Shawna Forde Sentenced to Death for Murder of Daughter and Father

Shawna Forde, the anti-immigrant zealot convicted of killing a 9-year-old girl and her father, was sentenced to death by a Tucson jury today.

Forde, the Minuteman-turned-killer, sat stonily in a Tucson, Arizona, courtroom as her lawyers fought to save her life by portraying her as an impulsive, detached, foolish narcissist who could not overcome her abuse-ridden childhood. They argued that Shawna Forde’s early years had been so traumatic that she should not be put to death for masterminding a 2009 home invasion in which 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul were slaughtered on the Arizona border.

The prosecuting attorney said “hundreds of thousands” of people had bad childhoods, but they don’t turn into killers. This case, she said, was “based on hate.” Many still see her as a martyr for the anti-immigration cause. –from Terry Greene Sterling’s coverage

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Shawna Forde Sentenced to Death for Murder of Daughter and Father

College Repeals Ban on Undocumented Immigrants

Trustees from the County College of Morris voted to change the school’s admissions policy this week, overturning a provision that had barred undocumented immigrants from taking classes.

The board voted Wednesday to amend the provision, which had been passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

A school spokeswoman said applicants who are undocumented immigrants will be allowed to enroll if they can prove they came to United States before age 16, have been living here for at least five years and graduated from an American high school or with an equivalency diploma, among other criteria.

Several of New Jersey’s community colleges allow undocumented immigrants to enroll, or do not ask immigration status on applications.

The presidents of more than half of the state’s 19 community colleges, in consultation with their boards of trustees, signed a letter in December urging New Jersey’s congressional delegation to help pass the DREAM Act. That’s federal legislation that would have allowed immigrants brought to the U.S. before the age of 16 the chance to legalize their status by completing at least two years of college or military service if they satisfied certain criteria.

The bill, which did not pass, would also have granted states the power to decide whether to allow students covered by the DREAM Act to pay in-state tuition rates.

College Repeals Ban on Undocumented Immigrants

Birther Movement Redux: Obama as Undocumented Worker?


Procedural Guffaw Allows for Rehearing of Birther Movement Claims

The Supreme Court has confirmed that it has distributed a petition for rehearing in the case brought by attorney John Hemenway on behalf of retired Col. Gregory Hollister who challenged President Obama’s eligibility to serve as President. It will be the subject of a chamber conference on March 4.

In January the Supreme Court denied, without comment, a request for a hearing on the arguments. But the attorney at the time had submitted a motion for Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who were appointed by President Obama, to recuse themselves. The Supreme Court acknowledged the “motion for recusal” but it changed it on official docketing pages to a “request.” And it reportedly failed to respond to the motion. Hemenway’s request for a rehearing noted this alleged “procedural violation” by the Court.

In essence, the claim proposes that the court recognize that President Obama is an “undocumented” worker. The rehearing will likely go nowhere but will continue to fuel the racism that now requires even the President to occupy the space of the abject, the undocumented. Lázaro Lima

Birther Movement Redux: Obama as Undocumented Worker?