Folks, this is abominable. Speaking to the “National Council of The Race” (aka La Raza).
The system isn’t working when 12 million people live in hiding, and hundreds of thousands cross our borders illegally each year; when companies hire undocumented immigrants instead of legal citizens to avoid paying overtime or to avoid a union; when communities are terrorized by ICE immigration raids — when nursing mothers are torn from their babies, when children come home from school to find their parents missing, when people are detained without access to legal counsel.
When all that’s happening, the system just isn’t working.
No! What isn’t working is gobs of people that willfully disregards another country’s laws, enters it illegally, and then makes a run on its entitlement system that was designed for the truly poor and/or those running on lean/hard times of that country. Yes, many many come for work and work hard. That’s the second part that doesn’t work: employers willing to disregard the law and hire illegals (regardless of country of origin).
And what REALLY isn’t working for me is a presidential candidate smearing an entire law-enforcement organization (ICE), essentially, as terrorists! My God, this is our agency that deals with damn near ALL our Immigration and Customs issues. They are our front line warriors that have to deal with ALL persons and items that degress and ingress this great country of ours.
Yes, there was an incident where a nursing mother was among those taken into custody during a raid (I remember when that was reported), but that was no dramaitc, hollyweird scene where the poor kid was ripped with a echoing “pop-op-op-op” by men in black & tactical gear from the mother’s lactating breasts (while the milk went schpeeeeeeew, in slow motion). As the ICE spokeswoman was quoted in the article…
“We are faced with these sorts of situations frequently, where a large number of individuals come illegally or overstay and have children in the United States,” said Kelly A. Nantel, a spokeswoman for the agency. “Unfortunately, the parents are putting their children in these difficult situations.”
No kidding. Funny that Obama never bothered to do anything during his 3 years as Senator.
I get it, OK… I realize that many people come here because there are jobs here. There is hope here. This is America! But, by God, there has to be some order to this. I’m willing to look at funding an increase in staff and infrastructure to better handle the workload. Maybe even a revamp of the green card system. But I am also for limiting the trickle of actual bodies and citizens. There’s a reason the path to citizenship can take some time: we want to know you are invested in America and willing to stand beside her through thick and thin.
But, this tidal wave of illegal immigrants, whether it’s from the north, south, east or west, has got to stop. Think we can’t round up 12 million on box cars to deliver these folks back to their nation of origin? You might be surprised. But if you’d rather capitulate, let’s at least get some freaking order to this awful mess. Or you could go the Messiah’s route: Obama would rather slap them on the wrist and offer them a path to citizenship. What a guy! What a pal!
Btw, I just noticed HotAir has linked up to a YouTube video of the speech. Enjoy.
This is golden..
But there’s much more to this election than resolving the status of undocumented immigrants.
This election is also about the couple I met in North Las Vegas who saved up for decades only to be tricked into buying a home they couldn’t afford; it’s about the Latino families who are the first ones hurt by an economic downturn and the last ones helped by an economic upturn. They can’t afford another four years of the Bush economic policies Senator McCain is offering policies that give tax breaks to the biggest corporations and the wealthiest Americans, while doing little for struggling families who need help most.
Tricked? Really? Or don’t-know-how-to-use-a-calculator? And, my God, we are all individuals… I’m sorry if you’re not in a part of the economy that gives you a big economic kick when things are going well or one that kicks you to the curb when thing get hard. Welcome to real life, mac.
Then there’s this (oops!)…
This election is about the veterans, including so many men and women from this community who’ve served this country so bravely, but then come home to face new battles with the bureaucracy at the VA or the deplorable conditions at places like Fort Bragg and Walter Reed. And we’ve all walked by a veteran whose home is now a cardboard box on a street corner. It’s a disgrace.
These American heroes are counting on us to build a 21st century VA; to provide the benefits and health care they’ve earned, including mental health care; and to ensure that no one who has served this country ever has to sleep on the streets.
But, wait! Paul Krugman said the VA is a “success story”! And while I do believe we should take care of all our veterans, especially the small numbers that return and are unable to adjust, we also need to dispell the myth that there is something special going on. As Rob Gebeloff opines…
Again, this is not to belittle the problem of homelessness or the tragedy of veteran’s who serve and then struggle when they return. My point is to put these tragedies into context — poverty is a bigger problem for society as a whole.
Ah, context. So politically inconvenient.
Then he closes with this final gem…
That’s how we’ll make the system work again for everyone. By living up to the ideals that this organization has always embodied the ideals reflected in your name ” Raza,” the people. I’m told that the original phrase was “
Heh. No. It is “The Race”. It’s been adapted to possibly also mean “The People” or “The Community”… you know, much more inclusive-sounding. According to *ta-da* Wikipedia (bold emphasis mine)..
The term originated in the book La Raza Cósmica written by a Mexican writer, José Vasconcelos. He described La Raza Cosmica (published 1925) as the product of racial mixing over time that was already in progress in the Hispanic world. Vasconcelos believed in Supremacism in that eventually all of the people within the Spanish Empire would be completely mixed into a new race that had the best attributes of all the cultures; armies of these people would then go forth around the world professing their knowledge and initiating the “universal era of humanity”.
You stay classy, La Raza. You, too, Barak. Here is how NCLR spins it on their website:
The term “La Raza” has its origins in early 20th century Latin American literature and translates into English most closely as “the people” or, according to some scholars, as “the Hispanic people of the New World.” The term was coined by Mexican scholar José Vasconcelos to reflect the fact that the people of Latin America are a mixture of many of the world’s races, cultures, and religions. Mistranslating “La Raza” to mean “the race” implies that it is a term meant to exclude others. In fact, the full term coined by Vasconcelos, “La Raza Cósmica,” meaning the “cosmic people,” was developed to reflect not purity but the mixture inherent in the Hispanic people. This is an inclusive concept, meaning that Hispanics share with all other peoples of the world a common heritage and destiny.
M-hmm… they also claim to have nothing to do with the Reconquista movmennt. Then why are they always around at the May Day marches with the reconquista supporters? Here’s a fun list to think on and criticisms you’ll never hear raised by mainstream reporters.