Posts Tagged ‘Reform’

21 Good Reason to Risk Deportation for the DREAM Act – Desert, Science and Hot Dogs: The Three Sonorans.

21 immigrant youth are holding sit-ins in congressional offices on Capitol Hill, risking arrest and deportation in order to draw attention to the DREAM Act, which would grant them a path to citizenship. These are their dreams – dreams that to them are well worth the risk.

Laura came to America as a 1 year old baby on Independence Day. Since then, she has finished high school, graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and become an advocate for her right to contribute to the country.

Dulce has a degree in Electrical Engineering and is a licensed realtor. She wants to start a think tank and a talent tank to resolve the world’s global issues. She says, “These are my dreams. I cannot live in political limbo for the rest of my life.”

Jose: “My mother is suffering from kidney failure. Every day she is a little closer to death. She needs the DREAM Act to allow me to be free and work. It is with this sense of urgency that I call on this nation to listen to the real voices of undocumented youth fighting for a lifeline for our families.”

Lulu: “I refuse to accept that I will never see my family again. I refuse to believe that change is not possible. I am an undocumented student and I refuse to be silenced. Today, I am fighting for my right to be free and truly be happy.”

Uriel: “When we fail to speak up, when we fail to criticize, when we fail to stand up for our ideals, and when we fail to improve the lives of those around us; it is a far greater blow to the freedom, the decency, and to the justice which truly represents this nation we call home.”

David: “The memories I have of Mexico do not feel like they are mine. They don’t feel like mine because they are from a place that is completely strange to me.”

These are just an example of the people who are protesting to become citizens of the United States, and forever leave behind an ‘Undocumented’ and ‘illegal’ status.  There are 21 great examples, of which I have provided a few to you here to check this out.

The funny thing about all of this is that these are people who have worked their asses off in and for the American system, both contributing intellectually and physically to our economy and culture every single day.  Some of these people are paying and attending classes to advance in our country, working like mules just to get a good paying job, and ultimately living up to the ever-distant ‘legal’ status and likewise, THE AMERICAN DREAM.

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Immigration detention – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In the United States, a similar practice began in the early 1980s with Haitians and Cubans detained at Guantanamo Bay, and other groups such as Chinese in jails and detention centres on the mainland. The practice was made mandatory by legislation passed in 1996 in response to the Oklahoma City bombing, and has come under criticism from organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, all of whom have released major studies of the subject, and the ACLU [13] About 31,000 non-citizens are held in immigration detention on any given day,[14] including children, in over 200 detention centres, jails, and prisons nationwide.

One of the most recent facilities to open is the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, which opened in 2006 specifically to house non-criminal families. There are other significant facilities in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Oakdale, Louisiana, Florence, Arizona, Miami, Florida, Seattle, York, Pennsylvania, Batavia, New York, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and all along the TexasMexico border.

About 104 [15] mostly young individuals have died in detention of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement or shortly afterwards during the five years between 2003 to 2008, and medical neglect may have contributed to 30 of those deaths.[16] On August 6, 2008, 34 year old New Yorker Hiu Lui Ng died in the detention of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.[17] The editors of The New York Times condemned the death and urged that the system must be fixed.[18] The Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stated that the number of deaths per capita in detention is dramatically lower for ICE detainees than for U.S. prison and jail populations, that they provide “the best possible healthcare” and that the nation as a whole is “experiencing severe shortages of qualified health professionals”[19] In May 2008 Congress began considering a bill to set new standards for immigrant detainee healthcare.[19]

Children are held in these detention facilities?  Well, that pretty much tells us how much compassion ICE has behind a major factor in our economy.

It comes as no surprise to me that there have been health related issues in these facilities.  Not even actual legalized American citizens can get proper health care… what makes us think that these people would be treated any better?  Is it not better to focus on education and implementing the 12,000,000+ illegal immigrants into our society, that which they are already contributing?  Would it not be better to stop spending money on these types of facilities, and focus on comprehensive programs that will empower people to speak and think freely in America?


‘State employees behind illegal immigrant list? – Campbell Brown – CNN.com Blogs’

(CNN) Utah officials have identified at least two state employees who are believed to be involved in creating a public listing of some 1,300 purported illegal immigrants.

Two employees of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) have been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the full investigation. The workers could face fines, termination and/or criminal charges.

Following the document’s release, Governor Gary R. Herbert directed all state agencies to conduct an internal review. The DWS quickly drew attention in light of its database, containing data for Medicaid, food stamp programs and unemployment benefits. That type of information was discovered on the list.

“When someone does business with the state of Utah, they deserve to know that their private information will be kept private,” Herbert said Friday.

The investigation comes on the heels of the 29-page list’s release on Tuesday by a group calling itself Concerned Citizens of the United States, which sent the list to several media outlets, government agencies, and lawmakers. The list contained highly personal information, including Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers and even the due dates of expectant mothers. An accompanying memo urged publication of the list and immediate deportation of those mentioned. Citing privacy concerns, all media outlets opted to withhold the names.

Herbert urged Utah lawmakers – some of whom recently began discussing a new immigration law mirroring one recently approved in Arizona – not to harp on the issue to further their political agendas.

“This is a serious public policy matter that should be discussed in a rational and reasonable manner,” Herbert said. “This ‘list’ is not something that should be used for political gain, which is something we have seen over the past week. I encourage everyone, no matter their views on immigration, to approach this with respect for all people and points of view.”

via State employees behind illegal immigrant list? – Campbell Brown – CNN.com Blogs.

WOW!  State employees behind the list… who saw that one coming?  After releasing this list to news agencies, residents, and government officials, we find that the real problem is that the government is stumbling through immigration reform instead of actively creating a pathway that works!

What this has done is created hostile citizens and non-citizens that find that they are on the list.  This is exactly like what is happening over in Arizona, as we all know to well.  The rising of deaths in the Arizona desert because of the heat, and more people are coming because of many reasons, one could be the increase in violence happening within the drug industry in Mexico.

I’m sorry to those that are affected by this list.  Both the people that are on it, and the people who think that identifying the people on this list will serve some sort of greater purpose.  Equal Rights For All!

Video – Breaking News Videos from CNN.com.

I cant believe the lady that described the so-called “people on the list.”  She basically just described everyone in the country.  : – )

Legal mixed with illegal citizens – hate-mail, death threats… we need to action on this now, and create better government reform.