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Writer's Post Network Blog: Pass Immigration Reform Now - aprobar una reforma migratoria ahora

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM Comments comments (0)
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Why Congress Must Pass the Senate Immigration Reform Bill
S-744 Now

      
Aside from Black Americans who were brought to the Americas against their will, with the first arrivals in 1526,in one of the cruelest crimes against humanity by Europeans, everyone else who came to America, beginning with the early pilgrim settlers in 1600, came here for the same thing: in search of freedom from from religious and political persecution, greater economic opportunity, to make a better life for themselves and for their families

Immigration Marches across the Country

Immigration Now March
 

                                    Statue of Liberty - New York Harbor - Ellis Island [Dreamstime.com]
                                             
As serious as this issue is, it is hilarious to watch U.S. Congressman
Steven King running around Washington like a chicken whose head's been cut, looking for the biggest microphone he can find to say,  For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds — and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” King said later in the interview. “Those people would be legalized with the same act.” When he went on NBC Meet the Press today with David Gregory, he was given a chance to take that remark back or express some regret for saying it. Instead he asked David Gregory for a bigger shovel he can use to dig a deeper grave for his Tea Party, by reiterating the same comment.

House Congressman Steven King

This past June, the Senate passed the first comprehensive immigration reform since President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) into law in 1986. The bill, S-744, was the work of a bipartisan group of 8 Senators and it passed the Senate by a vote of 68 to 32, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding over the passage of the bill, in a rare appearance as President of the Senate. Fourteen Senate Republicans joined the Democrats to pass the bill.   


Congressman Steven King [Photo_thinkprogress.org]


The Statue of Liberty Inscription [Source: gabrielayareliz.wordpress.com]

Statue of Liberty Inscription
What is in the Senate Bill                                                 

The pull to the right that Tea Party Republicans have been tugging onto the country is evident in the Senate’s bill. For example, similar to the watered-down gun-uncontrolled background check the Senate passed this year, and which died in the House, this Senate Immigration Reform bill allows for insufficient legal immigration, and it is riddled with a labyrinth of complex and likely unachievable and unworkable benchmarks. The misguided objectives include, but are not limited to: 20,000 more border patrol guards, 350 miles of additional fencing along the Southern border, increased surveillance equipment, and a new electronic system to monitor people entering the U.S. via airports and seaports, at a cost of $46 billion over ten years. The bill is now in the House where many observers expect it will die, or come out in pieces that neither the Senate nor President Obama could agree to adopt. 

Tea Party Opposition to Immigration Reform
Tea Party Rally
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Debunking the Tea Party Opposition to Immigration Reform

Tea Party Republicans in the House are in an upward against the bill.  Emboldened by their success at defeating the McCain Immigration Bill, which was supported by President Bush in 2007, the Tea Party has gone on a crusade to defeat the Senate Immigration Reform bill. 154 so-called conservatives (depending on how one defines the word conservative) have launched a coalition to defeat immigration reform with the support of the 450 conservative radio and TV talk show hosts around the country plus Fox News.
The Tea Party’s strategy to defeat immigration appears to be based on a combination of self-interest, an unabashed disdain for immigrants, and an incurable delusion that any policy that is not aimed at bringing this country back to the 19th Century is evil, bad, unconstitutional, or all of the above. This Tea Party line of thoughts and strategy are also mixed with a heavy dose of unmitigated irrationality. For instance, On Mr. exiled-from-Fox New, Obama-hates-white-people, Glen Beck, House Representative under-ethics-investigation and my husband-runs-a-cure-the-gays program, Michele Bachman said,

 “If we pass immigration reform, we will never have another Republican president in the White House, and both the Senate and the House will go to the Democrats; the political system will change into a permanent liberal progressive class.”

This is the true story of the Tea Party’s opposition to this bill; it is not their smokescreen about “path to citizenship.” Otherwise, why reform immigration if the immigrants have no way of becoming citizens in order to enjoy the full benefit of the Bill of Rights and the promise of right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? As passed, the Senate bill will require those who apply for legalization to wait 13 years before they could apply for citizenship. The bill is already extremely punitive.

The Tea Party has also made claims that a path to citizenship rewards people who have broken immigration laws to come here, and insists on an elusive set of “enforceable triggers” to monitor and confirm that the new borders, or shall we say, the additional border security measures are working to keep new people from entering the country illegally. These are false arguments that are simply meant to create roadblock and defeat the bill. First, people who are in the country illegally have lived in fear and suffer hardship due to their lack of proper documentation. A path to citizenship is not a reward, but a relief. Beginning in the 1920, under both Democratic and Republican presidents, Congress passed multiple immigration relief and adjustment bills.

Second, the border security argument is filled with holds and would only hold any water, only if one were to believe that the estimated 11 million immigrants that would be covered under this bill are all from Mexico. This also goes for the Tea Party’s airport, seas, and land security surveillance trigger system. The reality is that millions of the individuals that would be covered under a new immigration reform law have entered the country legally or overstayed their legal documentation, which is typically a work permit, a student visa, or tourist visa.

Clearly, the Tea Party’s arguments for its opposition to reform have less to do with real concerns for the country or the people that would benefit from this legislation, including citizen children of undocumented parents, and more to do with a regressive ideology. Part of the problem here is that the Tea Party is a leaderless group of people who have led on nothing,  have no articulated plan for advancing the lives of workers, women, students, children and families, and lack any idea for improving the economic or re-building the infrastructure in this country. This crowd’s policy for the poor is to stop eating; their policy for the uninsured is to die quickly. For students, their agenda is to stop going to college because education will turn you into a progressive thinker; who would want to have thinkers around? As for self-deportation or mass deportation, this concept does not even deserve to have the word viable attached to it. This is simply not an option. It is the last one idea that the Tea Party was able to dig out of the small figment that remains of the party’s collective brain.

The bipartisan group of Senators known as the Gang of 8 who worked on passing the Senate Immigration Reform bill

The Gang of 8 Bipartisan Senators who Worked together to Pass Immigration Reform in the SenateSome in that party, if this toxic mismatched group of people can be called such, have called those undocumented immigrants all sorts of names. But that is the Modus Operando of that party, and does not deserve to be addressed. What must be addressed, however, is their insidious assertions drawn out of fake studies that somehow immigrants are lesser people who are by genealogy intellectually inferior, and criminal minded. Not only is this type of discussion uncivil and offensive, it is not based on any empirical or scientific evidence. But who cares about science, facts, or evidence? Certainly not anyone in the Tea Party, but if there is someone in that party, who actually does, let him or her speak the truth and stand up for something now.


President Obama's Leadership Behind Comprehensive Immigration Reform 









The Case for Immigration Reform

Overall, the case for immigration reform is overwhelmingly stronger than the intellectually dishonest, nationalist, and inhuman argument that the Tea Party has put forth. The Tea Party came to the table empty-handed, thus they have resorted to doing all that they can to spoil the meal. Most immigrants are hard-working and law-abiding people. They came to this country from all over the world. Some may have overstayed their visas and others may have crossed the borders illegally, but in general, almost all of them came to America in search of a better life for themselves and their family. In addition, the Congressional Budget Office released a report indicating that legalization will boost the economy by broadening the tax-base with millions of new tax-paying workers being added to the Internal Revenue Service’s spreadsheet. Furthermore, under President Obama, immigration enforcement has increased dramatically with raids of employment places and detention and deportation of millions of people. Thousands of miles of the Southern borders have been fenced in and guarded by thousands of border security personnel and troops with constant surveillance cameras.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner
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U.S. House Speaker John BoehnerThe number came out in the 2012 presidential election. Mitt Romney lost Black Americans’ votes by a ridiculous 90%, Hispanics by over 60%, and Asians by over 40%. The Republicans cannot sustain this obstructionist posture. Obstructionism is not a policy. It was defeated last November and it will continue to be defeated, leaving the Republican Party to wander into the political wilderness for the next ten election cycles. Perhaps, this is a lesson they need to learn. That chapter is called political rock-bottom. The party can take its time to learn those lessons, in the meantime, Speaker Boehner must muscle some sort of character strength to lead his House caucus or work with House Democrats in order to do what is right for the country, and that is to pass a comprehensive non-punitive Immigration Reform bill. In the process, he might just succeed in getting the Tea Party’s grip off the self-destruct button.



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Writers' Post Network Blog: Pope Francis Toured Brazil Today

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 12:32 AM Comments comments (5)

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Pope Francis I visits in Buenos Aires - Biography - Quotes



Pope Francis Toured Brazil Today & Urges Humility while Republican Congressman 
    

Steve King referred to Hispanics as Dogs & Drug Mules -francis Papa visitó el Brasil de hoy, e insta a la humildad mientras, que el congresista Steve King se refirió a los hispanos como los perros y worsumildad




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Buenos Aires Herald-On the occasion of the week-long Youth Day, a worldwide event that was established by the Catholic church with the goal of building a better world by nurturing traditional values, Pope Francis held his first mass as a pontiff at the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida in Sao Paulo before thousands of faithfuls gathered despite in cold rain to participate in the papal mass and hear the Pope's message. During the mass, Pope Francis urged young people to shun the "ephemeral idols" of money and pleasure and cherish traditional values to help build a better world. On the third day of his week-long visit for World Youth Day, a biennial Church gathering being celebrated in and around Rio de Janeiro, he landed by helicopter in Aparecida, 260 kilometers (161 miles) west of the coastal metropolis.


Pope Francis I was born in Buenos Aires on 17 December 1936, of Italian immigrant parents. The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a prominent figure throughout the continent, yet remains a simple pastor who is deeply loved by his diocese, throughout which he has travelled extensively on the underground and by bus during the 15 years of his episcopal ministry.

“My people are poor and I am one of them”, he has said more than once, explaining his decision to live in an apartment and cook his own supper. He has always advised his priests to show mercy and apostolic courage and to keep their doors open to everyone. The worst thing that could happen to the Church, he has said on various occasions, “is what de Lubac called spiritual worldliness”, which means, “being self-centred”. And when he speaks of social justice, he calls people first of all to pick up the Catechism, to rediscover the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. His project is simple: if you follow Christ, you understand that “trampling upon a person’s dignity is a serious sin”.

Upon the unprecedented abdication of Pope Benedict, Pope Francis was elected Supreme Pontiff by the College of Cardinals on  March 13, 2013.

The Catholic church ordains priest in various Orders, including the Franciscan Order, the Jesuits, and the Dominican Order. Franciscan priests take a vow of poverty, while the Jesuits are known for their study and knowledge; Jesuit priests have built and taught schools all over the world, particularly in poorer countries where education is not accessible to the larger population. The Dominican Order is known for producing priests who go out and preach the Gospel; They are known to be highly theological and philosophical. Pope Francis, the first South American Pope and a Jesuit, took on a Franciscan name after he was elected Pope. Franciscans take their vow of poverty based on the prayer of St. Francis.

                                                                                     [Photo by L'Osservatore Romano, Year LXIII, number 12]
                                                                                                                              Pope francis I
                                                                                                                      Libreria Editrice Vaticana
Here is the Prayer of St. Francis
Pope Francis I[courtesy of createlinkusa.com]

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may no so much seek to be consoled
as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved
as to love; 
for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Quotes from Papa Francesco                           

                              "...Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world.
                                   Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor.
                                   Oh Right now, we don't have a very good relation with creation."

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Tea Party Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa' s comment on immigrants:

"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," he said. "Those people would be legalized with the same act." 
Tea Party Congressman Steve King on Immigrants

"This is real," King said. "We have people that are mules, that are drug mules, that are hauling drugs across the border and you can tell by their physical characteristics what they've been doing for months, going through the desert with 75 pounds of drugs on their back. And if those who advocate for the Dream Act, if they choose to characterize this about valedictorians, I gave them a different image that we need passing legislation looking only at one component of what would be millions of                   people  millions of people. 
Tea Party Congressman Steve King of Iowa
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