Don’t You Just Love When Lame YouTube “Comedy” Video Plays Off the “Illegal Immigrant” Motif? (That’s Sarcasm)

We got this from a fan, we checked it out a few times, and we have concluded that this is just lame, but troubling still.

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Here’s the premise: have a bunch of musicians waiting at a Home Depot parking lot, until a boss dude in a construction hat shows up looking for some musicians. Yes, the skit is bad, but it’s not that, it’s that someone actually thought about this, and we wonder where they got their idea. Anyone? Someone seriously thought that this was humor. It was a bad attempt at it, and in the end, it just perpetuates the same old, same old. Ugh.

Hit it.

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) to Now Use “Illegal Invaders”

UPDATE, April 5, 2013, 10:00 PM EST: William Gheen, the head of ALIPAC, posted his official response to this story with the following comment:

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If anyone can let us know how this response is on the same level as “illegal invaders,” please let us know?

The day after the Associated Press decided to no longer use the terms “illegal immigrants” or “illegals” when describing people, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) released the following statement:

MINE!

This is what we think this statement is trying to get at.

ALIPAC is changing its “style” preference in all future articles and press releases today in response to the totalitarian steps by the Associated Press to make “illegal immigrants” disappear with the stroke of a pen just days before legislation attempting to do the same is expected to be filed in Washington, DC, by the “Gang of 8.”

ALIPAC will now use the more accurate term “illegal invaders” or simply “illegals” to describe the class of criminals represented by the more than 12 million people on American soil who have chosen to violate America’s immigration laws and borders.

“This Big Brother move by AP is political correctness on steroids,” said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. “What class of criminals will the Associated Press and Congress make disappear next with the stroke of a pen? Perhaps they will make all of the rapists, shop lifters, drug dealers, tax cheats, prostitutes and pimps disappear too?”

Many of ALIPAC’s legal immigrant supporters have complained for many years that the word “immigrant” should not be used to describe those who chose to overstay their visas or sneak into America under cover of darkness with the aid of drug smuggling murderous cartel operatives. “Immigrant” is considered to be an honorable or noble term describing a law abiding and respectful person. Illegal invaders are not respectful nor do they abide by or respect American laws!

ALIPAC has documented the Associated Press censoring many crimes committed by illegal aliens against American citizens over the last 8 years as the group has built the world’s largest archive of information on the subject found at www.ALIPAC.us

“We’ve documented the AP concealing crimes by illegal immigrants for years and now they have made all illegal immigrants disappear with the stroke of a pen!” said William Gheen. “To compensate for this Big Brother action from AP, ALIPAC will now refer to this class of lawbreakers as “illegal invaders” in all of our press releases since our legal immigrant supporters feel the noble term of immigrant is misapplied to the illegals.”

For more information about illegal immigration, illegal immigrants, illegal aliens, illegal invaders, illegals, and many more topics not condoned by Big Brother, the Associated Press, and their allied lawmakers in Washington, please visit www.ALIPAC.us where the free flow of information and opinions still happens… for now.

Hit it, Gollum.

The #NoMames Meme of the Week: There Are Homeless Veterans But No “Homeless Illegals”

This week’s #NoMames meme of the week goes to the Facebook page of “Support our troops or get the f–k out.” As of this posting, over 5,000 people have liked it and the meme has been shared over 4,000 times.

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The Facebook thread also contains many lovely comments, such as these:

f*ck every and anything you said Veterans should be top priority over those f*cking illegals who mooch off the welfare systems and complain after they get life handed to them by my tax dollars what needs to be done is close the f*cking borders top creating inflation and the goverment needs to take care of the vets first of course and then the rest of the country

and A MONKEY FIGURED THIS OUT…..SMH

Easy answer. The government cares more about the politics behind what an illegal can do for them, than they do our Vets; to them, they have served their purpose. It’s getting even worse as time goes on for our current servicemen and women.

Therefore, people should be way more pissed about the state of our Country than they currently are. Everything is upside-down and it breaks my heart to hear all of the horror stories of how Vets are treated upon returning home. Not only by our government, but by some of our own citizens..

“Illegal Immigrant Hunting Permit” Distribution Company Continues to Produce and Sell Sticker

After we received a “No comment” from the Midwest novelty company that distributes an “Illegal Immigrant Hunting Permit” sticker a local Colorado gas station was caught selling last week, many people (include our Facebook site) took to social media to raise awareness about Central States Novelty, the company identified in the following report.

The response, according to updates we received from our readers, took the company off guard, jamming the phone lines on Friday afternoon and clogging their inboxes. The company’s main site still lists a phone number and is also taking email requests.

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We have sent several emails to the company for comment, but we have yet to hear from them. However, we did receive the following email thread from an anonymous individual who wrote to the company on Friday afternoon:

—– Original Message —– From: [NAME] @ gmail.com
To: [NAME] @ centralstatesnovelty.com
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2013 3:35 PM
Subject: [Central States Novelty] Distribute to West Coast

Hello,
My name is Ben and I own a convenience store in Northern California. I\’m interested in purchasing some of your hunting permit stickers that I see plastered all over the internet. I\’ve got the feeling I could sell a ton of these here. We got a bunch of damn illegals!
First off, how much and how quickly can you get them here?
Thanks for your time and God Bless!

[NAME WITHELD]

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: [NAME] @ centralstatesnovelty.com
Date: Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Subject: Re: [Central States Novelty] Distribute to West Coast
To: [NAME] @ gmail.com

Thanks for your inquiry.
The stickers cost $3 each. If the total is over $200, shipping is free.
We require a tax ID # and credit card payment before shipping.
Depending on the quantity you need, it may take a little time to produce more stickers.

Central States Novelty, LLC Phone

We don’t know if the request was serious or not, but it looks like the company has no problem continuing to push its racist product even after several incidents, and they can always produce more, “depending on the quantity.”

Company That Distributes “Illegal Immigrant Hunting Permit” Sticker Tells Rebels, “No Comment”

After we posted a news story from local Colorado TV about a gas station that was caught selling an “Illegal Immigrant Hunting Permit” sticker, we wanted to reach out the the company that distributes the product. This afternoon we called Central States Novelty, based in Hays, KS. After identifying ourselves, the woman on the phone said, “No comment,” and hung up on us.

According to its website, Central States Novelty “is one of, if not the largest, wholesale supplier of novelties, gifts, and general merchandise for the convenience store and truck stop industry in the Midwest. All of our products are guaranteed against defects, and our Mercandisers [sic] that service our customers’ stores are the Best in the Business.”

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Apparently this is not the first time that this type of product have been in the news. According to the Huffington Post, a petition submitted last year to CafePress by Victor Hoelscher called for CP to “cease sale and distribution of the racist ‘illegal alien hunting permits.’”

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“This product has absolutely no use other than to spread, incite, promote and justify racial hatred, violence, xenophobia, and other forms of hatred based on intolerance and to demonize immigrants as invaders who should be shot on sight,” Hoelscher wrote. “There is no place in today’s society for a corporation that seeks to profit from invoking dehumanizing, racist stereotypes and bigotry.”

The HuffPost article did not mention the name of the sticker’s distributor, nor did a similar story from Wisconsin, which also led to a local Yorkville gas station to remove “illegal immigrant hunting permits” from its shelves:

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A planned protest at a gas station decrying the sale of bumper stickers reading illegal immigrant hunting permit’ has since become an event to honor the store owner for his swift action to remove them.

“I’m not in a business of offending my customers,” said Bob Basil, owner of Citgo Auto Truck Plaza, 611 S. Sylvania Ave.

Immigration rights group Voces de la Frontera had planned to picket Basil’s business at 2:15 p.m. today but has since changed the plan to present him with a civic business award.

“Beyond appreciating him, we think it’s an opportunity to encourage similar businesses to be more morally responsible,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Voces executive director.

It cannot be determined that all three stickers were distributed by Central States Novelty, but there is no doubt that the product concept is very similar across all three examples. Even though Central States Novelty would not comment on our story, their website still lists an address and phone number, in case anyone wants to talk with them. Somos rebeldes.

Dear Senator Schumer: #DropTheIWord, Por Favor

Now that everyone is an immigration expert all of a sudden, you just knew that some politicians would overlook a few issues surrounding the debate. Case in point, New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning and just had to go there.

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Here it is. Those “illegals.”

Yo, Senator Schumer, even Senator Marco Rubio is using “undocumented” these days. Get with the program, and let us know when you issue your statement explaining your insensitivity. In the meantime, maybe you want to text to the following number and say that “No human being is illegal.”

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As the Deferred Action Process Begins for Young DREAMers, There Is Still so Much Work to Be Done

Tomorrow August 15, the United States government will initiate a deferred action process providing temporary relief from possible deportation to young people "who were brought into this country through not fault of their own." The June 15 executive action announced by President Obama, which was praised immigration advocates but also seen a sly and cynical election year move, could eventually benefit an estimated 1.7 million people under 30 years old who have been living in an undocumented limbo.

Immigration advocacy groups have been sharing deferred action FAQS and information to the public. Coverage about this announcement has been steady, and for many of those you have been fighting for a significant change in this country's immigration system, there is cause to reflect and celebrate.

However, the US government and the Obama administration are still sending mixed messages that confirm that even with the deferred action decision, there is still more work to be done.

Take the example of Sergio García, an 35-year-old undocumented man who was recently denied by the US Justice Department a chance to practice law in California. As the LA Times reported:

In a brief to the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of Justice said federal law prohibits giving a public benefit, such as a bar license, to an "unlawfully present alien." 

The federal law was "plainly designed to preclude undocumented aliens from receiving commercial and professional licenses issued by states and the federal government," a lawyer for the Justice Department wrote in a brief requested by the state high court. T

he Justice Department's position surprised and dismayed some supporters of Sergio C. Garcia, 35, the immigrant who has passed the bar examination but cannot be licensed unless the state's highest court approves.

In a long line of friend-of-the court briefs, only the federal government and a former state bar prosecutor have opposed Garcia's licensing.

What must be noted about García is that after his father became a US citizen, he sponsored his son for a green card and permanent status. That was 18 years ago, and according the Times, "the application is still pending."

García is one of many current stories that continue to expose the flaws of this country's immigration system. In Sacramento, for example, there is the story of the "tamale lady" out of Sacramento that we shared with out Facebook community in late July.

The story appeared in several Spanish-language outlets, before getting picked up by English-language outlets as well as a Ruben Navarrette Jr. column on August 2. However, the story of Juana Reyes tended to be buried by Olympicmania. Here is what Sacramento's newsreview.com reported on July 26:

This story of the United States’ effort to deport a south Sacramento Walmart tamale lady has blown up in the Spanish-speaking media. La Opinión recently did a feature on Reyes. And one of Univision national’s lead reporters, Luis Megid, interviewed her, too. In the Hispanic and Latino communities, Reyes has become an election-year symbol of all that’s wrong and broken with America’s immigration policy.

And outrage, it seems, is the only hope for Reyes to stay in Sacramento and not be deported. Immigration court cases can take anywhere from three to five years, says attorney Julia Vera, who adds that she has very few options in defending her client. Reyes’ best chance hinges on the concept of “prosecutorial discretion.”

Each year, ICE throws out some 4,000 cases based on certain criteria, including but not limited to whether the defendant has a clean arrest record, has been in the country for more than a decade, and also has strong family and community ties. Reyes meets all these conditions. But ICE hears millions of cases.

“Our chances of getting prosecutorial discretion are slim to none,” Julia Vera told SN&R. Other options, such as “cancellation” or “affirmative relief,” are even less probable.

Advocates and attorneys point out that, if Reyes had been arrested another time, say later this year, she’d probably be free to go under California’s TRUST Act, which recently was approved by the state Senate and likely will be inked by Gov. Brown. Written by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, the TRUST Act is a counter to Arizona’s anti-immigration law that specifically limits local governments’ ability to hold individuals for deportation if they are not a threat to public safety.

Tamales can be hot sometimes, yes, but generally are not considered a menace to society. But it’s too soon for TRUST. And so Reyes’ best hope is in the court of public opinion.

And that the general public is increasingly outraged upon hearing her story. Law-abiding but illegal-immigrant tamale lady arrested, has kids taken away for selling tamales outside of a Sacramento Walmart—it’s a compelling narrative, and especially here in California, a state that prides itself on being a step or two more progressive than the rest of the nation. Reyes’ backers at the rally last week, including current city council candidate Rob Kerth, argued that her case is an extreme interpretation of immigration law that has no place in the Golden State. Or, as Jon Rodney with the California Immigration Policy Center announced to media and supporters last week: “I think we need to remember that we have a broken immigration system in this country.”

These two California stories both speak to the same issue:  our immigration system is broken, and because of it, many in this country are programmed to just break the system entirely and put a fence around the country (well, at least the southern party of the country). As a result, the nativist mindset continues to become more and more engrained in the minds of many.

Case in point: Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who is running for as a Republican candidate for Congress out of Ohio, told a crowd of about 125 supporters in Arizona that the government should “put a damn fence on the border going with Mexico and start shooting.” That type of extremism just adds fuel to the ignorant fire, and we are still wondering why a candidate in an Ohio election is speaking in Arizona.

The reality is that the "Joe the Plumber" story is becoming more and more common. The issues, anger and emotions about immigration are now being tossed about everywhere. Take for example, tonight, according to local reports, the head of Charlotte-Mecklenburg's school board is trying to stem off a push by three Republican school board members to check the immigration status of the district's students:

CMS board Chairman Ericka Ellis-Stewart said in a statement emailed Tuesday afternoon that she is disturbed by the proposal. She noted that it asks that CMS to “quantify the financial impact on the Mecklenburg County Budget of illegal immigrants who attend CMS.” She said it also asks CMS to obtain documentation about students’ immigration status beginning with the start of the 2012 school year. 

In her statement, Ellis-Stewart said what the proposal asks CMS to do is illegal. “We are barred by federal law from inquiring about the citizenship or residency status of our students,” she wrote.

She added that the proposal makes no similar request of county agencies.

In an earlier e-mail, [Republican Commissioner Bill] James had said the 1982 Supreme Court decision Plyler v. Doe may require illegal immigrant students to attend K-12 schools, but he added: “There isn’t anything that prevents us from figuring out the cost and sending a bill to the Mexican government for the education of their young.”

So to the DREAMers, we say, ¡enhorabuena! But the fight continues. Will our nation's leaders (and this means you too, Mr. President) really try to enact more realistic and comprehensive immigration laws that take into account the real lives of real people who have been in this country for years, or will we become of country of Joe the Plumbers who want to send education bills to Mexico?

That is where we are at. And although tomorrow's deferred action is a good first step, we are still so far away from take a huge leap into reforming this country's immigration laws.

Arizona Pastor Offers Insights About “What Part of Illegal Don’t You Understand?”

This is pretty simple, and we are probably guessing that those Christians who tell us to go to Mexico probably think that Pastor Gary Kinnaman is a commie.

 

Nonetheless, listen to what he has to say here. Next time someone asks you, "What part of illegal don't you understand?," just play this clip.

Pinky Asks Daisy: How Do You Solve the Immigration Question?

We are now fans of Pink and Daisy. This video from 2007 is still so relevant five years later. 

Thank you, Pinky and Daisy. We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

REBELS EXCLUSIVE: Boy Scouts of America Says That Border Crossing Scout Patch Is Unauthorized

On Monday we received the following image from our Twitter feed, and we were told that the patch was used by Boy Scouts from Milwaukee's Troop 11:

CREDIT: LatinoRebels.com

We contacted the Boy Scouts of America and received the following emails from the Boy Scouts national leadership. Here is the first email:

The National Council, Boy Scouts of America, had nothing to do with the production of this image, and as such, is not part of the Advancement program for our youth. I have copied Stephen Medlicott, Group Director, Marketing Group, in this communication for an official statement.

Thank you.

Frank Ramirez |  Program Specialist

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Council Operations/Program Impact/Advancement

Mr. Ramirez forwarded our email to Mr. Medlicott, and Mr. Medlicott emailed us the following reply:

This patch is not a part of the Boy Scouts of America and in no way does it represent Scouting’s values.  Unfortunately such “mock,” unauthorized badges show up from time and to time from non-BSA sources, and we appreciate your help in communicating that they not associated with the movement.

Sincerely,

Stephen Medlicott  

We are now working to find out exactly where this patch came from and if it was indeed given to Boy Scouts. Once we have more details we will share. 

UPDATE: We are now getting confirmation from Troop 11 that the patches in question were produced and made by Troop 11. They were not handed out by US Border Patrol. The confusion lies is that the name of the troop is called Border and the troop uses Patrol after it, but Troop 11 has yet to clarify why the immigration border crossing image was used, since it is the image that is in question. 

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