Definition – Illegal

Cross posted from DeMediacratic Nation

Main Entry: 1il·le·gal

Pronunciation: (")i(l)-'lE-g&l

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French illegal, from Medieval Latin illegalis, from Latin in- + legalis legal

1: not according to or authorized by law : UNLAWFUL, ILLICIT; also : not sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)

2: unlawful, illicit and illegal does not in any way shape or form refer to a nations sovereignty/borders : border crossings regardless of illegality is not considered illegal.

3: see Bush, senators agree on alien citizenship, shut out critics

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Where’s The Compassion?

Cross posted at DeMediacratic Nation

It's more than a bit frustrating to hear your elected officials speaking in terms that denigrate your view on a particular subject. President Bush and other politicos overgeneralize the "plight" of the "migrant worker," while claiming those in favor of stricter border enforcement and/or no "amnesty by any name" for illegal entrants to the U.S. are overgeneralizing the debate.

When the argument does its best to avoid the word "illegal" to refer to something as "illegal" it is a likely bet nothing is going to be resolved.

Thanks to Michelle Malkin we can add another argument to the debate when she asks "where's the compassion?" from those that are asking that very question in behalf of illegal aliens. Where's the compassion for the victims of "undocumented worker" Angel Resendiz?

Where's the compassion for those legally awaiting their acceptance into this nation? Where's the compassion for those that have a real concern about the border security of this nation and the enforcement of it's laws only to see lawmakers ignoring them for votes? Where is the reality check to those that think this will be taken lying down?

If you haven't skipped all my blather to go directly to the post by Michelle Malkin, the link is here as well .

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Still Relevant Today

Cross posted from Random Thoughts of Yet Another Military Member

This speech given by the former Democrat Governor of Colorado close to 2 years ago. This was verified by Snopes:

We all know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Last week there was an immigration-overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, filled to capacity by many of American’s finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor named Victor Davis Hanson talked about his latest book, “Mexifornia,” explaining how immigration — both legal and illegal — was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.

Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America. The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States. He said, “If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let’s destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that ‘An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.’”

“Here is how they do it,” Lamm said: First to destroy America, “Turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar Seymour Lipset put it this way: ‘The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy. Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans.”

Lamm went on: Second, to destroy America, “Invent ‘multiculturalism’ and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal. That there are no cultural differences. I would make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.

Third, “We could make the United States a ‘Hispanic Quebec’ without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: ‘The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved! Not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentrically and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.’”

Lamm said, “I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America reinforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.”

“Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.”

“My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of ‘Victimology.’ I would get all minorities to think their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population.”

“My sixth plan for America’s downfall would include dual citizenship and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other – that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity! Unity is what it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshiped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic Games.

A common enemy Persia threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to over come two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell.

“E. Pluribus Unum” — From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the ‘pluribus’ instead of the ‘Unum,’ we can balkanize America as surely as Kosovo.”

“Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits ~ make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of ‘diversity.’ I would find a word similar to ‘heretic’ in the 16th century – that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like ‘racist’ or ‘x! xenophobes’ halt discussion and debate.”

“Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culturism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of ‘Victimology,’ I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them.”

In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said, “Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis’s book Mexifornia. His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don’t read that book.”

There was no applause.

A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Every discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate ‘diversity.’ American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America — take note of California and other states — to date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell’s book “1984.” In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery,” and “Ignorance is strength.”

Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy are deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don’t get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.

Snopes also has a revised version as well. Seems that nothing has changed since he gave this speech and nothing will with our current administration leaning towards a broad amnesty.

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What a load of….

Cross posted from My Country-My View

Protesters plead guilty but claim victory

April 26, 2006

BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter

Four activists accused of fighting with police during a raucous immigration protest in Arlington Heights were sentenced Tuesday to court supervision and community service work after they pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery.

But once they stepped outside the Cook County courtroom, the four Chicago residents quickly claimed victory and denied any wrongdoing during last fall's demonstration.

"We did nothing wrong on Oct. 15," said Cindy Gomez, one of the activists who accepted the plea deal with prosecutors to avoid a trial. "We stand by everything we did."

"We feel the agreement we came to was an important victory,'' added Kara Norlander, another of the demonstrators arrested last fall as they protested outside a meeting of the Chicago Minutemen Project.

Rallied against Minutemen

The guilty pleas may not end the legal action stemming from the demonstration. Rehana Khan, one of the activists, is weighing a civil lawsuit against Arlington Heights, saying that while arresting her, police officers forcibly removed her religious head scarf.

The claims of a legal victory rankled prosecutors and Arlington Heights officials, who said the guilty pleas speak louder than the statements made afterward.

"It's absurd to suggest they were innocent when they in ,fact pleaded guilty," Assistant State's Attorney Lance Northcutt said.

The four charged were among a group of several hundred demonstrators who gathered last fall outside the Christian Liberty Academy to protest a meeting of the Minuteman Project, a group that opposes illegal immigration.

Critics say the group — which provides volunteers to patrol the nation's borders — is a racist organization that encourages vigilante action against immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico.

Resisting arrest charges dropped

Arlington Heights police arrested five people during the rally, saying they blocked an entrance to the building, then hit or struggled with officers trying to remove them. Charged with battery and resisting arrest were Gomez, 28; Norlander, 24; Khan, 23; Eric Zenke, 18, and Marco Quiroz-Rojas. All were in court Tuesday for the expected start of their trial except Quiroz-Rojas, a Chicago man who disappeared after being released on bail.

In the plea bargain, Gomez, Norlander, Khan and Zenke pleading guilty to battery, while prosecutors agreed to drop the resisting arrest charges. Judge Hyman Riebman sentenced each to one year of court supervision and ordered each to do 240 hours of community service work. They had faced a maximum sentence of a year in jail.

Arlington Heights Village Attorney Ernest Blomquist said he was satisfied with the plea deal, but a Minutemen leader ripped the punishment as too lax. "I'm just sorry they weren't thrown into prison for 10 years for assaulting police," said Rosanna Pulido, a co-founder of the Chicago Minutemen Project.

Khan, a college student, said she felt her "religious rights'' were violated when officers removed the hijab, or religious head scarf, she was wearing during the protest. "It is very disrespecting,'' she said.

Arlington Heights police defended their handling of the protest and said Khan's head scarf had to be removed as a security precaution because it could have covered a weapon or dangerous object. "We're pleased with the way our officers responded,'' Capt. Jerry Lambert said. Link above.

I wish we could sue every illegal invader for invading our country. How many times have our religous rights been violated? It seems to me that everyone except Americans have rights anymore! You have people from all over the place suing and complaining! Ok maybe you are legalized; but what ever happened to good old fashioned homestyle born in AMERICA , AMERICANS?

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Latino Boycott Sparks Anger

Cross posted from DeMediacratic Nation

Cracking down on illegal immigrants and those who hire them is a "slap in the face" 'to all immigrants?' – Teodoro Maus

Bob Griggs has the right idea, but maybe it should go beyond Monday and Cinco de Mayo? Check out his Nothing "Mexican" on Cinco de Mayo.

"I will not patronize my favorite Mexican restaurant nor any other Hispanic-owned or "Mexican-themed" business on May 5 or the week thereafter."

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

As he slurped down a margarita at his favorite Mexican restaurant, Snellville political activist Bob Griggs glanced at TV images of protesting illegal immigrants and their supporters.

What gall, Griggs thought. And the TV reporter said there would be more: a national economic boycott on Monday. Griggs, whose activism is normally limited to Gwinnett politics and land-use issues, vowed to make illegal immigration his latest cause. "Something snapped," said Griggs, a Web design specialist. "This hasn't been a burning issue with me."

Inflaming negative reactions from the public is just one concern of Latino leaders debating whether to support the no-buy, no-work boycott on Monday, international labor day. Some participants might risk losing their jobs as employers lose patience with the third protest in Georgia since late March. And frustrated Hispanic students could once again skip school by the thousands — against the pleas of Latino leaders — in their desire to participate.

"There are dangers," said Teodoro Maus, one of the organizers of a march that drew an estimated 40,000 people to north DeKalb County earlier this month. "But I think they're dangers that we're willing to chance."

The U.S. House passed a bill that would make being in the country illegally a felony and would fund construction of a barrier along part of the Mexican border. Supporters say the legislation would make the United States safer and help cut the flow of illegal immigrants, whose numbers are estimated at more than 11 million nationally and between 250,000 and 800,000 in Georgia.

This month, Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law a crackdown on illegal immigrants and those who hire them in Georgia.

Maus, a former Mexican consul in Atlanta, called the measures a "slap in the face" to all immigrants. And while there hasn't been 100 percent agreement on what to do Monday, leaders of the March 17 Alliance of Georgia — the group that has organized the last two protests in the state — finalized a plan.

They are encouraging immigrants to participate in that national boycott so long as they don't endanger their jobs. School students should attend class, Maus said, and wear white shirts as a show of support.

Other groups are throwing their support behind protests after work and school hours. The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials will join a march and rally of high school and college students in Athens, said Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO's executive director. The 5 p.m. march will begin and end at First Christian Church at the corner of Pulaski and Dougherty streets in Athens.

What to do on Monday has been the question of the hour crackling on Spanish-language radio in Atlanta. "It's a decision of the individual," Flavia Jimenez of the National Council of La Raza told listeners last week on VIVA (105.7 FM). Skipping out on work comes with real dangers, counseled Jimenez, an immigration policy analyst with the Hispanic advocacy group. "In the United States, there isn't a right to just not work."

Hispanic leaders across the country have been split over Monday's boycott. Some call it an effective nonviolent protest in the mold of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Others warn that too much protesting could hurt their cause just as immigration reform talks return to the U.S. Senate, which is deeply divided over what to do with illegal immigrants.

About 61 percent of the nearly 8,000 likely voters surveyed in a Zogby Interactive poll earlier this month said recent protests have made them less sympathetic toward the plight of undocumented workers.

Griggs, for one, wrote a manifesto that called on Americans not to patronize "Hispanic-owned or Mexican-themed" businesses on Cinco de Mayo and the week after. Griggs said he personally would not be sipping those margaritas at his favorite Mexican restaurant on the May 5 holiday that celebrates the Mexican army's defeat of French invaders. "It angers me when the interlopers so brazenly demand the protection of the same law that they flaunted with their very first steps on American soil," Griggs wrote.

Then he posted the column on his Web site — a community guide with a blog dedicated to politics. Atlanta radio personality Neal Boortz talked about it last week on his nationally syndicated show and chatted with Griggs. More than 20,000 people clicked on Griggs' column, which normally gets a few hundred hits in a week.

Griggs, who wants Congress to make halting immigration a top priority, said he's trying to send a message to Washington.

Then again, so is Jessica Zapata, a 19-year-old cashier at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant — Griggs' favorite. Zapata, whose family left Mexico for the United States when she was a toddler, said she won't be working or spending come Monday.

Zapata said that unlike the hastily arranged boycott in Georgia last month, news of the latest protest has been circulating through Spanish-language TV and radio for weeks. "It'll be like that movie 'A Day Without a Mexican,'" Zapata said. "Everybody's talking about it now."

But the decision was easy for Zapata; Monday is her day off.

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More On Illegal Aliens

Cross posted from Blogmeister USA

With the May 1st boycott of schools and businesses in support of illegal immigrants in America looming, there are a lot of hot tempers around.

Here’s a sample from comments left right here on this site (copied and pasted exactly):

tHE BOYCOTT WILL GO ON AND I PLAN TO PARTCIPATE. I AM A MEXICAN AMERICAN AND I WILL STAND BEHIND MY PEOPLE 100 PERCENT!!!!!!!!!

Notice Carmen says she is a Mexican-American, and stands behind her people.

I find it interesting that she doesn’t consider herself an American. But then again, I don’t know if she’s her legally or not. If she is here legally, her comment is even more disturbing than if she isn’t.

Remeber if you are not a native o America you are also an inmigran in some way, I am also an inmigrant like every single one of you.

Milt ignores an important point: Except for a few extreme wackos, the beef most Americans have with this whole “movement” is that these are people who have snuck over our border in violation of our immigration laws, and then they have the audacity to demand rights that are not theirs. We are not anti-immigrant, we are anti-illegal immigrant. This is a crucial difference the rabid pro-illegal crowd is determined to ignore.

Of course we are all of immigrant stock of some kind. (There are theories that even American Indians came over either on a Bering Strait land bridge or possibly by boat — albeit thousands of years ago.) For anyone to claim otherwise is ludicrous.

However, since 1875, when the Supreme Court of the United States decreed that the regulation of immigration was the responsibility of the federal government, there have been laws to uphold. Not all of those laws over the years have been something to be proud about, but that’s why we have legislators who can improve upon outdated ideas.

The point is, we have legislation making illegal for anyone to just waltz over the border without proper documentation/permission. And, if you want to become a citizen, there is a process for that as well. My ancestors did it. And since they did it legally, and I was born here, then I’m a native. Sorry, but there’s no two ways about that one.

Oh, and here’s a lulu of a comment:

I think the boycott will help all Americans see how much we are needed by them. How can they say we steal jobs when were doing jobs they dont want to do. I don’t see them digging holes in streets, or cutting yards..

Why would we dig holes or cut yards when we know we’ll be passed over for such work because there are illegals willing to do it for less? Americans love a bargain. By the way, I have no respect for those who deliberately hire illegal aliens on the cheap. Not only are they saying to the illegals, “You aren’t worth paying what an American would expect,” but they’re saying to everyone else, “We’re above such petty concerns as checking for green cards or visas. As people with money and oversized egos, we are above the law.”

Illegal aliens cost us more than they supposedly save us. For example, hospitals in and around the border area are closing because they can no longer aborb the cost of treating illegals who cannot pay. School budgets are bursting at the seams , paying to educate children whose parents do not contribute to said school budget. And so on and so on.

I’d like to close my rant with the following question. I hope someone can answer it for me:

Why is it that the same people who are screaming that we shouldn’t outsource jobs overseas because it’s taking employment away from Americans seem to think it’s okay for illegal aliens to come over and take jobs away from Americans who would do them — if the pay scale was not being artificially lowered by greedy employers and illegals who are willing to do just about anything for pennies?

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More: Debbie at Right Truth notes that high gas prices are eclipsing the illegal alien stories in the news. Does the MSM have ADHD?

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Chicago Imigration Mrch Gets PUSH Support: Jackson Pledges Participants, Says Blacks Need Not Fear

Cross posted from DeMediacratic Nation

The "reverend" is at it again. Where is "reverend" Al Sharpton on this one?

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

"the fight for an easier path to citizenship is a continuation of the 1960s civil rights movement" – Jesse Jackson

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Tuesday promised to rally his Rainbow/PUSH troops to participate in the giant May 1 immigrant rights march, saying the fight for an easier path to citizenship is a continuation of the 1960s civil rights movement.

Speaking at Casa Michoacan in Pilsen, Jackson's speech aimed to ease fears he says some blacks have that illegal immigrants are taking jobs that otherwise would be theirs.

"There is real fear among blacks about the loss of jobs," he said. "But it's not because of the undocumented workers that are the cause. It's cheaper wage jobs."

Jackson said the struggle for decent-paying jobs is fueled by an exodus of manufacturing jobs, including work in the automobile and textile industries that is now done by inexpensive laborers overseas.

The activist said he hopes the May 1 demonstration — when thousands of immigrant rights advocates are set to march from Union Park to Grant Park — will show the immigration fight isn't just a Latino issue."

All immigrants and undocumented workers can see it's in their own interest [to define] a new promise for all of us," he said.

'They say we are divided '

"We're going to mobilize people to march and try to interpret it so people climb aboard, attempt to form alliances, keep the march open and nonviolent. [And] try [to get] American employers who are part of using these workers, they should be marching too."

Maria D'Amezcua, chairwoman of Rainbow/PUSH's Latino chapter, said Jackson's support is key in building bridges between blacks and Hispanics on this issue.

"They say we are divided and fighting for part of a pie that neither of us have," she said. "We need to build a bridge and work together. The future of this country belongs to minorities."

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