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Hispanic leaders say ‘tide is turning’ on anti-immigration legislation

March 28, 2011

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— Hispanic advocates are hailing the rejection of an Arizona-like immigration bill in Kansas and in other states as a sign that the country may be ready for a constructive debate on immigration.

“We are heartened that the tide is turning and that these legislatures are realizing that, in a time of unprecedented fiscal crisis, considering legislation, which is costly, discriminatory and completely ineffective, is a waste of both politicians’ and taxpayers’ time,” said Janet Murguía, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza.

Murguía, a Kansas native and former executive vice chancellor for university relations at Kansas University, said several other states, including Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming, have also recently rejected what she called extreme anti-immigrant, anti-Latino legislation.

Her comments as leader of the country’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization were made after the Kansas House last week voted 84-40 against a procedural move to consider a bill that would have required law enforcement officers to check the legal status of people they suspected of being in the country illegally.

The policing measure in House Bill 2372 mirrored an Arizona law that is at the center of fierce legal challenge. The Kansas bill had the backing of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who also helped write the Arizona law.

But a cross-section of representatives, including Democrats and conservative Republicans representing agricultural interests, voted against bringing the bill up. Some argued that it would have led to racial profiling, while others said it would have been burdensome to business and police.

Another bill, sought by Kobach and others, would repeal the state law that allows in-state tuition for some undocumented students.

The legislation has been approved by the House, but earlier this month, a Senate committee voted against advancing it. Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, has also signaled he is not interested in repealing the current law.

Lalo Munoz, with the Latino Informational Network of Kansas, said immigration issues should be handled nationally.

“It’s extremely complicated and not going to be solved on a state-by-state basis,” Munoz said.

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jericho40 3 years ago

doesn't everyone realize the whole country is corrupt. The country needs drug dealers to supply the regular pot smokers for a joint. That keeps jobs for cops lawyers judges probation officers prison gaurds and prisons are now needed for government factories. I live in a east Texas town that has had the same weed suppliers since the 70s. The law needs the illegals and drug users to fill their prisons. And they have done away with most mental hospitals and put mentally ill people in prisons without proper mental care and give them a prison record. We have enough of our own problems without importing more. Black people are 12% of the US population who do 60% of all US crime. That is why most of the prisoners are black plus they don't hire lawyers, they have 200.00 tennis shoes and 2000.00 wheels on a 500.00 car. Texas is 38% Latino that caused "white flight" when the white neighborhoods got invaded by illegals and blacks, most whites moved to the country to avoid all the latino music and rap noise. All the houses values dropped when the neighborhoods got invaded.

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

In other cross-border news: "They could be the people on the bus seat across the aisle, or the neighbors: members of East African groups that a recently released government memorandum says are “ready to die for the cause.” The FBI and Homeland Security Department don’t know where they all are. And it’s unclear if they know how many arrived. But in a rare admission, a Justice Department memo and other documents obtained by the San Antonio Express-News say federal authorities know terror suspects are in this country and know who allegedly helped bring them here through Mexico and Texas: a Somali man in custody near San Antonio. Last year, Houston-area news outlets reported that homeland security issued a vague bulletin to Texas law enforcement to be on the lookout for Mohamed Ali, a purported member of Somalia-based Al-Shabaab, which has aligned itself with al-Qaida and Osama Bin Laden. The government in 2008 designated Al-Shabaab a terror organization. It’s part of an insurgency determined to set up an Islamic theocracy in Somalia and has made statements about its intent to harm the United States. Locally, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force has been trying to retrace the steps and untangle the contacts of Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane. He has been in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement since entering the country from Mexico through Brownsville in March 2008 and later applying for asylum. His case resulted from an earlier, unspecified terrorism investigation, records show. Newly released public documents label Dhakane, 24, a “national security risk” and paint him as a facilitator of groups accused of funding terrorism. They also allege he smuggled potential terrorists here..." Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Terrorists-might-be-among-us-1309155.php#ixzz1HzgTB8Mi

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jesse499 3 years ago

No I'm suggesting there not our citizens there illegals you idot and if we don't do something were not going to have a country their going to have it .I have no problems with legals that come to our country the right way pay taxes and so on . I do have a problem Illegals that think I should support them with my taxes and they send there money back home that they make here and don't want to be Americans just want the free benifits that I've paid for for 40 yrs.

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beatrice 3 years ago

It would be foolish for other states to attempt to pass immigration laws right now like those recently passed in Arizona. With the AZ laws currently working their way through the courts, it would just be a waste of resources to pass similar laws elsewhere. Wait until the courts have ruled, then states will have a better understanding of what they can and cannot do on their own. That is just common sense, and it isn't meant in any way as partisan.

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thuja 3 years ago

While you were all commenting, they took over the country.

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BloodBot 3 years ago

Where is my previous post? Why can I not see it until I sign on, and is it being seen by anyone but me? What kind of garbage are LJW's Progressives pulling here? Do you want to be honest and explain your games LJW?

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Casca 3 years ago

Extremely intelligent, the highest skilled workers don’t not need public welfare and never will and therefore should get special preferences to immigrate America is a place of opportunity, but the taxpayers are being overtaxed to pay for the foreign nationals who come here to steal the American dream, using child tax credits to profit. Criminals have compromised our tax code, and are thieving millions of dollars, as if the government stays ignorant to this fact. Our prisons are full of criminal aliens, drug dealers, murders, gang members and a complex assortment of nefarious activities. No more amnesties, immigration reform dream acts or anything else. The Illegal immigration issue should be important to every legitimate American, as it affects every-bodies pay check. There should be no exceptions to every county using Secure Communities police fingerprinting and detainment of individuals being processed, along with the new version of E-Verify. The new innovations to E-Verify will make it almost impossible, for any illegal worker to slip past the verification procedure. 287 (g) is still enforce around the country, to question any wrongdoer who is driving a vehicle. These tools must be made permanent and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) can suck a lemon, as he tried to eradicate all these restriction programs. Other than California, Nevada has the highest population of foreign nationals in the country. America is a pressure valve for other corrupt governments for their unemployed and those living in abject poverty.

Attention: Using veiled threats Acorn and its ilk, threatened the banking industry with boycotts, unless they loosened laws on lending. “Ninja loans” reluctantly given to low income, illegal aliens, with no credit, no assets, which crippled the housing market, were causing the financial crash in the USA. The Leftists will not advertise this explosive revelation; read about it on Google and the consequences.

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Casca 3 years ago

Taxpayer are being ripped-off by paying for those agricultural laborers when they get sick or injured, as the farmer is not obligated to pay for their children's education the families health care. This has become a financially vicious circle that will not end, with either the deep entrenched Liberal-Democrats, Republicans or any political entity other than the committed TEA PARTY. The TEA PARTY is growing much faster from the dominant Republicans, and certain politicians are discarding there old parties to join this third party. The Tea Party is secular in definition, non-partisan with open registration for all legal racial, including ethnic majorities and minorities. The Tea Parties core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, Free Market and a Strong National Security. We have great substance in the leadership who are fighting against the old, tired "Business as Usual" political hard liners, who will keep our taxes spiraling and spending our grand children's futures.

There will be no compromise with either party who keep the dollars flowing; printing more as our US debt are extended uncontrollably. All elected officials should be on notice that if you are anti-sovereignty and pro-illegal immigrant, they will be removed from office. That will be every Governor, Mayor, Police Chief and city manager. Every form of illegal immigration must be terminated, with businesses accountable and should be heavily fined, assets taken and long prison sentences. Obama's team also needs to be held accountable, as with prior President George Bush and even Ronald Reagan's leadership. Unions are also not be held to the same policies of enforcement, even though amongst their membership illegal workers are in their midst. The 1986 travesty sent both legal and illegal immigration, in the tens of millions and beyond into our country. The ultra-leftists are demoralized and the TEA PARTY has rattled their fetid cages, because the TEA PARTY has erased their wide open border ideas. Once the illegal immigrant war is won by building the real double fence and deploying 5000 troops along the border, we can cut-out all the special preferences such as Political Correctness “Press One for English." If any minority wants to legally come here, they had better learn the national language, which is causing great hardships in our overcrowded schools.

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Casca 3 years ago

The 14th Amendment clarifies that any child born on the soil of the United States, has immediate citizenship and all the benefits that is commanded by that law. Until this law is amended of rescinded the repercussions on this country are immense, spending in the billions of dollars each year. Many pregnant women lie to the Immigration and Customs official at airport terminals or just slip across the US borders, in the dead of night. Illegal immigration has become a controversial issue, as painful as the unemployment issue. After the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act, the American people expected the federal government to enforce the laws, which included severe penalties for businesses that hired illegal workers; instead the US people were financially-raped. Instead millions of Guest Workers received amnesty then left their farming jobs and vanished into the workforce nationwide. Those numbers that received amnesty, snowballed the chain migration, bring in family members that taxpayers now pay.

Since then-SIX-other furtive amnesties has slipped by public notice and that doesn't include the importation of approximately 1.5 million legal immigrants annually. By revising the 14th amendment the billions of dollars in education, health care, food stamps, Medicaid, Section 8 housing, cash payments and other undisclosed welfare programs could cease.In some States illegal aliens can collect Worker's compensation and unemployment benefits. All that money could be diversified to senior Citizens, who haven't received no cost of living payment in two years. Veterans living under bridges or in shelters could be allocated the low income homes that illegal parents allowed to stay, get preference for their offspring born here. All these public services and entitlements have been drawn away from the US workers, who paid into the system since the beginning of their working life. No matter what the pessimists and open border zealots say, every taxpayer would be willing to pay a few cents more to stop the fraudulent-oriented Guest worker programs.

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jesse499 3 years ago

Just try going over the border to mexico illegally and see what happens to you!

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Tom Shewmon 3 years ago

I'm just glad progressive Scott Rothschild is writing for a paper that has an award winning online edition moderated by two fine progressives and how it is a beacon for all liberal progressives and an oasis of socialism in a capitalistic, free Kansas.

God bless

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BigPrune 3 years ago

Another George Soros funded group. Why won't the reporter report that? If the Koch's were involved it would be a headline. Why does George Soros always get a pass?

This group seeks to open America’s borders and have visions of “reclaiming” Aztlan -the American Southwest, “stolen” from Mexico by the Yankees.

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gudpoynt 3 years ago

How would weapons enthusiasts and gun-rights advocates feel about legislation that requires law enforcement to search all people they suspected of having a concealed weapon, in areas where concealed weapons were banned (i.e. businesses with the posted "no guns" signs).

After all, the law states that you cannot have guns in places with "no guns" signs posted -- and the law is the law. How can we be sure that people aren't concealing weapons in "no gun" zones unless instruct the police to pat down anybody they suspect of carrying? Surely that's the only way to effectively enforce the law, right?

Give me a break.

for what it's worth, i feel much safer around an unarmed illegal alien than I do an armed US citizen

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joelwisch2 3 years ago

Murguía, a Kansas native and former executive vice chancellor for university relations at Kansas University, said several other states, including Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming, have also recently rejected what she called extreme anti-immigrant, anti-Latino legislation.

It is sad that a woman who may have a significant level of education doesn't understand the issue has nothing to do with American Latino's. The issues deal with illegal aliens, and in spite of this woman's words, illegal aliens is NOT a race, and NOT directed at any American. What she has done is make yet another false accusation and while until recently, this country did not object to Hispanics at all.. enjoyed them, and enjoyed elements of their culture, the constant accusations by people like Murguia are turning another sort of tide that leads people to believe the Latinos are violent and bent to no good.

We have issues with illegal aliens and this site is documented, and excellent! http://one-simple-idea.com/BorderSecurity.htm We have serious issues with costs. City of Los Angeles welfare http://www.the-signal.com/news/archive/12489/ Staggering Cost Of Illegal Aliens In America http://www.rense.com/general81/dtli.htm

These are the cumulative issues. http://www.numbersusa.com/content/issues.html Amnesty will cost a bundle and one estimate suggests 2.3 trillion dollars. That is not acceptable.

Lets enforce the law and deport the illegal aliens.

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edjayhawk 3 years ago

How come no one here is talking about prosecuting businesses who knowingly hire illegals.

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BloodBot 3 years ago

Anti-Immigration!? Wow, come on Rothschild, at least hide your liberal bias better than this. Perhaps you're not to blame, but your ultra Lib editor, this is lame.

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oletimer 3 years ago

What exactly is complicated? oh right, the route the illegals take to get here. After that life is good for them. Make American dollars. Use free America health care. Use free assistance for food, lodging and the like. Complain we don't make spanish the major language. I don't care if they live and work here. Just pay taxes, pay for their living expenses, and quit living off you and me. As for education and language? You are living in the United States. Learn English and adjust to the AMERICAN way of life. If not, go back to mexico.

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beatrice 3 years ago

Thankfully, the Obama administration has been far more aggressive in battling the problems of illegal immigration than past administrations, particularly going after those with a criminal record. Thanks President Obama.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/08/02/report-record-number-illegals-deported-year/

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Machiavelli_mania 3 years ago

When you have GOP talking about killing people of immigration, that would certainly stir the hispanic vote. This KS GOP effect will be seen country-wide. It has hit national news and people of all origin are angry about it.

Combine that with Palin's crosshairs and the murders in Arizona, and you will see the false and fallicious in pro-life stances, the GOP tide will turn into nothing more than a minor wave.

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jhawkinsf 3 years ago

Those who do not distinguish between legal immigration and illegal immigration are being intellectually dishonest. I suspect most Americans are in favor of immigration that is done in an orderly and well reasoned manner. I support that kind of immigration. I would find abhorrent any immigration policy that discriminated against members of certain ethnicities, cultures, religions, etc. I feel immigrants add to the mosaic that is exactly what makes this country the best that it can be. But illegal immigration is something that is very different. It is not orderly nor well reasoned. The first thing those people do upon entering this country is to break it's law. Facilitating their stay here frequently involves breaking more laws. That type of lawbreaking does not add to the wonderful mosaic that legal immigration brings. To those who advocate for changes in immigration policy, as those mentioned in the article, please be clear as to which group you are working for. Or if you are working for both, know that by putting both groups together, you are risking the interests of legal immigrants when you tie their interests to the those of illegal immigrants. Their interests are very different and should be discussed separately.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years ago

The best way to stop illegal immigration is to eliminate the demand for cheap, unregulated, seasonal labor with no benefits.

Companies that hire illegal aliens should be punished.

Dry up the demand, and the supply will not come. Simple free market capitalism.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years ago

Ok, Kobach looks baked again in the picture.

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

Be legal or be gone. Doesn't matter if you are from Iceland or Brazil.

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DeaconBlue 3 years ago

The tide IS turning. Soon the US will be as livable as Mexico. Open your arms. Open your wallets. The good times are on their way.

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roverk190 3 years ago

Common LJworld. Anti-immigration? Really?

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BigDog 3 years ago

You are correct ..... and you are now considered "racist" if you want to protect the borders and don't accept illegal aliens into America with open arms.

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ksrush 3 years ago

So now illegal immigration is anti ? Loco Gringos

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macon47 3 years ago

I would encourage anyone, from any Country to come to the usa. Become A citizen, learn the language, get a job, pay taxes, And enjoy the freedoms.

Just sneaking across the line, And escaping from your country is Understandable, but there are Rules we have to follow to Take advantage of living in the usa, and everyone else should be required to do the same.

What makes them so special? , And what part of illegal do they Not understand?

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panzermike007 3 years ago

It is NOT anti-immigration, it IS anti "ILLEGAL ALIEN"!

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