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  1. Jim Norman's Avatar
    first of all the all immigrants who are here are legals , they are working here and pay to much tax and help very good this economy, second, from 1998- the both D and R by misleading advertisements on daily base bringing here immigrants to this country , witch is very good , because the withe trash are too lonely and cold . give them green card , and don,t talk touch.
  2. Mega Jewels's Avatar
    Just another Conversation,Immigration is always been good for America.The more open you are to everyone the more you prosper(is that not what Capitalism dictates)
    Look back in history and it will tell you how much people have made in the earlier times when Immigration was more Tolerant.
    The more harder you behave in the society the more people will not want you and that is EXACTLY what is Happening to Americans and America.
    Both Democrats and Republicans WILL DO NOTHING,because this is their own CREATION.
    The Country will suffer unless they forget their differences and do something about the Immigration situation.
    MAY GOD HELP.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA and the World.
  3. Ian Millhiser's Avatar
    Hello,

    The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear Arizona's appeal of a lower court decision blocking much of its unconstitutional anti-immigrant law SB 1070, but the most interesting part of this morning's announcement is that Justice Kagan will not hear this case.

    Read more about what this means here: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/12/12/387434/supreme-court-will-hear-sb1070-case-justice-kagan-is-recused/

  4. Richard Y's Avatar
    Re : Innocent Until Looks Foreign

    Show me the papers police state is a disgrace not only for Alabama or Arizona but for our country. It's a step backward toward Nazi Gestapo regime. It's hypocritical for any Tea Partiers or conservatives to demand government should stay out of their private life and affairs yet demanding government to
    harass people on the streets just because they look and sound foreigners, that believe that let the free market rules on our health care choices but balk on companies hiring foreign workers that will compete with them in the labor market.

    It's the time for us for common sense immigration policy that let all non criminal human beings walk free on our land without being harassed by any law enforcement officials while we enforce our labor laws that make sure all employers hire only employees with authorized to work status. No foreigners should fill our jails just because they got caught working without permission and proper authorization and become the burden of us as taxpayers to feed them. We just need to fine the employers abusing the system and ask the foreigners to self repatriate with their own expenses to their home countries and come back again in the future if they can secure proper visas to work here and or immigrate here legally.
    For those who have been here and putting down the roots there should be way to legalize their status by earning it.
    We're facing hard reality regarding more visas for smart Indians or Chinese highly skilled workers, if we don't allow them to come in because we want to "protect" some Americans from tough competition then they will go to other countries or stay put while many of our businesses will open offices there instead. Many companies can also set up huge mothership just 12 miles from our shores on international waters so they can operate outside our jurisdiction and don't need to face so much red tapes and immigration paper work to hire extra help they need.
  5. Richard Y's Avatar
    Re : Newt Gingrich and Politicians Flip Flopping

    What is the news ? Politicians will say anything to get elected. They must pander to the left and right at the same time. So, if ones can run some ads they can use the same politicians to debate with their other personalities. Romney vs. Romney, Gingrich vs. Gingrich. But it's the time for our President and the hopefuls to realize that waving a magic wand to make 20 millions people disappear over night is unrealistic and will create economy chaos.
    It's 20 millions population that work, pay taxes, spend money,
    rent or buy homes, eat and shop at local businesses etc.
    The impact of removing the entire population of the state of Ohio or Iowa is unimaginable for sane persons with common sense. It's time to stop pandering to left and right, it's time for common sense solutions. If ones don't have any criminal records, be good members of their societies, refrain from welfare and put down some roots then give them a chance to be legal residents.
  6. Carol Wolfenson's Avatar
    At the last Republican debate, Gingrich backed up his immigration stance to include those who were here 25 years, parents and grandparents of U.S citizens, who would then go before local deportation panels (like WWII selective service panels) to be decided upon by their community members
  7. Linda Grays 's Avatar
    WHAT IS HAPPENING TO BEAUTIFUL AMERICA???

    It is a shame that America have allow so many darn excuses to just ignore millions of illegal aliens in America! America is America, we do have laws, rules, and regulation, at least we use too! America needs to know who is in this country, legal and illegal! Why do illegal aliens advocates, organization, our president, congress make it so hard to ask people of their status, our American system has been so polluted by illegal aliens until now it is a sin to ask for someone status, especially it is for illegal aliens, who in reality are not suppose to be here. to stop millions of cry babies from screaming discrimination, why not just make it manditory for everybody to have their legal status on them,ask every body for their status,their visa's also those who are here on working visa's status, this is including Americans also! This would stop illegal aliens, and the whole Hispanics race from crying racial profiling!!!! Every one should have their proof of status on them at all time!

    America's problems is that we no longer have politicians, federal government, congress other law aurthorities to strongly set forth any kind of strong laws to stop illegal aliens any more, in stead they all just cater to all illegal aliens wrongdoings,just tend to accept everything that illegal aliens do in America at the same time they force illegal alien wrongdoings on Americans, it is all about illegal aliens American dreams, not Americans American dreams in their own country! It is so hard for Americans to agree with illegal immigration, because of all of what they are doing in America! Especially since all illegal aliens wrongdoings are so force on them, and also since all of what ilegal aliens are allow to do in America and what they are not allow to do, and also because they are so force to observe illegal aliens becoming so over populated through passed amnesties, and this strong magnet, our American birthright law and perhaps some comprehensive immigration reform with some amnesty or some kind of legalization that Obama and congress wants to give illegal aliens in America!

    I wish some one would tell us Americans, what in God names make illegal aliens so much more truthworthy to work in America without anykind of real investigation,background checks then Americans who are required to have background checks before they are hired in majority of our American employment????? For any illegal alien to be in our employment period shows that America has lost immigration enforcement, all our laws, rules, and regulations, it shows that our America status has been tarnished by illegal immigration in America, it shows that Americans are in the back of the lines to millions of employment when it comes to illegal aliens,especially black Americans, our social services,schools,colleges,Americans are and just strongly are and feel like they are second class citizens in our own country!!

    When American tend to say any thing about millions of illegal aliens in America or in our employment, our own politicians, illegal aliens advocates, organization,goes against us, they come up with this stupid strategies, excuses, loop-holes, by saying that illegal aliens are doing jobs that Americans do not want to do,what a laugh!! that is a nasty sell out to Americans, when in reality illegal aliens only do a few jobs American will not do, Custodial, janitors, housekeeping is not one of them,at the same time all of this stupid saying just allows illegal aliens to be ignored, and it allows them to work in America's employment with all their false documents, false social security numbers, false names, and no employers know who they really are, Since no one including our politicians know how to deal with illegal immigration, to our politicians, the easy way out of our broken immigration system, is to just give millions of illegal aliens what they want in America, they might as well just give Mexico all of America, because Americans seems to not exist anymore, it almost like we are out casts!!!!

    There are the majority of Hispanics working, who actually have employment, bringing home paychecks, in many states in America, legal and illegal!!!! when millions of Americans are unemployed in their own country America! When you look around in many of our employment, there are no longer any more diversity! Americans are finding them selves in jobs if they get hire,that they are mostly surrounded by Hispanics mostly now! This is saying if there is an amnesty, or any kind of legalization for millions of illegal aliens, we Americans will be in a terrible competition with them in our own American employment, and many other things, it will be a terrible disaster! has nothing to do with race, it just that it so happen that the majority of illegal aliens are from Mexico, so it makes it so easy to make it racist thing, it is just to many of them from the same country, here illegally! I feel sorry for my children, and grandchildren who now can't find employment! and it doesn't matter how many application or resumes that they send to employers,or employment either!!! In our employment now it is nothing but Discrimination!!! with illegal aliens in our jobs!
  8. KIRSTEN SALYER's Avatar
    Hi,

    We thought you'd be interested in this editorial on Bloomberg View.

    "Arizona Can't Argue Crime Rise in Its Supreme Court Immigration Case"

    Editorial on Bloomberg View
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-14/arizona-can-t-argue-crime-rise-in-its-supreme-court-immigration-case-view.html

  9. Jan C. Ting's Avatar
    My commentary on Supreme Court and SB 1070, today's Philadelphia Inquirer

    http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/a2_guest/20111215_Arizona_law_will_be_upheld.html
  10. Ali Alexander's Avatar
    Subject: Drop Opposition to the Dream Act (Dec. 13)

    The author of this piece attempts to attribute the suicide of Joaquin Luna to the failure of the Dream Act to pass, all the while failing to note that Texas, where Mr. Luna lived, has had its own Dream Act for 10 years. Texas offers in-state tuition and even financial aid to residents of Texas regardless of status. The author also fails to note that Mr. Luna could have returned to Mexico before age 18 and applied for a foreign student visa to attend college in the U.S. legally. Even if he had completed college in the U.S. as an illegal alien, Mr. Luna still would have had the option of pursuing his dreams in his homeland. Obviously, Mr. Luna was not acting rationally--if he was protesting the failure of the national Dream Act at all.

    The fact is, Mr. Luna's death is being used to claim that illegal alien children should be given legal status because they're too fragile to stand being here illegally. IF that's really the case, then the ones truly to blame are those who brought the kids here illegally in the first place and those who encourage them to believe that an amnesty will pass and that everything will be OK. If they're truly concerned about the welfare of the kids, then the logical thing to do is for the entire family to return to their homeland.
  11. Richard Y.'s Avatar
    Re : Ali Alexander and Linda Grays letter

    What really destroy our great country is the culture of entitlements of being lucky enough to be born as Americans. Summing up their letters all nativists here and anywhere always think being Americans mean ones can take things for granted, never ever face the cruel competition in this real world and can expect our government and lawmakers to be our nannies. Many American parents spoil their children without pointing out that look if they don't study and work harder than Indians, Chinese, Russians, Brazilians etc. out there, their jobs will be taken by those foreigners whether those foreigners will set their feet here in our soil or in their respective homelands or other countries. It's wrong, shameful and delusional. Regardless what their immigration status is, why ones can have such a "great ideas" of sending young smart students with their full potentials and bright future to go to hell holes such as Pakistan or Mexico or Afghanistan just because the "sins" of their parents to bring them here without legal status in the past and must force them to commit suicide out of desperation for their future. I condemn and question the humanity and compassion of any Americans who support this bizarre idea and Nazi Gestapo style police state government who always question and harass anyone for their "papers" on our streets. One more time it's a shame. Senator Marco Rubio won't be a federal Senator representing Florida today if his illegal parents from Cuba didn't get a chance for "amnesty" in the past. Instead of being such a xenophobe today, he should be grateful on his own situation and background and should have more compassion and empathy on millions of people especially of Hispanic background he love to call them as "illegal immigrants". It's a disgrace and a shame.
  12. J.A.M.'s Avatar

    Dear Editor,

    Having lived in Phoenix, Arizona (Maricopa County) for a number of years, I am all too family with these kind of complaints against the Sheriff's Department there.

    Sheriff Joe is the darling of the radical conservative right-wing and has been given wide berth to apply his "Get tougher to solve it" philosophy. Sheriff Joe is the front man and carries out the "simple answers to complex problems and blame the victim" mentality of the radical conservative right-wing. Well, as the old saying goes: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely; with the free reign Sheriff Joe has been given its no wonder that his Department is frought with Civil Rights abuses. Latinos are suspect just because of their ethnicity. I know from direct experience because I was pulled over by a Sheriff for "Driving while Latino." I ended up getting a warning, after nothing was found (supposedly drugs or a trunk load of illegal immigrants) for failing to signal a lane change, which I did.

    I could go on with personal examples or the reliable stories I have heard from other Latinos, but suffice it to say that the law is finally catching up with this Civil Rights abuser and his minions.
  13. Ali Alexander's Avatar
    The author of this piece attempts to attribute the suicide of Joaquin Luna to the failure of the Dream Act to pass, all the while failing to note that Texas, where Mr. Luna lived, has had its own Dream Act for 10 years. Texas offers in-state tuition and even financial aid to residents of Texas regardless of status. The author also fails to note that Mr. Luna could have returned to Mexico before age 18 and applied for a foreign student visa to attend college in the U.S. legally. Even if he had completed college in the U.S. as an illegal alien, Mr. Luna still would have had the option of pursuing his dreams in his homeland. Obviously, Mr. Luna was not acting rationally--if he was protesting the failure of the national Dream Act at all.

    The fact is, Mr. Luna's death is being used to claim that illegal alien children should be given legal status because they're too fragile to stand being here illegally. IF that's really the case, then the ones truly to blame are those who brought the kids here illegally in the first place and those who encourage them to believe that an amnesty will pass and that everything will be OK. If they're truly concerned about the welfare of the kids, then the logical thing to do is for the entire family to return to their homeland.
  14. Ali's Avatar
    Re: Richard Y's letter

    How is it that those who claim Americans are "lucky" to be born in the United States never seem to realize that it was our immigrant ancestors and others who created that "luck". That they literally fought to get laws to protect workers--laws that illegal aliens and their employers weaken. They taxed themselves to provide the "free" education and "free" healthcare as well as the infrastructure that illegal aliens seem to think just grew here. And they also literally fought to protect this country and its way of life. This is nothing that illegal aliens can't replicate in their own countries. Indeed, they should.

    And just why are the countries you refer to as "hell holes" such? Who made them so? Pakistanis created their own country and made it what they wished. Mexico is a democracy albeit a troubled one and one of the richest countries in the world. In fact, many Mexicans who come to this country illegally maintain loyalty to Mexico, refer to themselves as Mexicans, and help their government to act on their behalf to protect them in this country.
  15. Ali's Avatar
    For those who have been here and putting down the roots there should be way to legalize their status by earning it.
    We're facing hard reality regarding more visas for smart Indians or Chinese highly skilled workers, if we don't allow them to come in because we want to "protect" some Americans from tough competition then they will go to other countries or stay put while many of our businesses will open offices there instead.
    -----------------No reason at all to have any more opportunities for illegal aliens to legalize their status. If they have US citizen family members, they can do it with time, effort, and money--just as those who follow the law from the start have to.

    As for more visas for "smart" Chinese and Indians, consider this: China and India heavily subsidize their smart students with college educations. We do not. And India and China are long on rote and short on innovation, something they themselves realize. Fact is, the truly exceptional would-be immigrant can self-sponsor. Meantime, letting in mediocre and mundane students discourages Americans from going into STEM fields. When a post-doc in a STEM field earns less than an American with a bachelor's degree, it's pretty obvious that there is no financial incentive for Americans to go to graduate school in STEM fields, while the foreign student knows that only with graduate school is he likely to get a US employer and green card.
  16. Richard Y.'s Avatar
    Re : Ali's letter

    Many of our ancestors didn't get their success without the hardship, discrimination, names calling and prejudice when they were immigrants themselves. Native Americans didn't roll out red carpet to Europeans and the Anglo Saxon ones didn't roll out red carpet to next waves of immigrants from non English speaking countries such as Southern and Eastern Europe etc. Immigrants of Asian ancestries in the past faced 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. It has never been that easy and convenient. As people in the past thought they were so entitled to something because they thought they're the "natives" of the lands so they could mistreat others coming to compete with them, it is so true and happening today to the new comers as well for the very same reasons. So, I would suggest nativists should read their history books better.

    Public Schools in this country are funded by property taxes, regardless ones' immigration statuses, if ones rent or own houses they pay the property taxes that go to the schools. Period. There is no endless and illogical arguments of why ones who dwell in paid shelters should never been allowed to send their kids to study at the public schools they already paid for. Nativists should close their "illegal immigrants want anything for free" chapter on their racist and hateful playbook. Right now, many states and municipalities require ones to provide legal documentation and ensuring only legal US residents and citizens are eligible for public welfare. Nativists should again close their "chapter of lies" on this one as well.

    Regarding smart foreigners we don't allow to come here because of the nativists fear and concern of additional competition on job markets, then they simply go to other countries or go back to their countries to benefit them. Those countries gain is our lost. Mr. Ali wrote about China and India can give huge subsidy to their students and provide them with quality affordable education for many, instead of getting angry to those foreigners we must send our resentment to our Government and Congress of why they can spend so much money on wars, war machines and subsidies for oil companies but can't provide top notch affordable education for our children and universal health care for all Americans ? The same politicians that love to cut funding for our welfare, education and health care are the same politicians who sleep in bed with their rich buddies special interests and they are the ones that call all Americans to shower their hatred toward poor illegal immigrants or Chinese or Indians when they don't have good jobs or education.
    It's truly a shameful scandal.

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