In the interest of balance, I hope that Perla will read this story.
"For all the problems illegal immigrants create, they are still a slight net positive for the US economy, not the huge drain that you claim."
You must be using LaRaza's figures.
"It enables the small business to continue to prosper so it can in turn purchase goods from other venders that in essence keeps the economy thriving."
Perhaps it is keeping Guatemala's economy going, but in case you haven't noticed, ours has tanked. That means workers are ABUNDANT. Legal ones. If you are having problems hiring qualified workers, there must be more to that story than you are telling.
Yes, guest workers come here legally. And in order to deter illegal immigration after the last several amnesties, they added that if you come here illegally, you will lose any chance of becoming legal. So you ignored the law. And now you must suffer the consequences of your poor choice. Being poor is not an excuse to break the law. Ask the people in jails around the country who have been held accountable for their choices.
Also, I am really sick of the "breaking up families" cries. Think about it. Illegal aliens are CHOOSING to leave their kids behind in order to return. Lots of American citizens live in other countries. These parents are willfully leaving their children behind, and again the reason they are in this position in the first place is THEIR choice. Stop blaming everyone else for your choices. On the sickening claims that enforcement is "breaking up families", I call BULL***T
"To Murguia, the NCLR IS “Latinos”. ALL Latinos. This despite polls showing many Latinos – when (rarely) asked by the media – disagree with her views on Arizona’s immigration law, and despite many Latinos who have spoken out against illegal immigration."
Perla speaks for La Raza, not for all Latinos.
@Silence: Remember the steel industry? What is referred to as the "Rust Belt". No one believed that the steel mills would ever leave Pittsburgh. But they did, because "its business".
The carpet industry will not return to its heyday, and unless they prepare for the change, with new jobs and more diversified industries, Dalton will cease to exist. It will take decades to undo the damage that has been done.
"The deportation of about 28,000 Guatemalans annually can mean a reduction of about 60 million Guatemalan quetzales, or $7.5 million, in remittances. The remittances — money sent back home from abroad — are Guatemala’s second-largest source of income."
While this sounds good, she doesn't point out that the wages they have earned are leaving our communities, and our country. Normally, the wages are spent in the community, which helps other businesses hire and keep their business growing, and the circle goes on. This loss of cash flow is detrimental to our local economies, who have higher costs, while the cash is flowing out of our communities and our country, potentially creating the very conditions here that they seek to leave in Guatemala.
TFCinSFO: There are many latinos who are speaking out, they just don't get the coverage that LaRaza does. Senator Rubio from Florida has publicly spoken against illegal aliens. Of course, the illegal alien lobby is now saying "well he's from Puerto Rico and only Puerto Ricans like him". I think many people are behind Rubio- both Latinos and Non Latinos. "You Don't Speak for Me" is another...they are out there. LaRaza's federal funding has tripled since Obama took office, he has a LaRaza officer in his white house team, and he just appointed a 9th circuit judge - who is the sister of the president of La Raza. Money is what buys publicity...and La Raza gets LOTS of taxpayers money..that's why you hear only their voice.
@mountainlaurel: ICE, as you know is a federal agency, that has a chain of command. Are you aware of the "Amnesty Memo" that Obama just sent out? It orders the ICE agents to turn their heads. They have to follow the instructions of their bosses. Were it not for the unions who represent the ICE agents, this little tidbit would never have been made public, because they are forbidden to speak to the press (unless they are specifically given permission to do so) This isn't about ICE not doing it's job, its about ICE not be ALLOWED to do it's job.
@TSCinSFO: Lumping all Hispanics together makes no sense. While I know that organizations like La Raza want everyone to believe that all Hispanics think alike, nothing could be further from the truth. Don't judge an entire culture based on the ignorance a part of a group. Remember there are American and legal immigrants who are Latinos and/or Hispanic, who are as fed up as the rest of the nation. We just don't have a press agent.