Juliana Barbassa of AP promotes UFW's anti-American "joke" (yes, Americans do field work) - 06/25/10
Juliana Barbassa of the Associated Press offers "Immigrant farm workers' challenge: Take our jobs" (link) about a new satirical campaign from the United Farmworkers of America. The UFW's campaign is anti-American; if you aren't familiar with this story see the last link. This post only deals with Barbassa's treatment.
According to the Labor Department, three out of four farm workers were born abroad, and more than half are illegal immigrants.
Apparently Jullianna Barbassa can't do math: that means that one out of four farm workers were born in the U.S., and somewhere between one quarter and one half of them are citizens or legal workers. So, plenty of Americans do in fact do farm work despite the fact that the UFW - and their promoters like Barbassa - would have you think otherwise. Why didn't she point out to them how the very statistics they provide undercut their already-weak argument?
Then, she gets cute:
The Boy Scouts are making their debut "en espanol," with an advertising campaign launched Thursday and a soon-to-come Spanish-language Scout Handbook intended to draw Latinos to the ranks of the nearly century-old organization.
The Spanish-language campaign, called "Valores para toda la vida," translated as "Values for life," includes television, radio and online spots that speak to the nation's largest minority in their language.
The outreach is intended to keep the Scouting movement relevant and growing as the country's cultural landscape shifts... ...The country also looks different than it did 30 years ago...
Of course, what Barbassa says contradicts the frequently made claims about Hispanic assimilation; if that weren't an issue no one (outside people like Nativo Lopez) would call Spanish "their language". See the immigration tradition fallacy summary for more on that. And, while there are assuredly millions of Hispanics in the U.S. who aren't fluent in English, the great majority of those are illegal aliens, the citizen children of illegal aliens, elderly family members of legal immigrants, and so on. On the other hand, the great majority of citizen children of legal immigrants will be English speakers. Which calls into question who exactly the Boy Scouts see as their target market. And, rather than encouraging cultural separatism, the Boy Scouts should be encouraging assimilation by having just one Guide.
Attorneys for undocumented immigrants who have suffered violent crimes sued the federal government Wednesday for failing to issue protective visas approved by Congress more than six years ago.What the AP forgot to mention is that Schey's group is collaborating with the Mexican government on a website project associated with these visas (vocesunidas.org). Similarly forgetful was Tyche Hendricks of the San Francisco Chronicle in "Special visas sought for some illegals", link. The AP has a history of not mentioning Schey's links to Mexico: Peter Prengaman did it in September, an un-bylined story did it in August, and Martha Mendoza did it last May.
The 2000 Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act created a visa category allowing such victims who cooperate with law enforcement to remain in the country and eventually apply for permanent residency... [visas not implemented yet]
..."We finally decided that without the intervention of the federal courts, we could easily be waiting for another six years before an application form is made available," said Peter A. Schey, president of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and lead counsel for the lawsuit filed in San Francisco...
In the middle of the page at vocesunidas.org it says:
A collaborative project of the Direccion General de Proteccion y Asuntos Consulares of the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores of the Government of Mexico and the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.And, from vocesunidas.org/lawsuit_fact_sheet
On March 6, 2007, a coalition of civil rights organizations and immigrant victims of violent crimes, including the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, Catholic Charities of San Francisco, International Instutute of the East Bay. Friendly House (Phoenix, Az), and Sanctuary for Families (New York), which jointly serve thousands of immigrant families with domestic violence survivors and victims of violent crimes, filed a class action federal lawsuit...It's odd how that backstory - as well as Schey's other links to the Mexican government - were not even mentioned in those two articles. The AP story even includes a link to the CHRCL's site.
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