Confederacy, Sotomayor, Birthers
Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, the Senate vote was 68 yeas to 31 nays (Mr. Kennedy of Massachusetts was too ill to vote). The states that were part of the Confederacy in the Civil War voted against confirming Ms. Sotomayor by 10 yeas to 12 nays. By contrast the states that were then part of the Union voted for confirming her by 43 yeas to 6 nays. The South is certainly entitled to its opinion, just as other regions of the country are. However, the numbers above show the danger in one region of the country dominating a party. The Republican party has become beholden to the South, and Republican voices from other parts of the country are now muted, and in danger of becoming entirely lost. This is not just dangerous for the Republican party, its bad news for the country too. And all this is intimately tied up with immigration since the CIR bill will likely hit the Senate floor in less than 10 weeks, and Republican votes will be pivotal to its passage. This is so since some Democratic Senators can reliably be expected to vote against CIR (an example is ex-Klansman now Senator Byrd, of West Virginia, a border state that is now culturally southern). The Republican voice on immigration today is unfortunately not that of statesmen like Sen. Graham of South Carolina (he correctly called the anti-immigrationists bigots), but that of the weirdos called Birthers, who have defeated the anti-immigrationists for the position of the extreme right of the Republican party. The latest in the bizarre Birther saga is the submission to a court by one of their principal miscreants of a "Kenyan Birth Certificate" purporting to be that of President Obama. Internet bloggers quickly proved the document a hilarious forgery. The ridicule the Birthers have heaped on the nation is now being returned in kind, use http://kenyanbirthcertificategenerator.com/ to generate a birth certificate for each loony Birther disturbing the peace in your neighborhood.
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The debate about "immigration reform" has little to do with reform, but more with providing amnesty for people who have knowingly and willfully violated US law. To those who have overstayed their nonimmigrant visas and to those who have entered the US without inspection, I can only say this: You have violated the laws of the United States of America. These lawbreakers are not bona fide refugees, fleeing death or the destruction of their lives. Overstays often are educated people, who could make a living anywhere in the world, but prefer life in the US. Illegals often are people fleeing the poverty of their own countries south of the border. Their plight is not the problem of Americans, but is that of their own country’s government. It is up to them to change what they don't like at home, just as US Patriots did in 1776. The ease of entry at the southern border is blatant violation of law. I cannot violate Mexican immigration law by working in Mexico. If I do, I will be jailed - a worse jail than anything in the US, even Sheriff Joe's. I fail to understand the emotional side of immigration vs. the legal side. While I am compassionate, as a lawyer, I believe in the rule of law and in the US Constitution, neither of which provide for Amnesty for illegals or for any other law breaker. Laws are designed for the benefits of the citizens of the country that passes the laws. If America needs foreign workers, pass a law allowing it. American immigration laws are not per se unjust; they are just unrealistic in the 21st century and need to be reformed. But that reform has no right to ask the US taxpayers to fund an expensive and unworkable Amnesty program. ,
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
In regards to the letter from Cheryl Saienni (08/07/09 ID), I have lived in Guatemala for eight years. Most all of the ATM machines in Mexico and Central and South America are optional Spanish and English. All cell phones are optional Spanish and English. Most of the people I know in Guatemala and Mexico are not bigoted and try to be very helpful and courteous when someone does not understand their language.
If Sheriff Joe worked for the PNC in Guatemala, all the Norte Americana’s would be in trouble. Talk about profiling we stand out like a sore thumb. Most Americans drive without a license or an expired license. Many over stay their visas. The fine for these offenses is very small and the police are always courteous and explain how to correct the problem. How un-like Homeland Security. I have never heard of any Americans that were deported for these problems.
If immigration were less costly then the fees charged by uscis and were not rejected so many times people would immigrate legally. It now stands that it is less time consuming and far cheaper to hire a coyote. It is certainly more efficient.
John J. Brannigan
There is an interesting article in Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson's website concerning the proposed healthcare reform bill perused page by page. Here are points directly dealing with immigration:Page 42: The "Health Choices Commissioner" will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None.
Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services.
Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Healthcard.
Page 91: Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for services; translation: illegal aliens
Page 170: Any non-resident alien is exempt from individual taxes (Americans will pay for them).
Regarding Mr. Murray's letter (08/07/09 ID): I am an ABC, America Born Chinese, whose ancestors have endured racist, unjust immigration restrictions and names calling as well. Immigration restriction won't work if it's designed to discourage foreign competition. It's crazy to support and expect all 6.5 billions + global population to move into our country and it's also imposibble to embrace xenophobia and isolationism in the age of internet and globalization. We can inspire other nations to commit themselves in good governance, democracy, respecting human rights and sustainable developments so their citizens can live happily and peacefully within their own countries and enjoy decent living standard without thinking of immigrating to other countries . We must lead in sustaining global peace and stability by abolishing all theocracies and dictatorship worldwide who love to manipulate faiths to incite hatred, terrorism, segregration, apartheid policies, sexism, genocide and sectarian wars. We can help Mexico fighting its dangerous organized crime problem by enacting capital punishment on drug dealers here at home and harsh punishment on drugs abusers or completely legalize drugs. We must to pressure our lawmakers to stop waging expensive wars for special interests' profits so we can pay for our health care reform and investment in education and infrastructures so we can compete in the 21st. century. Resolving immigration issues must include common sense and holistic view. I strongly believe that any self sufficient, healthy, non criminal human beings should have freedom to live and work anywhere in this planet without prejudice and restrictions.
With reference to ID Comment on Detention Overhaul (08/07/09 ID), the only
"change" that needs to be made regarding entry violators is that this
serious crime needs to be made a felony for first timers, not just
subsequent as at present. This would resolve the 287g controversy of
overlooking "non-criminals". If citizens can be made felons for mere
paperwork errors in buying a firearm, a Constitutional right, certainly
non-citizens should for the real, deliberate crime of illegal presence.
This would be real CIR, not phony, fiat, un-deserved amnesty and more
catering to the illegals. The D. Murray letter (08/07/09 ID) falsely believes that the
addition of an Esq. after the name enhances the credibility of the
content which which is absurd and the practice is in reality,
anti-American and a relic of the English King hierarchical society
dominated by titles, ranks, and nobilities. Letter content is the only
valid criteria to "evaluate a letter", the same way that in America,
performance, facts and content of character are germane. By this
standard, entry enthusiasts and open border advocates lack credibility
and come up short when they deliberately misconstrue the prudent,
limited, enforced position of restrictionists as "anti-immigrant",
"negative", "racist", "bigoted", "hateful", "hate-mongers" and other
such hyperbole which only displays the bankruptcy of logic and/or "fresh
ideas" of the former and the wisdom of the latter. The F. Wooldridge
letter (08/05/09 ID) was right on point with: "Educated nitwits don't get
it. We dealing with our country being overwhelmed by another 100 million
people in 30 years because of immigration". Grandmother Joad was right in her profound, "Grapes of
Wrath" comment: "We're the people and they just can't stop us".
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