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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."

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

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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

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NILC, ACLU, AILA, NCLR, Schey, hundreds more demand Obama ends 287g program - 08/27/09

Continuing their campaign against the 287g program, the American Civil Liberties Union - a group that is/was directly collaborating with the Mexican government - informs us that they and about 500 other groups have sent a letter to

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" ( 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. There were at least 98 participants in the meeting, and none of them represent your interests or the interests of the great majority of American citizens. Why exactly they'd hold the meeting isn't clear;...

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

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

Paul West of the Los Angeles Times offers "Obama's civil rights nominee should be ready for a fight" (link) about Thomas Perez, the Maryland labor secretary who was nominated to head the civil rights division of the Department of Justice. Among other things, it contains this: Immigration is a minor responsibility for the division's lawyers, but the topic is likely to be a focus in the confirmation of Perez, a Dominican American. For seven years, he was a director of CASA of Maryland, an immigrant rights group, and served as its president in 2002. That year, CASA lobbied the Maryland General...

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

When even the Washington Post notices a problem relating to immigration, you know it's a real problem. Thus it is that NC Aizenman and Lisa Rein offer "Easy-to-Get Licenses Expose Md. to Fraud/Out-of-State Illegal Immigrants Exploit Rules" (link). The WaPo appears to be trying to get Maryland to pass a Real ID-compliant two-tier licensing scheme under which illegal aliens would get a license to drive but not to do much more. However, while there is some PC beating around the bush, there also isn't the outright advocacy we've come to expect from the WaPo: Maryland ...has become a magnet for...

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

According to this, the new pick for Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is Thomas E. Perez, currently Labor Secretary of Maryland. In April 2007, he "joined students in Annapolis to urge approval of a bill granting in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants" (link). And from this: Perez, a former Clinton Administration official and currently Maryland’s Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, has 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...

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 "revolution in the U.S." conference in that country. And, Citgo has used ethnic solidarity to sell gasoline in the U.S. Casa is "protected" by the local Democratic machine, and they're set to receive a $1.9...

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.

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

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

Pamela Constable of the Washington Post offers a slab of pro-illegal immigration propaganda in "Sometimes, A Labor Day/A Trailer in Gaithersburg Is a Haven For Immigrants Hoping for a Better Life".

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

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

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Fearing Backlash, Some Immigration Activists Aren't Backing Boycott - 02/20/07

Washington Post/April 20, 2006/Darryl Fears/ link

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

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

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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.

Gustavo Torres - 11/22/06

Executive Director of Casa de Maryland.

Jessica Alvarez - 09/07/06

This is a common name and the following may refer to one or more persons: Appears to be IDed as an "organizer" with the National Capital Immigration Coalition at this page. That CSPAN "vignette" (ID: 192294) discussed May 1's "National Day of Civic Action for Immigrants".

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

The DC Metrorail system is considering adding signs in Spanish to their stations (via this; satire about this here). While the cost is fairly high ($500,000 to $900,000 per station), this is seemingly a minor matter. Until you read that they might add these signs under pressure from "immigration advocates".

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?

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

Illegal aliens and their supporters are agitating for more rights inside our country, and thousands will be visiting Washington DC in March. Thousands of pro-immigration advocates will protest next week at the U.S. Capitol against a bill that they fear would result in fines or jail time for operators of businesses, churches, day-laborer centers and other facilities that help illegal aliens. The National Capital Immigrant Coalition (NCIC), an umbrella for about 40 immigrant-advocacy groups, says the bill -- HR 4437 -- is "anti-immigrant." The measure is expected to come before the Senate...

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

As previously discussed, Casa of Maryland is a state-funded group that not only supports illegal immigration, but they're threatening to picket the jobs of Minuteman Project members and even the schools attended by their children. The article "Maryland group helps immigrants get driver's licenses" may even describe illegal behavior on their part, but whether it actually occured as described and whether this behavior is in fact illegal is not known at this time. Hopefully someone will look into this: At 5 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, dozens of Spanish-speaking immigrants gather inside the...

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:

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 become a pawn in the government's failed immigration laws," Miss Propeack said... I guess that means some of their workers are not "documented", so I guess they do have something to fear. Too, too bad....

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

Michael J. Feeney of the AP offers "Immigrants Denied Licenses to File Suit Against Md. MVA". It starts out with this bit designed to soften you up: All she wants to do is drive to school, but Margaret Mengly Peredo Echalar says she can't get a driver's license, despite having provided proper identification to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. Awww. Except, it's not really just about one person's wish to get to school, now is it? It's also about all those other people who want licenses, and what they'll do with it: for instance, boarding airplanes. And, of course, driver's licenses...

"[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 exploited by local employers, but said the problem goes deeper... Earlier this month, CASA asked the Montgomery County Council to crack down on people who neglect the immigrants they hire by establishing a...

"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: the INS/DHS only tracks legal immigrants, and they apparently can't give out information on them due to confidentiality. So, are the election officials not entirely "with it," do they know something...

Miami Herald "endorses indentured servitude" - 03/22/04

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 immigration, repeat. As for the claim that the editorial supports indentured servitude, judge for yourself: ...AgJobs sets up a process by which illegal immigrants already working in agriculture could...