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BUSH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BLACKLISTED SAME-SEX IMMIGRATION RIGHTS GROUPS

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Wow. From The Washington Blade:

Applicants for Justice Department internships and honors programs may
have been rejected based on their membership in LGBT groups during the
Bush administration, the Blade has learned.


Numerous applicants were denied entry to the department's Honors
Program and the summer intern program starting in 2006 because of their
previous work in what were deemed to be liberal organizations,
according to an internal Justice Department report issued last year.
The practice occurred while Attorney General Alberto Gonzales led the
department.


The Blade recently learned that among the blacklisted groups was
Immigration Equality, which focuses on LGBT-related immigration issues.
Also blacklisted was the immigration project for the Gay Men's Health
Crisis.


"The findings of this Department of Justice investigation are
disturbing," said Sean Cahill, a Gay Men's Health Crisis director. "If
anything, the opportunities for interns to work on immigration law at
Gay Men's Health Crisis, and provide legal services to immigrants
living with HIV, makes one more qualified, not less, to serve in the
Department of Justice."

The chance of some positive immigration legislation for same-sex couples passing seems to be improving. The AP reports that immigration equality bills now have 100 co-sponsors in the House and 20 in the Senate. Allies now include the NAACP and the American Bar Association. Still, it is far from clear that such a measure will end up in the final immigration reform bill. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has strongly supported immigration reform, is threatening to walk away from the measure if it includes an immigration equality provision.



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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    Looks like some of the antis are not taking a break on this:

    Lawyer Leads an Immigration Fight

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/21/us/21lawyer.html?ref=us
  2. Another voice's Avatar
    The Bush administration always listen to the far conservative religious right, is this really a surprise?
  3. Brittancus's Avatar
    NO MORE FREE RIDES:
    America should rigidly adopt a "points system" on immigration reform as many industrialized countries have? Only the cream at the top of the milk, should get priority to immigrate. Simply stated people with outstanding credential, who are Ph.d in scientific research, top grade engineers and highly rated professionals, will be readily sponsored for a good paying jobs, exceptional health care, a great pension on retirement, in major industries. They are not going to become bottom feeders who take advantage of federal state and county welfare benefits. They will not be illegal pregnant Mothers who intentionally steal across the border, so the good taxpayers will support her and her instant citizenship baby. They are not the 20 plus million who are going to suck America dry, because either political party patronizes the corporate parasites that have attracted cheap labor. We can never have a balanced health care program, as long as taxpayers are forced by federal mandate to give free education, health care and a host of other benefits. The border fence must be a two layer system, that goes from Brownsville Texas, to San Diego, California--with a permanent special National Guard unit.

    E-Verify must be in-perpetuity, not voluntary, for everybody throughout the United States. Not employees who have just been hired, but everybody who is on the payroll. There should be a large formidable force of interior ICE inspectors who make lightening strikes on large and small business. The penalty for hiring illegal aliens should be extremely severe, as they are stealing jobs from Americans and legal residents. Confiscation of assets, heavy fines and certainly prison sentences. Without these pre-requisites, E-Verify will not be efficient enough. NUMBERSUSA for more details Without any question's workers in industry should have be able to call ICE, and leave a message about their suspicions of illegal activity in their working location. Those illegal workers confronted by a upgraded application in the workplace, will soon shy away from any contact with employers who stipulate the use of E-Verification. Inferior enforcement for years of neglect and inefficiency whether intentional or not by previous administration, are to blame for the incessant illegal immigration that has clogged the American labors work environment. SAY NO TO ANOTHER AMNESTY! SAY NO TO ANY PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. RESCIND THE INSTANT BIRTHRIGHT LAW. RESCIND ANY KIND OF BENEFITS TO THOSE WHO CANNOT PROVE THEIR CITIZENSHIP! NO TO IRREVERSIBLE OVERPOPULATION! ERUPT YOUR ANGER IN THE EAR OF YOUR Senator and Congressman today at 202-224-3121---BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
  4. Brittanicus? Yearning for
    "Simply stated people with outstanding credential, who are Ph.d in scientific research, top grade engineers and highly rated professionals, will be readily sponsored for a good paying jobs, exceptional health care, a great pension on retirement, in major industries"

    And many many thousand such have been working and waiting for years, even a decade for a green card. Have you ever suppoerted a provison to aid them? You precious NumbNuts USA opposes the very people you claim to support. So much for the nonsense you spout here and everywhere.
  5. Federale's Avatar
    And they got favored treatment under Clinton and Obama. Clinton and Obama blacklisted Federalist Society members not only for internships, but also for regular hiring.
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