coalition for comprehensive immigration reform

Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

"Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform" appears to be the name of the organization, with "New American Opportunity Campaign" being their major campaign.

From their site cirnow.org/content/en/about_us.htm:

The Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR) is a new collaborative developed by national and local community, immigrant, labor and policy leaders in 2004. Based in Washington, DC, the mission and central purpose of the CCIR is to pass progressive comprehensive immigration reform.

The New American Opportunity Campaign (NAOC) is the legislative campaign for comprehensive immigration reform powered by strategic, coordinated activities provided by immigrant advocacy, grassroots, religious and labor organizations across the United States and on Capitol Hill. The NAOC will organize and mobilize the voices and power of the pro-immigrant movement in support of national legislation...

Their board of directors (cirnow.org/content/en/about_ccir.htm) has some groups also in the We Are America Alliance:

They're also promoting a ludicrous campaign to send workgloves to Congress ( link)

Historic Nationwide Campaign Launched for Comprehensive Immigration Reform lists members of the CCIR "Strategy Council":

Board members:

  • Cecilia Munoz, Senior Vice President of the National Council of La Raza
  • Frank Sharry, formerly with the National Immigration Forum
  • Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change
  • Chung Wha Hong, New York Immigration Coalition
  • Eliseo Medina, SEIU
  • Tom Snyder, UNITE HERE

Campaign Manager is Clarissa Martinez De Castro

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Possible Democratic Party immigration "reform" charade: "offer legalization" to become "require" - 02/29/08

A new "confidential" study called "Winning The Immigration Debate" has been released by two groups linked to the Democratic Party: the Center for American Progress (linked to Hillary Clinton and indirectly linked to the Mexican government) and the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (member groups also have indirect links to the Mexican government) [1].

I haven't seen the study, but while some might be fooled, it's clear that it's just a new attempt to get the same old amnesty. And, their recommendations boil down to simply a rhetorical change, from "offering" a "path to citizenship" to "requiring" illegal aliens to become legalized. That more stern language will, the authors hope, immediately cause millions of U.S. citizens to be more amenable to amnesty. I'm sure they'll be able to fool many people that way, but in the end it's not going to work.

And, wrap your mind around this from the study:

This message places the focus where voters want it, on what's best for the United States, not what we can/should do for illegal immigrants.

Who knew? Of course, this is yet another rhetorical device. Why else include the bit about what voters want? Shouldn't those pushing amnesty want what's best for the U.S. as well? Obviously they don't: their actions have repeatedly shown that they're not thinking of what's best for the U.S. but simply what's best for them and their companies, or their ethnic groups, or their political party.

[1] CCIR is headed by Cecilia Munoz of the National Council of La Raza. They've suggesting going easy on illegal aliens suspected of identity theft, they gave an award to a virulent racist, they fund extremists, and more. At least two members of the CCIR have indirect links to the Mexican government (ICIRR and MALDEF) and one has allegedly collaborated with that government (CHIRLA). And, one of their member groups (ILIR) has received funding from the Irish government.

In other words, no matter what you hear, it's the same old same old.A new "confidential" study called "Winning The Immigration Debate" has been released by two groups linked to the Democratic Party: the Center for American Progress (linked to Hillary Clinton and indirectly linked to the Mexican government) and the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (member groups also have indirect links to the Mexican government) [1].

I haven't seen the study, but while some might be fooled, it's clear that it's just a new attempt to get the same old amnesty. And, their recommendations boil down to simply a rhetorical change, from "offering" a "path to citizenship" to "requiring" illegal aliens to become legalized. That more stern language will, the authors hope, immediately cause millions of U.S. citizens to be more amenable to amnesty. I'm sure they'll be able to fool many people that way, but in the end it's not going to work.

And, wrap your mind around this from the study:

This message places the focus where voters want it, on what's best for the United States, not what we can/should do for illegal immigrants.

Who knew? Of course, this is yet another rhetorical device. Why else include the bit about what voters want? Shouldn't those pushing amnesty want what's best for the U.S. as well? Obviously they don't: their actions have repeatedly shown that they're not thinking of what's best for the U.S. but simply what's best for them and their companies, or their ethnic groups, or their political party.

[1] CCIR is headed by Cecilia Munoz of the National Council of La Raza. They've suggesting going easy on illegal aliens suspected of identity theft, they gave an award to a virulent racist, they fund extremists, and more. At least two members of the CCIR have indirect links to the Mexican government (ICIRR and MALDEF) and one has allegedly collaborated with that government (CHIRLA). And, one of their member groups (ILIR) has received funding from the Irish government.

In other words, no matter what you hear, it's the same old same old.

Ezra Klein, useful idiot - 05/31/07

ezra kleinPictured right is a blogad currently running on the site (ezraklein.typepad.com) of Ezra Klein of TAPPED (The American Prospect).

Historic Nationwide Campaign Launched for Comprehensive Immigration Reform - 05/26/07

Press release from [[March 13, 2007]] at lulac.org/advocacy/press/2007/ccir.html

$4 million effort targets 30 states to pass workable comprehensive immigration reform in 2007

Wed. and Thu. are "National Call-in Days for Immigration Reform" - 03/27/07

The Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform - which includes one group linked to the Mexican government and another with an alleged link - informs us that Thursday and Friday are their "National Call-in Days for Immigration Reform" (cirnow.org/file/754.pdf). I suggest you join in and call Congress, just make it clear that you oppose CCIR and the Flake-Gutierrez amnesty scheme.
Congressmen Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have just introduced bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The immigration debate is moving forward and Congress needs to hear from you!

Call this number and follow the instructions to connect to your members of Congress:

1-800-417-7666

Tell your representative that we NEED COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW! Comprehensive immigration reform is the solution to fixing our broken immigration system, and now is the time to act. Families, workers, and communities across the country are counting on Congress to get it done, get it right, and do it now.

You can help make it happen with your phone call. JOIN THE EFFORT!

Lobbying for immigration "reform" - 01/29/07

Mike Madden of Gannett News has a brief round-up of the money that was spent lobbying for and against immigration "reform" in 2005 and the first part of 2006 here.

According to a Gannett study, $3.3 million was spent in that period, and most of that was the pro side. They also mention the Center for Responsive Politics. Their raw data is here, but it looks like some of the dollar figures might include all lobbying an organization does, not just that related to immigration.

A sidebar shows some of those lobbying for and against the Senate amnesty. On the against side were NumbersUSA, National Border Patrol Council, U.S. Border Control, and Federation for American Immigration Reform with almost a million total.

On the for side were:
E. & J. Gallo Winery: $20,000

American Immigration Lawyers Association: $85,000

National Association of Manufacturers: $60,000

Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: $430,000 (members included National Council of La Raza, Service Employees International Union, UNITE Here, National Immigration Forum)

Essential Worker Immigration Coalition: $180,000

Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform: less than $10,000

Washington DC illegal immigration march: <5000 show up; Ted Kennedy - 09/08/06

Senator Edward M. Kennedy ("Teddy", "Ted") was one of the featured speakers at yesterday's illegal immigration rally in Washington D.C. It was supposed to be a big deal, with up to 500,000 people expected.

Instead, according to the WaPo, less than 5,000 people showed up.