On immigration laws, FL’s human rights body

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It’s Just Wrong

After reading a news story of Leon Panetta and his trip to Vietnam and the progress made to improve relations between the two countries where over 50,000 Brave Americans lost their lives made me reflect on a situation a little closer to home.

For the last 50 years we have had an embargo and travel restriction’s with the country of Cuba that has not worked.

It seems that around 600,000 Cuban exiles, immigrants and guests living in our country are running our foreign policy by acting in a very dictatorial way and are supported by our elected officials in this un-American activity of restricting the freedom of travel and trade of American citizens to and with Cuba.

If we can have open trade and travel with Vietnam and Communist China that are both far more brutal governments than Cuba it leaves one to wonder why we continue a failed policy with Cuba.

It is also time to change and make more uniform our immigration laws, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio whose Cuban community has enjoyed a preferred immigration policy for Cubans now wants to continue to deny a fair immigration law for all people wishing to immigrate to our country and wants to continue the law enabling his people to have a preferred immigration status.

The wet foot dry foot rule is wrong and outdated. Allowing a Cuban national an automatic and guaranteed route to becoming an American Citizen simply by placing a foot on American Soil is very wrong and unfair to others wishing to become citizens.

Sen. Rubio lacks the courage to put forth fair immigration reform and instead relies on the failed policies of the past while protecting his political posterior with his Miami base.

We need fair immigration reform and we need to end the law allowing an automatic route to citizenship for Cubans by simply placing a foot on U.S. soil. To do less is un-American and wrong.

Max Anderson
Linwood Township

The HRC Purpose

The Forest Lake Human Rights Commission would like to thank the community for responding to our online survey.

The purposes of the commission are to promote the elimination of hate, prejudice and discrimination against persons or groups based on race, gender, religion or other status of the person or group to educate the community on issues of discrimination and cultural diversity; to advise the city council on human rights issues; and to promote the goals and objectives of the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

Simply stated, our goal is to assist and maintain a healthy, safe community where respect and accountability is attainable for each person living or visiting here.

If you have any questions or concerns we can be reached at 651-209-9721. Our meetings are on the third Thursday of each month and are open to the public. They begin at 6:30 p.m. Brief public comments are received.

Janice Ochs
HRC Chair
Forest Lake

  • http://www.ffrd.org John McAuliff

    Mr. Anderson is correct. President Obama needs to hear during the campaign that 2/3 of Americans want normal relations with Cuba. Mitt Romney is completely aligned with the Miami hard liners. Obama should offer a dramatic alternative for travel, trade and immigration rights.

    John McAuliff
    Fund for Reconciliation and Development

  • Dave Francis

    Republican Rep. Ben Quayle of Arizona has cosponsored three immigration bills from the list of bills that make up NumbersUSA “5 Reduction Immigration bills” Rep. Quayle has now cosponsored bills in 4 of our 5 categories – only omitted a bill to end the Visa Lottery. That bill, H.R.704 introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has already been approved by the House Judiciary Committee and can no longer add more cosponsors. Rep. Qualye serves on the Judiciary Committee and voted for H.R.704 during markup.

    Last week, Rep. Qualye co-sponsored:

    • H.R.100 – The CLEAR Act presented by Rep. Marsha Blackburn would augment interior enforcement by requiring federal immigration officials to cooperate with local law enforcement agents. It also provides full backing for SCAAP, which compensates states that incarcerate criminal illegal aliens.

    • H.R.140 – The Birthright Citizenship Act introduced by Rep. Steve King would end Birthright Citizenship, requiring that at least one parent of a child born in the United States be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. The U.S. is one of only two developed nations (Canada) to still offer Birthright Citizenship. This is a hundred billion dollar expenditure for taxpayers. Smuggled children that inherit instant citizenship through misguided laws, which have not been tested in the Supreme Court. Another unfunded mandate, that is part of uncompensated mandates such as education through high school graduation, free health treatments from the common cold to expensive surgeries paid by YOU. An overcrowded prison system full of criminal aliens, who are to blame for high percentages of wicked acts. Then a kaleidoscope of welfare programs manipulated by both parties, giving access to programs, denied to our citizens and legal residents.

    • H.R. 692 – The Nuclear Family Priority Act introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey would finish Chain Migration. The bill would reform the family preference visa categories to only allow nuclear family members (spouses and minor children) that are foreign nationals to receive green cards. The bill would also create a provisional, but renewable visa for the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. Eliminating Chain Migration was a recommendation of the bi-partisan Barbara Jordan Commission issued in 1995 and would have the greatest impact in reducing overall immigration numbers.

    H.R. 2885 – Already well sponsored is Mandatory E-Verify, which was initially sponsored by Senator Lamar Smith of Texas. The bill entitled ‘The Legal Workforce Bill’ (H.R.2885) has been blocked by House speaker, John Boehner of Ohio and Dave Camp of Michigan, who is Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Americans must insist these lawmakers. E-Verify have gained a success rate nationwide, but is still only voluntary. We must insist both parties place (H.R.2885) to be presented on the house floor without delay. Millions of Americans that remain jobless would benefit highly from mandatory E-Verify. This computer based government application can detect illegal workers and reject them from every business—large and small—with heavy punishment for indifferent company owners.

    Just these few zero tolerant bills, could begin a slow, but gaining departure of foreign nationals. Many will flee to Sanctuary States as California, Nevada, but nationwide mandatory laws would even end this.

    Years of intentional encouragement by both political parties, has erupted in a major response from anti-illegal alien organizations, including NumbersUSA, Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), The Heritage foundation, The Federation for Immigration Reform, Judicial Watch and thousands of more groups, blogs available to all readers across the Internet.

    Employment visas should only be granted to professional people and STEM workers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workers to the U.S. in an expedited process. The Constitutional TEA PARTY is gaining in power and will unseat liberal Democrat-Republican pro-illegal immigration politicians, derailing open border zealot ideologies. Lastly we must oversee all elections, as Democrats are indifferent to illegal aliens voting, which is carefully hidden; surf the Internet for information on voter fraud and ID theft that has been gaining momentum in the last two decades. Read the latest irregularities by checking Florida.

    Join your local TEA PARTY (THE CONSTITUTIONAL PEOPLE’S PARTY) and fight back, before it’s too late. The Tea Party is huge and still increasing and ready to throw out corrupt lawmakers. This is the time to empty the sleaze from Washington. WE MUST RID OURSELVES OF THE TAX AND SPEND LAWMAKERS. Read in order by state the good politicians we have in congress at the ALIPAC website. Discover for yourself who in state and federal tiers of government, which incumbents should be dumped and who is really working for the American people? This will be crucial in the coming months as we head towards the most significant election of our lifetime. Study your states costs to pay for the financial support of the illegal alien invasion. Call your Senator and Congressman at the Washington, DC. , Switchboard 202-224-3121 and demand they pass these above mentioned laws. Only citizens have the right to vote, although the liberal Democrats have tried to conceal it, illegal aliens have been voting in large numbers for years.

    Anti-illegal immigration personages as Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, Senator Sessions of Arkansas, Tea Party Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker are some of a few standing alone, so we need to support these individuals. For without these two men the liberals Democrats, Republicans we would have open borders and no interior enforcement whatsoever.

  • max anderson

    The Tea Party is filled with self serving people that want continued government benefits for themselves and would deny them for others.

    I put this group in the same category as the birthers movement led by the wacky billionaire, way out on the fringe.

    This is the demographic I hold most responsible for the housing crash, greedy buyers of homes that they could not afford and suddenly the chickens come home to roost and they are in financial ruin and cannot afford to retire and want to blame government for their own poor financial decisions.

    The Tea Partiers are the same group that applauded the supreme court citizens united ruling that has turned our elections over to corporations and the ultra rich, this group are traitors to democracy and we will all suffer and regret them turning our nation over to the most greedy self serving bunch that America has ever seen, self indulging oligarchs and billionaires.

    Now that as the supreme court has ruled “corporations are people too” this group flocks to the feet of rich and laps up the rhetoric of their failed trickle down economics and are happy for the crumbs thrown their way.

    The politicians named in the letter from Mr. Francis are the most bigoted and irresponsible elected leaders in America. They portray America as a bunch of lunatics and even worse as racists. Mr. Francis would do well to find new hero’s, the ones he has are the worst this country has to offer and they shame America with their views.