A green card is yellow, I don’t know why they call it green. They were salmon-colored for a while.. the government keeps changing the colors.”
The going rate in the streets of Boston was $100 for the whole identity package: green card, Social Security number, driver’s license. It was unsettling to hear how easy it was, but so was the notion that people had to lie and cheat and hide in order to do the work Americans have refused to do, or are too busy to do, or can’t seem to get themselves interested in doing.
— The Myth of the Illegal Invasion
6:34 pm • 24 September 2011 • 1 note
“According to Mr. Rangel—CEO of Chicago’s United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) and co-chair of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent election campaign—the central question for Hispanics to answer as they grow in number and potential political influence is: “Do we want to be the next victimized minority group in America, or do we want to be the next successful immigrant group? […] I think we’re living in a very politically correct society that almost values victimization.””
— Juan Rangel, quoted by The Wall Street Journal.
1:55 am • 19 September 2011
“Asked about illegal immigrants, the [Republican] candidates settled on the simplest-sounding response: seal the border. What about immigrants already here? Same answer: seal the border. This was both a nonanswer and a call for billions in new government spending… The seal-the-border answer is not only not a solution, it cynically misrepresents what’s happening on the ground.”
— Editorial, by The New York Times (09/16/2011).
10:20 pm • 16 September 2011
“A White House official suggested that the Administration’s hands were tied because the number of deportations was tied to how much money Congress allocated to immigration enforcement. In other words, it seems that the Administration is saying: “we don’t mean to deport so many, but Congress is making us do it.” Well, this argument may carry some weight if the amount of funding the Administration was requesting were quite limited and Congress had substantially increased it, but that is not the case: the Administration is essentially getting what it is asking for.”
— Message by Jorge Barón, Executive Director of NWIRP
11:19 pm • 14 September 2011
“El informe -que analizó más de 20.000 páginas de documentos recibidos como consecuencia de una demanda presentada por NILC y Stanford Law School en 2010- destacó que el 96 % de las personas que firmaron su aceptación de “deportación voluntaria”, no contaban con la asesoría de un abogado.
“Estas personas no tenían idea lo que era la orden de deportación que estaban firmando”, argumentó Karen Tumlin, abogada de NILC y coautora del reporte al presentar hoy las conclusiones.”
— Un informe revela errores e irregularidades en miles de deportaciones.
12:59 pm • 9 September 2011
“We are a nation of immigrants, but we are a nation of legal immigrants. Failing to enforce our immigration laws encourages more illegal immigration, which unjustly prolongs the wait of legal immigrants who are playing by the book and who have often waited years to become American citizens.”
— The same decade-old prattle by Rep.Trent Franks [R-AZ] in a letter to the NYT.
5:00 am • 7 September 2011
Statement by U.S. Border Patrol Agent Christian Sanchez which he read at a July 29, 2011, Washington, D.C., forum put on by the Advisory Committee on Transparency, a project of the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation.
5:39 pm • 6 September 2011
Peninsula Daily News weighs in: CBP "bored" agent asks for transfer.
Border Patrol agent Christian Sanchez said in Washington, D.C., on July 29 that he never intended to become a whistle-blower, but decided to speak out publicly after he felt his complaints about the Port Angeles station’s “lack of mission” were being brushed aside by supervisors. He said the Port Angeles station is a “black hole” where agents have “no purpose, no mission,” yet are told to work overtime to simply justify its expanding budget.
5:34 pm • 6 September 2011