Stop the Double Talk: Out4Immigration Asks White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to Talk to His Boss

On June 8th at the tail end of a White House press conference, Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the ongoing deportations of same-sex spouses of Americans, specifically:

“In June 2009 the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum on deporting certain widows and widowers of U.S. citizens. At the time, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that, ‘smart immigration policy balances strong enforcement practices with the common-sense practical solutions to complicated issues.’ Yet, in May, asked about requests by advocates for a moratorium on deportation of foreign partners and same-sex binational relationships, similar to the 2009 moratorium, you said the President can’t just wave a wand and change the law. Can you explain the difference there?”

The answer from Mr. Carney? A) The President cannot wave a magic wand. B) That we need to work on comprehensive immigration reform and generate bipartisanship support for it sometime in the future, one day it will happen.

Imagine having plans for your life, your career, your family, your dreams — even your ability to go home to the one you love in the evening—hinge upon successful comprehensive immigration reform! It’s ludicrous to think any citizens would be faced with this, yet thousands of Americans and their families are.

While a court has struck down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, and the Justice Department agrees with that, one must wonder why no action has been taken to stop the deportations.

This equivocating at the highest branches of government MUST stop. Press Secretary Carney is the mouthpiece for this administration, and his answers are highly unsatisfactory to the estimated 54,000 couples whose partners are at risk of deportation.

The body of Out4Immigration’s petition letter springboards from the words of Attorney Lavi Soloway, writing in response to the interchange described above. Out4Immigration has been saying for a long time that this is a community issue. As long as some of us are not free to choose where we want to live and who we want to commit our lives to, then no one is free. If we do not have the support of wider community, we allow injustice to perpetrate. Please sign this petition letter, and please share it widely. (Click here for petition link at Change.org.)

Talking Point Tips from Rep. Anthony Weiner

It’s the type of scandal that will become more and more common as online culture pervades. Important person uses everyday social and digital media tools – Twitter, Facebook, smartphone camera and email hookup – to send inappropriate words and images that recipient (who he or she has probably never met in person) then shows to the world.

Give the world’s latest high profile “sexter” – the unfortunately named Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY-9) – credit for leading us to believe for at least a week that his social media accounts were hacked. Hey, it happens.

As this story breaks, he should also get bonus points for offering up these talking points to one of the women he sent crotch shots to from his Blackberry:

“The key is to have a short, thought out statement that tackles the top line questions and then refer people back to it,” Weiner allegedly wrote. “Have a couple of iterations of: ‘This is silly . . . . And then maybe insert some y’alls in there.”

It’s the y’alls that’ll getcha…every time.

Source: Yahoo! News, “Anthony Weiner Faces Ethics Probe as More Accusers Emerge.”

German Girl Invites All of Facebook to Party

From AP via SFGate:

“A teenage girl in Germany who forgot to mark her birthday invitation as private on Facebook fled her own party when more than 1,500 guests showed up and around 100 police officers, some on horses, were needed to keep the crowd under control.”

The moral of the story is “Better check your Facebook settings before posting a party invitation online.”

Surprised this doesn’t happen more often, after all, this girl is not alone in lacking a little Facebook savvy.

Read the rest and see a couple of cool photos at: SFGate. Of course people were snapping away on their mobile phones.