April 30, 2007
Who’s Behind the Immigration Rallies?
By Ben Johnson
FrontPageMagazine.com | March 29, 2006
BIG CORPORATIONS AND THE FAR-LEFT HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON: both like to employ cheap illegal immigrants to do their heavy lifting. The leftist media have tried to portray this weekend’s massive protests against House measures to curtail illegal immigration as the uprising of “The Other America”: forgotten, humble, hidden Hispanic members of the working poor simply demanding their “rights.” As events spanned from California to Detroit, Phoenix to Washington, D.C., the media kept up its anti-enforcement drumbeat. Although some have credited Latino DJs for the 500,000-strong illegal immigrant turnout in Los Angeles alone – and some credit is deserved – the real legwork was done by a more eclectic group of organizations: leftist labor unions, George Soros-funded agitators, Open Borders lobbyists, Roman Catholic clergy, and teachers unions.
Los Angeles predictably had the largest turnout – and the most disruptive. Half-a-million people crowded the streets demanding the “right” to flaunt this nation’s immigration laws, and underage students ran onto a California freeway, risking their lives and shutting down interstate traffic.
Andres Jiminez, director of the University of California’s California Policy Research Center, told the media, “It’s not only Latinos who are marching in the streets, its unions too: firefighters, farm workers and Hispanic students who had thought of U.S. law as protecting them and are now starting to see it as a threat to their future.”
He was right about this much: Latino organizations did not act alone. The media has failed to report that organized labor directed the illegals and minors. The L.A. Times revealed the rally’s “security” was handled by a union identified only as “Local 1877.” That would be local 1877 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the far-Left union founded by New Left radical Andrew Stern, which called for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq in June 2004 and worked in concert with Ted Kennedy to roll back anti-terrorist Homeland Security measures. According to the L.A. Times, the SEIU’s goons kindly helped “herd marchers along the route.” That was not the extent of SEIU’s help, though. The union also “coordinated the more than 100 buses that dropped off marchers from throughout California, Las Vegas and a few Southwestern cities.”
In other words, the massive rally against Homeland Security – since that is what gaining control of America’s borders would promote – was staged by a leftist labor union and staffed primarily with illegal immigrants.
SEIU did not work alone in this. It was aided by other radical or left-wing political pressure groups, including:
· Southern California Human Rights Network (SCHRN), whose members are apparently affiliated with the International Socialist Organization. SCHRN drafted a resolution in Orange County declaring, “We believe that no human is illegal and oppose the criminalization, dehumanization, and exploitation of migrants, immigrants and or economic and political refugees, by means of media, legislation, ideology, rhetoric, etc. [This] includes augmenting border patrol units, commissioning other law enforcement agencies to work in conjunction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and [includes] such policies as the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and other policies that exploit the indigenous, peasantry, and environments of countries abroad.” In other words, capitalism and any form of immigration laws are exploitative.
· Pomona Day Labor Center, which helps employers hire “day laborers.” One must presume this organization knows its employees are illegals.
· Central American Resource Center, which advocates for illegals and lobbies for the government to make a “‘presumption’ of hardship” for and grant “permanent residency” to Central American illegals.
· Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), founded in 1986 to “get as many people as possible through the amnesty program established” by Ronald Reagan.
The cause is being helped in another way by the Los Angeles Unified School District – where more than 25,000 walked out of classes: through taxpayer-subsidized lobbying courses. According to the district, students “would remain in their home rooms through the day for discussions on the immigration issue, how to influence lawmakers and the consequences of walkouts, said Rowena Lagrosa, executive officer for educational service.” (Emphasis added.)
Michelle Malkin obtained a copy of a letter Lagrosa wrote Monday to the students of the school district stating LAUSD would chauffer students to high school after they protested on the freeway. The letter states after the rally, the district “will provide buses to return students to schools when appropriate.” Moreover, “we will do everything we can to ensure that those students who do leave the campus are supervised as they leave the campus.”
Naturally, the leftist groups, illegals, and teachers unions could count on the media to cover for them. Mickey Kaus pointed out in Slate that the L.A. Times wrapped the protestors in the American flag, erasing all references to the Mexican standard, although the Mexican flag was hoisted at least as often in the crowd as Old Glory.
Gone from the media coverage, too, was mention that these protests had all the hallmarks of leftist riots of bygone days. Although depicted as nonviolent and mainstream, FrontPage Magazine columnist Tammy Bruce noted Hispanic protestors burned American flags at the L.A. rallies. Michelle Malkin has preserved some of the protestors’ other extremist messages. L.A. protestors ran onto freeways and threw rocks and bottles. LAPD Chief William Bratton – who put his men on tactical alert – said the protestors diverted police resources from fighting crime in the City of Angels. Fights broke out at protests in Watsonville, CA, and police arrested 21 minors and three adults for riotous behavior, including assaulting a police officer, in Escondido, CA.
D.C.: “Clergy” Against the Law
On Monday, the “mainstream media” reported some 300 clergy met near the Capitol for a prayer service to support illegal immigrants. The rally flyer claims these concerns sacerdotal ministers objected to legislation that would “Deny basic civil rights to immigrants.” No outlet reported this meeting was organized by the far-Left Center for Community Change, a member of the United for Peace and Justice coalition, headed by atheist and Marxist Leslie Cagan. On the CCC Board of Directors are:
Former Rep. Ron Dellums, D-CA, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee 1993-7. A letter written by a Dellums staffer to Grenada’s Marxist dictator discovered by U.S. troops as they liberated the island stated besides that toppled Marxist, “The only other person that I know of that [Dellums] expresses such admiration for is Fidel [Castro]”;
Cecelia Munoz, VP of the National Council of La Raza;
Sara K. Gould of the Ms. Foundation for Women;
Peter Edelman, a professor at Georgetown Law School, former Clinton administration official, and board president of the New Israel Fund. Today, he is perhaps best known as the husband of Hillary Clinton mentor Marian Wright Edelman. ; and
Sandra L. Ferniza, Arizona State University’s director of the Office of Public Affairs.
CCC is generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the George Soros-funded Open Society Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Tides Foundation.
Other event sponsors include:
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). A large, sometimes violent leftist organization with a history of invading welfare offices and intimidating left-wing groups it perceives as “rivals.” In 2003, the group supported a resolution condemning the U.S. liberation of Iraq. ACORN’s would-be platform calls for the establishment of socialism in the United States. It founded the socialist Working Families Party in 1998 and endorsed Hillary Clinton’s senate campaign two years later.
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Although it has long presented itself as a benign Quaker organization, the AFSC has a multi-decade history of supporting unilateral disarmament and aiding Communist regimes, even eulogizing the head of a Tanzanian Communist party 13 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. AFSC signed a document days after 9/11, saying the terrorist attacks should be treated as a police matter. It has for decades promoted the “rights” of illegal workers.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Steve Brown and Chris Coon reported, “José Velez, the head of LULAC 1990-1994 used his “special status with the INS” to submit false papers for over 6,000 illegals seeking amnesty.” LULAC is today associated with race-based Affirmative Action programs and often allied with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. As I noted in my book, 57 Varieties of Radical Causes, Teresa Heinz Kerry awarded a Heinz Family Foundation grant to MIRA. In June 2002, MIRA instructed its members, “Please do NOT aid people in applying with INS unless you are familiar with their immigration history and are certain they would not be at risk of deportation by doing so.” (Emphasis theirs.) Immediately after 9/11 a MIRA press release asked people to “Refer local Arab, Muslim, and affected groups to MIRA.” They also advocate for illegals to receive in-state college tuition rates.
National Council of La Raza, a race-based organization that signed the “Statement of Solidarity with Migrants,” calling on the government to recognize the contributions of illegal immigrants to the labor market. It calls reduced welfare payments (to illegals), ““a disgrace to American values” and has firmly opposed numerous Homeland Security measures; and
The Gamaliel Foundation, a leftist organization inspired by Saul Alinsky. In addition to lobbying for illegal aliens, this member of the “Religious Left” hosted a campaign event in 2003 featuring Sen, Russ Feingold, D-WI, and then-presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.
The event was another attempt for the Left to wrap its message in clerical garb, this time executed successfully.
Also on Monday, several hundred underage students in Phoenix staged a walkout that culminated with protests at the state Capitol. Underreported was the role played in the rallies by MEChA, a radical Hispanic organization demanding the U.S. government give the Southwestern portion of the United States “back” to Mexican-Americans for the establishment of a new state called Aztlan. MEChA promotes its agenda alongside the National Council of La Raza, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and the American Friends Service Committee.
A sense of MEChA-like entitlement pervaded the entire rally, as an illegal alien told the media:
I’m not a criminal. I’m a good person and I deserve a quality education. That’s why I’m here. To show that I’m willing to work toward that goal and that I’ve earned that right.
She did not elaborate on how she “earned” the “right” to illegally cross the border and access taxpayer-subsidized services restricted to U.S. citizens.
Last Friday, tens of thousand of Georgians, including not a few illegals, staged a “sick-in” to protest a bill that passed the state house the day before. CNN reported, “That bill, which has yet to gain Senate approval, would deny state services to adults living in the U.S. illegally and impose a five percent surcharge on wire transfers from illegal immigrants.” Not only do immigrants have the “right” to live in Georgia illegally and collect government services, they also have the “right” to use Western Union without paying an extra five cents on the dollar. That’s some willingness to contribute to one’s home country. These are supposedly the minority members willing to work tirelessly to help their host country at jobs no one wants.
FrontPage Magazine columnist Allan Wall – whose National Guard brigade recently returned from serving our country in Iraq – has pointed out the Georgia protest’s organizer, Teodoro Maus, acted as Mexico’s consul general in Atlanta for 12 years. During that time, this Mexican government official protested Georgia’s declaration of English as the state’s official language, opposed a talk show host who supported border enforcement, and petitioned the Peach State to issue drivers licenses to illegals. Maus’ involvement raises the question whether Friday’s unofficial labor strike had the sanction of the Mexican government.
Yesterday, area school districts estimated 4,000 students walked out in Dallas-Ft. Worth alone, staging a violent and disruptive rally to sanctify their illicit status.
Media accounts specify: “At Kiest Park, about 1,500 students from Dallas and Grand Prairie schools demonstrated. Dallas police outfitted in riot gear moved in on the crowd after some of the students started throwing rocks and bottles at a woman who staged a one-person counterprotest.” (Emphasis ours.)
Protestor Francisco Rojas, speaking in Spanish, told The Dallas Morning News, “It’s like an animal that’s waking from many years of sleep. We are very strong, and right now is our opportunity.”
These minor students then processed into a city council meeting, waving Mexican and El Salvadoran flags. To her credit, Councilwoman Elba Garcia courageously commandeered a police PA system to tell the truants to go back to school (where Dallas school officials said this week’s walkouts will be an unexcused absence).The warning came too late for one girl, whose hand was severed as a result of an accident that took place at the walkout.
Undeterred by the violence and harm done to their children’s education, leaders in the Open Borders Lobby set out plotting their next move. “At a dinner meeting of the Latino group LULAC, leaders announced a major rally on April 9. ‘We are going to be having, hopefully it will be the largest civil rights demonstration in the history of Dallas, Texas – 100,000-plus,’ said LULAC representative Domingo Garcia.”
No word on how many lone women will be battered the next time Mexican citizens exercise American First Amendment rights.
These massive gatherings of illegals, who denounced their government unmolested by police or immigration officials, had an immediate impact – on legislation and on border security.
Reporter Sara Carter of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin says since these protests, border patrol agents have reported an explosion in illegal crossings from Mexicans (and others) keenly observing the Senate debate and emboldened by same. Some were under the impression amnesty had already been granted and hoped to be the first to take part in the second California Gold Rush. 
The rallies had a political impact, too. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-CO, stated on Monday:
The immigration rallies over this weekend and today show how disordered our immigration system has become. For years, the government has turned a blind eye to illegal aliens who break into this country. It isn’t any wonder that illegal aliens now act as if they are entitled to the rights and privileges of citizenship.
As a sign of their political impact, Republicans immediately began discussing the potential threat their political careers face from an Hispanic backlash, should they have the temerity to pretend the United States is a sovereign nation with definable political boundaries.
Leftists and illegals began their massive protest – because they saw U.S. law “as a threat to their future” – the same day the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would allow illegals to attain American citizenship without facing deportation by a 12-6 vote. John McCain joined forces with Ted Kennedy to promote this amnesty measure. “It is not amnesty,” said Ted Kennedy, who has a 41-year history of fibbing about immigration bills.
The Judiciary Committee yesterday approved Dick Durbin’s amendment granting amnesty to individuals and non-profits that provide non-emergency aid to illegal immigrants. The committee had previously approved Durbin’s amendment to drop illegal immigration to a misdemeanor offense.
These measures are at odds with the will of the American people. According to the Associated Press, 59 percent of Americans oppose laws allowing illegal immigrants to apply for guest worker status, and 62 percent oppose easing the path to U.S. citizenship for those who are here illegally.
Americans know illegal immigrants account for nearly one-third of all inmates in federal prisons and add millions of dollars to their tax load every year. Even Mother Jones magazine exposed the health dangers posed to border towns throughout America, as a result of uninsured illegals bankrupting local hospitals – six years ago.
Americans cannot comprehend why Congress feels a need to add a guest worker program to mollify these disruptive, violent, lawbreaking protestors, who are occasionally political radicals and overwhelmingly individuals who are in violation of U.S. immigration law. What makes Congressmen think those whose first action in this country was to break the law will suddenly obey their newest futile measure?
These illegals claimed they marched to demand their “rights.” Those would amount to the right to a speedy trial, followed by rapid deportation. Illegal aliens have no additional rights under our Constitutional system, nor should they be given any. A more inspired leadership, with a requisite number of border patrol agents and paddy wagons, would have made these massive rallies an instructive object lesson in the enforcement of immigration law. Instead, political cowardice has transformed them into international exhibits of American impotence and paralysis.
1. “Scarborough Country,” MSNBC. March 28, 2006.
We need short respectful letters to the Georgia Labor Commissioner before Thursday AM!
Public Hearing Thursday morning in Atlanta.
All: It is, and has been since 1986, a federal offense to knowingly employ an illegal alien. ( See USC 8 1324) It is also a federal offense to work in the U.S. without authorization and/or legal immigration status.
It is a federal crime to lie on an I-9 employment form …as it is to use fraudulent documents.
The state and local governments here in Georgia are all employers…( I know, DUH.)
Last year we all worked very hard to get Georgia state Senator Chip Rogers’ Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act ( SB 529) through the legislature and signed into law. We win…Jerry Gonzlaez, Sam Zamarripa, Teodoro Maus and the rest of the illegal alien/open borders lobby lose.
So did the criminal employers who fought us on SB 529. One of the things SB 529 does is to require that contractors doing any state business use the available federal tools to verify that their newly hired employees are eligible to work in the United States.
Section 2 ( Basic Pilot Program) provides that on or after July 1, 2007, all public employers and those working on public contracts must begin to register and participate in the federal work authorization program. This program is operated by the Department of Homeland Security and verifies the legal status of a person to be employed in the United States
Doing so is a great start on stopping taxpayer dollars from going to illegal labor and opening up jobs for us pesky Americans..at American wages.
SB 529 is going into effect on July 1, 2007….just two months from now. It is easy to understand what SB 529 does if you just remember this: It merely dictates that existing federal law must be obeyed and enforced in Georgia. I know…what a concept.
I am telling you all of this because now that the state of Georgia is required to obey the law in SB 529…a lot of people are trying very hard to convince the powers that be on the state level that compliance with the law is somehow unfair, extreme, mean-spirited, yada, yada, yada…
This Thursday, May 3 at 10:00 AM the Labor Commissioner will hold a public hearing in Atlanta to get public feedback – including from the employers who do business with the state – on the proposal that the Labor Department comply with SB 529, and federal law.
Part of that proccess says that all contractors doing business with the state sign a sworn affidavit that they are enrolled in and using the federal Employment Eligibility Verification program…now called Basic Pilot.
False swearing is also a crime.
WE NEED LETTERS TO THE LABOR COMMISSIONER SAYING THAT THE AFFADAVIT IS A GOOD IDEA AND THAT HE MUST ENTHUSIASTICALLY ENFORCE THE LETTER AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW – SB 529…we need them to go out before end of business Wednesday, May 2.
My own letter is posted below. The announcement from the Labor Commissioner’s office is linked here.
PLEASE E-MAIL a short letter to the Labor Commissioner – be polite – to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner of Labor – Georgia April 8, 2007
Mr. Michael L. Thurmond
Re: New rules SB 529/Public Hearing
I write to urge you and your office to stand firm and hold the legal ground against the sure to come resistance from the powerful business lobby to meeting the requirements set forth in the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act (SB 529) going into effect on July 1, 2007.
As you know, SB 529 does nothing more than require compliance with long existing federal law, including requiring the state of Georgia and its contractors as employers to do the same.
Under the language of 8 USC 1324, it is a federal felony to employ workers who lack federal authorization for employment in the U.S. This applies to people who lack legal immigration status because of entering the United States illegally or having overstayed a visa.
The free and easily accessed Basic Pilot Program ( Employment Eligibility Verification – EEV) has been available nationwide since 2004 and has recently been upgraded to insure even more accuracy when used by employers who strive to comply with federal, and now state, law.
The requirement that Basic Pilot be used to verify employment eligibility of all newly hired employees by the state of Georgia and contractors doing any business with the state is designed to insure that taxpayer dollars do not go to pay wages to (newly hired) black market labor.
Use of the affidavit designed to require contractors to swear that they are using the EEV, under penalty of false swearing – a felony – is a very effective tool aimed at compliance with Section II of SB 529. Your office should be congratulated for implementation of the affidavit process.
The citizens of Georgia, myself included, are watchfully confident that your office will continue to approach enforcement of both the letter and spirit of the law – and the sworn affidavit – with vigor and enthusiasm.
It is my intention to attend the public hearing on May 3, 2007 to say as much.
President, The Dustin Inman Society
I think that you need to stop and think about the statements you are making before you speak. Your words are both cold and full of non-sense. Those “illegal ALIENS” as you call them are human too, they are just not American, and I as an American belive you should give them the same respect you would want. How would you like for someone to speak about you the way you speak about them? Are you so much better than they are because you’re an American??? I don’t think so and I am an American born and bread in the south and proud of it…. but that doesn’t give me a right to spit harmful words out as if I’m a complete moran like you have!!!! I would never ever ever vote for and idiot such as yourself….for all I know you would sooner see me killed than protect a border from people that are just trying to live a life that is prosperous so you sir with no respect for you or your words should watch your mouth a lot better. How far do you expect to get with that ignorance you are speaking?
Thanks for writing Samantha, we need people like you to write more often…now back to your rocket science work dear. dak
April 29, 2007
DUI illegal kills pedestrian week after given probation
Hit-and-run follows suspension of sentence for conviction in 2006 drunk-driving arrest
Posted: April 28, 2007
6:30 p.m. Eastern
World Net Daily
If Luciano Melendres had been deported to Mexico following his 2006 arrest for driving drunk – or even if a judge last week hadn’t suspended his six-month jail sentence and given him 12 months probation – Dacus Lamont Sims, 32, would be alive today.
As it is, Melendres is back in jail for a second offense, this time charged with DWI, felony hit-and-run, driving with a license revoked, not having insurance and a registration violation, the Charlotte, North Carolina, Observer reported.
Sims, who was hit while crossing a Charlotte street earlier this week, died at the scene.
Melendres continued to a friend’s home and was found because a driver who saw the accident followed his car and contacted police. The illegal alien, who has lived and worked in North Carolina for at least 13 months, denied involvement when questioned by officers.
“Why do they let this man constantly drive?” asked Joset Sims, the victim’s sister. “If this gentleman is an illegal immigrant, and he was charged with DWI, why did they not deport him?”
When Melendres was arrested for the first offense in March 2006, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office had not yet instituted detainee screening to determine whether prisoners were in the U.S. illegally, resulting in his release. It is unclear whether the court was aware of his status as an illegal alien when it suspended his jail sentence last week and released him on probation.
The sheriff’s new screening program identified more than 900 illegal immigrants passing through the jail between April and November last year. DWIs – the most common count – accounted for 190 of the arrests. Traffic violations, in second place, totaled 176 counts.
WND has reported on the growing list of illegal immigrants who have not only ignored U.S. immigration laws, but state laws against drinking and driving as well, killing innocents on the highways in the process, including:
Alfredo Ramos: A Mexican national in the U.S. illegally, Ramos was convicted of driving while intoxicated last year, but that didn’t keep him from being behind the wheel after a night of drinking last weekend – and now two teenage girls are dead because of it. According to police, Ramos, 22, slammed the 1998 Mitsubishi he was driving into the rear of a 1994 Plymouth driven by Allison Kunhardt, 17, Friday night in Virginia Beach, Va. Kunhardt and her best friend Tessa Tranchant, 16, were stopped at a traffic light when they were hit from behind. Although both wore seat belts, both died – one at the scene and one after arriving at the hospital. Ramos, charged with manslaughter for the two deaths, was convicted last year of public drunkenness in Virginia Beach and driving under the influence in Chesapeake.
Carlos Prieto: Suspected illegal alien from Mexico was held in the Salt Lake County jail after running a red light and broadsiding a family of six, killing three, on Christmas Eve 2006. The charging documents say his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit. The Ceran family, active in local theater and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were returning home after attending a performance of Dicken’s “The Christmas Carol,” which featured several family members, when their car was struck by a truck driven by Carlos Prieto. The crash killed Cheryl Ceran, 47, and two of her children, 15-year-old Ian and 7-year-old Julinna. Cheryl Ceran’s husband, Gary Ceran, 45, and their 19-year-old daughter, Clarissa, and 12-year-old son, Caleb, were injured.
Eduardo Raul Morales-Soriano: When this illegal alien, working as a landscaper in Maryland, killed Marine Cpl. Brian Mathews, 21, and his date, Jennifer Bower, 24, on Thanksgiving night, 2006, it wasn’t his first accident where alcohol was apparently involved. Nine months before, he was issued four citations and sent home with a friend after a single-car accident when he refused a Breathalyzer test. A policeman’s error resulted in Morales-Soriano – who took advantage of North Carolina’s easy rules to obtain his driver’s license in 2004 – getting his license returned. On the night he killed the young couple, police say his blood alcohol level was measured at .32 – four times the legal level in Maryland for intoxication. Mathews had served 8 months in Iraq and completed another tour of duty in the Pacific.
Chief of Police Ernest V. Mendoza
Guillermo Paniagua: This 29-year-old Mexican construction worker, living in the U.S. illegally, already had 4 DUI arrests when he slammed his pickup, head-on, into the car driven by Needville, Texas, Independent School District Chief of Police Ernie Mendoza on Jan. 19, 2007. Mendoza died instantly and Paniagua, suffering only cuts and bruises, fled the accident scene into the night. The police officer left behind a wife and four children. Paniagua now he faces first-degree felony murder charges, and failure to stop and render aid.
Gustavo Reyes Garcia
Gustavo Reyes Garcia: Fourteen previous arrests – including four DUIs – didn’t keep illegal alien Gustavo Reyes Garcia off the road June 8, 2006, when he slammed his SUV into a sedan driven by Sean and Donna Wilson of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., killing them both. Garcia short-circuited the criminal trial for two counts of vehicular homicide while intoxicated and evading arrest by pleading guilty on April 9, 2007. “It was the case that brought to our attention … the flaw in the system,” Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said.
Hector Velazquez-Nava: This 24-year-old Mexican national living in Los Angeles reportedly had a 0.24 percent blood-alcohol level – three times the state level to be considered drunk – about the time he drove his SUV head on into a car driven by ‘A Christmas Story’ director Bob Clark, killing him and his 22-year-old son at the scene. Velazquez-Nava was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular manslaughter for the April 4, 2007, accident. According to reports, Velazquez-Nava didn’t have any previous deportations but had been convicted in 2004 in Los Angeles of soliciting a prostitute, for which he received 24 months probation and a $1,500 fine after pleading no contest.
Isidro Pena Soto: Passing on one of Northern California’s most deadly highways, Soto slammed head on into the pickup truck driven by Kent Boone, a 32-year-old pipe fitter on his way to work and father of five. Pena, who had been arrested or convicted at least nine times since 2003, has been charged with second-degree murder.
Deputy Loren Lilly
Joel Perea and Maurilio Herrera: Police took this death hard – it was one of their own. Deputy Loren Lilly, who had been with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office for 18 years, was pronounced dead at the scene after his Honda Accord flipped several times after being struck by a Ford Taurus driven by Perea. “Obviously, being in law enforcement, none of us wants to roll up and see one of our fellow officers or deputies on the scene as well,” said one cop. 27-year-old Perea and his passenger, Herrera, 23 fled the scene before being captured.
Jorge Humberto Hernandez-Soto
Jorge Humberto Hernandez-Soto: Police say was driving more than 100 mph on the wrong side of Interstate 485 when he collided head-on with the car of 18-year-old Min Soon Chang, a freshman from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, killing him. According to authorities, the illegal alien had already been sent back to Mexico 17 times and convicted of impaired driving at least a couple of times before the November 2005 crash.
Jose Trejo Encino
Jose Trejo Encino: The 27-year-old illegal alien from Mexico admitted to deputies, at the scene of the November 2006 single car accident that killed one of his passengers and injured another, “to drinking a 12-pack of beer earlier in the night,” but not before first trying to throw the cans of beer he still had in his car into the woods before police arrived.
Luis Oscar Garcia: Police said Garcia had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and that his pants were soaked with a liquid that indicated the presence of alcohol when he ran a red light and killed 18-year-old James F. Rogers Jr. of North Jackson, Tenn., in August 2006. The 24-year-old Mexican had been living in the U.S. without a green card for three years.
Marcos Ramos Medina
Marcos Ramos Medina: The 35-year-old Mexican had twice been deported when, on Aug. 4, 2005, his car swerved several times across the center line, causing a tractor-trailer rig to jackknife in Yakima, Wash. His car then plowed head-on into the 2000 Lexus driven by Peggy Keller, 53, dean of distance education at Yakima Valley Community College, killing her at the scene. Medina, who was found to have at least eight aliases and falsely identified himself at his first court appearance, escaped serious injury. The case against the Mexican national was declared a mistrial in August 2006 because his constitutional right to remain silent had been violated. It took a second jury only 30 minutes to find Medina guilty three months later.
Miguel Garduno Gonzalez: The 43-year-old was accused of causing an accident near Lakeland, Fla., on Aug. 2, 2006, that left Haines City police officer Phoenix Braithwaite, 24, dead. Gonzalez was driving a van that while passing two trucks on U.S. 17-92 in Osceola County near the Polk County line hit the officer, who was on his way to work. Braithwaite, who was riding his motorcycle, was hit head-on and died at the scene. Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant, was not hurt and fled the scene. Two passengers in the van also were not hurt also are illegal immigrants. Gonzalez was being held without bail and the two others were held as material witnesses.
Pastor Rios Sanchez
Pastor Rios Sanchez: Despite having pleaded guilty to driving without a license in 2005, and similar counts in March and April of 2006, Sanchez was still on the road on Oct. 27, 2006, when he crossed the yellow line near Sanford, N.C., and collided head-on with a stationwagon carrying Helen Meghan Hughes, 22, of Summerville, S.C., Jennifer Carter, 18, of Jacksonville, N.C., and Hughes’ stepbrother, 16-year-old Ben Leonard. All three were killed. The 55-year-old illegal alien was allegedly drunk and carrying a forged residency card.
Ramiro Gallegos: In July 2005, Gallegos had already been charged on three separate occasions with drunk driving. His fourth offence caused the death of Scott Gardiner of Mount Holly, N.C., a father of two young children, when the Mexican citizen’s truck struck Gardner’s station wagon as he drove his family to the coast for vacation.
Vitalina Bautista Vargas bids farewell to husband in court (courtesy Chattanoogan)
Vitalina Bautista Vargas: Neighbors of Louella Winton said the van driven by Vargas, an illegal alien from Mexico, never slowed down before plowing through Winton’s home, knocking the 91-year-old woman, who had been asleep in bed, against the wall of the house next door and leaving her under the vehicle outside the house. Winton died of complications from her injuries.
As WND has reported, the mayhem on America’s highways isn’t limited to illegals who drive only while intoxicated.
Little caution, critics say, is being exercised when it comes to preventing mayhem on America’s highways as the country witnesses record high numbers of unlicensed, unregistered, uninsured drivers – millions of whom are illegal aliens.
While no one – in or out of government – tracks traffic accidents caused by illegal aliens, the statistical and anecdotal evidence suggests many of last year’s 42,636 road deaths involved illegal aliens.
A report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study found 20 percent of fatal accidents involve at least one driver who lacks a valid license. In California, another study showed that those who have never held a valid license are about five times more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than licensed drivers.
Statistically, that makes them an even greater danger on the road than drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked – and nearly as dangerous as drunk drivers.
Here for entire story…
I attended the RALLY and loved it. My boyfriend, my niece, and I drove from Pittsburgh, PA… We had our flags and bumper stickers.. The speakers were great. I wish we could had started at 12noon and ended at 6pm… That would had been fun and we could have had more speakers…
PC Madness in Iowa, from The Hawkeye
Man says word cost him a job
Law allows Iowa employers wide latitude to terminate work.
By NICHOLAS BERGIN
German, Spaniard, Canadian, Chilean.
Do those words offend you? Are they words that identify a group of people?
How about a generalization involving such groups, such as: all Canadians eat fish. Does this offend?
Let’s say, you are offended. What consequences should follow? Is a stern warning deserved? Sensitivity training? How about a job?
Pipe welder Bill Hen– deley Jr. said he was fired from his job Wednesday for using the word “Mexican” in describing a person from Mexico at a group safety meeting.
Hendeley said he has worked for Fagen Inc., an engineering and construction company based in Granite Falls, Minn., off and on for the past 10 years. The company is building an addition to the Big River Resources ethanol production plant in West Burlington.
Hendeley, who recently moved to Burlington, said he has never been fired, has never even been reprimanded for making inappropriate comments, and co–workers describe him as a model employee.
At a group safety meeting Wednesday, however, Hendeley singled out supervisors and a Hispanic worker for smoking in inappropriate places. Smoking is only allowed in a designated area across the road from the plant.
“I guess if you’re a supervisor or a Mexican, you can smoke anywhere you like,” Hendeley reportedly told an Hispanic safety supervisor.
Several days earlier, a Caucasian worker was suspended by a Hispanic supervisor for smoking in the parking lot of the plant, said Jeff Kokemiller, a Fagen employee.
Following the suspension, Hendeley and his co–workers said they observed supervisors and a Hispanic woman smoking in trailers near the plant.
Hendeley said he simply was pointing out discrepancies in policy enforcement.
After the safety meeting, Hendeley was called to a private meeting with the safety supervisor and two other managers to discuss his comments, and was fired shortly after, he said.
“We don’t support discrimination on our job site,” said Chad Warner, Fagen project supervisor. Warner declined to comment on the case further.
Hendeley asked the safety supervisor if calling someone from Mexico a Mexican offends him. The supervisor answered “yes,” according to Hendeley.
Iowa is a right–to–work state, which means as long as a company is not in violation of civil rights laws, employers can terminate employment at anytime, for any reason, unless the employee is covered by a union contract. Hendeley is not a member of a union.
“You can be fired today because you come in and your hair is purple,” said Kerry Koonce, an communications director with Iowa Workforce Development.
Hendeley said he’s not angered by the firing but simply baffled. He said he can find work elsewhere.
“There are several other words you could use that would be slander, but I didn’t use those,” Hendeley said. “It’s like calling someone from Italy an Italian. Where does it stop?”
The issue may not have been his choice of words, but his decision to single out a group of people, according to Ann Jones, a socio–cultural professor at Iowa State University.
“It is very much a perceptual thing … there are many ways of offending people,” Jones said.
Jones said all employers should have policies regarding discrimination in place, educate workers about those policies upon hire, have periodic reminders about what is not acceptable and allow workers to appeal disciplinary actions.
Hendeley said company policy requires employees be given both verbal and written warnings about offensive behavior before being terminated. He feels cheated by his employer’s decision to forgo that process.
Officials at the business’ central office did not return messages for comment.
HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE
Frosty Wooldridge on AmericanChronicle.com
April 28, 2007
This week, in Washington, DC, 35 national radio hosts, led by Roger Hedgecock, descended on our nation’s capital to expose the illegal alien amnesty being promoted by George Bush.
Known by various names, the Kennedy-McCain Amnesty Bill, it allows 20 million illegal aliens immediate amnesty along with a pathway to citizenship. This amnesty does not differentiate drug dealers, terrorists, child molesters, alcoholics or anti-American immigrants. It requires no minimum standards as to education, loyalty to the United States or intentions. Exactly like the 1986 amnesty, it solves nothing. Ironically, it encourages further massive immigration without securing America’s borders.
On Sunday, D.A. King of Atlanta, Georgia kicked off the event by hosting www.TheDustinInmanSociety.org anti-illegal alien rally. Top speakers from all over the United States presented their views within yelling distance of the White House in Lafayette Park. The crowd carried banners and waved Old Glory.
Policemen on horseback separated counter-demonstrators from the King rally. Of special note, those same demonstrators yelled out names such as ‘racists’ at King’s audience. Their name-calling fell on the ears of a rainbow of Americans of every race, creed and color.
Roger Hedgecock, Terry Anderson, Jason Mrocheck, Colonel Al Rodriguez, Lupe Moreno, T.J. Bonner, William Gheen, KC McAlpin, Peter Gadiel, Roy Beck, Joyce Kaufman, Rick Oltman and others spoke on every aspect of America’s greatest dilemma since the Civil War.
Hedgecock provided sobering news as to the impacts of an amnesty. Few Americans realize the impact of adding 70 million immigrants in 30 years. Anderson, a gifted and fiery speaker, talked about all Americans becoming victimized in their schools, medical systems, crime and drugs by illegal immigration, and Gadiel talked about the dangers of another terrorist attack that took the life of his son.
Each speaker covered a wide array of America’s rampant illegal alien crisis.
While the King crowd cheered, the counter-demonstrators hurled insults, blasted air horns and advocated for anarchy in favor of illegal aliens.
As each speaker presented added viewpoints, a story unfolded before the audience. “We’re importing massive poverty,” Roy Beck said. “We don’t know who we’re allowing into our country or their intentions,” said Peter Gadiel. “We make our own people lose jobs,” said Lupe Moreno. “Our way of life and legal systems suffer from this invasion,” William Gheen said. “Our borders remain open to terrorists, “T.J. Bonner said. “Name one advantage to adding 100 million people to the United States by 2040?” asked Frosty Wooldridge. “Every American becomes a victim of this invasion,” Terry Anderson said. “We’re victims in our schools, at our hospitals, at tax time as we pay for their food stamps, schooling, medical costs, drunken driving that kills our loved ones. What more does it take to wake our leaders up?”
While the speakers recited facts, the counter demonstrators hurled emotions. In the end, we all face a ‘Human Katrina’ of gargantuan proportions. Emotions won’t solve it; realistic choices will!
America cannot continue adding unending immigrants without consequences.
Wikipedia helps us as we allow the magnitude and depth of the personal impacts to sink in here;
In the context of human societies, overpopulation occurs when the population density is so great as to actually cause an impaired quality of life, serious environmental degradation, and/or long-term shortages of essential goods and services. This is the definition used by popular dictionaries such Merriam-Webster.
Overpopulation is not merely an imbalance between the number of individuals compared to the resources needed for survival, or a ratio of population over resources, or a function of the number or density of individuals, compared to the resources (i.e. food production) they need to survive.
It is rather a situation of shortage of resources and elbow-room that must be caused by population, and not by other factors. This is because such an imbalance may be caused by any number of other factors such as bad governance, war, corruption or endemic poverty.
Each human-crowding factor creates an agitation, a gnawing and bothersome affect that is difficult to describe— until you venture to a pristine natural area, and begin to breathe deeply.
Are we squeezing together to make room for the unfortunates of the world who have overpopulated themselves into a squeeze-play of their own choosing? At what point does immigration from an impoverished world end? It doesn’t!
Never in the history of the United States have American citizens faced such an ominous situation. The Romans ignored their immigration invasion, which cost them their civilization.
D.A. King wrapped up the event with a call to action during the “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” week in Washington, DC.
April 28, 2007
Organizers of immigration march clashing over tacticsDaniel González
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 28, 2007 12:00 AM
The broad coalition that organized the major march in downtown Phoenix a year ago to drum up support for legalizing undocumented immigrants has disintegrated into a feud over power, money and control.
That discord will mean a far smaller crowd when supporters stage another march on Tuesday. Organizers expect 5,000 to 10,000 people to march from the state fairgrounds to the state Capitol. That will be just a fraction of the more than the estimated 100,000 who packed the same route with a river of humanity on April 10, 2006.
The march is one of several events planned for Tuesday in cities around the country. The goal is to press Congress to pass reforms this year after failing to do so last year. But, like the march in Phoenix, those events are not expected to draw the massive crowds of last year, a sign that the immigration-reform movement has become more divided as Congress prepares to once again take up the contentious issue, including what to do with the estimated 11 million to 12 million immigrants in the country illegally. advertisement
Organizers of the Phoenix march say they expect a lower turnout because of the climate of fear created by an increase in work-site raids, deportations and local police working with federal authorities to arrest illegal immigrants. That has made undocumented immigrants more reluctant to come out of the shadows and march openly the way they did last year, organizers say.
But behind-the-scenes clashes over the details of an immigration-reform bill have fractured the dozens of labor unions, churches, immigrant groups and Latino organizations that united under the We Are America/Somos America coalition, which organized last year’s demonstration, the largest in Arizona history.
Reform groups also have clashed over tactics, leadership and fundraising methods. As a result, the We Are America coalition has opted to sit this march out. So have the Service Employers International Union, which provided much of the organizing muscle for last year’s march, and La Campesina, a popular Spanish radio station.
That has left only a small core of groups to plan, organize, raise money and publicize Tuesday’s march.
Read the rest here.
Newton Citizen ( Newton County Georgia)
April 27, 2007
Newton GOP hosts anti-illegal immigration activist
By Adam Thompson
COVINGTON — Fresh off of a rally within shouting distance of the White House, Marietta-based activist D.A. King brought his anti-illegal immigration message to a cozy meeting of the Newton County Republican Party this week.
King, speaking on Thursday to a group of about 15 that included three local state legislators, cast the current enactment of U.S. immigration policy as “national suicide.”
“I came here to beg you to help me and a growing number of Americans opposed to what’s coming out of Congress,” said King, standing in the meeting room of the Covington Women’s Club.
In the picture painted by King, wealthy interests are keeping border security and immigration reform efforts out of Congress and the White House while the United States is being infiltrated by about 1 million illegal immigrants each year.
“I would challenge anyone to say we are not being invaded,” he said.
The presence of an estimated 10 to 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States — King claims it’s more like 25 million — poses a threat to the country’s national security and its identity, he said.
The porous border with Mexico is especially dangerous, he added, saying that it has been an entrance point for people from countries with known ties to terrorism.
“They’re not here to mow your lawn — they’re here to blow up your buildings and kill your children, and you, and me,” he said.
To prove his point, he flaunted two authentic Mexican government-issued photo ID cards — called matriculas consulares — that he said he was able to get using fake Mexican birth certificates. One of them lists his name; the other is under the name “Al Qada Gonzalez.” ( Note from D.A. – no, mine, like many, are fake)Current enforcement is so lax, he said, that the cards can be used in some states to obtain valid drivers licenses and board airplanes.
Georgia, which has seen a large influx of illegal immigration in recent years, should also be prepared to become a new front for problems with employment and crime that have been seen in border states, he said.
King is a former Marine and a former insurance agent who used to travel around the region, spending two or three days a week in Newton County, he said.
He quit his job three years ago and now funds all of his activities himself through his savings and two refinancings of his home in Marietta, he said.
As the founder of the Dustin Inman Society — named after a friend’s son who was killed seven years ago in a car wreck involving an illegal immigrant — King contributes his opinion to newspapers and television news shows, and delivers his message at large rallies and grass-roots gatherings.
He has been asking federal and state legislators for an “equal application of the law” when it comes to immigration.
He is quick to point out that he represents neither Republicans nor Democrats and does not tolerate any anti-immigration rhetoric motivated by race — his is a legal argument, he said.
King’s group has also asked that English be formally declared the national language, “so that nobody misunderstands us,” he said.
Congress has yet to pass any illegal immigration reform despite various proposals being tossed around, including the guest worker program supported by President George W. Bush.
Though full amnesty has not been a popular proposal, the temporary visa and guest worker proposals amount to just that, King said.
On Thursday, he advocated what he called “attrition through enforcement”: securing, at any cost, the United States’ border with Mexico and then enforcing existing laws a little at a time — a process that “won’t be solved overnight.”
State Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle, who attended the meeting Thursday, thanked King for his efforts to prevent what “could ultimately lead to the balkanization of the United States.”
Along with Holt, State Rep. John Lunsford, R-McDonough, and State Sen. John Douglas, R-Covington, were in attendance.
Steve Bray, the Newton Republican Party’s new chairman, invited King to speak and said he hoped the activist’s address would “kickstart” a new, energized period for the party.
April 26, 2007
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It is (another) violation of federal law to grant instste tuition to illegal aliens unless ALL students in the state get the same low tuition. See that pesky law here. dak
From the AJC while I was in Washington
Regents seek input on tuition rates for illegal immigrants
By Brian Feagans
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/21/07
The Board of Regents’ attorney has said Georgia students who are in the country illegally shouldn’t be eligible for in-state tuition. Now the board wants the public’s opinion, too.
The regents, who oversee public higher education in Georgia, announced Friday that they will sponsor a series of meetings around the state in May to collect comments. The move comes as the board tries to comply with SB 529, a sweeping immigration law that takes effect in July.
Board spokesman John Millsaps said the meetings in Clarkston, Dalton, Gainesville and Tifton will focus strictly on the tuition issue. Participants can submit written comments or sign up to speak for up to three minutes. “This is not a forum for people to talk about undocumented people getting emergency health care or not,” Millsaps said.
Associate Vice Chancellor Burns Newsome, the board’s attorney, last year concluded that university and college presidents should stop granting so-called tuition “waivers” to students who may have high grades but lack legal residency in the United States. Those students would have to pay out-of-state tuition, often about four times the in-state rate.
Latino and immigrant advocates have questioned Newsome’s interpretation of SB 529, saying the regents are unnecessarily erecting roadblocks for some of Georgia’s best and brightest. Former state senator Sam Zamarripa, an Atlanta Democrat, fought for a clause to exempt postsecondary education from a requirement that the state verify legal U.S. residency for anyone receiving a public benefit.
“The legislative intent was to provide the regents the flexibility they need to meet the educational needs of the state,” Zamarripa said.
But that same clause calls on higher-education officials to draft policies for complying with federal law. And Newsome interpreted in-state tuition as a public benefit barred under federal rules to those who can’t prove they are in the country legally. State Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), the architect of SB 529, agrees, saying his intent was to make sure only legal U.S. residents gain in-state tuition.
It’s unclear how many students will be directly affected by SB 529.
WANT TO GO?
People interested in speaking must sign up for a designated three-minute slot. To register, or for more information, visit www.usg.edu/meetings/.
> 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 8, Gignilliat Memorial Hall Auditorium, Dalton State College, Dalton
> 3-7 p.m. May 9, Cole Auditorium Fine Arts Building, Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston
> 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11, small auditorium, University of Georgia Conference Center, Tifton
> 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 14, Chattahoochee Room, Gainesville Civic Center, Gainesville