Tuesday, May 31, 2011

VIDEO: Truth Universal's "Immigrant" Delivers a Hip Hop Voice for the Voiceless

If Hip Hop is an acquired taste in music, this track sure helps me acquire it.
As immigrants continue to have their human rights compromised in state after state, Hip Hop artist Truth Universal responds with "Immigrant," the lead single from his latest project Resistance Vol. 2: Polygraph.

Himself a Trinidad-born immigrant who was raised in New Orleans, Truth addresses the plight of the U.S. immigrant in the piece. He cites the commonality of the immigrant struggle, regardless of their land of origin, and challenges the contradictions of U.S. immigration enforcement policy.

Amidst the sonic backdrop crafted by DJ Black Panther, Mexican born MC, Bocafloja, assists Truth in his commentary on the subject, making it a bi-lingual production.

The video was shot on location in Mexico City and New Orleans, during the artists' tours .

--adapted from the YouTube notes of Akoben Ologun of Truth Universal Press


Vicente Duque said...

Beautiful VIDEO Billie ! - I enjoyed it !


Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor : 'Permitting States to make use of E-Verify mandatory improperly puts States in the position of making decisions for the Federal Government that directly affect expenditure and depletion of federal resources'

SEIU : Service Employees International Union : "Business Death Penalty" Wrongly Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court"

It is my impression that SEIU and Sonia Sotomayor think that "Human Nature" as it is will create more cheating and shrewd methods to evade and elude the law.

You can have one million intelligent reasons to think that the Supreme Court Decision is right, or that it is very constitutional and juridically intelligent. And you may be right ..... But does this Arizona Law make sense from an economic point of view ??

SEIU : Service Employees International Union
"Business Death Penalty" Wrongly Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court"
By Gebe Martinez
May 26, 2011

"Business Death Penalty" Wrongly Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court


Some excerpts :

As Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent: 'Permitting States to make use of E-Verify mandatory improperly puts States in the position of making decisions for the Federal Government that directly affect expenditure and depletion of federal resources.'"

"Such policies ruin the economy and create a disadvantage for honest employers who are trying to follow the law, while tax-cheating employers drive the underground cash economy with disqualified workers.

"The clear message that should come from this ruling is this: Immigration continues is the sole responsibility of the Federal government, much in the same way that printing money is a uniquely federal responsibility. Immigration enforcement should not be up to the states where short-sighted efforts are more focused on attacking hard working people than on helping our economy.

"Congress must act quickly on comprehensive immigration solutions so that our economy can thrive with workers who become legalized and allow all employers in all states to play by the same set of rules."

Border Explorer said...

Glad you enjoyed the video, Vicente. Thanks for the info on e-verify.

Vicente Duque said...

Sonia Sotomayor : "U. S. Congress does not hide elephants in mouseholes" but SCOTUS does - "10 Immigration Predictions : 10 Consequences of Supreme Court's Arizona E-Verify Decision" - Five SCOTUS elephants opened the door of the IRCA 1986 mousehole.

Michigan and Utah want something different - Weight of Business against Irrationality. -

From "Nation of Immigrators" - Attorney Angelo A. Paparelli, The grandson of Italian immigrants, passionate defender of Immigrants. - Angelo is founder and immediate past President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, a 38-member worldwide alliance of leading immigration firms, and a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP, practicing in Southern California and New York. The 2010 recipient of Edith Lowenstein Award conferred by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Angelo co-authors the Immigration Column for the NY Law Journal. He is an expert witness/consultant on immigration to law firms, businesses and individuals.

Important excerpt :

"Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan, perhaps signalling a trend in the opposite direction, expressed his opposition to an AZ-style immigration enforcement bill, noting that it would be "divisive" and bad for business. As noted above and at length in this blog before, Utah has passed legislation creating a guest worker visa program (that will require a Federal waiver)."

Nation of Immigrators
A public policy blog on Americas Dysfunctional immigration System
By Attorney Angelo A. Paparelli
May 29, 2011


Some excerpts :

The U.S. Supreme Court freed a herd of immigration "elephants [hiding] in a mousehole" on May 26. That's when five Justices used a four-word exception to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) -- an act which, among its extensive provisions, banned the employment of foreign citizens whom the employer knows lack work permission -- to trample the immigration landscape. The majority ruled, based on the exception, that IRCA is not the final or sole word on the extent of punishment for unauthorized employment.

Relying on an IRCA exception for "licensing and similar laws," the 5-3 majority decided that Arizona may use the threat to revoke a business license as a means to punish AZ employers for the unauthorized hiring of foreigners and to require all the state's public and private employers to enroll in the Feds' E-Verify online work-clearance database.

Among the dissenters, Justice Sonia Sotomayor challenged the use of this squib of an IRCA exception as a means for the majority to undermine the "carefully constructed [and] uniform federal scheme for determining [unauthorized employment]." She cited an earlier case which observed that Congress "does not . . . hide elephants in mouseholes." (Ironically and perhaps poetically just, all of the Justices in the majority had been appointed by presidents of the Republican party, whose avatar is the pachyderm.)

What does the decision, U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, mean for large and small employers? Here are my predictions (I welcome any comments or critiques below or on my Twitter page):