Not that I know of. Since you are interested, come to my blog. There is a link to the pres. talking about building a fence while illegals are climbing over the fence in the background.
What is your viewpoint on the immigration legislation in the news lately?
I don't have an easy answer to that question, but I do have a different point of view that others may not have considered. In this world, we are so focused on borders and on competition with one another that we have all lost sight of the fact that we are all human. We want some of the same basic things as humans - food and shelter among them. We all want a better life for our children than we had. And we all want friendships. Rather than separate ourselves with a border between countries, why not create peace and unity with one another to our mutual benefit? ALbert Einstein said that, "Insanity is making the same mistakes expecting different results." We keep making the same mistakes and then wonder why we have war not peace and why we have hunger in this world. I believe that we are ALL citizens of Earth and of the human race. I believe that it the United States, Canada, and Mexico all shared the same borders and if we all encouraged each other to be their best, that we would ALL have enough food, shelter, and energy for all of us. But so long as we are dependent on the US government for help by legislation on creating a barrier from one another, that we will stay hungry as a species and also have a hard time with shelter and energy. Rather than competing against one another for energy and shelter, why not invite eachother into our homes and break bread with each other and drink strong coffee? I may not have a popular point of view, but I do sleep very good at night being at peace with those around me.
Shouldn't they be talking about illegal immigration in the news more often?
I wish the media would talk about THIS point: Have you ever heard of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982)?
The state of Texas had created a law (May 1975) requiring that all children enrolled in the public schools be either U.S. citizens or legal immigrants -- prohibiting illegals. A little more than two years later a lawsuit was filed in Tyler, TX challenging the law as a violation of the 14th Amendment's guarantee of the equal protection of the laws. All three levels of the federal courts came to the same basic conclusion -- the law is unconstitutionally discriminatory. The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling was by a narrow margin, 5 to 4, with Justice Brennan writing the majority opinion, for himself and Justices Blackmun, Marshall, Powell, and Stevens. (In previous cases, Justices Blackmun and Powell had taken the view that the state may constitutionally ban legal immigrants from jobs as police officers (Foley v. Connelie, 435 U.S. 291 (1978)) and that getting an education is not a constitutionally guaranteed fundamental right (San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 1 (1973)).) My "favorite" (note the sarcasm) part of Brennan's opinion for the Court is, "It is difficult to understand precisely what the State hopes to achieve by promoting the creation and perpetuation of a subclass of illiterates within our boundaries, surely adding to the problems and costs of unemployment, welfare, and crime." What a swell job of understanding the motives of the Texas legislature.
Six years after the Plyler decision, Professor David P. Currie, writing a two-volume text called "The Constitution in the Supreme Court," had harsh words for this particular decision. He wrote, "With all due respect, this is carrying solicitude a little far. Public resources are scarce and those who have no business being here can have poor claim on them. I may have a right to keep a burglar out of my house, the Court appears to be saying, but once he is there I must invite him to dinner."
How come there is so little news about Georgia immigration law and there was so much brouhaha about Arizona?
Georgia has a far smaller amount of illegal immigrants, and a far smaller population of American hispanics to be offended by the law. Therefore there is less enforcement and less media attention. Arizona has a far higher amount of illegals due to its proximity to the Mexican border and its use as a gateway for illegal immigration to the rest of the country.
Is Numbers USA a reliable source for immigration news and info?
NumbersUSA Addicted to Bigotry
The anti-immigration group NumbersUSA is continuing to strengthen its relationship to white nationalists despite claims to the contrary made by executive director Roy Beck. The national civil rights organization Center for New Community made public a new video produced by NumbersUSA that allegedly speaks to immigration and the economy. But it actually spotlights individuals affiliated with a network created by white nationalist John Tanton.
from the US embassy webpage in el Salvador?
The 18-month extension will allow Salvadorans who entered the US before February 13, 2001, and who properly registered under previous extensions, to work legally in the United States until March 2009. Approximately 230,000 Salvadorans have benefited from TPS.