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  1. How should we reward our men in uniform? Deport them of course.

    by , 06-03-2010 at 01:02 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It appears that our Government plans to deport two Bronze Star recipients who honorably served our country in the Vietnam War.  To add insult to injury, the veterans are brothers.
    Manuel Valenzuela served in the US Marine
    Corps, and his older brother Valente Valenzuela served
    with the US Army Airborne, each earning the Bronze Star.  Deportation hearings are respectively scheduled for September 2010 and January 2011.The brothers have attempted to contact President Obama, and Homeland Security
    Secretary Janet Napolitano to help them.  The response: silence.
    Simply disgusting.
    Click here to read the rest of this story.
  2. Dream Walkers Walk right into the Belly of the Beast

    by , 06-02-2010 at 06:14 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Fresh off their Miami-to-Washington trek, which ended on May 1, four Dream Walkers, Juan Rodriguez (U.S. via Columbia), Felipe Matos (Brazil), Gaby Pacheco (Ecuador), and Carlos
    A. Roa (Venezuela), yesterday stared into the eyes of the monster, and the monster blinked.  Three of the four are undocumented.

    The Dreamer Walkers paid a visit to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office in Maricopa County on Tuesday in order to discuss Arizona's immigration law with the hope of humanizing the immigration debate.

    When confronted by the spirited youth Sheriff Joe stated that although he has compassion for the plight of undocumented immigrants that he must continue to enforce the immigration laws. Arpaio rationalized his stance stating "I was elected to do a job," "My job overrides my
    compassion."

    The Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act), is designed to help undocumented youth who meet certain requirements by providing them with an opportunity to enlist in the military or go to college, which inevitably will lead to a
    path to citizenship that would otherwise be unavailable.

    I urge you to contact your representatives in Congress and implore them to back the DREAM Act.



  3. Congressman Luis Gutierrez on Meet The Press: President Obama hasn't Demonstrated the Political Will and Courage to Tackle Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    by , 06-01-2010 at 06:11 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) is at the forefront of the
    immigration debate.  He has been harshly critical of the
    President for his handling of the situation in Arizona, and for his
    failure to meaningfully address comprehensive immigration reform
    eighteen months into his presidency. He has also put his money where his
    mouth is, getting
    arrested in front of the White House while peacefully protesting the Arizona immigration law. 

    The Congressman appeared on NBC's Meet the Press last Sunday, and as always he provided clear insight into the immigration reform issue, rationally evaluating the problem.  In doing so he assessed President Obama's political will as it relates to immigration reform as follows: 

    "I don't think [President Obama] is there yet, and I think that the President has to understand that simple political soundbites is not what the American public want.  They want practical solutions.  He knows what the solution is to this issue.  He needs to demonstrate the political will and the political courage to take it on."

    Plain and simply we need more people in Washington like Congressman Gutierrez.  













  4. Obama's position on Arizona Boycott: I Don't Endorse - or Not Endorse

    by , 05-28-2010 at 05:31 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    "President Barack Obama says the decision to boycott Arizona over
    its tough new law cracking down on immigration is for private citizens,
    not the president of the United States, to decide." -Associated Press


  5. Obama to send 1,200 troops to U.S.-Mexico border

    by , 05-26-2010 at 03:56 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Who would have thought that eighteen months into the Obama Presidency that the administration's first tangible move on immigration would be to militarize the southern border.Truth truly is stranger than fiction.
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