Take a moment and read what the “other side” had to say about this weekend’s #2Million2Many demonstrations. The following email comes from a group called “Help Save Maryland.” It is a real email, which we did not edit. We decided to add our response to this letter first before we ran it. Here is our response:
Here is the email:
Help Save Maryland Crashes Amnesty Party in Lafayette Park
Special thanks to the Help Save Maryland supporters from MD and VA who took the time to come to DC Saturday afternoon to let the illegal alien community know up close and personal that Amnesty is not an option for criminal lawbreakers.
I’m sure CASA of Maryland, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the other radical groups at Lafayette Park had to be quite disappointed at the low turnout for the DC event, part of a multi-state event to push Amnesty and lawlessness. Other then Telemundo, there were no legitimate press/media covering the event. None. Shocking.
PASS THIS NEWS ON TO THE VA GOP CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION WHICH IS TOYING WITH VISIONS OF AMNESTY.
It was a typical CASA/SEIU event with lots of white Spanish speaking handlers coaching a small group of illegal aliens who spoke little to zero English. Many had those nice red CASA wool caps on. Did not see what was provided in the standard CASA provided box lunch. 90% of the event was in Spanish. There was a sprinkling of Georgetown students there.
HSM members had some good conversations with many there, explaining our position on the rule of law, what national borders are and why we have them, why we think Amnesty is unfair to legal immigrants and more. Even filled some folks in on the colorful flag we had flying below the large Gadsden (Don’t Tread on Me) Flag – It was our Maryland flag!
Highlights of the afternoon
(1) After we walked around and through the illegal alien gatherers and talked with Telemundo & some radical press folks, a couple of the El Jefe (Spanish for the boss) types came over and asked if we were with Help Save Maryland. Nice to be recognized! I believe they were SEIU leaders.
(2) – This one guy from CASA was intent on showing me his CASA of Maryland ID card. Not a clue why. Maybe because he knows Maryland taxpayers actually fund the ID card and organization. I gave him a HSM business card in return.
Lowlights of the afternoon
(1) Was quite disappointed with the knowledge base and line of reasoning being utilized by the few Georgetown students and other young illegal aliens we met. They just could not hold a conversation and defend the positions provided by CASA, SEIU and the other radical groups. My favorite was that thousands of illegals die trying to cross the “militarized” southern border each year, so therefore we should open the border; My other favorite, Why can’t you just show up in the U.S., get a job and just stay? Why would this make the unemployment situation worse for Black and Hispanic citizens?
I think these Third World youngsters have no conception of the rule of law, economics or basic rights or wrongs. Never taught it in the Third World countries they came from. Certainly hanging out with CASA or SEIU types will not provide it. Sadly, they are the “Dreamers” we give In-State College Tuition to as well as other taxpayer funded social services. These are not the next generation of American leaders we want!
(2) The CASA/SEIU “Jefes” found a Black Preacher to get up on the stage and rant about how Amnesty for illegals is the next Civil Rights movement in the United States. Yikes. More than half the small crowd had no idea what he was saying since he spoke in English. He obviously came for the CASA of Maryland provided boxed lunch. Did have on a nice black beret similar to what Che Guevara wore from time to time!
Let the fear-mongering begin. The following “news” (cue dramatic music) by faux outlet Breitbart has American’s Favorite Pendejo, Rep. Steve King of Iowa (R), talking ignorance. Again.
Here is the “shocking” video:
Here is what King told Breitbart (we emphasized the big nugget for you):
If we’re going to put out the bait, which is: come into the U.S., break in, so to speak, smuggle yourself into the military, put on the uniform of the United States, take an oath to uphold our Constitution, which may or may not mean anything to them, and now we’re going to reward you with citizenship—I think it’s just a bizarre thing to do, to reward people for breaking our laws. That’s what amnesty is.
As soon as they raise their hand and say ‘I’m unlawfully present in the United States,’ we’re not going take your oath into the military, but we’re going to take your deposition and we have a bus for you to Tijuana. That’s the law. Are they going to then suspend the law that requires ICE to place people into removal proceedings that are unlawfully present?
Maybe Steve King should read up on his history, especially when it comes to the Iraq War. Guess who was one the first people to die in combat for people like King? Read who here.
As for those Republicans who are kind of trying, keep trying. People like King are just bad for América.
You can learn more at obamalegacy.com
In observance of Women’s History Month, LatinoRebels.com is celebrating Latinas who are making a difference every day. Today, as a part of National Farmworker Awareness week, we honor some of the women who are leading the migrant women’s rights movement.
Farmworker women put food on our tables. They plant, pick, and pack fruits and vegetables, among other crops and plants. It is estimated that more than 600,000 women are responsible for feeding us. These women are often subject to poor and unsafe working conditions. They are often victims of wage theft, gender discrimination, including sexual harassment, and a range of other problems.
Often, a one-size-fits-all approach has been applied to efforts to improve conditions for farmworkers, with little attention paid to the unique issues that confront farmworker women as women workers. However, farmworker women and their advocates have fought to ensure that farmworker women’s concerns are not ignored. These women are strong, brave and they are making a difference for the benefit of many. In addition to Dolores Huerta, recognized in a previous Women’s History Month blog, below is a list of a few women who are making a difference in the fight for farmworker women’s rights:
Olivia Tamayo is the first farmworker women in the history of the United States to have a federal jury decide her case for sexual harassment against a major agricultural company. Tamayo sued Harris farms for failing to protect her from sexual harassment by her supervisor and for failing to remedy the problem once they became aware of it. Tamayo prevailed in her lawsuit against the company, along with the related appeal. Tamayo is a role model to thousands of farmworker women throughout the United States. She has also provided many advocates with her advice and expertise. She has been lauded and honored for her courage to seek justice for the sexual harassment against her and for encouraging other women to come forward. Among these, Southern Poverty Law Center presented her with the Esperanza Award in 2006.
Mily Treviño-Sauceda is the co-founder of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, the first national farmworker women’s organization. She is also the co-founder and the former Executive Director of Organización en California de Líderes Campesinas, Inc., known as “Líderes Campesinas.” As a former farmworker, Trevino-Sauceda has firsthand experience regarding the issues confronting farmworkers. She has been very vocal about gender discrimination, wage theft, health risks and immigration reform. Treviño-Sauceda has worked on the local, state, national and international levels to ensure that farmworker women’s issues are included in the workers’ rights and women’s rights discourse. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including being recognized as one of the “100 Heroines of the World” and the Ford Foundation and New York University Leadership for Changing the World Award, among others.
Marcela Olvera-Morales is the first woman to challenge gender discrimination in the H-2 guestworker visa programs on the basis of gender segregation in the case Olvera-Morales, et al vs. Sterling Onions, Inc. et al. Olvera-Morales filed her lawsuit on behalf of herself and other similarly situated guestworker women against the defendant employment agencies and employers for deliberately steered her and other women into lower paying jobs with fewer benefits. According to the lawsuit, Olvera-Morales and other women were able and willing to perform the higher paying jobs but those jobs were reserved for men. The overwhelming majority of work-based visas are awarded to men and women are commonly steered into less desirable positions with fewer benefits in the work-visa programs. The parties reached an undisclosed settlement to resolve this matter.
Kimber Nicoletti is the Director and Founder of Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA) at Purdue University. She has been an advocate for migrant farmworker communities for over 20 years. Nicoletti works at the national, state and local level engaging communities and organizations in the use of culturally relevant models for promoting healing, healthy relationships and preventing sexual violence. She was the first anti-sexual violence advocate in the United States to specifically focus on sexual violence prevention within the farmworker community. Nicoletti also created and moderates the Mujeres del Movimiento group which is a designated safe space for support and resource sharing for Latinas who work in violence prevention. She was selected as the 2013 Woman of Distinction by the YWCA for her work with the farm worker community.
Elvira Carvajal is a migrant rights activist and leader in South Florida. She was raised on her family’s farm, alongside her six brothers and sisters, in Michoacán, Mexico. Carvajal migrated to the United States at the age of 19, where she began to work on lemon farms and nurseries. She worked in the Florida agricultural industry for 20 years until she decided to learn English and get her high school diploma to better support her three children. Carvajal graduated from high school in 1998 and made the decision to dedicate her life to improving the lives of migrant families and children. She has served as a leader within the Farmworker Association of Florida since 2006. Carvajal provides migrant women workers with information about their rights. She trains workers on pesticides safety and she has been an active voice and leader in the immigration reform debate.
LatinoRebels.com thanks all farmworkers, including these amazing Latina leaders for all that they do feed our families and fortify our nation.
In observance of Women’s History Month, LatinoRebels.com celebrates the Latinas who are making important contributions to our society across industries, sectors and movements. This week, Rebeldes Mónica Ramírez, Jen Wilton and Luis Marentes worked together to highlight some of these incredible leaders. They are role models in their communities, schools and workplaces. We thank them for their leadership and for their tireless efforts to make our world better each and every day.
Today we begin our series by spotlighting some of the Latinas who have made a significant impact in the fight for civil rights, including the fight for immigrants’ rights. Historically, Latinas in the United States have confronted a number of civil rights issues, including discrimination in employment, housing, and education. Latinas have been denied their voting rights and have been subject to amplified anti-Latino and anti-immigrant sentiment, including an increase in hate crimes.
Below is a short list of some of women who have helped promote equal rights for all:
Dolores Huerta is one of the most important labor rights, civil rights, human rights and women’s rights activists of all time. Among her many accomplishments, Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez in 1962. Today she is the President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Through her activism she has worked to achieve the passage of new laws and protections for farmworkers and others. She coined the phrase, “Sí Se Puede,” which has been used as a slogan for the farmworker movement and many other important campaigns, including President Barack Obama’s for President of the United States. Huerta has received many awards and recognitions for her incredible advocacy, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was also inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Felisa Rincón de Gautier, commonly referred to as “Doña Fela, was a passionate and staunch leader. She first rose to the spotlight for her activism in the fight for women’s right to vote, which was achieved in Puerto Rico in 1932. In 1946, Rincón de Gautier became the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, the first female to hold this post in the Americas. She was mayor for 22 years. Rincón de Gautier promoted the well being of the Puerto Ricans that she served. She focused on improving the infrastructure and health systems on the island. She died in 1994 at the age of 97. Rincón de Gautier helped pave the way for other Latina politicians.
Sylvia Méndez and her siblings were catapulted into the limelight when their parents Gonzalo and Felicitas made the decision to fight for the right for their children to receive the same educational opportunities as white school children. In 1943, Latino students in California and other parts of the U.S. were still subject to school segregation. Mendez’s parents, along with a group of other parents, sued four school districts in California in the case Méndez vs. Westminster for discriminating against Latino students. The Court found that school segregation was unconstitutional. The Méndez case resulted in school desegregation in the state of California and laid the foundation for school desegregation throughout the United States. Méndez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Ana Avendaño, recently appointed the Vice President of Labor Participation for United Way Worldwide, USA, previously served as Assistant to the President and Director of Immigration and Community Action at the AFL-CIO. Through her work, she promoted critical labor-community partnerships and worked to connect the labor movement with Latino and immigrant communities. Avendaño helped represent the labor community in discussions with business leaders in the immigration reform debates, leading to the historic shared principles that were announced prior to the introduction of the “Gang of 8’s” immigration legislation. She formerly served as Assistant General Counsel to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union where she was one of the leaders in the labor movements’ call for immigration reform and legalization.
María Gabriela (Gaby) Pacheco is a leader in the immigrant rights movement. Pacheco first gained national recognition in 2010 when she and three other immigrant youth leaders set out for a four month walk from Miami, Florida to Washington D.C. with the goal of raising awareness about the plight of undocumented youth. Their action came to be known as the Trail of Dreams and their mission was to push for the passage of the Dream Act. She and her colleagues set out to educate Congress about the reality of undocumented youth and adults who were brought to the United States as children. Pacheco and her family moved to the United States from Ecuador when she was eight years old. Consequently, like hundreds of thousands of other immigrant youth, she grew up and studied in the United States. However, she did not have legal status to live or work in the United States. Pacheco’s leadership helped pave the way for the federal government’s decision to permit certain qualifying youth to apply for deferred action from immigration deportation, along with the opportunity to attend college and work.
Of course, this list could go on and on. Who would you add to this first list? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. We will have another one tomorrow.
From America’s Voice:
President Obama has deported a record 2 million immigrants — including Brigido. Visit www.americasvoiceonline.org/2million to take action and find out more.
Brigido is the father of two US citizen children and husband to Maria, also a US citizen. Yet he was deported last November and torn apart from his family, one of President Obama’s record 2 million deportations. Two million deportations means 2 million families torn apart — that’s 2 million too many.
This happened yesterday: Eliseo Medina, a prominent immigrant rights activist involved with Fast4Families and former SEIU International Secretary, arrested in the Miami offices of Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart:
This is a local Miami report about what happened:
Diaz-Balart’s Twitter profile responded to the news with two tweets:
The tweets were met with some skepticism, given that Diaz Balart voted for a bill that would reject deferred action for DREAMers (DACA):
— DRM Action Coalition (@DRMAction) March 22, 2014
— darinka (@magnetsuccess) March 22, 2014
Late last night, Medina’s Twitter profile shared the following about his release:
Medina’s Twitter also added this:
Saddened & disappointed that we cannot have a rational conversation re:CIR.GOP–conversation,not arrests ,is how we find common ground.
— Eliseo Medina (@SEIU_Eliseo) March 22, 2014
Medina also shared the following statement:
“Yesterday, I went with the community to visit Congressman Diaz-Balart and exercise our constitutional right to address an injustice, but the doors were closed and the police were called. I was arrested as constituents were chased off the property.
“I am disappointed that a Latino member of Congress and avowed supporter of commonsense immigration reform allowed this to happen. We encourage Congressman Diaz-Balart to do everything in his power to call on Speaker Boehner to schedule a vote on immigration reform that will end the suffering in immigrant communities.
“This broken immigration system is causing untold pain and suffering in our community and in our country. While disappointed, I am undeterred in my conviction that we need to fix this broken immigration system. We will continue to fast, act and pray until the House Republican conference has a discussion and vote on immigration reform. Immigrants, Latinos and the American people deserve no less.”
Lost in the narratives of patriotism and good ol’ American apple pie is the story of Marine Lance Corporal José Gutierrez, one of the first U.S. serviceman to die in combat during the Iraq War. We got this tip from a community member on our Facebook page, and after we checked out the 2003 TIME magazine story about Gutiérrez, it was true.
Here is an portion of the TIME piece:
In death, the first U.S. serviceman to be killed in combat in Gulf War 2 will receive what he always wanted in life: American citizenship. Marine Lance Corporal Jose Gutiérrez was shot in the chest as his unit took heavy fire in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr. Everyone believed he was 22. But his true age is part of a story of epic persistence that took him from Guatemala to Los Angeles, from the life of an orphan to the life of a Marine.
You should read the rest of the TIME piece>. It tells a harrowing story of how Gutiérrez left Guatemala and wound up in the United States, undocumented and orphaned. He eventually gained asylum and this happened:
After winning asylum, Gutiérrez shuffled between foster homes and was eventually placed with Marcelo and Nora Mosquera, themselves immigrants from Latin America. The Mosqueras, who have three biological children of their own, have raised 30 foster children. And so the Guatemalan orphan who had barely a family suddenly had a tribe of foster siblings. Still, he never forgot [his sister] Engracia and the hardships she continued to live with in Guatemala. He would send her $20 or $30 whenever he could. Gutiérrez went to high school and community college, and dreamed of being an architect. But, on the advice of a foster brother, he joined the military. There was a reward he hoped to claim by joining the armed services: citizenship. And once he was an American, he’d be able to bring his sister over. He became a Marine less than a year before he died, joining the infantry as a rifleman in the First Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton, California.
The 2003 story concludes:
In honor of his military service and death in combat, federal authorities have made him eligible for posthumous citizenship. All that needs to be done is for his next of kin to take his death certificate and $80 to an immigration office and Gutiérrez will become an American. Had Gutiérrez lived, his dream for his sister could have come true. She would have qualified to immigrate to the U.S. had he been naturalized. But that dream died with José Gutiérrez in Iraq.
Why do we not hear about Gutiérrez’s story during our Memorial Day celebrations? Is it because his story does not fit the current immigration debate that all “illegals” are criminals? How quickly this country forgets those who shed their blood for it. Especially when you weren’t even a citizen.