28 April 2006

We are heading for a war on our own soil

Sadly enough, it is because many Americans feel we are being invaded by illegal immigrants. And I stress the term illegal, though many of these illegal immigrants prefer the term "undocumented". That is like calling a person driving illegally because he or she does not have a drivers license as not driving illegally, but just driving "undocumented".

Now, May 1st, which is this upcoming Monday, there is a planned strike to shut down companies who favor illegal immigration.

In response, there is also a call to boycott any company who closes May 1st in support of illegal immigration.

So as you can see, our country is quickly heading for another Civil War, and George W. Bush seems to be emulating James Buchanan. What a legacy. The father of the Civil war to divide our country. Congrats Mr. President.*sarcasm in case you could not tell*

Check out this story from
Mexico Cheers Passage of Immigration Bill
By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

(03-28) 01:43 PST MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) --

Mexicans cheered the proposal approved Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee to legalize undocumented migrants and provide temporary work visas, and credited huge marches of migrants across the United States as the decisive factor behind the vote.

Mexican President Vicente Fox said the vote was the result of five years of work dating to the start of his presidential term in 2000, and puts Mexico one step closer toward the government's goal of "legalization for everyone" who works in the United States.

"My recognition and respect for all the Hispanics and all the Mexicans who have made their voice heard," Fox said. "We saw them turn out this weekend all across the United States, and that's going to count for a lot as we move forward."

Some Mexican media outlets were even more euphoric, predicting final approval for the committee bill as drafted, and suggesting the weekend demonstrations showed Mexico still holds some sway over former territories which it lost in the 1846-48 Mexican-American War.

"With all due respect to Uncle Sam, this shows that Los Angeles has never stopped being ours," reporter Alberto Tinoco said on the Televisa television network's nightly news broadcast, referring to a Saturday march in Los Angeles that drew an estimated 500,000, mainly Mexicans.

But U.S. ambassador Tony Garza warned Mexicans on Monday that the proposal still faces a long, difficult path through Congress.

"The debate will no doubt be heated and at times contentious," Garza wrote in an open letter distributed in Mexico City. "The debate in the Senate is only one part of the lengthy process."

The bill is designed to strengthen enforcement of U.S. borders, regulate the flow into the country of so-called guest workers and determine the legal future of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally.

The bill would double the Border Patrol and authorizes a "virtual wall" of unmanned vehicles, cameras and sensors to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border. It also allows more visas for nurses and agriculture workers, and shelters humanitarian organizations from prosecution if they provide non-emergency assistance to illegal residents.

The most controversial provision would permit illegal aliens currently in the country to apply for citizenship without first having to return home, a process that would take at least six years.

Fox has been pushing for a migration accord that would grant some form of legal status to many of the estimated 6 million undocumented Mexicans in the United States. He is likely to bring up the topic when he meets with President Bush starting Thursday in Cancun.

Although a bill granting amnesty to illegal immigrants is unlikely to be approved by Congress, Fox remains hopeful that at least a guest-worker program will be put in place before he leaves office on Dec. 1.

If the United States approves such a program, it would bolster Fox's image and aid the prospects of Felipe Calderon, presidential candidate for Fox's National Action Party, or PAN, said George Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William & Mary.

"Fox is looking for some way to be remembered in history," Grayson said.

Illegal migration has emerged as a significant issue in the campaigns of Mexico's three major presidential hopefuls for the July 2 elections, and the United States has asked Mexico to do more to strengthen security along their common border.

And this story from http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_3645827:
Local students stage walkout against bill
Thousands protest immigration reform
By Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell and Tracy Garcia, Staff Writers

WHITTIER - Tens of thousands of students walked off at least 10 Whittier-area campuses Monday in protest of a proposed federal law that would criminalize illegal immigration.
Similar walkouts were staged at schools across the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles. Locally, the student marchers were largely peaceful, but police said they arrested at least three students.

Officials also reported scattered rock-throwing and at least one person roughed up by marchers. Marchers backed up traffic on local streets, but many motorists honked and cheered on the students.

They were among tens of thousands of students who walked out of schools Monday in California and other states.In Los Angeles, some protesters walked along the busy Harbor (110) Freeway.

On California's Cesar Chavez Day, at least 22,000 students walked out of Los Angeles district schools from the San Fernando Valley to Pacific Palisades, said Monica Carazo, a spokeswoman for the district with 728,000 students.

More than 1,000 students rallied at Los Angeles City Hall. In one of the largest local walkouts, about 800 to 1,000 students left El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera at about 8:20 a.m. and walked to Pioneer and Whittier high schools, where students there joined the group, swelling their ranks to about 2,000.

The students wore orange bandanas, 'La Raza' T-shirts, and carried signs reading 'United We Stand' and 'Impeach Bush.' Many students also carried Mexican flags.

From Whittier, the students marched to Montebello High School, escorted by police squad cars. From there, many planned to march about 20 miles to Los Angeles City Hall, where other students staged a rally.

'We are the sons of immigrants doing a peaceful walk because we want equal rights for everyone and we don't want them to pass this law,' said Damian Rete, 17, of Pioneer High. Local students also walked out of California and Frontier high schools in Whittier, Norwalk and Glenn high schools in Norwalk, and even at Hargitt and Waite middle schools in Norwalk.

Many students said they learned about the protests through the popular onlineWeb site, MySpace.com. Pico Rivera sheriff's Capt. Michael Rothans said deputies following students from El Rancho High warned administrators at Whittier high schools to lock down campuses as the marches headed their way.

Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson said, however that campuses were not locked down. Instead, class periods were extended to keep students indoors. Once the marchers moved on, the regular class schedule resumed, Thorstenson said.

But district officials and teachers walked with students who chose to leave. 'The No. 1 priority for us is student safety,' Thorstenson said. 'It's going to be more of the same tomorrow if this happens again.

'Our students are smart, they're engaged, and many are aware of policy that impacts the community,' she added.

At Whittier High School, amid students' chants of 'Walk out! Walk out!,' several students scaled the school's wrought-iron gate and joined the march.

As officers watched, Jessica Gutierez, 18, jumped the fence, later saying she joined the march 'for the Latinos, and I have immigrants in my family.'

Some minor problems were reported, including a few students throwing bottles at cars and patrol units, Whittier police spokesman Jason Zuhlke said. A motorist was reported assaulted by students at Whittier Boulevard and Highland Avenue, but Zuhlke said he did not have immediate details on that incident.

In Norwalk, deputies said they arrested two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy for throwing rocks at vehicles at Norwalk Boulevard and Imperial Highway.

A rock was thrown through the window of an ambulance that was transporting a patient, but no one was injured, said sheriff's Sgt. Angela Shepherd.

About a block away, at Norwalk City Hall, hundreds of students gathered. 'It takes a lot of heart to do what the kids are doing today,' said parent Ricky Savocchio, whose daughter called him to say she was walking out of Glenn High in Norwalk.

'She thought she'd be in trouble, but I agree with them,' he said. 'I really believe in what they're doing.'

El Rancho High Principal Julie Ellis said students who left the school will be marked as unexcused from classes.

'I think it's unfortunate that our students didn't join the rest of the country on the weekend when there was an official march to make a point,' Ellis said. 'Our feeling is that a lot of students used this legitimate action to cut school today.'

But students said they were taking the protest seriously and planned to continue boycotting classes until the controversial bill is defeated and a more 'humane' immigration policy is adopted.

'This is not only for the Mexicans, it's for the blacks, Asians and Central Americans,' said Abraham Rangel, a 16-year-old Pioneer High student. 'We will keep doing this for the future of all our families.'

Staff writer Araceli Esparza and wire reports contributed to this story.


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