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?


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 »

Hello I come in peace, or in pieces…?!?!?!

18 01 2008

This is my attempt to share life from the perspective of the other, that one that is not ‘one of us’, that outsider that gets your attention, sparks curiosity, can be an annoyance and even trigger fear.  The foreigner, the immigrant, the one with the accent…that’s me.

When I first moved to this country, a few years ago, I had a ‘clear image’ of what I was going to find, or so I thought!! From watching movies, TV shows and a few vacations, you think you have a good idea of what the culture is. I thought I knew enough, I could speak the language, the weather might be an issue but I was in loooooove.

Let me track back… I first came here to visit my then fiancé, now husband, and figure out if I wanted to live here. I had always liked the culture, the people, the way of life, and I wanted the seasons. Where I come from it is always summer, dry or rainy, warm or really hot. I would come and go for a while until we were finally married and it was time to stay for good.

I want to offer the view from the other side, that outsider/insider mix, mi experience as an Alien, in a new country, playing a different game and with a new set of rules. This will not be a hate fest or a love fest. I don’t want to be overly critical, although sometimes it might seem like that. There are things that I still do not understand and I would ask of you, yes you, to help me.

Please share with me your impressions and your own experiences. The one thing I have learned by moving to another country is to be open see things and myself from other perspectives.