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Re: “Reader: Maybe I'm just another "DREAMER"

Three things I see people mix up all the time are the terms Migrant, Immigrant, and Illegal Immigrant.

Migrant just means you move around. A migrant worker may be a citizen of the US, a legal resident (immigrant), or here illegally (illegal immigrant). It used to be that many migrant workers were US citizens -- think Grapes of Wrath. Migrant workers are not an issue.

Immigrant means they have come into the country from another country. They can do so legally via the visa program or they can do so illegally. If they come in legally, such as part of the H2A visa program (there are about 180 different types of visas for immigrating to the US), there is no real problem.

NOTE: Legally a person entering the US on a temporary, short term visa such as tourist, work, or school, and not establishing residency is not referred to as an "immigrant", but that is a point of legal semantics (though this will be important a little later). For general purposes they can all be considered immigrants.

Illegal Immigrants are people who come into the US illegally. Let's be clear, they are not "undocumented", they are illegal -- they are violating US laws and can be fined or imprisoned under long existing US laws. These penalities can range from a variety of fines from $50 through $250,000 or imprisonment for anywhere from 6 months to 5 years, all depending on the specifics involved. Illegal Immigrants are the issue.

So then we come to the so-called "Dreamers", a title chosen specifically to endear and appeal. These are supposed to be illegal immigrants who were brought into the US by others while they were under 18 years old. These Dreamers are kind of a special case. They are here illegally, but had no choice in that fact. So, under law, they lack the mens rea to be considered guilty of being here illegally. In an effort to be compassionate to their plight, many of them have lived in the US for as long as they can remember and know no other country, various attemps have been made over the last 20 years to give them special status.

In 2012 an Executive Act established DACA (very likely illegally) for the so-called "Dreamers", allowing them to stay in the US on special renewable 2-year work visas and avoid deportation as long as they stayed out of legal trouble. However, those visas were "non-immigrant visas" (remember that legal distinction I mentioned earlier?), so they could not be used to establish residency or for citizenship or even for joining the military. So whenever someone complains the Dreamers "have had years to get their citizenship", I have to cringe. (NOTE: A special program called MAVNI was established where some DACA registered people could qualify for military service, but very, very few DACA folks could qualify as it was based on military needs of certain skills -- well less than 1000 people under DACA qualified for MAVNI).

This lack of a "path to citizenship" has been one of the major issues with DACA (the other being that it was likely an illegal action by the President).

So, when someone starts talking about Migrants and Immigrants, pay attention to what they are actually saying. They may be talking about one thing and meaning another, or you may be inccorectly assuming that they are talking about something that they are not.

FYI: My last name is Hernandez. My father's family is Hispanic and many of my anscestors became US citizens when various territories became states. My mother is Korean and legally immigrated to the US.

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Posted by Dave H on 02/23/2018 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Law enforcement embraces Trump’s dangerous “both sides” narrative

"Who cares about a little property destruction? It's just capitalist property anyway and it's totally not as bad as the bad things those bad people over there are doing. Since it's not as bad the innocent darlings from inauguration day are just being oppressed by Nazi cops. I mean it doesn't even matter that they're specifically inhibiting cops from doing their job since all cops are Nazis anyway - I know that's a fact because of one guy's anecdotal story.

So it totally doesn't matter that the innocent black bloc angels broke some things a few times, the police shouldn't have thought that they could have broken more things in Charlottesville and instead only focused on the people I don't like and Trump's a meanie face for saying mean things about my friends too."

This is quickly becoming a bad joke, Mr. Woods - more so than it already was, anyway. Antifa will stop being equally bad when it stops acting like it, not because the alt-right is bad as well.

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Posted by Pat Holden on 02/22/2018 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Preserving our local black history

Very very excited for future explorations and celebrations of the invisible peope of this region!

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Posted by LindsayM on 02/22/2018 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Preserving our local black history

Bringing forth these untold histories and Herstories is definitely important work. I remain optimistic that at some point the people of this country will support the government in implementing some form of reparations for slavery and subsequent systems of oppression. I think that this work will then play an important role in putting many lost pieces together, and may work in the creation of such a plan, by bringing to life the struggle and sacrifice of numerous generations.

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Posted by Jarod Daniel Herniak on 02/22/2018 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Preserving our local black history

This was amazing to learn about, so incredibly important. Will share!

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Posted by KL Davis on 02/22/2018 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Preserving our local black history

"She traveled to St. Clair, Missouri, to see the rock that her mothers great-grandmother, a French indentured servant, was sold on in the late 1700s." Wow. Such a straightforward but powerful line. Thank you for sharing this story and allowing us to sit with these feelings that can motivate us all to understand who we are, how we got here, and where we need to go next. And what a great resource the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs is for our community! Thank you for letting us know about the upcoming workshops!!!

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Posted by Flannery Scott on 02/22/2018 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Preserving our local black history

Thank you for this important piece and thank you to Ms. Candice for your labor of love. The story of our marginalized ancestors is not well told or known in Colorado Springs. We are not widely captured in the murals, street names and/or parks/monuments. How does the story live on? What can we do to cultivate a more accurate and inclusive history of all of our ancestors and their contributions to our community? This should not fall solely on the shoulders of this one resourceful woman, what can we do as a community to preserve our collective history?

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Posted by licanray on 02/21/2018 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Reader: Stop the destruction of habitat areas

Nonne Kreger,
Your letter shows common sense thinking and a good understanding of the situation. But I wonder if perhaps you overstate a bit when you say, "I can take a three-hour outing now and not see even a bird or squirrel. " Even if you spent all three hours walking the most decimated area to be found in the seriously over-mitigated Stratton Open Space, I'd bet the farm you would see wildlife. Your points are well-taken, but the hyperbole detracts from your argument.

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Posted by Mur on 02/21/2018 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Reader: Let Mueller do his job

Muller was not appointed to investigate the firing Comey he was appointed to figure out the Election mess. If the assistant director or the director would have taken the investigation after being appointed by the guy that fired Comey. THAT would have been improper. But ill agree things are smelling up the place and I think Muller is about to change the diapers.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 02/20/2018 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Reader: Let Mueller do his job


Just a reminder. Mueller had full bipartisan support for his appointment. Until he turned up the heat on the administration, there was no question of his integrity or ability to carry out the duties of the Special Counsel's office. "Impeccable credentials." Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz (R).…

Your opinion seems driven more by the results than by any real or perceived ethical conflict.

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Posted by Bill W. on 02/20/2018 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Reader: Let Mueller do his job

Sure its just my opinion, but it looks to me like a potential conflict of interest that would logically be avoided. For instance in the case of an officer involved shooting, another jurisdiction of law enforcement does the investigation to avoid any potential doubts as to objectivity. My sources indicate that the Directors office has had problems ever since "Screwy Louis" Freeh took over in September of 1993. They say that Director Wray has his hands full trying to clean up the swap now.

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Posted by Carl Strow on 02/20/2018 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Reader: Let Mueller do his job


"It is improper to allow one former Director to investigate the firing of another former Director"

Please link to the source you are using to demonstrate that this is an improper appointment. If it's just your opinion, say so.

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Posted by Bill W. on 02/20/2018 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Reader: Let Mueller do his job

Muller was appointed in the wake of the firing of Director Comey. It is improper to allow one former Director to investigate the firing of another former Director, Something smells here.

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Posted by Carl Strow on 02/20/2018 at 12:52 PM

Re: “The FBI and dirty cops

The government, state, and local law enforcement have gone off the rails! This country was not created to be an additional England or an extension of England. Our forefathers never intended for our citizen's rights to be trampled upon in this manner. Lincoln NEVER intended for Marshal Law to be permanently enacted!! And until we can get lawmakers and law enforcers under control this country will never be as it was intended to be, FREE AND/OR PROSPEROUS. It's citizens will constantly feel under threat and
miserable, which in turn will continually make them rebel.

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Posted by UnanomoCitizn on 02/19/2018 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home


"One of the issues is privacy violation. I don't want to be filmed without consent by strangers from a buzzing device flying 50' away from me."

You have no right to privacy if you're in a public place. Security cameras are ubiquitous....and perfectly legal. They are recording your image every day. Drones in open public airspace get the same treatment. They do not need your consent.

Posted by Bill W. on 02/18/2018 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Peter Brimelow: VDARE Foundation rejects white supremacy label

Well certainly the 13 count indictment against the Russian entities interfering in the election process debunks their claim of a working strategy. They seem to have the same playbook.

Posted by rangesaf on 02/17/2018 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

One of the issues is privacy violation. I don't want to be filmed without consent by strangers from a buzzing device flying 50' away from me. Would you feel comfortable if you were filmed getting into your car, going to work, and your family filmed too? It's the same thing. Invasion of privacy.

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Posted by Injecting Common Sense on 02/17/2018 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Racist meme at local school presents learning opportunity

MikeB45 reminds us that there are those who don't believe racism is such a problem because they feel it's just a small pocket of people. They are often more concerned that AntiFa exists than they are with hate speech from people following ideals of Supremacists. They don't care so much about those reacting to skin color because they feel they are peers to those who promote the Men's platform of patriarchal class society.

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Posted by TruB on 02/16/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Reader: Where are all of those "fiscal conservatives"?

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
-John Kenneth Galbraith

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Posted by happyfew on 02/16/2018 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Reader: Where are all of those "fiscal conservatives"?

Elaine is correct that the GOP does the opposite of what they claim to be about while crying fake news.
There spending is out of control in Wshington and locally. Every time this town needs something the republicans raise our taxes.

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Posted by TruB on 02/16/2018 at 9:15 AM

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