Tuesday, March 24, 2009


The New York Times runs an important and relevant editorial today, "Obama Flinches on Immigration."

A noted civil rights attorney and immigration advocate from California, Thomas Saenz, was going to be the next Assistant Attorney General for civil rights. However, after Saenz began drawing cries and howls from immigration opponents in Congress, Obama dumped Saenz for a less controversial choice, Thomas Perez, from Maryland. Here's another case where Barack Obama caved to the reactionary and conservative forces opposed to his progressive agenda.

Writes the editorial board of The New York Times:

"Mr. Saenz, the former top litigator in Los Angeles for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or Maldef, was privately offered the job in January. The floating of his name led to fierce outbursts from anti-immigrant groups and blogs, which detest him for being so good at what he does.

"He was a leader of the successful fight to block California’s Proposition 187, an unconstitutional effort to deny social services and schooling to illegal immigrants. He has defended Latino day laborers who were targets of misguided local crackdowns, from illegal police stings to unconstitutional anti-solicitation ordinances. An editorial in Investor’s Business Daily slimed Mr. Saenz by calling him “an open-borders extremist” and said Maldef wanted to give California back to Mexico.

"None of it was true, but it was apparently too much for the White House. Mr. Saenz was ditched in favor of Maryland’s labor secretary, Thomas Perez, who has a solid record but is not as closely tied to immigrant rights."

The history of the United States is one where anti-immigration forces attempt to keep out people with different languages, with different skin colors, from different racial backgrounds. It was not that long ago that the official policy of the U.S. was to ban any and all immigrants from Asia, especially the Chinese and Japanese. Today it is a movement against Latinos in general and Mexicans in particular. Some would deny immigrants health care for their families and education for their children because they are "illegals," as if it were okay to deny basic human rights because the parents lack "papers." Others like the American bigots of yesterday want to see all Mexicans returned to Mexico.

Obama had an excellent pro-immigration candidate in Thomas Saenz. Why he decided to desert him can only be guessed. But for whatever reason, the dumping of Saenz does Obama no credit.

1 comment:

  1. We are not going to release Sen.Harry Reid(D-NV),House Speaker Nancy Pelosi(D-CA) from their responsibility to the American Worker. E-verify is not going-- away, although they connived to dismiss it secretly from the Stimulus/Omnibus package, with 48 other Democrats. I don't see Hillary Clinton involved in this debacle, but my guess is Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, has effected E-Verify as she showed her true stripes as Governor of Arizona. We also have Rep Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.)on tour to publicize a new AMNESTY. He is amplifying his cry, " current immigration rules hurt families?" But what families? He is not talking about the American families, whose breadwinner hasn't seen a paycheck for months. He wants to unload the millions already here, who taxpayers folk out for every day. Another Amnesty will cripple our hospitals, schools and pensions for senior citizens. Then those original lawbreakers could bring in more of the family circle. Then guess whose waiting just across the border for their turn? It will be like the 11th century barbarians sweeping down on a defenseless wilting Roman Empire in 410AD.

    They have shown their allegiance is-- not--to THE PEOPLE of these United States, but to the US Chamber of Commerce, UCLA, subversive foreign entities and of course the 40 million illegal aliens calculated by the Heritage Foundation.

    The 1986 Immigration Rule of Law is the law of our land and cannot be violated. The Simpson/Mazzoli bill that was passed by legislators has been abused, even though it was drafted on behalf of the US electorate.

    E-Verify is a simple, accessible system that an identify illegal labor in the workplace. Businesses who ignore the computer friendly e-verify data base and hire foreign nationals, have no excuses in federal court. They are traitors to America and should be dealt with severely. E-Verify is funded till September and must be extended forever.

    We are being--HEARD-- in Washington, but we must not stop the roar of outrage. 202-224-3121 To locate your Senator www.senate.gov/ For your Congressman www.house.gov/ President Obama: Switchboard: 202-456-1414 Comments: 202-456-1111 FAX: 202-456-2461