Thursday, May 20, 2010

The immigration reform message

See here for the text of remarks by Presidents Obama and Calderón yesterday.  Obama has boiled the message down to this: I can get the Democratic votes, but I can't get to 60 in the Senate without a few Republicans.  Therefore, if the federal government fails to pass reform, it is entirely the fault of the Republican Party.

Here’s the challenge that we have politically.  The political challenge is, is that I have confidence that I can get the majority of Democrats, both in the House and the Senate, to support a piece of legislation of the sort that I just described. But I don’t have 60 votes in the Senate.  I’ve got to have some support from Republicans.  When we made an effort of this sort a few years ago, it was under the leadership of John McCain and Ted Kennedy.  And because there was a bipartisan effort, we were actually able to generate a majority of votes in the Senate.  And we just missed being able to get it done in the House.

If we can re-create that atmosphere -- I don't expect to get every Republican vote, but I need some help in order to get it done.  And there have been people who have expressed an interest. But if they're willing to come forward and get a working group and get this moving, I’m actually confident that we can get it done.  And the American people -- including the people of Arizona -- are going to prefer that the federal government takes responsibility and does what it’s supposed to do.

It is a clear, simple message.  We'll have to see how much it resonates.  The basic Republican response is that "enforcement first" is somehow possible.  All sides, of course, have the "American people" on their side.

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Vicente Duque 4:26 PM  

Video of the Border : U. S. Professors : "I did not feel like a professor, or teacher, or researcher, I just felt like a human being

Walking with the "illegal immigrants" or "undocumented aliens", sleeping with them in Mexican refuges or in the desert, sharing with them. This video was filmed around Nogales, Arizona - William and Mary College, Williamsburg Virginia.


williamandmary — May 20, 2010 — Over spring break 2009, Professors Jennifer Bickham Mendez (Sociology and Latin American Studies) and Silvia Tandeciarz (Hispanic Studies) led a research team of eight students to the Tucson/Nogales region of the U.S.Mexico border.

Professor Jennifer Bickham Mendez has published articles in such journals as Social Problems, Mobilization, Labor Studies Journal, and Gender and Society. Her book From the Revolution to the Maquiladoras: Gender, Labor and Globalization in Nicaragua (2005 Duke University Press) received the 2008 Annual Book Award from the Political Economy of the World System Section of the American Sociological Association as well as an honorable mention from the Global Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Professor Silvia Tandeciarz has published these recent articles: • "Citizens of Memory: Refiguring the Past in Post-Dictatorship Argentina," PMLA (January 2007) • "Mnemonic Hauntings: Photography as Art of the Missing," Social Justice (October 2006). • "Representaciones de ‘lo femenino' en el imaginario nacional argentino pos-dictadura: el discurso cinematográfico del poder," Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos XXVIII, 2 (2004). • "Writing for Distinction? A Reading of Cortázar's Final Short Story, Diario para un cuento," Latin American Literary Review, 29:58 (July-December 2001): 73-100. Recent translations: • The Insubordination of Signs. Co-translator, with Dr. Alice Nelson, of Nelly Richard's La insubordinación de los signos. Duke University Press (Spring 2004). • Masculine/Feminine: Practices of Difference(s). Co-translator, with Dr. Alice Nelson, of Nelly Richard's Masculino/femenino: prácticas de la diferencia y cultura democrática. Duke University Press (Spring 2004). Creative writing: • Exorcismos. Madrid, Spain: Betania, 2000.


Borderlands: Professors explore immigration on the hyphen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBqBRPZd5Pc



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