Published On: Mon, Sep 7th, 2015

Opinion: Latino immigrants pose challenges to U.S., but no threat, despite Trump’s bluster

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I recently heard that immigrants are the cause of the majority of the problems and decadence in America.” These are words of Donald Trump. A man, who without his fortune, would be nothing more than another retrograde, ignorant, not to be taken seriously at all.

The United States represented for over 200 years, the land of freedom and opportunity. No nation in the world, past or present, ever offered such a thing to people, no matter their country of origin. Even Trump’s grandfather came from Germany and changed his last name, originally spelled “Drumpf”.

I lived in the States for a while; and I still travel there often. Illegal immigrants pose serious challenges to the U.S. But a threat? Or a menace? Good heavens! Well, at least, not the ones from Mexican or Latino origin.

Illegal immigration represents a considerable working force. They effectively contribute to the economic growth, considering that they pay their taxes, and because of their situation, they are not elegible for social benefits.

In the 21st century, the mere idea to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border sounds as ridiculous as to re-build the Berlin wall.

I cannot avoid seeing Mr. Trump’s speech full of racist, stereotyped and xenophobic content based on beliefs and partial truths that are effectively a lie directed specifically at Mexico and its inhabitants. I’m not hearing anything referring to immigrants from other origin. What I see is that there are still open wounds, issues and beliefs, some of them traceable all the way back to the Civil War.

In a few words: Trump is bringing the worst of America to the political arena. The best way to control immigration is to offer a reform that includes the adjustment and regularization (why not amnesty?) to the more than 11 million illegal immigrants (now satanized).

Back in the 80’s, the Reagan Administration launched an immigration plan that brought millions of immigrants to legality and was part of the recovering of the economy during its eight years in the White House.

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Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan in 1980 (Photo: www.dailymail.co.uk)

Funny that Trump’s recycling Reagan’s motto, “Make America Great Again,” to promote himself, while his plans go completely the other way. Republican leaders are tired of Trump, but they cannot get rid of him. Too radical; too politicaly incorrect; too nasty. Even for the Tea Party. What a mess!

The pompuously named “Trump Wall” is not the solution. Nor to revoke visas, or confiscate wages from the workers to pay for the wall. Get out of my country?
Shame on you Mr. Trump.

 

by Emilio Moller

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Emilio Moller is a psychologist and a well known journalist from Mérida, Yucatán. Anchor for the “Primera Plana” news show on Mérida cable TV, he is also Secretary of the group, Patrons of Merida’s Historic Center (Secretario del Patronato del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de Mérida).

 

 

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  1. David Francis says:

    NO NEED FOR MASS DEPORTATION?

    THERE ARE TWO SIMPLY, EASY WAYS TO START THE REPATRIATION OF ILLEGAL ALIENS. 1. COMPULSORY E-VERIFY BY TARGETING CRIMINAL EMPLOYERS. 2. INTRODUCE A DIGITAL FEDERAL SOCIAL SECURITY CARD.

    Before you read my commentary I want to confront whatever the incompetent career politicians say about Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz. Our nation is in a big mess and it struggles to reach the surface economic success again? For me, my family especially my Democratic diehard Mother in Law who say she is voting for Mr. Trump. Whatever any High office Democratic or Republican has to remark about THE DONALD, it runs like water off a ducks back. And I affirm millions of American taxpayers see a flickering chance to end the status Que, who bow to their ‘K’ Street special interest. It’s no going to happen with Trump the man?

    Mr. Trump should instead of attempting to deport millions of people which would cost billions of dollars; there are two other things that can easily be accomplished? Even before the 2015 Presidential announcement and prior to Congress being back in session. Years back after the pilot program was introduced, it should not have been an optional E-Verify? Without any modest ceremony, before the Leftist media got their claws on the new immigration program and then maligning its value. The new auditing system known as E-Verify should have had a legislative upgrades from an elective E-Verify to MANDATORY E-Verify? Obvious to me there was a close association by the political hierarchy to keep E-Verify as a more or less an insignificant tool in seeking out illegal alien labor in the workplace? Poorly enforced and the larger mainstream of untrustworthy employers ignoring the regulation, where the rule of law is concerned, with no real enforcement penalties.

    I recognize it as elicit tactics behind closed door, a silent conspiracy so that employers get a slap on the hand, small fines and no penal confinement. This is absolutely why we must consider moving in a tough White House resident and then applying executive orders decisively, just as King Obama ineptly achieved. Obama’s executive actions were approved and now we have lax open borders, tying the hands of the US Border Patrol; only to process and then release millions of illegal aliens into our sovereign nation. Then all but noticed, along come criminal aliens that remain unidentified as they had committed their heinous crimes in foreign countries. Both parties had a hand in keeping E-Verify a voluntary tool. It is a waste of taxpayer money and time, when only honest employers comply with this regulation?

    E-Verify should be MANDATED by Washington, with enough ICE agents to cover the United States in there auditing duties. According to how many illegal workers are in an employer’s work place, he will face suspension of business license, harsh fines and a statutory prison term. The Leftist radical press will grab the headlines in the newspapers and employers will miss a heartbeat, knowing that prison awaits them. The US Chamber of Commerce is complicit beside corporation and thousands of businesses in optional enforcement of E-Verify. The lobbyists who pour into Capitol Hill like slime, will have no influence over Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz or a few other Presidential contenders? Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Speaker John Bruhner, Senator Harry Reid and many of the corrupt who sit in Congress, owe their allegiance to the wealthy Donors, who want their share of the profits from their puppets passing bad laws.

    As a second goal American taxpayers should demand a national ID card. Of course different organization would be yelling about privacy rights, but for years since the beginning of the digital age, nothing is sacred anymore. There are public records for just about everyone, except for a few that doesn’t bond with civilization–especially in America? The other day I ran a search on my self and stared in awe of what the data bases stored about me? There was stuff about my military service, my employment, university and other details. We no longer have any privacy, it’s a myth. It is extremely important we must consider a digital Social Security card.

    Americans, who think they enjoy their isolation from anybody, should realize there is no longer any privacy. The intuitive distaste for any form of laminated card is rejected out of our culture in which the system could act like authoritarian sentinel and demand ‘your papers please!’ Keeping personal information secret doesn’t exist any more? As I see it if you keep your nose clean, nobody in any government agency is going to harass you. This may seem to be the case, but since 9/11 the Patriot Act has been applied, and it seems everybody is under suspicion. Today’ invasiveness to government is now and forever under scrutiny, which is a sad situation but it must be so. We are today joined by the hip with the bursting power of the ever present present computer and database technology.

    If each American citizen or rightful immigrant carried a national infallible ID card, illegal immigration would be liquidated, saving billions of dollars in the process of benefits for ‘Anchor Babies’ and the connection to CHAIN MIGRATION. Carrying a Universal ID card to show a police officer or other security, would immediately identify that person when scanned with his/her pocket digital reader. Of course a permanent record is created of that check, including the time and your location? With ease the authorities would know who you are. It would be a perfect 100 percent foolproof card for voting, for leasing a car or any number of purposes, including checking a person’s immigration status.

    Once an illegal immigrant cannot acquire a job, they would be forced to start departing from the United States. Mandated E-Verify inspection and then the national ID card carried on the person is a requirement in the majority of developed nations. In America these two tools would save billions of dollars instead of Mr. Trump trying to amend the Birthright Citizenship law and even mass deportation. It would be slower solution instead of sending agents banging on doors. But roving ICE agents selecting in each county or parish, setting forth and engineering flash raids on unsuspecting employers with scrutiny of labor records—new hires or long time employees. Currently its new hires are checked) Illegal aliens will no longer be stealing jobs from Americans as employers will know the fate of staring through bars at a blank wall.

    King Obama has spent money like there is no tomorrow, as no President has done before. The Federation of American Immigration Reform has researched and identified that (mainly taxes) generated by the illegal migrants/ immigrant/ Overstayer’s subtracted the cost of taxpayer aid to those unlawful migrants. The aid includes education, subsidized housing, food stamps, tax credits, medical expenses. Overall, the report found illegal migrants cost taxpayers a total of $113 billion a year. The report then “accounts for taxes paid by illegal aliens [which is] about $13 billion a year, resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of about $100 billion.” Everybody who believes in the Rule of Law should read the Illegal Alien statistics for California. The Major Michael Andronivich for the County of Los Angeles who leave you stunned and depressed of the fiscal impact to support the now the new majority of illegal and legal immigrants in that state. It would unnerve you to know the yoke around the neck of hard working Angelino’s is $2.4 billion dollars annually—and that’s just one state?

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