Young Immigrant Activists Cast a Wider Net

Julia Preston, New York Times, December 2, 2012

After a boisterous three-day congress here, more than 600 leaders of a national movement of young immigrants living in the country without legal papers voted to expand beyond their past demands for citizenship for young people, and to mobilize in support of a bill to legalize 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

The leaders of the United We Dream network, the largest organization of youths here illegally, decided to push President Obama and Congress next year for legislation to open a path to citizenship for them and their families. The move will increase pressure on Mr. Obama and lawmakers to pass a comprehensive overhaul, rather than taking on the debate over immigration in smaller pieces to try to gain more support among Republicans.

The network’s platform calling for an “inclusive pathway to citizenship,” which the leaders adopted unanimously in a vote on Sunday morning, is likely to have a large influence on the debate Mr. Obama said he planned to kick off soon after his inauguration in January. {snip}

They take their name from the Dream Act, a bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for young people, which lawmakers on both sides of the aisle view as having a better chance than broader legalization measures. {snip}

But the youths opted to fight for broader gains, concluding that events were working in their favor after the Nov. 6 election, when Latino voters turned out in large numbers, overwhelmingly in favor of Mr. Obama.


Although most of the young people who attended the conference do not have legal papers, it was a sign of their new confidence that the network held its congress in the convention center downtown, in a conservative state [in Kansas City, Missouri] where most voters oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants.

In June, Mr. Obama announced two-year reprieves from deportation and work permits for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, an initiative that they saw as a victory for their protests over the past two years. Some participants here already had their reprieve documents.


On Sunday, six immigrant parents, also here illegally, joined a “coming out” ceremony where they spoke in public for the first time, as many youths have done in recent protests.


Network leaders said the election results, in which Mitt Romney won only 27 percent of the Latino vote, give them new influence with both parties, but particularly with Republicans.

“The Republican Party alienated Latino voters in ways they hadn’t done before,” said Lorella Praeli, a leader of the United We Dream organization. “Our leverage is that our community is growing,” Ms. Praeli said. She suggested that young immigrants ask Republicans: “Do you want your party to see the inside of the White House again?”

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  • Kansas City is illegal alien friendly. Unlike St. Louis, it has a lot of Hispanics.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Is that better or worse than being full of africans?

      • Maybe marginally better in some respects. But it comes down to whether you want to be burned at the stake (blacks) or die a slow death of a thousand cuts from a small knife (Hispanics).

        Point is, they’re trying to make you think in this article that KCMO is hostile territory for Hispanics, but it’s not.

      • JohnEngelman

        Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.

        When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife. Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate.

        – Jared Taylor, from “The Color of Crime”

  • Ulick

    When will Liberals learn that the “Don’t feed the animals” signs in state forests also apply to minorities? You feed the animals and you get the animals expecting food handouts, and they get aggressive when they don’t get it. You appease minorities and they expect handouts and get more aggressive of they don’t get those handouts.

    • So CAL Snowman

      For a children’s book, “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” is a surprisingly accurate look at race relations in 21st Century Soviet America

      • i am

        That book has a lot of bad reviews on Amazon. They think it has racist subliminal messages, but how would they know unless they felt the same way.

    • Dan Reardon

      Kind of like feeding bears – they’re all cute and cuddly until you run out of food.

  • The__Bobster

    The squat monster invaders want nothing less than the unconditional takeover of the whole country. It’s up to us to finally say “no” and deport each and every one of them. There should be special treatment for those who consorted with the enemy.

  • First we will give amnesty to the young immigrants, and the the cry will arise, “You can’t break up families,” and that will allow the parents and brothers and sisters to stay, and then we will be told that Hispanics have such strong extended families, and we will have to grant admission to grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles etc. and before you know it anybody with a sixth-cousin in this country will be able to come and receive all the benefits of natural-born citizens.
    After that, we can just declare the US the UN Ghetto, and, if we are lucky, we will be allowed to immigrate to Russia.

    • kjh64

      You hit the nail on the head. This is nothing more than stealth amnesty. It won’t stop here just like Ronnie Reagan’s “one time amnesty” didn’t stop then. This is a carefully crafted political ploy to give amnesty in bits and pieces to fool the American public. They start with young people and give the boo hoo sob stories, which they think people will buy and too many will. They’ll show these clean cut young people speaking perfect english with an american accent and talking about college and how they ARE American.( Of course totally ignoring all the young Mexican gang bangers, jailbirds and teens with 3 babies on benefits). Then once the “Dream Act” is passed, they’ll demand citizenship. Then they’ll demand that their families and 50 relatives be given a pathway to citizenship. After all, it’s not fair that they are separated from their families and are so “lonely”. (Also,every Mexican who wants to, will sneak into the USA and claim they’ve been here since they were 16 and it will be allowed. We don’t enforce immigration now, why would this be enforced?) Then voila, we’re the United States of Mexico. These people will take over by sheer numbers, Spanish will be the language, they’ll vote out all the Whites(or Blacks) and replace the politicians with their people, replace are country and culture and laws with theirs and the USA will not longer exist. It will be the Estados Unidos de Mexico(United States of Mexico). The USA will be conquered without Americans firing a single shot. Amazing.

    • i am

      Have you read the inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty?

      “”Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!””

      by Emma Lazarus

      All the gold is by the door she says. Come all you refuse from foreign lands and take our gold. We are a bunch of stupid white boobs.

      Do you know who she is, and where she is from?

      • Emma Lazarus was Sephardic Jewish background but born in NYC. She probably would have considered Russian Jews to be some sort of primitive tribe to whom she had no connection; she would have peferred to socialize with Episcopalians.

  • Hirene

    They want more than work permits. They want to play the race card in order to get special treatment at the schools, workplaces and courts. If they are getting the special treatment, then the whites will be on the losing side.

    • Anyone who supports a politician who calls for nothing less than closing the border is supporting a traitor. How in the hell can the tuchys-orifices in Washington vote for money to keep invaders out of Afghanistan and Iraq when they can’t even control their own country’s borders?

      Our “leaders” in government are not the solution. THEY are a major part of the problem.

  • NYB

    “most of the (600) young people who attended the conference do not have legal papers”

    “it was a sign of their new confidence that the network held its congress in the convention center downtown”

    And why wasn’t ICE and the DHS there to throw a cordon around the building, and then identify, take fingerprints, and record biometric data from the participants?

    When is a crime in progress something to ignore?

    If a Canadian for any reason was found wandering around in Maine with no record of having attended a border checkpoint, you can bet he would be detained, identified, and sent back with a red flag next to his name and picture in the homeland security database.

    If you’re a Mexican illegal, you can be confident of flaunting your illegal status openly.

  • C_C_Conrad

    A very interesting – Mantra – centered article.
    Jack’s War

  • steve

    Mexicans leverage race in a threatening way to get what they want. The Democrats are pleased.

    Whites speak out for their rights. Democrats go cross-eyed with hate.

    There is no left without either racism or hypocrisy. All these Mexicans and assorted illegals are doing is “coming out” and celebrating the fact that they can break some laws with complete impunity.

    • DaveLDN

      Most anti-whites are just parroting the talking points which have been drummed into them on the Khazar controlled media, and in college. The relatively few drivers of this policy, Khazars and white traitors, are sociopaths. You can’t reason with them.

      Multiculturalism, and political correctness, have been promoted by people who hate us (white people)

  • MikeofAges

    Just a small question. Why is everyone talking about a “path to citizenship”? If you insist, start with legalization. Citizenship can wait. For people who themselves came here illegally, it can wait a long time. Frankly, I don’t see the point to expending a lot of effort to deport people who have been here many years and who have already produced all of the children they ever are going to have. In focusing on relatively appealing young people, clean-cut, Americanized kids who are good candidates for college or military service and on quick citizenship, not legalization, but quick citizenship, someone is running a sharp propaganda campaign.

    Sen Barbara Boxer (C-California) likes to always rant about bring people “out of the shadows of life.” Fine, legalization brings you out of the shadows. Instant citizenship, in the current political situation climate, gives the power instantly to control the government. I’d like to say, “Do we want the people who have just become citizens to decide who our officer holders are?” But then I realize, there is no “we” anymore. Not a majority of people anymore who adhere to the Judeo-Christian moral law and the Platonic secular philosophy which have formed the foundations of our civilization.

    • DaveLDN

      “Judeo-Christian” ? Count me out. I guess you don’t understand who brought illegals to the United States:

    • i am

      Rape is a path to marriage.

      Armed robbery is a path to employment.

      Murder is a path good health.

      Makes perfect nonsense.

  • Greg Thomas

    The nightmare act is only the first step. Once they get something, they keep pushing for more. Thisis how invaders carry out their subversion, in increments. They will not be
    satisfied until every illegal invading raza (some 30 million of them) are given

  • mobilebay

    Aside from the many things that puzzle me about our government wanting to replace us, is the fact that most whites are more self-sustaining that Hispanics/Latinos (want to cover all of them). When the majority of us do not have jobs and cannot contriubute to the fund for the upkeep of illegals, where does Washington get its money? We’re borrowed to the hilt. Do whites then go on welfare and expect the new Americans to take care of us? Not on your taco. That sounds like an upcoming new third world. Hummmm! Wonder who’ll take US in?

  • kjh64

    “Our leverage is that our community is growing,” Ms. Praeli said. She suggested that young immigrants ask Republicans: “Do you want your party to see the inside of the White House again?”

    This comment makes me angry. Listen Ms. Pareli, you have NO right to come into our country and make demands. You have NO right to immigrate. Spare me the boo hoo sob story that you’ve lived here all your life and it’s not your fault your parents came illegally. No, it’s your parent’s fault and that doesn’t give you the right to stay. Go home and follow your dreams in your own country. Could anyone imagine American gringos telling a Mexican political party that they’d better make millions of White(or Black) Americans in that country legal or they would never see the inside of the Mexican “White House” so to speak. Mexicans would be furious. Of course this would never happen, because Mexicans would never allow it. These are nothing more than illegal invaders and colonizes. The ones I’m most angry with are Americans. When a group of people fails to defend their country, then it will be taken over. American politicians have allowed this because they want votes or are in with businesses that want the cheap labor. We don’t need legal immigration except in special circumstances and we don’t need anymore Mexican immigration, legal or not.

    • Greg Thomas

      It’s worse than that. It’s yet another veiled threat by an illegal invader, who has no legal or
      moral right to be here, much less making demands. These people come from a culture of corruption. This is how these criminals make their demands; via threats.

      The fact this invader feels so emboldened to make such a threat shows
      just how bankrupted this country is in our resolve to enforce the law. It is
      virtually non-existent.

      I though our government did not negotiate with terrorists, because that is exactly what
      these invaders are.

  • IstvanIN

    The more you reward bad behavior the more of it you get.