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August 28, 2009

Border Scrap; If you build it; it may be worth something you did not imagine

This is a funny story about how Mexicans are stealing parts of the US border fence to sell for scrap. According to Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins it cost about $6 million per mile... at http://rizzn.com/blog/2009/05/cost-to-fence-us-mexico-border-118.php

Scrap steel is worth $452.50 per ton according to http://www.metalprices.com/

I am not sure how many tons of steel per mile it takes to build a fence. But if you divide $6,000,000 per mile by $452 per ton apparently the fence does have an inherent value of scrap. Prior examples of removing fences for their inherent value are Hadrian Wall in the United Kingdom and the Great Wall of China.

www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-lt-mexico-border-fence-theft,0,3999346.story
chicagotribune.com

"Border banditry: Mexico arrests 6 in theft of chunks of border fence to sell for scrap by Associated Press, August 26, 2009

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Police in the Mexican border city of Tijuana say they have arrested six men for stealing pieces of the U.S. border fence to sell as scrap metal.

Holes in the border fence once were more commonly made by migrant smugglers, but fewer people are trying to cross because of a weak U.S. economy and a crackdown on immigration.

The Tijuana police department says the suspects intended to sell the steel sheeting as scrap...".

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August 26, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy

Today I have reflected on the death of Senator Kennedy. This name is famous around the world because of he and his family. Almost everywhere I have visited there is a Kennedy road.

What stood out in my mind was that he never forgot about those who did not have the best of life. He represented a person who committed a mistake and became a better man. On immigration he was an advocate in the Senate many times alone. To succeed he would find a common ground within his party and cross party lines.

This is a lesson that we can learn in life; not be afraid to champion a cause and seek the middle ground.

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August 25, 2009

Marshall Fitz "Americans Want Solutions, Not Scare Tactics"

"August 12, 2009 by latinovations

http://blog.latinovations.com/2009/08/12/guest-blogger-series-marshall-fitz-americans-want-solutions-not-scare-tactics/

Health care reform opponents have emptied their grab bag of scare tactics in all-out assault on the various House and Senate bills. Many reform foes have fixed on illegal immigration as their bugbear of choice. They seek to confuse the public and distort the debate by blurring the lines between health care and immigration policy. But instead they have illuminated the cavernous gulf between those who want to solve tough problems and those who want to preserve the status quo.

Solving the health care crisis and immigration crisis are both urgent national priorities. It is obvious to those interested in solutions that each crisis presents its own complex policy challenges that must be tackled on their own terms. Health care reform will not end illegal immigration and immigration reform will not reverse the crippling effects of uncontrolled health care costs. Nonetheless, health reform adversaries propagate an endless stream of allegations seeking to conflate the two crises and misrepresent the policy proposals on the table.

The fallacy du jour from the status quo caucus is that the current bills will extend health insurance coverage to illegal immigrants. Belying this baseless claim-delivered with a heavy dose of self-righteous indignation-are provisions in the bills explicitly prohibiting any federal payments for illegal immigrants. Moreover, when asked point blank whether health care reform will provide coverage to illegal immigrants, President Barack Obama has answered "no" repeatedly. He has made it clear that the health care crisis requires one solution and the illegal immigration crisis requires another.

Facts notwithstanding, the bogus charge that millions of illegal immigrants will get free health care has been repeated in press releases, television appearances, and radio spots. This fear-mongering formula is all too familiar: (1) conjure a link, however tenuous or imaginary, between the disfavored policy and illegal immigration, (2) shout from the hilltops about the fraud being perpetrated on America, then (3) launch ad hominem attacks against the patriotism of the policy proponents. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Our goal at CAP is to solve both the health care and illegal immigration crises, in contrast to the status quo caucus. For health care that means enacting legislation that makes coverage affordable to as many people as possible. It means that if you are in the system, you are protected and that everyone has clear rules to follow and is paying their fair share. All U.S. citizens and legal immigrants must be covered. The more people covered, the better and more affordable health care will be for all of us. Legal immigrants are taxpayers and contributors to our communities. They want to pay their fair share and receive affordable coverage like every other American. We undermine our own goals of reducing costs and covering all Americans if we leave them behind.

Solving the immigration crisis means enacting reforms that align our immigration system with 21st-century realities. Comprehensive immigration reform must require illegal immigrants to register, go through security screening, pay taxes, and learn English. It also must facilitate labor mobility and strengthen legal immigration channels while creating enforceable labor standards. Reforming our legal immigration system will enable us to develop smart enforcement policies that restore the rule of law and promote core values.

The American public overwhelmingly wants Congress to solve the health care and immigration crises. Scare tactics by status quo preservationists must be exposed for what they are: transparent efforts to subvert reform that will lead the country forward.

Marshall Fitz is Director of Immigration Policy at American Progress. Before holding his current position he served as the director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He has been a leader in national and grassroots coalitions that have organized to advance progressive immigration policies.".

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August 20, 2009

President Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Immigration Reform

August 20, 2009

Washington, D.C. - Today, President Obama once more reaffirmed his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, pledging that "we can get this done." The President and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano met with immigrant advocates, faith leaders, labor, business, and law enforcement officials to listen to concerns and discuss the next steps forward. Mary Giovagnoli, Director the Immigration Policy Center, attended the White House meeting and issued this statement:

"Today's White House meeting demonstrated a genuine commitment to engage in a dialogue that will lead to a smart and workable legislative package. Secretary Napolitano strongly supported the need to bring all undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, streamline naturalization procedures, improve immigration processes that allow immigrants to live and work legally in the U.S., and create smart immigration enforcement mechanisms. Both the President and Secretary Napolitano acknowledged the importance of immigration to our country as well as the need to create a sustainable legal immigration system for the 21st century. We must all remain committed to following through on the dialogue that began today."

For more information on the elements of reform, the Immigration Policy Center has produced the following fact check:

* Comprehensive Immigration Reform: A Primer at http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/images/File/factcheck/CIR%20Primer%20-%20FINAL.pdf


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For press inquiries contact Seth Hoy at 202-507-7509, shoy@ailf.org.

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August 10, 2009

Obama Pushes Immigration Reform to 2010, Jokes About Being Called “an Illegal Immigrant”

"Another Friday afternoon statement from the White House means another bit of bad news for immigration reform advocates. This time, President Barack Obama met with correspondents from Hispanic media outlets and said he expects Congress to deal with immigration early next year.

The new statement pushes Obama farther away from his commitment to deal with the issue during his first year in office — a promise he made to Latino voters he badly needed to carry some swing states in the 2008 election.

On Friday, Obama met with a group of 10 reporters including representatives of wire services Notimex (Mexico), Reuters and EFE, and from Los Angeles newspaper La Opinión. Although he said he didn’t know if the bill would get enough votes, he said he expects Congress to deal with immigration reform by “early next year.”

For this, Obama said a bill should be drafted by the end of 2009.

“Now, will we be able to mobilize the votes to pass something? That I can’t predict,” he said, according to Notimex.

According to Reuters, Obama said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will meet with lawmakers regularly to work through the more controversial measures, like legalization for an estimated 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants and how to prevent illegal immigration in the future.

“We have convened a meeting of all the relevant stakeholders, and Secretary Napolitano is working with the group to start creating the framework for a comprehensive immigration reform,” Obama was quoted by Reuters.

The wire service reported Obama even joked about the so-called “birthers,” a fringe group who accuse the president of being unable to prove he was born in U.S. and who claim his actual birthplace is Mombasa, Kenya, making him ineligible to be president."...

at By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor

http://feetin2worlds.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/obama-pushes-immigration-reform-to-2010-jokes-about-being-called-an-illegal-immigrant/

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August 06, 2009

Immigration reform in 2009

With the battle in DC on health care involving Obama, Democrats, Blue dogs, Republicans, Health care companies, etc people ask me will there be immigration reform in 2009. I have come to believe that what we can obtain will be turning back the worst parts of the immigration laws on how they impact families. The strategy has to be mulit-pronged;

Help on health care reform to gain new allies (ultimately we cannot hope to succeed on reform if Obama is prevented from insuring 1/6 of the population. Really can we expect them to care about our needs if they do not care about their own citizens?

Continue to focus on winning small victories; see administrative victories to bring about change.

Build your social network to reach out to those who are unfamiliar with immigration issues.

Get to know your congressional representatives and senators. Learn about their issues, friend, supporters. To influence them you have to become an expert on them.

Look at this long term; this will take several more years to succeed. What else can we do except continue forward towards comprehensive immigration reform.

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