ICE Agents Team with Nativists to Deport More Brown People!

I guess some ICE employees are itching to kick more brown people out of their United States. I’m supposing they got involved with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the hope of making life worse for people of darker hue, and then stuff like budgets and politics and human rights got in the way.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE “BROWN TIDE” and the DEMOGRAPHIC DISASTER??

The natural answer is to sue. Certain enterprising government employees at ICE established a natural link to the nativist organization, NumbersUSA. NumbersUSA, with extensive ties to racists of all types, is a big supporter of all the toughest anti-immigrant legislation, and has agreed to fund this lawsuit.

MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN HELL.

Question from a White Dude

Should I make this a regular sort of column?

Here’s a real question a real White Dude posted, of all places, to my Facebook page:

Why should illegal immigrants have rights?

Thanks for making it easy for me, White Dude! Because all human beings have rights. Done!

You can discover this mysterious concept in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The word “universal” is a helpful hint, confused White Dude!

For further clarification, let us examine the issue. Permission to stay and work in America indefinitely is extremely hard to come by, and will take years, possibly more than a decade, to come by, if ever. But usually, one’s status as an American national or a national of another country is arrived at by dumb luck: whose womb we happened to pop out of. Official permission to stay in America is not granted on a basis of merit. It is granted by luck of birth, and sometimes it is granted to people with enough money and influence to get around the rules.

There are many, many legitimate reasons why someone not born in America would like to live and work here. These reasons are amply examined in many places on the interweb, and I do not feel like reinventing that wheel here.

So, White Dude, unless you believe that dumb luck is a good method for determining who gets human rights and who is treated less than human, let’s play it safe and remember that all humans have rights.

Also, White Dude, never call a human being “illegal” in my presence again, mmmkay?

Seattle Takes Steps to Eliminate Institutional Racism

Look at Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes hold it down versus Fox’s Megyn Kelly!

Fox News anchor Kelly, to her horror, recently learned of Seattle’s anti-racist initiatives, and was able to manufacture a controversy out of them five years after they were implemented. City Attorney Holmes didn’t find it too challenging to defend his work to reduce institutional racism.

“If we start to learn and understand that one of those institutional causes of racism is actually in the criminal justice system,” [Pete] Holmes said, “it’s our obligation as prosecutors to address it.”

Police Chief John Diaz supports the social justice initiative.

“We firmly and wholly support those programs,” Diaz said. “This is something that’s critical to how we run our department and this city.”

Sadly, Megyn Kelly isn’t the only one to find improved treatment of racial minorities and immigrants suspicious. Seattle Police Officer (but, interestingly, non-Seattle resident) Steve Pomper calls anyone who supports racial justice initiatives “the enemy.”

“The city, using its Race and Social Justice Initiative, continues its assault on traditional and constitutional American values such as self-reliance, equal justice, and individual liberty,” Pomper says. “But more to our concern, the city is inflicting its socialist policies directly on the Seattle Police Department.”

The staunchly anti-socialist Pomper is a member of the police union and is paid $96,696 a year by the tax payers, putting him in the top 20% of wage earners in the United States. Clearly, being encouraged to be less racist has caused him serious harm.

The “controversial” anti-racist initiatives include training to reduce racial profiling, reducing sentences for certain crimes by 1 day to avoid triggering automatic deportation for immigrants, and reducing prosecution for “driving with a suspended license in the third degree” (a nonviolent, non-repeat offender charge that was disproportionately leveled at Seattle’s minorities).

More deets:

Driving with a suspended license in the third degree is almost always charged when a person’s license has been suspended for failure to pay a fine. City Attorney Pete Holmes says 44 percent of the people prosecuted were African American. …[H]is goal is to reduce prosecutions by 90 percent. (**blogger’s note: Blacks make up 10.7% of Seattle’s population)

…[Holmes is also] considering a one-day reduction in the minimum sentence for misdemeanor crimes so as to not trigger the deportation of legal immigrants convicted of crimes in the city. A 365-day suspended sentence automatically initiates immigration hearings for any immigrant. Reduce that by one day and immigrants are allowed to stay in the U.S.

Here is an article on this topic by a less adversarial source than Fox News: the Seattle Times.

And here is an article debunking some of the claims made in the video at the top.

The Exciting Times V.7

Links!

Tom Dart

Sheriff Tom Dart & a family facing eviction.

Illinois Sheriff Refuses to Evict Homeowners
Sez Sheriff Tom Dart: “I can’t possibly be expected to evict people from their homes when the banks themselves can’t say for sure everything was done properly. I need some kind of assurance that we aren’t evicting families based on fraudulent behavior by the banks. Until that happens, I can’t in good conscience keep carrying out evictions involving these banks.”

Apparently, men suddenly care about groping. Now that it’s happening to them.

Texas Cheerleader Kicked Off Squad for Refusing to Cheer Player Who Raped Her The court supported the Silsbee High School’s decision when she sued.

The Impact of SB1070 on Native Peoples
Guess who else “looks illegal”? That’s right, the people who have been here since before white people illegally entered what is now the United States. Huh, that’s weird.

Black people should stop whining about racism and concentrate more on why black people are so violent. Or so sez Jason Riley at the venerable Wall Street Journal.

Germany’s perspective on the American Great Recession is at least interesting, if nothing else. A Superpower in Decline: Is the American Dream Over?
Guess what they decided?

The United States is a confused and fearful country in 2010. American companies are still world-class, but today Apple and Coca-Cola, Google and Microsoft are investing in Asia, where labor is cheap and markets are growing, and hardly at all in the United States. Some 47 percent of Americans don’t believe that the America Dream is still realistic.

The Desperate States of America are loud and distressed. The country has always been a little paranoid, but now it’s also despondent, hopeless and pessimistic. Americans have always believed in the country’s capacity for regeneration, that a new awakening is possible at any time. Now, 63 percent of Americans don’t believe that they will be able to maintain their current standard of living.

Spooky but TRUE Tales from the News…

So many scary stories, so little time to blog! Here’s the most frightening things I’ve read in the news lately:


Harvard’s “Conquistabros and Navajos” Frat Party

First Annual Salon Baity Awards for Excellence in the Field of Race-Baiting

The Most Racist Campaign in Decades, and What It Demands of Us

School Board Vice President Who Wants All Gay Youth to Die Resigns

Prison Economics Help Drive Arizona Immigration Law

Documents Released by WikiLeaks Confirm Massive US Human Rights Violations

France Is Fucking Up

You will find the following video disturbing, if you are disturbed by the sight of policemen beating women and dragging their babies.

This video shows a police attack against immigrant women and children in France who were protesting for access to shelter. They had been camping out in a public space. (The video won’t imbed for some reason. Curse you WordPress!)

Notice how the newscaster frames the story, giving caveat after caveat to caution the viewer not to get too riled up. It was totally justified to beat unarmed women and children who are protesting for housing! The public order was at stake, and come on, these people are simply immigrants of color ruining the French way of life.

Two takes on this video:

Renee at Womanist Musings: It takes Courage to be a Brown/Black Mother in this World

BFP at Flip Flopping Joy: Mama

If you want to throw up in your mouth, read the disgusting comments following the NYTimes coverage. Basically, these homeless women, and not the police, are the ones who used brutality and harmed the children. So the NYT commenters would have it.

National Week of Actions Everywhere against SB1070

Against SB 1070I had a hard time finding much in the MSM, or even the bigger liberal or progressive media sources about the week of actions in Arizona and across the United States against SB1070 and for immigrant rights.

So much went down! So here is an assemblage of news:

Timeline of protests across Arizona on July 29.

Great info page on Indymedia.org.

Dozens Arrested in Protests of AZ Immigration Law on CommonDreams.org

AZ immigration-law protests lead to arrests, street closures from the Arizona Daily Star

SB 1070 Rage: Salvador Reza, Alfredo Gutierrez, Scores of Others Arrested in Phoenix from the Phoenix News

Photos gracias a Puente Arizona

And interestingly, the judge who placed on injunction on part of SB1070 is receiving threats.

Brown and Proud sign is held by a woman at a pro-immigrant action.

Photo by Anita Sarkeesian

Please add anything I missed in the comments.

The Man at the Center of Anti-Immigrant Hate Orgs

John TantonThe Southern Poverty Law Center calls him “The Puppeteer”. Michigan doctor John Tanton is behind more of America’s anti-immigration organizations than you would think. It is really creeping me out how the animus of one person could spawn such a powerful hate movement. The more I read and see of the current anti-immigrant movement, the clearer it becomes that it is simply where old-school racists have come to shelter in a society that is hostile (well, more than previously at least) to open statements of racial animosity. Their race-based fears are given the cover of a supposedly race-neutral patriotic intent, and a professed concern for the “law” hides a concern for racial purity and cultural hegemony.

Then you have John Tanton. According to the SPLC, he founded, funded, or provided leadership to a who’s who list of nationalistic hate groups: American Immigration Control Foundation, American Patrol/Voice of Citizens Together, California Coalition for Immigration Reform, Californians for Population Stabilization, Center for Immigration Studies, Federation for American Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA, Population-Environment Balance, Pro English, ProjectUSA, The Social Contract Press, U.S. English, U.S. Inc.

Along with a small handful of wealthy donors and sympathetic politicians (Tom Tancredo!), he has crafted a movement which if not massive in membership is at least massive in influence.

Read this article about Mr. Tanton to learn more than you ever wanted to know about the inner workings of the anti-immigration movement in America.

Utah Group Sends 1,300 Latino Names, Personal Info to Press

Vomit. Our White Supremacy is just fine, thanks for asking.

Utah state officials are investigating how a list of 1,300 largely Latino names and sensitive personal information got sent to media outlets and ICE officials this week. The list, which an anonymous group claims is a roll of the state’s undocumented immigrants, includes information like Social Security numbers, birth dates, workplaces, addresses and phone numbers. And in case it couldn’t get more frightening, it’s also got the names of children and due dates for the list’s pregnant women.

In an accompanying letter, the anonymous group demanded that those on the list be deported immediately. The list to news outlets also came with a letter, dated April 4, from “Concerned Citizens of America.”

[…]At least some of the people named on the list have already been proven to be documented residents.

Niiiice work vigilante racist assholes. You really need to go to the link and read their letters. No joke I can make could be better than what they actually wrote.

Jan Brewer Gives Her Top 3 Imaginary Reasons for Hating Undocumented Immigrants

Jan Brewer, AWESOME governor of Arizona, recently explained on TV some little-known and untrue reasons to hate and fear immigrants:

1. They’ve been beheading people in Arizona.

2. A whopping 87% of illegal border crossers have prior criminal records.

3. The majority of ALL undocumented workers who come to America work as drug couriers for Mexican drug cartels.

She forgot to mention that 96% of “illegal border crossers” are also terrorists associated with Al-Qaeda forming sleeper-cells of Latino crypto-Muslims ready to strike our heartland at any moment, but I’ll forgive her that omission because she is very busy saving real Americans from the brown menace in so many other ways.

The Arizona Guardian did some fact-checking and wasn’t able to verify any of these claims, and since they are part of the liberal media, that only makes me all the more certain that what Brewer says is true.