For True Immigration Reform Illegal aliens routinely lobby members of Congress. They even meet the president and get invited to sit with the First Lady while he delivers the State of the Union address. But what if you’re just an ordinary hard-working, taxpaying citizen who wants to meet with your United States senator to discuss how mass illegal immigration is harming you and your family? Well, if your senator happens to be Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that could be problematic. On February 4, a FAIR activist accompanied a group of Southern California activists who had scheduled a meeting with Senator Feinstein’s staff in her Los Angeles office. They weren’t expecting a warm reception from the senator’s staff, but no one was ready for the chilly reception they received. Literally chilly. When they got there – some having traveled two hours through L.A. traffic to get there – they were told that Feinstein’s staffer would not meet them in the senator’s office, but rather on a cold outdoor patio. (Okay, cold by L.A. standards.) Finally, after being left waiting for a half hour the busy intersection outside Feinstein’s office, her district director Trevor Daley managed to procure an indoor conference room, where citizen activist were allowed to come in shifts to discuss their concerns about immigration policy. No one expected that they were going to change any minds. But as citizens...Read More
Author: Susan Tully
About The Author
Susan has been with the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) since 2002. She is a former business owner, manager for municipal code enforcement, immigration coordinator for the Coalition of Government Officials (southern California), and president of Citizens Committee for Immigration Policy. Susan manages FAIR's extensive and national Field Program. She develops members and activist support and educates the media and public on immigration issues.
Editor’s Note: This week, Susan Tully, the National Field Director for FAIR, is participating in a fact-finding trip on the U.S.-Mexican border with seven sheriffs from Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, North Carolina and Oregon. She sent the updates below to describe their first day in McAllen, Texas. Wednesday morning: We have been in a round table meeting all morning with the Hidalgo County sheriffs. They have worked with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Border Patrol since last September after the Border Patrol received intel that a tremendous increase of unaccompanied alien minors were coming. Border Patrol was already maxed out...Read More
I’ve been at the immigration reform and enforcement table for about 20 years. I’ve worked with activists during all those years. But last week, in Los Angeles, I had a first-time-ever experience at an activist brain storming session. Gathered for an update on Stop AB131, the petition drive to gather signatures to force a ballot initiative as to whether the California taxpayers should fund college grants to illegal aliens, I asked the top activist leaders from Southern California how the signature drive was going. They started updating me with the positive response from California residents who signed the petitions but then admitted about 500,000 more signatures were still needed. When I said there was only a little more than three weeks to go to meet the January 5th deadline, suddenly their faces dropped at once, and the room went completely silent. It was easy to read on each of their faces; the task was nearly impossible! Without big money to pay signature gatherers or a tsunami of petitions flooding in, the taxpayers of California will be forced to give grant money to illegal aliens for college, on top of the $22 billion they are spending annually in California to support the illegal alien population. While all of our minds were racing and searching for suggestions as to how to accomplish this daunting task of gathering signatures, Lupe Moreno, long...Read More
I’ve been in and the thick of the battle against illegal immigration for more than 20 years. Just when I think that I have seen it all or heard it all, something happens to remind me that there may be something even crazier to come. If you are searching for a place that takes the debate about illegal immigration to the next level of absurdity, you generally need to look no further than Cook County, Illinois – otherwise known to illegal aliens as the rabbit hole that leads to Wonderland. In Alice in Wonderland, Alice falls into the rabbit hole and the whole world becomes topsy-turvy. This classic is known as “literary nonsense” because it is formal dictation and tone, balanced with elements of absurdity. It uses sensical and nonsensical elements to defy language conventions or logical reasoning. The definition of literary nonsense is the best description I can conjure up to describe the ordinance passed yesterday by Cook County, in a vote of 10-5, which will allow the Cook County Sheriff to choose whether or not the county will comply with ICE detainers on a case by case basis. The ordinance gives the Cook County Sheriff “discretion to honor detainers by ICE when there is a ‘legitimate law enforcement purpose’.” In other words, Cook County wants to decide who gets deported from the country. Deciding whether ICE has...Read More
The 2011 Maryland Legislature passed Senate Bill 167, known as the Maryland Dream Act, which granted in-state tuition to certain illegal alien students living in Maryland if they met specific criteria set forth in the legislation. The legislation would cost Maryland taxpayers $3.5 million by 2016, according to the fiscal summary in Senate Bill 167. But many of Maryland’s hard working, taxpaying residents didn’t agree with the so-called wisdom of the Maryland Legislature. So a coalition of Maryland residents set out to gather signatures to place a referendum on the ballot to let the voters of Maryland decide for themselves if they are willing to bear the financial burden of paying for the college educations of people who are not legally present in the United States, let alone Maryland. Well, the people of Maryland spoke loud and clear, just as they had to the legislators before they passed the bill. The coalition handily gathered more than twice the number of signatures required by law to place the referendum on the ballot in 2012. But a Maryland illegal alien advocacy organization sees this Dream Act referendum by the people as, “[J]ust the beginning of the big fight you’re going to have over the next 12 to 15 months.” So stated Gustavo Torres, executive director of Casa de Maryland, a Latino and minority rights advocacy group that thinks all state benefits...Read More