Thursday, April 21, 2005

Minutemen Project

I can't believe that a group of volunteers is patrolling U.S. borders... why are people so scared of immigrants?

Click here for Yahoo News article

Minuteman Project Website

-Jean Chen


At 3:22 PM, Blogger Jerry said...

I think people aren't scared so much as they're tired of picking up the check for illegal immigrants. They are a drain on our public services, they drive down wages for unskilled laborers, and don't pay taxes.

On the other hand, I'm uncomfortable with the motivations of some of the Minutemen volunteers. Also, some of the volunteers are armed - I can see this going really bad, really fast.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger flika said...

Yeah, people may be tired of picking up the check for illegal immigrants, but think of all the cheap labor these people do. Without them, hotels, restaurants, farms, etc would not be able to operate.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger G. Holmes said...

Well, here's a couple of statistics:

TIME Magazine's April 18 issue cites the following:

$7 billion: Estimated amount of Social Security taxes paid each year by illegal immigrants, even though they will not receive benefits.

10%: Estimated percentage of last year's Social Security surplus made up by those illegal immigrants' tax contributions.

$1.5 billion: Estimated amount illegal immigrants pay each year in taxes for Medicare, for which they are also ineligible.

At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no credible evidence whatsoever that eliminating illegal immigratants from the workforce would have any substantial impact on the California economy. I would be more than willing to pay 5 dollars for a head of lettuce if it meant that my borders were secure and my tax dollars were actually helping non felons. The federal government has a constitutional duty to secure our borders and citizens have a moral duty to do the same. The constitutional right to keep and bear arms is not limited to those with a badge or a criminal record.

At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Illegal immigration is turning our country into a fractured society,one that speaks English and the other that speaks Spanish.All immigrants must assimillate into society.It is dangerous when a population segment expresses allegiance to Mexico and uses the U.S. as a crutch to ease the ills of their home country.The inscription on the Statue of Liberty does not ask to receive those who would enter unlawfully to then send the money they were paid here to only send it back to Mexico to invest in Mexico.

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous bigdaddy said...

It's not that we are scared of the illegals but rather fed up with the crime (53%) of our prisoners in the California prisons are mexicans. Although many do pay taxes(having forged ss#'s), for every dollar paid in taxes illegals use $8.00 in services, welfare, medical and criminal-justice system.And having people come to our nation and demand privilages which are not rights but rather priviages; such as driving licences or voting, near free education and medical treatment, just piss me off. And to come hear and not speak english and follow the law of our land is an insult to our heritage. The U.S. Constitution was writen for one group of citizens...............

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Jesus (not Christ) said...

well, it's obvious people are afraid. and it's equally obvious their fears have no basis in reality whatsoever - which is why they rationalize them. The numbers say illegal immigrants pay much more than they use, in dozens of different ways, no matter how you measure it.

The bozo who says he'd pay $5 for a head of lettuce - fine. Is he willing to pay that much more for EVERYTHING - so that others besides him can afford that lettuce? If not, it isn't his choice.

And when, and ONLY when, the bozos screaming about the poor not obeying the laws are willing to stand up and die if necessary to enforce the laws against the RICH, there's no reason anyone else should give them any respect at all.


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