Obama Immigration Drop-in Drop-Out

img_3347New Orleans One of the Obama pop-ups yesterday that was NOT in the news, probably for obvious and deliberate reasons, was President Obama’s drop by at a meeting between Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and an array of people who are strongly committed to comprehensive immigration reform from business, religion, labor, and immigrant rights.  The meeting agenda did not specifically say, “let’s get together in order to tamp down the pressure for immigration reform now,” but it seems clear from talking to a number of people going in and out of the meeting that that was the real purpose and message of the event.

Napolitano has ignited sparks from reformers (I would have liked to have written “firestorm,” but it would have been a lie) for increasing the pressure on immigrant families, ignoring violations of human rights, and advancing rather than stopping the abuses of 287(g) which subcontracts la migra to local law “enforcement” types like the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona.  This meeting was a “who’s who.”  Representatives were there from the AFL-CIO, SEIU, HERE, UFW, CASA de Maryland, National Immigration Forum, the Center for Community Change, America’s Voices, the National Day Laborers’ Organizing Network, the National Council of La Raza, LULAC, and others, but also from Wal-Mart, IBM, McDonalds, the Chamber of Commerce, and other businesses.

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Bill Maher Ask This

story Houston Janet Napolitano, director of Homeland Security is on Maher’s HBO show and being interviewed tonight.  Maher needs to stop shoveling softballs and ask Napolitano why she is allowing the untrammeled abuses of Sheriff Arpaio in Phoenix to continue unabated.   Do something with me.  Hit these links to build some heat on Maher to ask the tough question to Napolitano and demand she stop these abuses in Phoenix and elsewhere against immigrants.

http://boards.hbo.com/topic/Maher-Overtime/Submit-Questions-Overtime/2000007509

and on his facebook page here:

http://www.facebook.com/Maher?ref=ts

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