U.S. Illegal immigration roundup
Minutemen to build private fence: "Chris Simcox, President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, today announced plans by the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps ("MCDC") to work with local Arizona land owners to build border security fencing on private land along the border with Mexico. At present, six private land owners have partnered with the Minutemen for the commencement of construction of border fencing on their land. Surveillance cameras on the fencing will be monitored via computer by registered Minutemen across the country. Two construction companies to date have offered to inaugurate groundbreaking, coordinate volunteer construction crews and donate the use of the necessary heavy construction equipment. Simcox says those involved in the planning hope to keep costs near $150 per foot."
Illegal alien population CAN be reduced "Proponents of mass legalization of the illegal alien population often justify this radical step by suggesting that the only alternative - a broad campaign to remove illegal aliens by force - is unworkable. One study fancifully suggested that the cost of such a deportation strategy would be $206 billion over the next five years. But mass forced removal is not the only alternative to mass legalization. A third way is to seek attrition of the illegal population through law enforcement, encouraging illegal aliens to give up and leave of their own accord. A new analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies uses a variety of federal government data to demonstrate that such a strategy of attrition, combined with a stronger border security effort such as the administration's Secure Border Initiative (SBI), can significantly reduce the size of the illegal alien population at a reasonable cost. The report, by CIS Senior Policy Analyst Jessica Vaughan, finds that, according to the government's own cost estimates, an attrition strategy could cut the illegal population by nearly half in five years, with an additional investment of less than $2 billion, or $400 million per year - an increase of less than 1 percent of the President's 2007 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security ($42.7 billion)".
GA: Perdue signs immigration bill: "Georgia's governor signed a sweeping immigration bill Monday that supporters and critics say gives the state some of the toughest measures against illegal immigrants in the nation. 'I want to make this clear: we are not, Georgia's government is not, and this bill is not, anti-immigrant,' Gov. Sunny Perdue said at the signing. ... The law requires verification that adults seeking many state-administered benefits are in the country legally."
Some law enforcement happening: "Federal immigration authorities rounded up more than 1,000 illegal immigrants at dozens of sites and charged nine individuals of the firm that employed them, federal law enforcement officials announced Wednesday. Seven current and former managers of IFCO Systems, which has offices in several states, were arrested and charged in connection with the employment of illegal immigrants, said U.S. Attorney Glenn Suddaby in Albany, New York."
The left splits over immigration: "Most liberals have celebrated the recent pro-immigration marches, seeing in them a new kind of civil rights movement. They've supported calls to legalize many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. Many have delighted in the fissures opening up on the right, where nativists are pitted against laissez-faire business interests hungry for cheap labor. Yet there are fault lines on the left as well, with a small but notable number of progressive commentators warning that by championing rights for illegal immigrants and expanded legal immigration, liberals are working against the interests of low-skilled American workers."
Stupid propaganda: "The statistics are quite illuminating. Seventy-five percent of all farm workers in this country were born in Mexico. When one includes farm workers from other parts of Latin America, more than half of these workers (53%) are here illegally. Only 23% of farm workers were born in the United States. ... When it comes down to it this is really a question of supply and demand. Americans love their lettuce. In order to satiate this demand, agricultural employers need to find people willing to pick lettuce in order for it to get to market. But if we are to rely solely on the American labor force to pick our lettuce that demand will not be met. There are simply not enough Americans willing to go to Arizona to work in 100 degree weather on their hands and knees to pick lettuce for $7.25 an hour without health insurance and limited access to clean drinking water." [So how come I can buy all the lettuce I want in Australia for a couple of dollars each even though we have NO illegals to pick it?]
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