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Current Deportation Policy Is Impolitic And Inhumane

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Current Deportation Policy Is Impolitic And Inhumane

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Jessica Colotl is a gainfully employed college graduate, a fresh-faced young woman working as a legal assistant at an Atlanta law firm. She’s also a symbol of a sharp dispute between President Obama and a group of his now-wavering allies — Latino voters who detest his deportation policy.

Colotl, whose parents brought her to the United States illegally when she was 11 years old, was threatened with deportation in 2010. Then a student at an Atlanta area college, she was arrested for driving without a license after an on-campus traffic stop and sent to an Alabama detention center for the undocumented. Her deportation was halted only after supporters, including the president of the university she attended, intervened.

Her case shows how wrongheaded Obama’s deportation policy can be. While the president insists that his administration has focused on repatriating dangerous criminals, its net often sweeps up ordinary folks guilty of only minor infractions. (Many Americans seem confused about the seriousness of illegal border-crossing. For first-time offenders, it’s a misdemeanor, not a felony.) Obama’s policy is a travesty, not just harmful to the hardworking immigrants caught in its web but also detrimental to the country.

“There is no doubt that we have never seen the levels of deportations we’re seeing today, and we’ve never seen the type of people being deported,” said Atlanta immigration attorney Charles Kuck, Colotl’s employer. “It’s destroying families. … At the same time, they’re doing a terrible job of deporting people who should be deported.”

While the president has worked hard to get a reluctant Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, many immigration advocates say they’d rather see Obama relax his draconian deportation policies. Under his administration, two million people have already been deported, well above the pace set by his predecessor, President Bush, who took eight full years to deport two million.

Furthermore, about two-thirds of those who have been expelled had only minor infractions, such as traffic tickets, or had no criminal record at all, according to an analysis by The New York Times. Only about 20 percent were convicted of serious crimes, the Times said.

To be fair to Obama, deportations began to rise sharply during the final years of the Bush administration, after his effort to cajole his party into passing comprehensive immigration reform — with a path to citizenship for undocumented workers — failed miserably. Instead, Congress increased funds for border security, and that had the desired effect: More people were deported.

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Cynthia Tucker Haynes

Cynthia Tucker Haynes, a veteran newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, is a Visiting Professor of Journalism and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia. She is also a highly-regarded commentator on TV and radio news shows.

Haynes was editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper for 17 years, where she led the development of opinion policy. More recently, she was that newspaper’s Washington-based political columnist. She maintains a syndicated column through Universal Press Syndicate, which is published in dozens of newspapers around the country. Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007, Haynes has also received numerous other awards, including Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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85 Comments

  1. randyjet April 19, 2014

    I see that this woman will make a good lawyer since she spits on laws she does not like, and has scant regards for the law. Of course, she is the one who gets to decide which laws she has to obey and thinks she is exempt from those which impede her desires. She broke the law on driving without a license which is defined as a crime. Most foreign licenses ARE valid in the US, but she does not think she needs one. Then she LIED to the police which is also a CRIME. She then attempted fraud to get the ticket to go away. So just how many crimes does she get to commit before she is eligible to getting tossed? I guess that illegals can forget about laws against perjury, fraud, ID theft, forgery, welfare fraud, tax fraud, etc.. They should all get a pass since they are only trying to get a better life for themselves.
    The FACT is that as Obama admitted, he cooked the books on deportations since he included those who were caught in the act of illegally entering the US. In FACT, the numbers have actually gone down from the Bush years. Deportation does NOT break up families. Going to prison does that, and unless you wish to say that only single white males should go to prison, making a plea for leniency on the basis of family connections and race makes no sense at all.
    I wonder how these folks sleep at night or live with themselves when they constantly lie about the facts. I think that we should leave that kind of thing to the right wing nuts, and not us.

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    1. kenndeb April 19, 2014

      With the fine moral example our Emperor demonstrates, why should anyone follow the laws?

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      1. joe schmo April 19, 2014

        LOL, yes the ‘Pompidou’ has no clothes when it comes to dealing with international matters yet refuses to enforce laws that will cost his ilk votes from internationalists….

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      2. WhutHeSaid April 20, 2014

        Hey goober — did you notice that your leader is black? Oh yes — did anyone mention that he is more successful, more popular, wealthier, more intelligent and even prettier than you? Plus he could kick your ass all day long — what’s a sniveling redneck goober to do?

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        1. CPAinNewYork April 21, 2014

          Goober:

          Ignore this traitorous idiot.

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          1. WhutHeSaid April 21, 2014

            Say, aren’t you the rabid, hateful, bean-counting heinie-wop who wants to line up and shoot immigrants? You are just lucky that your hate-speech hasn’t landed you in jail yet, so try to behave yourself.

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          2. CPAinNewYork April 22, 2014

            Better be careful of the language you use. References to a person’s ethnic background in an insult constitutes a hate crime. Eric holder will prosecute you.

            As to lining immigrants up and shooting them: you’re wrong. I only want to do that to ILLEGAL immigrants.

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          3. WhutHeSaid April 22, 2014

            So then do it to yourself, and after that if there is still an issue you can worry about everyone else. I don’t remember any bean-counting krauts being invited here, and you certainly aren’t doing anything to make America a better place. Best to start where it really counts, eh?

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          4. CPAinNewYork April 23, 2014

            America is already a great country. It even allows a piece of crap like you to stay.

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          5. WhutHeSaid April 23, 2014

            It really has little choice, since I have no foreign shit-hole country of origin to be deported to. On the other hand, hateful, bigoted kraut-wop assholes CAN be sent back — and the sooner the better. If you need help finding a boat, please let real Americans know and I’m sure any of them will be glad to assist.

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          6. CPAinNewYork April 23, 2014

            I should have realized that a dumbass like you wouldn’t understand. You cannot be deported. Neither can I. So what is your point?

            Only a lowlife piece of crap like you would adopt an alias like “WhutHeSaid”.

            This is my last exchange with you. You’re evidently dumb as well as low bred.

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          7. WhutHeSaid April 23, 2014

            A heinie-wop calling other people “low bred”? That’s extra special. Of course you will run for the hills, because you are a cowardly walking turd who can’t take what’s coming to him.

            You CAN be deported. Italy or Germany, take your pick — that’s where your vile and despicable family came from (probably to escape the noose for their behavior), so it would be best if you went back to the sewer you oozed out from. Nobody cares how you get there just as long as you get there.

            Bye!

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          8. CPAinNewYork April 23, 2014

            Bye forever.

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          9. kenndeb April 21, 2014

            actually, my user name is kenndeb. And thanks for the support. Most of these people have no clue of what it is they are supporting, nor seem to care so long as they keep getting government welfare. A day of reckoning well come. Hopefully it will not be to bloody.

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          10. WhutHeSaid April 22, 2014

            And hopefully you goobers will learn how to spell!

            Hey, you rednecks tried that whole violence-in-support-of-bigotry thing already. It didn’t work out so well — remember? As for government welfare, it’s common knowledge (at least among non-goobers) that redneck bigots (a/k/a ‘red’ states) are the ones sucking up government benefits from the so-called ‘blue’ states. Try another story — that one was a FAIL.

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          11. kenndeb April 22, 2014

            Actually, poor misguided person, fact is that red states such as Texas and Florida have turned their deficits around to surpluses. Both have very low unemployment rates. Unlike states like NY, IL, MI with massive deficits and high unemployment rate, along with extremely high taxes. You must be one of those professional welfare recipients to love this regime so much.

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          12. WhutHeSaid April 22, 2014

            Actually, I’m a successful professional that I’m pretty certain earns far more than you could hope for. People like you stupidly make assumptions based upon your belief that others must be nearly as vile, hateful and despicable as you are — but that’s just not the case. Just because you are an asshole doesn’t mean that every one else smells like shit.

            As for your claims about Florida and Texas, the reality is that although Florida Governor Rick Scott claims that he started with a huge deficit and ended with a big surplus, in reality it’s a blatant lie that’s well documented. In fact, Florida law requires a balanced budget, and the state is not allowed to borrow to meet expenses, therefore, Florida cannot have a deficit — ever. If money is short the state simply must cut services. A side note here is that Governor Scott is now arguably the most reviled governor in Florida history.

            As for Texas, in fiscal year 2011 the state faced a $27 billion deficit, and in true redneck goober fashion engaged in things like intentionally underfunding Medicaid — bills that have to be paid by law. Enjoying rising crude oil prices and increased production, the state budget is still about 40% funded by federal dollars — this puts it near or in the top 10 list of states that get the highest percentage of their money from the federal government.

            Neither one of these states are shining examples of fiscal success — despite your ridiculous claims. Both of these states have some of the worst rankings for services in the nation, including health care.

            Here are the top 5 states in percentage of federal aid as compared to their total budget general fund:

            1. Mississippi – 49.0%
            2. Louisiana – 46.5%
            3. Arizona – 45.7%
            4. South Dakota – 45.6%
            5. Missouri – 44.4%

            Yeehaw! Can you hear all those goobers slurping up the tax dollars?

            If you must lie in public, please at least put some effort into it.

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          13. kenndeb April 23, 2014

            My my.. Get over yourself. You have no clue to whom you are conversing with. What a pompous jerk.

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          14. WhutHeSaid April 23, 2014

            Oh, but I do – another common bigoted asshole. If you don’t like scorn and contempt you may stop being an asshole at any time. It’s your choice, really.

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        2. kenndeb April 21, 2014

          Goober? Really? Your chose of wording is very telling. Yeah, he’s black. So what? If he would act like a president, he might be treated as such. Instead, he and his family seem to think that America is their own kingdom to rule over. We the People are supposed to be in control, not some POTUS poser. As far as the rest of your drivel, just what do you know about me? NOTHING. All you know is that someone disagrees with YOUR ideas. Just who is the bigot?

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          1. WhutHeSaid April 21, 2014

            Wow – nobody ever thought of accusing other people of being what they are in order to convince themselves they aren’t an asshole. What a clever little bigot you are!

            Not.

            Obama is your leader, and he was elected by the non-bigot, non-goobers in this country. You will just deal with it – nobody is giving you a choice.

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          2. kenndeb April 21, 2014

            Well actually I was one of those “non-bigot, non-goobers” that was blind enough to vote for him. And Americans DO have a choice. We do not have to follow an illegal tyrant. Our constitution made provisions for that. Perhaps you might want to get an education.

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  2. ivory69690@yahoo.com April 19, 2014

    The president shouldn’t wait for Congress to craft a smarter way to deal with undocumented immigrants within our borders. //// congress wont do anything as thy drag their feet . the only way the GOP would do something is if every one thy help signs a paper stating that thy will vote for all GOP members

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    1. joe schmo April 19, 2014

      LOLOLOL….yah right! They need to come here the good old fashioned legal way. The way my parents did. Only reason that the Libs and Obama want them to be legalized is for politico reasons. Give me a break. There used to be a QOUTA.

      Harry Reidtard says we are a nation of laws. Why don’t you think about enforcing them then. Oh that’s right, if they fit your agenda then they are enforced. What a lunatic!

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      1. James Bowen April 19, 2014

        Don’t forget the ultimate bankrollers of the amnesty push–big business. They want their cheap labor, and both major political parties are beholden to them.

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        1. joe schmo April 19, 2014

          Of course, I know all to well about that. By big business you mean agriculture, the hotel industry, small shops, construction, etc…. I truly think that most Conservatives and Democrats are on the same page on this one. Along with those crappy large Corporations which are largely run by Liberals who also outsource. Problem is many of these people are whittling their way into better jobs too and taking the jobs most Americans do want to do. Plus…..Union jobs. Not a good thing.

          They say there are 12 mil here. Now I’m hearing it is more like 24 mil. For Conservatives it is for selfish reasons meaning cheap labor. For Liberals it’s all about the vote. For most Americans it is a lose, lose situation.

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          1. James Bowen April 20, 2014

            Yes, most definitely a lose-lose situation for most Americans. Lawmakers and office holders should be focusing on what is in the public’s interest, not what benefits a few at the expense of the many.

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        2. paulyz April 20, 2014

          Correct partially James; but it is almost ALL Democrats that want “another” Amnesty while only “promising” to secure the border or pass mandatory E-verify, while about 75% of Republicans want the enforcement measures in place B/4 any further discussions on AMNESTY………

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          1. James Bowen April 20, 2014

            Almost all Democrat officeholders want another amnesty. However, if one talks to traditional Democrat constituencies such as union members, I am guessing one would hear another viewpoint. Both parties have sold their constituents out for money.

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        3. Allan Richardson April 21, 2014

          Big business doesn’t want “amnesty” for the immigrant workers themselves, because that would free those workers to complain to the authorities about their being mistreated, report wage and hour infractions, and otherwise demand humane treatment. Rather, they want AMNESTY FOR THEMSELVES, so that after losing a few workers to deportation (or from the workers running away from possible deportation), they can just pick up some more off the street, who will work long hour under unsafe conditions for almost nothing. Meanwhile, the same businesses that benefit from their workers’ presence secretly finance the “anti-amnesty” political campaigns.

          It’s just like the drug cartels: at the highest levels, where there is little risk of personal accountability, they are HAPPY that drugs are illegal, because that raises the price and gives them more profits. Their underlings are the ones who take the risks, go to jail, and kill one another. Leaders of the drug cartels finance the “keep drugs illegal” political campaigns.

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          1. James Bowen April 22, 2014

            Actually, big business does want amnesty for illegals. This is partly because, like you said, it is an

            amnesty for their own illegal actions, but also because it permanently increases the supply of labor. As long as illegal aliens are illegal, there exists the possibility that the Federal Government will suddenly actually enforce the law as written, in which case they would lose their cheap labor. Bottom line, they want cheap labor. In the end, it does not make much difference whether workers are legal or illegal as far as the labor market is concerned. The ideal situation for big business would be an unlimited guest worker program which would include amnestees. However, given the choice between enforcement and legal permanent residency for illegals, they would enthusiastically choose the latter.

            Big business does not finance the anti-amnesty campaigns. The organizations that oppose amnesty, such as Negative Population Growth, NumbersUSA, FAIR, ALIPAC, the Center for Immigration Studies, etc. operate on shoestring budgets that are made barely possible though membership donation and/or support from environmental advocacy foundations (such as the Weeden Foundation).

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          2. JPHALL April 23, 2014

            Big business does not want amnesty. It would allow their workers to want more for doing the job. Just look at hotels and restaurants. As their workers became more legalized, due to all the industrial workers laid off, they demanded better pay and working conditions, they unionized. Big business likes things the way they are now. Lots of workers willing to work for cheap and keep their mouths shut.

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          3. James Bowen April 24, 2014

            Are you kidding?! Big business is bankrolling this amnesty campaign. Where do you think La Raza and America’s Voice get their money from? If web visitation ratings are any clue, they certainly don’t have much of a membership base to get it from. Big business wants amnesty because 1) it is also an amnesty for their own illegal activity, and 2) because it permanently locks in a supply of cheap labor. As long as illegal aliens are illegal, the Federal Government could legally start enforcing the law at any time (as they should be doing already), in which case they lose their cheap labor. What these business interests would really like is an unlimited guest worker program, but they would be more than satisfied with an amnesty that includes citizenship. In the end, legal status won’t mean much as far as better pay and benefits are concerned if the market price for labor is cheap, and they know that.

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      2. WhutHeSaid April 20, 2014

        Nobody invited you or your family here, and heaven knows that most immigrants are better people than bigoted nitwits. Please start by self-deporting your own illegal immigrant self back to whatever shit-hole you and your family came from — one less bigoted ass-hat to worry about. It’s a small start, yes, but America will be better off nevertheless.

        Bye!

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        1. James Bowen April 20, 2014

          The questions is not about whether or not they are good people. The question is about how many people we can sustain. We already have more than we can take care of, therefore we must reduce immigration and completely crack down on illegal immigration. We simply can’t let in everyone who wants to come here.

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          1. WhutHeSaid April 20, 2014

            Yes, yes — I agree. So you may leave now since you are so concerned about it. When you are gone you will no longer have to worry yourself over it. See how easy that was?

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          2. joe schmo April 20, 2014

            Get over yourself. You are the ones so bent on changing the Constitution and Amendments. It is for that reason that you need to leave. America does not need Communists.

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          3. WhutHeSaid April 21, 2014

            Psst….for your information, the communist scare ended more than half a century ago. What America really needs to rid itself of now is intolerant assholes. Please feel free to find the nearest boat and do your share.

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          4. kenndeb April 21, 2014

            Sorry, the communist scare is NOT over when we have one in our White House with the liberals licking his feet. Secure our borders, and remove anyone here illegally, including the Emperor. Isn’t it wonderful how well this regime has managed to divide Americans into factions turning against each other? A real leader brings people together in a common cause, and does not try to pit one group against another. We are Americans. We all should be concerned when a leader puts the UN before Americans. One that relishes the thought of stripping the people he is leading of rights and freedoms they have had since the beginning of this country. If the loss of constitutional rights do not concern you, you must be a good little communist.

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          5. WhutHeSaid April 21, 2014

            Yeah, the communist scare is history. We aren’t as divided as you seem to think – its just that we’ve always had a sizeable population of ignorant redneck bigots. Its really nothing new, and when they get ornery and loud enough we just have to beat them down until they behave. That’s why God put rednecks here – after all, beating down real people, well, that just would’t be right, now would it?

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          6. kenndeb April 21, 2014

            What an absolutely brain dead statement, but it is something I would expect from someone such as yourself. And you call anyone that does not agree with the Emperor a bigot? WOW>>>>

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          7. WhutHeSaid April 21, 2014

            That’s pretty rich: An ignorant goober alluding to a lack of intelligence.

            You heathens are utterly ridiculous, frolicking about in your trailer parks amid the dog-turds. Well, some people may forgive you for that, but your refusal to wash with soap is just unacceptable.

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          8. kenndeb April 21, 2014

            I must admit you have exceeded my expectations, and are the liberal poster child. Keep up the good work.

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          9. joe schmo April 20, 2014

            Thank you, James….very well said:)

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          10. James Bowen April 21, 2014

            You are welcome.

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          11. WhutHeSaid April 22, 2014

            Out here attracting the rabid bigots and racists again, eh? I’m going to start calling you the ‘Bigot Whisperer’. Your mama must be proud indeed!

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        2. joe schmo April 20, 2014

          What a moron. You just don’t get it do you. Remember….THEY CAME OVER HERE ILLEGALLY.

          My own ‘illegal immigrant self.’ Dude I was born here. This is not the America I grew up with. Maybe….you should think about leaving because your people want to change the Constitution and the Amendments. In my opinion that constitutes one thing, you no longer think like an American, therefore; it is time for you to leave. Hmmmm, Cuba sounds more up your alley.

          The Cliven Bundy thing was not merely an incident about someone who did not pay his taxes it was more about being fed up with Governments intrusion on our rights. This article just about sums it up:

          “One of the silliest and most serious paradoxes of American life is how little the wisdom of the Founders actually guides our political
          conduct today. If we obeyed the wisdom of the Founders, we would never have formed political parties. Even a fellow American waving the
          Declaration of Independence and the Collected Speeches of Abraham Lincoln will not cool the heads of normal Americans.

          That’s because the realm of politics can’t provide us a foundation for neighborliness and forbearance. At a time when so many expect government to save us because nothing else seems up to the task, we ought to
          realize that one thing government definitely can’t save us from is our mutual enmity. In fact, the more we believe that our political challenges can only be solved at the national level, the more angry we’ll grow with one another, as all possibilities of governance become an all-or-nothing game. Lincoln was just wrong to hope that “reverence for the laws” would become our “political religion.”

          We’d sooner revere the government than revere its rules and regulations.That’s why the left is apt to fear Bundy and the right is apt to celebrate him. Bundy wants to challenge the scope of government authority, not harm the agents of its power. For liberals, that’s a much more serious political problem than terrorism. For conservatives, that’s a call—sometimes literally—to arms. Each side offends the other by seeming to justify their sense of doom.”

          http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/19/cliven-bundy-is-angry-just-like-the-rest-of-us.html

          There you have it in a nutshell….. Cussing is a ruse that tells me you have nothing to say except spew out your emotional rhetoric that means nada…….

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          1. WhutHeSaid April 20, 2014

            Yup, you’re a pure ass-hat if ever there was one.

            Listen — ‘dude’ — you are no different than any other child of illegal immigrants. Except, of course, that you are utterly clueless and oblivious to the irony of being a xenophobic descendent of illegal immigrants.

            Um, allow me to offer a bit of information that is obviously news to you: The ‘Founders’ were illegal immigrants. So were your parents. Now, hold one hand over your other ear and allow that one to sink in lest you give all ass-hats a bad name (if that’s possible). Better now?

            I don’t care whether you go back to that shit-hole your family came from, but for the love of God please just go somewhere else. After all, America isn’t supposed to be a toilet, you know, and bigoted walking turds are just so very unseemly.

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          2. joe schmo April 20, 2014

            Thanks for the not so nice nitwit comment:)

            Guess that means you are also an illegal and need to turn your ass around and march right outta here. Best place for you would be a Communist country since you feel compelled to want to change the Constitution, and love government control. Better yet, let’s give the land back to the Native Americans. Then we ‘born in Americans’ can be illegals in another land.

            Actually, why should I go anywhere. Just like you a-hole, I was born here. It used to take much more than just waltzing across the border to become a CITIZEN. That means….learning the language, having at least $1000.00 in a bank account, saying the ‘Pledge of Allegiance,’ and……big drum role here….knowing the Constitution and Amendments. Something very foreign to you.

            No….for your ilk it’s all about the vote. You don’t give a flying F about those poor people coming over and taking the jobs most Americans want to do. Go ahead keep trampling on this Democracy. Either we will end up as Communists or split just like what happened in India. Only we won’t divide because of religion, we will split over our arrogant one-sided political views.

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          3. WhutHeSaid April 21, 2014

            I look at it this way: I don’t give a shit where somebody comes from or what color their skin happens to be. What I do care about is that they are decent people, and sordid bigots are very near the last on that list — somewhere between crack-heads and serial rapists.

            For your information, it NEVER took much to become a US citizen. All we need to do to prove that point is take a look at you. And despite having every advantage that America has to offer, you nevertheless managed to become a sordid, hateful, whiny bigot who worries about other people doing the EXACT SAME THING that you and your family did.

            People like you are so busy worrying about everyone else getting something that they already have that they forget to take a minute to remember what America is all about and how it became the country that it is today. You wouldn’t know the US Constitution or it’s amendments if they came up behind you and bit you in the ass. Your vile and despicable hatred for people you don’t know and have never met says much more about you than it does about them.

            This is an immigrant country, and has been ever since at least the 17th century. If it weren’t for the 14th Amendment you might be subject to deportation yourself this very minute. Are you grateful for this fact and appreciative of the spirit of this part of the Constitution? Of course not, because you are a sordid bigot. You mistakenly believe that you are special somehow, magically deserving of US citizenship through some superior status that only you understand.

            But understand this: Your status here is not superior. There are people in this country whose families have been here all along, and if they can put up with your intolerant and arrogant antics then surely you can be expected to realize that to them you are EXACTLY what you are whining and sniveling about. It’s nothing new, of course — there have always been assholes in this country. So you just keep on whining and crying about other people (forgetting that you are just like them — except hateful and intolerant, of course) and the rest of us will just watch you to make sure that you don’t cross the line between ineffectual whining and hate crimes. We have special places for people like that, after all.

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          4. joe schmo April 21, 2014

            Really, it didn’t take all that much to become a citizen? Then you must be a newer citizen or a so prescribed newer illegal. Intolerant….hmmm. I live in a state where illegals are catered to. They are given free health care, get plenty of food stamps and free milk for the babies, take all the jobs or push citizens out of jobs (thus is our case), are given preferential treatment in the schools. The taxes are through the roof. There are so many here that the state is inundated and weighed down economically with the burden of so many social freebies. Yes, I am pissed off. I really do not see how it is fair that we take in the entire worlds poor and downtrodden. We simply cannot survive the burden of so many people. I can see people coming over here to work. I have no problem with work visas but stay, no way. They can go home and bring up their own Countries economy. I do not see how it is fair to those who came to the US the RIGHT way. Who actually worked hard to get here!

            Section 1. All persons BORN or NATURALIZED in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are CITIZENS of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of CITIZENS of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person oflife, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

            “Our immigration laws are not whimsical.
            They exist for a reason, and they adapt over time to new reasons, becoming more strict or less strict in any particular area as society’s
            needs, desires, and perceptions change. For more than thirty years we have ignored the fact that there are good reasons for immigration laws
            and allowed illegal immigration on an unimaginable scale. We are now paying the price for that.”

            Why does the U.S. have immigration laws? I ask not over exasperation that a Senate gang-of-eight is once again considering a blanket amnesty
            for people who have been living in the U.S. illegally as part of comprehensive immigration reform, but from a purely practical perspective. It stands to reason our immigration laws are there as guidelines to enforce our immigration policy. So at some level we must have an immigration policy, right?

            Think of it in the context of admission to an elite university. Every year there are tens of thousands of high school graduates who would benefit greatly from being accepted to Harvard or Yale or M.I.T.. Yet those schools don’t just let anyone who manages to wander onto their campuses attend classes and, after hanging around campus long enough, deem the folks who self-admitted themselves worthy of a diploma. Nay, those institutions have a rigorous screening process
            through which they identify a select few students who meet their standards for admission.

            If those elite institutions were bound by the same principles as our immigration policy then anyone who took it upon themselves to enter onto
            the campus would be tolerated, sanctuary dormitories established, and their uninvited presence welcomed until such future time when a diploma is bestowed upon them for their plucky indifference to the rules.

            For example, how many people should be permitted to immigrate to the
            U.S. each year? Has anyone ever asked or answered that question? Should we welcome one million new immigrants each year? Three million?
            Five million? It seems to me this should be the very first thing defined as part of our immigration policy but as far as I know no one has ever said, “Our goal is to allow x-number of people to immigrate to the United States each year.”

            I know there are limitations on certain types of visas like H1-B foreignworkers in technical fields but just how many immigrants should to be
            allowed into the country each year? It’s interesting that foreign students who come to the US legally are watched very closely, very
            limited in the time and type of work they’re permitted after graduation and then required to leave after a very limited number of years. Once
            their schooling and practical training is complete these highly educated, highly skilled, highly motivated, tax-paying, law-abiding foreigners are expelled…after ten or so years of living lawfully in the U.S.

            Conversely, the low-skilled people who come here illegally get the red carpet treatment from the people pushing a path to citizenship under
            comprehensive immigration reform. Does it make any sense at all to ensure well-educated, law-abiding foreigners are forced to leave while
            courting scofflaws who lack the education and skills required in the “high-tech economy” Obama’s always talking about?

            Realistically, if we open our borders and everyone on Earth who wished to live in America were permitted to with no delay or regulation our
            population would double, maybe triple, very quickly. That might be a very good thing, then again it might not. I do believe the U.S. should
            welcome people who want to come here and build a better life. But I also believe we must manage the flow of immigrants to ensure they can be properly assimilated to American culture.

            For whatever reason – fear of being branded a racist, perhaps – establishing a set of qualifications for current and future immigrants
            isn’t discussed. Since immigration will have a significant impact on how America looks in the future, shouldn’t we take steps to permit only
            the best and brightest people around the world to immigrate? If we’re truly committed to diversity shouldn’t our immigration policy ensure
            people from many different cultures enter the country?

            As it stands now, 90+% of the people being considered for any proposed path to citizenship will have come from Latin America. Latin America
            has ~10% of the world’s population. Why should our immigration policy discriminate against people from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle
            East? There a plenty of desperately poor folks around the world who would welcome an opportunity to chase the American dream. Why should immigration reform only reward those who don’t have to board an airplane or boat to reach the U.S.?

            America is an elite institution and we need to be selective when deciding who to admit. Until Congress can offer a concise explanation
            of why we have immigration laws, what they’re intended to accomplish, and how they’re to be enforced Americans need to put the kibosh on
            comprehensive immigration reform.

            ….and I think most people would agree with me on this….

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          5. WhutHeSaid April 21, 2014

            My goodness, you prattle on as if you actually knew what you were talking about!

            America is not an ‘elite institution’ – it’s a country. Yes, citizenship qualifications over the years included being a convicted felon, successfully stowing away on a boat, and being granted the properties of others with the will to engage in crime to take possession

            This isn’t even your country, now is it? Why shouldn’t Native Americans, who have an undisputed right to be here, judge whether YOU are worthy? I vote ‘no’ – so you may leave now.

            Bye!

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          6. CPAinNewYork April 23, 2014

            Hello again, shit head. You’re still spreading that liberal trash about unrestricted immigration? You’re either as dumb as hell or you’re just trying to get people riled up. Won’t work. From the comments I see on this website, you’re regarded as a low bred jerk.

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          7. WhutHeSaid April 23, 2014

            Let’s prove who the shit-head really is: Quote one post of mine where I advocate unrestricted immigration. When you can’t, look in the mirror and slap yourself 10 times while shouting ‘Dummkopf!”.

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          8. joe schmo April 24, 2014

            You have stated nothing to us ‘Whhhhuuuut’s Up.’ You see instead of giving us factual information as to why you feel Illegal immigration benefits us you blather on and on about nothing defending an empty stance. Seems to be the consensus for most Liberals. You have no information to back up the points you make. So that leads me to deduce that you are the narrow-minded dummkopf.

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          9. WhutHeSaid April 24, 2014

            As I stated before, this is an immigrant country. For somebody like you (an immigrant or recent descendent of immigrants) to spew hateful rants about other immigrants isn’t just ludicrous and hypocritical — it’s proof of abject stupidity.

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          10. WhutHeSaid April 24, 2014

            You just make me wonder: If I got smart with you, how would you know?

            I haven’t really said much about immigration policy here, nor what I believe said policy should be. That’s because this isn’t an immigration discussion taking place on this topic, rather, it’s a collection of sordid assholes spewing hate for other people who in most cases are just like you. You are just one immigrant ranting against other immigrants, and cozying up to Little Hitler (CPAinNewYork), who has stated his fondness for Nazi-type solutions to his/her hate of other people. How stupid is that?

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          11. joe schmo April 24, 2014

            CPAinNY….you’re alright:) You get it!

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          12. WhutHeSaid April 24, 2014

            Yes, he/she ‘get’s it’ all right — CPAinNewYork believes that immigrants should be lined up and shot Nazi-style, and has posted this wish multiple times. I guess you must ‘get it’ too, eh? Perhaps the two of you should get together and goose-step around town shouting ‘Heil Hitler!’.

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          13. joe schmo April 23, 2014

            Of course I do….My parents came over to this country LEGALLY…..and yes it is. It is a privlledge to be in this country. I think an immigrant needs to jump through the hoops like everyone else did before them. It is not fair to those who came here LEGALLY.

            Of course this is a Country and like many Countries all over the world you just cannot waltz yourself in and set up housekeeping. This illegal intrusion seems to be the modern version of ‘squatting rights.’ As far as the rights go…they have none.

            No, this isn’t my Country. It isn’t yours either. Originally it belonged to the Native Americans and they deserve all the rights this Country has to offer and then some. I agree they should have the right to say WHO is worthy. But they were occupied and in most Countries that are occupied, the original inhabitants do not have a choice do they?

            Since your regime of late has gotten so extreme with regard to political views, I believe you are better suited for places like Cuba and North Korea.

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          14. WhutHeSaid April 24, 2014

            As I said before, if you can’t see the abject stupidity of one immigrant spewing hate for other immigrants then you have lost any hope of convincing anyone of your intelligence. You stupidly talk about ‘squatting rights’ and the ‘occupation’ of America as if you understood either, when it is readily apparent that you don’t.

            In case you haven’t figured it out yet, dimwit, my family never immigrated from anywhere, nor were they ‘occupied’. You’re a little slow, yes?

            Xenophobic, redneck assholes aren’t examples of conservatism, or socialism, or liberalism, or any other ‘ism’ — they’re just xenophobic, redneck assholes. There is no ideology there, rather, it’s just a character defect. This country has always had to deal with redneck assholes pretending to favor one ideology or another when in reality they’re just assholes. Nothing new there, so you may as well save your breath for other things, like ‘birtherism’, or ‘Kenyanism’, or ‘conspiracyism’, or whatever other phoney ideology that redneck assholes are espousing today because they are, well — redneck assholes.

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          15. CPAinNewYork April 23, 2014

            No doubt about it. You’re an ignorant liberal. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments have nothing to do with the illegal alien problem.

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          16. WhutHeSaid April 23, 2014

            Pssst…hey dimwit: The 14th Amendment guarantees citizenship for those born on American soil — that’s how you became an American citizen (although they should have had a special exemption for hateful, bigoted kraut-wops).

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          17. CPAinNewYork April 23, 2014

            We have to excuse Whut’s idiocy. He’s so dumb that he can’t help writing stupid missives.

            Hard to figure out what he is. My guess is that he’s an unemployed or retired recluse that is striving for attention.

            Pathetic, actually.

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          18. WhutHeSaid April 23, 2014

            I promise you that I have a much more lucrative career than a bean-counter — even a racist neo-Nazi one like you.

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          19. joe schmo April 23, 2014

            I think you need to look up ‘Nazi’ because most Liberals are socialists. Fascism and Communism are both socialist regimes. Both bad. You all fit more under the Communist label. My advice for you….Do some research….

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          20. WhutHeSaid April 24, 2014

            The United States was started by liberals as an experiment in a liberal new form of government. Is this news to you? All humans are social animals, and so are their societies. The US has always had some socialistic policies, and so has every other civilization on Earth.

            Fascism is a right-wing ideology. Conservatism simply means to be resistant to change, and has nothing whatever to do with immigration or bigotry. Being a vile and despicable bigot is not a tenet of conservatism, in fact, since this country has been an immigrant country for centuries that means that rabid opposition to immigration isn’t conservative at all. It’s more properly termed ‘xenophobia’. And if you can’t see the hypocrisy of one immigrant (you) ranting about other immigrants, then I’d say you may as well give up trying to convince anyone of your intelligence.

            I support the 2nd Amendment as I do all of the US Constitution. I also enjoy the limited capitalism that exists in this country, and I’ve managed to use those principles to build a good life for me and my family. None of this has anything to do with xenophobia, which is what you and the neo-Nazis like LittleHitlerinNewYork represent.

            Don’t think for one minute that you can put on a hat that says ‘conservative’ and think that it excuses you from acting like a despicable asshole. Xenophobia is NOT conservatism, and a xenophobic immigrant LYING about conservatism as an excuse for being an asshole isn’t just laughable — it’s just plain stupid. You aren’t fooling anyone.

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          21. joe schmo April 23, 2014

            You wish….LOL….you have no clue…Laughing very loudly.

            You couldn’t be more wrong:)

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          22. Allan Richardson April 21, 2014

            Not letting him have 20 years of grazing rights for free when he knew the price (a tenth of the going market rate) up front is being INTRUSIVE? If Bundy had done this after grazing on Rupert Murdoch’s land, or Rush Limbaugh’s land, or Donald Trump’s land, he would be condemned by them as a deadbeat, not held up as a “patriot” when he is really a deadbeat and a TAKER.

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          23. JPHALL April 23, 2014

            You just proved yourself to be deluded.

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        3. CPAinNewYork April 23, 2014

          Here I thought that I was the only one that you sent insulting postings to. I hope that “joe schmo” doesn’t get upset by your drivel.

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      3. CPAinNewYork April 21, 2014

        The quota, by nationality, was legislated out of existence by the liberal sleazebags.

        We need to reinstate that policy and kick the illegals, all 12 million of them, out of the United States.

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        1. WhutHeSaid April 21, 2014

          Hateful, bean counting heinie-wops first, if you please!

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    2. James Bowen April 19, 2014

      The only thing the GOP (and the Democrats) should do on this issue is pass mandatory E-Verify and SSN-No Matching, reduce legal immigration by more than 90%, eliminate most guest worker programs, slash student visas, and restrict birthright citizenship to the children of citizens and legal permanent residents.

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      1. WhutHeSaid April 20, 2014

        Yes, yes — that would make you an illegal alien subject to immediate deportation. Why wait for an official policy change? Go ahead and self-deport now, and save us all the trouble.

        Bye!

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  3. James Bowen April 19, 2014

    Deportations have actually plummeted under this administration. The numbers are inflated by counting border apprehensions as deportations, something that wasn’t traditionally done. Real deportations, i.e. removals from the interior, have gone way down.

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  4. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh April 20, 2014

    Bush spends 8 years talking tough about illegal immigration, but has lax history of enforcement. Everybody cheers him as tough on illegals.
    Obama spends 5.5 years (so far) talking about reform and has deported more illegals in the first three years of his Presidency than Dubya did in all eight. Everybody jeers him as weak on immigration.
    Dubya had a complacent Congress that voted for everything he asked for.
    Obama has had to fight tooth-and-nail to get anything through congress (anybody else remember Mitch McConnell saying his job was to make Barak Obama a one-term-President?).

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    1. Julia Whatman May 18, 2015

      Bush hired illegals to help him start his oil business. Tough on illegals, please!

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  5. paulyz April 20, 2014

    Just shows you how out-of-touch Obama & most Democrats are with most Americans, even the National Memo understands how useless Obama’s “immigration” policies are. The only way to start to correct this mess is by as a 1st. & separate Bill: 1. A fully secure border with 700 mile approved fence completed. 2. Mandatory E-verify passed & enforced, & 3. Stop all visa overstays, B/4 any further discussions on other “immigration” issues.

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    1. WhutHeSaid April 20, 2014

      Even better would be a very big boat in which all of the whining, sniveling, redneck bigots could sail off to some distant island trailer park where we wouldn’t have to tolerate their antics. Please feel free to do your part by leaving at once. Real Americans will be grateful — I promise!

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  6. CPAinNewYork April 21, 2014

    Obama is doing exactly the right thing, except that he’s not doing enough of it. I’m appalled by the gall of the illegals, the liberals and the Hispanic American politicians who see a sly advantage in bringing in a flood of illegals who will, if their plans work out, provide a treasure trove of votes.

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  7. jngtelco April 21, 2014

    If illegal entry into the US is not a felony then it should be. It should be the same as Mexico. We should contract Mexico to jail these people and pay the $1.98 it costs to keep a person in a Mexican prison. Once they finish their jail term they should never be allowed back in the USA.

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  8. terrimerritts May 4, 2014

    These people are criminals. What arrogance they have to break American immigration laws, disrespect us, then to march in our streets demanding we change our immigration laws to suit them. I say take them all at gunpoint to the border and tell them if they come back they will be shot then actually carry out the threat. They have no right here and we need to put teeth to the law, not change it. If we also put those who house or hire them in prison for a few years and took their homes, businesses, and money to fund that , this would remove the incentive of most to house or hire them. Also, if we deny them health care even in emergency rooms unless they pay in full with cash in advance and make them pay in advance to send kids to our public schools, not give them any social safety net benefits, and change the Constitution so that you are not automatically a citizen by being born here, we could get rid of this infestation.

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  9. Julia Whatman May 18, 2015

    “There is no doubt that we have never seen the levels of deportations we’re seeing today, and we’ve never seen the type of people being deported,” said Atlanta immigration attorney Charles Kuck, Colotl’s employer. “It’s destroying families. … At the same time, they’re doing a terrible job of deporting people who should be deported.” We are not deporting enough. When a parent is picked up, the Feds should round up the entire family and sent them home together. Congress should change the current birthright law or submit an argument to the SCOTUS to answer the intent of the writer of the 14th amendment.

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  10. Julia Whatman May 18, 2015

    Obama spend more money bribing illegals to come out of the shadow (the 12 m that is not hiding) then he does deporting them.

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