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Wednesday, 18 June 2008
No English Lessons ...This is America! ...oh ..call the police!
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Now Playing: Hate - measures on the ballot in Oregon 2008 they are #19 and #112
Topic: IMMIGRATION

Hello Zebra 3 Readers

I just seen the news in my email from the CIO organization in Portland Oregon

 

It was about the the recent ballot measures #19 & #112 …its not good!

 

That said, I was reflecting on this video from the event they organized at PCC campus in Nov 2007 here in Portland Oregon and it was at this forum where we were listening to these very issue of these bad laws being discussed …. Here is my video from that event

 

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3629935748331161880

 

The following is from the CIO website

http://www.interculturalorganizing.org/ballot_measures.html

 

Oregon's 2008 Anti-Immigrant

Ballot Measures - #19 and #112


#19: Prohibits Teaching Public School Student In Language Other Than English For More Than Two Years

Filed By: Alan Grosso, Bill Sizemore, and Russell Walker

Summary of Initiative

  • Non-English speaking students who enter the public school system will be limited to not more than two years of English Immersion classes.
  • The amount of time for ESL classes depends on the grade of non-English speaking student enter the public school system.

“Yes” statement: “Yes” vote prohibits teaching public school student in language other than English for more than two years (exception for teaching foreign language to English speakers).

“No” statement: “No” vote retains requiring English courses for students unable to profit from classes taught in English, permitting Multilanguage instruction to assist transition to English.

Significant Impact/Concerns

  • This initiative does not consider individual learning levels or students with special needs.
  • What are the consequences for non-English speaking students who are prematurely forced into English only classes?
  • How will this affect refugee children who have come directly from refugee camps with little formal education?
  • How will this affect ESL funding, school funding, and curriculum?

#112: Allows state cooperation with Immigration Enforcement; Requires “Legal Presence”/Citizenship for Specified States Rights/Privileges

Filed By: Mehran Smith and Shahriyar Smith

Summary of Initiative

  • No Statute, regulation, or agency/instrumentality of the state can prohibit public employees from cooperating with federal agencies in the enforcement of federal immigration law.
  • First time Oregon voters must provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote.
  • Proof of legal residence is required for driver license applicants.

“Yes” Statement: “Yes” vote allow state/local cooperation and resources for immigration enforcement; requires certain documentation of citizenship for voter registration, “legal presence” for driver/identification documents.

“No” Statement: “No” vote retains current state/local limits on cooperation and resources to enforce immigration laws, current requirements for voter registration, and grant of driver/identification documents.

Significant Concerns/Impacts

  • Would state and local police have the ability to arrest undocumented immigrants on a regular basis? Would state and local police receive proper training, funding and support to carry out federal immigration enforcement?
  • Would this initiative require all government workers (hospitals, schools, etc.) to report undocumented immigrants? Would this initiative promote racial profiling?
  • Would this eliminate the ability to hold street-side voter registration drives?
  • How long will it take to verify a voter’s status under the new system?

 

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:53 AM PDT

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