The Myth of Prosecutorial Discretion

We currently have over 11 million people living in the shadows in the United States. These people live a life of uncertainty, where they don't have many rights and what rights they do have, they hesitate to defend. Driving a car is against the law for them. They fear calling the police, when they are victims of crimes. Sometimes being a victim and reporting it carries the penalty of removal from the community they love and that loves them.

These are our neighbors. They shop in the same stores where we shop and attend the same schools our children do. They are our co-workers. They pay taxes and sometimes serve in the armed forces defending our country.

Our buildings and roads are built by them. They clean our homes and tend to our gardens. In many cases, they work 12 hours or more daily, for less than minimum wage. They are denied the fundamental right to a college education. Yet, they do not complain. Demanding that they be treated with the same dignity and respect as the rest of us, carries the possible penalty of removal. In many cases parents are torn away from their children.

You may be asking yourself, who would choose to live like this? What could they possibly have done to warrant living a life in the shadows, where at any moment they may be discovered and imprisoned?

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Who're You With?

The Home Defenders' League is a nation-wide homeowners' organization fighting to defend property, wealth and the American Dream.  Whether you rent or own, the mortgage crisis affects you and our politicians are proposing very few solutions.  Homeowners across the country are getting organized...and they have a plan.  To find out more, read on. 

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Non-recurring logic

tillis.jpgSpeaker of the House Thom Tillis participated in a conference call this morning on behalf of the Romney campaign. Peppered amid the obvious talking points and political grandstanding, was some genuine discussion from the Speaker on a myriad of NC-specific topics. One such statement was regarding the nearly $6 billion which North Carolina accepted as part of the federal stimulus program over the past few years. As Tillis said:

"I think the stimulus money caused a number of structure problems for us. It is one of the reasons we had a $3 billion deficit...because the leadership that preceded me choose to use that non-recurring money just to pay our bills," Tillis said. "So we had a structural deficit going into last year solely because of the stimulus money and the irresponsible decisions made by our irresponsible legislature. One half of our $3 billion deficit was because that money was gone."

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Gabino Sanchez: A Canary in the Coal Mine

In case you haven't heard, this past Tuesday, May 15 a rally was held in support of Gabino Sanchez, in order to stop his deportation. Over 300 people from community and advocacy organizations, the faith-based community, and Occupy Charlote showed up and stood in solidarity with Gabino, before he went into his immigration hearing. Gabino also had the support of illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez, who has for months been working with him.

We heard passionate speeches from young people like Action NC's Rossana Simón, who said "Gabino is a role model to me, because even though he is undocumented he still works hard for his family, in order to bring food to the table. He does not give up. . . Gabino is an inspiration for us all".

Gabino Sanchez came to the US as a child, when his family immigrated here in search of a better life. He is now 27 years old and married with 2 US-born children. Last year, he was stopped by the police, while driving into the community where he lives. He was arrested for not having a driver's license. This is what Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is basing their need to deport him on.

After the rally, Gabino, his lawyer, and Gutierrez went into the hearing. When they came out, we found out that the judge agreed to let him stay in the country for now. He will be getting a drivers licens and a work visa, while his case continues. His next court date is February 2013.

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Patterns and politics - take one

Let’s get it out in the open: last night was a tough one. Like 2010 midterms bad. Yet somehow worse, because we knew it was coming.

I’m done screaming about why Amendment One is stupid, dangerous, and blatantly prejudiced. I’m done making nuisance legal analysis, policy arguments, and appealing to the better nature in people. In short, I’m done trying to talk sense to crazy. Crazy won, sane lost.

The question is, why?

Putting aside the emotion for a moment, let's try to figure out what happend. We knew the numbers were against us from the beginning, and the result was larger than I was expecting, but what is really interesting is not who voted for it, but where they voted for it.

If we look back at the counties that went for Obama in ’08, we see mostly urban areas, mostly educated, mostly diverse communities.


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