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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 03:13 PM
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His son killed in Iraq, dad takes on recruitment of Hispanics
Source: AFP

His son killed in Iraq, dad takes on recruitment of Hispanics
by Paula Bustamante

ESCONDIDO, United States (AFP) - Over his objections, his son joined the army and died in Iraq in 2003. Now Fernando Suarez is spearheading a crusade to stop the recruitment of young, financially vulnerable Hispanics into the US military.

"We have to stop military recruiters from harassing these boys at school, and if any of them want to sign up, they should do so out of their own free will, not because of economic and psychological pressures or even lies," Suarez told AFP.

Hailing from Tijuana, Mexico, 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of here, Suarez got together with school teachers, student unions and veterans groups to create the Aztec Warrior Project to raise awareness among young Hispanic and to take on the Pentagon.

The anti-recruitment activists are also watching a bill proposed in the US Congress that would extend permanent residency to the sons of illegal aliens who either attend two years of university or sign up for two years with the military.






Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071117/ts_alt_afp/usiraqm...
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 03:54 PM
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1. As if there were a lot of undocumented laborers who could afford two years of university
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:52 PM
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4. let alone at the rates charged to the undocumented.
Resident rates at California Community Colleges are $20/unit, and that gets waived if you're low to moderate income.

The foreign student rate (what undocumented students are charged)? $211/unit.
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Mr_Jefferson_24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:41 PM
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2. Stop the recruiting of the "young and finacially vulnerable"...
...and you'll effectively bring recruiting to a halt -- those are pretty much the primary targets. Wealthy, old people are kind of a tough sell, and they tend to have a lot of problems at boot camp.

That said, I'm in complete sympathy with this father and his cause.
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:46 PM
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3. I have a friend
who has a son in High School. She says the recruiters are in the hallways everyday. She tells me she'd like to go to school and tell them off. Go Jen!!!
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scarface2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:30 PM
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5. let the poor wetbacks do our fightin'!!!
bush sneered as he continued his vacation in bizarro world!
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:40 PM
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6. K&R
So very sad....can't imagine his pain, and yet has the strength to do the right thing...

Bless his heart.


peace~
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shrdlu Donating Member (439 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:59 PM
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7. A good use for criminal immigrants...
Fight or go home...
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:02 PM
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8. An even better use for every American who supports wars such as
the illegal "supreme crime" invasion of Iraq.
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superduperfarleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:45 AM
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10. What the fuck?
Is this sort of race-baiting crap acceptable on this site?
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 01:43 AM
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11. Maybe the hook is baited with sarcasm
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shrdlu Donating Member (439 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 10:31 AM
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12. Having trouble with the word illegal?
Edited on Sun Nov-18-07 10:33 AM by shrdlu
Try some synonyms...

...illicit, unlawful, prohibited, contraband, banned, unconstitutional, outside the law, extralegal, outlawed, not legal, unauthorized, unlicensed, lawless, actionable, verboten (German), sub rosa (Latin), illegitimate, taboo, forbidden, interdicted, proscribed, misbegotten, irregular, CRIMINAL, felonious, against the law, after-hours, not approved, uncertified, unwarranted, unwarrantable, smuggled, black-market, bootlegged...

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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 11:51 AM
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:38 AM
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9. We support Fernando!
Our company hosts his website au gratis. (hint: you guys may know the V.P. of Netrootz, Inc.).

http://aztecapp.netrootz.com/web_pages/view_web_page.as...

I've met Fernando several times; he's a man of peace, integrity, and compassion.

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boricua79 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 01:33 PM
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14. long overdue...
as a Latino, I've always wondered, "where the hell are the parents of these kids...how come they didn't take the time to explain to their kids what a hellhole it would be in Iraq. What Latin American parent could, with a moral conscience, allow their children to be part of an Army that has historically intervened, overtly and covertly, in their mother countries, to the detriment of their own relatives? My child will not be joining the U.S. army. He/she will not be used in a Bay of Pigs, or the overthrow of Allende in Chile, or the overthrow of Arbenz in Nicaragua, or in a contra war against the Nicaraguans, or in massacres in El Mozote, El Salvador, or invading Panama, Dominican Republic, and Grenada, or overthrowing democratically elected leaders in Venezuela, etc."

Nop...I'm sorry. I know my history...it ain't happening, and good for this father for getting involved.
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