Skip to comments.Hispanics get call to political action
Posted on 02/27/2005 9:01:32 PM PST by WindOracle
HOLYOKE - Following a nationwide pattern, a growing number of Hispanics in Western Massachusetts are coming from Mexico and Central America.
A far-reaching campaign to stir political action by area immigrants with and without legal papers was ignited yesterday with a talk by representatives from the Cambridge-based Centro Presente, which works with the Central American community in the state.
"There is an anti-immigrant environment here," said executive director María Elena Letona. "The hypocrisy of this country is that it denies immigrants rights and at the same time exploits their labor in below-minimum wage jobs."
More than a dozen people from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and El Salvador attended the talk, given in Spanish. It also addressed concerns over La migra, as Latinos call the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
In October 2006, a march is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., organized by more than 80 organizations working with immigrants nationwide.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, of the 75,000 or so Latinos in Western Massachusetts, more and more are coming from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Locally, Luis Alvarenga of the Latino Committee is charged with holding workshops on immigration rights and issues for Latinos.
For the Salvadorans present, some of whom received Temporary Protected Status visas after the devastation wreaked by the February 1991 40-second earthquake that killed 1,000, it was a reminder to file for an 18-month extension by March 8.
For Salvadorans who entered the country seeking political sanctuary in the midst of the 11-year civil war, the deadline is the same. But whether from Central America or the Caribbean, the issues and fears are similar.
"If we unite, we can achieve reunification with families," said Manuel Contín, a Dominican whose legal papers expire in May. He is applying for another 10-year stay, he said.
Among the issues troubling immigrants most is separation from loved ones.
A Colombian had not seen his family for six years; another for seven; a Salvadoran for 14 years. "I don't know my grandchildren," said one woman, whose legal status is being processed.
For millions, U.S. immigration laws mean a several-year wait to either enter the country or be reunited with family, said Letona.
A proposed immigration law approved by Congress and now before the Senate would make immigrants even more vulnerable, said Letona.
One of the lovliest part of Massachusetts is becoming a sink!
That's just too bad. Go back to Mexico!!
And here I thought these were just passive little laborers desperate for work.
I guess some of these "guest workers" aren't happying breaking their backs for crumbs anymore.
Hold tight. The revolution is just around the corner.
You're right. Neither the democrats or republicans are immune to what's going to happen with these illegals. Neither will benefit in the end. This is gonna be a disaster for everyone American.
Ping, my friend.
Holyoke has been a sh-thole for some time, thanks to a large migration of our "fellow citizens" from Puerto Rico back in the 1960s. IMHO, western Mass has been going downhill since the French Canadians came down to work in the mills.
French Canadians? Thought I smelled something peculiar when I drove through that area...
Just like California...horrid Senators.
Check out quotes in #6
Why do these people choke on the word ILLEGAL? How many times to they have to be corrected that no one is anti immigrant only anti ILLEGAL which also means LAWBREAKER! Gives me a headache!
" Manuel Contín, a Dominican whose legal papers expire in May. He is applying for another 10-year stay, he said."
Much of the problem coming from the Latino "community" is coming from those with "work permits", aka Green Card holders. Is any screening done on these applicants?? And ten years that can be extended for 10 more? A recipe for nothing but trouble.
GREEN CARDS AND GANGS
Siskiyou County, California, Feb. 26, 2005
They come from Mexico for jobs by way of a document called a green card. Such immigrants are termed legal permanent Residents with many of the same rights as US citizens outlined here,
o To live permanently in the United States provided you do not commit any actions that would make you removable (deportable) under the immigration law (section 237, Immigration and Nationality Act).
o To be employed in the United States at any legal work of your qualification and choosing.
o To be protected by all of the laws of the United States, your state of residence and local jurisdictions.
o To vote in local elections where United States Citizenship is not required. Click here for more details on voting.
o Some jobs will be limited to United States Citizens because of security concerns.
Today Siskiyou county Sheriff Rick Riggins and Captain Mike Murphy presented a slide show and details of Marijuana growing operations on federal forest land as a warning to residents of the dangers of happening across one of these farms. These operations are spearheaded by various Latino gangs, one being the powerful, well armed MS-13 gang that began in El Salvador. Sheriff Riggins stated that his biggest problem in combating this scourge is his office being labeled, "racist".
On Sept. 11, 2004, one such farm was busted by the Sheriff with help from BLM and the forest service netting thousands of plants and several Mexicans who either held green cards or were awol from the Mexican military and in this country illegally. These raids are no simple task as the terrain is nearly insurmountable and usually remote, however one growing operation was within 2 miles of the city limits of Etna, California. Resources are limited in such small counties, with little help from federal officials, even though this organized criminal enterprise has been going on in these mountains for many years. Homeland Security says such operations are not their concern.
The gangs are back this year getting ready for next falls harvest to be distributed across the US. Their supplies and equipment will be brought in from the cities and deliveries to replenish them are undertaken at night every few weeks. The farms are guarded at all times.
Slides of the camps complete with a hooch for living were shown. Huge pits are dug, one big enough for an SUV, for garbage and waste. The trees are cut or skinned to pile moats around the farms to camouflage them. Black irrigation pipe is buried for miles to get water to the plants. The environment on our national lands is being degraded by these operations, destroying habitat and watershed purity.
We saw the AK-47s, axes, shovels, a . 22 rifle with the name Los Pleves scratched on the stock. We saw notebooks of the growers with markings of MS-13 and a drawing of a Lexus that one immigrant intended to buy with the drug profits.
Most of the farms appear to be run by the same organizations mostly through the Mexican Mafia year after year. Though a few are busted, a substantive dent has not been made and they know they can operate here more safely and profitably than in Mexico and there is no worry of getting the product back into the states.
Across the border in Oregon, the story is the same. The Sheriffs of Jackson, Josephine and Klamath County work together to find the farms and arrest the perpetrators. All have been Mexican so far, most with green cards. These same gangs also brew Methanphetimine to finance their organized crime activities during off season.
We do not need yet another guest worker program to supply dangerous gangs with recruits. We need to find out why these people were ever allowed in this country in the first place and how to keep more of them out.
2/26/05 Siskiyou County, California TheTownCrier@gmail.com
If Uncle Sugar doesn't handle it at the border Uncle Winchester will have to handle it at the porch.
Unfortunately that is the position our government is putting us in. One day one of the "migrants" is going to get hurt, which is entirely unnessessary if the law was doing it's job. No one seems to notice the thousands of citizens being hurt, killed, etc. by the intruders. Then we'll hear the MSM scream. It says a lot for the tolerance of Americans that no one has taken the law into their own hands yet.
As in the article I posted, there is no law enforcement to protect the public from this invasion. They try, but they are outnumbered and outgunned. And the feds...do not care.
Along with all the relatives of Uncle Winchester.
We could also use another case before the U.S. Supremes where states do no have to provide "services" and "education" free of charge to anyone here illegally - I actually remember the 1996 Welfare Reform Bill made it illegal to give any taxpayer dollars to other than U.S. Citizens. Anyone else remember that?
See post #15.
Also on radio last night an LA teacher called in. He is a "special Ed" teacher with 12 students in his class. He is paid $75,000 per year and ALL his students are illegals. Does that give you an idea of what illegals are costing us?
What a joke.
That's like referring to Europeans living in Western Massachusetts, or the rest of New England.
Europeans are defined by their country of origin. Don't let's play games. Define so-called 'Hispanics' by their nation of origin.
Calling anyone from south of the border a 'Hispanic' or a 'Latino' would require calling Italian-Americans, Polish-Americans, British-Americans, Swedish-Americans, Dutch-Americans, French-Americans, Portuguese-Americans, Irish-Americans, Norwegian-Americans, Russian-Americans, Romanian-Americans, Armenian-Americans, Turkish-Americans, Spanish-Americans, and any other American having a national origin from the contenient of Eastern or Western Europe - Europeans.
Our national origin is not Europe, and neither is their national origin 'Hispanic' or 'Latino'.
If this is all about how the 'entitlement' pie get cut, do it equitably. Not by a BS term like Hispanic or Latino. Those terms have the same value as horse pucky. No, that's wrong. Horse pucky has more value.
Further, a so-called entitlement should only be determined by how long you have contributed as a taxpayer to the 'system'.
Just because you came over the southern border with or without family members illegally is no reason to expect you or they are entitled to anything except a bus ride back to where you entered our country.
Ideally, a 'system' should be put in place so that a repeat criminal trespass offense will be subject to corporal punishment, as dome in Singapore - caning.
Right on FRiend!!!
WHY does this not surprise me?????
Checked 'em out; they all look like smoking guns to me, especially that Gutierrez guy.
New Poll is up!!! 2/28/05
Who should be financially responsible for the cost of illegal aliens?
Individual states 0%
Federal government 32%
Country of origin 68%
B & B! (Bumped and Bookmarked)
Those quotes are a great expose on the illegal invasion and what the future holds for America. Thank you for posting them!
"If Uncle Sugar doesn't handle it at the border Uncle Winchester will have to handle it at the porch."
WOW! That is really succinct and to the point. That sentence would make a great tagline, BTW! :)
Take it.......enjoy !!
Thank you! See below. Revised it slightly to be able to fit it in the tagline and give appropriate credit to you! :)
Thank Yew ....that two this week....you and eeeeek !
Caning. Interesting. Probably very effective.
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