OK, quick legal question: since this booklet can be reasonably argued as promoting a criminal act, it woudl seem that rippign it off woudl be reasonably ok. Consequently... how illegal would it be to re-print it with some... changes?
"When crossing the desert, make sure to bring as many salty snacks as possible."
"When crossing the river, wear lots of cotton and wool."
"When crossing major highways at night, you can never wear dark enough clothes."
Yesterday someone was wanting to see this translated but I can't remember who. Thanks.
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (Reuters) - The number of illegal immigrants detained on the U.S.-Mexico border jumped in late 2004 as the U.S. government tightened security, although some border agents said it only signaled that more people were crossing the frontier.
The U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (USBCBP) said 194,576 undocumented migrants were arrested crossing the border in the period from Oct. 1, 2004, to Jan. 4, up almost 13 percent from the same period a year earlier.
The government said improved security was behind the rise in arrests.
But border patrol agents said the rise in detentions simply reflects how more Mexicans have been crossing the border since President Bush announced last year a plan to legalize the status of illegal Mexican migrants.
"This is clearly tied in with President Bush's call after his re-election to revive the guest worker program," said T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, an association representing 10,000 rank-and-file agents. "Migrants are rushing over the border to take advantage of that."
The USBCBP data comes nearly a year after the United States and Mexico agreed to tighten security on their border, seen by some as the soft underbelly for the U.S. war on terror.
"The numbers of detentions are up because we have more agents, more flexibility and more technology that contributes to us stemming the flow," Luis Gonzalez, acting spokesman for the USBCBP, said in a telephone interview from Washington.
Recent efforts by U.S. authorities to tighten border security include the allocation of a further 200 agents, four helicopters and an unmanned aerial surveillance drone to the U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona in an initiative last March.
Each year, more than 1 million undocumented migrants attempt to slip across the rivers and deserts that mark the 2,000-mile border in search of work in the United States. Almost half of them come through Arizona.
It's not quite as bad as I had anticipated. Still, it comes awfully close to being an act of war.
unreal--and it's both democrats and republicans at fault
Quite frankly, I am outraged about it.
If this is on the up and up, then where is Canada's guide to illegal entry to the US?
However, I believe it was printed simply to keep from having more and more illegals die each year from the risks they take in coming. I see nothing wrong with letting people know of the dangers present in making such a decision and advising them on what NOT to do (which could certainly lead to death)...in fact, one page states that "coyotes" (people, often U.S. citizens who know the land, who are payed to smuggle in immigrants) should not be trusted, because they may trick you into bringing drugs into the country (and personally, I feel coyotes are much worse than illegal immigrants).
Finally, like I've always said, you can't place TOO much blame on someone for trying to find work in another country if none is available at home. You CAN, however, place much blame on the Mexican government for doing little, if anything, to improve their own economic situation.
Hah...ok, I'm done, I know I'm getting the flame, but be gentle. :)
Did anyone else notice how the drawings in this booklet resemble the cartoon art in a Chick Tract?
Did anyone catch that detail about wife-beating? The one that said 'as in Mexico' it's illegal to beat your wife? To me, that sounds like something the corrupt Mexican government wants to tell us. There's no need for that detail to Mexicans. it sounds like they were writing to us, wanted to tell us that all these wife-beating Mexicans we are seeing constantly aren't their fault and they are just as disgusted as we are. Baloney. The fact is, laws aren't enforced in any capacity at all in Mexico and therefore, wife-beating, like every other crime is legal in Mexico. But somehow they wanted to get it across to us that they are somehow civilized and don't condone wife-beating. Cripes, they do it all the time.
I'm sure President Bush will speak out against this very soon.