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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

CONGRESSWOMAN ATTACKS BANKS FOR GIVING DEBIT CARDS TO ILLEGALLY PRESENT IMMIGRANTS

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I have the dubious distinction of living in the district of one of the more anti-immigrant members of Congress, Republican Marsha Blackburn. Ms. Blackburn's latest anti-immigration crusade focuses on banks like Bank of America that have permitted individuals to qualify for debit cards using foreign-government issued identification documents. This allows some people who lack legal immigration status to qualify for debit cards.



Blackburn wrote a piece this week in the National Journal that attacked such practices on grounds that it is helping terrorists as well as illegally present immigrants she broadly painted as a criminal class.



I was interviewed in the Memphis Commercial Appeal on the matter yesterday. Aside from what I'm quoted as telling the reporter, I was not quoted regarding the very serious reason why it's in the public interest to allow institutions to issue these cards. Illegally present workers are often paid in cash and without bank accounts, they are forced to carry all their earnings on them. That in turn has been attracting criminals (primarily from outside the immigrant communities) to prey on these easy targets who have a strong incentive not to report the crimes to police. If you think that's the immigrants' problem andnot yours, think again. The increase in crime will no doubt spill over to the rest of your community.



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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    What else is new another prominent anti -immigrant that is blaming any and all the problems in the world and her district on illegal immigrants. Hey I guess they are the easy pray for politicians to score points with their voters and show they are really working hard in Washington. WHAT A JOKE!!!!

    These people fail to mention that access to the banking system allows them to support their family back home and keeps them there rather than all of them to have to make the harsh decision to immigrate illegally to the US. This money allows them to open up a business or put money in their home country's economy to help it grow and create jobs there which alleviates a little the need for people to emigrate to other places.

    Small minded politicians that probably have never travel abroad and see that there is a world out there outside their district.
  2. Anonymous's Avatar
    "Small minded politicians that probably have never travel abroad and see that there is a world out there outside their district."

    Have you ever been to Tijuana or any border town? The last thing we want is to bring poverty on that scale to the United States.

    Illegal immigration is a result of the Mexican government being corrupt - because that corruption results in abject poverty. We have got to find a way to fix that corruption. If people feel that they can simply leave when the going gets tough, they will never fight the corrupt powers in Mexico.

    What we need is a good fight in Mexico which will purge the country of corruption. Hopefully we aren't left with an void of leadership after that (or worse leadership). Another often unsaid problem with ignoring illegal immigration is that it lets off steam in Mexico. We need the steam to build so that change is made, and to stop letting pressure off of the government.

    Unfortunately, many in Mexico saw the answer to their problems was leftist Calderon. Ceasar Chavez is going to be quite a problem in the Americas south of the US. It is a natural reaction (although the wrong reaction) to the corruption.
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    So what you are saying is that we should deport 12 million people put additional preassure in the third world and add to their never ending poverty and list of problems to teach them a lesson in Illegal Immigration. That does not sound like it resolves anything!!! Also how does this resolve their corruption problem this problem will have to be solved by the mexicans and their fagile democracy not by deporting 12 million people. Plus if you read this particular blog it addreses the fact that some congresswoman is saying that beacuse illegals have access to banking is the same as aiding terrorists!! While corruption adds to as a factor of illegal immigration illegal immigration stems from poverty and lack of opportunity. If people can not feed their families or aspire to a better life they will look for it elsewhere that is the root of illegal immigration. There are plenty of jobs here and these people need the money simple as that. The so call job magnet
  4. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    "Illegal immigration is a result of the Mexican government being corrupt"

    This is hogwash. What would be cause of illegal immigration from Ireland then? What about corrupt Congo goverment? Why aren't there millions of Congolese living illegally in the US? The truth is, poverty and corruption has almost zero correlation with immigration rates, legal or otherwise.

    Roy, face the music - illegal immigration is the US problem that comes from inability to exercise political will and give these people a chance to in legally, period.
  5. Anonymous's Avatar
    "This is hogwash. What would be cause of illegal immigration from Ireland then?"

    Mexico dwarfs Ireland when it comes to illegal immigration. Obviously not 100% of illegal immigrants are escaping poverty. In Mexico, most of them are.

    What causes poverty? I believe in the case of Mexico it is corruption. They have vast natural resources, a democratic government, and capitalist markets. The only explanation is corruption.

    Let's not be silly. Of COURSE poverty is why they are coming here. And of COURSE corruption is the cause of poverty in Mexico.

    Instead of attacking my ideas, why do you think as much of 15% of Mexico's population has migrated/fled to the United States? Do you really think they dream at night of taking the worst jobs we have to offer? Please.

    "Also how does this resolve their corruption problem this problem will have to be solved by the mexicans and their fagile democracy not by deporting 12 million people."

    First, I did not say deport 12 million. Show me where I said that!!! I said to stop the flow so that pressure builds on the Mexican government. How else can the United States prevent corruption and poverty in Mexico?

    The only control we have over that government is trade and our ability to stop allowing the poor to come north. Of course this is not an easy decision (to stop people from escaping poverty) but how else can we shape that government?
  6. Another voice's Avatar
    Shaping the government of another country sounds to much like dictating terms for another democracy. I believe that helping to develop the third world through economic,legal reform and creating better living conditions would create a viable solution. However that sound like part of a long long term solution which does nothing to aliviate the Immigration crisis in the US today.
  7. Anonymous's Avatar
    " I believe that helping to develop the third world through economic,legal reform and creating better living conditions would create a viable solution. "

    We give them economic aid. Who funds the world bank? The US and other developed nations of course! What happens to most of the money? It is swindled! It doesn't go where it was intended.

    I think it would be dumb to invade or impose our will on Mexico with force. We've seen how well that works in Iraq. Our only viable option, that I can think of, is economic pressures.

    "I believe that helping to develop the third world through economic,legal reform and creating better living conditions would create a viable solution. "

    Your comments sound nice, but specifically what would you do? That is an answer I would expect from a beauty pageant. Let's talk implementation. Should we just ask them nicely? Please stop being corrupt, please reform your legal system... please create better living conditions. They are corrupt. They don't care what we say or how we ask.
  8. Another voice's Avatar
    Solve the immigration crisis in the short term through a practical solution. The World Bank has not worked for a long time even the US is calling for its desmanteling its a a relic of WWII. I never claimed to have the soilutions to this and corruption is a problem but this happens in many parts of the world not just Latin America. I do not think i'll get solved by the Fix it or else statement of the US governement look at IRAQ.
  9. Another voice's Avatar
    This government of Mexico is corrupt they were close to a doctatorship for 70 years. Now someone else is in power you can not expect a new government to fix it in 7 years. If you look at the composition of the new government its equally split and no one party wants to give the other an inch of a political victory which means that nothing happens down there they are just going through the motions they do not fix anything specially corruption.
  10. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    "Mexico dwarfs Ireland when it comes to illegal immigration. "

    Mexico dwarfs Ireland when it comes to POPULATION. As a percentage, illegal immigrats are probably the same share of the Irish immigrants as of Mexican.

    Mexico is not a third world country. It is young, rapidly developing and fairly well-off country. Annual per-capita income in Mexico is around $10K a year, which is comparable to many countries of Eastern Europe. Mexico has been clocking 5-9% GDP growth over many years. And guess what - Mexico is a home to the richest man in the whole world now!

    You do not want 'to bring all that powerty here' - yet, many Americans are happy to move to Mexico for their retirement.

    You are just an average bigot.
  11. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    Roy, you are a guy with a candelabra. You know, in the old days, when people had a discussion and someone not very agreeable would run out of arguments, they would grab a candelabra and start beating their opponents with it.
  12. TX's Avatar
    Anonymous, and I guess your idea of solving world's poverty would be? Let me guess, deporting all poor people to Mars, that would fix all our problems, would leave a lot of resources for the rest of us.

    Illegal immigration is the result of Mexican government being corrupt....of course the great old USA has nothing to do with it, the employers in this great country do not want to hire any undocumented, and the citizens of this country are begging to pay higher prices for homes and groceries. Wake up Roy. There are many reasons for illegal immigration, one of the biggest is the availability of jobs in the US and not enough labor to perform those jobs. These undocumented come here because they know they will find a job. And of course you know what you're talking about because you get your daily dose of Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity so you're really educated on all matters of economics and immigration.
  13. USC's Avatar
    Actually, Anonymous is not so bad. On a different thread we (including paskal) were able to reach agreement as to what he would support.

    He turned out to be generous on EB immigration and even supported FB immigration.

    He seems to be mainly opposed to the H1b program. That stance seems to stem from protectionism rather than anything else. In the short term his stance might help a nation's economy, in the long run it makes things worse!!
  14. Anonymous's Avatar
    "Roy, you are a guy with a candelabra."

    Legal and Waiting - Greg deleted my comment. You called me a bigot FIRST and you know nothing about me. That makes you the one with the candelabra. Greg will probably delete what I truly want to say about you, so I won't. Use your imagination.

    Remember saying this?: "You are just an average bigot."

    You are a hypocrite. Face it.
  15. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    I believe I deleted the comment due to profanity. Keep it clean and above the belt please. I don't have a problem with one side of the other calling the other a racist because I think issues of racism are fairly discussed in the context of immigration. But don't throw the term like a molotov cocktail. Explain why you think that a position is racist and be polite about it. It doesn't enlighten anyone when the term is used simply to try and quiet the person of the opposing view.

    Other overheated name calling - including throwing around the "greedy immigration lawyer" term will also lead to a post being deleted.
  16. Anonymous's Avatar
    "Explain why you think that a position is racist and be polite about it. "

    Here are my positions, please explain (TX or Legal and Waiting) why they are racist or anti-immigrant:

    -Legalize most undocumented immigrants. Deport violent criminals and gang members.

    -Enforce the law. Prior to immigration reforms being passed, focus on the "worst of the worst" employers such as those who have labor rights violations and treat immigrants poorly. After we have some sort of amnesty and reforms, vigorously enforce the law - still focusing on employers as opposed to employees. Don't repeat 1985.

    -Abolish the H-1b in favor of the green card. Retain the 65,000 cap but don't count immediate family members towards the cap. Show preference to the most qualified (highest paid, highest educated). No ties to the employer.

    I'm not asking if you agree with me or not. You have called me a racist and anti-immigrant. How are those positions racist or anti-immigrant? I demand an answer - or an apology.
  17. Anonymous's Avatar
    Carranza - an illegal immigrant living in New Jersey from Peru - is being charged with murder in the triple homicide of the three college students. He has plead not guilty.

    He is also charged in another case with repeatedly raping a young girl between the ages of two and six. He plead not guilty, and met bail.

    He was also charged in another case with assaulting four men with a bottle and a chair. He met bail in this case.

    Total bail was over $200,000 for the previous charges. New Jersey is a "sanctuary state" so it was not determined that Carranza was in fact an illegal alien until the investigation into the murder case. Federal authorities are only notified by the state of New Jersey after a person is convicted of a crime. Because Carranza has not been convicted, the federal authorities were not notified.

    Only now, after possibly murdering three students, has ICE placed an immigration detainer on him. Given the seriousness of the rape charge, Carranza should never have been released on bail. They should have made an inquest into his immigration status, and ICE should have detained him even if he made bail.

    This is absurd. This is why I believe that we should deport illegal aliens who have serious criminal records or who are gang members, and we should detain without bail those accused of violent crimes and especially those accuse of RAPING A CHILD!!!

    This makes my blood boil. It should make your blood boil also. How many innocent people will be murdered by people like Carranza - people who aren't fit to live in our country and should have been in ICE custody for other violent crimes?

    I won't let the political correctness police cry "racist" against those who want to protect our nation from child predators and murderers. Enough is enough!
  18. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Do you not realize that virtually every crime - even shoplifting - makes you deportable?
  19. Anonymous's Avatar
    "Do you not realize that virtually every crime - even shoplifting - makes you deportable?"

    So why was Carranza able to allegedly murder three people after allegedly raping a child and after allegedly assaulting four people?

    I don't lose sleep over petty theft, misdemeanors, and similar crimes. We probably shouldn't waste any time on this.

    However violent criminals and gang members should be deported after serving their time. Those accused of violent crimes should be held without bond until they stand trial. These violent people who are deported for their violent crimes and then sneak back in should be tried with another crime and sent back to prison if found guilty.

    Do you agree with that?
  20. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    I'd suggest you check your facts.
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