“[Texas] State Rep. Rafael Anchia, a Democrat, disputed the claim, calling it “the myth of anchor babies.” “For that to rise to some sort of national security concern is really unsubstantiated,” Anchia said. “The 9/11 bombers were all here legally. The Times Square bomber was a naturalized citizen. He was not an anchor baby.” Anchia also disputed the contention that having a baby in the United States hinders the deportation process. “The law does not bear that out,” he said. “Just because you have a child here doesn’t mean you can’t be deported tomorrow.”—Report: 8 percent of U.S. newborns have undocumented parents - CNN.com (via sexartandpolitics)
“One of my responsibilities at my job is to supervise our collection of Network Operators. This is an entry-level position that monitors our systems and servers, performs certain technical tasks and interacts with client requests. It pays $10/hr, is part-time and has no benefits. It’s a fairly high-turnover position, as people graduate from college or find jobs more in line with their career goals, so I have to interview pretty often. Over the last year I’ve interviewed several people with well over a decade of experience in IT. They can code, they can build networks, they can configure switches, they can put together a virtual HA environment with their eyes closed. They’re going for a part-time, $10/hr job becase A)$10/hr is better than $0/hr, and they’re hoping it will turn into something more down the road. They need to work, they want to work. They have, to quote Timothy Geithner, “the skills they need to re-enter the 21st-century economy.” They built the 21st century economy. But there are no jobs.”—There Are No Jobs (via azspot) (via robot-heart-politics)
“The Fanjuls are sugar barons whose lands in the historic Everglades are pivotal to control of Florida politics. The influence of campaign contributions is so strong—touching all parts of the political spectrum and all levels of Florida government— that the possibility a US Senator could emerge in Florida who has not received their blessings is remarkable.
Gov. Charlie Crist, the sunny optimist, triggered a plan by the State of Florida to add sugar lands to Everglades treatment marshes and storage by purchasing more than 100,000 acres owned by the Fanjuls’ biggest competitor, US Sugar. He did this, apparently, without consulting the Fanjuls and, for that, the Fanjuls are applying their muscle to Marco Rubio, the Jeb Bush stand-in on the Republican side.” via Eye on Miami
Take a peak at Big Sugar, a documentary on the Fanjul owned plantations here in South Florida and the Dominican Republic. There’s a full length documentary on them titled The Sugar Babies, which was surrounded by all kinds of nonsense and was prevented from being shown at the Miami Film Festival. Their influence crosses all party lines. I’m not endorsing Crist, I’m just saying he seems to be the only one that hasn’t taken any money from them and that’s a big deal in Florida Politics.
“The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would reduce the disparities between mandatory federal sentences for crack and powder cocaine violations, a step toward ending what legal experts say have been unfairly harsh punishments imposed mainly on blacks. The bill, which passed the Senate in March, was adopted by the House in a voice vote and now goes to President Obama for his signature.”—
Under current law, the amount of powder cocaine triggering a mandatory minimum sentence is 100 times as much as the amount of crack cocaine triggering sentencing. The bill was passed in 1986 after a spate of drug-related killings.
The new law would decrease the ratio to 18-1 and eliminate the five-year mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack cocaine.