Posts Tagged: Immigration

UA Hispanic Alumni Forgets Its Hispanic Roots

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DREAMers still living nightmare in America.

UA Hispanic Alumni Association unanimously decides to NOT help DACA students.

Operation Electrify the Southern Border (OESB) better known as the immigration reform bill has been in the news recently.

Three weeks ago the Senate Judiciary Committee passed OESB and it cleared Senate procedural hurdles yesterday and may soon go before the full Senate for a vote, after more capitulation to the rightwing by the Democrats of course. This after the bill originated as a “compromise” amongst four democratic and four republican senators. I hear they’re looking to add a country-wide moat complete with sharks and alligators in order to get the votes necessary to get the bill past yet another republican filibuster. All this before it even gets to the radical rightwing House, but never fear Hispanics President Obama is going to fight for immigration reform, he said so during the 2012 campaign and we all know how he keeps his promises. And if he doesn’t that’s ok he will read your emails and check your social media pages to make sure you’re not talking bad about him.

Here in our state we’ve actually seen slight movement in the other direction in terms of immigration reform. Pima Community College changed its policy in February to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students to pay in-state tuition. We’ve also heard statements from several key players around the state pushing for in state tuition for DACA students at the three state universities. ASU President Michael Crow has called for in state tuition, as has U of A President Ann Weaver Hart and so has Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. The Arizona Board of Regents is beginning to listen to the pressure and will be meeting today to discuss the issue at NAU. Thus I decided to find out where the U of A Hispanic Alumni Association (UAHA) stood on the matter and what it was doing to help push the Board of Regents to change its policy on DACA students.

So I contacted a board member of UAHA and asked her to present the issue to the UAHA Board. After a few months of prodding and asking the UAHA Board finally took a vote on the issue last month on May 14th, according to an email sent to me by UAHA President Ricky Hernandez. What did the esteemed UAHA Board decide to do? Here’s what they said in their email to me:  Read more on UA Hispanic Alumni Forgets Its Hispanic Roots…

Arizona Senate passes bill to ban “illegal feces” from undocumented migrants

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The great state of Arizona has a bill in the works to ban sewage access to undocumented human beings living here.

sewageState Senator Frank Gabacho took to the Senate Floor and said “Mexicans are coming here illegally and literally shitting all over our country. And now we have to use our precious water to dispose of their illegal feces?”

The new bill would require each household that is connected to the public sewage system to first get a license before the local municipality allows any waste to be discharged from the house.

“We’ve already got enough problems here in the desert and we don’t need to deal with anymore crap from these illegals. They should deal with their own crap. This bill is also meant to make life so miserable that these wetbacks will self-deport back to Mexico,” Sen. Gabacho added.

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Arizona: History often trails, but it corrects itself

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If you haven’t read David Dorado Romo’s “Ringside Seat To a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez: 1893-1923,” (Cinco Puntos Press), do so. It is a book I wish that I would have written. A pictorial history of the Mexican Revolution, it also sees events through a trans-border prism that includes a Chicana/o lens.

Contract Mexican laborers being fumigated with the pesticide DDT in Hidalgo, Texas, in 1956. Leonard Nadel, Courtesy National Museum of American History.

My favorite story is of the Mexican gas baths forcefully given Mexican immigrants upon entering the country (for over 50 years) and the little known story of Carmelita Torres, a seventeen year old Mexican maid who crossed over into El Paso from Juarez to clean houses in 1917.

Carmelita refused to take a gasoline bath when she entered the United States. The soldiers would often stare at the disrobed Mexican women as they were forced to take the baths. Carmelita was aware that a similar gasoline bath had burned the inmates in the El Paso jail to death when a fire ignited the gas. Carmelita, tired of suffering this indignity, agitated the other passengers on the trolley. Thirty passengers joined the protest, touching off two days of uprisings.

The Los Angeles Times reported on January 30, 1917,

“Nine hundred and twenty-nine Mexicans were given baths at the United States immigration station today, the third day of the enforcement of quarantine regulations as a preventative of typhus fever. … The only disturbance today was when two Mexican men and one woman were arrested by local police officers at the American end of the international bridge. They were placed in the City Jail on charges of inciting a riot, the specific charge being that they crossed the international line and assaulted Sgt. J. M. Peck of the Twenty-Third United States Infantry and Inspector Roy Scuyler of the customs service. The woman was later dismissed and the men fined in Police Court.”

The night before the Times reported that

“THOUSANDS OF MEXICANS BLOCK TRAFFIC IN ANTI-AMERICAN DEMONSTRATION.”

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Court of Appeals upholds parts of Alabama’s HB56, even worse than SB1070

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The Court has thrown out Section 28, which is the provision that required schools to collect data on the immigration status of students who enroll in school.

The Court has temporarily blocked two sections of the law, Section 10 and Section 27.  Section 10 is also known as the “papers please” section.  It created a state crime if an immigrant was not carrying an alien registration document.  Section 27 forbid citizens from entering into contracts with illegal immigrants.

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Jan Brewer turns up the racism, issues executive order attacking undocumented youth in Arizona

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First Tom Horne did not understand that federal trumps the state, and neither did John Pedicone and the TUSD board when it came to HB2281 and the federal desegregation order that created Mexican American Studies in Tucson.

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