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Memo to media on immigration coverage

Posted in Amnesty, Anchor Babies, Anti American, Assimilate, Aztlan, Border Security, criminals, deportation, illegal aliens, illegal immigration, Invaders, Jackpot babies, Janet Murguia, John McCain, Juan Hernandez, La Raza, Latin America, Latino Arrogance, lawbreakers, Lou Dobbs, McCain, MEChA, Mexican, Mexican Reconquista, Mexico, Open Border, pro-amnesty, racism, Racist, Reconquista, Sovereignty, Spanish, U.S. border, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S.-Mexico border, United States on February 6, 2008 by americanchaos

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By Janet Murguia

`JANET is a lying, fact-misrepresenting Mexican jerk. There will come a day when the average American has had enough of her and her lies and runs her back to Mexico with the rest of the diseased, ignorant, budget-ruining, crime-causing scum they are.”

Since I became head of the National Council of La Raza three years ago, I have received hate mail. My predecessor got it as well.

Typically, we shrug it off as coming with the territory. When people tell me to “go back to where you came from,” I joke that they would be surprised to find they are sending me back home to Kansas.

It is no longer a joke. I received that e-mail above at the height of the immigration debate and have received many more, including death threats. So have many members of my staff. The immigration debate has opened the floodgates to hate speech in this country of ours. Hate and extremists are defining the debate on immigration.

Hate is part of our national legacy. Throughout U.S. history, American Indians, blacks, Irish immigrants and other groups have suffered from injustice stemming from hate. The immigration debate has made the Hispanic community hate’s latest target, and too often, the news media serve as the anti-immigrant bullhorn.

The Internet, television and the political stage have become platforms for hate. Turning the term “illegal” into a noun, nativists, extremists and politicians have broadcast their messages across the country. They demonize

the undocumented and, in turn, all Latinos. They depict us as disease-ridden invaders and criminals.

The media have been instrumental in moving this language from the fringes of society right into our living rooms and everyday lives.

Dan Stein, president of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, has warned that immigrant groups are engaged in “competitive breeding” aimed at eliminating white power. He has appeared on MSNBC at least eight times and on CNN at least 18 times. The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled FAIR a hate group.

Television-talk-show hosts like CNN’s Lou Dobbs have echoed the anti-immigrant hate speech, calling undocumented immigrants “criminals” and an “army of invaders.” Glenn Beck, a CNN commentator, jokingly read an ad that said the one-step solution to the immigration and energy crises is a “giant refinery” that produces “Mexinol,” a fuel made from the bodies of illegal immigrants coming here from Mexico.

The news media are not the only ones willing to work with anti-immigrant extremists; some politicians do, too. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee accepted the endorsement of Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist, a man who proclaimed he is “proud to be a vigilante.”

The distorted images projected by the media and some politicians have had dangerous consequences. All Latinos become targets for anti-immigrant hate crimes and speech because it is impossible to look at us and determine who is a citizen and who is not.

According to the FBI, anti-Latino hate crimes have increased by 23 percent over the past two years.

The reality is that most immigrants, undocumented and documented, are hardworking and family-oriented – they are a part of our national fabric. Many hold down multiple jobs to provide for their families. The undocumented would choose to be here legally if they could, but the immigration system is broken. For people wanting to come here, there is a 20-year backlog to legal entry.

The only way to combat hate is to confront it with something just as strong, just as pervasive in society – hope. The hope for a better future for all U.S. residents is the driving force behind National Council of La Raza efforts to unite with others to silence hate speech and stop hate crimes.

Last month, I experienced the power of hope firsthand. I was honored to be the first Hispanic keynote speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. unity breakfast in Birmingham, Ala. I urged blacks and Latinos to renew both communities’ historic commitment to promoting equal opportunity for all of us. Unity among all communities will strengthen our resolve to remove hate from the mainstream.

Anti-immigrant groups are using every medium to spread their message of hate. We must be just as persistent with our message of hope. The National Council of La Raza has launched a Web site, http://www.wecanstopthehate.org, as part of our Wave of Hope campaign. We have also written letters to politicians and network executives insisting that they eliminate hate from the immigration debate on their news programs.

Hope is more than just wishing for improvement. It is an expectation backed by action. The media have a responsibility not to amplify the voice of hate. The rest of us have a responsibility to challenge those seeking office to renounce the politics of hate and to distance themselves from those known to be affiliated with hate groups or vigilantes. Together, we can ensure that hope triumphs.

opi@nclr.org

Janet Murguia is president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic advocacy and civil-rights organization. She writes a monthly commentary for Hispanic Link News Service.

http://www.sgvtribune.com/opinions/ci_8178988

Mandatory Spanish classes anger Grapevine family

Posted in Assimilate, bilingual, Border Security, English, illegal aliens, illegal immigration, Latino Arrogance, McCain, schools, Spanish, tax dollars, taxpayers, trespassers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States on February 6, 2008 by americanchaos
By KATHERINE CROMER BROCK
STAR-TELEGRAM/KELLEY CHINN
“If we’re going to do this for Ashleigh, there needs to be a policy change,” Leigh Allison said.

GRAPEVINE — While the rest of her fifth-grade class was taking Spanish classes mandated by the Grapevine-Colleyville school district curriculum, Ashleigh Allison sat in the Timberline Elementary School library writing a report about France.Ashleigh and her mother, Leigh Allison, say teaching elementary school Spanish only makes life easier for Hispanic immigrants in the community who do not learn or speak English. And Ashleigh shouldn’t be forced to conform, they say.”She wants to be that one voice that forces them to learn English,” Allison said. “We’re not going to turn America into a bilingual country to accommodate you.”

National debate

The Allisons’ stance reflects a larger national debate about immigration and the rising number of Spanish speakers in the United States.

“On the one hand, we’re all for teaching foreign languages,” said K.C. McAlpin, executive director of Virginia-based ProEnglish, which works to preserve English as the common language of the U.S.

“But it would be naive to think that the country does not face the growing threat of bilingualism because of the massive influx of mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants. They’re coming in faster than the country can absorb them.”

Language of choice

Texas’ curriculum requires a school district to offer, “to the extent possible, languages other than English” for elementary- and middle school-age children.

Most districts offer some level of language instruction, said Monica Martinez, curriculum director with the Texas Education Agency. And for most, Spanish is the language of choice. It’s easier to learn and speak than many other languages, and school districts can hire more experienced Spanish teachers than teachers of other languages.

“But it could be French. It could be American Sign Language,” Martinez said. “It’s left to local district discretion to determine what they offer.”

‘Best for kids’

Grapevine-Colleyville elementary students must take Spanish two days a week in nine-week rotations with art classes. It has been a part of the district’s curriculum for 15 years, said district spokeswoman Megan Overman.

“The whole intent is to give students a foundation that we believe broadens their experiences and prepares them for success in our diverse world,” Overman said. “You’re not going to get language acquisition out of elementary Spanish.”

Overman said there has been “little or no objection” to the curriculum from parents or the community. “Our goal is to try to do what we believe is best for kids,” she said.

Views of bilingualism

McAlpin said he worries that in the long run, forcing Spanish on students, and in effect promoting bilingualism, will harm the country.

“Every place in the world where societies have been divided about language, there have been conflicts that many times lead to violence or antagonism that we have so far been able to avoid in this country,” he said. “Why break the successful mold of the melting pot?”

Rudy Rodriguez, retired director of the bilingual education program at the University of North Texas, said exposure to foreign languages at an early age helps children become more comfortable interacting with people from other countries and cultures.

He also said that there are benefits to the “bilingual brain” and that learning a second language actually improves a child’s brain function.

“It is a wonderful, enriching experience for children to have the opportunity to learn a language other than English,” he said. “We’re moving very rapidly into a global economy where boundaries between countries are becoming less distinct.”

Allison said she and her daughter aren’t anti-immigration. They are pro-English language for immigrants.

“This is not saying, you cannot speak your native tongue,” Allison said. “Grasp your tradition and your culture. But when you are outside your front door, you must speak English. We have to understand you.”

Compromise

Ashleigh said she knew the day that she enrolled at Timberline that she didn’t want to take the required Spanish classes.

“There was a lot of Spanish kids and not a lot of other kinds of kids,” she said.

Her mother said: “We were very much the minority. She couldn’t understand anybody and really felt isolated.”

The percentage of Hispanic students at Timberline has increased from 13 percent in 1996 to 54 percent of the school’s 706 students last school year.

At the beginning of November, Allison e-mailed the counselor saying she was “not interested” in Ashleigh’s taking Spanish. Timberline Principal Cody Spielmann replied that Spanish is required by the curriculum and that there were no other options.

“Ashleigh feels the course would be a waste of her time since she has no aspirations in the future to have a career requiring bilingual talents,” Allison wrote to the principal, “nor does she feel compelled to accommodate those who live in our country who refuse to learn the primary and current native tongue of English.”

Allison wanted her daughter to be allowed to study in the library or to take a different foreign language. Allison then appealed to district administrators but got the same response: Ashleigh had to go to class.

Allison kept her daughter out of Spanish class for three weeks, sending her to school an hour late twice a week with a note stating that she was absent because of a “moral objection” to the class.

At the end of December, Allison filed a grievance with the Grapevine-Colleyville school board. But in a pre-hearing meeting, she and Deputy Superintendent Jim Chadwell reached a compromise to allow Ashleigh to study in the library and write a report on a country of her choice.

She learned about the government and food of France and tried to teach herself some common French phrases, but without a teacher, the language is difficult to master. “I was kind of bored because there wasn’t anybody else there,” she said.

‘Policy change’

The curriculum rotation has moved from Spanish to art class at Timberline. But before the year is out, Ashleigh will be faced with the same situation.

Does she plan to take Spanish then? Absolutely not.

Allison said she is scheduled to meet next week with Spielmann and other district administrators to hammer out a better plan for Ashleigh’s alternative class. Instruction in any other language would be acceptable, she said.

Allison suggests an online language course, such as Rosetta Stone. She’ll even pay for it. And she hopes that the discussion yields an option for other students who oppose learning Spanish.

“If we’re going to do this for Ashleigh, there needs to be a policy change,” Allison said.

Overman said the district is willing to work with parents to make decisions about educating their children. While parents shouldn’t expect an overhaul of the district’s world languages curriculum, the district will review it.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/story/456532.html

No Joy For The GOP – And It May Get Worse

Posted in 2008, American Citizens, Campaign, Democrats, GOP, Politics, Republican, U.S. Government, United States, Voters on February 6, 2008 by americanchaos
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By VDARE:
There’s no joy in the conservative/ Republican MSM/ blogosphere after Super Tuesday. The GOP is obviously profoundly divided, with little enthusiasm and the marked tendency to break along quarrelling tribal lines (Huckabee gets Southerners, Romney gets the Mormon-tinged Intermountain West) that I’ve noted before. American political parties are very hard to kill off, but the vital signs here are unmistakably not great. Thanks a lot, Dubya.

This matters, because even VDARE.COM’s Democrats are deeply pessimistic that their party will embrace patriotic immigration reform.

It’s possible, of course, that the GOP nominee may have learned from his experience in the primaries how powerful the immigration issue is, and exploit it in the general election. McCain is probably too pig-headed, but Huckabee has shown himself remarkably adaptable.

And it’s also true that a McCain-Clinton race is a perfect foil for Ron Paul, if he does make his rumored Third Party run – and is not scared off the immigration issue by the political correctness obviously endemic in the libertarian Establishment.

You have to marvel at the role luck plays in politics. Why didn’t two War On Terror types (McCain and Giuliani) take each other out rather than two Amnesty opponents (Romney and Huckabee)? (Why, for that matter, did Bush and not Reagan have political sons?)

And you have to acknowledge that the MSM’s ability to create celebrity candidates is still a force. But the internet has not yet begun to fight.

I stick with my conclusion yesterday: the big news is that immigration is showing up as an issue in opinion polls. Reluctantly, but increasingly, politicians will have to navigate around it. Probably in the end a new party will arise to deal with it.

http://blog.vdare.com/archives/2008/02/06/no-joy-for-the-gop-and-it-may-get-worse/

Sadly, The Ron Paul rEVOLution is Dead

Posted in 2008, Campaign, Constitution, Economy, Federal Reserve, GOP, income tax, Patriotism, President, Republican, Revolution, Ron Paul, Sovereignty, taxpayers, U.S. Government, United States, US Constitution, Voters, White House on February 6, 2008 by americanchaos

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Super Tuesday was a very interesting night. Mike Huckabee suprised everyone by winning West Virginia and by picking up a couple of states in the south.

The votes were all counted. The people have spoken.

Barack Obama made gains across the US. Hillary Clinton won the “prized” state of California as did McCain. Mitt Romney did not expect Mike Huckabee to do so well as he did tonight. Romney will probably have to think about what direction he needs to take his campaign.

Unfortunately for Ron Paul, tonight was not his night, in spite of how well he did placing second in the Nevada and Lousiana caucuses, he did not win in a single state.

Ron Paul is/was the dark horse internet hyped candidate of 2008. He seems to be out of luck now as the majority of delegates now are to be awarded to the other candidates.

Mike Gravel is still in the race, but his support is dwindling. It doesn’t seem that Ron Paul will get a chance to win the Republican nomination. The reality is if Ron Paul doesn’t have a chance at the Republican nomination for president, he more then likely won’t have a chance at the nomination for vice-president.

Ron Paul scored an average of 4 percent support nationwide, as a comparison in 1988 in the general election he polled at less then 1 percent nationwide, without the support of the todays techonology. It now seems without doubt that the “Ron Paul Revolution” is dead or has run out of steam.

What will the Ron Paul campaign do? What other tricks does it have up it sleeves? It has already used the unique idea of utilizing a blimp. It has already utilized the idea of using aerial forces to spread the message by flying around “blackout” areas where he was not allowed to debate. It has already used the viral force of the internet all to no avail.

To use a Biblical analogy, Saul slew his thousands, but David slew his tens of thousands.

Will Ron Paul’s current support dwindle in the light of the recent election numbers? What will his next steps be? We can only watch the news or check up online to see what will happen next.

Ron Paul has already said that he was 99.9% sure that he would not run as an Independent or as a Libertarian.

As a prediction, more then likely the internet and various media sources across the world will now focus their eyes on Obama, Clinton, McCain and Huckabee however fair or unfair as it may be, as the former candidates of 2008, and 2007 become relics of Alexa’s Wayback Machine and food for Google’s web crawling spiders.

Mitt Romney, Mike Gravel, and Ron Paul will have to put up one major fight in order to win any type of nomination. All in the short term seems unlikely.

Ron Paul is a good man, as are the other candidates, but the world is an unfair place to live.

In spite of negative things occurring in various campaigns, hopefully positive things will await us in the future. God help us.

http://blog.changeandexperience.com/2008/02/political-news-ron-paul-revolution-is.html

McCain rides his name to GOP victory despite cash-poor campaign

Posted in 2008, Amnesty, Border Security, Campaign, deportation, illegal aliens, illegal immigration, John McCain, Juan Hernandez, Latino, Law Enforcement, McCain, Open Border, pro-amnesty, Sovereignty, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S.-Mexico border, Uncategorized, United States, Voters on February 6, 2008 by americanchaos

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD

LOS ANGELES—Starved for campaign cash, John McCain never ran a TV commercial in California, the surest way to reach voters in the vast state. He didn’t send a piece of mail to voters in a season when mailboxes are stuffed with political advertising.Instead, volunteers dialed up voters and knocked on doors. And McCain went a long way on his name.

The Arizona senator crushed Mitt Romney in the nation’s most populous state on Super Tuesday, cementing his national front-runner status and positioning himself to win most, if not all, of the state’s 170 delegates.

With 92 percent of precincts reporting, McCain had 42 percent of the vote to Romney’s 34 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee trailed with 11 percent.

Just months ago, McCain was all but forgotten in the race after his campaign ran out of money and momentum in the summer. But he regained his footing with wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, propelling him to a series of wins Tuesday from coast to coast.

He clearly benefited when Rudy Giuliani’s campaign collapsed last week, ending the competition over party moderates.

“McCain is a household name. Romney’s problem was most Californians don’t know who the heck he is,” said Republican analyst Allan Hoffenblum. With the tight primary schedule, Romney “spent all his time and early money in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan and Florida. There was not enough time for him to create a separate image here in California.”

After overcoming his troubles last year, McCain came to California with built-in advantages: He’s from neighboring Arizona; as a war hero, he has natural appeal with California’s many veterans and active-duty personnel; and he won the endorsement of popular Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’s been campaigning for him across the state.

A survey of voters leaving polling places found McCain was the overwhelming choice of GOP moderates and those looking for decisive leadership in a time of war. Romney has been fighting to win over conservatives who dominate California’s primary, and the exit poll found he was the favorite of “very conservative” voters as well as those who identified illegal immigration as the nation’s top issue.

Signs of a tightening race sent both candidates hurrying back to California this week, and Romney spent lavishly on TV advertising in hopes of stalling his rival’s momentum.

For the first time this year, California Republicans divvied up delegates based on the winner in each of the state’s 53 congressional districts. McCain soundly defeated his rival from San Diego to the Napa Valley. Fresno County was one place the outcome look inconclusive, according to unofficial returns.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and wealthy businessman, was unbowed by his Super Tuesday showing.

“We’re going to keep on battling,” he said in Boston.

To no surprise, illegal immigration was a top issue for many California Republicans.

Exit polls found Romney was favored by those who want illegal workers deported and some conservatives saw McCain as the face of liberal immigration policy. But the Arizona senator also won votes for proposing a pathway to citizenship for illegal workers.

Immigration reform “is really the thing that made me vote for him,” said Juan Carlos, 32, a Los Angeles technology consultant who moved to the U.S. from Mexico 15 years ago.

In the closing days of the campaign, McCain aired a tough-talk radio ad on illegal immigration, a sign that he was vulnerable on the issue. “I’ve listened and learned,” he said in the ad. “I’ll hire new border guards, build a fence.”

Another McCain voter, a Sacramento-area Target retail manager Mike Ronnebeck, 45, said he admired the senator because “he works across boundaries with Republicans and Democrats.”

California had long been a forgotten state in the presidential election, a place where candidates came mostly to collect checks in the fundraising centers of Hollywood and Silicon Valley. But this year the state has seen new clout and visibility since moving its primary to Super Tuesday from its traditional June berth.

http://origin.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_8182077?nclick_check=1

Mexico’s Ex-President Advocates AMNESTY for ILLEGALS

Posted in America, Amnesty, Anchor Babies, Aztlan, Border Security, crime, criminals, deportation, drug smuggling, Economy, Hispanic, illegal aliens, illegal immigration, John McCain, La Raza, Latino, Latino Arrogance, lawbreakers, McCain, MEChA, Mexican, Mexican government, Mexican Reconquista, Mexico, Open Border, Politics, President, pro-amnesty, Sovereignty, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S.-Mexico border, Vicente Fox on February 6, 2008 by americanchaos

Mexico’s ex-president advocates law reform

Don Mecoy

Oklahoma and other states have launched immigration legislation because Congress has failed to act, former Mexico President Vicente Fox said Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

Fox, speaking at the Civic Center Music Hall, said the United States must develop a sensible national immigration policy.

“At the very end, it’s a federal issue so in the end it should be satisfied by the federal government, by the U.S. Congress,” Fox said. “Immigration is an asset to every nation. It’s an asset to the United States, no doubt. What we need to do is take advantage of that asset by bringing order to it, and by bringing legality to it.”

Oklahoma lawmakers last year adopted HB 1804, which has been called the toughest immigration statute in the nation.

Fox, 65, president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, spoke at an Executive Management Briefing sponsored by Oklahoma State University’s William S. Spears School of Business. Fox, before his political career, was head of Coca-Cola Latin America.

Fox said he favors a plan similar to a bill authored by Sens. John McCain and Ted Kennedy in 2005 that would have provided a path to legal citizenship for many of the millions of illegal immigrants in the United States. The bill, which never came to a floor vote, also would have provided funding for increased border security.

A reasonable temporary guest worker program would solve many problems by providing documented foreign workers who need good wages for the American economy, Fox said. Fox said most Mexican immigrants don’t want to become American citizens; they want to help their family and then return to their homeland.

“They like better tacos, tortillas and chilies than hot dogs or hamburgers,” he said.

The United States should join its economic might with its neighbors, Mexico and Canada, to meet the challenges of the world marketplace, Fox said.

“This century will be the century of Latin America,” said Fox, who noted that Mexico’s economy is forecast to be the world’s fifth-largest by 2040.

About a dozen protesters from Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise demonstrated outside the Civic Center to voice their opposition to a closer economic relationship between the United States and Mexico.

“I don’t want a North American union established,” protester Robert Forrester said. “That’s why I’m here.”

Fox, whose American-born grandfather emigrated from Ohio to Mexico to find his “American dream,” said only dictatorial governments build structures to keep people in or out such as the wall that has been proposed to control illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I’m totally opposed to building a wall. That’s the worst of the answers to a problem that has to be dealt with among different nations,” Fox said. “The threat to the United States is not immigration. … The threat to the United States is isolation by building a wall.”

Fox suggested support for building a wall to stop illegal immigration might arise from “understandable” fears born in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“I am not for disorder. I am not for walls,” he said. “I am for wisdom.”

In response to questions from the audience of about 500, Fox prompted applause when he said that the United States should withdraw its troops from Iraq “as soon as possible.” Fox opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Fox, an admitted fan of President Bush, said the next U.S. president will have to rebuild relationships among nations.

“The United States has lost, I’m sorry to say, a lot of respect,” he said.

He also drew laughter and applause when, responding to a hypothetical question about northern Mexico states possibly joining the United States, he suggested that his country instead might re-annex Texas.

http://oneoldvet.com/?p=4812#more-4812 

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