Immigration news never takes a break, but the Daily Rattle certainly did over the weekend, as does our mascot — only for much longer. News both exhilarating and terrifying comes to us from home and abroad:
• The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat (SD) party has thrown that country into political limbo. Doubling their electoral results from 2006, the SD has made it impossible for the ruling center-right coalition to form an outright majority without the SD’s help. The Center party is so far refusing to include them in negotiations for forming a new government.
• Ciudad Juarez’s main newspaper, El Diario, has raised the white flag. El Diario published a front page editorial (english translation) on Sunday begging the de facto rulers of Mexico, the warring crime cartels, from killing their journalists and has asked for instructions to insure their continued safety. It is hoped that their editorial spurs the world to recognize the terrible state of anarchy in our southern neighbor, and that it spurs us to stop the anarchy from spreading further into our own borders. The journalists and editors of El Diario have suffered greatly for their brave and honest efforts.
• On November 1st, a federal appeals court will hear arguments on SB 1070, the Arizona law that requires local police to enforce immigration laws. Many of the controversial law’s provisions were placed on hold following an initial ruling that they intruded on federal perogatives and placed an unfair burden on legitimate citizens and immigrants.
• Colin Powell, who urged passage of the Dream Act on Meet the Press this Sunday past, says he does not hire illegal workers. He hires contractors who then hire illegal aliens as workers.
• The Deseret News is drawing the ire of its mostly conservative readership by advocating for amnesty and open border immigration reforms. The Deseret News, which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), popularly known as the Mormons, claims that its stance is independently made and not on the orders of the mother church.
• The Hispanic community is seen as a fertile ground for LDS evangelization. The Deseret News’ parent company publishes a free Spanish-language newspaper, El Observador. The thrice-weekly newspaper does not have a functioning website. The official LDS position on immigration is an equivocal one,. It merely recognizes the issue as important and urges civil discourse and “and the strongest desire to do what is best for all of God’s children”.
• And while the Daily Rattle rested for two days, rattlesnakes are known to hibernate in groups for months. A semantic study of rattlesnakes calls their communal underground hibernating lairs hibernaculums.