Raul Grijalva and 27 Other Democrats Call on Obama to Suspend Deportations

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Congressman Raul Grijalva, a Democrat from southern Arizona, got 27 other congressional Democrats to sign on to a letter urging President Obama suspend deportations.

Grijalva and the other Dems want the Obama Administration's deferred-action program expanded, from just some young people brought to the country when they were younger, to all of the people who could potentially become citizens under immigration reform.

Although an immigration-reform bill has been passed by the Senate, it hasn't even been brought to the floor in the House, and reports from Washington seem to go back-and-forth on whether the House will ever vote on this bill, or similar bills.

What Grijalva and the other Dems are asking for would expand the deferred-action program from less than 2 million people to an estimated 11 million people who, under the Senate's immigration bill, could apply to become permanent residents, and eventually start their way on a path to citizenship.

"We appreciate your commitment to reforming our nation's broken immigration policies for the benefit of all," the letter states, in part. "In the context of the intransigence of a small number of legislators that are willing to hold the legislation hostage unless we pass a series of incredibly extreme proposals, a cessation of the deportation of the 1,100 potential citizens expelled daily would do a great deal to set the parameters of the conversation.

Looking at the signatures on the letter, every other congressman from Arizona -- Republican and Democrat -- is noticeably absent.

This despite the fact that both of Arizona's Republican senators were instrumental in the passage of the Senate bill, and the other four House Democrats from Arizona have generally voiced support for the Senate bill.

And although President Obama has supported immigration reform, his administration is deporting people in record numbers.

The Dems' letter continues, in part:
Let us not take these policies lightly. Every deportation of a father, a sister, or a neighbor tears at our social consciousness; every unnecessary raid and detention seriously threatens the fabric of civil liberties we swore to uphold. We are talking about American families and American communities. Criminalizing American families or giving local law enforcement the responsibility to choose who stays and who goes, is not the right option. Our efforts in Congress will only be helped by the sensible and moral step of stopping deportations.
See the letter in its entirety on the next page.

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Jason Ramos
Jason Ramos

A MUCH better story!!! Thank You for restoring my faith in you, Phoenix New Times! You're the best!

DNichols
DNichols

Mr. Grijalva;

"America is Great because it is Good, when it ceases to be Good, it ceases to be Great."

Alex De Tocqueville, A very wise 1840's French Historian.

Remember America prior to the Hitler esque I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs began in January 2008 at the exact same time as the "Great Recession"?!1

This is our I.C.E.'d Economy.

Every Bail Out, Stimulus, Cash For Clunkers, Morgage Help Program ect. is a direct result of the Deportation/Incarceration Damage done to our Nation.

How ever far worse is the rampant Racism, and Bigotry which is worse than in the 1960's.

It would seem we have forgotton what "Good" means.

To: Good, and Brotherhood, from Sea to shining Sea.

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Arizona Copper Land Swap Hits SetbackA bill that would swap land sacred to an Arizona tribe to create the largest copper mine in the country hit another setback Wednesday. A vote was expected Wednesday afternoon but the bill was pulled off the floor.November 13, 2013 Laurel Morales     " BIG WIN FOR INDIAN COUNTRY "   THX  GRIJALVA.....

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Unfortunately racists exist, we can no more eradicate them than we can a cock roach, they just thrive on anything we throw at them!;-) let them whine, cry since they are like a sad puppy dog just back from the vet after being neutered, unable to do one single thing about what is coming, changes in immigration laws, Congress is like the school yard see saw control of it goes right then left, and back again, a old corny saying comes to mind! The sun does not shine on one dogs tail all the time it has to shine on some other dogs tail some of the time!;-) Right now the tea party Jihadist/Terrorist/Hostage takers have a bit of power in Congress but their power is slowly but surely passing on, 70+ in beginning today 66 and even their masters have grown tired of them barking all the time!

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

You really should listen to the "Hispanics Against Amnesty" recordings by calling (602) 926-2873 for that answer.  Then I'd like to know if you think they are racist too.  Raul Grijalva, you are a real piece of shit.

john043012
john043012

Until congress passes a law on this Obama cannot over ride it, there are already hearing's going on now over his over reach with the illegal immigrant adult children. Grijalva should use his time sitting under the tent with the other loser's who are on a diet

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@robert_graham


Wow, that avatar is all I need to see to know your inner demons, bet your neo-Nazi pals just love you!:-)

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@john043012


Guess you missed the memo, Obama has been doing things within his authority via legal orders he can issue to his subordinates in INS, etc.!:-) I do not think the tea party terrorist controlled congress will pass anything until they lose their seats which seems inevitable one can hate, preach burn down the house one lives in only so much and then folks tire of it, 70+ started in tea party congress today 66 and dropping!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker    It seems to me, politics aside, internet stalkers are the REAL pieces of shit.  Are you afraid someone has a different opinion then you?  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker   Wow, the illegal cracker found me out.  I get paid to give the cracker a hard time.  I'm telling you, you are too fucking stupid to know it.

The personification of 'ignorance is bliss'. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker Let's ask your buddy robert graham if you are illegal or not.  He would know.  You are certainly a dumb fuck, so a drain on hard working Americans, i.e., US citizens, regardless.  

I hate parasites almost as much as I hate liberals.  .

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker   Dang dildo, didn't you post this exact same shit on the Denver blog?  What a pathetic loser.  You just continue to prove it.  

... and illegal to boot. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker   So dickwad, you are so in need of affirmation, that you derive satisfaction from getting a "like" from your fellow losers.  How freaking pathetic you are.

Here's a new list:   twist, twat, twink and  twouble-maker.  And don't forget low-life stalker.

Must be a bitch being you.

squash
squash

@DonkeyHotay How am I supposed to know who's who when you're constantly making sockpuppet accounts to talk to and/or argue with YOURSELF, Donkey? 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker             " Fisting" and "teabagging" - damn, your mind works in deviant ways.  I guess you answered my question.  You are obviously a gay, illegal, activist, racist nimrod.  Oh yeah, and a sniveling stalker.


Everything on the second list seems accurate as well,  including no balls (kind of makes teabagging a hope and a prayer - doesn't it?) 


See you in the parking lot..............


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @fishingblues "source = Free on-line dictionary"


You get what you pay for, schmendrick.


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker                                        So, chicken-dick, which one was it?                           1. racist, 2. illegal, 3.activist


And then there is the other list:


1.  Too stupid to know you're stupid.

2.  Too blind to see.

3. Too ideological to be logical.

4.  So in the tank  - you stank.


Don't have the balls to tell he truth?   

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues @squash

If one was to take the time to reference the dictionary, they might find NIMROD defined thus:  (informal) - A person regarded as silly, foolish or stupid.  source = Free on-line dictionary


Always here for your continued education donk.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@squash = dumber than a bucket of dirt


I've been insulted before, but calling me fishingblues is really low.


Ouch!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues @squash


Nimrod - king of Shinar was, according to the Bible, the son of Cush and great-grandson of Noah.

He is depicted as a man of power on earth, and a mighty hunter.



You = insult Fail! ... again.





fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker    Here's the deal dick,  I don't know RG from Adam, but anyone that calls a politician a "POS" is going to be right 90% of the time.  So why are you defending a politician you don't even know?  Simply because he is Latino?  That would be racist, wouldn't it?  Or simply because you are in favor of this one particular issue?  Then you are an  activist for the immigration cause.  That makes you highly prejudiced and therefore your opinion is next to worthless.


So, pick one (or more):

1.  Too stupid to know you're stupid.

2.  Too blind to see.

3. Too ideological to be logical.

4.  So in the tank  - you stank.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Twice again, @squash (shit-stain) has no fucking clue....  yawn.... what a fucking nimrod.

squash
squash

Once again, @fishingblues (DonkeyHotay) has no fucking clue what s/he is talking about.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker   I don't think much means much to you.

I find that some people are too fucking stupid to know how stupid they are.  I occasionally point it out.  As I said, I'm here to help.  Just my little way of giving back.    

Get your big sister to explain it to you and then you can thank me.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker Rationalize it any way you want.  It still comes out to obsession.  You even took his name.  You don't need me to tell you.  It is obvious to everyone that you are a fucking loser.

I just stopped by to help.    

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker   Point?  You have no point.  All you have is tortured logic.

You believe it is okay to act badly because, in your opinion, someone else did it first.   Kind of grade school, don't you think?  Grow the fuck up and get a life that doesn't involve stalking other numbnuts on the internet.  

THAT is the point! 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker   Gee, if I was a real nimrod, I could change my name to  robert-grahamcrackerattacker.  Then I could follow you around and criticize every comment you make.  But damn, then I would simply be a loser like you.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker   Sounds like you are just a bit paranoid dude or dudette.  The answer to your last question is no.

It seems to me, regardless of what this guy says you are the one that is incessantly  attacking him.


Criminal?  Are you shitting me?  What a freaking tool.

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