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President Obama signed legislation on Tuesday reducing longstanding federal sentencing disparities between those caught with crack and those arrested with powder cocaine, finalizing a bipartisan consensus addressing a racially polarizing law enforcement debate.

Mr. Obama made no comments as he signed the bill, but during his 2008 presidential campaign, he said that the old law disproportionately affected young African-American and Hispanic drug users. In a speech last week, he said the new legislation would “help right a longstanding wrong” and was “the right thing to do.”

The legislation was a compromise reached by Democrats and Republicans who agreed that the old law imposed unduly harsh sentences for crack violations, which effected minorities in particular, compared with powder cocaine violations. The final bill was supported unanimously in the Senate and on a voice vote in the House, a rare moment where the parties have come together during Mr. Obama’s presidency.

Under the old law, a person caught with five grams of crack received a mandatory sentence of five years in prison, while a person caught with powder cocaine had to have 500 grams to merit the same term.The new law reduces the 100-to-1 disparity to 18-to-1. A crack defendant would have to have 28 grams to trigger the five-year mandatory minimum sentence, or roughly the amount that authorities presume would indicate a dealer rather than a casual user.

“By signing this reform into law, President Obama will save taxpayer money, reduce racial disparities and better prioritize federal law enforcement towards major crime syndicates instead of low-level offenders,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, an advocacy group.

Julie Stewart, founder and president of another group, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, said the law “signals the beginning of new bipartisanship” that should lead to more reform, like extending the new rules to those already in prison. “The first test is whether Congress will finish the job on crack reform and apply the law retroactively,” she said.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/03/obama-signs-law-narrowing-cocaine-sentencing-disparities/

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While a step forward to some extent this change still falls short of true reform. We need to wake up and realize drug use is a health and lifestyle issue not a legal issue.

The war on drugs is an epic failure.


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the law is meaningless. Just more idiotic 'feel good' bullshit of racial/class equality....


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Both Sit Charles and Paul completely fail to understand the world as it exists for minorities in this country. Their ignorance shows strongly in this topic and in their failure to understand Hispanic sentiments regarding illegal immigration. Sadly they are not alone in their lack of understanding.

Correction! Sir Charles!


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  • October 4, 5, 7, 13 & 17 2006 Touches! 50 day address change... Yes Judith is beautiful, quit staring at her passport photo and approve us!!! Shaming works! LOL
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  • February 12, 2007 Abu Dhabi Interview SUCCESS!!! February 14 Visa in hand!
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Both Sit Charles and Paul completely fail to understand the world as it exists for minorities in this country. Their ignorance shows strongly in this topic and in their failure to understand Hispanic sentiments regarding illegal immigration. Sadly they are not alone in their lack of understanding.

Correction! Sir Charles!

I would say I know a helluva lot more than you do on the subject. After all, I see more hispanic and black people in a day than you probably have in your entire life.

Of course this applies to most ignorant people in northern states who hardly live around any minorities.

Well aware how the hispanic population feels about illegals.

Regardless of the situation as well, my statement stands true on why it was passed.


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If there is a racial bias in sentencing decisions ot needs to be addressed.

There is since blacks tend to like crack more than whites.


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Both Sit Charles and Paul completely fail to understand the world as it exists for minorities in this country. Their ignorance shows strongly in this topic and in their failure to understand Hispanic sentiments regarding illegal immigration. Sadly they are not alone in their lack of understanding.

Correction! Sir Charles!

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I would say I know a helluva lot more than you do on the subject. After all, I see more hispanic and black people in a day than you probably have in your entire life.

Of course this applies to most ignorant people in northern states who hardly live around any minorities.

Well aware how the hispanic population feels about illegals.

Regardless of the situation as well, my statement stands true on why it was passed.

Of course you would say you know a lot more about everything than I do. You don't, but that would be just your ignorance shining through! Thanks for so eloquently illustrating my observation. :thumbs:

I live in a heavily Hispanic area although you have me with regards to not living in an area with a whole lot of black people, but that does not mean I don't or have not ever encountered them. Quite a bit of assumption on your part.

Further I am the proud parent of three minority children, lived and have worked with a Native American community for decades, so not a stranger to their point of view either.

Drug law enforcement falls heaviest on minorities and the crack/cocaine sentencing disparity has stood for a very long time as an example of pathetic racially biased policy. You stated the new law was meaningless feelgood BS of racial equality, and to some extent I would agree. Failing to dramatically alter and eliminate the war on drugs would be significantly more meaningful.


B and J K-1 story

  • April 2004 met online
  • July 16, 2006 Met in person on her birthday in United Arab Emirates
  • August 4, 2006 sent certified mail I-129F packet Neb SC
  • August 9, 2006 NOA1
  • August 21, 2006 received NOA1 in mail
  • October 4, 5, 7, 13 & 17 2006 Touches! 50 day address change... Yes Judith is beautiful, quit staring at her passport photo and approve us!!! Shaming works! LOL
  • October 13, 2006 NOA2! November 2, 2006 NOA2? Huh? NVC already processed and sent us on to Abu Dhabi Consulate!
  • February 12, 2007 Abu Dhabi Interview SUCCESS!!! February 14 Visa in hand!
  • March 6, 2007 she is here!
  • MARCH 14, 2007 WE ARE MARRIED!!!
  • May 5, 2007 Sent AOS/EAD packet
  • May 11, 2007 NOA1 AOS/EAD
  • June 7, 2007 Biometrics appointment
  • June 8, 2007 first post biometrics touch, June 11, next touch...
  • August 1, 2007 AOS Interview! APPROVED!! EAD APPROVED TOO...
  • August 6, 2007 EAD card and Welcome Letter received!
  • August 13, 2007 GREEN CARD received!!! 375 days since mailing the I-129F!

    Remove Conditions:

  • May 1, 2009 first day to file
  • May 9, 2009 mailed I-751 to USCIS CS

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Of course you would say you know a lot more about everything than I do. You don't, but that would be just your ignorance shining through! Thanks for so eloquently illustrating my observation. :thumbs:

I live in a heavily Hispanic area although you have me with regards to not living in an area with a whole lot of black people, but that does not mean I don't or have not ever encountered them. Quite a bit of assumption on your part.

Further I am the proud parent of three minority children, lived and have worked with a Native American community for decades, so not a stranger to their point of view either.

Drug law enforcement falls heaviest on minorities and the crack/cocaine sentencing disparity has stood for a very long time as an example of pathetic racially biased policy. You stated the new law was meaningless feelgood BS of racial equality, and to some extent I would agree. Failing to dramatically alter and eliminate the war on drugs would be significantly more meaningful.

bingo.


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8/14/2010 - Touched!

10/04/2010 - NOA2 Received!

10/25/2010 - Packet 3 Received!

02/07/2011 - Medical!

03/15/2011 - Interview in Montreal! - Approved!!!

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I would say I know a helluva lot more than you do on the subject. After all, I see more hispanic and black people in a day than you probably have in your entire life.

Of course this applies to most ignorant people in northern states who hardly live around any minorities.

Well aware how the hispanic population feels about illegals.

Regardless of the situation as well, my statement stands true on why it was passed.

So, seeing hispanics and african americans uniquely qualifies you as an expert on minority culture and life? :lol:

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So, seeing hispanics and african americans uniquely qualifies you as an expert on minority culture and life? :lol:

It's not just 'seeing.' It's living amongst them in every day public life.

You go to the store, the mall, wherever down here and you'll see just as many hispanics and black people as you do white people. This is a very culturally diverse area of the country down here, despite what some may think. You go down to the bar and you're just as likely to be sitting next to a black guy and a hispanic guy as a white guy and then just shoot the ###### about whatever is going on.


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The Great Canadian to Texas Transfer Timeline:

2/22/2010 - I-129F Packet Mailed

2/24/2010 - Packet Delivered to VSC

2/26/2010 - VSC Cashed Filing Fee

3/04/2010 - NOA1 Received!

8/14/2010 - Touched!

10/04/2010 - NOA2 Received!

10/25/2010 - Packet 3 Received!

02/07/2011 - Medical!

03/15/2011 - Interview in Montreal! - Approved!!!

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