Friday, June 5, 2009

Reid offers up more of the same

As hundreds of activists from over 200 different organizations were converging on Washington yesterday in an unprecedented campaign to push for immigration reform, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) announced his intent to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.

Reid, at a press conference with Latino leaders to discuss Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomajor, announced a renewed commitment to making reform a top priority.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday issued the most direct call yet by a Congressional leader for action this year on comprehensive immigration reform.

“As far as I’m concerned, we have three major issues we have to do this year if at all possible: No. 1 is health care; No. 2 is energy, global warming; and No. 3 is immigration reform,” Reid said after a meeting with Hispanic leaders.

Reid ruled out a gradual approach to overhauling the immigration system. And he said comprehensive reform should happen this year.

“I’m not going to deal with immigration on a piecemeal basis; it’s comprehensive reform,” Reid said.

Any legislation that comes to the Senate floor, Reid said, must address border security, expand the guest worker program so it addresses “more than agriculture,” include a pathway to legalization for illegal immigrants and include stronger penalties for companies that employ illegal workers.

Roll Call

While it's good to know that Reid intends to make good on the Democrat's campaign promise to address the issue sooner rather than later, it's hard to believe that he thinks that dredging up the same old failed policies of the past will mollify those gathered in DC this week to work for real change in a failed system.

Deaf to both the political realities on the ground, and human costs of failed enforcement policies and exploitive guest worker programs, Reid's new vision for "comprehensive reform" is no different from that pushed in the past by Bush or McCain/Kennedy.

He offers up nothing new, instead Reid falls back on the familiar triad of enforcement first, more guest worker programs, and legalization with conditions like stiff fines and English acquisition.

The leader suggested that if undocumented residents pass a series of requirements, they should be allowed to stay in the country without threat of arrest but must wait for citizenship consideration behind current applicants who have not immigrated illegally.

“I believe that what you need to do is have penalties and fines. I think they have to learn English, stay out of trouble, pay their taxes and then they don’t go to the head of the line, they go to the back of the line," Reid said.
The Hill

As always, the devil will be in the details when the legislation begins to emerge from committee, but if Reid's vision is the starting point from which this process will proceed, nothing has been learned from the failed efforts of the past.

Change is not more militarization of the border
Change is not more detention in prisons for profit
Change is not more families separated
Change is not more exploitive guest worker programs
Change is not more penalties and fines

If those in Congress and the Administration believe they can simply repackage the same old policies wrapped in a pretty blue "sí se puede" wrapper, and sell them to a public that wants real solutions to real problems, I fear they're in for a rude awakening.

And if those charged with speaking for the immigrant community believe, as they have in the past, that they must accept crumbs left on the table, they too will find that change has past them by.

There is a growing movement demanding real change, and those working towards that goal will lead the way. Those stuck in the past, tied to failed ideas, fearful of rocking a sinking boat will ultimately be left behind.


Vicente Duque said...

Tom Tancredo in Frying Pan - Gourmet Dish for the Press and Bloggers - The Little Hitler and his Army of Thugs

The Little Hitler Tom Tancredo went for wool and came home shorn. Now the Press can have a feast eating the flesh of a Clown.

Letter of Political Encouragement of Tom Tancredo to Shawna Forde ( Child Murderer )

Hitler used a lot of Racism to arrive to power, he also used Free Elections. In America a Despicable Racist Clown wanted to rule, and he also saw the opportunity of having his private army of thugs. Something like the SA Forces of Hitler ( the Sturm Abteilung or Department of Attack ).

Shawna Forde Organizes Tancredo's Meetings and Rallies :

July 1, 2007, story published by the Everett Herald further placed official Tancredo campaign staff at the event as well as Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist — whose own group’s bitter 2005 internal power struggle led to the creation of the defense corps that eventually spawned Forde’s faction.

Tom Tancredo in Frying Pan - Tancredo's Letter of Support to Shawna Forde and the Minutemen. Relationship of Tancredo to Shawna and the Minutemen

From :
"The Colorado Independent"

Tancredo linked to Minuteman group accused of Arizona double-murder

Littleton Republican sent presidential campaign staff, impassioned letter of thanks to anti-immigrant rally organized by alleged vigilante group but denies connection
By Wendy Norris,
June 18, 2009

Tancredo linked to Minuteman group accused of Arizona double-murder

Some excepts :

Her most recent link to Tancredo, the former Republican congressman from Colorado, occurred at a sparsely attended 2007 Everett rally organized by The Reagan Wing and MAD, a splinter group Forde led that was an offshoot of the more widely known Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. The event featured representatives of Tancredo’s dark-horse presidential campaign and a letter of support from the candidate himself.

In typically fiery tone, Tancredo extended his regrets for being unable to attend the “Illegal Immigration Summit”:

Dear Friends,

"I regret that I cannot tell you in person how grateful I am, but thank you.

Thank you so much for your phone calls, your emails, your contributions and everything you did to help “we the people” kill the Bush-Kennedy-McCain amnesty bill in the Senate last week. The American people have said “no” to amnesty, and now they need a president who stands foursquare with them, not one who will sell out once elected.

I am that candidate! And our campaign is the vehicle to ensure that amnesty NEVER happens!

You’re here today because you understand that every day America is under assault: There are nearly twenty million illegal aliens in the country today and before the next presidential election millions more will cross our borders, threatening our economic security, jeopardizing our national security and undermining our national culture."

The letter follows with more rants against the "Twenty Million Illegal Aliens".

More Info and Important Newspapers about Tom Tancredo :

Vicente Duque

CBS Radio said...


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Vicente Duque said...

Abundance of Idiots and Ignorants, the Top Echelon of Evolution and Born Again Friends of God.

We do not visit the Websites of Idiots but they constantly visit ours and we continuously erase their Imbecility.

The Future of America is bright, but there are bastards and idiots tattooed with Swastikas.

The Future of America is bright with kind and noble people like most I know, and I am sure that they are the majority.

Before the Election of Mr Obama as President, Franck Rich, of the New York Times, said that Americans were not as Racist as portrayed by the Media and Networks like Fox News.

And that McCain, Palin et al had a strategy of persuading People that Obama was impossible as president because of Racism. So voting for Obama or the Democrats was a waste of Time.

Some Friends ask that we blog relentlessly against all these Bastard Racists of TV Networks, and Newspapers that hide the Depredations of the Minutemen, like killing children and threatening Kindergardens.

If a drunken Mexican hits someone with a car that appears for many days in triple AAA TV schedule. But if some Racist Coward Bastards kill children and threaten kindergardens, then that is not newsworthy.

The Racists in many blogs, perhaps all blogs, including this one of yours and mine, constantly write that World Opinion doesn't matter or that Africa or Latin America does not matter, or that Europe and Asia are Garbage and do not matter.

And that the "Third World" is garbage. But they are more "Third World" Rednecks and White Trash than all the slums of Africa or Latin America.

I clarify : They are perfect stupid and ignorant idiots.

And they have to visit our Latino Dignity blogs because we do not visit theirs. Why should we visit the Blogs of Imbecile Red Necks ??.

And they try to fill our Latino Blogs with their filth, dirt and imbecility !!

So let us continue informing about these Racist Scoundrels, Minutemen Cowards, that are no different from Shawna Forde and Gunny Bush killing children.

White Trash, failed lives, filled with inferiority complexes, and self inflicted shortcomings, so that they have to patrol deserts and stare at empty screens for hours in the hope of seeing something human, and ask for alms in the hope of becoming rich by preaching hate, instead of making money in Wall Street, in Industry, Commerce, Decent Work, etc ...

Or instead of being useful in "Community Organizing" like Mr Obama that reached the Highest Presidency of the World.

Meanwhile they drink the bitterest juices and liquors of anger, frustration, desperation and even poverty.

The only riches and fortune that they have is to believe that they are the Superior Race, the Mythic "Aryans", the Highest Echelon of Evolution, the Topmost in Narcissistic Beauty.

The Fat Tattooed Bastards, killers of children and coward threateners of kindergardens.

Only an idiot like them can believe that the outside World of Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania, does not know of their Imbecility, Cowardice and Bastardy.

We never visit the blogs and websites of the Tattooed with Swastikas, of the idiots that believe to be owners of "Western Civilizations" and despisers of the "Third World", the most idiotic and stupid concepts in their minds and that only deserve a Big Laugh !!!

Let them, only them, alone and lonely, in perfect solitude and loneliness, eat their own shit.

"Patriotism is the last refuge of the Scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson

Vicente Duque