Dick Durbin’s DACA buddies support N. Korea

By Trevor Loudon

Sen. Dick Durbin addresses the HANA Center September 2017

“Senator Durbin and several of his colleagues are in bed with NAKASEC, a well-funded and very well organized radical group with a long history of Anti-American and pro-North Korea activism.” – Trevor Loudon

On June 15, 2012, then-President Barack Obama delivered a speech in the Rose Garden announcing his intention to unilaterally grant “temporary relief from deportation proceedings” for young people who met certain criteria. The executive order, referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was “not amnesty,” according to Obama. “… [T]his is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix.”

One month after the president’s speech, a young woman named Tereza Lee met with about 40 young illegal immigration organizers-in-training to tell them the story about how she was the inspiration for Dick Durbin’s original 2001 DREAM Act, which consistently failed to get the votes it needed to pass, even while Democrats had the majorities in the House and Senate.

Tereza’s presentation was a part of a three-day “Social Justice Camp,” which was organized by the HANA Center, an affiliate of the radical organization NAKASEC. Durbin has deep ties to the Chicago group formed by leaders of a nationwide North Korea support network. He has worked with the NAKASEC-affiliated HANA Center for several years, mainly to promote its pro-illegal alien amnesty/pro-DACA agenda.

Tereza Lee has been the poster child for DACA. Dick Durbin was near tears that could rival those of Cory Booker crying over the word “s—hole,” advocating for amnesty for Tereza Lee’s family. What Durbin fails to mention during his propaganda speeches on Tereza Lee, however, is Lee’s ongoing, hardcore pro-illegal immigration activism.

Tereza Lee organizing activists to protest for DACA at Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office on Jan. 16, 2018, via WBUR.

Last July, Durbin, the Democrats’ “lead man” on DACA negotiations with President Trump, invited HANA Center representatives into a “closed stragedy (sic) meeting … about [the] Dream Act.” How do I know? Because the group boasted about it on its Facebook page on July 24, 2017:

Just two months before Dick Durbin had his secret meeting with the HANA Center, the group hosted the literal terrorist murderer Rasmea Odeh of the Arab American Action Network as their “honoree” for a “gala event.” Odeh is infamous for her role in the murders of the young Jewish boys Edward Joffe and his best friend, Leon Kanner, in a Jerusalem supermarket on Feb. 21, 1969.

The HANA Center is a merger of Korean American Community Services (KACS, founded 1972) and the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC, founded 1995). The group is the Chicago affiliate of a nationwide federation the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), which also incorporates the Los Angeles-based Korean Resource Center and a NAKASEC branch in Annandale, Virginia.

The network was founded by South Korean political refugee Yoon Han Bong, a leading activist involved in the very bloody and allegedly North Korean-backed May 18 Gwang Ju People’s Uprising of 1981. Yoon Han Bong fled South Korean authorities by stowing away on a cargo ship to Seattle for 35 days. He “arrived in Seattle in 1981 and received political asylee status.” In 1983, he founded the Korean Resource Center and one year later Young Koreans United. Chapters were eventually formed nationwide and later in Canada, Australia and Europe.

Dick Durbin, HANA Center, June 2017

Young Koreans United, NAKASEC and the Korean Resource Center were all militantly active in the North Korea-backed “Korean Re-Unification” movement, active from 1980s to mid-2000s. They were also strongly opposed to the U.S. military presence in South Korea. The group organised several “TROOPS OUT NOW” protests in the mid-1980s, including a 1986 rally outside the White House.

In 1985 Young Koreans United held a conference on “reunification and Third World solidarity.” In 1987 Young Koreans United hosted an international conference on “democracy and reunification.” In 1988 the group got 100,000 signatures on a petition for removal of U.S. nuclear weapons from South Korea. The same year they organized an international conference in New York to support the “North-South Korea Student Conference for Peace and Unification.”

In 1989 the Young Koreans participated in a “Korea and the U.S. Peace March” from New York to D.C. and a three-week hunger strike against proposed separate membership of the two Koreas into the U.N. The 1990s hunger strike was only two weeks, but they did manage another conference for “Peace and Self Determined Unification.”

In 1993 Young Koreans United organized a telegram campaign for the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Korea and participated in the left-wing love fests “World Human Rights Caucus” in Vienna and the “March for Peace and Justice” in Washington, D.C.

In 1996 Young Koreans United and the Korean Alliance for Peace and Justice partnered with the World Food Programme of the United Nations to carried out two campaigns (North Korea Food Aid and Feed the Hungry Children) for flood victims in North Korea. Through a four-year intensive street fundraising drive, Young Koreans United and the Korean Alliance for Peace and Justice “raised $300,000 of rice and nutrition bars for the people of North Korea.”

In 2003, they organized a campaign for a U.S. House resolution to “normalize relations between North Korea and the U.S. which included 45 legislative visits to members of Congress and 9,000 letters sent nationally.”

In 2004 Young Koreans United marked its 20th anniversary with a “Towards Peace in Korea and the Political Empowerment of Korean Americans” conference, a march in front of the Republican National Convention for “Peace from Korea to Iraq” and “Immigrant Rights are Human Rights”.

Illegal-immigration advocacy

This period marked the beginning of a new focus. “Immigration reform” was the new cause. The young radicals put as much energy into promoting amnesty for illegal aliens as they had cheerleading for North Korea. What better way to destroy America’s anti-communists and conservatives than by swamping their voting base with millions of new foreign-born Democrats?

Young Koreans United dissolved in 2008, with many members taking up posts in NAKASEC.

For example, Dae Joong Yoon moved from the Korean American Cultural Center in Chicago to the national leadership of Young Koreans United, to running the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles to the co-directorship of NAKASEC.

This post has taken Dae Joong Yoon to meeting President Obama in the White House in May 2013, to leading the hunger strike for illegal-alien amnesty outside the White House in December that year.

President Obama meets with Dae Joong Yoon, executive director of NAKASEC to discuss “immigration reform”
Dae Joong Yoon, hunger-striking with Obama “immigration advisor” and leading amnesty advocate Eliseo Medina

The NAKASEC network has organized dozens of rallies, marches, internet campaigns and congressional and Senate delegations in support of amnesty and DACA over the last ten years. They work closely with several senators, but none more closely than DACA Dick Durbin.

On April 27, 2010, Simon Cho, U.S. Olympian for short track speed skating and the winner of a bronze medal for 5000m men’s relay, spoke about his immigration experience. During a press conference organized by NAKASEC, in a packed room, Simon talked about his memories of crossing the border with his mother at the age of 4 as undocumented immigrants. Following the press conference, Simon and staff of NAKASEC held face to face meetings with Durbin.

May 11, 2011, Sen. Durbin re-introduced the DREAM Act in the 112th Congress with the co-sponsorship of 32 members of the U.S. Senate, including California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, as well as Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

NAKASEC and its affiliates, the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center in Chicago and the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles thanked Durbin for his “continued leadership on the DREAM Act and take this opportunity to continue to organize and strengthen our communities for reform while highlighting the need for immediate relief of immigrant youth.”

“The re-introduction of the DREAM Act will allow us to continue the conversation on the need for reform,” said Dae Joong Yoon, executive director of the Korean Resource Center. “But we also know that while we recommit ourselves to this struggle, we need to ensure that our youth are safe and not feel the threat of deportation. We can do this with President Obama’s executive authority to grant deferred action”.

The first week of December 2016, Durbin shared the story of Luke Hwang, a “gifted student and community leader who is currently a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry at the University of Chicago” on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Senator eulogizes Luke Hwang on the Senate floor

Durbin used Hwang and several others like him to maximum propaganda advantage.

In Durbin’s speech he explained that Luke Hwang “… is currently a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry at the University of Chicago. He also works as a researcher at the university. In his spare time, he volunteers with the Chicago Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, an organization that provides services to disadvantaged members of the community.”

Durbin failed to mention that the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (now part of the HANA Center) is part of a radical network run by old pro-North Korea activists.

In December 2017, NAKASEC and affiliates visited the offices of Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer Tim Kaine, Mark Warner and Dick Durbin. According to the NAKASEC website, Durbin was deeply affected by the visit.

Moved by the efforts of members of NAKASEC and HANA Center from Chicago, Senator Durbin confirmed publicly that he will vote “no” on the upcoming CR (Continuing Resolution) if the DREAM Act is not attached.

Let that sink in. Dick Durban was so “moved” by his young NAKASEC friends, that he will be willing to shut down the federal government if they don’t get their way.

Durbin and several of his colleagues are in bed with NAKASEC, a well-funded and very well-organized radical group with a long history of anti-American and pro-North Korea activism.

NAKASEC’s main immediate goal is to gain citizenship for potentially millions of DACA recipients and their families. Amnesty is important to NAKASEC for the same reason it is important to the Democrats.

It is about the vote.

Republican Mitt Romney lost his presidential election by around 2.5 million votes. President Trump won by a couple of hundred thousand votes. It’s easy to see what DACA will do for the Democrats future electoral fortunes.

Is Dick Durbin so hungry for amnesty that he is willing to work with friends of a known terrorist murderer? Is Dick Durbin so hungry for amnesty that he is willing to work with friends of North Korea, a country currently threatening America with a nuclear attack?

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