Monday, May 1

Immigration: Going back to what matters most--people.

I thought I would give a round up of the days events and ad some personal perspective as to why this issue matters so much to me.

This morning, my apartment complex's cleaning-lady was right on schedule, doing her rounds. The contractor hired to remodel our office was on schedule, and brought along his wife--his regular helper. He did say many of his other employees did not make it to their other work sites--I'll be asking him what he plans to do about them.

The construction site of a new high-rise in Arlington was deserted--not a soul in sight. They must have taken the day off--what a shame.

But, I was happy to see that the evening cleaning crew where all on their normal routine, and hard at work. I went by Joans and Target after work--plenty of Spanish speaking Latinos shopping.

My point--the rallies and the strike did happen, but it does not speak for most immigrant Latinos. Most of them just want to live their lives, work hard, provide for their families, and survive long enough to give their kids a better chance than they had.
Via HotAir
According to KFI, the LAPD is reporting shockingly low numbers for today's rallies -- only 250,000 or so at the first protest this afternoon (half a million were expected) and a mere 75,000 at the evening event. Radio hosts John and Ken are incredulous and believe the numbers are low. A reporter on the scene agrees.

Via Instapundit, who quotes Pajamas Media
Pro-illegal immigrant protests that organizers and Spanish-language radio stations hoped would attract a crippling percentage of Southern California's several million Latinos have been large and loud but not record-breaking -- and were closer in size to throngs that celebrated the Lakers three-peat in 2002. By 4:30 pm, KABC TalkRadio's reporters in the field were noting that crowds had dwindled to 60,000.
But thats besides the point. At the end of the day, the evidence continues to mount proving what I have been saying all along--they are shooting themselves in the proverbial foot. Radical left-wing organizations have hijacked what had the potential to be a somewhat more moderate issue of dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants. Not that they where getting anywhere either way, but they joined forces with the wrong people. We live in a completely new media environment, and they made the mistake of joining forces with those that just don't look nice on TV and in the pictures. I'm sorry, but images of Che, banners with the map of Atzatlan, and anti-American slogans are not going to win over the hearts of the voting public.
From Michelle Malkin
I debated, if you can call it that, a screeching MeCHista from San Francisco on the Sean Hannity show. I think it'll be on in a few minutes. Listen here.
The same value voters that elected a Republican majority will think along those same values, and pressure their elected officials to secure our borders and stop the flow of illegal immigrants.

At the end of the game, voting citizens will increase pressure to secure the boarder--a great result if this should happen! Voting citizens will start paying more attention to the kind of businesses they frequent, and make illegal immigrant employees a bigger factor in choosing who's business to frequent.
...I pulled into the parking lot and noticed the lights were all out in the bakery. I wondered out loud if it was because of the boycott? I know they have a lot of "new arrivals" working there so maybe they closed in "solidarity" with the boycott. Now, I don't know for sure if they did close in support of it or not; but if I find out they did, I will never give my business to them again.
Expect to hear about staff being fired for not showing up to work, and the typical "victim" winning from the lawyers that I'm sure are dying to get into the fray.
From Hugh Hewitt
If regularization of illegal immigrants' status had been the goal of the organizers, they would have urged the quick passage of the House bill with its 700 miles of border fencing. With serious border enforcement in the works, a large majority of voters would have supported some regularization program.

But the march organizers don't want that deal. They don't want any deal. They want conflict and polarization.

At the end of it all, its unfortunately. This whole mess has distracted from other relevant and perhaps even equally important issues--the rampart corruption and injustice in Latin America that enriches government officials and their friends and their relatives, and anyone that can buy themselves access.

I have been thinking a lot about this. Center of the debate in the United States, and number one priority, is national security and preservation of our country. That is right and just and orderly. But, the fact remains that America is generous and compassionate. The fact is that America has done and will probably continue to do more for Latin America than any other country in the world. You can't ad the dollars up. I'm talking about Doctors, Dentists, nurses, and other countless church volunteers that spend their yearly vacation time treating children in the hot steamy jungles of Central America--and leave behind medicines, funding, clothing, and more for the sake of those who suffer. There are entrepreneurs that are dedicating their businesses to investing in Latin America, seeking to provide jobs. I'm not talking about NAFTA, or politicians or trade. Just plain old people, going down there, and investing and believing in people at huge monetary risk--just so that someone can earn a decent living.

Here is the message to the union leaders, La Raza, and other radical rally and strike organizers: You are hurting your own people!

I have experienced and seen it with my own eyes. I had a co-worker wash a little girl's hair and treat it for lice--her mother was working in the US, sending money home so she could have a "better life." Her aunt could care less about her.

I saw the boy growing more and more out of control, driving her mother to abuse, as a result of the lack of male authority in the home. The boy desperately wanting to know his father cared about him, and wondering where he went--gone to work in the US.

America cannot be participant to this, no matter how much illegal immigrants and their allies cry out against enforcement.

FIRST AND FOREMOST: Our government needs to secure the border--build a wall, install detectors to prevent tunneling, hire more guards. Those who are caught attempting to cross will be treated a thousand times better than Mexico would treat them, and will be safely returned to their home country. Others who require prison time should be required to work to cover the costs, perhaps even with a little left over for a paid stipend, and should be sent back home at the end of their term...with a little money to show for it.

While they are at it, they should make regular displays of illegals captured, show the drones used, and the guards hired--get the preventive message out. America will be secure.

Our government should reduce the immigration and homeland security bureaucracy--this is an emergency situation. Reduce processing time for all approved legal immigrants. Assign the proper private-sector experts from business AND non-business interests to assess the labor and economic needs of the country, and based on this, increase (or perhaps decrease) the necessary quotas. I would expect we can safely increase immigration quotas to provide for our growing economy--and I am not talking about the so-called jobs "Americans won't do" That's just a load of huew.

Our government should enforce current immigration laws, and untie the hands of local and state governments to secure their borders and provide for the safety of borderland ranchers and property owners. The best way--reduce the amount of money being taken from the states with the intent for it to be used for local immigration enforcement. Let the local people take care of themselves--I would expect they can do a better job at it.

Promoting free trade is great, but this needs to go hand-in-hand with further accountability. If Latin American countries want to benefit from American investment and the American markets, they must submit to higher business ethical standards. They must be held accountable to conflicts of interest among government officials. They must do more to fight corruption and injustice at all levels of government and society.

And this is why I speak out--I care about these people as much as I care about my country; the United States of America. It is everything American in me that motivates me, and a million others, to care.

I lived in Honduras for 13 years, one year in Guatemala, and nine months in El Salvador. My father drove our family through the entire Mexican territory--twice. I cannot tell you how many times I saw my father shaking off corrupt police officers trying to get a bribe! I myself went back to Honduras in 1995 to volunteer a year and seven months as a English school teacher for underprivileged children. I experienced a customs official pressuring me to pay a bribe so he would release a box of personal belongings. I had a police officer confiscate my American drivers license, as he subtly asked for a bribe. I refused--on all accounts. I lived there, and I worked there.

A continued immigration problem, with increased incentives to break the law is damaging marriages, emotionally scaring children, and potentially crippling Latin America for several generations! For what--a twisted desire for increased political influence, or increased membership? I hope you are happy--you are participants in the continued deterioration of your countries! The research is plenty showing that children need a father and a mother for a optimal healthy development. No money can undo the damage of growing up without a father and a mother. No money is worth that.
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