Posted on December 1st, 2011 No comments
My Grandfather watched as his friends died in
My Father watched as his friends died in
WW II and Korea …
I watched as my friends died in
None of them died for the
Everyone died for the
In Texas , a student raised a Mexican
flag on a school flag pole;
another student took it down.
Guess who was expelled…
the kid who took it down.
Kids in high school in California were
sent home this year on Cinco de Mayo
because they wore T-shirts with the
American flag printed on them.
Enough is enough.
The below e-mail message needs to be
viewed by every American;
and every American needs to stand
up for America .
We’ve bent over to appease the
America-haters long enough…
I’m taking a stand…
I’m standing up because the hundreds
of thousands who died fighting in
wars for this country, and for the
U.S. flag can’t stand up…
And shame on anyone who tries to make
this a racist message…
Let me make this perfectly clear!
THIS IS MY COUNTRY!
And, because I make This statement
Mean I’m against immigration!!!
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE,
IN MY COUNTRY!
To come through legally:
1. Get a sponsor!
2. Get a place to lay your head!
3. Get a job!
4. Live By OUR Rules!
5. Pay YOUR Taxes!
6. Learn the LANGUAGE like immigrants
have in the past!!!
7. Please don’t demand that we hand
over our lifetime
savings of Social Security Funds to you.
If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone,
Then YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!
When will AMERICANS STOP giving away
We’ve gone so far the other way…
bent over backwards not to offend anyone…
But it seems no one cares about the
that’s being offended!
WAKE UP America !!!
Posted on April 16th, 2009 1 commentIn a forum at the L.A. Times, he expresses frustration at opinions of opponents seeking to derail the budget measures he supports on the May 19 ballot.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that the claim by some conservative activists that illegal immigration is to blame for all of the state’s fiscal problems is ignorant and bigoted.
The governor made his comments during a public forum at The Times building in downtown Los Angeles, where he expressed frustration with anti-tax organizations and others seeking to derail a package of ballot measures that will come before voters in a May 19 special election. Schwarzenegger and lawmakers placed the measures on the ballot as part of the budget agreement they reached in February.“Anyone who says you have a budget crisis because of undocumented immigrants, I would say this is a prejudiced comment rather than reality,” the governor said, challenging a claim regularly made by opponents of his fiscal plans.
Most of the ballot measures, however, are trailing in the polls.
If approved, they would put restraints on future state spending while extending the life of recently enacted tax increases on vehicles, retail sales and personal income from two to four years.The propositions also authorize borrowing $5 billion from future lottery earnings and hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to services for the mentally ill and early childhood education. Additionally, they would freeze the pay of state elected officials when there is a deficit.
If voters reject the measures, the state’s budget shortfall would grow substantially.
The governor, whose low approval ratings have analysts questioning how effective a pitchman he will be for the measures, expressed confidence that they will prevail next month. Analysts are not counting the governor out. A well-financed opposition campaign has yet to emerge, and supporters of the measures have drawn endorsements — and campaign cash — from numerous influential groups, including the California Teachers Assn.
Schwarzenegger derided opponents of the package — on the political right and left — as ideologues who seek to take the state “over the cliff.”
“If it were up to them, this state would come to an end because they would never agree on anything,” he said.
Schwarzenegger has been seeking to enact a cap on state spending since he first came to office.
Lawmakers rejected his first attempt, followed by rejection by voters in the 2005 special election.
The spending restraints are in place in several other states, creating rainy-day funds their governments have been able to dip into to blunt the impact of the economic downturn.
In response to a question about Californians getting a much smaller return on every dollar they pay in federal taxes than residents of many other states, the governor said: “I would say the California congressional delegation is less effective because Democrats and Republicans are not working together as well as in states like in Texas and in Florida.”
Posted on April 11th, 2009 No commentsA federal program pays less than 12% of the cost for noncitizen criminals. As California renews its bid for funding, some lawmakers are optimistic.Reporting from Washington — Fifteen years after Congress promised that Washington would help states pick up the tab for imprisoning illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, California is receiving but a fraction — less than 12 cents on the dollar — of its nearly $1-billion annual cost.
The unfulfilled promise is perhaps the most glaring example of the federal government shortchanging California.Officials from states greatly affected by illegal immigration long have argued that their taxpayers should not have to bear the burden for Washington’s failure to control the border.
But Congress this year provided $400 million nationwide to cover the cost of keeping illegal immigrants behind bars, less than what was provided a decade ago. In that same period, California’s share of the federal money has declined from 68% to 39%.
“California’s percentage of the total amount gets smaller and smaller each year as the issue of criminal aliens becomes more of a national problem,” said Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village).With states struggling to balance their budgets, California officials are stepping up their efforts to snag more money from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a letter to Washington lawmakers last week that boosting the funding the state receives under the program was his top priority for federal criminal justice funding.
This year, California officials may have reason to be hopeful.
Not only are several Californians in Capitol Hill leadership positions, but a number of high-ranking members of the Obama administration are on record as supporting increased funding.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, when she was Arizona governor, was a leading advocate of boosting the program’s funding, telling Congress last year to “live up to its financial obligation.”
“Secretary Napolitano understands the issue quite well,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is among a bipartisan group of border-state lawmakers pushing for more money. A number of other Cabinet members in their former jobs also supported increased funding, including Labor Secretary Hilda E. Solis, once a California congresswoman.
Faced with a mounting federal budget deficit, the Obama administration has not committed to increasing funding to cover the costs of incarcerating illegal immigrants. But at the very least, President Obama is expected to be more supportive than former President Bush, who sought to eliminate such funding.
“I’m hopeful that we’re going to get more,” said Rep. Michael M. Honda (D-San Jose), a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
The issue is expected to move center stage as Congress again considers an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws.
California officials long have complained that state taxpayers send more to Washington than they get back in federal aid and services. But the shortage of federal money for illegal immigrants held in county jails and state prisons has been an especially sore point because California is so disproportionately affected.
The state — with about 19,000 illegal immigrants in prisons, or about 11% of the prison population — is projected to receive about $111 million of its $970-million expected cost this year for imprisoning illegal immigrants.
The federal program provides for reimbursement for incarcerating illegal immigrants convicted of a felony or multiple misdemeanors. (Cities and counties separately receive federal money for housing immigrant detainees, many of whom are awaiting deportation or fighting their cases in court.)
The lack of money from Washington, along with overcrowding in the state prison system, led California officials last month to institute a policy to no longer lock up illegal immigrants on parole violations who have served their terms and then reenter the country illegally. State officials say the federal government should prosecute illegal immigrants who return to the country after deportation.
The fight to get Washington to foot the bill dates to the 1986 immigration overhaul, which authorized states to be reimbursed. No funds were appropriated.
In 1994, Congress directed the attorney general, as part of an anti-crime bill, to reimburse states for their costs to incarcerate illegal immigrants or transfer custody of the inmates to federal prison. At the time, California’s cost was about $375 million.
Boosting the funding has been difficult because the program is seen as largely benefiting a handful of states greatly affected by illegal immigration — California, New York, Texas, Florida and Arizona.
Lawmakers from other states say that any increase must be balanced against other spending and the need to reduce the federal deficit. Bush, in seeking to eliminate the appropriation, argued that the funds would be better spent to secure the border.
But other states increasingly are struggling to pay bills for housing illegal immigrants in state prisons and county jails. The Minnesota Department of Corrections, for example, spent about $19 million last year but received only about $1 million from Washington.
A measure sponsored by Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-Lakewood) that would provide federal payments to counties for incarcerating illegal immigrants accused of a felony or multiple misdemeanors — not just those convicted — passed the House last year on a voice vote. It did not come up in the Senate. Sanchez has reintroduced the bill and a similar bill has been introduced in the Senate.
Posted on March 31st, 2009 1 comment
ICE releases workers arrested in Washington raid
The Associated Press
SEATTLE Many of the 28 workers arrested by immigration agents last month in a northwest Washington raid have been released and given permission to work, in another sign of how the Obama administration is handling illegal immigration differently than its predecessor.
The raid at a Yamato Engine Specialists plant in Bellingham was the first mass arrest of immigrants since President Barack Obama took office and appeared to contradict his policy that federal agents focus more on employers who hire undocumented workers than on the workers themselves. Shortly after the arrests, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ordered a review of the raid.
The Bellingham Herald reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement gave the immigrants work permits or the option of returning to their native country.
Immigrants were released with documents advising them “that per the assistant United States attorney assigned to this case, all persons involved with the Yamato Engine Specialists … should be afforded the benefit of deferred action and an employment authorization document, valid for the duration of this case.”
ICE spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said the workers were released pending further investigation of the engine company and were given the option of work permits. She declined to comment further.
Rosalinda Guillen, executive director of the Bellingham-based immigration advocacy group Community to Community Development, said most of the workers are remaining in the area with their families, and that two were deported.
The workers were released Thursday, she said.
Guillen said workers are expecting more questioning from ICE agents, and may seek legal help.
Shirin Dhanani Makalai, Yamato’s administrative manager, declined to comment.
Workplace raids involving the arrests of hundreds of illegal immigrants at a time became almost routine in the last years of the Bush administration.