Illegal Immigrants in the United States
The Illegal Alien Swing Vote
Democracy Imperiled, American's election problems.
At current rate of border crossings
12+ percent of Mexico's total population live in the U.S.
Bush's Pander Plan -- The Associated Press, January 7, 2004
|As of Dec. 3, 2007 — Statistics about illegal immigration:|
|Jim Pendergraph, new executive at DHS 12/03/07, to Byron Pitts, CBS News:|
"...there are about 24 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States."
|Arrived since general amnesty of 1986||17,171,391|
|Arrived Since 9.11.01||7,318,740|
|Arrived this week [* Revised by DHS July 1, 2004; again, Oct. 22, 2004]||# 57,400|
|Will arrive next week [* Revised by DHS July 1, 2004; again, Oct. 22, 2004]||# 57,400|
|Will arrive today [* Revised by DHS July 1, 2004; again, Oct. 22, 2004]||# 8,200|
|States issuing drivers licenses to KNOWN illegal immigrants [Note 3]||22|
|States ILLEGALLY registering KNOWN illegal immigrants to vote [Note 1]||50|
|States that REPORT illegal immigrants to the CIS (old INS) [Note 2]||0|
|* Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) revised daily arrival numbers upward. Asa Hutchinson admitted in a TV interview that a minimum of 1,500 illegals cross the Arizona border from Mexico each day, a number established by aerial surveillance. He then estimated that only 1,000 cross the rest of the Mexican border (California, New Mexico and Texas) and less than 400 cross from Canada… Yeah, right! [THEY NOW ADMIT that the number is about 8,200 per day... completely out of control.]
# These numbers, admitted by DHS, are ridiculously low according to every estimate by non-government groups (NGOs) that have studied the situation. Some estimate from airborne videos and spot counts that the actual number is over 10,000 per day! That's more than 3.7 million per year!
|[Note 1]||Via, Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, the NAACP, and with proactive assistance of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. -- They use the the Motor-Voter Program and door-to-door recruitment in all states. The Rainbow Coalition, the NAACP, and local volunteers working under the auspices of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hand out registration cards and tell ILLEGAL immigrants to just MAIL in the registrations!
NOTE: ALL registered voters can vote for President, Vice-President, Senators and Representatives.
|[Note 2]||All 50 states claim that immigration is not THEIR problem and refuse to REPORT ILLEGAL aliens even when the lawbreakers are under arrest for other crimes. Of course, if the states need help on a major crime, the culprit is turned over to the Feds but then the INS promptly releases them as was done in the case of the D.C. sniper, John Malvo. "Instant release" is the reason states refuse to spend their time and money making arrest and turning in illegals. (The new federal agency is called CIS, or Citizenship Immigration Services. The old INS [Immigration and Naturalization Service] was moved to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and renamed.... but NOT changed.**)|
|[Note 3]||Its amazing the number of people in the U.S. who never read anything but have opinions on everything. I've received loads of e-mail saying I need to correct Note 3 because the new federal law mandating state's to require identification stopped the business of issuing DL's to just anyone! How silly! The states didn'tmiss a beat. The same ones, i.e., N.C., just changed their internal policies to say that if the IRS issues a Tax Payer ID Number (TPIDN), the state can accept the idea that the federal government approves the person's ID. So how do the states decide if the IRS has issued a TPIDN? If the illegal has a 'Matricular Consular' they consider that proof that the IRS has 'probably' issued a TPIDN.
Here are more examples of traitors in our midst: The N.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will no longer rely solely on household utility bills as evidence of residency for driver's licenses. In the future, illegal immigrants will have to also show a valid drivers license from their native country OR a birth certificate OR "equivalent" identification, in addition to the electric or water bill. Naturally, the discretion to issue a license remains with the DMV officer. And oh, by the way, guess who N.C. hires as Spanish speaking DMV officers! ... And oh, by the way again. N.C. doesn't require the DMV examiner to make copies of documents used for ID. ["Too time consuming."] The examiner merely makes notes on the application of what "proof" of identification the applicant "showed."
Alaska and Hawaii still issue drivers license to ANYONE, regardless of federal law.
|SOURCES for this information:|
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services (CIS)**
OR U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, OR ICE
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Bureau of the Census
NOTE: The IRS issues a Tax Payer ID Number to ILLEGAL aliens because the Social Security Administration cannot legally issue them a Social Security Card. ...
IT is ILLEGAL for the IRS to report ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (regardless of how they are discovered) to the Immigration Service, to the FBI, or to any other government agency!
** The first major public act of the new CIS after being incorporated into the $40 billion Homeland Security Department (c.2003), was NOT to look into border security; it was NOT to review methods for finding illegal immigrants; INSTEAD, the first public act was to hold a forum to facilitate the adoption of foreign babies by American citizens!
The activity described in the related story below has become routine in nearly every state.
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Christian Science Monitor -- CSMonitor.com
For illegal immigrants, new mobile ID service
Thriving beneath the radar and above the law, matricula consulars boost the privileges and status of illegal Mexicans.
By Patrik Jonsson | Special to The Christian Science Monitor
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. -- At El Rincon Vaquero trading post here in West Columbia, S.C., votive candles compete with cowboy hats and jars of dark mole for shelf space. The colorful shop is a slice of Mexico in the middle of a rundown neighborhood. But one day this month, El Rincon Vaquero became, through a bit of diplomatic magic, an actual outpost of Mexico.
In an aggressive -- some say subversive -- new gambit, the Mexican government is sending its deputies through the American countryside, setting up shop in strip malls and schools, and handing out new Mexican ID cards called matricula consulars for $29.
To the Mexicans and many of their US supporters, it's a way to get driver's licenses and other benefits. Some say it even helps US officials by keeping track of illegal immigrants. For local governments, the cards are a stopgap way to deal with growing Mexican communities.
But to critics, they're an attempt to legitimize illegal immigrants' presence, conferring the advantages of citizenship. It is, they say, a new blight on an immigration policy as tattered as an old piñata.
"This is like a ... creeping legalization," says Robert Leiken, director of the Immigration and National Security Program at Washington's Nixon Center.
On a recent Saturday, over 1,000 Mexicans arrive in busloads from across South Carolina, crowding into the back room at the El Rincon Vaquero, clutching paperwork and Spanish-language car magazines. Several hundred are turned away: There just aren't enough forms to go around.
Still, "At least for a day, this is Mexican territory," says Irma Santana, a Hispanic outreach worker here.
Legal, portable, and on the rise
The scene unfolds weekly from Illinois to Georgia, as schools and strip malls morph into consular safehouses where Mexicans can be "normalized" -- if not naturalized -- into the US. And despite the six patrol cars here in West Columbia, drawn by neighbors' complaints about the crowd, it's widely assumed that the INS is stretched too thin to attempt a raid.
"We're safe here, or else nobody would come," says Edren Saenz, a contractor from Greenville, S.C., who's teaching himself English by watching TV and skimming a dictionary nightly.
The mobile Mexican consul is so new that some INS officials haven't heard of it. Launched in 1999, it's picked up speed since 9/11. While State Department officials are dubious that the consul can technically establish Mexican soil in random US locations, nobody doubts the cards' legality: To the INS, handing them out is the right of any government.
"When it comes to the matricula cards, we don't have a dog in that fight," says Dan Kane, an INS spokesman in Washington.
Some insist it's the cards' open acceptance that's enabling the "subversion" of US law. A growing number of banks, for instance, welcome matriculas as a way to establish checking accounts -- which makes it easy for relatives back in Mexico to access accounts through ATMs.
"If US interests weren't accepting these cards, nobody would be lining up to get them," says Steven Camarato, research director at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington.
An alternative to amnesty
While legalization is not the Mexican consul's stated aim, some say it's the implicit goal. Plans for amnesty for several million US illegals -- which Mexico President Vicente Fox had lobbied for before 9/11 -- don't seem politically feasible at the moment. But many see matriculas as the next best thing. The mobile consulate is part of Mr. Fox's bold attempt to help Mexicans in the US -- and tap into a lobbying network that's quietly changing attitudes toward illegal immigrants.
Though they contribute less than two percent to the GDP, illegal Mexicans prop up parts of the American economy. Many farmers, contractors, factory owners, and homeowners wink at their services, and matricula cards are evidence that such attitudes are spilling into American officialdom.
"The basic thing ... is an attempt by the Mexican government to try to be useful to its citizens in the United States, but in particular it's an attempt to be useful to those in the US illegally," says Mr. Camarato.
'This is about the safety of our citizens'
For Deputy Consul Carlos Isunza, the roadshow is a legal way to serve Mexicans -- and one that has taken on new aspects since 9/11. It's also for safety: With cards in hand, Mexicans feel more comfortable about reporting crimes. "This is not about immigration," he says. "This is about the safety of our citizens." And states that allow Mexicans with matriculas to get drivers' licenses, for instance, may improve road safety.
But while few people see illegal Mexicans as a threat to national security, the ease with which they move through American society is a concern, says Mr. Leiken, author of "The Melting Border," a book about US-Mexican immigration.
"There is a security problem associated with having a large population of illegal immigrants, in that it creates a market for fraudulent documents," he says. "And we saw the result of that on 9/11, when some of the terrorists obtained their papers through Salvadoran illegals."
What's more, critics fear that the Mexican government's new practices in the US will open the door for other governments to take a larger role in the lives of expatriates living here illegally. Right now, the Guatemalan government is preparing its own version of the matricula consular.
"Next we may see the Chinese and Egyptian governments doing the same thing," says Mr. Camarato. "If you're a patsy, people beat up on you, and that's what's happening right now to the U.S."
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