President Obama’s Aunt Zeituni Onyango Dies At Age 61

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President Obama’s Aunt Zeituni Onyango Dies At Age 61

President Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango died at a rehabilitation hospital on Monday, according to her immigration lawyer Margaret Wong. She was 61.

Onyango died Monday at a rehabilitation hospital after being treated for cancer and respiratory ailments, according to Wong’s office.

Onyango, 61, who was born in Kenya in 1952, was granted asylum in 2010 after her first asylum request in 2002 was rejected and she was ordered to be deported in 2004.

She did not leave the country and continued to live in public housing in Boston. Her status was revealed just days before Obama was elected in November 2008.

At the time, then-candidate Obama said he did not know his aunt was living in the country illegally and that he believes laws covering the situation should be followed. Source:  WCVB:

18 Haitian Migrants Die After Boat Capsizes Off Turks and Caicos Coast

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18 Haitian Migrants Die After Boat Capsizes Off Turks and Caicos Coast

CHRISTMAS DAY TRAGEDY:  Eighteen Haitian migrants died Wednesday when their overloaded sailboat overturned as it was being escorted ashore in the Turks and Caicos Islands, officials said.

The sailboat, which had about 50 people on board, abruptly capsized about 150 yards from the island of Providenciales, said Neil Smith, a spokesman for the government. The cause was not immediately known but overloading was a likely factor, he said.

About two hours earlier, in the pre-dawn hours of Christmas, the marine branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force had intercepted the sloop as a suspected migrant vessel and was escorting it to shore, Smith said.

Police recovered 18 bodies and are continuing to search for more with the assistance of divers and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

Authorities rescued 32 people from the water and they are in custody on suspicion of attempting to illegally enter the territory. They were in custody in Providenciales, the territory’s most populated island.

Carmen Lima, Jennifer Martinez Confront John Boehner Over Immigration Reform

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Carmen Lima, Jennifer Martinez Confront John Boehner Over Immigration Reform (Donkey Hotey)

YouTube: “Carmen Lima, 13, of Arizona, and Jennifer Martinez, 16, of Washington state, confront Speaker Boehner at breakfast. Carmen, who hasn’t seen her father since she was ten, and Jennifer, whose father was detained for several months by ICE, tell Speaker Boehner how our broken immigration system affected their families and ask for his support on immigration reform.”

UK Home Office Under Fire for Tweeting About Illegal Immigration Crackdown

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UK Home Office Under Fire for Tweeting About Illegal Immigration Crackdown (Photo credit: Powerline Blog)

Should United Kingdom’s Home Office tweet updates on arrests, including pixelated photos of suspects, who are allegedly working illegally in the UK after several raids? What ever happened to a person is innocent until proven guilty? The tweets were tagged with the hashtag #immigrationoffenders. While most posts mentioned those targeted were suspects, one did not. The official tweets about the raids have been described by critics as ‘dystopian’ and likened to ‘UK Hunger Games,’ the Guardian reports.

These arrests come in the wake of the “go home or face arrest” campaign being waged against illegal immigrants. It has been ripped as “racist and intimidatory” by critics.

A post stating that 139 people had been arrested on Thursday links to a government web page headlined “Immigration offenders arrested in Home Office operations”, which twice describes those arrested as offenders before mentioning they are at this stage merely suspects.

The immigration minister, Mark Harper, said: in a statement: “Today’s operations highlight the routine work we are carrying out every day to stamp out illegal working. We are sending a clear message to employers who choose to use illegal labour – we will find you and you will pay a heavy penalty.” Source: Guardian

Here’s a tweet announcing arrests from the raids:

Here’s an earlier tweet about someone who overstayed visa:

Here are some tweets expressing outrage:

Bipartisan Senate Group Reach Deal on Immigration Reform, Includes Path to Citizenship & DREAM Act

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Bipartisan Senate Group Reach Deal on Immigration Reform, Includes Path to Citizenship & DREAM Act(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A group of bipartisan senators have unveiled an immigration overhaul bill that comes a day before President Obama unveils his bill tomorrow in Las Vegas. It is clear that the House Republicans, who are beholden to the Tea Party, will most likely object, but this will only work in President Obama’s favor.

According to a five-page draft of the plan obtained by The New York Times on Sunday, the eight senators — including Mr. McCain; Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York; and Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina — have agreed to address the failings of the immigration system in one comprehensive measure, rather than in smaller pieces, and to offer a “tough, fair and practical road map” that would eventually lead to a chance at citizenship for nearly all of the immigrants here illegally.

“We on the Democratic side have said that we are flexible and we want to get a bill,” Mr. Schumer told reporters in New York on Sunday. “But there’s a bottom line, and that’s a path to citizenship for the 11 or so million people who qualify. We’ve made great, great progress with our Republican colleagues.”

Under the senators’ plan, most illegal immigrants would be able to apply to become permanent residents — a crucial first step toward citizenship — but only after certain border enforcement measures had been accomplished.

Among the plan’s new proposals is the creation of a commission of governors, law enforcement officials and community leaders from border states that would assess when border security measures had been completed. A proposal would also require that an exit system be in place for tracking departures of foreigners who entered the country through airports or seaports, before any illegal immigrants could start on a path to citizenship. Source

While I am for immigration reform, I would urge lawmakers to ensure that people who are going through the process legally be given the first shot and not pushed to the back of the line. Of course, people like Michelle Malkin, who is a Filippino-American, is having a heart-attack over the proposed legislation, branding it “shamnesty redux.”

I would venture to say that throwing “amnesty” at immigrants, specifically the Hispanic community, won’t have them running back into their arms come 2016. The base of the Republican Party has insulted immigrants for years — self-deportation, compared to dogs, etc. One election cycle isn’t enough to erase the ugly rhetoric of people on the right such as Michelle Malkin.

 Bipartisan Senate Group Reach Deal on Immigration Reform, Includes Path to Citizenship & DREAM Act

Sen. John McCain Backs Dream Act & Path to Citizenship in Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

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Sen. John McCain Backs Dream Act & Path to Citizenship in Immigration Reform (VIDEO). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. John McCain backs the Dream Act and path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Sen. McCain said on ABC’s “This Week,” “We can’t go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. We cannot forever have children who were born here — who were brought here by their parents when they were small children to live in the shadows, as well.” This is a stark departure from the hardline stance many in the Republican Party have taken on immigration reform, including former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who suggested that self-deportation was an option.

 Sen. John McCain Backs Dream Act & Path to Citizenship in Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

Daily Caller Reporter Neil Munro Heckles President Obama During Immigration Speech in Rose Garden

Neil Munro, a White House reporter at Tucker Carlson’s conservative news site The Daily Caller, heckled President Obama during his press conference about granting amnesty to 800,000 young people who are illegal immigrants. President Obama got very testy at Munro’s heckling. It seems Neil Munro interrupted Obama before he was finished speaking. There’s a time and place for asking questions and Neil Munro was wrong. This isn’t how a true journalist should behave. Neil Munro tried to twist what happened in the Rose Garden today, but no matter how he spun this, he was still wrong. Even a fifth grader could probably tell that the president was in the middle of his speech.

Tucker Carlson said:

Neil Munro said he went to the White House with questions and had “no intention of interrupting the president.” Munro says Obama “turned his back” on reporters after finishing the speech.

Tucker Carlson said “a reporter’s job is to ask questions and get answers.” Source

Tucker Carlson was quick to compare what Neil Munro did with Sam Donaldson’s interview style with former president Ronald Reagan. Here’s an excerpt of Sam Donaldson’s response in an email to the Huffington Post:

Never once did I interrupt a president in any way while he was making a formal statement, a speech, honoring awardees or in any other way holding the floor. Yes, almost always when he was finished in the Rose Garden or in the Briefing Room or at a photo opportunity with other world leaders I tried to question him (only rarely was it a shout on the rope line, more often a more normal tone of voice) and other reporters of course did the same thing along with me.

What this man did yesterday is something new, to me wrong and unusual. I think it is probably the result of the growing incivility of the times, the competition among reporters and news organizations to be noticed not only for the work product but for the theatrics of the gathering…and there is one more factor, let’s face it: Many on the political right believe this president ought not to be there – they oppose him not for his polices and political view but for who he is, an African American! These people and perhaps even certain news organizations (certainly the right wing talkers like Limbaugh) encourage disrespect for this president. That is both regrettable and adds, in this case, to the general dislike of the press on the part of the general public.

For Tucker Carlson to say that he would if he can give this man a raise for this rude attempt to interrupt the president is reflective of what I’ve said above and, to me, lowers my opinion of Tucker.

Neil Munro should be banned from covering the White House. I agree with Sam Donaldson, for Tucker Carlson to praise his reporter for his despicable behavior lowers the opinion many held of Tucker Carlson. Let’s not forget Tucker Carlson was the same person who called for Michael Vick’s execution for financing a dogfighting operation for which he served time in prison and paid his debt to society. Tucker Carlson has zero credibility in my opinion. Maybe the publisher of the Daily Caller, Neil Patel, recognizes that Neil Munro disrespected President Obama. He wrote,

The President today announced a very controversial policy and does not want to answer tough questions about it. Neil Munro is a veteran Washington reporter who today tried his best to time his question to be first as the President was wrapping up his remarks. He in no way meant to heckle the President of the United States.

President Obama has been disrespected so many times during his four years in office, from Rep. Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst, or Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer sticking her finger in President Obama’s face during a heated argument, to being asked to produce his grades because he couldn’t have been accepted to Columbia University and Harvard Law School on his own accord. Some people will say this is about race, but for me, maybe there’s a tinge of racism inherent in the disrespect, but he has been disrespected by Democrats as well. So, go figure….
Watch the video:

Mitt Romney’s Hard-Line Immigration Stance Shows His “Detachment” from Reality

Mitt Romney’s campaign is DOA, dead on arrival, with most Hispanic voters because of his hard-line position on immigration. Even former Florida Republican governor Jeb Bush is advocating for a moderate stance from Republicans on the matter. Well, Mitt Romney continues to show his hypocrisy and arrogance on the subject of illegal immigration, ignoring the fact that his father, George Romney, was born in Mexico. Um, guess what, that makes Mitt Romney a descendant of a Mexican-American.

Mitt Romney tried to sweep that under a rug until Univision’s Jorge Ramos got all in his stuff by asking him if he wasn’t a Mexican-American, since his father was born in Mexico. Here’s the ridiculous response he offered: “I don’t think people would think I was being honest with them if I said I was Mexican-American,” Romney said, adding that he’d still be grateful if Ramos “put the word out.” He said his parents were American citizens who never spoke any Spanish. That begs the question of why they were in Mexico to begin with.

Either way, Mitt Romney’s goose is cooked with Hispanics, since he seems to think the illegal immigrants in this country are mostly coming from Mexico and none from European countries. He can stick a fork in that turkey because the Latino vote has just left him. Now he’s in Florida trying to appease to the Hispanics, but it is a little too late. In case he doesn’t know, Hispanics are less likely to support a candidate who is screaming on top of his voice that he will veto the Dream Act. That self-deportation comment will come back to bite him time and time again.

TX High School Senior Joaquin Luna Commits Suicide Over Illegal Immigration Status

TX high school senior Joaquin Luna commits suicide over illegal immigration status and bemoaned the chances of federal Dream Act passage.

Illegal immigrant high school senior Joaquin Luna, 18, of Mission, TX, committed suicide Friday because he “felt trapped by his lack of opportunities” and his despair at the chances of the federal Dream Act.

Mr Mendoza said: ‘He was actually doing this for the cause, mainly the Dream Act.

‘He was doing this to show politicians, to show that something had to be done because there are a lot of kids out there in the same situation.”

The sad death highlights the plight of hundreds of thousands of illegal-immigrant students who are caught between a decision their parents made when they were young and the realities of U.S. immigration law.

Luna was a student at Benito Juarez-Abraham Lincoln High School in Mission, Texas, where he earned A and B grades and a particular talent for design.  Source

This is disturbing on so many levels, but to commit suicide over one’s immigration status takes the cake. Please share your thoughts over Joaquin Luna’s suicide

Hispanic Group, Democracia Ahora, Tells to CNN to Rein in Lou Dobbs

I applaud the Hispanic community for coming out in full force against the hatred being spewed by Lou Dobbs on a daily basis on CNN. Democracia Ahora is kicking off an effort Friday with the release of a report based on interviews with 100 Hispanic leaders about the impact of Dobbs’ evening show. They are calling on CNN to rein in Dobbs. Better yet, they should just fire him and that goes for people like Glenn Beck and yes, the leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, who have been making divisive and inflammatory comments on a daily basis. I am glad that the Latinos and many African Americans are taking a stand against such bigotry and obvious racism. We should be moving forward and being a beacon of hope for the world to emulate, not stepping backwards into the darkest periods in American history.

According to the report, 90 percent of the people interviewed believe Dobbs is helping create a negative image of Hispanics, with his frequent criticisms of illegal immigration. But Democracia Ahora is hoping the report inspires a grassroots movement aimed at executives at CNN’s parent company, Time Warner, to draw attention to what the group calls “frequent negative portrayals of Hispanics on the Lou Dobbs show.” It is using its release to start a national campaign, “Enough is Enough!” that will be carried out through, that goes live Friday.

“We’re asking CNN, the alleged ‘most trusted name in news,’ to really hold Lou Dobbs to the journalistic standards he should be held to,” said Jorge Mursuli, president of Democracia Ahora, who expressed frustration with Dobbs’ reports that immigration contributed to thousands of new reported cases of leprosy and of a ‘superhighway’ from Mexico to Canada.

“CNN needs to take responsibility for what he’s saying,” he said, adding, “We want CNN to insure that Lou Dobbs is going to stick with the facts. He can have his opinions but he can’t present his opinions as facts.” Mursuili said Democracia Ahora will be coordinating petitions and encouraging other Hispanic groups to make phone calls and write letters to CNN asking the news station to “to cease the daily drum roll of misinformation and offensive commentary about the Latino community on the Lou Dobbs Tonight show.” Source: Politico

We should hold these media outlets accountable for the content of their broadcasts, just as much as we should hold our elected officials accountable for their actions. People like Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, Pat and Bay Buchanan, and all the other hatemongers must be held accountable for their actions. There is a big difference between being fair and balanced and pushing hateful rhetoric. The reality is that there are many people who believe the garbage they are spewing and we are seeing many on the fringe acting on the lies they are hearing in the media. It could turn violent and get really ugly if something drastic isn’t done.