Posts Tagged ‘immigration’

LA Immigration March Was A Huge Success

immigration march in san diego

Sí se puede!!!

Work wouldn’t let me have the day off, but I really wanted to go! I’m so glad that so many people showed up to support those who don’t have a voice. Yay!

Via KFMB Channel 8:

Tens of thousands of demonstrators galvanized by opposition to Arizona’s tough law marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles to demand an overhaul of immigration laws, some holding signs calling for a boycott of the Grand Canyon State.

Singer Gloria Estefan kicked off the march by climbing on a flatbed truck to say that illegal immigrants should not be considered criminals. She said the United States was a nation of immigrants.

“We’re honest people, we’re good people,” the Cuban-born singer said. “We’ve given a lot to this country. This country has given a lot to us.”

Cardinal Roger Mahony stood on the truck and joined the crowd in chanting, “Si, se puede,” or “Yes, we can,” in Spanish. Streets and sidewalks were packed with tens of thousands of people as horns blared.

The march ended nearly five hours later after a steady stream of politicians and labor leaders stepped on stage on a perfect spring afternoon to denounce the Arizona law and insist that President Barack Obama tackle immigration reform.

“We say no to Arizona, no to racism, no to hate,” said Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles city councilwoman and Democratic candidate for California lieutenant governor.

Police officials estimated about 50,000 demonstrators took to the streets at the rally’s peak in the early afternoon.

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Sí se puede!!! Sí se puede!!! Sí se puede!!! Sí se puede!!!

The Arizona Illegal Immigration Bill is Bullshit!

Fuck you, Arizona!

Hey illegal immigrants… ditch that racist Arizona shithole and come chill in tolerant and respectful San Diego! We’re living in the present… not 50 years ago.

Via PAUL DAVENPORT AND JONATHAN J. COOPER at The Huffington Post:

Gov. Jan Brewer ignored criticism from President Barack Obama on Friday and signed into law a bill supporters said would take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration in Arizona, the nation’s gateway for human and drug smuggling.

With hundreds of protesters outside the state Capitol shouting that the bill would lead to civil rights abuses, Brewer said critics were “overreacting” and that she wouldn’t tolerate racial profiling.

“We in Arizona have been more than patient waiting for Washington to act,” Brewer said after signing the law. “But decades of inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation.”

Earlier Friday, Obama called the Arizona bill “misguided” and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it’s legal. He also said the federal government must enact immigration reform at the national level – or leave the door open to “irresponsibility by others.”

“That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe,” Obama said.

The legislation, sent to the Republican governor by the GOP-led Legislature, makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It also requires local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants, allows lawsuits against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws, and make it illegal to hire illegal immigrants for day labor or knowingly transport them.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund said it plans a legal challenge to the law, arguing it “launches Arizona into a spiral of pervasive fear, community distrust, increased crime and costly litigation, with nationwide repercussions.”

Brewer ordered the state’s law enforcement licensing agency to develop a training course on how to implement the law while respecting civil rights.

The bill will take effect in late July or early August.

Read the rest of this excellent article here.

So yeah… San Diego rocks and Arizona sucks. Bam.

Billions More Needed for Border Fence

Screw you, border fence!

Screw you, border fence!

Come on Obama… really? Why are you letting this go forward? You’re the freakin’ President! This won’t actually stop the flow of immigration… it’ll just cost us money, and create more hassle for all of us. Studies have shown that it’s not going to make us any safer. Bah!

Via NBC San Diego:

A government audit released Thursday said it will cost taxpayers $6.5 billion over the next 20 years to maintain fencing along the U.S-Mexico border.

Despite the high price tag attached to maintaining the fence, authorities have not found a way to determine whether it has helped control illegal immigration, according to a new report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report also states that as of May 14, 2009, that there have been 3,363 breaches in the fence. Each breach costs about $1,300 to fix, states the GAO.

The $6.5 billion price tag is in addition to the $2.4 billion that has already been spent building more than 600 miles of fence segments along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The fence, an initiative from the Bush administration, has faced several delays and cost increases. The technology portion of the government’s plan to secure the border continues to be delayed, states the GAO report. Until the technology portion is complete, the Border Patrol will not know if the security measures are working.

Charles Pope of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego is not surprised by the cost of maintaining the border fence. Pope said he thought that those billions of dollars would be better spent helping Mexico improve its economy. He said that a stronger Mexican economy would encourage Mexicans to stay and work in their own county instead oif trying to cross illegally into the U.S.

The fence has been called a “serious challenge” by chairman of the House Homeland Security committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson.

Boeing Co. has the contract for the technology portion. Tim Peters, Boeing’s vice president of global security, said the company has learned valuable lessons and that it’s not “uncommon” to run into unexpected technological challenges in projects such as this, according to the Associated Press.

The government report states that the border fence will likely be completed in 2016.