Sunday, April 30, 2006

Mail your letter to President Bush on May Day

Received this photo from Frosty Wooldridge today.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words!


Many people have sent this excellent idea to me. As near as I can tell, it originated with the author of this press release:

PRESS RELEASE
04/18/2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FIVE MILLION LETTERS TO BE SENT TO PRESIDENT BUSH MAY 1ST 2006 DEMANDING IMMEDIATE DISPATCH OF TROOPS TO THE MEXICAN BORDER AND IMMEDIATE ENFORCEMENT OF CURRENT IMMIGRATION LAWS

All American citizens by birth or through naturalization are being asked to mail letters addressed to President Bush on Monday May 1st 2006 demanding that the President:

1) Dispatch troops to the Mexican border immediately to stop the human trafficking of illegal aliens

2) Enforce all existing immigration laws immediately and ask congress for the funding to have them enforced effectively.

3) Through Executive Order outlaw all Sanctuary City policies throughout the United States.

Letters are to be addressed to:
George W. Bush
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500

Stamp your Envelopes with an upside down American Flag stamp to signify the distress that the country is in.

Project Coordinator and Contact
Silvio Martin Cipro
934 S. Hoyt Street
Lakewood CO 80226
Scipro_53@yahoo.com

Please type your letter now so you can mail it tomorow.

The Great TACO reBELLion!

Here's another great idea that comes to us from Tony S. of Indianapolis:

Dear IFIRE folks...

Please help me get this message to Minuteman affiliates across the country.

I'd like to counter the Mayday walkout with a nationwide protest by U.S.Citizens...

Call it the "Great TACO reBELLion" and call on citizens to boycott fast food, Mexican restaurants, cantinas, lawn care services, etc. for the whole month of May.

We need to get the attention of policy makers in the same way the illegals and their supporters have, otherwise, Minutemen will be marginalized and we'll lose the country.

Send letters to the editor of your local paper, call your local and national talk radio programs, and share your views with friends and relatives.

This next letter was forwarded to us by Jim of Monroe City:


NEWS

IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 28, 2006
CONTACT Matthew Faraci202-225-4636

HOSTETTLER SENDS LETTER TO the u.s. IMMIGRATION
and CUSTOMs enforcement agency

CONGRESSMAN EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER HIRING PRACTICES IN THE STATE OF INDIANA



Dear Assistant Secretary Myers,

There is a report in the Indianapolis Star today that area McDonald’s restaurants are considering cutting back on service on May 1 due to employee boycotts planned that day in support of legalizing illegal aliens. If McDonald’s is concerned that they might not have enough workers to fulfill current production, it follows that many of these workers might be illegal aliens who will be boycotting their jobs that day.

I assume that the message that America is to receive from these boycotts is that if “comprehensive” immigration reform does NOT include a process to legalize those who are currently residing and working illegally in the United States, commerce would be adversely affected. And it would be adversely affected as the result of the Administration enforcing the alien employment laws that have been in effect in 1986.

That being the case, the boycotts would only be relevant if a significant portion of those taking part were actually going to be affected by the enforcement of the current immigration laws. Therefore, a significant portion of those taking part in the boycotts SHOULD actually be affected by the enforcement of the current immigration laws.
I believe it might be helpful in the execution of your duties as immigration enforcement officials to look into the hiring practices of McDonald’s and other such places of employment that are temporarily closing due to lack of workers on the day of the boycott.

Thank you for your consideration of my suggestion.

Sincerely,


John N. Hostettler Chairman House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims

If you wish to email our office, please email us at mailto:john.hostettler@mail.house.gov/omailto:john.hostettler@mail.house.gov and include your complete mailing address in your email if you wish to receive a response. Thank you.

http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/in08_hostettler/042806iceletter.html

HoosierMama? says: "In light of the above information, I think it's a great idea to boycott all fast food places for the entire month of May.








Out of My Face!

Author
Charlie Daniels
Location:
Mt. Juliet, Tennessee USA

Posted: Mon Apr 10th, 2006 06:08 pm


One of the big problems in America today is that if you have the nerve to say anything derogatory about any group of people (except Christians) you are going to be screamed at by the media and called a racist, a bigot and anything else they can think of to call you.

Well I’ve been pounded by the media before and I’m still rockin’ and rollin’ and when it comes to speaking the truth I fear not. And the truth is that the gutless, gonadless, milksop politicians are just about to sell out the United States of America because they don’t have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to the face reality.

And reality is that we would never allow any other group of people to have 12 million illegals in this country and turn around and say, ”Oh it’s ok, ya'll can stay here if you’ll just allow us to slap your wrist.”

And I know that some of you who read this column are saying“Well what’s wrong with that?” I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it. These people could be from Mars as far as we know. We don’t know who they are, where they are or what they’re up to and the way the Congress is going we’re not going to. Does this make sense?

Labor force you say? We already subsidize corporate agriculture as it is, must we subsidize their labor as well? If these people were from Haiti would we be so fast to turn a blind eye to them or if they were from Somalia or Afghanistan? I think not.

All the media shows us are pictures of hard working Hispanics who have crossed the border just to try to better their life. They don’t show you pictures of the Feds rounding up members of MS 13, the violent gang who came across the same way the decent folks did. They don’t tell you about the living conditions of the Mexican illegals some fat cat hired to pick his crop.

I want to make two predictions. No. 1: This situation is going to grow and fester until it erupts in violence on our streets while the wimps in Washington drag their toes in the dirt and try to figure how many tons of political hay they can make to the acre.

No 2: Somebody is going to cross that border with some kind of weapon of mass destruction and set it off in a major American city after which there will be a backlash such as this country has never experienced and the Capitol building in Washington will probably tilt as Congressmen and Senators rush to the other side of the issue.

I don’t know about you but I would love to see just one major politician stand up and say, “I don’t care who I make mad and I don’t care how many votes I lose, this is a desperate situation and I’m going to lead the fight to get it straightened out.”

I don’t blame anybody for wanting to come to America, but if you don’t respect our immigration laws why should you respect any others. And by the way, this is America and our flag has stars and stripes. Please get that other one out of my face. Pray for our troops. What do you think?

God Bless America
Charlie Daniels
April 10, 2006

Read more on Charlie's Soapbox:
http://www.multimedia-interactive.com/cdb/view_topic.php?id=1187&forum_id=13

Saturday, April 29, 2006

After Action Report
Protest at the Offices of Senators Lugar and Bayh

April 28, 2006

The day started off early for us. A call from a producer at WISH TV Channel 8 the day before brought Mom and I to the front of the Senators’ offices at about 4:50 a.m. on the day of the protest. How often does an opportunity to speak about our issues without opposition knock on the door or window? Quite literally NEVER, so this was an opportunity that had to be seized, and we did. IFIRE member Ron Yeary also attended the early morning interviews as the producer suggested two IFIRE representatives would be preferable to one. Unfortunately, the reporter didn’t interview Ron and, at this point in time, I’m still not sure why. At any rate, it was great to have him there for moral support and to talk to between interviews. He is an intelligent, articulate, and true gentleman and is just as passionate about this issue as anyone I know. We finished up “at the site” at around 6:10 a.m. Ron went home while Mom and I went to my house so I could get the kids off to school and, hopefully, catch a nap.

We didn’t plan to head back downtown until around 11 a.m. However, once word came that the police would allow counter-protesters to set up in front of the offices if they were the first to arrive, we decided we’d better get down there even earlier. We left at around 10:15 a.m. When we arrived, Cheree, Greg and another gentleman who rode with them were already there.

We set up shop, so to speak, and people started showing up left and right then. We had a lady from South Bend, a gentleman from Michigan City, several from the Seymour/Columbus area, a new IFIRE member and her husband from Peru, and a member from Terre Haute. There was even a gentleman from New York who took time away from the firefighter convention he was attending at the RCA Dome to stand with us and take pictures. I’m not sure where he heard about the protest, but he agreed with what we were doing and I’m glad he came.

There were people who showed up after hearing about the protest on the WISH TV morning news show. One lady kept her son home from school after seeing the news, looked up the protest information on the internet, and drove downtown from the east side of Indy. She gave a passionate interview to Derrik Thomas of Channel 6 news about how her job was outsourced and she has no insurance. She has heart problems and will, at times, refrain from going to the hospital when she probably should go because she HAS to pay her medical bills, unlike illegal aliens. She cannot run or hide from her obligations as illegals do and she doesn’t qualify for Medicaid.

Another lady came after hearing the news of the protest, just to hold a sign and take a stand. I was almost driven to tears by these brave people and actually choked up after speaking to the lady there with her son. I am so thankful and appreciative of their efforts and their willingness to stand with us. People like them, people who have had more than enough and come out to say so, are the ones who will help this country the most.

Not much negative happened. As is always the case, those who had negative comments made them in drive-by fashion. One lady came by, taking time enough away from her cell phone conversation to screech, “Why are you people so filled with hatred?! Why do you hate everyone?! This is ridiculous!!” as she continued a brisk pace along the sidewalk. Of course, those who heard her replied saying we didn’t hate anyone. As I look back, the only thing ridiculous about that entire scenario is that she was screeching about us “hating” people for simply suggesting our Senators uphold our laws as they swore to do, while she looked at, and spoke to, us with nothing short of hatred and contempt in her voice and in the look on her face. That, my friends, is called projection. If that lady actually took a moment to reflect, she might become horrified when she realized she was incorrectly chastising us for the behavior she was the only one to exhibit.

Several of us went in to meet with Senator Bayh’s staffer, Karen Raines, at 11:30. We took quite a few bricks with us, too.


These were only a few. We had two bags of bricks, plus the ones I carried in my arms.

The meeting was held in a conference room and it went pretty well. As soon as we entered the room and took seats, Cheree started speaking. She had prepared herself well. She passed information to Ms. Raines, all the while explaining what was covered in the material, pointing out the main issues she wanted to be known from each letter, report, and flyer. She handed over letters from constituents from around the state and, in all honestly, she totally blew me away. Her professionalism, articulation and calmness were all something to behold. I found myself watching her in admiration, wishing at that moment that I could be just like her. There is no doubt that Cheree could run any meeting in any boardroom in any industry or company if she wanted. Hoosiers are blessed to have this little powerhouse of a woman on their side! She took charge, directed the meeting from the very beginning and just simply amazed me.

Here she is, getting her material for Ms. Raines, speaking eloquently and calmly the whole time, never getting flustered or tongue-tied. I was in awe.


I don’t know how long the meeting lasted, but we all had our say. There were six of us in the room during the meeting. Ms. Raines took down Cheree’s information as well as certain points we wanted passed along to Senator Bayh. Cheree, Greg and others met in Senator Lugar’s office with one of his staffers later in the day. I did not attend that meeting as I chose to stay outside with the group and allow another leader to attend in my stead. I’ll let those who attended that meeting give the details.

At one point, a policeman pulled up, stopping in front of us, and got out of the car. My heart skipped a few beats because we did not apply for, nor did we have, a permit. I didn’t expect a large enough crowd to close down traffic, which is really the only time a permit is needed in Indianapolis. He came up to me after Mom pointed me out as an organizer and gave instructions not to hamper pedestrians’ walking or their entry into, or exit from, the building. We easily complied.

All in all, it was a great day and I feel like we accomplished a lot. IFIRE’s name was mentioned on television, free of charge, probably 10 to 20 times throughout the morning, and countless flyers were handed out to people as they walked by. That entire half of the block was OURS. There were no counter-protesters, and many people walking or driving by made no secret that they agreed with us. Quite a few promised to visit our website.

It was a long, tiring day for both Mom and I, but it was the good kind of tired you get after you’ve had a productive day. It reminded me of the feeling I have after working in the garden, when you sit back, tired to the core, and look at the fruits of all your hard work....so satisfying. There is not much fruit to sit back and enjoy yet, but in this, as in gardening, you must first plant the seeds, water them occasionally, and wait. We certainly planted seeds yesterday, watered those which were sprouting, and, if luck is on our side, we will see the fruits of our labor after a bit of waiting in the form of visits to the website, new members joining and more people speaking out. The parking ticket we found on our windshield didn’t detract from our positive feelings. We were able to meet new people and work with them for the betterment of our country. What’s more, we got to spend a day in the sunshine with these fine, patriotic folks. That, in and of itself, was worth more than all the traffic tickets in the world to me.

Thank you to all who attended. I look forward to seeing you again.

Until next time…..

Tish

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


IFIRE Protest at the Offices of Lugar and Bayh to
be Extended to a Two-Day Event

IFIRE has decided to extend the April 28, 2006, protest at Senator Lugar’s and Bayh’s offices through April 29, 2006. It is our hope that those who cannot take time off from work on Friday, April 28th will be able to participate on Saturday, April 29th. PLEASE JOIN US!

Where: 10 West Market Street
Indianapolis, IN
(West side of Circle)

When: Friday,April 28, 2006 and Saturday, April 29, 2006
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
(Those who would like to show earlier or stay later are free to do so!)

Why: To demand the Senators:
Vote AGAINST Amnesty/Guest Worker Programs
Secure our borders
Stop the Invasion

Those who plan to attend are asked to bring a brick with a message written on, or attached to, it urging the Senators to secure our borders and vote NO on any amnesty/guest-worker programs. As always, the Minuteman HQ’s standard operating procedures will be used during this demonstration. Please read these common-sense rules at your earliest convenience at http://www.minutemanhq.com/hq/sop.php .

Please bring appropriate signage, American flags and your brick(s). We hope to leave the bricks with the Senators’ staffers.

It is time for us to make ourselves heard!! Please make it a priority to attend and encourage family and friends to join you. Everyone is welcome. Take the day off, or just a couple of hours, because your country needs you now.

We, Americans, and our laws, will continue to be ignored as long as we allow it. Let’s put an end to it on April 28th and 29th! Stand up and tell your Senators how you feel!

Please contact me, Tish Cooper, or Teresa Keefer if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on Friday.

Tish Cooper, Co-Director Teresa Keefer, Co-Director
Marion County Chapter, IFIRE Marion County Chapter, IFIRE
ncooper@indy.rr.com no2illegals@yahoo.com
317-635-2081 or 317-635-8312 317-709-0508
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For a ride to Indy from NW Indiana, call Greg at 219-545-1206 or Cheree at 219-916-2085.
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Also, check out this website to mail your brick: http://www.send-a-brick.com/index.htm

Monday, April 24, 2006

March to Save America
Father's Day, June 18, 2006
Greeley, Colorado

[Make your travel plans now!]

"Secure the Borders of the United States of America"

Greeley, CO: We the people, demand that our elected representatives securethe Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Borders of the United States of America. All Americans, from every political party, race, creed and religious beliefs are invited to march to save America, Father's Day, June 18th. This is a march for the security of our loved ones. NO COMPROMISE!!!!

For decades we have had politicians promising to secure our borders. If we are to believe our elected officials, this nation is at war. We are constantly reminded of the fact we could, and probably will, be attacked again. What kind of people are we if we simply sit back and "allow" our elected officials to place our family and friends in harms way?

We must stand up NOW!!!

The March to Save America will take place on June 18'TH, 2006 in Greeley,CO. You will receive an updated press release when we officially announce the venue for the event. All organizations, churches, radio stations, veterans, clubs, businesses, are invited.

The March to Save America was formed by concerned citizens listening to the Trevor Carey Show on AM 1310 KFKA, Greeley/Ft. Collins. Listen for updates around the clock on 1310 KFKA or listen online at www.1310kfka.com. Our nation is too valuable to sit back and watch our borders wide open. Make your voice heard. American must Unite, NOW!!!!!!!!!

Contact Information:
Trevor Carey
820 11'TH Ave
Greeley, CO 80631
970-356-1310
Trevor@themarchtosaveamerica.com
www.themarchtosaveamerica.com

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Celebration Demonstration!

First Midwest Bancorp
Formerly known as BANK CALUMET
750 Ridge Road
Munster, IN

Sponsored by Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform & Enforcement
Indiana’s Minuteman Chapter
Website: www.ifire.org
Blog: www.ifire-news.blogspot.com Email: IFIRE.org@hotmail.com
Call Cheree at 219-916-2085 or Greg at 219-545-1206


Saturday, April 22nd
10:00 a.m.-noon
Followed by a luncheon meeting with the Chicago Minutemen at a nearby restaurant.

Bring American flags and victory signs thanking First Midwest for discontinuing the loans for illegals program.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


This is a switch!
Help the Colorado Minutemen.

Duke, and friends of America in the BC list.

We need like minded people who see the death of America via open borders, and illegal immigration to send representative Terrance Carroll bricks for his fencing project for the keeping of Minutemen out of Colorado.

He can probably use illegal alien's to build the wall which he prescribes around Colorado to keep the
American Minutemen out. We Minutemen here in Colorado
will fight, kick, scratch, and haraang against our
deportation.

Representative Carrol is a very racist, anti white
individual who attempts to come off as an ordained
minister. Big Joke!

Any way, we encourage any and every body to send Carroll
a brick, and a short note either by UPS, FEDEX, or
U.S.Postal Service to his office. We have sent toilet
scrub brushes to the L.A. Mayor with which to clean the
toilets as he said that is what the Mexicans were here to
do, and would appreciate this deed in return.
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Terrance Carroll can be reached via email atmailto:terrance.carroll.house@state.co.us, or at 303-866-2909. MailingAddress: 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80203.
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The Bricks:


By the way, after delivering the brick to rep. Terrance
Carroll, we happened to stumble up on a Mexican student
rally which grew into several thousand people at the
west steps of the Colorado Capital building. There
were three of us Minutemen there and we had some good
dialogue with the young people, and a few of the really
stupid older people and white members of the 5th column.
We even had John Wayne stand with us which envoked
considerable controversy. And they say there will never
be another John Wayne! Photo's will be coming.

Stay the fight Duke, it is going to get rougher, and more fun
as time goes on.

Thanks to you and yours Duke, and those American's who are in
for the long haul.

Bob Copley Sr.
Cofounder Colorado Minutemen

Outsourcing in the USA

Congress today announced that the office of President of the United States of America will be outsourced to India as of March 26th, 2006.The move is being made to save the President's $500,000 yearly salary, and also a record $521 trillion in deficit expenditures and related overhead the office has incurred during the last 5 years. "We believe this is a wise move financially. The cost savings should be significant," stated Congressman Thomas Reynolds (R-WA). Reynolds, with the aid of the Government Accounting Office, has studied outsourcing of American jobs extensively. "We cannot expect to remain competitive on the world stage with the current level of cash outlay," Reynolds noted. Mr. Bush was informed by email this morning of his termination. Preparations for the job move have been underway for sometime. Gurvinder Singh of Indus Teleservices, Mumbai, India will be assuming the office of President as of April 1, 2006. Mr. Singh was born in the United States while his Indian parents were vacationing at Niagara Falls, thus making him eligible for the position. He will receive a salary of $320 (USD) a month but with no health coverage or other benefits. It is believed that Mr. Singh will be able to handle his job responsibilities without a support staff due to the time difference between the US and India, he will be working primarily at night, when few offices of the US Government will be open. "Working nights will allow me to keep my day job at the Dell Computer Call Center," stated Mr. Singh in an exclusive interview. "I am excited about this position. I always hoped I would be President." A Congressional spokesperson noted that while Mr. Singh may not be fully aware of all the issues involved in the office of President, this should not be a problem because Bush was not familiar with the issues either. Mr. Singh will rely upon a script tree that will enable him to respond effectively to most topics of concern. Using these canned responses, he can address common concerns without having to understand the underlying issues at all. "We know these scripting tools work," stated the spokesperson. "President Bush has used them successfully for years." Bush will receive health coverage, expenses, and salary until his final day of employment. Following a two week waiting period, he will be eligible for $140 a week unemployment for 13 weeks. Unfortunately he will not be eligible for Medicaid, as his unemployment benefits will exceed the allowed limit. Mr. Bush has been provided the outplacement services of Manpower Inc. to help him write a resume and prepare for his up coming job transition. According to Manpower, Mr. Bush may have difficulties in securing a new position due to limited practical work experience. A greeter position at Wal-Mart was suggested due to Bush's extensive experience shaking hands and goofy smile.

Our response to the May 1st illegal alien tantrum:

Shop 'til you drop !

As you no doubt know, illegal aliens and their handlers plan to hold their next Senate intimidation rallies on May 1, better known as the Marxist holiday of “May Day.” The May Day campaign will consist of yet more anti-law-enforcement marches and a nationwide “boycott” of shopping. The aim of the boycott is to demonstrate the purchasing power of the 11 million immigration criminals demanding amnesty. The boycott will also include a general strike by immigration criminals, who are being encouraged to skip work that day. Now it appears that illegal aliens are here to just skip the jobs that no American is willing to skip.

If the boycott and strike are successful, this means that May 1 will be A DAY WITHOUT ILLEGAL ALIENS! Lines will be shorter. Clerks will all speak English. Businesses that have been honest enough to hire legal residents will be poised to finally enjoy a competitive advantage! It will be morning again in America. Every actual American should make a point to get out and support those businesses and counteract the criminal boycott movement.

Spend like a congressman! Spend like George W. Bush! Heck, spend like Teddy Kennedy on a junket to a distillers’ convention. Spend in freedom and order in a mall or Wal-Mart near you. I hereby declare May 1 to be a national holiday -- Conservative Shopping Day.

Show the doubters that a day without illegal aliens is not a crisis, it’s just a good start. And spread the word. Forward this notice or send out your own. Let it be shouted, in clear unaccented English, from every mountaintop and blog: SPEND, GRINGOS, SPEND!

Lastly, be sure to make note of which businesses can still function on a day without illegal aliens, so that you can patronize them everyday for a long time. Let’s turn the day without illegal aliens into an everyday thing.

TO THE WAL-MART, COMRADES


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The families of the victims of September 11, 2001
9/11 FAMILIES FOR A SECURE AMERICA

INVITES VICTIMS OF TERRORISM AND OTHER CRIMES

COMMITTED BY ILLEGAL ALIENS TO:

A Protest in Washington, D.C.
Lafayette Park (across from the White House)
APRIL 24, 2006, 10:00 A.M.

to remind president Bush, Congress and the American people : illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.

We are asking people who have been the victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens or are survivors of victims, to join us in Lafayette Park (in front of the White House) to protest the McCain-Kennedy bill which gives amnesty to illegal aliens and the unknown terrorists and violent felons among them.

The rally is open to victims of any crime committed by illegal aliens, including the 9/11 attacks, other terrorist attacks, street violence, motor vehicle crimes.

We have all seen the mobs of illegal aliens recently demanding amnesty and the "right" to become US citizens.

This is what happened when 3 million illegals were given amnesty in 1986. At least two of the participants in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center were permitted to remain in the US. Other criminals, whose crimes did not draw large headlines, were also allowed to remain.
Another amnesty will mean that more Americans will be harmed or die at the hands of such people. There is no way to check the backgrounds of 15 million people to know who is a threat.
Please pass this along to friends who may have been victims of illegals, and invite them to join us at our rally.

Contact:
Joan Molinaro 570 685 7054, Bruce De Cell 718 948 4108 Peter Gadiel 203 470 5820

CONTRIBUTIONS TO HELP DEFRAY THE COST OF THIS EVENT ARE URGENTLY NEEDED, PLEASE SEND YOUR GIFT TO:
9/11 FAMILIES FOR A SECURE AMERICA PO BOX 156, HAWLEY, PA 18428
TO CONTRIBUTE BY CREDIT CARD, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT: WWW.911FSA.ORG
9/11 Families for a Secure America is a not for profit 501c4 corporation. Contributions are not tax deductible
Now they've gone too far!
Comparing illegal immigrants to Jesus Christ is just too much!

What do you think of this article from the Indianapolis Star? Send a letter to the editor by using the following link and please post a copy of it here in our comments section.

Letters to the Editor: http://www2.indystar.com/help/contact/letters.html

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060415/NEWS01/604150432
April 15, 2006
Clergy see faith parallels in march
Immigrants often turn to church as place for help

By Robert King
robert.king@indystar.com
April 15, 2006
Lupita Aguayo looks at her community of Hispanic immigrants and sees a similarity between their plight and Jesus' fate in the Easter story -- the innocent sacrificed to appease the politically powerful.
"He was tried like a criminal, the same like us," said Aguayo, a Mexican immigrant here on a work visa. "We are treated like criminals, and we are not criminals."
The Rev. Thomas Fox, a Catholic priest heavily involved in organizing Monday's immigration rally in Indianapolis, said the massive turnout was, in some ways, much like a voice from the tomb.
"To me, it is like a resurrection that people have come to life in a very strong and forceful way," he said.
That such a politically charged issue evokes deep, spiritual images for some reflects a key aspect of the immigrant cause in Indianapolis and elsewhere. It is a movement frequently led by religious leaders and anchored in churches.
"The most trusted (place) for people is the church," said the Rev. Samuel Ruiz, a Cuban immigrant who leads an alliance of Hispanic pastors in Indianapolis.
He said immigrants bring few possessions with them to America, but most bring an abiding faith. In the face of new laws regarding immigration, it is natural for them to turn to the church for help.
"It is the place people go to pray to God, to praise God and to ask for help," he said.
Ruiz and other Spanish-speaking clergy took to the airwaves of Hispanic radio stations in recent weeks to promote their cause, and they talked about it in their churches.
When the rally came to a head Monday -- the Monday of Holy Week, as it turned out by coincidence -- they were among those leading the multitudes.
"Jesus was a refugee himself as a baby," said Ruiz, referring to the holy family's flight to Egypt as described in the Gospels. "I think we need to recognize that all of us, at some point in our lives, are refugees."
The immigrant community has been stirred by recent proposals to make it a felony for immigrants to be here illegally, as well as to charge those who aid immigrants. Fear is spreading that families could be torn apart if undocumented parents are deported while their children, citizens by birth here, are left behind.
Religious leaders in the movement say they are driven by the most ancient writings in the Bible that call on people to reach out to strangers with food, clothing and hospitality. They refer also to New Testament passages in which Jesus directed his people to care for the poor, to aid those who are hurting and to love your neighbor as yourself.
Yet, around the faith community, others see competing spiritual imperatives at work in the immigration issue.
Curt Smith is president of the Indiana Family Institute, a parachurch organization that has regular contact with more than 1,000 Indiana churches. Smith said he never would discourage illegal immigrants from seeking medical care, food and clothing, but he said they also should report to government authorities and seek citizenship, even if it puts them at risk of being deported.
"Faith leaders need to strike a balance between encouraging people to follow the law, which is a strong biblical commandment, but also caring for the downtrodden and disadvantaged," Smith said.
While other ethnic groups were represented in Monday's immigration rally, the largest portion was Hispanic -- both documented and illegal.
The official Hispanic population has more than tripled in Marion County and surrounding counties since 1990, to nearly 43,000. Some say the number could be as many as 100,000 Hispanic immigrants here. Religious groups throughout the city have responded to meet their spiritual needs.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, which for years held one weekly Spanish Mass, now has 13 Spanish Masses at 10 parishes.
The alliance of Hispanic congregations Ruiz leads has more than 50 congregations from Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and other denominations.
Elsewhere, churches have hired Spanish-speaking ministers to develop new congregations. Others reach out by providing food, clothing and English classes to poorer immigrants.
The Rev. Arturo Ocampo is the pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church, a parish founded by Irish immigrants that was on the verge of closing until the influx of Hispanic immigrants gave it new life -- a resurrection of a different sort.
He reminds people that Catholics display the crucifix prominently in their churches to remind them that Christ continues to suffer, and that his church suffers, too.
"We are the body of Christ. We are the church," Ocampo said. "And right now, the body of Christ here in the United States of America is suffering the consequences of this whole thing of immigration."
Aguayo, who teaches Spanish at the International School of Indiana, said it's appropriate that Monday's march -- what many see as a watershed moment in the fight for immigrant rights -- happened to fall in the week leading up to Easter.
She hopes that -- like the Passion story itself -- difficult days have a happy ending.
"Jesus was sacrificed," she said. "He died for us, and then the liberty came. We want to work. We want to have a better life for our children. We are looking for a better future."
Taxpayer Education Day, April 17, 2006
After Action Report

Mom and I arrived close to the post office at about 4:45 p.m. We hurriedly walked the two and one-half blocks to the west side of the building. Much to our surprise, someone was already there handing out flyers. It was IFIRE member, Ron! We all introduced ourselves and got right back down to the business of handing out flyers.

I brought four signs and ten flags. One sign said, “Pay Your Taxes! Illegal Aliens Need Them.” Another said, “Taxes too High? Here’s why.” The last two said, “$50,000,000,000 That’s how much YOU PAY for illegal aliens!” and “HONK if you support ending illegal immigration.” Mom held the “Pay Your Taxes” sign while Ron and I passed out flyers. It wasn’t long before other IFIRE members started showing up. Seven members attended. There were just enough people to hold all four signs, while two passed out flyers, and Glenda, our photographer and my friend, took pictures.

By and large, the responses we received were positive. However, there were some who were openly opposed to us. One common thread throughout the negative responses and arguments is that they were clearly arguments based on emotion, not logic.

For instance, the most commonly uttered argument issued from people waiting in line to pay their taxes was, “Do you speak Indian? Are you an American Indian? If not, you’re here because of immigrants.” I would mention at every opportunity that immigrants from the past didn’t come here with their hands out, which they seemed all too happy to ignore.

One lady was visibly upset and kept uttering, “That’s disgusting!” She then leaned out her window and screeched, “Do you shop at Walmart?!” I do, am not ashamed to say it, and told her. She said that if I would stop shopping there, pay “real prices” for things, companies would have no need to hire illegal immigrants. There you have it, folks. The true culprit of this illegal invasion is the EEEEEEEVIL Walmart and those who shop there! *eyeroll*

Another lady took a flyer, started reading it, then became visibly upset, crumbling the flyer and throwing it out onto the sidewalk. I said, “Uh, that’s littering.” Mom just put her foot on it and said, “That’s okay.” The lady screamed out her window, “God loves them too!” and we all agreed, pointing out that no one had suggested otherwise. She ignored us.

One young man read our signs as he was waiting in line and started bellowing at the top of his lungs, “Let’s hate everyone! Let’s be against everyone who’s different!” I told him, “I don’t hate anyone. Do you?” He felt it better not to answer and drove on toward the mailboxes.

Those who were appreciative of our efforts were gracious and told us that they supported us. Some blared their horns while waiting in line. Other cars honked as they drove past. We received countless thumbs up, but not one mid-finger salute! One smartly dressed woman read the sign I was holding, the “$50 billion” sign, and stopped. She said, “WOW! My taxes are higher than they should be and I’m helping to pay that?! I had no idea!” Had no one else said a word to us, her response alone would have made the time and effort worthwhile, in my opinion. She was truly shocked.

I use every event as an opportunity to learn, and this one was no exception. I learned, or, the more appropriate term is probably that it was confirmed for me, that some people are content with their own ideas, whether they be fact-based or not. If people are more comfortable believing illegal aliens only come here to work, that they do not use taxpayer funded services, or that we do what we do because of “hatred,” nothing anyone can say or do will change their minds because their minds aren’t interested in knowing the truth. Their overriding concern is merely their comfort. Also, I now consider it a mission to learn some kind of basic Indian language so that I can respond to such emotionally based arguments as we were given in Cherokee, Apache, or the like. I can’t wait to see their jaws drop when I do and I hope Glenda is around to capture the moment on film. The last thing I learned is that, at every function, someone should have a large sign with the organization’s name and website information on it. We didn’t and I wished many, many times that I had made one to bring.

It was a positive experience. The postal employees were accommodating and some even asked for flyers. Every postal truck leaving the facility, with the exception of one, honked their air horns upon reading our “HONK” sign. We had 500 flyers and ran out shortly before 6:30 p.m., at which point we simply held our signs for the benefit of passersby. We would mention www.ifire.org to those who were supportive of us and apologize for having run out of flyers. Many promised to visit our website.

I would like to, again, thank Ron, Glenda, Gena, Mary, Joanne, and my Mom, Edytha, for their participation and hard work. I look forward to educating the public alongside these fine folks in the near future and hope to meet many more of you as time goes on.

Signage and flags - $21.00
Parking - $2.00
Spending the afternoon in the sun with great folks and seeing the look on that woman’s face when she finally “got it” – PRICELESS

Tish, Co-Director
Marion County, IFIRE

Monday, April 17, 2006

















Send-A-Brick to Congress

Tell your Senator to you'll help build the wall! Here's IFIRE's contribution which was delivered to Senator Lugar's Valparaiso office on Taxation Without Representation Day.

I spent a couple hours outside the Post Office passing out flyers about the cost of illegal immigration to taxpayers on April 15 and 17. I'll post a report on it soon.

Meanwhile, you can read more about the Send-A-Brick idea on Michelle Malkin's blog:
http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005002.htm

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

GET THE WORD OUT TO ALL AMERICANS!

On May 1st, Enrique Morones and his fellow agents of Mexico (with the full blessing of Vincente Fox) have promised to shut down the American economy and sea ports for a whole day by having every illegal alien and their supporters stay home from work and school that day and not buy anything. This is a most Un-American and outrageous way to demand unconditional amnesty for illegal aliens.

To counter this subversive action, Americans have come up with their own plan for that day:

Millions of American homeowners employ foreign housekeepers and gardeners every week. Most of them have never asked to see legal documents. We just assume or hope they are here legally, but of course we know that a great many of them are not.

On May 1st, DEMAND that they show their legal documentation. If they can't provide it, do the right thing and say what Donald Trump says, "YOU'RE FIRED"! If everyone in America did this on May 1st, the lines would begin forming going back south to Mexico and other countries. If our government won't solve the illegal immigration problem, then it is up to us to make those tough choices and turn off the jobs that bring them here in the first place.

The downside? You might have to wash your own dishes, vacuum, and mow that lawn yourself until you find a neighbor kid or a legal resident to take the place of the illegal to do your manual labor.

"You are either part of the solution or part of the problem"....... Which are you? Everyone needs to do their part.

P.S. If your nanny is here illegally, replace her with a legal resident too.
YOU’RE INVITED TO RIDE 48 STATES COAST TO COAST THIS SUMMER: “21ST CENTURY PAUL REVERE RIDE 2006”

Do you have a passion for motorcycles, an iron butt and helping America? We need 4 long distance motorcycle riders to leave Denver on May 29, 2006 and end in Washington, DC on August 1, 2006 for a ride across America hitting all 48 capitols. Approximately 13,500 miles at about 250 miles per day. We will pay for your meals at $20.00 per day and 20 cents a mile for fuel and upkeep of your motorcycle. RV for showers & to carry personal gear provided.

You will be riding for a great cause to stop illegal and mass immigration into America. If you're a political type, you're going to love this ride. You will be covered by TV stations and hundreds of newspapers. You’ll enjoy more extraordinary memories than anyone has ever experienced on this historic motorcycle ride. This ride is not for the faint of heart. The illegals do not like this call to action. Mexican flags maybe thrown in your face, etc.

Ride with Frosty Wooldridge, the author of “Motorcycle Adventure to Alaska” and 25 year feature writer to Rider Magazine, Road Rider, Motorcyclist, American Motorcyclist and many others. For complete details please contact : www.frostywooldridge.com or frostyw@juno.com in Louisville, Colorado

HOSPITALITY: If you would like to ride for a day or a state, meet the Paul Revere Riders & offer a cold one, offer your place as hospitality for an evening, contact Howard J. Wooldridge, Ride Coordinator at: 301-695-1739 or wooldridge@leap.cc Website is: www.21stcenturypaulrevereride.us

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

2006-04-03

The Mexican solution

(Washington, D.C.): The Congress has received lots of free advice lately from Mexican government officials and illegal aliens waving Mexico's flag in mass demonstrations coast-to-coast. Most of it takes the form of bitter complaints about our actual or prospective treatment of immigrants from that country who have gotten into this one illegally - or who aspire to do so.
If you think these critics are mad about U.S. immigration policy now, imagine how upset they would be if we adopted an approach far more radical than the bill they rail against which was adopted last year by the House of Representatives - namely, the way Mexico treats illegal aliens.

In fact, as a just-published paper by the Center for Security Policy's J. Michael Waller points out, under a constitution first adopted in 1917 and subsequently amended, Mexico deals harshly not only with illegal immigrants. It treats even legal immigrants, naturalized citizens and foreign investors in ways that would, by the standards of those who carp about U.S. immigration policy, have to be called "racist" and "xenophobic."

Mexico's Glass House

For example, according to an official translation published by the Organization of American States, the Mexican constitution includes the following restrictions:

Pursuant to Article 33, "Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country." This ban applies, among other things, to participation in demonstrations and the expression of opinions in public about domestic politics like those much in evidence in Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere in recent days.

Equal employment rights are denied to immigrants, even legal ones. Article 32: "Mexicans shall have priority over foreigners under equality of circumstances for all classes of concessions and for all employment, positions, or commissions of the Government in which the status of citizenship is not indispensable."

Jobs for which Mexican citizenship is considered "indispensable" include, pursuant to Article 32, bans on foreigners, immigrants, and even naturalized citizens of Mexico serving as military officers, Mexican-flagged ship and airline crew, and chiefs of seaports and airports.

Article 55 denies immigrants the right to become federal lawmakers. A Mexican congressman or senator must be "a Mexican citizen by birth." Article 91 further stipulates that immigrants may never aspire to become cabinet officers as they are required to be Mexican by birth. Article 95 says the same about Supreme Court justices.

In accordance with Article 130, immigrants - even legal ones - may not become members of the clergy, either.

Foreigners, to say nothing of illegal immigrants, are denied fundamental property rights. For example, Article 27 states, "Only Mexicans by birth or naturalization and Mexican companies have the right to acquire ownership of lands, waters, and their appurtenances, or to obtain concessions for the exploitation of mines or of waters."

Article 11 guarantees federal protection against "undesirable aliens resident in the country." What is more, private individuals are authorized to make citizen's arrests. Article 16 states, "In cases of flagrante delicto, any person may arrest the offender and his accomplices, turning them over without delay to the nearest authorities." In other words, Mexico grants its citizens the right to arrest illegal aliens and hand them over to police for prosecution. Imagine the Minutemen exercising such a right!

The Mexican constitution states that foreigners - not just illegal immigrants - may be expelled for any reason and without due process. According to Article 33, "the Federal Executive shall have the exclusive power to compel any foreigner whose remaining he may deem inexpedient to abandon the national territory immediately and without the necessity of previous legal action."

The Bottom Line

As the immigration debate in the Senate moves into a decisive phase this week, legislators who believe America's southern border must be secured, the Nation's existing immigration laws enforced and illegal aliens not rewarded with permanent residency and a direct path to citizenship are being sharply criticized and, in some cases, defamed as bigots and xenophobes. Yet, even their maximalist positions generally pale in comparison with the treatment authorized by the Mexican constitution.

So the next time such legislators - and the majority of Americans for whom they speak - are assaulted by Mexican officials, undocumented aliens waving Mexican flags in mass demonstrations here in the United States, clergy and self-described humanitarians, businessmen and other advocates of illegal immigration ask them this: Would they favor having the U.S. impose the same restrictions on immigrants - legal and illegal - that Mexico imposes on their counterparts there?

Nothing of the kind is in the cards, of course. Nor should it be. Legal immigration and the opportunity for foreign investors and other nationals legitimately to contribute to this country are not only one of its hallmarks; they are among the reasons for its greatness.

Still, we should not allow the hypocrisy of others' treatment of undocumented aliens in their countries to induce us to refrain from taking effective steps to prevent further illegal immigration: by building a fence along our southern border; by enforcing immigration laws in the workplace and elsewhere; and by discouraging more such violations - with potentially grave national security implications - by dealing effectively with those who have already broken those laws by coming here without permission.

Center for Security Policy1920 L Street,N.W.Suite 210Washington, DC 20036

http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.jsp?section=papers&code=06-D_18

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Mayor Bloomberg is a billionaire but he wants American taxpayers to foot the bill so he can have a pretty golf course? Senator Lindsey Graham recently made a similar comment to the 9/11 Families for a Secure America. He told them he liked the fact that illegals kept the price of greens fees down because he loves to golf. This makes me want to hurl! As far as I'm concerned, the filthy rich whom we have elected to office should be able to pay for their own gardeners, nannies, chauffeurs and housekkeepers without stuffing their grubby paws into the taxpayers' pockets! And what do they have against hiring Americans to do these jobs, anyway?!

So they want to golf?? I say, let's vote all of these greedy elites out of office so they have less time to ruin our lives and more time to golf.--HoosierMama?



Bloomberg: Illegal immigrants help golfers

NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says golf fairways would suffer if illegal immigrants were returned to their native country.

"You and I are beneficiaries of these jobs," Bloomberg told his WABC-AM radio co-host, John Gambling. "You and I both play golf; who takes care of the greens and the fairways in your golf course?"

However, Robert Heaney, general manager of Deepdale Golf Club -- a Long Island course where Bloomberg often plays -- told The New York Daily News that no illegal immigrants work at the club.

"Deepdale Golf Club has always been in 100 percent compliance with all immigration laws, and it is absolutely our policy to remain in compliance with all immigration laws," Heaney said.

The mayor also said 25 percent of undocumented immigrants are farm workers and many are home healthcare workers.

"Nobody wants to deport them, in the end, because people need them to take these jobs and do the things that nobody else is doing," Bloomberg said.

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=13707
Undocumented Welder Topples Spanish Language Radio Towers
Mac Johnson
Apr 01, 2006

Arizona Spanish language radio station KMIA-AM (710) was knocked off the air this week when one or more undocumented welders used a blow torch to'cut the steel support rods on four 197-foot tall radio towers, toppling'them to the ground. Damage is estimated in the millions of dollars and the station expects'to be off the air for several weeks.

Station manager Tom Duran said he'was not sure if the unauthorized toppling of the radio towers was'related to this week's massive marches by illegal aliens and their supporters, which were organized in large part by Spanish language radio stations. Mr. Duran added, "It's disheartening to know that somebody would do damage like this to a federally licensed facility."

I agree with Mr. Duran, you can't have people wandering the Arizona countryside in the dead of night violating federal laws. Unless, of course, those people are foreigners violating federal immigration, identification, tax, and employment laws by sneaking into our country,and working illegally, off the books, under fake names and Social Security numbers in the unregulated underground economy.

On the other hand, rebuilding the radio towers will contribute to the American economy and towers can be legally demolished by those with the proper paperwork. So perhaps the real problem here is simply that the aspiring welder did not have such documentation, which is often difficult for poor or uneducated people to come by.

Also of great concern was the fact that, because of his undocumented status, the so-called "illegal" welder was forced to work "in the shadows" in a dangerous desert environment. No word on if "humanitarian" groups or church officials plan to begin providing water and acetylene near other radio towers in the area. Butit is just a matter of time before some poor soul seeking a better lifewithout unsightly radio towers is killed while journeying through the remote and hostile locations in which unauthorized tower demolition work can be found.

Clearly, the time is now for comprehensive radio tower demolitionreform. We cannot just enforce existing laws against destruction of property and expect this problem to go away. Some provision must be madefor the undocumented welders among us to come out of the shadows and receive full welding certification, at government expense. Although the most enlightened thing would be to fully amnesty the undocumented steel cutters (many of whom are our neighbors, after all), middle America may not be sophisticated enough to understand this.

So I would like to suggest a Comprehensive Undocumented Torch Manipulator and Operator Reform bill (the CUTMOR bill) modeled on theMcCain-Kennedy-Specter plan for reforming our immigration system. Those who can prove they demolished radio towers prior to Jan. 1, 2007, will be able to pay a $500 fine and receive "temporary guest welder"status in our country. The fine means it is NOT an amnesty, and that should help sell it to the Weldo-phobic rubes that are not as smart as the proponents of full amnesty. Those guest welders who stay employed and un-convicted of any crimes they commit for a period of three years, can have their status renewed and then be put on the path toward master welder certification.

Now, there are many who will say that the CUTMOR bill would simply reward lawbreakers and encourage others to violate laws in the future. But these people are not aware of how our modern economy truly operates or how outdated law "enforcement" is in the new global reality. If we want fewer towers cut down tomorrow, we must amnesty those who cut down towers today. That is the only comprehensive solution. Welders built this country. It would be un-American not to let them tear it down. --

Hoosiermama? says thanks to Linda in Evansville for submitting this gem!
MR. PRESIDENT, I'M HEADED TO MEXICO

David M. Bresnahan April 1, 2006 NewsWithViews.com

Dear President Bush:

I'm about to plan a little trip with my family and extended family, and I would like to ask you to assist me. I'm going to walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and I need to make a few arrangements. I know you can help with this.

I plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here.

So, would you mind telling your buddy, President Vicente Fox, that I'm on my way over? Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:

1. Free medical care for my entire family.

2. English-speaking government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.

3. All government forms need to be printed in English.

4. I want my kids to be taught by English-speaking teachers.

5. Schools need to include classes on American culture and history.

6. I want my kids to see the American flag flying on the top of the flag pole at their school with the Mexican flag flying lower down.

7. Please plan to feed my kids at school for both breakfast and lunch.

8. I will need a local Mexican driver's license so I can get easy access to government services.

9. I do not plan to have any car insurance, and I won't make any effort to learn local traffic laws.

10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from Pres. Fox to leave me alone, please be sure that all police officers speak English.

11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my house top, put flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals.

12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, and don’t enforce any labor laws or tax laws.

13. Please tell all the people in the country to be extremely nice and never say a critical word about me, or about the strain I might place on the economy. [or I will call them mean anti-American, xenophobic racists.]

I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all the people who come to the U.S. from Mexico. I am sure that Pres. Fox won't mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.

However, if he gives you any trouble, just invite him to go quail hunting with your V.P.

Thank you so much for your kind help.

Sincerely,
David M. Bresnahan
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