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Group to promote immigration rewrite
San Antonio Express-News ^ | Hernán Rozemberg

Posted on 05/05/2005 10:00:12 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch

A national pro-immigrant organization composed of religious, labor and union groups, to be unveiled today in San Antonio, is to call on leading Texas politicians to quit debating and enact laws giving legal work and residency to undocumented immigrants.

The Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will start in Texas and is to expand to other border states and the rest of the nation, said Luis Figueroa, an attorney with the San Antonio office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

It was formed now because changing the country's current immigration system is expected to be a top issue for Congress this year. Several reform measures already have been proposed, the latest being a highly anticipated bill by Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., that is expected this month.

The coalition is to hold a news conference at Plaza San Antonio Hotel at 10:30 a.m. today. Coalition members want Texas leaders to support a bipartisan immigration reform bill that, among other key components, includes giving undocumented migrants an opportunity for permanent residency.

Specifically targeted is San Antonio's Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the influential chairman of the Senate Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship subcommittee.

Cornyn has held several hearings on immigration and border issues and is drafting a reform bill along with Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., which he is to introduce in July.

"We're singling out Sen. Cornyn because we know no bill will get through without his support," Figueroa said. "He's in a unique position to benefit the immigrant and border community."

Eliseo Medina, vice president of the Service Employees International Union, said Cornyn should drop his bill and join with the McCain-Kennedy effort to ensure a law is enacted this year.

Many politicians in both parties agree the system needs a major overhaul, but not many concur on what to offer undocumented immigrants to end their underground existence.

Most Democrats want to give undocumented immigrants a chance to stay permanently.

Cornyn said he supports a "work and return program," such as proposed last year by President Bush, giving immigrants temporary legal work.

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hrozemberg@express-news.net


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Here we go again!
1 posted on 05/05/2005 10:00:23 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 4.1O dana super trac pak; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

ping


2 posted on 05/05/2005 10:02:13 AM PDT by gubamyster
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To: gubamyster

Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!

Be Ever Vigilant!

Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!


3 posted on 05/05/2005 10:05:09 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

We need to make CRIMINAL INVASION a felony with a minimum one year jail and a $10,000 fine for first time invader.
We need to make aiding and abetting CRIMINAL INVADERS a felony with a minimum one year in jail with a $10,000 fine for each CRIMINAL abetted.


4 posted on 05/05/2005 10:09:38 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Love a Duck MOLLY MAUK)
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To: SwinneySwitch

I'd bet my bottom dollar that Pew, the Ford Foundation and Soros are their financial backers as they are behind almost all the let everyone in and make the taxpayers foot the bill movements in this country.


5 posted on 05/05/2005 10:11:45 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: blackie

Should we support amnesty for illegal immigrants? That will be okay by me when hell freezes over.


6 posted on 05/05/2005 10:12:38 AM PDT by GarySpFc (Sneakypete, De Oppresso Liber)
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To: SwinneySwitch
These people committed a crime by coming here illegally. Therefore they are CRIMINALS and should be dealt with as such!

These groups are aiding and abetting a criminal and they should be arrested as well.

7 posted on 05/05/2005 10:13:12 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: SwinneySwitch; Tancredo Fan

"Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund."

They've been quiet for a while. The check from the National Immigration Forum must have finally arrived.

Their website:
http://www.immigrationforum.org/

Has removed the list of prominently displayed corporate lobbies and ethnic lobby groups they purchased. They're getting smarter.


8 posted on 05/05/2005 10:15:11 AM PDT by Shermy
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To: GarySpFc

What makes you think I support amnesty for illegal immigrants?


9 posted on 05/05/2005 10:17:47 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Permanent Residency conversion must be OFF the table.

Beware model laws proposed by liberals.


10 posted on 05/05/2005 10:18:34 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: SwinneySwitch
A national pro-immigrant organization composed of religious, labor and union leaders, to be unveiled today in San Antonio, is to call on leading Texas politicians to quit debating and enact laws giving legal work and residency to undocumented immigrants.

"Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah," said Luis Figueroa, an attorney with the San Antonio office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Translation:

We claim we are pro-immigrant yet we advocate for undocumented immigrants and we never, ever, ever use the words "illegal aliens" because that would make us sad.

11 posted on 05/05/2005 10:21:12 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Boston Blackie; dirtboy; piceapungens; libertylass; Marauder; TXBSAFH; Bald Eagle777; texastoo; ...

Let's try this one again!

Please let me know if you want on or off this South Texas/Mexico ping list.


12 posted on 05/05/2005 10:23:53 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Remember, this is only a temporary exile!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

I can assure you that our republican representatives will go along with this. If business wants it the clowns we send to Washington and to Austin will fall in line. The elected ones seem to have forgotten who they represent, the people that vote.


14 posted on 05/05/2005 10:26:01 AM PDT by engrpat
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To: SwinneySwitch

It is time once again to call my junior senator and impress on him the need to SECURE THE*(&^*&%&^$% BORDERS!!!!!


15 posted on 05/05/2005 10:30:05 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, who's bringing the chips?)
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To: SwinneySwitch

"undocumented" ....

We already have 3 times as many illegals than are necessary
in the eyes of business. Truth is, they are wrecking the economy of California.


16 posted on 05/05/2005 10:46:10 AM PDT by international american (Tagline now flameproof....purchased from "Conspiracy Guy Custom Taglines"LLC)
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To: SwinneySwitch

ON


17 posted on 05/05/2005 10:46:57 AM PDT by international american (Tagline now flameproof....purchased from "Conspiracy Guy Custom Taglines"LLC)
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To: SwinneySwitch
This will happen within the next five years, and it will change our nation forever.

Fernando Ortiz was a ‘landscape engineer’ on Long Island who had demanded to be able to vote, on the basis that he had been paying state and federal taxes for ten years. Actually, he had been stopped from casting a ballot by a poll watcher who had suspected his citizenship status, and (illegally, as it turned out) demanded proof of his identity and legal qualification to vote. Ortiz had won a multi-million dollar settlement against the Republican Party of New York in the subsequent “racial profiling and ethnic intimidation” civil suit, but he did not stop there.

Instead, with massive support from the ACLU and various Hispanic “immigrants rights” foundations, he had pressed his demand to be allowed to vote all the way to the Supreme Court…and he won. The Supreme Court, in its famous 5-4 decision, ruled that negligence in securing America’s borders against illegal immigration on the part of the federal government, could not be held against “undocumented workers who played by the rules and paid their taxes,” once they were established in America—legally or not. The federal government had not taken reasonable efforts to secure the border, and had not pursued "undocumented workers" in the USA. Instead, it openly permitted them most of the benefits of citizenship, and it collected their taxes. "No taxation without representation!" was the cry heard all the way to the Supreme Court. The State of New York had then sleep-walked through an aimless and desultory case for denying the vote—and citizenship—to “undocumented workers.”

Following Ortiz v. New York, a stunned America woke up to discover that there were not only an amazing twenty-two million illegal aliens hiding in plain sight across the land, but that eight million of them immediately qualified to vote. In a nation split 50-50 down party and ideological lines, these eight million new voters were recognized to be the certain majority-makers in future elections, and both parties set record lows for cravenness in pandering to their “needs.” Chief among their “needs” were liberal new family reunification laws, and these instant citizens—illegal aliens only a year before—began bringing the remainders of their families to the USA. Legally.

Overnight, wavering Democrat states became locks, and swing states with large Hispanic populations went solidly “blue.” The result was the recent election which had brought Gobernador Deleon to power in Nuevo Mexico, and had also brought radical Democrats to power in the White House and both houses of congress.

Thus had come the political tsunami which swept all before it, a tidal wave triggered by an undocumented lawn maintenance worker named Fernando Ortiz.

18 posted on 05/05/2005 10:56:08 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: international american
We already have 3 times as many illegals than are necessary in the eyes of business. Truth is, they are wrecking the economy of California.

Truth BTTT.

19 posted on 05/05/2005 11:11:49 AM PDT by janetgreen (Minutman Project - American patriotism!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Ping !


20 posted on 05/05/2005 11:18:05 AM PDT by Bald Eagle777 (Property tax is eternal rent.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Again I call on MALDEF to remove the word "American" from their name. They do not care about Americans.


21 posted on 05/05/2005 11:18:56 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead (To hell with Mexico, its policies, and its leaders)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Seems to me that there should, instead, be a huge shake-up within the Unions. I.C.E.? Oh I.C.E.? Could you please clean up our Unions and deport those who are being sheltered by them illegally, and subsequently threatening the livelihoods of red-blooded Americans!!

I, personnally, have a friend in San Antonio who works for the Electrician's Union down there and their benefits are being slowly wittled down to nuthin' due to cheap labor. Spanish speaking ones, by the way, not chinese speaking or Arabic speaking.

22 posted on 05/05/2005 11:30:40 AM PDT by libertylass
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To: SwinneySwitch

On.


23 posted on 05/05/2005 11:35:56 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
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To: SwinneySwitch; Mr. Mojo
It was formed now because changing the country's current immigration system is expected to be a top issue for Congress this year. Several reform measures already have been proposed, the latest being a highly anticipated bill by Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., that is expected this month.

I heard about Kennedy and McCain writing new legislation for immigration, and I cringed. Wasn't the original immigration policy written by traitor Kennedy? Of course, it figures that McCain would be in on it. He's worse than a RAT. At least we KNOW what we can expect out of them.

24 posted on 05/05/2005 1:29:47 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge ..)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Most Democrats want to give undocumented immigrants a chance to stay permanently.

Then, I guess our President is a Democrap...

25 posted on 05/05/2005 1:30:18 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Truth is a rare commodity. Seek it, know it and cherish it.)
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To: libertylass

The unions also strongly opposed NAFTA.


26 posted on 05/05/2005 1:34:43 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Truth is a rare commodity. Seek it, know it and cherish it.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Yes, they do. Thanks for the reminder.


27 posted on 05/05/2005 1:56:11 PM PDT by libertylass
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