He has a right ...and he can get NOT be re-elected..., Immigrant Bashing, Stop death camps in Arizona
- Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 05:03:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: Rosalio Munoz <rosalio_munoz@...>
Subject: Republican Latino Rep Joins Anti Immigrant Chorus
Bonilla Wants Federal Aid To Jail More Illegal ImmigrantsTerrorists
Might Pose As Central Americans, Avoid Capture
POSTED: 9:13 pm CDT August 2, 2004
UPDATED: 11:36 am CDT August 3, 2004
SAN ANTIONIO -- U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla, of San Antonio, wants to use
Homeland Security funds to pay for temporary shelters or increased jail
space for some illegal immigrants.
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Bonilla made the request in a letter to Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Tom Ridge.
Bonilla said he was particularly concerned about so-called
"other-than-Mexican" illegal immigrants, often from Central America, who are caught
by the Border Patrol and then released because of a lack of confinement
space and funds.
The Republican congressman said that he's worried about terrorists
sending attackers posing as Central Americans into the United States over
the Mexican border.
"Illegal aliens are by their nature, law breakers," he said in the
letter to Ridge.
The catch-and-release program is "a serious gap in our nation's
"A terrorist can take advantage of the policy that allows Central
Americans to go free," Bonilla said, in a separate statement.
Bonilla's office said that over 4,400 Central Americans have been
released so far this year in the Border Patrol's Del Rio sector and 86
percent of those captured never appear before an immigration judge.
Federal funds to build or expand detention facilities would help the
situation, Bonilla said.
In Frio County, a federal facility is still a year away from
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Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 12:34:26 -0700 (PDT)
From: Rosalio Munoz <rosalio_munoz@...>
Subject: Re Latino/immigrant bashing
For the past several weeks I have been sending out items about
immigrant and Latino bashing primarily taken for the hate group web site
American Patrol as well as other sources. Since the mid seventies
orchestrated immigrant bashing has been a concern of mine when it surfaced very
strongly around the time the United Farm Workers began winning elections
in the fields and other labor and community organizing efforts that
included Latino immigrants began to grow. It grew stronger with the
Proposition 13 tide and institutionalized in the Reagan years.
Last year during the California recall election a new wrinkle arose,
the attack on Mecha launched to smear Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante that grew
into the smearing of Governor Gray Davis and brought Schwartznegger
into office. The new wrinkle linked the anti immigrant efforts of the
past to an anti Latino empowerment backlash effort and was very
successful. People were not ready for it, a retreat took place most noticeably
on the repeal of the immigrant drivers license bill with not an opposing
vote in the State Senate, as part of a compromise that was never
The right wing has continued on this line but now on a national basis.
Foreign Policy, a top level establishment journal published Harvard
professor' Samunel Huntington's ravings on a Latino/immigrant threat to US
culture and values, among other things it linked the anti immigrant
hysteria with the "values" concerns of the religious right. Anti immigrant
forces tried to take over the Sierra Club . Republican student groups,
began well publicized campaigns against Mecha on the prestigious
Stanford and UCLA campuses, mass immigrant raids began in June, military
planes and equipment is being added to the Border Patrol, deportees are
being flown by jet deep into Mexico. Congress has been flooded with anti
immigrant proposals that could be railroaded through or at least made
highly visible after Labor Day. The Bush administration has taken
special steps to squash bipartisan legislative efforts for more rights for
immigrants. Right wing forces in state and local governments are
implementing or threating anti immigrant measures in every state of
Much positive of course is happening like the labor led immigrants
rights Freedom Ride last year, and all kinds of follow up since. As the
election approaches an upsurge of Anti Bush sentiment and effort amongst
Latinos is growing, however the anti Latino/immigrant backlash campaign
is also unfolding in an unprecedented manner as well. Recently an AFGE
union group of Border Patrol agents is campaigning against the 100% pro
labor Latino Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) for his stand against immigration
raids, and they threaten more such efforts. Republican Latino Congressman
Bonilla of Texas has joined in the anti immigrant hysteria focussing on
Central Americans. A South Carolina African American Republican
candidate for Senate has been so anti immigrant that even GOP leader Jack
Kemp has had to disown him. Bogus studiens and investigative journalism is
being produced on every major issue about how immigrants "negatively"
impact on education, gangs, health care, sex crimes, etc., etc.
What we have before us is a highly sophisticated campaign to use the
anti Latino/immigrant themes as a wedge issue against the whole spectrum
of anti bush forces that will also seek to intimidate the Latino vote,
scare away liberals from pro immigrant stands, provoke nationalist
reactions and add to the overall climate of hate and fear of the far rights
I think what is needed is a truth squad, an anti defamation effort that
helps people counteract the lies. Developing responses, or gathering
up good responses produced, common stereotypes and lies. If some left
and progressives start doing it others I am sure would get involved,
perhaps there are such efforts already.
Immigrants and taxes, social services, social security, health care,
crime, learning English, wages, history of immigration & other forms of
importation of labor eg slavery, the ultra right nightwork of hate in
general and related to Latinos and immigration, etc, etc.
Is anyone already doing such work? Are there good articles and essays,
research on this, are there people out there wanting to help on such a
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 06:07:41 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gabriel Ramiro Sandoval Cruz <Cruzzer2@...>
Subject: The things going on the BORDER IS NO JOKE! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
My day off again. Don�t want to say much except for an experience that
I had that I will probably carry for the rest of my life.
This past Thursday through New American Freedom Summer, I was a little
mad about getting up at 3:45 A.M. and going to Southern Arizona to work
the �No More Death Camps� ! After picking up a documentary crew in
Tucson which was going to follow us we headed to Arivaca in South AZ near
Sasabe which is a small town near the border.
We decided to go out and patrol for migrants crossing the desert and
assist them with water and food. I didn�t expect to meet anyone since we
had met little amount of people in the desert who needed help yet. It
was all green too because of the rains in the past two weeks. Anyhow, we
didn�t find anyone at the first location, so Alma Flores (She is a
graduate of UCLA,) the Documentary crew, and Daniel who is a student from
Colorado and was leading the group, walked down a street and in to a
wooded wash area. Well after three or four minutes of walking and yelling
out �Somos amigos (We are friends), Tenemos agua (We have water),
Tenemos comida (We have food)� we heard a response.
We found a group of about 30 migrants who had been traveling for two
days with out water and food. They were waiting for a ride. We talked
with the group for a good bit, 45 minutes at the most.(Which was dangerous
because we did not want to alert Border Patrol) The thing that bothered
me the most was the three young teenage girls who were about 13-15
years of age, and the young boy who was around 10-13� We gave them water,
and it was cool because we felt we had done something to help someone
out for once.
Well it did not end there. Alma and I walked to a Humane Borders
(www.humaneborders.org) water tank which was about less than a Kilometer away
from the �No More Deaths Camp� (www.nomoredeaths.org) and talked with
the Documentary crew on our feelings and work with New American Freedom
Well we went back to the Arivaca Arc, and as we were about to leave,
when Margo said an individual was hurt and needed to be picked up in
Sahuarita and needed to be transported to Southside Presbyterian. We picked
�Carlos� at a church. His arm was not broken, yet twisted, and really
sprained as well. He cried and said that he thought he was going to die.
He was 24 years of age, which is my age. I had to have a lot of
strength not to also cry in the car as he told us his story. We took him to
Southside where he got to shower, have medical aid from a volunteer
nurse, and he got fed. It seemed �Carlos� had not eaten for 5 days. He had
killed a rattlesnake and showed me the rattle. He wanted me to have the
rattle but I refused and told him to keep it as a remberance of his
trek through the desert. I then called my friend Orlando who lived in
Tucson if he could assist �Carlos� with directions to the bus. �Carlos� has
family in here in Phoenix but did not have proper transportation to
him up. Carlos told me a lot of his reasons for coming here to the
U.S. and why he did it. It seemed he had left other family members in
Altar Mexico who were also going to cross. I got word from Carlos to get
message to his other family for them not to cross, which worked out
because about 30 people from New American Freedom Summer were going to go to
Altar and we were able to send word to his family about the dangers of
the crossing the desert.
I wish a lot more of my MEChista Hermanos Y Hermanas could assist or
experience this. I am not pointing at any specific MEChA group or
anything, but my personal feelings is that MEChA has strayed away from it�s
original intent and I think it�s about time those MEChA start getting
back on track on what the purpose why MEChA was created. It should be
about the �social issues� affecting our gente, not just the issues or the
social part of it alone.
This event has really opened my eyes more and I now posses a greater
heart at creating Immigration Reform.
Anyhow, on August 16, I will be returning to the Arivaca camp in South
Tucson and I am really going to encourage my close friends to join me
for a couple days. I am working on setting overnight arrangements with
Orlando (a MEChISTA from UofA, and once GCC) I want a lot of you all to
experience the realities of what is going on with the people on the
BORDER. This is no joke or lie that the media makes in the newspaper, this
Oh well. That was my biggest experience ever yet, and it made all the
doors slamming in my face after asking them to vote these past four
weeks, well worth it,
Oh, the local newspaper, Arizona Republic had an article on us and what
we are doing http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0801freedom.html#
I am working with the Arizona Interfaith Network group. I have worked
with the AFL-CIO roofers as well here in Phoenix. It has been really fun
and I really enjoy the work I am doing. Basically I am doing and
learning effective ways to do voter registration, learning to organize,
conduct house meetings and hitting the streets.
The news is to be reported not to sway opinion. No more melodrama of constant entertainment trivia on news time. The founding fathers knew that government is always corrupt, that is why they gave us civil liberties. The people must lead to survive corrupt governments. Read the constitution. (In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this includes information for research and educational purposes.) Al Soto (c) 2004
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