The amnesty bill goes down in flames!
Now can we stop messing around and start enforcing our laws?
I am livid over this illegal amnesty travesty that was announced today! Let me tell you, the RNC isn't getting another dime from me till they get a spine, and no candidate who supports this travesty is getting my support, let alone my vote!
I'm sick and tired of the elected officials that I supported acting like a bunch of Democrats.
Camel, meet straw
Since the Federal government doesn't seem interested in doing its job.
will be me, if I hear any of the following from the President tonight:
"Guest Worker Program." [nudge, nudge] [wink, wink]
"Family values" in any context.
"Nation of immigrants."
"Jobs Americans won't do."
Via The Corner
I think I'm just burned out. Take the illegal alien rallies yesterday. I just haven't posted because I don't have anything new to say on a subject I've been flogging for 15 years now. I feel like anything else I post about it is just repeating myself till I'm blue in the face. Sometimes, you just get tired of being angry, ya know?
About the only new thing I can add is that it does seem to be getting the hackles up of people who normally aren't very, well, 'political' I guess. Let's use some of my coworkers as an example who have decided a little reverse boycotting is in order. There's a restaurant down the street, the Monterey Fish House, that was closed yesterday. We're not going to go there anymore. Let's try a day without the money and labour us legal types and see how they like it then.
You all know by now how I feel about illegal aliens and everything connected with the problem. Here's one man's story that just illustrates how utterly stupid the situation is. What a slap in the face it is to every law abiding immigrant and potential immigrant that we're even considering amnesty. Oh, sorry, that's right it isn't really amnesty, it's a "guest worker program". [insert eye roll]
Couldn't have said it better myself -- even with the curse words!
House Republicans are looking closely at ending birthright citizenship and building a barrier along the entire U.S.-Mexico border as they search for solutions to illegal immigration. A task force of party leaders and members active on immigration has met since the summer to try to figure out where consensus exists, and several participants said those two ideas have floated to the top of the list of possibilities to be included either in an immigration-enforcement bill later this year or in a later comprehensive immigration overhaul.
then I'm a very happy camper.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff promised Tuesday to end the "catch and release" policy that has allowed tens of thousands of non-Mexican illegal aliens to disappear within the United States.
"Return every single illegal entrant — no exceptions," Chertoff said in prepared testimony to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on proposals to overhaul the immigration system.
I saw this on the news a few days back, and just came across a 'print' version.
A Republican and Democrat talking about Bill Richardson, New Mexico and Arizona, and illegal immigration on FNC just now. I had to laugh. The Dem is all wide eyed about the problem of illegal immigration and how something needs to be done! I agree, obviously, but he's acting like it's a problem he just found out about. Did you know they've had to close hospitals in border states? No! Really? [rolls eyes] And it's more than a little disingenuous for him to bewail the fact that nothing has been done when his side of the aisle bows to the will of Hispanic activist groups and human rights type groups that scream bloody murder whenever there's an attempt to crack down on illegals. I'm the first to blame both political parties for inaction, but you need to walk the walk if you're going to moan about the poor border states and how something needs to be done. Action not words. And sooner rather than later, if you please.
CALDWELL, IDAHO – This oasis of irrigated farm country in the high desert is a long way from the US-Mexico border, and even farther from the nation's capital, but it represents America's new battleground on immigration policy.
Here county commissioner Robert Vasquez is trying to do what he says Washington won't: crack down on illegal immigration. He recently sued several local employers in a novel bid to use federal anticorruption law to prevent hiring illegals.
Mr. Vasquez's controversial crusade is part of a larger pattern. As the border continues to be punctured by illicit crossings, and as immigrants spread to places unaccustomed to or unprepared for the influx, a local backlash is building.
Vasquez, whose grandfather came from Mexico, complains of an "unarmed invasion" that is fast transforming American towns like this one. "Why," he asks, "should I have to 'Press 1 for English?' "
But if cultural change is a key backdrop of the debate, both sides frame their views largely around economic arguments.
On that score, many here support the effort to clamp down on illegal laborers.
"They say these are jobs that no one else will take," says Tim Smallwood, an Idaho fruit and vegetable inspector, as he takes a lunch break in Caldwell. But if employers were denied that pool of cheap labor, overall wages would go up he says.
Lori Morrison, who manages a night shift at Jack-in-the-Box to help support her family, shares the worry about wages. And she adds another concern: the social-service burden on government. "Taxes have gone up," she says. "They're killing us."
But there's still plenty of fuel for local backlashes like the one Vasquez leads.
A new CBS poll finds that two-thirds of Americans oppose guest-worker permits for those who are now here illegally. And in a June Gallup survey, 70 percent said the US shouldn't make it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens.
Those opinions have hardened into action in some states and localities:
• In New Hampshire, police arrested alleged illegal immigrants using a state law on "criminal trespass." A judge is expected to rule soon on a bid to dismiss the charges.
• In Arizona, voters approved a November ballot measure denying some public benefits to illegal immigrants. This week a federal appeals court upheld the law.
• In 18 states from California to Minnesota and Tennessee, groups have sprung up with affiliations to the Minuteman Project, which coordinated a highly publicized volunteer effort earlier this year to patrol Arizona's border with Mexico.
The U.S. Congress is again preparing to tackle one of the thorniest social issues in contemporary America — what to do about the thousands of illegal aliens attempting to cross U.S. borders every year as well as the millions who are already here.
"It is affecting every member of Congress in their district back home, it is a top-tier concern," said Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz.
Shadegg said the issue is gaining so much attention from the public that border security trumped White House marketing of Social Security reform.
"We were at home aggressively doing town halls on Social Security and people were saying 'Hey, wait a minute, what about illegal immigration?'" Shadegg said.
An estimated 700,000 illegals entered America last year; the national total is nearly 11 million.
California and Texas lead the pack of states, with nearly 4 million illegal aliens combined. Florida follows with 850,000, New York with 650,000 and Arizona has 500,000. Illinois, New Jersey and North Carolina all top 300,000 while another 3.1 million are scattered among the other 42 states.
"The big shift this year is that something has to be done. In the past, immigration has been one of those issues that politicians would just as soon stay away from," said Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum.
For several years now, I've been interested in the racial component of illegal immigration from Mexico. I think the question first surfaced several years ago, after watching a food show that went around Mexico talking to restaurant/resort owners. I remember thinking that almost everyone interviewed appeared of European/Spanish ancestry -- certainly not the same people you see streaming across our border. I began to wonder just what the racial makeup of Mexico was. and how that played into the Mexican government's encouragment of illegal immigration into our country.
Via La Shawn, comes this link to an article on a report that states, "The deployment of 36,000 National Guard troops or state militia on the U.S.-Mexico border would stop the illegal flow of foreigners into America".
"The tide of illegal crossings on the borders of the United States is beyond unsatisfactory; it is catastrophic. It does not ebb and flow — it only grows. It is rising without measure and eroding the very fiber of our safety, life and culture," the report said. "As we wage the war on terror in foreign lands, we have all our doors and windows open at home. ... The insanity of such a policy, or silent toleration of such a policy is almost criminal in itself," it said. "The Minuteman Project demonstrated that illegal immigration on America's southern border can be dramatically reduced to manageable levels."
Good editorial in the Wall Street Journal today on the realities of living on the border.
.... I've been a reporter in Arizona for 30 years. As the border story has heated up, I get calls from out-of-town reporters wanting me to hook them up with angry border residents. If I mentioned in a story that a particular rancher carries a gun, that's the rancher the reporters want to see. They're less interested in understanding his problems than getting film of him and his six-shooter.
These border residents are routinely snickered at and called racist vigilantes. But most are decent folks caught up in the daily invasion of illegals who tramp across their land. Ranchers in hard-hit areas spend the first hours of every day repairing damage done the night before. They find fences knocked down and water spigots left on, draining thousands of precious gallons. And then there's the trash: pill bottles, syringes, used needles, and pile after pile of human feces.
Sometimes illegals hammer on residents' windows in the middle of the night, demanding to use the phone. Some even walk right into the ranch house and refuse to leave until the rancher pulls a gun and forces the issue. One rancher told me about illegals who rustled one of her newborn calves. The intruders beat the 12-hour-old animal to death with a fence post, then barbecued it on the spot.
How bad is it? In the Tucson Sector alone in January 2005, the Border Patrol arrested 35,704 people, seized 34,864 pounds of marijuana, and impounded 557 smuggling vehicles. In one month. High-speed chases and accidents on our back-roads are now common. Residents know to stay off certain roads at night because the smugglers--of people and drugs--own them, and if you're not careful they'll come around a bend at 100 mph and run you into a ditch or worse.
In some hilltop spots near Douglas, you can unfold a lawn chair, crack open a Schlitz and watch the invasion happen. As dusk falls, they come, hundreds of headlights from Mexican cabs streaming north, each filled to the windows with soon-to-be illegals. Are they good folks? Are they carrying biological agents? We have no idea. They could be the worst terrorists and thugs. If that sounds alarmist, consider that some ranchers have found Muslim prayer rugs and Arabic dictionaries on their property. And the feds confirm that the ultraviolent Mara Salvatrucha street gang is using Arizona as a gateway into this country.
But you haven't heard much about these problems nationally, because the media soft-pedal them. Why? It's politically incorrect. We've built a new third rail in American life. Leave the harmless illegals alone and go after their victims instead.
.... It used to be that one or two would ask a local resident for water and a sandwich, and, once fed, be on their way with a polite "Gracias, Señorita." The new breed now comes in groups of 50. They demand to be driven to their pickup spot, and if you refuse they flip you off. Sometimes they poison barking ranch dogs or cut their throats to quiet them. How long do you suppose such outrages would go on in Fairfield, Conn.? Or Greenwich? It'd be a day and a half before some kumbaya-liberal flipped sides and founded the Merritt Parkway Minutemen. Or the BlackBerry Brigade.
Mexico has reacted furiously to a bill signed into law by the US this week that would fund a border wall and prevent illegal Mexican migrants from obtaining US driving licences.
President Vicente Fox said he would lodge a diplomatic complaint, and was considering complaints to multilateral bodies if Mexico could not unable to resolve the problem bilaterally.
How do you like us now, punk? What cheek he has -- how dare we actually enforce our own laws in our own country?
A lot of good information here on the thinking behind establishiing a California Border Police.
I read these two posts last night, but it was just before beddy-bye time, so I didn't open up MT to post. So, now, many hours later...
Claire has an interesting post up on the connection between Home Depot and certain questionable groups with a little Tom Ridge thrown in for good measure.
Since I just said in email that illegal immigration is a hot button issue for me, this article by William F. Buckley was a timely find:
.... Asa Hutchinson, an official in the Department of Homeland Security, recently cut down a Border Patrol initiative to catch illegal aliens. The reason? It was catching too many illegal aliens.
We have the piquant problem of what to do with illegals. It approaches the problem of what to do with drinkers during Prohibition. You couldn't put them all in jail because there weren't enough jails. Illegals remain largely undisturbed, and the main reason for it isn't U.S. sentimentality toward aspirant Americans. It is the market contribution to the dilemma: There are jobs only illegals are willing to perform, e.g. serving as nannies for Bernard Kerik. Much of the menial and agricultural work done in the southwestern states is done by illegals.
The result of the combined forces — the need for cheap labor, and the passion to avoid any appearance of ethnic or religious discrimination — is an open frontier. Yes, a few illegals are deported. These should get a parade, signaling such distinction as attaches to the infrequency of their apprehension. And perhaps a parade when they come through the next time, often through the same gap in the southwestern frontier.
From Michelle Malkin today:
.... What is desperately needed in the United States is not an open door, but a sturdy screen door--a door that keeps out slave-traders, murderers, terrorists, and other undesirables, while letting in hard-working folks who yearn to live the American Dream.
The other piece of news I saw this morning was how the INS is finally doing sweeps for illegals in CA, AZ, and TX. Of course, the usual suspects, including the Roman Catholic church, are having fits. See, it's not sporting to arrest people once they've made it past the border. It's terrorizing illegals and treating them like they live in Iraq. [insert eye roll] By their measure, that means a bank robber who isn't arrested within a square mile of the bank should be given a free pass.
This is frickin unbelievable!! I could go off on a full blown rant, but I really don't need the added stress today. Just go read it and remember your "blogging lamaze" exercises!
Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Larry Craig (R-ID) have vowed to enact an amnesty program for millions of illegal aliens, even if it means holding every other piece of Senate legislation hostage to accomplish it. The two senior legislators have promised to attach their Agricultural Jobs, Opportunity, Benefits and Security Act (AgJobs) to every Senate bill for the remainder of the year. Their first target is the Defense Authorization bill now being debated in the Senate.
The AgJobs bill would allow virtually every illegal alien who has worked in agriculture in the U.S. to gain legal residence for themselves and their families. Based on the language of the legislation, and past experience, millions more people would likely gain legal residence fraudulently. Among those who fraudulently gained amnesty under a similar agricultural worker provision of a 1986 law were two Egyptian terrorists and New York City taxicab drivers—Mahmud and Mohammed Abouhalima—who later participated in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.
"Of all the concerns of the American people—winning the war against terrorism, affordable health care, improving education, soaring energy costs—Senators Kennedy and Craig have decided that amnesty for millions of immigration law breakers is the nation's top priority," said Dan Stein, executive director of FAIR.
Via The Corner
This is infuriating: Is Mexico Thwarting U.S. Immigration Enforcement?
Most people know that Usama bin Laden's terror group, Al Qaeda (Arabic for “the base”), derives its name from the Mujahideen database that bin Laden developed through the 1980s and 1990s. Using “the base,” bin Laden could call on a corps of operatives to carry out missions. There is growing evidence that the Mexican government, in similar fashion, is working with a group called the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (“Institute of Mexicans Abroad”) to use its matricula consular database to deploy illegals to state legislatures and city councils across America. There, the illegal aliens — Mexican nationals who have been provided a matricula consular card – pack the gallery and seek to apply pressure against legislators who sponsor or intend to vote for bills that enhance immigration law enforcement.
Where does the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior get its instructions? From Vicente Fox. The Instituto was created by presidential decree and reports to a group of Mexican government officials who are posted to Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is Mexico’s equivalent of our own State Department.
California Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy recalls the floor debate on a California measure, SB 60, that would have allowed illegal aliens in California to qualify for a state driver’s license. Referring to the former name of the territory ceded to the United States by Mexico as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848, Mountjoy took the floor and said “This bill paves the road to Aztlan."
"Then everyone in the gallery stood up and applauded,” Mountjoy said.
Last summer, a Mexican consulate in Michigan detected that the small city of Holland might adopt the matricula consular as a valid form of identification. Consul General Miguel Antonio Meza Estrada traveled to Holland’s city counsel meetings five times, many times with what can only be described as a mob in tow, all of whom Estrada held out to be beneficiaries of the matricula consular. Holland finally postponed a decision on the issue because the meetings had become so contentious.
I strongly suggest you read the whole thing. When are we going to get serious about this? Neither party seems to have the will, for their own reasons, to deal with the Mexico problem.
This article discusses the rapid increase in immigration -- both legal and iillegal -- over the last two years.
.... According to the report, California is projected to have more than 12 million foreign-born residents by 2010. Based on current estimates, California will have an additional 3.4 million new immigrants during this decade, as the tax-paying middle class is leaving the state for the first time in its history, the report states. "Whatever flimsy arguments the proponents of mass immigration were able to concoct during the illusory economic boom of the late 1990s about immigration serving some national interest, they have been utterly dispelled by the reality of the post-high-tech bust," Mr. Stein said. "Mass immigration has nothing whatsoever to do with the economic and social well-being of the United States or the American people," he said. "There is no longer even a fig leaf of national interest to cover the explicit agenda of those who promote mass immigration."
Normally, I'd bring you a little rant over our government officials and their pandering to illegals, not to mention just plain insanity, but Paul beat me to it. So just go read his post.
Yeah, I was going to stick to posting happy Friday sorts of things today, but I have an exception! Or two :)
I have to share this awesome article on the fantasy world MEChA and their supporters live in. Since this is one of those pet topics of mine, I wanted to post about it today.
It's called, "MEChA Neverland: The Mythical History of the Southwest". Needless to say, go read it!
Now this is the kind of thing that just fries me when it comes to the Bush Administration.
Bush administration officials yesterday angered lawmakers by refusing to take a position on illegal aliens obtaining U.S. driver's licenses and avoiding questions about its decision to recognize Mexican identification cards.
Take a damn stand! It's wrong, you know it, and pandering is just wrong. If I wanted a government that pandered, I'd have voted for a Democrat.
So the Mexican government is upset that we're deporting illegals back to Mexico away from the border. Heck, I was just happily surprised we had a deportation plan at all!
Apparently, when illegals are picked up in AZ, we're putting them on planes and taking them to towns where they can't just turn around and try for the border five minutes later. Sounds good to me. But of course, we're being mean to the poor lawbreakers.
.... "They shouldn't deport us so far away, in places where we don't know anybody," said Cesar Pinacho, 26, a cannery worker who has slept in a Ciudad Juarez park and the yard of a nearby house since he was deported several days ago.
The Mexican government has protested the U.S. practice of handcuffing migrants with a chain that wraps around their waists during the airplane ride.
"If they have to deport us, they shouldn't treat us like criminals," said Martin Romero, 38, a field worker from Durango. "It's humiliating. We're just working people."
While one of the biggest complaints is the dislocation caused by the long-distance deportations, the Mexican government rejected a U.S. offer to deport undocumented migrants back to their hometowns, at the U.S. government's expense.
Mexican Assistant Foreign Secretary Enrique Berruga said a previous program that deported migrants home in the mid-1990s was abandoned because Mexicans objected to being flown home.
"That kind of thing has been tried before," Berruga said. "I don't think anything has changed to expect any different results this time."
Juventino Gonzalez, a 28-year-old dishwasher from Chimalhuacan, near Mexico City, was a repeat offender.
He and his friend were caught in Arizona last week after trudging seven hours through the desert. Deported through McAllen, Texas, they spent the last of their money to return to the Arizona desert and try again with the same smuggler — only to be caught and deported through El Paso, Texas, across from Ciudad Juarez.
"Of course we're going to try again. We can't go home beaten and with empty hands," he said, sitting in a public park and planning his next crossing. "We're going to try and get ahead. All they are doing with this program is making our lives harder."
You have to wonder how much longer the "elites" are going to ignore public opinion on this matter:
A poll shows Arizona voters overwhelmingly support a proposed ballot initiative that would cut off services to illegal immigrants, despite a wall of opposition from both Republican and Democratic politicians.
And from this article on Arnold and Prop 54:
Language and illegal immigration are not abstract issues. They are issues that concern millions of Californians. Proposition 187 won by a wide margin in 1994 and according to polls would win with a margin as high or higher if placed on the ballot again. Proposition 227 also won in 1998, a ballot measure that ended most bilingual education in public education, programs that condemned limited English speakers to the lower end of the economic scale. Prop 227 was immediately vindicated as test scores moved up once the bilingual-education impediment was removed. Those are winning issues. They are also topics anathema in the polite society of the country club.
So they're going to do it. Going to let illegals have licenses here in CA.
But Democrats said up to 2 million illegal immigrants are driving without proper licenses already and that someone who wants to obtain a fake drivers' license can get one now on big-city street corners.
So because people are breaking the law, we need to make it easier for them? Hell, why not give people permits to shoplift? They do it all the time, so why not make it easier for them?
"I want to have everybody behind the wheel to have been tested and I want them to be carrying insurance," said Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles. "And I don't want any more of this foolishness that this is about homeland security.
"What this is about is there are certain people you just don't want to have on the road, to have any rights," she told Republicans. "That is just wrong."
Being here illegally, breaking the law, that's not wrong. No, it's wrong for the eeeeeevil Republicans to not want to reward criminal behavior! Of course, that makes so much sense!
Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said the bill would actually help law enforcement by giving them a way to identify illegal immigrants.
"If an individual is here in the country illegally, law enforcement has no means of identifying that person," he said. "But if the bill passes we'll have a database on persons who currently cannot otherwise be tracked."
Did your head spin around when you came up with convoluted bit of supposed logic, Darrell? The things the Dems will do to pander and to excuse criminal acts just never ceases to amaze me.
I'm mad enough to spit tacks right now.
Mario Barrera, a faculty member of U.C. Berkeley's Department of Ethnic Studies, admitted that multiculturalism "would help prepare the ideological climate for an eventual campaign for ethnic regional autonomy."31 In January 1995, El Plan de Aztlan Conference at UC Riverside resolved that "We shall overcome...by the vote if possible and violence if necessary."32 The rise of Mexican irredentism as a serious political movement "awaits only the demographic transformation of the Southwest."33 As an article entitled "The Great Invasion: Mexico Recovers Its Own" in 1982's Excelsior, Mexico's leading daily newspaper, put it:
The territory lost in the 19th century by...Mexico...seems to be restoring itself through a humble people who go on settling various zones that once were ours on the old maps. Land, under any concept of possession, ends up in the hands of those who deserve it.... [The result of this migration is to return the land] to the jurisdiction of Mexico without the firing of a single shot.34
Multiculturalism and United States government's immigration policy have contributed towards the rise of Chicano ethnic separatism within the American Southwest that has all the makings of an incipient Nation of Aztlan.
In East Chicago, Ind., immigrants with the Mexican identification card, known as the matrícula consular, can now borrow library books and arrange city water services. In Cincinnati, police officers accept the card from crime victims, witnesses and suspects.
In Indianapolis, immigrants carrying the matrícula card can apply for building licenses and permits to drive taxis and operate vending carts.
Are any of our officials at all serious about controlling illegal activity? Not only are they not serious, they encourage it!
.... Emboldened by the changing climate, Mr. Montes de Oca recently carried his card into the red brick offices of National City Bank, which started wooing undocumented immigrants with matrícula cards last year.
Within minutes, he had his first checking account and debit card.
"It makes me feel good to see the matrícula accepted in so many places," said Mr. Montes de Oca, 29, who was rejected when he tried to open a bank account last year because he lacked a Social Security number. "This makes me feel welcome."
It makes him feel welcome. A man who is breaking our laws, encouraged to do so by our government bodies and businesses, feels welcome now.
Officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security say this is worrisome because they believe the card is vulnerable to fraud and misuse by criminals and terrorists, a contention that Mexican and some American officials dispute.
"Any federal government acceptance of unreliable identification cards from persons resident in the United States compromises our homeland security," wrote the four Republicans, including F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
But is anyone listening?
From The Toqc:
A new analysis of Census Bureau data compiled by the Federation for American Immigration Reform shows that American taxpayers are paying $7.4 billion per year to educate the children of illegal aliens.
The estimated cost in some states is over one billion dollars, while others tally between six and 750 million dollars according to the report, "Breaking the Piggy Bank: How Illegal Immigration is Sending Schools Into the Red." " That's enough money to put a computer on the desk of every junior high school student in America."
The whole story here.
An order by the chief Border Patrol agent in San Diego for his agents not to arrest illegal immigrants on city streets or question them except along the border has been overturned by Robert C. Bonner, commissioner of the new Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
"We were very happy to hear that the order had been rescinded," said agent Shawn Moran, spokesman for National Border Patrol Council Local 1613 in San Diego.
"We hope it's a harbinger of things to come, that the Border Patrol — under Customs and Border Protection — is now going to focus on law enforcement," he said.
Agent Joseph N. Dassaro, president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1613 had issued a statement last week saying that while agents were "disgusted" by the order, the agency maintained the right to determine the Border Patrol's mission.
He advised the agents at the time to "fully comply with the policy, regardless of personal or professional opinion."
"We are all disgusted at the recent turn of events concerning the Mexican Consulate, subsequent related events, and the issuance of this recent policy memorandum," the Dassaro statement said. "The situation in totality represents the systemic abrogation of our responsibilities to foreign governments and interests.
"As federal officers, we should all be disgusted; however, we should not be surprised," he said.
What is it going to take for us to shut down our border with Mexico? Now illegals are using our National Parks and Forests as drug farms!
Here's more information on Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and background on the "reconquista" group he supports, "MEChA" or "AZTLAN"
Romulus also has a post up on the illegal alien situation.
Yeah, this seems to be my drum to beat these days!
More on those "matricula consulars" -- the ID cards that Mexico distributes to illegals in this country.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, the ranking Democrat on the panel, said she saw benefits to wider use of the cards, including the fact that illegal immigrants more likely to use bank accounts.
......Jackson Lee also said that the debate surrounding the matriculas was taking a racist tone.
"I keep hearing 'Mexico, Mexico, Mexico,'" the congresswoman said. "I'm a little bit sensitive about the tone that is being used by some of the witnesses in this room… I return to the thought that we're hearing the bashing of immigrants and bashing of those who come over our border from Mexico."
See? Trying to uphold and enforce the laws of this country is "racist". Bashing of immigrants? How about "criminals", "law breakers", or "here illegally"???
Yesterday, I posted about illegals, and here's another aspect of the situation: Stealing Citizenship
At nearly every press conference, the attorney general assures us that another hole in America's immigration control has been plugged. But while the government mandates an entry/exit registration system for certain nationals, picks up and deports thousands of visa overstays (search) and bars outright an ever-growing list of individuals, we face another, largely unacknowledged problem that has been with us for some time and has been unaffected by recent anti-terrorism efforts: The INS and its successor BCIS (search) have granted U.S. citizenship to people who have applied for naturalization using stolen identities. To listen to BCIS officers, you'd think that this is not a serious problem.
What will it take to get our government to actually do something about this? At every level, every party, there seems to be no real effort to close our borders to those who would come here illegally. I'm sick and tired of it! They're so worried about being labeled racist and in schmoozing for votes, they aren't interested in actually doing anything! I cannot begin to tell you how frustrating it is to me. You should hear the conversations we have at work on the subject!
I'm tired of lip service -- I want action!