Sunday, April 4, 2010

COWS

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

15 comments:

  1. How would we deliver the cows?

    I bet UPS could find them.

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  2. Live and let live, I say. It's our fault conditions are so bad in Latin America that they are forced here in the first place.

    I welcome them with open arms!

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  3. I didn't do anything to make their conditions bad. What did you do? Shame on you. In reality, their conditions are bad because of a dysfunctional political system, poor leadership, and a lack of emphasis on education.

    Legal immigration channels exist and are utilized every day. Legal immigrants become productive members of society, pay their taxes (their share of the costs of infrastructure). Illegals come in illegally. Illegal means against the law. Against the law means criminal. I am not willing to accept wanton, intentional criminals with open arms. Sorry.

    They have it bad at home but you and I know we can participate in the political process to change things here. They can do the same there, it's just that Very few actually choose to do so. As a result, you get power hungry criminals in positions of power, much like is gradually happening here.

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  4. Ward, if I don't get to say "Jesus," you don't get to say illegals.

    I don't think people escaping Juarez or anywhere else are criminals. I think they care for their families and want the best for them. I want the best for them too, so if that means coming to America like my great grandparents did legally or illegally, that's fine.

    Perhaps the process of coming over legally takes longer than they can wait. Women in Juarez are raped and murdered every day. If I were a mother there, I would do the same thing. In a heart beat.

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  5. OK, I won't call them illegals. They knew before they left where they were that they were embarking on an illegal endeavor, however. If Juarez is bad, they can move somewhere that isn't as bad, legally, until they can make a legal move to their ultimate destination, wherever that might be.

    If their destination is the USA and they choose to come here illegally, then they are breaking the law and they have knowingly made themselves criminals. I would do anything I could to help anyone clear the channels to come legally and I would just as quickly turn over a criminal to authorities. This is not because I lack compassion, it is because a Republic is based on the rule of law and if you are willing to let 11 million here or 11 million there, break the law, it is no longer a land based on the rule of law, but a nation filled with the lawless. This is not survivable. Just look at Juarez or Mexico City as proof.

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  6. Oh yeah. I forgot to mention that I also found and verified each of the following items.

    *The CA Vital Records Dept of the Dept of Health Svcs classified as "Hispanic" the race/ethnicity of 62.7% of all births occurring in Los Angeles county in 2001.

    *A CA Dept of Justice study reported in 1995 that 60% of the 20,000-strong 18th Street Gang in southern CA (only 1 of many gangs) is illegal; police officers say the proportion is actually much greater. The bloody gang collaborates with the Mexican Mafia, the dominant force in CA prisons, on complex drug-distribution schemes, extortion, and drive-by assassinations. It commits an assault or robbery every day in L.A. County. The gang has grown dramatically over the last two decades by recruiting recently arrived youngsters, most of them illegal, from Central America and Mexico.

    *In Los Angeles, 95% of all outstanding warrants for homicide in the first half of 2004 (which totaled 1,200 to 1,500) targeted illegal aliens. Up to 2/3 of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) were for illegal aliens. (sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims).

    *75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens. (public record)

    *The L.A. County Sheriff reported in 2000 that 23% of inmates in county jails were deportable, according to the New York Times. (sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims). Note: the 23% figure cited includes all deportable aliens, not just Mexican nationals.

    *Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops but 29% are on welfare. (Although illegal aliens are not generally eligible to collect public welfare benefits, an illegal alien may receive benefits under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Food Stamps programs on behalf of his or her U.S. citizen child. (Any child born in the United States is considered a U.S. citizen, regardless of the parents' immigration status.) A 1997 General Accounting Office (GAO) report determined that in 1995 households headed by illegal aliens received a total of $700 million in AFDC benefits and $430 million in Food Stamps.)

    *Over 70% of the United States annual population growth (and over 90% of CA, FL, and NY) results from immigration. (When Dept of Finance numbers are merged with Census Bureau numbers & birth & death data collected by the state Dept of Health Svcs are added to the mix, showing that half of all births are to immigrant mothers, the inescapable conclusion is that foreign immigration & births to immigrant mothers together comprise all of the state's net population growth. Or, to put it another way, without foreign immigration, California would have virtually zero population growth.)

    *The cost of illegal immigration to the American taxpayer in 1997 was a NET (after subtracting taxes immigrants pay) $70 BILLION a year, [Professor Donald Huddle, Rice University].

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  7. Perhaps the issue here is related to poverty rather than legal status. What do you think?

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  8. What??? No, I will not ever accept poverty as an excuse for criminal behavior. That is not a valid argument. I lived in my car when I was 18, and at 19 I shared an apartment with two others and we had no furniture or dishes but I never resorted to criminal behavior, nor did I consider illegal immigration or welfare or fraud or theft or gang activity. No, this is not a poverty related issue. This is an illegal immigration and a criminal behavior issue.

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  9. Molly, by subsidizing Latin American poverty we only allow the problems to continue. If all the illegal immigrants went back to their respective countries and demanded change, do you think they could not affect it?

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  10. I don't think it's as easy as you two make it sound. I don't think it's easy to be a voice for change in some of these countries. I don't it's that easy to live without assistance for some.

    Ward, that's bad ass that you accomplished what you did. Maybe other people need more help than you did.

    Maybe some people just want to raise their families and make sure they live a better life than they did rather than becoming political revolutionaries. BUT, those statistics are sad... and scary.

    Maybe if we welcomed those people crossing the border with a warm meal and helped them plan their future, got them involved in a community and employment, they could make decisions tht would benefit them and their families.

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  11. And if I had a hammer...

    Since "and maybe if we..." isn't a real solution, I will continue to recommend apprehension, prosecution, (and when appropriate) deportation for criminals. I will also continue to support efforts to stop illegal immigration. The fix must be a legal one, not a policy of accepting lawlessness or granting mass amnesty to criminal activity.

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  12. And I will do the opposite and we'll both live happy, fulfilling lives. Sorry, Ward. Some of my friends at high school are not documented and I would do anything to keep them here.

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  13. Perhaps we should give Osama bin Laden a cow too.

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  14. It's not easy to be a voice for change, you're right Molly.

    So as long as we offer an easy way out, no one will stand up in these Latin American countries for change.

    Quitting an addiction is hard, but you don't help a crack addict quit by buying them crack, or looking the other way when they use it.

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