Skip to comments.Latin America demands US immigration reform
Posted on 07/21/2010 7:04:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In a mid-May White House visit, Mexican President Felipe Calderon pressed the immigration issue in a way that reflected its importance back home, clearly making official Washington uncomfortable with his demands for reform.
"For us, migration is not only your problem," he told the US Congress. "We also consider it to be our problem."
Many banners and posters - often in Spanish - have been waved for months in Washington and other US cities in rallies urging politicians to fix the country's broken immigration system.
An unprecedented state immigration enforcement law passed in April in Arizona only raised tempers on both sides of the issue and brought condemnation from Latin America.
The law requires police to request immigration papers during traffic stops and other routine interactions, if they suspect someone may be in the country illegally. Supporters insist the law is intended to be race neutral, but critics say the law will inevitably lead to racial profiling against Latinos in a state on the Mexican border.
After months of protests organized around the country, the administration of President Barack Obama filed a lawsuit challenging the Arizona law.
The Justice Department filed the lawsuit on July 6 in a district court in Phoenix, arguing that Arizona had infringed on the US constitution, which gives the federal government power over immigration policy.
Mexico, Ecuador and Argentina have joined one of the lawsuits against the Arizona measure.
Arizona politicians argue that years of federal inaction forced them to adopt the law in the first place. Rising fears of violence along the border from Mexican drug traffickers and people-smuggling rings have fueled the issue in the state.
The Arizona law is set to take effect at the end of July.
In some Latin American countries, US immigration policy is a domestic political issue, creating pressure on national politicians who elevate it to a diplomatic issue with Washington.
The United States is commonly estimated to have about 11 million residents who lack the documents to remain legally. Most are Latino, predominantly from Mexico, though several other countries across Central and South America and the Caribbean have significant populations in the United States.
In late May, Michelle Obama was speaking with a group of children at a school outside Washington when Daisy Cuevas spoke up. "My mom says that Barack Obama is taking away everybody that doesn't have papers," the 7-year-old said.
Scrambling to improvise a delicate answer with news cameras rolling, the first lady replied: "That's something that we have to work on, right? To make sure that people can be here with the right kind of papers, right? That's exactly right."
"But my mom doesn't have any," Daisy replied.
The US-born girl's mother was reported to be a Peruvian overstayer. US immigration authorities have not pursued the family.
Just days later, Peruvian President Alan Garcia held previously scheduled talks at the White House with Obama, indirectly endorsing the US president's still vague reform plans and asking the US Congress "to support this idea."
But immigration reform at the federal level does not appear likely to succeed at least in the short term, with mid-term elections looming in the US House of Representatives and Senate.
"Ahead of the November elections ... there is no way that it's going to be discussed, because for both parties it is an issue which can cause political problems," Honduran Congress Speaker Juan Orlando Hernandez said after a visit this spring to Washington, including meetings on Capitol Hill.
Hernandez said that legislators acknowledged "that this is an issue that needs to be solved. The problem is when to solve it."
excuse me? them and what army?
Great, let’s just adopt Mexico’s immigration policy.
Hurry! Quick! How fast can the heads of these countries get to D.C. to make their feelings known on the floor of Congress? Got to give them all their turns now, Calderone already got his.
Ain’t that the place with Chavez, Noriega (however it’s spelled), Mexico, etc?
Clean up your own house, folks.
We don’t need your refuse.
Oh, would you mind taking Obama off our hands?
He so much more fits your styles of govt.
(Apologies to Columbia which appears to be really trying.)
This is reason enough for America to nuke “Latin America”. Let’s do it!
They can kiss my Chalupa!!
Latin American can go stick it where the sun don’t shine.
“For us, migration is not only your problem,” he told the US Congress. “We also consider it to be our problem.”[p]
Let’s just copy Mexico’s immigration policies, then he’ll have nothing to complain about.
How’s this for a retort:
I demand you stay the hell out of my country.
Yeppers indeed. May their Southern Border policy be Our Southern Border Policy.
Isn't imitation the best and most sincere form of flattery?
Just a bunch of Commies attacking the US, and who is speaking out to protect US sovereignty and citizens? Not a single RINO or CommieCrate among them. Know thy enemy, and also remember by their fruits you shall know them!
Latin America can frak off?! =.=
We’re taking care of the South American dregs of society. We should be telling these countries to either pay us for the care provided to the South American illegals or we’ll tax the hell out of money transfers to South/Central American and Mexico.
We really need to just build Oxycontin manufacturing plants inside the US, along with a border fence, and then dump millions of the pills into every country that demands we “reform” our immigration laws.
To Latin America: The line for the privilege of kissing my grits forms right here.....
“...Know thy enemy, and also remember by their fruits you shall know them!”
Was that about Bawney Fwank!?
Oh, we'll fix the immigration systems alright, NO immigration from anywhere for the next 25 years. Like that fix?
how do they want to fix it??
how do they want to fix it??
LOL - Could Be, in the context of today.
Back in the day we had a few presidents who knew that their job was to put the interests of America and Americans first. They would have told Mexico’s president, and any other foreign government official, to BUTT OUT of America’s business.
But George Bush stood meekly alongside of Mexican President Vicente Fox as he lectured Americans on how we should change our laws and our attitudes to facilitate illegal immigration from Mexico.
Now we have another White House Resident more concerned with the well being of illegals than the will and the interests of the American people.
Will we ever have another president who puts America first?
Will it take a female conservative in the White House to do the job the lily livered one-worlders in Washington won’t do?
Well, FYI, Latin America, you don't own us yet. We still control the majority of our territory, so for now, you don't get a vote.
Yep. Back in the day.
WHO the freak let MEXICO and ECUADOR join a lawsuit concerning the domestic policies regarding immigration of the United States of America?! Why don’t we just have China have a seat in the Congress rgarding our fiscal policies? What the hell, just throw the borders open and give every other nation a say in our policies so that we never do anything to harm THEIR national interests, we’ve had it too good for too long,we need to let them come suck like parasites off the healthy blood of this nation so they can infect the last nation standing with all their third world disease and disorder-then they’ll have killed the host and we can all just let the termites have the planet.
I demand you go jump off a bridge Latin America. Demands? Bite me!
There, I fixed it.
Shut up “latin” america. Yopu corrupt losers need to get a life. Fix your worthless, loser countries. Maybe there is a reason for people wanting to immi8grate OUT of your countries????? There is...they suck!
Madness begets more madness.
What would that do? Oxycontin stimulates bonding, you mean?
Or would that just lead to a MASSIVE population explosion as the women start mating with every man within a 30-foot radius after taking the pills?
Let me lay it on the line here: I own a home in Latin America and live here six months a year. And the truth is if the governments down here would clean up their own filthy countries and encourage free enterprise, their people wouldn’t feel it was necessary to scurry across the US border.
Of course, once the Marxist Obama gets done destroying free enterprise in America, a lot of the illegals my end up scurrying back down here!
LOL! When I read that, I had the same response as you except yours is a bit nicer.
. That's a nonsensical, insulting phrase on par with "jobs Americans won't do" and "family values don't stop at the Rio Grande". Everything about the open borders advocates" arguments is necessarily Orwellian in many ways, just twisted, made up nonsense to try and make the opens borders argument sound half reasonable.
One of the major principles of international law is reciprocity. I want a villa on the Latino coast for 50 grand or less. Make it so, you Latin honkers!
It’s quite clear. Our leaders will declare an open border.
As you know, our country is unique and in order to maintain that uniqueness and an objective fairness allowing opportunity for anyone from any country to compete for American citizenship, we've long recognized established quotas for immigrants from any one nation. A very diverse minority population allows not only for opportunity for all but allows us to preserve our European heritage as a nation. America is a land of bountiful resources and natural wonders, in which over some 100+ years we've invested billions in preserving, for our own citizens and their grandchildren to enjoy; this also necessitates we exercise control over how quickly our national population grows.
Accordingly, may we suggest instead, that each latin american country interested in willingly surrendering their citizens to American citizenship or sponsorship, take the measure of adopting the Constitution of the United States as well as the Bill of Rights as the new laws of their own lands, and immediately apply all laws of the USA to all of your own citizens, rich and poor, including establishing welfare and healthcare programs for your poor. You may find, if you take this very simple measure, and end the corruption and violence rampant in your own countries, there would be no need to insist America accept those of your citizens who flee what they describe as intolerably repressive regimes.
Best of luck to you. Let us know if you need any pointers.
Your friends in the USA
Mexico's population density is about the same as Tennessee; Ecuador's about the same as Colorado and Argentina's about the same as New Mexico.
We should be demanding the right to colonize them.
Ok, let me see if i got this right...
If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 years hard labor while subsisting on fish heads and brown water if youre lucky.
If you cross the Iranian border illegally, you are detained indefinitely, blindfolded and tortured
If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot and your head will be used as a soccer ball.
If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed, whipped and beheaded.
If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again and your internal organs will be harvested and sold.
If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and brought before a firing squad.
If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot but you will have great health care unless you are a homosexual.
But if you cross the u.s. border illegally you get:
1 - a job
2 - a drivers license
3 - social security care
4 - welfare
5 - food stamps
6 - credit cards
7 - subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house
8 - free education
9 - free health care
10 - Right to vote illegally
11 - a lobbyist in Washington
12 - billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language and the right to carry your countrys flag while you protest that you dont get enough respect.
Unless you came from Cuba as a child, your mother dying on a ramshackle raft made out of milk cartons, then helmeted paramilitary law enforcement with semi-automatic weapons will forcibly remove you from your home on good Friday and youll be harvesting sugar cane or rolling cigars by Easter.
I just wanted to make sure I had a firm grasp on the situation.
Latin America seems to attact crazies from Communists, Nazis, and Islamists. Many Nazis fled to Latin America.
Many Latin American countries are volatile societies. It's easy for troublemakers to make contacts there to mutual benefit. If OBL had a satellite phone, the phone number of Zetas would be on a speed dial. AQ has access to tons of weapons, and Zetas, as matter of fact, control the US border.
They can all SHOVE IT