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From an official statement :
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will suspend participation in the federal Secure Communities Program to review the mounting evidence that the program is not meeting its stated goal and has serious consequences for witnesses, victims of crime and law enforcement.
Per this unconfirmed report, a conference call was held on the 18th in which various pro-illegal immigration groups called for civil disobedience in an attempt to get comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty).
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 this call we're going to go over the next steps, including civil disobedience, non-compliance and other acts of non-violent resistance in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Milwaukee, Washington, Baltimore and many more cities."
They specifically want a moratorium on the Secure Communities program.
"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.
Spanish-language TV networks have conducted citizenship drives, and the New York Daily News is now trying to get in on the act (link) by conducting a Citizenship Now! drive featuring a hotline staffed by volunteers from the City University of New York as well as two non-profits: the Legal Aid Society and the New York Immigration Coalition. The first hasn't been covered here, but the second has and their advice was probably politicized to say the least; click their link for past coverage.
The NYDN's coverage admits that many who called were illegal aliens and were interested in amnesty.
"Right-sizing America's immigration system is one of the most pressing challenges facing our country, and I am committed to working with the Obama administration to pursue comprehensive reform that treats immigrants fairly and gives them a path to earned citizenship."
On Tuesday, the far-left New York Immigration Coalition, allied groups, and about a thousand supporters rallied in Albany, demanding that stimulus funds be given to immigrants. Over four years ago I noted that the NYIC doesn't differentiate between legal immigrants and illegal aliens, and that's also true in this case: although they'll take pains not to admit it, they clearly want stimulus funds to go to illegal aliens.
No matter what she wants to call it, "reform" will be seen as an amnesty by millions of people around the world. They'll respond by trying to come here illegally. At the same time, that reform will give even more political power inside the U.S. to the far-left, racial power groups, corrupt business groups, the Mexican government, and other similar groups. They'll use that increased power to allow more illegal immigration and to push for future amnesties.
Please go to one of Gillibrand's public appearances and ask her tough questions about this issue designed to reveal the flaws in her policies. Then, upload video of her response to video sharing sites like Youtube. See the question authority page for some sample questions you can ask.
On the full video, she says she opposed the earlier amnesty attempt because she thought it should have attempted to solve the eight year legal immigrant backlog in six months by hiring enough people; see this and this for the tremendous issues involved there.
She also says she opposed it because she thought the guest worker requirements - two years here, one year back home - was a recipe for failure because if they had jobs there they wouldn't bother to come here in the first place. Instead, she wanted a constantly rolling "guest" worker program where the "guests" wouldn't leave: they'd get a five-year visa which was renewable for another five years, after which they could apply for citizenship.
Here are the relevant portions of her remarks on the full video:
"I think we need immigration reform immediately... it's something that I think has to be on the national agenda this year, and I support an earned path to citizenship...and I support policies to put that in place so that we can have comprehensive immigration reform.Obviously, it was a political issue for her: she did something approaching a 180 after intense lobbying from the New York Times, Hispanic leaders, and other supporters of illegal activity.
Now, when you use a term like amnesty it's a very divisive term. It's one that no one agrees on what the definition is.
So, you know, my understanding of amnesty is that if you are here undocumented/illegal that the next day you're legal. I think there's enormous consensus on that that is not the most effective way, it's not going to be passed in the House or Senate, but actually an earned path to citizenship is much more reflective of the consensus.
It's exactly what our other Senator supports, an earned path to citizenship. It's what Senator Clinton supported, it's what our congressional delegation supports. So I think by having a view that an earned path to citizenship will be much more effective and something that we can actually pass is the right approach.
...What I hope to do is to encourage the Obama administration to put a comprehensive plan on the table in the first year, because I don't think it should be a political issue... I think if it's something that if people come together and have the benefit of all the information I've had there's enormous room for agreement and there's a lot of common ground that can be developed in both the House and the Senate to get this type of legislation passed now."
UPDATE: As if all the above wasn't enough, from this 2/2 report:
[She] told a group of 16 New York City politicians that she will use the group as a sounding board to help form her immigration policy, Assemb. Peter Rivera said [after the 2/1 meeting].And, according to this, Gillbrand met with Chung Wha Hong of the New York Immigration Coalition on Monday and expressed regret and admitted that some of her votes were wrong and then agreed to the following demands:
A moratorium on government raids until Congress approves comprehensive immigration reform.
Clearing the backlog of entry applications that have forced immigrant families to wait years to be reunited with relatives, and ultimately reducing the application processing time to six months.
Ensuring the temporary worker program includes a path to citizenship.
Whether she's really tough or not, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's immigration position is already angering the right people.
Rights Working Group wants immigration enforcement moratorium and much more (ACLU, NCLR, 248 others) - 01/09/09
The Asian American Justice Center runs the Rights Working Group, a coalition of over 250 leftwing groups, and they have a petition calling on Barack Obama to in effect not do immigration enforcement. They want a "moratorium" while the subject of raids and the like is "studied", but everyone knows what that means.
(This is an addendum to the entry "Rights Working Group wants immigration enforcement moratorium and much more (ACLU, NCLR, 248 others)")
Phone numbers and email address removed.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Kareem Shora, National Executive Director
1732 Wisconsin Avenue, NW ~ Washington, DC 20007
FIRM, CHIRLA, NYIC demand Obama stops raids, grants amnesty; will march in DC on January 21, 2009 - 11/12/08
A group of illegal immigration supporting groups held a press conference in DC yesterday, demanding that as president Obama grants amnesty and halts workplace raids. They also announced that they'll be marching for the same demands in DC on January 21, 2009.
CIS sees reduction in number of illegal aliens; others disagree (Dave Marcus, Paul Krawzak) - 07/31/08
The CIS has released a study called "Homeward Bound: Recent Immigration Enforcement and the Decline in the Illegal Alien Population" (link) which says that due to enforcement "the illegal immigrant population has declined by 11 percent through May 2008 after hitting a peak in August 2007... [t]he implied decline in the illegal population is 1.3 million since last summer, from 12.5 million to 11.2 million today."
Not surprisingly, others disagree.
Feds strike deal on Eliot Spitzer driver's licenses for illegal aliens (victory or defeat?) - 10/27/07
The Bush administration and New York cut a deal Saturday to create a new generation of super-secure driver's licenses for U.S. citizens, but also allow illegal immigrants to get a version.The first tier is an "enhanced" license, followed by one that complies with the REAL ID Act. The third tier is one just for those who are making money for corrupt businesses and banks and who just might vote for Democrats, i.e., illegal aliens. They wouldn't be valid as federal ID. As Rep. Peter King says, this might be a defeat for Spitzer because few illegal aliens might want the licenses since they would strongly indicate that the bearer is here illegally. Needless to say, "immigrant rights" groups will probably protest it for that reason.
...Saturday's agreement with the Homeland Security Department will create a three-tier license system in New York. It is the largest state to sign on so far to the government's post-Sept. 11 effort to make identification cards more secure [joining Arizona, Vermont and Washington].
...Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he was not happy that New York intended to issue IDs to illegal immigrants. But he said there was nothing he could do to stop it.
"I don't endorse giving licenses to people who are not here legally, but federal law does allow states to make that choice," Chertoff said.
The governor made clear he is going forward with his plan allowing licenses for illegal immigrants. But advocates on both sides of the debate said Spitzer had caved to pressure by adopting the administration's stance on tighter security standards for most driver's licenses.
UPDATE: The plan won't go into effect until mid to late 2008. Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola says he'll continue his plan to sue to try to prevent any kind of licenses being issued to illegal aliens. And, as predicted, those on the other side are complaining, with Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, saying:
"He has crossed the line to the other side, letting his good name be used to promote an anti-immigrant, junk security measure in the Real ID."Here are some details on the tiers:
A lower-level license for driving and state ID purposes will be available to illegal aliens and citizens. The license will carry the words "Not for U.S. government purposes" and won't be acceptable ID for boarding a plane, entering a federal facility like a courtroom, or crossing the border.The "WHTI" sounds like it warrants a bit more research.
A more expensive second license, a federally recognized document that meets the REAL ID security requirements enacted by Congress in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will be available to citizens and legal aliens and will be good for boarding a plane or accessing federal facilities.
The third document, known as an "enhanced driver's license," will be strictly for U.S. citizens. It will carry all the federal benefits of the REAL ID, plus allow New Yorkers to cross the border into Canada without a passport under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
UPDATE 2: Ray Rivera of the New York Times offers "Governor Accused of Betraying Principles", which will probably be repurposed as an NYT immigration editiorial. It contains a similar Chung-Wha Hong quote, together with this:
[Hong] said having separate licenses would amount to a scarlet letter for illegal immigrants. "I know I'm speaking for millions of immigrants when I say I just feel so thoroughly betrayed."If Rivera were a real reporter he would have called her on that. Isn't she basically play-acting? "Immigrants" - those who've pledged to abide by our laws - can get the middle-tier, normal licenses. Is she making the false claim that most legal immigrants feel solidarity with illegal aliens? To the extent that that's true, isn't that more of either a personal thing (mixed status families) or a racial solidarity issue? Is encouraging either of those good public policy?
And, never fear, the ACLU is here:
The separate licenses could also serve as an invitation for law enforcement to arrest anyone carrying one on immigration charges, said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. She added that the new proposal could send illegal immigrants further into the shadows, compelling them to drive with forged or no licenses and without insurance.That's what's happening already, so it's not going to get worse just because they won't get the new, special licenses just for them.
UPDATE 3: The picture at the top of this post is apparently from a protest which was held today in front of Spitzer's NYC office (link). Hong was apparently there, as well as another play-actor:
"You have forsaken a practical policy that would have been a benefit for all New Yorkers - for what? For just your own short-sighted political cover," said S.J. Jung of [Young Korean American Service and Education Center]. "Today, New Yorkers are outraged by your flip-flopping and New Yorkers are ashamed to have someone like you as our governor."YKASEC is also a member of the "New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights", a group that wants to let "immigrants" vote; whether that means illegal aliens or not isn't known. They also say that "New York government officials do not adequately reflect the faces of the people they represent."
How badly has Spitzer's corrupt scheme failed? He's lost support among law-abiding New Yorkers, and he's also lost the support of at least the leaders of a couple groups that, like him, support illegal activity. On one hand it's good that his career has been damaged; on the other hand, it would be better if there were no licenses for illegal aliens at all.
New York Immigration Coalition supports Spitzer driver's licenses for illegal aliens plan - 10/03/07
UPDATE: If you're in NY state, there's a petition - including a printable version - here.
..."If we don't act, then both the Democratic and Republican parties can go back to their comfort zones and do nothing," said Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). "They won't have the courage to resolve a major situation for millions of people."The first group has allegedly collaborated with the Mexican government. The second person is an official with the Mexican political party PRD.
..."They announced the decision first and then they called us to consult us," said Jorge Mujica, a spokesman for Chicago's March 10 Movement group. "It doesn't make sense."
UPDATE: The endlessly-updated story returns again. The Houston Chronicle uniquely names their version "U.S. flags wave at immigration rallies". Mujica is out in this version, with a new source in Jerry Gonzalez of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. He's a former MALDEF official, and one of the GALEO founders is GA state Rep. Pedro Marin, someone with a highly probable but unexplored link to the Mexican government. He marched alongside a former Mexican consul general in a march last year.
UPDATE 2: Note this from the second version:
The [NYC] event is a response to a White House immigration reform proposal in March, said Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition... That plan would grant illegal immigrants three-year work visas for $3,500 but also require them to return home to apply for U.S. residency and pay a $10,000 fine. It has been roundly criticized by immigrant groups... Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean called the bill "insane" because it would require many illegal immigrants to return home before applying for citizenship.The Bush plan isn't a "bill" and, according to Laura Wides-Munoz, he was refering to the STRIVE Act, not the Bush scheme.
The "Rights Working Group" is trying to organize Moveon-style house parties throughout the U.S. on Thursday, April 5, 2007, supposedly to support due process in our immigration system. In fact, it appears to be a backdoor way to promote immigration "reform", aka a massive amnesty. And, some of the organizers lined up are linked to the Mexican government. Details here: rightsworkinggroup.org/?q=ConversationNight
Their "one-pager" (http://18.104.22.168/files/Night_of_1000_Convo_OnePager.pdf ; actually a two pager) includes a blurb from the Washington Post propaganda piece "Deporting a Model Noncitizen" by Marc Fisher (link). Some of the things Fisher forgot to cover are listed in a long comment from J. Scott here.
Their talking points are here: 22.214.171.124/files/NOTC_Toolkit_040507.pdf While they suggest steering the conversation away from immigration matters and back to due process if the former proves too contentious, it's clear that their main goals are supporting amnesty, anchor babies, catch and release, and all the other factors leading to massive legal and illegal immigration.
Their local affiliates are listed in the extended entry. Those with "LTM" have some sort of link to the Mexican government.
1. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (Washington, DC) - Laila Al-Qatami
2. Arab American Institute (Washington, DC) - Valerie Smith
3. Asian American Justice Center (Washington, DC) - Pang Houa Moua
4. Breakthrough: Building a Human Rights Culture (NY) - Carly Castania-Fox
5. Center for Intercultural Organizing (OR) - Kayse Jama
6. Coalicion de Derechos Humanos (AZ) - Kat Rodriguez
7. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) - Sara Sadhwani
8. Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois (Chicago, IL) - Khemarey Nuth
9. Desis Rising Up and Moving (NY) - Monami Maulik
10. Florida Immigrant Advocacy Coalition (FL) - Maria Rodriguez
11. Hate Free Zone (WA) - Hari Kondabolu
12. Idaho Community Action Network (ID) - Leo Morales
LTM 13. Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (IL) - Mehrdad Azemun
14. National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (CA) - Juhyung Lee
15. National Network for Arab American Communities (MI) - Nadia El-Zein
16. National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (CA) - Arnoldo Garcia
17. New York Immigration Coalition (NY) - Avideh Moussavian
18. Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PA) - Regan Cooper
19. South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow (MD) - Deepa Iyer
20. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TN) - Stephen Fotopulos
21. United Farm Workers Foundation (CA) - Oscar Gonzalez
22. University of New Mexico, School of Law - ACLU Student Chapter - Pamela Hernandez (Albuquerque, NM)
Popular Spanish-language radio host El Cucuy (real name: Renan Almendarez Coello) is on a 10 city bus tour trying to register members of his audience as voters. He kicked off the campaign in San Jose (California) on Monday, and joining him on his fun bus were Lt. Gov.
Who supports the May 1 illegal immigration boycott and/or the marches on that day? Let's keep track of them in this post.
The Democrats in the California state senate support both the march and the boycott.
This one was on Long Island and featured on the other side:
- Luis Valenzuela, executive director of the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, ("an immigrant advocacy group")
- Hempstead Village Deputy Mayor Henry Conyers
- Edison Severino of the Manhattan-based Local 78 of the Asbestos, Lead and Hazardous Waste Laborers
Reporting was by Bart Jones of Newsday.
And, they've got a cute new talking point!
"We're here on George Wash
[Arizona Sen. John McCain] will be in Miami on Thursday and will promote a business-backed guest worker program and other immigration reforms. The Arizona senator will speak at "town hall" meeting in South Florida sponsored by the New American Opportunity Campaign. That group includes labor unions, business interests, Hispanic groups and other supporters of guest worker program.
If you're in Miami, could you please try to attend this event and publicly embarass John McCain by trying to ask him a tough question he can't answer? Unfortunately, the event isn't listed at his site (mccain.senate.gov), nor is it listed at that groups's site (cirnow.org). Perhaps there will be an announcement soon, or perhaps they're keeping it private to avoid difficult questions.
For instance, ask him why he wants to bring around 36 million new people here over the next 8 years.
On a more generic note, ask him how we could end illegal immigration without doing something about political corruption. And, point out that his bill is an example of political corruption: giving in to those forces that oppose our immigration laws rather than fighting against our enemies.
If you prefer the sign format, try something like: "McCain-Kennedy, the massive amnesty prefered by 9 out of 10 corrupt Mexican government officials" or similar.
You can also ask him what he's doing speaking before a group that, through a member of its board of directors, allegedly has links to the Mexican government. Is John McCain willing to sell out America to Mexico? Here are few groups on their board of directors:
* Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA, allegedly has links to the Mexican government)
* National Council of La Raza ("National Council of The Race")
Welcome to the premier edition of "Lying, Misleading, Joking, or Telling the Truth", or LMJOTTT as it shall henceforth be known.
The New York DMV is trying to prevent illegal aliens  from getting New York driver's licenses. If you've been reading the New York Times or the New York Daily News or press releases from various organizations, you might have been confused into thinking that they're trying to prevent all immigrants from getting licenses, but that's not true.