Canada seems to have its own illegal alien problem

2 08 2007

We are told that the Canadian guest worker program works and we should increase ours as well and then illegal immigration would decrease. Well…

From No One Is Illegal in Canada:

Status for all!

Regularization is an issue of self-determination and justice. Without status, hundreds of thousands of so-called “illegal” migrants are forced to live underground where they face extreme poverty, inadequate access to health care and education, and under the constant threat of detention and deportation. At the same time, many sectors of the Canadian economy depend on the highly exploitable labour of non-status people.

Our national Status for All campaign has developed 12 principles of regularization, most fundamentally demanding a comprehensive, transparent, inclusive and ongoing regularization program that is equitable and accessible to all persons living without permanent residency in Canada. While any regularization program is in process, all levels of government in Canada must guarantee non-status people full and equal access to health care, social assistance, education, childcare, employment, labour protection, housing, legal aid and domestic violence services without fear of criminalization, detention or deportation.

End detentions and deportations!

Seeking asylum and making the decision to migrate is a right, not a crime. However, an increasing number of migrants are being placed behind bars where they are often shackled and verbally or physically abused. Approximately 10,000 asylum seekers per year have been detained by Canadian immigration for a time period ranging from 48 hours to over 18 months. The vast majority of detentions are strategies of forcible confinement in order to ensure deportation, and thus represent the unquestioned legitimacy of state sovereignty in criminalizing the mere act of migration.

The popular conception is those whom Canada ultimately deports are ‘undesirables’ who ‘failed’ the legal processes to become a refugee or an immigrant. However, the reality is that an increasing number of asylum seekers are being deported because of structural flaws in the refugee determination process. For example, Immigration and Refugee Board members are political appointees who are not required to have any experience in the law; there is no Refugee Appeal Division despite its guarantee provided in the June 2002 Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; certain avenues such as the Pre Removal Risk Assessment have acceptance rates of 3-5% while others such as the Humanitarian and Compassionate claim do not have to be processed prior to deportation. The refugee system has been termed a ‘lottery system’ because acceptance rates can vary from 0-80% depending on the judge. At a most basic level, we challenge the notion that some migrants are more worthy than others; we believe that freedom of movement is a fundamental human right.

Hmmm, the only reason they are not over run with people from south of the border is because we are between Canada and Mexico. Is anyone tired of hearing how migration is a right and no one is illegal? Yes, you are illegal, you are an illegal alien by definition of law. these people DEMAND what is not rightly theirs, they do not ASK; even in Canada.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email stiknstein-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

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U.S. Congress blocks key SPP transport initiative

2 08 2007

Well, this is an interesting development…

From Canada.com:

Just weeks before the Canadian, U.S. and Mexican leaders meet in Montebello, Que., to discuss the Security and Prosperity Partnership, U.S. legislators moved to block a key part of the trilateral trade initiative.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly last week to cut off funding for talks on all transportation issues related to the SPP, a controversial effort to harmonize the countries’ economic and security protocols.

Legislators are concerned that crucial decisions affecting cross-border security, immigration and product safety are being made without congressional consultation.

“The (Bush) administration refuses to report back to Congress,” Democrat Marcy Kaptur told the House. “They have been intransigent, they have been unresponsive and, frankly, they’ve been secretive.”

But Republican Congressman Joe Knollenberg warned that cutting SPP funding would “put all of the U.S.-Canada transportation initiatives to an end,” including years of improvements to the critical Detroit-Windsor border crossing.

Representatives voted 362-63 in favour of the budget amendment, put forward jointly by Ms. Kaptur and Republican Duncan Hunter. The amendment will now go to the U.S. Senate for debate.

NDP MP Peter Julian warns that similar debates are arising north of the border.

“This is a real wake-up call for (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper,” he said. “The SPP is an unacceptable, closed-door process. … There is a need for a real public consultation.”

Transportation talks have become a hot-button issue in the U.S., where critics fear secret negotiations are aimed at building a “NAFTA Superhighway” linking the three nations.[snip]

In a statement this week, Ms. Kaptur said the 12-lane highway “is already under construction in Texas.” The network would divert incoming Asian goods from bustling California ports to Mexican ports, jeopardizing American jobs, she warned. It would also fast-track overseas products into the U.S. “without adequate safety provisions and inspection,” she charges.

While some private ventures and state governments have described ongoing projects as “NAFTA Corridors,” the federal government is not involved, according to the U.S. government website on the SPP.

“The NAFTA Superhighway simply does not exist,” says Frank Conde of North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition (NASCO), a U.S.-based non-profit group that aims to improve an already existing network of highways that link the three countries.

No Nafta Superhighway?

Many people deny the existence of the ‘Nafta Super Highway’ and stated that no where is it mentioned by name in any bill or earmark. Well, I say read, think and learn.

From the NASCO Website:

September 1, 2006
RE: WHAT IS NASCO?

We know how critical the issue of transportation is to you, and we would like to provide you with some important information you can use as you discuss this subject with your colleagues and voters.

You may have heard of NASCO (North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition), but we have found that many public officials do not understand its role in the world of trade, logistics and transportation. In addition, some confusion has arisen lately about NASCO and the “NAFTA superhighway.” Plus, claims that the U.S. government is funding this so-called NAFTA superhighway have raised some concerns.

It is important to know that NASCO does not build highways, deal with immigration or set transportation policy unilaterally. Nor does NASCO seek to develop a “NAFTA Superhighway” through the middle of North America.

Recent reports from Internet “watch dog groups” have confused the terms “NAFTA Superhighway” with NASCO Corridor. The “NASCO Corridor” is the existing infrastructure of Interstates 35, 29 and 94. No plans are in place for a mid-continent NAFTA Superhighway.

Yes, it is true that since 1999, the federal government has directed more than $234 million in project funding towards the NASCO Corridor for current infrastructure improvements. In addition, the federal government has allocated $2.25 million directly to NASCO “for the development of a technology integration and tracking project,” which is our NAFTRACS project in which we are working to improve the security and efficiency of trade across our borders. We do support the Trans Texas Corridor 35, which is in Texas only, as it solves critical transportation problems for that state. We support the facilitation of any and all projects and ideas that further NASCO’s goal of increasing the efficiency and security of our supply chain.

Let me provide more information about NASCO and what we are we trying to do.

NASCO is a tri-national, non-profit, trade and transportation coalition committed to maximizing the efficient and secure movement of goods along the existing network of transportation systems running North-south through the central United States, Canada and Mexico.

NASCO’s corridor encompasses Interstate Highways 35, 29 and 94, the significant east/west connectors to those highways, as well as rail, inland ports and deep-water ports impacting trade flow in the United States,Canada and Mexico.

NASCO is assisting in the development of technology and strategic research projects that will actually enhance the security, safety and efficiency of transportation, trade processing and logistics systems within the Corridor.

We support our members’ projects or initiatives that are consistent with these objectives.
NASCO’s purpose is to boost economic activity while encouraging needed infrastructure improvements, technological/security innovations and environmental initiatives, which will ultimately create scores of new job opportunities and enhance the overall well being of workers, residents and consumers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

We would love to set up a meeting to talk with you further about our vision and goals. In the meantime, please feel free to call me at (214) 744-1042 or visit our website, http://www.nascocorridor.com, for additional information.

Cordially,
Tiffany Melvin
Executive Director
North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition, Inc.

Their proposed Map

Their FAQ

After reading all of this, you tell me, are we building the Nafta Super Highway, or not?

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email stiknstein-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

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US border fences ‘an eco-danger’

2 08 2007

So much for Calderone’s new administration staying out of our business…

From the BBC:

Mexico has urged the US to alter its plans for expanded fences along their shared border, saying they would damage the environment and harm wildlife.

The fences threaten unique ecosystems, Mexican environment officials warned.

Mexico was ready to file a complaint with the International Court of Justice over the matter if the US did not respond, the environment minister said. [snip]

“The eventual construction of this barrier would place at risk the various ecosystems that we share,” Mexico’s Environment Minister Juan Rafael Elvira told a news conference.

Those areas include Baja California, Sonora and Arizona, home to one of the world’s most important desert ecosystems – the Sonora Desert. [snip]

Officials said Mexico was prepared to file a complaint with the International Court of Justice but wanted to explore alternatives first.

A report prepared for the Mexican government by experts and environmental activists from Mexico and the US said the barriers could isolate border animals into smaller groups, affecting their genetic diversity.

These include jaguars, Mexican black bears and the endangered antelope-like Sonora Pronghorn.

The use of intense lights and radar could also affect nocturnal species, they said.

The report suggested ways of minimising environmental damage, including “green corridors” of wilderness without roads.

Oh yeah, let us make green corridors so that animals like “coyotes” can more easily smuggle their charges into our country. I cannot believe they are trotting this out again. The eco-nuts here already made this complaint, now Mexico is taking up the baton. I don’t care what I disrupt with this fence. Your country has disrupted the American people’s lives, and enough is enough. Maybe your country should have stopped your citizens from invading our country!

Another proposal was “live” fences of cactuses, or permeable barriers to allow water, insects and pollen to cross the border.

The US Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, has said that the fencing is needed. He has rejected arguments that the Rio Grande provides an adequate barrier as water levels in the river often drop, allowing people to wade across.

Oh yeah, that would keep them out, cactus.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email stiknstein-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

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