In response to Mr. Kolken’s misconstrued concept of immigration reform vs. amnesty, as a former long-term border state resident I can state unequivocally that most of the true Mexican AMERICANS in this country do not want what has been promoted in the past as immigration reform, but what is no more than another Reagan era amnesty.
Why, Mr. Kolken, do you think there is now massive unemployment and homelessness in this country affecting the Mexican American community also, and in far greater numbers than even the blacks, asians or white Americans in the border states?
Could it be that the outsourcing which has occurred there more so than anywhere else is also affecting their job prospects, and their abilities to meet their mortgages?
Mr. Reid’s interest in an amnesty is abundantly clear, since the largest industry in Nevada is the casino and resort industry, as is also becoming more and more so in Arizona and California (absent the casinos, although where Nevada also gets much of its tourism, from those two states).
The Mexican American community is also the community upon which those drug cartel members and dealers also prey, and those open borders have caused the insurance rates of all those living in Arizona, Nevada, California and Texas to go off the charts, along with their property taxes which are tied in to their home values as occurred during that short boom.
Arizona has three times the national average in automobile thefts.
Just why do you think that is so?
My question: How often, or how long have you visited a border state? Have you lived in one longer than, say, five years?
Just how familiar are you with the ramifications which have occurred to ALL those living in the border states at this time, with California, Nevada and Arizona the highest in foreclosures consistently during this economic recession, which is actually a depression in those states?
Not to mention the bogus California unregulated loans which were sold to many in the Mexican American community also that occurred during that very, very short boom cycle – since English is not their primary language and most lawyers could not understand the terms of those loans anymore they are so voluminous, and full of legalese. And a great many offered by Indy Mac and other California lenders weren’t even based on the U.S. currency, but the British LIBOR rates – now how can U.S. banks be hawking loans which aren’t even based on our currency – and why has that not made the news?
Actually, it is the legal profession really responsible for the increases in crime also in the border states, since those illegal drug dealers were afforded "due process" under the U.S. Constitution, even though not citizens. In other words, those drug dealers have the money from the American public, many of which are young kids whom they pedal to, to afford the lawyers.
Which means they have no records, and then are released back into the public, rather than being deported as was done in the past in simply turning all foreigners found in the border states that didn’t have a good reason for being there, or family living here they were visiting, were simply turned over to the U.S. Marshall’s office, and bused back each and every Saturday after their one phone call for a ride at the border.
Which is the Constitutional method actually, and also saved the taxpayers both court costs, and now those overcrowded jails such as tent city in which over 2,000 misdemeanor offenders are housed in surplus military tents – while the jail that I paid for in taxation for over 30 years was turned into another animal shelter (there is already a city pound, and a brand new Humane Society facility there), so that the county officials could make a few bucks off those misdemeanor offenders prior to their trials, if they live through that experience.
So the prior method of deportation without trials actually was more humane, and cost effective.
And without those borders secured prior to any "reform" on immigration whatsoever (since our country is pretty well populated now as it is), nothing whatsoever will be accomplished in stopping the flow as more and more pour over those open borders each and every day.
I await your response.