least knock off the hateful speech.”

The many wonderful people represented in this roundup, in the links to the right and many we have yet to discover are working to stop the hatred being perpetrated against migrants.  I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but we can open people's eyes and make this country a better place.  I believe our cause is like warmth and that so many are out in the cold.  We must show them the joy of being warm.  Helping just feels better than hating.  Who can argue with that? - symsess


Damn Mexicans has noticed many people looking for immigration information and ending up at his blog so he provides three great resources.

Check out new posts over at Mexico Trucker including More Mexican Troops At The Border, The Geopolitics of Dope, Independent Truckers See End of Roas and NAFTA a success, It is time to improve on that success.

Immigration Talk with a Mexican American begins outlining the history of South Texas which is important to the issue of immigration.

The Coyote Chronicles points us to another blog post at Ginger Snaps titled “Too much hate in this world…and in ourselves”


When it comes to faxing, calling, and emailing government representatives the anti-migrant crowd is loud, proud, and vehement. Check in at Immigrant’s List to make sure we make our voices heard to stop the Save Act. Let’s save migrants from this terrible bill which puts tremendous faith in our government’s ability to correctly maintain a database. (Is this the same government that issued visas to deceased terrorists whose names where all over the news?)

Dream Act Texas speaks about Hillary's 'scare' ads in relation to the same tactics used by Bush and welcomes the movie Under the Same Moon to Houston. This movie is about a migrant mother working in the U.S. to provide a better life for her son and his journey to reunited with her after his grandmother dies in Mexico. Also Bill Clinton will be in Houston to Rally for Hillary. Per Dick Gregory's suggestion I hope he won't be taking on any false or assumed personas.

Don't Just Dream for the Dream Act outlines a Dream Act for California that requires no increase in budget.

It's 3am and Culture Kitchen has answered the phone on Hillary's ridiculous fear ad. The ad shows us that Hillary answers the phone, but stops just short of the confrontation when the unidentified man finds her in his house. Today they ask "Are you better off than you were 8 years ago?" and give us a little insight into Ralph Nader.

If the anti-migrant movement is the Titanic I guess their captain should have known an iceberg was up ahead. More implosion of this vile movement reported at Pro Inmigrant. Everyone supporting migrants and opposing hate deserves a big round of applause. I only hope those that got in the life rafts won't go looking for a whaling boat to save them.

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