Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Rescue 76 Illegal Aliens in a Tractor-Trailer



CBP PHOTO


LAREDO, Texas – On January 26, 2018, agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on north Highway 83 encountered a tractor-trailer at the primary lane.  The driver was questioned regarding his immigration status and was referred to secondary for further inspection.  Upon further inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered 76 illegal aliens inside the trailer.  The 76 illegal aliens were found in good health.  The 76 subjects were determined to be from the countries of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.  Thirteen unaccompanied alien children were among those rescued in this event.  The driver, a United States Citizen, was arrested and the tractor-trailer was seized by Border Patrol.





Saturday, January 27, 2018

NUESTRA AMERICA MAGAZINE VOL. 1 # 2


Over 100 Migrants Found Dying of Asphyxiation in Tractor-Trailer Headed for Texas



CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas (Breitbart News) — The discovery of over 100 migrants headed to Texas took place at a military checkpoint just 30 minutes north of Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas. According to information released by Mexico’s National Immigration Institute (INM), the discovery became a rescue operation once authorities realized the health conditions of the migrants.
According to immigration officials, the migrants showed signs of acute dehydration and asphyxia leading authorities to rush medical personnel to the scene to provide needed care. The ones that showed the worst signs were 39 underage teens and children, of those, 10 were unaccompanied.
The migrants have been identified as all being from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Authorities arrested Mexican nationals Ruben “N” and Orbelin “N” who have been singled out as the drivers and human smugglers.
The suspects claimed to have left the southern state of Chiapas and to have been headed to the U.S-Mexico border. The migrants were taken to Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office in Ciudad Victoria so INM could contact their respective consulates and carry out their deportations. The suspects were taken to the same building but are facing federal charges.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities.  The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by “Francisco Morales” from Tamaulipas. 


White House Proposal Uses DREAMers to Push Anti-Immigrant Agenda




WASHINGTON, DC—Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) rejected an immigration plan announced by the White House that would drastically alter our nation’s immigration system. Cloaked as a solution for DACA recipients, youth who came to the United States as children, the White House plan dramatically slashes legal immigration and provides billions in funding for a mass deportation force.    
“The White House plan is yet another attempt to undermine a real legislative solution for DREAMers. Their intent is to do a bait-and-switch on the American people by using relief for DREAMers, something the overwhelming majority of our country supports, to destroy our country’s legal immigration system, starting with a ban on family and diversity. In the process, they also seek to write a $25 billion blank check to the largest and most unaccountable law enforcement entity in the country, whose abuses have been widely documented,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía. 
“Members of Congress who stand for real solutions and have worked in a bipartisan manner to produce them, should not fall for this trap. It’s a cruel game, it needs to stop and the only way to do that is for congressional Republican leadership to bring true common ground proposals to the floor for a vote.”  
UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For almost 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


White Nationalist Ransom Note No Real Solution for Dreamers

Way out of the Trump-created crisis is #DreamActNow



SAN JUAN, TX—With the White House releasing an immigration framework including a list of nativist provisions that would make Richard Spencer proud, La Unión del Pueblo Entero is speaking out for the urgent passage of the Dream Act.
Abraham Diaz, Dreamer and education specialist with La Unión del Pueblo Entero, said:
“The lives of immigrant youth are on the line. It is shameful that President Trump and aid Stephen Miller are playing with our lives and pitting children against children and immigrants against immigrants. President Trump created this crisis when he ended the DACA program. Now 122 immigrant youth lose protection from arrest, detention, and deportation every day. The way out of this Trump-made crisis is the passage of a Dream Act now.”
Juanita Valdez-Cox, executive director of La Unión del Pueblo Entero, said:
“It is now more important than ever that Congress reach a bipartisan breakthrough to pass a Dream Act. Our country’s moral center is at stake. The racist agenda of the White House is clear. We need Congress to stand up to the white nationalism coming from the White House. Valley Members of Congress Vicente Gonzalez and Henry Cuellar must defend Dreamers against the President’s nativist agenda by pledging to not vote for a spending bill that does not include Dream Act.”


Friday, January 26, 2018

LA MIGRA Y USTED

Burla risible del plan migratorio de Trump


Por Armando García

La legislación propuesta por el presidente pretende dar un camino hacia la ciudadanía para aproximadamente 1.8 millones de jóvenes inmigrantes indocumentados a cambio de una inversión significativa en un muro fronterizo, una ofensiva contra las personas indocumentadas y cambios radicales en las políticas migratorias basadas en la familia.
Los críticos del plan han declarado que es una burla risible con el objetivo de obtener los fondos para iniciar la construcción del muro fronterizo entre México y Estados Unidos. Además de burla, también podría considerado como un chantaje al utilizar a los jóvenes soñadores llamados Dreamers para dejarlos legalmente en el país a cambio de la seguridad fronteriza.
Los demócratas y los defensores de los inmigrantes inmediatamente rechazaron el plan, argumentando que representaba un intento de la administración de sellar las fronteras del país, mientras que los intransigentes de la inmigración criticaron a Trump por abrazar la "amnistía".
El nuevo marco del presidente fue delineado por la Casa Blanca en esta semana mientras los defensores de la inmigración se preparaban para demandas del presidente "potencialmente radicales" a cambio de apoyo para los Dreamers.
Según el memorando proporcionado por la Casa Blanca, la propuesta de Trump no solo otorgaría un camino condicional a la ciudadanía para los 700,000 Dreamers, quienes obtuvieron estatus legal temporal bajo un programa autorizada por acción ejecutiva por el presidente Obama titulado DACA y bajo la administración de Trump ha sido acaloradamente debatido y desafiado. Según el plan, los dreamers podrían convertirse en ciudadanos durante un período de 10 a 12 años si cumplen con ciertos requisitos y mantienen una buena reputación o comportamiento con la ley.
La administración de Trump está exigiendo un "fondo fiduciario" de $ 25 mil millones para construir el muro y mejorar la seguridad en los puertos de entrada y salida a lo largo de las fronteras del norte y sur del país.
La propuesta impone restricciones significativas a la migración basada en la familia, limitando a los miembros de la familia en cuyo nombre los ciudadanos estadounidenses pueden presentar una petición a los cónyuges e hijos, finalizando las categorías para los hermanos y los padres. También exige la eliminación de la lotería de visas de diversidad del departamento de estado, que ayuda a los ciudadanos de países con tasas de inmigración históricamente bajas a venir a los Estados Unidos.
Trump le dio al Congreso una fecha límite del 5 de marzo para reemplazar a DACA a través de una legislación y ha pedido que cualquier paquete también incluya estrictas medidas de seguridad fronteriza y reformas a otros programas de inmigración.

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LA MIGRA Y USTED

White House Framework on Immigration Reform & Border Security




BORDER SECURITY: Securing the Southern and Northern border of the United States takes a combination of physical infrastructure, technology, personnel, resources, authorities, and the ability to close legal loopholes that are exploited by smugglers, traffickers, cartels, criminals and terrorists.
The Department of Homeland Security must have the tools to deter illegal immigration; the ability to remove individuals who illegally enter the United States; and the vital authorities necessary to protect national security.
These measures below are the minimum tools necessary to mitigate the rapidly growing surge of illegal immigration.
$25 billion trust fund for the border wall system, ports of entry/exit, and northern border improvements and enhancements.
Close crippling personnel deficiencies by appropriating additional funds to hire new DHS personnel, ICE attorneys, immigration judges, prosecutors and other law enforcement professionals.
Hiring and pay reforms to ensure the recruitment and retention of critically-needed personnel.
Deter illegal entry by ending dangerous statutorily-imposed catch-and-release and by closing legal loopholes that have eroded our ability to secure the immigration system and protect public safety.
Ensure the detention and removal of criminal aliens, gang members, violent offenders, and aggravated felons.
Ensure the prompt removal of illegal border-crossers regardless of country of origin.
Deter visa overstays with efficient removal.
Ensure synthetic drugs (fentanyl) are prevented from entering the country.
Institute immigration court reforms to improve efficiency and prevent fraud and abuse.
DACA LEGALIZATION: Provide legal status for DACA recipients and other DACA-eligible illegal immigrants, adjusting the time-frame to encompass a total population of approximately 1.8 million individuals.
10-12 year path to citizenship, with requirements for work, education and good moral character.
Clear eligibility requirements to mitigate fraud.
Status is subject to revocation for criminal conduct or public safety and national security concerns, public charge, fraud, etc.
PROTECT THE NUCLEAR FAMILY: Protect the nuclear family by emphasizing close familial relationships.
Promote nuclear family migration by limiting family sponsorships to spouses and minor children only (for both Citizens and LPRs), ending extended-family chain migration.
Apply these changes prospectively, not retroactively, by processing the “backlog.”
ELIMINATE LOTTERY AND REPURPOSE VISAS: The Visa Lottery selects individuals at random to come to the United States without consideration of skills, merit or public safety.
This program is riddled with fraud and abuse and does not serve the national interest.

Eliminate lottery and reallocate the visas to reduce the family-based “backlog” and high-skilled employment “backlog.”

SECRETARY KIRSTJEN M. NIELSEN STATEMENT ON WHITE HOUSE IMMIGRATION FRAMEWORK




WASHINGTON – Today, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on the White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security:
"The Department of Homeland Security fully supports the President's security-focused immigration framework, including funding for the border wall system, the ability to quickly remove those who break our immigration laws and reforms to our immigration system.
"This is what DHS front-line personnel have asked for to secure our borders and maintain the integrity of our immigration system. I thank the President for his leadership on this important issue and look forward to continuing my efforts on the Hill to pass these important reforms."




LA MIGRA Y USTED

Plan para dar ciudadanía a los soñadores



Reportes noticiosos

El presidente de los Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, está listo para firmar un plan que abriría el camino a la ciudadanía para unos 1.8 millones de "soñadores" que fueron traídos ilegalmente a Estados Unidos cuando eran niños, dijeron el jueves pasado por altos funcionarios de la Casa Blanca.
El plan de Trump, que la Casa Blanca espera que el Senado vote a principios de febrero, requeriría que el Congreso establezca un "fondo fiduciario" de $ 25 mil millones para construir un muro en la frontera sur con México e invertir en mejores protecciones en la frontera norte con Canadá.
También requeriría que el Congreso limite el patrocinio familiar de inmigrantes a cónyuges e hijos menores, ponga fin a un sistema de lotería de visas para ciertos países y gaste dinero adicional en guardias fronterizos y jueces de inmigración, entre otras medidas, dijeron los funcionarios a los periodistas en una sesión informativa.
Manténgase informado en esta sección de Nuestra América Magazine.


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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Nace la Preparatoria Popular



Por Doroteo Arango
La Voz del Anáhuac
enero de 2018

El 12 de febrero de 1968 la Preparatoria Popular inició clases en las jardineras y pasillos de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UNAM.
A fines de 1967 miles de rechazados de las preparatorias de la UNAM se organizaron exigiendo cumplimiento a su derecho a la educación. Así fue como nació la idea de ejercer este derecho por la vía de los hechos. Si la UNAM no les daba una solución, ellos la tomarían de manera directa. Sin un espacio propio para hacer funcionar a la naciente Preparatoria Popular, tomaron las jardineras y pasillos. Estudiantes de las facultades de la UNAM se solidarizaron y formaron el cuerpo docente.
Ante estos hechos, a las autoridades de la UNAM no les quedó más alternativa que atender las demandas de esa primera generación de la Preparatoria Popular. Así, el 12 de julio de ese año, cedieron a la Prepa Popular un viejo edificio abandonado en Liverpool 66, Colonia Juárez, donde había sido la sede, décadas antes, de la Facultad de Contaduría. Y se le reconoció como escuela incorporada a la UNAM.
Lograda su incorporación a la UNAM y un espacio para desempeñar sus labores académicas, la lucha continuó para ganar el pase automático a los estudios superiores en la UNAM a los mejores promedios (con un mínimo de 8). Ante la negativa de que se les destinara apoyo económico para su mantenimiento, los estudiantes se organizaron de manera autogestiva y formaron las comisiones necesarias para su funcionamiento: Comisión Directiva, de Mantenimiento, de Biblioteca, de Finanzas, de Prensa y Propaganda.
La Comisión de Finanzas se organizó en forma de brigadas que buscaron apoyo económico en el pueblo, brigadeando en el transporte público y visitando sindicatos y organizaciones sociales independientes. Los fondos recaudados por las brigadas se utilizaban para comprar lo más necesario: desde escobas, brochas, pintura, herramienta para reparar el mobiliario deteriorado y las instalaciones de agua y electricidad. Tareas que asumió la Comisión de Mantenimiento.
La Comisión de Biblioteca organizó el acervo y controló el préstamo de libros a los alumnos. También formó brigadas para realizar acopio de libros en las facultades, en otros centros de estudio y para solicitar donaciones de libros en casas editoras y embajadas. Casi se partía de cero para poder contar con un buen acervo en la biblioteca.
En Prensa y Propaganda se encargaron de imprimir en mimeógrafo tanto materiales académicos y administrativos de la Prepa, como volantes y folletos en solidaridad con las luchas populares.
La Comisión directiva se encargó de organizar la documentación de los estudiantes y los trámites con las autoridades universitarias. A los estudiantes de nuevo ingreso se les pedía la donación de un libro para la biblioteca.
La carencia de laboratorios se buscó resolver con el apoyo de las facultades de Ciencias, Química y, de manera destacada, de la Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas del IPN.
El surgimiento de la Prepa Popular, como resultado de una lucha por el derecho a la educación, hizo que esta escuela, recién formada, abrazara como proyecto y objetivo luchar por una educación popular, crítica y científica.
Pocos días después de haber iniciado los trabajos de restauración en Liverpool 66, en momentos en que se organizaban para el funcionamiento de su escuela, los estudiantes de la Preparatoria Popular se vieron sorprendidos por el estallido del Movimiento Estudiantil de 1968.
De manera natural se incorporaron y fueron uno de los contingentes más combativos de este movimiento.
En 1970 el edificio de Liverpool ya no fue suficiente para dar cabida a los centenares de estudiantes que acudieron a ella, algunos también rechazados y muchos otros atraídos por su orientación libertaria. Así que tomaron el viejo edificio que fue sede de la Facultad de Ciencias Químicas en Mar del Norte Nº 5, en Tacuba. En 1971, tras la masacre del 10 de junio de 1971, este plantel fue rebautizado con el nombre de Francisco Treviño Tavares, estudiante del Plantel Tacuba de la Prepa Popular, asesinado por los Halcones ese 10 de junio.
Durante las décadas de los 70´s y parte de los 80’s la Prepa Popular tuvo una participación comprometida con las luchas del pueblo. Decenas de estudiantes de esta escuela fueron golpeados, encarcelados, torturados, desaparecidos o asesinados, pues el Estado desató una represión encarnizada en su contra.
Liverpool se mantuvo hasta 1975, cuando se les desalojó parcialmente de ese edificio. Una parte de asiló en Tacuba y siguieron dando la pelea. Finalmente se trasladó al de Fresno, pero ya no conserva el espíritu originario, pues quedó bajo el control de grupos al servicio del Estado. 
En 1984 el plantel Tacuba fue violentamente cerrado por las fuerzas represivas del Estado, se desató una feroz persecución, hasta dispersarlos. Agrupaciones de egresados de la Preparatoria Popular conservan la memoria y realizan actividades conmemorativas al cumplirse el cincuentenario de la fundación del más importante referente de la lucha por la educación popular, crítica y científica.

SE CUMPLEN CINCUENTA AÑOS DE LA FUNDACIÓN DE LA PREPARATORIA POPULAR EN LA CIUDAD DE MÉXICO


Por Lorenzo Armando García Álvarez 
ex estudiante de la Preparatoria Popular Planten Tacuba (1969-1973)

Hace medio siglo siendo estudiante de secundaria tuve la oportunidad de hacer mi solicitud para entrar a la Preparatoria de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Me preparé a conciencia para presentar el examen. Recuerdo muy bien que en menos de una hora acabé el examen y me retiré muy satisfecho ya que tuve la certeza que iba a pasar. Los días pasaron y recibí por correo una carta que indicaba los resultados. Y la sorpresa no se hizo esperar. Reprobé el examen. Y lo peor, el lenguaje de la carta resultaba ofensivo y denigrante: Los resultados del examen no satisfacen ni el mínimo para ingresar a la UNAM.
Debido a esas palabras, mi padre me tildó de todo, me catalogó de imbécil y de otras cosas, que no merecen ser descritas. Los resultados y el lenguaje de la carta me hicieron sentir un perfecto inútil y mi futuro educativo era incierto.
Mi padre al no saber qué hacer conmigo, recurrió a un primo hermano. Recuerdo muy bien que, a punta de patadas, mi papá me llevo a ver a mi tío y le dijo que me dejaba con él para ver que podía hacer conmigo. Mi tío fue prácticamente el que me rescató de la situación que vivía en ese momento. Le viviré eternamente agradecido.
Gracias a mi tío, supe que mis conocimientos sí eran suficientes para haber pasado el examen de admisión a la UNAM. Pero debido a políticas de las autoridades universitarias, y por el sistema piramidal educativo en la capital del país, es decir, miles de primarias y menos secundarias y solamente nueve preparatorias, la demanda de ingreso era tanta que no se podía admitir a todos los interesados en entrar a la UNAM y que la calificación del examen se realizaba al azar y no por los conocimientos;  es decir, que los exámenes en lugar ser calificados, eran aventados a una mesa y los que se caían al suelo, eran los aprobados. De seguro mi examen no tuvo la fortuna de caer al suelo.
Resulta que mi tío me contó que le habían ofrecido por ser licenciado en economía fuera voluntario para ser catedrático de la Preparatoria Popular y que él iba a aceptar y me recomendaría para a esa institución.
Debido a que el plantel de Liverpool 66 ya estaba saturado, mi tío logró inscribirme en el plantel de la Preparatoria Popular ubicada en Mar del Norte # 5 en la zona de Tacuba. Y fue ahí dónde comenzó realmente mi formación política, social y artística que fue la semilla de lo que soy ahora. Opté seguir luchando por el cambio social y por una sociedad mejor, en lugar de ser con violencia, desde la tribuna cultural y periodística.
Ya en la Prepa Popular formé parte del grupo de teatro y poesía coral ‘Francisco Villa’, para después junto a otros estudiantes de la prepa, llegué a integrarme al famoso grupo de teatro Mascarones cuyos fundadores daban clases de arte dramático en la prepa. También participe como estudiante de la Prepa Pop en la manifestación del 10 de junio de 1971 donde fueron asesinados por los ‘Halcones” -grupo paramilitar gubernamental-, dos de mis amigos de la prepa, Francisco Treviño Tavares y Jorge de la Peña.  Ya como parte de Mascarones fui uno de los actores fundadores de CLETA UNAM, que agrupó a estudiantes de arte dramático de la UNAM a un espacio para su expresión cultural, social, colectiva y cultural que fue el antiguo Foro Isabelino de la calle Sullivan en la ciudad de México.
Con Mascarones llevamos el mensaje de lucha de la Preparatoria Popular a Estados Unidos y Europa que tuvo eco en Latinoamérica, gracias a la celebración en 1974 del V Festival de Teatro Chicano y Primer Encuentro Latinoamericano en la ciudad de México, Tenochtitlan y el Tajín en Veracruz. Gracias a la Preparatoria Popular, se fundaron los Colegios de Ciencias y Humanidades y otras instituciones de enseñanza previa a la universitaria.
Siendo un integrante de Mascarones, juntos compusimos un corrido de la preparatoria popular el cual circula en las redes sociales el cual hasta la fecha mantiene el espíritu de lucha de los fundadores de la Prepa Pop.
CORRIDO DE LA PREPARATORIA POPULAR (MASCARONES)
Gracias a mis estudios en la Preparatoria Popular pude entrar a la Universidad y estudié en la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas la licenciatura en Ciencias de la Comunicación para continuar estudios en Estados Unidos y Canadá. Mi labor artística y social ha continuado en Estados Unidos hasta la fecha.




Sunday, January 21, 2018

Government Shuts Down While Negotiations Continue on DREAM Act, but Most Immigration Functions Continue






Written by Royce Murray

With the national conversation focused squarely on Dreamers, Congress was unable to find common ground on a budget deal and has shut down the U.S. Government.
Congressional leadership decided not to bring a vote on bipartisan Dream Act legislation. Instead, this was the fourth time in as many months that Congress looked to fund the government on a short-term basis, further delaying a solution for Dreamers. The President complicated negotiations by constantly moving the goalposts on what kind of deal he would ultimately sign.
Public opinion seems to be on the side of advancing a common sense solution for Dreamers  who enjoy wide public support, according to a new poll  out today; 87% of the American public—and two-thirds of Trump supporters—believe that they should be allowed to remain in the United States if they meet certain requirements.
The government will remain shut down until it can pass either a short-term budget, known as a continuing resolution, or pass a budget to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.
In the meantime, negotiations on Dream and other legislative proposals will continue, and all but “essential” personnel are not allowed to work. However, most immigration functions, including immigration enforcement continue.
This is what the shutdown means for the government agencies with immigration responsibilities.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) remains open and scheduled appointments will take place as USCIS is funded by application fees rather than appropriations. The one major exception at USCIS is E-Verify, the online system for verifying the employment authorization of foreign nationals, which is funded by appropriations and therefore will be suspended for the duration of the shutdown.
The Department of State will continue passport and visa operations, as well as critical services to U.S. citizens overseas, as these are fee-funded. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP’s) offices will remain open because SEVP is also fee-funded. 
Customs and Border Protection, which operates at ports of entry, such as airports and border crossings, will continue to function. Inspection and law enforcement personnel are considered “essential” and will therefore continue working. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement will continue its detention and immigration enforcement activities.
During the 2013 shutdown, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)—a.k.a., the Immigration Courts—continued to accept court filings, even in non-detained cases. EOIR’s detained docket is typically considered an essential function and would therefore continue to operate. 
There is no doubt that a government shutdown applies intense pressure on Congress to negotiate deals, however, it’s unfortunate it takes such an extreme measure to spur action.


Trump’s Derogatory Comments Revive Racist Legacy in Immigration Policy





Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Written by Guillermo Cantor 

Media outlets around the globe reported on President Trump’s disparaging comments regarding nationals of certain countries. According to the Washington Post, during a discussion with lawmakers in the White House regarding protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries on Thursday, the president asked “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He suggested instead that the United States should bring more people from countries such as Norway.
At a very minimum these comments are incredibly offensive. But the president’s remarks are also the expression of a deeper conception of what our nation is or should be; in other words, the values upon which our society should be organized.
Racism has deep roots in U.S. immigration policies and laws. While we routinely hear and uncritically accept the mantra that “the United States is a country of immigrants,” that statement should be taken with a grain of salt. Yes, immigration has played a significant role in the formation of the American people.
Yet, a review of the history of U.S. immigration policy reveals the existence of immigration regimes by which individuals from certain countries were explicitly or implicitly denied admission based on their nationality.
Arguably, racism and nationality bias have never been as explicit in our immigration system as they were between 1790 and 1952. During this period, according to scholars David Cook Martin and David Scott Fitzgerald “legislators restricted naturalization […] to particular racial and ethnic groups, with a consistent preference for whites from northwestern Europe.”
During this time, the country adopted highly restrictive and racially-biased laws including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 which halted Chinese immigration and banned Chinese immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens, and the Immigration Act of 1924, which limited the number of immigrants authorized to be admitted into the United States through a national origins quota.
The racially biased national-origin quotas remained in effect until 1965, when President Johnson signed into law the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The 1965 act was clearly a product of its time. An immigration system that had been based on national-origin quotas designed to perpetuate the existing ethnic makeup of the U.S. population was intolerable for a country that was making progress in its internal struggle against discrimination and racism.
In two extraordinary years, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the 1965 INA. According to legal scholar Gabriel Chinn, “Diversification of the immigrant stream is, from this perspective, no less a civil rights triumph than is equal opportunity under law in the voting booth or in the workplace. The elimination of race as a factor was a practical as well as symbolic change.”
The newly enacted system in the 1965 INA attempted to end discrimination by eliminating the quota-system and treating countries “equally” through the establishment of an annual per-country cap. Although the system was based on seemingly noble goals, it presented numerous practical problems and a de facto bias. For example, neighboring countries with a well-established history of migratory flows such as Mexico and more removed countries with small populations were subject to the same treatment. As a result, Mexican nationals typically wait for a visa for much longer periods than nationals from other countries.
The issue of national origin and diversity was also central to the discussions that preceded the inclusion of the diversity visa lottery program in the Immigration Act of 1990. While some controversy surrounds this program because of its return to national origin considerations, the ultimate purpose of this program was to affirmatively expand the admission opportunities for individuals from certain countries—rather than openly penalizing other countries.
All in all, how to best approach the notions of race, diversity, and fairness in the immigrant admissions system has been historically problematic and the question of how to deal with immigrants’ national origin has been at the very core of the major immigration policy debates. And this is far from surprising considering that nations define themselves through the official selection of foreign nationals who seek residence in their territory.
What we are witnessing now through the vulgar words of the president is the brutal reemergence of a tradition of thought that ranks certain countries and the nationals of those countries as morally inferior and consequently, undesirable.
Reintroducing the issue of race and nationality in such a crude way is clearly a symbol of where the immigration policy discussions are headed. While this should not come as a surprise given the direction of the various immigration proposals advanced by the Trump administration, the words pronounced by the president bring the debate back to a dark and painful place that we all hoped the country had left behind for good.



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Comentario: Manipulación Bíblica



En un segmento reciente de la cadena televisiva CNN, el pastor Mark Burns intentó ofrecer una defensa bíblica de los comentarios de Trump sobre que las naciones pardas y negras son "países de mierda".

Por Armando García

La comunidad cristiana, principalmente la evangélica está desconcertada por la forma en que hace unos días el Pastor Mark Burns, que pertenece al grupo evangélico del presidente Donald Trump, citó en televisión un versículo de la Biblia para justificar los comentarios del mandatario sobre los países de donde proviene la población migrante que radica en Estados Unidos.

En específico el pastor Burns citó 1 Timoteo 5:8 que dice: “porque si alguno no provee para los suyos, y mayormente para los de su casa, ha negado la fe y es peor que un incrédulo”.

Para muchos, citar a la Biblia para justificar una acción gubernamental es errónea cuando se sale del contexto para quien fue escrito el capítulo bíblico. En el caso del libro de 1 de Timoteo, fue escrito desde el punto de vista familiar, para proteger a las viudas y las obligaciones que los hijos y los nietos tienen con ellas, y no tiene nada que ver con la forma de gobernar a un país.

El autor del libro es el Apóstol Pablo, y el tema principal es describir una forma de vida. Los cinco versículos anteriores al citado por el pastor Burns dicen: Honra a las viudas que en verdad lo son. pero si alguna viuda tiene hijos o nietos, aprendan estos primero a ser piadosos para con su propia familia y a recompensar a sus padres, porque esto es lo bueno y agradable delante de Dios.

La Biblia por siglos ha sido utilizada para justificar comportamientos humanos y hasta justificar acciones pecaminosas. La Biblia le dá al ser humano los elementos para que pueda caminar por la senda correcta libre de pecado apegado a la Palabra de Dios.

Si a citas bíblicas nos referimos, creo que la cita bíblica más apegada a las acciones de Donald Trump es la que se encuentra en Isaías 10: 1 ¡Ay de los que dictan leyes injustas y prescriben tiranía, para apartar del juicio a los pobres y para privar de su derecho a los afligidos de mi pueblo; para despojar a las viudas y robar a los huérfanos!

La manera en que el Pastor Burns citó el pasaje bíblico hizo entender que cuando una persona que proviene de un país de mierda, como lo enfatizó el presidente, es una mierda de persona. Y eso no es correcto, es inmoral, es grosero, es humillante.
En Estados Unidos vive mucha gente que vino de países terribles, gobiernos fascistas, totalitarios, corruptos, y huyeron buscando refugio político y económico y fue así de la manera que llegaron a Estados Unidos a buscar una mejor forma de vida.

Ese es el tipo exacto de personas que creo que quisiéramos que vinieran Estados Unidos, y los que lo han logrado han sido grandes contribuyentes a este país. Si un pastor o mandatario se considera hombre de Dios, porqué permite o predica el regresar o deportar a los que buscan refugio a esos países que tienen condiciones muy deplorables de vida.  

También hay que considerar que las empresas y monopolios estadounidenses han contribuido en mucho que la vida en los países musulmanes, latinoamericanos y africanos sea miserables por el saqueo de los recursos naturales y la explotación a la mano de obra, cuyos salarios no alcanzan para tener una vida digna y por consecuencia tienen que salir a buscar fuera de sus países el pan de cada día.

Armando García es el editor y fundador de Nuestra América Magazine.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

NUESTRA AMÉRICA MAGAZINE ENERO 2018 # 1


EDITORIAL: Trump, enemigo de los inmigrantes


Por Armando García

A un año del aniversario en el poder en la Casa Blanca, el presidente Donald Trump es indudablemente el enemigo público número uno de los inmigrantes, tanto de los musulmanes, los procedentes del continente africano al igual como de los latinoamericanos, principalmente Haití.
Los medios de comunicación han lanzado comentarios sobre lo dicho por el presidente que inmigrantes han llegado de países hundidos en un agujero de estiércol, para no mencionar la palabra coloquial insultante, denigrante y racista.
Donald Trump nos recuerda al tipo de mandatario autoritario que comienza con palabras para implantar su forma de gobernar. También nos remonta a los tiempos de dictaduras al criticar a los medios de comunicación masiva que reportan la verdad, aunque esta duela y les crítica diciendo que son noticias falsas cuando se publica o se transmite noticias que no son de su agrado.
Hace un año, Trump recibió un país dividido entre los que más tienen y los que menos tienen, entre la mayoría blanca y la creciente población hispana y de otras minorías. Entre los poderosos y los más desafortunados.

Trump es una persona que ha despertado el racismo, la xenofobia, política que nos remonta a los años 30s,40s, 50s, 60s del Siglo XX donde el racismo, la discriminación, la exclusión contra las minorías se respiraba en cada rincón del país.

El presidente Trump representa un genuino autoritarismo americano, empresarial, supremacista, histérico-fóbico de la población sajona mayoritaria a los que Trump, durante su campaña, les hizo creer que estaban acorralados y a punto de ser aniquilados o erradicados por los inmigrantes de países latinoamericanos, musulmanes.

Con Trump, la comunidad inmigrante ha vivido un año con un miedo fundamentado de que la policía migratoria realice redadas migratorias en los centros de trabajo y campos agrícolas. Con Trump en el poder y el peligro de llegar a una reelección, regrese al país a los días amargos de esta nación donde los derechos civiles eran violados por gobernantes, empresarios, autoridades, que en esos días pensaban igual o peor que el presidente Trump.

Hablando de derechos civiles, Martin Luther King Jr., dijo una vez que: “Las leyes de derechos civiles no impiden que alguien nos odie por el color de nuestra piel. Pero si impiden que se nos linche”.

El presidente con sus declaraciones recientes sobre la población inmigrante ampliamente marca su interés de abrir las puertas a inmigrantes con población blanca, y cerrar las puertas a quienes son musulmanes, africanos y latinoamericanos.




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'Sh*thole Countries': Trump Uses the Rhetoric of Dictators

Trump has normalized the notion that the meaning of words no longer matters.


George Orwell warns us in his dystopian novel 1984 that authoritarianism begins with language. In the novel, “newspeak” is language twisted to deceive, seduce and undermine the ability of people to think critically and freely.
Donald Trump’s unapologetic bigoted language made headlines again Thursday when it was reported he told lawmakers working on a new immigration policy that the United States shouldn’t accept people from “shithole countries” like Haiti. Given his support for white nationalism and his coded call to “Make America Great (White) Again,” Trump’s overt racist remarks reinforce echoes of white supremacy reminiscent of fascist dictators in the 1930s.
His remarks about accepting people from Norway smack of an appeal to the sordid discourse of racial purity. There is much more at work here than a politics of incivility. Behind Trump’s use of vulgarity and his disparagement of countries that are poor and non-white lies the terrifying discourse of white supremacy, ethnic cleansing and the politics of disposability. This is a vocabulary that considers some individuals and groups not only faceless and voiceless, but excess, redundant and subject to expulsion. The endpoint of the language of disposability is a form of social death, or even worse.
As authoritarianism gains strength, the formative cultures that give rise to dissent become more embattled, along with the public spaces and institutions that make conscious critical thought possible.
Words that speak to the truth to reveal injustices and provide informed critical analysis begin to disappear, making it all the more difficult, if not dangerous, to judge, think critically and hold dominant power accountable. Notions of virtue, honour, respect and compassion are policed, and those who advocate them are punished.
I think it’s fair to argue that Orwell’s nightmare vision of the future is no longer fiction in the United States. Under Trump, language is undergoing a shift: It now treats dissent, critical media coverage and scientific evidence as a species of “fake news.”
The Trump administration, in fact, views the critical media as the “enemy of the American people.” Trump has repeated this view of the media so often that almost a third of Americans now believe it and support government-imposed restrictions on the media, according to a Poynter survey.
Thought crimes and fake news
Trump’s cries of “fake news” work incessantly to set limits on what is thinkable. Reason, standards of evidence, consistency and logic no longer serve the truth, according to Trump, because the latter are crooked ideological devices used by enemies of the state. Orwell’s “thought crimes” are Trump’s “fake news.” Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth” is Trump’s “Ministry of Fake News.”
The notion of truth is viewed by this president as a corrupt tool used by the critical media to question his dismissal of legal checks on his power, particularly his attacks on judges, courts and any other governing institutions that will not promise him complete and unchecked loyalty.
For Trump, intimidation takes the place of unquestioned loyalty when he does not get his way, revealing a view of the presidency that is more about winning than about governing.
One consequence is the myriad practices by which Trump gleefully humiliates and punishes his critics, wilfully engages in shameful acts of self-promotion and unapologetically enriches his financial coffers.

One consequence, as language begins to function as a tool of state repression, is that matters of moral and political responsibility disappear and injustices proliferate.Under Trump, the language of civic literacy and democracy has become unmoored from critical reason, informed debate and the weight of scientific evidence, and is now being reconfigured and tied to pageantry, political theatre and a deep-seated anti-intellectualism.
Fascism starts with words
What is crucial to remember here, as authoritarianism expert Ruth Ben-Ghiat notes, is that fascism starts with words. Trump’s use of language and his manipulative use of the media as political spectacle are disturbingly similar to earlier periods of propaganda, censorship and repression.
Under fascist regimes, the language of brutality and culture of cruelty was normalized through the proliferation of strident metaphors of war, battle, expulsion, racial purity and demonization.
As German historians such as Richard J. Evans and Victor Klemperer have made clear, dictators like Adolf Hitler did more than simply corrupt the language of a civilized society, they also banned words.
Soon afterwards, the Nazis banned books and the critical intellectuals who wrote them. They then imprisoned those individuals who challenged Nazi ideology and the state’s systemic violations of civil rights. The end point was an all-embracing discourse of disposability — the emergence of concentration camps and genocide fuelled by a politics of racial purity and social cleansing.
Echoes of the formative stages of such actions are upon us now. An American-style neo-fascism appears to be engulfing the United States after simmering in the dark for years.
More than any other president, Trump has normalized the notion that the meaning of words no longer matters, nor do traditional sources of facts and evidence. In doing so, he has undermined the relationship between engaged citizenship and the truth, and has relegated matters of debate and critical assessment to a spectacle of bombast, threats, intimidation and sheer fakery.
This language of fascism does more than normalize falsehoods and ignorance. It also promotes a larger culture of short-term attention spans, immediacy and sensationalism. At the same time, it makes fear and anxiety the normalized currency of exchange and communication.
In a throwback to the language of fascism, Trump has repeatedly positioned himself as the only one who can save the masses — reproducing the tired script of the model of the saviour endemic to authoritarianism.
There is more at work here than an oversized ego. Trump’s authoritarianism is also fuelled by braggadocio and misdirected rage as he undermines the bonds of solidarity, abolishes institutions meant to protect the vulnerable and launches a full-fledged assault on the environment.
Trump is also the master of manufactured illiteracy, and his obsessive tweeting and public relations machine aggressively engages in the theatre of self-promotion and distractions. Both of these are designed to whitewash any version of a history that might expose the close alignment between his own language and policies and the dark elements of a fascist past.
Trump also revels in an unchecked mode of self-congratulation bolstered by a limited vocabulary filled with words like “historic,” “best,” “the greatest,” “tremendous” and “beautiful.”
Those exaggerations suggest more than hyperbole or the self-indulgent use of language. When he claims he “knows more about ISIS than the generals,” “knows more about renewables than any human being on Earth” or that nobody knows the U.S. system of government better than he does, he’s using the rhetoric of fascism.
As the aforementioned historian Richard J. Evans writes in The Third Reich in Power:
“The German language became a language of superlatives, so that everything the regime did became the best and the greatest, its achievements unprecedented, unique, historic and incomparable …. The language used about Hitler … was shot through and through with religious metaphors; people ‘believed in him,’ he was the redeemer, the savior, the instrument of Providence, his spirit lived in and through the German nation…. Nazi institutions domesticated themselves [through the use of a language] that became an unthinking part of everyday life.”
Sound familiar?
Under the Trump regime, memories inconvenient to his authoritarianism are now demolished in the domesticated language of superlatives so the future can be shaped to become indifferent to the crimes of the past.
Trump’s endless daily tweets, his recklessness, his adolescent disdain for a measured response, his unfaltering anti-intellectualism and his utter ignorance of history work in the United States. Why? Because they not only cater to what historian Brian Klaas refers to as “the tens of millions of Americans who have authoritarian or fascist leanings,” they also enable what he calls Trump’s attempt at “mainstreaming fascism.”
The language of fascism revels in forms of theatre that mobilize fear, hatred and violence. Author Sasha Abramsky is on target in claiming that Trump’s words amount to more than empty slogans.
Instead, his language comes “with consequences, and they legitimize bigotries and hatreds long harbored by many but, for the most part, kept under wraps by the broader society.”
Surely, the increase in hate crimes during Trump’s first year of his presidency testifies to the truth of Abramsky’s argument.
Fighting Trump’s fascist language
The history of fascism teaches us that language operates in the service of violence, desperation and troubling landscapes of hatred, and carries the potential for inhabiting the darkest moments of history.
It erodes our humanity, and makes too many people numb and silent in the face of ideologies and practices that are hideous acts of ethical atrocity.
Trump’s language, like that of older fascist regimes, mutilates contemporary politics, empathy and serious moral and political criticism, and makes it more difficult to criticize dominant relations of power.
His fascistic language also fuels the rhetoric of war, toxic masculinity, white supremacy, anti-intellectualism and racism. But it’s not his alone.
It is the language of a nascent fascism that has been brewing in the United States for some time. It is a language that is comfortable viewing the world as a combat zone, a world that exists to be plundered and a view of those deemed different as a threat to be feared, if not eliminated.
A new language aimed at fighting Trump’s romance with fascism must make power visible, uncover the truth, contest falsehoods and create a formative and critical culture that can nurture and sustain collective resistance to the oppression that has overtaken the United States, and increasingly many other countries.
No form of oppression can be overlooked. And with that critical gaze must emerge a critical language, a new narrative and a different story about what a socialist democracy will look like in the United States.
Reclaiming language as a force for good
There is also a need to strengthen and expand the reach and power of established public spheres, such as higher education and the critical media, as sites of critical learning.
We must encourage artists, intellectuals, academics and other cultural workers to talk, educate, make oppression visible and challenge the common-sense vocabulary of casino capitalism, white supremacy and fascism.
Language is not simply an instrument of fear, violence and intimidation; it is also a vehicle for critique, civic courage and resistance.
A critical language can guide us in our thinking about the relationship between older elements of fascism and how such practices are emerging in new forms.
Without a faith in intelligence, critical education and the power to resist, humanity will be powerless to challenge the threat that fascism and right-wing populism pose to the world.
Those of us willing to fight for a just political and economic society need to formulate a new language and fresh narratives about freedom, the power of collective struggle, empathy, solidarity and the promise of a real socialist democracy.
We would do well to heed the words of the great Nobel Prize-winning novelist, J.M. Coetzee, who states in a work of fiction that “there will come a day when you and I will need to be told the truth, the real truth ….no matter how hard it may be.”
The ConversationDemocracy, indeed, can only survive with a critically informed and engaged public attentive to a language in which truth, rather than lies, become the currency of citizenship.

This article was originally publishedonThe Conversation. Read the original article.
Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University. His most recent books are America’s Education Deficit and the War on Youth (Monthly Review Press, 2013) and Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (Haymarket Press, 2014). His web site is www.henryagiroux.com.

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