sinidentidades:

Hospitals Caught Deporting Sick, Undocumented Immigrants

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants have been deported back to their country of origin by hospitals seeking to curb high costs. According to a recent report compiled by immigrant advocacy groups, at least 600 immigrants were removed over a five-year period because they were ineligible for public insurance as a result of their immigration status.

The report published by the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) at Seton Hall University School of Law and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) cites more than 800 cases of attempted or actual medical deportations across the country in recent years, including: a nineteen-year-old girl who died shortly after being wheeled out of a hospital back entrance typically used for garbage disposal and transferred to Mexico; a car accident victim who died shortly after being left on the tarmac at an airport in Guatemala; and a young man with catastrophic brain injury who remains bed-ridden and suffering from constant seizures after being forcibly deported to his elderly mother’s hilltop home in Guatemala.

“When immigrants are in need of ongoing medical care, they find themselves at the crossroads of two systems that are in dire need of reform—health care and immigration law. Aside from emergency care, hospitals are not reimbursed by the government for providing ongoing treatment for uninsured immigrant patients. Therefore, many hospitals are engaging in de facto deportations of immigrant patients without any governmental oversight or accountability,” Lori A. Nessel, director of CSJ said in a statement.

“This type of situation is ripe for abuse.” Nessel went on to say.

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demnewswire:

In 1994, Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act with broad bi-partisan support. It has been renewed several times since then, except for 2012. If VAWA is NOT reauthorized, then important funding for battered women shelters and to aid in prosecution of domestic violence and sex-based crimes will be lost! Contact your representative ASAP to speak out. Go to www.4vawa.org for more info.

Please take a few minutes on that day to call your Senators and Representatives.

  • Use this number 888.269.5702 to connect to the Capitol switchboard.  Then ask to be connect to you U.S. Representative (www.house.gov) or Senator (www.senate.gov).
  • Tell them:  “I am your constituent.  Now that the elections are over, I urge you to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)!
  • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012


In case you wanted a dose of CRAZY check out these Ya-Ho’s. I guess the problem with making violence illegal is sometimes American men marry women from other countries and after the nuptials the woman objects to being abused. Now bing-bang-boom SHE’S unfairly American.

http://bellsouthpwp2.net/a/r/arietti/vawa_01.html

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The possibility that Golden Dawn could capture second place in a snap election is slim but real.

"We were dozens, then a few hundred. Now we’re thousands and it’s only the beginning," cried the leader of Golden Dawn, a far-right party that is seeing its support soar amid Greece’s economic collapse.

Riding a wave of public anger at corrupt politicians, austerity and illegal immigration, Golden Dawn has seen its popularity double in a few months. VPRC put the party’s support at 14 % in October, compared with 7 % in June.

"Golden Dawn’s target is simple. We want the absolute majority in parliament so we can replace the constitution with our own," Kasidiaris told the crowd. “It will then be easy to immediately arrest and deport all illegal immigrants.”

Many migrants come from Asia and Africa, mainly through Greece’s porous border with Turkey, to find themselves trapped in Greece by EU rules that return them only to their point of entry. With more than 1 million foreign nationals in Greece, a country of 11 million people, tensions wont ease any time soon. And while the government regularly rounds up thousands of immigrants, only a few hundred are sent to specially-built detention centers. Aid groups say they are often forced into crime to survive.

Ultimately, the Golden Dawn lacks the broad appeal and structure needed to gain mass traction. In World War Two Greece suffered massacres and famine in its fight against the Nazis, and the spectre of the 1967-1974 military junta still hangs heavy over its modern politics. So why are many Greeks now turning to a party whose emblems and rhetoric, critics say, resemble Hitler’s?

A lawmaker and spokesman, explained the party’s appeal. “Golden Dawn is the only institution in this country that works. Everything else has stopped working or is partially working… We operate like a well-organized army unit, because the military is the best institution in any country.”

mohandasgandhi:

Anti-Immigrant Group Launches Racist Ad Campaign To Pit Black-Americans Against Immigrants

Lest there be any doubt, this appeal to racial resentment has no basis in reality. In truth, immigration helps boost the economy. For example, if Congress passed the DREAM Act, the qualified undocumented immigrants who received legal status could pursue higher education and earn higher salaries, which leads them to spend more and pay more in taxes. That would lead to an economic impact of $329 billion and 1.4 million new jobs by 2030.

Persistently high unemployment rates for African Americans is a systemic problem that cannot be addressed simply by reducing the number of immigrants. Instead of getting rid of work permits, lawmakers should focus on programs for job training and job creation as well as vigorously enforcing policies that stop labor market discrimination in order to help African American workers.

This is just about as low as you can go: pitting those who are the worst off against one another in an effort to distract everyone from the real cause of their suffering. And let’s not mistake which jobs these groups are trying to incite fights over. They’re the lowest paying jobs with the worst benefits and poorest conditions.

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thepeoplesrecord:

Son of murdered Sikh Temple president asks why Obama & Romney have not visited victimsAugust 15, 2012
 Last weekend, Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to a hospital in Aurora, Colorado to meet with victims of last month’s movie theater shooting there. Her husband, President Barack Obama, also met with those affected by the horrific shooting just two days after it occurred. However, neither the president or the First Lady has visited Oak Creek, Wisconsin where six people were killed at a Sikh Temple sixteen days after the incident in Aurora. Amardeep Kaleka, whose father was killed at Oak Creek, said he finds it “strange” his community hasn’t received more support from President Obama and Mitt Romney.
“Why wouldn’t they, at some point, make a stand. Make a stand for everybody out there who’s ever been robbed, or gunned down or has faced this hatred,” Mr. Kaleka said.
“We communicated with the White House very briefly, mostly the Department of Justice, and that’s about it. There was a phone call made with Barack on the first day, on Sunday, to just a random congregation member,” said Mr. Kaleka. “Somehow, some way he got somebody’s number and he called a congregation member. He’s never called the victim’s families, not even the board that my father led before he died.”
In a White House press briefing two days after the shooting in Oak Creek White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked whether flags were at half mast to commemorate those who were killed and whether the president would be meeting with the victims.
“I have no calls or scheduling announcements, or schedule changes to announce to you at this time.  But the answer is yes with regards to the flags being lowered,” Mr. Carney said.
Mr. Kaleka believes there’s two main reasons why the Sikh community in Oak Creek hasn’t gotten the same kind of support from the president that the people of Aurora received–the tense political climate in Wisconsin and the fact Sikhs are a religious minority.
“First and foremost, I think it’s politics,” said Mr. Kaleka. “Wisconsin is an obviously pivotal state in most of these situations, especially presidential elections because we could swing either way. We have a big gun control issue here…and then we have the labor problem with…so, we have a lot of politics at play in our state and I wonder if that makes people want to stay away from speaking about this, or visiting us, or showing support.”
He also said many at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin believe their status as a largely immigrant community and minority religion has kept politicians away.

thepeoplesrecord:

Son of murdered Sikh Temple president asks why Obama & Romney have not visited victims
August 15, 2012

 Last weekend, Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to a hospital in Aurora, Colorado to meet with victims of last month’s movie theater shooting there. Her husband, President Barack Obama, also met with those affected by the horrific shooting just two days after it occurred. However, neither the president or the First Lady has visited Oak Creek, Wisconsin where six people were killed at a Sikh Temple sixteen days after the incident in Aurora. Amardeep Kaleka, whose father was killed at Oak Creek, said he finds it “strange” his community hasn’t received more support from President Obama and Mitt Romney.

“Why wouldn’t they, at some point, make a stand. Make a stand for everybody out there who’s ever been robbed, or gunned down or has faced this hatred,” Mr. Kaleka said.

“We communicated with the White House very briefly, mostly the Department of Justice, and that’s about it. There was a phone call made with Barack on the first day, on Sunday, to just a random congregation member,” said Mr. Kaleka. “Somehow, some way he got somebody’s number and he called a congregation member. He’s never called the victim’s families, not even the board that my father led before he died.”

In a White House press briefing two days after the shooting in Oak Creek White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked whether flags were at half mast to commemorate those who were killed and whether the president would be meeting with the victims.

“I have no calls or scheduling announcements, or schedule changes to announce to you at this time.  But the answer is yes with regards to the flags being lowered,” Mr. Carney said.

Mr. Kaleka believes there’s two main reasons why the Sikh community in Oak Creek hasn’t gotten the same kind of support from the president that the people of Aurora received–the tense political climate in Wisconsin and the fact Sikhs are a religious minority.

“First and foremost, I think it’s politics,” said Mr. Kaleka. “Wisconsin is an obviously pivotal state in most of these situations, especially presidential elections because we could swing either way. We have a big gun control issue here…and then we have the labor problem with…so, we have a lot of politics at play in our state and I wonder if that makes people want to stay away from speaking about this, or visiting us, or showing support.”

He also said many at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin believe their status as a largely immigrant community and minority religion has kept politicians away.

talldarkbishoujo:

wretchedoftheearth:

I’ve never seen a GIF of this.

I was just reading about this during a wiki binge on Olympics incidents and did a little research on it. I never knew how deep the message was that Smith and Carlos were trying to send. Just about everything they wore and how they wore it had symbolism attached to it. (unzipped tracksuits for solidarity with blue collar workers, necklace of beads for lynching victims, etc) Calling it a “black power salute” is really reductive and it’s a shame (and predictable) that if it’s taught at all, that’s what it’s boiled down to.
Another thing I didn’t know: the Australian guy who came in second wore a patch for solidarity with them, he was protesting racist Australian immigration policies. When he passed away, Smith and Carlos were pallbearers at his funeral.

talldarkbishoujo:

wretchedoftheearth:

I’ve never seen a GIF of this.

I was just reading about this during a wiki binge on Olympics incidents and did a little research on it. I never knew how deep the message was that Smith and Carlos were trying to send. Just about everything they wore and how they wore it had symbolism attached to it. (unzipped tracksuits for solidarity with blue collar workers, necklace of beads for lynching victims, etc) Calling it a “black power salute” is really reductive and it’s a shame (and predictable) that if it’s taught at all, that’s what it’s boiled down to.

Another thing I didn’t know: the Australian guy who came in second wore a patch for solidarity with them, he was protesting racist Australian immigration policies. When he passed away, Smith and Carlos were pallbearers at his funeral.

(Source: bloggingisnotwriting, via livealifethatscompletelyfree)

think-progress:

This is 96-year-old Raúl Héctor Castro — a former Arizona Governor and a U.S. citizen — who was detained by border patrol in 100 degree heat.What makes this worse? Guess how many times he’s been detained.

think-progress:

This is 96-year-old Raúl Héctor Castro — a former Arizona Governor and a U.S. citizen — who was detained by border patrol in 100 degree heat.

What makes this worse? Guess how many times he’s been detained.

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thepeoplesrecord:

deadliestsnatch:

thepeoplesrecord:

Diana Martinez, 18, an undocumented student, was one of 12 arrested after refusing to leave their sit-in in the Hart Senate Office building.
An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year.

I need to know where these stats are coming from! Anyone?

We got it from here.

thepeoplesrecord:

deadliestsnatch:

thepeoplesrecord:

Diana Martinez, 18, an undocumented student, was one of 12 arrested after refusing to leave their sit-in in the Hart Senate Office building.

An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year.

I need to know where these stats are coming from! Anyone?

We got it from here.

GOP immigration suicide mission —>

While the official response to the Obama administration’s immigration announcement  from the top rungs of the GOP has been largely muted or nonexistent, there are some moves lower down within the party to undo the policy. This, despite the fact that a rollback has zero chance of success and looks like a major political loser. Can they just not help themselves?

“Well, as you know, he [Barack Obama] was president for the last three and a half years, did nothing on immigration. Two years, he had a Democrats’ House and Senate, did nothing of permanent or long-term basis.”

Mitt Romney’s interview with Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation,” June 17, 2012


No sooner had President Obama announced an executive order that makes it possible for young people, 30 and under, who were brought to this country when they were under the age of 16, to avoid the threat of deportation through deferrals, than U.S. Rep. and Tea Partier Steve King of Iowa —the man who thinks we should pick our immigrants like we pick our hunting dogs, using a “pick of the litter” approach— was buttonholing every willing listener to say he’s going to sue to block the President’s actions.

And then Rush jumped right in, on a rant he claims that Congress “defeated the Dream Act.”

The fact is that last year the Senate failed to overcome a bipartisan filibuster against the DREAM Act, by a vote of 55 to 41, just five short of the 60 needed to advance the immigration bill to a final debate in the chamber. Nothing has been done since.

anarchistposters:

What Does Democracy Mean?

Download and print the high-quality PDF versions here.

Originally created and posted by CrimethInc. as a special series of posters.

From the collection of anarchist posters at Wheatpaste for the Revolution!

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political-linguaphile:

I’m guessing because telling a room full Latinos who come from immigrant backgrounds that he’s strictly against the Dream Act, against an amnesty, and that he think that Arizona’s draconian and unconstitutional immigration laws are “a model for the nation”, along with mentioning his many other anti-immigration stances, is really bad for business.

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