Finally! The KANSAS COMPACT efforts by non-partisan and Latina-led political movement is penetrating the Heart of America in Kansas! The Tequila Party has headquarters in Arizona (immigration ground zero) and we are fighting Tea Party extremism.
The KANSAS COMPACT and the COMPACT WITH AMERICA needs support from all sides of the political spectrum and support cannot come from just one political aisle. The Tequila Party Movement consists of Independents, Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarian voters and it is going to take all efforts from all sides to set this nation back on a course that remembers our immigrant history. Immigrants have made this nation great.
We want to congratulate Kansas Rep. Louis Ruiz for introducing this bill and for his leadership. We felt this was necessary when Kansas Rep. Virgil Peck made the violent remark when he advocated the shooting of immigrants like hogs. We hope to see a positive outcome from a horrible black eye Virgil Peck left Kansas with.
As you know might already know, the Tequila Party is a counter movement to the extremist Tea Party Movement. The Tequila Party Movement is a group that motivates Latinos to get out and vote and vote for pro immigrant politicians. We need the Kansas Compact to be passed since Kris Kobach (also advises anti-immigrant 2012 Republican Presidential candidate — Mitt Romney) is the architect behind many anti-DREAM Act, anti-immigrant laws, and his attacks on our 14th amendment via birthright citizenship laws. Kris Kobach has ties to white nationalist and anti-semitic John Tanton.
From DOS MUNDOS:
On Feb. 16, Kansas Rep. Louis Ruiz introduced a bill into the Kansas Legislature as a call for responsible immigration reform resulting from respectful, humane dialogue: the Kansas Compact.
The compact is an outgrowth of the Tequila Party movement. Founded during the summer of 2011, the Tequila Party emerged as a response to growing public and legislative anti-immigrant sentiment. The non-partisan group seeks to empower Hispanics through initiatives such as increasing voter registration and the compact, which details principles to guide the legislature in writing laws that affect undocumented immigrants.
“Tequila spearheaded this (compact) for several years (by) trying to initiate different states to introduce it,” Ruiz said. “We tried to introduce it last year, but it didn’t go anywhere.”
Readers will probably remember 2011 as the year of the Kansas voter identification law and the potential repeal of in-state tuition for undocumented students. The controversial laws are followed this year by a bevy of new immigration legislation, including a mandate forcing all employers to use E-Verify and another law intended to turn Kansas law enforcement officers into immigration officers, a la Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1070.
DOS MUNDOS Editor’s note:
The compact is based on the Tequila Party’s Compact with America.
Compact With America
A declaration of five principles to guide America’s immigration discussion:
Federal solutions – Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government and other countries, not individual states and other countries. We urge Congress and others to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in America.
Law enforcement – We respect the rule of law and support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code.
Families – Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and wellbeing of all American children.
Economy – America is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. America’s immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and businessfriendly state.
A free society – Immigrants are integrated into communities across America. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. America should always be a place that welcomes people of good will.