Current Events, Fleecing of America, Politics, Uncategorized

The Wall: Reframing Illegal Immigration

Multiple news sources are reporting that today, US President Donald Trump, will begin discussing and preparing for the wall between the US and its border with Mexico.  There are some personal experiences that I would like to share with you that many, if not most Americans are unfamiliar with.  It is important, with the wall being such a hot-button political item, that some truths be told.

I am bilingual, I speak both English and Spanish.  I am not Hispanic, but I know the culture well.  For many years I lived in a highly Mexican populated area and worked directly with both legal and illegal immigrants.  What most don’t know is that there is a seedy underworld where “papeles” (papers) are sold and shared between friends and relatives and even those who work at Immigration and Naturalization Services who are sympathetic to the cause will sell legitimate papers for a high price.

Here is the major take-away here, these people, while having legal papers, when the complete their W-2s when first hired by an employer, will claim a high number of dependents so that their paychecks will have less taken out in taxes.  They all did it, and because they never filed their income tax in April like the rest of us, they were never held accountable for proving those invented dependents.  I remember one in particular who joked about claiming six dependents and he wasn’t married and had no children.  Yes, he paid into Social Security but compared to what he cheated the US government out of, the hit he took from Social Security  was a small price to pay.

So, when someone tells you that illegals pay taxes, they do but not their full share.

Many work on a valid Social Security number and pass the card around to others once they are done with it.  Sadly, what many illegals do is come here for an extended period of time to earn enough money to build a house in Mexico, save up for getting married, etc. Some may come for 5 years, 10 years or even 20.  But, the goal is to eventually return to Mexico to live out the rest of their days.  They send much of the money they earn back to family and friends in Mexico who oversee the construction of their homes or simply put the money away in a bank account for them to have access to when they come home.  They also send money home to support family there.  Yet, there in lies one of the many problems, according to this article (2013) from the UK Mail, immigrants send, “a staggering $120 billion back to their families.”  That is money earned here yet is being injected into other economies instead of our own, Mexico included.

This is huge business for companies like Western Union.  This 2016 Business wire article, outlines:

In 2015, remittances to Mexico totaled USD$24.8 billion, according to Banco de Mexico, growing 4.75 percent over 2014. While U.S. senders account for more than 90 percent of the money moved into Mexico, Western Union transferred money to Mexico from more than 180 countries last year.

That is $24 billion dollars sent to Mexico that was earned here yet is instead infused into the Mexican economy.  Even former Mexican president Vicente Fox has been on a Twitter rampage against Trump, he too knows the trouble that Mexico could be in if this wall is built and the flow of US dollars into Mexico is minimized.

One of the reasons the amnesty attempts made over the past 30 years have been unsuccessful is because many prefer to stay in the shadows because it is financially expeditious.  If they were given legal status, as a resident alien, then they would be issued an valid Social Security number and would then have to file taxes and show proof of any dependents they claimed on their W-2s.   Those on the left love the phrase, “Path to citizenship,” but the reality is, most illegals only want the benefits of living in this country, not the responsibilities of it.  Investigative reporter Dennis Michael Lynch has done several exposes where he looked into the realities of those who patrol the US/Mexico border and those who crossed it to find a way to a better life that couldn’t be found among the corruption of the Mexican government.  But what he found was that far too many were here for nefarious reasons and most that he interviewed had no desire to stay here in the US and become citizens, they only wanted the reap the benefits of living in the US.  Yet, those who had criminal records seemed to find the US as a haven as well.

In the next segment, we will look at more of what illegals take from the US and the cost is astronomical.

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Current Events, Fleecing of America, MSM, Obama Administration, On the International Front, Politics

Are They All Truly Refugees?

 

Where are their wives, children and the elderly?
Where are their wives, children and the elderly?

It has been difficult the past few days, since the Paris attack, to watch social media and read how some feel that there is no real threat, that these people are true refugees yearning to breathe free.  Someone actually posted on Facebook that they felt they had to re-evaluate their view of me because they held me in such high regard … until they found out my stance on the Syrian refugees.

What people seem to be missing is that we are not getting the full story.  Over the last 40 years or so the media has discovered that their job is no longer to report the news in an unbiased fashion, it is now to use their position and the public’s trust to influence their opinions, thoughts and perspectives.  Even in some of the most liberal nations of Europe where the citizenry is being literally overrun by refugees, they are crying out for help that is far too late to ask for.  Mothers are seeing their daughters raped by refugees who devalue women as property.  Women, gays and other protected groups are being beaten in public because of the way they dress, walk or talk or because they may have glanced a bit too long at these outsiders that politicians happily welcomed but didn’t have to live with.

Today I watched an interview on Morning Joe on MSNBC where they interviewed NY-R Congressman Peter King about the concern over the refugees.  At one point King and co-host Mika Brezinzki got into a back and forth over whether or not these refugees were being vetted properly.  King insisted that based on what he has been told by people at the highest levels of government at Homeland Security and the FBI, there is no way to definitively vet these refugees because there are no databases or even collective agencies in their native country that can verify that they are who they say you are.

Naive Mika insisted that they were being vetted, they were being interviewed, they were getting medical histories and medical exams, etc.  Well, as I pointed out to Mika in a tweet, that’s not vetting – that is processing.  No one has any way of confirming that what US officials have been told about these individuals is true.  We have to take everything either at face value or with a grain of salt.

Far too many are trying, and unsuccessfully I might add, to equate these modern-day refugees with those who came on the Mayflower, those who were war refugees in the 60’s and even some from World War II.  While these individuals from history were clearly fleeing some type of persecution of evil.  We cannot be so sure about this conclusion with this group of “refugees.”  Why?  Well, there are several reasons, the most recent being the Boston Marathon Bombing which was carried out by two radicalized Muslims who were here as refugees and getting a significant amount of tax payer dollars to live while plotting their attack.

Going further still, many radical groups have come right out and told us, in no uncertain terms, what their plan is and how the will carry it out.  Our weak borders and illegal immigration issues are going to be what threatens us most as all of this becomes a definitive perfect storm.  Yet the elites of Washington and the governors of states who welcome these refugees will not be the one who suffer from the violence that awaits us.  And awaiting us it is.  The sleeper cells are here, they are waiting for the go-ahead and it will be everyday Americans like you and me who will suffer the chaos, the death and the tears.

They will be in our neighborhoods, in our schools with our children; not near the politicians who allowed them to come here.  It is elitism in its purest form.

I would ask you to watch this, and decide if you want this in your neighborhood.  Around your children, your elderly parents.  HERE

Current Events, Fleecing of America, On the International Front, Uncategorized

Leo Manzano Flag Flap: A Missive on Mexican Immigration

On Friday, August 10th, US Olympian Leo Manzano, winner of the Silver Medal in the 1500 meter track and field race ran his victory lap in London holding both the US and Mexican flags.  While the majority of the Mexican-American community sees this act as a recognition of Manzano’s roots, many Americans find it nothing short of offensive and dare I say, an affront on our sense of patriotism.  Manzano supporters like columnist Esther Cespeda see it an another example of American bigotry.

What Manzano has done is bring the sticky Mexican immigration issue to the forefront once again and allowing him to slap the hand that has fed him and everyone else who crossed the US/Mexican border in the past 100 + years.  According to Cespeda, Manzano came to the US at the age of four and is a dual citizen of both the US and Mexico.  This means that Manzano could have represented either country in the 2012 London Olympics; he chose to represent the red, white and blue.  That is the only flag he should have touched during the Olympic Games.

While people like Cespeda inexplicably want carte-blanche for the Mexican community in the US and feel that they can live with a foot on either side of the border, many Americans question loyalties, and rightfully so.

The first issue is geographical.  Unlike the European immigrants of the 20th century, Mexican immigrants can hop in a car or even a plane to go back to their roots. European immigrants boarded boats and never looked back because they knew they couldn’t.  They knew that as they watched the shoreline of their homeland fade away that it would most likely be the last time they would ever see it or the loved ones they left behind.

With their close proximity to their homeland and the advent of technology, people of Mexican origin tend to see the border between their homeland and the US as some imaginary line, more like the Prime Meridian than a true border between two sovereign nations.  Their ability to cross, almost effortlessly, between the two countries adds to their misguided belief that they can be Mexican and American; without the hyphen.

Then there are those in the Southwestern US who believe that because the lands taken in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo as a result of the Mexican-American War (1846-48) which were once inhabited by Mexicans, that at least symbolically, they are still on Mexican soil.

Add to this the simple fact that many Mexicans have no intention of becoming American citizens and making the United States their permanent home.  That is why the US government’s attempts at offering amnesty to immigrants from Mexico has always been unsuccessful.  Many are simply here to make money, take advantage of our entitlement programs, etc. and then, one day, move back to Mexico and live out the rest of their lives much more comfortably than they would have without having spent time (and earned money) in the US.

This kind of mentality is what keeps companies like Western Union in business.  Many send money home to help support their families and also to build homes in their villages for them to move into when they make the permanent move back to Mexico. The large majority do not want US citizenship and all the expectations that come with it, like paying income tax.  Yes, illegals do pay income tax out of their pay checks but when they claim five or six dependents (which they never have to justify in April), the amount that they pay into the IRS and Social Security barely seems equitable.

The number of illegals on the dole of entitlement programs in the US is one of the things that many Americans find distasteful. Knowing that few want to make the US their permanent home or even learn the language, it is a slap in the face to those who pay into these systems via legitimate income tax payments expecting the funds to be used to help their fellow Americans. We don’t even want to discuss in detail the number of Mexican women in border states who come across to have their babies free in our hospitals and to establish their anchor babies.

So, what Leo Manzano has done is put an exclamation point on the slap in the face that Mexican immigrants have been giving to the American people for decades.  His message is clear; I’m only here for the benefits.

Yet, all of the above aside, the true irony here is that Mexico has very strict regulations for the protocol under which their flag can be used and displayed. You can read the details here. While the US believe that burning the flag, stepping on it, etc. are all part of free speech, in Mexico there are strictly adhered to laws that govern when and how the flag can be displayed.  Mexican celebrities have been fined for posing nude wrapped in the Mexican flag, another was fined for have the flag displayed on his guitar and even the use of the image of the flag requires a special permit for broadcasting.

I sincerely hope that the US Olympic Committee sits down with Manzano and reads him the riot act.  He could have run for Mexico if he wanted to, as someone with dual citizenship he had that right.  I have to wonder, if he had, would he have run around the track draped in the Mexican flag and proudly holding the US flag in his hand? I think we all know the answer is no.