Pro-Migrant Round-Up: March 2008 Archives
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.
"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?.
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!.
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 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.
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.
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.”