“Special Treatment” For Gay Illegals?

“Gay illegal immigrants demand special treatment from Obama,” The Washington Times reported yesterday.

Hispanic and immigrant rights groups want Mr. Obama to broaden his 2012 “deferred action” policy granting tentative legal status and work permits to so-called dreamers, or young adults who were brought illegally to the U.S. as minors, so it will include illegal immigrant parents whose children are either U.S. citizens or dreamers.

But the 2012 policy for dreamers excludes immigrants with major criminal records, and gay rights activists fear if Mr. Obama keeps those restrictions in place, it would end up excluding many members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community who, because of their lifestyles, end up with higher rates of criminal records, Mr. Gutierrez said.

Meanwhile, limiting any policy only to parents could exclude most gay illegal immigrants, whom activists estimate could total more than 250,000.

The exact nature of the “special treatment” being sought was not specified in the article. Excluding criminals from any new leniency shown to illegals by the president … except for gay criminals? Creating a new category of parents and gays so that a benefit can be bestowed on parents without excluding childless gays?

Slaveholder Descendants Qualify For Affirmative Action

Anyone reading this blog who continues to believe affirmative action makes sense (I know it’s unlikely, but maybe someone stumbled on this site by mistake and couldn’t figure out how to leave) should take a look at this video, the link to which was sent by an attentive reader. It’s about an apparently still thriving group of descendants of Southern slaveholders who fled to Brazil after The War rather than live under the Yankee boot.

One odd thing about this community of expat Southerners, now Brazilians, is that their sons and daughters now qualify for affirmative action, as Hispanics, if they apply to selective American colleges.

And why not? As I quoted David Bernstein earlier this year in “Diversity” Is Not Diverse,

Hispanics can be the direct descendants of Spanish conquistadors, their indigenous victims, African slaves, immigrants from anywhere in the world, or any combination of these. Hispanics’ ancestors have come to the U.S. from any one of twenty-one very diverse Spanish-speaking countries, plus possibly Portugal, Brazil, and other countries, depending on exactly how the category is defined. So what exactly justifies singling out Hispanics for preferences, but not members of other groups?

Since the Census Bureau now regards Portugal  (and hence presumably Brazil, whose language is Portuguese) as Hispanic, are no doubt as entitled to affirmative action preferences as … Italians or Germans from Argentina.

Affirmative Action FOR Chinese

It is well known, at least by close followers of the affirmative action debate, that Asian-Americans are the primary victims of racial preferences in admission received by blacks and Hispanics. But now a large major public American research university has made a concerted effort to recruit Chinese freshmen, in China, and has been so successful […]

UC Berkeley And UCLA Law Schools: Scofflaws?

One of the most depressing arguments against banning racial preferences in university admissions is that bans won’t work because universities will simply cheat. Powerful though unintended support for that argument, complete with extensive evidence and charts, appears in a new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research that I discussed yesterday on Minding The […]

Ross Douthat’s Due Alarm

The mild-mannered, even-tempered (even though he’s a, you know, conservative!) Ross Douthat, usually a breath of fresh air in the pages of the ideologically polluted New York Times, is clearly alarmed that the “American political class,” which includes the major media, seems poised to allow Obama to get away with Constitutional murder by despotically issuing an […]

Strict Construction vs. Loose Construing

Responding to the ongoing controversy over whether Obamacare’s text providing subsidies only to individuals who purchase insurance on “an exchange established by the state” means that subsidies are restricted to those who purchase insurance on an exchange established by a state, Curt Levey points out in an excellent article, OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES RULINGS: IT’S THE THEORY OF […]

Homophonia?

Clark Woodger, the owner of the Nomen Global Language Center in Provo, Utah, which specializes in teaching English to international students, apparently believes that homophones are the smartphones used by gays texting messages with sexual content (“sexting“), or something like that. They are not. “Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you,” an article in […]

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