Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Round up of immigration news

So it's been a pretty busy few days in the news.  We've been seeing an uptick in people found stranded and abandoned in the desert, drop houses and on the freeways after accidents.  I'm sure the weather plays a factor as it's easier to walk a few miles when it's 60 degrees than when it's 115.  

It's only December so I hope this isn't a trend we see getting worse.

Monday, December 8, 2008

No mo money...

If there's one thing in this world that makes everything run, it is money.  Which is why this news story is great!  

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday that investigators can inspect electronic money transfers from other states to Mexico.  This is a big ruling since the common practice is to wire money from other states to border towns in Sonora for coyotes to smuggle humans across the Arizona border.  

I'm a fan of anything that makes it harder for coyotes to make money and continue the despicable things they do.

Friday, December 5, 2008

11,000 by land or 1,00 by sea...

The Republic had an interesting story the other day. Mexico has started sending illegal Cuban migrants home in an attempt to stem the flow as they try new ways to sneak into the U.S.

"The Department of Homeland Security said 11,126 Cuban migrants used the Mexico route last year, compared to just 1,055 who showed up in the Miami area."

This absolutely shows how porous and embarrassing our southern borders are. Cubans have resorted to traveling 120 miles to Mexico, up through Texas, and most likely back to Florida instead of 90 miles by boat.

How are we doing such a good job patrolling wide open waters yet we can't crack down on widely used crossing points by land?

I hope incoming DHS Secretary Napolitano shows some love for her home state and since she's over both Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, maybe she can figure out why one is more effective than the other.

Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm back...Just when Napolitano decides to leave!

Okay, so it's been forever since I've posted.  I didn't give up on the blog but it has been a little hectic around these parts and I wasn't able to keep the blog updated.  A LOT has happened.  

A few major events that happened that we'll definitely be hearing more about are as follows:

Governor Napolitano is heading to Washington to be the Secretary of Homeland Security.  This will likely have huge implications with border security and immigration changes.  Homeland Security controls many different enforcement agencies with I.C.E. among them.  

Illegal Aliens drunk driving and killing people.  While they certainly aren't the only ones drinking and driving, it makes the headlines much bigger when they are illegal aliens, and breaking other laws while here.

Mesa enacts much stronger ID checks for all of their contractors putting teeth to the clause in their contracts requiring all workers are legal citizens.

Budget cuts coming for most if not all State, County, and City budgets.  How this will effect immigration enforcement is up in the air but it doesn't look good.  When faced with less money to work with, what programs are going to get cut first?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pearce press conference on Prop 202

Looks like Russell Pearce is out and about trying to educate everyone on the realities of Prop 202. Russell Pearce, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and Sheriff Joe held a press conference yesterday after a recent Cronkite/Eight poll was released whowing Prop 202 passing with 63% of the vote.

Everyone's wallet is a little lighter these days

In a repeat of last month, Mexican's living in the U.S. sent home 12 percent less money in August. Because 12% is bigger than 7%, this also takes the cake for the biggest drop in history.
It's staggering that in the first 8 months of the year, over $15.5 Billion was sent across the border.

As expected, "a slowing U.S. economy and stepped up immigration enforcement by the U.S. government, including record deportations and increased border security, are behind the drop."

The big question is, what will happen when the economy inevitably does turn around and the housing slump is over? We've made great strides so far but now is the time to really step up and fix this problem.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Proposition 202

Okay, so election time is coming up soon and there's one issue that's very important. Proposition 202 is misleadingly called "Stop Illegal Hiring." It's even being pitched by many as "fixing the little holes" in the Employer Sanctions Law. Well, the fact that Russell Pearce is opposed to it pretty much sums up how many "holes" are actually going to be fixed.

This law will in essence, gut the hugely successful Employer Sanctions Law. I urge you to vote NO on Prop 202

Friday, September 19, 2008

If the 9th Court says so

In a huge win for Russell Pearce and other supporters of Arizona's Employer Sanctions Law, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law. This will no doubt encourage those states sitting on the fence to move forward with their own versions as many other states have already done so. Rep. Pearce noted that it's unlikely it will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court since that would definitely make it a national precedent.

In the appeal, it was noted that future lawsuits would not be controlled by this ruling meaning that if an when an employer is prosecuted, they could appeal and have their case heard.

It should be noted that the Ninth Circuit Court is considered a liberal court so if they are upholding it, you can bet it's pretty air tight.

It's slip 'n slide time

The first three employees from the Golfland raid have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. They were originally charged with forgery and identification theft, which are felonies. The will now be sentenced after pleading guilty for criminal impersonation. Ya, I don't know the big difference either. According to the article this is a sign that they may be cooperating and giving up evidence but we'll have to wait and see if that's the case. Either way, it looks like this will be the first case to be tried under the Employer Sanctions Law (more on that next).

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I.C.E., I.C.E. Baby

Cue the Vanilla Ice music, the Federal Government is coming to town. In what they call a scheduled audit, I.C.E. will be looking into Sheriff Joe's immigration enforcement practices and whether or not it matches up to the original agreement.
They claim this has nothing to do with the complaints they've received but I find that hard to believe. Really though, regardless of what side of the fence you are on you should welcome this. Joe supporters should welcome this because Sheriff Joe has said time and time again they are in line with the agreement and everything they do is completely legal. His opponents now have a chance to have an answer to the question, "Is this legal?"

Get your candles while you can!

You better get on the phone with your Gold Canyon Candle Distributor soon if you're worried about keeping your living room smelling like roses. Sheriff Joe and his deputies raided the Chandler headquarters and arrested 65 people- 37 for being in the country illegally.
The debate of course continues of whether or not this is the most effective way to catch and deport illegal immigrants. One positive thing is that they arrested 23 people for identity theft.

On thing that will be argued and may end up in a lawsuit is whether or not it was legal to prevent the company attorney from being present. It doesn't help Arpaio's case of nothing to hide when his deputies are preventing attorneys from being present. Time will tell.

Mesa on the map

Mesa is making its way onto the National Map announcing last week that Gaylord Entertainment will be building a 1,500 room resort and convention center. This is a pretty amazing thing to happen to Mesa and it looks like Gaylord is a great employer. How does this relate to immigration? Well, when a resort employing 2,000 people comes to town the possibilities become endless. Looking at the company's profile (they are publicly traded), it looks like they have won a ton of awards for being the best employer in the market. I'm sure they will be using E-Verify to make sure all 2,000+ employees are hired legally.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Election Results

Sorry for the long delay in posting. I was out of town for a bit and supposedly I wasn't the only one. Russell Pearce cleaned up in District 18 and Mesa Issues covered Gibbons' response pretty good. I think Kevin is a little off on this one. First, when looking at turnout between Districts 18 and 19, 18 always runs about half. Second, to overcome a margin of defeat liek he did, he didn't do that great of a job turning out his voters. He should have realized that when campaigns go negative like they did in this race, people sometimes choose to stay home- especially in a primary. Finally, I'm no expert but it seemed to me like it was too much too late. He needed to start a month before he did. I read many people saying they got up to 10 mailers the day before election and even some after! Some of that money should have been spent early on introducing Gibbons (I still don't know much about him).
Anyway, this is all relevent because it shows that people approve of what's been done on the immigration front. Also, that Russell Pearce has done many things other than just immigration and feel he will continue to do a good job.
Here are the full results from the election.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Today is Election Day!!

Today is Election Day and it's not too late to get out and vote if you already haven't done so. There are a bunch of races going on in the East Valley. The Russell Pearce (website 1, 2) and Kevin Gibbons (Website) race is definitely the one gaining the most immigration attention. Even if you're not in District 18, do your research and pick the best candidate that you feel will represent you the best.

Here are links to the party websites. Pick your party and then pick your district. If you don't know your district or polling place- Click Here.

AZ Republican Party

AZ Democratic Party

The money spout has slowed

The amount of money crossing the boarder into Mexico dropped by the largest percentage since they started tracking the data.
Remittances - Mexico's second-largest legal source of foreign income after oil - dropped by 6.9 percent in July compared to the year before.
I wish the story would have covered. Obviously that's an illegal source but so is a part of these remittances since not all immigrants that are sending money back are here legally.
It would have also been nice if they mentioned how much is sent back annually and how much that 6.9% ends up in dollars. In 2007, remittances to Mexico were almost $24 Billion!! 6.9% amounts to $1.65 Billion!! That's a lot of money.