Monday, April 10, 2006


The rally for immigration reform was held yesterday in Kiener Plaza. I missed it for I had to work on this grant for the gym and coach. I am procrastinating at this particular moment. The Archbishop and Mayor were there. That is great to see leaders of the community stepping up. I hope to see them continue to step up even more. There are a lot of things on the city and state level in terms of law and policies that can help immigrants in our fair state. I hope to see the reform on these levels too. The city ones should be easy to change. Driver's licenses, ID cards that don't snitch directly to the INS that allow people to use banks and, very important- having the ability to talk to the police without fear of being deported. The ID cards would help facilitate this necessary safety measure without national level reform. Allowing the bus that goes to Mexico City to stop on Cherokee Street. The city may take a cue and really push creating, supporting and allowing a Mexican business district to form on Cherokee. I certainly hope that the Archbishop would reconsider shutting down the Spanish Ministry and Mass at Saint Francis and the Vietnamese Mass at Saint Thomas of Aquin last year.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course you are in favor of illegal immigrants running amuck, what do you care that these folks neither vote nor pay their fair share of taxes. Plus they are exploited by business owners who pack them into mini vans, work them like dogs then pay them less than prevailing wage.The same prevailing wage that hard-working Missourians have fought to keep. We do not need people coming into America taking our jobs. I'm sure you know one or two illegals who pay taxes and are trying to do the right thing. And I'm sure there are tons of American citizens who don't pay taxes and abuse the system.
We don't need more people like that.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous clara said...

one of my very legal mexican employees (tony) told me a story about going down there. it was long and drawn out, but the final word was, he shook the govenor's hand and the man spoke to tony in very good spanish about how he would like to see this worked out in favor of the mexicans. that's getting to the people.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

I am in favor of reform, not illegals running amuck. Reform could allow a path for law abiding hard working people to become citizens. Rounding up 12 million people is not possible, and treating them as criminals, as we do now, is not helping anyone. Keeping people classified as criminals allows for exploitation in these shadows.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you call someone who breaks the law? Not accidently or innocently...knowingly. That is criminal. I'm not classifying them with murderers or thieves, but they are criminals and it is illegal.
Our borders must be regulated and controlled. In regard to our Gov. speaking Spanish... who cares. He's as crooked as his old man. And I disagree about the rounding up. Hopfully this will discourage fellow illegals from coming here illegally. We also need to punish the people who smuggle and hire these people more severely.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Rounding up undocumented people to force them somewhere else would set up for persecution on the level of the Trail of Tears. This would also take a huge, huge amount of money and resources we are not willing to spend. This would deal a devastating blow to the US economy for years. Such a move would be done in the name of technical law. The law could be reformed, and undocumented people would be fined instead of spending billions rounding people, families, grandparents and children up which would likely to cause social strife unseen in our lifetimes that could cause far more serious problems (violence). The law has been reformed before- successfully, to the benefit of our entire nation.

My people were not documented when we came over. The government didn't even bother. We were dumped here.

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your peaple came from Ireland they were documented and they were not dumped, they presumedly got on the boat themselves. And the money we are spending trying to keep our borders safe and the amount the illegals are bleeding out are way more expensive than any deportation would be. And fining these people would be a waste of time since they don't really care for any laws the enforcement of these fines would be a joke.
The reference to the trail of tears is unfounded and blown out of proportion. The march across the border or the smuggling in on rail cars is more like the atrocity you mention. The law does need to be reformed, reformed to make our borders stronger. Social strife unlike anything we've ever seen? You were no black man in the south where you?

You claim to be a champion for the working man (Lohr drivers). I'm sure Steve Lohr would love to hire 10 or 20 illegals to drive his trucks. You can't be pro-worker and be for aliens working in America.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous matty fred said...

Jose Gutierrez: American Hero

10:44 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...


Your thoughts are amusing and always welcome.

The memory of my lifetime does not include the civil rights movement or Jim Crow south. I am not an old man. That was an awful period for our country and we are still reeling from the effects and leftover baggage.

God bless America.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So any thoughts contrary to yours are amusing? You don't have to be an old man to have seen the effects of a segregated America....The 60's were not terrible long ago. Anonomoose? What does that even mean?

Go help America

2:24 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Sorry, I guess I had a misspelling.

People who remember the 60s are old. I wasn't even alive. I see you agree with me that we are still living with the effects of those times today.

Some thoughts that are different than mine are amusing. Some are funny. Other thoughts are hilarious.

No more hatin'. More participatin'.

Thanks for participatin' by reading my blog.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mid-forties are old?

I remember the sixties, and am in my mid-forties. Okay, late forties.

Steve, we're not "old".

We won't even go into the "age is a state of mind thing".

BUt speaking of stoppin't the hatin' how about letten' up on us forty somethings.

Isnt' you buddy Tony Renner a forty-something?

You calling him old?


7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yah steve, lay off the old guys, 40 is not old. your shirts are old

10:41 AM  

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