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Bad economy forcing immigrants to reconsider U.S.
CNN ^ | February 10, 2009 | Thelma Gutierrez and Wayne Drash

Posted on 02/10/2009 9:45:23 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Pedro Pablo slowly folds up his American flag blanket and stuffs it in his duffel bag. With it goes his American dream.

"I left my family and lost four years with them. I will ask them to forgive me," he said.

Pablo is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who came to the United States to support his wife and five sons back home. When he arrived, construction jobs were plentiful. Over the last year, he says, he's worked three days.

He recently boarded a bus with a one-way ticket home, paid for by the Guatemalan consulate in Los Angeles. "I thought I could get ahead here. I regret coming."

Across the United States, tens of thousands of immigrants -- those here legally and illegally -- are facing a similar dilemma: Do they continue to search for jobs in a struggling U.S. economy or return home to an even bleaker economic situation?

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; cheaplabor; economy; illegalimmigration; immigration; notamerican; seeya; suckingusdry

1 posted on 02/10/2009 9:45:24 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Heh. I haven’t the slightest doubt that Obama is making plenty of native born Americans reconsider living in the US.


2 posted on 02/10/2009 9:47:18 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Mr. Bernanke, have you started working on your book about the second GREATER depression?")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The media is insane. Once something becomes a STORY, they see it everywhere. There’s no way the recession has been going on long enough for there to be a perceptible effect among immigrants. Especially considering how much worse it likely is in their homeland.


3 posted on 02/10/2009 9:47:30 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Pedro Pablo slowly folds up his American flag blanket and stuffs it in his duffel bag. With it goes his American dream.”

This is a parody. Right?


4 posted on 02/10/2009 9:47:33 AM PST by MNDude
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Bye Pedro! Have a nice trip!


5 posted on 02/10/2009 9:51:04 AM PST by PistolPaknMama (We're mad, but when do we get REALLY mad?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Do they continue to search for jobs in a struggling U.S. economy or return home to an even bleaker economic situation?

Every cloud has a silver lining.

6 posted on 02/10/2009 9:51:57 AM PST by gieriscm (07 FFL / 02 SOT - www.extremefirepower.com)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Jobs Americans won’t do”

Yawn.


7 posted on 02/10/2009 9:52:35 AM PST by Califreak (Stimulus-paying back donors and vote farming)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
What preposterous, nonsensical lies!

Illegal aliens know all about welfare, free ER medical, lawsuits, and "where every lock that's not locked when no one's around".

When the media concoct a falsehood, and spread it around, and then start believing it themselves, the only applicable phase is "group hysteria".

.

8 posted on 02/10/2009 9:54:30 AM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The money sent back home by Mexican immigrants in 2008 fell . . . The remittances dipped 3.6 percent . . .

Big deal. When it's 50 percent I'll be impressed.

9 posted on 02/10/2009 9:56:27 AM PST by donna (Tucson Sector Agents, arrested 60,189 illegal aliens during the first 4-months of Fiscal Year 2009)
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To: Tublecane
None of these people are "immigrants". To be an "immigrant" you must have an immigration visa.

Now, about how the downturn affects the illegal aliens ~ they suffered severely from runs on several banks that then turned into FDIC rescue operations.

If you don't have legal status here your accounts are not insured.

10 posted on 02/10/2009 9:57:27 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Every dark cloud has a silver lining.


11 posted on 02/10/2009 9:58:50 AM PST by OB1kNOb (Obama? No Hope. Forget Change. Just more of the same old same old. Only worse. Much worse.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

What’s the problem here? Do I sense that the MSM is hurt by the fact that ILLEGAL people are leaving our country? If I am being insensitive by suggesting they illegals not let the ‘door’ hit their asses on the way past the border, then so be it.


12 posted on 02/10/2009 9:59:03 AM PST by lesko
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Cry me a river. GO HOME! Damn parasites.


13 posted on 02/10/2009 9:59:22 AM PST by Leg Olam (my gurlfrnd syas my tyipgns as goood as my sex)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Pedro Pablo slowly folds up his American flag blanket

I'm a gringo, and even *I* can recognize a hokey hispanic pseudonym when I see one.

14 posted on 02/10/2009 10:00:19 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
He recently boarded a bus with a one-way ticket home, paid for by the Guatemalan consulate in Los Angeles. "I thought I could get ahead here. I regret coming."

"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."
15 posted on 02/10/2009 10:03:40 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Pablo is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala

Thelma Gutierrez and Wayne Drash please report to the CNN diversity and language reeducation camp. The correct term is undocumented or just immigrant. Differently papered is also acceptable, as long as it is used in a non-ironic sense. < /I wish it was sarcasm>

16 posted on 02/10/2009 10:04:02 AM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I guess a dollar a day in Guatemala is better than welfare?


17 posted on 02/10/2009 10:06:37 AM PST by GeronL (please stand by...)
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To: muawiyah

“None of these people are ‘immigrants’. To be an ‘immigrant’ you must have an immigration visa.”

Not so. Immigrants without visas are still called immigrants, with the adjective “illegal” tacked on.


18 posted on 02/10/2009 10:07:40 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: MNDude
“Pedro Pablo slowly folds up his American flag blanket and stuffs it in his duffel bag. With it goes his American dream.”

This is a parody. Right?

Probably just a Journalism Class assignment.

19 posted on 02/10/2009 10:20:20 AM PST by Gorzaloon (Roark, Architect.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Over the last year, he says, he's worked three days

Thanks to the American taxpayer, he was able to survive the other 362 days.

20 posted on 02/10/2009 10:21:20 AM PST by bgill
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

If it is the same Pedro who screwed up my roof repair, I hope the door doesn’t hit him in the butt on the way out.


21 posted on 02/10/2009 10:25:48 AM PST by mort56
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To: Tublecane

They are NOT immigrants. They are VISITORS. That’s why they don’t have visas.


22 posted on 02/10/2009 10:27:38 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Psst. Cnn, they are illegal aliens, not immigrants. Immigrants come here legally.


23 posted on 02/10/2009 10:28:06 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: muawiyah

“They are NOT immigrants. They are VISITORS. That’s why they don’t have visas.”

People who have visas are visitors too. Unless, and until, they seek to change to more permanent status.


24 posted on 02/10/2009 10:33:31 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
He recently boarded a bus with a one-way ticket home, paid for by the Guatemalan consulate in Los Angeles. "I thought I could get ahead here. I regret coming."

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I regret him coming here as well. Don't let the door hit your ass, Peedro.

25 posted on 02/10/2009 10:35:04 AM PST by Jackknife (Chuck Norris grinds his coffee with his teeth, and boils his water with his rage)
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To: Tublecane
Not all visitors are required to have visas. Still, if you enter the country legally (with or without a visa) and you stay longer than allowed by law, you are still a visitor, not an immigrant.

Immigrants are NOT visitors!

26 posted on 02/10/2009 10:37:08 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: martin_fierro
I'm a gringo, and even *I* can recognize a hokey hispanic pseudonym when I see one.

ROTFLMAO!! I caught that too, also the dweeb that wrote that probably identifies weapons in his articles such as, "It was believed to be a semi-automatic machine gun...", that kind of accuracy.

27 posted on 02/10/2009 10:37:16 AM PST by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: martin_fierro

> Pedro Pablo slowly folds up his American flag blanket

BULLsh*t!! If this illegal LOVED AMERICA, he would’ve been here LEGALLY.

Damn CNN and their lies...


28 posted on 02/10/2009 10:47:12 AM PST by max americana
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

GOOD!!!!!!!!!——

let’s get our own house in order before we start taking in more people......

Flame away


29 posted on 02/10/2009 10:55:52 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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