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Skipping Stones

I’m sorry for the loss of the boy’s life in yesterday’s incident with the US Border Patrol.  I can’t speak to the facts of what just happened, but consider this ABC News video from a couple of years ago when you hear the claims that our Border Agents used disproportionate force.

This description of the current incident seems very familiar after watching that video.

Monday night’s incident started when Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents responded to a report of a group of suspected illegal immigrants being smuggled across the border, FBI Special Agent Andrea Simmons said.

After one suspect was detained. “Another agent arrived on his bicycle along the cement apron that forms the riverbank on the U.S. side,” Simmons said in a release. “That agent detained a second subject, Augustin Alcaraz Reyes, but other subjects ran into Mexico and began to throw rocks at the agent.

“This agent, who had the second subject detained on the ground, gave verbal commands to the remaining subjects to stop and retreat,” Simmons said. “However, the subjects surrounded the agent and continued to throw rocks at him. The agent then fired his service weapon several times, striking one subject who later died.”

Opposing Views

Perhaps it is time for the Mexican government to start taking care of their side of the border so no more kids lose their lives.

Apology?

It’s been about a month since I wrote about the local Minuteman group not getting a Fair Shake by the State Human Rights Commission. Commissioner Marc Brenman has responded to the Minutemen’s request that he apologize for the hateful letter he penned for the Everett Herald. I didn’t have a lot of time to compose my thoughts on his response, so I’ll just hit a few points that caught my attention.

First point; if you dissect the lengthy response you will find that he did actually include an apology.

I appreciate your concern and willingness to discuss my recent op-ed published in the Everett Herald on June 15, 2007. I apologize for comparing the Minutemen to Nazis and Tim McVeigh. The Washington State Human Rights Commission looks forward to engaging with you and other Minutemen leaders in order to proactively address your concerns.

Perhaps part of the reason many people connect the Minutemen to unsavory characters and organizations is because people are unaware of, or do not understand, who the Minutemen represent.

I would like to invite you to meet me in the middle. Perhaps meeting on this border would provide us with an opportunity to better understand the other’s position, and to take proactive steps to foster a positive relationship among the diverse populations in Washington State.

So he apologized. He explained how it happened ie. “people are unaware of, or do not understand, who the Minutemen represent.” And he made an offer of future cooperation. Sounds a okay so far.

The second and much lower point is that he used Google hits rather than facts to justify his position on the MCDC.

Unfortunately, over 300,000 links surface on Google when the search term “MINUTEMEN, NAZI” is entered. Over 25,000 links are returned on the search “MINUTEMEN, McVEIGH.” The search returns represent a wide range of organizations and media, including MSNBC.com and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

I would say that unfortunately the hits would show as hits even if all 300,000 links stated that Minutemen are in no way related to Nazi’s nor McVEIGH. This sites gets hits all the time by people Googling “Islam” and yet I sit here not Islamic in the slightest. Google hits do not a person make.

And Islam prings me to another lower point.

In addition, we can also look to holy and sacred texts, as most major religions teach acceptance and diversity.

He goes on to quote from the Bible, the Torah and curiously the Qu’ran. Curious because it is not too often that you hear of Islam as the teachers of acceptance and diversity. Consider the lives of Jews, Christians, homosexuals, children or even women in Islamic nations. I don’t think we need our Human Rights Commission modeling anything after Islam.

And for the much much lower thing we find that Word lists the author of Marc Brenman’s letter as “Kirby, Seth (HUM)” and includes this tracking in the document title.

[[Draft 8/31/07 Kirby, edits 8/31/07 Brenman, corrections by Kirby 09-04-07]]

So I wonder if in fact Marc Brenman himself, actually penned the original letter to the Everett Herald or if it was Kirby, Seth ? But if Mr. Brenman himself had the time and ability to write his own Minuteman blasting letter to the Everett Herald, why couldn’t he take the time to write his own apology? My feeling is that if Marc Brenman were truly sorry, he would write his own apology with his own reasons for his mistake and make his apology as public as the offense.

So perhaps this wasn’t really an apology?? But I can reserve my judgment for a bit and see if this plays out in the media.

Head in the sand

I’ve been on a short vacation for the last week and have thoroughly enjoyed putting my head in the sand regarding the news.  I think that is the only way to really enjoy your time off.   I was happy to see that the Herald was willing to print Mike Gleeson’s letter regarding the situation that prompted my Fair Shake post of a couple of weeks ago.  I hope that his article is widely read, as it sheds a more accurate light on his organization than the one that is typically shown.

Later I’ll force myself to read more news and I’m sure a post will follow.

Enforce immigration laws and protect our nation

If you look you will find these exact words written in a post of just over a year ago.  It’s sad yet not unexpected that we would be in the same spot a year later.  But the latest immigration legislation is in the news and it seems to do a lot towards protecting the illegal immigrant yet does nothing to protect our nation without following through with the stipulation of securing our borders.

Immigration laws were put in place to protect our nation by ensuring that those coming here wanted to become productive members of the United States of America. To adopt and contribute to the tenets of our nation and culture, to help our nation remain a great flagship for democracy in the world.

I choke a bit when I hear the line that we are all immigrants. Sure a lot of our ancestors come from around the world, but even most of them were subject to immigration laws.

Take a look at what Ellis Island was for the European immigrants of the late 1800’s. It was a big immigration checkpoint, with a hospital, and a dock for boats going back to Europe. If immigration candidates were deemed healthy, free of infectious disease, not likely to become public charge (welfare), and lastly free of dangerous and subversive political ideas then they were allowed to stay.

If you didn’t pass the test then you were put back on the boat. Remember this when you hear we are a nation of immigrants.  And how many of today’s illegal would pass this test?

When people arrive illegally we aren’t sure whether they want to become Americans, or whether they want to subvert our nation by promoting their political ideals.  Immigration rallies show that the issue with Mexico is even worse than an unsure situation. The participants plainly don’t want to assimilate into American society. They plainly do want American society to bend to their ways.

If you want to become an American, get in line, pass the test and wait your turn. Anyone else doesn’t deserve to be called an American.

Illegal immigration is not about race!

It’s not racist to want to protect our nation.  I don’t know and don’t care what color these guys are, or even if they are guys. At least 3 of the 6 shouldn’t have been here to plan and train to attack anyone.

  • Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, 22, of Cherry Hill. He was born in Jordan, is a U.S. citizen, and is employed as a taxicab driver in Philadelphia.
  • Eljvir Duka, 23, of Cherry Hill, also goes by “Elvis Duka” and “Sulayman,” was born in the former Yugoslavia. Duka is illegally residing in the United States and operates businesses known as Qadr. Inc., Colonial Roofing and National Roofing, all of which list business addresses the same as his residence.
  • Dritan Duka, 28, of Cherry Hill, also goes by “Distan Duka,” “Anthony Duka” and “Tony Duka.” He was born in the former Yugoslavia, is illegally residing in the United States, and operates businesses known as Colonial Roofing and National Roofing, both of which list business addresses at the residence of defendants Eljvir Duka and Shain Duka. (All of the Dukas charged are brothers.)
  • Shain Duka, 26, of the same address as Eljvir Duka in Cherry Hill, also goes by “Shaheen,” was born in the former Yugoslavia. Shain Duka is illegally residing in the United States and operates businesses known as Colonial Roofing and National Roofing, both of which list business addresses the same as his residence.
  • Serdar Tatar, 23, of Philadelphia, was born in Turkey. Tatar is legally residing in the United States. His last known employment was at a 7-Eleven in Philadelphia.
  • Agron Abdullahu, 24, of Buena Vista Township, Atlantic County, was born in the former Yugoslavia. Abdullahu is legally residing in the United States and is employed at a Shop-Rite supermarket.

The information was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice and found at Phily.com

May Day march

I know it was a few days ago and I already made a post, but I just finally had a chance to listen to the Joe Teehan show using KGMI’s Hear It Now feature.

Joe Teehan Show 5-1 “Immigration”
My guests are two young men from Mexico who crossed the border illegally and are living and working in Whatcom County with hopes of gaining citizenship…

Both these men and I assume Carl Shook, who I believe is one of the march organizers, took part in the march for ” support of immigrant rights” as Joe described it.  One of his guests of questionable legal status described his participation. (more…)

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