“For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."
Don't Let Them Hijack Immigration Reform!
Demand A Humane Immigration Policy Today.
Well there you have it. We have been saying it time and again - through our video and campaign - that these sham eugenic, nativist individuals push lies as facts and racist ideology as "studies" and "reports" with the intent to impact policy. This is your new brand of conservatism - a wing filed with racism and white supremacy they can't get rid of. This is hate, pure and simple and it is time we put an end to it. Deport Hate!
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WASHINGTON — The Heritage Foundation was already on the defensive about its new study, which found immigration reform will cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion. Now the foundation is running from the racially-charged past work of one of the study's authors.
On Monday, the Washington Post reported Heritage scholar Jason Richwine — one of the men behind the $6.3 trillion number some conservatives are using to argue that an immigration overhaul would be too expensive — wrote in his 2009 dissertation that immigration should be predicated on an applicant's IQ score and that "the average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations."
Later in the dissertation, Richwine wrote that those differences in IQ are partially due to race. "The totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ," he wrote.
Our current immigration system is broken. Deportations are at a record high, families are being separated, immigrant workers exploited, human lives are being lost at the border, there is rampant persecution and discrimination of immigrants and a perpetuation of negative stereotypes and criminalization of migration in the media.
How did we get here? How did we sacrifice basic human and civil rights in the name of political posturing, agendas and money interests? What can we do to reverse this?
The problem is that our current perspective of immigration has been driven for far too long by xenophobic nativists, fringe politicians, absurd pundits and profiteering allies and has been based on a false concept of criminalization. It has been translated into a draconian persecution that has violated our country’s commitment to human rights.
Fear and hate now control the debate. We see a daily barrage of images, words, actions and comments that portray immigrants as “criminals, leeches, invaders and dangerously different” to just name a few. This has been going on for decades – and its whole purpose has been for our society to be afraid, to exclude, abuse and thus support and enact policies that institutionalizes this very effectively.
Below we’ve outlined the five most common ways immigrants are slandered in the media and policy.
Enough. We are taking a stand. We are showing exactly how this is perpetrated and who it affects. The mothers, the children, the families, the students, the fathers, the communities, the individuals. The humans.
We reject the hate and embrace efforts for a new approach and a new system. A country that stops a negative attitude and hate toward immigrant and one that together moves forward to build a better future. This is why this documentary series aims at changing the immigrant narrative for the better, once and for all.
Take a stand with us and DEPORT HATE!
Agreed, the window of opportunity is wide open for the passage of substantial immigration reform. Immigration reform is, after all, the next big ticket item. It’s the coveted prize that allegedly holds the key to millions of Latinos nationwide who will soon fall in line with whatever the powers that be decide to pass as “immigration reform”. No matter what it is, just slap the word “reform” to it and you will keep the community happy. After all, would anyone in their right mind would want to anger the same community that just proved to be a deciding factor in the last election? No, of course not. So then call it “reform”, enlist the help of Latino-sounding names and sell, sell, sell as much as you can- no matter what it includes. The details don’t matter. Slap the word “reform” and everyone will fall in place.
Who cares about the details? If you call it “reform” then “reform” it will be. After all, the main goal is not really to reform the system and strengthen the rights of 11 million people. Of course not, that would mean going against the nativist, anti-immigrant, supremacist powers who have done such an incredible job of convincing people that they should be very, very afraid of immigrants. Nope, all you need to do is to call it “reform”, lock the Latino vote, and blame the other guy for any mistakes or exclusions along the way.
Immigrant rights? That’s the least of your worries. This is really not about immigrants; this is really about politicians. Who will be at the winning end of “reform”? Who will look good? Who will win the golden ticket while not really changing much? Immigrant rights? Ha, that’s not what immigration reform is about. It’s not like you really want to put an end to raiding immigrants’ homes, separating families, locking-up their children, shooting them at border, monitoring them with drones, persecuting, alienating, discriminating, kicking out their youth, and creating a whole infrastructure of second-class humans to abuse, exploit, profit off of or discard whenever and however it’s needed? Of course not. That’s not how this is done.
First you have to ease the fears. Yes, the fears that have been engrained so deep in our social fabric by groups whose whole purpose is to instill a phobia of the different and the unknown. Groups that use the word “immigration” in their names to legitimize their hard anti-immigrant beliefs – all the while brewing anxiety with a powerful nativist and well-funded hate agenda (ahem Center for Immigration Studies, Federations of Americans For Immigration Reform, Californians Coalition for Immigration reform.) They have done such an incredible job of driving the immigration narrative that they have pocketed several fringe and not-so-fringe politicians to carry their hatred to the halls of Congress. If you listen closely, you’ll hear the same exact words that come out of their fake studies, spokespeople, and talking points, in the speeches of public officials at the highest level, local legislators and in the actual text of legislative bills and proposals. Words such as “Enforce”, “Secure”, ”Verify”, “Punish”, “Terrorize”, “Steal”, “Invade.” – Be scared, be very scared. The immigrants are coming to get you!
Exhibit A (Rest of the series at http://ifyoudonttheywill.com)
These groups have done their job. They have spoken. Forget the reasons and root causes of what brings folks to this country in the first place. Forget how we have incentivized their migration. Forget that immigration is indeed how this country was built. Forget that immigration is as patriotic as the flag and the Statue of Liberty. This time it’s different. These are not the type of immigrants you want. They don’t really look like you, do they? They are different. This time you should be very, very afraid.
After all, immigration reform is not about immigrant rights is it? It’s about fear.
Disagree? Well too bad because this has already been put into place. There is already widespread support for this approach. It has been sold well enough. Co-opted, stamped and Latino approved – or so they say. Fear first, rights later. Abuse first, rights later. Security (or secure borders?) first, rights later. Deport first, rights later. Exploit first, rights later. It’s all in motion, compromised, fired up and ready to go. All you need is to fall in line. Don’t worry, they will make sure to appear to fight for some – they will throw a bone and talk about a pathway for the most deserving and the most skilled,not the ones who need it the most. They are not deserving of any “reform.” It’s all calculated. You don’t have to do anything. The anti-immigrant bunch will have done it all for you. There will be a bill soon and they will speak up to make sure absurd fear trumps human rights. So don’t worry – If You Don’t Speak Up, They Will Speak For You.
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A huge issue in the debate about immigration reform is whether or not 11 million undocumented immigrants who already live in the U.S should be given the opportunity to be given a pathway to citizenship.
Talking Points Memo reports that leading GOP figure in the House , Rep. Raúl Labrador said,
'The people that came here illegally knowingly --- I don't think they should have a path to citizenship,' he said on NPR, 'If you knowingly violated our law, you violated our sovereignty, I think we should normalize your status but we should not give you a pathway to citizenship.'
Under Labrador’s proposal, which reflects a middle ground sought by Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, undocumented immigrants would receive a visa that allows them to live, work and travel in and out of the United States, but without the right to vote or become a green card holder or citizen.
“Some people are calling it a blue card or a red card,” said the conservative Latino congressman.
Although, there are GOP House members that do support immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship such members are Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), there doesn't seem to be enough pro-citizenship members to get a bill through the House.
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Satire site The Daily Currant has a great "story" on Rush. The owners of Pablo's Taqueria from Palm Beach Gardens in Florida denied service to nativist radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Rush Limbaugh is widely known for his racist views, controversial rants on immigration, and his efforts to prevent any type of immigration reform. Because of this the manager felt that it was only right to deny service to someone whose racist views would affect their clientele.
Witnesses say that Limbaugh became enraged and went on one of his offensive racist rants,
'Now you listen here you little f**king chihuahua, this is the United States of America, not some banana republic,' Limbaugh bellowed. 'I am an American citizen and I am hungry. I demand to be served...My ancestors built this country while yours were sacrificing 10-year-olds to the Aztec gods. This isn't your country. It's our country. You're a guest here in America. And as a guest, you have an obligation to obey your hosts. Do you know what that word means? Obligation? It's like a duty.'
After, Limbaugh then began demanding a large list of mexican foods and threatened to call immigration if denied service. The owner responded by explaining that his rights as a small business owner let him kick Limbaugh off his property. Limbaugh was then escorted out by security.
NOTE*** STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THAT DAILY CURRANT IS A SATIRE BLOG