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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Desperately Blurring the Line Between Legal and Illegal

Just read this.

Elected officials and representatives of Mexican, Polish, Chinese, Indian and other nationalities urged legal immigrants Monday to pursue U.S. citizenship as a way to build on recent rallies in support of legalizing most of the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.U.S.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), one of the architects of a congressional legalization plan, said he would help sponsor workshops that would help legal immigrants apply for citizenship.
Urging legal immigrants to pursue U.S. citizenship to "build on" recent rallies for legalization? Jake came the closest to making any sense of that first paragraph: encouraging those who are eligible to apply for citizenship so they can add a voting voice in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens. I've read and reread it, and it still doesn't make sense to me, beyond a continued effort to blur legal immigrants and illegal aliens.

And my own RPW (Race Pandering Whore), Gutierrez, certainly didn't need to make an announcement about sponsoring citizenship workshops as if it were something new -- he's been doing it for years. Hardly news.

Although Illinois officials have been organizing citizenship workshops, immigrant advocates who attended a news conference at Casa Aztlan, a Pilsen social service agency, said they hoped to tap into a mobilization of immigrants in recent weeks.
Whoa, whoa, whoa! I thought this was about immigrants from Mexico, Poland, China, India...? Then why Casa Aztlan?

Declaración de Nuestra Misión

"Reconociendo los atributos positivos de la familia mexicana, Casa Aztlán busca apoyar esa fuerte identidad cultural de la comunidad Pilsen a través de la organización y educación de los residentes y además ofreciéndoles servicios para que así ellos mismos combatan la violencia social, la discriminación y la pobreza."

Translation via

Statement of Our Mission

Recognizing the positive attributes of the Mexican family, House Aztlán seeks to support that strong cultural identity of the community Pilsen through the organization and education of the residents and besides offering them services so that thus they same fight the social violence, the discrimination and the poverty.
Hmmmm. No mention of the Polish, Chinese, or Indian family. Fancy that.

Delving further into their website, however, you do find out what they want for illegal aliens:

la amnistía para los obreros indocumentados

the amnesty for the laborers lacking identity papers
Blurring the line between legal and illegal, indeed.

Here's a translation for all of our American readers, courtesy of MJ:

Casa Aztlan = Casa Fuck You

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