We’ve hit a new, if hilarious, low in the Spanish language ad wars. Maybe it’s just us, but making criminals – much less target practice- out of immigrants is not going to fly with Latino voters on Election Day. Painting hard-working immigrants, whatever their status, as criminals is, in fact, one of the most offensive things that the extreme right wing has done, and expecting that message to work with Latino voters who know better, may be one of the dumbest.
The bill does not call for an end to immigration raids, although we all know the Administration’s raids policy is not going to fix illegal immigration or get the system under control. As Secretary Chertoff’s remarks last year betrayed, these raids are more about cowboy politics than effective policy. No, the Menendez-Kennedy bill is simply about reigning in the way Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) handles its business. It is a very modest measure that asks ICE to exercise a bit of humanity, and a bit of common sense, as it goes about its campaign of immigration enforcement.
The surge of the immigrant vote may come as a surprise to many, but not to the dozens of organizations that form the We Are America Alliance (WAAA). The Alliance is driving the largest coordinated effort in our nation’s history to increase immigrant civic engagement. In a push to commemorate National Citizenship Day (September 17th), Alliance members held events that successfully registered 20,000 new Latino, Asian, and immigrant voters in 13 key electoral states. In addition, the “Ya es Hora! Ve y Vota” (Now is the Time! Go Vote!) Campaign will register and engage Latino voters in key battleground states through an unprecedented radio and television effort.
Just when we thought we already had enough problems with the Wall Street fiasco, in walks Michelle Malkin. The right-wing blogger and television loudmouth has given us a new group to point fingers at. That’s right, the current Wall Street meltdown has nothing to do with government ineptitude or failure to stem corporate greed… “It’s the immigrants, stupid!”
After finding himself in the middle of a fight between John McCain and Barack Obama on immigration reform, conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh decided to broadcast some of his immigration views en Espa�ol on today’s show.Click here to check out our response to Rush.
On “The Savage Nation,” discussing a caller’s statement that “Muslim fundamentalists” are “walk[ing] around Northern Virginia as if they own the place,” Michael Savage asked, “Why would a nation that is as evolved as America, and as liberal as America is socially, want to bring in throwbacks who are living in the 15th century?” He also asked: “What is the societal benefit of bringing in throwbacks, some of whom are no doubt terrorists, and some of whom are gonna produce children who will become terrorists?”
Two aggressive immigration ads later, we’re no closer to talking about real solutions to the broken immigration system. As stated in today’s New York Times editorial, “Meanwhile, the Bush administration keeps raiding factories and farms, terrorizing immigrant families while exposing horrific accounts of workplace abuses. Children toil in slaughterhouses; detainees languish in federal lockups, dying without decent medical care. […] ” We at America’s Voice would like to offer this challenge to both candidates: Be honest with us. Use the time remaining in your campaigns- and the upcoming Presidential debates- to tell us your plan for immigration reform.
Immigration08.com Partner NDN released the results of a new set of polls this week that evaluate where voters in the states of Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada stand on the issue of immigration reform. NDN’s results in these key battleground states prove conventional wisdom wrong once again. The states’ voters overwhelmingly support comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.
Despite efforts to downplay the importance of immigration in this election cycle, the debate continues across the country. Here is a round-up of recent key developments in the immigration debate, presented “in their own words”.
In an unusual move, the hate group FAIR denounced itself for using “inflammatory language” to “silence proponents of immigration reform.” The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) was responding to our full-page ad in the Politico, which alerted Members of Congress to the group’s true nature just as FAIR activists launched their annual lobbying blitz.