Category Archives: immigration

Sen Obama’s speech… i’m sold

I just now had the chance to listen to his speech.

It’s quite moving…. eloquent…. and right on target.

I love his method of condemning the sin and not the sinner regarding his pastor.

If you haven’t seen it, give 30 minutes of your time and hear will undoubtedly be one that makes the history books.

the circle is tightening

My office got this a few days ago from the Department of Labor because they want to conduct an audit on one of our clients. It’s a list of documents they want to see when they come by and talk with us.

Sucks to be the client. They’re gonna lose some employees. Hell, what am I talkin about… we’re gonna lose some employees.


So there is a new House bill that was introduced on Nov 6th which many believe will easily pass through both houses and is the middle road to Immigration Reform. It uses something called the principle of Attrition Through Enforcement and will give all levels of government the authority to enforce laws already on the books.

My dad had it happen to him already when he went on Monday to renew his driver’s license. They asked for his social security card to make sure it matched his other info. It didn’t match.  The next day he went to the Social Security office to tell them they needed to fix a typographical error that’s prohibiting him from getting his license renewed (not really a typo as much a translation error… George / Jorge). They told him they need to see some form of ID. Catch 22 and now he’s wondering what the hell he’s supposed to do. He even called my aunt down in Brownsville and asked her to check it out and that office is doing the same thing. The circle is tightening.


This is kinda interesting. In reading the whole document it seems as though the conclusion of doing nothing about illegal immigrants costs us a nominal fee… if I read this right, about 200 bucks per household. But if they were all sent back to where they came from it could impact some regions and industries severely. According to the author of this document it is extremely difficult to tell. I pulled this excerpt for your reading enjoyment.

Sending all illegal immigrants home would reduce the U.S. labor force by 5 percent and the low-skilled U.S. labor force (workers with less than a high school education) by 10 percent or more. In 2005, illegal immigrants accounted for 24 percent of workers employed in farming, 17 percent in cleaning, 14 percent in construction, and 12 percent in food preparation. Losing this labor would likely increase prices for many types of non-traded goods and services, increase wages for low-skilled resident labor, decrease incomes of employers that hire these workers, and increase the incomes of taxpayers that pay for the public services these individuals use. The net impact of these changes would be small, although in some regions and industries the dislocation caused by the labor outflow would be considerable.
If, instead, illegal immigrants were allowed to remain in the country and obtain legal residence visas, the economic impact would depend on the rights granted to these individuals.

Well, either way… the squeeze on illegals is starting and what some are saying is in the name of security… to keep the “invasion” at bay. Some people are gonna get caught in the crossfire. It’s my personal opinion that the smokescreen is security but in reality they just want to send all those wetbacks across the big river because we tan better than them. My dad might need to start learning how to swim.

the above quote is commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin.

a really cool reproduction of this correct version of the statement can be purchased here.

No-match letters… two days to go

On October 1st, a San Francisco federal judge extended for 10 days a temporary restraining order that blocks the Department of Homeland Security from sending “no-match” letters to approximately 140,000 employers. By the 11th, the judge will rule on whether or not to permanently stop the Social Security Administration (SSA) from sending said letters.

I’ve only recently begun following this because it indirectly affects the company I work for. However there have been municipalities over the past year or so making news by enacting laws similar to the one the Dept of Homeland Security is attempting to enforce. Just a few of those are: Tulsa, OK, Riverside, NJ and Hazleton, PA

I wonder if the fate of the Homeland Security’s attempt will run the fate of the Hazleton, PA law. It was struck down by a federal judge as unconstitutional.

But what if… just what if, the DHS is given the go ahead with the No Match letters?

Perhaps we’ll find ourselves in the predicament that Riverside saw themselves in with their economy suffering. I can’t help but think it is what will most likely happen.

From a report yesterdat filed by Diane Sawyer on ABC’s Good Morning America this excerpt comes:

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has said his city would “collapse if they were deported,” referring to Mexican immigrants.The agriculture and the food service industries across the country are especially reliant on Mexican workers. A recent report out of Washington said that apple growers don’t have the workers to harvest the fruit.“If you took away Hispanic labor from agriculture and from dairying in Wisconsin, we’d be in crisis,” said Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Rod Nilestuen. “There’s no two ways about that.”“Las Vegas would stop. We would stop in our tracks.” said Donald Taylor, Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union. “They do everything from cleaning a room, serving a cocktail, to cooking a meal to serving a meal to cleaning the casino floor.”

In talking with my dad about it, he believes what has happened is municipalities and the government as a whole are tired of footing the bill on freebies for illegals. At least that’s what some arguments are.

It appears to me though what has happened (and can be seen in tv, newspaper and other internet discussion boards and blogs) is the ugly underbelly of America’s racist mentality has been exposed yet again.

who’s your candidate!

I found this while lurking around on WordPress today.

Coincidentally, I found out while stopping by at Another Working Mom’s place that today is apparently Delurking Day .


Something big is coming – the No Match Rule

The Department of Homeland Security wants to implement an administrative measure on immigration that is being called the “No Match Rule” which could have some big economic impacts. Actually I’m quite certain it will have big economic impacts if it instated.

For now, a temporary restraining order has been granted and will be in effect until Oct 1, when another federal judge will consider whether to grant an injunction

that would block the rule until a union’s lawsuit against the federal government is held. Man… lots of politics in this one. (Left) A border patrol agent looks at the Rio Grande river with Mexico on the left and the U.S. on the right from a railroad bridge in Laredo, Texas

Us vs Them

Many of my company’s clients (by many i mean about 98% of the 175 or so clients we have) hire illegals. And no… they’re not illegal aliens from Canada or England. They’re Mexicans. They’re Hondurans. They’re El Salvadorians.

We’ve had a couple dozen or so call asking what we can do to help them since the Aug 10 announcement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to instate the rule. Unfortunately our response has had to be, “nothing.” There is nothing we can do to cure the immigration problem / paradox and nothing we can do to help our clients.

The paradox i refer to is, this country wants illegal aliens for the cheap labor but we don’t want ’em living here.

I’m not one who gets fired up about activism or the political landscape. I don’t get my rocks off by debating dems vs republicans, choice or life, more government or less government. But this is different.

This subject hits a little close to home. I am Mexican.

The people involved are from my parent’s country. People of my heritage. Mi jente. It isn’t so easy for me to think in an “Us vs Them” mentality as many other Americans do.

What should we do?

I have a hard time figuring out where the sides of politics and activism and being a man of faith are separated. There is no definite line. Although i wish there was because like I said, I’m not one who gets fired up about activism or politics. All i want is to carve out my little piece of the pie and have everyone just leave me the hell alone.

But as a man of faith, this stirs something in me that tells me this is wrong. It tells me I should do or say something to make it right. I mean, these people are just…. hell we are ALL just trying to provide for our families and ourselves through an honest day’s work and soak in this thing we call life.

But the problem is they’re breaking a law of this country. They have not immigrated legally.

The beauty of this country (as screwed up as it can be) is that everyone has opportunity. Some opportunity is smaller or harder to get to than others but still it’s there. We should try to figure out a way to give everyone that chance. I don’t know how or what we should do but there’s got to be a way.

I need to do a little more research to see how I can fix immigration.

[Deist takes a sip of his beer and thinks to himself, “maybe i should start buying Mexican beer.”]