THE UGLY AMERICANS
The shocking picture comes just one week after President Obama was heckled in El Paso, Texas, after claiming border controls between the U.S. and Mexico had never been more stringent.
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by Felicity Blaze Noodleman
The title for this week’s article is from a book which was a a runaway national bestseller in 1958 entitled “The Ugly American” written by Eugene Burdick and William J. Lederer. Its slashing exposé of American arrogance, incompetence, and corruption in Southeast Asia. Based on fact, the book's eye-opening stories and sketches drew a devastating picture of how the United States was losing the struggle with Communism in Asia. Combining gripping storytelling with an urgent call to action, the book prompted President Eisenhower to launch a study of our military aid program that led the way to much-needed reform. "Powerful and absorbing. . . . Should be required reading in Washington."—Kirkus Reviews
Although the authors of the book wrote their manuscript as a work of fiction, “The Ugly American” seemed to be a prophecy of US policy as it unfolded in Vietnam. The failed campaign to defeat the Communist regime of N. Vietnam lasted for 20 years (1955 – 1975) and concluded with the US withdrawing after the US Congress passing the “Case- Church Amendment” calling for an end to the military conflict in Vietnam.
During the years of 1956 – 1998 the casualties from this military action number well over 58,000. There is no exact record for the total deaths because US military records are still incomplete due to the unrecoverable missing personnel lists. To say the Vietnam war was a travesty is a very poor attempt at consoling the families who lost loved ones in this blunder of US policy during the Vietnam war years. Now that I’ve fully explained the concept for this week’s article entitle, “The Ugly Americans” we can move forward to our story!
Today another failure in US policy is manifesting itself as illegal immigration to the US from the Latin American countries to the south of the US boarder with a small percentage of other Asian and Africans as well. Illegal immigrants have been invading the United States since who knows when. These south of the boarder travelers are not seeking political asylum nor are they economically deprived peoples from within the countries they have departed from. These people do not seem to be victims of unusual circumstances but are motivated by their own greed. This is the pure and simple truth of the situation. Any other statements are an attempt to confuse the issue and will be explained further in this article.
From top left to bottom right: (1) File photo -- A U.S. border patrol agent Robert E Daemmrich/Getty Images (2) Boarder Patrol with captured aliens. (3) Border Patrol agent Carlos Carrillo, kneeling center, talks to a group of 87 illegal immigrants that were detained by just one Border Patrol agent near Douglas, Ariz., Monday, May 22, 2000. Arizona became the preferred U.S. crossing point for Mexican illegal immigrants two years ago. Now, with their efforts to restrict illegal immigrants' rights in California blocked by courts, some conservative and reactionary groups are pushing to make Arizona the front line in a new battle against illegal immigration May 29. (4) Crossing sign near US Mexico Boarder warns of Illegal Aliens.
The illegal immigrant population of the United States in 2008 was estimated by the Center for Immigration Studies to be about 11 million people, down from 12.5 million people in 2007. Other estimates range from 7 to 20 million. According to a Pew Hispanic Center report, in 2005, 56% of illegal immigrants were from Mexico; 22% were from other Latin American countries, primarily from Central America; 13% were from Asia; 6% were from Europe and Canada; and 3% were from Africa and the rest of the world.
People seem to become confused when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration. The key word here is ILLEGAL. These immigrants are completely undocumented and many have lived out their lives with never attempting to become naturalized US citizens. They are the “Ugly Americans”! So let’s set the record straight here – many people from all over the world come here not only to immigrate legally but to study and attend University or to work as documented aliens and comply with all regulations for doing so. For these people the US truly is the “land of opportunity”. Millions do it every year with hardly a problem.
The following is an article from "The Los Angeles Times" which precipitates the "Stink'in Think'in" which begins in Washington with the Democrats and roll straight down hill to the street and tries to justify Illegal Immigration.
“The Los Angeles Times”
Most Californians favor citizenship path for illegal immigrants
USC DORNSIFE / L.A. TIMES POLL
Only 19% of California voters said illegal immigrants should be required to leave. More than half see immigrants as a positive economic force in the state.
March 24, 2013|By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
In a dramatic reversal, California voters now see undocumented workers as a positive economic force in the state — and they overwhelmingly favor allowing a path to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants in the country.
Only 19% of California voters in a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll said those in the country illegally should be required to leave the United States. About two-thirds of survey respondents said illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay with eventual citizenship rights. An additional 10% said they should be permitted to remain in this country to work but should not be allowed to apply for citizenship.
At a time when the push for immigration reform has gained momentum in Washington, more than two-thirds of California voters say the current immigration system isn't working and nearly three-quarters favor President Obama's plan to change it, the poll found.
RELATED: Is the border secure?
Across different ages and ethnic groups, voters were largely supportive of the measures outlined by Obama and a bipartisan group of senators, including enhancing border security, requiring employers to verify the legal status of their employees and permitting certain undocumented workers to become citizens as long as they pay taxes and fines and are processed behind those who come legally.
Though Obama's association with the proposal made it less palatable to some Republicans, a slender majority of GOP voters in the state said they backed the president's plan — a finding that, along with the drubbing their party took from Latino voters last fall, helps to illustrate why Republicans have grown more comfortable aligning themselves with citizenship for illegal immigrants.
"There's really not much of a debate in California about immigration anymore, and there may not even be a national debate," said Drew Lieberman of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a Democratic firm that conducted the poll with the Republican firm American Viewpoint. "It's no longer a partisan or racial issue for Californians."
The state's voters have long held more moderate views on immigration than voters in other parts of the country, in part because of California's burgeoning Latino population. But the poll results illustrated that, even here, views about illegal immigrants have changed notably.
In 2010, when pollsters asked about the effect of illegal immigrants on the California economy, 48% of respondents said their effect was negative and 40% said it was positive. In the latest survey, only 36% said their impact was negative, and 53% said it was positive — a "huge shift," Lieberman said, that spanned all age groups and could not be explained simply by the surging population of Latinos in the state.
Part of what appears to be driving that change are the personal connections that many California voters have formed with illegal immigrants. Latinos were more likely than whites to know one — a majority of Latinos described that person as either a friend or family member — and among all voters who knew any, only 8% said illegal immigrants should be forced to leave the country.
"That tells me that immigration reform is really about la familia, especially for Hispanics, but even white voters can kind of understand that," said Dave Kanevsky, the research director at American Viewpoint.
And that familiarity has affected views across political lines. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, noted that California Republicans live in a much more multicultural society than party members elsewhere, "so the lives they live every day and the people they see are probably the main reason that their feelings are different than their national counterparts'."
That has been the case for 33-year-old Fresno Republican Chris Leake, who said the friendships he developed with undocumented workers in the U.S. and while doing volunteer work in Mexico have made him more inclined to support a path to citizenship.
"I understand why they come up here illegally — I don't agree with it, per se, but I understand why," said Leake, who works in Internet marketing. For many workers, he said, "it was extremely expensive and they ran great personal risk to do it, but they did it because they felt like they needed the income."
Leake, along with 73% of poll respondents, said he would favor the inclusion of a guest worker program in any new immigration package, which he said "would start to solve the problem."
"There's a significant percentage that want nothing more than to come up here, earn money for a time and then go back to Mexico," Leake said. "Instead they stay for years at a time, because it's so hard to get up here in the first place. And that's having devastating effects on their families."
“The Los Angeles Times”
The “LA Times” has written this article based on a poll they’ve conducted with the USC group “Dornsife” siting a majority of Californians favor a path to citizenship for Illegal’s. Now I have to ask myself, “where have these people been”? There is already a path to citizenship for those who choose to immigrate to this country and it’s a part of the Immigration and Naturalization Service called the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The Problem with illegal’s is they don’t take the opportunities offered to them.
California has found some profitability in undocumented aliens. Based on the large number of illegals migrating to California the state has been able to subsidize them with dollars from Federal programs such as welfare (general relief and food stamps). With this assistance California is able to prop up low rent housing; "slum lords" who do pay a property tax to the state. California has been an economically failed failed state for some time now and has been unable to reverse that trend. The leadership from the Democrats at the local and State level has been a disaster for this once prosperous state.
Not that far from the truth! Some Los Angeles neighborhoods are little
more than government sponsored breading grounds for poverty, gangs,
and drug abuse.
For some time the excuse used by illegal’s for not becoming US citizens was that they would have to give up their citizenship in their country of origin. This has now changed, at least in Mexico. The Mexican Government now recognizes those with dual citizenship. Another reason for not becoming citizens by many illegal aliens is the tax issue. Many illegal’s pay very little if any at all – only some sales taxes.
What do these illegitimate aliens get from the United States once they are here? For those who have children born in the US known as “Anchor Baby’s”, these families get full financial support from the Department of Public Social Services which means free Medical Care, Food Stamps and General Relief (until the age of 18 years) and are able to obtain a free education from US public schools at the US tax payers expense! These unauthorized aliens come to this country and do so with just exactly that in mind, to take advantage of the social programs which were set up in the US to take care of this countries own citizens.
The cost to tax payers is a very large part of the Federal deficit. A visit to “factcheck.org” revealed this statement posted 04-06 09:
So, how much do illegal immigrants cost federal, state and local governments in the U.S.? Estimates vary widely, and no consensus exists. The Urban Institute put the net national cost at $1.9 billion in 1992; a Rice University professor, whose work the Urban Institute criticized, said it was $19.3 billion in 1993. More recently, a 2007 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office examined 29 reports on state and local costs published over 15 years in an attempt to answer this question. CBO concluded that most of the estimates determined that illegal immigrants impose a net cost to state and local governments but "that impact is most likely modest." CBO said "no agreement exists as to the size of, or even the best way of measuring, that cost on a national level."
For the purposes of this article we will go with these numbers (other estimates may be two or three times higher) they are low but as the quote states there is no consensus for exact numbers – not surprising since these people like to live in the shadows and on the fringe of society – they have established their own society speaking Spanish only and living in so many ways as they did south of the border.!
The "Miami Herald" has just posted this article concerning the release of captured illegals which is worth reviewing:
The Miami Herald” – 03-27-13
Republicans question ICE on release of illegal immigrant detainees
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans pressed White House officials for more answers Tuesday on the unexpected release last month of more than 2,000 illegal immigrants in anticipation of automatic across-the-board federal budget cuts.
Republicans blasted the move as part of an ongoing campaign by the White House – which included the threat of teachers being fired and of food inspectors being laid off – to scare the public so constituents would oppose the budget cuts, known as sequestration.
Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, noted that federal officials had to re-apprehend four illegal immigrants who were arrested for more severe crimes.
He described the release as a “recipe for disaster.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 2,228 illegal immigrants last month because of budget constraints, including more than 600 convicted criminals. ICE Director John Morton testified that 70 percent did not have any prior criminal records and 20 percent had convictions for one or two misdemeanors. Ten individuals were classified as more serious, Level One offenders. All of the released detainees are still in deportation proceedings, he said.
Federal officials did not compromise national security or public safety, Morton said, but they were trying to “live within our budget.” He cited the agencies’ record number of deportations, nearly 410,000 in fiscal 2012, and said detention levels already exceeded congressional funding levels.
“This is the highest level of detention ICE has ever maintained over the first five months of any fiscal year in history,” he said.
Facing nearly $300 million in budget cuts, Morton said repeatedly that he did not want to “rob Peter to pay Paul.”
If officials did not release the nonviolent detainees, he said, the agency may have had to cut other departments that focused on tracking drug smugglers, human traffickers and child pornographers. But Republicans said the agency could have asked for permission to move money from less vital areas of the department, including training, travel and conference budgets, instead of releasing the detainees.
“I counted six times that you said you didn’t want to rob Peter to pay Paul. I don’t want Peter or Paul to rob our fellow citizens because you guessed wrong on who to release,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who is chairman of the immigration subcommittee.
There are going to be consequences, said Gowdy, a former prosecutor, who added that some of those released are going to commit crimes again “because of this public relations stunt gone wrong.”
“The Miami Herald”
The Democrats in Washington and the State House have refused to act on the
problems created by illegal immigration until the "Department of HomelandSecurity" was created after 9/11/01 Under President Bush.
Since the days of Cesar Chavez and Robert Kennedy in the 1960's the Democrats at every level of government have taken the lead in subsidizing unlawful immigration in the name of civil rights for Latinos. Now with a $$Trillion Dollar$$ deficit in Washington a large part of this deficit can be traced back to wasteful spending supporting these aliens. So many programs sponsored by the Democrats have devastated the economic health of our nation. The boarder between the US and Mexico is bustling with not only the crime of Illegal immigration but with drug smuggling as well. The drug cartels in Mexico are now out of control and present many challenges for their government.
(CNN 07/13/12) Federal drug agents discovered a 240-yard-long tunnel underneath the U.S.-Mexico border, and they suspect it was used to smuggle drugs into Arizona for sale in the United States, officials said Thursday. The “sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel,” which runs 55 feet below ground, begins in an ice plant in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, and ends inside a one-story, nondescript building in San Luis, Arizona, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The "New York Times" recently published this article highlighting the current situation at the border and features the progress with the Mexican drug war.
Mexican Drug Trafficking
(Mexico's Drug War)
David Maung/Bloomberg News
News about Mexican Drug Trafficking (Mexico's Drug War), including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
ARTICLES ABOUT MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKING
Once a Battlefront, Arizona Border Quiets
As Congress debates an overhaul of immigration laws, border officials in Arizona say that they have already made many enforcement advances that lawmakers seek.March 16, 2013, Saturday
MORE ON MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKING SOUTHWESTERN STATES (US), NOGALES (ARIZ), ARIZONA, BORDER PATROL, CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION, SERIES, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, MEXICAN-AMERICANS
Arizona Border Quiets After Gains in Security
As Congress debates an overhaul of immigration laws, border officials in Arizona say that they have already made many enforcement advances that lawmakers seek.March 16, 2013, Saturday
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As Drug Routes Shift, a Meth Trail Leads to Chinatown
An unsealed indictment offered new details about an investigation involving nearly $200,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine and low-level dealers’ easy access to Mexican suppliers.March 15, 2013, Friday
MORE ON MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKING Drug Enforcement Administration, Wiretapping and Other Eavesdropping Devices and Methods, Chinatown (Manhattan, NY), Mexico, Drug Abuse and Traffic, Brennan, Bridget G, Flushing (Queens, NY), Methamphetamines
Human Rights Watch Faults Mexico Over Disappearances
The organization said in a report that Mexico has “the most severe crisis of enforced disappearances in Latin America in decades.”February 21, 2013, Thursday
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U.S. Embassy Denies Intervening in Mexico Cabinet Choice
The embassy disputed a New York Times article, saying that the United States ambassador did not discuss potential appointments with Mexican officials.February 16, 2013, Saturday
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Hand of U.S. Is Seen in Halting General’s Rise in Mexico
Gen. Moisés García Ochoa was blocked from becoming defense minister after American officials expressed their concern that he had ties to drug traffickers.February 5, 2013, Tuesday
MORE ON MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKING Defense and Military Forces, Drug Enforcement Administration, Drug Abuse and Traffic, United States International Relations, Institutional Revolutionary Party (Mexico), Garcia Ochoa, Moises, Mexico, Drug Cartels, Pena Nieto, Enrique
In Mexico, Vigilante Villagers Plan to Try 53 Prisoners
Villagers set up armed patrols and roadblocks in the township of Ayutla de los Libres almost one month ago to defend themselves against crime, saying the authorities had failed to ensure peace and safety.February 1, 2013, Friday
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In Desert Outposts, Border Agents Keep Watch
The outposts near the border with Mexico are an essential element in the Border Patrol’s quasi-military strategy of “gaining, maintaining and expanding.”January 25, 2013, Friday
MORE ON MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKING New Mexico, Border Patrol (US), Smuggling, Drug Abuse and Traffic, Illegal Immigrants, Mexico
Honoring Drug War Dead, and Spurring a Debate
Mexico has built a memorial to the thousands of people killed in the drug war, but some ask whether all of the victims deserve such an honor.January 24, 2013, Thursday
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Despite Gun Smuggling, New Controls Are Feared
Some people had hoped the recent debate about stricter gun control might help reduce the smuggling of weapons across the border and into Mexico’s drug war, but many Texas officials oppose the plans.January 20, 2013, Sunday
"The New York Times"
Clearly the Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Agency still have a lot of work before these problems can be fully addressed and brought under control at the US Mexico border. Now that the Roman Catholics have elected a Pope who if from South America I am sure he will be advocating on behalf of these interlopers from south of the border. It's just a mater of time until we see what his agenda will be. A world leader with the Popes status will certainly have some bearing on the issue! I'm Felicity and you've been with the Noodleman Group.
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