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Immigration Reform Is Not Dead: “DACA for All” Premature Since CIR Passed Democratic-Controlled Senate; Await GOP Vote in House

Shirl Mora James is the President and co-founder of Somos Independents.  She is also a strong Civil Rights and Immigration Lawyer.

Shirl Mora James is the President and co-founder of Somos Independents. She is also a strong Civil Rights and Immigration Lawyer.

by on Nov. 12, 2013

President Obama warned Americans with regard to how many will claim “Immigration Reform” is dead.  And already we see people diverting attention away legal Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) that recently passed the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Shirl Mora James is a Civil Rights and Immigration Lawyer and is the President of Somos Independents (a Mexican American-led key swing independent voter registration group).  She is a former Democratic registered voter — now independent, and she states:

Why would we be abandon Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) and push for DACA for all?  Then  immigrants would  always be second-class individuals  with only legal presence, 2 year work permits and no pathway to citizenship?  Such shortsightedness is unbelievable coming from a so-called immigrant activist(s) that sounds more like the Tea Party.

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I am also a registered independent voter and co-founder of Somos Independents, and as a former registered Republican, I would like to know which Tea Party Republican Representative will support a slippery slope idea where people contributing to our tax coffers and living in the United States are being “taxed without representation.”  The first Tea Party Republican who supports taxation without representation might be tarred and feathered.

Jacob Silverman reminds us: “At its core, the Boston Tea Party was a conflict over taxation. You may have heard the phrase “taxation without representation,” which developed in this era. Unlike their British brethren, the people living in the 13 colonies did not have direct representatives in the British parliament. Because of that, the colonists had no way to vote for how they would be taxed or who would represent them. And because of this lack of representation, the British government was free to tax the colonists in any way — and for any amount — that it saw fit. With no way to fight taxation and no way to claim their rights, many colonists feared that their property could be taken away through debilitating taxes.”

This is the time where genuine immigration activists who are American citizens and are politically astute should step in.  We must wait until the Republican-led House of Representatives casts their final vote before moving on to “DACA FOR ALL.”

Endorsing actions that support second class citizenship and leading to taxation without representation prematurely is a slippery slope and those who support such actions will be remembered in American history for supporting as much prematurely and before the GOP-controlled House vote on CIR.  We must wait and see how the Republican House of Representatives cast their vote on CIR first.

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2 Immigration Bills Introduced But Which Will Make it to Conference? Rep. Pelosi’s or Arizona Rep. Grijalva’s?

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by on Oct. 31, 2013

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Two Immigration bills have been introduced by Democratic House Representatives, but which one will make it to conference?  Will Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s HR 15 or Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva’s HR 3163 make it?

Rep. Pelosi of California is already receiving bipartisan Republican support with regard to H.R. 15 and has over 183 members supporting it.    According to Open Congress, Rep. Raul Grijalva’s H.R. 3163 bill is only mustering up approximately 35 members.

Some members like Rep. Charles Rangel have supported both Grijalva’s bill as well as Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bill and we believe Rep. Grijalva should support both immigration bills, too, and allow the best bill with the most support to win…… Read more

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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

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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.