DC Mall Protest for Immigration Reform Becomes “Illegals’ Protest” Online

DC Mall Protest for Immigration Reform Becomes “Illegals’ Protest” Online

Moments after President Obama announced that the White House would allow a protest in favor of immigration reform to be held in the National Mall, numerous media outlets and political figures accused the president of handing out political favors.

Under the headline “Obama OKs illegals’ march on Mall, still blocks Americans,” White House Correspondent Neil Munro wrote the following for the Daily Caller:

The mall is currently marked as closed, and law enforcement officials have have been deployed to picket open-air monuments to keep Americans off their own land.

Critics quickly pounced on what they see as special treatment for the administration’s allies.

“What this means is that the administration is sending a clear message that it’s OK to barricade elderly veterans out of their memorials, but illegal immigrants have to be accommodated no matter what,” Mark Krikorian, director of the anti-immigration Center for Immigration Studies, told The Daily Caller.

“It’s hard to justify closing off open areas [such as the World War II memorial], but to allow a major setup with equipment, electronics and security in a closed area is a little outrageous,” said Krikorian.

This sentiment was echoed by anchors and pundits on Fox News, who went on to broadcast the following video of a man voicing his discontent:

Soon afterward the web was flooded by people ripping the president for allowing an “illegals’ protest.” Here’s some of what was posted:


(Not surprising to see Donald Trump’s name on the list of people casting of protesters as “illegals” considering that he still thinks our president is an illegal immigrant.)

Let’s move on from the question of whether or not Obama was acting impartially to the bigger issue here. Tell me something, why is it that a group of people protesting in favor of immigration reform are automatically labeled as “illegal immigrants”?

Believe it or not there are people in this country who support comprehensive immigration reform that are not illegal immigrants.

The crowd in attendance for the immigration protest was in fact diverse, multi-ethnic, and composed of countless full-fledged American citizens. You need to look no further than the party leadership in attendance to see that.

The group was led by House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi but also included Congressmen Joseph Crowley and Charles B. Rangel of New York, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Al Green of Texas, Luis V. Gutierrez and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Raul M. Grijalva of Arizona and John Lewis of Georgia. To name a few.

In his very same “Obama OKs illegals’ march on Mall, still blocks Americans,” article Neil Munro also noted the following about a previous immigration reform rally:

Roughly 3,000 people turned out in New York, most of whom were “Asian, Hispanic and Arab,” according to the AFP news agency. That’s less than one percent of the estimated 500,000 illegals in New York, said AFP.

How then did this rally become an “illegals’ march?”

Maybe this was just Munro’s way of launching a sweeping allegation against the legal status of Los Tigres del Norte, the popular Mexican-American band that performed at the rally.

Quick music break.

Ok, I’m back.

In reality this “outrage” was a group of people seeing Hispanics and Latinos protesting and making a harmful and baseless assumption.

All those who were quick to label protesters as “illegals” have the right to do so under the First Amendment, the very same amendment that allowed protesters to be at the Mall to begin with. But the magnitude and acceptance of these attitudes expressed by political figures and media outlets around the country highlights an extreme bias and prejudice that exists towards Latin Americans in the United States; a bias that we will need to overcome if we are ever to truly make headway on not only immigration reform, but achieving equality in this country.

We thank all of the news outlets like NBC News and The New York Times for having the journalistic integrity to accurately label this rally for what it was: an immigration protest, not an “illegals’ protest.”


Cristiano M. Lima (@ludacristiano on Twitter) is a Brazilian-American journalist based out of Bethlehem, PA. He is a recent graduate of Lehigh University where he studied Political Science. He currently writes for 69 News and  Prevention Magazine. He’s also been a contributor for Latino Rebels since the fall of 2013. He welcomes any and all Miami Heat trash talk.

#NoMames: The Daily Caller Equates “Illegal Immigrants” to Two Dudes in Mariachi Outfits

#NoMames: The Daily Caller Equates “Illegal Immigrants” to Two Dudes in Mariachi Outfits

It’s pretty clear that The Daily Caller is basically being run by a bunch of clueless pendejos, since this supposed bastion of independent political journalism is just getting sloppy. And racist.

Where do we start? Let’s just explain. Today TDC’s Education Editor Eric Owens wrote a story about how UCLA’s student government unanimously resolved to call for the eradication of the phrase “illegal immigrant.”

Such a story is not so shocking, since if Owens and TDC did actual reporting, they would know that it is pretty common for a bunch of college kids to rethink language, and it’s not like the flipping Associated Press did the same thing this year.

Yet you do wonder why Owens wrote the story and why he would agree to have the following image be the picture that accompanies the article:


So let’s get this straight: Owens writes a story about UCLA and the use of “illegal immigrant,” and someone at TDC says, “Hey, I have the best image for this! Why don’t we run a picture of people holding angry signs about the illegal people next to some dudes in mariachi outfits? And how cool would it be that those dudes also wear really wide sombreros, you know, like all those Mexicans wear? Because, all mariachi guys are illegal! Har! Har! Har! Pass the brandy, Biff!”

Yes, we know that TDC is just TDC, and they really don’t care, but come on, this is just lazy and straight-up ignorant. But what do you expect from a page that has not one, but two auto-ads about Spanish on the same story about how UCLA students are just a bunch of liberal whiners. Yes, the following two images are on the same page as the “illegal immigrant” story:



We don’t get it. TDC runs a story that mocks the whole PC vibe of UCLA for eliminating a term such as “illegal immigrants,” but they you run two ads about Spanish? What are Owens and TDC trying to tell us?

This is what we want to tell them:

(h/t Roque Planas)

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

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.


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


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..

#NoMames: Congressman Says No to Immigration Reform Because Most Latinos Are “Illegal” and “Low-Skilled”

#NoMames: Congressman Says No to Immigration Reform Because Most Latinos Are “Illegal” and “Low-Skilled”

And the hits keep on coming.


In response to the news of a bipartisan immigration reform framework, Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta told a local paper the following:

It’s amnesty that America can’t afford. We have to stop people from coming in illegally. This will be a green light for anyone who wants to come to America illegally and then be granted citizenship one day. I hope politics is not at the root of why we’re rushing to pass a bill. Anyone who believes that they’re going to win over the Latino vote is grossly mistaken. The majority that are here illegally are low-skilled or may not even have a high school diploma. The Republican Party is not going to compete over who can give more social programs out. They will become Democrats because of the social programs they’ll depend on.

We are confused. Does Barletta mean that most U.S. Latinos are “illegal” and “low-skilled,” or is he saying that because the majority of the undocumented who happen to be Latino are “low-skilled” and uneducated? Whatever he meant, he needs to stop talking Hit it, Gollum.

The Latest #NoMames Award Goes to Viral Racist Meme from “American Strong”

The Latest #NoMames Award Goes to Viral Racist Meme from “American Strong”

Here is the short answer to a viral Facebook meme that has gotten over 160,000 likes and over 22,000 shares: we don't agree with you.

As for the long answer to the ignorance that is still being promoted and celebrated by the haters, here are just a few reminders:

  • Speaking Spanish doesn't make you "illegal," pendejos. It only makes us smarter than you. (Sidenote: Also learn to spell? It's "accommodate," not "accomodate.")
  • Unlike you so-called patriots, we can school you in two languages, and make more money than you because of it. Is that why you hate us so much? FYI, in case you don't know, there is a global economy going on around you. Being monolingual in this day and age is a lot like being someone with bubonic plague. You are not in high demand. Time to adapt, white American Republican male.
  • You guys still feeling a bit stung by the 2012 vote? Here's a quick reminder: the more you accept the fact that this country is changing and that (gasp) the vast majority of Americans love this country, too, the better we can heal. But if you want to just express your hate with viral Facebook memes that make you feel superior, go crazy. We promise that when the United States gets more diverse, we will still make room for you at the table. We will need the diversion.
  • Keep staying ignorant. You are just afraid of change, and instead of claiming that anyone who speaks a foreign language is unAmerican and "illegal," maybe you should educate yourselves a bit and stop manipulating your racism and hate towards your fellow Americans. But we guess you have to blame someone for your fear, right? We get it. But we won't allow it to happen. We know you are angry and feel threatened by some "illegal immigrant" bogeyman, but here's a bit of advice: less hating, more educating.
  • Yeah, we know, being Latino is the shit right now. You guys are having issues with the spotlights on Latinos. Suck it, nativist patriots. Or better still, #NoMames.
Poem: “What Does An Illegal Immigrant Look Like?”

Poem: “What Does An Illegal Immigrant Look Like?”

Palabras are powerful. You don’t have to look too far to find great examples and we were fortunate to find this gem written by Juneau, Alaska raised Christy Namee Eriksen titled, “What Does An Illegal Immigrant Look Like?’

A beautiful poem that challenges you to think and see undocumented immigrants as anything but the stereotypes that have fueled laws like SB1070 to be mandated. In times of need, in times of a voice, it seems poets are the first to respond. Even though this poem was written in 4/28/2010 it still holds truth today as it did when it was created and its important that we share such important words.

It is also good to mention that this poem was also featured on race-talk.


We here at Latino Rebels would like to extend our gratitude to Christy Namee Eriksen and thank her for such beautifully written piece.


An illegal immigrant
looks like a nickel
tails up
on the sidewalk,
fallen out of someone’s pocket.

She looks like pressed bleached sheets
on cheap beds
tucked tight,
a hundred of them
twelve stories high.

I saw one like a mango,
peeled and sprinkled with chili powder
on a stick like america,
layers cut diagonally,
a flower on Lake Street.

She looks like an amethyst grape
plucked by the millions,
stains like bruises
but she’s sorry and she loves you.

He looks like that kid
I don’t know his name
but he sits over
and his lunch stinks.

She looks like a street of Harajuku,
straight cut bang and bangles,
heavy print and bright colors
-oh my bad -
that’s Gwen Stefani!
(She might be legal.)

An illegal immigrant looks like
Chinese Exclusion 1882
Asian Exclusion 1924
Executive Order 9066
Patriot Act 2001
SB1070 five days ago

looks like an angel made of bunk beds and cells
where Chinese men write poems into the wooden wall like it could weather the wait,
looks like a store sign
in 1922
“Absolutely no dogs or Filipinos allowed”,
like 1942 spam
rolled up like an enemy
internment camp sushi.

He is a community tree in the 1930s.
Or the 1940s or the 1960s
who has seen
dead people
to climb on.

He is a boat
in 1492
sailing the ocean blue


He looks like a hill
made of bodies
covered in grass
and a playground,

like a scar
on the bottom of my feet,
still growing.

He looks like
Joseph Ileto who looked like Vincent Chin who looked like Fong Lee who looked like
your neighborhood postman, like a good husband, like a boy on a
maddening threatening five deviled bicycle,
looked like a good target, like a bad seed, like the wrong crowd, like a jap mother f**ker who stole “our” jobs,
so one by one by a hundred they
killed them


Because if you look
like the law
you look

And the rest of us are just wire cages
and a magic trick away
from knowing whose turn it is
to be the sacrificial pigeon

and it’s showtime,
all the time,
so you need to know the difference.

Christy Namee Eriksen is a Korean adoptee poet who holds a B.A. in Social Justice, concentrating in Resistance and Racial Justice. She has performed in the Twin Cities at Patrick’s Cabaret, Intermedia Arts, Hamline University, Pillsbury House Theatre, and Equilibrium’s spoken word series at The Loft Literary Center. She is a featured artist on the 2009 Minnesota Spoken Word Album of the Year, “¿Nation of Immigrants?” produced by The Loft Literary Center. She has shared the stage with Ishle Park, Mayda del Valle, Bao Phi, the Good Asian Drivers and other really cool people. She lives in Juneau and is a proud mother. For more information please visit

It’s Official: Arizona is Most Definitely the Saddest Anti-Latino State in the USofA

It’s Official: Arizona is Most Definitely the Saddest Anti-Latino State in the USofA

Acting kind of loco, no?

A long long time ago, a certain maverick senior Republican Senator from Arizona was on the verge of helping to successfully pass a bipartisan immigration reform law. This week, that same maverick, John McCain, is drinking the same Arizona loco juice that is turning The Grand Canyon State into the Grand Cannon State.

Credit © (Lalo Alcaraz)

McCain took the stage with remarks that suggested that the current wildfires in Arizona were caused by illegal aliens crossing the border. As one outlet reports:

“We are concerned about, particularly areas down on the border where there is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally,” McCain said over the weekend.

However, a federal spokesman quickly denied there was substantial evidence to support McCain’s claim about the so-called “wallow fire” — the largest in the state’s history that has already charred a half-million acres.

McCain further revealed that he was “concerned about … the border” and wildfires. Illegal immigrants, he maintained, “have set fires because they want to signal others, they have set fires to keep warm, and they have set fires in order to divert law agents and agencies from them.”

One way to fight wildfires, he said, is to “get a secure border.”

According to a Politico report, the McCain camp on Monday defended the senator, saying that he was not specifically referring to the wallow fire – although he was at the scene of that firestorm when his controversial remarks were made.

Indeed, strong winds and high temperatures are feeding wildfires across much of the southern United States. Three dozen large fires are burning through ten states.

The senator’s office continued to emphasize Monday that McCain was referring to a variety of fires close to the Arizona-Mexico border in his remarks Saturday.

Three other fires in the Coronado National Forest are close to the Arizona-Mexico border.

McCain’s office highlighted that McCain said “some of these fires” when he spoke about illegal immigrants.

“The facts are clear. For years, federal, state and local officials have stated that smugglers and illegal immigrants have caused fires on our southern border,” defended communications director Brooke Buchanan.

“During the press conference on Saturday, Senator McCain was referring to fires on the Arizona/Mexico border, not the Wallow fire,” Buchanan added.

As to any specific documented proof that illegals may have been involved with starting any past conflagations, Buchanan pointed to a study that McCain and three colleagues requested from the Government Accountability Office last summer.

The report reportedly examines the connection between wildfires caused by illegal immigrants and smugglers occurring within 100 miles of Arizona’s border with Mexico — over the last five years.

The report is due out later this year, but nothing thus far offerred by McCain in way of mitigation seems to have satisfied critics that are charging racism.

Angelo Falcon, the president of the National Institute for Latino Policy, said to CNN, “The degree of irresponsible political pandering by Sen. McCain has no limits. With the lack of evidence, he might as well also blame aliens from outer space for the fires.”