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Posted on Aug 13, 2010
AP / David Maung

Mireya Leal, on the Tijuana side of the U.S.-Mexico border fence, shares a picnic lunch with her husband on the U.S. side of the barrier.

Who would have thought the comprehensive immigration reform promised by President Obama would include a whopping $600 million for increased security along the U.S.-Mexico border for surveillance technologies and 1,000 more Border Patrol agents?

Obama signed the bill Friday without comment after it was hustled through Congress despite misgivings among some Republicans that it doesn’t go far enough. —JCL

The BBC:

US President Barack Obama has signed into law a $600m (£385m) bill providing increased security along the US-Mexico border.

The US Senate had reconvened on Thursday during its August recess to pass the measure.

The funds will mostly be directed to activities on the south-west border, such as hiring 1,000 border patrol agents.

Money will also pay for surveillance technology, including unmanned drones.

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By dihey, August 15, 2010 at 4:38 am Link to this comment

My experience here in Houston is that the so-called Hispanic community is quite isolationist. They are not necessarily strongly anti-war or war-weary. They just do not see any pluses for the country to engage in wars abroad.

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By Manuel, August 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm Link to this comment
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I think everyone will agree that our opportunity to exchange ideas is hurt whenever a crazed rambling poster fills up pages with rants - in this case anti-American racism toward whites. Please ban that fool oversence

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment

Webby of the Year,  Best Political Blog of the Year,

for what?  Covering for the administration?  Not reporting

news that effects Americans way of life? Blaming Meicans?

Blaming vicims of the rediculous lie of a Terrorist War.?

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

Now you journalists are going to go right along
for the beltway politicians to make the migrants a
campaign and election issue to mask all the corruption
that got this country into the mess that it is in.
Blame the victim, it is hard to keep those
explitive deletives out of these posts.

Oh , Iraq has WMDs, and now Iran tooooooo.
good for you…...100-0   408-8
that none of you journalists reported on, because you
know as well as I know , they don’t want any resolve
in the middle east, the us border,  latin america
or any where else they want to steal resources and labor.

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment

Not one of you Journalists come to the aid of

the Mexican.  Not one of you journalist speak of the

corruption between the US gov and the MEXICAN gov

that created this mess….

Just blame the victim migrants, like you all have
colluded to do for the last forty years with the help
of your MSM friends.

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment

Yeah Truth Dig, 

build the Border up,  pat Obama on the back for that
a couple of times.  Scream about how it is all the
Republicans fault and how much we need immigration reform.
While your consevative buddy journalists scream that it
is the dirty Democrats fault.

And both of you scream and yell and blame all of America’s
problems on the Mexicans that have to come here to feed
their families because journalists like you have shut up
for twenty years while your buddies tore the fabric of
society up in Mexico.

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

Hedges waits until all the damage is done to come

out and call Rev. Jeremiah Wright his friend…

with friends like that,  he doesn’t need any enemies

thats for sure.

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment

Robert Scheer,  I guess it would have hurt the sale

of your new book with your finger pointed in the

direction of the Clinton Administration, that you failed

to report on twenty years ago.

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment

The jist of the posts that Truth Dig censored, and
they are using the excuse of me using “expletive
deletives”, is I blamed them and their journalism,

and gave specific examples of how the media has promoted
racism, zenophobia, and hatred to keep the power inside
the beltway for the duopoly.

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment

You needed very much to censor all those posts

didn’t you Truth Dig !!! The TRUTH hurts doesn’t it

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

Scheer,  you and your buddies forgot some of the

problem,  the damn Injuns on the reservations.

How could you forget them?  They draw food stamps.

They helped break this country too!!! Lets get them all

Robert Scheer, no sense just stopping with slave Mexicans.

Oh wait Robert, the gettos, we forget them too!!!!!
They helped break America’s back too., lets ship em back
to Africa, where the disease, thirst and hunger so we
can starve those niggers to death

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By rico, suave, August 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment

What I still don’t get is, if all those jobs went to Mexico because of NAFTA, why aren’t Mexicans staying home and doing them?

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 11:11 am Link to this comment

Carl , did you know that most Americans believe it

was those lawmakers inside the beltway that wrote the

Patriot Acts and trashed the constitution?

How dumb of them,  only a few of us, like me and you

that knows it was really those pesky damn slave Mexican

hedge-trimmers.  We need to round everyone of them up

quickly , before they take more of our rights away.

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By samosamo, August 14, 2010 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

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Seems to me that slick willie’s signing nafta created a double
whammy on these glorious u.s., first by accelerating the jobs
leaving the u.s. to parts all over and second, that the feebly
guarded u.s./mex bor allowed illegal aliens in to lower wages in
america by under bidding pay to get work that americans would
not do or want do with such low money.

Quite a feather in milton turd fuck friedman’s ‘unfettered and
global’ economic system which enriches the few and the criminal
at the expense of the american taxpayer.

Just think how fast most of these crises would be stopped and
cleared up if law enforcement, district attorneys, courts and the
law makers were not taking bribes and worked as their job
descriptions intend.

Steal a little and go to jail; steal a lot and become a king. Such is
the affect of this country’s ‘eternal vigilance’ ending and the
whole damn place becomes infected with criminals and very
greedy bastards.

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

Republicans are the only honest politicians Carl,

I am glad you see this! ! !

They know it wasn’t them that stole that Social Security
money,  it was those damn pesky slave Mexicans.

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 10:57 am Link to this comment

Those pesky hedge-trimmers , bankrupted America

and took all of our good manufacturing jobs away.

I am sure glad we have Arizona and John McCain and Kol.

Those folks are some REAL patriots.

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

And most of them , guess what Carl?,  are able to

speak TWO LANGUAGES!!,  How dare them,  we can’t even

talk one language here.

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 10:51 am Link to this comment

Those pesky slave Mexicans, you what else they did

Carl?  They took all our money and funneled it to

Goldman/Sachs,  then took and turned OBAMA into a

socialist,  and that brilliant politician from Alaska,

made her look like a baffoon.! ! !

We won’t won’t be able to get those hedge-trimmers out

of here fast enough! !! ! ! ! !

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 10:46 am Link to this comment

Those slave Mexicans have bankrupted our country,

took us into war after war,  destroyed our education

system,  but lets at least thank them for our honest

and forthright news services that have informed us about

all the damage that the slave Mexicans have done to our

country.  VIVA FOX,  VIVA MSNBC, VIVA WAPO,

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By ofersince72, August 14, 2010 at 10:40 am Link to this comment

Your right Carl,

  If it weren’t for the slave Mexicans , America
would be a paradise.

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By Carl, August 14, 2010 at 10:14 am Link to this comment

Perot was right, NAFTA did send millions of jobs to Mexico. But then China opened up with cheaper labor, so those jobs moved there.

Excellent propagandist post ofersince! When one has nothing to counter, try to link ideas with unpopular figures. For example, Hitler established national health care in Germany, so if you favor it in the USA, you admire Hitler. Right?

Of course Beck is a nutty entertainer, as well as Linbaugh. Like most Republicans, they actually favor open borders, but use this topic to gather supporters. On the other hand, Dobbs is a brilliant patriot, one who stood up to corporate America by constantly attacking the importation of cheap labor (legal or illegal) and the outsourcing of jobs. He sounded the warning for years, until forced out by corporate America. BTW, he is married to lady from Mexico.

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By rico, suave, August 14, 2010 at 5:54 am Link to this comment

Remember when Ross Perot said that the passage of NAFTA would create a giant sucking sound as jobs fled the US for Mexico?

Well NAFTA passed. And all we have is workers blowing in from Mexico on a tailwind.

Oops.

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By dihey, August 14, 2010 at 4:55 am Link to this comment

To place this news in some context: 600 million dollars is exactly what is needed to keep 600 soldiers for one year in Afghanistan!

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By Money is funny, August 14, 2010 at 3:02 am Link to this comment

Attention Sirs and Madams.

Free Money! 1-800-783-0132

All you have to do is give them some money first.

Money back guarantee!!!!

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm Link to this comment

No Carl,  no one can argue with Lou Dobbs, or
Rush Limbough or Glen Beck’s logic.

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By Carl, August 13, 2010 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment

Yes, when those fooled by corporate anti-worker PR haven nothing to say, they insult American workers as too lazy, and claim racism is to blame.

Or resort to rambling poetry, which pretends sainted foreigners only migrate here to slave away for selfish Americans. They suffer and evade the border patrol just to spare Americans from labor!

Now others will repeat some corporate BS about what “we” did to Mexico, as lowly American workers. So we must be punished, by allowing cheap labor to flood the nation to benefit the billionaires who raped Mexico. That nation has dozens of billionaires, when will Truthdig highlight that?

How about a review of Reagan’s 1986 Amnesty that “solved” this problem. My favorite BS is that aliens who violated our laws must be deported, unless they have managed to violate them for several years, in which case they deserve a pardon. Are there some crackheads out there who can humor us by explaining that “logic”?

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment

The crops are all in and the peaches are rott’ning,
  The oranges piled in their creosote dumps;
  They’re flying ‘em back to the Mexican border
  To pay all their money to wade back again

  Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye, Rosalita,
  Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria;
  You won’t have your names when you ride the big airplane
  All they will call you will be “deportees”

  My father’s own father, he waded that river
  They took all the money he made in his life;
  My brothers and sisters come working the fruit trees
  And they rode the truck until they took down and died

  Some of us are illegal, and some are not wanted
  Our work contract’s out and we have to move on;
  Six hundred miles to the Mexican border,
  They chased like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves.

  We died in your hills, we died in your deserts
  We died in your valleys, and died on your plains.
  We died ‘neath your trees and we died in you bushes,
  Both sides of the river , we died just same

  The sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon
  A fireball of lightning, and shook all our hills,
  Who are all these friends, all scattered like dry leaves
  The radio says, “They are just deportees”

  Is this the best way we can grow our big orchards?
  Is this the best way we can grow our good fruit?
  To fall like dry leaves to rot on my topsoil
  And to be called by no name except “deportees”?

Woody Guthrie

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment

I guess I am one of the crackheads

besides I like Mexicans, especially the ones that
migrate here, hopefully they will instill some culture
on the U.S. of A

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By Carl, August 13, 2010 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment

We spend $2000 million A MONTH playing empire in Iraq and Afghanistan, so $600 million for one year is not “whopping.” Most will go toward ultra-expensive and mostly worthless UAVs.

This is no surprise. Obama will announce that the border is now secure, so its okay to pass another amnesty for illegals. Then he will call upon his corporate allies at Truthdig to dumb down readers by telling them its not amnesty, even though it forgives their crimes and creates a new line ahead of legal immigrants called “a path to citizenship.”

Why does anyone assume that all people on Earth deserve a “path to US citizenship.”? Now I await the crackheads to write gibberish that Americans who were born in the USA are “immigrants” and must go home to places they have never been.

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By call me roy, August 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment

Barry Hussein has to do something because he knows that the elections are less than 90 days away and the majority of Americans (in every survey) want the border contained now. He knows that Arizona’s laws and Governor have made the Feds look like a bunch of squirrels having sex with a football. He knows that “his” ratings are right on the toilet rim. By the way, yes, the Israelis and Americans have to build walls to keep people out (not in) because our society’s have built good lives for many (instead of desolations like many other places that call themselves countries.

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By PatrickHenry, August 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

A cheaper way would to bring those troops home from Iraq and Iran, fire the contractors and base the troops around the Southwest.

Patrol the border.

They can spend their paychecks here.

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By samosamo, August 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

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Maybe johnny mccain is tired of illegal immigrants using his
swimming pool as a bathtub?

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By ofersince72, August 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

Rico,

  I want to thank you on the behalf of all the posters on

Truth Dig, for your thoughtful, insightful,and intelligent

comment on this subject.

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By rico, suave, August 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

“Who would have thought the comprehensive immigration reform promised by President Obama would include a whopping $600 million for increased security along the U.S.-Mexico border”?

Exactly. For Progressives, “comprehensive immigration reform” only has one definition- “amnesty”. Any other definition is racist and xenophobic.

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By Money is funny, August 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment

These new border agents better not be insisting that people prove their
nationality. They will have to ask nicely and then accept the answer that they are
given. Otherwise it would be obvious that they are secretly Nazis and racist.

Now it’s back to the swing states with you useless idiots in D.C. (in both parties)
ALL OF YOU.

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By Mike3, August 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

So who are into building walls right now? Well the Americans and the Israelis. Seem to have a lot in common.

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