@swlonewolf.. I totallly agree with you ... .GOP or as others fondly call them Republicans? cannot be trusted... That is why I vote TOTAL democrat...
By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
Not bad. Carmona insists, however, that what's more impressive are the backstories of Team Awesome, the kids getting out the vote.
"Their stories are heartbreaking," Carmona says. "I tell them that I realize it's difficult for you now, but I will always stand up for you, work hard to figure out how . . . eventually you can become citizens."
The kids align themselves with the Democratic Party, which isn't a difficult choice because of its sharp opposition to the anti-immigrant rhetoric that tops the talking points for most Republicans on the far right of the political spectrum.
But they don't view their efforts as partisan.
"I don't walk for the party," Adriana says. "I am walking for my community, for my family, for myself. I'm walking for my future."
They're walking to change laws like SB 1070.
Students and political organizers know that registering people to vote, and insisting that they participate on Election Day, is one way they can directly influence those changes in Arizona laws.
While the U.S. Supreme Court declared on June 25 that Arizona overstepped its bounds with three of the law's four provisions under review, it allowed the most controversial of them to stand.
The decision gives a local cop the authority to detain someone and investigate his or her immigration status during a lawful stop if the cop has "reasonable suspicion" that the individual is an illegal immigrant.
After the ruling, community leaders and organizers gathered at the State Capitol, renewing their call for people to keep fighting, to register to vote, and to cast a ballot for lawmakers who will not adopt divisive laws that will spur racial profiling.
"We all agree that SB 1070 never should have happened," said Petra Falcon, director of Promise Arizona, a nonprofit that creates new leaders and engages new voters. "We need to take responsibility for that. And, now, we see more people coming together with a shared purpose, so we don't have any more bad laws."
She says the community has learned how to push back.
The Supreme Court's verdict has further fueled a fight that already was simmering against the anti-immigrant sentiment fostered by the state's Republican-controlled legislature and rubber-stamped by Governor Jan Brewer.
Jaime Regalado, emeritus professor of political science at California State University-Los Angeles, believes that if Arizona hadn't passed SB 1070 and set the stage for the adoption of similar measures in other states, the country's political landscape would be much different.
"I'm not sure that Alabama would have taken that step, I'm not sure that Utah would have . . . or Indiana or Georgia," he tells New Times. "Folks were waiting, on that side of the equation, for somebody to take the lead in a very tough — some would say draconian — immigration law. Arizona was that catalyst."
SB 1070 remains embroiled in other legal battles, including a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of civil rights groups charging, in part, that the law invites racial profiling.
Its impact is being felt in significant ways all over the country. But as the promise of the Latino vote becomes pivotal, and SB 1070 stirs in the community anger and a desire for change, proponents of Latino and immigrants' rights are trying to transform those emotions into action.
About 9.5 million Latinos in the United States reported voting in the 2008 presidential election, up 2 million from 2004. In 2010, Latinos set a record for turnout in a midterm election with 6.6 million casting ballots, up from 5.6 million in 2006, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
But they still represent a small portion of the voting public.
In 2008, Latinos accounted for about 7.5 percent of all voters. In 2010, a non-presidential election year, they represented only 6.9 percent of voters.
The fields of voters are ripe for harvest.
In Arizona, there are more than 450,000 Latinos on the voting rolls, but another 400,000 Latinos in the state are eligible, but unregistered to vote.
For many years, political and labor-based nonprofit organizations like CASE (Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy), Promise Arizona, Mi Familia Vota, Unite Here, and the César Chávez Foundation have targeted those individuals by sponsoring voter-registration drives and get-out-the-vote initiatives.
These days, they are finding would-be voters more attuned to anti-immigrant laws and sentiment and, thus, more responsive.
Hispanics have been fighting for equality and civil rights for more than a century — from efforts in Arizona and across the country to end school segregation for Mexican-American students to the César Chávez-inspired fight for fair wages for migrant farmworkers and a broad Chicano Movement pushing for political change.
But the fiery fight had waned, and the community settled into a period of complacency driven by a lack of strong community leadership and splintered factions of political power.
A new wave of young people — many who, like Adriana, aren't even qualified to vote — is hoping to reignite the civic engagement of a once-spirited community. They are the ones poised to make a difference.
They already have proved their prowess in Phoenix, where they gained national attention for helping triple the citywide Latino voter turnout and increasing it nearly 500 percent in West Phoenix during the 2011 Phoenix City Council election.
@swlonewolf.. I totallly agree with you ... .GOP or as others fondly call them Republicans? cannot be trusted... That is why I vote TOTAL democrat...
Keep the momentum going! Yes! We need a clean sweep of the vile and vicious politicians and police forces to a less fear based people. We can come together for our state and for all people!
To Pat if you are americans vote with an enlish speaking balot only and tell Telemundo, Telefutura, Azteca and Univision that they can no longer broadcast into the United States then I will believe your americans.
If our Nation continues to not enforce our immigrtation laws, we are doomed!!!!! Illegal aliens should be deported. Legal immigration made America great! Illegal immigration is bankrupting and destroying America.
Really, Blowjob, isn't politics the reason your own country didn't want you? That's Europe if you didn't know! And the reason your white asses ended up here in this Continent? How about we throw your white ass back to England so you can get involved in your own countries politics so you can educate your OWN people. Get a clue jerk off before you engage that clueless mind of yours!!!
John A. Don't waste your energy and time trying to explain nothing to these ignorant Motherfuckers here in this state. They are all led around by there balls by these Scumbag republican bigmouths. All these racists turds don't have anything else to do but run their sewer holes on the Internet, and putting American flags all over their cars and houses, like some how they are more American than anybody of color. Remember who walked this land and cared for it before you greedy white motherfuckers destroyed it. I'm Mexican and a US CITIZEN assholes, WHAT!!!
Actually, the politicians are for whatever will get them re-elected; they are but a mirror reflecting the racist, bigoted and ignorant population that exists within our state.
I think you were in this video Pat : http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/azflag.asp SO you all are proud AMericans???? Yeah right hahahahahaha
The entitlement attitude gets handed down from these illegal parents to their illegal children. Now the children hold their hands out for some form of amnesty just like their parents did when they smuggled themselves in our country. When does it end?? Kids of illegals should be trying to right the wrongs that their parents made by high tailing their way to obtain Visa's and green cards. Otherwise all funding should be cut off to these people.
just shows how ignorant people are...they need to have people run around telling them whats going on..and registar to vote. Dosnt anyone read, or view news events..or local politics! All they are interested today is in stupid ass reality shows..i.e. Kardashians, Jersey shores, and all the other innane superficial and geared towards the morons of our society. Then they wonder how this Obama the Dictator got into office.
After watching the video and looking at the pictures of the demonstrators desecrating the Arizona and United States Flags, why are they here. If they dislike the United States so bad then they should leave. They have no respect and have a sence of entitlement. We need to eliminate all illegal aliens from this country no matter which country they originated. Then we need to secure the borders to keep out all illegal aliens. If people wish to emigrate to the United States, they can go through proper channels. Just as if someone wanted to move to Mexico. Immigration does not equal illegal immigration.
This is the appreciation they have....http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/azflag.asp
Raul Grijalva is a total ass. sorry he is with the state of az.he got his head so far up obamas ass. him and napolatano both suck.she never done anything when she was so called gov. of az. another worthless ass in office.
Here we go again What is it about the illigals ?? sneak across our borders in the middle of the night, hands stuck out for OUR countrys welefare, don't learn to speak ENGLISH and say they have Rights ?? Bull s%$t GO HOME and come to OUR COUNTRY as a LEGAL IMMIGRENT.
Don't know about the other candidates they're supporting, but Raul Grijalva is co-chair of the Progressive/Socialist Caucus, a past member of MECha (a separatist Marxist group), and he is connected to the AZ district of Communist Party USA.
Right on.........all the news stations are for the illegals because it supplies them with their daily or weekly news. All the news stories are to make us feel sad about their situation. How about them having stories on legal citizens that can't get any of the 'free' stuff even though they pay taxes so that the illegals can benefit from all the 'free' rewards we seem to give them. Something is very wrong with their morals and values!
To my earlier comment, let me add this: (1) According to the 2010 Census data, about 6 percent of Hispanics in Arizona were 15-17. So, by the time 2013 rolls around, a substantial number of Hispanics will be newly eligible. During this time, still younger Hispanics have been moving up the pipeline also. (Theirs is a very young demographic: the median age of Hispanics in Arizona is 25.4 compared with that of non-Hispanic Whites at 44.5 years.) It would be logistically difficult to wait ten years and try to register all of the new voters: much easier to get as many as currently eligible now and work on the new ones as they crop up. That's why voter registration efforts NOW are so critical. (2) Regarding Hispanic voter participation rates for the November 2011 election (i.e., the percentage of Hispanic registered voters who actually voted): overall turnout (all voters, not just Hispanic) was just 26 percent, If the participation rate among Hispanics in Phoenix was 18.8 percent (see earlier comment) then, even though turnout for city elections is low (despite 2011 being a record year for voter participation), Hispanics are still below the average participatio rate. Demographics counts for little if you don't take advantage of it at the polls.
She should be deport along with the rest of her family. I find it hard for educated prople to not understand the word ILLEGAL.
Here is a passage from the article, "Students like Adriana — along with a huge cadre of other volunteers, other organizations — are fighting so that they never have to settle again, fighting to change a political atmosphere in Arizona created by more than a decade of anti-immigrant laws culminating two years ago with Arizona Senate Bill 1070, a law that essentially turns state and local police into immigration-enforcement agents." This New Times article is very slanted, they state "anti-immigrant laws" which is completely false, SB 1070 is anti illegal immigrant oriented. Anyone who is a legal immigrant did it the legal way. Just because you can cross the border without being detected does not entitle you to any benefits of being a citizen of this country no matter how long you have been here undetected. Some of the reasons we have immigration laws is to not allow immigrants into the country due to criminal records, diseases, and ability to support themselves once they are here. My biggest fear is an illegal immigrant could be a murderer or carry communicable diseases that can spread among the population once they enter the country and have contact with people within a city. We need a political lobby for the citizens of this country to combat all the illegal immigrant coalitions who seek protection for illegal immigrants. This is complete madness that we cater to illegal immigrants when we should be catering to the legal citizens of this country, this is what our tax money is for--the legal citizens of the United States of America.
because the "legal" citizens who vote, that is the key, vote, are conservative, want to keep to themselves, and not be hasseled by government, be it national or state....this is the wild west, ya know
Jan Brewer abused her Government Authority to Defrauded Social Security for $75,000.00 to reward her Knife Point Rapist Son Ron for his Heinous Crime, as he served out his sentence! Jan Brewer is a Crook, and her Knife Point Raping Son Ron Harmed Society. We should Deport them? Jail them if they return? Obama is being very kind to theiving Jan Brewer, and has given Her "Amnesty " from the Jail Time she deserves, and is allowing Her to simply pay back the $75.000.00 that she Stole.
Like the Millions of Good Hard Working un-documented Parents of our own Citizen Children? Like the Millions of America's Hardest, Most Devoted Workers that Prior to the January 2008 start of the E-verify Law, and the I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs Labored Hard to Make America Great? Like the Millions of Hands that Labored Hard to Feed America? Like Those Many? TO: The Real American "Dream", To be an American. This is our I.C.E.'d Economy,! I.C.E. "Put the Car in the Ditch". Where it is still Stuck! Wake up America.
Nice, people like this should be allowed legal status. Its the crooks & others doing harm to our society that should be deported. Deported quickly & jailed if they return. She has what it takes.
You don't want to Deport/Incarcerate Parents away from their legal Citizen Children? We are working on fixing that misread and abused policy too. The 14th Amendment existed for the slaves, noone else, not people lollygaggin' across the border droppin' anchors. It's written clear as day.
The Big Picture? We need to have Responsible Immigration Reform, like what Congress was Debating in 2006. The Decision to Deport, and use "Attrition" to starve our own legal Citizen Children so that their Parentas will leave, was wrong, Morally, and it is Against every thing being an American stands for. It also caused the entire "Foreclosure Crisis", "The Great Recession", and our "New National Deficit." All of which began January 2008. The Hard Work Immigrants gladly did for America was the very Foundation of our Strong Economy, and their Hard Labor actually supported all other American Jobs. Many Millions of these Good, Hard Working un-documented Immigrants have been here for nearly thirty years. This is their Home. They came here undocumented because there is No Line for Poor Working Class Immigrants Period. They have become part of the Fabric of our Society, most of them have legal Citizen Children, and Families. "America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great." Alex De Tocqueville This Great Nation of Immigrants was Built on Far Better Principles, and Values, than to Rip Apart Good, Christian Families, and Deport/Incarcerate Parents away from their legal Citizen Children! This is America's Darkest Hour. Since the January 2008 start of Arizona's Anti Immigrant Rant, which has been fueled in large part by Supremacist's, and Private Prisonn Profiteering, Maricopa County now has over a Half Million Vacated Homes. All Home Values have dropped by about Half. Fact: The Twenty-Five year period prior to January 2008 when Un-documented Immigrants were allowed to Work Hard with us was the "Most Prosperous Period in Total U.S. History." We must all work together to once again make America Strong. To: Right.
if she is here illegally, then she should"nt be allowed to do any thing. now that we know where she is, she should be picked up and deported.
Sounds Like Your Trying Undermine Arizona With Some Corrupt Latino Politictions Like Mexico Has!!! And I Bet Most Of Your Voters Are Here Illegally
Third generation Mexican,senior citizen supporting SB1070. The illegals are destroying this country known as the USA. They come here produce one child after another to collect welfare benefits. The old myth they will do a job no citizen will do this is no longer true. They refuse to learn english or obey the laws. Obama is reaching out to the illegals who can't vote, the legal Mexican citizens support SB 1070 mostly the senior citizens.
You are one classless, America hating, progressive idiot. Yes it is too bad that the native Americans were not smart enough to have and enforce immigration laws. If they had perhaps they would still be in control of this land. Why you advocate the current residents of this country should repeat their mistake makes zero sense. You love Mexicans so much... move to that shithole that is Mexico and live in the filth and corruption that they have wrought on themselves.
You get real moron... they're getting Latino *citizens* to register to vote. You don't like; go fuck yourself.
You're a lying sack of shit. You think you're being smart, right. But, sadly, you're just a racist dumbass.
I've known several friends who have been deported after being asked to come down to the Team Awesome Offices which turned out to be a front office for ICE!
The use of "volunteers" posing as democrat vote getters and in this case Team Awesome are actually sting operations design to entrap and deport illegals by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Latinos beware do not speak to anyone from Team Awesome because they are actually from obama team deportation!
Team Awesome is actually a sting operation by the local authorities to trap potential illegal aliens in Phoenix. Latinos are well advised not to speak to anyone proporting to be from Team Awesome or else they will face immediate deportation!
Illegal=illegal. Plus a sh*t ton of damage control that is on the backs of citizens now! Enforce the damn laws for the safety of its citizens like other countries do!
The law remains and was voted constitutional. SB1070 is just a start. States are sick of this illegal bullsh*t they have to put up with and pay for on a daily basis. There will be more if this to come, so pull your panties up and deal with it like other countries that enforce their immigration laws do. It's going to be sink or swim now. California has sunk.