November 23, 2007
The following person contacted us at TheDustinInmanSociety.org on November 20, 2007:
branford, CT 06405
Your contention that illegal aliens have broken the law is a technically correct statement, because laws are written not to be followed to the letter but by applying common sense. DO NOT bunch all illegal aliens as criminals and also DO NOT think like REDNECKS, coz your logic that just because undocumented people are in this country unlawfully they are bound to break every law is extremely naive, stupid and ridiculous on your part. Your thousand year reich era is over so it would be better if you got over it. You are a hateful bastard and you better see a shrink fast.
Companies are getting hooked on the buying power of 11 million undocumented immigrants
Inez and Antonio Valenzuela are a marketer’s dream. Young, upwardly mobile, and ready to spend on their growing family, the Los Angeles couple in many ways reflects the 42 million Hispanics in the U.S. Age 30 and 29, respectively, with two daughters, Esmeralda, 8, and Maria Luisa, 2 months, the duo puts in long hours, working 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., six days a week, at their bustling streetside taco trailer. From a small sidewalk stand less than two years ago, they built the business into a hot destination for hungry commuters. The Valenzuelas (not their real name) bring in revenue well above the U.S. household average of $43,000, making them a solidly middle-class family that any U.S. consumer-products company would love to reach.
But Inez and Antonio aren’t your typical American consumers. They’re undocumented immigrants who live and work in the U.S. illegally. When the couple, along with Esmeralda, crossed the Mexican border five years ago, they had little money, no jobs, and lacked basic documents such as Social Security numbers. Guided by friends and family, the couple soon discovered how to navigate the increasingly above-ground world of illegal residency. At the local Mexican consulate, the Valenzuelas each signed up for an identification card known as a matrícula consular, for which more than half the applicants are undocumented immigrants, according to the Pew Hispanic center, a Washington think tank. Scores of financial institutions now accept it for bank accounts, credit cards, and car loans. Next, they applied to the Internal Revenue Service for individual tax identification numbers (ITINS), allowing them to pay taxes like any U.S. citizen — and thereby to eventually get a home mortgage.
Big U.S. companies’ embrace of undocumenteds as consumers has intensified as it has become clear in recent years that — no matter how loudly the anti-immigration lobby complains — the U.S. isn’t about to deport illegals en masse. The 1986 law forbidding their employment may still be on the books, but the feds have almost completely given up enforcing it. Instead, since September 11 they have focused on nabbing potential terrorists who might slip into the country illegally, according to a June report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Last year, the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency brought just three actions against companies for employing illegals, down from 417 in 1999, according to the GAO. And only 2,300 of the country’s 5.6 million employers used a computer system in 2004 to check employee Social Security numbers.
This is from Business Week more than two years ago…READ IT HERE.
From the N.Y. Times
Western Union Empire Moves Migrant Cash Home
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 — To glimpse how migration is changing the world, consider Western Union, a fixture of American lore that went bankrupt selling telegrams at the dawn of the Internet age but now earns nearly $1 billion a year helping poor migrants across the globe send money home.
Migration is so central to Western Union that forecasts of border movements drive the company’s stock. Its researchers outpace the Census Bureau in tracking migrant locations. Long synonymous with Morse code, the company now advertises in Tagalog and Twi and runs promotions for holidays as obscure as Phagwa and Fiji Day. Its executives hail migrants as “heroes” and once tried to oust a congressman because of his push for tougher immigration laws.
“Global migration is the cornerstone of how we’ve grown,” said Christina A. Gold, Western Union’s chief executive.
With five times as many locations worldwide as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Burger King and Wal-Mart combined, Western Union is the lone behemoth among hundreds of money transfer companies. Little noticed by the public and seldom studied by scholars, these businesses form the infrastructure of global migration, a force remaking economics, politics and cultures across the world.
Last year migrants from poor countries sent home $300 billion, nearly three times the world’s foreign aid budgets combined.
Western Union’s dominance of the industry casts it in a host of unlikely new roles: as a force in development economics, a player in American immigration debates and a target of contrasting attacks.
Western Union also held marketing events around the same time for people deported from the United States to Honduras and El Salvador.“They would arrive in a special holding area, and we would have an agent in there — a young lady in tight jeans, tight T-shirt” to promote Western Union products, said a former company official who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. “We knew that within a week they would be back on their way to the U.S.”
Mr. Tancredo, who is running for president, said the company’s activities occupied “a gray area” between aggressive marketing and “aiding and abetting illegal immigration.”
“Western Union wants to encourage illegal immigration in order to expand the number of people in their market,” he said. “Believe me, if I were president, I would ask the Justice Department to look into it.”
In 2004, Charles T. Fote, then First Data’s chairman, gave a speech calling for “comprehensive” reform, a term used by supporters of legalization plans for illegal immigrants.
The company sponsored public forums to promote the idea and donated $100,000 to a group unsuccessfully fighting Proposition 200 in Arizona, which requires proof of citizenship from people seeking to vote or collect certain public benefits.
As the debate moved to Washington, Western Union gave money to many groups supporting legalization plans. The United States Chamber of Commerce received “in the high six figures,” a Chamber official said, while an Illinois group used some Western Union money to bring busloads of immigrants to Capitol Hill. When a bipartisan Senate bill emerged last spring, company officials flew to Washington to lobby directly, urging Senator Ken Salazar, a Colorado Democrat, to support the measure. He did, though it ultimately failed.
“Most companies are afraid to speak up,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, which has received $40,000 from Western Union in the past three years. “When it got hot, they stayed with it.”
But proponents of stricter border controls see commerce, not courage, at play. “Western Union has decided that its business model depends on a continuing flow of illegal immigrants,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates low levels of immigration.
It is important that we all understand this basic: FOLLOW THE MONEY! Please read the rest here. See also: GEORGIA APPLESEED here.
November 22, 2007
Texas Sheriffs Say Terrorists Entering US from Mexico
Texas Sheriffs Say Terrorists Entering US from Mexico
By Kevin Mooney
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
August 21, 2006
CNSNews.com) – The chief law enforcement officers of several Texas counties along the southern U.S. border warn that Arabic-speaking individuals are learning Spanish and integrating into Mexican culture before paying smugglers to sneak them into the United States. The Texas Sheriffs’ Border Coalition believes those individuals are likely terrorists and that drug cartels and some members of the Mexican military are helping them get across the border.
Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez of Zapata County, Texas told Cybercast News Service that Iranian currency, military badges in Arabic, jackets and other clothing are among the items that have been discovered along the banks of the Rio Grande River. The sheriff also said there are a substantial number of individuals crossing the southern border into the U.S. who are not Mexican. He described the individuals in question as well-funded and able to pay so-called “coyotes” – human smugglers – large sums of money for help gaining illegal entry into the U.S.
Although many of the non-Mexican illegal aliens are fluent in Spanish, Gonzalez said they speak with an accent that is not native.
“It’s clear these people are coming in for reasons other than employment,” Gonzalez said.
That sentiment is shared by Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.).
“For years, Muslims and other ‘Special Interest Aliens’ from places other than Mexico have been streaming into the U.S. across our porous border,” Tancredo told Cybercast News Service. “These people are not paying $50,000 or more a head just to ‘take jobs no American will do.’
Great article here on 287 g… There is more to immigration crime fighting than being upset. It really does help to have some actual facts….Jerry.
CQ HOMELAND SECURITY – IMMIGRATION
Nov. 7, 2007
State, Local Police Slowly Warming to Immigration Enforcement
By Eleanor Stables, CQ Staff
State and local law enforcement agencies have shown increased interest over the past year in a program to train officers to enforce federal immigration law, and Congress will soon decide whether to fund further growth of the program.
Greater interest in the program worries some of its critics, who say involving local police in immigration enforcement leads to less cooperation from immigrants and heightens the risk of racial profiling.
A total of 597 officers in 34 state and local law enforcement agencies participate in what is known as the 287(g) program, named for the section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (PL 101-649) authorizing it.
Of those 34, 26 joined up in fiscal 2007. They’re spread across 15 states. The program was authorized in 1996, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was the first to sign on in 2002.
Eighty more state and local law enforcement agencies are seeking to join the program, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Michael Gilhooly said in an interview, although not all are likely to end up in the program.
With Congress having failed twice in two years to pass comprehensive immigration legislation, states and localities have begun looking for ways to deal with the problem of illegal immigration themselves, and advocates of a tougher stance applaud the move.
PLEASE READ IT ALL HERE.
Then call your local sheriff and ask when he will take advantage of this important federal tool.
Congressman John Barrow, a Democrat has some radical idea that we should secure our borders and enforce our laws. Hmmm. I have never met Congressman Barrow – but I think I like him just fine.
Wait until the parasitic and cowardly Bill Nigut finds out about this from Jerry Gonzalez!
Barrow wants to secure borders, crack down on employers, deny benefits to illegals
By Larry Peterson
Savannah Morning News
Back from touring border areas in Arizona and Texas, U.S. Rep. John Barrow says he is more determined than ever to “stop the invasion.”
The Savannah Democrat and half a dozen other congressmen spent two days near Tucson, Ariz., and El Paso, Texas. They saw border station facilities, met with border patrol and immigration officials and visited traffic checkpoints and border-crossing sites.
Barrow said Wednesday that he is committed to securing the borders before considering any so-called “comprehensive” immigration policies.
He has voted against so-called “amnesty” measures to let illegal immigrants stay in the country.
Nationally, both parties are divided on the issue.
But Barrow’s position “is a winning one in Georgia,” said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock.
Earlier this year, Bullock noted, U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both Republicans from Georgia, leaned toward a measure that included amnesty provisions.
“But they got caught in the firestorm of controversy and backed off,” he said.
Barrow said he is not trying to head off Republicans who might label him as soft on amnesty when he seeks re-election next year. Last year, GOP challenger Max Burns used an out-of-context partial quote from a newspaper story to do so.
“What’s going on at the border is not a photo-op,” Barrow said. “It’s the real thing. There is an invasion going on.”
Barrow said more than half a million illegal immigrants a year enter the United States, and that depresses the wages of citizens as well as immigrants here legally.
“This is not a victimless crime,” Barrow said. “The victims are workers who have a right to be here.
He said more fences, walls, detection equipment and – most of all, more border patrol agents – are needed at or near the border.
Facilities such as walls don’t stop illegal immigrants but slow them down and extend the reach of patrol agents, Barrow said.
Moreover, Barrow said, employers must be required not only to ask workers for identification, but also check with the federal government to determine whether it is valid. That can be done by e-mail or by telephone, he said.
Barrow is backing a bill that would require employers to do so, but he doesn’t expect a vote soon.
Lastly, he said, no federal benefits should go to illegal immigrants.
He dismissed a recent Krieble Foundation poll that found most Americans doubt that the border can be secured without a temporary worker program.
A general willingness to hire illegals – rather than a need for temporary immigrant labor – is driving the influx from across the border, Barrow said.
Local businessman and Barrow supporter Ed Feiler disagrees with the congressman’s position, but he said so with a hint of resignation.
“When John Barrow makes up his mind on something like this,” Feiler said, “he does it for reasons that are important to him. … He’s a big boy. He can decide for himself.”
November 21, 2007
I wrote this in 2004…golly, where was the ADL then?
President Bush: Man of the Year in a New America
By D.A. King
Dec 28, 2004
On the same day that I watched the President of the United States use more than 700 words to respond to a question on “immigration reform”, I opened my TIME magazine to see that he had been named “Person of the Year” by that publication for “sticking to his guns (literally and figuratively), for reshaping the rules of politics to fit his ten-gallon-hat style of leadership and for setting the global agenda whether the world likes it or not…”
Setting a Global agenda indeed.
In that 700-word answer, the leader of the American people used the phrase “jobs that Americans will not do” five separate times.
He went on to use the term “compassionate” four times and threw in the premise that if the “good-hearted”, mainly Mexican, colonists sent by El Presidente Fox who are pouring over our borders be allowed to pour over those borders legally, we would have an easier time of “taking the pressure off our border”. What?
Read the rest here..
Many – and eternal – gratitude to Mr. Jim Sesi of MichNews.com for his courage long before others could find it.
November 20, 2007
“Emigration to the U.S. has grown explosively since the 1970s, when 800,000 Mexican-born people lived there, only a small fraction of the 11 million — with or without green cards — living and working there today”
WHAT WE NEED IS ANOTHER AMNESTY AND TO ELIMINATE THE BORDERS…right?
colonize: Merriam WebsterOne entry found.
Main Entry: col·o·nize
Inflected Form(s): col·o·nized; col·o·niz·ing
1 a: to establish a colony in or on or of b: to establish in a colony
2: to send illegal or irregularly qualified voters into
3: to infiltrate with usually subversive militants for propaganda and strategy reasons
: to make or establish a colony : settle
From the Inter Press News Service:
Mexicans Jittery About Raids, Deportations
MEXICO CITY, Nov 19 (IPS) – Panic has taken hold of the six million Mexicans who live in the United States without residence permits, because of the ongoing crackdown on “illegal aliens”, which has involved an increasing number of raids and deportations.
The Mexican government has announced measures in defence of its citizens across the border, and insists that immigration reform is urgently needed in the U.S. However, the indications are that there will be no reform until 2009 at the earliest.
“We are being harassed and persecuted, and I confess we are extremely nervous. We don’t feel that Mexico is helping us at all,” Freddy Batista, a Mexican immigrant who has worked in building maintenance in Los Angeles, California for four years, told IPS. “I’ve thought about not taking my son (aged 12) to school anymore, because they might capture me, or him, and then we’d be separated, which would not be fair to him. But what can I do? He can’t stay home or go into hiding,” said Batista in a telephone interview from Los Angeles.
The state Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IMA) estimates that one million undocumented Mexicans will have been deported during the course of 2007. Most of them were, and continue to be, seized in raids the IMA considers to be discriminatory.
In a single day in early October, immigration agents apprehended about 1,500 Latin Americans in Los Angeles, the vast majority of whom were Mexican.
In 2006, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents deported 183,431 undocumented Mexicans after raids nationwide.
“We constantly pray to God that the ‘migra’ (ICE agents) won’t come for us, but they say there will be more raids soon,” said Batista, a native of the Mexican state of Puebla.
According to official statistics, some 11 million people born in Mexico live in the United States, six million of whom do not have residence permits. Two-thirds of the total live in California and Texas.
The government of conservative President Felipe Calderón announced last week that two more consulates are to be added to the 50 that Mexico already maintains in the United States.
Consulates will also strengthen their legal assistance teams, who help defend immigrants when they face discrimination, and provide advice and support if they are detained with a view to deportation.
And to project a positive image of migrants in the U.S., the Mexican government will launch “direct media campaigns aimed at showing migrant success stories and raising awareness of the many contributions” migrants make to U.S. society, said Calderón.
“The idea is not to pursue purely confrontational strategies and wars of words, which only exacerbate anti-Mexican feeling and arouse the worst discriminatory phobias, but to win the battle in U.S. public opinion, so that Mexicans may be recognised as who they are — a major support for the economy and society,” the president said.
“My government will not rest until it achieves full recognition and respect for the rights of Mexicans abroad,” said Calderón, repeating almost word for word what was said by his predecessor and fellow party member Vicente Fox (2000-2006), who failed to live up to his promise to negotiate a new agreement on migration with the U.S..
Members of the Advisory Board of the IMA, meeting with the president in Mexico City last week, reported that the “anti-immigrant climate” in the United States has deteriorated since the U.S. Congress failed to approve an immigration reform act earlier this year.
The bill would have toughened border controls, but would also have given undocumented migrants, among them 11 million Latin Americans, the opportunity of legalising their situation and avoiding further persecution.
The IMA, made up of Mexican business executives and diplomats resident in the United States, said that around 170 anti-immigrant measures had been put into effect this year, such as a ban on getting a drivers licence, renting a home or receiving medical care for foreigners without a residence permit (green card).
These measures are additional to the law signed in October 2006 by U.S. President George W. Bush, ordering the barrier along the border with Mexico to be extended from 112 to 1,226 kilometres.
The law also provided for the installation of new video cameras, sensors, and unmanned surveillance planes, and for increasing the number of U.S. border patrol agents from 13,300 to 14,800.
“Now is the time and the opportunity to do our best to get the debate on migration to consider in depth the economic, social, and ultimately human dimensions of the phenomenon,” said Mexican deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Rico.
According to Fox’s former foreign minister Jorge Castañeda, there will be no further chance to discuss wide-ranging reform in migration policy with the U.S. until at least 2009.
The campaigns for nominations of political candidates by the U.S. Republican and Democratic parties are already under way to determine who will run in the November 2008 presidential elections.
Most of the presidential hopefuls have said they are in favour of tougher migration controls and do not support granting legal residence to undocumented immigrants already in the U.S..
“We’ve been left entirely to our own devices, and Mexico isn’t showing much concern. But what can we do about it? We knew we were taking a risk when we came to the U.S. to work, and brought our children with us,” said Batista.
“I don’t want to go back to Mexico, because my family is here, and we are better paid here. And why should we go back, if we’re working for our keep, and not doing anybody any harm?” he added.
Some 500,000 Mexicans a year emigrate to the U.S., according to a study by the state National Population Council.
Emigration to the U.S. has grown explosively since the 1970s, when 800,000 Mexican-born people lived there, only a small fraction of the 11 million — with or without green cards — living and working there today. (END/2007)
Read the rest here
November 19, 2007
Below from today’s MDJ.
Two things: PLEASE write or call the newspaper and ask if they fully understand the difference between illegal aliens and immigrants. THEN…please call Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren to voice your support and gratitude for his couragae and dedication to duty.
Immigrants to Sheriff: Stop violating our rights
By By Kelly Brooks and Marcus E. Howard
Marietta Daily Journal Staff Writers
MARIETTA – Immigrant leaders said this week that Cobb Sheriff officials are violating the civil rights of the county’s Latino residents.
Leaders of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) wrote to sheriff’s officials insisting that the county create a committee to monitor potential rights violations caused by its immigration enforcement procedures. Local authorities agreed in February to form the committee when they signed a deal with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Latino leaders said.
Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren said that steps to form the committee had been taken and that a meeting will be scheduled in the near future. Warren contended the committee doesn’t have to meet until nine months after the certification of its first class, which occurred June 8.
“This is a work in progress, but the main goal is to do the right thing, and we are doing the right thing,” he said.
MALDEF Regional Counsel Elise Shore said her office has received more than 100 calls in recent months regarding arrests. She said Latinos have said that they’ve been arrested because of minor traffic violations such as driving without a tail-light or turn signal.
“It’s mean-spirited enforcement of the law,” Ms. Shore said. “The sheriff of Cobb County is more interested in getting moms and dads on their way to work than enforcing other laws.”
In the letter to the sheriff, Ms. Shore requested that her group have a seat on the committee. She said her organization wants to make sure that “what we would call a deportation pact is being enforced in a way that protects peoples’ civil rights.”
Warren said his office would turn any inmates, regardless of their race, over to the correct agency if they are wanted elsewhere.
The agreement with Homeland Security, she said, also requires that language interpreters be provided upon request.
In June, Cobb officials completed training with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the county became the first in Georgia where law-enforcement officials have the authority and the means to identify illegal immigrants.
In October, Jerry Gonzalez of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials accused the Cobb Sheriff’s Office of questioning the immigration status of victims of crime and car accidents and detaining them.
Sheriff’s officials said booking procedures at Cobb Jail include determining whether the person has outstanding charges and whether that person is in the U.S. legally. Officials said they had assisted immigration authorities in identifying and detaining 255 inmates through the end of October.
As for interpreters, Warren said, several Sheriff’s Office personnel speak foreign languages. When those staff members are not available, the office uses the AT&T Language Line, which he said provided translation for almost any language or dialect.Ms. Shore said that she has not spoken with anyone from the sheriff’s office since she sent the Nov. 14 letter.
“We’re interested in working with them and hearing about what they have to say,” she said.
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Cobb jail seeks federal status on immigrants
Sheriff’s request: Deal would mean ‘guaranteed’ reimbursement for holding inmates awaiting deportation
By Mary Lou Pickel
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 11/18/07
Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren has asked the federal government to certify his jail as a detention center for illegal immigrants.
The sheriff has been housing illegal inmates under an oral agreement for reimbursement.
Federal immigration agents inspected Cobb’s jail last month. They said it qualifies, Warren said, and he expects to sign an agreement with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement soon.
The contract would give the sheriff “absolute, guaranteed payment” for holding the illegal immigrants, said Col. Don Bartlett of the Cobb sheriff’s office.
He added that a written agreement is not necessary for the sheriff to hold an inmate for ICE.
“We’ve done it for years and other jurisdictions have, too. It’s valid as long as you have the ICE detainer and they are saying, ‘Hold him for me,'” Bartlett said.
What’s new is that Cobb’s jail is the first in the state to enter an agreement with the federal government to help enforce immigration laws relating to those booked into the jail, no matter the severity of the charge.
State law requires all jails to check the residency status of any foreign-born inmate charged with a felony or DUI. Cobb will run checks on all foreign-born inmates, including those charged with misdemeanors.
Cobb has trained 12 sheriff’s deputies to act as ICE agents and start deportation proceedings. The effort has resulted in a large increase in the number of inmates charged with immigration violations.
During one week in October, 477 illegal immigrants waited in Cobb’s jail facing deportation.
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