A Word or Two on Immigrants

by Rick Berg

"For those who say the poor fight better, I say give the rich a chance."
Rep. Charlie Rangel.

"A Chavez is a Chavez.. These people have always been a problem"
Rush Limbaugh, America's most favorite radio talk show host.

Let's connect the dots.....

First,consider this article:

Disrupted Lives, Silent Streets: Immigration Sweeps Unsettle California
Commentary, Gabriel Lerner,
Pacific News Service, Jun 18, 2004

LOS ANGELES-- Across Southern California, in Ontario, Corona and Escondido, cities with Latino majorities, the streets are practically deserted. Storeowners complain of low sales. Residents avoid being seen in public, afraid that the U.S. Border Patrol will detain them and take them away.

Mothers call newspapers or immigrant organizations to ask, "Should we take our kids to school today?" and "Is there no danger?"

Outside on the streets, patrols roam: It's the immigration police, who detain people to find out if they are in the country legally. If they're not, residents are taken to detention centers to be processed for deportation to Mexico?

In short, millions of people -- both longtime residents and recent immigrants -- are beset by the fear of being expelled?.

(see full article at link:

Then, consider this fact:
On July 3, 2002, President Dubya Bush signed an executive order speeding up the citizenship process for active-duty military. That executive order also applies to illegal immigrant soldiers.

According to the AP, in 2003, there were more than 37,000 noncitizens in the active-duty military. About 3,000 had served in the war in Iraq. It's not known are many are illegal immigrants.

Let's look at this fact:
According to Marcus Corbin, a senior analyst at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, "It's the occupation that's the problem? As long as the government keeps a huge force in Iraq, "the need to increase the force size, particularly the Army, is much more of an issue."
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Army recruiter, Staff Sgt. Jemahl Martinson, says
"People are joining up. "There's the economy; there have been layoffs."

And finally there's this, a few of the many examples, just in case we've forgotten: it's weeks past Memorial Day, things do slip away.

1. Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez died in Iraq. Lance Cpl. Gutierrez made the dangerous
2,000-mile journey from his native Guatemala, across Mexico and over the border into Southern California as a teenager. He was granted posthumous citizenship

The American Embassy in Guatemala estimates that nearly 1,500 Guatemalans or Guatemalan Americans are in the U.S. military.

2. Cpl. Jose Angel Garibay died in Iraq. Cpl. Garibay was born in Mexico. He was granted posthumous citizenship.

3. Lt. Osbaldo Orozco died in Iraq. He attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo on a scholarship and was the first in his family to graduate from college. Lt. Orozco was the son of Mexican immigrants who worked the grape fields of the Central Valley.

4. Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa died in Iraq. Gunnery Sgt. Menusa was born in the Philippines. He was awarded U.S. citizenship posthumously.

5. Cpl. BumRok Lee died Jun 2, 2004 in Iraq. Cpl. Lee immigrated with his family to the United States from South Korea in 1987, when he was 4 years old.

And so on and so forth?.


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