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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Illegals With Degrees Able To Work Legally

by Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic: PHOENIX — Carlos Martinez has two engineering degrees from the University of Arizona, but he has never been able to use them because he is an illegal immigrant.

But soon, the Tucson resident will be able to work legally after becoming one of the first undocumented immigrants in the country to be approved for a work permit under President Barack Obama's controversial deferred-action program.

Martinez, 30, said he was notified Sept. 14 that he had been granted permission to stay in the country temporarily for two years and that his work permit was being processed. He received a second notification on Sept. 18 that his work permit had been mailed. He expects to receive it as early as today, clearing the way for him to apply for jobs as a computer-software engineer, his dream job. . . .

As of Sept. 19, just 29 of the 82,361 undocumented immigrants nationally who have applied for deferred action have had their cases completed, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It is not known if all those cases have been approved.

Under the program, undocumented immigrants granted deferred action can remain in the country for two years without the threat of deportation. They also receive work permits and can reapply after two years.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials initially said it could take several months for the applications to be processed. The first applications, however, were approved in about a month.

Critics of the program say the speed at which some of the applications have been approved raises concerns about fraud and suggests the program's main goal is to score political points for Obama among Latino voters as the election campaign heats up.

"The only deterrent to fraud is thoroughness," said Steven Camarota, research director at the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank that opposes the program. "Given what we know about how the immigration bureaucracy normally works, (the speed of approvals) raises all those questions."

The reason behind the sudden expediency may be "political, if you want to get the political dividend," Camarota said.

The program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is aimed at undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. when they were minors, are under age 31 and have lived continuously in the U.S. for five years.

Obama has said he was motivated to administratively allow undocumented immigrants to apply for deferred action because Congress has failed to pass the Dream Act, a bill that would allow undocumented high-school graduates brought to the U.S. as minors to become citizens if they completed at least two years of college or served two years in the military.

But some Republicans in Congress have called the program a "backdoor amnesty" that rewards illegal immigrants.

As many as 1.7 million young illegal immigrants in the country may be eligible to apply, including 80,000 in Arizona, according to some estimates.

Obama announced the program on June 15. The federal government began accepting applications on Aug. 15. . . . . Read More

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This Week's Steaming Pile: Voting Laws May Disenfranchise 10 Million Hispanic U.S. Citizens

by Velcro, Conservative Observer AZ: I wrote last week about how Raul "Boycott Arizona" Grijalva and liberals in general keep condescending to the Hispanic population as poor, oppressed people so that they (liberals) can continue to be the heroes, fighting injustice, etc. etc. It really ticks me off to see people treated that way because it disrespects Hispanics and everyone else.

So here's the latest chain to be thrown over Hispanics, not that anything here is new, because it's not. I first saw the Reuters article, "Voting Laws May Disenfranchise 10 Million Hispanic U.S. Citizens", by Patricia Zengerle. Writing from Washington, D.C. Not exactly the hub of Hispanic activity. This article cites a "study" from Advancement Project, a "next generation" social justice organization. You can check out the full 24-page report titled, "Segregating American Citizenship: Latino Voter Disenfranchisement in 2012". (As a teaser on their web site, they headline the article as "Voter Suppression Laws Could Disenfranchise 10 Million Latinos". A little spin? I think so).

The objections boil down to these, taken from the report's executive summary (Underline is mine, italic is in the original):
"The types of voter suppression laws and policies analyzed in this report are:
(1)Alleged noncitizen voter purges of registered voters (in 16 states), which target naturalized citizens and may violate equal protection guarantees. Communities of color, specifically Black, Latino and Asian Americans, form a large percentage of naturalized citizens in states pursuing these purges, with Latinos comprising the largest percentage in most. (See Table 2 in Section II.A.)

(2) Proof of citizenship requirements for voter registration (in effect in Georgia, and pending in Alabama and Arizona), which impose onerous and sometimes expensive documentation requirements on prospective voter registrants. These laws target naturalized citizens, many of whom are Latino. (See Section II.B)

(3) Restrictive photo ID laws in 9 states, which similarly impose costs in time and money for millions of Latino citizens who do not have the required documents. (See Table 4 in Section III)."
First off, having conducted the "study" themselves, they have violated a fundamental ethics in research principle, which is simply that they have a conflict of interest here.

Second, they assume that the purging of voter rolls is fraudulent. No evidence substantiates this and they cite no source. Biased reporting.

Third, they state that these actions target naturalized citizens, of course with communities of color hardest hit. This is also unfounded, because there may be lots of dead white people still on the voter rolls that need to be purged. Again, assumption with bias towards their claim, with no evidence to back it up.

Fourth, the allegation is laughable that proof of citizenship requirements impose onerous and expensive documentation requirements. I will address this sorry statement below. A foreign born, naturalized citizen will prize and cherish the documents that they worked so hard to get. And again with the targeted naturalized citizens.

Fifth, "restrictive" photo ID laws... these are the same laws all citizens must abide by, not just Latinos!

Do you see how patronizing these people are? Do you see how sickeningly condescending these liberals are? The poor hapless muddle-headed Latino CITIZENS can't navigate the big bad state laws that everyone else has to navigate to get themselves a photo ID!

Finally, just how bad is the cost? Here it is, straight from the horrible State of Arizona MVD web site: For an Arizona Driver's license, the MAXIMUM cost is $25.
  • For an Arizona ID card, the cost is $12.
  • There are 2 identification requirements to get either one:
  • Primary (must include date of birth): 22 possible documents
  • Secondary: 26 possible documents
  • If an applicant has nothing with a photo ID, he only needs a 3rd document:
  • Anything from the primary or secondary lists.
Who's really suppressing Latinos?

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Friday, September 14, 2012

CA Dem Rep Sherman Want Illegals to Unionize?

By Velcro, Conservative Observer AZ.

What planet is he from?

It's idiots like this who are killing our country.

Via Daily Caller:

"WASHINGTON — California Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman said at a press conference on immigration outside the Capitol Friday afternoon that America needs immigration reform to help those here illegally while also allowing them unionize for better wages. “We need a regular process by which the 12 million people who are part of our society can be fully part of our society, and they need documents,” the congressman said. “It’s important for the labor market of this country because as long as there are 12 million people without documents, there are 12 million people who can’t stand up for their rights as workers, and that means there are 12 million people who can be used by unscrupulous employers to keep down wages and to prevent unions from organizing.”

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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Border Patrol Union Calls Grijalva on His Smear Campaign

By Velcro, Conservative Observer AZ.
Most of you who read this know that I'm a supporter of Border Patrol Local 2544, and often re-post articles from their web site to give a view of the issues from the "non-Washington" side. They're not fooled by an Old Fool. Presented in its entirety.

"Raul Grijalva's Race-Baiting Tactics Take a New Twist

Raul Grijalva
08-30-12 What do you do when your usual race-baiting tactics aren't logical because you are facing a LEGAL immigrant from Mexico who became a naturalized Unites States citizen? You find a way to take a bunch of quotes out of context and make a slick compilation of them to make your opponent appear, well.....racist. But this time she must be a racist against Middle Easterners because she doesn't want terrorists entering this country "legally or illegally". This is all Grijalva knows. His entire world and his entire philosophy have always been based on one thing - race. When you can't run on your record, sling mud and call others who disagree with you "racists" and accuse them of "hate speech" for opposing illegal immigration and terrorists.
Get a clue Raul. Americans are growing tired of all the race-baiting. Stop with the whining and the excuses and try to solve some real problems for a change."

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