Blogging mostly about mundane stuff like, immigration, Workers' Compensation and other immigrant related activities.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Castaneda on Mexicos Presidential Election Results

Mexico's former Foreign Minister and presidential contender Jorge CastaƱeda spoke at the Center for American Progress and provided thoughtful analysis of the bruttal presidential campaign of Lopez Obrador and Felipe Calderon.

If you are interested in how Mexico's elections may impact on the US Watch the Video.

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Monday, July 10, 2006

$206-$230 Billion is the Estimate on Total Deportation Costs.

Ever wonder what it would cost to actually deport the 10+ Million undocumented immigrants currently in this nation? 

The Center for American Progress has come up with an estimate.  The estimate is here:

Using publicly available data, we estimate the costs of a mass deportation effort to be at least $206 billion over five years ($41.2 billion annually), and could be as high as $230 billion or more. Spending $41.2 billion annually would exceed the entire budget of the Department of Homeland Security for FY 2006 ($34.2 billion) and more than double the annual cost of military operations in Afghanistan ($16.8 billion).

Reason magazined pody on this has some interesting comments, such as this one:

From: Creech,

Wow, $17,000 each! So it's $1000 for a plane ticket and the rest for cops, lawyers, judges, prisons and the like?

I especially like the graphic provided by The Onion  illustrating ways Pres. Bush could combat illegal immigration.



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Emotional Immigration

Gen. Peter Pace, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, chokes up at the hearing.

Gen. Peter Pace, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman,
chokes up at the hearing. (By Joe Raedle -- Getty Images)

July 10 -- The Washington Post ran a story about the congressional hearings on immigration currently being held in Miami, Florida.  The highlight of the hearing was the dramatic testimony provided by General Peter Pace, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman as he choked up at the hearings when speaking about his Italian immigrant father and the opportunities that America has given his family.

As a former Marine (I served from 1980 to 1983), I commend Gen. Pace for his willingness to share his personal story.  I salute him for his bravery and emotion and thus hopefully demonstrate to our legislative leaders that an army of immigrants is just as emotionally connected to America as is this top Marine.

Semper Fidelis.  General Pace.  Semper Fidelis!

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