NY Senator Changes Tune on Immigration

El Diario/La Prensa, News Report, Posted: Jan 25, 2009

NEW YORK - An editorial published in the Saturday, Jan. 24 edition of New York's El Diario/La Prensa called the new state senator from New York, Kirsten Gillibrand, a "disappointing choice" and a slap in the face to immigrant New Yorkers. However, the front page of the same newspaper announced on Sunday that the senator had "softened her tone" on immigration.

Gillibrand, who was chosen by Governor David Paterson Friday to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate, was received with skepticism by leaders of the state's immigrant community for her support of local police officers taking on efforts to enforce immigration law.

On Saturday, however, she told New York's television channel NY1 that the United States needs to "ensure that anyone who wants to work in this country has a way to stay here legally." She said she would work to achieve this, and went on to describe the separation of families due to immigration policies as a tragedy. Gillibrand said she plans to meet with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez to learn more about immigration reform.

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T. Rossi on Feb 12, 2009 at 19:35:48 said:

Hey, "Joseph Smith", why don't you pack up your lamenting violin and go play it somewhere else in this world, huh?... A great majority of us are already beyond fed up about decades long of outright abuse the mexican invaders you defend so passionately have been perpetrating with total impunity in our country. They are masters of thievery, underhanded opportunists who factually do not give a flying kite about our history, traditions, language, laws, the list goes on. These invading thieves have managed to affect our infrastructure in ways which would take me pages and pages to describe y in here. It is an outright fallacy that their sense of sacrifice is higher than anyone else anywhere. You may remain assured that if this atrocious plague of tribal outsiders were to be finally eradicated on a permanent basis, America would have contingents of its own true natives ready to do the labor they are otherwise deprived of because of these shameless, freeloading intruders. So, please, stop your whining misleading crap altogether, take a one way trip to taco nation and stay forever in there with those of your ilk, OK chump?

joseph_smith on Feb 04, 2009 at 23:03:36 said:

replaying to linda

Problem with the new generation of American (wherever their ancestor came from) is that they only want to do office job. Different from their ancestor who worked so hard to make the U.S.A what is today: still a powerful, beautiful country. Today, a caucasian kid gets a job in a busy restaurant and before the week is over, he/she will quick. In a way, I do not blame them. They can work in a better place, better pay for job done, better environment, probably better managers, customer, and co-worker. An african americam kid will stay around; Some of them working hard like slaves, and a large number just chilling around, complaining, and giving headaches to their employees and customers. An illegal, instead, is working his/her back off to satisfy the customers and make his/her employer, family, country, and his-belove- chosen-country prove. Same way as your ancestor did. As they said this country was built by immigrant. It is hope that you can understand the analogy. Immigrant illegal or not have built these country. Just imagine how expense your food, housing, and other emjoyment of life could have been, if immigrant will have not have their hand on him. God is watching.

Linda Brazier on Feb 03, 2009 at 10:47:40 said:

regardless of what e-verify does , this still does not help the American people by Insourcing jobs to foreigners.Americans should be getting all the jobs in this country 1st . The rate of the un-employed in this country is growing and we cannot sit back and watch Contractors in our country bid on jobs for the building of our bridges and roads who out source there employees.....Local goverments (like our towns and cities have no say on what the contractors do .When does this stop ?
I pay Taxes for my roads here in the state of michigan and I pay my property taxes for my Town I live and to see the jobs go to nothing but mexicans who are here with a work visa's is killing me .Why cant we speak up and do something about this ?I'm sick and tired of seeing the Sidewalks and Roads being done by Mexicans and no whites or blacks on the jobs . Are you telling me there is no white or black who want these jobs too .
Our Malls food courts now hire a Food Union to insource mexicans in from a Company from Mexico...My son and his friends could'nt even find a summer job at the mall food courts that year.Whats going on ?

Ignacio on Feb 02, 2009 at 00:19:33 said:

Leo Fryer, I see you have been quoting numbers from NumbersUSA, or VDare, the only problem with quoting them is that you are wrong. Those are definitely Hate think tanks. And no...undocumented are not eligible for any government aid, so whether it's on purpose or not, you are lying. And what does an "anchor baby" do for an immigrant? In fact, what is an "anchor baby?" It wouldn't surprise me if you were just repeating rhetoric from your daddy Lou Dobbs. The healthcare system is in a mess, because it was made for profit in the 80's and the costs they charge the uninsured (which are basically the poor and not the undocumented) are astronomical and the poor (not the undocumented) are unable to pay them. Americans have lost their jobs due to outsourcing, I'm sure if you went to any employer who had undocumented,they would hire you over them. If you are less qualified than an undocumented worker, then you are a sorry human being. Get your facts straight! When you quote lies you become a puppet.

Jeff on Jan 30, 2009 at 15:36:31 said:

Illegal immigrants,by their actual descriptive title, are lawbreakers who flout the laws of the U.S. They are criminals from the very beginning of their entry into the U.S. and are a drain upon our social & law-enforcement facilities by their lack of paying taxes, free-loadjng of services & crimes.

true american patriot on Jan 29, 2009 at 18:32:00 said:


joseph smith on Jan 27, 2009 at 22:32:19 said:

Relating to Don McAninch
Why spend one trillion dollars to create three million jobs when we could simply deport three million illegal aliens? If you read, you will why?
It is nice to know that racism Post Obama is alive and well. Josie, your name sound foreigner where are you from. Wonder what kind of crime a illegal had done to job. Did he rape you, stole your wallet, kill a member of your family. I beat no. To be illegal in the country is breaking the law as speeding your car. How many time has you break the law, BIG CRIMINAL. Sarcasm aside, why do Illegals want to come to a place where they are exploited, enslaved, marginalized, and oppressed? They want a better life for themselves. Ask your ancestor. You should be ashamed of your comments and hate towards these poor people who share many things in common with you. Your ancestors were illegal immigrants! No one invited them to America ask the Native-American's and the Spanish Conquistadores or the French-Canadians how many invitations went out to Europe and elsewhere inviting immigrants to the Americas. But they came, GREEDY FOR LAND AND MONEY they came. Thieves and murderers they came. Sick, poor, starving they came. Should we get rid of you or your parents - just because they're an ANCHOR BABY? If you can't understand what makes this nation great, why people trek miles of desert wasteland from Mexico or crossover from Canada or float on a boat from Cuba then you really don't deserve to be called an American from these Great United States. I imagine that you don't give your friend's kids food when they visit according to your view of justice. I'm sure you give your neighbor's kids food even if they don't visit. Well, how can the United States provide BILLIONS in Foreign Aid to many nations and not provide for foreigners on their own soil. How ignorant can you be the Horn of Plenty was shared by Native Americans and Pilgrims not just Native Americans. And as for your argument that illegal aliens crowd our costly jails and we must support them. Well how about legislating their release. They'll be instantly deported since they are illegal and guess what hopefully when youre on vacation one of these wonderful sociopaths will be you and your familys check-in clerk at a hotel or valet or maybe just walk on the same street as you! Free to do unto others as he has done Before! Hey racist are you keeping up. I know reading is difficult for you. How about getting a job for less than the minimum wage and see how much you can afford, a nice house, car, and three meals a day might just be difficult. Or try picking tomatoes and lettuce and see how far you get traveling state to state following harvests or would you rather a job in a 'sweatshop' or some housekeeping job where you look over your shoulder and slave over your work afraid that someone will call immigration. But, I'm sure you like many others put their heads on their comfortable down pillow and turn up the heat at night in their overpriced (oops sorry devalued) homes fearing someone will come and take you to a country you disown. When you mention the SUICIDE this country will face guess what -what about the suicide Wall Street executives (legal citizens albeit) have provoked. Thank God the stupid people didn't push through the Social Security Reform they wanted or else you would see retirees really committing suicide when their pensions and monthly checks tied to the stock market (what a genius our former Prez was) would disappear. When the stock market tanked that was the illegal immigrants fault???? During the economic boom there were the same amount of illegals here so what does that mean, dammed if they're here during good times and dammed if they're here during bad times. This just shows people your prejudice and hatefulness. Get therapy! If getting illegal immigrants out of the country would 'cure' us of all that ails this country then maybe your arguments would make sense but none do. There will always be illegal immigrants as long as we keep our borders closed. If we allowed anyone to become a citizen and just get their visa to come here as we do to some other (Anglo origin/European countries) maybe you wouldn' t be so angry because there is always someone trying to take candy away from a kid. YOU! Note: 98% of this written was taking from another article Replying to Delawarebob, who is another racist like you.

Richard Kelly on Jan 27, 2009 at 09:08:35 said:

I beleave the law states in California that if you get 400,000 signatures on a petition to put this measure on the ballot the state would be required under there own state law to put this measure on the ballot.I use to live in California and saw many petitions go on the ballot this way.CALIFORNIA WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.You the people have the power to do something about it.

Don McAninch on Jan 26, 2009 at 18:54:05 said:

Why spend one trillion dollars to create three million jobs when we could simply deport three million illegal aliens?

Ilegals GO HOME! on Jan 26, 2009 at 18:46:31 said:

Behind oil and tourism, money from illegals pouring into the toilet called Mexico, is their 3rd largest revenue generator. Like a freakin parasite they have allowed their poor uneducated people to pour across our border to leach of the country WE built! Why don't the people of Mexico revolt against the corruption in their own country? It is easier to be parasitic!

leo on Jan 26, 2009 at 18:36:17 said:

Another little tidbit: Last year there were over 300,000 U.S. births to illegal Mexicans..... And guess who paid for it?

YOU DID... average cost for the birth alone $4,700, then add in the healthcare,welfare,foodstamps, etc,etc...
and you wonder why hospitals and healthcare is so expensive....

Jen on Jan 26, 2009 at 16:38:00 said:

California is broke because of the 12 Million + illegals we have here. I believe we are on day 88 without a budget for the state. Where I live, there are schools with 90% non-English speaking students. We simply can't afford to educate Mexico's poor - and provide health care and welfare and and and...

leo on Jan 26, 2009 at 15:00:04 said:

Yes John... The number is correct, the U.S. issues 138,000 work/green cards per month. NOT YEAR, last year and every year we take in approx. 1,500,000 LEGALLY... YOU do the math.... I'll go back and look again and do a copy/paste of actual numbers....

Hugo James on Jan 26, 2009 at 14:12:27 said:

I agree with all of you on some facts, but it is also a fact that our government is to blame for all this mess. They have allowed this to happen and now don't know what to do. I just know that there will be no mass deportations and eventually there will be an amnesty. I'm sure that some Native Americans were thinking the way you all think and guess what? No one cared people from all over the world kept coming here and the same will happen with Latinos so just relax because Latinos will eventually be all over in the government.

John on Jan 26, 2009 at 13:40:09 said:


Do you think US govt is insane to issue 138000 Green cards in a month? Well, please check the facts before you talk anything. US govt can only issue 140000 every year.

Steve on Jan 26, 2009 at 11:24:23 said:

Sen. Gillibrand,
We are not fooled by euphemisms for mass amnesty such as legalization or \\\'finding a way for them to work and stay here legally.\\\' With hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and Americans losing their jobs monthly, now more than ever American workers need you to oppose these comprehensive reform amnesty schemes for millions of illegal foreign workers!! Please stick up for American workers and oppose any and all pathway amnesty schemes, and support enforcement of our immigration laws! Illegal aliens alone are responsible for breaking up their families.

leo on Jan 26, 2009 at 09:16:26 said:

I agree totally D. Bob... That IS the root of the problem. These illegals are not stupid. Why wait for a green card? They know that an anchor baby is way faster than a green card or any path toward coming here legally. They, if not pregnant on their way in (in many cases)are pregnant ASAP after arriving. They bring NOTHING, contribute NOTHING, get free care for these anchor babies, sec. 8 housing, food stamps, take jobs illegally, commit crime, etc,etc. Not only does this put a burden on the U.S. it makes these anchor babies more victims of crime, and then they have the gall to say the WE are breaking up their familys. IF THEY COME HERE ILLEGALLY THEY SHOULD HAVE NO RIGHT TO BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP and these children should be send back ASAP. WE CAN NOT CONTINUE TO PAY FOR THIS INSANITY.
Not only is this a problem for us, it is also a world problem with population. The third world nations just keep having children at a staggering rate that they or the world can afford. If nothing is done we will populate ourselves to extinction....

Delaware Bob on Jan 26, 2009 at 08:12:07 said:

"...She said she would work to achieve this, and went on to describe the separation of families due to immigration policies as a tragedy..."

Well, Sen. Gillibrand, the only ones to blame for this are the ILLEGAL ALIENS! Would these families be broken up if they weren't here in the first place breaking the law? Maybe when we have a raid, we should round up and deport the family also. That way, there would be no separation.

Maybe another thing you should work on is getting this birthright citizenship REVOKED! It is at the root of the problem with this ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION! Yes, explain how you can ILLEGALLY enter this Country and be rewarded with the precious gift of U.S. citizenship for the baby from a crime you have committed. Makes so sense to me.

I cant say the ILLEGAL ALIENS are completely to blame for the shape of our economy, but they are a BIG part of the problem. The ILLEGAL ALIENS send BILLIONS upon BILLIONS out of this Country every year, money we will NEVER see again. Does this help our economy?

How about the BILLIONS the American taxpayers fork out for the ANCHOR BABIES, the schooling of them, the medical care and the list goes on, and on, and on.

How about the MILLIONS upon MILLIONS paid to jail ILLEGAL ALIENS for the crimes, then the cost to deport them. Does this help our economy?

Then you have these activist groups, the Catholic Church and the ACLU that want AMNESTY for these ILLEGAL ALIENS. It would be absolute suicide for this Country if AMNESTY were granted to the 20 million or so ILLEGAL ALIENS. We have more and more people out of work everyday and they want to add another 20 million to this Country? I say, NO!

If AMNESTY were ever granted to these 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS, you can bet big money that 3 years from now, there would be ANOTHER 3-5 million ILLEGAL ALIENS demonstrating on our soil for AMNESTY.

An end MUST come to this illegal immigration. The perfect tool we have so far is E-Verify. It MUST be used by ALL businesses and Government Social Services. EVERY employee must be checked! If they are illegal, they are to be dismissed!

I believe it is time for all 50 States to pass a State law, like Arizona, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and a few others. It is time for these ILLEGAL ALIENS to go back to their home Country and get out of this Country. The problems they are causing will not go away until the ILLEGAL ALIENS are out of this Country. I think that is plain to see.

So, Sen. Gillibrand, if you are against illegal immigration, work to get these ALIENS out of this Country!

leo on Jan 25, 2009 at 22:57:38 said:

You tell me not to get personal and then you say that CRAP. You do not know me either and it is now obvious that you don't know the difference between legal and illegal. You condone people that commit crime, you think it's OK for children to be used for crime and be victims of crime. Why can't you understand that breaking into my country is no different than breaking into my house. Is that what you do for a living too,lie,cheat,steal,burglarize and then blame someone else and say its not my fault. "did it for my children" BS... And, look Valerie, I was born here, my parents were born here, my grandparents were born here. And guess what? When my great-grand parents came here they did so LEGALLY. They actually worked for a living, they did not come here looking for a handout and free housing and healthcare etc,etc, You are not welcome in my house when you think you can make the rules. And, I happen to have native American friends (they are not called indians, that is an insult) and guess what? They don't want illegals here either.... You are an IDIOT, GO HOME if you can not obey the law, or understand the difference between right and wrong... And, I don't need you to preach about history or religion, I feel sorry for you thinking you can save humanity. WE, the U.S. are NOT the worlds savior, GET IT? You have worn out your welcome, now GO....

valerie leeshue on Jan 25, 2009 at 20:21:06 said:

your fore parents was not born here either the only true ameeicans are the indians who are original americans people like you rob them of there land and build reservations and split them up ronald reigan the presedent once said MR. GOABACHEV TEAR DOWN THAT WALL WHY SHOULD WE BUILD A WALL ON OUR NEIGHBOURING LAND MEXICO IS A PART OF THE UNITED STATES LAND.

valerie leeshue on Jan 25, 2009 at 20:13:14 said:

i dont know you but to your arguments you sound sick and twisted it is a pity may god have mercy on your soul if you have any maybe you wear them at the bottom of your feet so it is all worn out.

valerie leeshue on Jan 25, 2009 at 20:08:59 said:

take there children and go where these children was born here this is the earth and the fullness there of children born to immigrants in another country are citizen of the country of birth this is discrimination against another human being your thinking is very sad and mean towards another human being regardless of color raise or citizenship.

leo on Jan 25, 2009 at 19:40:34 said:

You miss the whole point Valerie... These people are here ILLEGALLY. And, it is still being debated if these children are U.S. citizens. I too feel sorry for the children because they are actually just more victims of crime. The illegals can take these children with them when they leave. If they were born to Mexican Nationals then those kids are Mexican. Like John McCain, he was born in Panama, BUT he is a U.S. citizen not a Panamanian. You seem to confuse legal and illegal....

valerie leeshue on Jan 25, 2009 at 19:35:32 said:

now you are getting personal about me learning english you dont know me and you dont know who iam just lets stay on the subject of immigration and illigal immigrants dont throw low blows.

leo on Jan 25, 2009 at 19:33:29 said:

And to you HUGO... where did I post any ignorant infor.... ALL FACTS....
Your number 12-15 million has been used again & again for more than 10 years my friend.... just assuming half of your 12 are females that alone is at least another 6 million in anchor babies. The FACT is HUGO 25-30 may be a low estimate. You too can check that YouTube video... and another fact 138,000 green card are issued EA. MONTH my friend. Get your facts right...

valerie leeshue on Jan 25, 2009 at 19:29:02 said:

i dont see the bitterness against people having childdren . you might be right about the multiply babies and strollers but we still have to respect that these children are americans and we still have to be responsible for them.we cant send the parents home who will take care of the children.as i said vet them properly for dangerous crimes let them pay a fine give work dacuments stay under survalance for a period of time to stay out of trouble thin give them there green card.

leo on Jan 25, 2009 at 19:28:26 said:

Valerie... You sound like you are at least learning English and can at least understand. I ask you PLEASE, check out this YouTube video thay may make sense if you listen carefully...


valerie leeshue on Jan 25, 2009 at 19:11:36 said:

thease people did not wreck this economy these people do all sorts of odd jobs just to make a honest living to take care of them self and there family it is the bushes administration with all there careless spendings.and leave all the dirty work for this president and the democrats to clean up but we are praying for you mr. president dont worry every thing is going to be all right.(aline from one of bob marleys song)

leo on Jan 25, 2009 at 19:10:34 said:

No Valerie, it is you who are not making sense. 95+ percent of ALL Illegal Aliens are Mexican. FACT They come here with NOTHING, they don't speak English, they get pregnant as fast as they can if they are not already (because they know that is their "IN") and they continue to have more & more kids until they look like a family of ducks... (she is pushing that stroller w/2,3,4 kids following, 1 in the stroller and pregnant again. I see it daily. Then they get Sec. 8 housing (hiding their spouses income) collecting food stamps, medicare, welfare etc,etc. Believe it, they are a MAJOR reason why our country is in such a mess. They contribute NOTHING, use the system and then send billions upon billions of dollars to Mexicao that will never be seen again. Then the spouse goes out and buys a pick-up truck to haul this family around in. You are right about 1 thing, there are many lazy U.S. citizens that also take advantage of the system BUT the system WAS meant for U.S. citizens, NOT ILLEGAL ALIENS (in this case MEXICANS) because that is where the majority of the invasion is taking place. I don't see German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Irish, or other countries invading our nation like those from Mexico and other latin American countries.... It is these 3rd world countries destroying or nation. LOOK AROUND VALERIE, WE ARE SICK OF ILLEGALS PERIOD... (legal too for that matter)

valerie leeshue on Jan 25, 2009 at 19:02:46 said:

this great country was built by emmigrants and every person should respect each other regardles of the curcomstances surround them this is what this president is trying to tell people like leo we are all one flesh and blood out of many we are one these poor children is not responsible for there patrents been here illigal thay are american citizen nothing can change that because where you born thats where your citizenship is.

valerie leeshue on Jan 25, 2009 at 18:52:12 said:

this immigration is very complex there are over 25 to 30 million illegal or undocumented immingants in this country if the government vet thease people properly for voilent crimes because you have to keep the country safe and ask them to pay $2000 in fine and get to work and pay taxes under survailance for 4 years stay out of trouble then thay will get there green card do you know how much money this will make to help this cripling economy. stop been nieve about the facts of life.

Hugo James on Jan 25, 2009 at 18:47:18 said:

Leo Fryer, people like you should be prohibited from posting such ignorant comments, but thats the greatness of our country to allow everyone to express his or her opinion. In case you didn\'t know there is 12 to 15 million illegal aliens in this country, this includes Europeans, Asians, Latinos and others not only Mexicans. I agree with you that we should be more careful on how we spend the tax payer\'s money and we should not allow people to abuse the system that includes Latinos, blacks and whites who in some cases take advantage of our systems.

valerie leeshue on Jan 25, 2009 at 18:38:30 said:

loe fry you are not talking sense to me thease american dont want to work thay are not going to push a stroller for a woman in manhattan thay prefer to go in the shelter then move to the government housing just to get section8 what thay get for them children for a month three ways to go in an appartment with 3 bed rooms is over $10.000 plus food light bill furniture money and money to spend this is not even a fraction of what is been offered to thease people.

valerie leeshue on Jan 25, 2009 at 18:29:12 said:

with due respect i must beg to differ from leo frye statement about illegal immigrants and this country it is not only mexicans who come over the border you have people who came here check through immigration on visitors visa and over stay there are a lot of catagory in immigration reform these poople fall under a diffrent catagory so you cant classifie every case as the same .the senator as to take a look at all case and handle them diffrently.

leo fryer on Jan 25, 2009 at 16:01:55 said:

Sen. Gillibrand... Please, we have asked our elected officials over & over again to get immigration under control. We now have 25-30 million illegal Mexicans in this country and we are spending billions upon billions for the care of their anchor babies. Plus the costs of all the other soc. services provided to illegal aliens that should be used for U.S. citizens. On top of the 25-30 million illegals we are giving 138,000 work permits/green cards PER MONTH. This INSANITY MUST STOP. We have citizens losing their homes, losing their jobs, the economy is in the tank, our schools are a mess because so much time is spent on illegals teaching english, our jails and justice systems are full of illegal Mexicans, gangs, crime spilling over at the border, healthcare, housing, congestion, our hospitals are going broke because illegals pay virtually nothing to have their anchor babies. Over 50% of all new borns in Santa Barbara are to illegals, over 400,000 illegal alien anchor babies in California in 2008. (virtually free) Cal. is broke. We need to add 1 school (kindergarden) EACH AND EVERY DAY to keep up with the illegal birthrate (almost a 1000 per day) in California. I do not understand why you elected officials will not do what the people have asked you to do. It seems you are solely afraid of losing the Hispanic vote rather than do what is right. You are destroying our nation. Your FIRST job as an elected official is to protect its citizens, while we are quitely being invaded on our southern border. WE WANT IMMIGRATION STOPPED and these illegals be sent home WITH their anchor babies, then get people back to work and then think about IMMIGRATION REFORM to get those numbers down to get the overall population under control. WE CAN NO LONGER CONTINUE TO BE THE SALVATION FOR THIRD WORLD NATIONS.

Wandagb on Jan 25, 2009 at 15:38:01 said:

Everything you need to know about "immigration reform"


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