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Mexican Physicist Doing Academic Research In Europe Responds to Lorenzo Garcia University of Texas Immigrant Controversy

Said Rahimzadeh-Kalaleh Rodriguez, Mexican Physicit

Said Rahimzadeh-Kalaleh Rodriguez, Mexican Physicist doing academic research in Europe.

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In perusing the responses by people who have been following the Lorenzo Garcia University of Texas story, a comment made by Said Rahimzadeh-Kalaleh Rodriguez is a gem that  I have found.  Lorenzo Garcia and his chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas are under fire for a controversial “catch an illegal immigrant game,” which calls for students to apprehend people wearing “illegal immigrant” labels in exchange for $25 gift cards.

We are happy to hear the University of Texas leadership reacted swiftly, and we are glad the “catch an illegal” game has been cancelled.

Regarding the YCT controversial game, Rahimzadeh-Kalaleh Rodriguez says:

I am a Mexican physicist doing academic research in Europe (as an immigrant). Suppose for a moment I were considering joining your University, and suppose that I am a qualified individual (will not say that of myself). How do you think your event makes me feel about your University. Do you think I will have any desire to engage in an atmosphere where people get 25 dollar rewards for catching “illigal immigrants” walking around a University campus?

To judge everyone at UT based on the actions of this group would be as wrong as judging all Mexicans (or even latin-americans) based on the actions of a sub-sector of that population. However, this event does reflect the level of conciousness and tolerance of a significant sector of your University. To be honest, I find it sad that you derive a sense of identity from hating a fellow who just happened to be born on the other side of a river. Learn to earn merit and appreciation from your own ideas and creativity, and stimulate others to be the highest version of their own selves they can be. Then you will attract the most fascinating people to your debate. Otherwise, all I see now is a group of people who derive a sense of superiority from the very thing for which we have the least control at all: where we were born.

Well said, Mr. Rodriguez. And we would like to wish you and your family the best in all your endeavors.

Meanwhile we saw an internal YCT poll asking those on the message forum whether people believed YCT was racist or not.  An overwhelming2000+ votes declared YCT as racist

.Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) viewed as "racist" in an internal poll taken within the YCT FB message board when the "Catch An Illegal" Game was posted by Lorenzo Garcia.  Lorenzo supported Senator Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott.

Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) viewed as “racist” in an internal poll taken within the YCT FB message board when the “Catch An Illegal” Game was posted by Lorenzo Garcia. Lorenzo supported Senator Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott.

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National Mexican American/Latino Voter Group Blasts Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner For Delaying Immigration Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Election Day — November 14, 2013,
DeeDee Garcia Blase, Communications – 480-200-3748
info@nationaltequilapartymovement.com
Phoenix, AZ — Somos Independents is a national group of key swing registered independent voters led by Mexican American women.  Majority House Leader John Boehner is the 4th highest paid government official getting paid almost a quarter of a million dollars per year with our tax dollars.  We do not believe it is acceptable for him to decrease Congressional working days in 2013 in light of Americans having to endure the government shutdown debacle, partisanship, infighting with regard to the Affordable Care Act, Syria, Iran, budget talks and etc.  We have watched the GOP-led House of Representative polls sink, and we believe they do  not deserve to go on extended vacation breaks considering Americans pay over $75 million budget per year in order to fund 435 House of Representatives.
The Republican Party used to pride itself on strong national security, however, they do not seem to realize there are immigration scam artists out there who benefit financially from a broken immigration system who want to bring back all 1.7 million immigrants who have already been deported to include dangerous and real criminals.  We have concerns with an Iranian and Fijian immigrant who appear to have an anti-U.S.A. mentality, and we want to be clear they have no agency to speak on behalf of Mexican American/Latino voters.    The Mexican American / Chicano  community has demonstrated our loyalty and patriotism for our Nation in reporting these pseudo immigration activists who ask for donations to conduct “legal coyote” work by reporting these concerns to the FBI, the DHS and the DOJ.  Our community is not in favor for bringing back the real dangerous criminal element, and we will always support good immigrants who aspire to be Americans that can only contribute to our economy paving the way for new tax payers we will need to take care of our elderly with regard to the burgeoning social security government benefits they depend on.    As such, Republicans have an opportunity to help eliminate those who profit and benefit from a broken immigration system in the name of National and Economic security.
According to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, we have the legal comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) votes with 190 cosponsors on H.R.15 and 28 Republicans vowing support.
The GOP can do things the easy way or the hard way. Either they pass immigration reform in 2013, or pay the political consequences in 2014. If they wait until 2014, we are afraid their hostility on immigration will remain fresh in our Mexican American / Latino minds for the remainder of the 2014 election year. We want to remind RNC Chair Reince Priebus and the Republican Party of when they underestimated us before in 2012 and when they suffered a huge blow with regard to the “Hispanic” and women vote. We plan on micro targeting areas with high Hispanic populated areas or areas with population changes.   Our demographics and the arc of justice bend in our favor, and with the internet age we live , the GOP can no longer insult our intelligence with false perceptions. We know and understand what is going on. With approximately 500,000 new coming of age Latin voters per year, it would be wise for the GOP to take care of business before they go on their Christmas or Holiday break.
We are asking Speaker John Boehner to reconsider his recent immigration move because fixing our broken immigration system is a National Security issue. If national security is not a top priority for Republicans in the House of Representatives, we would like to invite them to attend the Joaquin Luna Jr., Memorial Walk in Texas so they can witness firsthand how the broken immigration system directly affects Mexican American and  Latinos across the Nation.  Joaquin Luna Jr. was a DREAM Act student who shot himself the day after Thanksgiving Day approximately 2 years ago because he felt he had no hope, and we want Republicans to remember Joaquin Luna this Thanksgiving Day. It has been 2 years since that fateful day and there is no reason why we cannot fix our immigration system in our Homeland considering we seem to be the first to want to issues in other parts of the world.  
Here is a letter from Nina Hinojosa, surviving member of his family directed to the Republicans in the House of Representatives:
Nov. 7, 2013
Letter to Republican Representatives

It’s going on two years this month, that my brother Joaquín Luna, Jr. took his own life due to him having no hope of becoming a Civil Engineer like he always hoped he could be in this country. So, he chose to be with our Lord Jesús Cristo where in heaven you don’t need to have any sorts of documents to be accepted, just your faith.
 
It’s so hard to accept that the people we voted for to represent our country is so narrow minded, so cold-hearted that you all can’t put yourselves in our shoes and see the world as it really is and accept change. Because, these people who undocumented human beings (like you) are suffering. Take your blind folds off and see the potential all this kids have and see how much they have to bring to the table.
 
Have Faith.
 
Stop the suffering, and stop the discrimination and give us a chance to prove ourselves. Give us the benefit of the doubt, so we can prove how much (together) we can make this a better place.
 
You have it in your power to make a humanbeing like my brother Joaquín Luna, Jr. have hope in their Dreams to become a reality and prove to everyone that we are more than undocumented.
 
Don’t spread more pain and don’t have another child lose hope. Don’t have another mother bury her son, a sister loose her baby brother (which I helped raise) and to this day I can’t stop shedding tears for him.  And may you reading this feel my pain and open your hearts and have faith.
 
May you rest in peace little brother, Joaquín Luna, Jr.

Thank you,
Nina Hinojosa
(Below:  Joaquin Luna Jr., suicide note dated the Day after Thanksgiving in 2011 within his journal).
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Somos Independents is a national group of key swing independent registered Independent voters led by Mexican-American women who support bipartisanship in our government that will help solve tough issues.  We know the immigration issue is a federal matter and we rely on our Congress to fix the broken immigration system soon with legal immigration reform.  We are organizing the growing independent registered voter group, and we realize college-aged students prefer registering themselves as independents rather than choosing a major political party.  We believe in putting people before Party politics.  Co-founders include a former Republican and a former Democratic voter.
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TGM FINDS IT’S NEW HOME!

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What a difference a few months can make. After debating which city could be the right fit for TGM, we at Generation ME are excited to announce that we have chosen our newest home. What better place, than the greatest stage of them all, “New York City.”

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Mexican-American / Woman-led Organization Slams Republican For Using Derogatory Term “Wetback”

For Immediate Release
info@nationaltequilapartymovement.com
Shirl Mora James, President – Civil Rights and Immigration Lawyer

DeeDee Garcia Blase, Communications

Phoenix, AZ – We are disappointed to learn that Republicans are still using derogatory terms that predate the Civil Rights era. We consider the term “wetback” offensive. According to the Washington Post, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), in an interview with a local radio station released Thursday, referred to Latinos working on a ranch by using the derogatory term “wetbacks.”

The ousted and former Republican Senator Russell Pearce also proudly used this derogatory term despite being told it was offensive. This is precisely why Mexican-Americans who account for almost 70% of the entire Latino population pie are leaving the Republican Party and this is precisely why members of SOMOS REPUBLICANS joined a new movement via SOMOS INDEPENDENTS. In fact, the GOP has not yet reversed their restrictionist and protectionist anti-immigrant platform they adopted in 2012.

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About the National Tequila Party Movement:

The National Tequila Party Movement (now known as SOMOS INDEPENDENTS is a woman-led political movement. More females vote in Presidential elections than men strong Latina matriarchs are emerging. It is our goal to communicatto females and Latina matriarchs across the nation with regard to the need for compassion towards undocumented immigrants and the need to fix the broken immigration system. The Tequila Party is currently organizing a national tour of concerts, events, dinners and college rallies that will encourage a massive Latino Get Out The Vote and political participation. This movement is a non-partisan movement. We don’t care how people vote, we just want them to get on the early ballot system, become consistent primary and general election voters.

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EVENT ALERT: COMING OUT OF THE SHADOWS

The purpose of this event is to inform the public/community about how the undocumented community is no longer afraid to publicly declare their legal status, and to live with their legal status upfront.
It’s an open-mic event where everybody is invited to come and declare their legal status and state that we are unafraid, students and parents as well as allies.

We will start with a short speech from the legal director introducing the event and a few special speakers
We invite you to bring your cap and gowns on promoting higher education.

The event will take from 30 min to an hour..

WHEN: Wednesday March-20-2013

WHERE: 555 College Ave., Lemoore, CA 93245 @ 12PM

Event By By Eddy Reyes, Pablo Reyes Morales and Carla Guzman

 

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EVET ALERT: Humanitarian Concert and Music CD Launching April 5, 2013, in Support of Earned and Legal Immigration Reform

Humanitarian Concert and Music CD Launching April 5, 2013, in Support of Earned and Legal Immigration Reform

3-11-13
Contact:480-200-3748
For Immediate Release
info@nationaltequilapartymovement.com
DeeDee Garcia Blase, Communications
Shirl Mora James, President – Civil Rights and Immigration Lawyer

Phoenix, AZ — We are happy to announce the launch of a humanitarian music CD that pushes for earned and legal immigration. We believe in communicating through art and music. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once penned: “Music is the universal language of mankind — poetry their universal pastime and delight.” Many of us have fond memories when it comes to lyrics we identify with in songs sung by the likes of Bob Marley, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, Pink Floyd and so forth. How is it that a John Lennon or Marvin Gaye song has everlasting global and sustaining reach when they sing of peace or war? We have come to the absolute conclusion that musicians and great writers are the ones who come up with memorably coined phrases and quotes leaving a lasting global ripple effect.

The Tequila CD consists of music created by new emerging Latino artists and poets across the country. Throughout 2011 & 2012 the National Tequila Party Movement visited universities and cities in an effort to help get out the Latino vote pushing support for pro immigrant politicians. We hosted tequila party rallies (countering the extremist tea party movement) in states such as Arizona, Nebraska, Kansas, Nevada, Texas, Florida, New York, Indiana, Michigan, and more. New emerging Latino artists performed at our tequila rallies and created songs with regard to the immigration movement.

A portion of our CD sales will go to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students since they have to approximately $575.00 for documentation fees + attorney fees, and the other portion of our CD sales will go to Mexican-American artists who helped contribute their talents to this important message.

Our goal is to communicate through music with regard to the humanitarian aspect of immigration. Mexicans and other immigrants are not asking for a handout – they are seeking earned legal immigration reform. Chicanos and American citizens are here to push the American Dream, and we know that when our Nation continues to be a Beacon and a light to the Globe – blessings come our way.

The launch of our Tequila CD will take place on April 5, 2012. We will be having a concert to promote our CD in the heart of where the draconian anti-immigrant law originated.

Date: Friday, April 5, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: The Lot – 1005 North Second Street, Phoenix, AZ.

For more information, contact: DeeDee Garcia Blase – (480) 200-3748

Music taps into emotions of the human spirit and it also connects it to a memory. The world is ready for new and emerging talented lyricists and musicians who are able to express ideas that embrace love, life, and positive political messages. Musicians who have a sincere concern for the direction of our nation ought to rise up — because the time is now for their message to be received by others in the most memorable medium possible.

They say Spanish is the language of love and it is wonderful to hear the fusion of English and Spanish music challenging hate and bigotry.

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Artist of Tequila CD — El Moises of Phoenix, Arizona

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About the National Tequila Party Movement:

The National Tequila Party Movement (now known as SOMOS INDEPENDENTS is a woman-led political movement. More females vote in Presidential elections than men strong Latina matriarchs are emerging. It is our goal to communicatto females and Latina matriarchs across the nation with regard to the need for compassion towards undocumented immigrants and the need to fix the broken immigration system. The Tequila Party is currently organizing a national tour of concerts, events, dinners and college rallies that will encourage a massive Latino Get Out The Vote and political participation. This movement is a non-partisan movement. We don’t care how people vote, we just want them to get on the early ballot system, become consistent primary and general election voters.