Deceptive La Raza campaign targets Senate

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[FONT=Palatino, Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif][SIZE=+2]Deceptive La Raza campaign targets Senate[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Palatino, Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif][SIZE=+1]Call plan lets Spanish-speakers lobby Washington on immigration[/SIZE][/FONT]
[SIZE=-1]Posted: June 1, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

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[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]A campaign has been set up by a group including La Raza, an organization that advocates for a Mexican takeover of parts of southwestern United States, letting Spanish-speaking people lobby the U.S. Senate directly, even coaching them what English words to use. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]And it deceives congressional offices, with a high-tech process that strips away the 800 number people actually call, and forwards to Washington the callers' home numbers, leaving the impression the multitude of calls are not part of an organized effort, WND has learned. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]The actual program is being run by the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which calls itself "a campaign … to achieve passage of workable comprehensive immigration reform legislation that serves our nation," and includes the National Council of La Raza as a supporting member. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]As WND reported earlier, La Raza was condemned last year by Rep. Charles Norwood, R-Ga., as a radical "pro-illegal immigration lobbying organization that supports racist groups calling for the secession of the western United States as a Hispanic-only homeland." [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Norwood has called on La Raza to renounce its support of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan – which sees "The Race" as part of an ethnic group that one day will reclaim Aztlan, the mythical birthplace of the Aztecs. In Chicano folklore, Aztlan includes California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and parts of Colorado and Texas. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]The new campaign web pages trumpet: "NATIONAL CALL-IN DAYS FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM." [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"Your Senators need to hear your voice urging them to support reform! Support family unity and protecting (sic) our workers. It is ok to call more than once per individual," the promotion continues in its English version. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"Comprehensive immigration reform is the solution to fixing our broken immigration system, and now is the time to act. Families, workers, and communities across the country are counting on Congress to get it done, get it right, and do it now. You can help make it happen with your call – join the effort!" [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Callers' telephone numbers are identified by the CCIR, and they are given a choice of contacting either senator from the state they are calling from. "Tell your senator you won't accept any excuses if they fail to act," callers are told. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Callers then are forwarded to their choice of senators, through the CCIR program which conceals the fact that the calls are part of an organized effort by displaying the caller's original number on Caller ID functions in the Senate offices. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]For those who don't speak English, the same service is offered in Spanish. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"Llame a este número y siga las instrucciones para conectarse a las oficinas de sus congresistas: 1-800-882-2005," the web page instructs. "Dígale a cada uno de sus Senadores que: ¡ACTUE AHORA A FAVOR DE LA REFORMA MIGRATORIA!" [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]The call even coaches Spanish-speaking callers how to pronounce the following English words when they are connected to the Senate offices: "Support immigration reform that protects families and workers." [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Ira Mehlman, whose group the Federation for American Immigration Reform endorses limits on immigration, told WND that the telephone call promotion is part of the publicity campaign being assembled by "the whole illegal alien advocacy network." [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"The answer is not to extend quotas to accommodate everyone here, as the president wants to do," he said. "The reason we have limits on immigration in the first place is that we recognize, or ought to recognize that illegal immigration has an impact on everyone." [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Immigration changes that simply change the classification of an illegal alien into a legal worker or other term may solve the legal technicalities, but leaves all the other impact problems – on schools, social services and the like – still there to deal with, he said. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]He called the campaign "a byproduct of our out-of-control immigration system." [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Tara Hendershott, the deputy press secretary for Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., told WND that the office has been getting calls from "individual constituents" regarding the immigration debate. But she was surprised that the programming allows the caller to contact an 800 number and be forwarded to a Senate office and still reflect the original number on Caller ID. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]She said Allard does review reports on callers, as well as letters and e-mails. But she said he makes his decisions primarily on what he hears when he visits constituents in Colorado to discuss issues. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]A WND reader heard a promotion about the call-in numbers on a radio program. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"These numbers should be … given out to everyone so we can call on those numbers and invalidate them for just illegals," the reader said. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]CCIR on its website also offers the option of sending form e-mails to members of Congress. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"Fair and just immigration reform is needed…," the letter says. "We must renew and embrace the fundamental rights upon which this great nation was built: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. As you ponder the fate of millions, I stress the need for you to include the following…" [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Then it lists a path for legal status for anyone "already leading a productive life in the United States of America," a process that is expedited for "cases that involve parents of small children," and protections for migrant workers. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Another group, called You Don't Speak for Me, however, said the provisions of the pending plan to address the estimated 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens within the United States are wrong. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"We are Americans of Hispanic heritage who believe in America. We believe in the governmental institutions and laws that make this country the greatest in the world. It is because of this strong belief in the principles of freedom, individual liberties, the rule of law, and democracy that we formed You Don't Speak for Me!: American Hispanic Voices Speaking Out Against Illegal Immigration," the group says. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"American Hispanic voices are being shouted down by the hate and race-directed rhetoric of those who do not appreciate the laws of our country. We of You Don't Speak for Me! give voice to those without a voice and those whose opposition to illegal immigration is drowned out by illegal aliens and their supporters marching in the streets demanding undeserved 'rights' of U.S. citizens." [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]To those who are in the U.S. illegally and those who would give away amnesty, the group says: "You are wrong and you should not be claiming to speak for all American Hispanics." [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]The website provides the profile of Carmen Morales, who arrived in the United States at the age of 3 and now drives a school bus in New Jersey. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"I am often asked to translate for bi-lingual teachers, who barely speak English, and teach their lessons in Spanish instead. I notice the children's books teach Mexican history of Pancho Villa, not America's own founding fathers, like George Washington," she wrote. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"American children are being pushed out of their own schools; lost and confused in classrooms, cafeterias and playgrounds where Spanish is now the language of choice. I know this to be the case … and have seen it firsthand," she said. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Legislators and politicians need to know, she said, "that the civil disobedience that has taken over our streets and communities is designed to bully them into giving amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. The cost of that kind of amnesty for our families, our children and future generations, is one that none of us can afford!" [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]CCIR said its priorities are to have legislation that gives a path to citizenship, protects workers and reunites families, restores the "rule of law," and promotes civic participation. [/FONT]
[FONT=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Organizations in support of CCIR include the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, League of United Latin American Citizens, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Immigration Forum as well an a number of organized labor groups. [/FONT]
 
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