Friday, September 30, 2011

Gall Street Occupation

Gall  = exasperation; irritation, vexation, or the cause of such vexation. 

I can't come there yet.    I would love to see a Gall Street sign before I come!

You guys are my heroes. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What's The Matter Prez (Ciudad Juarez)

Parade on down to Texas
(Just a ) Pushin' election spiel
Pumpin' up those Latino votes
Y Los Muertos en Juarez are real

Sending all our taxes South
(Just ta) fight your narco war
Forty K assassinated
Won't ya tell us what the hell for?

What's The Matter Prez?
Can't you see the fence?
Ciudad Juarez
As bad as it gets

What's The Matter Prez?
Can't ya tell it right?
(Your a) Pushin' guns and drugs
(And ya know) It just ain't right

Los Pinos and the White House
(Just a) Coverin' each others backs
NAFTA-drugs-guns and oil
And dead Soldiers in IRAQ

Your rich men and political props
Takin' all they can steal
Our jobs and homes and the loss of life
Hasta la madre's how we feel!

What's The Matter Prez?
Can't you see the fence?
Ciudad Juarez
As bad as it gets

What's The Matter Prez?
Can't ya tell it right?
(Were a ) Pushin' guns and drugs
(And we know) It just ain't right

Monday, September 19, 2011

HR 2497 Hinder the Administration's Legalization Temptation Act

Hinder the Administration's Legalization Temptation Act or the HALT Act - Suspends until January 21, 2013, authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act for: (1) waiver of inadmissibility of aliens unlawfully present in the United States; (2) cancellation of removal and adjustment of status for certain non-permanent residents; (3) temporary parole into the United States, except for parole entries for humanitarian, law enforcement, or security purposes; and (4) designation of a country for temporary protected status. Revises, until January 21, 2013, the definition of "unauthorized alien" (for purposes of the unauthorized employment of aliens) to eliminate the exclusion from such definition of an alien authorized to work by the Attorney General (DOJ). Prohibits the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) from granting deferred action or extended voluntary departure to any alien until January 21, 2013, except for humanitarian, law enforcement, or security purposes. Suspends specified regulations concerning employment of aliens until January 21, 2013. Revokes, as of the date of enactment of this Act, any immigration benefit granted during the period beginning on July 12, 2011, and ending on the date of enactment of this Act under any authority suspended by this Act with respect to: (1) parole authority, (2) the definition of an unauthorized alien, (3) deferred action or extended voluntary departure, or (4) such specified regulations.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

House Republicans introduce bill to speed up illegal-immigrant deportations

House Republicans introduce bill to speed up illegal-immigrant deportations

By Pete Kasperowicz - 09/16/11 12:23 PM ET
Rep. Duncan Hunter says bill is partly a response to an administration policy that focuses on deporting immigrants who are a threat.
Twenty-one House Republicans on Thursday introduced legislation that would require immigration officials to deport illegal immigrants on an expedited basis.
The bill, H.R. 2952, was planned before the Obama administration announced a new policy that focuses on deporting immigrants who pose more of a threat to the U.S., such as those who have committed crimes. But the bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), said it is partly a response to that policy decision, which he called a "blatant disregard for the law" because it would selectively enforce U.S. immigration laws.
"Laws are meant to be followed, and not ignored for convenience or political advantage," Hunter said in late August when he said his bill was pending.

"If someone is in the U.S. illegally, then that person is subject to deportation under the law, plain and simple," he added. "What the administration is doing is sending a loud message across our borders that we are not serious about enforcing our nation's immigration laws while backdoor channels remain wide open to millions of others."Hunter's bill would require immigration officers to immediately remove immigrants who have not been continuously present in the U.S. for four years, except in some circumstances, such as when the immigrant has committed a crime or poses a threat to U.S. national security.
It would clarify the authority of officials to order the expeditious removal of criminal immigrants, and limit the ability to grant stays of removal to immigrants who have been ordered to be removed.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Immigration Propaganda – Fueled by Myopic Ignorance

Do you ever wonder why US politicians seldom if ever criticize the Mexican government for anything?   You know, that infamously corrupt Government to the south that in 2006 started a drug war that has murdered close to 50,000 of its own citizens? 

Why do we rarely hear Washington criticize the Mexican Government for its failure to adequately provide for its own Mexican citizens?  How about for its shared responsibility for the immigration nightmare that we face in the US today?

There is a reason that half of the people in Mexico are in poverty. There is a reason that the Mexican undocumented cross our border.  There is a reason that US taxpayers foot the bill for this failed immigration.  There is a reason that Washington coddles the Mexican government and turns a blind eye to the entire situation.  It is about greed.

Oil, trade, NAFTA, drug profits and cheap labor are real important to the rich on both sides of the fence.  It is so important that those rich (who run both governments) could care less about the average citizens of either country, let alone the Mexican poor or undocumented who are here in the US.  

Those very rich have us average Americans fighting about immigration and the war on drugs.  It is by design that we are fighting.  The rich are extremely happy when we fight. As long as we are at each others throats and blaming the symptoms (the undocumented and the addicted) and not the cause (their greed) nothing will ever improve.   Actually that is with the exception of their profit margins.  

They depend upon our ignorance to continue the status quo.  All that fighting and lo and behold little in Washington is ever done about it. 

This form of the raping of the US taxpayers is no different than failed mortgages, failed health care, and our failing economy.  The rich profit from these failures, and we pay the price. 

Actually it is much more insidious because it involves the greed of the elite of two nations.  It involves the raping of the good citizens of both nations.  Most insidious of all is that it involves the purposeful use of propaganda to coerce the darkest anger of our country’s victims against the equally victimized citizens of our good neighbors to the south.    

They and their propaganda have built and militarized a border wall between the good people of both countries.   It is a wall built to protect their greed and to fortify their lies.  It is wall built to keep the good people of both countries from knowing and loving each other.

This is lie that the rich hide behind.  This is what puts their cronies into office.  This is just as threatening to our country’s humanity as any terrorist’s plot.

We could bring the bi – national immigration scam to a halt if we can overcome our own ignorance.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Former Border Patrol Agent Calls for Protest

On Wednesday, September 7, nearly 200 demonstrators gathered near a community college in Charlotte, NC to protest the deportation of undocumented students in this country. At the rally, at least 10 young undocumented individuals publicly announced that they were living in this country illegally, all of whom were later arrested. To many, the bold tactics of this group of protesters may have seemed exceptionally risky. However, to former Border Patrol agent turned migrant activist John Randolph, this act represents an opening step towards what he hopes will become a more widespread effort among undocumented individuals in this country to step out of the shadows and fight for reform of this country’s immigration system.
Speaking to the risk the Charlotte students took in publicly announcing their undocumented status, Randolph argues, “I don’t think the Dream Act kids are going to put up with the government again making promises and doing nothing. . . They know they can not wait twenty or thirty years until something is actually done.” And Randolph has a plan that he argues could help push the U.S. government to actually make the necessary reforms it has continuously put off making.
John Randolph worked for twenty-six years as a Border Patrol agent in the city of El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego. After a career spent witnessing Border Patrol colleagues as well as their undocumented targets frequently injured and sometimes killed as a result of the agency’s pursuits, Randolph retired in frustration in 2005. Today he uses his sad, stressful, yet enlightening experiences working at the border to spread awareness of immigrant issues and the need for dramatic U.S. policy reform.
“In my mind, frustration was a big part of what we were being paid to do and accept. That was the job,” Randolph says about his work with the Border Patrol. He assumes that his colleagues in the agency largely shared this sense of frustration, but he says that they did not spend a great deal of time discussing it. “I think that we focused upon what we were doing in the moment and did not worry about the big picture,” he says. For him, if Border Patrol agents were to look too deeply at the job they were doing, their frustration would make doing the job impossible.
For Randolph, the exasperation he felt working for the Border Patrol came from what he saw as the failure of both the U.S. and Mexican governments to effectively protect their citizens. Time and again, the two countries have failed to curb Mexican immigration into the U.S. or to tackle the violence that is raging at the border. For Randolph, this failure is calculated, as both the Mexican government, overpowered by influential criminal syndicates, as well as the U.S. government, overpowered by corporate elites, profit off of this situation at the expense of human life. U.S. corporations need the cheap labor they get through undocumented migration into this country, while Mexican drug cartels profit off of drug and human trafficking .Neither of these two powerful groups stands to benefit from effectively closing off this border or attacking the criminal activity that pervades it.
Randolph argues, therefore, that it would be foolhardy to wait for either of these two countries’ governments to solve the problems at the border. For him, it is crucial that Mexican and U.S. citizens take matters into their own hands and come together to fight for change.

This is part 1 of a two part interview with John Randolph. Read part 2

This is the second part in a two part interview with John Randolph. Read part 1 here.
Randolph says that the only way to put the otherwise unmotivated U.S. and Mexican governments in a position to do the right thing is for the populaces of these two nations to come together in a massive peaceful protest. He advocates for a movement in which undocumented Mexicans in the U.S. simultaneously come together to claim asylum due to the drug-related violence raging on in Mexico. On a given day, hoards of undocumented individuals, their families and supporters would gather at U.S. ports of entry, immigration offices and border patrol offices, overwhelming the asylum system and drawing international attention to these countries’ unwillingness to protect their citizens. In short, by shining the spotlight on this volatile issue, the U.S. and Mexican governments will be forced to respond.
According to Randolph, the only reason that the U.S. people have not yet risen up against a government that only serves the country’s elite is that the citizens have thus far been brainwashed by anti-illegal immigration rhetoric and distracting voter initiatives. A massive asylum protest like the one he proposes would wake up the average U.S.-American taxpayer and lead to a more widespread commitment for true immigration reform.
For many reasons, the current moment may be the perfect one for a mass Mexican drug exodus and asylum protest. Randolph argues that such a protest is dependent on the widespread dissemination and availability of factual information on immigration and border violence, and the potential for informing the public has never been greater than it is now. The Internet, Facebook and other social media outlets today make possible a large scale call to action.
In addition, President Obama’s recent announcement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s change in deportation policy may somewhat lessen the risk that Mexican immigrants would face in coming forward to publicly announce their undocumented status. Randolph admits that his protest proposal could potentially put some individuals at risk for arrest, imprisonment and deportation, but if the protesters are largely made up of the so-called “low priority cases,” he does not anticipate this will be the case. If huge numbers of individuals were to come together to claim asylum, the cost of detaining these immigrants, let alone prosecuting and deporting them would be tremendous. He expects that the protestors will be released from custody pending review of their petitions for asylum.
For non-immigrants who argue that this protest does not include them, Randolph argues that all U.S. citizens have a stake in fixing this problem. Besides simply doing the right thing and protecting this country’s southern neighbors who are being torn apart by violence, the U.S. populace needs to come forward to protest a policy that is directly contributing to this country being torn apart itself by a failed war against drug trafficking. For Randolph, this protest will only succeed if there is binational participation on a widespread level. The critical question, he asks, “Can both sides look beyond their fears [in order to ensure] a better future for all?”
So how would Randolph convince undocumented immigrants who might be on the fence about participating in his asylum protest to come out of the shadows? “What are their choices,” he asks, “Do they wait around to see reform while at the same time wait to be caught? Or do they take their victimization out of the equation. . . and stand up for their human and moral rights?” For him, if these individuals ask themselves this simple question, most would make the decision to come out and protest. His conclusion: “They will have to do what their hearts lead them to do.”

To read more about former Border Patrol agent turned immigration activist John Randolph, visit his blog, here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Obama: Immigration reform requires changing the law.

Obama: Immigration reform requires changing the law. 

President Obama admits that his deportation policy change of August 18, 2011 is not immigration reform. 

Did President Obama use this prosecutorial discretion announcement with the intent that it have the appearance of some type of immigration reform?

On one hand President Obama can rightly be criticized for pulling a slimy publicity stunt for Latino votes.  On the other hand with this move President Obama pushed this issue of America's undocumented further out into the light. 

I suppose at some point congress is going to have to deal with this.  Yet who knows.  Congress may just keep kicking the can down the road too. 

Another immigration issue that could backfire on Washington is the US backed drug war in Mexico.  That war has left 40,000 people dead and could create a exodus from Mexico.  US asylum laws are there to protect citizens of other countries from being persecuted.

Decade after decade Washington continues to try to navigate (or hopes to float through) these dangerous immigration waters.  At some point the reality of the iceberg that is Mexican immigration will have to be reckoned with. 

In some ways it is similar to our national debt, no?

Presidental Candidate Rick Perry - A Couple of Questions

Who do think supplied the labor to build all of those fancy homes in Texas? Do you think that even one of those Texas homeowners cared diddly squat that the majority of those laborers constructi
­ng and maintainin­g there beautiful homes were or are undocument­ed?

Mr. Perry, as President of the United States, what will you do with all of the Dream Act Kids who qualify for President Obama's recent decision to use "prosecuto­rial discretion­" in their immigratio­n court cases?

Obama has kicked this immigratio­n can down the road to you. Are you going to continue to leave these kids in legal limbo and not support a new law to legalize them? Or are you going to try and please the Republican hard liners and reopen their cases for deportatio­n?

Mr. Perry as president will you consider sanctionin­g the Mexican government until they provide
a decent living wage for their own citizens? Everyone knows that they would not come here or stay here if they could make a decent living wage working at home safely with their families.

Will you sanction the Mexican government until they stop the war for drugs that has left 40,000 people dead in Mexico since 2006? Or will you keep giving those corrupt government officials our Merida fund tax dollars to help them wipe out cartel competitio­n?

The chickens will come home to roost on failed US immigratio­n and drug war policies.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Why Worry About Terrorists?

Why worry about terrorists­? The stupidity of Americans will cause the fall of our country long before any terrorists­' plots will.

Why does Washington seldom if ever criticize the corrupt Mexican government for even simple things like not providing a decent living wage to its own Mexican citizens?

Do you actually think that the Mexican undocument­ed would come or stay here if they could make a decent living wage working safely at home with their families?

If you would spend 1/2 the time you spend blaming the symptom (the undocument­ed) and instead educated yourselves as to the cause (the greed of the bi-nationa­l elite) then and only then could we find our way out of this mess.

I guess that is asking too much. Just keeping on swallowing the hype, hook ling and sinker.

See how far you propagandi­zed brains can get with what Professor James Petras writes:

You regurgitat­e exactly what the rich want you too. I have more respect for the undocument­ed. At lease they know who is raping them.

Immigration Is Not Broken

I believe the US immigration system is actually not broken.  It is running exactly how those who designed it and those who profit most from it want it to run.  The US and Mexican elite profit from the immigration status quo and love the fact that Americans citizens fight over it while their politicians flounder by design. 

The rich from both the US and Mexico bankroll their respective elections and stick their smiling candidates’ faces in office.  Those “elected” politicians ensure that their bosses’ immigration policies seldom if ever change.  Don’t believe what they say.  Believe your eyes.  For decades this fiasco has operated exactly as designed.

The American people know it is broken, but since when do they have a voice in this?  They know what is going on with failed mortgages, failed heath care, and failed economies.  As of yet they are not sure about this immigration scam.  That reveals the insidiousness of it.  The elite’s propaganda has clouded their vision.
And the US backed drug war in Mexico, with 40,000 dead, is the ultimate example of their greed in action mowing down human beings in the process. 
It isn't broken.  It is running exactly as designed. 

We need to be smarter than the rich.  The undocumented are a symptom, not the problem.  We could align with the undocumented and use current immigration laws to break the back of their system.  Then with the entire World’s eyes upon them , they would have stand for the principles of democracy and fix it.

One huge fix would be to sanction the corrupt Mexican government until they take care of their own good people.  That would cure about 50% of our problem.

When will Americans wake up and act?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

US shows solidarity with Mexico at 9/11 tribute

In response to:

Charge d'Affaires John Feeley  said, "You don't fight alone. We march with you bearing the scars and grief of our own battles against evil."

Here we go again.  Pumping our money into another war against evil, while behind the scenes, funding the same evil that we are battling against.  The US arms the corrupt Mexican government via Merida Funding, while at the same time, US gun manufactures profit indirectly by arming the cartels.

Isn't there a bit of a conflict of interest there?

Will the US stand in solidarity with the citizens of Mexico when the time comes to pay tribute to the 40,000 Mexican citizens killed from the failed US backed war on drugs in Mexico?

Or will you do some dog and pony show with the US backed puppet in place?  If you wait long enough, the death toll will hit 50, 75, or 100 thousand.

Will the citizens of the US ever say "Estamos hasta la madre" (we have had it) with failed US immigration and drug policies? 

As far as the drug war is concerned, the good people of Mexico are saying it.  They have had it with the US and Mexican elite destroying their society.  The same elite who rapes US taxpayers, only those tax payers blame the symptom (the undocumented) and not the cause (the bi-national elite and their greed). 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Will wonders never cease: Congress mulls immigration fixes

In response to:
Mull is the operative word here.  Washington has been mulling over immigration issues for years, with very little if any action. As a retired US Border Patrol/INS/ICE agent, one question has bothered me since my tour of duty started in 1979.
Why do US politicians seldom if ever criticize the corrupt Mexican government for the part it plays in our immigration problems?
Now I think I know.  Washington does not want to rock the boat of the bi-national elite who bankroll the politicians who run both governments.  It is kind of like don’t bite the hand of the greedy who feed you.
Both US parties toss this political hot potato back and forth.  Both parties use it to get elected and make careers.  Both point their fingers at the other side and blame them for their screwy ideas.   Both parties have divided Americans and made them very angry.  One party waves the seal the border flag, and the other waves the amnesty flag, yet both parties continue to falter when it comes to real change.  And, neither party is willing to do anything but that which they always do. Hence, twenty five years after the amnesty program of 1986, the insanity goes on.
Do you know that Mexico is our number two trading partner and that we buy lots of cheap oil from them?
Do you know what US NAFTA did to the small Mexican corn farmers?
Do you know what US NAFTA actually increased the number of  undocumented crossing to the US?
Do you know that our tax dollars are being sent to the Mexican government via the Merida Initiative to fight the war on drugs?
Do you know how many people have died in the failed US backed war on drugs in Mexico?
Do you know that at least one US bank was fined for laundering Mexican cartel drug profits?
Finally, are you willing to entertain the idea that the US and Mexican elite might be in bed together and are holding hands all the way to the bank?
Are you starting to understand why Washington coddles Felipe Calderon and his Mexican government?  Surprise, surprise, it’s all about money, control, influence, and power.
Yes, I worked for Uncle Sam and I was a fine Border Patrol Agent.  I was and am honest.  I did my job with kindness and respect.  By the way, I have no use for the real criminals.  I actually worked with DEA in California and saw some foreign nationals get life sentences for running meth labs.  Don’t let the jail door hit you in the rear when they close it on you for life.
The jury is out on the rest of the shenanigans above.  Americans are brainwashed by the political dog and pony show of immigration.  They blame the symptom (the undocumented) and do not see the cause (the greed of the rich).
To me failed Immigration is very similar to failed health care, failed mortgages, failed economies, and the decline of the middle class.  We the people are getting ripped off as they the elite profit.   
 Like me, maybe you know something is wrong but you can’t quite put your finger on it. 
I have an idea that would shake up the elite on both sides of the border like never before.   It will call for open minds.  We have to call these folks to the carpet somewhere, and the time is ripe for immigration protest that the world will hear.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Republican Presidential Debators say " Secure the Border'

All eight of you say, "'Secure the Border"!   At whose expense? And who profits from this never ending nightmare of failed immigratio­n?

I have listened to this same line of baloney for some 35 years now. What amazes me most is that many voters still buy into it.

Well, actually I am not that amazed. These people up there running for President are hired by the same people who profit from failed mortgages, failed health care, and the destructio­n of the American middle class. Many Americans are so overwhelme­d that they do not have the time to read between the lines of their motives and their recurring rhetoric.

Immigratio­n is no different. The song and dance is the same as it as always been. "Secure the border and boot them all out" on one side or "Immigrati­on reform and let them stay" on the other.

Two sides of the political isle pretending to be getting something done and blaming each other because nothing ever gets done.

I finally understand­. That is their game, and that is what they do. That is the design of the rich who promote them into office. Keep them voters mesmerized with hope and keep our profits coming, but don’t change anything.

Anyone up to an immigratio­n protest that will bring this nightmare to a halt?


Monday, September 5, 2011

All the Way to the Bank

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The rich in the US and Mexico are laughing all the way to the bank as they observe American taxpayers argue and argue and argue about Mexican immigration.

You have to have been around for awhile to understand this recurring nightmare. I actually worked as a US Border Patrol/INS/ICE agent for 26 years, so I have that perspective too.

I speak specifically of Mexico because Mexico is our neighbor and has the most undocumented people here in the US.  I combine illegal immigration from Mexico and illegal drugs from Mexico because the two are so closely tied together.

Consider these points:

The American corporate elite profit at the expense of US taxpayers and the Mexican people by our failed immigration and drug enforcement systems.

The Mexican cartel elite profit at the expense of US taxpayers and the Mexican undocumented by our failed immigration and drug policies.

The elected politicians of both respective countries are put into office by each country’s elite.

The plan or goal of the elite of both countries is to continue to profit at the expense of US taxpayers and the Mexican undocumented.

The political propaganda and rhetoric of the elected officials in both countries and in both parties in Washington is designed to bury the above truth and divert the blame and responsibility to the undocumented, not the elite.

So back and forth the argument and elections go.  The immigration tug o war goes on and on while
little if any real change ever happens. One fact that changes upwardly is the profit margins of those who are in charge.  Another fact that changes upwardly is the death toll in Mexico of the US backed drug war there (close to 40,000 dead). One area that continues to decline is the lifestyles of the American taxpayers.  All this is very similar to failed mortgages, failed health care, and failed economies.   

Obama’s latest deportation policy change is a farce.  He is simply putting cases on the back burner in exchange for votes.  Republicans can come along in 2012 and reopen all of these closed cases for deportation.  It is a sham that has sucked us all in.

If American voters would just unhitch from the elite’s programmed propaganda (for profit) and think for themselves, we could actually use failed immigration as a way to expose the truth.

Please refer to the links below: