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Thread: Subcommittee Hearing on Guestworkers Highlights Ties Between Restrictionist Groups

  1. #1
    copy-paste

    sourse: http://www.shusterman.com/pdf/advocacy40804.pdf

    Subcommittee Hearing on Guestworkers Highlights Ties Between Restrictionist Groups
    The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims
    held an oversight hearing on March 24 to discuss how an influx of millions of guest workers
    would impact working Americans and Americans seeking employment. The hearing took an
    interesting detour when Subcommittee member Chris Cannon (R-UT) questioned several of the
    restrictionists on the witness panel about their organizations' ties to notorious anti-immigrant
    ringleader John Tanton. The restrictionist-heavy witness list included Mark Krikorian, Executive
    Director, Center for Immigration Studies, Frank Morris, Chairman of the Board, Diversity
    Alliance for a Sustainable America, and Roy Beck, Executive Director, NumbersUSA Education
    and Research Foundation. Muzaffar Chishti, Director, Migration Policy Institute, New York
    University School of Law also testified.
    While all except Mr. Chishti in this unbalanced hearing touted the restrictionist principles of
    driving out undocumented aliens and increasing the rates of deportation, Mr. Chishti countered
    that such approaches are unworkable and undesirable. Given the size of the current
    undocumented population living and working in America, he noted that it would take decades to
    deport these individuals and the efforts would simultaneously log-jam the court systems and turn
    the U.S. into "Fortress America." Mr. Chishti suggested instead that we need workable
    immigration reform that would protect U.S. workers by providing equal wage rates and benefits
    to foreign workers. He recommended that the subcommittee consider an immigration overhaul
    that extends legal permanent resident status to the existing immigrant population, regulates future
    flows of immigrants consistent with labor market needs, and reflects American values of family
    unity and fairness.
    AILA supports the views expressed by Mr. Chishti. If new immigration programs are going to
    work, they must be comprehensive and address the symptoms of our broken immigration system.
    Reform must provide a method by which hard working undocumented aliens can earn legal
    status, create new worker programs to manage the future flows of immigrants, and promote
    family unity and an efficient immigration system. Such reform would protect immigrant workers
    from reduced wages and exploitation, provide businesses with the workers they need, and
    enhance our national security by allowing the government to focus its enforcement efforts on
    those who mean to do us harm. To view AILA's Issue Paper on Comprehensive Immigration
    Reform, go to: http://www.aila.org/fileViewer.aspx?docID=9840.
    The highlight of the hearing occurred when Representative Chris Cannon (R-UT) grilled the
    witnesses from ProjectUSA and the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) about their connections
    to John Tanton, founder of the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Both of the
    witnesses admitted that their organizations were aided and incubated and, in the case of CIS,
    created by Tanton.
    According to a 2002 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Tanton not only is the founder
    of FAIR, but is also characterized as the founding father of the modern anti-immigration
    movement. According to the report, "the vast majority of American anti-immigration groups"”
    more than a dozen in all"”were either formed, led, or in other ways made possible through
    Tanton's efforts." The report goes on to state that many of these groups, in turn, are associated
    with white supremacist and hate groups. To view the Southern Poverty Law Center's report, see
    AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 02071545. Restrictonist Watch, a newsletter produced by AILA,
    includes more information on restrictionist activities. To view the most recent edition, go to:
    http://www.aila.org

  2. #2
    copy-paste

    sourse: http://www.shusterman.com/pdf/advocacy40804.pdf

    Subcommittee Hearing on Guestworkers Highlights Ties Between Restrictionist Groups
    The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims
    held an oversight hearing on March 24 to discuss how an influx of millions of guest workers
    would impact working Americans and Americans seeking employment. The hearing took an
    interesting detour when Subcommittee member Chris Cannon (R-UT) questioned several of the
    restrictionists on the witness panel about their organizations' ties to notorious anti-immigrant
    ringleader John Tanton. The restrictionist-heavy witness list included Mark Krikorian, Executive
    Director, Center for Immigration Studies, Frank Morris, Chairman of the Board, Diversity
    Alliance for a Sustainable America, and Roy Beck, Executive Director, NumbersUSA Education
    and Research Foundation. Muzaffar Chishti, Director, Migration Policy Institute, New York
    University School of Law also testified.
    While all except Mr. Chishti in this unbalanced hearing touted the restrictionist principles of
    driving out undocumented aliens and increasing the rates of deportation, Mr. Chishti countered
    that such approaches are unworkable and undesirable. Given the size of the current
    undocumented population living and working in America, he noted that it would take decades to
    deport these individuals and the efforts would simultaneously log-jam the court systems and turn
    the U.S. into "Fortress America." Mr. Chishti suggested instead that we need workable
    immigration reform that would protect U.S. workers by providing equal wage rates and benefits
    to foreign workers. He recommended that the subcommittee consider an immigration overhaul
    that extends legal permanent resident status to the existing immigrant population, regulates future
    flows of immigrants consistent with labor market needs, and reflects American values of family
    unity and fairness.
    AILA supports the views expressed by Mr. Chishti. If new immigration programs are going to
    work, they must be comprehensive and address the symptoms of our broken immigration system.
    Reform must provide a method by which hard working undocumented aliens can earn legal
    status, create new worker programs to manage the future flows of immigrants, and promote
    family unity and an efficient immigration system. Such reform would protect immigrant workers
    from reduced wages and exploitation, provide businesses with the workers they need, and
    enhance our national security by allowing the government to focus its enforcement efforts on
    those who mean to do us harm. To view AILA's Issue Paper on Comprehensive Immigration
    Reform, go to: http://www.aila.org/fileViewer.aspx?docID=9840.
    The highlight of the hearing occurred when Representative Chris Cannon (R-UT) grilled the
    witnesses from ProjectUSA and the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) about their connections
    to John Tanton, founder of the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Both of the
    witnesses admitted that their organizations were aided and incubated and, in the case of CIS,
    created by Tanton.
    According to a 2002 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Tanton not only is the founder
    of FAIR, but is also characterized as the founding father of the modern anti-immigration
    movement. According to the report, "the vast majority of American anti-immigration groups"”
    more than a dozen in all"”were either formed, led, or in other ways made possible through
    Tanton's efforts." The report goes on to state that many of these groups, in turn, are associated
    with white supremacist and hate groups. To view the Southern Poverty Law Center's report, see
    AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 02071545. Restrictonist Watch, a newsletter produced by AILA,
    includes more information on restrictionist activities. To view the most recent edition, go to:
    http://www.aila.org

  3. #3
    And here I thought McCarthyism died 50 or so years ago. I see Mr. Cannon has mastered the "guilt by association" offense.

    Oh, yes. While we're talking connections, let's consider MecCha's racist history, which its members don't repudiate even today.

  4. #4
    Speaking of McCarthyism--you may want to check into AILA's own background. Decidedly pink.

  5. #5
    LOL MECHA THIS AND MECHA THAT. YOU GUYS ARE SO FUNNY.
    Have a nice day

  6. #6
    Glühbirne
    Just because your ignorant does not mean we all are !!!!

    University needs MEChA
    By Editorial Board
    Tuesday, April 13, 2004


    The loss of MEChA's special fees represents more than a loss to the organizational capacity of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán or even the cultural vibrancy generated through MEChA's subgroups. Unless the University community maintains the funding of critical community events, the loss of MEChA's special fees could impede Stanford's fulfillment of its responsibility to support and educate leaders for our diverse society.
    MEChA's special fees this year funded eight voluntary student subgroup organizations (46 percent of the budget), seven flagship Latino-sponsored community events (41 percent) and the operations of MEChA itself (13 percent). MEChA subgroups rely on these funds to produce publications and programming that are free and available to the entire Stanford community. Also compromised by this new lack of funds are larger flagship events, such as the Cesar Chavez Commemoration and DÃ*a de los Muertos, which are coordinated through El Centro Chicano and help fulfill Stanford's commitment to community celebration and extracurricular education.
    While it remains unclear to what extent the University administration should be financially responsible for the activities of voluntary student organizations, the flagship Latino-sponsored community events funded through MEChA and other umbrella organizations present a unique and compelling case for receiving full University funding. The University cannot simply admit a diverse class; it should also provide support so that the community can experience that diversity through the programming and everyday life at Stanford. And these events, besides being critical to helping Latino students make a successful transition into Stanford, provide educational opportunities for all students by making racial diversity more than just a statistical phenomenon on paper.
    Further, these flagship events are particularly institutionalized as part of the Stanford community identity. Stanford regularly claims them in recruitment and development materials. There is no reason for the University to shirk financial responsibility for these major and vital annual events. Indeed, the University administration historically has lived up to its responsibility in those years when these events did not receive special-fees funding. When the Latino community lost MEChA's special fees and the Asian American community lost the Asian American Students' Association special fees in 1997, the University administration agreed to provide the community centers of those respective communities with supplemental funds to mitigate the debacle.
    This commitment to fully funding significant institutional events should become permanent. As the University community moves forward to address the blow delivered in this year's elections, the administration should commit to providing additional annual funding to El Centro in the amount needed (approximately $15,000) so that it can fully fund institutional community events without relying on the volatile co-sponsorship of MEChA's special fees. As this year makes clear, the Stanford community cannot afford for events coordinated through El Centro to be under-funded.
    While the loss of MEChA's special fees is unfortunate, there may be a silver lining: the impetus for the University community to reform the funding structure of institutional community events that also include Powwow and Black Liberation Month to ensure the continuing vitality and excellence of our diverse University community.
    
    Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan
    "Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada."
    "Everything for the race. Everything outside the race, nothing."
    Last updated: 04/13/2004| Jump to Latest Additions

    This is what the MEChA Constitution says (Article II, section 1):
    "General membership shall consist of any student who accepts, believes and works for the goals and objectives of MEChA, including the liberation of AZTLAN, meaning self-determination of our people in this occupied state and the physical liberation of our land."


    MEChA Teaches Tolerance?
    When non-Raza students complained about this UC San Diego student student newspaper as being racist, MEChA was one of about 20 Raza organizations pledging their support for this publication of hate. Antonio Villaraigosa, Cruz Bustamante, Raul Grijalva, and other prominent Latino politicians say to this day, that they are proud to have been Mechistas. Check This Out...


    From "El Plan de Aztlan": In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal "gringo" invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny.


    From the Hoover Institute
    ...Thus Rodolfo Acuña's Occupied America claims the Southwest for Mexicans. Chicano activists (Chicanismo) push not only for civil rights for illegal Mexicans but also for the return (reconquista) of the lost provinces to form Aztlán. Chicanismo demands Spanish language and culture education, not English or American cultural schooling. The Movimiento Estudiante Chicano de Aztlán (MECHA) in 1970 formed a political party, La Raza Unida, won control of Crystal City, Texas, and tried to make it into a Chicano city. The party split and has had little political impact since but could easily revive in California or Texas. More....


    The Latest on the MEChA scourge......
    The Scourge of
     Stanford Daily -- Editorial -- April 13, 2004
    University needs MEChA (like it needs a root canal)
    The loss of MEChA's special fees represents more than a loss to the organizational capacity of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán or even the cultural vibrancy generated through MEChA's subgroups. Unless the University community maintains the funding of critical community events, the loss of MEChA's special fees could impede Stanford's fulfillment of its responsibility to support and educate leaders for our diverse society. 


     Yale Daily News -- April 13, 2004
    Dems launch coalition of activists... including MEChA subversives
    With the 2004 Presidential Election quickly approaching, the Yale College Democrats have begun a new program to unite liberal groups across campus. -- Drawing from several different activist groups, the Progressive Coalition had its first meeting Monday evening with seven groups and more than 30 members present. The group will work create a forum to unite and educate Democrats and activist groups across campus.


    The Scourge of
     UCLA Daily Bruin -- April 13, 2004
    Mechistas depict allegations of Nazism, racism on Bruin Walk
    A group of students displayed fliers outlining the alleged racism of conservative leaders throughout U.S. history and posters portraying members of Bruin Republicans [BR] as Nazis at a table on Bruin Walk on Monday. --- The posters depicting two members of BR as Nazis was a direct response to BR's equations of MEChA's ideology with Nazism... 


     Chico (Calif.) Enterprise-Record -- April 10, 2004
    Mechistas reject 'hate organization' label
    Academic scholarship and political activism go hand in hand, but suggestions those activists are members of a "hate organization," "couldn't be ****her from the truth." -- That was the message delivered this week on the Chico State University campus during a gathering called, " Conversation on Diversity: MEChA and Chicano Studies: Student/Faculty Collaboration." 


    The Scourge of
     UCLA Daily Bruin -- April 8, 2004
    MEChA gang holds 'solidatrity rally' at UCLA
    Hundreds of students congregated, their many voices forming one in their chant, "We're fired up, can't take it no more." -- Chicana/o student group MEChA held a rally in front of Kerckhoff Hall on Wednesday afternoon in the hopes of teaching UCLA students about the purpose of MEChA, as well as uniting many student groups with the common cause of equality. [See: A victory for college Republicans] 


    The Scourge of
     WorldNetDaily.com-- April 1, 2004
    A victory for college Republicans
    ...[KABC Radio Host Al] Rantel isn't just an armchair quarterback, railing against liberals on campus. When the UCLA Bruin Republicans decided to confront MEChA, the radical leftist Latino/a student group dedicated to re-establishing a "bronze nation" in the American Southwest, Rantel told his audience the Bruin Republicans needed money. Within days, the Bruin Republicans had received over $30,000 in donations.


    The Scourge of
     Greeley (Colorado) Tribune -- April 1, 2004
    Mechistas honor Chávez, protest closure of center
    A small group of Latino students marched around the University of Northern Colorado campus Wednesday to voice their support for the César Chávez Cultural Center. -- With the combined efforts of Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity, Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanos de Aztlan, the center celebrated Chávez's memory... 


    The Scourge of
     Corvallis (Oregon) Gazette-Times -- March 26, 2004
    MEChA national meeting brings convention, protest to Corvallis
    More than 1,000 Chicano students have flocked to Oregon State University for a national conference, and many of them will be taking to the streets this afternoon in a march for farmworkers' rights. -- MEChA is a student-run organization with chapters on college campuses across the country [often referred to as seditionists / revolutionaries by some immigration reform activists]. 


     Upcoming Events -- Southern California -- March 26, 2004
    Al Rantel Broadcasts from the UCLA Bruin Republican Conference
    Today at UCLA there will be a live broadcast by Al Rantel, KABC AM 790 - L.A., at the Bruin Republican student conference -- Ackerman Hall - 308 Westwood Plaza, L.A. -- 6 pm. There's estimated to be about 500 Republican students at this conference, but because of the controversy over the Bruin Republican stand against MEChA there may be more from La Raza and other MEChA hordes from elsewhere.


    The Scourge of
     UCLA Daily Bruin -- March 15, 2004
    Planned debate involving MEChA fizzles
    The Bruin Republicans' call to a debate with MEChA, a Chicana/o cultural group on campus, was left unanswered Friday evening when members of MEChA did not to attend a BR-scheduled debate. -- The debate was planned as part of the BR's continuing campaign against what it considers racist elements in MEChA's founding documents. 


    The Scourge of
     Al Rantel -- NewsMax.com -- February 23, 2004
    UCLA Repubs Fight Campus Hate Groups (including MEChA)
    ...The best example is the Chicano separatist group MECHA which parades around as a cultural organization. All the while it preaches the creed, "For those in the race, everything, for those outside the race, nothing." Yes, Latinos are now a race, go figure. One can't help but imagine how familiar such a phrase would sound if spoken in German. 


    The Scourge of
     Front Page Magazine -- February 11, 2004
    Bruins Fight MEChA's Racism on Campus
    On Tuesday, February 3, 2004, the Bruin Republicans (BRs) of UCLA launched a massive campaign against the racist campus organization MEChA. We took the issue to the students, demanded change from UCLA's student governance body, spoke on the radio, appeared in the campus newspaper several times, and caught the attention of the national media. 


     WorldNetDaily.com -- February 7, 2004
    MEChA won't disavow document calling for recapture of Southwest
    A Latino student group that drew attention during the California gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante says it will not disavow a founding document outlining the aim of recapturing the southwestern United States for Mexico. -- Responding to allegation of racism, members of the MEChA chapter at the University of California at Los Angeles showed up in force at an undergraduate student government meeting Tuesday to protest... 


    The Scourge of
     Ben Shapiro -- Townhall.com -- February 4, 2004
    Ripping of the taxpayer, student-style
    ...EAOP services include helping students write personal statements for admissions applications and organizing campus tours and field trips. Indirectly, UC outreach includes funding student groups like MEChA, a radical Latino group that espouses the conquest of Aztlan (the American Southwest) for the "bronze" people. 


    The Scourge of
     UCLA Daily Bruin -- February 4, 2004
    MEChA 'Plan de Aztlan' under fire
    The weekly meeting of the undergraduate student government Tuesday night overflowed with supporters of the Chicana/o organization MEChA, who were there to protest allegations made by the Bruin Republicans that the organization subscribes to racist views. 


     EFE - La Opinion (Roughly translated by Google.com) -- December 14, 2003
    Mexican flag-waving Mechistas, others stage border tantrum
    San Diego -- -- A march of students and representatives of the civil organizations of California demanded yesterday the cease of the operations of control of the Border Patrol. -- 35 people with red t-shirts against the Operation Guardian marched from the center of San Diego to the border to be united to six Hispanic activists... [The widely reviled MEChA, anti-American AFSC, and some new gang called 'Coalición Derechos de La Raza' (has something to do with rights of 'the race') were allegedly involved in this shameful exhibition] 


     Linda Bentley -- Sonoran News -- November 24, 2003
    Paving the way to Aztlán with propaganda, politics, racism
    ...The myth of Aztlán is heavily promoted through MEChA club meetings at college campuses across the nation, rapidly gaining acceptance at high school campuses as well. MEChA stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán. Their logo depicts an eagle holding a stick of dynamite. 


     KNSD -- San Diego -- November 18, 2003
    Mechistas in a snit over new SDSU Aztec-type mascot
    ...Christina RuizGoldberg, a 21-year-old junior who is president of the school's chapter of Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan, or MEChA, said the Aztec Warrior seemed little different from Monty Montezuma. RuizGoldberg said her group was completely opposed to human representation in any form. 

  7. #7
    I don't LOL at racist organizations which use college activism as a cover, or which claim taxpayer funds to achieve their aims. If Mecha's racist history is so trivial, then let its members disavow it, the way old white guys have had to apologize for their past associations. Only, I guess if you're Latino, you're privileged?!

    By the way, if you haven't been on a college campus lately, try it--if you want to see segregation the likes of which didn't exist when I was in college in the 60s, then go--and it's all self-segregation by "minorities" which prefer to hang out with their fellows.

  8. #8
    LOL Have, YOU gone to a college campus lately, Aliba? I go to one 5 out of 7 days a week! I'm quite aware of what's happening on the "college" scene. Whatever you think of Mecha, it still doesn't give you an excuse to be racist. I am NOT a member of MeCha, but I have attended MeCha sponsored events. Nobody kicked me out or even looked at me strangely, even though I am not Latina. If they are as racist as you claim, than why would they invite so many different races of people to thier events? Have you ever been to a MeCha sponsored event? I have always disagreed with the MeCha "constitution" but I have friends who are in MeCha, and they aren't racist at all. In fact, most of them are well-rounded people with friends from a diverse set of "backgrounds." I am a Spanish major, so I half of my classmates are from Latino families. I come in contact with MeChistas every day!! In 5 years of being a student, I have never heard a MeChista say anything racist about whites or any other group. Most MeChistas were born in this country. MeChistas may have opinions and rhetoric about immigration policy, but so do all kinds of groups, both liberal and conservative. MeCha and illegal immigrants are not one and the same. Most illegal immigrants from Mexico don't even know what MeCha is!! Did you know that American born Mexicans are often ostracised by "real" Mexican immigrants? Did you know that they are sometimes more hated in Mexico than "gringos"? They are sometimes called "rotten fruit" by Mexican-born Mexicans. Read a book called "Pocho" and you will understand. Illegal immigrants born in Mexico and college students in MeCha are two different groups. MeCha being supposedly a "racist" organization does not justify you aiming irrational hatred at illegal immigrants. If you don't like that they broke the law, fine. You have a right to feel that way, but don't justify hate by bringing something that has nothing to do with it into the picture.
    Have a nice day

  9. #9
    Who exhibited "irrational hatred" toward illegal aliens? You're the one who reads "racism" into everything. Read the original post. You prove my point. The original post was about "guilt by association". Mr. Cannon, for example, queried "restrictionists" at length about who they had lunch with, and who members of their organizations are. He claims that because some members of the organization may or may not have what HE terms racist beliefs, that all do. Should I judge Mecha and its members by its constitution or what some of its founders/members have said, often in the distant past, any more than Mr. Cannon should any organization on what SOME of its members say or do in other contexts? What's YOUR racial reason for wanting continued high levels of immigration, and legalization of illegal aliens? Or can you accept that objections by many of us to illegal immigration are about (1) observing the law, and (2) economic fairness to taxpayers who shouldn't have to pay the freight while employers and illegals reap the benefits?
    And that objections to high levels (over a million a year currently) of legal immigration are about (1) maintaining a distinct American culture, (not necessarily white, but AMERICAN) and (2) not importing large numbers of people without the education or skills to support themselves. You may also want to read the Jordan Commission's recommendations on immigration, published in 1995, as I recall. Barbara Jordan, you may recall, is the prominent black Congresswoman (from Texas?) who died in the 1990s. I presume you'd say her conclusions are "racist", too.

    I have been on university campuses recently, as both a student and a faculty member. I went back to my alma mater to do a couple of grad classes and was amazed at the social segregation on campus, to the point of separate graduation ceremonies. You speak about being welcomed by Hispanics--that may be true, but I've gone to Arab and Muslim Associations on campus (in the late 1990s, before 9/11) and can promise you, they were not particularly welcoming. As a teacher, I've had African-American students come to me asking for a jump in their grades because of their race. One guy hadn't bothered to show up for class, but wanted a passing grade because of the history of injustice to his people--paraphrasing his words. Another guy told me he hadn't turned in a group project because the other 3 students in his group, Asians, basically cut him out of the group. Race is the new, convenient, and powerful card people play when they can't muster legitimate arguments (whatever happened to "my computer printer broke down"), and that's precisely what Mr. Cannon and groups such as AILA (and you?) are now trying. "Racism" is an ad hominem attack intended to silence opposition, by people who have no rational, unemotional arguments they can muster.

    By the way--I'm from Michigan, and have an Hispanic sister-in-law and Hispanic nieces and nephews. My sister-in-law, as far as I know, was born and grew up in mid-Michigan, where being Hispanic and discrimination because of it isn't nearly the issue it is in the West. The funny thing is, my brother's probably more sensitive about slights because of her ethnicity than his own, tho that may have changed with 9/11. What he doesn't realize, because he hasn't read the history of Arabs in America, is that our grandparents and father were every bit as discriminated against as his wife and her family.

  10. #10
    Gluhbirne--It occurs to me that perhaps I assumed too much in assuming you and other readers on this board would understand what "McCarthyism" from my earlier post refers to. If so, please look it up. An Indian friend, now resident in the U.S. once asked me about the term. It's an important one, both historically and culturally. It refers to a shameful episode in American history which Mr. Cannon is apparently trying to repeat. This knowledge is the kind of American cultural artifact that should be maintained--it goes to the heart of our principles.

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