Flow of Immigrants To The US Drops; Burden of Ex-pats in Mexico

[Translated by Fulano from from an article in Spanish.]

TIJUANA .- In just a decade, the flow of migrants to the United States declined from 500,000 in 2000 to only 150,000 who now are seeking to cross the border without documents, this due to the economic crisis and the harsh anti-immigrant policy in the US.

In addition Baja California ranks first in the nation with foreign residents, with 120,000, mostly Americans residing in large numbers in Playas de Rosarito.

This is a situation of concern to the municipal authorities of Rosarito because this foreign population demands public services, but is not counted as a part of the population for the purpose of distributions of federal funds to the city.

This was disclosed in a presentation of the results of Population and Housing Census of 2010 of INEGI in El Colef, by representatives of the Institute, Juan Enrique García López, director of Demographic Analysis, of the Directorate General of Sociodemographic Statistics, and Joaquin Hernandez, Regional head of INEGI.

They also explained that this decline in migration has impacted border regions such as Baja California, where there has been a lower inflow of deportees from the US.

“The economic crisis in the United States, along with the tightening of anti-immigrant policies, has reduced the number of undocumented migrants attempting to cross the border. From 2000 to 2010, the flow dropped from 500,000 to only 150,000,” said García López.

However, he stated that Baja California is among the states with the largest foreign population, amounting to more than 120,000, mostly located in the municipality of Playas de Rosarito.

“This population is comprised of retired Americans who spend part of the year on the Baja California coast. The mayor of Rosarito Beach has expressed his concern to us, because this population demands a range of services be provided to their homes, which is difficult to provide because these people are not taken into account for purposes of federal contributions,” said Joaquin Hernandez, of the Regional INEGI.

Moreover, it was explained that Tijuana is already the third most populous city in Mexico, after Ecatepec and Iztapalapa, cities in Mexico State with populations of just over 1.5 million people.

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Don’t Try This in Mexico

In case you are wondering what the law is on sobriety checkpoints in the US, they are legal. On June 14, 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision on the constitutionality of DUI roadblocks. In Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz, 496 U.S. 444 (1990), the Court reversed the state appellate court and held that the checkpoint operation in question did not violate the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures.

These two yahoos probably think their video is going to help them in court. It won’t. First of all, the genius actually gave the police officer permission to break his window. Secondly, it was a legal sobriety checkpoint, and since sobriety cannot be checked through a closed window, the officer has the right to ask the driver to open his window. The officer also has the right to ask the driver and passenger to get out of the car. This is a safety issue. The people in the car were not compliant with legal instructions, so the police are justified in making sure they are safe. The rule is that a person must comply with a legitimate police request.

Third, there is no law in California that requires anyone to carry an ID nor show it to a police officer. However, there is an exception. If a person is stopped at a legitimate stop while driving, the officer has the right to ask the driver to show his drivers license. This is because driving is a privilege, not a right. The courts have held that since a person can choose not to drive, a person also gives up his right to not show his ID if he does drive. The driver refused to comply.

Link to article.

Of course the real insult is that this was a setup. At the beginning of the video they are discussing where to hide the camera and what to say when asked for a drivers license. During the course of the encounter, the passenger is telling the driver what to say. The attorney for one of the two said they were trying to prove they know their constitutional rights.

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Build That Fence — In Greece

It seems that America’s southern border with Mexico is not the only place a government wants to build a fence to keep out illegal immigrants.

Last year 15 illegal immigrants drowned while trying to cross into Greece from Turkey.

Greece scaled back its plans for a border fence with Turkey to stem illegal immigration, following critical remarks from the EU and human rights organizations over the weekend. Last year, some 128,000 illegal immigrants crossed into Greece. From there they head into the European Union.

Original plans announced by the Greek government over the weekend called for a 206-kilometer-long fence similar to the one erected by the United States along its frontier with Mexico to curb large-scale illegal immigration.

New plans released on Monday by the Citizen Protection Ministry indicated modifications to a 12.5-kilometer-long and three-meter-high fence along a weak entry point on the border, near the Evros river and the town of Orestiada.

The Greek land border with Turkey has become a main route for illegal migrants to enter the European Union. Around 80 percent of illegal immigrants in the EU arrive via Greece

Link to article.

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The Cost of Immigrants

There was a news item the other day that was intended to show the benefits of Mexican immigrants in the United States. The article said:

Mexicans migrate to the USA looking for work and higher salaries, but those workers pay 53 billion dollars a year in taxes, according to Ignacio Deschamps, head of the Fundación BBVA Bancomer. Deschamps claims that for every dollar sent home in remittances, Mexican workers will have already paid $2.50 dollars in US taxes. Hence, in 2008, they would have contributed 53 billion dollars to the US Treasury.

Sounds great, huh? Until one asks how much those Mexican immigrants cost us. There is a way to figure that out. Estimates are that 10% of the people born in Mexico now live in the US, either legally or illegally. That amounts to about 10 million Mexicans here. If Mr Deschamps is correct, and they contribute $53 billion in taxes, then each person is contributing $5,300.

What does it cost to run our government?  It costs $20,757 per person to run our federal, state and local governments.

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com

Let’s say we cut those immigrants some slack, and say they don’t have to pay for pensions, national defense and other (whatever that is.) Let’s say they should just carry the burden for the services we know they use: health care, education and welfare. Well, that amounts to $9,499 per each person in the United States. Now compare that to the $5,300 per person each Mexican immigrant is paying in.

According to Mr. Deschamps’ own figures, each Mexican immigrant is costing us $4,199 more than he contributes. On top of that you can consider that these immigrants are sending approximately $21 billion per year ($2,100 per person) of remittances to Mexico. That is money that is not being recirculated, reinvested or spent in the US to drive our economy.

Such a deal.

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School Forces Boy To Take U.S. Flag Off His Bike



Cody Alicea with offending flag

 DENAIR, Calif. — A Stanislaus County school is forcing a student to take an American flag off of his bike.

Thirteen-year-old Cody Alicea put the flag there as a show of support for the veterans in his family. But officials at Denair Middle School told him he couldn’t fly it. He said he was told some students had complained.

So now the eighth-grader folds up the flag and puts it in his backpack while he is in class. His father, Robert Kisner, said his son should not have to put the flag away. “He’s got that flag on his bike because he’s proud of where he comes from,” Kisner said.

But the superintendent said he’s trying to avoid tension on campus. “(The) First Amendment is important,” Superintendent Edward Parraz said. “We want the kids to respect it, understand it, and with that comes a responsiblity.”

Parraz said the campus has recently experienced some racial tension. He said some students got out of hand on Cinco de Mayo.

“Our Hispanic, you know, kids will, you know, bring their Mexican flags and they’ll display it, and then of course the kids would do the American flag situation, and it does cause kind of a racial tension which we don’t really want,” Parraz said. “We want them to appreciate the cultures.”

Parraz said if a disruption arises over a flag, they want it to be taken down to protect the safety of all students. The teen’s mother said she hopes to talk to the school principal to work something out.

Link to video.

Fulano’s comments: What we have here is a total failure of school administrators to accept responsibility and do their jobs. This school has obvious racial tensions between Latinos and anglos. Instead of ordering a 13-year old to remove the American flag on Veterans Day, the school should educate these kids on tolerance. The school is NOT doing what Parraz said, e.g. teaching children to appreciate other cultures.

What lesson has this school taught? The lesson that if you bitch enough you can even get the American flag lowered? America has to rethink its immigration policy. We should be accepting only immigrants that want to be Americans, not immigrants who want to change America to be like wherever third world shithole they happened to come from. There is nothing wrong with being proud of your heritage, but we have to draw the line when these people game the system.

Oh, by the way, it is illegal to fly the American flag in Mexico.

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Racial Profiling in Tijuana?

Joel Cherkis of Microsoft receives
the keys to the city for
$50 million donation.

You are NOT going to believe this. Fulano still has trouble believing it.

Last week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon came to give the inaugural speech at Tijuana Innovadora, a two-week conference featuring high-profile speakers, concerts and exhibits that aim to improve the city’s image and draw investment. In his speech, President Calderon said “Tijuana has decided to show itself for what it is — constructive, hardworking, efficient.” He went on to say, “the city is “a clear example … that it’s possible to pass from being a society exclusively focused on the theme of security to one focused on competitiveness and success.”

That was last week. Today AFN reports that Mexican immigration agents raided Tijuana Innovadora while many high-profile American businessmen were attending and speaking. They asked to see their work authorization permits. Joel Cherkis, chief of technology at Microsoft, was speaking at the microphone when the immigration raid commenced. The very same day, Cherkis was given the keys to the city for Microsoft’s donation of $50 million of software to the city’s schools.

Link to article in AFN.

As Gunnery Sergeant Highway would say, “what a cluster flop.”

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Racial Profiling in Tijuana?

Joel Cherkis of Microsoft receives
the keys to the city for
$50 million donation.

You are NOT going to believe this. Fulano still has trouble believing it.

Last week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon came to give the inaugural speech at Tijuana Innovadora, a two-week conference featuring high-profile speakers, concerts and exhibits that aim to improve the city’s image and draw investment. In his speech, President Calderon said “Tijuana has decided to show itself for what it is — constructive, hardworking, efficient.” He went on to say, “the city is “a clear example … that it’s possible to pass from being a society exclusively focused on the theme of security to one focused on competitiveness and success.”

That was last week. Today AFN reports that Mexican immigration agents raided Tijuana Innovadora while many high-profile American businessmen were attending and speaking. They asked to see their work authorization permits. Joel Cherkis, chief of technology at Microsoft, was speaking at the microphone when the immigration raid commenced. The very same day, Cherkis was given the keys to the city for Microsoft’s donation of $50 million of software to the city’s schools.

Link to article in AFN.

As Gunnery Sergeant Highway would say, “what a cluster flop.”

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Failed Experiment

Back in June, 2008, Ecuador adopted an “open borders” policy. Visitors to the country no longer needed visas. Now, Ecuador has put some entry restrictions back on the books. Visitors from nine Asian and African countries will once again need to have a visa before admission into Ecuador. The nine countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia. This change was due to an “unusual migratory flow.” From less than a handful before June 2008, yearly totals of “visitors” from each of these countries since that time has exploded into the hundreds.

…and in related news, Colombian marines intercepted a boat on the Gulf of Uraba and found 26 aliens who had entered the country illegally and who were being transported by two Colombians. The aliens are from Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

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There Just Might Be a Connection…

Interceptan en Rosarito a 20 aspirantes a indocumentados

Agentes de la Policía Municipal realizaban su recorrido de vigilancia cuando se percataron de un par de personas que bajaban de un bote varado en la playa a la altura de la colonia Mexicali, y que dijeron ser parte de un grupo de 20 personas que serían internadas ilegalmente a Estados Unidos.

Link to article in Spanish.

Translation:

Intercept in Rosarito 20 would-be illegal immigrants

Municipal police officers on their rounds observed a couple of persons getting off a stranded boat on the beach in front of colonia Mexicali, and they said they were part of a group of 20 persons who were to be smuggled illegally into the US.

This occured in the early morning of Tuesday, August 31, 2010.

And lo and behold, the very next day:

CARLSBAD: 18 suspected illegal immigrants arrested at local beach

More than a dozen suspected illegal immigrants were arrested early Wednesday after being dropped off by boat on a Carlsbad beach, authorities said.

Up to 18 people were rounded up in the vicinity of Carlsbad Boulevard, just south of Palomar Airport Road around 1 a.m., according to the U.S. Border Patrol.
The boat was not found.

Link to the article.

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