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Copycat Bills Aim at Illegal Immigrants

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Posted on May 8, 2010
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A map showing states where anti-immigrant laws are being introduced. The stars indicate states where FAIR’s legislative arm, a group called State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI), is behind the legislation.

The push to criminalize undocumented immigrants, as seen most poignantly in the recent legislation adopted in Arizona, is growing. Many more states are seeing anti-immigrant bills introduced in their legislatures, backed by the far-right group Federation for American Immigration Reform

Check out this informative essay by Seth Freed Wessler at Colorlines. —JCL

Colorlines:

The growing number of immigration-enforcement bills in state legislatures around the country are not merely following Arizona’s lead. Rather, the bills—which legislators have discussed or introduced in at least 11 states—are the fruits of a concerted political strategy seeded by the far-right group Federation for American Immigration Reform, which has taken money from a eugenics foundation and was created by a man who warned of a “Latin onslaught.” 

In a majority of the states where legislation has been proposed or discussed, the leading lawmakers behind the bills are associated with FAIR’s legislative arm, a group called State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI) that operates in at least 35 states. FAIR was founded over 30 years ago by John Tanton, who is widely credited with spurring the contemporary anti-immigrant movement. Over the past three decades Tanton has expanded FAIR’s reach by cultivating a network of associated organizations, each of which plays a distinct role in the anti-immigrant movement’s infrastructure. 

According the the Center for New Community in Chicago, that network includes the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), credited with helping to write SB 1070, and the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank which is regularly used as a source by major newspapers including the New York Times.

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By mike112769, May 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment

LOL ok Reynolds: I despise nascar, hate ballcaps, don’t do skoal, not racist. I do have a tattoo though (from my younger, dumber days).

It seems as if you just don’t like me. O well. Like my Dad taught me: You need to respect someone before their opinion matters to you. Needless to say, your opinion means less to me than a cold pile of dog puke.

If all you want to do is troll and call people names, find a different forum for your own brand of hatred.

If I hated Mexicans, why would I be willing to let the whole damn country join the USA?

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By Virginia777, May 11, 2010 at 8:10 am Link to this comment

Exactly, gerard, the issue is largely about race prejudice. Mexicans have become the Tea Party’s scapegoat - a vehicle to push blame onto - a method to further corrupt and mobilize via hatred, their supporters.

The gang issue is so inflated by the Media, the media is complicit in fanning the flames of hatred towards Mexicans.

Meanwhile, if all the immigrants were really deported - something Corporate America would never actually let happen - the economy would truly collapse and corporate America would lose their cheap labor source.

These vile anti-immigration bills need to be fought tooth and nail. They need to be recognized for the weapon of destruction their fascist backers are pushing onto our country, nothing less!

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By reynolds, May 11, 2010 at 6:54 am Link to this comment

so sorry, i’ll dumb it down for you; redneck, nascar
watching, backward ball cap wearing, skoal chomping,
tattooed racist survivalist wannabe. can’t find your
way to idaho? follow the burning crosses.

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By mike112769, May 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment

REYNOLDS: LOL typical. You say hundreds of words bereft of any serious meaning.

If we really want to help Mexico, stop encouraging their people to leave Mexico. Making it easy on them to run away simply encourages them to do nothing.

The other, very practical solution would be annexation of Mexico. Officially take it into the US. I would be all for that.

Once again: I have no problems with Mexicans, just ILLEGAL aliens (regardless of where they are from).

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By gerard, May 10, 2010 at 11:26 am Link to this comment

Right on, Cynthia!  I’ve known people who have worked on the border trying to bring about some justice, sanity and common sense.  The problem seemed to them to be quite largely race prejudice, 
  The border drug import problem and all the dirty stuff connected with it, is an entirely separate issue; If Americans didn’t want to buy the drugs, that problem wouldn’t exist, so don’t blame the Mexican farm workers for that.
  Also the gang issue, as such, is separate, and largely due to lack of jobs, which leaves far too many young men idle, broke, angry and undereducated. honing for a fight.
  We should be helping Mexico instead of exploiting it and spending much of our money on wars against Middle Eastern renegade tribes,trying to assure future oil for our gas guzzlers.
  People who think we can simply expel these problems of economic injustice or walk away from them are looking for an easy out. There are none.

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By reynolds, May 10, 2010 at 8:35 am Link to this comment

ps; right on, corinthia. what she said x 2.

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By reynolds, May 10, 2010 at 7:34 am Link to this comment

you can be called racist because you are racist. if
you are of this earth you are racist; it’s the
language we speak.
love them or hate them, we all know who they are,
them, those people; us. some of us try to rise above
it and some of us wallow in it, almost all of us to
the same end.
perception is everything so your world is indeed a
movie. unreality seems to be the key to reconciling
your irreconcilables, e.g. sending us back is not
very practical, but sending them back is a must. it
isn’t america or even americans i disdain but human
beings. whither i should drift i am still among
them, of them, them.
for one seemingly charged with the certainty of your
convictions you strike me as angry, confused and
bereft of inspiration. the “tired old bullshit” i
spouted was yours almost verbatim and i note that
you did not care for it. you’d pick lettuce but for
a higher wage, nice. wage enough to buy it? maybe.
and maybe not.
if patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel i
can just imagine the many stops along the way.
vaya con lechuga, el docto.

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By mike112769, May 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment

Skulz: Your ignorance is showing. I love people like you that pick and choose what points they want to make in a reply. Let me play with you a bit.

Yes, I would work the fields. If we had no illegals here, you could earn a living wage from picking lettuce. The law of supply and demand would apply. Economics 101.

Illegals ARE a drain on our resources (MCTAN sums this up rather succinctly).

There is nothing racist about wanting to enforce our laws. I agree that businesses and politicians are at the root of this problem, and I’ve stated such many, many times on this very site. I will also agree that America is not a very nice country to others around the world. I AM working to change some of these things.

So the illegals shouldn’t be deported? Why not? Why don’t you go to another country illegally and see how much fun YOU have there. We are nicer to illegals than just about ANY other country on Earth. We still need to draw the line somewhere. Endless, free immigration is NOT the answer.

All you do is insult people. It sounds as if you are happy to let things go on as they are. If so, you are obviously a dumbass (tit for tat). Speaking of ranting, did you read your own post? It seems as if I am not the one in need of Prozac.

REYNOLDS:
My ancestors were, like a lot of others’ forced out of the Old Countries for a variety of reasons. Considering the vast population growth that has occured worldwide in the past several hundred years, sending us back is not very practical.

Like it or not, the Indians (I’m one-quarter Cherokee by the way) lost this land due to their own ineptitude, gullibility, and in-fighting. If we don’t want to suffer the same fate, we need to curb ILLEGAL immigration NOW. I have no problem whatsoever with LEGAL immigrants.

And please don’t give me that tireed old BS that Americans won’t do the work that the illegals are doing. I have done those jobs. I’ve shovelled horse-shit, mowed lawns, fast-food, etc. during my life. There are millions of Americans who would do that work RIGHT NOW if some illegal wasn’t doing it.  Americans are let go from these jobs, so they can be given to an illegal who will work for less money. This is a fact, I’ve seen it happen.

The REAL racists are people that say “Americans are too good for this kind of work”. THEY are the ones “drinking the propaganda kool-aid”. Americans have proven, time and again, that there is nothing we won’t do to get by.

This world is not a movie. All of our problems can’t be solved without causing someone harm. At the end of the day, if I have to choose between a better future for my family and my country, and letting illegals stay to bleed us dry while disrespecting America, that’s not a hard choice for me at all. Better to screw them than us. That is a cold hard fact of life.

To paraphrase REDHORSE: If America had a stable immigration policy, it would be to Mexico’s advantage. Too many Mexicans want to leave Mexico because they know that once they are here, they are nearly untouchable. Where is the incentive for them to fix their own country when they can just leave? Running away from a problem has never fixed it.

How I can be called a racist for wanting to enforce our laws and get rid of illegals is beyond me. It’s people like you and SKULZ that are clueless on thyis issue.You must live in an ivory tower with your rose-colored glasses on, or else have your heads thoroughly embedded in your asses. All you can do is call people names. If you hate America so much, then move somewhere else.

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By gerard, May 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm Link to this comment

It seems such a rotten shame to get people pitted against each other, whipped up into a rage over the problem of unequal sharing of resources and opportunities. Getting together peacefully, humans have solved great problems as well as splitting apart and killing each other. There is always that choice.
  It comes again with immigration reform where the problem is based directly on unfair deals for the cheap labor of people in great need of any wages they can get and willing to make a dangerous journey just to do hard labor with no benefits and scarcely any rights.  The problem is complicated by history and by misunderstanding of cultural differences, plus fears and anxieties of all sorts focused upon one problem that can be held responsible because it wasn’t faced and settled sooner.
  Now it is getting out of hand, and with Republicans willing to do anything to kill off a Democratic proposal, there is little hope of getting a wise solution.  Just a battle to defeat for selfish reasons, rather than acting for a solution in the common good of everybody.
  It’s a sad plight for a democracy that is failing, not because of its ideals but because the people involved are not feeling democratic right now—which means generous, understanding of opposites, eager to act to preserve our union “with justice for all.” Instead, we are losing our nation to factional fighting and backbiting.

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By gerard, May 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm Link to this comment

It seems such a rotten shame to get people pitted against each other, whipped up into a rage over the problem of unequal sharing of resources and opportunities. Getting together peacefully, humans have solved great problems as well as splitting apart and killing each other. There is always that choice.
  It comes again with immigration reform where the problem is based directly on unfair deals for the cheap labor of people in great need of any wages they can get and willing to make a dangerous journey just to do hard labor with no benefits and scarcely any rights.  The problem is complicated by history and by misunderstanding of cultural differences, plus fears and anxieties of all sorts focused upon one problem that can be held responsible because it wasn’t faced and settled sooner.
  Now it is getting out of hand, and with Republicans willing to do anything to kill off a Democratic proposal, there is little hope of getting a wise solution.  Just a battle to defeat for selfish reasons, rather than acting for a solution in the common good of everybody.
  It’s a sad plight for a democracy that is failing, not because of its ideals but because the people involved are not feeling democratic right now—which means generous, understanding of opposites, eager to act to preserve our union “with justice for all.” Instead, we are losing our nation to factional fighting and backbiting.

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By reynolds, May 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment

a corrupt intent, also known as human nature,
predates d.c. it predates b.c. it is emblematic of
the human race of which you proclaim yourself a
proud exemplar. i wouldn’t know your smokescreen
from your blowback and i sense i might not be the
only one so confused. again with your terms. you
mistake contempt for guilt.
human kind at large are no more capable of honesty
or fairness than they are capable of winged flight.
perhaps because of their proclivities, perhaps
because they are not birds.
tough luck about the neighborhood. in any event,
there is no water to sustain all those fairways.
you had a long, good run and now it’s adios, amigo.
que te vaya bien.

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By reynolds, May 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment

phrasemaker

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By Rodger Lemonde, May 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment

Redhorse: How much of a tax bite are you willing to pay
for your position? Do you have any idea how much it
would cost just for transport to remove the millions of
undocumented immigrants? Then there is the need to feed
them during transport. Think it through. Oh and enjoy
those $6 a head cauliflowers.

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By REDHORSE, May 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

REYNOLDS:The issue here is not my age or the long line of abuse dished out by a corrupt D.C.—-the issue isn’t immigration—-it’s ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION and the smokescreen racecard used to cover latino political and corporate machinations for $$$$$$$. I’m sick of the blowback. Arizona passed the legislation because its’ people are sick of the blowback. It’s dangerous and violent blowback. White people are no more racist than any others color.This is a power play plain and simple. What’s the racecard got to do with anything?? Get over your white guilt and join the human race.

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By reynolds, May 9, 2010 at 10:29 am Link to this comment

“your country” was taken a long time ago, not least by
the supreme court decision of santa clara county v.
southern pacific railroad co. your country is a
continuation of the long train of abuses and
usurpations from which its pioneers sought relief.
‘tis ever thus. how old are you?

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By REDHORSE, May 9, 2010 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

It’s TRUE!! America did take the Southwest by force. If it hadn’t, illegals would be swimming the Mississippi to invade. And yes, we have our nasty fingers in a lot of bloody little pies. Pointing at our DARK SIDE is no better than those who point at our BRIGHT SIDE. I’m angry—I don’t like being spit on—being knocked down in supermarket parking lots—having a gun pointed at me—or trash thrown on my car by passing “latino illegals” because I’m going the speed limit and I’m slowing them down. I don’t like mass graves of murdered women on the mesa and dead bodies in the irrigation ditch. I don’t like having to carry a weapon in my car.

    The next time you’re looking at footage of nice Latino’s rioting in L.A. check out the Comandante Zero masked men. The “illegals black market” funds a lot more than just poor illegal labor. The poor hardworking Mexicans are the last thing American Latino’s or D.C. corporate thugs care about. Save your pity for yourself. Your country is being taken and your to dumb to know it. WAKE UP!! NO AMNESTY EVER!! GET LEGAL OR GET OUT!!

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By Alphysicist, May 9, 2010 at 7:41 am Link to this comment

Dear reynolds,

  The military/prison/industrial complex is indeed a big problem.  Actually that’s a subset of the excessive corporate control which determines the decisions made by congress.  Both left and right support corporate interests in one way or another, and it is no surprise that when the dispossessed working class seeks to ease its burdens by limiting illegal immigration one part of the political elite (Dems or liberals) shout about racism to give their defense of short term profit a moral sounding basis.  Illegal immigration and immigration in general does decrease the bargaining power of the employees vs. employers, just by the shear increase in the number of candidates for a given job and for a number of other reasons.  A culturally disunited working class will find it harder to unionize or collectively represent its interests.  Since immigrants are often of the less educated classes they will not push for high standards of education, and a similar argument can be made regarding healthcare.  Another big opportunity to save money for our elites, and the money can go to the military industrial complex.

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By Alphysicist, May 9, 2010 at 7:28 am Link to this comment

Dear mike112,

  I agree that the mantra “immigrants take jobs that others would no longer do” is also suspect at the least: the reason the political elite supports immigration, is because they are cheaper to hire.  They are paid a lower salary, but also, if they entered illegally they are not likely to play a role in unions, and whoever hired them does not have to pay much of the overhead that normally has to be paid for each hired worker.  Americans or legal immigrants would take those jobs, but they would have to accept being paid even less than an illegal immigrant (including overhead).  The idea that protesting against this is “racism” is also a typical mantra that gives those who protecting the status quo a pseudo-moral basis.

  I think though that in solving this problem there are a number of other factors as well to consider: I think the U.S. interferes too much in South and Central America (although countries like Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil have succeeded in finding their own way recently).  Mexico’s equivalent of Hugo Chavez could not be elected due to U.S. interference.  Their political elite is one which caters to big business (often U.S. corporate) interest, and they keep the population at large in poverty which gives a strong incentive for immigration.  If you go a little south of the border you’ll see the rape of the environment by U.S. companies like Dupont, for example.  Maybe the laws in Arizona help solving the problem locally, but the overall state of affairs should not be forgotten.  At the global level it would help to work towards reducing the incentive to immigrate (and I also agree that NAFTA achieves none of that).

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By Kanamachi, May 9, 2010 at 6:05 am Link to this comment

If the American Indians had had their stuff together enough to implement and enforce the kind of policy and law as in Arizona and now under consideration in other intolerant states, many of the folks making what I consider to be racist and intolerant comments here would not be even be here.

It is a shame that these people do not take the time to study nor understand their own history and have forgotten what has always made the United States great; . .  its immigrants.

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By Corinthia, May 9, 2010 at 12:40 am Link to this comment
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As someone with a lot of native American blood - Cherokee and Osage—I would be happy to see all the illegals go .. back to Europe, so the descendants of thieves are welcome to go back to a country they’ve never been to, just like we are sending the children of illegal immigrants home to a country they’ve don’t remember.

As far as I am concerned the whites are just as illegal as the Mexicans.  And frankly all thieves, if you look at the Bureau of Indian affairs and its history, you soon realize the white folks never stopped robbing the Indians of land, oil royalties and other mineral wealth ...bunch of whiny descendants of indecent people.  Whining that someone might take the stuff they already stole fair and square.

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By mctan, May 8, 2010 at 11:34 pm Link to this comment
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Opposing illegal immigration is not a far right viewpoint.  I am as progressive
as one can be and I oppose illegal immigration for many good reasons, none
which have to do with skin color. I oppose it because it allows corporations to
cultivate a 21st century slave class and again circumvent worker protections.
Illegal immigrants will work for less than minimum wage and outside the
protections that the american worker fought for—protections protecting
wages, safety, benefits.  I worked for a person who hired illegals only for these
reasons; I know how badly they were treated. They had no voice, no recourse,
and had to do as they were told or get out.

I once talked to a recruiter whose job was to go to Mexico to find people to
work in hotels. These people were invited here by business people who
ensured their profits by hiring cheap labor whose benefits would be paid by the
cities they worked in—schools for their children, free medical care paid for by
our increased premiums, subsidized housing.  City govts ultimatelly must cut
services to taxpaying citizens to shoulder this extra cost.  We pay for their
presence here.

That said, I also oppose this Arizona approach which punishes the immigrant
but not the employer.  The fact that illegal immigration has declined since the
recession proves that if they weren’t hired, they wouldn’t come here. But
Mexico is glad to send them over here—wages sent home are substantial
enough to qualify as a reliable form of foreign aid.

Again we focus on the wrong issue—we should be focusing on the employers
who created this problem.  Let’s stop them whenever we suspect they are in the
vicinity, handcuff them, and send them to jail.

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By reynolds, May 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

“There shouldn’t be any pitty for illegal immigrants at
all!”

if there were more empathy for the dispossessed there
would be fewer of them.
americans are some of the most ruthless, self involved,
soulless people
ever to forsake spell check.

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By yours truly, May 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment
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No surprise that at a time when working people need to be united in opposition not only to the banksters that created this recession, but to the attacks on Social Security and Medicare that are about to rain down on us, guess what?  That’s right, once again the illegal immigrant has been selected as the ever so convenient scapegoat. “Hey sucker, it’s not NAFTA inspired outsourcing of factories that took your job, it’s that brown-skinned guy over there.”  After all when capitalism is in crisis, what more reliable way to save itself than hate-mongering, especially in a society such as ours where from the get-go racism was woven into its fabric.  Remember, too, that racism against Mexicans has a long track record in America, such that, scapegoating the Mexican is second nature to many of us.  What’s more it should be noted that there’s an element of cowardice in scapegoating; right now, for example, taking the easy way out and blaming the Mexican, rather than the system, cussing the hated other, rather than standing up to authority no matter the risks this may entail.  Still there’s something else lurking behind this hate the Mexican campaign, something that MSM seldom mentions, which is the white supremacist’s fear of becoming a minority.  Too damn bad, hatemongerers, being that said outcome would be the best thing that ever happened to our country.

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By reynolds, May 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

“A crime is a crime. If you are here illegally, you
are committing a crime. You, and your family, should
be deported. If you are here illegally, and have a
child here, you cannot be deported, as your child is
a citizen. This is bullshit. That child should be
considered illegal because its parents are (the sins
of the father).”

-you are a criminal because your ancestors stole
this land from spain. you should be deported.

“We need to prosecute companies who hire illegals.
They DO take jobs from Americans. I’ve seen it
happen. Do not say these are jobs that Americans
won’t do. I have never seen a job that an American
won’t do.”

-you’re not paying attention to your own harangue
and i don’t blame you. the jobs done by illegal
aliens are the ones americans won’t do. these mythic
jobs wouldn’t be available to anyone if they were
already held by some noble american.

“Your heart can bleed for the illegals, but the fact
is they are a drain on our society. If they really
want a better life, stay home and fix your own
damned country. Stop screwing ours.”

-the military/prison/industrial complex in the guise
of congress (in collusion with the american
corporation) is the biggest drain on this society.
if you really want a better life, fix your own
damned country, stop blaming theirs.

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By TheBrix57, May 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

This article is almost too funny! A newsmagazine concerned with skin color and politics is tasking the various bills in different states of illegal immigration. Colorlines is concerned that they weren’t consulted by any of these states in drafting the legislation. With a name like that, is it any wonder why?

The very first sentence of the article tries to state that an “undocumented immigrant” is not a criminal. Sorry to burst your little bubble of political correctedness, but, if you are in ANY country and are not a citizen, not there as a tourist or have a visa to be in that country, you are a criminal. There are several countries, like the one to the south of the U.S., where being an illegal immigrant is not really a good thing.

Granted, the current face of an illegal immigrant is of a darker skin tone, but, an illegal immigrant is an illegal immigrant regardless of skin shade, be it white, brown, black, green or any variation. Claiming racism is only an argument, when you know you have already lost.

The U.S. is currently in a very severe recession with almost 10% unemployment among it’s citizens. All states are facing budget crisis after budget crisis with health care, education, employment and a non-responsive Federal Government. States are looking at any option to bring these costs under control. When you have large populations of people that should not even be there, consuming these services, kind of an easy place to start.

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By skulz fontaine, May 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

Racist is racist is racist. Can’t shroud racism behind “get out no amnesty ever.”
That which divides us continues to divide us. Deeply. It isn’t the migrants that
should be shouted at or forced out or “deported” or whatever. Shout at the
politicians. KICK THEM OUT!
Who’s to be next? Which group? What color? What ethnic orgin is up for
cleansing? Because and the bottom line, that is EXACTLY what this bullshit is
about. So, show your true colors. I’m not talking the shading of skin. Migrants
are NOT a “drain” on American anything. Migrants skirt the periphery of
communities and keep a low profile simply and because fascist race baiting
fools like Mikey boy 112769 drink the propaganda koolaid. Idiocy Holmes.
Idiocy spoken like a racist idiot. You would spew your hatred and venom and
blame migrants for crime? What about the war crimes that America is about the
business of? Nothing to say about that? Oh yeah and Mikey? You gonna go out
and pick the fields?
Immigration needs serious reform. Our bullshit and venal Congress is not about
to now or EVER do more than pay lipservice to the issue. Well and pontificate
about kicking out the under classes.
Jesus, Mike112769 take a freaking Prozac and chill. You do not know what the
hell you are raving about.

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By Artful Dodger, May 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment
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Having lived in the Southwest for a number of years, I understand the Native American antipathy for illegal alien invasion. Navaho’s in New Mexico do not have any sympathy for these trespassers as they frequently vandalize and steal property from native American lands. Their people are many times corrupted by the money offered by violent coyotes and smugglers to engage in criminal activity. Ironically the foundation supported illegal alien advocates like to brag about how deep their Indian roots are in the Southwest. The problem is that their ethnicity and morphology as “chicanos” are not even close to that of the Southwest Indians in Arizona and New Mexico.

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By mike112769, May 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

A crime is a crime. If you are here illegally, you are committing a crime. You, and your family, should be deported. If you are here illegally, and have a child here, you cannot be deported, as your child is a citizen. This is bullshit. That child should be considered illegal because its parents are (the sins of the father).

We need to prosecute companies who hire illegals. They DO take jobs from Americans. I’ve seen it happen. Do not say these are jobs that Americans won’t do. I have never seen a job that an American won’t do.

We cannot keep up the status quo. It is killing our country. This is a fact, and not an opinion. After NAFTA was signed, where did a lot of our manufacturing base go? Ask Ross Perot. Everyone laughed at him when he warned us what was coming. Well, he was right. The only people that benifitted from NAFTA were some CEOs and the politicians they bought off. The economy sure as hell hasn’t.

Your heart can bleed for the illegals, but the fact is they are a drain on our society. If they really want a better life, stay home and fix your own damned country. Stop screwing ours.

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By REDHORSE, May 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

GET WELL GERARD!!  I hold no ill feeling for Latinos. A real immigration policy would strengthen Mexico and within’ twenty years help it build a middle class. What I don’t like is the real violence I’ve experienced as the result of the illegals problem, the use of the “racecard” as a divisive wedge and the smokescreen for corporate thugs created by our press. Our government and the people themselves are crippled right now. The hogwash exploitation of that fact by American Latinos and corporate thugs is——well—-it angers me. Endless amnesty is not a solution to anything.

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By espaz, May 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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i also agree with redhorse.  i’m sorry, i really do not hate people for their ethnicity, it’s just that i fear that there really is a limit to our resources here in the U.S., and the world too.  we (people of the planet) have GOT to curb our population growth or i’m afraid that one day this species is going to resort to canibalism.  i am so glad i won’t be here when that happens; when all the animals are extinct and the oceans are dead and the forests are gone. what a f*ed up world that is going to be.  anyhow…. maybe i’m wrong, but i see a negative impact from an unregulated flood of persons comming into the U.S.  I agree that it is the big corporations that depend on the cheap labor that make us feel like racists for not wanting to enforce border control.

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By REDHORSE, May 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment

I have lots of empathy and respect for hard working Mexicans. NAFTA and our “drug war” were the final blow in the destruction of the Mexican economy. Americans don’t hate those people here seeking survival for their families. Again, American Latino politicians and racists, separatist, Marxist, militants have seized the “illegals” issue for their own agenda (Viva Aztlan!!). The “racecard” is the main weapon used to silence dialogue. There was an implied threat of open violent revolt by Latino leaders in Arizona. Now in California there have been riots and outright physical assault on American demonstrators by Mexicans.

  Instead of a sane legal and enforced immigration policy American politicos again bend over for the corporate thugs who want cheap labor and, the racists, violent American Latino community, with no thought to the future.

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By gerard, May 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment

I’m not feeling well today and can’t write any more than this:  I do NOT approve of what Arizona and others may try to do against Latinos.

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By webzsoft, May 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

I agree with Redhorse. There shouldn’t be any pitty for illegal immigrants at all!

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By REDHORSE, May 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

As always—those against the current and real illegal Third World mass invasion of the U.S.A. by Latinos and, Americans disgusted with the “black Market Underground” murder, kidnapping, etc. that drive it, are painted as RIGHT WING ANTI-IMMIGRANT. You have to admire how the American Latino spin machine and the racists who run it, with the help of a low brow corporate press greedy for cheap labor, have joined hands to take advantage of an already corrupt and crippled Capital Hill.

    If you’re not here as a legal immigrant—GET OUT!! NO AMNESTY EVER!! SUPPORT AND ENFORCE CURRENT IMMIGRATION LAW!! JAIL THE THUGS WHO HIRE ILLEGALS NOW!!

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