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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

America: Jobs Program To The World?

Source: buffalonews
Illegal Mexican alien sentenced after six prior deportations

A 29-year-old Mexican farm worker who has been deported at least six times for illegally entering the United States will spend 15 months in federal prison.

Vincente Santiago-Castro then will be sent back to Mexico once again.

Santiago-Castro, whose case was described as sadly typical by federal court authorities, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Santiago-Castro last Sept. 13 in Eden. The illegal alien had been working at a nursery in the Southern Tier.

Speaking through an interpreter, he apologized to the judge for his actions.

“He came from a very poor town in Mexico, where they don’t even have electricity, and he came here to work,” said Marianne Mariano, a federal public defender who represented Santiago-Castro. “He’s been sending $200 a month to his parents and two children back home.

“It’s a very sad case, because his family depends on that money.”

According to court papers filed by the Homeland Security Department, Santiago-Castro was deported from the United States on at least six previous occasions between 1998 and 2001.

Joseph B. Mistrett, who heads the public defender’s office, said he has represented many men in similar circumstances to those of Santiago- Castro.

“Most of them are individuals who come to the United States because they’re in dire circumstances in Mexico or other countries,” Mistrett said. “They generally come here to pick apples or tomatoes and send money back to their families. They don’t live in luxury while they’re here, either.”
I don't care if their living in caves eating bugs, they're not supposed to be here! It's really not that complicated unless you believe that a criminal is entitled to commit criminal acts by their unfortunate circumstances?

Here's the kicker...
“I think his case is very ironic, because just last week, you had President Bush in Mexico, talking to the Mexican president about a guest worker program,” Mariano said. “That’s just the kind of program that would have benefited this man. Now, he’ll probably never be allowed to take part in a program like that.”
Help me to understand this. Are we under some obligation that I am unaware of to see that every person on the planet earns a good living? Yes, I understand Mexico is a corrupt, backwards third world hellhole that cannot provide for their citizens. I understand that, yet I am forced to ask, are they not a sovereign country? Are they not ultimately responsible for their own actions and people?

Or are they our retarded little brother that we are forced to continually bail out from their own poor choices that they make on a continuous basis?

What is America? Are we a jobs program to the world?

Now, let's take a little different tack. This quote from Teddy Roosevelt has always resonated strongly with me...
We cannot afford to continue to use hundreds of thousands of immigrants merely as industrial assets while they remain social outcasts and menaces any more than fifty years ago we could afford to keep the black man merely as an industrial asset and not as a human being. We cannot afford to build a big industrial plant and herd men and women about it without care for their welfare. We cannot afford to permit squalid overcrowding or the kind of living system which makes impossible the decencies and necessities of life. We cannot afford the low wage rates and the merely seasonal industries which mean the sacrifice of both individual and family life and morals to the industrial machinery.
This is a two part thing, first of all no one has a "right" to come here, legally or illegally. If they are to come, in my view, they come to be citizens of America or not at all. Or to continue with the TR theme...
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.
These words are simply prophetic. Are we not here, now? And instead of honestly acknowledging the grave danger, the solution of the elite asshats? Let's have more of the thing that isn't working. How lovely.

America remains at a time of choosing. Will we move forward and become a country again, or will we fall back into a pointless "tangle of squabbling nationalities?" It is for us to choose the answer to these questions, not the god-kings in Washington, or the "lions of industry" who see themselves as above it all, and more to the point don't have to live cheek and jowl with the consequences of their selfish decisions.

Is America a jobs program to the world? Are we now the United Economy of America? No longer a sovereign nation but rather a stunted pygmy, a shopkeep reduced to worrying solely about how many washing machines we can sell?

Are we citizens or consumers?

These are the matters before us as citizens this day, choose well, choose wisely. Your children are depending on you.

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