I just came back from attending a graduation ceremony organized by United We Dream, a coalition of student advocacy groups from all over the U.S advocating for the DREAM Act. What’s the DREAM Act you say? Each year about 65,000 U.S.-raised students, who would qualify for a status-adjustment under the DREAM Act, graduate from high school with few real prospects for the future. These include honor roll students, star athletes, talented artists, homecoming queens, and aspiring teachers, doctors, and U.S. soldiers.
While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has come out swinging in support of moving comprehensive immigration reform this year, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs seems equally determined to lower advocates’ expectations in advance of this Thursday’s big White House immigration meeting.
Irony of ironies- it turns out, according to Think Progress’ Lee Fang in “Under Misspelled Banner, Buchanan And White Nationalist Brimelow Argue For English-Only Initiatives,” that American Cause luminaries actually convened under a misspelled banner to promote their hardline, English-only agenda. For more, check out our background briefing on the American Cause National Conference, nicknamed, “The cauldron where extremists, right-wing media and conservative politicians cook up racist rhetoric.”
The AP reports in “Obama says immigration overhaul is essential:” WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he is committed to a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes a way for illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens.
For those of us who cover immigration issues and deal with the extremists all the time, none of this is new. Nor is the fact that so-called “legitimate” spokespersons deliver hate-filled messages that show up in angry faxes to Congress, the Ku Klux Klan and even Minuteman leader Shawna Forde – accused of gunning down a 9 year old Latina girl.
On May 30, 29-year-old Raul Flores and his 9-year-old daughter Brisenia Flores were shot to death, purportedly by a group of far-right anti-immigrant activists who broke into the Flores home by posing as police officers. On Friday, Shawna Forde, anti-immigrant activist and Executive Director of the Minutemen American Defense, (MAD) along with accomplices Jason Eugene Bush and Albert Robert Gaxiola were arrested on two counts of first-degree murder and burglary charges related to the Flores murders.
Almost a full week since local Arizona media and progressive and pro-migrant bloggers began covering the horrific story of Brisenia Flores and her minuteman killers, the story is finally catching the eye of the mainstream media. Turns out the point-blank murder of a little nine-year-old-girl by anti-immigration extremists is newsworthy, after all.
Shawna Forde, the alleged ringleader and one of three suspects arrested in a deadly home invasion in Arizona on Friday, heads up a border vigilante group known as the Minuteman American Defense (MAD). Forde is suspected of having plotted and executed the kiilling of a nine-year-old girl named Brisenia Flores in order to raise money for her vigilate group.
Yesterday the White House rescheduled the immigration meeting set for next Wednesday, June 17th to the week of June 22nd. The meeting will bring together key leadership in Congress and kickoff the Adminstration’s work on immigration reform. It was originally scheduled for June 8th, but was delayed as a result of the President’s travel schedule abroad. The stakes are high. (But you wouldn’t know it to hear the political class chatter).
After a gunman with clear ties to white nationalism opened fire yesterday at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, a new video that ties Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio to his neo-Nazi supporters is gaining attention.