ICE Raid At Dulles

25 08 2008

According to the Washington Post 42 workers suspected of being in the country illegally were detained at the Dulles International Airport.

The agent in charge said that “There’s no indication that any of the aliens were involved in any terrorist activity at all.” Most of the detainees where Latinos and we know that they don’t fit the profile for terrorism.

 

Aren’t airports sensitive locations for terrorism, how is it that people are not screened before granted access to such important security areas. I don’t care if they tell me that they only had access to a certain construction area, once in it is easy to move from one place to another without being detected.

 

I also heard that they checked these people because the “seemed”, “looked” like their legal status may have been questionable, in other words they looked Latino.

 

It worries me when I hear stories like this, because I feel like we are not being protected and the target of Homeland Security might be a bit off.

 

You can find the WP article here





Caught in the grips of linguistic paranoia

24 08 2008

WHAT MAKES the largest military power on earth tremble in its boots? What causes an entire nation of people – the majority of whom descended from non-English speakers – to shudder in fear? What provokes outrage at debates and town hall meetings in the current presidential campaign? Language, that’s what.

Not every language is seen as Uncle Sam’s nemesis – just the 6,911 languages that are not English. Americans often view other languages as a threat their identity – both as individuals, and as a nation. It’s for this reason that a Pennsylvanian recently stood up and told John McCain how angry it makes her to see the word entrada at the entrance to her local Lowe’s home improvement store. Barack Obama dared to suggest last month that American children should learn a language currently spoken by more people in the world than English: Spanish. Hillary Clinton even stated, albeit jokingly, that it’s time for the United States to have a multilingual president.

 

This an article I found in the Boston Globe by Nataly Kelly.  She touches in something that I have covered before, why is it that there is such a drive, mandate, to try to eliminate other languages, why is it that there is this dismissal of the need to speak other languages? why is it that people get angry when people speak other languages? Why is it that when people speak in a different language or with an accent, that is felt as a threat to “our way of life”?

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Linguistic paranoia seems to have reached unprecedented levels in recent years, Read the rest of this entry »





Immigrants are the source of pollution

15 08 2008

There is an anti-immigrant group that claims that immigrants legal or illegal that come to the US are the source of global warming…wow

According to this group ALL immigrants come from less developed countries where they would produce less carbon emissions, once they move to here they incease their emissions.

Would it be that we eat too many beans??

 

  

Here are some of their findings: 

  • If the 482 million ton increase in global CO2 emissions caused by immigration to the United States were a separate country, it would rank 10th in the world in emissions.
  • The impact of immigration to the United States on global emissions is equal to approximately 5 percent of the increase in annual world-wide CO2 emissions since 1980.
  • The estimated CO2 emissions of the average immigrant (legal or illegal) in the United States, are 18 percent less than those of the average native-born American.However, immigrants in the United States produce an estimated four times more CO2 in the United States as they would have in their countries of origin.U.S. immigrants produce an estimated 637 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually — equal to Great Britain and Sweden combined.
  • The estimated 637 tons of CO2 U.S. immigrants produce annually is 482 million tons more than they would have produced had they remained in their home countries.

Here you can find the Center for immigration Studies

So they want to stop immigration and maybe send people back to reduce global warming.

That got me thinking, if the native-born generate more emissions than the immigrants, what if instead of sending the immigrants back to their countries of origin we send the native-born to those countries where they would produce less emissions. Would that solve global warming?





Updates

14 08 2008

I have been posting on and off for a little while because we were in the middle of moving across country. I had some technical difficulties and I needed help fixing (not a techie). Here are the updates,

 

  • We moved back north. I am happy because we are closer to my husband’s family. For me family is everything and mine is way way far away…
  • some people asked me to update Mary’s situation, she is doing much better, Juanita (aka. Jane) was fired. She got caught with her fingers in the cookie jar. Embezzlement, forgery…the works. Mary is relieved, but she is still looking for another job, management never did anything to improve her situation,somebody said that because Juanita is minority they were afraid to do anything and get sued by her, crazy.
  • I am looking for a job too, although my boys, love to come home and find me here, with a home cooked meal. (when I say boys I include Hubby, ha 😉 ). If you know of a high paying job with little or nothing to do, send it my way… ha




Old Crime Returns to Haunt Legal Immigrants

12 08 2008

I Have read about a few cases were legal immigrants that committed a “crime” are being deported 10, 20, 30, and 40 years later due to a new law. Here are a few examples; the first is from the New York Times:

Old Crime Returns to Haunt an Immigrant; Facing Deportation, Dominican May Become Test Case for New Law

For 171 days now, immigration officials have held Jesus Collado, a Bronx restaurant manager and a legal resident of the United States, in a detention center in Pennsylvania for a misdemeanor he committed 23 years ago and for which, until now, he had never spent a day in jail.

Mr. Collado was convicted of statutory rape and given probation in 1974 because, at 19, he had sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend. Now, the Immigration and Naturalization Service wants to deport Mr. Collado to his homeland, the Dominican Republic, which he left in 1972 and has only returned to for occasional family visits.

Mr. Collado, his wife and their three children, and even the family of his onetime girlfriend, are baffled and horrified that his long-ago misdeed — a crime of moral turpitude, in legal terms — could tear apart the life that he has built in this country. The I.N.S. says that under tougher laws passed by Congress last year, the agency has no choice but Read the rest of this entry »





Do Immigrants have any rights?

11 08 2008

This question came to mind after I heard what happened to Ed

Ed is a US Citizen naturalized (he was born somewhere else) he has black skin and a very thick Spanish accent. He and his family play a dominoes tournament when ever they get together. This time they set two tables in their front yard. While they were playing an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) truck stopped  by and detained them. They did not resist, the asked to show their citizenship papers, that where inside the house, but they were denied.

The immigration officers said no, and kept putting them in the truck or van. A very hot neighbor showed up and flirted with the ICE officers and asked if she could go with one of them into the house and get the men’s papers. One of them finally agreed, they saw the citizenship papers and they were let go.

 What would have happened if the hot girl had not showed up, they most likely would still be in the detention center, waiting to go in front of a judge, wasting tax payers money. 

There was a case of a California man deported to Mexico, he was mentally challenged and was lost in Mexico for weeks. A Man from Minesotta was almost deported to Russia, a place where he had never been and did not speak the language.

I read on a newspaper article that if you are detained by ICE you have no rights to make a phone call or call a lawyer until they see fit. You are presumed illegal until proven otherwise.

I was reading in the government immigration page that naturalized citizens have the same rights as US born citizen, but the foreign born citizens may be stripped from their citizenship. (granted that you have to commit a serious crime or treason, but who determines that?)

The point I am trying to make is, that there seems to be no middle ground. People are detained, deported and then asked questions. I fear that a lot of people would be caught in this black and white system, and the gray cases will be turned black and dealt with as criminals.

I want someone to tell me do immigrants have any rights? If you know please tell me.





The Mayor of Detroit is in Jail – Judicial System at work!!

8 08 2008

The Mayor of Detroit spent the night in jail. For years now the Mayor has been caughted in lies and shady situations and he has gotten away with less than a slap on the wrist.

You can check up all the details at the Detroit Free Press website . There you can find a complete account of all the issues from the beginning.

 

This latest display of disregard for the Judicial System was the last straw. He thought he was untouchable, the golden kid. He violated the conditions of his bond two or three times, and on top of that he lied to the judge while trying to get out off. He claimed that it was an emergency meeting and that he had been summon by the Windsor authorities, today Windsor authorities say that the Mayor called them and he wanted to have that meeting.

As usual he used his kids as leverage, to try to get out of jail.

 

36th District Judge Ronald Giles has restored my faith in our Judicial System.

I have seen this guy breaking the law time and time again and then lie about it until he can lie no more. When he has to admit what he did, he either blames it on somebody else, lack of communication, the media or racism. He says “I am sorry” and gets Detroiters crying for him. He gets off and goes back to business as usual.

Finally  a judge had the courage to say NO MORE.