Top Immigration Lawyer Along Mexican Border Also Says Tactics by DreamActivist.org / Dream 9 and Dream 30 Hurt Immigration ReformWednesday, October 30th, 2013
Very glad more within the Mexican American and/or the Chicano community is pushing back against DreamActivist.org / NIYA which are groups led by Fijian and Iranian immigrants receiving advice from the Anglo lawyer via David Bennion who is related to the Mitt Romney family. Now we hope to see the Puerto Rican Representative Luis Gutierrez of Chicago stop with his support of DREAM 30. Folks who aregenuine immigration rights activists ought to listen to the Mexican American community …. after all, we are the ones who account for the bulk of the entire Latin population pie. Mohammad Abdollahi (Iranian immigrant) and Prerna Lal (Fijian immigrant) have no agency to speak on behalf of Americans (of Mexican descent).
We began to be critical of Mohammad, Prerna and David, when they were encouraging the politically under educated Mexican immigrants to self deport via the DREAM 9.
We are glad to see other immigration activists like Carlos Spector of Texas chime in and identifying the likes of DreamActivist.org as being extreme as the tea party. The San Antonio Express also noted:
“They’re as extreme as the tea party,” said DeeDee Garcia Blase, who formerly led a group of Hispanic Republicans who favored immigration reform and who now runs Somos Independents, which she described as a group of independent voters promoting immigration reform.
Carlos Galindo who has the ear of thousands of immigrants, Mexican Americans and Chicanos with his Arizona radio show program via AM1400 (Phoenix) has also been critical of the DREAM 9 and DREAM30 and was the first to tell me these groups led by Mohammad Abdollahi and Prerna Lal needed to be discredited.
From the Texas Tribune by Julian Aguilar:
EL PASO — Activist immigrants who were deported or returned to Mexico of their own accord and then returned to U.S. ports of entry seeking asylum as a means of legal entry are hurting the cases of asylum-seekers with legitimate claims of fear, said a top immigration lawyer along the border.
Carlos Spector, who represents more than 100 Mexican families seeking asylum, said Monday that the tactics of groups like theDREAM 9 in Arizona or the DREAM 34 in Texas betray the cause of comprehensive immigration reform that they seek to champion.
“Both groups did not consult the work of the local community that has 25 years of experience working on these issues,” said Spector, who is also the co-founder of Mexicanos en Exilio, or Mexicans in Exile, a nonprofit outfit that helps endangered Mexicans move safely to the U.S. “They played into the right wing’s argument and narrative that Mexicans are using the asylum process frivolously just to enter the country.”
Because of that, Spector labeled such activists “the Tea Party of the immigration movement.” FULL STORY>>>