Monday, June 20, 2011

No Irish Need Apply: They are a Barbarous People

Dedicated only to leisure and laziness, this is truly a barbarous people.

Irish Immigrants: Send them HOME !

They are stealing our jobs.  They aren't paying any taxes.  They are a drain on our society.  They are having babies so they can claim social services and stay in our country.  They don't speak our language.  Send them HOME !

Irish Immigrants 1860s

In 1845, the great New England bonnet makers. (Harper's Monthly, October, 1864, New York Public Librarypotato rot touched off a mass migration. The disaster eliminated the sole subsistence of millions of peasants, thrusting them over the edge of starvation. For five weary years, the crops remained undependable, and famine swept through the land. Untold thousands perished, and the survivors, destitute of hope, wished only to get away (Handlin, 1972).
The only mode of escape was emigration. Starving families that could not pay landlords faced no alternative but to leave the country in hopes of a better future. And thus the steadily scaling number of Irish who entered the U.S. between 1820 and 1830 skyrocketed in the 1840s, nearly 2 million came in that decade. The flow persisted increasingly for another five years, as the first immigrants began to earn the means of sending for relatives and friends. The decade after 1855 showed a subside in the movement, but smaller numbers continued to arrive after the Civil War. Altogether, almost 3.5 million Irishmen entered the U.S. between 1820 and 1880.
Emigrating to the U.S. wasn't the magical solution for most of the immigrants. Peasants arrived without resources, or capital to start farms or businesses. Few of them ever accumulated the resources to make any meaningful choice about their way of life. Fortunately for them, the expansion of the American economy created heavy demands for muscle grunt. The great canals, which were the first links in the national transportation system were still being dug in the 1820s and 1830s, and in the time between 1830 and 1880, thousands of miles of rail were being laid. With no bulldozers existing at the time, the pick and the shovel were the only earth-moving equipment at the time. And the Irish laborers were the mainstay of the construction gangs that did this grueling work. In towns along the sites of work, groups of Irish formed their small communities to live in.
More than 2.6 million Irish came in the decades after 1860.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

German Immigrants: Send them HOME

We have heard it all before:  "They are stealing our jobs.  They aren't paying any taxes.  They are a drain on our society.  They are having babies so they can claim social services and stay in our country.  They don't speak our language.  Send them HOME !" - whereever that is.

German immigrants 1911

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Friday, June 17, 2011

The Politics of Immigration

The Republican Party is increasingly becoming an exclusionary party of white anglos.  As the demographics of our population changes, Republicans are choosing to sideline themselves.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Send them HOME !

They are stealing our jobs.  They aren't paying any taxes.  They are a drain on our society.  They are having babies so they can claim social services and stay in our country.  They don't speak our language.  Send them HOME !

Send us your huddled masses.

 Irish immigrants a century ago.

Republican Senator of turns against Hispanic heritage

"I can't think of a more generous immigration policy than the one his parents benefitted from," Gutierrez, a liberal from Chicago of Puerto Rican descent, told POLITICO on Wednesday. "All they had to do was show up."He was referring to Sen. Marco Rubio (R- Fla), the newly elected representative born of Cuban immigrant parents.

"It is the story of a bartender and a maid in Florida. Today their son serves here in the Senate, and stands as a proud witness of the greatness of this land." says Rubio.

So what does this star example of the American Dream advocate in the way of today's immigration reform efforts? 
"Senator Rubio repeatedly and consistently stressed border security and E-Verify would be his immediate priorities."....Rubio has dismissed the DREAM Act as “blanket amnesty” for illegal immigrants.
America's Voice blasted : "Marco Rubio Sells out Hispanic Community."

“Marco Rubio has become a go-along Washington insider overnight," said Lynn Tramonte, deputy director of America’s Voice. "By championing mandatory E-Verify, the big government program with a 50 percent fail rate, Rubio has thrown Hispanics under the bus in order to cozy up to anti-immigrant ‘leaders’ in Congress like Sen. Grassley and Rep. Lamar Smith. ...
"The fact that Marco Rubio put his name on this bill shows that he just doesn’t get it. He is incapable of being a real bridge to the Latino community for the GOP."

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Broken System, a Broken Family.

Our current immigration system is broken.  It is breaking apart many families such as Tony and Janine's.  They have been trying to work within the system for years to get legalized, yet have only met with one roadblock after another.  See their story.

A comprehensive approach to immigration would greatly improve things for everyone.

Mass Deportation of Immigrants: Now on Fast Track in Congress

By Lynn Tramonte
Americas Voice

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Two of the masterminds behind the GOP's mass deportation (of immigrants) strategy, Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Elton Gallegly (R-CA), chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, are introducing new legislation intended to bring about their extremist fantasy: the expulsion of 11 million undocumented immigrants and their families.  That's what their whole "enforcement only" approach is all about - tighten the screws on immigrant families while blocking any hope of being able to legalize their status.
The Republicans’ dark vision for immigration “reform” isn’t playing well with Latino voters.  But in addition to alienating Latinos, Smith and Gallegly are on a path that will also hurt U.S. workers and key industries -- like agriculture -- by forcing all employers to use the flawed E-Verify system when evaluating whether an employee is legal to work.
In a recent op-ed, the duo tries to sell E-Verify as a "successful tool for employers."  With a fail rate of 50%, E-Verify is anything but successful.  We all want to crack down on unscrupulous employers who take advantage of workers, but that's not what E-Verify does. Instead, E-Verify will give bad employers even more control over desperate workers who move off the books and into the cash economy, reducing tax revenue and expanding the exploitation of workers.
The consequences of mandatory E-Verify aren’t limited to immigrant workers.  The Smith/Gallegly E-Verify plan would cause almost 800,000 Americans to lose their jobs due to errors in the government databases; force an additional 4 million legal workers into an administrative quagmire; create an undue burden on small businesses; nearly wipe out the agricultural workforce; and result in loss of tax revenue, increasing the deficit.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that mandatory, nationwide E-Verify would cost us $17.3 billion over 10 years because it would increase the number of undocumented workers being paid outside the tax system. Just implementing the program, according to the CBO, would cost $23 billion over ten years.
Mandatory E-Verify would also have a devastating impact on industries that rely on immigrant labor, like agriculture.  By cracking down on immigrant farm workers, Smith and Gallegly’s vision would lead to the exportation of farms and jobs and the increased importation of food from foreign sources.  The loss of on-farm jobs would also have a domino effect: 3.2 million non-agriculture jobs depend on the agriculture industry.
All these problems, and the program only identifies undocumented workers 50% of the time. Despite all this, there is a real possibility that some version of E-Verify will advance, especially in the House of Representatives.
The Smith/Gallegly strategy is to ignore the faults and cost of the system, its impact on the economy, and its burden on U.S. workers—and insist that E-Verify will "free up" jobs and force undocumented immigrants to "deport themselves." The reality is that most undocumented immigrants will remain here, even more in the shadows of the underground economy, subject to exploitation and reduced labor standards that impact everyone.
What's frustrating is that there's a better solution staring Smith and Gallegly right in the face. Comprehensive immigration reform, which would combine border and workplace enforcement with a program to require undocumented immigrants to register for legal status, would raise wages and labor standards for all workers, boost tax revenues, and gut the underground economy.  This is a fiscally responsible solution—and a practical alternative to the Smith-Gallegly mass deportation fantasy.  What’s more, a majority of Americans support it.

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E-Verify fails to detect illegal aliens: 54% failure rate

Raul A. Reyes responds to the L.A. Times Op-Ed article on E-Verify:

"Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) advocate the mandatory use of E-Verify to preserve jobs for Americans and crack down on illegal immigration. As a supporter of comprehensive reform, I read their Op-Ed article with great interest and was disheartened by their faulty reasoning, especially in light of the considerable influence the two members of Congress wield over our nation's immigration policy."

He adds that in a test of the system by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, it was found that E-Verify cleared 54% of undocumented workers to work... and that the Department of Homeland Security estimates it would have to spend $765 million on staff, technology and training if the program were to go national and small businesses would have to pay about $2.6 BILLION each year to use the program."
It is clear the intent is not to create jobs for U.S. workers.  Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) are trying to deport as  many immigrants as quickly as possible, before a way can be found for them to work toward becoming citizens.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We are all Americans

Miguel, a friend of ours, lived and worked in the U.S. for 3 years with a green card - legally, that is.  Part of his work here involved helping other immigrants make the adjustments to a new culture, finding housing, work, understanding what was expected of them.  He has a unique perspective, having worked with immigrants who both wanted to assimilate and continue living here legally, as well as some who just came for a short term job and were more interested in returning to their families in Mexico as soon as possible.  Miguel himself, returned a few years ago to his family in Cuernavaca, Mex. where he continues to teach.  He writes:

The field of immigration is a large, historical one, with many branches to follow.  But what if one day all these Hispanics return home? We know what would happen; much industry would stop because the anglos will not work those job.  The cost of producing goods and services would be affected by leaps and bounds, if that happened.

In my opinion there are jobs for all.  However, many anglos  have and do business with Hispanics, and have increased their business because of that. Hispanics are in every area of ​​the U.S. working to conserve a source of employment and I think those Hispanics who achieve citizenship would be very grateful to the United States as a country that offered them a source of income.

In this issue of immigration no one loses and everyone wins. We are all Americans and as Americans we share a little of what there is for each person, without that wealth being accumulated by just a single person

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Monday, June 13, 2011

LEGAL Immigrants: Stop Deportation of Undocumenteds

We have often heard that Latinos in the US who are here LEGALLY, are opposed to the ILLEGAL immigrants, and that the legal ones would like to see the illegal group sent back home.  One might argue that this would take the heat off of the legals - mostly latinos in this case.

However, according to recent polls, it seems that there is a much stronger support for the newly arrived migrants than previously thought.  It appears that blood is thicker than water.... or "Dios los crea, y ellos se juntan."  When Latino voters (legal, US Citizens of latino origin) were asked what they want to see happen with undocumented immigrants:

66% would support an executive order from the president to stop the deportation of undocumented immigrants who are minors or of college age and have a clean, crime-free record. This support is consistent among Latinos of all ideologies, origins and political affiliations, including 54% of Republicans.

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Come join the party! Leaving southern Mexico in the morning.

Come join the party!  We're getting together for a couple of drinks - 2 beers for 500 of us for the next 6 weeks.  We are leaving Chiapas (southern Mexico) in the morning for the United States.  There is a cover charge of        $ 10,000 US.  but I'm sure you wont have any trouble coming up with this, since you are making enough pesos working in the field under the hot sun.  You surely must have enough to cover this little expense.

We're almost full so hurry!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Immigration Fraud: businesses taking advantage of immigrants

According to Alicia Acuña of Fox News/Latino, the U.S. Department of Justice, along with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Trade Commission announced this week a major crackdown on businesses that take advantage of immigrants to the United States.  Specifically, individuals who run sham operations claiming to be immigrant consultants or attorneys, who provide expertise and services to those applying for residency, work visas and citizenship.

"We have been working together to take a stand," said Tony West, Assistant Attorney General at a press conference, "against those who prey upon immigrant communities by making promises they do not keep and charging for services they are not qualified to provide."

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

I hate all crackers.

The crackers are taking all our jobs and eating all our corn.  We need a fence to keep them out.

Well maybe we should make it against the law for crackers to come here. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Maria Gonzales: illegal alien. What will you do with her?

Raul’s family has lived in Texas for 4 generations.  He is a US Citizen.  Six years ago he married Maria, whose parents brought her to the US illegally when she was a teenager.  Raul and Maria now have two boys and are expecting another in three months.  Raul works hard and pays all this taxes and mortgage on their home.  Maria confides in you that she is an illegal alien and that her boss is paying her under the table so she can save on her payroll expenses.

You have a choice.  What will you do?
1.       Report Maria and her boss to the authorities, so Maria will be deported.
2.       Keep quiet, do nothing and allow Maria to continue supporting her family even though she arrived here illegally and her boss illegally hired her.
3.       Try to find a way for Maria to become legalized and for her boss to pay all her taxes.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform - the smart choice

With a comprehensive approach to immigration reform we can improve life in the USA for
  1. All workers
  2. Honest employers
  3. Tax payers.

Most illegal aliens are paying taxes:
  • property taxes, either directly if they own a home, or through rent;
  • sales tax on everything they buy;
  • Social Security tax collected by their employers, which they will never get back if it is on a false ID
  • Medicare tax - same as Soc Sec
  • State income tax - same as above
If it is illegal to enter this country or overstay without proper documentation, it is equally illegal to hire an undocumented person.  Therefore, if we want to send illegals back home, we must also deport employers who hire them.
How well do you think that would work?   What politician would suggest this solution?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Each state gets to decide if I am a U.S. Citizen

Who should decide if I am a U. S. Citizen?
         Answer:      1.  Each state should decide for itself.  That way, when I travel to a neighboring state, I may lose my rights as a citizen during my visit.
                           2.  We need the same definition across all states. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Los Angeles faces welfare costs for immigrants

Children of illegal aliens cost county welfare $44 million in March

LOS ANGELES COUNTY - Figures from the Department of Public Social Services show that children of illegal aliens in Los Angeles County collected more than $21 million in welfare and more than $22 million in food stamps in March 2009 -- an increase of $1 million from the previous month, according to a news release from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
Annually the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds one billion dollars, which includes $220 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $500 million in welfare and food stamps allocations, according to the news release.

Twenty-four percent of the county's total allotment of welfare and food stamp benefits goes directly to the children of illegal aliens born in the United States, according to Antonovich's statement. 
"Illegal immigration continues to have a devastating impact on Los Angeles County taxpayers," Antonovich said in the statement. "The total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1 billion a year - not including the millions of dollars for education."
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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Farmers: E-Verify a disaster for Americans

The agriculture industry fears a disaster on the horizon if the bit of new immigration policy that Congress seems to agree on becomes law.
A plan to require all American businesses to check their employees through E-Verify, a program that confirms that each is legally entitled to work in the U.S., could wreak havoc on an industry where 80 percent of the field workers are illegal immigrants.
"We are headed toward a train wreck," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat whose district includes agriculture-rich areas.
Lofgren said that farmers want to hire legal workers and U.S. citizens but that it's nearly impossible given the relatively low wages and back-breaking work.
Wages can range from minimum wage to more than $20 an hour. But workers are often paid by the piece; the faster they work, they more they make. A steady income lasts only as long as the planting and harvesting seasons.
"Few citizens express interest, in large part because this is hard, tough work," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak said last week. "Our broken immigration system offers little hope for producers to do the right thing."
Last year the United Farm Workers launched a Take Our Jobs campaign to entice Americans into the fields. But President Arturo Rodriguez said that of about 86,000 inquiries, only 11 workers took jobs.
"That really was thought up by farmworkers trying to figure out what is it we needed to do to show that we are not trying to take away anyone's job," Rodriguez said.
Manuel Cunha, president of Nisei Farmers League, a group representing growers in Central California, said farmers don't have the wherewithal to verify workers' status.
"If we were to use E-Verify now, we'd shut down -- either that or farmers would go to prison," said Cunha, a Fresno-based citrus farmer.
Shawn Coburn, a politically active farmer who grows thousands of acres of almonds in west Fresno County, said he favors tighter borders, a guest worker program and a path to citizenship for those already in the U.S., or at the very least their children. But, like Cunha, he believes that a mandatory E-Verify plan would be nothing but trouble for the industry.
"I don't think it's going to happen, but if it does it would throw the California economy for a loop," Coburn said.
Without a broad policy overhaul in the works, industry officials have focused on improving the H-2A temporary agricultural workers visa program, which is aimed at allowing seasonal workers to work on U.S. farms.
The program, is costly, time-consuming and inefficient, however, according to Cathleen Enright, vice president of federal government affairs for the Western Growers Association.
Lee Wicker, deputy director of the North Carolina Growers Association said the H-2A program "is too expensive, it's too litigious, it's too bureaucratic.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said farmers in his area want to do the right thing and hire legal workers but are frustrated with the stifling bureaucracy that comes with the visa program.
"It's a labyrinthine visa process, with the slow walking of applications," Gowdy said.
"You could not by accident come up with a better plan to ruin the small family farm."
Farmers, he said, "are just at their wits' end."

Thursday, June 2, 2011

H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers

Could you meet the requirements of this program, if you wanted to hire some help?

Perhaps if you ran a company the size of Google or Microsoft, you could afford the research and paperwork necessary to prove these requirements.  But get real, folks.  99% of businesses can't afford the costs of meeting the hurdles of this H-2A program.  Here is what  the Dept of Homeland Security's site:  U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has to say about hiring temporary farm workers, if you want to do it legally:

The H-2A program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural jobs for which U.S. workers are not available. 

To qualify for H-2A non immigrant classification:
  • The job offered must be of a temporary or seasonal nature
  • The employer must demonstrate that there are not sufficient U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work
  • The employer must show that the employment of H-2A workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Agriculture Worker Visa Program for migrant workers

How easy is it to find agricultural workers who are legally in the US?  According to D.A. King of the Gwinnett Daily Post  it sounds fairly easy and profitable.  "An ag employer (farmer) can bring to the U.S. as many legal workers as he wants under the H2A Agriculture Worker Visa program."  

We'd love to hear from some farmers who have tried this program.  What were the obstacles?  Did it cost you more?  Was it worth the price?  Did you, or could you pass on these costs to your customers?  How many workers did you bring in under this program?  What does it mean to "bring in" ?  Did you have to go to Mexico (or elsewhere) to find workers, or just sign up with the government as a "host" for foreign workers?  Did you pay for them to come?  Would you use this method again to find workers?  How hard is it for you to find U.S. citizens to work for you?  What are your crops?

Article By
   D. A. King

There is currently much consternation and hand wringing over the fact that the Georgia legislature may actually move to protect jobs by clamping down on illegal hiring with the no-cost federal E-Verify system. But a key component of the story is not widely known.
The argument du jour from the usual suspects opposed to enforcement is that Georgia would somehow lose its agriculture industry if we comply with the federal law making employment of illegal aliens well, you know — illegal.
While the media have faithfully reported on the agriculture angle, the existence of the legal alternative to continuing to hire black market farm laborers who have escaped capture at our borders has so far eluded mention.
It is something called the H2A agricultural worker visa.
This agricultural program establishes lawful means for agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring an unlimited number — no ceiling! — of temporary foreign workers into the United States.
But the grateful, legal, temporary workers looking for a better life must be treated with dignity and respect. Employers must provide free housing that meets lawful safety and health standards and provide workers’ compensation insurance to workers at no cost to the worker.
The wage for H2A workers must be the same as that for U.S. workers. The rate must also be at least as high as the applicable prevailing wage rate the wage.
The employer must provide either three meals a day to each worker or furnish free and convenient cooking and kitchen facilities for workers to prepare their own meals. If meals are provided, then the employer may charge each worker a certain amount per day for the three meals.
These requirements obviously make hiring the more “flexible” and desperate illegal labor considerably more profitable. And there is little fear of federal punishment.
An H2A visa is usually issued for a period of one year and can be extended by two one-year extensions for a maximum of three years. Then the temporary workers must return to their home country — making them poor prospects for creating a resentful “oppressed” and “victimized” political constituency willing to march in American streets demanding legalization.
The concept that illegal workers are integral in or necessary for Georgia’s largest industry is complete fertilizer.
Readers may want to pass the H2A facts on to their state lawmakers and remind them that illegal immigration is a direct result of illegal employment.
And that with E-Verify — and courageous vigilance — we have the tools to stop illegal hiring.
D.A. King is a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration and president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society, which advocates for enforcement of immigration and employment laws. He has been an authorized E-Verify user since 2005

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