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  • After uproar, Univision pulls ad discouraging Latinos from voting - Reid blaming ad on Angle

    10/20/2010 9:42:39 AM PDT · by Fred · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 102010 | Liz Goodwin
    The Spanish-language station Univision has announced it will no longer air ads telling Latinos to stay home on Election Day. "Don't vote this November," the English version of the ads says, while playing images of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats. "This is the only way to send them a clear message: 'You can no longer take us for granted.' Don't vote." A group called Latinos for Reform, led by Robert de Posada, a former Republican National Committee official, is behind the ads. The decision to pull the ads came after a wave of outrage from Latino leaders....
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio explains why he is endorsing JD Hayworth over John McCain

    07/30/2010 4:56:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 36 replies · 9+ views
    The Intellectual Conservative ^ | July 30, 2010 | Rachel Alexander
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio makes a guest appearance on Roundtable Politics to explain why he believes that JD Hayworth is a better candidate for U.S. Senate than John McCain. Some of the reasons include JD's 98% 12-year lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union, and McCain's low 81% lifetime rating and history of flip-flopping, especially on illegal immigration.
  • The Amnesty Memo (Obama to enact “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action”)

    07/29/2010 3:03:08 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 65 replies · 4+ views
    According to an internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memo going the rounds of Capitol Hill and obtained by National Review, the agency is considering ways in which it could enact “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action” — that is, without the consent of the American people through a vote in Congress. “This memorandum offers administrative relief options to . . . reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization,” it reads. Also: “In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing...
  • Angle Joins Chorus of Critics on AZ Immigration Ruling

    07/29/2010 11:00:40 AM PDT · by Fred · 9 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 07/20/10 | Elizabeth Crum
    On the heels of yesterday’s ruling, Sharron Angle has put out this single-paragraph press release: It’s bad enough the Federal Government won’t secure our borders, but today’s ruling is an absolute outrage. Harry Reid and the Democrats in Washington have failed to secure America’s borders, refused to enforce federal laws, and neglected to address one of the most serious problems facing our country. This is an unacceptable failure of our federal government and the people of Nevada deserve better than a so-called leader in the Senate who won’t even acknowledge that illegal immigration is a problem here at home. Instead...
  • ACLU Sues Nebraska Town Over Immigration Regulations

    07/23/2010 4:34:18 PM PDT · by bd476 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 22, 2010 | By Nathan Koppel
    ACLU Sues Nebraska Town Over Immigration Regulations JULY 22, 2010 Remember Fremont, Nebraska? In June, citizens of the 25,000-person town voted in favor of banning illegal immigrants from renting property or landing a job in the town. The law, which requires town officials to evaluate the citizenship of anyone renting property, has put the town at the center of the roiling immigration debate. On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of landlords, tenants and employers in Fremont. The suit claims that Fremont’s law interferes with the federal government’s authority over immigration matters and...
  • 2 groups sue Nebraska city over immigration law

    07/21/2010 3:52:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    ap ^ | 7-21-2010 | MARGERY A. BECK and TIMBERLY ROSS
    The two lawsuits filed Wednesday against a small Nebraska city for its ban on renting and hiring illegal immigrants worried some in the community that it would only worsen tensions over the new ordinance. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund, also known as MALDEF, filed lawsuits against Fremont, saying the voter-approved ordinance amounted to discrimination.
  • Tea Party Condemns National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Satire)

    07/14/2010 2:04:36 PM PDT · by SvenWaring · 7 replies
    DotPenn.com ^ | 7-14-2010 | Sven Waring
    The Tea Party National Convention condemned the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for explicit racism. Tea Party spokesperson Derrick Devan said members of the party were insulted by the association's use of epithets in its own name and its lack of diversity. "In this day and age, to call someone a 'colored' is offensive and should be cast into the recesses of history with other reminders of a racist age," said Devan. "Couldn't the rename it 'National Association of People of Color?'" Dr. Franklin Franks, a representative of the NAACP said that the association couldn't rename it...
  • Catholics and immigration in Arizona

    07/13/2010 7:42:37 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 51 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 6-28-10 | Crista Cloutier
    Illegal immigration is at the centre of a renewed American debate. Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer recently signed SB1070, also known by the cheerful misnomer "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act." At present, immigration is regulated by federal law. SB1070 will give the state of Arizona special powers to enforce this. It allows police to question a person's legal status when reasonable suspicion exists that the person is not an American citizen. Their "illegal" status is the primary accusation against Mexican immigrants. But Father Charlie argues that this is a bureaucratic documentation problem, not a criminal act. "We are...
  • CBS Poll: Support for Arizona Immigration Law Hits 57 Percent

    07/14/2010 8:46:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 07/14/2010
    CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto. Public support for Arizona's controversial new immigration law has increased slightly, a new CBS News poll shows, with 57 percent of Americans characterizing the law as "about right" in the way it addresses the issue of illegal immigration. Support for the measure increased five points since May. Since then, the Justice Department has filed suit against the law, claiming that it usurps federal authority to enforce immigration laws. The measure in question, signed into law in April and slated to...
  • Obama Suing DuPage County, Illinois For Enforcing Immigration Laws…

    07/14/2010 11:09:56 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 9 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/14/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    On the heels of news that the Obama administration is suing the state of Arizona over its new anti-illegal immigration law come news that the same treatment is being leveled at DuPage County, Illinois whose policies almost mirror the Arizona law… Well, that is the headline that should be in the papers today if, that is, the Obama administration actually cared about law instead of only looking for a convenient political target which is all the administration's focus on Arizona really is. It isn't about immigration, illegals, the law, or any legitimate thing other than pure partisan politics. Obama thinks...
  • Axelrod: ‘No Admin. Has Been Tougher’ on Immigration Enforcement than Obama Admin.

    07/14/2010 8:08:20 AM PDT · by Justaham · 43 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7-14-10 | Nicholas Ballasy
    When making the case for the Obama administration’s legal challenge to Arizona’s new law against illegal immigration, White House senior adviser David Axelrod said “no administration has been tougher” on immigration enforcement than the Obama administration. “We can't have - we can't have a patchwork of 50 states developing their own immigration policy,” Axelrod told host Chris Wallace on the July 11 edition of “Fox News Sunday.” “I understand the frustration of people in Arizona. They want the federal government to step up and deal with this problem once and for all, and that's what we want to do.” “But...
  • Deporting Illegal Immigrants

    07/14/2010 8:30:56 AM PDT · by AuntB · 34 replies
    New American ^ | July 13, 2010 | Roger D. McGrath
    Pardon me, but if I hear one more time that we can’t deport 12 million illegal aliens I’m headed for the backyard to howl at the moon. Is the American memory so short that we’ve already forgotten the 1950s? This writer is old enough to remember very clearly the mass deportation of illegal aliens that occurred in 1954 in what was officially termed “Operation Wetback” (prior to the age of political correctness). Anyone living in Southern California then, even a kid like me, couldn’t help but take notice of the operation that sent upwards of two million illegal aliens from...
  • New website aims to encourage citizens to report illegal immigrants

    07/14/2010 8:27:06 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 16 replies · 1+ views
    KHOU-TV ^ | Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | Shern-Min Chow/11 News
    HOUSTON -- A new website that went live this month, boasts that it is “the first public anonymous publishing service for reporting on illegal alien activity in the United States.”  IllegalAlienReport.com is the brainchild of 26-year-old George O’Brien, who has been following the illegal immigration debate with interest. “I realized I wouldn't recognize an illegal alien if one was standing right next to me,” he said. Anyone can anonymously post information about undocumented immigrants and companies that employ them. O’Brien said he also wants it to be a forum for vigorous debate and a place where undocumented workers can also...
  • Immigration, Reconsidered

    07/14/2010 7:32:47 AM PDT · by kabar · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 14, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    What if instead of granting amnesty in one fell swoop, we did so incrementally, say, to 20 percent of illegals a year for the next five years? That would still have the same ill effects, you say? OK, how about one million illegals a year until the job is done? I can hear it now: "Whoa, Duke, all you're proposing is to trade a knife through the heart for a death by a thousand cuts. A bad idea implemented more slowly is still a bad idea. And illegal means illegal." But wait -- if Congress passed an amnesty plan, it...
  • Critics slam Harry Reid's immigration remark -Says no illegals working in Nevada!

    07/14/2010 8:01:26 AM PDT · by Fred · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 7-14-10 | Scott Wong
    Immigration reform critics are seizing on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's comments this week that seemed to downplay the number of illegal immigrants working construction jobs in Nevada, even though a recent study found that his home state had the largest percentage of undocumented workers in the country. When a reporter from KLAS-TV in Las Vegas told Reid a 2009 Pew Hispanic Center report found 17 percent of the nation’s construction workers were undocumented, the Nevada Democrat replied: “That may be some place, but it’s not here in Nevada.” Political opponents have tried to twist Reid’s words, saying he believes...
  • Immigrant-rights activist Nativo Lopez jailed (eight felony counts alleging voter fraud)

    07/02/2010 6:13:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    OC Register ^ | 7/2/10 | Martin Wisckol
    Immigrant-rights activist and former Santa Ana schools trustee Nativo Lopez was jailed in Los Angeles Thursday after being indicted by the grand jury there for eight felony counts alleging voter fraud. Los Angeles arrest records show that he was booked into the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, and is being held in lieu of $55,000 bail. Los Angeles District Attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said he faces a mental competency hearing on Aug. 6. The Mexican American Political Association, of which he is president, responded with a press release today. “Let it be known that he will be fasting in stance with...
  • US, Mexican first ladies play games at Md. school

    05/19/2010 11:56:53 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 336+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2010
    SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama and her Mexican counterpart Margarita Zavala hopped, skipped and played a parachute game with elementary school students in Maryland. The first ladies later sat down with students in a free lunch program at Silver Spring's New Hampshire Estates Elementary School on Wednesday.
  • How did such a draconian anti-immigration bill pass in a state where the pop. is 30% Hispanic?

    05/13/2010 8:14:56 AM PDT · by Fred · 42 replies · 1,165+ views
    The American Prospect ^ | 051310 | Gabriel Arana
    Nogales, Arizona's largest city on the Mexican border, is situated about 70 miles south of Tucson, along a desert valley spotted with Spanish-era missions. Home to 20,000 people, 97 percent of whom are Hispanic, one would expect the city to be ground zero for impassioned demonstrations against SB 1070, the controversial immigration-enforcement law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer three weeks ago. But for the largely immigrant community here, the prevailing sentiment is one of resignation -- and fear for those relatives and friends who are here illegally. "My friends and I used to go out to eat on Sundays, but...
  • CA: Bill Lockyer helps fund wife’s campaign

    02/02/2010 10:08:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 148+ views
    MediaNews Group ^ | 2/2/10 | Josh Richman
    In what proves to be an interesting follow-up to the question I raised last week about whether and when a candidate’s marriage to another elected official should be noted, Nadia Lockyer announced today that her campaign for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 2 seat collected about $168,000 in the latter half of last year – including, she notes, a $75,000 contribution from her husband’s Bill Lockyer for Treasurer re-election campaign. Bill Lockyer can certainly afford it; his committee had almost $9.4 million in the bank by mid-2009, and raised at least $58,000 more since then. He’s unopposed in...
  • Will ruling hurt blacks' access to top schools?

    09/26/2009 9:05:18 AM PDT · by lex33 · 14 replies · 1,128+ views
    The Chicago Suntimes ^ | September 26, 2009 | MARK J. KONKOL
    September 26, 2009 BY MARK J. KONKOL Staff Reporter/mkonkol@suntimes.com Will fewer black students get admitted to Chicago's magnet and selective enrollment schools next year? That's the question school watchdogs are asking after a federal judge this week lifted a nearly 30-year-old consent decree ordering the desegregation of Chicago Public Schools. The ruling will likely end the consideration of race as a factor in determining who gets accepted to some of the city's best-performing public schools. "Our primary concern is to ensure there is a fair and equal access to selective enrollment and magnet schools throughout the city," ACLU legal director...
  • The Fannie Mae Gang

    07/23/2008 4:41:10 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 5 replies · 468+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 July 2008 | Paul Gigot
    ...Fan and Fred also couldn't prosper for as long as they have without the support of the political left, both in Congress and the intellectual class. This includes Mr. Frank and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Capitol Hill, as well as Mr. Krugman and the Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein in the press. Their claim is that the companies are essential for homeownership. Yet as studies have shown, about half of the implicit taxpayer subsidy for Fan and Fred is pocketed by shareholders and management. According to the Federal Reserve, the half that goes to homeowners adds up to a...
  • L.A. mayor's chief counsel tapped to lead MALDEF

    07/15/2009 10:51:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 319+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/15/09 | Phil Willon
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's chief counsel, Thomas Saenz, has been tapped to become president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the organization announced Tuesday. Saenz has been one of Villaraigosa's closest advisors since taking the post in August 2005, recently serving as the mayor's lead representative in negotiations with city labor unions over salary and benefit concessions to help close the city's $530-million budget gap. And he helped to successfully defend a city ordinance that required hotels near Los Angeles International Airport to pay a "living wage" to workers. Saenz also was one...
  • 77% of Georgia Voters Favor ID Checks Before Voting, Justice Department Disagrees

    06/03/2009 8:48:44 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 64 replies · 2,055+ views
    rasmussen report ^ | Tuesday, June 02, 2009 | Rasmussen
    The Department of Justice on Tuesday said the state of Georgia's system cannot check driver’s license information and Social Security numbers to prove that prospective voters are U.S. citizens. Georgia’s voters have an entirely different perspective. Rasmussen Reports polling conducted during Election 2008 found that 77% said prospective voters should first be required to show a legal photo ID first. Georgia’s voters also held that view two years earlier despite a state judge’s ruling that a new law requiring a photo ID at the polls was a violation of the state constitution. Nationally, three-out-of-four U.S. voters (76%) said a person...
  • Sotomayor's Radical Legal Group Helped Kill the Estrada Nomination

    05/26/2009 2:40:32 PM PDT · by vadum · 89 replies · 6,842+ views
    American Spectator ^ | May 26, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    <p>President Obama's radical new nominee to replace Associate Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, used to serve on the board of LatinoJustice PRLDEF (White House backgrounder), one of the racial grievance groups that helped to sink the judicial nomination of Honduran-born Miguel Estrada in 2003.</p>
  • Amnesty Pushers Concoct Six Straw Men

    05/09/2009 6:40:33 AM PDT · by Delacon · 80 replies · 1,662+ views
    Human Events ^ | 05/06/2009 | Rep. Lamar Smith
    It’s an old device in politics: Set up a straw man to criticize when you can’t win an argument on your own. Such tactics, unfortunately, are standard fare when it comes to efforts by a handful of special interest groups to bring about amnesty for illegal immigrants. Organizations such as the National Council of La Raza, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Migration Policy Institute know that most Americans disagree with their desire for amnesty. Most Americans want to see immigration laws enforced. So these groups create straw...
  • MALDEF launches petition for investigation by DOJ (beating death of illegal immigrant)

    05/06/2009 5:52:56 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 8 replies · 477+ views
    The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund has launched an online petition asking for signatures urging the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the death of Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala and bring federal charges against the defendants who were acquitted on most county charges Friday. “There’s a strong federal interest in eradicating the bias that motivated the violence and a fed prosecution is definitely in the public interest,” MALDEF staff attorney Gladys Limon said in a telephone interview Tuesday. Two Shenandoah area teens were found not guilty of the most serious charges facing them in relation to the death...
  • Shenandoah murder trial: JURY’S VERDICT: SIMPLE ASSAULT

    05/02/2009 7:24:19 AM PDT · by csvset · 24 replies · 3,770+ views
    Republican Herald ^ | Saturday, May 2, 2009 | PETER BORTNER
    It took seven hours and 40 minutes. Following an evening-long deliberation Friday, a Schuylkill County jury reached its verdict in the trial of two Shenandoah teens charged in the beating death of Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala, 25. Watch reaction videoBrandon J. Piekarsky, 17, of Shenandoah Heights, was found guilty of one count of simple assault and acquitted of all other charges in-cluding third-degree murder and aggravated assault. Derrick M. Donchak, 19, was found guilty of one count of simple assault. He was also found guilty of three counts of corruption of minors and three counts of furnishing alcohol to minors....
  • CA: State's immigrant workers (illegals uhh undocumenteds too) score court victories on wages

    04/06/2009 9:41:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 848+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/6/09 | Susan Ferriss
    In a major legal win for immigrant workers, thousands of California construction workers will start receiving checks April 15 to compensate for unpaid wages and other alleged labor violations committed during California's housing boom. The $8.5 million legal settlement benefits nearly 3,100 former and current workers for several companies that built houses in Southern California, the Central Valley, Central Coast and San Francisco East Bay. A few workers initiated the complaint in 2006 after approaching a Spanish-speaking attorney, but lawyers say the case grew into one of the biggest class-action lawsuits in California involving mostly Latino construction laborers, including some...
  • Obama Flinches on Immigration

    03/24/2009 10:09:08 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 15 replies · 866+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 23, 2009
    In a little-noticed act of political faintheartedness, the Obama administration has pulled back from nominating Thomas Saenz, a highly regarded civil-rights lawyer and counsel to the mayor of Los Angeles, to run the Justice Department’s civil rights division. Saenz, the former top litigator in Los Angeles for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or Maldef...The floating of his name led to fierce outbursts from anti-immigrant groups and blogs, which detest him for being so good at what he does. He was a leader of the successful fight to block California’s Proposition 187...He has defended Latino day laborers who...
  • GOP Introduces Bill Mandating Secret-Ballot Union Elections (Stop Card Check - EFCA)

    02/25/2009 3:45:59 PM PST · by Fred · 3 replies · 629+ views
    Work Force ^ | 022509 | Mark Schoeff Jr.
    Capitol Hill Republicans threw the first legislative punch in the fight over union law on Wednesday, February 25. But Democrats could land a haymaker of their own later with a bill that is much more likely to obtain congressional approval. Members of the House and Senate GOP introduced a bill that would mandate secret-ballot elections to form a union. The measure is meant to counter a bill Democrats could debut any day that would make it easier for employees to organize. Called the Employee Free Choice Act, the Democratic bill would force companies to recognize unions when a majority of...
  • Report: Thomas Saenz to Head DOJ Civil Rights Division

    02/24/2009 6:04:53 PM PST · by RightWingConspirator · 5 replies · 653+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Law Blog ^ | February 24, 2009 | Ashby Jones
    This just in: The Los Angeles Daily Journal is reporting that President Obama has tapped Thomas Saenz to head the civil rights division at the Department of Justice. Saenz, 42, the former vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Los Angeles, is currently serving as counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. ... Civil rights attorneys and academics in southern California praised the choice. “I don’t think the president or attorney general could make a better selection,” said Mark Rosenbaum, legal director of the ACLU of Southern California. “He’s a throwback to the...
  • Rancher ruling adds to border debate

    02/22/2009 1:12:39 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 45 replies · 1,361+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Feb 22, 2009 | By Jerry Seper
    Arizona rancher Roger Barnett initially faced the possibility of paying $32 million to compensate several illegal immigrants he stopped at gunpoint on his land. He walked away instead with a verdict that rejected any notion he violated the trespassers' civil rights and affirmed that U.S. citizens can still detain aliens crossing the border. What remains to be seen, though, is what impact the $77,800 in damages that a jury Tuesday ordered Mr. Barnett to pay will have on America's larger immigration debate and the efforts of some illegals to get compensation from a country they aren't even allowed to enter....
  • IRLI Successfully Defends Border Residents...(A win for America)

    02/20/2009 11:10:32 AM PST · by yoe · 5 replies · 497+ views
    IRLI ^ | February 19, 2009 | Staff
    n a major setback for the illegal alien advocacy network’s strategy of legal intimidation, a federal jury in Tucson has rejected nearly all of the substantive claims brought by illegal alien advocacy group Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) against Arizona rancher Roger Barnett. Earlier, on February 10, federal district judge John M. Roll threw out related conspiracy complaints against his wife Barbara and his brother Donald Barnett, and dismissed the claims brought by ten illegal aliens who did not testify in court. The Barnetts, who operate the Cross Rail Ranch near the Mexican border, were alleged to...
  • Jury: Rancher didn't violate illegal immigrants' rights

    02/17/2009 10:58:37 PM PST · by UCFRoadWarrior · 32 replies · 1,867+ views
    Houston Chronicle (AP Story) ^ | February 18, 2009 | Arthur Rotstein (AP)
    TUCSON, Ariz. — A federal jury found Tuesday that a southern Arizona rancher didn't violate the civil rights of a group of illegal immigrants who said he detained them at gunpoint in 2004..... The eight-member civil jury also found Roger Barnett wasn't liable on claims of battery and false imprisonment...... But the jury did find him liable on four claims of assault and four claims of infliction of emotional distress and ordered Barnett to pay $77,804 in damages — $60,000 of which were punitive..... Barnett declined to comment afterward, but one of his attorneys, David Hardy, said the plaintiffs lost...
  • 16 illegals sue Arizona rancher

    02/09/2009 5:53:32 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 90 replies · 2,957+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/9/09 | Mikey_1962
    An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border. Roger Barnett, 64, began rounding up illegal immigrants in 1998 and turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol, he said, after they destroyed his property, killed his calves and broke into his home. His Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Ariz., is known by federal and county law enforcement authorities...
  • Rancher faces charges in illegal immigration case

    02/04/2009 4:43:35 AM PST · by radar101 · 40 replies · 2,159+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Feb 03, 2009 | Jonathon Shacat
    Mexicans say Barnett violated their civil rights BISBEE — A trial started Monday in federal court in Tucson against a Douglas rancher and others charged with conspiring to violate the civil rights of some illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. The defendants of the lawsuit are Roger Barnett, his wife, Barbara, and his brother, Donald. The plaintiffs are five women and 11 men who were in a wash in Douglas in 2004. The trial is taking place before Judge John Roll in U.S. District Court and is scheduled to run through Feb. 13. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational...
  • McCain to launch new PAC [to "help define the future of the GOP"]

    01/07/2009 10:12:00 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 196 replies · 4,196+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN)—Arizona Senator John McCain is adopting a major 2008 campaign slogan for a new political action committee designed to support not only his own planned re-election run in two years, but help him put his stamp on the rebuilding of the Republican Party. The formation of the “Country First” PAC is to be announced Wednesday, two sources familiar with the plans tell CNN. One of the sources called it the “first official step” of the GOP Senator’s re-election campaign. McCain made it clear not long after losing the presidential election that he intended to seek re-election to the Senate...
  • Housing Push for Hispanics Spawns Wave of Foreclosures

    01/04/2009 6:56:46 PM PST · by Fred · 128 replies · 6,202+ views
    WSJ ^ | 010409 | SUSAN SCHMIDT and MAURICE TAMMAN
    California Rep. Joe Baca has long pushed legislation he said would "open the doors to the American Dream" for first-time home buyers in his largely Hispanic district. For many of them, those doors have slammed shut, quickly and painfully. Mortgage lenders flooded Mr. Baca's San Bernardino, Calif., district with loans that often didn't require down payments, solid credit ratings or documentation of employment. Now, many of the Hispanics who became homeowners find themselves mired in the national housing mess. Nearly 9,200 families in his district have lost their homes to foreclosure. Congressional districts with large Hispanic populations often feature heavy...
  • Well-educated and undocumented(open borders barf)

    12/09/2008 8:21:51 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 9 replies · 532+ views
    OCRegister.com ^ | 12-6-2008 | Jessica Terrell
    Carried into the United States in her mother's arms, Maria became a criminal when she was just over 2-weeks-old. Of course, she did not know that at the time. Maria found out that she was an illegal immigrant when she began applying to colleges at 17, and told herself that if she was unable to gain U.S. citizenship by the time she was 30, she would leave the country forever. Now 22-years-old and a graduate student at Cal State Fullerton, Maria, who is still undocumented, said that she tries not to think about her lack of citizenship and the obstacles...
  • Pressure Is on Obama to Name First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice

    11/28/2008 11:11:14 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 54 replies · 1,409+ views
    Law.com ^ | 12-1-08 | Tony Mauro
    For eight years of Clinton, then eight years of Bush, Carlos Ortiz has waited. With the election of Obama, Ortiz hopes -- trusts -- he will have to wait no more to see his dream realized: the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. "What more unifying appointment could there be than a Hispanic justice?" asks Ortiz, who began his campaign in 1987 as a board member, then as president, of the Hispanic National Bar Association and later as chair of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. "It's not just the right thing to do, but we deserve it. I...
  • Stanford professor leads Obama immigration team

    11/23/2008 8:55:51 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 22 replies · 1,081+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 11-22-2008 | Tyche Hendricks
    Stanford law Professor Tino Cuéllar was named this week to lead President-elect Barack Obama's transition working group on immigration, putting him among the many scholars from the Bay Area who are helping shape the next administration.lawyers and immigration experts across the country praised him Friday for his intellect and his grasp of both regulatory minutiae and the big picture of American immigration policy. "He's brilliant beyond his years," said John Trasviña, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who met Cuéllar when he was a law student at Yale and encouraged him to go to work in...
  • Justice Dept. Targets GOP Activists (indictment for telling illegals they can't vote!)

    10/16/2008 9:11:29 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 27 replies · 1,049+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Oct. 16 2008 | Anonymous
    When I reported on September 19 that partisan career lawyers in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice were planning on criminally targeting Republican political activists and candidates, this was treated with disbelief by some. In fact, Rick Hasen, a liberal law professor at Loyola who runs the popular Election Law Blog , a website concentrating on voting and election developments, expressed his skepticism “of such anonymous claims.” Well, those claims have proven all too real to former Republican congressional candidate Tan Nguyen, who ran for office in the 47th Congressional District of California in 2006 against incumbent...
  • Maldef Letter (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (BARF)

    10/10/2008 2:01:57 PM PDT · by OPS4 · 3 replies · 351+ views
    Maldef ^ | 9/28/08 | Sam Jammal and others
    September 30, 2008 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable John Boehner Minority Leader United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Boehner: The undersigned civil rights groups write to urge Congress to provide meaningful relief to distressed homeowners in your consideration of any economic recovery package. The initial failure to pass urgently needed relief provides an essential opportunity to add provisions that will ensure Americans of the safety and protection of their homes. Without the below provisions, our neighborhoods and communities will be forced to...
  • OUTRAGE, ASSAULT AND ARREST, LATINO CONGRESSO 2008

    07/18/2008 5:01:12 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 12 replies · 127+ views
    7/18/2008
    The Third Annual Latino Congresso started today at the Bonaventure Hotel.. John McCain and Barak Obama was originally listed as speaker, then "invited" and in the end their names were not on the final program at all. Spanish Media was there, as was KTLA and the Associated Press. The event opened with the leaders of the various groups outlining their agendas. The two main issues were Latino Voter Registration and Immigration. The have committed Five Million Dollars to getting Latinos registered to vote for the presidential election. The speakers seldom used the term "Latino" constantly referring to "our community, our...
  • McCain, Obama to attend 'Open Borders' event endorsed by Communist Party!

    06/21/2008 3:44:25 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 165 replies · 1,500+ views
    The two presidential candidates will discuss matters of interest for the latin american community in this country. The Angeles.- The two main presidential candidates, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, will be the guests of honor at the third Latin American National Congress, that will be carried out on July 18 and 19 in Los Angeles. The organizers confirmed the participation of the two politicians in the event, that will be performed in an exclusive hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, where it is expected that more than 300 organizations of 20 cities will attend. On the first day, McCain...
  • Latinos outraged over CBS report

    04/30/2008 7:25:48 AM PDT · by LJayne · 50 replies · 169+ views
    Politico ^ | GEBE MARTINEZ
    As if Katie Couric didn't already have enough problems. Weighed down by record-low ratings at the anchor desk of "CBS Evening News," and by reports suggesting she will leave that post two years before her multimillion-dollar contract expires, Couric now has civil rights groups — mostly Hispanic — on her back. And for good reason.
  • National immigrant groups blast Bruning for position

    04/22/2008 2:16:42 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies · 167+ views
    KPTM ^ | April 22, 2008 | ap
    National immigrant rights groups are blasting Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning's stance against giving legal aid to illegal immigrants and are laying the groundwork for a possible lawsuit. The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund says it is investigating the issue but stopped short of saying that it would definitely try to sue Bruning.Raul Gonzalez with the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic rights group, called Bruning's position "legal gymnastics" and that "taxpayers should understand they're going to pay for his politicking," because it will likely be challenged in court.Bruning cites a section of the 1996 national welfare reform act...
  • Immigration group looks to clear myths

    03/21/2008 11:32:49 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 29 replies · 782+ views
    Express-News Washington Bureau ^ | 03/21/2008 | Gary Martin
    WASHINGTON — In a response to anti-immigrant sentiment and an increase in hate crimes against Latinos, a Hispanic rights group launched an effort Thursday to debunk myths espoused by media talk shows and political campaigns. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund unveiled the "Truth in Immigration" campaign to rebut legal and factual inaccuracies about immigrants, particularly Latinos, in the United States. "Right now the airwaves are dominated by a few that speak very negatively and falsely about immigrants and immigration," said John Trasviña, MALDEF president and general counsel. Trasviña said the Web site — www.truthinimmigration.org, which will be...
  • (..)Anheuser-Busch’s Support for Group Promoting Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Aliens

    11/16/2007 3:54:31 AM PST · by radar101 · 28 replies · 123+ views
    NLPC ^ | November 15, 2007 | Not Identified
    Falls Church, Virginia- Peter Flaherty, President of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), today announced that the group has filed a shareholder proposal for consideration by Anheuser-Busch shareholders. The proposal asks the company to disclose its charitable contributions, and provide a rationale for each, especially for “controversial” grantees, such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). The supporting statement notes that the company has been MALDEF’s largest corporate supporter in recent years, and states: “MALDEF favors the issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, and sued the state of Virginia to allow illegal immigrants to attend...
  • Herndon (VA) to Shut Down Center for Day Laborers

    09/05/2007 8:51:35 PM PDT · by RDTF · 18 replies · 1,010+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sept 6, 2007 | Bill Turque
    The Town of Herndon announced yesterday that it would close its 21-month-old day-laborer center next week instead of complying with a judge's ruling that the site must be open to all residents, including those who might be illegal immigrants. The decision to close the site, which became a flash point in the national debate over immigration, was reached late Tuesday by Mayor Stephen J. DeBenedittis and the six-member Town Council after a 2 1/2 -hour closed-door session. It brings the western Fairfax community virtually full circle in its attempts to regulate -- critics say drive out -- its large population...