Saturday, April 1

Castro on America's Constitution

HT: (La Ventanita) The Washington Post has an interesting article. I found this particular paragraph talking about increased travel restrictions to Cuba just laughable! Like he knows so much about protecting constitutional rights? Like he knows ANYTHING about rights!
Castro and other Cuban officials have criticized the travel crackdown, saying the Bush administration is violating the constitutional rights of American citizens.
Lets all be clear. The only one to blame for Cuba's poverty is castro himself. The embargo is simply making it hard for him to continue stealing from the backs of hard working Cubans. We can all look forward to the day he is gone.

Castro is targeting Venezuela's Cuban immigrant farmers

It's like a bad nightmare that keeps coming back. I grew up with stories from my Grandfather of the sugarcane fields. My "abuelo" had his own sugarcane plant in the back yard of his Hialeah home, and every time we visited (about once a year during childhood) we would beg him to go out back and chop down a piece for our own enjoyment. I still love chewing on the sweet sugarcane wedges whenever I get a chance. I believe Sedanos sells the small bags of freshly cut sugarcane, as well as a ice-cold glass of "guarapa".

How many more people will die in Venezuela from the poverty and famine this bastard is causing. How much longer will America look the other way, while castro exports his death-sentence socialism throughout South America? How many more have to die!!!??

Mora reports at BabaluBlog.com

After fleeing castro in the 1960s for the then-undeveloped farmlands of remote parts of Venezuela, my farmer [Daniel] now sees castro coming right back for him and his productive and beautiful sugar lands. Make no mistake, castro continues to harbor dreams of retaking dominance in the sugar industry he already drove into the ground in Cuba. That's why he's looking further afield to Venezuela. He will do the exact same thing to Venezuela's sugar fields as he did to Cuba's.

It's not well known but castro has taken over every key office of the Venezuelan agricultural office. And castro's special target is Cuban immigrants who made this land in Venezuela flourish.

A time of rest and some thoughts for discussion

I'll be spending the weekend at my in-laws, so expect below-average blogging. I'll still try to check in at least once or twice during the day, but its warm and breezy outside, and my wife is in a great mood!! That means the last thing I want to do is be staring at the glow of my lap top.

Here is a thought in light of the current immigration debate. I love America. I love it so much, I found particularly attractive that my wife was from a traditional American family. They have made me feel completely welcome, and despite the "loudness" of my family, and strangeness of my taste in food, my ethnic background has never been an issue.

My wife loves cooking Cuban food for me, and for her relatives as well. She does a real good job too! She bakes Cuban bread, which I've heard is quite difficult to bake.

My point: assimilation and integration are NOT bad things. The fact that I seek to assimilate does not mean I instantly forget, hate or attempt to hide my past. It does not mean I don't appreciate it, and at times, even celebrate it. But I don't flaunt it, and I certainly don't swear allegiance to any other flag. Of course, I am a son of refugees. My life is here now. My parents may some day choose to return to Cuba, when Castro's criminal regime ends. I won't. Not because I don't care about my parent's heritage, but because it is not my life.

Someday, I hope my children will learn about Cuba and its history. It will ad value to their education. I hope they will learn Spanish...and a third language if possible--it will make them more competitive in the global marketplace. But they will be 100% Americans, sworn to one flag.

What do you think? Consider this an open discussion. What is your experience with assimilation--yours or someone you know? Do I show lack of cultural respect for my perspective? I would love to hear from Cuban born exiles on this.

Share your thoughts. I will publish them on a later post, with links to your blog if you so wish.

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Patriotism, American Values, and Assimilation

This is one of the many reasons I think La Raza does more harm to the Mexican immigrant community. They mix socialist ideas with multiculturalism and the oldie-but-goodie "right of self determination," hence the separatist and "reconquista" ideals taking root.
Oftentimes, those who support a more liberalized immigration policy accuse those favoring a more restrictive one of paranoia for suggesting that there are those who fight against assimilation. Yet, here is an open admission that assimilation is considered "dangerous" to hispanic communities, and that things such as patriotism and traditional values are threatening as well.
Via RedState.com:
National Review has posted a letter which was sent by Dr. Michele Waslin, Director of Immigration Policy Research for the National Council of La Raza. In the letter, Dr. Waslin states some objections to the Alexander/Cornyn citizenship bill, S. 1815. The NCLR "thinks there are at least 3 big problems" with the bill, and number three on this list is a jaw-dropper.
Read the full post and the discussion.

Tags: , Politics, border, Terrorism, Homeland Security, MEXICO, Immigration, Illegal Aliens, Border Security, California, GOP

Friday, March 31

Painting The Map Red -- Book Review Coming Up

Update (03/31/06):

Here is a picture I managed to take at the Heritage foundation panel discussion on Hugh's new book. I haven't read the book yet, but I thought I would share some of my notes on what was said.

Bob Beckel was entertaining, and actually seemed like a nice guy--confused, but nice. When asked about the Democrat's platform, he basicly said
"We are an opposition party. We are against Bush."
Beckel disagrees with Hugh on the impact of hte blogosphere, but my co-worker and I where discussing that even if Beckel is right in that most undecided voters are not influenced by the blogs directly, the influencers are. If the Democrat party is on the same page as Beckel, this is good news for the GOP, who seems to be paying more attention to bloggers.

Some more quotes:
"If the Republicans are going to win, they need to carry a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels." (Hugh Hewitt)
He believes the GOP needs to focus on 4 key messages:
  1. Win the war
  2. Confirm more judges
  3. Cut more taxes
  4. Cut the spending
Fred Barnes said everyone who has been to Iraq has told him "We are winning the war; the media is wrong." He also agreed with Hugh on the issue of judges saying, "Bush ought to take up the issue of judges again." He pointed to 17 nominated judges that are just sitting there.

He reacted to the new Democratic strategy.
"They are for catching Osama Bin Laden; Bet no one had thought of that!"
Bob Beckel makes the argument that the "party" is becoming less and less important, and that ideology is what matters more. He got into critizising the Republican party for becoming what he called "moral interventionist." While he might be right that the GOP needs to be carefull about not granting government more and more powers for the sake of "good moral causes," he still misses it in regards to the Democrats phobia against Christianity.

Hugh Hewitt took the opportunity to talk about the issue of illegal immigration, saying he believes most Americans are not as concerned about the current millions of illegal immigrants, as much as that they are concerned about the next 11 million. He calls the border fence "a symbol of resolve" to protect our country. It resonated with my previous post about securing our borders FIRST before we try to address the current illegal immigrants in our country.

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I just got my hands on a copy of Hugh's new book, Painting the Map Red. I'll try to read through it as quickly as I can and provide a book review here. Look for it. I heard him today at the Heritage Foundation, and it was great. The panel discussion was lively, and Hugh had some good points to make. I don't always agree with him on everything, so I am looking forward to seeing what he has to offer for 2006 strategy.

Feel free to comment about anything related to 06 and 08 elections here. A semi-open discussion thread, if you will.

I stand corrected: Refuge vs Immigrant

BabaluBlog pointed out a mistake in terms, one I have been making.

Since so many of the protesters are skipping school to take back their lands via la Reconquista, I thought I'd offer up a quick vocabulary lesson that will hopefully clear up the "we're the same" misconception:

ref·u·gee n. One who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution.

im·mi·grant n. A person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another.

Contrary to what today's media prefers to call Cubans who risk their lives to reach US shores - lately the term has been "migrants" - those Cubans are fleeing political oppression and are, thus, refugees. As I stated in a previous post, when Mexican "migrants" are faced with systematic violations of every basic human and civil right as the people of Cuba are, then perhaps I would accept a similarity.

So, I stand corrected--I am not a son of immigrants, but of refugees. Flag burning? Che? I am with Val--don't come looking for support or sympathy with me! I don't know about you, but I have had enough of socialism's effects in Latin America.

Tony Snow: Immigration debate needs common sense

Here are some thought-provoking words from Tony Snow. I am not able to verify the statistics, and I keep hearing conflicting numbers from both sides of the spectrum, but this piece provides needed common sense. Read the full article over at TownHall.com.
Rather than panicking, the political class might want to take a deep breath and attempt a little common sense. Virtually everyone agrees that we need to secure our borders, deport lawbreakers and slackers among the illegal-immigrant population, and revitalize the notion of citizenship by insisting that prospective citizens master the English language and the fundaments of American history and culture.

The Statue of Liberty symbolizes America's affection for the world's tired and poor, the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Before someone razes Lady Liberty and decides to erect a wall to "protect" America from the world, shouldn't we at least spend a little time trying to get our facts straight?
Tags: Politics, border, Terrorism, Homeland Security, MEXICO, Immigration, Illegal Aliens, Border Security, California, GOP

Guillermo Fariñas update

Sorry this update is so late. If you follow some of the other blogs covering this story, you might have heard already. (HT: Faustas blog)

Cuban dissident recovering in clinic after ending hunger strike
Guillermo Fariñas, a psychologist and director of the independent Cubanacan Press agency, is in serious but stable condition after on Wednesday ending a 56-day hunger strike he began to demand free access to the Internet.

The dissident "has had no complications, but he is very weak, with headaches and polyneuropathies in his legs and hands," his mother Alicia Hernandez said.

Fariñas, 43, is receiving medical care – including intravenous nourishment and fluids – in a hospital in Santa Clara, some 280 kilometers (about 175 miles) east of Havana.
He had more to say:
Another independent journalist, Juan Carlos Herrera, has also been transferred to a hospital after going on hunger strike protesting his prison conditions. Last year I posted a graphic description of the dissidents' jail conditions.

Before you start telling me about Cuba's world-reknowned healthcare, which-is-free-and-universal, read today's article by Mary Anastasia O'Grady in the WSJ, Cuban Doctor Pays a Price for Truth: A victim of brutal crackdowns
Make sure to read the whole post.

Immigration - Fissures Everywhere

This was an interesting post. It has some good thoughts on the cracks on the other side.

Tags: Politics, border, Terrorism, Homeland Security, MEXICO, Immigration, Illegal Aliens, Border Security, California, GOP

Thursday, March 30

Keeping The Latino Vote--Listen to their voices!

To start, I want to clarify that use the term "Latino" loosely, and it is meant as a category, not an ethnic identity or nationality. This clarification is important to better understand the true effects of what is going on.

I also want to clarify my position on the issue, and I do not assume it is the position of all citizens of immigrant background, though I would gamble a large amount of them would agree!

The first and foremost issue, to Americans, AND to legal immigrants, is border security. Many immigrants from Central America have experienced first-hand the cost of high crime rates at the hands of "maras" like the M13 gang. As with most immigrants, these are hard working families who are unable to earn a decent living because of crime and corruption. Many choose to immigrate legally, and sacrifice a lot to do so. It wins no political points with them to have a unsecured border that allows drug lords and gangs to move unhindered. Decent law-abiding citizens of "Latino" descent want a secure nation where they can work for a better future for their children. Everyone knows that M13 gang members come back to the US time and time again after deportations, and are poisoning our streets and committing heinous crimes! If you are an American, you might now know what the M13 is, or what they are capable. If you are Latino, you know! And you want nothing of it. We want a secure border!

We cannot continue in a discussion to find solutions to the problem of illegal immigration without dealing with our insecure and open southern border. Any conversation in the public arena about dealing with the current illegal immigrant population inevitably catches the attention of the millions eager and waiting for their chance to come to America. As I have posted previously here, already immigration officials are seeing an increase in illegals attempting to cross the border as a result of the current debate and rallies. Many will gamble on the possibility of a amnesty. This cannot be. It hinders an open and honest discourse on the issue. But more importantly, and at its core, the border must be secured because we live in an age of terrorism and we cannot allow enemies of the state to enter.

As far as "the message" it sends, why is it that with the issue of border security, suddenly everyone is having trouble sending the right message? Since when does the possibility of confusing messages to the international community (or to Mexico) dictate our leadership's homeland security policies?

Second, I believe citizenship should NOT be easy. It should be achievable to anyone who is willing to work hard enough for it, but if we make it easy and quick, we may end up with the wrong kind of citizens--individuals who have not sacrificed enough to understand the gift that is being given to them. I believe any individual who has entered the country illegally should not be allowed to gain citizenship unless they first exit the country, and pending a background check, being the process at the end of the line. If the legislation wants to create a "guest worker" program, that's fine, but it should NOT include a path to citizenship.

Let me make myself clear: No citizenship for illegal aliens. Second chances, sure. Perhaps a fine. Perhaps a 3-5 year deadline to exit the country. But as long as they remain in the country, there should be no "path" to anything but a redemptive trip back home before trying again if its worth enough to them.

Not to be extreme, I do believe there is room to discuss special circumstances under which an illegal alien might not have to return home to find "status" redemption--a long term marriage to an US born American citizen, for example, might be one, or a political refugee might be another one. I'm not really sure about this one. What do you think? Is there room for some circumstances? I would like to hear more about that from readers...Maybe I am just waffling on this.

Also important to remember is that we do not "NEED" immigrant labor. If we did not have this cheap labor, our country's businesses would innovate, increase wages to attract labor, or figure out a way. Companies that insist on side-stepping the law should face prosecution! Also important to be aware of is the current work load and processing capacity of the government offices processing legal immigrants. Unfortunately, government is not the most efficient of entities. So, while we may WANT to welcome more legal immigrants, this might not be realistic. We are a compassionate nation, but we cannot always save everyone. That's just reality.

Now, as far as those who claim that the GOP will lose the Latino vote if they make a stand on the border fence, and enforcing immigration law, let me just say--no way! Voters of "Latino" heritage are people of moral values. For the most part, they are pro-family, and moral conservatives. That is the key for the message. Like Reagan said, Latinos are conservatives; they just don't know it many times. What WILL lose the GOP votes is to allow nativist policies to move forward. We do not need to restrict LEGAL immigration. We need to continue welcome those that come to America to work hard and earn the American dream for their children.

The GOP needs to tackle head-on the negative messages being put out by the left, particularly by the extreme fringe left like La Raza and MECHA. Michelle Malkin has covered that best. The key is to make sure America hears the truth--most legal immigrants do not approve of this leftist message. Most immigrants are going to work in the mornings, and just trying to make it through another day. Most are making sure to keep their boss happy. Most are trying to learn some English, so they can help their kids with homework. And they are speaking out. It is time for the GOP to hear them.

Some quotes for added perspective:

Via Michelle Malkin:

Reader Adrian C.:

I am a Hispanic male born in Texas (3rd generation) but I must tell you I am totally disgusted with what I have seen recently here in LA and across the country. My wife and I were watching a movie on HBO the other day called Walkout and I turned to her and said "“History will repeat itself"” sure enough within a week this happens. I do not understand what part of "illegal" people do not understand. I am just blown away at the stupidity of some of fellow "“raza"”.
I posted this from Val Prieto at BabaluBlog earlier, but its worth quoting again. Head on over and read the whole thing.

Third, I have never and will never, despite having many issues with the government of the United States throughout the years, burn a flag of the United States of America. I am Cuban by birth, American by the grace of God. And a darned proud, dignified, thankful and respectful American.

Fourth, while I certainly sympathize with the Mexican people for their country's economic and social troubles, I refuse to be lumped together as a class or a race simply because we speak a similar language. If Mexicans and Mexican-Americans had wanted my support, then they should have supported the cause of a free and democratic Cuba, instead of the majority and at times the Mexican government having sided with and legitimizing the government of fidel castro.

Fifth, there is a difference between a Cuban living in the United States and a Mexican living in the United States. One is a political refugee and the other is an immigrant, respectively. When Mexicans are being oppressed and have their basic human rights trampled on by their government as Cubans do, then perhaps my opinion will change, until then, the aforementioned difference stands.

Mexicans and Mexican-Americans may very well have legitimate gripes with the government of the US, but as La Raza, the flags they are burning and flying up-side down below the Mexican flag do not speak for me. I aint Mexican, I aint Latino and I aint Hispanic. I am an American of Cuban descent. And damned proud of it.

Another great quote from "La Ventanita"
The Senate needs to wake up and listen to what Americans who elected them want rather than to an illegal majority. Yes we have an immigration problem, yes we need an immigration reform, yes we are living in a post 9/11 world, but why do they fail to see that what we need FIRST and FOREMOST is Border Security. Let me say it again, Border Security.
From Latina Advocate. Read the rest of her blog. She has post after post of common sense.
"I'm marching because this is a country for everyone seeking a better life and this is a free world".

The answer basically given by those interviewed in today's protest march in Los Angeles. Partially true, however nothing in life is free. Seeking the better life in the United States requires a price. The price being those who seek the better life agree to enter this country legally, meaning they follow our legal procedures in order to be a guest worker or citizen of the USA. The price being, be prepared to begin your journey of assimilation. Assimilation can and will get one closer to their dream. Assimilation can be done and proven it's been done by many other legal immigrants over the years and no one lost a bit of who they were or took anything away from their culture. All that crap about how assimilating to the American culture takes away ones heritage and culture is moot. No one looses their heritage/culture unless the individual/s choose to do so. Find another excuse and one that's believable and one that has a leg to stand on. Assimilate because you're not in your country anymore Toto. The price isn't high my friends. I can only wonder if their dreams of a better future are worth paying the price in order to live and work in this country and judging by the several million who have yet to pay the price and are here in this country, it's safe to assume that some are here just for the free ride. Prove me wrong...please.
Jeff Blanco had this to say. I don't agree with everything he says on his immigration post, but it says something about legal immigrant and "Latino" perspective on the issue.
I think the United States needs to do something to make it easier for people to come to this country legally. I have absolutely no problem with most immigrants coming to this country. I am not concerned about immigrants nearly as much as I am concerned about the government creating more laws. I'm concerned that people are getting too emotional about this issue. I'm concerned that this issue is going to get uncivil.

Republicans need to be very careful on this issue. Not only can they potentially lose the Hispanic vote, but an over-zealous demand against illegal immigrants, couple with the xenophobia of the UAE Ports deal will give minorities the impression that it's not about immigration, but about race. It will dissolve the groundwork and breakthroughs that Republicans have made in the black community. Many, if not most, legal immigrants vote Republican. An anti-immigration stance, or the appearance of being anti-immigrant will cost Republicans votes.

With that being said, however, when the first act within the borders by an immigrant is to violate the law then how can we expect them to obey the rest of our laws? The people that are law abiding want to obey the law and borders don't excuse behavior. Criminals hold no regard for laws in their own country, why should we expect them to abide by our laws?

He continues...
As a Latino, I find their actions to be abhorrent and they do not represent me. I understand that the majority of people that want something done about the borders ARE NOT racist. I understand their concerns. Once again, my only concern with the anti-illegal immigrant stance is over-zealousness.
And here are comments from Latino Issues readers:
Martin: The GOP stands to lose at least two thirds of its voters if it pushes ahead with amnesty. I'm with you, as a grandson of immigrants on both sides of the family, I resent the folks who cut ahead of everyone else doing it the right way and then ruining the infrastructure for everyone once they get here. It's complete insanity. President Bush says family values shouldn't stop at the Rio Grande and I agree. So why doesn't Vicente Fox do something about family values on his side of the border
Here is from a reader of Mexican descent.
I am a 3rd generation Mexican American and I do not speak spanish. I have been called stupid by other Mexicans because I do not speak spanish. Now, they are ignorant because they live in this country for years and still do not want to speak the English language which could possibly help them get a better job with better pay. But as for me personally, I do want to learn spanish and another language.

Another point is these kids that are protesting do not know how to speak properly and sound so ignorant and they are walking onto the freeway and for what? Just stupidity. They need to educate themselves, stay in school, and be informed. They make themselves look so ignorant and it is embarressing.

As far as the flags, it would have been a more accurate representation to have had both flags, the U.S. and their home country because they want to be here in the U.S but at the same time are proud of their heritage.

Also, I wish the Mexicans in Mexico would protest against their govenment demanding that Vicente Fox clean out all the corruption that is going on in the Mexican govenment and to try and invest in Mexico's resources to try and take care of their own citizens rather than having to depend too much on the U.S. to provide for their own people and Mexico's economy.

These La Raza sites and other sites like them are comical because they actually think this way but they are also dangerous. I really do not know what is going to become of all this and it is a little scary to think what could happen.

Some people may call me a coconut, brown outside and white inside. I am not comfortable being around all white people nor am I comfortable being around the traditional hispanic crowd. Anyone feel this way?
You want more "Latino" votes? Start putting pressure on Vicente Fox, and the rest of the Central American countries, to make real strides in the fight against corruption. Start putting strong conditions on loans and handouts. Start sending common-sense economists to Central and South America so that they can experience the creation of wealth of a true free market in an environment of justice and law.

Here is that comment from David, a Colombian reader, and its worth reading again.
I was just searching for information on this whole La Raza movement and happened on your blog. I'm 24 an Immigrant from Colombia, I've been in the US for 15 years. I'm now a citizen.

And I have no idea how to feel or what to think about this whole issue? I feel conflicted, being pulled in every direction. I spent all of Sunday researching this whole Aztlan fiasco, and frankly their 'cause' seem to me to be comical in principle and unrealistic. I mean, more than half of their supporters who are under the age of 20 are their most vocal and probably cannot carry a conversation in Spanish, yet they want to reclaim their land for Mexico? I just do not understand it. I also stumbled across this photo with Arafat yesterday and in the page they were comparing their struggle with that of the Palestinians. Again I do not understand the correlation.

Also who ever is in charge of these protest for the love of God, pass out American Flags. They are losing support every time someone tunes in to the news with an open mind about immigration and they see downtown LA in a sea of Mexican Flags.

Just wanted to know your thoughts on the issue, and how you deal with it mentally as a Hispanic. It's hard for me to make an argument for let's say the Guest worker program with someone who just saw a bunch of Latinos waving Mexican flags, saying this is my land you get out and then dropping "Por La Raza Todo, Fuera de La Raza Nada". I can only call them a fringe group so many times.
It's not that complicated. We cannot be distracted by the fringe--both on the left and on the right. Build the fence. Secure the border. Make citizenship worth it. Provide consequences for breaking the law. Give second chances when it is appropriate. Always keep America a welcoming place, through a secure and orderly process. Continue being a shinning light on a hill.

Tags: Politics, border, Terrorism, Homeland Security, MEXICO, Immigration, Illegal Aliens, Border Security, California, GOP

Mass Rallies -- Not Representative of the Majority

I have some more thoughts on this, but will post about it later. Look for it. Read through the comments on the various posts about the illegal immigrant issue, and you'll get a better feel for what many non-Mexican Latinos or Hispanics think about the debate. I don't think the GOP has to lose votes for enforcing the current laws, and for securing our borders--with a fence if need be!

Malkin: DOCUMENTS OF THE "UNDOCUMENTED"

I know some are really trying to pain illegal immigrants as desperate, but good people. Thats fine, but it doesn't take away from the facts. Michelle Malkin makes the point:
Not that the law matters anymore, but identification document fraud is a crime.
She has tons of pictures of forged documents.

Wednesday, March 29

Latino or Hispanic? Whats in a name.

BabaluBlog said it best. Make sure to read the whole thing.

First, there is no such thing as a "latino" race. There is no such thing as an "hispanic" race. Both terms are contrived and used solely for census purposes. There is no such country as "latinolandia" and Hispaniola is technically half of an island in the Caribbean.

Second, I am not nor will I ever be part of "La Raza." Nor do I agree or support their current protests. Some of you may, but I do not.

Third, I have never and will never, despite having many issues with the government of the United States throughout the years, burn a flag of the United States of America. I am Cuban by birth, American by the grace of God. And a darned proud, dignified, thankful and respectful American.

Advice to Mexicans: Fire your "La Raza" so-called leadership. They will destroy any chance you have of making a better life for yourself in America.

Another Must Read Article -- Illegal Immigration Problem

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=21841
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.
Michelle Malkin has pictures and up to the minute coverage.

Just when you think this can't get any worst, it does. They are shooting themselves in the foot! Wait for the backlash..its coming.

Abdul Rahman is Free!!

Via CNN
ROME, Italy (CNN) -- The Afghan man who could have received the death penalty for his conversion from Islam to Christianity has left Afghanistan for asylum in Italy, according to the Italian Embassy in Kabul.

Officials there said Abdul Rahman should be arriving in Italy later Wednesday.

Must-read for the day: When illegal is right, what is wrong?

Kathleen Parker has a great piece today on the immigration protests and the illegal aliens debate.

There's nothing like the sight of 500,000 protesters on U.S. turf, demanding rights in Spanish while waving Mexican flags, to stir Americans from their siestas.

In Los Angeles, the iconic phrase may be "Si se puede," but in Muncie, it's "What the ... ?"

Suddenly, in the flash of a newscast, polite political debate about guest worker programs visually morphed into what seemed like a full-blown invasion.

I agree people need to stop the PC mumbo-jumbo. It's not helping anyone.

Tuesday, March 28

The Challenge of Being an Immigrant Talking About Illegal Immigration

A reader said it well.
I was just searching for information on this whole La Raza movement and happened on your blog. I'm 24 an Immigrant from Colombia, I've been in the US for 15 years. I'm now a citizen.

And I have no idea how to feel or what to think about this whole issue? I feel conflicted, being pulled in every direction. I spent all of Sunday researching this whole Aztlan fiasco, and frankly their 'cause' seem to me to be comical in principle and unrealistic. I mean, more than half of their supporters who are under the age of 20 are their most vocal and probably cannot carry a conversation in Spanish, yet they want to reclaim their land for Mexico? I just do not understand it. I also stumbled across this photo with Arafat yesterday and in the page they were comparing their struggle with that of the Palestinians. Again I do not understand the correlation.

Also who ever is in charge of these protest for the love of God, pass out American Flags. They are losing support every time someone tunes in to the news with an open mind about immigration and they see downtown LA in a sea of Mexican Flags.

Just wanted to know your thoughts on the issue, and how you deal with it mentally as a Hispanic. It's hard for me to make an argument for let's say the Guest worker program with someone who just saw a bunch of Latinos waving Mexican flags, saying this is my land you get out and then dropping "Por La Raza Todo, Fuera de La Raza Nada". I can only call them a fringe group so many times.

Sorry for rambling on your Blog.
DavidU
The individual issues may be clear cut, but they are interrelated, and that makes it challenging. There is border security. There is the need to reduce incentives and enforce current immigration law. There is economic and labor issues--with many opposing views. Then, there is the millions of real human lives at stake. Regardless of where you stand, those are real people.

What do I think? Of these, I am sure: I think the law must be enforced. I think the border must be secured, and if a fence is what it takes, then go for it. I think law-abiding people should be able to enter the country legally and safely. But, thats not all of it. But there is only so much time...

Monday, March 27

La Raza and Arafat--The New Latino Palestine?

Considering the current situation, and posts by Michelle Malkin, I thought this old post would be relevant. The source of these student activists are the teachers themselves!! I heard for myself at a scholarship presentation banquet a high school teacher recite a violent, racist poem against white people, and calling for violent uprising.

La Raza with Arafat

I found this amazing picture. I don't know if its authentic, but if any of the readers can tell, let me know. This is only a few years old. Whether its real or not, it is this sort of thing that has America concerned about the illegal immigration problem. The mass rallies are not helping.
The myth of Aztlan can best be explained by California's Santa Barbara School District's Chicano Studies textbook, "The Mexican American Heritage" by East Los Angeles high school teacher Carlos Jimenez.

Page 84 shows a redrawn map of Mexico and the United States, showing Mexico with a full one-third more territory, all of it taken back from the United States. On page 107, it says "Latinos are now realizing that the power to control Aztlan may once again be in their hands." Shown are the "repatriated" eight or nine states including Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and parts of Washington.

According to the school text, Mexico is supposed to regain these territories as they rightly belong to the "mythical" homeland of Aztlan. On page 86, it says "...a free-trade agreement...promises...if Mexico is to allow the U.S. to invest in Mexico...then Mexico should...be allowed to freely export...Mexican labor.

Obviously this would mean a re-evaluation of the border between the two countries as we know it today." Jimenez's Aztlan myth is further amplified at MEChA club meetings held at Santa Barbara Public Schools.The book, paid for by American tax payers, cites no references or footnotes, leaving school children totally dependent on their teacher to separate fact from opinion and political propaganda. The book teaches separatism, victimization, nationalism, completely lacks patriotism towards the United States, and promotes an open border policy. The book is 100 percent editorial -- the opinions of the author.

The history of La Raza Commission Center is one that was conceived and fostered by student political activism. La Raza Commission Center was originally founded by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) in 1981. M.E.Ch.A. was born out of the barrios in 1969, at the height of U.S. social unrest as communities of color demanded social and economic justice.

M.E.Ch.A. formulated its direction from the barrios, committed to grass roots organizing and taking actions on behalf of its communities. M.E.Ch.A. Commission changed its name to La Raza Commission Center in 1997 to ensure inclusion amongst all Latinos and breakdown nationality division as we see social and economic issues and concerns in Latino communities related and interconnected.

Although the name of the Commission has changed to La Raza to make all Latinos feel included and to develop a comprehensive understanding of Latin America, its political philosophies remain parallel to M.E.Ch.A. LaRaza now receives federal funds, has the same foundations backing them as b-movement.org.
When I first posted about this, Gonzales was quoted saying it was an honor to be associated with La Raza.
Of course, when you put all of this in light of the list of honored guests La Raza has been promoting in their press releases for [last years] annual conference, it makes you wonder how much time do our dear politicians take to research out organizations that invite them to speak. It is no honor to associate with this organization. Mr. Gonzales, you know better.

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Battle of the Borders

Profound thoughts and long-term implications coming from Glenn Reynolds. Time will tell what the goal and end-result will be from these mass rallies. I tend to agree with Glenn--whichever way you look at this, the left always has "more control" as the end goal.
...the obvious tendency of this weekend's marches to provoke a backlash makes me wonder why they're happening. One possibility is that the organizers are dumb, and don't think there will be a backlash. The other possibility is that the organizers aren't dumb, and figure that they'll benefit from a backlash if it occurs. Either they win (which means they win) or they lose, and get a prop. 187 type response, leaving both illegal and legal Latino immigrants polarized and looking to them for leadership (which means they win). Given the GOP's inroads into the Latino vote, this may be, in part, an effort to sabotage any Latino realignment toward the GOP.
Meanwhile, the issue is becoming more and more volatile, as protestors and counterprotesters clash.
The problem was that there were two factions present at Bank Calumet in Munster, Indiana. IFIRE, along with CMP, their friends in the anti-ILLEGAL-immigration battle, regularly protests this bank for offering mortgages to ILLEGAL aliens.

Today we had counter-protesters, and the cops at first did nothing to keep us apart. When Jake and I showed up, we had to push our way through screaming socialists (more on that in a moment) to join our protest. Anywhere else we've ever protested with people holding an opposing point of view, the cops have instructed each group to take a certain spot to avoid this sort of thing.

The IFIRE/CMP folks stood together on the sidewalk, and the counter-protesters formed a line, surrounding us, and walked in a circle, jeering, chanting, and shouting slurs like "racist" and "Nazi" in our faces as they jostled by us.

Then the altercation went down. The cops were around the corner, and took a couple of minutes to get through the crowd...
Michelle Malkin highlights the radical ethnic separatist aspects of these rallies, and mentions the LA Times airbrushing of their story.
As Mickey Kaus points out, the reporters at the Los Angeles Times (and all other major media, for that matter) have downplayed the radical ethnic separatism that characterized the pro-illegal immigration rallies over the weekend. While the Times misleadingly asserted that the Los Angeles rally "featured more American flags than those from any other country," its reporters conveniently ignored marchers with extremist signs and banners advocating America-undermining concepts of reconquista and Aztlan:
Lonewacko points out that the Georgia illegal aliens protest was organized by former Mexican consul. What is Mexico's role in this whole fiasco? I would like to see official statements from all of the Latin American embassies encouraging their citizens to calm down!
Tim Molloy of the AP offers a roundup of the recent protest by illegal aliens who are demanding rights to which they aren't entitled in the falsely-titled "Immigration Rallies Draw Thousands Nationwide". It contains the following:
Teodoro Maus, an organizer of the Georgia protest, estimated as many as 80,000 Hispanics did not show up for work.
Molloy or his editors are apparently too shy to tell us that Maus isn't just a member of the "Coordinating Committee of Community Leaders". He's also a former Mexican consul. As with other professions, whether anyone is truly ever a "former" consul is unclear.

Here's an earlier AP article that doesn't disclose his former job. And, here's more on some recent statements he made here.
This is not helping anyone! They are making the situation worse for themselves, and harder for legal immigrants. What do THEY expect? They don't vote, so they don't have any sway with our elected officials. All they are doing is attracting negative attention!

tags: , Politics, border, Terrorism, Homeland Security, MEXICO.

Blogging for foundational freedoms--Fariñas Blogburst


There is a blogburst going for Coco Fariñas, who is on a hunger strike for freedom of information. Why would a man die for his internet access, you must be asking.

Here is the situation via La Ventanita:
Unless you are a government member, as a regular Cuban you have to go to an Internet café to access the Internet. At an exorbitant price, half of a month's wages, you can purchase an hour on the net. However, your surfing abilities are curtailed as the regime blocks all sites it does not want its people to see - just like China blocks opposition blogs and commentaries. Cubanacán Staff used the Internet to send out their reports, their stories to foreign press bureaus for publication, in an effort to report the truth about Cuba and their situation.
Freedom of information is a foundational freedom. Allow me to look back at the start of the Reformation, which as Hugh Hewitt notes in his book, Blog, was empowered in large by the invention of the printing press.
The Reformation began on October 31, 1517, when German monk Saint Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This was one of the greatest events of the past 1,000 years.

Saint Martin made a translation of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into German. Soon all the countries of Europe followed his example by translating the Scriptures into their languages. For the first time in history, the recently invented printing press made the Word of God available to all the people.
This is why, to me, Fariñas battle is so important. Freedom of religion, economic prosperity, and social justice CANNOT happen without the freedom of information for which he now gives his life.

From BabaluBlog:
And Guillermo Fariñas Hernandez will most certainly die because fidel castro's government can only stay in power one way: by keeping the Cuban people deaf, blind and dumb. Allowing Guillermo Fariñas Hernandez access to the internet is allowing him access to the truth and for a regime built on lies and deception, the truth is a cancer.
So, use the liberty you have, practice the free speach men have died to grant you. Join us in spreading the word of Guillermo Fariñas and his fight for freedom!! Join the many other bloggers who are speaking out.

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Sunday, March 26

Celebrating Tradition: Cherry Blossom Festival

Yesterday my wife and I enjoyed the all-American tradition of the yearly kite festival. We drove down to Arlington, and took the metro to the mall. We got to walk around, watch kids running around and flying kites (and some adults acting like kids with their kites), and we watched some trick kite competition. It was an amazing site. If you missed it this year, make it a point to make it next year.

I thought I would share some fotos for everyone to see.



Of course, I had never been to the National Air & Space Museum, so we took the time to walk around the exibits. I was excited to see SpaceShipOne on display in the main entry hall. It was right there next to the Spirit of Saint Louis, and the X-1. The connection between the Spirit of Saint Louis and SpaceShipOne being the X-Prize competition, which motivated in part the whole SpaceShipOne project. I love this stuff!

I got to watch the award winning launch, and to see the ship in person was great. I'm one of those kids that wanted to be an astronaut, but gave up the dream for goals that where within my capacity. Maybe, just maybe, I still can make that dream a reality.

Then of course, there was the Wright Brother's 1903 Flyer. I enjoyed walking through the display, and reading up on the details of the historical brothers.
The Flyer, designed and built by the Wright brothers, was one step in a broad experimental program that began in 1899 with their first kite and concluded in 1905, when they built the first truly practical airplane. The basic problems of mechanical flight, lift, propulsion, and control were solved in the Wright design.
I studied this in school, of course, but the museum had interesting facts that added to my knowledge. Amazing what these two guys did.


Overall, I had an awesome weekend. My feet were tired from all the walking, but it was worth it. I'm looking forward to visiting their other location some time in the future. It's weekends like these that remind me just how great nation we live in.

More Insanity at the Mexican border

World Magazine has a story on the violence at the border. It goes to prove that there is a serious threat on our Southern border. We cannot ignore it. We cannot politicize it. This is about national security. Don't let the related issues distract from the top priority--a secure, and controlled southern border.
The Mexican government's attempt to stop a bloody gang war in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico (just across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas) appears to have failed. Earlier this month, Mexican officials reorganized the army-led effort and promised between 600 and 800 more troops to break up a bloody rivalry between the Gulf and Sinaloa Cartels. The groups are battling for the Nuevo Laredo territory - an all-important transfer point for transporting cocaine, heroin and marijuana into the United States.
Tags: , Politics, border, Terrorism, Homeland Security, MEXICO.

Faith: If its not worth dying for, its not worth living for

I have to say I admire Abdul Rahman. I wonder if I would choose to stand by my faith when having to choose between my very own life? This is a real-life testament to the transforming power of Jesus in the live of millions throughout history.

It's good to hear the good news via FoxNews about his pending release. Its not over yet, as the extreemists want to kill him. I do hope he is given free passage out, and that he will come to America and share his story.

Rahman...said he was fully aware of his choice and was ready to die for it, according to an interview published Sunday in an Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

"I am serene. I have full awareness of what I have chosen. If I must die, I will die," Abdul Rahman told the Rome daily, responding to questions sent to him via a human rights worker who visited him in prison.

"Somebody, a long time ago, did it for all of us," he added in a clear reference to Jesus.

What do you live for? Don't you wish you had such clear purpose? My prayers are for his life, and for honor to the God, Jehovah, we serve.

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Well Said--Saving Abdul Rahman

From Mark Steyn:
What can we do? Should governments with troops in Afghanistan pass joint emergency legislation conferring their citizenship on this poor man and declaring him, as much as Karzai, under their protection?

In a more culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with the practice of "suttee" - the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands. Gen. Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural:

"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks, and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."

India today is better off without suttee. If we shrink from the logic of that, then in Afghanistan and many places far closer to home the implications are, as the Prince of Wales would say, "ghastly."
America must stand by its traditions, and defend this man. The whole free world should!
HT:RedState.com