Another Headscratching Comment from an Open Borders Politician

Last month, on the same day that the Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments about the constitutionality of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, Mexican President Felipe Calderon was speaking to more than 200 Mexican immigrants at a community center in Houston as part of a daylong visit.

During his speech, Mr. Calderon said the following:

“I want to be very clear. We are respectful of U.S. sovereignty. But we have to be firmly against those initiatives that tend to criminalize those that are not committing a crime.”

Huh? If Mr. Calderon respects U.S. sovereignty, then he also respects U.S. law which is pretty clear that illegally crossing the U.S. border is a criminal offense punishable by fine and prison time.

While U.S. immigration laws receive widespread criticism from special interest groups and foreign politicians, it is always a sobering reminder how much tougher immigration laws are in other countries, in particular Mexico.

Mr. Calderon has every right to enforce immigration laws in his country, but it is more than just a diplomatic faux-pas for Mr. Calderon to criticize U.S. immigration policy while speaking in Houston. it is a direct insult to the American people for him to ignore the fact that millions of his country’s citizens are intent on violating U.S. law, and not just our immigration law.

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  1. avatar
    John DiPaolo on

    Is an Arizona style immigration law coming to California?

    With a $16 billion budget shortfall, a US Supreme Court ruling favoring Arizona’s SB1070 could cause Californians to revisit the idea of a tough enforcement referendum. Polls show most California voters would support an Arizona style immigration law in the state.

    A previous attempt to crack down on illegal immigration, Proposition 187 (The 1994 “Save our State” referendum), passed by a two to one margin. But shortly thereafter that law was struck down by a federal judge. This discouraged further attempts at such ballot initiatives. If the Supreme Court does rule in favor of Arizona things would be different.

    There’s no doubt enforcement proponents in many jurisdictions will be emboldened by a decision favorable to SB1070. With federal lawmakers paralyzed by the unpopularity of pro-amnesty legislation the immigration issue will play out in the states.

    This court decision has the potential to be a real game changer.

    Please feel free to continue this discussion. Contact me at [email protected].

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    You all make me laugh, seems that you don’t know what’s going on. Open your eyes people!! these two governments are playing with us, USA and Mexico are in a game called “Lets screw all people while We get some benefit out of it”. What is the benefit for each? USA, We get ilegal immigrants to do hard labor work and pay them as little as we can with no benefits at all, so our people can have better produce at lower prices. Mexico says “I will send to USA the people we do not want here (with no culture nor education) so they can work in the fields, help the economy over there, at the same time they will send their dollars to Mexico to help the ecomomy here as well. So as you can see it is a win-win situation for both counrties. USA can stop in one month all the ilegal immigration if they wanted to, but they don’t do it for the same reason I just told you. They are just trying to keep it “under control”. So if you want a big change in this country vote smart, vote for teh best candidate (if any) to be our president, noy just puppets for the goverment.

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    Immigration – The Cycle of Broken Promises & Lies
    “If you don’t want your children to feel like strangers in their own land then JOIN the British National Party today and make a difference to the future of our country.”

    You thought that line was about America didn’t you? But, it is much worse than anyone ever imagined it could be.

    Britain, America, Australia, or Pick any European Country the story is the same and so is the social and economic decline, unity has been replaced with despair, conflict and violence.

    And the (spoken and unspoken) ultimate goal of the “immigrants” toward the existing society built by Anglo, Christian citizens is……………… finish the sentence……………….

    If you really want to know where it will all end…… then, read some history books.

    There is still time, still hope…. not much hope and not much time if action doesn’t happen without further rationalizing delays.
    What I still, cannot understand is how so many intelligent people in Britain, America and Europe could have simultaneously, lost all common sense…..
    Might be more to it don’t you think?

    ted kennedy 1965 immigration act – Google Search – The Cycle of Broken Promises & Lies Continues – immigrants are not assimilating into our culture. Ted Kennedy’s Immigration Reform Act of 1965 has created a situation in which 85 …

    Three Decades of Mass Immigration – Center for Immigration Studies – … Decades of Massive Immigration The Legacy of the 1965 Immigration Act …. Senate immigration subcommittee chairman Edward Kennedy (D-MA.) reassured his…..
    Senate immigration subcommittee chairman Edward Kennedy (D-MA.) reassured his colleagues and the nation with the following:

    “First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same … Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset … Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia … In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think.”

    Sen. Kennedy concluded by saying,

    “The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.” (U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 1965. pp. 1-3.)

    In 1965, new Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach testified:

    “This bill is not designed to increase or accelerate the numbers of newcomers permitted to come to America. Indeed, this measure provides for an increase of only a small fraction in permissible immigration.” (U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 1965, p.8.)

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    If he is going to come here and lie, we shouldn’t issue him a visa to come here. Our own politicians are bad enough, do we have to listen to the foreign crooks on our own soil?

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    Mr. Calderon,
    How dare you speak about our laws. Go back to your country and speak about the drugs cartels the way you speak about the USA. Will see who takes the first shot.

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    Mexican President Calderon’s comment, “ I want to be very clear. We are respectful of U.S. sovereignty. But we have to be firmly against those initiatives that tend to criminalize those that are not committing a crime”, – reminds me of W. Somerset Maugham’s, “Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job”.

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    Barbara Griffith on

    One thing that is really needed is to change the penalty for illegal entry to a felony. I think that would put a stop to a lot of the smuggling of illegal aliens onto the country. If the first place that any of them saw as they were rounded up by Border Patrol was a jail cell for a few years instead of a lawyer to defend them that would, like I said, stop a lot of it.

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    Michael Gibson on

    I’m sure there must be some reason I should care what Calderon thinks about illegal aliens, I just can’t think of what it might be at the moment.

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    Someone should tell President Calderon to shut up and go away! He found his way into the States to speak in front of a bunch of illegals…..walk over the border, work in the States, take advantage of all of the freebies, then send your money home to banks in Mexico and enhance our economy. President Calderon you belong in jail….lack of knowledge is no excuse for a leader of another nation to disregard our Immigration Laws.

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      Not commiting a crime??? try crossing Mexico* border ilegally and see what they do.

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      The Fed should have shown up would be able to get a lot of illegals and send thrm back home with THEIR PRESIDENT.

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    John DiPaolo on

    GOP congressman “Representative” Dave Camp (R-MI) is the one obstructing nationwide mandatory E-Verify.

    It’s stuck in his (Ways and Means) committee. He’s the primary reason the house isn’t voting on HR2885 (Mandatory E-Verify).

    Supporters, if you wish to help push this issue forward these are the telephone numbers where Mr Camp’s staff can be reached.

    (Ways and Means Committee)

    (Personal office)

    (Capitol Switchboard)

    (District office Midland MI)

    (District office Traverse City MI)

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    It never ceases to amaze me when a politician or high profile individual of hispanic heritage talks out of both sides of his or her mouth when it comes to illegal aliens and the border. I am sixty one, hispanic and against all of this support for illegal immigration, anchor babies, open borders and intitlements up the bunghole for all of the above. There is no question about it. These are moves to further transform America by watering down the legal citizenry to the point of irrelevancy as the next generation of kids grow up believing that there is absolutely nothing wrong with illegal immigration, being taught that it is all about compassion when in fact it is all about political maneuvering, chess moves if you will, altering the direction of this ship progressively towards a socialist utopian vision. Just ask any kid in high school. Most likely they will tell you that there is nothing wrong with illegal immigration and you are either a bigot a racist or both if you try to tell them that our immigration laws should be enforced. Liberals and leftist have done their damage. The next generation of kids, majorally, have effectively been educated in our secular schools to embrace globalism and humanitarianism over soverignty and American patriotism….the We Are Citizens of the World mentality

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      Bravo! It is heartwarming to hear an American citizen of Hispanic descent speak so clearly and correctly about what is happening in this country. Be assured that we, the American People are determined to take back our country from the clutches of the Puppeteers/billionaires who want to rule the World. We are not about to lose our Sovereignty sitting down. God Bless American and all of the wonderful people from Hispanic countries that come here legally. The rest can go back home before the fire starts.

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      Thanks, Franco, for your logical and patriotic stance on illegal immigration. I think you are right: a lot of this is being done to support the acceptance of the “brazilianization” of our country (the wide divide between the poor and the wealthy) which benefits nobody but the wealthy.

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    Mr. Steve Young, et al.,
    You need to get your legal information/terminology right. Crossing the border without permission or proper documentation is not a CRIMINAL offense. In legal terms, it is only a CIVIL offense–it’s the same as getting a speeding ticket for violating the speed limit laws. On the other hand, presenting or using false documentation to gain entry or to obtain work is a CRIMINAL offense.

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      Steve Young on

      Juan, I will stand by my analysis. Part A mentions ‘avoidance of examination or inspection’ and when a jail term is included it is a criminal act. SY

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      Actually overstaying a visa is a civil offense. Entering the US illegally is a criminal offense. Still as we know, illegal aliens can’t enter the US or overstay a visa and live and work in the US without breaking numerous laws so this means very little in the great scheme of things.

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        Approximatly one-half of all ilegals are NOT of hispanic origin. Visa-jumpers, visitors,and North border jumpers are as big a problem as the Southern border. The lazy MSM is at fault- It is easier to film the So. border than than to film Laguardia, Kennedy, Reagan, etc. so the Hispanic comunity takes the heat. Lazy, useless, overpaid Gov. employees (local, state, fed.) need to be held accountable at all costs

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          Tired of Illegal Immigrants on

          Old Guy: Statistics show more than 85% of all illegal immigrants in the USA are Mexican!

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      Juan, it doesn’t matter if you want to use “technical, legal” jargon or not. It is a crime to enter the country illegally. Using your own logic (if that is what you wish to call it), a civil offense still is a crime! If it were not a crime, then nothing would happen if you committed the offense such as, oh I don’t know, a speeding ticket! Call it what it is and don’t sugar coat anything. However you look at it, enough is enough. By their very presence illegal immigrants commit crimes. I as an American citizen, born here of parents who are American citizens, would not be able to walk around committing a crime EVERY day by my very presence. Why should they? Just emigrate the right way and stop causing the problems to begin with. There is the right and wrong way to do something and they are choosing to do it the wrong way.

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      illegal means illegal no matter how you try to coverup…..america is done with paying for ALL THE ILLEGALS. it does not matter where they come from…and i wish the illegal mexicans would quit acting like they are the only illegals here because they are not, they are 60% of americas problem the other 40% came here on a visa and never left… soon the illegals will be gone from america……truth hurts and the washington cant stop it… adios amigos…….also calling us (racists) is funny too. the reason being is that being an (illegal) is not a race its a crime…big difference dont ya think???

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      Juan, before you complain too much about U.S. laws, get a copy of the Mexican Immigration Laws. They are so draconian, they make the U.S, seem almost benevolent in comparison. Read the Mexican Immigration Laws first then make comments about other countries if you still can.

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      Sorry, Juan,
      Go back to law school. Illegal entry into the United States is a CRIMINAL Offense, not a “civil” offense.

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      Juan Carlos, I would venture to say that probably 99.99% of the illegals in this country are using fraudulent state and federal official documents or stolen identity. Both are felony offenses.

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    James Watson on

    Thiisius just miore of that man in the white hiouse ideas. He is trying desperatly to wreck this country before we can KICK HIM OUT. Caldrone is just anbother of his puppets. Al;l the rest follow his whims and all are something off the street. Check out his leaders he installed. One owned a porn movie company. another has not paid taxes in years, of course he is the one over the income taxes. All as near to nothing as can be said. It’s the blind communist leading the blind communinst followers. And what is mexico but a communist state itself.
    If we ever get another president we should take and add mexico to our land base. Hell they cant take care of their own country but im sure we could. Look at all ERIC HOLDER did to help maxico. he took thousandds of firearms and otherweapons of far for them to use to get their people under control and I might add HOLDER swore that the people in the U.S. sent the guns themselves. then wanted to take the guns away where the ZARS (KINGS) and the pupet master (BIG KING) could take over the U.S. without a vote. That’s the way it works in a communist state. Cal;der he is unefduacated especiallyu ion American Lawe. But the Big King want to be said it will be all right. Tnherse Americans wont say anything so just go for it.

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    Steve Paramore on

    No green card?….Illegal entry into America?…parents illegal?……..

    Get out of America!

    Submit proper forms and funds, recieve a green card, and by all means, come on back.

    Until then, you do not belong here!

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      AMEN. I have trouble paying my own bills, I don’t want to pay for your food, medical care, education for your children, etc. If you are here by LEGAL means, welcome to our beautiful Country.

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      The United States is becoming a Police State so that Americans will be arrested for protesting or dissenting the tyrannical government that is taking over this land. Penalizing American citizens is the answer to not closing the borders. We indeed need the borders closed even if it means building a huge wall from one end to the other. Then, we need an education as to how to vote. We desperately need to pay attention and research the candidate’s past, i.e., their background, their affiliations, their education, their past voting record: liberal/conservative, their birthplace, etc. We must demand that the RNC and the DNC weed out the Progressives from both parties if they want to save their party’s neck. Be sure not to vote a Progressive/Liberal into any office on any level or this is what you get. Dr. Savage calls liberalism a mental disorder. I have to agree with him. The illegals must be given an ultimatum to leave on their own accord or when found, they will be forced to leave the country….not jail because some might prefer a bed and meal for free! Vote RON PAUL 2012 who will undo the damage done by the past two and the present liberal presidents.

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    Gloria Wedemeyer on

    I am getting sick of foreign leaders , especially the UN, for telling us what we should do in this country.
    We used to unique as to how we handled things and that was what made up great. Not anymore.
    Calderon should clean up the mess in his country before giving any advice to anyone.

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    Juanita Rice on

    Try going into Mexico as an illegal. Jail, no phone call, maybe a beating, no welfare, no food stamps, no medical, no free rent. Wow, where did those laws come from? We the people of the United States should be able to actually depend on the laws of our country instead of having to bend to foreign countries and greedy government employees.

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      South American’s are lucky if they end up in jail. Many are never heard from again. The President of Mexico is a joke. He controls nothing in his country. The cartels are in charge.

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      Obummer? What about Bush, Clinton, Bush, congress (past & present)? this was supposed to be taken care of as part of Reagans amnisty JOKE