Saturday, August 13, 2005

Illegal Immigration

Bad News: The towns of New Ipswitch & New Hudson lose the right to arrest illegals for trespassing. The Mexican government paid the legal fees of defense lawyers & hired the New Hampshire ACLU to procure lawyers for the cases. While the American people have lost, the people of New Ipswich may have won in spite of the ruling: "I think they plan on staying out of Hudson and New Ipswich, N.H.," said Randall Drew, one of the illegals lawyers.
(Background Info: here & here)

Good News: Despite much opposition, even from some local Republicans, county commissioner, Robert Vasquez, is continuing his fight against illegal immigration, by using federal anti-corruption laws to prosecute employers who hire illegals.

Vasquez, whose grandfather came from Mexico, complains of an "unarmed invasion" that is fast transforming American towns like this one. "Why," he asks, "should I have to 'Press 1 for English?' "...
"They say these are jobs that no one else will take," says Tim Smallwood, an Idaho fruit and vegetable inspector, as he takes a lunch break in Caldwell. But if employers were denied that pool of cheap labor, overall wages would go up he says.Lori Morrison, who manages a night shift at Jack-in-the-Box to help support her family, shares the worry about wages. And she adds another concern: the social-service burden on government. "Taxes have gone up," she says. "They're killing us."

(Background Info: here)

Many polls show that a majority of the American public is against illegal immigration, as well as guest worker programs. The odd thing is, the Bush administration is pushing the guest worker program as a compromise in an effort to win over the Hispanic population, which has traditionally voted Democrat, & yet some polls show that Hispanics do not look upon the program too favorably either.

In the Sun-Sentinel poll, Hispanics, who made up 15 percent of the respondents, were no more supportive of pro-immigration changes than other groups polled. Only two in 10 Hispanics favored a law allowing undocumented immigrants to work legally in the country. Only two in 10 favored issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. And only 38 percent of Florida’s Hispanics who are likely voters said they thought immigration helped the United States....

He said Hispanics who vote are likely to oppose guest worker programs “strictly out of self-preservation. Do you want more laborers fighting for the same jobs?” he asked.

and
recent polls show 45% of Hispanics oppose it, and 63% agree the new plan is geared toward winning Hispanic votes for 2004. Additionally 30% of Hispanic registered voters polled stated they would vote for Bush; down 5 points from the 35% of Hispanic votes Bush had in 2000. Many Hispanics believe Bush's plan is a dead end, rather than a road to the American Dream.

Looks like Tom Delay is getting the message that when you try to please an elite & highly vocal minority, you alienate the silent majority, who are the key to winning elections. (hat tip: Xtreme Right Wing)

Update: Via Gina's Rantings. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency Friday in four counties along the Mexican border that he said have been 'devastated' by crimes such as the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants. Read more here.

Update II: Via Gina's Rantings (again :-) Petition to President Bush asking him to secure our borders immediately.

Update III: Ivan Lenin has a few choice words on this issue.

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