U.S. Immigration Policies Bring Global Shame on Us

New America Media, News analysis, Roberto Lovato Posted: Feb 26, 2009

Editor's Note: The Obama Administration must act quickly to change immigration policies that violate human rights and are becoming a source of global condemnation as images of detention abuses and Sheriff Joe Arpaio's raids tarnish the U.S.'s image one again. NAM contributor Roberto Lovato explains why.

As one of the five full-time media relations specialists working for Maricopa County Sheriff and reality TV star Joe Arpaio- “America's Toughest Sheriff" - Detective Aaron Douglas deals with the world’s media more than most. Though he is a local official, his is often the first voice heard by many of the foreign correspondents covering immigration in the United States.

“We talk to media from literally all over world: New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Mexico, Chinese and other parts of the Orient,” Douglas drawled in a Southern accent. “We just did a series with a TV station from Mexico City about the isolation of illegal immigrants and why we’re putting them in a tent.” He was referring to a controversial march reported and discussed widely by international media and bloggers last week.

Alongside reports on Pres. Barack Obama’s announcement in Phoenix last week of his plan to revive the American Dream by fixing the U.S. housing crisis that led to the global economic crisis, millions of viewers, listeners and readers around the world also got stories reminiscent of the American nightmare Obama was elected to overcome, Guantanamo. “Immigrant Prisoners Humiliated in Arizona,” was the title of a story in Spain’s Onda Cero radio show; “Arpaio for South African President,” declared a blogger in that country; an op-ed in Mexico’s Cambio newspaper denounced “the inhuman, discriminatory and criminal treatment of immigrants by Arizona’s radical, anti-immigrant Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.” Stories of this week’s massive protest of Arapaio will likely be seen and heard alongside reports of Obama’s speech to Congress in media all over the world, as well.

The proliferation of stories in international media and in global forums about the Guantanamo-like problems in the country’s immigrant detention system- death, abuse and neglect at the hands of detention facility guards; prolonged and indefinite detention of immigrants (including children and families) denied habeas corpus and other fundamental rights; filthy, overcrowded and extremely unhealthy facilities; denial of basic health services – are again tarnishing the U.S. image abroad, according to several experts. As a result, reports from Arizona and immigrant detention facilities have created a unique problem: they are making it increasingly difficult for Obama to persuade the planet’s people that the United States is ready claim exceptional leadership on human rights in a soon-to-be-post-Guantanamo world.

Consider the case of Mexico. Just last week, following news reports from Arizona, the Mexican government, which is traditionally silent or very tepid in its criticism of U.S. immigration and other policies, issued a statement in which it "energetically protested the undignified way in which the Mexicans were transferred to 'Tent City'" in Maricopa County.

David Brooks, U.S correspondent for Mexico’s La Jornada newspaper, believes that immigrant detention stories hit Mexicans closer to home because those reportedly being abused in detention are not from a far off country; they are family, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens. In the same way that Guantanamo erased the idea of U.S. leadership in human rights in the Bush era, says Brooks, who was born in Mexico, practices in immigrant detention facilities like those reported by global media in Maricopa County may begin to do so in the Obama era if something does not change. “Mexicans have never seen the U.S. as a great model for promotion of human rights. But with Obama we take him at his word. We’re expecting some change,” said Brooks. “But that will not last long if we see him continuing Bush’s [immigration] policies: raids, increasing detention, deportation. Regardless of his excuse, he will quickly become mas de lo mismo (more of the same) in terms of the experience down south.” If uncontested, the expression of such sentiments far beyond Mexico and Mexican immigrants could lead to the kind of American exceptionalism Obama doesn’t want.

In a March 2008 report, Jorge Bustamante, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Migrants, concluded that “the United States has failed to adhere to its international obligations to make the human rights of the 37.5 million migrants living in the country a national priority, using a comprehensive and coordinated national policy based on clear international obligations.”

Asked how his report was received in different countries, Bustamante said, “The non-governmental organizations have really responded. In the United States and outside the United States- in Mexico, in Guatemala, in Indonesia and other countries- NGO’s are using my report to frame their concerns and demands in their own countries- and to raise criticism about the United States.”

For her part, Alison Parker, deputy director of the U.S. program of Human Rights Watch, fears a global government “race to the bottom” around immigrant detention policies. “My concern is that as the rest of world sees the United States practices, we increase the risk that this will give the green light to other governments to be just as abusive or more abusive as the United States.”

If there is a positive note to be heard in the growing global chorus of critique of and concern about U.S immigration policy, it is to be found among those human rights activists and groups doing what W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson and other civil rights activists did in previous eras: bring their issues to the global stage. Government documents from the civil rights era, documents that were released just a few years ago, illustrate how members of the Kennedy and Johnson State departments and even Kennedy and Johnson themselves were acutely aware of and sensitive to how denunciations in global forums of racial discrimination in the United States had devastating impacts on the U.S. prestige abroad.

Such a situation around the rights of migrants today, says Oscar Chacon of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, a Chicago-based global NGO run by and for immigrants, creates an opportunity out of the globalization of the images of both Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Barack Obama. “The world will be able to see him as the rogue sheriff that he is” said Chacon, who was in Mexico City attending a conference on immigration at which U.S. detention practices were criticized. “And it will be up to the Obama Administration to show the world that Arpaio is not a symbol of the rest of the country when it comes to immigration.”

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User Comments

Alpha Beto on Mar 15, 2009 at 00:01:46 said:

I can't believe the conglomerate of ignorance I've found on this groups of comments. Stephen sure has a plethora of stupidity and he likes to show it. Propaganda is his middle name. BC sounds like some canadian trying to usurp the american opinion on immigration. He goes off on a tangent dut duh dut...ADD, BC rambles on but says nothing which make sense. You might as well shut up. Bobbie Mc, I don't see your outrage over the injustices done to Hispanics over the last 150 years, and to the injustice done to the illegal immigrants who are now in immigration detention. LEGAL PENDEJA, do your homework, don't just ramble. The immigration policies which Mexico is using were in behest of the US. If you were actually paying attention, you would know that no US citizens in Mexico, (who become illegal immigrants after 6 months of continuous stay in Mexico,) have been arrested. If what you say was implemented, then you could see a slew of american illegal immigrants in jail. Go ahead and demand it for equality. And the US has the same policies, except they don't offer visas as easily as Mexico. BUZZ is reiterating the anti-immigrant lobby propaganda, which is led by a bunch of psychotic lunatics. As to his point #6, end of birthright citizenship, maybe they could make it retroactive to the 1500's, or even the 1400's. I sure would like to be BUZZY deported, maybe to 1940's Germany. I think Steve Smith is trying to state that he is stupid. If that is the case, I believe him.

tino on Mar 02, 2009 at 23:27:57 said:

We always explain. Uround the world usa its the mother of demokracy. Now its real time to act in the immigration. Issue. We legalize them. End we. Sand a god signal uround the. World usa its the. Place of freedom. Thankss. Tino

Stephen on Feb 27, 2009 at 18:46:14 said:

Robin C. People that think like you are part of the problem. Do us all a favor and move to Mexico. I stand by my statement. California would have a balanced budget and a surplus without illegal aliens. How can you pay to educate millions of illegal aliens that pay little if any taxes? How can you grant citizenship to babies of illegals and then pay housing, food stamps, and social services for their entire family? How can our hospitals provide free healthcare to millions of foreign nationals? How much money can our society spend paying to imprison illegal alien criminals that rob, rape and murder our citizens? At what point do you say ENOUGH? I have no sympathy for any illegal aliens. Stay in YOUR country and protest to YOUR government. I see my fellow Americans struggling and suffering due to their criminal actions. Americans are pissed off and we are angry. Get out of my country and don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out! ILLEGALS GO HOME!

nativessayno on Feb 27, 2009 at 15:08:24 said:

..."The borders are a recent conceit". Good one!...especially if one proposes selective law-abiding.

Roberto Lovato ceaslessly conflates: African Civil Rights struggles; real racial discrimination; misdeeds at Gitmo....and illegal immigration as the rationale for illegal immigrants getting to do what they want here; if we don't like it we are real mean people and the globe will judge us. Huh?

Putting deportees in a tent is NOT tantamount or equivelant to our past's slavery and the struggles against it, and more recent prisoner torture in Guantanamo Bay!

Conflate away though.....but these event do not match up or approximate in any way shape or form, Sr. one of your published screeds.

stuart on Feb 27, 2009 at 15:00:00 said:

There must be a talk radio or blog campaign that is pointing anti-immigrant people here. My sense of this is that there is a lot of underlying prejudice on several levels that make this a hard issue to discuss in a dispassionate and intelligent way. If we really want to look at the dynamics that cause what is actually more like an exodus from Mexico, Latin and South American countries, we need to look at a whole range of factors that drive people north from home communities. Instead we are ignoring this in favor of making people choose between the punishment they get when they don't go north and punishment they get when they do. Anyone with a simple amount of empathy ought to be able to figure out that the place you get the worst punishment is where you will try not to be. Punishment isn't the issue for very poor folks. Life is a continual and unending punishment for them. What is needed is a way to think about creating different policies which create different conditions. There could be a better debate about that aspect. What does the US government need to do? Does it have to do with the agreements between the financial leaderships of the different countries? What light can be brought to better understanding those things. So far, all the coverage has been focused strictly on the punishment aspect, which won't be where the solution will come from.

Bettybb on Feb 27, 2009 at 09:46:30 said:

Typical nonsense. Mexico is considered one of the worst in the world in its treatment of illegal aliens.

Anti illegal immigration supporters are pro legal immigration.

Lawbreakers get what they deserved.

Illegal aliens are breaking the law, stealing American jobs, depressing American wages, committing felonies like id theft, and document fraud and tax evasion.

They and their supporters are anti rule of law.

Round them up and ship them out.

America for Americans and legal immigrants only.

Delaware Bob on Feb 27, 2009 at 09:43:37 said:

Now I can't say the ILLEGAL ALIENS are completely to blame for the shape of our economy, but they are a BIG part of the problem. The ILLEGAL ALIENS send BILLIONS upon BILLIONS out of this Country every year, money we will NEVER see again. Does this help our economy?

How about the BILLIONS the American taxpayers fork out for the ANCHOR BABIES, the schooling of them, the medical care and the list goes on, and on, and on.

How about the MILLIONS upon MILLIONS paid to jail ILLEGAL ALIENS for the crimes, then the cost to deport them. Does this help our economy?

Then you have these activist groups, the Catholic Church and the ACLU that want AMNESTY for these ILLEGAL ALIENS. It would be absolute suicide for this Country if AMNESTY were granted to the 20 million or so ILLEGAL ALIENS. We have more and more people out of work everyday and they want to add another 20 million to this Country? I say, "NO"!

If AMNESTY were ever granted to these 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS, you can bet big money that 3 years from now, there would be ANOTHER 3-5 million ILLEGAL ALIENS demonstrating on our soil for AMNESTY.

An end MUST come to this illegal immigration. The perfect tool we have so far is E-Verify. It MUST be used by ALL businesses and Government Social Services. EVERY employee must be checked! If they are illegal, they are to be dismissed!

I believe it is time for all 50 States to pass a State law, like Arizona, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and a few others. It is time for these ILLEGAL ALIENS to go back to their home Country and get out of this Country. The problems they are causing will not go away until the ILLEGAL ALIENS are out of this Country. I think that is plain to see.

Stuart on Feb 27, 2009 at 08:38:38 said:

Great article about an issue usually hidden in the shadows. Yes, crossing the border is against US law. However, the border isn't what many Americans think it is. Having lived in this region, and having lived on an Indian reservation, I have seen it differently. This is a region that predates the US by tens of thousands of years. The border is a recent conceit. Many Americans also do not realize that the actions of US banks, corporations and the federal government are also creating conditions that force people into going north in numbers that are really an exodus.
If we want to solve this problem, we have to quit acting on assumptions that aren't about what is real here and look instead to the larger policies that are causing the problem on the larger level.

Estoban on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:43:17 said:

Confirmed: all countries deport illegal aliens. None go out of their way to make lawbreakers dignified. Criminal lawbreakers get far better treatment in the U.S. than Mexico, China, India or Malaysia. Get your facts straight.

steve smith on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:17:20 said:

Boy, am I confused. They are here \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"ILLEGALLY!\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" I find any bill advocating thier rights RIDICULIOUS.

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

Verify at: h**p://tinyurl.com/zob77

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

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3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
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4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
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5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
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6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
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7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
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8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

Verify at: h**p://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html

9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

Verify at: h**p://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the U.S.
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11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border.

Verify at: Homeland Security Report: h**p://tinyurl.com/t9sht

12. The National Policy Institute, \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'

Verify at: h**p://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.
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14. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'
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The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.

More simply put, in just over 2 years without the illegal alien stranglehold on our economy, the current Wall Street crisis and the proposed $700 billion bailout would be paid for, without a cent of tax of US citizens!

Are we THAT stupid?
on the other
hand, it does raise the hair on the back of your neck, I hope you forward it
to every legal resident in the country including every representative in
Washington , D.C. - five times a week for as long as it takes to restore some
semblance of intelligence in our policies and enforcement thereof.

Buzzm1 on Feb 27, 2009 at 06:23:04 said:




#1. Make Illegal Entry a Felony Permanently Barring Citizenship
#2. Secure Our Borders with our National Guard!!!
#3. Mandate E-Verify for ALL Employees!!!
#4. Cut Off ALL Public Assistance to Illegals and Their Children!!!
#5. Stop the Underground Economy!!!
#6. End Birthright Citizenship for Illegals!!!
......and make it retroactive!!!
#7. End Chain Migration!!!
#8. Make English our Official Language!!!
#9. Cut Off Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities!!


Robin C on Feb 26, 2009 at 21:50:12 said:

"If California deported all illegal aliens, we'd have a balanced budget and a surplus instantly"

OMG Stephen, you're a freaking genius (not)!!!.. by-the-way made up numbers/statistics do not impress anybody!

The US is bankrupt for several reasons:

1-Middle East wars are costly. (Thank You Bush)

2-Jobs were not created (In fact most of the job loss occurred during Bush's Administration)

3-America continues to depend of foreign sources of energy.

Carolyn on Feb 26, 2009 at 20:41:50 said:

No matter how much any American Citizen wants to object illegal immigrants coming into this country we have to look at it from a rational perspective. The U.S was made upon immigrants coming into our country we are suppose to be the home of the free and welcome diversity and culture and hold the American dream, whatever that may be. Even though there is much negative attention drawn to illegal immigration from the Mexican border America is also reaping a lot of benefits from it as well.
Illegal immigrants from Mexico are also working as migrant workers and are working jobs that almost all Americans do not want to work. They are willing to work the long hours and harsh conditions for minimum wages. I as a citizen am thankful for that because they are allowing me to continue on and help keep the American economy going. Though there is much debate about Mexicans sending all the money they make back to Mexico while they are hear they are shopping and spending their money in the American economy and helping out local businesses around them.
The laws and process to become a legal citizen is already so complicated and hard that I think there needs to be a change in order to lower the number of illegal immigrants coming into our country which will also help lower the amount of money the U.S. already spends on border control.

legalatina on Feb 26, 2009 at 16:35:02 said:

Mexico has a radical idea for a rational immigration policy that most Americans would love. However, Mexican officials haven't been sharing that idea with us as they press for our Congress to adopt the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill.

That's too bad, because Mexico, which annually deports more illegal aliens than the United States does, has much to teach us about how it handles the immigration issue. Under Mexican law, it is a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.

At a time when the Supreme Court and many politicians seek to bring American law in line with foreign legal norms, it's noteworthy that nobody has argued that the U.S. look at how Mexico deals with immigration and what it might teach us about how best to solve our illegal immigration problem. Mexico has a single, streamlined law that ensures that foreign visitors and immigrants are:
# in the country legally;
# have the means to sustain themselves economically;
# not destined to be burdens on society;
# of economic and social benefit to society;
# of good character and have no criminal records; and
# contributors to the general well-being of the nation.

The law also ensures that:
# immigration authorities have a record of each foreign visitor;
# foreign visitors do not violate their visa status;
# foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country's internal politics;
# foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported;
# foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported;
# those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.

Who could disagree with such a law? It makes perfect sense. The Mexican constitution strictly defines the rights of citizens -- and the denial of many fundamental rights to non-citizens, illegal and illegal. Under the constitution, the Ley General de Poblacion, or General Law on Population, spells out specifically the country's immigration policy.

It is an interesting law -- and one that should cause us all to ask, Why is our great southern neighbor pushing us to water down our own immigration laws and policies, when its own immigration restrictions are the toughest on the continent? If a felony is a crime punishable by more than one year in prison, then Mexican law makes it a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico.

If the United States adopted such statutes, Mexico no doubt would denounce it as a manifestation of American racism and bigotry.

We looked at the immigration provisions of the Mexican constitution. [1] Now let's look at Mexico's main immigration law.

Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:
# Foreigners are admitted into Mexico "according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress." (Article 32)
# Immigration officials must "ensure" that "immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance" and for their dependents. (Article 34)
# Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets "the equilibrium of the national demographics," when foreigners are deemed detrimental to "economic or national interests," when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when "they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy." (Article 37)
# The Secretary of Governance may "suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest." (Article 38)

Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country:
# Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. (Article 73)
# A National Population Registry keeps track of "every single individual who comprises the population of the country," and verifies each individual's identity. (Articles 85 and 86)
# A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).

Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned:
# Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)
# Foreigners who sign government documents "with a signature that is false or different from that which he normally uses" are subject to fine and imprisonment. (Article 116)

Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:
# Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)
# Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)
# Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico -- such as working with out a permit -- can also be imprisoned.

Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says,
# "A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally." (Article 123)
# Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)
# Foreigners who "attempt against national sovereignty or security" will be deported. (Article 126)

Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:
# A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison. (Article 127)
# Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)

All of the above runs contrary to what Mexican leaders are demanding of the United States. The stark contrast between Mexico's immigration practices versus its American immigration preachings is telling. It gives a clear picture of the Mexican government's agenda: to have a one-way immigration relationship with the United States.

legalatina on Feb 26, 2009 at 16:30:09 said:

MEXICO should be ashamed of its "harsh" immigration laws and the way they treat illegal immigrants from Central America....they are beaten, raped, bribed, etc. and certainly are not entitled to free public education and free emergencyt health care, in-state tuition at public colleges as is the case in the U.S. MEXICO should be ashamed at the way their corrupt narco-government has wholesale abandoned their underclass and systematically encouraged millions of poor, uneducated, unskilled Mexicans to flee their homes, their families, and enter into the U.S. by any means necessary including and mainly, through the use of paid, narco-human smugglers. MEXICO should be ashamed that it has become a parasitic nation that cannot govern its own...refuses to control crime, refuses to secure its borders and refuses to invest in the education and economic opportunity for its neediest citizens.

Bobbie McLaughlin on Feb 26, 2009 at 15:01:12 said:

Where is your outrage over the millions of people coming into our country illegally. That is the outrage! WE have laws for a reason. If I break the law I must be willing to pay the consequences for that. Why do illegal aliens think they are above the law? I'll tell you why. Because people like you are aiding and abetting them to do so. Therefore, you are also breaking the law and should be arrested and jailed. Stop trying to convince American citizens that illegal aliens are good for our country. We're not buying it anymore and your sob stories aren't going to work. Get back into the business of supporting American and it's citizens and legal immigrants.

Illegal's need to be deported and banned from ever being able to return. Obey our laws and show respect for this nation, OR GET OUT !!!

BC on Feb 26, 2009 at 12:59:35 said:

Global shame because of Sheriff Arpio????? Is that the limit of your vision? By supporting Illegal Immigration and keeping US Borders porous you have been a willing participant in the economic enslavement of most of the Western Hemisphere! Compared to that Sheriff Arpio bush league.

Greedy people want a continued source of cheap labor and like true misers they want to all keep economic development in their own backyard while denying it to other countries. And like true economic slavers, they import millions of Illegal Immigrants to work on their economic plantations. And when they get caught doing it, they whine and cry and then secretly push to give their illegal slaves legal status so that they can overfill the market with workers and drive wages down even further. Labor Pool economics like this was the bread a butter of the 1800's Robber Barons. And if the pool shrinks? They go and import some more Illegal Immigrant slaves.

We have over seven million Illegal Immigrants working in the USA. If those seven million jobs are really jobs no one in the US is willing to do, then it is pure greed to say that those seven million jobs have to be in the USA. Think of what seven million new jobs could have meant to Mexico or any Central American country. But if we actually put them there, those countries might actually get to be as well off as the USA or Canada and [gasp] no longer get to be a source of cheap labor.

Back when the North was free and the South had slavery, the North knew that cutting off the supply of slaves was the way to make slavery uneconomical. Too bad we are not that smart any more. Today Illegal Immigrant Supporters shill for those who exploit by saying that people are so much better if they get to come to America and work here rather than sit in their home countries and starve and suffer. Sound familiar? Here is what Robert E. Lee said in 1856: "There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil. It is idle to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it is a greater evil to the white than to the colored race. While my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more deeply engaged for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, physically, and socially. The painful discipline they are undergoing is necessary for their further instruction as a race, and will prepare them, I hope, for better things. How long their servitude may be necessary is known and ordered by a merciful Providence." Those who support the economic enslavement of the countries south of our border by fueling our economic growth with millions of imported workers versus putting the jobs where the unemployed live might just as well be singing the same tune.

Stephen on Feb 26, 2009 at 12:08:16 said:

US immigration policies bring global shame to US? HA!HA!HA! Are you friggin kidding me? The US allows more than 2 million legal immigrants a year, more than the rest of the entire world combined. We are the last nation to grant citizenship to illegal aliens just for being born on our soil. We have between 12-20 million illegal aliens that have displaced American workers and drive down wages. Illegal aliens remit to their country of origin over 50 billion a year out of the US economy. Since 9/11, over 48,000 Americans have been killed by drunk drivers and murderers that are illegal aliens. There are over 50,000 gang members in the US that are illegal aliens. In LA county, 95% of all warrants for homicide are illegal aliens. If California deported ALL illegal aliens, we'd have a balanced budget and a surplus instantly. Pro amnesty groups can't argue the merits of illegal immigration, so they resort to crying racism, xenophobe or nativist. How dare you say anything about enforcing our immigration laws, we have had enough! We are bankrupt. We have tolerated a massive invasion of our nation by foreign nationals, this is an act of war! They victimize our citizens, displace American workers, and drain precious resources meant for US citizens. Wake up America! ILLEGALS GO HOME!




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