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his is one deportation case where being humane should trump anything else. If you are not moved by this woman’s story and her love of her husband, then this country is clearly in trouble. Please take a moment to click here and sign the petition. This one is special to us.

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My hubby José Pedro Mejía (A# 087-042-687) and I have been married 11 years. Jose has been in the US for 13 years. He came here from his tiny village in Mexico, where he was mired in poverty and was unable to find work. Shortly after we were married I became ill and was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. November 2007 they determined that I had approximately 6 months to live – I needed a double-lung transplant.

After agonizing back and forth with doctors about whether I qualified for the surgery, I was notified one morning that I was to be listed on the organ necessity list at about 9am. Three hours later the nurse informed me i was #1 on the list and to get to the hospital immediately, there was a match. January 9, 2008 I was transplanted. My recovery has been horrible. I take 30 meds a day. My sternum had to be broken for access to my lungs and has not healed. Through this all my husband has honored his promised “in sickness and in health.” My husband makes sure I eat and take my meds. He cleans, cooks, does laundry and helps me bathe when necessary. I have blackout periods where I appear awake but have no memory of certain blocks of time. Without him to care for me I hate to think where I’d be.

 

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I offered to divorce him so he could find someone young and healthy like him. But his support has never wavered. But now, he could be taken away from me because of his immigration status. We have applied numerous times for an adjustment of his status, all denied. We filed an appeal June 2010. Also denied. Recently my husband received a notice to appear for a hearing at immigration court for removal proceedings. I’m doing all I can to keep him here.

My husband is the perfect example of what the Morton memo describes as meeting prosecutorial discretion. For all they have put ME through, a US citizen, I want him to be approved legal permanent status and eventually we will work towards citizenship.

Please tell USCIS: stop the deportation of my husband and allow him to file for legal permanent residency. 

SIGN THE PETITION HERE

 

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON LATINOREBELS TODAY

The love and support from the listeners of the Tony Bruno show continue on his Facebook page. Last Friday, Bruno got into a social media mess when he tweeted that San Francisco pitcher Ramón Martínez was an “illegal alien.”

First of all Los Angeles radio star Piolín supported Bruno over the weekend, since Bruno posted this on his Facebook page:

Thank you Piolin for the prayers and thoughts. My family and real friends keep me strong because they know who I am and what I am. Threatening my life or wishing bad things makes those of you who resort to this truly troubled.

Having Piloin endorse Bruno is huge, although we probably need to connect with Piolin later once this whole Bruno mess gets resolved. He will have some ‘splaining to do.

As for the story, tt appears that the Bruno loyalists really don’t care about the criticism. However, more and more posts denouncing Bruno’s comments are showing up as well. Looks like this story is just getting started. Here are some of the posts today from his Facebook page:

Love’ya Tony! U still the man! Im Mexican-American of legal resident parents! I’ve always been a loyal listener of your programs for 10 yrs. If Piolin is down with you, then its all good in the hood G! It’s not like everybody that has posted negative remarks on your Facebook page is innocent! It don’t matter who you are, we’ve all said things we regret. It just sucks that you are a radio icon, making u n easy target!

They are talkin about you on SportsCenter… LOVE YOU SO MUCH BRUNO!!! WE ARE BEHIND YOU 100%

Bruno has made it clear that he thinks beanballs are dirty baseball. Managers who order their underlings to enforce unwritten rules on the field while they are secure in the dugout are gutless/cowards. I’ll grant this could be excessive/vitriolic, but that’s the business pundits are in… trying to tease something a little more titillating out of the world of sports. Tony then went on to say that Bochy treats “his” middle relief like unscrupulous bosses treat their illegal aliens. Get it? It’s actually a defense of Ramirez that he’s stuck in the position where he has to do his manager’s dirty bidding. It’s a rip on Bochy… perhaps Bochy thinks that because Ramirez is Hispanic that he can be treated like an illegal alien. A biting hyperbolic rip, sure. Again, isn’t that what pundits do? The dumbing down of discourse is using “racist” when you don’t have an articulate response.

Tony, hello from 16th and Oregon. Listen, can’t excuse what you said. BUT, you are human. I think too many of us get lost in forgetting that thing called “being human”. It includes making mistakes, even stupid ones, and learning from/owning up to them. I applaud you for saying that you were wrong to anyone who will LISTEN (instead of pointing fingers from the perch of a high horse or throne in a glass house). Every single person who puts out a criticism should look in the mirror and if they ever said a derogatory comment (even in “private”), a JOKE that may be offensive, or thought something ill of another person; they should think before they type. Because the high and mighty need to look at themselves before throwing stones. God bless and good luck. Stay thirsty my friend.

People want you suspended or fired for something you said on twitter? These are the same idiots who complain when a waitress gets fired because she downtalks her job on facebook. Hypocrites. You shouldn’t have had to apologize, I’m sure half of these people were yelling at their TVs for the Phillies to “murder” the Giants. I guess racism is worse than the implication of physical harm.

Other comments were a bit more mixed:

Wanna see true racism… just read some of the comments posted on this wall.. The same person who called Tony a skin-headed racist, turned right around & called my black friend a ~N~.. Since when is being white make u right & free to say such horrible things with FULL ill-intent?? There are more latinos supporting Tony then u realize.. btw i’m married to a latin, so because i’m white, should i lynch Tony for his tweet? NOPE!!! I STAND BEHIND HIM, ALONG WITH MY HUSBAND!!!

 

What i’ve noticed thru-out this whole situation, is the people who are bashing tony for his remarks & his fans for supporting him, are 100x’s worse for using foul language & truly racists comments.. I don’t see any of u apologizing.. Ur words are premeditated, not a slip of the tweet during the heat of the moment.. Before any of the politically correct, self-righteous, angels judge, look into ur own mirrors & closets..

 

Time to shut this wall down Tony. Seriously, if anyone on your team is seeing this, stop the bleeding. The hate and ignorance flowing on this board is helping no one, and doing your cause some very real and serious harm. Catering to the strip club douchebags makes for entertaining radio for the less meatfisted out here, but now that they feel you have been wronged, they are rising up in a wall of senseless vitriol that will cause affiliates to drop you like Imus. It’s vacation time, Tony K. style.

So, for all this and for all that will very likely happen now (this story is not going away), we dedicate this song to you, Tony, for the following reasons: FOR BLOCKING US FROM YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE. Sad.

Hit it, Phil!

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Washington is a strange place, especially the last few weeks as absurdity rules the air. But this post is not about debt talks. This post is about Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, the leader the Latino Rebels have called EL GALLITO REBELDE.

Congressman Luis Gutiérrez

Yesterday, Congressman Gutiérrez was arrested near the White House during a demonstration that protested President Obama’s non-committal response to the Dream Act. While the President spoke La Raza, Gutiérrez and others protested. And then they were arrested.

For those who think that this is just some publicity stunt by Gutiérrez, you’re wrong. This congressman of Puerto Rican descent is one to not think about poll numbers, pundits, tracking trends or re-election. Instead, Congressman Gutiérrez LEADS. He ACTS. Whether it is calling more attention to the Dream Act or exposing the civil rights abuses by the current administration of Puerto Rican pro-statehood and Republican darling Luis Fortuño, the Gallito Rebelde will fight the good fight.

Gutiérrez also released a statement regarding how poorly he feels the White House is handling immigration:

Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) reacted to President Obama’s address to the national annual conference of the National Council of La Raza in Washington.  At one point in the President’s speech, referring to his ability to exercise discretion in immigration enforcement, the President said, “Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own.”  At that point, many in the crowd chanted “Si Se Puede” and “Yes You Can,” interrupting his speech momentarily.  The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez:

I agree with those in the audience who said “Si Se Puede” and “Yes You Can” when the President said he could not do anything about deportations.  I have been traveling the country the past three months asking him not to take the law into his own hands, but to exercise the broad discretionary powers he has under current law that allows him to prioritize individual deportations.

Indeed the President acknowledged that his Administration is trying to prioritize deportations for serious criminals and threats, and I have encouraged him to do more to put non-criminals, young people, and the spouses and parents of U.S. citizens at the back of the line.  Twenty-three Democratic Senators, two former INS General Counsels, and his own Homeland Security staff agree he has this power under current law.  Republicans like Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith and Senator David Vitter have filed bills to take that power away from this President, so I think they agree with me and the audience that he has powers under current law.  So far, according to the Obama Administration, they are using this discretionary power in fewer cases than the previous President and they are deporting more people than any previous President.

We need the President to fight for us and to make it clear he is doing — and not just saying — everything possible to help.  The question is whether the President will exercise the powers he has under current law to give DREAM Act students and other immigrants relief from deportation when it is in the national interest of the United States.  But he has to expend the political capital to do it, which he has been reluctant to do.  The Latino and immigrant voters I talk to — and those at NCLR conference — seem to think that his personal investment in helping immigrant families is lacking.

This White House is proud of their deportation and increases in border security, but it is simply not the case that the President’s hands are tied when it comes to enforcement and people, like those in the audience, know it.

We applaud the Congressman and all the other DREAMERS who will not give up this fight.

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We received this letter via email over the weekend and we feel it was to important to now share for several reasons:

  • This whole Ellis Island romanticism is insulting. To say that ALL immigrants from Ellis Island acted this way is just inaccurate.
  • The stupidity of the overgeneralization of current immigrants today. This is so much more complicated that saying the following: “Ellis Island immigrants are the GOOD immigrants, while the new undocumented now are the EVIL, CRIMINAL immigrants.”

BTW, this letter was shared by a Latino. Here it is:

We should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States , people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented.

Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved goodbye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French American, the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

KEEP THIS LETTER MOVING. FOR THE WRONG THINGS TO PREVAIL, THE RIGHTFUL MAJORITY NEEDS TO REMAIN COMPLACENT AND QUIET. LET THIS NEVER HAPPEN!

I sincerely hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation

Calling an illegal alien an ‘undocumented immigrant’ is like calling a drug dealer an ‘unlicensed pharmacist’

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Long live the DREAMERS. Long live the committed, young, and beautiful DREAMERS, who will fight for immigration justice in the United States of America. Long live the DREAMERS who will tell President Barack Obama that he MUST do more. Long live the DREAMERS who are in constant action and telling their amazing stories. They represent what AMERICA is all about: a place that celebrates hard work, passion, and vision.

LONG LIVE THE DREAMERS ©Amy Mejia

LatinoRebels.com and JulioRVarela.com are proud to support the amazing group behind 67 Sueños, a project born out of the efforts of migrant youth that is determined to change the world.

We will gladly promote their efforts, and so should you!

MISSION STATEMENT

The 67 Sueños project was born out of the recognition that the majority of migrant youth were not being included in the debates about OUR future that were and are happening nationally. Our goal is to raise those/our underprivileged migrant youth voices to expand the debate and the legislative possibilities.

ANGELS AND DEMONS

Whenever Americans are presented with an image of undocumented youth there are two black and white categories that we are most often pigeonholed into.  Those opposed to providing a path to legal status for undocumented youth are likely to promote images of undocumented people as “criminals”.  In these circles we are all drug runners, coyotes, gun smugglers, gang bangers and fraud artists.  On the other side of the spectrum liberals, democrats and even the immigrants rights movement is likely to offer a “sympathetic” counter narrative that highlights the most exceptional individuals in our community.  In these circles we are only likely to hear from those with 4.0 grade point averages, multiple degrees, the valedictorians, the student body presidents who demonstrate best that we are not “criminals”.

ELBOW ROOM

Elbowed out of this black and white set of narratives are the majority of migrant youth who in fact are not much different from our documented classmates.  Most of us are not presidents of the student body or drug runners.  Some of us get good grades but it is very hard for us to be academically competitive given our socio-economic realities and the underfunded school systems we rely on.  The poverty that runs deep through our community does lead some of us to crime.  We are also often excessively policed and criminalized regardless of our guilt or innocence. Things like racial profiling in the form of ganging injunctions, and laws like SB1070 in Arizona along with excessive check points in our communities make us more likely to have involvements with law enforcement than our peers.  A true picture of our community would include some crime and some exceptional students but the vast majority of us are not so easily sorted into these two categories.

NO DREAM FOR MOST

This black and white portrait is important because it becomes the starting point for all efforts on behalf of migrant youth.  Since 2001 the main legislative relief that has been offered to migrant youth – from our life in the shadows with little opportunities after high school – has been the DREAM Act.  The DREAM Act would provide much needed relief but only to a small slice of the undocumented youth community.  Namely those who graduate high school and are able to attend a 4-year institution for 2 years on their own dime and those high school graduates or GED acquiring students who are willing and able to join the Military in time of War.  These are options that leave the vast majority, 67% by some estimates, of undocumented youth elbowed out of the legislative lifeline.

NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US

The same 67% missing from the national narratives is the 67% left out of legislative efforts, hence the name 67 Sueños. We hope to tell our own stories through video interviews, stories of migrant youth who are not 4.0 students or hardened “criminals”.  These videos will be the vehicle by which we inject the realities and perspectives of the missing 67 percent into the immigrant’s rights movement and the national dialogue. First we join the conversations, next we demand to be included in the legislative efforts.  As we collect stories and sharpen our connections and understanding to this underrepresented community we will be meeting with members of congress to advocate for everyone left out of the current efforts.  To borrow a powerful quote from the disability rights movement, “Nothing About Us Without Us!”

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Los Angeles radio talk show host Fernando Espuelas

Dear Congressman Gutiérrez,

Are you a secret Republican? Are you now actively engaged in making sure that Obama is a one-term President? Are you trying to destroy any chance for comprehensive immigration reform for the next 10 years?

Based on your words and actions over the last two years, it sure seems that the answer to all three questions is “yes.”

You have become a familiar face in the media, purporting to speak for all 52 million American Latinos. You tell the world of our collective pain, our supposed victimization at the hands of the unjust U.S. immigration system.

You remind us, over and over again, that Obama “broke his promise” to push for immigration reform in the first year of his Administration – a political absurdity when the country was undergoing the most devastating economic crisis in 70 years.

You decry the President’s enforcement of existing immigration law – never acknowledging that under our Constitution that is exactly what the President must do.

You leave out of your drama-queen performances the inconvenient truth – President George Bush was lambasted by his own party for his supposed lackadaisical enforcement of immigration law. The party eventually forced Bush to abandon immigration reform, leaving him humiliated by his own party and frustrating Karl Rove’s plan to capture the Latino vote for the GOP.

And now, Congressman, you tour the country giving histrionic speeches and making emotional statements to the media. “Obama broke his promise,” you tell people ad naseum – as if the President of the United States can enact laws without Congress actually passing them.

But that’s not how it works, right? Congress passes laws and the President signs them. You know that. So why the fiction that Obama is fully and uniquely responsible for our joke of an immigration “system”? In fact, you lay all the blame on the President.

US Congressman Luis Guitérrez

And in an act of pure political nihilism – and strategic folly – you have even advised that Latinos not vote in elections if immigration reform is not passed. You’ve hinted that you want to create a new “movement” outside of the Democratic Party.

Do you actually believe all this nonsense? Or has this absurd message merely become a handy platform from which to launch your media vanity tour, now taking you to 20 cities across the country in which you blameyour lack of success in passing immigration reform in the Democratic Party controlled House of Representatives in 2008 and 2009 on Obama?

If memory serves, you never passed a bill. Yet you were the point person in Congress for immigration reform – you were even made the Chair of the Democratic Caucus Immigration Task Force.

Why were you unable to convince your own House Democratic colleagues to, at the very least, approve a bill in the House and put pressure on the Senate to do the same? President Obama has said over and over that he will sign an immigration reform bill – why didn’t you send him one?

In the Latino community we all speak about the need to come together, to “unify.” But unify around what? Your bizarre idea that we can reform America’s laws by not voting?

You seem enthralled by the transcendence of Martin Luther King Jr.’s accomplishments – yet you ignore the fact that Dr. King was principally fighting for the right of people of color to vote. Get it? Dr. King believed in America, he believed in the values of our country – and the institutions that, once reformed, would serve all Americans.

He never advocated not voting. He never advocated “sitting it out” – Dr. King spurred a whole nation into action. And opened the door for millions of people – including Latinos in the South – to vote and be able to participate in the democratic system.

And here’s the irony: you were born in America. You are not an immigrant. You were educated in our schools. Surely you must know how our system works – how it has worked for every immigrant group in this country.

You vote, you have power. If you sit home on election day, you let others chose your leaders and therefore the laws that govern our nation. The Arizona anti-Latino laws, now ruled un-Constitutional by a Federal judge, are proof of what happens when Latinos fail to show up at the voting booth.

Recently you told the media – your new constituency, I suppose – that you had not decided whether to support Obama for reelection. Does that mean that you will support a GOP candidate? With the exceptions of Newt Gingrich and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, all other presumptive GOP candidates have come out squarely against immigration reform.

So let’s see, you encourage Latinos to blame Obama for your own legislative failure – and then you encourage Hispanics not to vote, even though a critical part of the Obama coalition is Latino voters. Meanwhile, the Republican Party stands firmly against immigration reform. Effectively you attack the supporters of reform while strengthening its opponents. If there’s a strategy here for achieving immigration reform it is as opaque as it is risible.

But you, sir, are the Nativists’ best asset. With your high-profile campaign suggesting that Latinos not participate in the mainstream political process, encouraging our community to abandon the ballot box for more useless, even counter-productive marches, you retard immigration reform with every speech you give.

If there ever is a successful reform of immigration policies you will have nothing to talk about. Your burgeoning career as the Latino-whiner-in-Chief will be over and you will have to go back to the mundane job of actually getting laws passed.

As you well know, and as the new Census proves, Latinos have the numbers to be the king makers in 2012. We will be the determinate voting block for both the Presidency and control of Congress.

But unless we get our act together and register millions of citizens who are now hypnotized by your dis-empowering message of non-participation in the democratic process, there is a very real possibility that the next Administration and the next Congress elected in 2012 will be in complete opposition to immigration reform – pushing it back years, if not decades.

So unless you are in fact a double-agent, a tool of the Nativist extremist who are feverishly working to duplicate Arizona’s experiment in institutionalized racism across the nation, go back to Congress, roll-up your sleeves and get back work on building an effective coalition to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Your emotional speeches must give you a huge adrenalin rush – but America needs less of your made-for-TV drama and and more of a real focus on a smart, strategic reform of our immigration laws so that we can effectively compete in the 21st century.

Your MLK fantasies aside, that means passing new laws. And guess what – that’s your job.

Sincerely,

Fernando Espuelas

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Yes, we have readers. Most of them are respectful, even those who don’t agree with us.

And then you have pornstarbiker@gmail.com, who yesterday shared these nuggets of intellect (bad spelling errors included) with us yesterday.

Here you go. Yup, Latino hate is alive and well.

“when you say ‘undocumented’, you mean ILLEGAL right? Why don’t you quit sugar coating it. If you are here ILLEGALY, we don’t want you. Furhtermore, we don’t want the scum of Mexico-of whom Mexico doesn’t even want-plaguing our jails, our schools, our cities and our neighbohoods. There is a difference between descent hispanic people and these ILLEGAL criminal scum who are invading our country. I personally think these two young men should be given a medal for their patriatism. If an American were to sneak into Mehico illegaly, then they’d also be beaten or jailed, etc. ILLEGALS don’t deserve any special treatment, other than the kind that unfortunately landed these to bright and young AMERICAN males in prison. ILLEGALS undercut wages, rape our women, sell drugs, murder AMERICAN citezens, and here you are crying for some ILLEGAL lowlife. You make me sick.”

Thanks for your insightful analysis, pornstarbiker!

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