October 7, 2007
Kucinich-Sponsored Resolution on Immigration Approved at National Latino
The National Latino Congreso, meeting in Los Angeles this weekend, unanimously passed one of two resolutions presented by representatives of the Kucinich for President campaign and will consider a second one today. The Congreso, expected to draw upwards of 2,000 Latino elected officials, community leaders, and activists from across the country, is developing a political and social action agenda for the coming year, and hopes to have a major impact on the 2008 Presidential election campaign.
The campaign of Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich is the only Presidential campaign that is officially sponsoring the Congreso. Kucinich was the keynote speaker Sunday morning at a breakfast sponsored by the Latino Vote Caucus. On Saturday, Rep. Kucinich's wife, Elizabeth, addressed a luncheon meeting on "America & the World in the 21st Century."
The resolution approved Friday night calls for the Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff's Department to shut down a telephone hotline set up to encourage people to report the whereabouts and activities of persons the callers suspect of being in the country illegally. The Congreso resolution says the hotline encourages "racial profiling and promotes discrimination of the Latino community of Maricopa County."
The second resolution deals with the "Minuteman Project," a group of individuals who patrol the U.S. border with Mexico to discourage crossings. The Congreso resolution finds that the Minuteman Project "promotes violence, hatred, racism and discrimination which are not representative traits of the honorable and just American society that has a rich legacy of immigration and inclusiveness. "
On Saturday, a group supporting the Minuteman Project picketed outside of the Sheraton Los Angeles Hotel where the Congreso is being held.
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Tracked on Oct 9, 2007 4:00:35 PM
".......undocumented as being a bona fide law enforcement agency."
That's rich, a complaint against supporters of our immigration laws, and it's done by one whose a great supporter of the undocumented. Being undocumented is ok for foreign invaders, but not for citizens. The irony is too much! I needed a good joke today. Thanks, professor.
Posted by: Horace | Oct 7, 2007 3:52:04 PM
"The group is all volunteer, raises its funds from private sources, and, while heavily armed is undocumented as being a bona fide law enforcement agency."
Without any evidence that the Minutemen have committed any crime other than cooperating with the Border Patrol, the reference to armament is merely a shameless effort to smear the reputation of these men, many of whom are veterans who've served their country well in the armed services. The professor ignores the fact that Minutemen lives are in jeopardy by acting as our national border neighborhood watch. As to heavily armed, I recall that not long ago a National Guard unit encountered a para-military with automatic weapons and was scornfully rebuked by the general public for failing confront them. Moreover, it is a widely reported fact that armed coyotes, MS-13 members, and drug smugglers roam the border area and would not hesitate to kill in support of their criminal activities. I guess the professor would have the Minutemen serve themselves up as victims to such people. Armed or unarmed, it is well within the Minutemen's legal right to be present on the border, providing that they comply with our laws. From all accounts so far, they have. Professor, remember that Constitution that you so often quote as your source of support for illegal aliens? It applies to the rights of citizens as well. If it were within his power, the professor would no doubt disarm the Minutemen, caring little whether they would become the victims of the violent border. Would that the host bloggers show as much compassion for the safety of citizens as they do for illegal aliens.
Posted by: George | Oct 7, 2007 4:36:22 PM
George, you idiot, they roam the borders toting guns looking for trouble. I support their right to assemble and to bear arms, but their "work" is intended to intimidate and incite violence undercutting the work of the law enforcement officials charged with patrolling the border.If you support the rights of vigilantes, certainly you support the constitutional right of this group to pass a resolution condemning them - just as you have a right to spew your hateful gibberish supporting them. Bless America - land of immigrants.
Posted by: jms | Oct 11, 2007 11:22:14 AM
WHEREAS the rapid increase in raids, detentions, deportations, local, county and state anti-immigrant laws have resulted in the unrelenting tragedy of migrant deaths at the border;
1. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the that organizations represented by delegates of the 2007 National Latino Congreso urge the United States pass socially just legalization, including full labor and civil rights protections and family reunification; to place a moratorium on immigration raids, detentions and deportations, as well as their eventual abolition; and
2. FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the that organizations represented by delegates of the 2007 National Latino Congreso urge the United States demilitarize the border, immigration control, and end immigration-police collaboration; to support initiatives and policies that ensure healthy and stable communities, including living wage jobs for all immigrants, working people and people of color; and
3. FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the that organizations represented by delegates of the 2007 National Latino Congreso urge the United States redistribute funding and resources away from prison-building, policing and criminalization to social, health and education services, family reunification, ending the backlog in visas and applications for permanent residency and citizenship, and full civil and labor rights protections for all persons, regardless of their immigration or citizenship status.
A moratorium and eventual abolition of all immigration law enforcement, eh? I wonder why this group approved this resolution and have such an open border philosophy? Could it be that their position is based solely on the selfish interest of bringing in more of 'their people'? Nah, just like people who profit from illegal aliens couldn't possibly be motivated by greed.
Posted by: Jack | Oct 12, 2007 2:29:31 AM