Monday, March 12, 2018

Trump's Border Wall is Stupid and Dangerous

The Wall (or Fence)

Yes, the U.S. can build a wall or fencing on the U.S. side of the border, except for that portion of the border that is on the Tohono O’odhom reservation in Arizona.   But the wall will be an expensive failure.  

Donald Trump plans to build a border wall at a cost of at least $16,000,000,000, more likely $25 billion. 
Rather than building a wall that will not work, we could build 375 schools in the U.S., or 93 average size hospitals. 
For every 10 miles of wall built, we could have 30 schools.  For every 50 miles, we could have 4-5 hospitals.

The Border Community is 2,000 miles long, expanding from California to the Gulf of Mexico. It includes uninhabited desert, small and large cities, and el Rio Grande. 
·      The US considers Border Territory anything 100 miles from ports of entry. This includes the Southern and Northern Borders as well as all coasts, meaning that about  2/3 of the entire US population live within Border Territory.
·      About 200 million people live within the 100-mile zone; including 11 states that lie almost entirely within the zone and 9 of the 10 largest cities in the country: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego and San Jose.

Border Enforcement
·      The United States spends billions of dollars a year on border enforcement under the narrative of ‘national security’, which is primarily spent on the Southern Border.
·      Customs and Border Patrol is the largest federal law enforcement agency in the country. Today there are about 22,000 Border Patrol agents, 18,000 of them stationed on the Southern Border. 
·      CBP has full authority to operate anywhere within the 100-mile zone, including stopping and searching vehicles and persons on reasonable suspicion, regardless of legal status. 
·      The Department of Justice exempted Border Patrol from its most recent orders to local and federal police against racial profiling.
·      The budget for border enforcement increased by 75% in the last decade, to add up to 13.5 billion dollars per year. This is more than the DEA, FBI, and Secret Service budgets combined. 
·      Internal Border Patrol immigration checkpoints exist all throughout the 100-mile zone, way beyond Ports of Entry. In New Mexico, these checkpoints are located well beyond urban locations, forcing all undocumented immigrants to remain within the region. 
·      The current wall covers about 650 miles along the border and has already cost the US $7 billion, that’s about $5 million per mile in some areas.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Donald Trump's Deportation Machine

Please go to the newsstands later this month or click on to read a TIME Magazine cover story: "No one is safe. How Trump's immigration policy is splitting families apart.”
The farm worker movement helped put TIME Magazine in contact with the family featured in this story, a hard working farm worker family with three American-born children whose father, Alejandro, was ripped apart from them. The father had no criminal record -- not even a speeding ticket. The mother, Maria, is alone in the country hoping the same horrifying situation does not happen to her. As a member of the UFW Foundation, Maria has learned about her rights and is empowered to tell her story.
We wanted to share Maria and Alejandro’s heartbreaking story with you as an example of the realities we see way too often in farm worker communities. Stories like this are why we continue to do everything we can to protect farm workers and immigrants who contribute so much to our economy.
Please read this heartbreaking article. This is affecting not only the adults, but their children. Kids are being taught at a very young age what it is they need to do if mom and dad don’t come home. I will be reaching out to you again, in hopes that you will continue helping us protect these vulnerable members of our communities and their families. 
Thank you for supporting us.

Arturo S. Rodriguez
UFW President

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Jeff Sessions- ICE Out of Sacramento


Jeff Sessions Out of Sacramento!

Jeff Sessions, Trump’s hate-mongering Attorney General, is coming to Sacramento to spread his message of xenophobia, and make a “statement” on sanctuary jurisdictions.

Let's show Sessions and his supporters that this message of hate is unacceptable. Show out to protest his visit and show solidarity with migrant communities! Keep Jeff Sessions out of Sacramento and defend sanctuary cities!

DATE: TOMORROW, March 7th, 7:30am
Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, 500 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
RSVP on Facebook

Chicanos Made History

The East L.A. Walkouts, 50 Years Later
Sophie Peterson, 14, from Sylmar, at a rally against gun violence in Los Angeles last month.
Sophie Peterson, 14, from Sylmar, at a rally against gun violence in Los Angeles last month. Richard Vogel/Associated Press 
Good morning.
Fifty years ago this month, amid the tumult of the 1960s, thousands of Chicano students from Los Angeles high schools walked out of class to protest racism and failing schools. 
“I was pretty beat down,” recalled Bobby Verdugo, who was one of the student organizers. “I didn’t think I would amount to much. That’s what teachers were telling me.” 
As Mr. Verdugo, 67, and other veterans of the Chicano walkouts made the rounds of events at schools here recently, to mark the anniversary, students told them about their own intentions to walk out of class next week, in solidarity with student activists across the country who have called for protests for gun control in the aftermath of the shooting in Parkland, Fla.