Nativism as a force is on the defensive in Arizona and elsewhere.

Nowhere is this so telling as in the push for comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, D.C.

The New York Times reported recently that Republicans, including Arizona U.S. senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, are taking part in meetings with Democrats, like New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, to craft an immigration bill.

It also reports that President Obama wants a complete reworking of the immigration system and will accept nothing less than a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 12 million undocumented men, women, and children in our midst.

The goal is to pass the reform package this year.

Meanwhile, millions hide in plain sight, hoping that la migra will not come knocking on their doors, tearing them from their families.

They also pray they will not be stopped by local cops, who in Arizona — because of Senate Bill 1070 — may look upon brown skin and lack of ID as reasonable suspicion to hold someone and check his or her immigration status.

The former recently happened to Maria Arreola, when agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement came to her door one night to arrest her on an order of removal from 1998, when she was stopped at a point of entry and sent back to Mexico.

According to her immigration attorney, Jose Penalosa, Arreola was fleeing domestic violence, seeking sanctuary for herself, her daughter, Erika Andiola, and Erika's siblings. Eventually, the family successfully made it across the Sonoran Desert and have been here since.

The order of removal — issued, Penalosa says, by the Border Patrol — remained on her record. It came to the attention of ICE after Arreola was stopped for speeding by the Mesa Police Department in September and was taken into custody because she did not have a driver's license or other identification.

There's only speculation as to why ICE did not issue a hold at the time and why ICE waited several months before sending agents to apprehend her.

(Some believe that either the Mesa PD or ICE was targeting Arreola's family for retaliation, a charge both agencies deny.)

Nevertheless, the 1998 order made Arreola immediately removable from the country. And ICE wasted no time, putting her on a bus that picked up more souls at ICE's Florence detention center and headed straight for the border.

Yet, dramatically, as Arreola tells it, the bus driver got a call after the stop in Florence and immediately turned the bus around. Arreola soon was reunited with her family, including her son, who also had been cut loose by the feds.

The unprecedented had happened, ordered by the highest levels of ICE, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the White House.

Why?

Because Arreola is the mother of Andiola, co-founder of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition and a nationally known pro-immigrant activist who can boast access to the corridors of power, as well as to a vast network of fellow activists and supporters.

After consulting with Penalosa, Andiola took to YouTube, where she gave a tearful account of the ICE abduction of her mother and brother.

"We have to stop separating families," she said, sobbing. "This is real. This is so real. This is not just happening to me; it's happening to families everywhere."

Indeed, while the Obama administration pushes for comprehensive immigration reform, it simultaneously pursues a program of mass expulsion, deporting a record 409,849 mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons in fiscal year 2012 alone.

ICE also has ramped up its audits of employers who hire undocumented workers.

And yet ICE Director John Morton continues to blather incessantly about ICE's using its "prosecutorial discretion" to pursue just the really bad criminal aliens.

That's the PR message ICE wishes to convey, but Morton's much-discussed December 21 memo on the agency's "detainer" policy makes clear that not only those convicted of felonies and serious misdemeanors will earn an ICE detainer, but also those who have been subject to an order of removal in the past.

Such as Arreola, 55, who is by no means a criminal, much less a serious one.

Arreola's arrest gave the lie to Morton's assurances about ICE's enforcement priorities. The reality is, as Andiola pointed out in her YouTube plea for help, the terror that she and her family experienced that night is frighteningly common.

"It happens all the time," Penalosa said of people taken in this manner. "I'm sure this occurs every day, but for me, with particular clients, once a month."

And he says that every week, he will get a phone call about someone picked up during a local traffic stop whom ICE is trying to hustle out of the country.

Fortunately, Andiola was able to mobilize thousands of supporters — and garner the help of pro-immigrant politicians, Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Luis Gutierrez among them.

Penalosa believes the order to turn around Arreola's bus came directly from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

"It had to," he reasoned. "The documents I have that released her clearly say, 'per ICE headquarters.' So that has to be John Morton and Janet Napolitano."

All this took place in less than 24 hours. Once Arreola was released on January 11, she and Andiola appeared at a rally in front of Phoenix's ICE headquarters, surrounded by well-wishers, who earlier had chanted, "Hey, Obama, don't deport my mama."

The story made CNN and illustrated how ordinary people are crushed by ICE. It's a black eye for the agency at a time when Obama seriously is working toward immigration reform.

But it was also a demonstration of raw political muscle — the influence Latinos now have on the Obama administration.

And it is a sign that those who care about human and civil rights must push, on every level, in the coming year to secure basic rights for the undocumented.

This means pressuring ICE to end the hostility of some in its ranks to Obama's policies toward the undocumented, particularly his administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has given DREAMers hope and a reprieve from living like fugitives.

It means pressuring Governor Jan Brewer to rescind her racist executive order denying driver's licenses to DACA beneficiaries, as Andiola and a coalition of activists did during Brewer's state of the state speech on the Arizona Legislature's opening day.

These demonstrators took over the state House lobby in a raucous, yet peaceful, protest that ended with three arrested and a ton of media attention on this ongoing injustice.

Finally, there must be no end to the defiance of what's left of SB 1070, which survives as an embarrassment to this state, one Arizona will never live down until it is stricken from the law books.

To this end, Phoenix civil rights activist Sal Reza and his Barrio Defense Committee will lead a 13-mile march from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's notorious Fourth Avenue Jail on Saturday, January 19, to Phoenix Police Department headquarters and on to Glendale Police Department HQ.

The purpose is to protest local law enforcement's complicity in the undocumented community's criminalization, which remains unchanged despite the public's fatigue with immigration issues.

So, as they say on the street, "No justice, no peace." Thus begins 2013.

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edwould
edwould

155 million U.S. Citizens working on a paycheck should class action sue anybody that has benefited from this betrayal of U.S. Citizens from the churches to the politicians to the contractors and the illegals.  Let's start taking their money in legal proceedings.

edwould
edwould

Quit calling it comprehensive immigration reform.  It's called contrived name for fraudulently justified program to illegally and unconstitutionally acquire slave labor at the expense of your fellow U.S. Citizens.  We don't need comprehensive immigration reform.  We need honest public representation and law enforcement to put crooked politicians and employers in jail.

statueoffreedom
statueoffreedom

It is apparent to me that Obama rewards those illegal immigrants that break the law in Obama's proposed immigration bill.  

USA Citizens rewards those that do NOT break the law in the USA.  There is a HUGE difference between Democrats and Republicans.

There is a majority of USA Citizens in the USA, therefore, We are a Nation of USA Citizens and NOT a nation of immigrants.  Obama is very confused, even with his education.



swanson01john
swanson01john

I like to know one thing.Why do all HISPANICS think they have the rite to have PREFERRABLE status THAN ANY ONE FROM OTHER COUNTRYS??    WHY,WHY,WHY.

penkdooo
penkdooo

OK wow, that actually makes a LOT of sense when you think about it.


www.ImaAnon.tk

DNichols
DNichols

January 2008 began the "Anti Immigrant Rant", the E-verify Law, the I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs, the "Foreclosure Crisis", the Great Recession", the Bail Out Programs, and our "New Ballooning National Deficit".

This is No Co-incidence!

The Twenty-Five Year Period prior to January 2008 was "The Most Prosperous Period in Total U.S. History".

We all worked together for America!

"America is great because it is good,when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great."

Alex De Tocqueville, a very wise 1840's French Historian.

Fact: The Hard Labor Immigrants gladly did for America was the very Foundation of our Strong Economy.

This Great Nation of Immigrants was Built on Far Better Principles, and Values than to rip apart good Christian Families, and to Incarcerate, or Deport Parents away from their Legal Citizen Children!

To: Good.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

According to a 2011 census, the population of the Republic of Mexico is 112 million people.


Has anybody ever given any thought as to why roughly 10% of the population of the Republic of Mexico resides illegally in the United States?


What would the effect be on the Republic of Mexico would be if 10% of the population had not left for the US?


Why are economic conditions so bad in the Republic of Mexico that such a high percentage of people, and probably the best workers that the Republic of Mexico has, cannot find economic opportunities in their own country?


Could it be that the Republic of Mexico is a corrupt oligarchy where the nation's wealth is held by a very small minority of the population?  Could it be that there is no functional banking or credit system?

WHEREISTHETRUTH
WHEREISTHETRUTH

Stephen, how come you and the rest of the propagandist media is not talking or writing about the 191 naturalized citizens greeted by Mayor Tibshraeny at morning Naturalization Ceremony today? It must be because they came here LEGALLY.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

The only immigration reform will be tighter enforcement and quicker deportations. Every country has immigration laws and the USA is no different. Our laws will never be changed to allow illegal immigration, not now or ever. Activists who think differently are about to be in for a rude awakening. Obama will do nothing to satisfy you. Why should he? You were stupid if you voted for him thinking he will. He fooled every one of you just to get your vote. He cannot be re-elected again so now he can thumb his nose at all of you. Jokes on you. 

todddemodd
todddemodd

Sometimes dude, you jsut have to roll with the punches.

www.Anon-vc.tk

johnfmayer
johnfmayer

Too many people here with way more time than I have, apparently. I finally HAVE a job, so I need to get my rest. Unfollowing. 

Pakrat4ever
Pakrat4ever

I don't hate the Hispanics, but I do have a problem with people breaking the laws that has been made to keep our borders in closed.   Do it legal and America will welcome you with open arms, like others have done. Do it illegal and you see what their crying is all about.  If the laws are changed then I'll accept that, but probably won't like it if it disses some others who have come here legally.

johnfmayer
johnfmayer

NumbersUSA is a very level-headed, non-racist organization taking a stand for reasonable immigration laws. There DO seem to be a bunch of racist commenters on their blogs—not all—and I hate to be associated with those individuals in any way. But they do not represent the organization, the positions of which seem eminently sensible to me. https://www.numbersusa.com/content/

johnfmayer
johnfmayer

Sorry; still don’t get it. Why, again, should we support those who undermine our sovereignty and come here in violation of our laws, placing additional burdens on our resources (when Mexico, for example, harshly combats illegal immigration across ITS borders)? What, exactly, is your end game? Simply to allow free transit across our borders for everyone of all nations? Or are we supposed to only allow free access to Mexicans? I have a friend in Haiti who’d like to come to the US. Should he just hire a boat and come ashore? I AM a liberal, but I don’t get this seeming assumption by many (on the left AND, in business, on the right) that we’re just being meanies when we try to enforce our immigration laws. 

lucymutt47
lucymutt47

There is no such thing as a "good" illegal alien! The sooner American citizens realize that, the better off we will be, the worse off the illegals will be! They all must be deported as soon as possible, in any way that works. I do not believe they have any rights here, and absolutely no right to be here at all! What we have here with this paper, is a pro-illegal alien propaganda sheet that somehow misses the point of what an illegal alien really is, and furthermore, doesn't seem to care!

quidmore
quidmore

@statueoffreedom  So... we're not a country of immigrants? So we're all native americans?

IMO? Start deporting the white people back to europe. We'll start with you.

edwould
edwould

@swanson01john Oklahoma had some of the first anti-illegal laws that were based on illegal alien competition for jobs being discriminatory against U.S. workers.  Those parts of the law held up in court challenges.

quidmore
quidmore

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul 

Your numbers are very very wrong... 

For one....

Population of Mexico: 112,336,538
Number of illegals in the US: 11 million
Number of illegals of hispanic descent: 22%

so... with a little math...

2,242,000 illegals of mexican descent live in the US
that's roughly 
1.996% of mexico... or... 2% of mexico.

Mexico has about 8 million illegal immigrants... most of them are americans.

sarum
sarum

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Their banking system functions just fine when they need cash to buyback family members from kidnappers.  Cartel watchers have noticed a clearly enforced relationship with the Federal Reserve - indeed some of the biggest banksters have paid penalties to US for laundering their $$$ but of course it is just a wrist slap compared to the amounts involved . . .corrupt oligarchy?  Sheesh, you don't have to cross the border to look at that.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@JoeArpaioFan Jaffy hates Messcans cuz he has to work with them and they work harder than his lazy white ass at flippin BK burgers

bobunf
bobunf

@Pakrat4ever The economic incentives that drive immigration conflict with the laws designed to regulate it. Fighting economic forces in a market economy like the United States is an impossible task. You can't shovel the ocean back with a fork - not even a bulldozer.  If the market is creating demand there is an economic benefit when that demand is fulfilled: we are all better off. One must not believe in the free-enterprise/market-economy system to think otherwise.

sarum
sarum

@johnfmayer The employers that hire them undermines our sovereignty as well as our government undermines our sovereignty.  The illegals are merely willing pawns.

Another argument given is that US was settled by the losers, malcontents and undesirables of the nations they came from and their genetic inheritance was defective which is why we have so many sick and unable now.  I don't buy that argument although the many sick is true but I view the causal factors as multiple and possible for all new to the nation to become similarly afflicted.  Plus, the immigrants coming in are also often the unwanted of their nations as well so if one even believes the bogus argument one can see the solution will only be very shortlived.  No, there are other reasons  


MotherJones
MotherJones

@johnfmayer "Simply to allow free transit across our borders for everyone of all nations?"

You mean, like when the English, Dutch, etc. came in the 1500s?


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@lucymutt47

You do realize it costs $13,000 to deport a single illegal alien right?

So, with 12 million illegal aliens and the cost of deporting 1 costs $13,000, you would spend 156 trillion dollars to deport all the illegal aliens in thecountry.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@lucymutt47 Wish we could send white trash like you back to the rancid womb you emerged from and keep every "illegal" in return. What a better country this would be.

swanson01john
swanson01john

@MotherJones @JoeArpaioFan --Yea they work so hard they leave grooves in the walls ware they lean against all day so they look like they are working,but they are sleeping.

johnfmayer
johnfmayer

@bobunf @Pakrat4ever - No, I DON’T “believe in” the “free enterprise/market.” 

No one has ever worshipped a deity that is more ruthless and more hollow than the Free Market System.” ~ Eric Schlosser



johnfmayer
johnfmayer

@bobunf @Pakrat4ever - And we can reign in those “economic forces” that abuse the law to enrich themselves at the expense of the US worker (and, ultimately, of the illegals, too). If you’re implying that we should crack down on employers who hire illegals as an incentive for those illegals to self-deport, I agree. 

sarum
sarum

 @bobunf @Pakrat4ever Free Market?  Believe in it or not - we don't have one.  We have not had one for very long time if ever. We will not probably ever have one unless we the people rise up and demand it. 


Pakrat4ever
Pakrat4ever

@bobunf @Pakrat4ever 

With the economy the way it is, it surely can't create much incentives to come here, other than wanting to come here because their families have already migrated illegally here.  We still have to have immigration laws or all of Mexico will be over here. Our system is already over burdened with problems of legal Americans, and then we have to provide illegals with benefits too.  I don't like Free Entry, or Demanded Entry; there is a right way to do things, and our laws are made to make sure it's complied with. These people believe they have a Right to be here, and are Demanding for us to accept them. I say earn your way here legally as so many has. Don't slap these people in the face, because people are to lazy to do it Right.

WHEREISTHETRUTH
WHEREISTHETRUTH

@MaskedMagician1967  Your math is off, based on what ICE claims it costs to deport it would cost ~$150 BILLION not trillion to deport all illegal aliens.  By not deporting them, illegal aliens cost American taxpayers more than $346 billion across 15 federal agencies per year not to mention higher insurance rates for Health, Property & Casualty.

sarum
sarum

@MotherJones @lucymutt47 Mother you are simply stupid and rich enough to remain stupid.  Perhaps you are one that believes there really are enough jobs for everybody if only they would try hard enough.   You are what is termed "useful idiot," unable to recognize in oneself a lifetime of brainwashing but willing to call names and live in hate based on that brainwashing.

Pakrat4ever
Pakrat4ever

@sarum @bobunf 

Right, both Parties do it and go from one extreme to the other, have for years. Same old priorities. The Givers and the Takers.

sarum
sarum

@bobunf Open your eyes & let your fingers do the walking - in my book it is delusional to follow bogus moral imperative that justifies theft from one poor to give to another poor.

Pakrat4ever
Pakrat4ever

@bobunf 

The whole system is Delusional, Bob. But it keeps the blogs going.   We couldn't fool you could we? I hope they don't use these Blog comments to determine our mental status for buying a gun or all of us will be determined to be mentally unfit to possess. Lighten up, Bob.  We made it though Y2K, the Mayan Calendar, and now we face the End of Time Clock.  Have Faith, We'll make it, and if we don't, That's Life, live it to the Fullest.

bobunf
bobunf

@sarum @Pakrat4ever @bobunf  It baffles me that people like sarum prattle nonsense as in illegals "are not denied our social safety net," but "citizens are."

That is delusional thinking.

johnfmayer
johnfmayer

@sarum @Pakrat4ever @bobunf - Our government should exert every possible influence to end corruption in their countries of origin and help them establish democratic, free, safe societies with opportunities of their own. The US can’t absorb the downtrodden of the world, much as we might wish we could.


sarum
sarum

@Pakrat4ever @bobunf People say the illegals are willing to work for less.  They can afford to work for less cuz they are not denied our social safety net, which combined with their lower wages makes a decent living.  Citizens are denied the social safety net and so cannot afford to work for the low wages.  This is documented.

WHEREISTHETRUTH
WHEREISTHETRUTH

@bobunf The figure is based on actual federal government OMB data.

bobunf
bobunf

@WHEREISTHETRUTH That unsupported assertion($346 billion) is just wacky on its face.  $346 billion divided by 11 million is $31,455 per year for every man, woman and child.  And you are not even including anything provided at the state and county level; like schools and law enforcement.  

Good Lord.  What would a legal immigrant cost?  You know, one eligible for food stamps, medicare and medicaid, in-state tuition, housing and utility assistance, disaster relief, social security, unemployment compensation, etc.  

A million a year? Two?

You can't seriously suggest that $31,455 is a credible number for people who don't qualify for any of that, and who try to stay in the shadows?  

The truth is definitely not with you.  Try moving the decimal point to the right and changing the sign.

Then remove the tinfoil, and the bookmark to whatever site provided such absurdity.  

Bnbk
Bnbk

@sarum @MotherJones @lucymutt47 You are what is termed "useless idiot".......You are no one to tell MJ a damned thing about calling people names when you yourself are doing it in your first sentence.....You should really have your doctor adjust med dosage,you ramble like someone who is over-medicating or self-medicating.

johnfmayer
johnfmayer

@MotherJones @michael-crews @lucymutt47 - One of the strongest voices, a few years ago, against unrestrained immigration legal and illegal, was Barbara Jordan. I’ll save you the trouble of going to Wikipedia: she was black, and she was concerned because illegal immigrants threaten the jobs of black workers most of all. 


 
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