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Thread: Sep 25, 8:41 AM EDT IMMIGRATION GROUP PLANNED GIRL'S POPE ENCOUNTER FOR A YEAR

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    Sep 25, 8:41 AM EDT IMMIGRATION GROUP PLANNED GIRL'S POPE ENCOUNTER FOR A YEAR

    Sep 25, 8:41 AM EDT

    IMMIGRATION GROUP PLANNED GIRL'S POPE ENCOUNTER FOR A YEAR
    ALICIA A. CALDWELL
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    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sophie Cruz's brief encounter with Pope Francis during his parade in Washington this week appeared to be the kind of spontaneous moment that is so endearing about this pope: an initially hesitant young child wrapping an arm around his neck as he offers a kiss and a blessing.

    But for 5-year-old Sophie, the moment unfolded as perfectly as it was scripted by members of a coalition of Los Angeles-based immigration rights groups. They had been preparing for nearly a year for the young girl from suburban Los Angeles to make a dash for the popemobile to deliver a message about the plight of immigrant parents living in the country illegally.
    They had even pulled off a similar public-relations coup a year ago in Rome using a 10-year-old girl with the pope.

    "We planned to do this from the moment we learned he was coming to the States," Juan Jose Gutierrez of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition told The Associated Press. "We have been working for a while now trying to sensitize the American public that dealing with immigration is not just dealing with the people who came in without proper documents but that we also have ... countless children whose parents are undocumented."

    Gutierrez said the group decided to use the children of immigrants to represent their push for immigration reforms to the pope, a staunch supporter of immigrants. "We have been looking for children to make the case that we as adults have been making for years," he said.

    Sophie was selected for the Washington trip because she "impressed us all so much that we felt she would be our best spokesman," Gutierrez said. If she had been unsuccessful in Washington attracting the pope's attention, he said, she would have traveled with the group to New York and then Philadelphia to try again.

    Sophie refused to the leave the pope's side Wednesday until a bodyguard took a handwritten letter and a T-shirt.

    Her note to Francis detailed fears that her parents, immigrants from Mexico who don't have legal status in the United States, could be deported. But their risk of being deported is slight under the Obama administration's policies, which focus on deporting serious criminals.

    "I believe I have the right to live with my parents," Sophie told the AP after her moment with the pope. "I have the right to be happy. My dad works very hard in a factory galvanizing pieces of metal. All immigrants just like my dad feed this country. They deserve to live with dignity. They deserve to live with respect."

    Gutierrez said Sophie crafted her own letter to the pope and wasn't prompted what to tell reporters who caught up with her later.

    "She didn't have anyone coaching her," Gutierrez said. "She just spoke from her heart. It all came from her."

    The same group, which includes members of the Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional, orchestrated an equally successful effort in Rome last year with 10-year-old Jersey Vargas, who pleaded with Francis to urge President Barack Obama to free her immigrant father from a Louisiana detention center. Following Jersey's encounter, a relative helped post bond for the jailed dad.

    The group traveled to Washington with Sophie and her 36-year-old father, Raul, and sent Sophie to the popemobile with a bright yellow T-shirt with a message in Spanish asking Francis to "rescue DAPA." The message referred to Obama's now-stalled program Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents. It would allow millions of immigrants living in the country illegally to apply for permission to legally stay and work here. A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the effort in February as part of a lawsuit by 26 states challenging it.

    Sophie and her supporters were preaching to the choir with Francis. In his remarks at the White House before the parade, the pope said, "As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families." And in a historic speech to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, he urged lawmakers to respond to the migration crisis in Europe and U.S. immigration issues "in a way which is humane, just and fraternal."

    As stage-managed as Sophie's effort was, that the pigtailed-5-year-old was able to wriggle her way onto the parade route along Constitution Avenue and get the pope's attention required a lot of luck considering the massive security entourage surrounding the pontiff.

    When Sophie made her first moves toward Francis' modified, open-air Jeep, a uniformed officer appeared to start walking her back to her father and others in her group still behind a security barrier. A different, suit-clad security agent also appeared to shoo the young girl, who appeared hesitant as the officials approached, before Francis himself beckoned her to the side of his Jeep.

    Gutierrez said Sophie's success came from a "combination of factors, one being in the right spot at the right time." He added that he thinks Francis may also have remembered Jersey.

    "When he saw this little girl," Gutierrez said, "he had to have known in his heart that this was another important message in the form of a little girl."

    ---http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_POPE_LITTLE_GIRL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE= DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-09-25-08-41-23

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    Staged events by 501 C 3 tax fraud "charities" exploiting children as their gofers is indicative of the exploitation of children by Muslim Jihadists. Yesterday their issue was immigration, tomorrow their issue will be something else.

    STOP IT NOW. Elect representatives, senators and a President who will not allow these organizations to claim tax exempt status while conducting political activism reserved for political action committee organizations.

    GO TRUMP!
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    VAMOS UNIDOS USA - JUAN JOSE GUTIERREZ'S LETTER

    Juan José Gutiérrez is an immigration rights lawyer in Los Angeles. He is President of Vamos Unidos USA and the National Coordinator of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition.





    http://www.ethnicstudiesnow.com/vamo...errez_s_letter

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    Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional

    Who We Are


    [COLOR=#990000 !important]Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional is a community based, non-profit organization serving working, Latin-American families who are mainly Mexican, Central and South Americans. HMT advocates to unite and guide working immigrants, independent of their race, nationality, nation of origin, religion, language, sex, age and inmigration status. Our mision is to defend and advocate for the right of the inmigrant community, seekingcomplete integration in civil life and institutions of this country regardless of their inmigration status.

    We are accredited and recognized under 8 C.F.R & 1292.2 (a) by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
    http://www.hermandadlasvegas.org/
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    Newmexican, check this out!

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/doliaest...mear-campaign/

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    Mexican Tycoon Carlos Slim's TracFone Accuses Activist Group Of Orchestrating A Corporate-Backed Smear Campaign

    TracFone, a telephone company owned by Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim’s America Movil (NYSE:AMX) filed a complaint on Monday accusing activist group Two Countries One Voice and its campaign against Slim in the United States of being a corporate smear campaign as opposed to a grassroots movement against the Mexican billionaire’s “monopolistic practices”, as the group claimed.

    In a complaint filed Monday with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, TracFone accuses Two Countries One Voice (TCOV), a self-described Latino grassroots group, of organizing protests “with the apparent goal of generating adverse legislation and/or negatively influence regulatory decisions affecting” companies owned by Slim. It claims that there is ample public information to indicate that TCOV “is not an authentic grassroots organization and is, in fact, engaged in an ‘Astroturf’ campaign with hidden sponsors and funding to influence California state officials and lawmakers for political and ultimately commercial ends,” the 11-page complaint states.

    Early this month, TCOV organized its most successful protest so far against Slim when 60 activists interrupted Slim with loud laughs and guffaws during a public event at the New York Public Library. Contrary to previous demonstrations in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, this time TCOV’s theatrics received significant press coverage in the United States and Mexico.

    The legal document alleges that TCOV lobbied against Slim’s acquisition of TracFone and SimpleMobile, which are recipients of U.S. government mobile-phone subsidies for the poor, despite not being registered as a lobbyist or other type of political committee. “TCOV is heavily engaged in advocating for regulatory and legislative action in California,” the complaint states. It also states that multiple California politicians, including State Senators Kevin De Leon and Ricardo Lara, and State Assembly members Das Williams and Nancy Skinner, either participated in TCOV’s events or were engaged in other activities against Slim’s companies in California.

    One strong indication that TCOV has undisclosed outside funding is that despite over a year of operations by the group, TracFone has been unable to locate confirmation that the group has registered in California or with the federal government as a corporate entity or ever solicited funds from their supporters or the public at large. To the best of our knowledge, the complaint says, there are no registration filings for “Two Countries, One Voice,” in the public databases maintained by the California Secretary of State and the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

    Slim’s complaint called on the Commission to investigate if Juan Jose Gutierrez, the group’s founder, is financing TCOV from his business activities or whether he and his associates at TCOV have received outside funding and other assistance from corporate lobbying. Gutierrez is identified as the founder of another politically active group called Vamos Unidos USA, which the complaint says is a fictitious business name for a company called Vamos EUA, which has been the subject of several State of California tax liens filed with the Los Angeles County recorder of deeds in 2011 and 2012.

    The complaint suggests that Mercury Public Affairs, a California-registered lobbying firm led by individuals with deep political roots in California and whose primary offering is grassroots mobilization and messaging, may be behind TCOV’s anti Slim campaign. It does not say who hired Mercury on behalf of TCOV, but believes that only well-heeled corporate clients or non-profits have the wherewithal to hire a firm like Mercury, a subsidiary of an NYSE-listed conglomerate called Omnicon. TCOV asserts that it is entirely self-funded and specifically denies that they are tied to Slim’s business competitors in Mexico. However, according to Bloomberg, Andres Ramirez, also a TCOV founder, has participated in events sponsored by Azteca America SAB (AZTECA.MX), a U.S. television network owned by Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas Pliego, a fierce competitor of Slim. In paid ads published May 20 in Mexican newspapers, TV Azteca, Salinas Pliego’s Mexican TV network, denied any connections to Ramirez.
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    Good Find Judy!!
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    Illegal immigrants and their advocates routinely utilize children to further their amnesty agenda.

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    Think about it for a minute. This little girl from a so called "immigrant family" can afford to go to Washington to see the pope. She can also write letters at the tender age of five. Something is mighty fishy here and it smells to high heaven!
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    Think about it for a minute. This little girl from a so called "immigrant family" can afford to go to Washington to see the pope. She can also write letters at the tender age of five. Something is mighty fishy here and it smells to high heaven!
    Oh yeah, it was all staged. If a black American kid had done that, they would have been shot.
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