White House Pushes Forward on Immigration Ahead of Bigger Reform Fight

David Nakamura and Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, January 3, 2013

AThe Obama administration’s decision this week to ease visa requirements for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants represents its latest move to reshape immigration through executive action, even as the White House gears up for an uncertain political fight over a far-more-sweeping legislative package in the months ahead.

Immigration advocates on Thursday hailed a rule change at the Department of Homeland Security that would make it easier for many undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States as they seek permanent residency, saying it will improve the lives of relatives who could have been separated for years without the changes.

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“He is checking off every administrative box he can of what he can do with executive authority that comports with his overall view of immigration policy,” said Angela Kelley, an analyst at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank allied with the White House.

The latest policy change is focused on illegal immigrants who have a spouse, parent or child with U.S. citizenship. Currently, in order to become legal they must leave the United States and apply for a waiver forgiving their unlawful presence in the country. Only then can they apply for an immigrant visa. And if they don’t get a waiver, they are barred from returning to the United States for up to 10 years, depending on the case.

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But champions of stricter immigration controls denounced the administration’s action, saying that such rule changes reward lawbreakers and allow them to cut the line in front of people who have abided by legal procedures.

“It’s definitely using executive authority or privileges to make an end run around the law the way it’s written,” said Jessica Vaughan of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies. “The law was intended to make it difficult for people who were living here illegally. This is a way for the administration to change a law that they don’t like . . .without having to go through Congress, where they probably couldn’t get it changed.”

She added: “With each instance of this, the administration is providing amnesty to another group of people, and as long as they can get away with it, they’ll keep doing it.”

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In another recent policy change, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office announced last month that it would focus community detention efforts on illegal immigrants with a record of previous felony convictions or several misdemeanors. Agency officials said the move was made to put the department’s limited resources to better use in targeting the most dangerous criminals.

Still, administration officials emphasize that such administrative actions are not intended as a substitute for broader legislation, which would be aimed at providing a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented workers.

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Although Obama has pledged to push for comprehensive legislation early in his second term, the White House’s timetable has been complicated by the prospect of another round of fiscal negotiations over the debt ceiling in February and the president’s pledge to support a gun-control bill in the wake of the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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Analysts said the latest policy change could alter the personal calculus of many immigrants who have concluded that remaining in the United States illegally is less risky than applying for a visa and being separated for years on end.

To qualify, an applicant must be inadmissible only on account of his or her unlawful presence in the United States and must demonstrate that being separated from family would mean “extreme hardship” for his or her U.S. relative.

“It’s a potentially significant feature of immigration law going forward because it removes this Catch-22 that people were subject to before,” said Audrey Singer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who focuses on immigration.

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  • ArmenianWN

    When the Nazis were elected to power in Germany, Martin Niemoller made the famous statement:

    “First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the socialists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for the catholics,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a catholic.

    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me.”

    This has historically been the sentiment for whites in America. They think that since Europe is slowly being turned into an Islamic continent, it will never happen to them. They are wrong. My homeland of Armenia is bordered by Turkey, which has organized genocides and wars against the people of my country numerous times, yet we are not allowed to criticize them because that would be “politically incorrect” (yes, we have that too). And Armenia isn’t part of Europe anyway! My dear Americans, if Europe falls to Islam, so will your country. please donate to or join Golden Dawn or BNP or any other Nationalist political party in Europe so that Europe won’t cave to Islam. This issue will affect you, no matter how you feel now. Thank God that all of you at AmRen understand what is going on.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Also NEVER forget the Armenian Genocide of 1.5 million individuals by the evil Turks which has been completely swept under the rug by the media. Stay strong brother we are all fighting as one against the darkness of the New World Order.

      • ArmenianWN

        If it where switched and my fellow Armenians murdered 1.5 million Turks, The event would still be gaining more publicity than the Holocaust.

        • Xerxes22

          NO, absolutely no, definitely no. No genocide gets more publicity than the Holocaust.

          • Libearlsuck

            Not that the Jewish holocaust wasn’t horrific, but nobody talks about the 100 million under communist regimes like the Soviet Union, Maoist China, Khmer Rouge, etc. The point of bringing up the Nazi genocide of Jews and what happened to the American Indians is to instill guilt in white people without pointing out harm done to us or things other groups have done to each other. If we are all the same as the liberals claim and if it’s not fair to stigmatize an entire group based on the actions of a few, why don’t professors and historians give equal attention to genocides we’ve mentioned on here?

          • David Ashton

            The best (if imperfect) guide to “holocausts” past and present is Rudy Rummel’s “democide” website. He may exaggerate the actual totals for both Soviets and Nazis but a comprehensive list and details of democides can be downloaded from his site.

    • kjh64

      Yes, if Europe fall to Islam, it will be a nightmare for Europe AND the USA and the entire Western world. I have no doubt that the same thing could happen in the USA given the poltiically correct regimes we have.

      • liberalsuck

        The regimes would have a hell of a lot of time with a well armed, pissed off American population. With the invention of the internet, it will be even much harder for dictators of politicians to have the amount of control they did. The public is more informed these days. Hell, even WWII is being questioned as to the necessity of that more and more.

    • ArmenianWN

      I’m from Armenia as well and I agree with everything you say.

    • Liberalsuck

      I wish we could take a lesson from Spain during the 1930s. General Franco stopped the brutal, oppressive communist takeover of Spain and ran the county for the next 40 years after that. He was up against the communist who had a strong supply of weapons and financing from the Soviet Union as well as other left-wing groups here in the US. There is a good book about that called “Last Crusade: Spain 1936″ and the author is Warren H. Carrol. There are a lot of similarities then with the violent communists (aka liberals/progressive nowadays) took over and with how the conservatives were divided and fractured into three different conservative parties that couldn’t decide on anything WITH HOW the conservative establishment today is pandering to the liberals and how conservatives have fighting amongst their ranks.

    • saxonsun

      Yes, the turks killed a million Greeks about 90 yrs. ago–it’s called the Greek Genocide.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Obama, worried that executive action has limits?

    You mean OUR Barry? Not the one I see. The one I see will do anything by fiat and dare the Dorkpublicans to resist, and most won’t.

    • NM156

      Boner (i.e. Boehner) didn’t do a damn thing about Obama’s administrative amnesty for the DREAMers or his halt of deportations of all but criminal aliens. The GOP leadership is on Obama’s side.

      • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

        Only Steve King had anything close to a proper response, dragging Obama into Federal court. Except King was smart — While I think the whole thing is unconstitutional, the Federal courts would probably let Obama get away with not starting civil deportation proceedings, based on prosecutorial discretion. But King is suing on Obama summarily creating legal immigrant work visas that Congress did not authorize, and also the $465 fee for entering the program, a fee that Congress did not authorize, arguments which I think that King would win assuming an honest judiciary.

        Strangely, or maybe not so strangely, Steve King got next to no money from the Bohener/Cantor/McCarthy controlled slush fund to elect/re-elect House Republicans, as King faced a tough battle and did indeed beat the wife of current Ag Sec Tom Vilsack this past November.

      • Frank

        No, just scared of being called racists.

        • Liberalsuck

          This is basically what your white conservative establishment spokesman is saying, “Please, take over my country. Please replace our American culture with Latin culture. Please use my tax money to support your family and your little ‘soldiers’ to take over my country. Please bring your MS-13 gang culture here and further ravage our cities, states and towns into a Mad Max situation. Please declare parts of the country for Latins only. Please don’t bother to speak English and respect the Constitution here. BUT…whatever you do….please, please, PLEASE don’t call me a racist!”

      • Liberalusck

        The only way the conservatives MIGHT survive is on state and county levels, but on a national level anymore? They’re toast. They only have themselves to blame.

  • Susan

    After seeing what was left of the first paycheck of 2013 I really can’t handle anymore of this fraudulant obama’s plans.He is truly destroying this country. If I wanted to live in a ‘spanish’ country I would have moved south of the border.Americans were not given the chance to vote on that 1965 Immigration law.

    • kjh64

      Yes, but if too many of “your type”(White people, foreigners) etc. were to attempt to move to Mexico, you wouldn’t be allowed. Mexico tolerates no illegal immigration and allows a very small amount of legal foreign residents ie. through marriage to a Mexican national or some expat doing a job that doesn’t compete with a Mexican national. Mexico’s immigration policies are very strict and race-based and specifically state that Mexico is for Mexicans and no migration there can threaten Mexican ethnicity. Yet, they demand the right to our country.

      • liberalsuck

        Don’t move to Mexico then. Move to New Zealand or something. your hypocrisy of Mexico vs the US is spot on; then again most nonwhites aren’t aware nor care of their blatant double standards and hypocrisy. I always tell guilt-ridden white people or anti-white nonwhites, ‘Hey, I just want to implement the same harsh tactics against the mostly Mexican illegal immigrants that Mexico uses on their illegal immigrants.” There are too many of them here these days as opposed to the 1950s and white people don’t have the will they used to back then as they have been so brainwashed from political correctness and browbeaten for being white nonstop by the system.

        • IstvanIN

          NZ doesn’t want whites. The Commonwealth realms are all hard at work turning the white dominions “colored”. It seems the elites of those countries feel that becoming non-white republics will make life much better than being British outposts.

          • liberalsuck

            What would these white countries do who are giving preferences to nonwhite immigrants over white ones do if whites en masse started to flood these countries and the politicians and authorities there were overwhelmed and couldn’t stop it?

          • Nate Miller

            Well the fact is most immigrants to Australia and New Zealand are from China and India followed by other Asian nations, the middle east, Europe and even Africa.

          • David Ashton

            As someone taken as a boy to settle in then White Australia but who came back to then White England, I find this a very disturbing development. It is partly the handiwork of the Cultural Marxist ideological corruption of the media, educational and political elites, plus the business interests who have no interest other than financial gain. The ANZAC populations are under a threat of a Pacific invasion far more insidious because less obvious and less violent than in the 1940s.

      • Pelayo

        Mexico has troops on the border with Guatemala to thwart crossings by Central Americans.

  • The__Bobster

    Immigration advocates on Thursday hailed a rule change at the Department
    of Homeland Security that would make it easier for many undocumented
    immigrants to stay in the United States as they seek permanent
    residency, saying it will improve the lives of relatives who could have
    been separated for years without the changes.
    ________

    If separation is the problem, the relatives should go home with the deportees. Nothing but the free stuff is making them stay here.

    • NM156

      Yes, we all support family reunification! Don’t forget to get on that f’n phone when the amnesty machine starts up. The 2006/2007 shut downs by an infuriated public worked beautifully. The overwhelming response by the public short-circuited Senate switchboards during the 07 Senate vote. I’ll be spending lunch breaks yelling into my cell phone if necessary.

      • Nate Miller

        It won’t work this time. The demography, political determination and resources are tilted against you this time. But, still give in your best on the cell phone during your lunch break, hey, at least you will always be comforted by the thought that you tried! Good Luck!

        • NM156

          The demographics changed since what…2010, when the anti-amnesty GOP took the house by tsunami? The public will step on heads, and the Democrats will squeal. They’re already looking for excuses to back out of reform, e.g. gun control and the Feb. budget sequester. Amnesty is as likely as a UFO landing on the White House lawn. Those demographics look good!

      • kenfrombayside

        I aleady started. We have to be a mobilized army of millions.

    • Liberalsuck

      I don’t care if they are here for a better life. They are displacing us. They have no intentions of assimilating into our culture and instead are replacing it with their third world, unintelligent culture here. The system is using our resources on them and against us. They are trying to take over just like the Muslims are trying to take over Western Europe. How can you expect me to have any compassion or love for people like that?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NQHEAYZCMBOERHG2VZRDQ3YUSQ Felix

        If wanting a better life is sufficient to justify breaking the law, then can we start squatting in mansions in Bel Air and Beverly Hills? I want their better life, also, but I doubt they’d stand for it.

      • David Ashton

        Immigrants wouldn’t come if they didn’t expect to better off in the country of their choice, but this is no answer to the state of their own countries. The numbers are too many and the cultures too different. On the whole, we all have to stay where we are and try to improve our own countries. There is a case for helping some other countries, but no longer for opening the door to them all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Bates/100000284781928 Jessica Bates

    You know what this country needs? More mexicans.
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    • shattered

      Those are El Salvadorians but we get the point.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Bates/100000284781928 Jessica Bates

        I like to lump them together and call them “mexicans,” thank you, because I don’t like to exert any effort giving them the time of day. I don’t name thanksgiving turkeys either. They sure are yummy though!

        • shattered

          A Mexican is a citizen of Mexico regardless of race. Though mestizos are the largest demographic of Mexico’s population, I’ve met full blooded Caucasians and Asians in Mexico that were Mexicans. It’s best to just call them Hispanics or Latinos in my opinion.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Bates/100000284781928 Jessica Bates

            Oh, I just prefer to call them mexicans or effing mexicans. Thanks though!

  • ATBOTL

    Meanwhile the GOP does nothing.

    • George White

      Every single person here should be contacting both the Congress and the Senate by letters, emails, and calls. Join NUMBERSUSA and FAIR. Do something! We have to fight this!

      • NM156

        The House won’t let anything resembling amnesty pass. At least Boner knows that the majority of House Republicans were elected in the past 3-4 election cycles as a wall against amnesty.

        • liberalsuck

          Considering the GOP has sold out to us so many times and has pandered so much to nonwhites (and continues to, not having learned their lessons), I wouldn’t except anything in our favor being done. Speaking of Hispanics, whatever happened to the Puerto Rico deal? Weren’t they going to get voted on as to whether or not they could be a part of our union?

          • NM156

            The results of the Puerto Rican referendum weren’t clear because the phrasing of the question was ambiguous.

          • IstvanIN

            The new Governor of PR is against statehood as well.

          • Libearlsuck

            I would have no problem if Puerto Rico became its own country. They have a good sized GDP and I would rather than be independent, stay on their own island and not come over here. Same with Alaska and Hawaii. Why are they even part of the US again?

          • Nate Miller

            Alaska and Hawaii should not be part of the USA??? Are you out of your mind?

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/NQHEAYZCMBOERHG2VZRDQ3YUSQ Felix

          When the republicans sign on to immigration “reform,” they insure their demise is inevitable. Even they are starting to recognize that. If the GOP goes along with amnesty, they lose their base, people who still believe the rule of law and citizenship mean something, and the democrat party gets millions of new members.
          The only chance the GOP has is to oppose amnesty. This will help them keep their base and attract conservative democrats who also don’t think it fair that their tax dollars go to support illegal cholos while they and their children are forced to embrace austerity.

        • ATBOTL

          They already have let two administrative amnesties pass and did nothing. They could have done a lot of things about that if they wanted too.

      • kenfrombayside

        I just finished a rough draft for my new congressperson. Here it is:
        Greetings Rep Meng: Now that the White House will begin to push “comprehensive immigration reform” that will lead to a “path to citizenship” for lawbreakers, the time has come for reform to take into account the present situation . In 1986, an amnesty was passed with then Sen. Ted Kennedy promising there will never be a bill like this again. Sadly, the Federal government lied to us. There are an estimated 12 – 20 million illegals in this country. It is virtually impossible for them to be given legal status. Remember, they broke the law and it will be a travesty of justice if there is another amnesty. The correct way to handle this matter is rounding up each and everyone of them and deporting them. The USA doesn’t owe this group anything as billions are being spent on them already. For example, any illegal can go to a emergency room and be treated free of charge. There is a precedent for this: President Eisenhower, in the 1950s, implemented Operation Wetback that led to deportation of illegals. The time has come to have another Operation Wetback. In other words, the legal and illegal invasion of unwanted third world invaders had got to come to an end. As long as there is a rudderless “immigration policy,” American citizens remain disenfranchised. Rep Meng, answer this question: why is there an annual intake of millions of poor unskilled third word people when 47 million citizens are on food stamps? I will closely follow this situation how you handle this issue.

      • kenfrombayside

        Also go to the RNC and DNC websites on a daily basis and deluged them with emails

    • Liberalsuck

      Which is exactly why they are not getting my votes anymore. Would rather ‘throw it away on a third party candidate’ than kept getting sucked into their lies and their constant pandering and making concessions to the liberals.

    • Serpiente

      The Republican party has become a party of cowardly, a$$ kissing pantywaists. They have completely caved in to BHO. I’ll bet the farm that in the 2016 election our candidate will be one of these people who, may be OK people but certainly not Presidential candidates for the following reasons.:

      Bobby Jindal/ Nikki Haley- Indian Americans who will not harvest lots of votes from minorities especially Blacks and Hispanics because they are total bigots when it comes to Asians both sub-continental or Eastern.

      JC Watts- A former Congressman from OK, who is black and will not get votes from Blacks who consider him an “Uncle Tom”.

      Marco Rubio- Senator from Florida who is a Cuban American who will not attract votes from Mexicans due to the tribal nature of Latino Americans.

      The Republicans will be playing the”My minority is better than your minority” game. They’ve written off the White population in favor of what they think will be a win.

      The last slate of candidates was a strange mixture of strange people many of whom came off as incompetent or just plain loopy and on the other side was Obama who is incompetent and malevolent but he got a pass due to his pigmentation.

      What we need is a party dedicated to preserving the White race and its achievements.

  • kjh64

    Well, the Mexicans come here for a “better life” because they and every other minority thinks that the gringo has an endless supply of money and jobs etc. All that will happen is that all of these Mexicans will end up having a worse life as they sink the country and turn it into Mexico. Then they will have a worse life, just like in Mexico. Problem is everybody else will have a worse life too.

  • bigone4u

    It’s not like there is a political party that is calling for reduced immigration. If you are opposed to it you really have no where to turn as far as I can tell. At least Alabama, alone among the states, tried to do something constructive.

    • liberalsuck

      The South and Southwest will continue to slump into an impoverished, third-world hellhole with blacks and browns constantly at each other’s throats for power. If you are white, move to the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest or maybe to Vermont possibly. Very white in those towns and smaller cities around there and the gun laws are generally more lax in the Midwest. Plus lots of those whites who are leaving California, for example, have developed strong anti-immigrant attitudes that will hopefully rub off onto the white populations in those areas of the country.

      • IstvanIN

        The whites who move to Colorado seem to want to recreate California in the Rockies.

        • anonymous

          Their liberal gun views aren’t welcome in Colorado. I have friends out there and have been to gun shows in Colorado. Lots and lots of white people there coming out with guns or ammo. They display the rebel flag there. Denver and especially Boulder are liberal nutty places, but the towns there are white and conservative, which is probably the case with anywhere else in this country. If only us white conservatives could declared a group of states for white conservatives only…

  • NM156

    So anchor babies will be sponsoring parents for residency now.

  • shattered

    You mean forcing overburdened deteriorating taxpayers to pay for the children of millions more poor uneducated people from the third world as they reduce what little low hanging fruit jobs remain like locust swarms in antiquity devouring the land in the worst domestic labor market since the Great Depression doesn’t make any sense. Of course it doesn’t.

    • liberlsuck

      Add into a growing hatred of the government and growing racial tensions between all groups, you have a powderkeg ready to explode.

  • Frank

    Obama wants to do two things: damage the Republican party to the point that another Republican president can never be, and hasten the date when whites will become a minority in their own country. With the help of the MSM and liberals in general he is well on his way. Our solution: make illegals unhappy with life in the US and take to the streets in response to Obama’s schemes. Do not do business with commercial activities that hire illegals!

    • Greg Thomas

      The GOP does not need obama to damage their party, they are doing a fine job all by themselves by not objecting to his mass amnesty for illegal invading mexicans, under the
      auspices of not wanting to offend hispanics. The GOP deserves to be destroyed
      over their refusal to act against this treason.

  • katzkiner

    The missing link in Obama’s past is a former SDS security chief named
    Marilyn Katz. If you Google her you will find she selected Barry as the “product” to achieve the COMMUNIST revolution in the USA . In 1970 they expected to KILL 25 million to achieve the revolution. No doubt that number is a little higher now. Even Beck missed her.

  • katzkiner

    Marilyn Katz’s last job was as a PR spokesperson for Chicago Transit Authority earning $1million a year with a 5 year contract. A very high paid communist.

  • mobilebay

    I don’t think illegals thought anything beyond getting the goodies here – never heard of one of them asking for citizenship. I think it’s OUR government that wants that. It’s rather humorous though since as soon as they become “one of us” they’ll have to pay taxes, obey the laws and serve time for their crimes just like the rest of us, unless Uncle Sam excuses them again.

  • IstvanIN

    Look at the whole mess this way: it is as if Emporer Qin builds the Great Wall to protect his realm and then the next emperor tears it down so the country is destroyed. Obama wants to go down in history as the last President of the US. Being the last of anything pretty much ensures infamy.

  • shattered

    It looks like Obama will issue a series of executive orders to cram his amnesty and immigration designs down the throats of the American public in the worst domestic labor market since the Great Depression.

    • IstvanIN

      Does any know how or when the President gained these powers and how can the Congress cancel them?

  • Greg Thomas

    She added: “With each instance of this, the administration is providing amnesty to another group of people, and as long as they can get away with it, they’ll keep doing it.”

    That’s exactly right. Obama will keep pushing the amnesty agenda for illegal invading mexicans, breaking the law, circumventing congress until someone challenges him. Guess what? Nobody will, not the treasonous GOP pukes that want amnesty as bad as obama does; but are terrified their “base” will vilify them if they come out in support of this treason.

    Therefore, they quietly go along, careful not to object to such unlawful edicts and upset the status quo, with hopes they can “diversify” the GOP with the burgeoning hispanic
    masses invading this country.

  • TheTRUTH

    It’s fun pushing for immigration when you live in the White House and have ZERO chance of getting new neighbors who have tattos on their face with the numbers 13 or 18. You know, some friendly person like in the picture attached below…

  • CaliforniaNative

    I’m in central California county which just passed the tipping point…over half Mexican now (I know the libs like “Latino” Hispanic” what a joke the Mexicans say Mexican…we are told by the media that immigration is down; our schools are jammed at every grade level with recent arrivals with little or no English. Particularly striking is the high schools, with special English classes and remedial help in all other subjects. A teacher told me, “they don’t have free high school in Mexico, so they just come here”. Biggest problem in the schools is gangs, we have two separate “continuation” sites just to keep the primary Mexican factions apart from each other.
    We have double digit unemployment all over this valley, some locales upwards of 30%. The claim they are coming for jobs is a joke. Just had our first “round-up” of Sinaloa cartel operatives though, 25 arrested in one operation. Only remarkable thing was our McClatchy “news” admitted they were illegal gangsters! Meanwhile all our rural areas are absolutely under siege from wire and equipment theft, vandalism, outright terror on occasion. Look up Victor Davis Hansen’s piece “Road Warriors” for a front-line look.

    Back in the 70s our minority Mexican population was pretty solid, mostly intact families and low crime. Sad to see them flush themselves down the same drain the blacks went down. Anyway don’t believe anything the media says about this issue. It’s a physical invasion and a political takeover. Curiously even the rise in racial violence between blacks and Mexicans (NorCal the Mexicans get the worst of it, elsewhere to the south it’s mostly the other way around) gets the same media coverup as when they do whitey. In Oakland a black duo shot and killed a 5-year-old at his Dad’s taco truck and the local law waited 8 months to put out a police sketch of the perps!

  • kenfrombayside

    Our post 1965 “Immigration Policy” is tantamount to genocide against whites. Genocide is the elimination of a undesirable group which America’s liberals have labeled us. Genocide takes many forms such as ovens. Whites are being done in by demographic genocide: having one cultural group invade and displace an established group. Jews, on the other hand, were displaced by violence. In 1943, Jews rebelled in the Warsaw ghetto as they began to realize what was being done to them. I’ve realized this for a long time and hope millions will wake up and see what is being done by the main stream media, politicians of BOTH political parties, and university professors. The first counterattack is to contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress to tell them no to any amnesty.