Saturday, April 7, 2012

Obama and Immigration Reform.

From a Washington Post article, I've learned that the Obama campaign has purchased, among other Google keywords, "immigration reform". Type that particular keyword and Obama's ad appears at the top of your search results.

The ad reads, "Romney's Extreme Views" and "He'd separate immigrants from their families. Join us and fight back."

Click on the ad and you won't get any information on Romney's ideas on immigration reform, nor on Obama's ideas either, for that matter. What you will get is a plea from the Obama campaign for your email address. Of course, giving them your email address will only result in you receiving requests for money.

Clicking on the ad will, of course cost the Obama campaign money. How much? Who knows what they've paid Google for the privilege? Anyone clicking on the ad and not giving the campaign information or money will result in a loss for the campaign, however small that loss might be.

I suppose all's fair in love, war and politics, but I'd much rather receive authentic information about Romney's and Obama's plans on fixing the immigration debacle and not some cheap trick to get campaign funds.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Black Conservatives on 14th Amenedment.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Birthright Citizenship.

Concerning the 14th amendment, anchor babies and birthright citizenship, Michael Gerson has these words of wisdom [Republicans are ramping up the birthright battle]

"Today's dispute over birthright citizenship reveals the immigration debate in its starkest form. Usually, opponents of illegal immigration speak of giving lawbreakers what they deserve. But this does not apply in the case of an infant. Consider two newborn babies at, say, Parkland Hospital in Dallas. One is the child of citizens, the other of illegal immigrants. Critics of birthright citizenship look at the child of immigrants and feel . . . disturbed? Outraged? But why? Do they see a child somehow tainted by illegality? That hardly seems fair. A burden on resources? No more than any other poor child. An alien lacking allegiance? How could they possibly know? Why not a soldier, or an entrepreneur, or, as the Constitution specifically permits, a president?"

Hear, hear.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Reprieve for Yves Gomes.

Yves Gomes was 14 months old when his parents brought him to the U.S. to visit relatives.

Although here only on a tourist visa, Robin and Cecilia Gomes decided to remain in this country illegally. The 14th month old baby is now a 17 year old young man who has lived his live as an American.

His 15 year brother is in fact a U.S. citizen, having been born here.

To make a long story short, Yves' parents have been deported - the father to Bangladesh - the mother to India. It looked as if the boy would be deported as well, to a country he hasn't been to since he was an infant.

He has a reprieve and can remain here while his case is being looked into.

As pointed out in the Washington Post, Gomes situation is in sharp contrast to the story of Carlos A. Martinelly-Montano, who is charged with killing a nun and injuring two others in Prince William County while driving drunk.

Below, we have two videos which might be called the before and after videos.

I understand that Robin and Cecilia Gomes were here illegally and sadly, the decision to deport them was right. Their son, for all intents and purposes is an American and should be allowed to stay and become a legal citizen.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Anchor Babies.

Some top Republicans - such as Senator John McCain- have begun looking into the issue of so-called "anchor babies" as it pertains to 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

"The senators said their concerns arose from recent reports of a burgeoning 'birth tourism' industry, which helps expectant mothers abroad travel to the United States to deliver their babies. They also said that birthright citizenship, which is granted by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, could provide an incentive for people to enter the country illegally."

While in the U.S. House, current candidate for the Republican nomination as Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal introduced the "Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009" :

Official Summary
4/2/2009--Introduced.Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is:
(1) a U.S. citizen or national;
(2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States; or
(3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Washington Post writer,Harold Meyerson sees the Republican push to change the Amendment as all Washington Post writers see anything Republicans do being steeped in racism.

I, for one, do not see the proposal as being ultimately racist, though I do have a problem with this monkeying around with the 14th Amendment. On the face of it, the requirement that one parent be a U.S. citizen or green card holder seems OK, but it worries me. In today's environment, will the requirement soon become, both parents U.S. citizens or permanent resident?

I am a U.S. citizen (born in the good ol' U.S. of A.) though my wife is not. When that our son was born, my wife was here legally, but due to the overburdened state of affairs at the USCIS at that time, she had not yet received her permanent residence card. Legal, but no "green card". Would a difference in the 14th Amendment have jeopardized the citizenship of my child?

Many on the Right would probably say my worries are over nothing; I'm a citizen - so no problem. I'm not so sure about that. I'm not the only one I know who is in the same boat, so to speak. I know of several families where the father is American while the mother isn't. The mothers in question are all here legally, but like our situation, the official "green card" arrived after the birth of a child.

Something has to be done about illegal immigration but, let's not throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bloody Hands.

Consistent with their strong Christian values, the good sisters of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia pray that the tragic death of Sister Denise Mosier does not become "politicized and become an apparent forum for the illegal immigration agenda".

In a statement from August 3, 2010, the nuns ask that we "re-focus [our] attention on the consequences of drinking and driving, and on Christ’s command to forgive."

Of course, it is right and proper that we do that.

However, in two articles [Nun's death rallies anti-immigration forces and Forgiven enough] it is implied that by receiving the nun's forgiveness the young, illegal immigrant responsible for the death of Sister Mosier should escape deportation. There is nothing in the nuns' statement that would suggest that Carlos A. Martinelly-Montano, 23, should not "experience the consequences of his decisions through our justice system."

One women is dead and two more are in critical condition because of Martinelly-Montano's decision to get behind the wheel of an automobile after drinking heavily.

As Corey Stewart, chairman of Prince William County's Board of Supervisors points out, there is certainly more than enough blame to go around. Stewart issued a statement saying that President Barack Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and members of Congress "all have blood on their hands."

If convicted, this will not be Martinelly-Montano's first drunken driving conviction. There have been two before - one in 2007 and another in 2008. Had the authorities deported Martinelly-Montano after his first conviction (as they should have; he is here illegally, after all) Sister Mosier would be alive today.

Martinelly-Montano's family may very well believe that "He had a bad drinking problem, but he's a good man," but that belief really changes nothing. According to a Washington Post article,

"The family entered the United States illegally in 1996, when their oldest son was 8, they said, and spent more than a decade as undocumented immigrants. In 2007, the parents, their daughter and their oldest son got work permits from the Department of Homeland Security, they said, even though they had been in the country illegally. Anthony Guerrieri, a spokesman for the temporary employment agency that hired Martinelly-Montano in April, said in an e-mail that the suspect 'successfully cleared the . . . employment verification process and upon hire, was eligible for employment in the U.S.' "

The system is broken and innocent people are suffering and dying because of government officials bowing down to goddess of political correctness.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

OK......Let's Be Honest.

Below, I've included a copy of a photo which I received in an email recently. In the photo, we see a gathering which appears to be some sort of demonstration. The people in the photo appear to be Hispanic and though we see a few American flags, there are no Mexican flags in sight. The lack of Mexican flags seems a bit out of place for a demonstration of Mexicans in the U.S..

In the forefront, we can read one sign very plainly. It reads;

"Give us free health care jobs - no taxes
house food you owe us America !
We will shoot more policemen in Arizona until we get free!"

I've looked at this photo over and over and it's my opinion that it has been photoshopped. I honestly believe that the sign the man is carrying had something else written on it originally and what we see is the handiwork of someone with limited ability in doctoring photos.

First of all, the lighting is odd. Although it is difficult to make out the faces of the three men in the front, due to poor exposure, the lighting on the sign is very clear and bright.

Blowing up the photo, the lettering shows pixelation that is more consistent with someone having added the lettering to a preexisting photo. On close inspection, the lettering does not look as if it was painted onto a life sized poster.

If this photo has been doctored, as I expect it has, it does not help either side in the argument over illegal immigration. Both sides need to approach this situation honestly - with no manipulation of images or distortion of facts. We all need to speak the truth.

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