Activists blast Mexico’s immigration law

The Mexican president has been here in the US criticizing the Arizona immigration law (which basically does what the unenforced federal law is supposed to do), yet finally someone is pointing out that Mexican immigration law is pretty similar to the Arizona law, and is abused in many ways. Maybe President Calderon should rethink Mexico’s laws first, before telling us what to do here.

From USAToday:

TULTITLN, Mexico — Arizona’s new law forcing local police to take a greater role in enforcing immigration law has caused a lot of criticism from Mexico, the largest single source of illegal immigrants in the United States.But in Mexico, illegal immigrants receive terrible treatment from corrupt Mexican authorities, say people involved in the system.

 And Mexico has a law that is no different from Arizona’s that empowers local police to check the immigration documents of people suspected of not being in the country legally.

 “There (in the United States), they’ll deport you,” Hector Vázquez, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, said as he rested in a makeshift camp with other migrants under a highway bridge in Tultitlán. “In Mexico they’ll probably let you go, but they’ll beat you up and steal everything you’ve got first.”

 Mexican authorities have harshly criticized Arizona’s SB1070, a law that requires local police to check the status of persons suspected of being illegal immigrants. The law provides that a check be done in connection with another law enforcement event, such as a traffic stop, and also permits Arizona citizens to file lawsuits against local authorities for not fully enforcing immigration laws.

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Dems’ immigration reform: Pay your taxes, learn the language, you can stay

That’s what they call “reform?” They’re here illegally and undocumented. They can stay and not pay taxes or learn the language, like they’re doing now.

From Raw Story:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has unveiled the Obama administration’s plan to reform immigration. Key among the proposals are rules that would allow the current undocumented population to stay in the United States, provided they take a number of steps like learning English and paying back taxes, according to published reports.

“The hope is that when we get into the first part of 2010, that we will see legislation begin to move,” Napolitano said, according to The Los Angeles Times.

“An immigration reform bill that includes citizenship for undocumented immigrants is expected to be filed in the House as early as next month by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he will file a bill in the Senate early next year,” The San Antonio Express-News. “He favors a citizenship plan, but also wants increased border security measures.”

Napolitano made the announcement during a Friday speech to the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.

Under the administration’s proposed rules, in order to become a citizen an undocumented person must register with the government, undergo a criminal background check, pay all back taxes and fees and learn to speak English.

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Labour cynically plotted to transform the entire make-up of Britain without telling us

From The U.K. Daily Mail:

So now the cat is well and truly out of the bag. For years, as the number of immigrants to Britain shot up apparently uncontrollably, the question was how exactly this had happened.

Was it through a fit of absent-mindedness or gross incompetence? Or was it not inadvertent at all, but deliberate?

The latter explanation seemed just too outrageous. After all, a deliberate policy of mass immigration would have amounted to nothing less than an attempt to change the very make-up of this country without telling the electorate.

There could not have been a more grave abuse of the entire democratic process. Now, however, we learn that this is exactly what did happen. The Labour government has been engaged upon a deliberate and secret policy of national cultural sabotage.

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NC community colleges to enroll illegal immigrants

From Forbes:

By GARY D. ROBERTSON

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s community college system voted Friday to admit illegal immigrants at its campuses next year, a move unlikely to bring an immediate surge in undocumented students given a requirement that they pay higher tuition.

The State Board of Community Colleges approved the rules, which according to proponents will provide clarity after four previous policy changes on the topic since 2000.

A no-admission policy, with some rare exceptions, has been in place since May 2008, but Friday’s vote will open more opportunities for Latino residents to succeed, an advocate said.

“We are thrilled with the decision,” said Marco Zarate, president of the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals. “We believe that education is something that is probably one of the few things that once you have it, nobody can take it away from you.”

The changes are designed to focus on children who entered the country illegally with their parents and didn’t make the decision to come to America, said Stuart Fountain, chairman of the policy committee that recommended the policy change to the full board.

“These children cannot be held in limbo with the federal government decides what to do with immigration,” Fountain said. “While in high school they have adopted American culture and they’ve learned to speak English.”

The rules, which would almost mirror guidelines for University of North Carolina campuses, would allowed illegal immigrants to enroll in any of the system’s 58 campuses if they have graduated from a U.S. high school.

But they also would have to pay the out-of-state tuition rate, which is nearly five times the in-state rate. They also couldn’t qualify for financial aid or take the place of students who are legally in the U.S. on crowded campuses.

With some campus presidents seeing 20 to 30 percent enrollment increases this year as unemployed workers try to retrain for a new career, illegal immigrants would get lower priority for admission.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton cast the only “no” vote against the policy in the voice vote but did not debate publicly the issue before the board. He released a statement saying that “these are extremely difficult economic times that require tough choices.”

“Now is not the time to increase the demands on our already overburdened community college system,” Dalton added.

Gov. Beverly Perdue, another Democrat, was also opposed to the community college enrollment change, telling reporters this week it’s hard to understand why the state should educate people “when they can’t work legally in the state after they’re educated.”

Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, criticized the decision and suggested Perdue could have lobbied more to block the change.

“This action is a slap in the face to legal North Carolina residents that desperately need access to the job training provided by our community colleges during the worst period of unemployment since the Great Depression,” Berger said.

Mexican immigration to US hits 10-year low: study

With the economy the way it is, there’s really no reason to go through the hassle of coming here.

From Raw Story:

http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Mexican_immigration_to_US_hits_10_y_07222009.html