Go to Jail and Deportation on $2 Phone Card

New Orleans Many fronts have only one message: stop the anti-immigrant rage now! Protesters in Chicago showed up at a Cubs versus Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game and said it was time to boycott Arizona. The Major League Players Association has condemned Arizona. The New York Times in a stern and striking editorial yesterday demanded essentially that President Obama step in and do right on Arizona and push every button possible from a legal move by the Attorney General to refusal to share ICE immigration records kept federally for Arizona authorities to abuse. Asking organizers in Phoenix what is on tap for next week when I’m there, and the answer was essentially, “don’t worry, there’ll be plenty!”

Last night the sister and fiancée of a friend of my daughter’s from Canada were visiting. Carl had driven the ACORN International bechak during Mardi Gras and he and a buddy had borrowed my canoe once. Super guy. From a farming family around London who had gone to university in Waterloo. I’d talked to him about helping out with ACORN Canada in Hamilton or Ontario. That was then though. Now, his sister and boyfriend were not really down here for the Jazz Fest, though they had popped in for a day, but more directly were packing his gear and tools and cleaning out his place around the corner so he could get his deposit. He had gone back to Canada to see his folks and driving back through Windsor outside of Detroit with another sister to fly back to New Orleans where he had been helping with the recovery off and on for years, was held by immigration for 8 hours and denied entry and barred from returning for the next 5 years. Immigration looked through all of his cell phone messages and interpreted several as “work” in New Orleans, which is a no-no without a green card. Suddenly, one of the many important pieces in the cities recovery gone. New Orleans should apply for humanitarian visas for anyone who will help our desperate city.

While talking to Inge and Wayne, I got a call from my companero with CASA de Maryland as he was ending his day on another late Silver Spring night. To keep a long story short, Gustavo Andrade told me about an action they had done earlier in the day with 60 folks from CASA and the workers’ center to protest the jailing and threatened deportation of woman with 3 kids in Prince George County who had been arrested for selling a $2 phone card to a neighbor. Because of a 287g type agreement between PG and ICE, they had pulled her number and she came up as having overstayed a visa. This is another perfect example of the criminalization of immigrants that is central to the failed 287g program that mysteriously the Obama administration in a “get tough” guy has proven unable to improve or reform and needs to throw away.


Time to send the Statue of Liberty back to some country that believes in welcoming immigrants, freedom, liberty, and the rest of those quaint sentiments that seem unable to conform with modern public policy.


1 thought on “Go to Jail and Deportation on $2 Phone Card

  1. I saw Jay Leno at Correspondent Dinner his best line was; “That was my favorite story (this year) Republicans and a Lesbian bondage club. It’s ironic, Republicans don’t want lesbian getting married but they do like watching them “tie the knot”. So I thought that was interesting.”

    You can say the same about Tea Party, they say they respect the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors (no one ever voted for this crazy) who only care about getting reelected on the backs of undocumented workers, that will not pass Constitution muster, just like Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago, keep passing them Arizona and the rest of us will continue to challenged them in the courts and you will lose again (and yes we will boycott you!). Their phony patriotism is sickening; they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

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