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A proposal for Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement and Reform
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) & La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 10/19/10
Mexico’s Department of Government reported that some 44,978 “undocumented migrants” were held between January and September of this year in the government’s detention facility in Tapachula, state of Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala. Of the total, 19,783 came from Honduras, 14,148 from Guatemala, and 6.648 from El Salvador.
(Ed. Note: The recently published report about the drop in apprehensions by the U.S. Border Patrol during the fiscal year just ended is quite likely due in part to Mexico’s newly increased effort at detecting and detaining illegal aliens as they attempt to make their way north within its territory. The tally of apprehensions by the U.S. Border Patrol in the last fiscal year still averages at over 1,260 illegal border crossers per day. The article did not mention the total number of illegal aliens detained who came from countries other than those specified. )
Banderas News (Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco) 10/19/10
Mexico: a high risk for media
(Use the link below for an English language article about the dangers to journalists in Mexico)
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 10/20/10
Record marihuana seizure in Tijuana: over 134 tons
An updated and more precise recount of the record haul of the marihuana just seized in Tijuana totaled 15,300 packages of various sizes, and a revised weight of 134 tons plus 240 kilos, with an estimated value of 350 million dollars. A security spokesman for President Calderon said that the seized drug could have belonged to the Sinaloa cartel.
(The link below will access an English language preliminary background report about this event from “Banderas News,” of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco)
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora)
A smaller weed haul
In the town of Altar, Sonora, (some 90 mi. southwest of Nogales) Mexican military seized 790 kilos of marihuana, 3 AK47’s, 16 clips for AK47, 620 rounds for AK47 and a white 2007 Chevrolet Silverado with Arizona lic. 4101TV.
And heads roll
Elsewhere in the state of Sonora, two homicide victims were found in a commune farm some 18 mi. southwest of Nogales. Both had their heads cut off. Three “narco messages” were also left in the area.
El Manana (Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas) 10/20/10
The Hispanic community at a crossroads (op/col. by Jorge Ramos, news anchor of the “Univision” Spanish language TV network in the U.S.; his columns are regularly seen in a number of newspapers south of the border. Titled as shown)
For the Hispanics in the United States, this is a highly complex moment. We are many – more than 48 million according to the United States Census Bureau – but, if we are so many, why don’t we have more political power? We have only one senator in the Congress, the Democrat Robert Menendez, of New Jersey, so we lack the influence we deserve in Washington. And, despite our efforts, we haven’t achieved one of our most important common goals: to establish a path for the legalization of the undocumented immigrants.
It’s true that both political parties have disappointed us. Many Hispanics feel frustrated about President Obama, who didn’t keep his promise of promoting a migratory reform during his first year in the White House. And they are also mad at the Democratic Party in general for lacking the political courage to vote for an ample migratory reform, be it in the Senate or the House of Representatives.
Hispanics are equally irritated with the Republican legislators, who supported the anti-immigrant laws in Arizona this year, (and who) voted against the Dream Act bill for minors – which could have helped some 800,000 undocumented students to obtain citizenship – and pressured to deprive American citizenship from the children of undocumented immigrants. But, although some 10 million Hispanics voted in 2008, it’s almost certain that this year the number will be smaller: facing the dilemma of voting for one party or the other in the mid-term elections of November 2nd, too many of them will decide to stay at home. Only 51 percent of Hispanic voters said that they will vote in those elections, according to a poll by the Pew Hispanic Center. In contrast, 70 percent of all registered voters in the United States said that they are going to vote.
I insist, once more, in that the disillusionment of the Hispanics with the Democrats and their rejection of the Republicans is understandable, but not voting in November would be a terrible mistake. It would reduce our power as a group, which would lead to fewer victories for Hispanic candidates, fewer politicians to defend our interests.
Apart from the lack of political influence, another problem we face is to define exactly what it is that we want. The polls show that our priorities are having a decent job, good schools for our children and medical insurance. But the most important goal for Hispanics has been the reform of immigration laws to finally grant citizenship to the 11 million of undocumented who today live in the United States. Unfortunately, our efforts have achieved absolutely nothing, and during the past decade, all attempts related to this issue have failed.
President George W. Bush was working to attain the reform of immigration laws in August of 2001, but, after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, his fellow party members in the Senate were not even able to get the 60 votes necessary to debate the proposal. Neither was the minimum support obtained, once again, in September of this year, to debate related legislation, on this occasion, the DREAM Act.
Political polls show that the Republicans will probably win various seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate in the mid-term elections of the coming month – and this could mean that the total immigration reform, or any attempt to approve laws that may benefit the undocumented immigrants, could face a blockade, at least for now.
This being the case, what must we do? What is it that we want?
We know that fewer undocumented immigrants are crossing over towards the United States these days, but the ones who are here are not going away. And we know that it is impossible to deport 11 million persons, and without a doubt there will not be a massive exodus of immigrants who will return to their countries of origin. We must therefore be practical and accept that there will not be a reform without Republican support. It’s necessary to find common ground with the GOP and to refine our focus to create a viable plan. It’s a given that the priority is to legalize those who are already here – to protect their rights and so they can live free of fear and persecution- perhaps the answer might be a congressional plan in two parts. In the first stage we would pressure for a vote that would offer a firm and stable status for the immigrants, and during the second stage, years later, we would seek United States citizenship for those who comply with all requisites. It’s not the best possible solution, but something like this could be politically acceptable in the near future.
I suspect that if we were to ask the undocumented immigrants in the United States whether they would accept a legalization without citizenship as a first step, the answer would be yes. I understand perfectly that we don’t want second class citizens in the United States. But if we can’t get “the whole enchilada” now, as the ex-Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico, Jorge Castaneda, used to say, then let us do this in stages. Little by little.
Today, the Hispanic community is at a major crossroads. But the way in which we face our lack of political power and the harsh situation of millions of undocumented immigrants will determine our future – and, in the end, that of the United States.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 10/20/10
Short takes from the national news page
- Army takes over after Durango prison riot kills four
- Woman decapitated in Ciudad Juarez
- Grenade hurled at police in Monterrey
- Police base shot at in Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua
- Three “narcolabs” dismantled in Durango
- No trace of the 20 tourists from Michoacan kidnapped in Acapulco
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