Monday, September 20, 2010


Racist mayor of Los Angeles, and his bit by bit La Raza amnesty push:

9. Antonio Villaraigosa, Chair of MEChA (student wing of Aztlan movement) at UCLA, former CA assemblymember, former CA Assembly speaker, currently Los Angeles City Mayor, and formerly Councilman at Southwest Voter Registration Project Conference in Los Angeles, 6/1997 "Part of today's reality has been propositions like 187 (to deny public benefits to illegal aliens, 1994), propositions like 209 (to abolish affirmative action, 1996), the welfare reform bill, which targeted legal immigrants and targeted us as a community. Today in California in the legislature, we're engaged in a great debate, where not only were we talking about denying education to the children of undocumented workers, but now we're talking about whether or not we should provide prenatal care to undocumented mothers. It's not enough to elect Latino leadership. If they're supporting legislation that denies the undocumented driver's licenses, they don't belong in office, friends. They don't belong here. If they can't stand up and say, 'You know what? I'm not ever going to support a policy that denies prenatal care to the children of undocumented mothers', they don't belong here."
Villaraigosa calls on Congress to pass Dream Act as way for thousands to shed illegal immigrant status
By Patrick J. McDonnell
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
3:10 PM PDT, September 20, 2010

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa added his voice Monday to those of a number of elected officials, labor leaders and others supporting the so-called Dream Act, federal legislation that would provide a path to legal status for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as youngsters.

The act, which is expected to be considered by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, would benefit those who came to this country before age 16, have lived here for at least five years and have achieved a high school degree or an equivalency degree. Those eligible would be able to legalize their status by pursuing a college education or serving in the U.S. military.

Supporters call the bill a humanitarian and practical solution for multitudes of largely assimilated young immigrants who have known no other home and have already benefited from a U.S. education. Critics call it a thinly disguised amnesty for law-breakers. The proposal faces an uphill battle in Congress, where immigration is a politically charged issue.

Passage of the Dream Act would provide "a great return on money we've already invested, and it encourages economic growth," Villaraigosa said at a news conference attended by students and other supporters.

Among those attending was Maria Duque, a 19-year-old college student in Orange County, who said she came to the United States from Ecuador when she was 5. "I'm undocumented and I'm unafraid," declared Duque, who said passage of the act could help her fulfill her dream of becoming a lawyer.

Also expressing support was David Rattray, senior vice president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, who said beneficiaries would boost the educated work force.

Agendas of MEChA, La Raza, MALDEF, and Southwest Voter Registration Projects These are transcripts of live, recorded statements by elected U.S. politicians, college professors, and pro-illegal alien activists whose objective is to take control of our country "by vote if possible and violence if necessary!" 1. Armando Navarro, Prof. Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside at Latino Summit Response to Prop 187, UC Riverside, 1/1995
"These are the critical years for us as a Latino community. We're in a state of transition. And that transformation is called 'the browning of America'. Latinos are now becoming the majority. Because I know that time and history is on the side of the Chicano/Latino community. It is changing in the future and in the present the balance of power of this nation. It's a game - it's a game of power - who controls it. You (to MEChA students) are like the generals that command armies. We're in a state of war. This Proposition 187 is a declaration of war against the Latino/Chicano community of this country. They know the demographics. They know that history and time is on our side. As one community, as one people, as one nation within a nation as the community that we are, the Chicano/Latino community of this nation. What this means is a transfer of power. It means control."


Art Torres, former CA state senator, currently Chair of California Democrat Party at UC Riverside 1/1995 "Que viva la causa! It is an honor to be with the new leadership of the Americas, here meeting at UC Riverside. So with 187 on the ballot, what is it going to take for our people to vote - to see us walking into the gas ovens? It is electoral power that is going to make the determination of where we go as a community. And power is not given to you -- you have to take it. Remember: 187 is the last gasp of white America in California. Understand that. And people say to me on the Senate floor when I was in the Senate, 'Why do you fight so hard for affirmative action programs?' And I tell my white colleagues, 'because you're going to need them.'"


3. Jose Angel Gutierrez, Prof. Univ. Texas at Arlington, founder La Raza Unida Party at UC Riverside 1/1995 "The border remains a military zone. We remain a hunted people. Now you think you have a destiny to fulfill in the land that historically has been ours for forty thousand years. And we're a new Mestizo nation. And they want us to discuss civil rights. Civil rights. What law made by white men to oppress all of us of color, female and male. This is our homeland. We cannot - we will not- and we must not be made illegal in our own homeland. We are not immigrants that came from another country to another country. We are migrants, free to travel the length and breadth of the Americas because we belong here. We are millions. We just have to survive. We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They are dying. It's a matter of time. The explosion is in our population."

4. Bill Richardson, New Mexico Governor, former U.S. Congressman, U.N. Ambassador, U.S. Secretary of Energy interviewed on radio Latino USA responding to Congressional Immigration Reform legislation in 1996 "There are changing political times where our basic foundations and programs are being attacked, illegal and legal immigration are being unfairly attacked. We have to band together, and that means Latinos in Florida, Cuban-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, South Americans, we have to network better - we have to be more politically minded, we have to put aside party and think of ourselves as Latinos, as Hispanics more than we have in the past."

Mario Obledo, founding member/former national director of Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), former CA Secretary Health/Welfare on Tom Leikus radio talk show "We're going to take over all the political institutions in California. In five years the Hispanics are going to be the majority population of this state." Caller: "You also made the statement that California is going to become a Hispanic state and if anyone doesn't like it they should leave - did you say that?" Obledo: "I did. They ought to go back to Europe."

6. Mario Obledo CCIR commentary on Mario Obledo: When CCIR, the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, erected a billboard on the California/Arizona border reading, "WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA, THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION STATE", Mario Obledo, infuriated, went to the billboard location and threatened to blow it up or burn it down. Even after this threat to deny American citizens their freedom of speech, President Clinton awarded Obledo the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. CCIR question to Obledo: "Jose Angel Gutierrez said, 'We have an aging white America, they are dying, I love it.' How would you translate that statement?" Obledo: "He's a good friend of mine. A very smart person."

7. Richard Alatorre, former Los Angeles City Councilman at Latino Summit conference in Los Angeles opposing CA Prop. 209 ending affirmative action in 9/1996 "Because our numbers are growing, they're afraid about this great mass of minorities that now live in our community. They're afraid that we're going to take over the governmental institutions and other institutions. They are right, we will take them over, and we are not going to go away - we are here to stay, and we are saying 'ya basta' (enough!) and we are going to turn... and de... not elect or re-elect people that believe that they are going to advance their political careers on the backs of immigrants and the backs of minorities."



8. Joe Baca, former CA Assemblymember, currently member of Congress at Latino Summit Response to Prop 187 UC Riverside 1/1995 and Southwest Voter Registration Project annual conference in Los Angeles, 6/1996 "We need more Latinos out there. We must stand up and be counted. We must be together, We must be united. Because if we're not united you know what's going to happen? We're like sticks - we're broken to pieces. Divided we're not together. But as a unit they can't break us. So we've got to come together, and if we're united, si se puede (it can be done) and we will make the changes that are necessary. But we've got to do it. We've got to stand together, and dammit, don't let them divide us because that's what they want to do, is to divide us. And once we're divided we're conquered. But when we look out at the audience and we see, you know, la familia, La Raza (the family, our race), you know, it's a great feeling, isn't it a good feeling? And you know, I started to think about that and it reminded me of a book that we all read and we all heard about, you know, Paul Revere, and when he was saying, 'The British are coming, the British are coming!' Well, the Latinos are coming, the Latinos are coming! And the Latinos are going to vote. So our voices will be heard. So that's what this agenda is about. It's about insuring that we increase our numbers. That we increase our numbers at every level. We talk about the Congressional, we talk about the Senate, we talk about board of supervisors, board of education, city councils, commissions, we have got to increase out numbers because the Latinos are coming. Because what's going on right now, with 187, the CCRI (CA Civil Rights Initiative against affirmative action), and let me tell you, we can't go back, you know, we're in a civil war. But we need to be solidified, we need to come together, we must be strong, because united we form a strong body. United we become solidified, united we make a difference, united we make the changes, united Latinos will win throughout California, let's stick together, que si se puede, que no? (it can be done, right?)

9. Antonio Villaraigosa, Chair of MEChA (student wing of Aztlan movement) at UCLA, former CA assemblymember, former CA Assembly speaker, currently Los Angeles City Mayor, and formerly Councilman at Southwest Voter Registration Project Conference in Los Angeles, 6/1997 "Part of today's reality has been propositions like 187 (to deny public benefits to illegal aliens, 1994), propositions like 209 (to abolish affirmative action, 1996), the welfare reform bill, which targeted legal immigrants and targeted us as a community. That's been the midnight. We know that the sunny side of midnight has been the election of a Latino speaker - was the election of Loretta Sanchez, against an arch-conservative, reactionary hate-mongering politician like Congressman Dornan! Today in California in the legislature, we're engaged in a great debate, where not only were we talking about denying education to the children of undocumented workers, but now we're talking about whether or not we should provide prenatal care to undocumented mothers. It's not enough to elect Latino leadership. If they're supporting legislation that denies the undocumented driver's licenses, they don't belong in office, friends. They don't belong here. If they can't stand up and say, 'You know what? I'm not ever going to support a policy that denies prenatal care to the children of undocumented mothers', they don't belong here."


“I’M GONNA GO OUT THERE AN VOTE BECAUSE I WANT TO PAY THEM BACK!”10. Gloria Molina, one of the five in Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at Southwest Voter Registration Project Conference, 6/1996 "This community is no longer going to stand for it. Because tonight we are organizing across this country in a single mission, in a plan. We are going to organize like we've never organized before. We are going to go into our neighborhoods. We are going to register voters. We are going to talk to all of those young people that need to become registered voters and go out to vote and we're are politicizing every single one of those new citizens that are becoming citizens of this country. And what we are saying is by November we will have one million additional Latino voters in this country, and we're gonna march, and our vote is going to be important. But I gotta tell you, there's a lot of people that are saying, 'I'm gonna go out there and vote because I want to pay them back!' And this November we are going to remember those that stood with us and we are also going to remember those that have stood against us on the issues of immigration, on the issues of education, on the issues of health care, on the issues of the minimum wage."


11. Vicky Castro, former member of Los Angeles Board of Education at Southwest Voter Registration Project Conference, 6/1996 "Que viva la raza, que viva la raza (long live our race)! I'm here to welcome all the new voters of 18 years old that we're registering now in our schools. Welcome, you're going to make a difference for Los Angeles, for San Antonio, for New York, and I thank Southwest for taking that challenge. And to the Mechistas (MEChA students) across this nation, you're going to make that difference for us, too. But when we register one more million voters I will not be the only Latina on the Board of Education of Los Angeles. And let me tell you here, no one will dismantle bilingual education in the United States of America. No one will deny an education to any child, especially Latino children. As you know, in Los Angeles we make up 70% of this school district. Of 600,000 -- 400,000 are Latinos, and our parents are not heard and they're going to be heard because in Los Angeles, San Antonio and Texas we have just classified 53,000 new citizens in one year that are going to be felt in November!"


“WE HAVE PROCESSED A LITTLE OVER 78,000 BRAND NEW CITZENS.”12. Ruben Zacarias, former superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District at Southwest Voter Registration Project Conference, 6/1997 "We have 27 centers now throughout LAUSD. Every one of them has trained people, clerks to take the fingerprints. Each one has the camera, that special camera. We have the application forms. And I'll tell you what we've done with I.N.S. Now we're even doing the testing that usually people had to go to INS to take, and pretty soon, hopefully, we'll do the final interviews in our schools. Incidentally, I started this very quietly because there are those that if they knew that we were creating a whole new cadre of brand new citizens it would have tremendous political impact. We will change the political panorama not only of L.A., but L.A. County and the State. And we do that we've changed the panorama of the nation. I'm proud to stand here and tell you that in those close to three years we have processed a little over 78,000 brand new citizens. That is the largest citizenship program in the entire nation."


13. Ernesto Zedillo, former president of Mexico announcing the Mexican constitutional amendment allowing for dual citizenship on 6/23/97 "I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican national extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders, and that Mexican migrants are an important - a very important part of it. For that reason my government proposed a constitutional amendment to allow any Mexican with the right as he desires to acquire another nationality to do so without being forced to first give up his or her Mexican nationality. Fortunately, the amendment was passed almost unanimously by our federal Congress and is now part of our constitution. I am also here today to tell you that we want you to take pride in what each and every one of your Mexican brothers and sisters are doing back home.


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The Christian Science Monitor -
Arizona immigration law: Funds roll in from across US to defend it
Many contributions made online or sent by mail are $20, $50, or $100 – for a total of $3.6 million. As long as donations keep coming, state taxpayers are off the hook as Gov. Jan Brewer defends the Arizona immigration law.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer meets with Sen. John McCain McCain campaign headquarters in August in Phoenix. Brewer established a legal defense in May to help her state fend off lawsuits challenging its immigration law.
(Ross D. Franklin/AP)
By Lourdes Medrano, Correspondent
posted September 10, 2010 at 8:26 pm EDT
Tucson, Ariz. —
A legal defense fund established by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in May to help Arizona fend off lawsuits challenging its controversial immigration enforcement law has received donations totalling $3.6 million from about 41,000 sympathizers across the country. The sum is well more than the $440,000 known to have been spent defending the law so far.
The Arizona immigration law, which critics say will lead to racial profiling, is facing several lawsuits, including one from the US Department of Justice, and the cost to defend it could reach several million dollars, legal experts say. The defense fund received a significant boost from one contributor, a Wyoming resident who donated $1.5 million in mid-August, Gov. Brewer disclosed recently.
The figure of $440,000 represents the defense costs for the first two months of legal challenges, but the documents from the governor's office extend through June and do not cover July court hearings before federal Judge Susan Bolton, who blocked implementation of key elements of the law. Brewer’s appeal is now at the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Although the governor’s office has no estimates on total legal expenses that might be incurred, Brewer’s spokesman, Paul Senseman, says the state’s mounting legal costs are expected to be considerable. The legal work so far is massive, Mr. Senseman says, citing 900 legal filings in the lawsuits that total about 12,000 pages.
“It’s impossible to accurately estimate because there are so many variables involved, including when and how federal judges rule, what appeals may be undertaken, the length of the appeals,” he says.
Paul Bender, a law professor at Arizona State University, concurs with Senseman and says legal costs will skyrocket quickly especially if the battle over the law lands in the US Supreme Court. The professor says he wouldn’t be surprised if expenses, mostly in attorney’s fees, reach $10 million.
“If you hire a big law firm to work on a case like this and they charge you on an hourly basis the amounts can become quite large very quickly,” he says.
The private attorneys working for Arizona are billing Brewer adjusted hourly rates that vary from $225 to $450 per hour, according to the firm’s contract with the state.
Brewer hired Snell & Wilmer LLC, a corporate law firm based in Phoenix, to defend the state’s right to enforce the legislation after a running dispute over the law with Attorney General Terry Goddard, a Democrat who opposes the law and is challenging her in the November election. Mr. Goddard eventually withdrew from representing the state in court.
As long as donations keep rolling in, state taxpayers are off the hook. The governor’s office has not released information on the potential use of public dollars when and if the fund dries up. So far the fund “has been sufficient to provide payment for these legal bills,” Senseman says.
The next-largest contribution after the $1.5 million donation from Timothy Mellon of Saratoga, Wyo., totals $5,000. Many contributions made online or sent by mail are $20, $50, $100 and higher. Donations to the fund surged after the Obama administration filed its suit and exemplify the kind of strong support the law has garnered nationwide.
One of those supporters is Arizona retiree Gary Piekaar, who lives in Havasu City. He chipped in $50 this week to Brewer’s defense fund out of frustration with illegal immigration overall and the federal government’s legal challenge to the state law.
“The federal government should be funding it, not fighting it,” he says.
Obama Promises Hispanic Caucus He Will Fight for DREAM Act
Addressing the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Gala Wednesday, President Obama told CHC members and guests that he would do whatever it takes to support their efforts to pass the DREAM Act. (White House transcript, Sept. 15, 2010) The President acknowledged that many in the audience were frustrated with him for failing to move amnesty legislation “over the finish line,” but promised them that he would not walk away from this fight. “We need an immigration policy that works—a policy that meets the needs of families and businesses while honoring our tradition as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws,” he said. “We need it for the sake of our economy, we need it for our security, and we need it for our future.” (Id.)
President Obama went on to blame Republicans for the failure to pass “comprehensive” immigration reform. “To make real progress on these or any issues, we’ve got to break the Republican leadership’s blockade,” said the President. “Without the kind of bipartisan effort we had just a few short years ago, we can’t get these reforms across the finish line.” The President accused most of the Republicans who voted for amnesty a few years ago from “walking away from that vote,” while conveniently forgetting to share that 16 Democrats voted against the Senate amnesty bill in 2007 (S.1639).
President Obama further asserted that the failure to pass amnesty legislation was the reason that “states like Arizona have taken matters into their own hands.” To loud applause, he proudly told the audience he was fighting the Arizona law because he felt it was the wrong way to deal with this issue. “It interferes with federal immigration enforcement. It makes it more difficult for … local law enforcement to do its job. It strains state and local budgets. And if other states follow suit, we’ll have an unproductive and unworkable patchwork of laws across the country.” (White House video, Sept. 15, 2010)
Finally, the President concluded his remarks by trying to build enthusiasm for the upcoming election. “Don’t ever believe that this election coming up doesn’t matter,” he said. “Don’t forget who is standing with you, and who is standing against you.”
The President’s speech came on the eve of a White House meeting between members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) to plot a strategy for passing the DREAM Act through the Senate this week. CHC member and Rep. Gutierrez analogized the efforts between the Obama administration and the CHC to those of a football team, observing “I think the White House, the Democrats, and the allies that support serious immigration reform are going on offense and the President is our quarterback.” (Homeland Security Today, Sept. 17, 2010)
Senator Menendez to Unveil Amnesty Bill
Following a closed-door meeting at the White House with President Obama and leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last Wednesday, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) announced that he plans to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill before the year’s end. (The Hill, Sept. 16, 2010) The new bill is part of immigration reform advocates’ newly unveiled three-point plan: press for immediate passage of the DREAM Act, rally behind immigration reform legislation that Sen. Bob Menendez is planning to introduce, and press President Barack Obama to provide “administrative relief” by easing up on Bush-era deportation policies. (Roll Call, Sept. 15, 2010) Sources familiar with the announcement say that the bill could be introduced even before the November 2 midterm elections, and would closely resemble the reform framework proposed by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) earlier this year. (Politico, Sept. 15, 2010) That proposal included amnesty, eased deportation proceeding requirements, and stripped state and local governments of their power to combat illegal immigration. (See FAIR Legislative Summary, Apr. 30, 2010)

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Senate Braces for DREAM Act Vote
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) dropped a bombshell announcement last Tuesday when he told reporters in the Capitol he would offer the DREAM Act as an amendment to the FY 2011 Defense Authorization Bill (S.3454) when the bill comes to the Senate floor this week. (Reid press conference, Sept. 14, 2010) Republicans immediately decried the effort to attach such a controversial bill to the Defense bill. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said adding elements unrelated to defense spending to the defense authorization bill would make it “needlessly controversial.” (CQ Today, Sept. 14, 2010) Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said it would be a mistake to attach the immigration measure to the defense bill. (Id.)

Senator John McCain, Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, went one step further, promising to block the bill from coming to the floor (Roll Call, Sept. 15, 2010) “It’s a pure political act for Harry Reid, who is worried about his own re-election and that of the Democrats in the Senate,” McCain said. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) echoed McCain’s comments, saying in a statement that the amendments were “transparently political” and a curious departure from the Democrats’ pledge to focus on jobs and the economy during this work stretch. (Id.) Meanwhile, Reid denied that the move was political, saying “[i]t has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans. It has everything to do with fairness.” (CQ Today, Sept. 14, 2010)

Other Senators made speeches on the Senate floor taking issue with the DREAM Act itself. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) denounced how the bill permits states to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens. Calling the bill an amnesty disguised as an educational initiative, he said it was “an insult to legal taxpaying citizens.” (C-Span video, Sept. 15, 2010) Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) objected to Senator Reid’s decision to take up the DREAM Act at a time when neither Congress nor the President is enforcing our immigration laws. “We have got to end this lawlessness,” he said. “The first thing you do when you want to end illegality on immigration policy is stop subsidizing it. For heaven’s sake, stop subsidizing it.” (C-span video, Sept. 16, 2010)

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Reid filed a motion to proceed on the Defense Authorization Bill, and scheduled a vote for Tuesday (tomorrow) afternoon. (Congress Daily, Sept. 16, 2010). At this point, it is still uncertain whether Reid can get the 60 votes he needs to move the bill forward. (Id.) However, if Senator Reid is able to get the 60 votes to pass the motion to proceed, general debate will take place on the bill and it is likely Reid will fulfill his promise to offer the DREAM Act as an amendment.

The possibility of a vote on the DREAM Act sent activists on both sides of the immigration debate into overdrive. Amnesty advocates held “pray-ins” in several Senate offices on Thursday while members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with President Obama in the White House to plot strategy. (Roll Call, Sept. 15, 2010) Friday, senior officials from the White House held an “off the record” phone call with activists saying they would do everything they could to make sure the Defense Authorization Bill moves forward. Meanwhile true immigration reform groups such as FAIR and Numbers mobilized their members and activists through a series of alerts and media appearances.

The last time the DREAM Act came up for a vote was in 2007. At that time, the bill – S.2205, which was subject to a cloture vote – failed 52-44, with four Senators not voting. (Roll Call Vote 394, Oct. 24, 2007) Since 2007, however, the debate over immigration reform has only intensified and the make-up of the Senate has changed significantly. It is uncertain at this point, how many Senators will vote for the motion to proceed, and if that passes, how many will vote for the DREAM Act. Stay tuned to FAIR for updates during the week…


by Mickey McCarter
Friday, 17 September 2010

Hispanic Caucus vows prompt moves on immigration reform
With little time left in the legislative session this year, President Barack Obama has publicly embraced efforts to pass a bill that would grant US residency to some young illegal immigrants who complete college or serve in the military.

Obama met with key members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Thursday to assure his support for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (S. 729), which has received a renewed push for passage this week with a plan by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to attach it to the fiscal 2011 Defense authorization bill (S. 3454). Reid, the Senate majority leader, has scheduled an initial vote on the bill for Sept. 21.

Obama meanwhile Thursday met with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) to discuss comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act.

The President told the lawmakers that he would support Reid's moves to pass the DREAM Act, sponsored by Richard Durbin (D-Ill.). According to a White House press statement, Obama does not believe young people in the United States illegally should be held responsible for the actions of their parents, who brought them to the United States. As such, he endorses a path to legal residency for those individuals if they complete a college degree or serve honorably in the US military.

The DREAM Act could possibly pass the Senate on its own merits. It has a total of 40 co-sponsors, including 36 Democrats, two Republicans, and two independents. Republicans have declared, however, that not one of them would support a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year, which blocks passage for such a bill in the near term.

A House version of the DREAM Act (HR 1751) has 123 Democrats and five Republicans as co-sponsors.

Gutierrez, who has introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the House (HR 4321), applauded the activity around the DREAM Act in a statement Thursday.

"I think the White House, the Democrats, and the allies that support serious immigration reform are going on offense and the President is our quarterback," Gutierrez said. "I have been pushing hard to get us all pointing in the same direction on this issue and now with the White House standing with us and the Senate poised to act, I think we are seeing that effort begin to bear fruit. There are at least 218 votes in the House to pass the DREAM Act. The House is ready to act. We call on the Senate to pass the bill."

Hispanic caucus

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has moved ahead more aggressively than Obama in pushing for immigration reform. Wednesday, leaders of the caucus announced that they support an up-or-down vote on the DREAM Act, such as the action Reid has taken to attach it to the Defense spending bill.

But the caucus went further, announcing it would support a comprehensive immigration reform bill to be introduced by Menendez in the Senate by October. The White House had been working closely with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to craft a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill, picking up the early support of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Graham slowed his support as the year progressed and Schumer never introduced his bill.

Menendez, however, promised to charge forward with a Senate bill and Obama said he would support a bill that followed the basic framework outlined by Schumer and Graham. Menendez first announced his intent to introduce a bill Wednesday, saying it would include Republican ideas to attract bipartisan support.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus also officially threw its support behind Gutierrez's immigration reform bill, known as the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act. The bill has more than 100 co-sponsors in the House now, but Gutierrez jumped the White House timetable for a bill by introducing it last December.

Gutierrez's bill lacks a proposal for a guest worker program, which many lawmakers would tie to a path to legalization, however.

Caucus leaders also asked Obama to stop aggressive deportation of non-criminal illegal aliens, arguing they posed no threat to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been focusing on the deportation of criminal aliens but has been amassing record numbers for arrests and deportations recently.

DREAM opposition

Reid first announced his plan to attach the DREAM Act to the Defense spending bill Tuesday.

The move was met with skepticism by top Republicans--including Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)--as the DREAM Act is not considered germane, or relevant, to the military spending measure.

The nonprofit Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which opposes comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act, blasted Reid's plans in a statement Wednesday.

"At a time when our country is at war and our troops are fighting and dying in Afghanistan, the use of a bill to authorize funding for our military to benefit illegal aliens exemplifies why the American public has grown contemptuous of the way today's Washington operates," FAIR President Dan Stein said in a statement.

FAIR argued that versions of the DREAM Act have been introduced in Congress since 2000 and the act has consistently failed to draw enough support to pass on its own merits. FAIR cast the attempt to pass the DREAM Act now as an election-year ploy to gain Democratic support from Hispanic voters.

Furthermore, as the DREAM Act could benefit illegal aliens up to the age of 35, it is not only awarding children but also adults for breaking the law, according to FAIR.

"Approval of the DREAM Act would send a clear message to parents that violating US immigration laws will result in eventual citizenship and access to expensive taxpayer financed benefits for their kids. Why wouldn't millions more people decide to break our laws?" Stein questioned.




By Les Leopold GET THE BOOK!

These guys profited from puffing up the housing bubble, then got bailed out when the going got tough. (Please see The Looting of America for all the gory details.) Without taxpayer largess, these hedge fund honchos would be flat broke. Instead, they're back to hauling in obscene profits.

These billionaires don't even have to worry about serious financial reforms. The paltry legislation that squeaked through Congress did nothing to end too big and too interconnected to fail. In fact, the biggest firms got even bigger as they gobbled up troubled banks, with the generous support of the federal government. No bank or hedge fund was broken up. Nobody was forced to pay a financial transaction tax. None of the big boys had a cap placed on their astronomical wealth. No one's paying reparations for wrecking the US economy. The big bankers are still free to create and trade the very derivatives that catapulted us into this global crisis. You'd think the billionaires would be praying on the altar of government and erecting statues on Capital Hill in honor of St. Bailout.

While 43.6 million Americans live in poverty, the richest men of finance sure are getting pissy. First Steve Schwartzman, head of the Blackrock private equity company, compares the Obama administration's effort to close billionaires' tax loopholes to "the Nazi invasion of Poland." Then hedge fund mogul David Loeb announces that he's abandoning the Democrats because they're violating "this country's core founding principles" -- including "non-punitive taxation, Constitutionally-guaranteed protections against persecution of the minority, and an inexorable right of self-determination." Instead of showing their outrage about the spread of poverty in the richest nation on Earth, the super-rich want us to pity them?
Why are Wall Street's billionaires so whiny? Is it really possible to make $900,000 an hour (not a typo -- that's what the top ten hedge fund managers take in), and still feel aggrieved about the way government is treating you? After you've been bailed out by the federal government to the tune of $10 trillion (also not a typo) in loans, asset swaps, liquidity and other guarantees, can you really still feel like an oppressed minority?
You'd think the Wall Street moguls would be thankful. Not just thankful -- down on their knees kissing the ground taxpayers walk on and hollering hallelujah at the top of their lungs! These guys profited from puffing up the housing bubble, then got bailed out when the going got tough. (Please see The Looting of America for all the gory details.) Without taxpayer largess, these hedge fund honchos would be flat broke. Instead, they're back to hauling in obscene profits.
These billionaires don't even have to worry about serious financial reforms. The paltry legislation that squeaked through Congress did nothing to end too big and too interconnected to fail. In fact, the biggest firms got even bigger as they gobbled up troubled banks, with the generous support of the federal government. No bank or hedge fund was broken up. Nobody was forced to pay a financial transaction tax. None of the big boys had a cap placed on their astronomical wealth. No one's paying reparations for wrecking the US economy. The big bankers are still free to create and trade the very derivatives that catapulted us into this global crisis. You'd think the billionaires would be praying on the altar of government and erecting statues on Capital Hill in honor of St. Bailout.
Instead, standing before us are these troubled souls, haunted by visions of persecution. Why?
The world changed. Before the bubble burst, these people walked on water. Their billions proved that they were the best and the brightest -- not just captains of the financial universe, but global elites who had earned a place in history. They donated serious money to worthy causes -- and political campaigns. No one wanted to mess with them.
But then came the crash. And the things changed for the big guys -- not so much financially as spiritually. Plebeians, including me, are asking pointed questions and sometimes even being heard, both on the Internet and in the mainstream media. For the first time in a generation, the public wants to know more about these emperors and their new clothes. For instance:
• What do these guys actually do that earns them such wealth?
• Is what they do productive and useful for society? Is there any connection between what they earn and what they produce for society?
• Did they help cause the crash?
• Did these billionaires benefit from the bailouts? If so, how much?
• Are they exacerbating the current unemployment and poverty crisis with their shenanigans?
• Why shouldn't we eliminate their tax loopholes (like carried interest)?
• Should their sky-high incomes be taxed at the same levels as during the Eisenhower years?
• Can we create the millions of jobs we need if the billionaires continue to skim off so much of our nation's wealth??
• Should we curb their wealth and political influence?
How dare we ask such questions! How dare we consider targeting them for special taxes? How dare we even think about redistributing THEIR incomes... even if at the moment much of their money comes directly from our bailouts and tax breaks?
It's true that the billionaires live in a hermetically sealed world. But that doesn't mean they don't notice the riffraff nipping at their heels. And they don't like it much. So they've gotten busy doing what billionaires do best: using their money to shield themselves. They're digging into their bottomless war chests, tapping their vast connections and using their considerable influence to shift the debate away from them and towards the rest of us.
We borrowed too much, not them. We get too much health care, not them. We retire too soon, not them. We need to tighten our belts while they pull in another $900,000 an hour. And if we want to cure poverty, we need to get the government to leave Wall Street alone. Sadly, their counter-offensive is starting to take hold.
How can this happen? Many Americans want to relate to billionaires. They believe that all of us are entitled to make as much as we can, pretty much by any means necessary. After all, maybe someday you or I will strike it rich. And when we do, we sure don't want government regulators or the taxman coming around!
Billionaires are symbols of American individual prowess and virility. And if we try to hold them back or slow them down, we're on the road to tyranny. Okay, the game is rigged in their favor. Okay, they got bailed out while the rest of us didn't -- especially the 29 million people who are jobless or forced into part-time work. But what matters most is that in America, nothing can interfere with individual money-making. That only a few of us actually make it into the big-time isn't a bad thing: It's what makes being rich so special. So beware: If we enact even the mildest of measures to rein in Wall Street billionaires, we're on the path to becoming North Korea.
Unfortunately, if we don't adjust our attitudes, we can expect continued high levels of unemployment and more people pushed below the poverty line. It's not clear that our economy will ever recover as long as the Wall Street billionaires keep siphoning off so much of our wealth. How can we create jobs for the many while the few are walking off with $900,000 an hour with almost no new jobs to show for it? In the old days, even robber barons built industries that employed people -- steel, oil, railroads. Now the robber barons build palaces out of fantasy finance. We can keep coddling our financial billionaires and let our economy spiral down, or we can make them pay their fair share so we can create real jobs. These guys crashed the economy, they killed billions of jobs, and now they're cashing in on our bailout. They owe us. They owe the unemployed. They owe the poor.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was no radical, but he accepted the reality: If America was going to prosper -- and pay for its costly Cold War -- the super-rich would have to pony up. It was common knowledge that when the rich grew too wealthy, they used their excess incomes to speculate. In the 1950s, memories of the Great Depression loomed large, and people knew that a skewed distribution of income only fueled speculative booms and disastrous busts. On Ike's watch, the effective marginal tax rate for those earning over $3 million (in today's dollars) was over 70 percent. The super-rich paid. As a nation we respected that other important American value: advancing the common good.
For the last thirty years we've been told that making as much as you can is just another way of advancing the common good. But the Great Recession erased that equation: The Wall Streeters who made as much as they could undermined the common good. It's time to balance the scales. This isn't just redistribution of income in pursuit of some egalitarian utopia. It's a way to use public policy to reattach billionaires to the common good.
It's time to take Eisenhower's cue and redeploy the excessive wealth Wall Street's high rollers have accumulated. If we leave it in their hands, they'll keep using it to construct speculative financial casinos. Instead, we could use that money to build a stronger, more prosperous nation. We could provide our people with free higher education at all our public colleges and universities -- just like we did for WWII vets under the GI Bill of Rights (a program that returned seven dollars in GDP for every dollar invested). We could fund a green energy Manhattan Project to wean us from fossil fuels. An added bonus: If we siphon some of the money off Wall Street, some of our brightest college graduates might even be attracted not to high finance but to jobs in science, education and healthcare, where we need them.
Of course, this pursuit of the common good won't be easy for the billionaires (and those who indentify with them.). But there's just no alternative for this oppressed minority: They're going to have to learn to live on less than $900,000 an hour.
Les Leopold is the author of The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It Chelsea Green Publishing, June 2009.


MUSLIM or MEXICAN – Which Culture Lops off More Heads Closest to Our OPEN & UNDEFENDED BORDERS?


In July 2007, seven key leaders of an Islamic charity known as the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) went on trial for charges that they had: (a) provided "material support and resources" to a foreign terrorist organization (namely Hamas); (b) engaged in money laundering; and (c) breached the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which prohibits transactions that threaten American national security. Along with the seven named defendants, the U.S. government released a list of approximately 300 "unindicted co-conspirators" and "joint venturers." During the course of the HLF trial, many incriminating documents were entered into evidence. Perhaps the most significant of these was "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America," by the Muslim Brotherhood operative Mohamed Akram.

Written sometime in 1987 but not formally published until May 22, 1991, this 18-page document listed the Brotherhood’s 29 likeminded "organizations of our friends" that shared the common goal of dismantling American institutions and turning the U.S. into a Muslim nation. These "friends" were identified by Akram and the Brotherhood as groups that could help convince Muslims "that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions."

Akram was well aware that in the U.S., it would be extremely difficult to promote Islam by means of terror attacks. Thus the “grand jihad” that he and his Brotherhood comrades envisioned was not a violent one involving bombings and shootings, but rather a stealth (or “soft”) jihad aiming to impose Islamic law (Sharia) over every region of the earth by incremental, non-confrontational means, such as working to “expand the observant Muslim base”; to “unif[y] and direc[t] Muslims' efforts”; and to “present Islam as a civilization alternative.” At its heart, Akram's document details a plan to conquer and Islamize the United States – not as an ultimate objective, but merely as a stepping stone toward the larger goal of one day creating “the global Islamic state.”

In line with this objective, Akram and the Brotherhood resolved to "settle" Islam and the Islamic movement within the United States, so that the Muslim religion could be "enabled within the souls, minds and the lives of the people of the country.” Akram explained that this could be accomplished “through the establishment of firmly-rooted organizations on whose bases civilization, structure and testimony are built.” He urged Muslim leaders to make “a shift from the collision mentality to the absorption mentality,” meaning that they should abandon any tactics involving defiance or confrontation, and seek instead to implant into the larger society a host of seemingly benign Islamic groups with ostensibly unobjectionable motives; once those groups had gained a measure of public acceptance, they would be in a position to more effectively promote societal transformation by the old Communist technique of “boring from within.”

“The heart and the core” of this strategy, said Akram, was contingent upon these groups' ability to develop “a mastery of the art of 'coalitions.'” That is, by working synergistically they could complement, augment, and amplify one another's efforts. Added Akram: “The big challenge that is ahead of us is how to turn these seeds or 'scattered' elements into comprehensive, stable, 'settled' organizations that are connected with our Movement and which fly in our orbit and take orders from our guidance.” The ultimate objective was not only an enlarged Muslim presence, p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }but also implementation of the Brotherhood objectives of transforming pluralistic societies, particularly America, into Islamic states, and sweeping away Western notions of legal equality, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.
Akram and the Brotherhood understood that in order to succeed in this endeavor, they needed to appeal to different strata of the American population in different ways; that whereas some people could be influenced by messages delivered from a religious perspective, others would be more responsive to messages delivered by educators, or bankers, or political figures, or journalists, etc. Thus, Akram's blueprint for the advancement of the Islamic movement stressed the need to form a coalition of groups coming from the worlds of education; religious proselytization; political activism; audio and video production; print media; banking and finance; the physical sciences; the social sciences; professional and business networking; cultural affairs; the publishing and distribution of books; children and teenagers; women's rights; vocational concerns; and jurisprudence.

By promoting the Islamic movement on such a wide variety of fronts, the Brotherhood and its allies could multiply exponentially their influence. Toward that end, the Akram/Brotherhood “Explanatory Memorandum” named the following 29 groups as the organizations they believed could collaborate effectively to destroy America from within – “if they all march according to one plan”:
• Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
• ISNA Fiqh Committee (now known as the Fiqh Council of North America)
• ISNA Political Awareness Committee
• Muslim Youth of North America
• Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada
• Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers
• Islamic Medical Association (of North America)
• Islamic Teaching Center
• Malaysian Islamic Study Group
• Foundation for International Development
• North American Islamic Trust
• Islamic Centers Division
• American Trust Publications
• Audio-Visual Center
• Islamic Book Service
• Islamic Circle of North America
• Muslim Arab Youth Association
• Islamic Association for Palestine
• United Association for Studies and Research
• International Institute of Islamic Thought
• Muslim Communities Association
• Association of Muslim Social Scientists (of North America)
• Islamic Housing Cooperative
• Muslim Businessmen Association
• Islamic Education Department
• Occupied Land Fund (later known as the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development)
• Mercy International Association
• Baitul Mal Inc.
• Islamic Information Center (of America)

by Michelle Malkin
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Only in America could critics of a group called "The Race" be labeled racists. Such is the triumph of left-wing identity chauvinists, whose aggressive activists and supine abettors have succeeded in redefining all opposition as "hate."
Both Barack Obama and John McCain will speak this week in San Diego at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, the Latino organization whose name is Spanish for, yes, "The Race." Can you imagine Obama and McCain paying homage to a group of white people who called themselves that? No matter. The presidential candidates and the media have legitimized "The Race" as a mainstream ethnic lobbying group and marginalized its critics as intolerant bigots. The unvarnished truth is that the group is a radical ethnic nationalist outfit that abuses your tax dollars and milks PC politics to undermine our sovereignty.
Here are 15 things you should know about "The Race":
15. "The Race" supports driver's licenses for illegal aliens.
14."The Race" demands in-state tuition discounts for illegal alien students that are not available to law-abiding U.S. citizens and law-abiding legal immigrants.
13. "The Race" vehemently opposes cooperative immigration enforcement efforts between local, state and federal authorities.
12. "The Race" opposes a secure fence on the southern border.
11. "The Race" joined the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in a failed lawsuit attempt to prevent the feds from entering immigration information into a key national crime database -- and to prevent local police officers from accessing the data.
10. "The Race" opposed the state of Oklahoma's tough immigration-enforcement-first laws, which cut off welfare to illegal aliens, put teeth in employer sanctions and strengthened local-federal cooperation and information sharing.
9. "The Race" joined other open-borders, anti-assimilationists and sued to prevent Proposition 227, California's bilingual education reform ballot initiative, from becoming law.
8. "The Race" bitterly protested common-sense voter ID provisions as an "absolute disgrace."
7. "The Race" has consistently opposed post-9/11 national security measures at every turn.
6. Former "Race" president Raul Yzaguirre, Hillary Clinton's Hispanic outreach adviser, said this: "U.S. English is to Hispanics as the Ku Klux Klan is to blacks." He was referring to U.S. English, the nation's oldest, largest citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. "The Race" also pioneered Orwellian open-borders Newspeak and advised the Mexican government on how to lobby for illegal alien amnesty while avoiding the terms "illegal" and "amnesty."
5. "The Race" gives mainstream cover to a poisonous subset of ideological satellites, led by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan (MEChA). The late GOP Rep. Charlie Norwood rightly characterized the organization as "a radical racist group … one of the most anti-American groups in the country, which has permeated U.S. campuses since the 1960s, and continues its push to carve a racist nation out of the American West."
4. "The Race" is currently leading a smear campaign against staunch immigration enforcement leaders and has called for TV and cable news networks to keep immigration enforcement proponents off the airwaves -- in addition to pushing for Fairness Doctrine policies to shut up their foes. The New York Times reported that current "Race" president Janet Murguia believes "hate speech" should "not be tolerated, even if such censorship were a violation of First Amendment rights."
3. "The Race" sponsors militant ethnic nationalist charter schools subsidized by your public tax dollars (at least $8 million in federal education grants). The schools include Aztlan Academy in Tucson, Ariz., the Mexicayotl Academy in Nogales, Ariz., Academia Cesar Chavez Charter School in St. Paul, Minn., and La Academia Semillas del Pueblo in Los Angeles, whose principal inveighed: "We don't want to drink from a White water fountain, we have our own wells and our natural reservoirs and our way of collecting rain in our aqueducts. We don't need a White water fountain … ultimately the White way, the American way, the neo liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead to our own destruction."
2. "The Race" has perfected the art of the PC shakedown at taxpayer expense, pushing relentlessly to lower home loan standards for Hispanic borrowers, reaping millions in federal "mortgage counseling" grants, seeking special multimillion-dollar earmarks and partnering with banks that do business with illegal aliens.
1. "The Race" thrives on ethnic supremacy -- and the elite sheeple's unwillingness to call it what it is. As historian Victor Davis Hanson observes: "[The] organization's very nomenclature 'The National Council of La Raza' is hate speech to the core. Despite all the contortions of the group, Raza (as its Latin cognate suggests) reflects the meaning of 'race' in Spanish, not 'the people' -- and that's precisely why we don't hear of something like 'The National Council of the People,' which would not confer the buzz notion of ethnic, racial and tribal chauvinism."
The fringe is the center. The center is the fringe. Viva La Raza.

OVER 50? You Won't Work Again! ..... VIVA LA RAZA!


For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again
VASHON ISLAND, Wash. — Patricia Reid is not in her 70s, an age when many Americans continue to work. She is not even in her 60s. She is just 57.
But four years after losing her job she cannot, in her darkest moments, escape a nagging thought: she may never work again.
College educated, with a degree in business administration, she is experienced, having worked for two decades as an internal auditor and analyst at Boeing before losing that job.
But that does not seem to matter, not for her and not for a growing number of people in their 50s and 60s who desperately want or need to work to pay for retirement and who are starting to worry that they may be discarded from the work force — forever.
Since the economic collapse, there are not enough jobs being created for the population as a whole, much less for those in the twilight of their careers.
Of the 14.9 million unemployed, more than 2.2 million are 55 or older. Nearly half of them have been unemployed six months or longer, according to the Labor Department. The unemployment rate in the group — 7.3 percent — is at a record, more than double what it was at the beginning of the latest recession.
After other recent downturns, older people who lost jobs fretted about how long it would take to return to the work force and worried that they might never recover their former incomes. But today, because it will take years to absorb the giant pool of unemployed at the economy’s recent pace, many of these older people may simply age out of the labor force before their luck changes.
For Ms. Reid, it has been four years of hunting — without a single job offer. She buzzes energetically as she describes the countless applications she has lobbed through the Internet, as well as the online courses she is taking to burnish her software skills.
Still, when she is pressed, her can-do spirit falters.
“There are these fears in the background, and they are suppressed,” said Ms. Reid, who is now selling some of her jewelry and clothes online and is late on some credit card payments. “I have had nightmares about becoming a bag lady,” she said. “It could happen to anyone. So many people are so close to it, and they don’t even realize it.”
Being unemployed at any age can be crushing. But older workers suspect their résumés often get shoved aside in favor of those from younger workers. Others discover that their job-seeking skills — as well as some technical skills sought by employers — are rusty after years of working for the same company.
Many had in fact anticipated working past conventional retirement ages to gird themselves financially for longer life spans, expensive health care and reduced pension guarantees.
The most recent recession has increased the need to extend working life. Home values, often a family’s most important asset, have been battered. Stock portfolios are only now starting to recover. According to a Gallup poll in April, more than a third of people not yet retired plan to work beyond age 65, compared with just 12 percent in 1995.
Older workers who lose their jobs could pose a policy problem if they lose their ability to be self-sufficient. “That’s what we should be worrying about,” said Carl E. Van Horn, professor of public policy and director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, “what it means to this class of the new unemployables, people who have been cast adrift at a very vulnerable part of their career and their life.”
Forced early retirement imposes an intense financial strain, particularly for those at lower incomes. The recession and its aftermath have already pushed down some older workers. In figures released last week by the Census Bureau, the poverty rate among those 55 to 64 increased to 9.4 percent in 2009, from 8.6 percent in 2007.
But even middle-class people who might skate by on savings or a spouse’s income are jarred by an abrupt end to working life and to a secure retirement.
“That’s what I spent my whole life in pursuit of, was security,” Ms. Reid said. “Until the last few years, I felt very secure in my job.”
As an auditor, Ms. Reid loved figuring out the kinks in a manufacturing or parts delivery process. But after more than 20 years of commuting across Puget Sound to Boeing, Ms. Reid was exhausted when she was let go from her $80,000-a-year job.
Stunned and depressed, she sent out résumés, but figured she had a little time to recover. So she took vacations to Turkey and Thailand with her husband, who is a home repairman. She sought chiropractic treatments for a neck injury and helped nurse a priest dying of cancer.
Most of her days now are spent in front of a laptop, holed up in a lighthouse garret atop the house that her husband, Denny Mielock, built in the 1990s on a breathtaking piece of property overlooking the sound.
As she browses the job listings that clog her e-mail in-box, she refuses to give in to her fears. “If I let myself think like that all the time,” she said, “I could not even bear getting out of bed in the morning.”
With her husband’s home repair business pummeled by the housing downturn, the bills are mounting. Although the couple do not have a mortgage on their 3,000-square-foot house, they pay close to $7,000 a year in property taxes. The roof is leaking. Their utility bills can be $300 a month in the winter, even though they often keep the thermostat turned down to 50 degrees.
They could try to sell their home, but given the depressed housing market, they are reluctant.
“We are circling the drain here, and I am bailing like hell,” said Ms. Reid, emitting an incongruous cackle, as if laughter is the only response to her plight. “But the boat is still sinking.”
It is not just the finances that have destabilized her life.
Her husband worries that she isolates herself and that she does not socialize enough. “We’ve both been hard workers our whole lives,” said Mr. Mielock, 59. Ms. Reid sometimes rose just after 3 a.m. to make the hourlong commute to Boeing’s data center in Bellevue and attended night school to earn a master’s in management information systems.
“A job is more than a job, you know,” Mr. Mielock said. “It’s where you fit in society.”
Here in the greater Seattle area, a fifth of those claiming extended unemployment benefits are 55 and older.
To help seniors polish their job-seeking skills, WorkSource, a local consortium of government and nonprofit groups, recently began offering seminars. On a recent morning, 14 people gathered in a windowless conference room at a local community college to get tips on how to age-proof their résumés and deflect questions about being overqualified.
Motivational posters hung on one wall, bearing slogans like “Failure is the path of least persistence.”
Using PowerPoint slides, Liz Howland, the chipper but no-nonsense session leader, projected some common myths about older job-seekers on a screen: “Older workers are less capable of evaluating information, making decisions and problem-solving” or “Older workers are rigid and inflexible and have trouble adapting to change.”
Ms. Howland, 61, ticked off the reasons those statements were inaccurate. But a clear undercurrent of anxiety ran through the room. “Is it really true that if you have the energy and the passion that they will overlook the age factor?” asked a 61-year-old man who had been laid off from a furniture maker last October.
Gallows humor reigned. As Ms. Howland — who suggested that applicants remove any dates older than 15 years from their résumé — advised the group on how to finesse interview questions like “When did you have the job that helped you develop that skill?” one out-of-work journalist deadpanned: “How about ‘during the 20th century?’ ”
During a break, Anne Richard, who declined to give her age, confessed she was afraid she would not be able to work again after losing her contract as a house director at a University of Washington sorority in June. Although she had 20 years of experience as an office clerk in Chattanooga, Tenn., she feared her technology skills had fallen behind.
“I don’t feel like I can compete with kids who have been on computers all their lives,” said Ms. Richard, who was sleeping on the couch of a couple she had met at church and contemplating imminent homelessness.
Older people who lose their jobs take longer to find work. In August, the average time unemployed for those 55 and older was slightly more than 39 weeks, according to the Labor Department, the longest of any age group. That is much worse than in August 1983, also after a deep recession, when someone unemployed in that age group spent an average of 27.5 weeks finding work.
At this year’s pace of an average of 82,000 new jobs a month, it will take at least eight more years to create the 8 million positions lost during the recession. And that does not even allow for population growth.
Advocates for the elderly worry that younger people are more likely to fill the new jobs as well.
“I do think the longer someone is out of work, the more employers are going to question why it is that someone hasn’t been able to find work,” said Sara Rix, senior strategic policy adviser at AARP, the lobbying group for seniors. “Their skills have atrophied for one thing, and technology changes so rapidly that even if nothing happened to the skills that you have, they may become increasingly less relevant to the jobs that are becoming available.”
In four years of job hunting, Ms. Reid has discovered that she is no longer technologically proficient. In one of a handful of interviews she has secured, for an auditing position at the Port of Seattle, she learned that the job required skills in PeopleSoft, financial software she had never used. She assumes that deficiency cost her the job.
Ms. Reid is still five years away from being eligible for Social Security. But even then, she would be drawing early, which reduces monthly payments. Taking Social Security at 62 means a retiree would receive a 25 percent lower monthly payout than if she worked until 66.
Ms. Reid is in some ways luckier than others. Boeing paid her a six-month severance, and she has health care benefits that cover her and her husband for $40 a month.
And she admits some regrets: she had a $180,000 balance in her 401(k) account, and paid $80,000 in penalties and taxes when she cashed it out early. She did not rein in her expenses right away. And now, her $500-a-week unemployment benefits have been exhausted.
She has since cut back, forgoing Nordstrom shopping sprees and theater subscriptions, but also cutting out red meat at home and putting off home repairs.
In order to qualify for accounting posts, she is taking an online training course in QuickBooks, a popular accounting software used by small businesses. She recently signed up for a tax course at an H&R Block tax preparation office in Seattle.
And she is plugging ahead with her current plan: to send out 600 applications to accounting firms in the area, offering her services for the next tax season. Eventually, she wants to open her own business.
With odd jobs and her husband’s — albeit shriveled — earnings, she could stagger along. For now, she stitches together an income by gardening for neighbors, helping fellow church members with their computers, and participating in Internet surveys for as little as $5 apiece.
“You don’t necessarily have to go through the door,” Ms. Reid said. “You can go around it and go under it. I can be very creative. I think that I will eventually manage to pull this together.”

Mormon Owned Paper in Utah Spreads Mex La Raza Supremacy

Mormon-owned paper stands with illegal immigrants
The New York Times
SALT LAKE CITY — Joseph Cannon is nobody's liberal. His résumé reads as if it belongs to a Republican National Convention delegate, which, incidentally, he was in 2004.
He was an official for the Environmental Protection Agency under President Reagan and chairman of the Utah Republican Party. As editor of The Deseret News, he published editorials condemning deficit spending, same-sex marriage and lenient alcohol laws.
So it was something of a head-scratcher, Cannon said, when his voice mail and e-mail started filling up with messages from people calling him a "liberal freak" for the sympathetic way his paper often writes about illegal immigrants.
"You have become a dangerous newspaper, one that I am on the verge of discontinuing," one outraged reader wrote.
The newspaper's push for a more liberal embrace of illegal immigrants has led to a collision between its editorial mission and its conservative, mostly Mormon, readers. But if this issue seems to stray from the reliably conservative politics of The News, Utah's second-largest newspaper, that may be in part because it is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Hispanics are the most populous minority group in the country — and they represent a vast potential constituency for the Mormon church, which already has made considerable efforts to develop strong relations with Hispanic communities. Those efforts include, since February, a Spanish-language paper called El Observador.
"The church's practice is to say, 'Look, we're not immigration agents. We care for the soul,' " Cannon said.
Both The News and El Observador are owned by the Deseret Media Companies (named after the provisional state of Deseret founded by Mormons in the Salt Lake Valley in 1849). Utah's largest television station, KSL, and its largest news website,, also are part of the media empire.
Because any editorial that appears under the Deseret Media masthead carries the unofficial imprimatur of the church in many Mormons' eyes, Deseret editors and executives could help shape opinions in the heavily Mormon state Legislature, where lawmakers are debating a zero-tolerance illegal-immigration law similar to the one passed in Arizona.
For now, church leaders seem uninterested in wading into the debate by taking an official policy position, as they did by declaring support for the referendum to ban same-sex marriage in California. Rather, the church has made only a benign public appeal for "careful reflection and civil discourse" on the issue. But that has hardly soothed matters.
That the main sponsor of the Arizona law, Russell Pearce, is a Mormon has not been lost on many Hispanics in Utah. And some active Mormons said they thought the church, through its media properties, was trying to reassure Hispanics who were suspicious that it condoned anti-immigrant attitudes.
"Some of my Latino friends have said, 'I'm going to leave the church over this,' " said Tony Yapias, director of Proyecto Latino de Utah, a Latino outreach group. "My view is that this is an aggressive way for the LDS church to very effectively use their media power to try to soften up the community. They're sending a message to their members."
Both Cannon and Deseret Media's chief executive, Mark Willes, said they never sought approval from church officials on any editorial or article. They said the church also never asked to see an article before it was printed, although former editors said the practice had been to fax drafts of editorials to church headquarters.
Cannon makes one thing clear, however: The Deseret News is hardly going to run something that would offend its owners.
Themes that appear in The Deseret News' coverage of immigration often are echoed in El Observador, which typically devotes two or three articles in each edition to immigration-related topics. A major theme is the effect that deportation has on families.
"The breaking up of families is horrific, so we want to highlight that," said Patricia Dark, the editor. Among Mormons, whose faith teaches that the family bond should be eternally inviolate, the issue of severing families is especially resonant.
Selecting themes and story lines that will appeal to Mormon values has been one way Deseret Media has tried to shift the debate.
Willes last month took the highly unusual step of writing an editorial that simultaneously ran on the front pages of The News and El Observador. The editorial, accompanied in print by an image of the Statue of Liberty with its famous inscription "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," also was read by Willes on KSL, Salt Lake City's NBC affiliate, and the KSL radio station.
"We, of all people, should be sensitive to the desire of others to provide more opportunities for themselves and their families," Willes wrote, making a direct appeal to Mormons' sense of their history. Like Mormons, who fled the Midwest in the mid-19th century after failing to assimilate into society, illegal immigrants know what it is like to be outcasts, Willes said.
But those who oppose relaxed immigration policies see journalistic bias, not Mormon values, at work.
"Obviously, they're trying to sway public opinion in a big way," said Stephen Sandstrom, a Republican state representative who is sponsoring a bill that would create a set of strict immigration laws similar to Arizona's. Sandstrom, a Mormon, said he was not deterred. "I do have people in e-mails saying, 'You'd better not back down or I'll know the church got to you.' And I just assure them that the LDS church is not directing me one way or another on this."
Cannon acknowledged that changing minds would be difficult, but he said he hoped at least to challenge readers to reflect on immigration through the teachings of their religion.
"What are the two commandments? Love God and love your neighbor," he said. "These people are our neighbors — incontestably, by any definition, they are our neighbors."

Thoughts on the LA RAZA Invasion
We know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, filled to capacity by many of America's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, "Mexifornia," explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.

Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America. The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States. He said, "If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy! America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.'"

"Here is how they do it," Lamm said: "First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country." History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way: "The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy." Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans."

Lamm went on: Second, to destroy America, "Invent 'multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal. That there are no cultural differences. I would make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and
discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.

Third, "We could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: "The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricity and what it meant to be an American, we! are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together." Lamm said, "I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have
various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities."

"Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school."

"My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all
minority failure on the majority population."

"My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy, Persia, threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. "E. Pluribus Unum" -- From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'Unum,' we will balkanize America as surely as Kosovo."

"Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits; make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate. Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culturism, having the large foundations fund the! doctrine of 'Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them."

In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said,. "Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis's book "Mexifornia." His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America. deserves to be destroyed, don't read that book."

There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today.

Discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Even barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate 'diversity.' American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America - take note of California and other states - to date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book "1984." In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: "War is peace," "Freedom is slavery," and "Ignorance is strength."

Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.


West Virginia jobless fund faces insolvency
By Naomi Spencer
20 September 2010
West Virginia’s unemployment compensation fund is on the brink of insolvency. The fund, at its lowest level in three years, is projected to run out by February 2011. Like 32 other states that have already run dry, West Virginia may be forced to borrow federal funds to continue paying unemployment benefits.
The fund currently stands at $99.5 million. Over the month of August, the state paid out $19 million in benefits and saw more than 7,000 initial claims filed. WorkForce West Virginia, the agency that oversees jobless benefits, projects that at the current rate disbursements will surpass revenues by December.
Unemployment continues to rise. In August, West Virginia registered an 8.9 percent jobless rate, an increase of 0.3 percent over July.
WorkForce West Virginia figures indicate that the unemployment rate increased in 44 of the state’s 55 counties in August. In 17 counties, unemployment is higher than 11 percent, including one swath of southwest West Virginia that averaged more than 13 percent. Clay County registered a 15.1 percent unemployment rate, Mason stood at 14 percent, and McDowell County recorded a jobless rate of 13.1 percent.
In the northern-most Hancock County, the jobless rate has climbed to 13.2 percent. The economic decline of the northern panhandle has followed that of the southern coalfields region, shedding thousands of steel production jobs, including hundreds since the onset of the recession in 2008.
Other manufacturing jobs in glass and chemical industries have also shut down in the past two years. In turn, the decline in industry has rippled through the large transportation and hauling industry in the state. Many workers in transportation and related jobs are ineligible for unemployment benefits because they are contract laborers or classified as self-employed.
The increase in the official unemployment rate signals a significant worsening of the social crisis in the state. Historically, West Virginia has suffered some of the deepest economic distress in the US, with persistent poverty and joblessness across many counties.
However, because of the long-term character of the jobs crisis, such conditions are masked in the official month-to-month figures, which have consistently been lower than the national rate. Fully half of West Virginia residents aged 16 and older are classified as “not in labor force,” and tens of thousands of workers have no choice but to subsist on minimum wage, part-time and seasonal jobs.
Social distress is the product of deliberate fiscal policy. West Virginia is one of a handful of states across the US that did not record a deficit in 2009, in large part because a long-term austerity regimen for social programs and infrastructure.
Indeed, as thousands more residents are being driven into poverty and want, the state legislature passed a budget with no spending increases in any services. Wall Street lauded this decision; on July 9, rating agency Moody’s Investment Services upgraded the state’s bond rating to AA1, praising its “fiscal conservatism and consistent fund balances.”
State funding for basic safety net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid has remained level, although the number of applicants has soared. According to new US Census figures, for example, the state Medicaid rolls swelled by 22.9 percent between 2008 and 2009. The Medicare population grew by 7.7 percent.
These numbers correspond to a massive drop-off in the number of working families covered under employer-sponsored health insurance plans. From 2008 to 2009, the percentage of workers in employer-based plans fell by 4.7 percent, and workers purchasing coverage through their employers fell by 21.7 percent. Residents enrolled in private insurance plans also fell by 5.6 percent. Not surprisingly, underfunded and understaffed public health care programs are straining to serve the population.
A particularly stark manifestation of the social crisis is a spike in copper theft from utility lines in the coalfields region. The wire is sold for a few dollars at scrap yards.
This year alone at least three people have died and hundreds of others have been seriously burned while attempting to take the wiring. On September 16, a man suffered third-degree burns over half his body at an Appalachian Power station in Raleigh County while trying to strip copper. In July, a Boone County man was killed and another severely injured while taking down a line.
Since the beginning of the year, more than 100 miles’ worth of copper electric distribution lines has been stolen, according to Appalachian Power. The company has two work crews in a four-county area that are dedicated solely to replacing copper lines. According to the company, wire that is meant to last for 20 to 30 years is now being replaced every couple of weeks in some towns. Hundreds of residents are regularly left without power as a result.

“We could cut unemployment in half simply by reclaiming the jobs taken by illegal workers,” said Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, co-chairman of the Reclaim American Jobs Caucus. “President Obama is on the wrong side of the American people on immigration. The president should support policies that help citizens and legal immigrants find the jobs they need and deserve rather than fail to enforce immigration laws.”
“The principal beneficiaries of our current immigration policy are affluent Americans who hire immigrants at substandard wages for low-end work. Harvard economist George Borjas estimates that American workers lose $190 billion annually in depressed wages caused by the constant flooding of the labor market at the low-wage end.” Christian Science Monitor



Obama Administration Challenges Arizona E-Verify Law
The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to strike down a 2007 Arizona law that punishes employers who hire illegal aliens, a law enacted by then-Governor Janet Napolitano. (Solicitor General's Amicus Curiae Brief). Called the “Legal Arizona Workers Act,” the law requires all employers in Arizona to use E-Verify and provides that the business licenses of those who hire illegal workers shall be repealed. From the date of enactment, the Chamber of Commerce and other special interest groups have been trying to undo it, attacking it through a failed ballot initiative and also through a lawsuit. Now the Chamber is asking the United States Supreme Court to hear the case (Chamber of Commerce v. Candelaria), and the Obama Administration is weighing in against the law.
To date, Arizona’s E-Verify law has been upheld by all lower courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Ninth Circuit, in particular, viewed it as an exercise of a state’s traditional power to regulate businesses. (San Francisco Chronicle, June 2, 2010). Obama’s Justice Department, however, disagrees. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal said in his filing with the Supreme Court that the lower courts were wrong to uphold the statute because federal immigration law expressly preempts any state law imposing sanctions on employers hiring illegal immigrants. Mr. Katyal argues that this is not a licensing law, but “a statute that prohibits the hiring of unauthorized aliens and uses suspension and revocation of all state-issued licenses as its ultimate sanction.” (Solicitor General's Amicus Curiae Brief, p. 10). This is the administration’s first court challenge to a state’s authority to act against illegal immigration, and could be a preview of the battle brewing over Arizona’s recent illegal immigration crackdown through SB 1070.
Napolitano has made no comment on the Department of Justice’s decision to challenge the 2007 law, but federal officials said that she has taken an active part in the debate over whether to do so. (Politico, May 28, 2010). As Governor of Arizona, Napolitano said she believed the state law was valid and became a defendant in the many lawsuits against it. (Id.).