Archive for February 6th, 2008

LA Times

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration today plans to announce the most significant overhaul in two decades of the nation’s agricultural guest worker program, in a bid to dramatically increase the number of legal foreign laborers available to harvest crops.

The revised regulations, many months in the works, would make it easier for growers to bring foreign workers to the United States.

After Congress failed to overhaul immigration laws last summer, the White House announced a 26-step plan to tackle immigration issues through administrative fixes. Altering the legal-farmworker program would mark the most significant achievement to date.

“There is huge potential here to replace the massive illegal workforce with a legal one,” said Leon Sequeira, an assistant secretary at the Department of Labor.

The proposed changes to the program, which would relax the requirements for the H-2A visas granted to foreign farmworkers, come against a backdrop of growing anger over illegal immigration and tension among the presidential candidates over the issue.

The new regulations could be a boon to growers, who have long complained that the program is too cumbersome and leaves them little choice but to turn to illegal immigrants.

The simplified rules are certain to generate outrage among anti-immigration activists, who say the program steals jobs from Americans. At the same time, advocates for farmworkers charge that under the new rules, growers could exploit workers by paying them less than they do now.

The proposed changes, which would take effect after a 45-day period of public comment, would modify how foreign laborers are paid and housed, and slightly expand the types of industries that can use the program. The administration would also ease the standards farmers must now meet to show they have tried to hire U.S. citizens first.

“The overarching departmental goal is to encourage the use of the H-2A program to provide agricultural employers access to legal workers,” said the Labor Department’s Sequeira.

Sequeira noted that, of the nation’s 1.2 million farmworkers, more than half tell Labor Department surveyors that they are in the U.S. illegally. Many advocates believe the actual percentage of illegal workers is close to 70%.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was skeptical that the proposed changes would make much difference, noting that only about 2% of farm jobs are now filled through the notoriously bureaucratic program. “Growers frequently cannot get labor through the H-2A program when they need it. Simply tweaking regulations can’t fix that problem,” she said. “I’m afraid that these H-2A modifications make a bad situation worse — by lowering wage rates and undermining existing labor protections for U.S. and foreign farmworkers.”

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Rense

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year. http://tinyurl.com/zob77

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens. http://www.cisorg/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens. http://www.cisorg/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare and Social Services by the American taxpayers. http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html

9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens. http://transcripts..cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two-and-a-half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border. Homeland Security Report. http://tinyurl.com/t9sht

12 The National Policy Institute, “estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.”http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm

14. “The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States”. http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml

Total cost is a whooping… $338.3 BILLION A YEAR!!!

If this doesn’t bother you then just delete the message, but on the other hand, if it does raise the hair on the back of your neck, then forward it.

Snopes is provided for doubters:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/bankofamerica.asp

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Washington Times

Juan Hernandez is one endorsement that Mr. McCain won’t be trumpeting in front of the cameras.

Mr. Hernandez, who now serves as one of Mr. McCain’s Hispanic Outreach Directors, is no amateur in the debate over illegal immigration into the United States. Though largely unknown to the public, he’s been at the center of the policy maelstrom for years, a critical frontline player for the proponents of open borders and an unflinching advocate for strident Mexican nationalism.

Though born in the United States to a father from Mexico and a mother from Texas, Mr. Hernandez has left no doubt as to where his loyalties lie. Serving as a cabinet member to Mexican President Vincente Fox ? the first American in Mexico’s history to do so ? Mr. Hernandez has tirelessly fought against assimilation in America.

In an interview with ABC’s Nightline, Mr. Hernandez said Mexican Americans must always think “Mexico first,” whether they are one generation in the United States or have been here for seven generations.

In public remarks both before and after the terror attacks of September 11, Mr. Hernandez declared that Mexicans in the United States must never surrender their loyalty to Mexico, but rather must always keep “one foot in Mexico.” Now that’s straight talk; just not the kind that Mr. McCain wants voters to hear between now and the convention, or November if he wins the nomination. So perhaps it’s not too surprising that Mr. McCain played dumb when a voter asked him about his association with Mr. Hernandez during a town hall meeting in Florida.

Questioned by a woman who recited Mr. Hernandez’s comments that illegal immigrants are forced to steal citizens’ Social Security numbers because they couldn’t find work without them ? which shifts the guilt to Americans ? Mr. McCain quickly went into his stock stump mantra promising border security.

“He’s on my staff because he supports my policies and my legislative proposal to secure the borders first,” Mr. McCain asserted. “I don’t know what his previous positions are or [his] other positions are, he supports mine.” Mr. Hernandez does indeed support Mr. McCain ? and that speaks volumes.

The fundamental question that American voters must ask themselves is: Why would a zealous Mexican nationalist who has dedicated much of his life to eliminating the border between Mexico and the United States now suddenly support a candidate who claims to favor securing the border once and for all? Could it be that Mr. McCain’s assertions translate a little differently to Mr. Hernandez’s ear? Indeed, that wide grin Mr. Hernandez likes to flash suggests that what he’s hearing from Mr. McCain has a familiar ring to it, perhaps not unlike that of a Tijuana police chief vowing to crack down on corruption.

The bottom line is that Mr. Hernandez is a savvy man with enough sophistication to know that what Mr. McCain is not saying is equally important ? if not more ? than his pablum about “border security.” And Mr. McCain is not saying he will support vigorous enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws in the interior of the country, particularly at job sites; he’s not saying that he supports deporting any significant number of illegal aliens already in the country; and he is surely not saying that he will end the chain migration laws that strike to the core of encouraging illegal immigrants to get into the nation at all costs and then wait for an amnesty that will allow them to bring their extended families north.

No, Mr. McCain is saying none of these things.

Mr. Hernandez hears the senator’s “straight talk” loud and clear, and it seems to be music to his ears.

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WSLS

An illegal immigrant was sent to prison for 3½ years Tuesday morning after he was convicted of aggravated sexual battery in Bedford County Circuit Court.

Santos Wenceslao Guzman, 42, of El Salvador, entered an Alford plea to one count of aggravated sexual battery against an 8-year-old girl. The Alford plea allows a defendant to maintain his innocence while admitting prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.

According to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, Guzman was arrested after two 8-year-old girls reported they were fondled at the Goodwill store on Virginia 221 in Forest on Sept. 1. Gary Reynolds, chief of the sheriff?s office Child Sexual Offender Registration and Tracking Unit was off duty and in the area when the call came in.

Reynolds arrested Guzman as he was walking out of the store.

Deputy Commonwealth?s Attorney Wes Nance said Tuesday that Guzman will likely be deported to his home country after serving his sentence in a Virginia prison.

?Basically, we were able to verify he was in the U.S. legally at one time on a six-month valid visa,? Nance said. ?At the end of 2004, though, he never left.?

An official from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was in court Tuesday, Nance said, and served Guzman with notice of an administrative deportation hearing after he was sentenced. That means Guzman will be released into the custody of federal agents at the end of his 3½-year term.

Rather than deport him right away, the Virginia Department of Corrections will be able to ensure Guzman doesn?t turn around and re-enter the country illegally again to commit another crime, Nance said.

?At least for the next 3½ years, we?ll be able to keep track of him,? Nance said.

Guzman was sentenced to a total of 15 years with the majority suspended. If he comes back into the country again after he?s deported, he?s subject to the remainder of that sentenced being enforced.

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KLTV

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, ranking member of the Immigration and Border Security subcommittee, has signed on as an original co-sponsor of two new bipartisan bills to ensure states and localities are fully reimbursed in a timely manner for costs of incarcerating criminal aliens.

The legislation strengthens the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), which reimburses states and counties for the unfunded mandate of detaining illegal immigrants arrested in connection with crimes other than immigration violations. The bills also expand the types of services covered to include not only detention of convicted criminal aliens but also those charged with a crime.

The lack of timely reimbursement has posed a problem for states. For example, some counties recently waited nearly two years before they were reimbursed for expenses they incurred in 2005.

In addition, due to a reinterpretation of the statute, the Justice Department only reimburses states and counties for the costs of housing convicted criminal aliens. It does not reimburse states for housing undocumented aliens who have been charged with a crime.

This new legislation would restore SCAAP to Congress’s original intent to ensure that states and localities could be reimbursed for the costs of incarcerating aliens who are either charged with or convicted of a felony or two misdemeanors.

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Washington Post

Bush administration officials said yesterday that 1,324 Iraqi refugees entered the United States from October through January, as part of a U.S. program aimed at bringing in 12,000 by Sept. 30.

Ambassador James B. Foley, the State Department’s senior coordinator of Iraqi refugee issues, told reporters yesterday that he still hopes the goal for the 2008 fiscal year will be met, but he acknowledged it is ‘not guaranteed.’ Since the program was launched in mid-2007, more than 3,000 Iraqi refugees have been admitted to the United States, with 375 arriving last month.

Most of the estimated 2.2 million Iraqi refugees — who have fled primarily to Syria and Jordan — want to return home and are becoming a ‘looming problem’ financially for the region, Foley said. Meanwhile, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has identified only about 17,000 as eligible for admission to the United States based on dangers they would face upon returning to Iraq.

Of those, about 7,700 Iraqis have completed the complex interview process required by the United States; the remaining 9,300 are considered ‘in the pipeline,’ said Lori Scialabba, senior adviser for Iraqi refugee affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, which also plays a key role in the process through its Citizenship and Immigration Services.

About 13 percent of refugees interviewed have been denied entry because of security, medical or other reasons, Scialabba said. Another 17 percent are ‘on hold’ while their information is under review. Two-thirds of those interviewed have been approved for entry, though Foley added that more than 100 opted not to come here.

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It’s only February but this message I received on my YouTube account could easily win the illegal crybaby of the year award. He says being in the country illegally is so hard on him that he is in therapy! Click here to add a comment on his YouTube account.

CLFNAM says:

Hey, I know there is freedom of speech here in the u.s so I want to tell you and all of your clan something we “wetbacks” as you call us are what keep this country running. I live in Texas in my opinion one of the gayest state ever. I have been here for a 2 years or so but to me it’s been a life time throughout the time i’ve been racially insulted by the school system and the locals I have gone to therapist because of people like you that wont cut us some slack. I have been trying not to go mad in this state.

I would be in California my home state where we stand as one. Even though there are some of us that express themselves physically it is because of you! You are the ones that had made the innocent mexican souls go down and fall to hatred, animosity, and rage against you and your people. You make them go down to a level where they see you as vultures. Just like the men that come back from war they come back shell shocked. Just like with the gang members. Some of them never heal and the lucky one do heal but with a consequence. If you where to deport millions of immigrants you would be throwing out construction workers that struggle every day and know that by working in construction they lose a day of life why? cause they work their asses without any safety equipment they get a job to do they say by when do you want it done. This country would also lose culture with everyone gone they would want every thing that may be from mexico and southern america and it may lead to war which mostly the people would win cause in numbers we are great and we are wise. I know you have rights of free speech but so do we

we are here to stay because a immigrants life is the hardest working for pennies while everyone else gets paid what you would dream of. But keep this in mind the Golden Rule is alive and still exist maybe you should try it.

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