The number of illegal immigrants entering the United States has slowed significantly the past few years, falling below the number of those entering the country legally, according to the report by the Pew Hispanic Center, a Washington think tank.The report estimates there were 11.9 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. as of March. That would be a decline of 500,000 from the center’s estimate a year ago. However, the change was not statistically significant because of the large margins of error. The Pew study does not address why the decrease occurred, but other researchers cite the nation’s struggling economy and stepped up enforcement of immigration laws.
“The decline in job prospects in construction, service and other low-skilled jobs are communicated through extended networks of would-be movers from Mexico and Latin America,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, another Washington think tank. “It also may propel more return migration.”
There is a great lawsuit being filed against the sanctuary city of San Fransisco by the Balogna family. In June 2008, Tony Balogna and hisÂ two sons were murdered allegedly by an illegal immigrant named Edwin Ramos. This illegal immigrant was protected by the city of San Fransisco.
Edwin Ramos has a long criminal history. At the age of 17 he commited two violent felonies, one was gang related and the other was an attempted robbery of a pregnant woman.Â He isÂ a member of the gang MS-13 that targeted Hispanic people just because they weren’t in the gang. Edwin’s latestÂ arrest wasÂ on March 30, 2008 for gang and weapons charges, but San Fransisco refused to file charges against him. He was released from jail on April 2nd, and then just two months later allegedly commited a triple murder.
San Fransisco knew Edwin Ramos was an illegal immigrant, he was convicted of two violent felonies, and they did nothing. They arrested him again and refused to file charges, doing nothing. Nothing. The sanctuary city may have to wake up and get with the real world.
Unfortunately, the city of San Fransisco has absolute immunity from lawsuits that challenge its ordinances. What a crazy loophole, how can the city have absolute immunity? They violated federal law!
The only chance for this illegal immigrant lawsuit to get through, is for it to go in front of a jury. The jury can nullify the stupid San Fransisco loophole and allow the wrongful death lawsuit against San Fransisco. The best outcome would be for San Fransisco to have to pay millions and millions, realize they need to take responsibility for the illegal immigrants in their city, and Mayor Gavin Newsom would have to pay at least $100,000 from his personal bank account because of his responsibility (or lack of responsibility) which resulted in the death of the Balonga family. It is a true shame that San Frasisco could be so irresponsible for so long, that it took the death of three good Americans for people to wake up and realize how wrong San Fransisco is.
The name of the nationâ€™s most visible, self-defined Latino civil-rights organization, the National Council of La Raza, translates as the National Council of The Race. The official website denies it, of course, but we have dictionaries. That controversial term - La Raza - is gaining currency: Some K-12 public schools now teach something called â€śRaza Studies.â€ť
Like those in Tucson, for example. The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) has, in fact, welcomed Raza Studies in its classrooms for about a decade, but itâ€™s been mighty secretive about the association.
What, exactly, is Raza Studies? Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne asked that question in November 2007 when he inquired if it wouldnâ€™t be too much trouble for TUSD to send to him the Raza curricula it was teaching and the textbooks from which it taught them. Actually, TUSD replied to Horne, meeting his request would be a heckuva lot of trouble.
Then the local papers piled on Arizonaâ€™s superintendent. The first sentence of a November 26th editorial in the Tucson Citizen read, â€śMemo to Tom Horne: Butt out.â€ť Another editorial, titled â€śHorne meddling in TUSDâ€™s ethnic studies efforts,â€ť this one in Tucsonâ€™s Arizona Daily Star, noted that â€śStudents enroll in these classes because they cover information that is not offered in other classes. While U.S. history classes and textbooks do a better job than those of the past of including more about our shared history, much is left out.â€ť
What is left out of traditional syllabi, of course, is the grievance and distortion. When Horne finally acquired the program materials he requested, they included texts with titles such as Occupied America and The Pedagogy of Oppression. And according to John Ward, a Tucson teacher who saw his U.S. history course coopted by the Raza Studies department, the Raza curriculumâ€™s focus is â€śthat Mexican-Americans were and continue to be victims of a racist American society driven by the interests of middle and upper-class whites.â€ť
ABC 7’s Project Immigration revealed that more immigrants are warning family members not to come to the U.S. because of the sagging economy.Along a rural road in western El Salvador, ABC 7’s Andrea McCarren spotted a young boy in a red shirt harvesting sugar cane. His name was Jonathan and he was 12-years-old. Like most children his age, Jonathan had a dream, a dream to travel to the United States and work.
For many Central Americans, the dream to work in the U.S. is fading quick.
“What I want to say to all the people from El Salvador or other countries, the situation in this country is not easy. It’s very difficult and it’s not worth it to risk your life,” said day laborer Jose Manuel Munoz through a translator.
From suburban Washington to rural El Salvador, ABC 7 heard from many immigrants that they are warning their friends and relatives to not come to America. “I say to the rest, this is not a good time to come to the United States. If you are okay, over there, in El Salvador, stay there,” said Rosa Nativi.
That’s right, here isÂ where we are right now. We are in the middle of a presidential election andÂ our choices are Barrack Obama and John McCain. Unfortunately, both of these candidates are not going to do anything to stop illegal immigration. That’s a fact, plain and simple.
If you’re a Republican and feel that McCain will be the better of the two candidates to stop illegal immigration, he once supported amnesty for illegal immigrants. After much pressure from conservatives, he changed his view to concentrate on walls and borders, mainly tied to security purposes for terrorists.
If you don’t think Bush did anything to stop illegal immigration, just wait until McCain gets in office. And considering Obama is his only candidate, McCain (former amnesty supporter) is the best you’ve got.
So what does that mean? Get local. Look at what states like Arizona are doing, you can do the same thing. All you have to do is pressure your elected officials, or fight to elect new ones. Stopping illegal immigration state by state, on a local level,Â is the only way we can make a difference in the near future.
Believe it or not, hundreds of legal and illegal immigrants are being sent back to their home countries for medical care because they lack insurance. However, in some cases the FBI and police have come into stop forcible removals according to patients’ lawyers.
Arizona is able to do this because of federal and state law that mandates only U.S. citizen and legal residents are eligible for Medicaid. The state hospitals are pressured by Arizona leaders to transport non-citizens back to their native country.
This sounds good and all, but the cost to transport the non-citizen can be up to $100,000. The hospital (meaning your tax dollars) has to pay up to $100,000 to send the illegal immigrant back to Mexico! I don’t know if it would be cheaper to treat the illegalÂ alien patientÂ and then send them back by bus . . . but there has to be a better way.
Well, it’s funny . . . we have aÂ ton of websites, including some other political sites, but this Say No to Illegal Immigration site was the only one that got hacked. Is La Raza turning to hacking anti-illegal immigration websites? Who knows, but whatever the case is, we figured out the password and the 17 comments that were waiting for moderation are now approved.
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A big loophole in the House Bill fortunately caused problems today with the proposed Bush tax rebates. The loophole in the House bill would allow most illegal immigrants to receive a tax rebate check.
If the illegal immigrants work and have a tax payer identification number, they are technically considered “resident aliens”, even if they don’t have a social security number or used a fake social security number to get a job. Therefore,Â they are eligible to receive the tax rebate check under the current legislation even though they aren’t an American citizen.
Nevada Senator John Ensign (R) said, “I’m not sure that the American taxpayer would like people who are in this country illegally to be getting a tax rebate.”
Really Senator Ensign? At least you have a clue! Supposedly, tomorrow they are going to start working on fixing both the Senate and House Bills toÂ correct this loophole and not allow tax rebates for illegal aliens. At this point in the fight against illegal immigration … who knows what will happen.
If you feel your local city, county and state elected officialsÂ are notÂ doing enough to stop the illegal immigration problem, take a few tips from Utah. Does your state representative need some ideas on how to help stop illegal immigrants from taking over your state? Feel free to copy and paste this list of illegal immigration legislation that Utah is considering during the upcoming session and email it to your representatives. Over ten illegal immigration bills!
â€˘ HB26 â€” Notary Public Revisions â€” Prevents notary publics from using driving privilege cards as proof of identity. Donnelson.
â€˘ HB95 â€” Document Fraud â€” Creates a civil penalty up to $75,000 for falsifying documents to unlawfully establish legal status. Rep. Karen Morgan, D-Cottonwood Heights.
â€˘ HB98 â€” Utah Employment Verification Act â€” Requires public employers participate in the federal employment verification program and keep records. Donnelson.
â€˘ HB237 â€” Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act â€” Gives certain local and state law enforcement officers the authority to enforce federal immigration law and perform some functions of federal immigration officers. Donnelson.
â€˘ HB239 â€” Driver License Qualifications â€” Repeals driving privilege cards for undocumented immigrants. Donnelson.
From the Email Bag….It’s no big surprise that the Orange County Register newspaper in California did not print the following letter to the editor.
Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off aÂ ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.