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I was just studying the census data by tract in a very good presentation by the New York Times.  It shows the Hispanic population growing throughout the country but especially in the "battleground states." 


To get Latinos to vote for Democrats in 2012 he has got to at the minimum stop the audits and the fraud that is S-comm.  He can't stay on both sides of this issue and expect that Latinos will turn out to vote in 2012 in the numbers they did in 2008 no matter who the Republican nominee is.

There is a debate on Immigration in Europe as well as here.  In the UK The Economist is running a two week moderated debate that has as it's proposition "This house believes that immigration is endangering European society."

Arguing against the proposition and for immigration is Philippe Legraine author of Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them. He is making great arguments but needs public support.

Your assignment: Go to Economist Debates: Immigration and vote against the proposition and in support of immigration.

cut and paste this link:

or follow the embedded link above.

Now let me make sure I understand. President Obama who purports to be a friend of the Hispanics in America has agreed to review the files of the 300,000 people who are in deportation proceedings and only deport those who are criminals. In exchange he wants Latinos to support his re-election bid and to not agitate about the continuation of the employer audits that keep us from working.

Also to keep quiet about Secure Communities that means we can’t go to the police in our own communities. His administration has also proposed to start mandatory E-Verify. E-Verify is already causing Hispanic citizens, legal immigrants and undocumented workers to be discriminated against in the workplace.


So the best deal that the Obama administration have offered Hispanics is: No Dream Act, no chance to work legally and if you have an interaction with the authorities you might still get deported. This is from the supposed friend of the Hispanics.


I hate the politics of immigration. It makes me so angry that President Obama is using the people who helped to get him elected. And it makes me even angrier that the xenophobes have taken over so much of the Republican base that moderate like John McCain and David Dreier who used to support CIR have had to go silent or worse in order to survive primary challenges. It seems that nothing political can be done to help the people who moved here when times were good and are now stranded, even thought it is in the best interest of our country to grow by allowing robust amounts of immigration.


I’m going to stop thinking about the politics and review where I started this campaign. Responsible people should have the right to live where they choose. If you accept this premise then you have to conclude that there should be very few restrictions against people moving around in the world. To keep areas from being overwhelmed we proposed the one percent rule. Receiving countries should allow immigration at about one percent of their current population per year. This is a manageable number. Certainly new immigrants should be required to obey the laws and customs of their new homes. Including reasonable zoning and safety rules. But the idea of telling someone that they can’t move to a new place because they weren’t born there is a form of discrimination that will not stand the test of time.

The idea is so sensible why does the politics have to be so ugly and irrational?

On October 7, 2011 the US Senate by a unanimous voice vote and with almost no press coverage passed a resolution saying that the United States "regretted" the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.  Here is the full story from the San Francisco Chronicle.  

It is important to save the full text of this resolution because about a hundred years from now the Senate will have to pass a resolution "regretting" the building of the Wall with Mexico and the forced deportation of millions of hard working law abiding people from Latin America. 

Is it stupidity, lack of perspective or political expedience that allows our political class to only see mistakes a few generations after they make them.  

How can it be that the same politicians that passed laws that allowed the deportation of more than a million people for violating a law that is as immoral as the Chinese Exclusion Act have the chutzpah to "regret" what their predecessors did.  They are doing the same thing.

The article below is from a press release sent out by Immigration Works USA.   It is nice to be able to transmit positive news about immigration.  Although these bills are about filling the needs of employers, industries and farmers it indicates that even Senators are realizingthat robust amounts of immigration are needed for our countries economic well being. 


ImmigrationWorks USA is a national organization advancing immigration reform that works for all Americans – employers, workers and citizens. Its twin goals: to educate the public about the benefits of immigration and build a mainstream grassroots constituency in favor of better law – business owners and others from across America willing to speak out and demand an overhaul.



Several members of Congress have made news in recent weeks by floating ideas for legislation to create new visas or streamline the visa process for foreigners working or investing in the United States.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and cosponsor House Judiciary Committee chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced a bill that would eliminate country quotas for employment-based green cards, shortening wait times for many skilled professionals seeking to work in the U.S.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill that would give residence visas to foreigners who spend $500,000 or more to buy homes in the U.S.


In 1870 women started demanding “suffrage” and over the next fifty years they won among other things the right to own property, to sign legal documents and finally in 1920 the right to vote.  It takes a long time to get a new right. Yet after it is earned the old idea seems quaint, cruel or incredibly stupid. 

What was true about votes for women is also true about the right to migrate.  It is going to take a long time to get to a world where responsible people have the freedom to change where they live. Yet I am more and more convinced that it will happen.

Oscar Arias won a Nobel Peace Prize in the 1980's for his Central American Peace Plan.  He has twice been President of Costa Rica and has been one of the leaders who has helped that small country to become one of the most prosperous and peaceful in Latin America.


Dr Arias was at Arizona State University last weekend for a series of events one of which was a short talk at the School of Transborder Studies .  As part of that event I was asked to give him a private tour of the Changing Boundaries Map exhibit which is currently at ASU.  It was a great honor for me but more importantly I was able to hear Dr Arias's thoughts on borders and migration.

About he exhibit he said: "These maps tell an important story about how borders happen."

About immigration he said:

Poverty needs no passport to travel.


The root cause of migration is income differential


Immigration will be one of the main issues of this century.


We will learn there is no way to stop migration.


He also spoke about Costa Rica issue with illegal immigration from Nicaragua and its ecomomic and social costs as well as benefits.  He explained that they have a national health plan that covers everybody without considering their nationality.


I didn't have an opportunity to talk to him about my proposed 1% solution to the immigration situation but I may get another chance.





Miners from Cornwall in England migrated to Hidalgo in Mexico in the 1820's and left a food heritage.  Cornish Pastys.  They are being celebrated in a new museum slated to be opened next year in Real del Monte.










Pasty photo from Upper Peninsula Now Blog


More details here in a UK Daily Mail story and on the web site of the Cornish Mexican Cultural Society

What a world we live in.  We can celebrate the success of past immigrants in the morning and worry about the threat of current immigrants in the afternoon.  And we don't even see that the only difference is the timing.  The people are the same.

In a well written article in the UK's Independent newspaper Ben Chu reports that according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research Immigration does not cause unemployment.   Critics will immediately point to studies that show the opposite and nobodies mind will be changed.  Rational Immigration thinks that the cause of freedom will be served by allowing more people the right to move around.  Economic arguments never trump ethical argument.  Birthism like racism and sexism is unacceptable behavior.

Read the article here

For the Jews Passover is the annual celebration of the escape from bondage in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land.  The story contains an important message about freedom and by implication about the right to migrate.


At the Passover Seder Jews celebrate the escape from Egypt. According to the story, after years of struggle, including some pretty serious plagues on the Egyptians, Pharaoh gave in and “let our people go.” After 40 years of wandering in the desert the Jews fought their way into Israel and settled in the Promised Land. The story is one of a move from economic and social repression to freedom.
The parallel to the current migration of Mexicans and others to the United States is obvious but not perfect.