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Tuesday, May 16, 2006


While Congress debates about the fate of 12 million unauthorized immigrants, it is important to keep in mind that they have more than 5 million children. Two-thirds of these children are U.S.-born citizens, a share that increases to 93 percent among those under age 6. If unauthorized parents are forced to leave the country, they will have to make a difficult choice: whether to leave their children behind or take them to another country. To learn more, there is a new fact sheet from the Urban Institute.


Blogger Henry Louis Gomez said...

Well if the children were to go back with the parents they would certainly have the right to return to the US as adults or teens. Then it might be easier to get their parents a visa to come the the US permanently. I have a friend (his parents are Cuban but were living in Venezuela) who was born in Miami. He returned to Venezuela before he was a month old. His parents wanted to ensure his citizenship. They later moved to the states when he was in elementary school.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subject: Bush and "Illegals"

Your analysis of our approach to illegal immigrants has so many flaws I can't cover
them all. To highlight, when someone breaks the law they are actiing illegaly. This
is simple english. To try and subvert that meaning only angers those whose language
is english first.

Mexico is and has been corrupt for so long it doesn't matter who runs the country. My
father built the first soft drink factory after WW II in Mexico city. The local businessmen
stole the business under mexican law.

I used to fly with the "flying doctors". They donate their time to help the poor, in case you
didn't know. When we left, one time, the ususal corrupt official put a 50 cent a mile tax
on the airplanes. The doctors vowed never to go back.

They have stolen so much in American deposits thru devaluation and other corrution it is no longer
worth mentioning. Property ownership rights are subject to interpretation that leave foreigners
holding an empty bag.

Other foreigners who have attempted to build businesses find themselves in the position of having
to leave the country for their families safety or live in compounds with 24 hour private security
guards. Kidnapping has become the leading domestic mexican business.

The rulers of mexico are the most corrupt, pathetic, dishonorable individuals to ever inhabit the
earth. It matters not who rules. They will continue to steal from whomever they are able to,
their own people or a new generation of stupid foreign investors.

All in all the cry should be "piss on the mexicans and the mules they rode in on" I trust this
is clear enough even for you.

Jim Reid
San Diego

6:40 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

Jim Reid- I am from San Diego as well, and your experiences in Mexico are unfortunate, but it seems as though you are in the minority when it comes to moving to and investing in Mexico.

Have you taken a trip lately down the Baja California coast? Do you ever cross the border, where a large portion of those crossing are Americans?

currently 170,000 Americans have purchased homes in Baja California, and the numbers are sky-rocketing.

It is unfortunate that you have had bad experiences in Mexico, and yes, you are correct that Mexico has major problems with corruption (but that system goes back to European colonial rule, it is pretty much the same). There are major changes that need to be implemented that will take time to fix.

However, you paint a irresponsbile picture of the relations between both countries. Supposedly the Mexican government takes advantage of "American investors," but why do you negate the fact that thousands of American businesses take advantage of Mexico's cheaper wages and laxed environmental laws, or are you unaware of all of the factories set up there? Everything from popular cell phones companies, electronic companies, eyeglass wear, clothing, etc...

Also, I have plenty of European-American friends whol live in Tijuana (yes, Tijuana) and have never had bad experiences. Therefore, for many bad experiences, there are also positive ones.

As far as your "piss on Mexicans" comment, you sound like a child not able to comprehend the complexities of why things occur the way they do, including the illegal immigration problem.

As far as the illegal argument goes, if they are here breaking the laws and sneaking in illegally, why is it that they ILLEGALLY compose a predominant work force in certain sectors of California(especially agriculture). Why are they working?

The problem is binational, and for those who don't want to accept that, you like living in fantasy land.

Next time you pass by those fields in Northern San Diego County and see a majority ILLEGAL Mexicans(most indigenous peoples, by the way), you should be angered. You should be angered that they have been employed in that, and other sectors, "ILLEGALLY" FOR OVER 50 YEARS now.

Interesting, they need to be legal and should be "learning English," except in certain sectors, right?

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim my man!

You really went overboard here.

You would need to have a brain the size of a peanut to believe that all the people from a country are thugs and corrupted. There is good and bad people everywhere and us, Americans, are no exception.

4:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, for those that suffer from a problem with reading comprhension, I never said all of the people in Mexico were crooked. I said the leaders were and I challenge anyone to name a leader that isn't

I notice my experiences have not been challenged. Here are a couple more that come from San Diego. First, the Tijuana police
are famous for extracting bribes from innocent Americans. I have had friends pulled over and threatened until they paid.

My favorite personal adventure. This goes back to my trips (plural) with the flying doctors.
I would handle the land arrangements and pay the bills. When checking out of a hotel I gave the clerk several hundred dollars in 20 dollar bills. He started counting 20,40,60, then
put a twenty in his pocket and continues 80, 100, etc. When finished he informed me I was $20 short. Now I faced a dilema. I could have confronted and challenged but who would be a gringo in the middle of nowhere. I
coughed up another 20.

I guess the San Diego resident doesn't read the local paper. A whole tract of waterfront Baja homes were confiscated by new land owners. It is no uncommon for courts to negate deeds and revert land to earlier owners. Kind of like the Indians in the U.S.

The currency manipulations and devaluations have happened often over the past 30 or 40 years. It is well documented.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

I guess the San Diego resident doesn't read the local paper. A whole tract of waterfront Baja homes were confiscated by new land owners. It is no uncommon for courts to negate deeds and revert land to earlier owners. Kind of like the Indians in the U.S.

The currency manipulations and devaluations have happened often over the past 30 or 40 years. It is well documented.

JIM REID: I have lived in Tijuana and other parts of Mexico- I am very aware of the corruption that is rampant down there.

However, I also know many Americans who are investing in Mexico, but who take the TIME to learn about how the government works, learn about the rules, regulations, and how things work down there, and have lawyers. This takes time, but it is only logical.

I am sure some people have been jipped, but I am also sure, knowing the attitude Americans have abroad(that everything should work as in the U.S.- I experienced this studying abroad in Spain as well), it seems as though some people didn't know what they were getting into.

I just don't agree with potraying situations in such a one-sided way. Real Estate down there is selling like HOTCAKES, all down the Baja Coast...and most of the people investing, in the millions, are AMERICANS.

I speak to them weekly since I am investing myself. They are everywhere, and many are young people like me.

I just met a young 32 year old who isn't even from California and spent 2 YEARS learning about Mexico, Mexican culture, and laws and customs BEFORE investing...he has no regrets and continues to invest.

2:50 AM  
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