July 22, 2007
Driver’s license law hits auto dealers : Unable to register, illegal immigrants return vehicles
From the AJC courtesy of GALEO and Jerry…thanks Jerry!
Found in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Written by MARY LOU PICKEL
Posted on 2007-07-16
By MARY LOU PICKEL
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/16/07
Jose Genao sells used cars for a living, but lately he’s had to turn away customers from his Smyrna dealership. Genao used to sell about 15 vehicles a week, mostly Ford F-150 or Silverado pickups to a Mexican clientele. Now he sells only two or three.
Half a dozen customers have returned cars because they can’t register them.
“They bring the key and tell me, ‘Jose, I’m leaving,’ ” Genao said.
Genao is feeling the fallout from a new state law, effective July 1, that requires a valid Georgia driver’s license or ID card to register a car in Georgia.
The law is cutting deep into traffic for many auto dealers and tag and title services catering to the state’s growing immigrant community. Illegal immigrants can’t get driver’s licenses because to do so, they must prove they’re in the country legally.
The law also has the potential to cut into sales taxes and county ad valorem tax revenues, though metro area counties say it’s too early to measure that effect.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) said he did not target immigrants.
You can read the rest on Jerry’s site here…
( Note from D.A. – the new requirements for getting a vehicle registration are now closer to the way they do it in…Mexico)
Dobbs: Time to free Ramos and Compean
By Lou Dobbs
Lou Dobbs’ commentary appears weekly on CNN.com.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — There was an unusual spectacle in the nation’s capital Tuesday, downright rare, in fact: U.S. Senators seeking truth, and justice, and taking action. And they deserve great credit and thanks.
Lou Dobbs says two convicted border patrol agents should be released from prison immediately.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, led by Dianne Feinstein, focused on the reasons for the prosecution of two Border Patrol agents now serving long sentences in federal prison. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were given terms of 11 and 12 years respectively on their convictions for shooting an illegal alien drug smuggler.
Senator Feinstein, and Senators Jeff Sessions, John Cornyn, Jon Kyl and Tom Coburn demanded answers of U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, who chose to prosecute Compean and Ramos and give that illegal alien drug smuggler blanket immunity to testify against the men.
Sutton’s decision to prosecute the agents, to file attempted murder charges against them and seek harsh mandatory prison sentences was simply an outrage. Senators Feinstein, Sessions and Cornyn took Sutton to task over what they clearly see now as a blatant abuse of prosecutorial power and strongly questioned the decision to give immunity to a known illegal alien drug smuggler. Sutton’s office gave the smuggler immunity in order to prosecute the two agents who had pursued him in a high-speed chase, which ultimately resulted in the wounding of the drug dealer who had ditched his van, loaded with hundreds of pounds of drugs, and ran from the agents.
I have maintained throughout that the prosecution of these two agents was unwarranted, that sufficient facts were in dispute that the case should never have been brought to trial. The two Border Patrol agents received excessive sentences by any reasonable standard of justice. But reason did not prevail, and the Senate Judiciary Committee has begun the process of righting this wrong.
The agents were serving their nation in a war zone along our southern border. The fact is Mexico remains the primary corridor for drugs entering the United States. Mexico is the principal source of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines into this country. Between 70 and 90 percent of cocaine entering the United States from South America passed through mainland Mexico or its waters. Heroin brought in from Mexico accounts for about 30 percent of the U.S. market, despite Mexico’s relatively small percentage of worldwide production. Mexican traffickers continued to dominate drug distribution in the United States, controlling most of the primary distribution centers. Our border with Mexico is the main battlefield in the war against drugs, and the federal government has treated Ramos and Compean with contempt rather than gratitude for their service on the front lines of that war.
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All of Glenn’s proceeds from the sale of this shirt will be donated to a legal defense fund for Agents Ramos and Compean.
From Glenn Beck:
To quote Col. Nathan Jessep–Jack Nicholson’s character from, A Few Good Men–“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns.” That’s true, and some of the men guarding our walls are U.S. Border Patrol Agents. Thing is…if one of those Border Agents tries to protect our walls with their guns, they might just end up in prison for the next 11 years. That’s what happened to agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. You’ve heard me talk about the injustice done to these brave men, and you know that I’m outraged. I invite you to join me in showing both your anger and commitment to setting them free by wearing one of these t-shirts: “U.S. Border Patrol…To Protect And Serve Time.” It’s the least we can do for two men who have done the most…men with families who are unfairly paying the price for doing their duty, showing their bravery, and trying to keep all Americans safe.
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Anyone taken a spanish class at Dalton State lately? I did, and found that the class was a little about the learning the spanish language and alot about how this country really belongs to the mexicans. The textbook refers to people from Mexico as “Americans”. Professor Rochelle Bautista told the class that she had married a former illegal alien who was granted amnesty. She takes her class to the restaurant that she and her husband, Antonio, own – to practice the spanish language of course – at taxpayer expense. The restaurant is Antonio’s and is located on Connector 3 near the Pilot Truck Stop off I-75. She even has the directions to the restaurant posted on her school web site. http://www.daltonstate.edu/faculty/rbautista/
Tonight’s paper had an article about the kid that was killed last July. And low and behold:
“Also scheduled to appear is Marco Antonio Bautista, the man police believe set up the drug deal between Darville and Canavan.”
Marco Antonio Bautista is listed as her step son on her web site.
I wasn’t surprised.
President Bush to Attend North American Leaders’ Summit in Canada
I know that I am not the only one who hates what the illegals have done to my town. Everyone talks about their getting welfare, refusing to follow ore laws, and the police do nothing.
The money we spend on making their life better… Schools are having to pay for the books, breakfasts, lunches, and field trips. But yet their parents drive Hummers. They urinate in public, and have spread diseases.
My home was robbed, and the only thing that was stolen, were my families social security cards, birth certificates, and my business licenses.
When is our government going to listen to the American public, that wants this to stop.
Pilgrim’s Pride reportedly laying off illegal workers
Worth the read here.
Contact: Chris Jackson 202-225-2931
House passes Gingrey amendment to prevent Social Security for illegal immigrants
Washington, Jul 19, 2007-
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed an amendment offered by U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill that fixes a loophole in the Social Security totalization agreement between the United States and Mexico. Our totalization agreement with Mexico threatens the Social Security Trust Fund by allowing Mexican workers in the U.S. to claim Social Security benefits and vice versa. As currently negotiated, the U.S./Mexico totalization agreement will allow the work of an illegal immigrant in the U.S., prior to 2004, to count towards the 10-year work eligibility requirement for claiming Social Security benefits. The Gingrey amendment would prohibit funding for the current totalization agreement, as it is inconsistent with federal law. The Social Security Protection Act of 2004 prohibits illegal immigrants from claiming Social Security benefits. Gingrey’s amendment passed by a vote of 254 to168.
“Our Social Security system is already on the fast track to insolvency,” said Gingrey. “Totalization is a great deal for Mexicans, but it’s a raw deal for American workers. We are rewarding illegal immigrants with benefits, when we should be focused on closing our borders. Let me be clear: U.S. taxpayers should not pay Social Security benefits for illegal workers. My amendment reinforces existing law: if you undermine our immigration laws, we aren’t going to reward you for it.”
The Social Security Administration estimates that only 3,000 American workers would benefit from the current totalization agreement, compared to 50,000 Mexican workers who would claim U.S. benefits. These Mexican beneficiaries could cost our system $650 million a year by 2050.
CHALLENGING THE SECURITY AND PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP OF NORTH AMERICA
Read it here…because the American press will not let you see it here.
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The Security and Prosperity Partnership Its Immigration Implications
James R. Edwards, Jr., Ph.D.
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The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, bound the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a trilateral “free trade” relationship among the three nations of the North American continent. Trade enthusiasts hailed NAFTA as holding great promise to elevate the economies of the three nations. Today, “NAFTA Plus,” or the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership, is gaining more and more attention because it would move well beyond NAFTA and trade per se.
Importantly, “NAFTA was the first major trade pact signed by the United States to bring significant immigration consequences.”1 It set a precedent that moved this country down the path of equating “free trade” with not only the free flow of goods across borders, but also trade in services and the borderless flow of people.
Such trade pacts carry huge implications for national sovereignty. While a “free trade agreement” (FTA) does not have the legally binding power of a treaty, which would require two-thirds approval of the U.S. Senate, an FTA does indeed subject participating nations to certain legal obligations to one another.
As officially characterized, the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) purports to advance “regional cooperation” toward the three NAFTA partners’ common interests. Primarily, this involves trade and commerce, including both goods and services. However, in addition to the free flow of goods, SPP involves the free flow of people within the three nations’ external borders. SPP also incorporates security and antiterrorism cooperation and integration.
The Security and Prosperity Partnership involves many things, from energy to transportation to customs standards, but this paper focuses primarily on its implications for immigration. Based on the experience of NAFTA and its progeny, the prospects under SPP do not bode well for American self-determination, economic and social stability, or sovereignty.
In short, many view the overarching, ultimate goal of SPP to be near-complete economic integration, similar to the European Common Market, the European Community, or the European Union models. Concerns have been raised about SPP’s implications for continued U.S. sovereignty over such critical policy areas as immigration and homeland security.
Background of the Security and Prosperity Partnership
On March 23, 2005, President Bush joined the heads of Canada and Mexico at a summit in Waco, Texas. There the three leaders jointly launched the Security and Prosperity Partnership. This many-faceted initiative has led to the formation of numerous active “working groups” within the U.S. Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, other agencies, and with the other two countries.
SPP represents the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican governments’ efforts at regulatory and other “harmonization” among the three SPP partner nations. These initiatives relate to such wide-ranging policies as trade, transportation, immigration, national security, law enforcement, and energy. SPP is said to be the further implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The March 23, 2005, joint statement of Presidents Bush and Fox and Prime Minister Martin indicated the SPP’s intent of liberalization in areas related to immigration. The statement said, in part, that the “trilateral effort” would “help consolidate our action into a North American framework” to “[i]mplement common border security and bioprotection strategies[,] . . . a border facilitation strategy to build capacity and improve the legitimate flow of people and cargo at our shared borders[, and] . . . [r]educe the costs of trade through the efficient movement of goods and people.”2
Three months later, trilateral SPP leaders had quickly begun to flesh out the SPP agenda. Among other things, cabinet-level leaders had already signed memoranda of understanding and other documents across a range of policy areas. These included:
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