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CASA de Maryland

Casa de Maryland/Casa of Maryland is a far-left, publicly-funded group that strongly supports illegal immigration and which is now linked into the Barack Obama administration; their former president and current board member Thomas Perez was originally considered to head the USCIS and now serves as the head of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.

Casa's protectors include the Washington Post (link) and the local Democratic Party infrastructure. They also receive funding from Citgo, which equates to them receiving money from the government of Venezuela. There's more on their funding here. Casa is a member of the National Capital Immigration Coalition; at least two other groups linked to the Mexican government are part of that Coalition. A frequent quote source for the MSM is Kim Propeack, their "Director of Community Organizing and Action Department". She's also apparently a lawyer.

Casa of Maryland operates centers for day laborers, even going as far as advertising on Craigslist. They claim that a "majority" of those using their centers are here legally, but also claimed that HR4437 would force them to close those centers. Note that a UCLA study showed that 75% of day laborers are illegal aliens.

They oppose immigration enforcement. They developed and distributed a guide for illegal aliens. They wanted job training for illegal aliens. They helped illegal aliens get driver's licenses; see also this. They opposed an effort in Maryland to determine the cost of illegal immigration to that state, and they opposed an effort to purge illegal aliens from the voting rolls.

Their executive director Gustavo Torres refused to say the pledge of allegiance in 2006. In 2007, he spoke at a "revolution in the U.S." conference in Venezuala. That's not all. See a quote here, and in 2006, he said this:

"We are going to target [the Minuteman Project members] in a specific way... [by taking their own pictures]... Then we are going to picket their houses, and the schools of their kids, and go to their work... If they are going to do this to us, we are going to respond in the same way, to let people know their neighbors are extremists, that they are anti-immigrant. They are going to hear from us."

Last modified Feb 15, 2011
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Luis Gutierrez' CIR ASAP amnesty has 100+ co-sponsors (Honda, Polis, Weiner, Serrano) - 06/24/10

... Progress); and the quite far-left Casa de Maryland. And: (Rep. Mike Honda), standing next to a young girl, asked the room if it was right to deny her the American Dream because, although a citizen herself, her parents are not. Polis addressed the fear that comes with uncertain status. "Kids come home not knowing if their parents will be in detention," he said. That's definitely an unfortunate...

FIRM wants civil disobedience to get amnesty? (CCC, Casa de Maryland, NYIC, OneAmerica) - 05/20/10

... New York Immigration Coalition, Casa de Maryland, Churches United to Save and Heal, and OneAmerica: On the call they said: "We've marched, called and faxed. We've shown time and again that there's no bigger movement than ours. Still, our elected officials haven't delivered satisfactory progress on immigration reform. We won't be appeased with token gestures. We're stepping up the pressure. On...

Hispanic leader promises civil disobedience without amnesty; Harold Meyerson helps (Casa de Maryland) - 03/17/10

Discussing March 21's big illegal immigration march, Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson says (link):

"Temporary" Protected Status for Haitian illegal aliens pushed by profiteers (Haiti earthquake) - 01/14/10

... Center for Immigration Studies, Casa de Maryland, and Frank Sharry's America's Voice all support TPS, with Dick Lugar saying: "It is in the foreign policy interest of the United States and a humanitarian imperative of the highest order to have all people of Haitian descent in a position to contribute towards the recovery of this island nation." See the comments above. 1/15/10 UPDATE: Janet...

Napolitano immigration meeting: you weren't represented (vast # of loose borders groups, Obama/Janet anti-287g) - 08/20/09

Earlier today, Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security held a closed-door meeting with a group of what she calls "stakeholders" (dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1250792978709.shtm) but was actually a vast pantheon (see below) of far-left, racial power, corrupt business, and in general loose borders groups all of which want some form of comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty....

"Reform Immigration For America": business, labor, CAP, NCLR, CHIRLA begin new push; summit, townhall meeting; John Quigley - 06/01/09

A new group called "Reform Immigration For America" recently launched in order to push for comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty. They're a coalition of business, labor, and far-left/racial power groups; see their slick site here: reformimmigrationforamerica.org. A surprising variety of amnesty hacks this side of raving extremist (or thereabouts) is involved with their organization; see [...

DOJ nominee Thomas Perez pushed driver's licenses for illegal aliens when president of CASA - 04/06/09

... issues. From the American perspective, CASA de Maryland is indeed very "hardcore": they're very strong supporters of illegal activity and they're currently being funded by Citgo, i.e., the government of Venezuela. Contrary to how Paul West describes them, they aren't an "immigrant rights group", they're a far-left group that supports illegal immigration every way they can. Even the Washington...

WaPo admits: Maryland driver's licenses are incredibly insecure, open to fraud (advocating two-tier system?) - 03/29/09

... also quotes Kim Propeack from Casa de Maryland: [she] noted that bribery still goes on in states where illegal immigrants can't get licenses. And she said that whatever residency fraud Maryland might prevent by tightening its rules would be outweighed by a rise in internal corruption and document mills... "The more difficult it is to obtain [a license] legally, the harder people are going to...

Tom Perez now heads DOJ Civil Rights Division (not Thomas Saenz) - 03/16/09

... fail to note his close ties to Casa de Maryland, a far-left group that strongly supports illegal immigration. Note that at the end of last month, the word on the street was that he was going to head up the USCIS and that Thomas Saenz - formerly of MALDEF - was going to get the position Perez got. Saenz was apparently selected but then de-selected, perhaps over worries that MALDEF was too extreme...

Thomas Perez to head Citizenship and Immigration Services? (close with Casa de Maryland) - 02/20/09

... had a long association with (CASA de Maryland). Both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties pay CASA millions of dollars each year in social services contracts and have put up additional funds to help build the organization’s future headquarters in Langley Park. In fact, from his bio (msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/20dllr/html/msa14663.html): Board of Directors, Casa of Maryland, 1995-2002 (former...

Casa de Maryland gets $1.5 million from Citgo (Venezuela government) - 08/05/08

Casa de Maryland - a far-left, illegal immigration-supporting group that runs day laborer centers in the Baltimore area and even advertises in competition with U.S. citizens on Craigslist - has received a $1.5 million donation from Citgo Petroleum, which basically translates into being a donation from the government of Venezuela. In November of last year, Casa's Gustavo Torres attended a "...

Casa de Maryland advertising moving, childcare, laborers on Craigslist - 03/08/08

Casa de Maryland - a state-funded group headed by Gustavo Torres that runs day laborer centers and which has, among many other things, published a guide giving legal advice to illegal aliens - advertises their workers on the Baltimore edition of Craigslist. The ads offer childcare, moving, fix-it, painting, drywall, general labor, and other services. And, given that somewhere around three-...

Gustavo Torres/CASA de Maryland, SVREP, Ward Churchill at Venezuala "revolution in the U.S." conference - 11/26/07

... for the immigrant rights group Casa de Maryland... Note: Casa of Maryland is a publicly-funded group. Both Torres and Antonio Gonzalez, president of the Southwest Voter Education and Registration Project, said the road to "empowerment" is organizing Latinos to vote. "What does a revolutionary do in the U.S. today?" asked Gonzalez. "Take power wherever you can" by electing Latinos to city,...

Pamela Constable/WaPo promotes CASA de Maryland, illegal activity - 08/30/07

... the center is operated by the CASA de Maryland, which she only describes as a "non-profit". They're obviously much more; her article describes flyers telling what to do in case of an immigration raid and they may be the ones from CASA.

100+ Hispanic groups send letter supporting illegal immigration, opposing raids - 05/08/07

The National Council of La Raza ("The Race") has led the charge to send a letter to president Bush (cc'ed to Michael Chertoff and Julie Myers) complaining about the recent workplace raids [1]. The list of "grassroots" organizations involved is in the extended entry, and some are "interesting": CASA of Maryland, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (...

Casa de Maryland provides "safety plan", legal advice for illegal aliens - 04/15/07

Casa de Maryland is an odious taxpayer-funded group that operates day laborer hangouts and takes other actions to support illegal immigration. Now, in collaboration with the Detention Watch Network and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyer's Guild they offer a pamphlet entitled "WARNING! Protect yourself from Immigration raids!" (PDF file). One of the authors appears to be one...

Casa de Maryland spokesman: an illegal alien? - 01/29/07

CASA de Maryland is an odious publicly-funded group that operates day laborer centers and was involved in last year's illegal immigration marches. Among their many other accomplishments, their Executive Director, Gustavo Torres, threatened to picket the schools of the children of Minuteman Project members. Now, this post directs us to this article about Maryland legislators trying to block driver...

WaPo's Boom Burbs go bust; what happens to the illegal aliens? - 12/27/06

Nick Miroff of the Washington Post offers "Immigrants' Jobs Vanish With Housing Slowdown", about the situation in the DC/Maryland/NoVa suburbs area. Seems some illegal aliens can't find jobs in construction and are leaving mostly for other states, but some are even - gasp - returning to the countries of which they're citizens. Note that just over a year ago, the Washington Post promoted illegal...

Gustavo Torres/Case de Maryland refuses to say Pledge of Allegiance - 11/22/06

Casa de Maryland is a government-funded organization that strongly supports illegal immigration and that's been involved in organizing immigration marches. Earlier this year, Gustavo Torres, their executive director, threatened to picket not just the residences of Minuteman Project members, but the schools of their children. So, while there's certainly no requirement to recite the Pledge of...

Gustavo Torres - 11/22/06

Executive Director of Casa de Maryland. In February 2006 he said this: "We are going to target Minuteman Project members in a specific way... [by taking their own pictures]... Then we are going to picket their houses, and the schools of their kids, and go to their work... If they are going to do this to us, we are going to respond in the same way, to let people know their neighbors are extremists...

DC Metro bilingual signs and illegal alien advocates - 06/25/06

... who push this. After all, would Casa de Maryland or similar groups receive as much funding if there were fewer illegal aliens it could keep under its protective wings? And, by discouraging "immigrants" from learning English, it makes it much easier for those "immigrants" to be swayed by ethnic media outlets that might in turn be easier to control. This issue also shows the danger of allowing...

Casa de Maryland: funding - 03/01/06

Casa de Maryland is a government-funded organization that strongly supports illegal immigration. And, they recently threatened to follow around not just members of the Minuteman Project but their children as well. Where do they get their money, and what can you do to help shut them down? This thread (see posts #17-#19) has a purported list of their public funding sources, as well as contact...

Illegal aliens, supporters to protest in Washington - 03/01/06

... aliens get driver's licenses" and "Casa de Maryland might soon get big surprise". Would the reader please send more information on Casa to any news organization that mentions them or has a quote from one of their members? Let's rain on their parade. Previously: Illegal aliens, supporters to march on Washington

Casa of Maryland helps illegal aliens get driver's licenses - 02/26/06

... license. The event has been organized by CASA de Maryland, a Silver Spring-based organization that deals with issues related to undocumented workers. As parishioners from the 4 p.m. mass stream into the packed room, Kim Propeack, director of community organizing at CASA de Maryland, takes the floor. "Every year in Annapolis they introduce legislation against undocumented immigrants," she...

Casa de Maryland might soon get big surprise - 02/25/06

The Casa de Maryland is a state-funded group that supports illegal immigration. Gustavo Torres, their executive director, recently said this about the Minuteman Project members who've been monitoring illegal labor hiring halls: "We are going to target [the MMP members] in a specific way... [by taking their own pictures]... Then we are going to picket their houses, and the schools of their kids,...

CASA of Maryland worried Sensenbrenner bill will shut their day laborer centers - 01/04/06

In case you had any doubts about HR 4437, this might slightly allay them: Kim Propeack, spokeswoman for CASA of Maryland Inc., said her group's day-laborer centers "and other worker centers would in a large part be forced to shut down" if a bill offered by U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. becomes law... ..."The majority of workers that use CASA centers are documented, but we will not...

Maryland to be sued over driver's licenses; AP not telling whole truth - 11/15/05

... groups behind this appear to be Casa de Maryland (quotes from their spokeswoman Kim Propeack and their Executive Director Gustavo Torres are provided) and the Association for the Advancement and Equality of Women. Please send an email to feedback *at* ap.org

"[Maryland] delegates seek cost of illegals" - 02/22/05

ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland taxpayers deserve to know how much the state is paying to subsidize education, housing and health care for illegal aliens before it breaks the budget, two Republican delegates from Baltimore County say... What's more, Mr. McDonough and Delegate Richard K. Impallaria said, they agree with immigrant-advocacy group CASA of Maryland's claim that Illegal aliens are being...

"Purging illegal aliens from voter rolls not easy" - 08/24/04

From the WashTimes: Maryland election officials have been stymied in their efforts to purge illegal aliens from the state's voting rolls. They have begun compiling a database of the state's 3 million registered voters, then they "hope to compare our data with the INS [Immigration and Naturalization Service]," said Linda H. Lamone, the state's elections administrator. Just one or two problems:...

Miami Herald "endorses indentured servitude" - 03/23/04

That's what the Stein Report says regarding the Miami Herald's editorial supporting the AgJobs bill ('A win-win for growers, farmworkers, America'). That bill would provide an amnesty for half a million illegal aliens. As history shows, amnesties simply lead to more illegal immigration. One amnesty leads to more illegal immigration, which requires another amnesty, which leads to more illegal...