The Larger Implications of the Global Economic Malaise…

… or, more succinctly, “Where have we seen *THIS* before?

“The acrid immigration debate sparked this summer by former Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin has apparently had an effect on the German public. A poll released on Wednesday showed that one-tenth want a “Führer,” while one-quarter admitted to strong xenophobic attitudes – up from one-fifth in 2008.”

Let’s see…  A desire for a “strong leader…” Xenophobic attitudes… Anybody know what the unemployment and  inflation rates are in Germany right now??

George Santayana, in his Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  This is frequently misquoted as “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it…

I think history might be clearing its throat — is anyone listening?

Palin to Obama: No conjones!

Cashews! Indeed. Sarah Palin praises Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for tackling illegal immigration. But Obama? Not so much. Read more

United States v. Arizona

Today, Attorney General Eric Holder, on behalf of the Obama administration, filed the long promised suit against Arizona seeking to have the new Arizona immigration law declared unconstitutional.  The suit was filed in Federal District Court in Phoenix.

According to the law suit, the Arizona law violates the “Supremacy Clause” of the Constitution.  Should you be interested, you can find this in Article VI…

The Constitution and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof…shall be the supreme law of the land…any thing in the…laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

The administration claims that because Congress has passed laws dealing with immigration, those federal laws take precedence over any immigration law passed by Arizona (or any other state, for that matter). 

What is curious, however, is that no where in the suit is there any mention of “racial profiling”, due process, equal protection, or any other of the list of “problems” members of the administration have used in “speeches” denouncing the law.

As best I can tell, all Arizona wanted in passing the law was for its borders to be protected…clearly a job of the federal government, but clearly a job the federal government has refused to do.  This administration ceased construction on the border fence, and has repeatedly ignored Arizona’s pleas for more border security. 

So, it would appear that the government’s only response to a “broken immigration system”, as Obama has called it, is to file a lawsuit against one of the states.  Personally, I think that time and money would be better spent enforcing our immigration laws.  But, then again, that’s just me.

Attorney General Admits …. he hasn’t read the Arizona illegal immigration bill

I am not one prone to rant, but this conduct on the part of this administration is so outrageous that, well, I am going to rant. Read more

Federal government continues to practice default amnesty program

A 22-year old illegal alien, frustrated with the inability to legally start the immigration process, showed up at ICE headquarters in Omaha, Neb. in an attempt to get arrested so she could get in the system, and on the road to amnesty.

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Eva Longoria on immigration reform

I’m not usually one to care much what a celebrity thinks, but I’m going to briefly comment on Eva Longoria’s statement about immigrants before I get offline for the evening.

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Mexico’s Hypocritical Policy on Border Control

Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon is a hypocrite. Recently he spoke in front of California’s State Legislature demanding that the American people fix our immigration policy. Who does he think he is?

Malkin has the full details including comments from McClintock and Tancredo. This, along with Mexico and our Executive Branch planning to secure Mexico’s southern border is the ultimate in hypocrisy.

Take a look at Mexico’s immigration policy; it is pretty strict. Their policies are in place to ensure foreigners do not take jobs from Mexicans.

Shall we review just two aspects of Mexican law concerning buying property and working in Mexico?

The rules about buying land as a foreigner are usually pretty thick, and Mexico is no different.

  • Property may be purchased and owned outright for residential use by foreign nationals outside of the 100km restricted land border zone, or outside of the 50km coastal zone;
  • Inside of the restricted border/coastal zones, foreign nationals may own land through a fidecomiso (a trust) which is set up through a bank and provides for ownership of the land and property in all but name.

What that means is foreign nationals can not buy property for a home closer than 50km from the ocean unless you are willing to sort of own the property. So if the government wants that beach-side pad, they can take it.

What about working in Mexico? No problem, but before you come into the country you have to be sponsored by a company and the position must go through a thorough check to ensure a Mexican is not qualified and wants the job.

Permits are gained from the Mexican Government and are issued to people who are sponsored by companies in Mexico (or foreign companies with Mexican operations / subsidiaries), or by people with specific skills required in Mexico.

Sounds reasonable to me, maybe we should just adopt the Mexican government’s own rules, then maybe Calderon will stop lecturing us about our immigration policy.

White House Plans to Help Secure Border – Mexico’s SOUTHERN Border

You’ve got to be kidding me.

The 2008 budget from the White House has $1.8 billion set aside to help Mexico secure their southern border from illegal aliens from other Central American countries.

This is a pay off for something. Not one dime would go to secure their southern border, and we all know it.

Loosing a Seat in Congress – What to do?

The Berkshire Eagle Online has a story today concerning the low population growth in the state of Massachusetts. As you may or may not know, a states representation in the U.S. House of Representatives is determined by the population of the state.

“You are definitely going to lose a seat up there,” said Clark Bensen, founder and head of Polidata, a political analysis and census data firm in Lake Ridge, Va., that compiled the report. “There’s no way things are going to stay the same.”

So how do you think that state legislators and politicians are dealing with the issue? Might they try to turn the trend around over the next two years to get more people to move to Massachusetts? I doubt it. (Emphasis added)

Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin, who worked to save the 10 U.S. House of Representative seats in 2000, said he is troubled by the figures but committed to a strong count during the 2010 census.

“It is, as they note, still a projection based on estimates,” Galvin said. “This will be very challenging, because our population growth isn’t robust, but we have unique factors here that I believe might help us up our count.” Galvin pointed to the state’s vast college population — which can be counted if students spend most of the year in state — and to the immigrant community.

“For the size of our state, it’s a remarkable amount,” Galvin said. “We were effective in reaching out to indigenous groups up in Lowell and other locations to make them understand the need to be counted last time.”

Am I reading something into Galvin’s statement? Look, if students are truly residents of the state, that’s fine, but is there any check to ensure that these kids are not being double-counted?

And by the way, what the heck is an indigenous group Mr. Secretary?

On the Web site, I found an article from October providing some information about the Fifth Congressional District race between Democrat Niki Tsongas and Republican Jim Ogonowski.

Of the roughly 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, the Pew Hispanic Center has estimated that 150,000 to 250,000 live in Massachusetts. There are no estimates for how many live in the Fifth District, but Lowell and Lawrence are two of the state’s immigration hubs. According to the US Census, about 38 percent of Lowell residents and 74 percent of Lawrence residents speak a language other than English at home.

Translation: This area is full of illegal aliens, and since these good folks don’t like to call attention to themselves – since they are criminals – they usually don’t like to get officially counted for anything; even attendance figures for sporting events.

The problem here is that Galvin and the state of Massachusetts are not interested in innovative ways to bring new people to the state. Ideas like lowering the tax burden, reducing outrageous business regulations, running a more fiscally responsible government and more personal freedoms are just not on the table at all.

They would rather find innovative ways to count more people.