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Olin Study Group this Monday! Discussion about ICE and Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Our next study group will be May 14 from 6 to 8pm at In Other Words Bookstore at 8 NE Killingsworth. The study group is open to anyone to join at any point, even if you haven't done the reading for that month.

We will be discussing the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), bush's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation, as well as talking about how May Day 2007 went.
Topics and reading for May Study Group

Our next study group will be May 14 from 6 to 8pm at In Other Words Bookstore at 8 NE Killingsworth. The study group is open to anyone to join at any point, even if you haven't done the reading for that month.

We will be discussing the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), bush's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation, as well as talking about how May Day 2007 went.

Below are some links and readings to get you started - but since information on ICE seems to be scarce (especially for how much power they have) we are hoping people find other sources of information to share with the group.

Links for ICE info:

2 articles about new detention centers:
 link to news.pacificnews.org

Halliburton's Immigrant Detention Centers

. http://www.progressive.org./mag_rcb041706

By Ruth Conniff

April 17, 2006

While thousands of people were celebrating the contribution America's undocumented immigrants make to our economy, and demanding justice and recognition for workers who are denied basic rights, the government was making plans for large-scale detention centers in case of an "emergency influx" of immigrants.

KBR, the Halliburton subsidiary recently reprimanded for gross overcharging in its military contracts in Iraq, won a $385 million contract to build the centers. According to the Halliburton website--www.Halliburton.com--"the contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations Program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs."

What new programs might those be?

The web was abuzz with speculation after the contract was awarded on January 24. Pacific News Service gave the most detailed analysis.

It connected the new "immigration emergency" plans with older plans that involved imposing martial law.

Certainly the detention centers raise the specter of WW II Japanese internment camps.

The new facilities could be used for round-ups of Muslim Americans or other American citizens tagged as "enemy combatants."

The use of military personnel and military contractors in the event of a Katrina-like disaster, which the Halliburton contract provides for, brings us closer to martial law, whether it is officially declared or not.

It also means record profits for Halliburton, which declared 2005 "the best in our 86-year history." David Lesar, Halliburton's chairman, president and CEO, declares on the company website, "For the full year 2005 we set a record for revenue and achieved net income of $2.4 billion with each of our six divisions posting record results."

Not bad for a company that has been repeatedly cited for inflating charges and wasting taxpayer money in Iraq.

The immigration detention centers ought to raise a red flag, not just about nepotism and waste among military contractors, but about what our government has in store for us.

Perhaps the same energy that propelled immigrant rights into the national headlines could be harnessed to demand an explanation for what, exactly, Halliburton is helping to prepare for with this latest big chunk of taxpayer largess.

Info about the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

Below is a press release from the white house with their position on



Below is a press release from the white house with their position on Immigration. People should learn how to refute every one of these points.....

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
April 9, 2007

Fact Sheet: Acting This Year to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform
President Bush Discusses Progress Securing Our Border And Outlines Five Objectives For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Today, President Bush Toured The Yuma Sector Of The Border In Arizona And Made Remarks On Comprehensive Immigration Reform. In May 2006, President Bush visited the Yuma Sector Border and announced Operation Jump Start, under which up to 6,000 National Guard troops have been deployed to the Southern border to complement the work of the Border Patrol. Today, President Bush checked on progress in securing the Yuma Sector Border and dedicated the new Yuma Border Patrol Station.

* The President Called On Congress To Act This Year To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform That He Can Sign Into Law. Our Nation deserves an immigration system that secures our borders and honors our proud history as a Nation of immigrants. There is a desire on the part of Republicans and Democrats alike to get this problem solved, and by working together, we can enact comprehensive immigration reform into law this year.
* The Lessons Of Past Experience Is Clear: All Elements Of This Issue Must Be Addressed Together ? Or None Of Them Will Be Solved At All. Illegal immigration is a serious problem that has been growing for decades. Past efforts to address it have failed because they did not do enough to secure our Nation's borders, failed to address the underlying economic reasons behind illegal immigration, and failed to provide sensible ways for employers to verify the legal status of the workers who they hire.
* Thanks To The Coordinated Efforts Of The Border Patrol And National Guard Members Deployed Under Operation Jump Start And Other Enforcement Efforts, Illegal Border Crossings In The Yuma Sector Are Down. More than 600 National Guard members are serving at the Yuma Sector as part of Operation Jump Start. In the months before Operation Jump Start, an average of more than 400 people a day were apprehended trying to cross the Yuma Sector Border. That number has dropped to fewer than 140 a day since the start of the operation.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Must Accomplish Five Clear Objectives

1. Securing The Border

Securing The Border Is A Critical Part Of Our Strategy For Comprehensive Immigration Reform, And We Are Increasing Manpower And Improving Infrastructure And Technology At The Border. Since the President took office in 2001, we have more than doubled funding for border security ? from $4.6 billion in 2001 to $10.4 billion in 2007. We have expanded the Border Patrol from about 9,000 agents in 2001 to about 13,000 agents today. By the end of 2008, we will have a total of more than 18,000 agents, doubling the size of the Border Patrol under the President's leadership.

Under Operation Jump Start, National Guard Members Are Supporting The Border Patrol In Texas, California, Arizona, And New Mexico. As we work to complete upgrades at the border, Operation Jump Start is providing the Border Patrol with immediate reinforcements. National Guard Troops deployed under Operation Jump Start are assisting the Border Patrol with surveillance, intelligence, construction, and logistics.

* Operation Jump Start Has Put More Manpower On The Border And Allowed The Border Patrol To Move 563 Agents Into Front-Line Positions. The number of people apprehended for illegally crossing our Southern border is down by nearly 30 percent in 2007 from this point in 2006.

We Have Effectively Ended The Practice Of "Catch And Release" For Every Non-Mexican Apprehended At The Southern Border. More than 85 percent of the illegal immigrants caught crossing the Southern border are Mexicans, and virtually all are sent back home within 24 hours. For years, however, most apprehended non-Mexican illegal immigrants were released back into society on this side of the border ? with a notice to appear at a future court date ? because the government did not have enough detention space to hold them. The President believes this practice is unacceptable, and we have effectively ended it for every non-Mexican apprehended at the Southern border.

* We Have Added Thousands Of New Beds At Detention Centers Across The Country. Since the President took office, we have provided funding for 7,798 new beds to accommodate apprehended illegal immigrants ? a 40 percent increase over 2001.
* We Have Expedited The Legal Process To Cut The Average Deportation Time. We are also making it clear to foreign governments that they must accept back their citizens who violate U.S. immigration laws.

2. Creating A Temporary Worker Program

We Cannot Fully Secure The Border Unless We Take Pressure Off The Border ? And That Requires A Temporary Worker Program. By creating a lawful and orderly channel for foreign workers to come to America on a temporary basis, a temporary worker program would help reduce the number of people trying to sneak past the Border Patrol, freeing agents to focus on apprehending violent criminals and terrorists who pose a threat to our security.

3. Holding Employers Accountable For The Workers They Hire

Enforcing Immigration Laws At The Worksite Is A Vital Part Of Any Successful Reform. We are cracking down on employers who knowingly violate the law. To make worksite enforcement practical on a large scale, the President has called for the creation of a tamper-proof identification card for legal foreign workers and a better system for businesses to verify the legal status of their workers. By taking these steps, we will make it easier for businesses to obey the law ? and leave them no excuse for violating it.

4. Resolving The Status Of The Millions Of Illegal Immigrants Already In The Country

The Administration Is Working With Democrats And Republicans To Find A Practical Answer That Lies Between Granting Automatic American Citizenship To Every Illegal Immigrant And Deporting Every Illegal Immigrant.

* The President Opposes Amnesty. Amnesty is the forgiveness of an offense without penalty. It should not be given to people who entered our country illegally.
* Illegal Immigrants Who Have Roots In Our Country And Want To Stay Should Have To Pay A Meaningful Penalty For Breaking The Law, Pay Their Taxes, Learn English, And Work In A Job For A Number Of Years. People who meet a reasonable number of conditions and pay a penalty of time and money should be able to apply for citizenship, but approval would not be automatic, and they will have to wait in line behind those who played by the rules and followed the law.

5. Finding New Ways To Help Newcomers Assimilate Into Our Society

We Will Honor The American Tradition Of The Melting Pot And Help Immigrants Assimilate By Learning Our History, Our Values, And The English Language.

* Last June, The President Created The Task Force On New Americans To Look For Ways To Help Newcomers Assimilate And Succeed In Our Country. Many organizations, from churches to businesses to civic associations, are already working to answer this call.

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We seek to do principled solidarity, and develop solid relationships with anti-authoritarian/anti-capitalist groups building and struggling in Mexico. Some of these groups include: the CONSEJO INDÍGENA POPULAR DE OAXACA—"Ricardo Flores Magón" CIPO-RFM < http://www.nodo50.org/cipo/> and the Alianza Magonista Zapatista AMZ (which is a network of several different organizations and communities) < http://www.nodo50.org/cipo/> and the Alianza Magonista Zapatista AMZ (which is a network of several different organizations and communities) < link to espora.org.

Olin seeks to extend solidarity with the immigrant community locally, and in the U.S. and with all those struggling against capitalism, neo-liberalism, and white supremacist anti-immigrant laws. We look to support and build with the immigrant rights movement, with farm workers, day laborers, with unions,and other community organizations. We want to bring the passion for justice that is exploding in Mexico to the U.S. We will bring to light the many devastating economic policies U.S. Capitalists are
enacting. Policies that are waging economic warfare on indigenous communities, Mexicans and all of South America such as Plan Puebla Panama, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

Olin will support solidarity calls, raise funds for material aid for groups we are in working relations with, raise awareness and support for political prisoners, continue building our analysis of what is going on in Mexico, assess our skills to best apply them and, overall, do work that is asked of us in effort towards mutual critical understanding, building relations, and participating in building global movements towards social justice.

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