When Artist Jimmy Margulies reacted to Arizona's new immigration law, he drew Gov. Jan Brewer's state as the mustache of Hitler he did not expect the reaction of other Jewish Americans.
The Anti Defamation League (ADL) took issue with Margulies's imagery and it’s national director Abraham H. Foxman opined "We are seeing these offensive and inappropriate Nazi and Holocaust comparisons come to the fore in the public debate once again. We saw it in the health care debate, and now we are seeing it with Arizona,.. It is disturbing that in speaking out against the bill a number of individuals have taken to using Nazi comparisons, in describing the legislation as being reminiscent of Nazi policies that required Jews and others to carry identity cards, or in comparing the governor and other Arizona officials as being like Hitler,"
Foxman explained that: "No matter how odious, bigoted, biased and unconstitutional Arizona's new law may be, let's be clear that there is no comparison between the situation facing immigrants, legal or illegal, in Arizona and what happened in the Holocaust."
Speaking to Comic Riffs, a daily comics blog covering the world of comics, from strips to superheroes, Margulies clarified that his raising a Nazi analogy was appropriate to remember the memory of the Holocaust.
Margulies commented that '"[as] a Jew of Eastern European descent, I am well aware of the unique horror of the Nazi era. It is all the more important that I, and others of good conscience who are able to reach an audience, do so in the face of abhorrent laws such as Arizona's. I do not think it diminishes the memory of the Holocaust to point out that the law in Arizona is uncomfortably reminiscent of Germany's in targeting one or more minorities. Before the concentration camps, there were smaller measures enacted which set the stage for greater acts. "The Arizona law gives police too much power by casting as suspects anyone who looks to be Latino or foreign-born."
Margulies is not alone in his opinion. Baldemar Velasquez President,of FLOC (Alliance of Greater Toledo and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee of Toledo) said he's worried other states, including Ohio, will introduce "copycat bills….The wrong-headed people got their way and woe to those who pass unjust laws because the government and a majority of people can pass unjust laws," he said. "That's what they did during the civil rights movements like Jim Crow laws and that's what they did in Nazi Germany."
Former Toledo City Councilman Louis Escobar compared Arizona to Nazi Germany. "I am a second-generation American and I was elected by the people and yet I could go to the state of Arizona and a police officer would be in his right to ask that I prove that I am an American citizen," Mr. Escobar said after about 40 people marched in South Toledo at Broadway and Logan Street…. I would go to jail because I am not about to produce some papers," he said. "All I can think of is Nazi Germany. “
“When I heard about it, it reminded me of Nazi Germany," said Hispanic Federation President Lillian Rodríguez López. "It reminded me of South African apartheid."
Jewish Colorado Representative Democrat Jared Polis says Arizona is on its way to becoming a “police state” and its new immigration law is “reminiscent” of Nazi Germany.
“It is absolutely reminiscent of second class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II when they had to have their papers with them at all times and were subject to routine inspections at the suspicion of being Jewish… I fear that Arizona is headed for a police state and it really underscores the need for immigration reform at the federal level to fix our system,” he said.
Polis pointed out he was not making a comparison of the Arizona law to the Holocaust but rather to the time before the war when Jews were forced to carry papers and identify themselves publicly as Jews. “I think it’s a very fair comparison and I hope that we’re not headed on the same trajectory that Nazi Germany was,” Polis sated. “But this was a very recent experience for Jewish Americans and Jews worldwide and it’s something that when we see similarities we start ringing alarm bells.”
What is feeding this fire is that ((Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce introduced the law. Pearce has been associated with local Neo-Nazi and John Birch types for many years)). In 2006, he came under attack for speaking commendably of a 1950s federal deportation program called Operation Wetback, and for sending an e-mail message to his supporters that included an attachment from a white supremacist group.
The law originated with Kris Kobach, who is running for Secretary of State in Kansas. Kobach is also a proponent in the birther conspiracy that contends Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
Kobach is an attorney for Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal arm of the chameleon named organization Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR. As Rachel Maddow revealed in her show last week, the founder of FAIR is known racist.
Well perhaps, the Jimmy Margulies cartoon is not far off the mark.
Since the passage of Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law SB 1070, which was signed into law by Governor Brewer last week, there are many people confused about the wording, claiming that only if a person commits a crime would they would be arrested. Apparently they have not read the exact words of the law because it is quite clear, that a police officer can arrest anyone the he has “reasonable suspicion” that the person is unlawfully present in the state. The person does not have to commit any crime to be stopped; he or she just has to “look like” and illegal alien. And this is the crux of the problem. Once the officer determines that the person is an illegal alien, he will determine that a crime has been committed, because the law makes a person who is illegal in Arizona, a trespasser and, now that has become a crime. Understand that under current law, being illegal is not a crime; it is an administrative violation punishable by deportation, not jail. This law creates a new crime, for just being illegal in the country. I submit, that the state does not have the power to create this crime as any immigration violation is within the ambit of federal law. Arizona has overstepped its boundaries.
Following is a portion of the black letter law of SB 1070. Read it and judge for yourself.
State of Arizona
Second Regular Session 2010
SENATE BILL 1070
AN ACT AMENDING TITLE 11, CHAPTER 7, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING ARTICLE 8; AMENDING TITLE 13, CHAPTER 15, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 13-1509; AMENDING SECTION 13-2319, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES; AMENDING TITLE 13, CHAPTER 29, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTIONS 13-2928 AND 13-2929; AMENDING SECTIONS 23-212, 23-212.01, 23-214 AND 28-3511, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES; AMENDING TITLE 41, CHAPTER 12, ARTICLE 2, ARIZONA REVISEDSTATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 41-1724; RELATING TO UNLAWFULLY PRESENT ALIENS. (TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Intent
The legislature finds that there is a compelling interest in the cooperative enforcement of federal immigration laws throughout all of Arizona. The legislature declares that the intent of this act is to make attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona. The provisions of this act are intended to work together to discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States.
Sec. 2. Title 11, chapter 7, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding article 8, to read:
ARTICLE 8. ENFORCEMENT OF IMMIGRATION LAWS
11-1051. Cooperation and assistance in enforcement of immigration laws; indemnification
A. NO OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR
OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY ADOPT A POLICY THAT LIMITS OR RESTRICTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS TO LESS THAN THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW.
B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE,WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE PERSON'S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).
C. IF AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES IS
CONVICTED OF A VIOLATION OF STATE OR LOCAL LAW, ON DISCHARGE FROM IMPRISONMENT OR ASSESSMENT OF ANY FINE THAT IS IMPOSED, THE ALIEN SHALL BE TRANSFERRED IMMEDIATELY TO THE CUSTODY OF THE UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OR THE UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION.
D. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER LAW, A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY MAY SECURELY TRANSPORT AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES AND WHO IS IN THE AGENCY'S CUSTODY TO A FEDERAL FACILITY IN THIS STATE OR TO ANY OTHER POINT OF TRANSFER INTO FEDERAL CUSTODY THAT IS OUTSIDE THE JURISDICTION OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.
E. A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, WITHOUT A WARRANT, MAY ARREST A PERSON IF THE OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON HAS COMMITTED ANY PUBLIC OFFENSE THAT MAKES THE PERSON REMOVABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES.
F. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN FEDERAL LAW, OFFICIALS OR AGENCIES OF THIS STATE AND COUNTIES, CITIES, TOWNS AND OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS OF THIS STATE MAY NOT BE PROHIBITED OR IN ANY WAY BE RESTRICTED FROM SENDING, RECEIVING OR MAINTAINING INFORMATION RELATING TO THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL OR EXCHANGING THAT INFORMATION WITH ANY OTHER FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICIAL PURPOSES...
Today President Obama will welcome the leaders of 47 governments to his Nuclear Security Summit. It will be another milestone in the President’s efforts to establish America’s role in the world and the largest gathering of world leader since 1945. He calls it the "single biggest threat to U.S. security" and is looking for cooperation from the rest of the world in arresting the development of improper use of nuclear energy and to rid the country of nuclear weapons. His primary concern is that some terrorist group like al-Qaida "could change the security landscape in this country and around the world for years to come."
On Sunday, spoke to individual leaders such as Chinese president Hu Jintao. regarding nuclear materials as well as including Iran, trade, and the U.S.-Chinese currency dispute,
King Abdullah II of Jordan, regarding the Middle East peace process and India and Pakistan as well as several others. Following these meeting he said "I feel very good at this stage in the degree of commitment and a sense of urgency that I have seen from the world leaders so far on this issue," Obama said. "We think we can make enormous progress on this, and this then becomes part and parcel of the broader focus that we've had over the last several weeks."
Last week the president approved a new nuclear policy for the United States. He pledged to decrease America's nuclear collection, desist from nuclear tests and will not use nuclear weapons against countries without such weapons. It is noted that North Korea and Iran were not part of the promise as they have failed to cooperate with other countries on nonproliferation principles.
In a recent interview on ABC's "Good Morning America " Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev the President of the Russian Federation also opined that Iran's nuclear agenda requires close monitoring. Support from the Russian and Chinese leaders would be imperative if any sanctions against Iran is to be imposed.
NITEROI, Brazil — with over 400 people now believed dead in one of the worst flooding to engulf Brazil in decades 150 rescuers raced against the clock Saturday in the midst of vanishing optimism of discovering more survivors. Firefighters said there was little chance of finding new survivors after part of the hillside fell away and consumed everything in its path.
More than 70 hours have past since the most powerful rains in half a century unearthed mudslides and floods and rescue workers still have much to do.
In the Niteroi shantytown of Morro do Bumba, the total death toll climbed to 219. More than 200 people may have been buried alive. The town itself, a slum (favela) is perched atop a garbage dump.
The town of Niteroi was the epicenter of Mother Nature’s attack, with more than 134 dead. Another 60 were found across the bay in Rio de Janeiro.
Because homes were damaged over 50,000 people were required to leave their homes, Some were ordered to leave because officials feared fresh landslides.
A survivor, said "We ran and everything starting coming down ... the kitchen, my brothers' room, the living room," she said. "But in the other room it stopped, so when that happened we opened the window ... we jumped into the woods and ran away."
There are more than a million people live in favelas all around the Rio area.
There have been complaints by health experts that government "complacency" is to blame for permitting the country's poorest to build their homes in areas that is a prevalent risk of natural disasters, such as on on the sides of hills were many favelas are built.
City officials have say that "This isn't the time to question why these constructions were allowed, it is the time for solidarity," Sergio Cabral, Rio's governor, said so during an inspected the disaster zone.
On Thursday Brazil's federal government announced a $113m emergency fund to help Rio state manage with the catastrophe.
New York - Lil Wayne the 27-year-old Grammy Award winning singer is now a working jailbird. His new job, as a suicide watcher at Rikers Island, a maximum-security prison in New York, earns him 50 cents an hour. That’s about $1,000 per year, slightly less than the 42 million dollars he earned last year. According to his ex-girlfriend and mother of his 11 year-old daughter, Antonia 'Toya' Johnson "Wayne has a job. They got him on suicide watch for other prisoners. He watches the crazy prisoners and makes sure they don't kill themselves. He likes the job, even though they don't pay him much. It's probably the best job you can have in the jail. It's the highest paying job in there."
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As a suicide watcher Lil Wayne keeps an eye on despondent fellow inmates who have suicidal tendencies. The job may offer him ideas for new music while he serves out his one year for illegal gun possession.
Lil Wayne started his prison term last month, which was his punishment for tossing aside a bag with a loaded .40-caliber handgun during a 2007 traffic stop in New York of his tour bus which smelled of marijuana,
Lil Wayne, who has promised to keep working on his music while behind bars, had already said goodbye to his fans during recent concerts and in an online video messages.
Life does not stand still and while Wayne adjusts to prison life, his friend DJ Scoob Doo announced a new documentary Road 2 Rikers , which will feature candid footage from Lil Wayne's last days of freedom. "You [can] just imagine what I [filmed], being with the team, and being with Wayne on his countdown to jail,”
With good behavior, he may be released in November.
Framingham - April 10, 2010 - Census 2010 is trying it’s hardest to get everyone, including illegal immigrants, to fill out the census form. In an effort to try “a new approach to an old problem” they are adding a new tool to their arsenal, a comic book.
The comic which is written in Portuguese tries to to comfort Brazilians that the 2010 Census is truly confidential and will in the end provide them with a benefit, because an accurate count will be result in more money available for funding of schools, hospitals and public safety,
Not every Brazilian like the idea:
“That’s disgusting,’’ said Fausto da Rocha, cofounder of the Brazilian Immigrant Center in Allston, when questioned about the comic book. “I work to boycott the census. We want the government to work to legalize first and count second.’’
Others have a different concept of the project. A longtime community activist in Framingham, Vera Dias-Freitas, said nearly all Brazilians she knows have agreed to support the population count. She favors the comic book, even though she at first thought it was aimed at children.
“It’s really cool,’’ she said. “The census is doing a pretty good job, reaching out to the Brazilian community.’’
Brazilian members of the census staff came up with the idea for the publication and contacted award-winning cartoonist Daniel Nocêra, a native of Brazil who lives in Boston.
“Zé Brasil & Tião Mineiro,’’ the two stars of his comic, are everyman characters, The kid about needing an extra form for their many apartment mates
Distribution is massive. Any places where Brazilians already get Portuguese-language publications, they have provided free copies of the comic book.
“It seemed like a unique opportunity to reach our fastest-growing immigrant population here in Massachusetts, and to reach them with in-language communications,’’ said Kathleen Ludgate, regional director for the US Census Bureau.
A group of advocates have been urging illegal immigrants and their supporters nationwide to boycott the census in a protest the federal government’s inaction on immigration legislation. The movement, launched by the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, a Washington, D.C.-based organization representing 20,000 churches nationwide, calls for immigration reform by April 1.
“Politicians broke their promise to us,’’ said da Rocha, who supports the boycott. “We don’t have access to higher education, we don’t have access to driver’s licenses. Why do you want us to be counted if we don’t have any of these kind of rights?’’
Not all community activists agree. “It’s really getting to the nerves of people, what he’s doing,’’ Dias-Freitas said of da Rocha’s effort.
Dias-Freitas said the boycott campaign has more people talking — and learning — about the census, and she predicts the effort will boomerang and more Brazilians will take part in the census.
According to the Census Bureau , cartoonist Nocera created the characters in 2005, and they have appeared in Brazilian newspapers around the country,.
The population information collected by the census will be used to allocate some $400 billion in federal funding, as, of course, will determine the number of House seats each state gets.
For the first time, there is no long form; this year’s version has 10 questions, which should take 10 minutes to complete,
The census form is available in six languages, but Portuguese is not one of them. Brazilians who don’t speak English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean or Russian will have to use a Portuguese language assistance guide to fill out the English version of the questionnaire.
Ilton Lisboa hosts a Brazilian radio talk show in Framingham Massachusetts twice a week on 650 AM. As a member of the Portuguese-Speaking Complete Count Committee, he encourages traditionally hard-to-count Brazilians to modify their ways this year.
The comic book has been a well-liked tool in that effort, he said.
“We are always under counted,’’ said Lisboa. “Every single city and town has their own budget and the budget is based on the population. I feel bad for a mayor or town manager who thinks they have a certain number of people living there but they don’t know for sure because immigrants are always under counted.’’
For Immediate Release
CITY OF NEWARK TO HOST FREE CAPOEIRA AND AFRO-BRAZILIAN DANCE PERFORMANCE
AT CITY HALL ROTUNDA ON THURSDAY, APRIL 15, AT 7 P.M.
Local and internationally recognized dance groups will perform 400-year-old martial art form
Newark, NJ - March 18, 2010 – Mayor Cory A. Booker announced today that the City of Newark will host a Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian Dance Performance in the City Hall Rotunda, on Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m. The event will also include samba and maculele performances as well as other Afro-Brazilian dances. The performance is FREE and open to the public. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street in Newark.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that originated more than 400 years ago on the sugar cane plantations of Brazil. It is characterized by its combination of evasive fighting techniques, acrobatic movements, and musical rhythmic dance moves. It started at a time when enslaved Africans were forbidden from practicing the combat methods that evolved in Africa. Capoeira was used as a means of preserving these combat methods under the guise of traditional dance. It has been an important way of preserving customs indigenous to African heritage.
“The Brazilian, Portuguese, and African communities have long been a source of Newark’s strength, and we are proud to host this opportunity to showcase this 400-year-old art form, and make it fresh to new generations of Newark residents. This performance will manifest the excellence of Newark’s own performing artists, and their dedication and commitment to a stronger, prouder, and better Newark. I urge residents to attend the Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian Dance Performance and salute all the artists,” said Mayor Booker.
Performers will include students and instructors from Capoeira academies in and around Newark, as well as from top institutions around the world. The event represents the fourth year that the City of Newark has hosted the Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian Dance Performance in the City Hall Rotunda. Last year’s celebration drew Capoeira professionals and students from across the United States, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.
The event is organized by the New Jersey/New York branch of Grupo Senzala – one of the oldest and largest Capoeira groups in the world. The group organizes it in conjunction with its annual Batizado (Graduation) Ceremony for students. Grupo Senzala trains at the New Jersey Cultural Arts Center at 51 Bruen Street, located in Newark’s East Ward.
“We are very excited to work with Newark to celebrate this important part of Afro-Brazilian culture. The City Hall Rotunda is a fantastic place to display these art forms. We hope many people will come to watch and learn about capoeira, maculele, samba, and other dances,” Grupo Senzala leader Wagner “Mestre Zumbi” Dutra said.
Residents with questions about any City of Newark initiatives, programs or policies should contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
Sao Paulo - April 10 -- Jose Serra, will be giving Lula’s party a run for the money. He is currently the favorite in the Brazilian presidential race, His platform pledged to boost government investment in infrastructure and relax fiscal restraints as he tries to persuade voters that he would be a better choice than Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been to continue economic gains.
Serra, a member of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party the country’s biggest opposition group, officially declared his candidacy for the upcoming October elections the Democrats and Popular Socialist Party is endorsing his candidacy. They will be competing against Lula’s chosen successor, former cabinet chief Dilma Rousseff, 62.
“To have sustainable growth in coming years, we cannot have a perverse mix of a lack of infrastructure, inadequacies in economic policy, a huge tax burden, an increase of fiscal rigidity and an excessive increase of the gap in the balance of payments,” Serra, 68, said during a speech in Brasilia today.
Six months before the presidential vote Serra leads all nationwide polls. Last week he resigned as governor of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s wealthiest and most populous state.
In a newspaper column last year Serra’s commented that the Brazilian currency is “overvalued” due to high interest rates set by the central bank. Accordning to former central bank director Paulo Vieira da Cunha many fear that Serra will interfere in the currency market if elected,
“People tend to see Serra as an economist, believing his views are related to an economic ideology,” Vieira da Cunha said. “No doubt there’s concern about Serra.
“Many people believe Serra has a stronger commitment to fiscal responsibility,” Vieira da Cunha said. “He’s talking as a politician, not an economist, in the months before the election.”
In the 2002 elections Serra lost to Lula, Senator Sergio Guerra, president of Serra’s PSDB party, said there’s no reason for investors to be concerned about a Serra victory.
In an interview on April 7 Guerra said “We’ll show voters that Serra is the most adequate candidate and meets requirements for the job, to lead Brazil now in this new century,”
A Recent Datafolha polls indicate that Serra has the backing of 36 percent of those surveyed compared with 27 percent for Rousseff, a member of the Worker’s Party.
WASHINGTON April 10, 2010 — On Friday Justice John Paul Stevens announced that he would retire at the end of this term. This would give President Obama the exceptional opportunity to confirm uninterrupted appointments to the Supreme Court during the first two years of his presidency.
Stevens has mentioned that he believes his successor can be confirmed "well in advance of the commencement of the court's next term."
((Republicans promised difficulty for any activist nominee)). Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), the former Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Sunday a Supreme Court vacancy this year could well result in a GOP filibuster given the partisan stalemate at this time in Washington.
“I think the gridlock in the Senate might well produce a filibuster, which would tie up the Senate [for] the Supreme Court nominee,” Specter said on "Fox News Sunday." “I think a year passes, there’s a much better chance we could come to a consensus.”
President Obama commented on Justice Stevens retirement: "We cannot replace Justice Stevens' experience or wisdom," Obama said at the White House after returning from Prague where he had signed a nuclear treaty. "I'll seek someone in the coming weeks with similar qualities: an independent mind, a record of excellence and integrity, a fierce dedication to the rule of law and a keen understanding of how the law affects the daily lives of the American people. It will also be someone who, like Justice Stevens, knows that in democracy powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens."
According to White House officials there are about 10 people are under consideration, Leading candidates are said to be federal appellate Judges Merrick Garland, 57, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, 49, and Diane Wood, 59, in Chicago.
Justice John Paul Stevens' resignation signify that he and his wife, Maryan, will spend a greater portion of his time at their oceanfront condominium in Fort Lauderdale.
From November through April Justice Stevens has been spending about two weeks of each month in Fort Lauderdale, He has told interviewers he does a lot of him work at home.
Stevens is an enthusiastic golfer and tennis player, enjoys competitive bridge and is known for taking daily dip in the ocean.
Many of his neighbors never knew who he was. He is known as a quite person.
''I'm basically anonymous down there, which is the way I like it,'' Stevens told The New York Times in a 2007 interview.
The immigration debate is making its way onto a local Uiniversity of California campus, becoming a major concern with students desiring that President Obama keep the promises made during his campaign for presidency.
“[Immigration reform] is an urgency” expained one student. “Families are getting separated, students are being barred from education [...],” said one high school student in the report.
Anticipating a nationwide rally taking place on Saturday (April 9), students all too excited about the movement held their immigration rally early. Like many hip policies that contemporary youth tend to be involved with, students are classifying their involvement in the immigration reform effort as fitting under the category of a ‘social justice’ issue.
Being labeled as such, the immigration reform effort is bound to pour gasoline on the flames of Glenn Beck types, who view the notion of social justice as a push by the far left to adopt certain policies many conservatives feel will damage the nation.
The on-campus rally is not the first time students are voicing their concern about the matter. According to the telecast, a small coalition actually spent their spring break to head to the massive DC immigration reform march held a few weeks ago. That particular rally, however, was overshadowed by the passionate push by the Tea Party rally against the newly passed healthcare legislation.
Like many on the side of a comprehensive immigration bill, these particular students seek an end to raids by immigration enforcement officials and view the current situation as not even being helpful to national security.
Current policies in place to aid immigrants in the education process include the California legislated DREAM Act (AB 540), allowing non-citizens in-state tuition. The same measure, however, prevents them from receiving financial aid.
Support for an immigration reform bill among the college-age demographic indicates a changing of the times when the sentiment toward illegal immigration is shifting. According to a recent Los Angeles Times piece, support for the once popular Proposition 187 is shrinking. Whereas 60% of Californians voted for the original proposition in 1994, new polls cited in the Times indicate that support is evenly divided.
When it comes to the youth demographic, it was found that “those 18 to 29 opposed this proposal by more than a 20-point margin.” This opposition among the Californian youth differed from the stance of those aged 65 and over by a whopping 30 point margin.
The immigration debate in the California education system is certainly not a new issue. It also is not a trickle up affair, going from students up to faculty. Quite the contrary.
A few UC professors received fire for their using taxpayer money to develop a cell phone GPS phone application to aid immigrants in crossing the border into the United States. And now, the Voice of San Diego is reporting that one of those professors is being investigated by his UC San Diego employer for his role in that project.
caivn.org via Jornal.us