On Election Day, the American people hired leaders they believe will tackle and solve tough problems. They fired politicians who cover up inaction and ineffectiveness with slick sound bites and punchy slogans. The public wants action �- and results � on a range of tough issues. Of course, economic recovery is job number one, but the public demand for action on illegal immigration has been underestimated for too long.
No not really, but the Washington Post is reporting that Department of Homeland Security Head Michael Chertoff has had undocumented workers cleaning his home for over four years. Coupled with last week’s announcement that a high-ranking New England Border Patrol official had undocumented workers cleaning her home, hypocrisy at DHS now seems to be the rule, rather than the exception.
Farmworker Justice, an advocacy group for those who harvest our nation’s food, slammed a new series of midnight regulations by the Bush Administration. The regulations would slash wages and cut protections for the already-vulnerable workers who bring food to our tables. Now is not the time for throw-backs to bracero-era immigration policy. Congress must both reverse these midnight attacks on worker justice, and work toward a real, comprehensive reform in the 111th Congress.
It’s been a month already since we reported on the brutal stabbing of Marcelo Lucero and the rise of violence against those perceived as Hispanic. From Long Island Wins, a personal reflection on the events that took place in the wake of the Ecuadorian immigrant’s tragic death…
So, as Tancredo touts his accomplishments during his 10-year career in the House of Representatives, let’s not forget the damage that his demagoguery has done to the Republican Party. Not to mention immigrant workers and families, Hispanics, and all attempts to pass sensible immigration reform in the last decade. It’s a relief to know that, even for the Republican Party, his immigration views were too extreme.
Latino, Asian, and New American voter turnout was at an all-time high in 2008. The power of these voters is now undeniable, and immigrant-bashing has become a losing campaign strategy. All signs indicate that the incoming administration and Congress will tackle immigration reform, and that the leadership of the Republican Party is rethinking its position on the issue.
Lorraine Henderson, who serves as the regional director of Homeland Security, Customs, and Border Protection in the Boston area is ready to appear in Federal court for “harboring an illegal alien.” The charge could carry up to 10 years in jail, but it comes as little surprise to those who have tracked the incompetence, corruption, and misplaced priorities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, had a thorough piece in today’s Chicago Tribune on just what derailed the GOP this election. “As the Republican Party surveys its post-election train wreck, the pain must be even greater knowing that, with Hispanic voters, the GOP drove itself off the track.” The GOP immigration wedge strategy became a serious liability for the Republican Party at every level of the electoral contest this year. With the addition of latest anti-immigrant campaigner, Virgil Goode, our post-election analysis now shows 20 of 22 battleground races we tracked favoring candidates who took a more comprehensive approach on immigration. How many did hardliners win? Two.
Contrary to claims of “only seeking to reduce illegal immigration,” CNN host Lou Dobbs joins Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the list of grumpy old men certain to turn any incident � earthquakes and hurricanes included � into their own personal tirade against immigrants. The goal of all this fear-mongering? Three words: publicity, fame, and money. Sheriff Joe welcomes controversy with his public tirades against � not only immigrants � but all Latino residents of Maricopa County. And in exchange, what’s the good sheriff getting for Christmas?
Fresh from the folks who brought us “Immigrants Cause Global Warming,” the contentious Center for Immigration Studies is serving up their latest threat to homeland security: Third-World Gold-Diggers. Check out Walter’s full analysis over at IPC’s new blog Immigration Impact.