Archive for the ‘immigration’ Category

I Wonder What Illegal Immigrants Cost?

March 26, 2009

I wonder what the United States spends on illegal immigrants: in health care, food stamps, housing, et al?

I wonder what we spend on border patrol, ICE and the rest?  I wonder what the total of all of America’s criminal courts money, police and prison expenses go to illegal aliens?

 I wonder how many American citizens are killed, raped or harmed by illegals every year?

Nancy Pelois might say it is un-American for me to ask these questions and I must be a racist.  But I feel I have the right and duty to ask; as many of my ancestors (all, in fact) were immigrants (legally), my religious advisor and priest is from the Ukraine (legally) and my wife and her family are all here legally from Vietnam….

I wonder what it has cost the taxpayers to have the president’s aunt a ‘guest’ here all these years?

Read Michelle Malkin:

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/
03/26/obamas-deportation-fugit
ive-aunt-gets-another-day-in-court/

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What do I tell my legal immigrant family and friends?
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Obama Believers Thought They’d Hear More On Immigration By Now

Immigration embers could turn into political fire for Obama

La Raza has a new best friend at Justice

What do I tell my legal immigrant family and friends?

March 25, 2009

I was going to stay out of the immigration debate but we are headlong quickly toward a cliff so here goes.

I have many family members and friends that came to the United States legally and went through the system.

Many waited six, seven or more years to become citizens.  All are legal — many with their own businesses and I don’t know one that has become a burden upon the taxpayers.

Most of these people are Asians: Vietnamese-Americans, Chinese-Americans and Korean-Americans.

My wife came here the hard way: after war and communism and prison in Vietnam she fled by boat: facing death by starvation, pirates, rape and other criminal activity.  Add to that the environment: the sun and the sea.  Four people died in her boat.

She came here and waited, and waited and waited to become a citizen.  She learned English and worked at minimum wage jobs.  She now has her own business and is hanging on by a thread due to the bad economy.

She never complains.

She never even complains when we see hundreds of people — daily — that are here illegally and demanding work and money and benefits.

They aren’t learning English and are not awaiting the system: they are waiting for Nancy Pelosi’s revolution.

They are waiting for the “system’ to adapt to them: and with the Speaker of the House telling them that officers sworn to defend the law are un-American — what should I tell my Vietnamese-American family about America, justice and the rule of law?

See Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/25/guess-who-else-thinks-ice-ag
ents-are-unpatriotic/

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 Obama Believers Thought They’d Hear More On Immigration By Now

Immigration embers could turn into political fire for Obama

La Raza has a new best friend at Justice

Obamagasm Media: Start Asking Questions; The Budget Is Full of Them

March 23, 2009

There are so many great questions to ask the president of the United States that our cup runs over.

Did anyone in Iran see the New Year Greeting from President Obama?  What did they think?  A great follow-up would be, since we knew the Iranian government’s response before the message was made, what was the point?

The budget begs 10,000 questions, including this from Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today:

“The Administration’s decision to include cap and trade—and the revenues generated by it—in the budget forces my colleagues here in the Senate to no longer hide the ball… It allows us to have an honest debate about the costs of a program of this magnitude on the American people—not to mention the enormous redistribution of wealth for pet projects and programs under the umbrella of ‘clean energy.’ To put it simply, they are realizing that cap and trade is a regressive energy tax that hits the Midwest and the South harder than the East or West Coasts.”

And how can cap and trade work between the U.S. and China?  The Chinese are already saying, their factories make stuff for U.S. shoopers so their carbon is our carbon, right?

And since China owns most of the U.S. debt (and we want them to buy more) don’t they call the tunes these days?

And, oh by the way, what are the president’s latest thoughts on immigration reform.  An answer in English or Spanish would be fine, since the non-Spanish speaking immigrants know their process because they go through a process…..

Related:
Obama Believers Thought They’d Hear More On Immigration By Now

Teleprompter White House: Packaged People, Messages

See Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
23/snippy-time-with-robert-gibbs/

Obama Believers Thought They’d Hear More On Immigration By Now

March 23, 2009

Obama is willing to spend.  He’s working on the econoy.  And in every second breathe he mentions health care, education, energy and climate change.

What happened to immigration reform?

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Gregory Rodriguez
Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2009

Ithought U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. was a little over the top last month when he called us “a nation of cowards” for our collective failure to adequately discuss our troubled racial past.

Less than a month later, officials at his Justice Department are believed to have pulled the plug on the nomination of Thomas Saenz, chief counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, to head the department’s civil rights division. Why? Apparently because of Saenz’s past advocacy on behalf of immigrant rights.

You read that correctly. Saenz’s past professional civil rights activism has evidently disqualified him from being the nation’s top civil rights enforcer. If it’s true, it’s a decision that may be a troubling sign for those hoping President Obama is committed to comprehensive immigration reform.

Don’t go looking for public griping from Latino members of Congress on the Saenz incident. On Wednesday, in what from all accounts was a love-fest between Obama and the entire Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the president reaffirmed his commitment to … comprehensive immigration reform. In a breathless news release, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) cooed that “the American people are fortunate to have a president ready and willing to tackle the big issues of the day.” In a telephone media briefing, leaders from some of the nation’s most prominent immigrant rights organizations practically held hands and sang “Our Guy.”

But just below the buzz of news releases and sound bites, some officials and advocates who care most about immigration reform are worried. True to form, irascible Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina was the only high-profile elected official to speak out. She was quoted as saying Saenz had been offered the nomination and accepted it. That the administration canceled the deal, she told the blog of the Legal Times, “speaks volumes of the lack of courage of the administration.” Ouch. Several other activists expressed their own concerns to me off the record.

Read the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/c
ommentary/la-oe-rodriguez23-2009ma
r23,0,1356.column

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Immigration embers could turn into political fire for Obama

March 22, 2009

President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, already burdened with pushing through the president’s massive agenda, seem to be sidestepping the issue of illegal immigration.

But with Hispanics expecting big things from the party they helped put in control of Washington last year, fancy footwork won¹t be enough. Hispanic lawmakers went to the White House last week to find out why Obama’s overflowing agenda left out the immigration reform he promised during his campaign.

By Susan Ferrechio
The Examiner

Days before, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had drawn criticism when she told an audience in San Francisco that some raids by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are “un-American” because they separate illegal immigrant parents from their U.S.-born children.

The remarks brought quick denunciations from opponents of illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

But putting a halt to such raids has been one of the top priorities for Hispanic leaders. At their meeting with Obama last week, the Hispanic lawmakers managed to get the president to pledge that he is “pursuing ways”
to end such raids.

That may be the closest Obama gets to reforming immigration anytime soon.

“Immigration reform makes Social Security reform look like a walk in the park,” said former Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas., who chaired the House Democratic Caucus from 1999-2003. “It is the single toughest, meanest subject Congress has to deal with. Given the scope of the problems they are facing right now it would be very hard to put immigration reform into the mix.”

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/
politics/Immigration-embers-could-tu
rn-into-political-fire-41631172.html

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 La Raza has a new best friend at Justice

immigrants protest INS raids
“Stop the racist raids” signs are held by Latino activists as they protest recent immigration raids across the country at a demonstration and news conference in front of the downtown Federal Building December 19, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (File photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

La Raza has a new best friend at Justice

March 22, 2009

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Maryland Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was met with “profound disappointment” by the National Council of La Raza. The Latino advocacy group would have preferred another candidate.

But La Raza will get over its disappointment once they learn more about Perez. Maryland is one of three states that gives driver’s licenses to people without worrying if they recently snuck across the border. Perez, a former Clinton administration official, lives in Takoma Park, Md., a “sanctuary city” that allows illegal immigrants to vote in local elections. He’s also a former president and board member of Casa de Maryland, a nonprofit group that receives millions of tax dollars — in addition to a $1.5 million donation from Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.

Casa is suing Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, the first Maryland sheriff to participate in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(g) program, which deputizes local police forces to enforce federal immigration laws. In just 10 months, 309 of 337 illegal immigrants arrested in Frederick have been slated for deportation — including MS-13 gang members, a Nicaraguan sniper, and others with drug, child abuse, rape and burglary convictions.

On March 4, Sheriff Jenkins told the House Committee on Homeland Security that his first 287(g) case involved a man caught driving drunk in a school zone. For doing his job and protecting his community, Jenkins now stands accused by Casa of breaking the law.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa, Ariz., is also under investigation — by the same Justice Dept. office that Perez will soon head — for alleged racial profiling in dealing with illegal immigrants. His accusers include Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, whose city has become America’s kidnapping capital — where drug cartel thugs intimidate terrified Mexican nationals. Ten Republican congressmen warn that targeting Arpaio will have a chilling effect on other law enforcement agencies battling Baghdad-like levels of drug violence now spilling over our southern border.

James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation says only a three-pronged approach will quell this ongoing invasion: Beef up law enforcement in Mexico, promote strong community policing in border states, and follow up with integrated prosecution efforts at the federal, state and local levels. “Without those three things, you don’t have a strategy,” Carafano says. With Perez at Justice, La Raza will be pleased to learn, at least two of these essentials will go by the boards during the Obama administration.

The Examiner
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opin
ion/41604157.html

Obama, Pelosi: Anything to Win

March 19, 2009

Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are all about changing America: and not necessarily the old fashioned way with public debate, wise congressional deliberation, laws and courts.

This is now about anything to win.

President Obama’s “outrage” at AIG paying bonuses is theater of the absurd.  He could care less about $165 million.  He sits atop a several trillion dollar empire in real trouble.  What he wants is to demonize Wall Street, “Big Business” and the leadership of the “old” capitalisim, just as he demonized “big oil.”

By rushing his economic stimulus through congress, and in the confusion making sure bonus money for corporations like AIG was protected, the White House, Treasury and perhaps even the Fed engineered the AIG outrage  in order to overhaul regulations governing American business.

You’ll never convince me otherwise and you’ll never convince me that Chris Dodd or Tim Geithner has the brains or the stones to do this on their own.  Obama and Rahm Emanuel certainly might….

Now the president will go on Jay Leno: the first sitting president to appear on the “Tonight Show” — more blatant blurring of news and entertainment and from whom?  Barack Obama and the National Barack Channel (NBC).

More do anything to win.  We expect him to host SNL soon — to diffuse their comedic cynicism.

And then we have Nancy Pelosi, the third in line to the presidency, virtually telling illegal immigrants to violate the law: that the law is “Un-American.”

Well, here’s more “anything to win” — changing law by illegal acts and shenanigans.

If Nancy wants to make good law; she is in the catbird seat to do so.  The Speaker of the House knows how to make good law and how to defeat those that stand in her way too….

Pelosi made the stimulus bill and Obama has already offered her the health care revolution.  But she’s not satisfied yet: now she’ll rewrite immigration law by not picking up a pen: she’ll use the microphone.

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Related:
Pelosi Urges Illegal Immigrants to Ignore The Law?
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/1
8/pelosi-tells-illegal-immigrants-work-site-rai
ds-american/

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This man wanted to run the census and now will supervize the writing of a measure to federalize schools. Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

Japan To Jobless Immigrants: Just Go Home; Global “Reverse Migration”

January 23, 2009

As the global economy continues to worsen , and more people are unemployed, a kind of reverse migration has started.

Chinse migrants that have traveled for decades to far away jobs are leaving places where jobs no longer exists and heading into the countryised where they were born.

“This is no longer home.  This was my parents home was.  But there is no job for me anywhere else.  So I come back home,” said Qang Le.

In Japan, immigrats not born in Japan are being told to “just go home” when they lose their jobs.

Hundreds of millions of people are now starting a kind a new migration, some experts say.

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From UPI:

Some immigrants in Japan say they are leaving for their homelands because of the impact the economic crisis has had on the Asian country.

 

Brazilian national Paulino Onuma said his family of four is relocating from Japan to Brazil after he and his wife lost their jobs, The Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) said Friday.

“We have no desire to go home,” Onuma, 29, said. “We are only going back because of the situation.”

“The feeling of the city is that if foreigners have lost their jobs, then they should leave the country,” fellow Brazilian immigrant Kooji Horinouti said of the situation in the Japanese city of Ueda.

The Japanese government has actually begun implementing programs designed to help jobless immigrants remain in Japan despite the economic downturn, the Post reported.

Japan Immigration Policy Institute director Hidenori Sakanaka told the newspaper that marks a drastic change in standard policy.

“Japan has a long history of rejecting foreign residents who try to settle here,” he said. “Normally, the response of the government would have been to encourage these jobless people to just go home.”

Poll: Economy, Jobs Top Americans’ Priorities (Global Warming Last); Obama Solutions?

January 23, 2009

The American people gave Barack Obama a mandate to solve the problem.

And the problem is clearly jobs and the economy, a new Pew Research Poll says.

“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood,” the President said during his Inaugural Day Address.

Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell said, “The American people, I think fundamentally, bet on President Obama because of the economic situation we are in.”
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“The stock market dropped another 300 points on this glorious Inauguration Day and people are losing jobs, and that will be No. 1 for him,” Powell said.

America is inching each day closer to an economic stimulus that will give our children and grandchildren more than $2 Trillion in debt.

Yet no one is certain the stimulus will work.

Related:
Will Obama Stimulus Create Jobs? Many “Experts” Can’t Say (Or Say No…)

If there is doubt that the American economy will recover as a result of the actions we are taking, we are either taking the wrong actions or we need to ask ourselves “what else should be done? What should we do differently?”

There will be no national security without a strong American economy.  No social security.  No health care. No war on global warming.

A news story this week  said the only segments of the California economy showing “growth” were in the sectors of government and  medical services.  That won’t produce “wealth” for future investment….

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As Barack Obama takes office, the public’s focus is overwhelmingly on domestic policy concerns – particularly the economy. Strengthening the nation’s economy and improving the job situation stand at the top of the public’s list of domestic priorities for 2009. Meanwhile, the priority placed on issues such as the environment, crime, illegal immigration and even reducing health care costs has fallen off from a year ago.

PEW Survey

While it is not unusual for the public to prioritize domestic over foreign policy, the balance of opinion today is particularly one-sided. Roughly seven-in-ten Americans (71%) say that President Obama should focus on domestic policy, while just 11% prioritize foreign policy. By comparison, last January, 56% cited domestic policy as most important while 31% said Bush should focus on foreign policy.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 7-11 among 1,503 adults on cell phones and landlines, finds that strengthening the economy and improving the job situation are higher priorities today than they have been at any point….

Read the rest and see the graphs:
http://people-press.org/report/485
/economy-top-policy-priority

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Drugs, Crime Make Mexico “Under Sustained Assault”

January 18, 2009

Last Monday President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexico’s President Caderon.  Then came the news from a U.S. military study that says Mexico could “collapse” from the wight of “sustained assault” in the drug war. 

U.S. military reports are not known for their alarmist tone. But this assessment  is unheard of and unusually stark  for a North American ally.
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Obama praised Calderon Monday for his work on energy and climate change yesterday.

But neither a bad environment nor energy problems are as likely to bring Mexico to its knees — and impact negatively on the United States — as the drug war, according to the U.S. military.

Most observers have ignored the elephant in the room and on the North American contintent: Mexico is in real trouble.

Mexico and the U.S. are watching as millions of illegal immigrants move from Mexico northward and while drug lords kill off law enforcement and law abiding political leaders, citizens and  politicians in Mexico.

Most news stories of the Calderon-Obama meeting failed to mention either the drug issue or major immigration problems until somewhere around paragraph eight….

Related:
Mexico: Obama Can’t Ignore Elephant on the Continent

President-elect Barack Obama meets with Mexico's President Felipe ... 
President-elect Barack Obama meets with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, January 12, 2009.(Larry Downing/Reuters)

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Indiscriminate kidnappings. Nearly daily beheadings. Gangs that mock and kill government agents.

This isn’t Iraq or Pakistan. It’s Mexico, which the U.S. government and a growing number of experts say is becoming one of the world’s biggest security risks.

The prospect that America’s southern neighbor could melt into lawlessness provides an unexpected challenge to Barack Obama‘s new government. In its latest report anticipating possible global security risks, the U.S. Joint Forces Command lumps Mexico and Pakistan together as being at risk of a “rapid and sudden collapse.”

By TRACI CARL, Associated Press Writer Traci Carl, Associated Press Writer

The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels,” the command said in the report published Nov. 25.

“How that internal conflict turns out over the next several years will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican state.”

Retiring CIA chief Michael Hayden told reporters on Friday that that Mexico could rank alongside Iran as a challenge for Obama — perhaps a greater problem than Iraq.

The U.S. Justice Department said last month that Mexican gangs are the “biggest organized crime threat to the United States.” National security adviser Stephen Hadley said last week that the worsening violence threatens Mexico’s very democracy.

Related:
 Mexico: “under sustained assault”; Could “collapse” — U.S. Military

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090118/
ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_mexico_besieged