Suddenly the government thinks the Mexican border is a mess

25 01 2008

Cross posted from Right Truth

I see in the news this morning that the United States government thinks the Mexican border is dangerous. What? Has Washington been sleeping like Rip Van Winkle and now suddenly they are awake and aware of the situation? “U.S. Faces Grave Threat in Drug Wars. On Saturday, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar, 32, was killed in California’s Imperial Sand Dunes recreation area, run over by suspected drug smugglers as he was laying down a spike strip to stop their fleeing Hummer — Aguilar’s death has drawn attention to escalating violence.

“Mexican military efforts to crush heavily armed drug-smuggling operations in five cities along the U.S.-Mexico border pose a ‘grave threat’ to U.S. authorities and a half-million Americans in the area, according to former U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Naturalization Service officials. ‘What we face is more of a challenge than law enforcement can be expected to cope with,’ said Kent Lundgren, chairman of the 800-member National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO). ‘The best solution is for the U.S. military to assume armed positions along the border … and use whatever force is necessary to control the border zone,'” the Washington Times writes.

“On Jan. 12, Mexican Brig. Gen. Rigoberto Garcia Cortez said the Mexican military and other personnel had surrounded five border cities in the lower Rio Grande Valley — Matamoros, Reynosa, Rio Bravo, Miguel Aleman and Nuevo Laredo — in response to gunfights between Mexican police, military forces and heavily armed drug smugglers.”

Mexican Army Soldiers seized 300 guns from municipal policemen in the city of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, to check if the weapons were legal or had been used in crimes.

McCain tries to convince Conservatives that he realizes where he was wrong and has done a 180 turn on amnesty. That just a crock, lies told to try and gain votes.

His admission of the shamnesty failure is grudging and bitter. While he now tells conservative voters what they want to hear about the need to build the southern border fence, he takes a contemptuous tone toward physical barriers …

For all his supposed newfound enlightenment about what most Americans want – protection against invasion, commitment to the rule of law, meaningful employer sanctions, an end to sanctuary cities, enforcement-by-attrition plus deportation reform, and an end to special illegal alien benefits that invite more law-breaking – The Maverick remains a Geraldo Rivera Republican. Like the ethnocentric cable TV host who can’t string a sentence about immigration together without drowning in demagoguery, McCain naturally resorts to open-borders platitudes when pressed for enforcement specifics. (more and at Michelle Malkin)

Read the full “Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the Secure Borders Open Doors Advisory Committee Meeting”, but here’s a few comments:

We are moving forward in a number of security improvements. One, of course, that we’re very happy about is the reform of the Visa Waiver Program, which we got Congress to pass last year. That’s going to give us the capability to start to include some additional countries in the visa waiver country, hopefully some in Eastern Europe and other parts of the world. And yet we’re doing it in a way that increases our security through the Electronic Travel Authorization Program, which I’m happy to say, because we had an appropriation late last year, we are now able to move forward on and get underway.

We are also now collecting 10 fingerprints under US-VISIT. [snip]

It would shock, amaze, and probably dismay a lot of Americans to learn that it has been customary over the years to allow a significant number of people to enter the United States from Mexico or Canada simply by saying, “I’m an American citizen,” and then getting waived through. [snip]

The second thing we’ve done is we’ve looked at the 8,000 kinds of documents that have been presented to our border officials as a way to get into the country – library cards, baptismal certificates.

In the past, Chertoff has mentioned his concern about weapons of mass destruction and dirty bombs coming across the Southern or Northern borders. There may be some good news on that:

Dirty_bomb The researchers at Purdue University have been working with the state of Indiana to develop a system that will use a network of cell phones to detect and track radiation to help prevent terrorist attacks with radiological “dirty bombs” and nuclear weapons. (more)

In Michigan:

Yesterday, legislation in the state of Michigan took effect that forbids anyone not in the U.S. legally or permanently from getting either a Michigan driver’s license or state ID.

During a press conference on Monday, Michigan’s Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land said,

“From now on, we will not accept foreign birth certificates, just passports. No matter who comes in, they will have to go through the proper process, and our anti-fraud department will go over the documents, which is something we have always done.” (more)

On the cost to Americans from illegal aliens on HEALTH CARE ALONE:

Data on health care costs for illegal immigrants are sketchy because hospitals and community health centers don’t ask about patients’ legal status. In California, a 2004 study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform put the state’s annual cost at $1.4 billion. Similar studies in Colorado and Minnesota in 2005 came up with much smaller estimates: $31 million and $17 million, respectively.

One thing is clear: Undocumented immigrants are driving up the number of people without health insurance. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 59% of the nation’s illegal immigrants are uninsured, compared with 25% of legal immigrants and 14% of U.S. citizens. Illegal immigrants represent about 15% of the nation’s 47 million uninsured people — and about 30% of the increase since 1980.

“If you want to do something that will have a meaningful impact on the problem of the uninsured, then you must talk about undocumented immigrants,” says James Smith, a senior economist at the RAND Corp. (more)

Latest OVERALL Presidential Candidate Ratings On IMMIGRATION — How Good Are The Promises of Each Candidate to PROTECT Workers, Communities and Taxpayers FROM OVER-IMMIGRATION?

EXCELLENT — None

VERY GOOD — Mitt Romney (28 points)

GOOD

RON PAUL
(24 points)

MIKE HUCKABEE
(24 points)

POOR — RUDY GIULIANI (7 points)

BAD

JOHN McCAIN
(5 points)

JOHN EDWARDS
(5 points)

HILLARY CLINTON
(4 points)

BARACK OBAMA
(4 points)

Look at full ratings in 16 categories at Presidential Candidate Ratings website.

Others:
New Border Crossing Rules, Islamanazi

Government Sues to Build Fence ; Candidate Statements on Illegal Immigration; from The Virtuous Republic

Oh the Irony, Mexico is Having Problems Re-Absorbing It’s Citizens; Church and State, are they really separate?, Miss Beth’s Victory Dance

Phoenix Sanctuary Policy Drives Community Appeal to Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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Candidate Statements on Illegal Immigration

25 01 2008

Cross posted from The Virtuous Republic

What positions do the candidates take on illegal immigration? The
main contenders for president all have position “papers” posted on
their websites. You don’t need me to tell you who to vote for, based on
the illegal immigration issue, but I’m simply going to present their
stated beliefs and positions on this issue.

As you read the statements of the candidates from both parties, I
think it is pretty clear who is serious about immigration and who isn’t
and it is almost crystal clear who wants a border fence and who wants
to keep the masses across the border—across the border.

Considering that Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter both have left the
presidential race, it is incumbent upon those of us against illegal
immigration to make sure we don’t elect someone sympathetic to amnesty
and who will conduct business as usual at the border.

With that being said, here are the positions of the various
candidates on illegal immigration, as posted on their campaign
websites. (And as an aside, I noticed that all of the candidates used
very similar, if not identical templates and designs on their sites. I
think that this simple observation speaks volumes about our choices
this fall. Like their websites, none of the candidates stand out, there
are no originals….)

McCain:

Immigration is one of those challenging issues that touch on many aspects of American life.

I have always believed that our border must be secure and that the
federal government has utterly failed in its responsibility to ensure
that it is secure. If we have learned anything from the recent
immigration debate, it is that Americans have little trust that their
government will honor a pledge to do the things necessary to make the
border secure.aboutmccain_picts_1.jpg

As president, I will secure the border. I will restore the trust
Americans should have in the basic competency of their government. A
secure border is an essential element of our national security. Tight
border security includes not just the entry and exit of people, but
also the effective screening of cargo at our ports and other points of
entry.

But a secure border will contribute to addressing our immigration problem most effectively if we also:

  • Recognize the importance of building strong allies in Mexico and
    Latin America who reject the siren call of authoritarians like Hugo
    Chavez, support freedom and democracy, and seek strong domestic
    economies with abundant economic opportunities for their citizens.
  • Recognize the importance of pro-growth policies — keeping
    government spending in check, holding down taxes, and cutting
    unnecessary regulatory burdens — so American businesses can hire and
    pay the best.
  • Recognize the importance of a flexible labor market to keep
    employers in business and our economy on top. It should provide skilled
    Americans and immigrants with opportunity. Our education system should
    ensure skills for our younger workers, and our retraining and
    assistance programs for displaced workers must be modernized so they
    can pursue those opportunities
  • Recognize the importance of assimilation of our immigrant
    population, which includes learning English, American history and
    civics, and respecting the values of a democratic society.
  • Recognize that America will always be that “shining city upon a
    hill,” a beacon of hope and opportunity for those seeking a better life
    built on hard work and optimism.

Border security and our failed immigration system are more examples
of an ailing Washington culture in need of reform to regain the trust
of Americans. In too many areas — from immigration and pork barrel
spending to Social Security, health care, energy security and tax
relief — business-as-usual politics prevents addressing the important
challenges facing our nation.

Mitt Romney:

Stop Illegal Immigration

Secure The Border. Follow through on Congressional commitment to
build a physical and technological fence along the southern border, and
secure other points of entry.

Implement An Enforceable Employer Verification System. Issue a
biometrically-enabled and tamperproof card to non-citizens and create a
national database for non-citizens so employers can easily verify their
legal status in this country.meet_mitt_romney.jpg

Reject Amnesty. Do not give amnesty or any special pathway to those who have come to this country illegally.

Punish Sanctuary Cities. Cut back federal funding to cities that are
“sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants and refuse to comply with federal
law or aid federal law enforcement.

Improve Interior Enforcement. Provide resources to enforce
immigration laws throughout the nation, and crackdown on employers who
continue to hire illegals with stiffer fines and penalties.

Encourage Legal Immigration. Streamline the system to recruit and
retain skilled workers and welcome the best and the brightest from
around the world to our universities.

Mike Huckabee:

On January 16, 2008 Governor Huckabee signed the Numbers USA: No Amnesty Pledge. To learn more click here.

Governor Huckabee believes:

  • Securing our borders must be our top priority and has reached the level of a national emergency.
  • I support the $3 billion the Senate has voted for border security.
    This money will train and deploy 23,000 more agents, add four drone
    planes, build 700 miles of fence and 300 miles of vehicle barriers, and
    put up 105 radar and camera towers. This money will turn “catch and
    release” into “catch and detain” of those entering illegally, and crack
    down on those who overstay their visas.
  • In this age of terror, immigration is not only an economic issue,
    but also a national security issue. Those caught trying to enter
    illegally must be detained, processed, and deported. As Governor, I
    ordered my state troopers to work with the Department of Homeland
    Security to arrest illegals and enforce federal immigration law.mike_huckabee_bio.jpg
  • I oppose and will never allow amnesty. I opposed the amnesty
    President Bush and Senator McCain tried to ram through Congress this
    summer, and opposed the misnamed DREAM Act, which would have put us on
    the slippery slope to amnesty for all.
  • I oppose and will not tolerate sanctuaries for illegals. The
    federal government must crack down on rogue cities that willfully
    undermine our economy and national security.
  • I oppose giving driver’s licenses to illegals and supports
    legislation to prevent states from doing so. In 2005, I signed
    legislation that prevents illegals in Arkansas from getting driver’s
    licenses.
  • I will stop punishing cities which try to enforce our laws and
    protect the economic well-being, physical safety, and quality of life
    of their citizens.
  • I oppose and will not tolerate employers who hire illegals. They
    must be punished with fines and penalties so large that they will see
    it is not worth the risk.
  • I oppose the economic integration of North America that would
    create open borders among the United States, Canada, and Mexico. I will
    never yield one iota or one inch of our sovereignty.
  • I will take our country back for those who belong here. No open
    borders, no amnesty, no sanctuary, no false Social Security numbers, no
    driver’s licenses for illegals.

I know that securing our borders must be our top priority and has
reached the level of a national emergency. I am as sick and tired as
you are that it is harder for us to get on an airplane in our home town
than it is for all these illegals to cross our international border
unchallenged.

We cannot stem the tide of illegals until we turn the tide. Before
you fix the damage to your house caused by a leaking roof, you have to
stop the leak, which I am determined to do.

I supported the $3 billion Congress passed this summer for border
security. This desperately-needed money will train and deploy 23,000
more agents, add four drone planes, build 700 miles of fence and 300
miles of vehicle barriers, and put up 105 radar and camera towers. This
money will turn “catch and release” into “catch and detain” of those
entering illegally and crack down on those who overstay their visas.

But where is this $3 billion? The President threatened to veto the
bill it was part of! Now the Senate has again voted for this money as
part of the Defense Bill. I will continue to fight until we get these
funds.

In this age of terror, immigration is not only an economic issue,
but also a national security issue. We must know who is coming into our
country, where they are going, and why they are here. All those who are
caught trying to enter illegally must be detained, processed, and
deported. As Governor, I ordered my state troopers to work with the
Department of Homeland Security to arrest illegals and enforce federal
immigration law.

I oppose and will never allow amnesty. I passionately rejected the
amnesty bill that President Bush and Sen. McCain tried to ram through
Congress this summer after secret meetings of an under-the-radar cabal
of amnesty-loving senators.

I opposed the misnamed DREAM Act, which was a nightmare because it
would have put us on the slippery slope to amnesty for all. Because
once we open that door even a crack, we’ll never get it closed again.

I oppose and will not tolerate sanctuaries for illegals. The federal
government must enforce our existing laws by cracking down on rogue
cities and towns that willfully undermine our economy and our homeland
security by giving benefits and protection to illegals. The
consequences for illegal entry must be swift, certain, and uniform
throughout our country.

I oppose giving driver’s licenses to illegals, such as Governor
Spitzer tried to do in New York. I support legislation that would
prevent the states from granting this privilege to illegals. In 2005, I
signed legislation that prevents illegals in Arkansas from getting
driver’s licenses.

I will stop punishing cities which are trying to enforce our laws. I
will appoint judges who will uphold the law, not side with the ACLU
against cities like Hazelton, Pennsylvania, which are trying to protect
the economic well-being, physical safety, and quality of life of their
citizens.

I will not tolerate employers who hire illegals – they must be
punished by fines and penalties so large that they will understand it
is not worth the risk. Once again, as with Hazelton, liberal judges are
gumming up the works. Right now, a court in San Francisco — Pelosiland
– has delayed enforcement of the “no match” letters for Social Security
numbers that the Department of Homeland Security will use to crack down
on those who hire illegals. If illegals cannot find work, they will go
back where they belong. I will do everything I can to hasten their trip
home by denying them employment.

I strongly oppose the economic integration of North America that
would have open borders among the United States, Canada, and Mexico. I
know we must have closed and secure borders. I will never yield either
one inch or one iota of our sovereignty. I will recognize no authority
but our Constitution.

I will take our country back for those who belong here and those who
are willing to play by the rules for the privilege to come here. No
open borders, no amnesty, no sanctuary, no false Social Security
numbers, no driver’s licenses for illegals.

I will Implement a broad-based strategy that commits the resources
of the federal government to the enforcement of our immigration laws
and results in the attrition of the illegal immigrant population.

Rudy Giuliani:

Rudy’s Position

“Real
immigration reform must put security first because border security and
homeland security are inseparable in the Terrorists’ War on Us. The
first responsibility of the federal government is to protect our
citizens by controlling America’s borders, while ending illegal
immigration and identifying every non-citizen in our nation. We must
restore integrity, accountability and the rule of law to our
immigration system to regain the faith of the American people.” – Mayor
Rudy Giuliani

CONTROL OUR NATION’S BORDERS

Bring Order To The Border: Congress authorized the construction of
700 miles of border fence in 2006 and then appropriated over $1.1
billion for border security. However, Washington has only built a few
dozen miles of fence. Rudy will commit to building the fence – both
physical and high-tech – now, while deploying and maintaining 20,000
Border Patrol agents and measuring their progress toward ending illegal
immigration. It is important to accomplish this goal in order to
preserve and expand legal immigration.rudy_alabama.jpg

Implement BorderStat: Rudy will propose BorderStat to bring
accountability to measuring the progress in securing our borders.
BorderStat is modeled after the Mayor’s successful New York City
program CompStat which helped reduce the city’s crime by imposing
accountability. It will use key indicators to identify both effective
enforcement strategies that demonstrate tangible results and areas of
the border where we are failing so the failures can be immediately
corrected.

IDENTIFY ALL NON-CITIZENS ENTERING AND EXITING AMERICA

Issue A Single, Tamper-Proof Biometric ID Card: Rudy will propose
the Secure Authorized Foreign Entry Card (SAFE Card) to be uniform for
all non-citizen workers and students, utilizing tamper-proof and
biometric features for secure identification.

Create A Single National Database Of Foreigners: It is critical to
America’s security to have one national database of non-citizens in our
country. Rudy will propose consolidating all existing databases into
one so a foreigner’s legal status can be quickly checked.

Identify Those Who Have Left The Country With Biometric Check-out
System: Forty-five percent of illegal immigrants in America came into
our country legally but overstayed their visas. Rudy believes we need a
biometric check-out system so we know who has left America and can
focus enforcement on those who remain.

DEPORT CRIMINAL ALIENS

Deport All Illegal Aliens Who Commit A Felony: America currently
only deports 14% of the roughly 300,000 foreigners who commit crimes in
our country. Rudy will commit to deporting all foreign individuals who
have abused their privilege of staying in the United States.

AMERICANIZE IMMIGRANTS

Require All Immigrants to Truly Read, Write & Speak English:
Rudy believes immigration and Americanization go hand-in-hand. As
President, he will propose that all immigrants who want to become
citizens must truly read, write, and speak English and learn American
civics. For the American experiment to succeed, we need a common
language.

Hillary Clinton:

Reforming our Immigration System

Our immigration system is in crisis. The laws we currently have on
the books are inadequate and no longer serve our best interests. As a
nation, we place a premium on compassion, respect, and policies that
help families, but our immigration laws don’t reflect that.

Hillary has consistently called for comprehensive immigration reform
that respects our immigrant heritage and honors the rule of law. She
believes comprehensive reform must have as essential ingredients a
strengthening of our borders, greater cross-cooperation with our
neighbors, strict but fair enforcement of our laws, federal assistance
to our state and local governments, strict penalties for those who
exploit undocumented workers, and a path to earned legal status for
those who are here, working hard, paying taxes, respecting the law, and
willing to meet a high bar.photo_about_firstlady.jpg

Hillary strongly believes we need to do more to know who is in our
country by securing our borders and ensuring that employers comply with
the law against hiring and exploiting undocumented workers. She
supports deploying new technology that can help stop the flow of
undocumented immigrants into the country and an employer verification
system that is universal, accurate, timely, and does not lead to
discrimination and abuse by employers.

Along with these changes, Hillary believes we need to repair those
broken portions of our immigration system that irrevocably damage
families and force citizens and lawful immigrants to choose between
their newly adopted country and living with their spouse or children.
We have a national interest in fostering strong families. This is why
she introduced an amendment during consideration of the immigration
reform bill that would have taken steps to protect the sanctity of
families. Our American values demand no less.

And Hillary understands that our immigration policies have a direct
impact on American workers. She opposes a guest worker program that
exploits workers and creates a supply of cheap labor that undermines
the wages of U.S. workers. Hillary believes all workers deserve safe
conditions and decent wages. She supports an Ag Jobs program, which
will keep our agricultural industry vibrant while enabling agricultural
workers to receive the fair wages and labor protections they ought to
receive.

When Hillary is president, comprehensive immigration reform will be a top priority.

Ready to Lead

Hillary has advocated for policies to help smooth the transition of
legal immigrants once they arrive in the U.S. so that they can add to
our economy and culture.

  • She championed the Legal Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement
    Act, which would give states the option to provide federally funded
    Medicaid and SCHIP benefits to low-income legal immigrant children and
    pregnant women.
  • She wrote the Access to Employment and English Acquisition Act to
    meet the growing demand for English language courses and other job
    skills.
  • She strongly supports the DREAM Act, which provides a path to
    citizenship through military service or higher education for children
    who were brought to the U.S. by their parents.
  • She offered an amendment to make family reunification the guiding principle of our immigration system.

Barack Obama:

The Problem

Undocumented population is exploding: The number of undocumented
immigrants in the country has increased more than 40 percent since
2000. Every year, more than a half-million people come illegally or
illegally overstay their visas.

Immigration bureaucracy is broken: The immigration bureaucracy is
broken and overwhelmed, forcing legal immigrants to wait years for
applications.

Immigration raids are ineffective: Despite a sevenfold increase in
recent years, immigration raids only netted 3,600 arrests in 2006 and
have placed all the burdens of a broken system onto immigrant families.obamabarack.jpg

Barack Obama’s Plan

Create Secure Borders

Obama wants to preserve the integrity of our borders. He supports
additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and
at our ports of entry.

Improve Our Immigration System

Obama believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy
and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together
and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill.

Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally

Obama will remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

Bring People Out of the Shadows

Obama supports a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are
in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of
the line for the opportunity to become citizens.

Work with Mexico

Obama believes we need to do more to promote economic development in Mexico to decrease illegal immigration.

Barack Obama’s Record

  • Crack Down on Employers: Obama championed a proposal to create a
    system so employers can verify that their employees are legally
    eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Fix the Bureaucracy: Obama joined Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) to
    introduce the Citizenship Promotion Act to ensure that immigration
    application fees are both reasonable and fair. Obama also introduced
    legislation that passed the Senate to improve the speed and accuracy of
    FBI background checks.
  • Respect Families: Obama introduced amendments to put greater emphasis on keeping immigrant families together.

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Government Sues to Build Fence (Updated)

20 01 2008

(Updated) Apparently, justice moved swiftly in this
case, and the courts ordered Eagle Pass to open its land to the feds.At
least the Bush Administration hasn’t completely abandoned the border
fence. DHS has sued a Texas town, in order to force it to allow federal
officials to survey public land owned by the city.

A federal judge has ordered a small border city in Texas
to temporarily turn over its land to the federal government so it can
begin to build a border fence.

U.S. District Judge Alia Moses Ludlum ordered the city of Eagle
Pass, on the border about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio, to
“surrender” 233 acres of city-owned land. The Justice Department sued
the city for access to the land. Read more…

On a related note, the Arizona Daily News notes that the DHS has
sued over 100 land owners along the Mexican border in order to gain
access to the properties.

The U.S. Department of Justice has sued at least nine
Arizona landowners, seeking temporary condemnations so it can survey
and prepare to build a border fence.

The suits, filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson, seek to invoke
the government’s power of eminent domain to gain access to land along
the U.S.-Mexico border.

The actions come less than a week after the government said it was
preparing to go to court to force dozens of property owners in the
southwestern U.S. to allow them access. It said it was preparing to sue
11 landowners in Arizona, 71 in Texas and 20 in California. Read more….

Actually, this is good news and I’ll leave you with a comment posted at the Arizona Daily News site:

How about building the fence just NORTH of the
uncooperative landowners property? That way then they can be
unofficially a part of Mexico.

I like that sentitment!

_____________________________________________________

(Original post) As you read this article, the mayor
of Eagle Pass, suggests that a fence would disrupt the “binational way
of life” along the border. That’s the point, you jackass. Illegal
immigration destroys the sovereignty of the United States and in case
you don’t get it, that IS a bad thing.

We don’t want a watered down national, or “binational” identity, we want to keep our American identity.

Eagle Pass Mayor Chad Foster serves as chairman of the
Texas Border Coalition, a group of border mayors, business officials
and residents.

“We ain’t rolling over,” Foster said after learning of the lawsuit.

The Homeland Security Department is trying to build 370 miles of
border fence by the end of the year. A 2006 law signed by President
Bush and supported by both of Texas’ U.S. senators mandated a total of
700 miles of fence along the border.

Coalition members allege that the agency has failed to sufficiently
consider concerns about effects on the environment, residents’ property
and the binational way of life along the border and has ignored
suggestions for alternatives. Read more….

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Phoenix Sanctuary Policy drives community appeal to Sheriff Joe Arpaio

20 01 2008

Cross posted from Bear creek Ledger

A community within the city of Phoenix appealed to Maricopa county
Sheriff Joe Arpaio for help with their crime problems since the city
police are prevented from responding to problems created by illegal
aliens in the community.

From Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicles:

(Phoenix, AZ) – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has
been asked to bring a law enforcement solution to the growing street
crime crisis along Phoenix’s Thomas Road business district and
neighboring residential areas by area small business owners and
homeowners. Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates
and prosecutes government corruption, is assisting the businesses and
home owners by promoting a law-and-order solution to the community
street crime problem.

Faced with a growing criminal element engaged in trespass,
solicitation, loitering, drug dealing, sexual harassment, public
urination and defecation and other street crime, small businesses have
had to bear additional costly business expenses to employ off-duty
sheriff’s deputies for protection. “Day laborers,” the vast majority of
whom are illegal aliens, have been often involved in area street crime
issues. Phoenix Police routinely ignore the street crime problem,
responding very selectively to only the most egregious crimes that
simply cannot be ignored due to violence or loss of property. The
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is the only law enforcement agency
enforcing both federal and state immigration laws in Arizona. The
community letter reads in part:

“We call upon Sheriff Arpaio to restore law and order to
this area. The policies and practices of the Phoenix Police Department
are damaging our businesses, driving down home values and destroying
our community. We’re tired of the political double-talk and excuses.
We’re tired of being harassed and victimized. Sheriff Arpaio needs to
take strong action to restore safety to our community.”

snip….“The Phoenix business community is fed up with a lack of law
enforcement in their community. Sheriff Arpaio has been responsive in
the past to the community’s concerns about illegal immigration, so we
are confident he’ll pay attention to this latest plea for help,” stated
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Sanctuary cities protect law breakers instead of legal law abiding
citizens. Really brings those illegal aliens out of the shadows though,
doesn’t it!

Other news from the Coalition:
Oh the Irony–Mexico is Having Problems Re-Absorbing It’s Citizens – Miss Beth’s Victory Dance

Government Sues to Build Fence (Updated) – Virtuous Republic

Illegal Alien Serial Rapist of Teenage Girls Arrested – Conservative Common Man

South Carolina, Illegal Immigration, and Huckabee – Right Truth

Oklahoma Immigration Law a Model for U.S States – Brian Bonner

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Oh the Irony–Mexico is Having Problems Re-Absorbing It’s Citizens

20 01 2008

Cross posted from Miss Beth’s Victory Dance


Arizona had an interesting law go into effect January 1, 2008. It’s called the Employer Sanctions Law and requires ALL employers to verify ALL employees are United States citizens. In anticipation of this law going into effect, many illegals from the Tucson and Phoenix areas “self-deported” with their families right around Christmas (normally, the illegals would pack up the family and cross back “home” to visit with the family and then come back here). In anticipation of the new law, the border was full with the illegals moving home.

Well. That’s a good thing.

Then, we have several businesses in Phoenix going belly up and declaring bankruptcy. Three reasons–1) the Employer Sanctions Law; 2) the businesses catered to illegals (who are self-deporting) and 3) if the businesses didn’t specifically cater to illegals, they hired illegals.

This is also a good thing.

Here’s the ironic part…Mexico has issues with the Employer Sanction Law. Mexico is concerned it can’t handle the influx of it’s own citizens back into their home country.

According to a January 4, 2008 AP article entitled “Mexico Criticizes Arizona Employer Sanctions Law” here,

“Measures like the one approved in Arizona do not contribute to solving the issue of migration by workers between the two countries, and ignore the contributions that migrants make to the U.S. economy and society,” Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said.

and:

The Mexican government considers migration an unavoidable phenomenon given the higher wages in the United States. It strongly opposes tightened U.S. controls such as border fences, and instead wants temporary work-visa programs and legalization of workers in the United States.

Well, what can you expect from a country whose main export is its own citizens? It gets better, folks.

Two articles in Arizona papers today (although I first heard this on the 5:30 p.m. news last night while waiting for my daughter’s softball game to finish).

The first article was published by the Tucson Citizen, Sheryl Kornman reporting and is titled “Sonoran Officials Slam Sanctions Law In Tucson Visit”. The opening paragraphs of this article read:

A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson on Tuesday to say Arizona’s new employer sanctions law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state.

At a news conference, the legislators said Sonora – Arizona’s southern neighbor, made up of mostly small towns – cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools it will face as illegal Mexican workers here return to their hometowns without jobs or money.

a few more tidbits:

“How can they pass a law like this?” asked Mexican Rep. Leticia Amparano Gamez, who represents Nogales.

and:

“Mexico is not prepared for this, for the tremendous problems” it will face as more and more Mexicans working in Arizona and sending money to their families return to hometowns in Sonora without jobs, she said.

and the money quote from this article:

“What do we do with the repatriated?” he asked. “As Mexicans, we are worried. They are Mexicans but they are also people – fathers and mothers and young people with jobs” who won’t have work in Sonora.”

Then, there’s this article from Channel 12 News (NBC Affiliate, Phoenix), Melissa Gonzalo reporting and titled “Sonoran Legislators Oppose Employer Sanctions Law” .

Sonoran legislators from Mexico’s PAN democratic party said their state is not prepared for a mass return of Mexican nationals. They met with Arizona legislators at the State Capitol Wednesday morning. They said they understand the reasons for the employer sanctions law, but said they don’t think all the consequences were taken into account.”We are concerned because probably we won’t be able to have all the resources to help in case the amount of people are too many people,” said coordinator of the group, Florencio Diaz Armenta. The delegation from Sonora said they cannot quantify how many people have returned to their state from Arizona, so far. But they said, based on anecdotal information, they know there are two groups returning- day laborers and professionals.

Armenta said Mexico does have a plan in place to help those immigrants returning to their country, but he said it is not enough. He said they plan on continuing to engage in open dialogue with Arizona lawmakers in hopes of reaching an agreement. “There is a history of relationship between the states Arizona and Sonora,” said Armenta. “We have families on both sides, so we have to worry about what happens on both sides of the border.” He said they hope to invite Arizona legislators to meet in Sonora the next time.

The delegation from Sonora also met with LULAC in Tucson.

My take on this? Mexico didn’t think Arizona would follow through. Now, Mexico (the country whose main export is its people) has to find a way to solve their own problems with their own people–and they don’t like it. They are having to deal with the same problems (on a significantly smaller scale at this point) the United States has had to deal with in absorbing their citizens into our country. They are, quite simply, going to have to find solutions to deal with their citizens. They’re going to have to work on their economy, work on their infrastructure, all the things that make a country. They’re not going to be able to count on the illegal earnings flowing back to them from the United States. That money flow is drying up.

And it’s not just Arizona enforcing the laws. Tulsa, Oklahoma is enforcing as well. From World Net Daily, we see this headline (article postes August 25, 2007): “Mandatory Deportation Has Illegals On The Run” with the subtitle of “State Law Limiting Benefits Looms, and Estimated 25,000 Take to Road”. The money quote from this article is here:

“This isn’t about whether you are for or against immigration, or for or against immigrants. It doesn’t matter what your skin color is or if you speak with an accent. What matters is if you are in the country legally or illegally. The only people threatened by House Bill 1804 are those who choose to break the law,” he said.

Expect more whining from Mexico and racist groups such as Aztlan and La Raza. Laws are being enforced, sanctuary cities are rescinding their sanctuary stand (Phoenix for example) and the illegals are peaceably self-deporting.

It’s about time.

Cross posted at Real Clear Politics here and Grizzly Groundswell here.

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Apparently winning is all that matters…

20 01 2008

Cross posted from Conservative Common Man

In presidential politics there is nothing more important than
victory for a political party. Citizens with concerns, opinions, and
ideas should shut up and vote. When they vote, the candidate that has
been anointed by the media as the party’s front-runner should receive
the votes without thought given to his or her demonstrated positions.

From the web site of The Illinois Republican Party(www.Weareillinois.org):


John Kass

Chicago Tribune Editorial

Why do establishment Republicans insist on whomping John McCain against a pole like some rabid cat?

Especially the conservatives. They’re whomping him and whomping
him, metaphorically in South Carolina, pivoting, turning on their
heels, shrieking with a mixture of hysteria, panic and glee.

Read the rest here. {End excerpt}

There you have it! Republicans should behave like good little followers and support anyone with an R behind his name if he is dubbed the chosen one, or if as the case seems to be with McAmnesty, it is deemed to be “his turn.”

Some positions can be granted based on the notion of “his turn:”

***Hall monitor.

***Paper collector.

***Line leader.

***Next on the slide.

***Next on any amusement park ride.

***Grand Poobah at the lodge.

I don’t think the position of President of The United States of
America is one of those “his turn” positions! I don’t believe it is
John McAmnesty’s turn any more than I believe it is Hillary Clinton’s
turn.

Of course Mr. Kass isn’t advocating for McAmnesty based on the
notion that it is his turn. Mr. Kass would have you vote based on the
idea that he has an R behind his name and is viewed
as a front-runner. That is nice and simple, positions on issues be
damned, we must win! What if we don’t win in reality? What if issues do
matter? Wouldn’t that put a kink in Mr. Kass’ rope?

The voters may indeed place John McCain on the November 2008 ballot
to be the next Bob Dole. What the voters want, the voters will get. The
voters may indeed express outrage over the McCain-Kennedy amnesty plan
and cast their votes for McCain anyway. The voters may indeed disagree
with McCain-Feingold and cast their votes for him anyway. The voters
will get what they vote for.

I don’t want to disregard the other candidates here, as there are
two others that might even be worse than McCain. A November Ballot
headed by McCain, Huckabee, or Giuliani will in my opinion mean a
defeat for conservatives no matter who wins the election.

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14 01 2008

MicrophoneI have expanded my shows! This Tuesday Special Guest: Chad Everson of Grizzly Groundswell Running For Minnesota State House

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