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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Mexican invasion

Not the military kind, but the onslaught of illegals..The folk in Arizona have finally had enough and I don't blame them for trying to at last prompt the feds to do something besides abet the issue by saying we need their cheap labor on our farms and agricultural entities..Reality is they take the jobs that no one in this country can afford to do..You can't live on minmum wage Much less the wages these illegals are making..Mexico cannot provide jobs for these folks and desperation drives them across the border no matter what the cost..The special attention on the Arizona border will cause even more pressure on the California and Texas borders..The federal govt is charged with the responsibility to protect all our borders and must step up to the plate..


  • Since our government isn't stepping up to the plate, I like the idea of the minute men keeping an eye on our borders. If we could only keep the ACLU "vigilantes" from keeping tabs on their fellow Americans enjoying their civil liberties, freedom of speech and the right to assemble, out of it. Or maybe we could bring some of our military home to protect our country. Just a thought.

    By Blogger Joan, at April 04, 2005 1:43 PM  

  • In the news last night it said the mexican govt was going to keep as eye on the minutemen to make sure they did no harm to the mexican "emigrants" It seems to me they should be keeping a closer eye on their citizens and stop them from breaking the law in the first place..

    By Blogger Howard, at April 04, 2005 2:02 PM  

  • I'll drink to that.

    By Blogger Joan, at April 04, 2005 5:47 PM  

  • I just found this out, unbelievable! Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said Tuesday that Mexican consulates in Arizona will file criminal complaints against any illegal detentions of its citizens by volunteers of the so-called Minuteman Project.

    In a press statement, the department said it would also weigh further steps _ apparently civil lawsuits _ against people involved in what it described as “vigilanteism” against undocumented Mexican migrants.

    My answer to this: Americans should invade Mexico and demand tocos. Then when we are arrested, sue for our civil liberties being violated.

    By Blogger Joan, at April 04, 2005 6:49 PM  

  • Thank you for highlighting that these individuals are not "taking jobs" from Americans, I hear that so often it's ridiculous. You're right, no one could afford to work these jobs anyway, so there's nothing being "taken."

    Another good point about increased pressure on the California and Texas borders, it's not a good situation for anyone involved.

    By Blogger Wil, at April 07, 2005 6:51 AM  

  • well, let me chime in and say (1) you're absolutely correct that illegal aliens wouldn't come here (or to any other country for that matter) if there weren't jobs here for them. you want to solve the problem of illegal immigration? Go after the employers who hire them illegally, don't pay workers comp, and then expect the public to foot the bill when untrained workers are seriously injured using dangerous equipment. (See the meatpacking industry, for an excellent example.) The truth is that few people are willing to pay for produce and products if the people who made them and harvested the food actually were paid minimum wage.
    Having said that, the "Minuteman project" is just setting itself up for bad, bad things to happen. As a citizen, almost anyone can detain another person for committing an illegal act. The difference is that Joe Citizen is on the hook for liability if ANYTHING goes wrong (and things go wrong, folks), whereas law enforcement and government employees enjoy the protections of sovereign immunity which enable them to do their job without fear of retribution. Having a bunch of trigger-happy vigilantes out there "guarding" our border is a recipe for disaster. The Mexican government has an obligation to protect its citizens from harm from other countries--so I don't really see where the outrage over their actions is. My guess is that most of the Minutemen voted for Bush, who is really in the only diplomatic position to change the way that Mexico and the US handles its borders and its immigration policies. So....the blame is all around.

    By Blogger Tara, at April 07, 2005 2:12 PM  

  • It has been reportd that the Mexican govt has posted 1000 troops in the vacinity to channel the drug trafficers and illegal aliens around the 23 mile area in contention..aiding and abetting their citizens to break the law..

    By Blogger Howard, at April 07, 2005 6:11 PM  

  • Howard, as usual you are right on. This whole country should be outraged over Mexico's actions. If they were stopping their citizens from crossing the borders illegely, that would be the right thing to do. Instead they are helping them not get caught as they cross our border. Where does it stop?

    By Blogger Joan, at April 08, 2005 5:28 AM  

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    By Blogger Joan, at April 08, 2005 5:29 AM  

  • The drug traffickers don't need the Mexican government's help getting across the border. They get across legally without anyone's help. (Just look at any port of entry--San Ysidro, for example. No way that BICE is going to be able to search every car.) Again, the Mexican government wouldn't support its citizens crossing the border illegally if there wasn't diplomatic acquiescence on the part of the current administration. It is not in Congress's (or the president's) political interest to establish a legal migration system, like the German Gastarbeiter program. There's nothing to be gained politically, so they are not doing anything about it.
    I can sort of understand the frustration on the parts of people who live in border states (I lived in San Diego for a few years), but it is not like migration is not taking place throughout the world--look at the illegal immigration of Turks and Kosovars into Germany, for example. but like them, we all rely on cheap labor to keep our cost of living low. Unless Americans are willing to start paying more for their services & products, I don't see any change happening.

    By Blogger Tara, at April 08, 2005 6:59 AM  

  • Seems like politicians will continue to pander to special interests and put votes ahead of national sovereignty - and national security. We need to stop insorcing illegal immigrants.

    By Blogger Joan, at April 08, 2005 9:11 AM  

  • Well there has been a little stir on the subject..Two articals in the Houston Chronical..ANd an Ahem! from congress..The only thing that will ever stir congress is the probability of not getting reelected..I hope the minute men don't give up..

    By Blogger Howard, at April 09, 2005 6:21 PM  

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