PHOENIX (By Jon Garrido) June 14, 2010 ― As Arizona burns as ground zero for racism against all Hispanics in the USA, a Puerto Rican woman responsible for the biggest civil rights disaster since the days of Jim Crow in the South sits comfortably in her office oblivious and unconcerned her selfishness, greed and ignorance of the most important issue for Mexican Americans and the undocumented could have been averted with approval of Immigration Reform in Washington D.C.
Immigration Reform in Washington is t
he only way to end Arizona SB 1070.
"Let them eat cake"
Nydia Velázquez, chairperson of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, when asked by the White House for votes for Health Care Reform, could have traded votes for Immigration Reform but instead traded the votes of the mostly Mexican American congress persons of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus for $7.3 Billion for medical benefits for the residents of Puerto Rico.
The consequence of this selfish action fuels the fire of Arizona's racism and what started in Arizona is now spreading across the USA as a killing cancer.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus votes of "yes" on Health Care Reform knocked down a huge roadblock in reaching
the necessary 216 votes for final passage of Health Care Reform. There was no path to 216 votes without the Hispanic Caucus on board, and that meant every member. This meant the Hispanic Caucus was the keystone to Health Care Reform approval and with this much leverage, the Hispanic Caucus could have obtained a iron clad commitment from President Obama to proceed with Immigration Reform after Health Care Reform: Unfortunately, Immigration Reform is not a priority with Chairperson Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.). Her selfish priority ― Puerto Rico.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus traded their votes for Puerto Rico not for Immigration Reform.
As chairperson of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Nydia Velázquez has a fiduciary responsibility to articulate and spearhead legislation beneficial to America's Hispanics.
America's Hispanics means all Hispanics
― not a handful of Hispanics in Puerto Rico but in actuality, all gains by America's Hispanics are because of the explosive growth of the Mexican American constituency.
When Obama won the Presidency in 2008, it was not Puerto Rican voters who delivered the White House but Mexican American voters who offered quid pro quo with, "Give us Immigration Reform and we will give you the White House."
In 2008, an agreement was reached by the parties. Hispanics elected Obama for the sole purpose to spearhead Immigration Reform but trusting Obama has turned out to be a colossal mistake in Hispanic judgment.
Obama promised in his first year as president, he would deliver Immigration Reform.
Unfortunately, Immigration Reform is not a Obama priority and Immigration Reform will not be approved in 2010, 2011 and 2012 being an presidential election year is also lost.
― Arizona burns with racism. Next Arizona begins to draft legislation to take away citizenship from Mexican American children who were born in the United States of undocumented parents.
Arizona is the laboratory for authoring state legislation by out of state attorneys with considerable expertise to stand any court challenge including the United States Supreme Court.
What begins in Arizona is duplicated in most other states, cities and towns to adopt Arizona legislative verbiage to withstand court challenges.
Hispanic News calls for the resignation of Nydia Velázquez as the chairperson of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
For Nydia Velázquez to conclude all that happens in Arizona is only parochial and only impacts Arizona is evidence Velázquez is sadly uniformed and is another classic illustration Velázquez has no understanding of the severity of what is happening in Arizona. And if she has no understanding of what is happening in Arizona, this is an admission of guilt Velázquez has no understanding of immigration law and certainly the plight of the undocumented across the USA!
Hispanic News calls for the resignation of Nydia Velázquez as the chairperson of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Mexican American congresspersons who voted for benefits for Puerto Rico instead of obtaining an iron clad commitment from President Obama to proceed with Immigration Reform after Health Care Reform should all be defeated in the 2010 congressional elections.
The Arizona SB 1070 Cancer begins to spread to 18 states
Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, announced Saturday that he'll work to see Arizona's controversial new immigration law mirrored in a third of the country.
Pearce said he is working with representatives in the 18 other states to draft the legislation. "It will be the law of the land," Pearce said to a few hundred participating in a support rally for SB1070.
Pearce was one of several speakers who attended the rally
sponsored by a tea party group from Orlando, Fla. that made a three-day trip to the Valley. The Tea Party Road Trip - Arizona Buycott event took place at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza near the state Capitol.
One of the speakers attending, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., said the next time he came to the plaza, he hoped to see a statue of Pearce.
Tancredo has attended other such rallies in the Valley, supporting the new law. "I and millions of Americans are all Arizonans," he said. "We know what you are dealing with. You have started a revolution for the rule of law."
Arizona targets 'anchor baby' citizenship
Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, t
he author of Arizona’s controversial immigration SB 1070 law is drafting a new proposal that would block the children of undocumented immigrants from becoming citizens if they are born in the United States.
Critics of the bill Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce is weighing say it would fly in the face of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants citizenship to anyone born within the country.
Pearce contends the bill would not violate the 14th Amendment, saying only that “we would write it right.”
Previous efforts to get around the citizenship provisions in the amendment, including one in the late 19th century challenging the citizenship of the children of Chinese immigrants, have been unsuccessful.
Still, Arizona Republicans — including Gov. Jan Brewer — have indicated support for the bill.
Arizona is the center of the USA beginning and spreading racism
may not be the geographic center of the USA, but these days it sits at the heart of its political culture.
In its primary on Tuesday, Nevada set the stage for the ultimate test of what voters can tolerate least — Democratic incumbents or right-of-mainstream upstarts. The national conversation about immigration — one that had been marginalized nationally and avoided in Washington — has been restarted, and reframed, in Arizona over the last month.
The marriage of the region’s political volatility and its historical relationship to some of the toughest issues being pondered nationwide — immigration, natural resources and energy, the appropriate reach of federal government — have made it a mirror held up to the current political psyche.
Tea Party? Nevada has that movement’s most quintessential candidate in a Senate contender, Sharron Angle, and an equally symbolic opponent in the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid.
As with any exciting stew, the rise of the West’s role in the national political consciousness features many ingredients: history, demographics, physical landscape and local economies.
Yet the region has been and remains less fixed in its political traditions than broad regional swaths elsewhere in America. It has many nonpartisan mayors and city managers, and legislatures often take a back seat to direct democracy through ballot initiatives. It generally lacks strong unions that direct races. Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado are true swing states now.
In recent years, Democrats and Republicans have sought to lock up the West for their parties to better ensure their own power in presidential elections. The opening for both parties to woo new voters in the region stems in large part from demographics and migration. From 2000 to 2010, the population of Nevada grew 32 percent, according to census figures, largely in the southern half of the state. Arizona grew 28 percent and Colorado, 17 percent, still twice the national average for that time period.
“Democrats figured they have lost the South so they need the West,” said Jon Ralston, a veteran political columnist for The Las Vegas Sun. “Reid changed the voter registration numbers even beyond what his wildest dreams were.”
But the rural north of the state remains a conservative stronghold, and the state’s politically libertarian culture is offended by the Obama administration’s spending programs.
If Americans are paying more attention to the West, it may be because many issues on their minds have been pondered here for decades. A position on Arizona’s new immigration law, which requires the police to ask about the immigration status of people stopped for violations of the law, has become the litmus test among many G.O.P. primary candidates.
How long the West will maintain dominance in the political conversation is a matter of some debate. Much of the argument centers on immigration and the economy. Over the last two years, population growth in Arizona and Nevada — migration from other states as well as illegal immigration — has slowed greatly, largely because the dominant industries, construction and tourism, have collapsed.
Hispanics constitute more than 25 percent of the population of Arizona, Nevada and California, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. While they have low voter participation relative to other residents of those states, their potential power is not lost on either party. Republicans have been split over the Arizona law largely because they do not want to alienate Latinos.
“One of the big questions in this state is, ‘Are you going to be able to see the voting intensity among Hispanics that you saw in 2008?’ ” said Mr. Ralston of Nevada, who pointed to the eight Hispanic legislative contenders in his state, all favored to win.“