Stop illegal immigration

"Any person who ... encourages or induces an alien to ... reside ... knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such ... residence is ... in violation of law, shall be punished as provided ... for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs ... fined under Title 18 ... imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both." — From Department of Immigration and Naturalization website.

Since 1929, illegal entry into the United States is a federal crime, up to six months in prison for the first offense and 20 years for the second offense. Hiring illegal immigrants carries a maximum penalty under federal statute of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Because these laws are not being enforced, Arizona recently enacted very harsh penalties in order to crack down on illegal immigrants. Now Arizona is getting a lot of heat from our president and others.

On May 1, President Barack Obama condemned Arizona law that requires all migrants to carry documentation (note: the federal law already requires that).

What is it that people don’t understand?

It is a felony to enter this country illegally and there are currently more than 22 million illegal aliens in this country, with more entering every day.

They are draining our resources, our tax dollars and creating a massive financial burden on the taxpayers.

We need to secure our borders, now.

Legal immigration is welcome in this country, but illegal immigration is ruining us and should be stopped.

Mary Jane Newell, South Paris

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But this is unconstitutional

"arizona's new law is just an enforcement of federal law" Conservatives like the constitution as long as it complies with their point of view. When it doesn't well then its just a meaningless rag. A state can not constitutionally enforce federal law. The Supreme Court recently ruled on this in a gun case saying that state law enforcement officers could to enforce features of a Federal Gun Control law.


Arizona Law

As reported today, the Arizona law was written and promoted by FAIR an organization identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a racist hate group. Not at all odd that Mary Jane would support the law and this hate group.

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enforcement of existing laws

enforcement of existing laws is the answer. but anyone who does, is called a racist bigot and the entire system is tied up in red tape. arizona's new law is just an enforcement of federal law. i actually read it and the enforcement section states that the person whose immigration status is being questioned must already have been arrested for something else. when you are stopped for a traffic violation, you already have to provide identity documentation in the form of a license, registration, and insurance. the spector of racial profiling, harassment, and abuse is there, but those are possible under almost all of our laws in some way of some group or other.

companies should be prevented from hiring illegal immigrants, and the key is also identification which can be considered profiling, and many employers are leery of getting tied up in court by someone screaming racisim.

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Mexico's immigration law

Article 123 of Mexico’s General Law of Population says, “A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally.” Other provisions in Mexico’s immigration law state, according to Pat Boone, writing at, that immigrants must speak Mexico’s language, that foreigners aren’t to be a burden on taxpayers (meaning no health care or government assistance programs), that there will be no bilingual programs in schools or specially printed ballots, that government business will be conducted in Spanish, that Mexican authorities will keep track of every single person in the country, and that foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported or imprisoned.”

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It's not as simple as that....

When immigrants (both legal and illegal) do not fear the police, but rather trust them, a remarkable thing happens: they co-operate with law enforcement to help keep real crime down.

I know that when I was a cop that I used to get some very good information from members of the Mexican community (whom I treated very well) which allowed us to arrest some pretty bad guys.

A recent article appeared in Newsweek - "How Immigrants Actually Reduce Crime"

Here are several excerpts:

"A new study by sociologist Tim Wadsworth of the University of Colorado at Boulder carefully evaluates the various factors behind the statistics that show a massive drop in crime during the 1990s at a time when immigration rose dramatically. In a peer-reviewed paper appearing in the June 2010 issue of Social Science Quarterly, Wadsworth argues not only that “cities with the largest increases in immigration between 1990 and 2000 experienced the largest decreases in homicide and robbery,” which we knew, but that after considering all the other explanations, rising immigration “was partially responsible.”

To deny that reality and ignore its implications is likely to make life more dangerous all over America, diverting resources away from the fight against violent crime and breaking down the hard-won trust between cops and the communities where they work. Several police chiefs tried to make exactly this point Wednesday on a visit to Washington to talk about the Arizona law, due to take effect in July, and the bad precedent it sets. “This is not a law that increases public safety. This is a bill that makes it much harder for us to do our jobs,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. “Crime will go up if this becomes law in Arizona or in any other state.”

This is not an ideological question, although some of the law’s supporters, including some cops, would like to turn it into one. Experience has shown that when immigrants think they’ll be nailed for immigration offenses, they stop cooperating with law enforcement. The intelligence needed to find and fight hard-core criminals, whatever their immigration status, will be harder to get. People who feel themselves singled out for discrimination will withdraw more and more into ghettos, increasingly marginalized from American life instead of integrated into it. Smart cops understand all this perfectly well."

Go to the above link, and read the entire article. Arizona Police need to be Police - not immigration agents.

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Deportations are up about 35% over the Bush admin.

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What is racist or being a

What is racist or being a bigot to want the illegal immigration to stop? There are many different nationalities that are illegal and all need to go! Come in legally as so many of our ancestors did with a sponser, place to live and a job to earn a living. What part of illegal don't you folks understand??? Our government is destroying this country by allowing the flood of people to continue to flow in.

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Don't feed the troll

Northwoods, Son: if you stop responding to the troll's ridiculous postings, maybe he'll go away. The only reason he puts anything up on these boards is to elicit a response. It's apparent that he lives in an alternate reality, so just leave him there. Boycott tron.


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