Wednesday, November 10, 2010

MEX DRUG KINGPINS... handle with care!


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Posted on Tue, Nov. 09, 2010
Mexico finds killing drug kingpins can add to mayhem
Tim Johnson | McClatchy Newspapers
last updated: November 10, 2010 08:00:33 AM
MEXICO CITY — Last week's killing of the top drug lord in the Gulf Cartel marked the second takedown of a major capo in Mexico in a little over two months.
And it raised a question: Why doesn't Mexico kill or capture more of the top narcotics cartel barons destabilizing the country?
In law enforcement circles, this is known as the "kingpin strategy," the aim being to decapitate major narcotics syndicates battling one another and threatening the state.
Experts in Mexico and the United States say the strategy also has a real downside. The costs are illustrated by what has happened in Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville in Texas, since the killing last Friday of Gulf Cartel leader Antonio Cardenas Guillen.
Rather than calming Matamoros, Cardenas' death may unleash a power struggle among underlings within the Gulf Cartel, a top Mexican security official has warned.
"In the short term, this will certainly create instability inside criminal organizations," Alejandro Poire, the spokesman for the National Security Council, told the Televisa network.
Bomb threats apparently linked to Cardenas' death forced the closure Monday of hundreds of schools and the evacuation of a hospital in Matamoros.
Still, the killing of Cardenas, coming a little more than two months after the capture of Edgar Villarreal Valdez, a drug lord known as "La Barbie," gave a palpable boost to President Felipe Calderon, whose popularity has sagged over the nearly 30,000 deaths in the drug war since he came to office in late 2006.
With the death of the Gulf Cartel leader, "the state is sending the message to these groups and to society that it will use all its firepower to go after them.... That's a valuable message," said Sigrid Arzt, a former top security adviser to Calderon.
Some U.S. experts caution that there will be more bloodshed when drug barons are neutralized. As cartels break apart, counter-drug agents will struggle to track the numerous underlings fighting to emerge as chief.
"When we did 'kingpin' in Colombia, it atomized the drug trade. It is sexy. It does hurt them. But is it a strategic blow? I don't think so," said a former senior U.S. intelligence official speaking on condition of anonymity in a recent interview in Washington because his new employer did not authorize him to speak publicly.
A scholar on narcotics trafficking groups, Bruce M. Bagley of the University of Miami, called the kingpin strategy "absolutely a good thing."
In Colombia in the 1990s, the arrest and killing of capos weakened the Medellin and Cali cartels and smuggling groups such as Valle del Norte and Milenio and left in their wake "more than 300 organizations, all of which are at a much lower level of capability and threat to the state," Bagley said.
Bagley acknowledged that killing kingpins could add to the number of targets.
"There's a kind of tradeoff," he said. "It's harder to get these guys, and many of them are lower level, so even if you get them you don't get the distribution network because they are so atomized."
"But look, they are far less of a threat. They are unable to bribe at the national level," he said. "They are unwilling to take on the military or police as we saw in Colombia or that we're seeing in Mexico. All things considered, there are problems with any strategy but atomizing is far better than allowing these hugely powerful groups."
Despite the massive bloodletting from the drug war, Calderon has chalked up some noticeable successes against capos since late 2009.
On Dec. 16, Mexican marines killed Arturo Beltran Leyva, kingpin of a breakaway cartel from the Sinaloa Federation, leading to a spate of beheadings and killings by his brother and another former lieutenant battling each other.
Nearly a month later, police captured a top Tijuana Cartel chief, Teodoro "El Teo" Garcia Simental, a ruthless capo known for employing a hit man called the "soup maker" who confessed to dissolving hundreds of bodies in acid for him.
The Aug. 30 capture of Villarreal, the Mexican-American who got his nickname of "La Barbie" because of his fair complexion, gave another boost to Calderon. Mexico is interrogating Villarreal and may eventually send him to stand trial in the United States, where he is wanted in three states.
Some of Mexico's most renowned drug lords run free, however, including the two top bosses of the mighty Sinaloa Federation, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, the nation's most wanted kingpins.
Mexican security forces have established specialized elite units tracking the two men, but are frequently several steps behind them, officials said.
Bagley said he doesn't doubt that Calderon wants to nab Guzman.
"For Calderon, it would be the crowning event of his government," Bagley said.

Massive drug tunnel with rail system discovered in pot bust at San Diego border
November 3, 2010 | 1:54 pm
A major drug tunnel has been discovered under the San Diego-Tijuana border, a roughly 1,800-foot passageway found in a warehouse in Otay Mesa where U.S. authorities seized more than 20 tons of marijuana, according to U.S. and Mexican officials.
In Mexico, army troops raided a warehouse in an industrial area that concealed the tunnel entrance and seized four more tons of dope.
The back-to-back raids occurred Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in a light industrial area with a long history of tunnel activity.
The passageway, equipped with lighting, ventilation and a rail system, is one of the few unearthed in recent years that appears to have been fully operational.
About 75 tunnels along the U.S-Mexico border have been unearthed in the last four years, most of them in various states of construction. The discovery comes two weeks after the Mexican military in Tijuana seized a record 134 tons of marijuana.
That dope was seized in a nearby area of eastern Tijuana, but it’s not clear if the two incidents are connected.
The Mexican military said no one had been arrested on the Mexican side. It’s not clear if arrests were made in San Diego. More details are expected to be provided at an afternoon news conference.
New FBI Statistics on Crimes Committed by Illegal Aliens

The Violent Crimes Institute in Atlanta is a real place. They did a real study. These are the real results. 'Based on a one-year in-depth study, Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute of Atlanta estimates there are about 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States who have had an average of four victims each. She analyzed 1,500 cases from January 1999 through April 2006 that included serial rapes, serial murders, sexual homicides and child molestation committed by illegal immigrants.'


"The violent MS-13 - or Mara Salvatrucha - street gang is following the migratory routes of illegal aliens across the country, FBI officials say, calling the Salvadoran gang the new American mafia. MS-13, has a significant presence in the Washington area, and other gangs are spreading into small towns and suburbs by following illegal aliens seeking work in places such as Providence, R.I., and the Carolinas, FBI task force director Robert Clifford said.

"The migrant moves and the gang follows," said Mr. Clifford, director of the agency's MS-13 National Gang Task Force."
INS/FBI Statistical Report on Undocumented Immigrants 2006 (First Quarter) INS/FBI Statistical Report on Undocumented Immigrants CRIME STATISTICS
95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
83% of warrants for murder in Phoenix are for illegal aliens.
86% of warrants for murder in Albuquerque are for illegal aliens.
75% of those on the most wanted list in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal aliens. 24.9% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally
40.1% of all inmates in Arizona detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally
48.2% of all inmates in New Mexico detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally
29% (630,000) convicted illegal alien felons fill our state and federal prisons at a cost of $1.6 billion annually
53% plus of all investigated burglaries reported in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens.
50% plus of all gang members in Los Angeles are illegal aliens from south of the border.
71% plus of all apprehended cars stolen in 2005 in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California were stolen by Illegal aliens or “transport coyotes".
47% of cited/stopped drivers in California have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 47%, 92% are illegal aliens.
63% of cited/stopped drivers in Arizona have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 63%, 97% are illegal aliens
66% of cited/stopped drivers in New Mexico have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 66% 98% are illegal aliens.
BIRTH STATISTICS 380,000 plus “anchor babies” were born in the U.S. in 2005 to illegal alien parents, making 380,000 babies automatically U.S. citizens.
97.2% of all costs incurred from those births were paid by the American taxpayers. 66% plus of all births in California are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal whose births were paid for by taxpayers

NARCOmex Under Our Open & Undefended Borders

Federal Agents Discover Mexican Drug Tunnel as Border Violence Escalates
Last week, U.S. authorities discovered a 600-yard tunnel connecting a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico to one in the industrial San Diego neighborhood of Otay Mesa. (CNN, Nov. 3, 2010) Discovery of the tunnel was the result of a continuing investigation by the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, which is made up of representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Drug Enforcement Administration and the California National Guard. (Customs and Border Patrol Press Release, Nov. 4, 2010) Roughly 26 tons of marijuana was transported through the tunnel to San Diego, about ten of which were intercepted by U.S. authorities as a tractor trailer was transporting the stash from the Otay Mesa warehouse. The Mexican army found five tons in Tijuana. (CNN, Nov. 3, 2010)

The tunnel was fully equipped with a lighting, ventilation, and rail system, demonstrating the growing sophistication of the Mexican drug cartels. (L.A. Times, Nov. 3, 2010) “This wasn't a mom-and-pop operation, or, in this case, a husband and wife operation,” said ICE Director John Morton. (BBC News, Nov. 4, 2010) “This is clearly organized crime at work. This was the cartels.” (Id.) Morton also said the seizure was particularly unusual because U.S. authorities caught the smugglers in the act, whereas most discoveries are of abandoned tunnels. (Id.) Smuggling occurred for approximately one month prior to U.S. authorities shutting it down. (Id.)

The discovery of the tunnel, which is only one of about 75 along the U.S-Mexico border to be unearthed in the last four years, comes at a time when violence is escalating along the U.S.-Mexico border. (L.A. Times, Nov. 3, 2010) Last week, six American citizens were killed in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez in only six days, including two University of Texas students who were killed when gunmen opened fire on their car. (CBS News, Nov. 4, 2010) And over the weekend, at least 20 additional people were killed due to the drug-cartel violence in Ciudad Juarez, increasing the total to over 6,500 murders in the city since 2008. (CBS News, Nov. 8, 2010)

Do Laws Apply to Illegals? WHERE?


Illegals are a crime wave! Everywhere in this nation! They hop our borders with the mindset of a looter, abetted by all the “freebees” the LA RAZA DEMS are tossing their way to induce them to come for our jobs. All that “cheap” labor makes the corporate paymasters of OBAMA, REID, BOXER, FEINSTEIN and the LA RAZA PARTY Hispanic Caucus, Reps. Gutierrez, Becerra, Sanchez sisters, Menendez, etc.



Confusion Over Program to Spot Illegal Immigrants
In 2008, the Bush administration announced an ambitious new program to help federal officials detain and deport illegal immigrants held on criminal charges by using fingerprints collected by local police departments.
But two years later, as the program is being put into effect state by state, confusion abounds in New York and elsewhere, among officials and immigrant advocates alike, about how it works and whether local participation is required.
Several counties around the nation have voted to opt out of the program, called Secure Communities, because of concerns that it could ensnare immigrants who have committed low-level offenses or chill crime-fighting cooperation between immigrants and the police.
As recently as last week, the spokesman for New York State’s criminal justice agency maintained that the program was optional for local governments. But federal officials now say that participation was never voluntary. The program, they say, will be up and running nationwide by 2013.
The confusion appears to be largely the fault of federal immigration officials, who in recent months have issued vaguely worded or seemingly contradictory statements about the program.
“The Department of Homeland Security has done a horrible job of, one, explaining the policy; two, explaining the implementation process; and three, explaining the local jurisdictional role,” said Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, who has urged the state not to join the program. “It doesn’t inspire confidence.”
Under Secure Communities, the fingerprints of everyone booked into a local or county jail will automatically be sent to the Department of Homeland Security and compared with prints in the agency’s databases. If officials discover that a suspect is in the country illegally, or is a noncitizen immigrant with a criminal record, they might seek to deport him or her.
More than 750 jurisdictions in 34 states have already joined the program, which has contributed to a surge in deportations over the last year. But resistance has arisen among some elected officials and immigrant advocates who contend that the program has caught up a disproportionate number of immigrants charged with low-level offenses, rather than the dangerous criminals it was primarily intended to snag.
Federal officials require states’ permission to start the program, and states can refuse. In New York, where opposition surfaced early in immigrant-friendly cities, Gov. David A. Paterson signed an agreement in May to cooperate.
New York officials said that numerous written and spoken conversations with Homeland Security in the past several months left them with the understanding that participation at the local level was voluntary, as well.
On July 23, for instance, Dan Cadman, a regional coordinator for the Secure Communities program, sent an e-mail to the State Division of Criminal Justice Services. “No jurisdiction will be activated if they oppose it,” Mr. Cadman wrote. “There is no ambiguity on that point. We get it.”
He added, “We will do everything we can to work with a N.Y. law enforcement agency to satisfy its concerns but at the end of the day, if they are opposed, we won’t go forward.”
In recent weeks, Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security secretary, has declared repeatedly that the program will be mandatory for the entire country by 2013.
Yet last Wednesday, officials in Albany said they had been assured by federal authorities that local jurisdictions could choose not to join the data-sharing network. “We have written and oral assurances that it is an opt-in, opt-out situation,” said John M. Caher, spokesman for the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services. “No local community would automatically be in.”
Two days later, however, after further discussion among state officials who continued to wrestle with the federal government’s seemingly conflicting messages, Mr. Caher refined his message. “Apparently,” he said, “it is the position of the federal government that it can require participation.”
Homeland Security officials said that they never intended to imply that the program was optional. Rather, the only wiggle room available to local authorities is deciding when — not if — they will be added to the network.
“The deployment can be delayed and rescheduled, and we’ll work to iron out issues related to the deployment,” a Homeland Security official said, asking that he not be identified because he did not want to “talk over” Ms. Napolitano’s recent comments.
To participate in Secure Communities, police departments must install new fingerprinting equipment or make minor changes to existing technology, to allow fingerprint data to flow automatically to the Justice Department and Homeland Security.
No locality in New York State has signed up yet, but the entire state is scheduled to join in the next three years, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the arm of Homeland Security that is managing the program.
In New York City, where city leaders have energetically tried to keep local police out of immigration enforcement, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez said he planned to introduce a resolution asking Governor Paterson to pull out of Secure Communities, saying that the new system might discourage immigrants from reporting crime or testifying in cases. The City Council plans a hearing Wednesday to discuss the relationship between the immigration agency and the city’s Department of Correction.
A spokesman for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the city would join the federal program. “Our reading of the laws are that we have to comply, and we are,” said the spokesman, Jason Post. Elected leaders in several places — including Santa Clara County, Calif. and Arlington County, Va. — have voted not to share fingerprint information with immigration authorities, though they have since been told by federal authorities that they must do so as long as their states participate in Secure Communities.
Though states can refuse to cooperate, there is a cost: Any state that declines to share fingerprints with the Justice Department will in turn lose access to the criminal databases of other states and the federal government, seriously hampering crime-fighting efforts.
The only latitude local authorities have under the program, officials said, is to decide whether to look at the immigration information that Homeland Security sends back in response to the fingerprint data. But regardless of the local jurisdiction’s posture, officials said, immigration authorities can still act on the information — and move to deport the suspects.
The Administration's Phantom Immigration Enforcement Policy
According to DHS’s own reports, very little of our nation’s borders (Southwestern or otherwise) are secure, and gaining control is not even a goal of the department.
By Ira Mehlman
Published on 12/07/2009
The setting was not quite the flight deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln with a “Mission Accomplished” banner as the backdrop, but it was the next best thing. Speaking at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on Nov. 13, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared victory over illegal immigration and announced that the Obama administration is ready to move forward with a mass amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens already living in the United States.
Arguing the Obama administration’s case for amnesty, Napolitano laid out what she described as the “three-legged stool” for immigration reform. As the administration views it, immigration reform must include “a commitment to serious and effective enforcement, improved legal flows for families and workers, and a firm but fair way to deal with those who are already here.”
Acknowledging that a lack of confidence in the government’s ability and commitment to effectively enforce the immigration laws it passes proved to be the Waterloo of previous efforts to gain amnesty for illegal aliens, Napolitano was quick to reassure the American public that those concerns could be put to rest.
“For starters, the security of the Southwest border has been transformed from where it was in 2007,” stated the secretary. Not only is the border locked up tight, she continued, but the situation is well in-hand in the interior of the country as well. “We’ve also shown that the government is serious and strategic in its approach to enforcement by making changes in how we enforce the law in the interior of the country and at worksites…Furthermore, we’ve transformed worksite enforcement to truly address the demand side of illegal immigration.”
If Rep. Joe Wilson had been in attendance to hear Secretary Napolitano’s CAP speech he might well have had a few choice comments to offer. But since he wasn’t, we will have to rely on the Department of Homeland Security’s own data to assess the veracity of Napolitano’s claims.
According to DHS’s own reports, very little of our nation’s borders (Southwestern or otherwise) are secure, and gaining control is not even a goal of the department. DHS claims to have “effective control” over just 894 miles of border. That’s 894 out of 8,607 miles they are charged with protecting. As for the other 7,713 miles? DHS’s stated border security goal for FY 2010 is the same 894 miles.
The administration’s strategic approach to interior and worksite enforcement is just as chimerical as its strategy at the border, unless one considers shuffling paper to be a strategy. DHS data, released November 18, show that administrative arrests of immigration law violators fell by 68 percent between 2008 and 2009. The department also carried out 60 percent fewer arrests for criminal violations of immigration laws, 58 percent fewer criminal indictments, and won 63 percent fewer convictions.
While the official unemployment rate has climbed from 7.6 percent when President Obama took office in January to 10 percent today, the administration’s worksite enforcement strategy has amounted to a bureaucratic game of musical chairs. The administration has all but ended worksite enforcement actions and replaced them with paperwork audits. When the audits determine that illegal aliens are on the payroll, employers are given the opportunity to fire them with little or no adverse consequence to the company, while no action is taken to remove the illegal workers from the country. The illegal workers simply acquire a new set of fraudulent documents and move on to the next employer seeking workers willing to accept substandard wages.
In Janet Napolitano’s alternative reality a mere 10 percent of our borders under “effective control” and sharp declines in arrests and prosecutions of immigration lawbreakers may be construed as confidence builders, but it is hard to imagine that the American public is going to see it that way. If anything, the administration’s record has left the public less confident that promises of future immigration enforcement would be worth the government paper they’re printed on.
As Americans scrutinize the administration’s plans to overhaul immigration policy, they are likely to find little in the “three-legged stool” being offered that they like or trust. The first leg – enforcement – the administration has all but sawed off. The second – increased admissions of extended family members and workers – makes little sense with some 25 million Americans either unemployed or relegated to part-time work. And the third – amnesty for millions of illegal aliens – is anathema to their sense of justice and fair play.
As Americans well know, declaring “Mission Accomplished” and actually accomplishing a mission are two completely different things. When it comes to enforcing immigration laws, the only message the public is receiving from this administration is “Mission Aborted.”
Lou Dobbs Tonight
Monday, September 28, 2009

And T.J. BONNER, president of the National Border Patrol Council, will weigh in on the federal government’s decision to pull nearly 400 agents from the U.S.-Mexican border. As always, Lou will take your calls to discuss the issues that matter most-and to get your thoughts on where America is headed.
California must stem the flow of illegal immigrants
The state should go after employers who hire them, curb taxpayer-funded benefits, deploy the National Guard to help the feds at the border and penalize 'sanctuary' cities.

Illegal immigration is another matter entirely. With the state budget in tatters, millions of residents out of work and a state prison system strained by massive overcrowding, California simply cannot continue to ignore the strain that illegal immigration puts on our budget and economy. Illegal aliens cost taxpayers in our state billions of dollars each year. As economist Philip J. Romero concluded in a 2007 study, "illegal immigrants impose a 'tax' on legal California residents in the tens of billions of dollars."

The danger, as Washington Post economics columnist Robert Samuelson argues, is that of “importing poverty” in the form of a new underclass—a permanent group of working poor.
"The amnesty alone will be the largest expansion of the welfare system in the last 25 years," says Robert Rector, a senior analyst at the Heritage Foundation, and a witness at a House Judiciary Committee field hearing in San Diego Aug. 2. "Welfare costs will begin to hit their peak around 2021, because there are delays in citizenship. The very narrow time horizon [the CBO is] using is misleading," he adds. "If even a small fraction of those who come into the country stay and get on Medicaid, you're looking at costs of $20 billion or $30 billion per year."

The danger, as Washington Post economics columnist Robert Samuelson argues, is that of “importing poverty” in the form of a new underclass—a permanent group of working poor.
U.S. Taxpayers Spend $113 Billion Annually on Illegal Aliens
America has never been able to afford the costs of illegal immigration. With rising unemployment and skyrocketing deficits, federal and state lawmakers are now facing the results of failed policies. A new, groundbreaking report from FAIR, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers, takes a comprehensive look at the estimated fiscal costs resulting from federal, state and local expenditures on illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children.
Expanding upon the series of state studies done in the past, FAIR has estimated the annual cost of illegal immigration to be $113 billion, with much of the cost — $84.2 billon — coming at the state and local level.

The danger, as Washington Post economics columnist Robert Samuelson argues, is that of “importing poverty” in the form of a new underclass—a permanent group of working poor.
Lou Dobbs Tonight
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gov. Schwarzenegger said California is facing “financial Armageddon”. He is making drastic cuts in the budget for education, health care and services. But there is one place he isn’t making cuts… services for illegal immigrants. These services are estimated to cost the state four to five billion dollars a year. Schwarzenegger said he is “happy” to offer these services. We will have a full report tonight.

Subject: From the L.A. Times Newspaper

1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County (L. A. County has 10 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This was because they are predominantly illegal immigrants, working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3's of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.
10. In L. A. County 5.1 million people speak English. 3.9 million speak Spanish (10.2 million people in L. A. County).

(All 10 from the Los Angeles Times) Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States annual population growth (and over 90% of California, Florida, and New York) results from immigration. Add to this TWO BILLION dollars of Los Angeles County is sent to Mexico untaxed.
The danger, as Washington Post economics columnist Robert Samuelson argues, is that of “importing poverty” in the form of a new underclass—a permanent group of working poor.

The most insightful study remains one done by the National Research Council in 1997. It gauged federal, state and local fiscal costs and contributions over the lifetime of an immigrant in 1996 dollars. Citizen children were included.
The study found that an immigrant high school dropout -- which characterizes nearly half of today's unauthorized people -- received $89,000 more in services than he paid in taxes in his life. But an immigrant with at least some college -- a quarter of today's unauthorized -- gave $105,000 more than he got. For the high school graduates left, those who arrived during their teens or earlier were slightly profitable for the government, while the children of those who arrived later paid off the small deficit of their parents.

Aliens In America
Taxpayers Taken To The Cleaners
By Frosty Wooldridge

Illegal alien migration into the United States costs American taxpayers $346 billion annually reported by the National Research Council. While employers of illegal aliens rake-in billions of dollars, the US citizens subsidize what may be called organized "Slavery in 21st Century America."

While Congress facilitates outsourcing, insourcing and offshoring of American jobs by the thousands weekly, that same Congress imports 182,000 legal immigrant monthly who need jobs. Another estimated 100,000 illegal aliens arrive each month without jobs. All those immigrants seize jobs from American citizens at slave wages.

What happens to the American taxpayer?

"Immigrants are poorer, pay less tax, and are more likely to receive public benefits than American citizens," said Edwin Rubenstein, reporting on the National Research Council's new book: "The New Americans: Economic, Demographics and Fiscal Effects of Immigration." The Social Contract Winter 2007-08.


The danger, as Washington Post economics columnist Robert Samuelson argues, is that of “importing poverty” in the form of a new underclass—a permanent group of working poor.


“We could cut unemployment in half simply by reclaiming the jobs taken by illegal workers,” said Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, co-chairman of the Reclaim American Jobs Caucus. “President Obama is on the wrong side of the American people on immigration. The president should support policies that help citizens and legal immigrants find the jobs they need and deserve rather than fail to enforce immigration laws.”
“Obama’s rejection of any serious jobs program is part of a conscious class war policy. Two years after the financial crisis and the multi-trillion dollar bailout of the banks, the administration is spearheading a campaign by corporations to sharply increase the exploitation of the working class, using the “new normal” of mass unemployment to force workers to accept lower wages, longer hours, and more brutal working conditions.” WSWS.ORG
“The principal beneficiaries of our current immigration policy are affluent Americans who hire immigrants at substandard wages for low-end work. Harvard economist George Borjas estimates that American workers lose $190 billion annually in depressed wages caused by the constant flooding of the labor market at the low-wage end.” Christian Science Monitor