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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

DREAM ACTIVISTS SLAM PRESIDENT FOR FUNDRAISING AD

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Youth-led organization United We Dream issued a scathing letter criticizing President Obama for using his recent speech on immigration as the basis for a fundraising ad.



This week, President Obama addressed a crowd in El Paso, Texas regarding immigration Reform. DREAMers from across the country watched, waiting, and hoping to see a concrete action plan that would complement the next day's historic introduction of a bill that would bring relief to the more than 2 million Dreamers that would qualify for the DREAM Act. That same evening, President Obama sent out a fundraising email about his immigration speech. The Obama campaign email solicits for a contribution on their website and on Facebook to raise funds for his 2012 presidential campaign, using the DREAM Act.

Instead of choosing to end our pain, he has chosen to use our suffering to grow his campaign. We find this both disappointing and offensive and demand that the Obama campaign take this ad down immediately. To see the Ad click here

Leaders, activists, and supporters across the nation are angry by an immigration speech quickly followed up with a call for donations for passing the DREAM Act, asking people to pay for his leadership.

Erika Andiola, leader in United We Dream (UWD), and the Arizona Dream Act Coalition said, "The president hasn't used his power to bring relief to immigrant families, but now expects people to make donations and grant him their vote. Obama, ˇAsí no se puede!"

This Thursday, we launched a nationwide petition requesting the Obama campaign to take down these ads and focus on delivering results like stopping the deportations of DREAMers before asking for our money. Click here to sign the petition. "We Ask President Obama to take down these ads immediately and take real action in stopping our deportation as we join leaders like Senator Reid, Durbin and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Howard Berman in our fight to pass the DREAM Act," said Felipe Matos, UWD leader and member of Students Working for Equal Rights in Florida.


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  1. Jack's Avatar
    "But we have to acknowledge they've broken the rules. They've cut in front of the line. And what is also true is that the presence of so many illegal immigrants makes a mockery of all those who are trying to immigrate legally."

    The first sentence is a joke--ACKNOWLEDGE? Wow, that's a lot. Acknowledging the breaking of law while willfully not enforcing it insults those who believe in rule-of-law.

    They've cut in front of the line? Shhh...a core amnesty talking point is that they don't jump to the front of the line. Everybody knows that one's BS so at least it's nice to see Obama admit the obvious.

    The last sentence is, of course, true--but the legalization he supports makes the biggest mockery of all those who are trying to immigrate legally. Thus, a rather odd statement.


    "Regardless of how they came, the overwhelming majority of these folks are just trying to earn a living and provide for their families. (Applause.)"

    Implied message: We should just condone illegal presence. But as a sop to you "what part of 'illegal' don't understand" yahoos, we'll symbolically "acknowledge" that the law was indeed broken while we grant the mass legalization. We'll throw in a bunch of vague "musts" like "pay their taxes" and "learn English" which even if legally turn out to be required (doubtful) will be ridiculously easy to circumvent (if we bother to enforce them at all). Think about it. A government determined to make millions of people unaccountable to their immigration law is going to trip them up over window dressing? It's inconceivable.

  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    I can understand the frustration of the DREAMers but slamming Obama and demanding the EO fix is not the way to do it. Even if Obama has plans to do this he has to sell it to the public. He has to build momentum for it and make the other side soooo ridiculous(not hard to do all things considered)that he had no choice but to do that.... That takes time... the issue has to be in the public eye. People have to put this thing back on their radar even though the economy is the number one thing right now, not immigration. You are asking a sitting president to do something that may backfire on him in an election year not an easy thing to do.... He needs to spend a lot of political capital with other fights brewing like the debt ceiling and the 20122 budget. If DREAMers keep telling Obama "asi no se puede" he may tell the the same thing back, which would leave us right were we are today. Usually when people demand significance they rarely get it...DREAMers have to be careful what they wish for, they are not more frustrated than the rest of the Immigrants in the US today.
  3. Frank W.'s Avatar
    RBZ urges gold-backed Zim dollar
    15/05/2011 00:00:00
    by Business Reporter

    The central bank says the country must consider adopting a gold-backed Zimbabwean dollar warning that the US greenback's days as the world's reserve currency are numbered..."There is a need for us to begin thinking seriously and urgently about introducing a Gold-backed Zimbabwe currency which will not only stable but internationally acceptable," he said in an interview with state media.

    Read the entire article here:
    http://www.newzimbabwe.com/business-5127-RBZ+urges+gold-backed+Zim+dollar/business.aspx

    Events are indeed developing so fast...the Central Bank of Zimbabwe is ready to dump the US Dollar, therefore the repercussions are clear and indisputable: the collapse of the US Dollar is just around the corner. Another evidence that supports this assertion is the fact that the Central Bank of Mexico has recently (and quietly) purchased 100 tons of Gold.

    For those who may wonder what's the relationship between immigration and the economy, better start accepting the fact that they are inextricably linked. As stated before, focus your attention on events that are beyond the scope of immigration in order to comprehend that dramatic changes will take place in America pretty soon.
  4. Jack's Avatar
    Here are some things analysts say he can do without waiting on congressional action:


    1. Ask Congress to pair up the DREAM Act with an E-Verify Act

    Democrats in the House and Senate have re-introduced the DREAM Act, which would give a path to citizenship to children who were brought into the United States illegally, if they go to college or serve in the military. The act failed last year, but Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, an organization that advocates reducing the number of immigrants in the country, suggests the DREAM Act could be a valuable bargaining chip if paired with a law mandating E-Verify, a system that allows employers to determine employees' eligibility to work in the United States. Beck says such a pairing would "ensure that future parents aren't able to get jobs here and put their kids in that situation."

    This idea may be gaining traction in Congress. An E-Verify law is already in the works in the House, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he is open to considering the combination.


    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2011/05/12/four-ways-obama-can-move-forward-on-immigration




  5. Paul's Avatar
    Frank, seriously? Do you really believe the economy of Zimbabwe and their monetary policies will have any effect on the US? I don't think even Somalia would notice if they were to burn all their dollars...
  6. Jack's Avatar
    Another celebrity weighs in:

    "This [Georgia] law is not correct. It's a cruel law, actually," Santana said in an impromptu news conference after the ceremony. "This is about fear. Stop shucking and jiving. People are afraid we're going to steal your job. No we aren't. You're not going to change sheets and clean toilets."

    Added Santana: "This is the United States. This is the land of the free. If people want the immigration laws to keep passing, then everybody should get out and leave the American Indians here."

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jIqAE1e5BamXrrqwZkByOC1myEfQ?docId=303fb9de7b9b4e8197ed84daa6dce429


    I don't know what he said on the field but it's being reported that he was booed.
  7. Another Voice's Avatar
    " Ask Congress to pair up the DREAM Act with an E-Verify Act"

    That is the whole concept of the Antis, I heard Tancredo say the exact same thing on TV. They think with E-Verify people won't be able to get a job and they will self-deport. This will only drive people further into the ground and will make people get cash under the table, it will further exacerbate the Tax Revenue Crisis and entitlement program crisis around the country. But we are talking Jack and Numbers USA despite mounts of evidence that this is a failed strategy they will keep trying over and over.... If your country is in flames and there is not a chance of prosperity being Illegal in the US does not sound like such a bad thing... and that is exactly what people can't come to terms with...
  8. Another Voice's Avatar
    "I don't know what he said on the field but it's being reported that he was booed."

    Off course he was probably booed, people don't like to be called racist to their face!!! The truth is unconvertible and in the end there it is...
  9. Frank W.'s Avatar
    Paul states the following:
    "Frank, seriously? Do you really believe the economy of Zimbabwe and their monetary policies will have any effect on the US? I don't think even Somalia would notice if they were to burn all their dollars..."

    What portion of this paragraph you don't understand:
    "The central bank says the country must consider adopting a gold-backed Zimbabwean dollar warning that the US greenback's days as the world's reserve currency are numbered."

    Need some lessons of Micro and Macroeconomics or monetary policy? Do you know the implications of this decision as a domino effect?
    It's really disturbing when Zimbabwe says the US Dollar is worth nothing. If anyone knows what a worthless piece of paper looks like it has to be Zimbabwe, a country with the one of the highest monthly inflation rates in the world.

    Perhaps you will feel the effects of this action when you start paying $10.00 USD for a loaf of bread...for those who may wonder what's the relationship between immigration and the economy, better start accepting the fact that they are inextricably linked.
  10. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "We should just condone illegal presence."

    Nobody condones driving over speed limit, but we also don't strip people of drivers license for the lifetime for it. The punishment should be commensurate with the offense, and illegal presence is not a major offense. In fact, it is a minor civil offense, based on US laws.
  11. Paul's Avatar
    >>> What portion of this paragraph you don't understand:
    "The central bank says the country must consider adopting a gold-backed Zimbabwean dollar warning that the US greenback's days as the world's reserve currency are numbered."

    Uhmm. The part that nobody gives a rat's behind what Zimbabwe says or thinks. I don't know why it's such a difficult concept to get, but there are countries with absolutely no power, influence, and significance. For all anyone cares, Zimbabwe may not even exist. Do you know how long Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro have been saying that the US will collapse? Well... All these crazy people have one thing in common--nobody cares about what they say...
  12. Jack's Avatar
    "The punishment should be commensurate with the offense, and illegal presence is not a major offense. In fact, it is a minor civil offense, based on US laws."

    That sounds like an Eighth Amendment argument. Under your ideal immigration policy, however many people jump the border (or overstay a visa), the government must let them all stay because to expel anyone is excessive or disproportionate? That is not just de facto unlimited immigration but inconsistent with a basic characteristic of a sovereign nation--jurisdiction over persons in the country.

  13. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "That is not just de facto unlimited immigration but inconsistent with a basic characteristic of a sovereign nation--jurisdiction over persons in the country. "

    LOL! Yes, that's how in the good ole time they ruled - they had every person accounted for, in or out. Are you insane? When it was EVER possible to keep people from coming in and out other than in Eastern Germany? A country can have jurisdiction over people, but it can't choose the people. People happen to choose the country, if you have not yet noticed ;-)
  14. Jack's Avatar
    "A country can have jurisdiction over people, but it can't choose the people."


    So when it comes to immigration laws, we should just abolish the limits, categories, etc.--just accept whoever shows up? Since any attempt at control is analagous to a totalitarian state, the only legitimate alternative is immigration anarchy.
  15. Another Voice's Avatar
    "That sounds like an Eighth Amendment argument. Under your ideal immigration policy, however many people jump the border (or overstay a visa), the government must let them all stay because to expel anyone is excessive or disproportionate? That is not just de facto unlimited immigration but inconsistent with a basic characteristic of a sovereign nation--jurisdiction over persons in the country."

    Jack that is the typical republican reaction, interpret the laws that are convenient to your position and cherry pick on the ones you do not like, say like the 14th amendment. You are the one arguing for the "rule of law" well then face the fact that Immigration is a minor civil offense. Sorry you do not like it.....just like you do not like the 14th amendment, I am sure you love the 2nd amendment and the first well just when it is convenient.
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