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Rally Pushes Immigrant Rights (with NM Gov. Richardson)
The Albuquerque Journal (subscription required) ^ | Friday, September 26, 2003 | Debra Dominguez

Posted on 09/26/2003 3:41:40 PM PDT by CedarDave

Friday, September 26, 2003

Rally Pushes Immigrant Rights

By Debra Dominguez

Journal Staff Writer


    Before a sea of picketing immigrants, Gov. Bill Richardson took the stage Thursday at De Vargas Park in Santa Fe. The occasion was an Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Rally, and Richardson wasted no time showing his support for the hundreds of immigrant workers before him.
    "Viva la raza! Vivan los inmigrantes! Bienvenidos inmigrantes!" he shouted, acknowledging their quest for equality and human rights for the nation's immigrant work force. "Thank you for coming to Santa Fe. Know that New Mexico is your home. We will protect you. You have rights here."
    The rally was part of a national campaign to mobilize support for reform of the country's immigration policies, including legalizing the more than 8 million undocumented immigrant workers in the United States.
    The Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride stop was one of 70 the nearly 1,000 immigrant workers and their ally organization members are making by bus on their way to New York and, ultimately, Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress. The ride originated in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Nev.
    In collaboration with more than 30 local community and labor organizations that advocate for immigrant worker rights, the band of immigrants spent the entire day educating New Mexicans and recruiting potential supporters.
    The group began its day at sunrise with breakfast, mariachis and Aztec dancers at Albuquerque's St. Frances Xavier Church before heading to Santa Fe.
    There, the workers gathered to hear Richardson address their concerns, as well as elaborate on his.
    The governor said he supports the use of the Mexican government-issued identification card, the Matricula Consular, by immigrants in the United States.
    He said he thinks the federal government should not question the validity of the card. Richardson also said he would be chairing a commission of Western governors to find a way for immigrant workers to obtain in-state tuition.
    "America needs to open its arms to immigrants as we did in the early years of our history," he said.
    "We also need to stop the exploitation of immigrant workers in this country."
    Rally organizer Marcela Diaz, executive director of the Santa Fe-based Somos Un Pueblo Unidos, said the rally's purpose was to send a message to elected officials and policymakers it's time for change.
    "We want immigrant workers to be able to bring their families to the United States and to be able to organize for better workplace conditions and the protection of civil rights and liberties for everyone, regardless of national origin," she said.
    Asela Martinez of Las Vegas, Nev., was one of the many immigrant workers asking for reform.
    "Immigrant workers aren't being treated fairly," said Martinez, who works in housekeeping at a Las Vegas hotel. "Legal or not, many of us work hard, pay taxes, earn no Social Security and reap no medical benefits. That's just wrong."

Copyright 2003 Albuquerque Journal



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: California; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: billrichardson; democrats; illegalaliens; immigrantlist; immigration; ins; richardson
I seethe with anger when I read something like this. We Americans who have spent our lifetimes working hard and putting blood, sweat and tears into making this country great are being marginalized by those immigrants, especially illegals, who come across the border to enjoy the fruits of our labor. We are taxed to pay for their health care, education, welfare costs, etc. and we are the ones who are made to feel inferior because they are not required to learn our language. And the Rats, employing their usual big goverenment tactics, are promising them all sorts of additional freebies to get them to support their party and their socialistic programs. Of course, those living close to the actual border have to put up with additional problems, including actual threats to life and property from the hoards who cross the very porous border daily.
1 posted on 09/26/2003 3:41:40 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave
Obviously California is not the only state that is going mad.
2 posted on 09/26/2003 3:44:31 PM PDT by truthkeeper
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To: CedarDave
Arrest the Traitorous S.O.B.

Federal Immigration and Nationality Act
Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)

Encouraging and Harboring Illegal Aliens

It is a violation of law for any person to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection in any place, including any building or means of transportation, any alien who is in the United States in violation of law. HARBORING MEANS ANY CONDUCT THAT TENDS TO SUBSTANTIALLY FACILITATE AN ALIEN TO REMAIN IN THE U.S. ILLEGALLY. The sheltering need not be clandestine, and harboring covers aliens arrested outdoors, as well as in a building. This provision includes harboring an alien who entered the U.S. legally but has since lost his legal status.


3 posted on 09/26/2003 3:45:04 PM PDT by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: CedarDave
And BTW, it's not only the d**n RATS allowing this to happen.
4 posted on 09/26/2003 3:45:27 PM PDT by truthkeeper
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To: truthkeeper
True enough. Last time I looked, the President and those in charge of both houses of Congress have a (R) after their names.
5 posted on 09/26/2003 3:47:55 PM PDT by CedarDave (I'm a recovering environmentalist - does anyone know of a 12-step program I can join?)
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To: CedarDave
"Viva la raza! Vivan los inmigrantes! Bienvenidos inmigrantes!" he shouted, acknowledging their quest for equality and human rights for the nation's immigrant work force. "Thank you for coming to Santa Fe. Know that New Mexico is your home. We will protect you. You have rights here.

sickening
6 posted on 09/26/2003 3:48:46 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: CedarDave
It is infuriating, especially the shameless abuse of the legitimate term "immigrant". These people are not immigrants, they are criminal invaders. Public officials who aid and abet them are criminals and traitors themselves.
7 posted on 09/26/2003 3:53:28 PM PDT by Argus
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To: gubamyster; HiJinx
ping
8 posted on 09/26/2003 4:01:27 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: steplock
Richardson is the failed clintionoid who offered Monica a job at the UN, remember? The guy was an idiot then and still is. How did he get elected Gov in NM? Oh, I know. The state is populated with leftist welfare dolts.
9 posted on 09/26/2003 4:03:56 PM PDT by Paulus Invictus (RATs are scum!)
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To: CedarDave
BTTT
10 posted on 09/26/2003 4:05:40 PM PDT by 4.1O dana super trac pak (Stop the open borders death cult)
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To: 4.1O dana super trac pak
Viva la Raza?

Screw you, Richardson.

11 posted on 09/26/2003 4:06:33 PM PDT by 4.1O dana super trac pak (Stop the open borders death cult)
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To: CedarDave
The INS should ask every one of these "Freedom Riders" to show their green cards or US passports. Immediately arrest all illegals and deport them immediately.
13 posted on 09/26/2003 4:15:57 PM PDT by GOP_1900AD (Un-PC even to "Conservatives!" - Right makes right)
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To: steplock
Seems like the left always finds someone to file a lawsuit to enforce laws and regulations favorable to their causes.

Can't we find an organization to bring suit against the govenrment to force them to enforce the laws?
14 posted on 09/26/2003 4:23:24 PM PDT by cousin01
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To: CedarDave


lalalalala

15 posted on 09/26/2003 4:24:53 PM PDT by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: *immigrant_list; A Navy Vet; Lion Den Dan; Free the USA; Libertarianize the GOP; madfly; B4Ranch; ..
ping
16 posted on 09/26/2003 4:25:06 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: cousin01
The left would find a way to bring suit if it fit their purposes. (Using tax payer money, I believe). The right never seems to sue.
17 posted on 09/26/2003 4:42:07 PM PDT by monkeywrench
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To: CedarDave
The danger of all this is lawlessness begets lawlessness. At some point the law (in general) will mean nothing to either side of this fight and then it's going to be out of control and uglier and meaner than anything we have ever experienced in this country.
18 posted on 09/26/2003 4:42:47 PM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: CedarDave
"Viva la raza! Vivan los inmigrantes! Bienvenidos inmigrantes!" he (Richardson) shouted, acknowledging their quest for equality and human rights for the nation's immigrant work force. "Thank you for coming to Santa Fe. Know that New Mexico is your home. We will protect you. You have rights here."

Richardson is just looking out for his fellow Latinos, regardless of whether or not they are in the United States legally. A Latino-American politician helping his fellow Latinos - be prepared to see more and more of this in the future.

19 posted on 09/26/2003 4:58:37 PM PDT by usadave
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
The danger of all this is lawlessness begets lawlessness. At some point the law (in general) will mean nothing to either side of this fight and then it's going to be out of control and uglier and meaner than anything we have ever experienced in this country.

The following quote seems to accurately reflect our government's policy decision concerning this:

"Viva la raza! Vivan los inmigrantes! Bienvenidos inmigrantes!" he shouted.

How many times do some Americans have to be given the bird before they realize that they've been flipped off? (I have no answer for that.)

20 posted on 09/26/2003 5:05:34 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: 4.1O dana super trac pak
Viva la Raza

Raza? Race? Hooray for the Race? Surely this immigrant thing isn't about race. Isn't it about illegal immigrants who just can't find the documents they had on the kitchen table this morning?.......[ Carumba! Your cousin Pepe accidentally took them? All you've got is this 'matricular' card and a new California driver's license. What do you mean you didn't know you were a registerd democrat? Well it sez so right here next your X on the LEGAL NAME line.].....Ok, I understand. "Race" doesn't actually mean "race" but it means peoples of all brown color from Mexico who want their constitutional rights to free schooling, health care, and get out of jail free card. Kind of like 'jihad' doesn't realy mean 'holy war'. Ok, I get it(faint sounds of winchester being loaded)

21 posted on 09/26/2003 5:16:59 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: tbpiper
Easy big guy, no need for the Winchester.........yet.
22 posted on 09/26/2003 5:42:16 PM PDT by 4.1O dana super trac pak (Stop the open borders death cult)
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To: CedarDave
P#ss on his Raza if they think they can slide into the role of the Brown Nazis. Remember Cortez defeated millions of these Razans with 180 Europeans.
23 posted on 09/26/2003 6:52:17 PM PDT by junta (Xenophobia a perfectly reasonable response to the feckless stupidity of globalism.)
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To: usadave
>A Latino-American politician helping his fellow Latinos - >be prepared to see more and more of this in the future.

At what point do we hit critical mass?

I'm in Cali and can't tolerate it much longer.

I guess after we get nuked what's left of us can start over. I don't see Hispanics and Muslims getting a lot of welfare bennies at that point...
24 posted on 09/26/2003 7:42:32 PM PDT by JackAttack
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To: CedarDave
"Immigrant workers aren't being treated fairly," said Martinez, who works in housekeeping at a Las Vegas hotel. "Legal or not, many of us work hard, pay taxes, earn no Social Security and reap no medical benefits. That's just wrong."

Hey, A$$hole, immigrant workers have done us wrong by violating our laws.

As for "earn no Social Security", that's because they are ILLEGAL. They pay no Social Security taxes. Why should they get benefits?

25 posted on 09/26/2003 7:49:13 PM PDT by jackbill
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To: CedarDave
Hey Cedar Dave,

When in hell are we American going to raise some hell
and oppose this Crap?
I am so sick of these illegals stepping all over us!
When are Americans finally going to get some ba__s?
26 posted on 09/26/2003 8:12:30 PM PDT by Priscilla (Mad as hell!)
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To: CedarDave
And the Rats, employing their usual big goverenment tactics, are promising them all sorts of additional freebies to get them to support their party and their socialistic programs.

It's not just the Democrats. The people of the US (and not just the SW) are fed up with the assault on our jobs, culture, laws, environment, and government services. Whether it's the invaders who undermine those citizens who hold basic jobs or totally unneccessary visa holders who just aren't needed and have jobs being taken from unemployed and underemployed US citizens, we all suffer.

It's a nice scam for profit-hungry employers. They give lower wages, and the government picks up the tab for supplemntal medical, educational, housing, etc. Even in this article the horrid Governor of NM talks about it being "just like in the past". Well, that's not true. In the past, there were huge sectors of jobs to be done and areas of the country to grow and there really weren't enough US citizens to do that. Those who came here came mostly for both the jobs and to become like us.

So, with unbelievable percentages of voters appalled by the lack of respect for US citizens and their well-being by almost all of our elected politicians, both parties, how do we effect change? Elect someone who is out of step with the Uniparty and its fake elections which are kind of like asking a kid to choose between broccolli or spinach.

So, check the resumees of those running. Tancredo isn't...he's our best hope in four years if there's anything left to save. The HOR is getting pretty feisty about NAFTA, WTO, the Patriot Act, questioning war spending. My choice to institute change would come from there. Someone who's not a member of the clubs...Yale, Harvard, the Senate, Governors, WallStreet...they've been together too long and respect each other a little too much.

So CD, spread your anger, it would be a movement by now if the press weren't on the side of the OneWorlders.

27 posted on 09/27/2003 3:53:28 AM PDT by grania ("Won't get fooled again")
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To: Jeff Head; Travis McGee; Tijeras_Slim
Richardson..........liar, traitor , polidiot.

Stay Safe !

28 posted on 09/27/2003 8:45:58 PM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: tbpiper
Viva la raza! Vivan los inmigrantes! Bienvenidos inmigrantes!" he shouted,

This caught my eye, too. Hooray for the race?? Sounds like Richardson is a racist to me.

I don't think George Wallace ever said anything like this.

29 posted on 09/27/2003 8:54:39 PM PDT by Missouri (I picked two good tomatos out of my own garden today with no help from illegals)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority; usadave; CedarDave
If the INS was run like the ATF, every illegal alien in America would be arrested, shot or deported in a month.

If the ATF was run like the INS, you could shoot machine guns off your back porch day or night, no problem.

(I just want a list of the laws that "really count," and a list of the laws that I can ignore, because the feds won't enforce them.


30 posted on 09/27/2003 9:51:47 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Priscilla; tbpiper; JackAttack; jackbill
My next novel, "Domestic Enemies," is set five years after Enemies Foreign And Domestic, or roughly about 2010. The main setting will be "Nuevo Mexico," the new name after the "Solo Espanol" laws are passed.

A radical faction of Democrats called the Partido del Ejercito de los Pobres ("Los Pepes") takes over the state government in wildly rigged elections. (Ya gotta love those touch screen voting machines!)

After "Solo Espanol" their first new laws are for "land reform," confiscatory taxes on any properties over 1,000 acres. The wildly popular and controversial Gobenador Camacho is assassinated by a displaced 5th generation Anglo rancher, and the state erupts in Kosovo-style ethnic civil war.

The federal government is too busy fighting the wars in the middle east and keeping the peace in riot-torn L.A. and Chicago to do much about a low level civil war in Nuevo Mexico.

Anyway, that's the background of "Domestic Enemies."


31 posted on 09/27/2003 10:01:11 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
After "Solo Espanol" their first new laws are for "land reform," confiscatory taxes on any properties over 1,000 acres.

Some might say that revenge is sweet. The Americans used the same tactics in the late 1800's following acquistion of the NM territory from Mexico. Quite a few Hispanic landowners lost their homes to confiscatory taxes levied by the Americans. Some ended up in private hands, some in federal government hands, I believe (forest service, etc.). It was wrong then and would be wrong now, but that wouldn't stop radical Hispanic politicos from trying it in the 21st century.

32 posted on 09/28/2003 10:28:53 AM PDT by CedarDave (I'm a recovering environmentalist - does anyone know of a 12-step program I can join?)
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To: CedarDave; Tijeras_Slim; Squantos
It sounds like there are the seeds here for a decent "Kosovo" style war, or at least a novel.
33 posted on 09/28/2003 2:13:41 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
Two interesting NM stats emerged last week (while Richardson was stealing the permanent fund election): 46% of all births in the state are to "single" moms (mostly young) and Rio Arriba has the highest heroin overdose rate in the nation (by 5X). The first one could relate to the intelligence of the electorate in your story and willingness for going along, and also the supply of "foot soldiers" like the young Khmer Rouge. The second that there's a old boy narco network in the northern part of the state thats pretty invisible.
34 posted on 09/29/2003 5:22:14 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Ideas in tagline are closer than they appear.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Where is Rio Arriba? What's the population? Totally great idea about a generation of latino nihilists, taken from drug rehab to Milicia bootcamp! Like Pol Pot's kids, ruthless and heartless and hate-filled from birth.
35 posted on 09/29/2003 9:54:07 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
Rio Arriba is the heart of Northern New Mexico. Tierra Amarilla is there, where the land grant revolt of the 70's (1970s that is) took place. Very Insular. If you're an outsider and the locals don't want you to know something, you'll NEVER find it out.
36 posted on 09/29/2003 10:24:21 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Ideas in tagline are closer than they appear.)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
"The danger of all this is lawlessness begets lawlessness. At some point the law (in general) will mean nothing to either side of this fight and then it's going to be out of control and uglier and meaner than anything we have ever experienced in this country."


The government, "our government", has declared, by allowing this so-called "Freedom Ride" to go unhindered that the rule of law in America is dead. If the rule of law does not apply to these illegal invaders, then the rules of the United States no longer apply to me. All the laws I need to follow are in the Ten Commandments. The laws of the United States are null and void. I no longer have any respect at all for the rule of law in this country. Our so-called "representatives" in government have created a situation that will soon spin out of control.
37 posted on 09/29/2003 10:31:35 AM PDT by vikingcelt
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