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Immigration is out of control - Presidente Bush is going to make it worse!

The Bush illegal immigration policy is a joke in Mexico and a pending disaster here ...

For four years now - we have President Bush making his pitch. He wants a guest worker program so that the jobs Americans do not want can be filled. He tells us that due to his economic policies our economy is doing so well we need these illegal immigrant workers and the one million legal immigrants, plus the many thousand H1-B and L visa (do not count in immigrant totals) just to fill unwanted jobs. This is "good for us."

Well when something sounds too good to be true, it usually isn't.

illegal immigrationAnd that sums up the Bush pitch. It just in not true. Now this will cause another uproar but President Bush is not being honest with the American public. Yes that means that he is not following one of the Ten Commandments and apparently can not count to Ten.

The proposed guest worker program is just politically correct terminology for amnesty! The federal government will not deport known and caught illegals, there is no reason to believe that it would ever move to deport temporary residents when their worker permits expire. It is a LIE.

The Mexican government knows that Bush will not enforce the immigration laws and is now even producing and distributing  documents to help Mexicans (and others coming through Mexico) sneak into our country. Of course the Bush Administration believes this is OK and "good for us."

We have shown the impact of immigration (both legal and illegal) on job creation requirements (see: American Jobs and Economy still on decline ). We have shown how companies in India are "laughing" at the loss of jobs in our country (see: India claims big election victory and laughs at Americans ). We have shown the impact of excessive immigration on various social costs (see: Cost of Educating Illegal Alien Children in US? ).

But this deliberate effort by the Mexican government to increase the number of illegal immigrants just shows how out of control this situation is. The Bush Administration talks much about how it has "creaillegal immigrationted" almost two million jobs in the last two years. But at 4,000,000 illegal immigrants a year and 1,000,000 legal immigrants we are going backwards!

Just for a few minutes make the assumption that the Bush policies do not generate further increases in the rate of either legal or illegal immigration. A year ago it was estimated that there were 8-12,000,000 illegal immigrants in our country. Today the Administration talks about 10,000,000 being eligible for the guest worker amnesty program. Note that one year of additional immigration at 4,000,000 per year would change the estimate from 8-12,000,000 to 12-16,000,000. This time next year the Administration will probably still use the 10,000,000 figure to continue mis-leading the public. The truth is they have no idea how many illegal immigrants are in the country today and if they do they will not disclose it.

But back to some arithmetic (using the low Bush number for starters). Lets look at the impact in 20 years:

Illegal immigrants today  10,000,000
Additional illegal immigrants  80,000,000
Additional legal immigrants  20,000,000
Total new immigration 100,000,000

Do you ever hear the open border proponents discuss the impact on our economy, American jobs and our society that an additional 100,000,000 foreign born population will have?

NO you do not.

Instead they imply that anyone who opposes excessive immigration is anti-immigrant. The liberal Democrats will even call opponents despicable names. The liberal Republicans just give you lip service and continue to pander to their corporate special interests.

There is nothing wrong with immigrants coming to this county when it is in our mutual interests. The problem is not immigrants, it is the NUMBER of immigrants. Within certain illegal immigrationlevels immigration is a positive factor. Once those are exceeded and when immigration is illegal it ceases to be a positive factor. We have been in the latter situation since the passage of the Immigration Act of 1965.

The rate of immigration is just too high!

The actions of the Mexican government and the Bush Administration are making the situation worse. The bi-partisan support from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress is making the situation worse. The bi-partisan support from both Republicans and Democrats in too many of our State Legislatures is making the situation worse.

This will not change until you, the American citizens demand a return to sensible immigration levels. Give some thought about how today's policies will affect your grandchildren!

In the meantime while you were reading or deleting this article another 25 - 50 or so  illegal immigrants have crossed the border looking for a job that may be yours and according to Bush you do not want it! And you get to pay their medial bills, build schools and educate their children, produce government forms in multiple languages, cover expenses from crime and effects on society so that they can send money back home instead of paying taxes. According to Bush the more you pay -  the better it is for us!

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Mexico publishes guide to assist border crossers
Chris Hawley
Republic Mexico City Bureau
Jan. 1, 2005 12:00 AM

MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government is giving out a colorful new comic book with advice for migrants, but immigration-control advocates worry that some of the tips may encourage illegal border crossers.

The 32-page book, The Guide for the Mexican Migrant, was published in December by Mexico's Foreign Ministry. Using simple language, the book offers safety information for border crossers, a primer on their legal rights and advice on living unobtrusively in the United States.

Dramatic drawings show undocumented immigrants wading into a river, running from the U.S. Border Patrol and crouching near a hole in a border fence. On other pages, they hike through a desert with rock formations reminiscent of Arizona and are caught by a stern-faced Border Patrol agent.

"This guide is intended to give you some practical advice that could be of use if you have made the difficult decision to seek new work opportunities outside your country," the book says.

But immigration-control groups questioned some of the guide's advice.

"This is more than just a wink and a nod," said Rick Oltman, Western field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "This is so transparent, this is the Mexican government trying to protect its most valuable export, which is illegal migrants."


Book distribution

The book is being distributed as a free supplement to El Libro Vaquero, a popular cowboy comic book, in five Mexican states that send many migrants to the United States: Zacatecas, Michoacán, Puebla, Oaxaca and Jalisco. The government plans to print 1.5 million copies.

The book comes with a yellow disclaimer saying it does not promote undocumented immigration, and it repeatedly warns against crossing illegally. But it gives no information about the steps for seeking a U.S. visa.

Instead, it offers frank safety tips. In the section on crossing rivers, it notes, "Thick clothing increases your weight when wet, and this makes it difficult to swim or float."

On crossing the desert, it says, "Try to walk during times when the heat is not as intense" and says migrants should follow power lines or train tracks if they get lost.

The book warns migrants that they may have to walk for days to reach towns or roads in the desert and that they will not be able to carry enough water or food.

But it also shows a woman adding salt to a water bottle and advises, "Salt water helps you retain your body's liquids. Although you'll feel thirstier, if you drink water with salt the risk of dehydration is much lower."

Mexican authorities say they're just trying to keep migrants safe.

"We are not inviting them to cross, but we're doing everything we can to save lives," said Elizabeth García Mejía, chief coordinator for the Nogales, Sonora, section of Mexico's Grupo Beta migrant protection service.

Carlos Flores Vizcarra, Mexican consul general of Phoenix, said he had not seen the guide until a reporter showed it to him.

He said the guide appeared to be only the latest attempt by the Mexican government to warn migrants about the dangers of crossing the border without proper documentation.

The reality, however, is that many migrants will try to do so anyway, he said.

"This is nothing new. It's a way to put it in very simple terms so people will understand the risks," Flores Vizcarra said. "The intention is out of concern for human rights. People are doing it anyway. We cannot ignore that there is a very big migration between our two countries, and people who are coming to work need to understand the risks."


Mixed messages

Some migrants from Mexico who have crossed the border illegally in the past said the guide seems to send a mixed message.

"On the one hand they seem to be saying, 'Don't cross,' but on the other hand they are saying, 'Cross,' " Humberto Morales, 22, an undocumented immigrant from Oaxaca working as a day laborer in Phoenix, said after looking at a copy.

He doubts the guide will keep many people in Mexico from crossing illegally, but he said it could help save lives.

"We have lots of programs like this in Mexico, but people keep crossing," Morales said.

No official at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Mexico City would agree to an interview about the comic book, despite repeated requests through the ministry's media relations office.

The book's pictures are drawn to match the style of El Libro Vaquero. They portray the migrants as strong and healthy men and women, wading into a river or walking through the desert.

One section of the book urges caution when dealing with immigrant smugglers, known as coyotes or polleros. It shows migrants climbing into the back of a tractor-trailer, a possible reference to the 19 migrants who died in Texas after being sealed in a tractor-trailer in May 2003.


On getting caught

Another section warns migrants not to lie to U.S. authorities or use false identification, and it gives instructions on what to do if caught by the Border Patrol.

"Don't throw stones or objects at the officer or patrol vehicles because this is considered a provocation," it says. "Raise your hands slowly so they see you are unarmed."

A picture shows a group of migrants running from a Border Patrol sport utility vehicle, though the text urges them not to flee.

"It's better to be detained a few hours and repatriated to Mexico than to get lost in the desert," it says.

Seven pages are devoted to migrants' legal rights after they are detained and another four to living peacefully in the United States.

"Avoid attracting attention, at least while you are arranging your stay or documents to live in the United States," it says. "The best formula is to not alter your routine of going from work to home."

The Arizona Republic faxed copies of the guide to the U.S. Border Patrol, FAIR and two groups that support stronger controls on immigration.

A Border Patrol spokesman said he does not think the book encourages illegal crossers.

"If they've already gone ahead and made that decision to cross illegally . . . then anything that helps protect lives is worth it," said Andy Adame, spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson sector.


Beyond protection

But the immigration-control groups said some of the advice goes beyond protecting migrants and, instead, encourages them.

"A lot of it is disclaimers, but then there's this part about if you're going to cross the desert, do it when the sun isn't so hot," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies. "It's a mixed message."

Said John Vincent, editor of a newsletter published by Virginia-based Americans for Immigration Control: "It really looks like the Mexican government is encouraging illegal immigration. It shows the contempt that the Mexican government has for our laws."

The Mexican government produces a similar book aimed at Central American immigrants who try to enter Mexico illegally. The book covers much of the same information about legal rights and repeats many of the warnings. It even shows a group of migrants struggling to breathe inside a truck.

But that book doesn't give the same kind of safety tips on crossing the border or advise immigrants on how to live peacefully in Mexico.

Reporter Daniel Gonzalez contributed to this article.

Reach the reporter at chris.hawley@arizonarepublic.com

Source: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0101Comic01.html#


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