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President Obama and President Calderon Misguided

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I'm willing to bet that neither President Obama nor President Calderón has bothered to read the Arizona Immigration law. The reality is the bill is an extension of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act and specifically Title 8 of the Code Federal Regulations. It is unconceivable that the head of any state would stand before our full Congress and lecture us on illegal immigrants that impact the sovereignty of our country. We did not elect President Calderon to any office, nor do we care, about his opinion. People in Mexico, would do anything to leave, including walking across a 30-mile desert. Now that should give him great concern.

The real problem has been the lack of enforcement of our immigration laws by all branches of the federal government over the last four decades. For President Obama and Democrats and some Republicans any immigration reform that does not include amnesty is not satisfactory to their political elite crowd looking for cheap labor, period.

Barbara Jordan's as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform in 1995 stated: "To make sense about the national interest in immigration, it is necessary to make distinctions between those who obey the law, and those who violate it. Therefore, we disagree, also, with those who label our efforts to control illegal immigration as somehow inherently anti-immigrant. Unlawful immigration is unacceptable.

The Mexican government is extremely harsh to the legal immigrants from Guatemala and other Latin American countries. The Mexican government places you in jail, which is more like our prison, if you violate their sovereignty. The Mexican government's lack of will to combat the drug cartels and the ruthless violence in its cities and what its borders has bled over into the United States of America. We have seen a great deal of senseless violence in the last year. The reality is illegal immigrants have attacked our labor force lowering wages, displacing black Americans, and make it almost impossible for a low skilled American to obtain a job.

President Calderon should have thanked the Congress for the remittances in excess of $100 billion per year poured into his country by Mexicans working in the U.S. In the Financial Times an article stated: "Remittances by foreign workers has more than doubled in the past six years to $318bn last year, of which $240bn came from migrants from developing countries, according to the World Bank.

Countries receiving the most money from their nationals working abroad were India ($27bn), China ($25.7bn), Mexico ($25bn) and the Philippines ($17bn). The main sources of remittances were the US, where outflows totaled $42bn, and Saudi Arabia, where remittances totaled $15.6bn."

The issue of illegal immigration is not about human treatment of people, it is about money, and these folks have increased the supply of cheap labor, which adversely affects the poorest and least skilled in our country, primarily Black Americans. This group is the most venerable group to economic disparity and discrimination in our country.

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