WHERE IN CALIFORNIA IS ENGLISH HEARD AND MEXICANS NOT OCCUPYING?
WELL, THEY’RE OCCUPYING SONOMA COUNTY, CA! BUT AT LEAST THE AMERICANS ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
By MARTIN ESPINOZA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Published: Friday, March 19, 2010 at 6:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 19, 2010 at 6:45 p.m.
Sonoma County Sheriff Bill Cogbill said Friday he wants to clear the air over a key local issue expected to turn out thousands of Latino immigrants and their supporters to a march and rally in downtown Santa Rosa on Sunday.
(YOU THOUGHT THERE WAS A PLACE IN MEXIFORNIA NOT UNDER MEX OCCUPATION?)
Thousands march in Santa Rosa for immigration reform
The issue is a new system in which fingerprints taken from people booked in the county ail are sent electronically to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, databases.
Cogbill said Friday the new program is not a local policy, nor is there any official agreement between the county and ICE, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“We didn’t have a choice in it,” Cogbill said. “They came to us just to let us know this is happening.”
He said that even before the “biometric” fingerprinting program was launched in Sonoma County this month, fingerprints were routinely sent to the state Department of Justice, which would then have them checked for criminal history against databases maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
But under a new initiative being rolled out gradually across the country, the FBI now is sending fingerprints to ICE.
Cogbill said he personally approves of the program because it helps more effectively identify illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds. But he stressed, “we’re not doing anything different from our end” and there’s no agreement between the Sheriff’s Office and ICE.
ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said the program, known as Secure Communities, is the latest tool being used to target illegal immigrants with dangerous criminal backgrounds, many of whom would otherwise “slip through the cracks.”
Top priority, she said, is illegal immigrants who commit crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, kidnap and drug offenses.
“Our desired outcome is to see that person removed from the United States,” Kice said.
(REALITY CHECK: MEXICANS ARE THE MOST VIOLENT, RACIST AND CRIMINALLY PRONE. THERE ARE OVER A MILLION MEXICAN GANG MEMBERS ALONE IN OUR OPEN AND UNDEFENDED BORDERS!)
But immigrant rights advocates say it’s not just people with serious criminal backgrounds that will be affected. Organizers of Sunday’s march charge that local jails hold illegal immigrants who have committed minor infractions, such as traffic violations.
“They’re not just taking cars, they’re putting people in jail,” said Alvarez.
(THE OL’ GRINGO IS A RACIST CRAP!)
He said he believes law enforcement officials are “profiling” immigrants based on their appearance, a claim Cogbill and other local law enforcement officials strongly reject.
Secure Communities, Kice said, recently has been expanded to Orange County, bringing the number of participating counties to 12. The others are Los Angeles, Ventura, San Diego, Imperial, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Solano, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.
There are 120 jurisdictions in 16 states now on board, she said. By next year, Secure Communities should be present in every state and should have nationwide coverage by 2013.
18,000 ILLEGAL CRIMINALS GUILTY OF MURDER, RAPE & KIDNAPPING NABBED!
Since its inception, Kice wrote in an e-mail, the program has identified “more than 18,000 aliens charged with or convicted of Level 1 crimes, such as murder, rape and kidnapping — 4,000 of whom have already been removed from the United States.”
Most of those who have not yet been deported are completing their sentences, she said. An additional 25,000 illegal immigrants charged with “Level 2 and 3 crimes,” such as burglary and serious property crimes, have been deported. This latter category of crimes represents 90 percent of the crimes committed by illegal immigrants, she said.
HERE’S ANOTHER REALITY CHECK ABOUT OUR ILLEGAL INVADERS: THEY’RE VOTING ILLEGALLY!
Thousands march in Santa Rosa for immigration reform
KENT PORTER/The Press Democrat
Police estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people marched from Roseland to Courthouse Square for an annual rally to demand more rights for immigrants.
By RANDI ROSSMANN
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Published: Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 2:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 2:24 p.m.
Thousands of people marched in Santa Rosa on Sunday to rally for federal immigration reform and demand changes in the way immigrants are treated by local law enforcement agencies.
The annual march, which began in Roseland and ended with a rally that overflowed Courthouse Square, drew more than 5,000 people, police estimated.
It was one of a series of marches held Sunday around the country — from Washington, D.C., to Salt Lake City and Salinas — designed to pressure lawmakers to overhaul the nation's immigration system.
ILLEGAL MARIA LEON, 38, AND HER DAUGHTER MARIA SANCHEZ, 13 ARE EITHER BOTH ILLEGALS, OR WE PAID FOR MARIA’S BIRTHING OF MARIA SANCHEZ AND THE WELFARE THAT FOLLOWED. MARIA LEON HAS BEEN IN THIS COUNTRY HOW LONG? SHE CAN’T SPEAK ENGLISH BECAUSE MEXICANS ARE RACIST, AND TO SPEAK THE GRINGO’S LANGUAGE IS APING THEM.
APPARENTLY NO ONE TOLD MARIA LEON IT IS ILLEGAL TO VOTE?????
BUT THEN OUR LAWS ARE LIKE OUR BORDERS; A STUPID GRINGO JOKE, ONLY REINFORCED BY THE LA RAZA DEMS HISPANDERING FOR THE ILLEGALS’ ILLEGAL VOTES.
WHAT IS A GREATER THREAT TO OUR NATION THAN 38 MILLION MEXICANS THAT HAVE CONTEMPT FOR OUR BORDERS, LAWS, LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND ARE OUT VOTING TO FOR THE BIGGEST HISPANDERER?
Waving U.S. flags, Maria Leon, 38, and her daughter Maria Sanchez, 13, said they marched in Santa Rosa to remind President Obama of his promise to push an immigration reform bill.
“We voted for him knowing he'd make change,” Leon said through her daughter, who acted as interpreter.
The annual march and rally are held in honor of the late Cesar Chavez, a farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist who helped found the United Farm Workers union.
PLEASE TELL THESE PEOPLE TO HEAD BACK TO NARCOMEX AND DO THEIR “AZTEC DANCING, AND MAKE NARCOMEX INTO THE DUMPSTER THEY MAKE COMMUNITIES THEY INVADE AND OCCUPY HERE.)
Hundreds of people began gathering Sunday morning at an Albertson's parking lot on Sebastopol Road, the staging grounds for the march. With the large crowd, mariachi bands, Aztec dancers, drummers, American flags and red, white and blue balloons, the pre-march had a festival air as people waited to walk.
Roseland University Prep teacher Enedina Avelar said she came with her three daughters to show support for the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act — called the DREAM Act — a proposed law that would give minors the opportunity to enlist in the military or go to college and have a path to citizenship.
Laws preventing undocumented children from applying for jobs, scholarships and loans unfairly punish children for their parents' choices, she said.
“We have students in that situation, and they say it doesn't help them to work hard because when they graduate there are no opportunities,” Avelar said. “I tell them someday the laws will change and you'll be ready.”
A circle of about 20 people carried a 40-foot-long quilt made of the flags of North American countries. Among them, Ernesto Rodriguez, 39, of Rohnert Park said he's troubled by how often he hears racist rhetoric used by people in discussions of immigration laws.
(“WE’RE JUST FAMILIES. WE’RE JUST LIKE ANYBODY ELSE”… EXCEPT THAT THEY ARE NOT! MEXICANS ARE RACIST, HAVE CONTEMPT FOR THIS COUNTRY’S LAWS, BORDERS AND LANGUAGE. THE VOTE ILLEGALLY, AND WE PAY FOR THEIR BIRTHING WHILE THEY TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO VIVA MEXICO!)
“The flags represent unity,” Rodriguez said. “It's important for us to come out so people see the faces of so-called illegals. We're just families. We're just like anybody else.”
Many banners, signs and chants called for law enforcement agencies to stop seizing cars from undocumented immigrants who lack a driver's license.
“Stop the confiscation of vehicles,” declared a sign carried by Graciela Rueda, 39, of Santa Rosa.
Immigrants who lose their cars cannot get to work or transport their families, said Davin Cardenas with Graton Day Laborers and the Committee for Immigrant Rights.
“It affects working people,” he said. “For a lot of people their automobile is the only property of value they own.”
Organizers also urged county officials to pull out of a controversial program that uses fingerprints to identify illegal immigrants in the county jail. Last week, Sheriff Bill Cogbill said his department had no input on the federal program, which scans inmates' fingerprints through a database maintained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Sonoma County and city officials must take a stand against local involvement in immigration law enforcement, Cardenas said.
“We need them to be outspoken,” Cardenas said.
The march was much larger than officials expected, said Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Doug Schlief.
“I think it was a little bit bigger than what we've seen in the last couple of years,” Schlief said. He said last year's march was about 2,000 people.
While the march was peaceful, it did cause unexpected traffic congestion as performers stopped to entertain, blocking roadways, Schlief said.
“It's turned into more of a parade,” Schlief said.
The march ended with a rally at Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa. Marcos Suarez, a U.S. Census worker, urged the crowd to fill out census forms and tried to reassure them the information wouldn't be used to find people in the country illegally.
“If we don't get counted, then we lose money for services,” Suarez said. “We need to make sure we don't lose seats in Congress.”
In the crowd, Sebastopol City Councilwoman Kathleen Shaffer said she came to support the work of Graton Day Laborers and other groups working to bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.
“They're trying to bring workers in, get them organized. It gets them off the streets,” Shaffer said. “People can appreciate that. I'm here to support that idea.”
Anitra Kitts and Bill Vonseggern just returned home to Santa Rosa from a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico and decided to attend the rally as a show of support.
“We've seen what their home looks like and the needs that push them up here,” Kitts said, speaking of poverty and difficult living conditions they'd seen in Mexico. “They're just trying to have a good life like the rest of us.”