State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz as Chair of the New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus along with its members Senator Martin Malave-Dilan, Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. and Senator Jose Peralta rebuke yesterday's immigration bill signing by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. The Arizona law would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the United States illegally. “While we deplore this blatant attempt to legitimize the police when they stop and interrogate the Hispanic population of Arizona, we are hopeful that passage of this bill should finally motivate the members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives to pass a humane and comprehensive, nationwide policy in regard to immigration,” stated Senator Diaz.
The Crossroads of America: A Family History
By Michael Boyajian
There is a great deal of talk about immigration as of late but what does it mean to be an American? I have been recording an oral history of my extended family for some time now. I have learned that my family represents a cross section of global civilization all of whom settled in America at one time or another.
The death of Marcello Lucero is – we hope – a death knell for the vile anti-immigrant rhetoric that has ballooned over the past several years.
It’s no accident that Latinos are the top-ranked victims of hate crimes, representing 62.8 percent of cases nationwide.
But if the Lucero tragedy inspires a change in dialogue, it should also inspire a change in laws. Now more than ever we need a government that all immigrants – both documented and undocumented – can trust.
Republicans are calling New York a sanctuary city. I say let's make it a sanctuary state.
I’ve spent the past month passionately defending the new DMV policy, and if one thing has become clear, it’s this: the other side could use a good public relations firm.
“It’s obvious that you’re Mexican and interested only in Mexican interests,” wrote one person who saw me on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight last week. (I was born in the South Bronx, to Puerto Rican parents.)
Along the same lines: “Despite your assertions, your people are bastardizing American trades … So why don’t you go to Mexico, asshole, and stay. You are a traitor to the people of America.”
The First-Ever Spanish Language Presidential Debate left me in a sense of dissolution and disappointment after hearing the positions expressed by all of the Democratic Candidates in support for the construction of a wall on the Mexican border and not on the Canadian border.
If we are going to build a wall, it should be a wall for everyone or for no one.
If we are serious enough to protect this nation and use National Security as an issue to build a wall on the Mexican border, then I believe that the Presidential candidates should be in favor of building one on the Canadian frontier as well. Otherwise, this could be interpreted as racist and against Hispanics and it may be seen as an excuse for discrimination against Hispanics.
On Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 12:00 noon, on the steps of City Hall, New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz will join with the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization to offer support for legislation calling for the creation and issuance of identification cards for all New York City residents, including illegal immigrants.
Senator Rev. Diaz stated, “Government-issued photo identification cards will help New Yorkers who cannot get driver's licenses to enhance employment opportunities, enhance their banking opportunities, ensure that all residents will have access to necessary municipal city services, as well as help solve and prevent future crimes.”
via ABC News
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a gathering of Hispanic journalists that immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media if they want to learn English quickly.
"You've got to turn off the Spanish television set" and avoid Spanish-language television, books and newspapers, the Republican governor said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Ministros Hispanos Celebran Forum de Ayuda Al Inmigrante Bronx, NY- La Organizacion de Ministros Hispanos de New York y su presidente el Senador Rev. Ruben Diaz, en union a la Universidad de la Ciudad de New York "CUNY", invitan al Forum Comunal de Asistencia al Inmigrante. El Sabado 12 de Mayo, de 11:00 a.m. hasta las 3:00 p.m. En el Colegio Eugenio Maria de Hostos, localizado en Grand Concourse y Calle 149 en el Condado del Bronx, habran 25 abogados y expertos en inmigracion para llenar, completamente gratis, papeles, contestar preguntas y ayudar a resolver cualquier problema o inquietud que usted tenga respecto a inmigracion.