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Ava, I voted for Perry several times. I lived in Texas for a long time. I remember when illegals in the northern part of the state were a novelty, and ESL in school meant learn English or fail. They learned English quickly. Please research what Perry did in 2006. Numerous state laws intended to reduce illegal immigration in Texas were bottled up in conference by his Lt. Governor and not allowed to come to a vote in Austin. This is one of numerous examples of Perry talking the talk but not walking the walk. I like the Governor Goodhair label, because it implies appearances over substance. Appropriate. With regards to the Spanish language, in the part of Texas I lived in it was impossible for gringo kids to get many jobs in restaurants or construction because they could not talk to the other employees. My family has gone into businesses in South Texas where we would not be helped if we did not speak Spanish. One of these was a Walmart in Port Isabel. By the time we left, whole sections of the city I lived in were Spanish language only. I retired from teaching school in Texas. The Hispanic kids in history class overwhelmingly identified themselves as Mexicans rather than Texans. The "recent arrivals" were always first in line for their free and reduced breakfasts and lunches. Before that I worked in law enforcement where I saw first hand the destruction wrought by illegals, who would disappear when they made bond. Their names and SSN's were false, anyway. No computerized fingerprint systems at that time. Gone. I have a certificate of appreciation from the Border Patrol for assisting in the deportation of so many criminal aliens from Texas. BTW, I went to graduate school in Texas, too. I'm impressed. I was in the arena. How about you? Ava, you try again.
My son went back to Texas. He drives trucks. He was told several times by prospective employers that if he didn't speak Spanish, they didn't need him. He wouldn't be able to speak to their customers. On one occasion he was handed an application written in Spanish and told that if he couldn't fill it out he need not apply. He gave up and left the state, like I did after having lived there for thirty years. The establishment Republicans are as much a part of the problem as the Democrats. I lived under Governor Goodhair Perry for years. He talks a good game on immigration, but will not do anything of substance. His sending the National Guard to the border for a while is just eyewash. He won't let them have rules of engagement that would actually do anything. The demographics of Texas would make doing otherwise political suicide. My theory is that Obama wants to flood Texas will illegals and turn the state blue. Contrary to its public image, Texas is closer to flipping than most realize. The border counties, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas are Democrat strongholds already. Boehner and company could defund Obama's efforts to dismantle our immigration enforcement, but they won't, because they receive funding from businesses that benefit from cheap labor. And so the country goes.
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America: The Land of Debt

Kurt114 Wrote: Jul 30, 2014 9:30 AM
When looking for patterns, consider demographics as a possible explanation.
Well written column.
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The Real Failures of Immigration Policy

Kurt114 Wrote: Jul 13, 2014 4:51 PM
Mr. Chapman is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts. There are too many fallacies in this column to address them all. BTW, his theory that increased border enforcement results in increased illegal immigration makes no sense whatsoever. His assertion of increased enforcement seems to be based on numbers that the administration had to admit before Congress had been manipulated. Mr. Chapman might do himself a favor if he limited his subject matter to things that he has some minimal amount of knowledge about.
Clever. However, "The Tea Party" just means average Americans who pay the taxes that government redistributes. The author disagrees with this majority of Americans who want our immigration laws enforced. Also, belief in limited government does include the expectation that the feds will perform their basic functions, such as securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws. In addition, he cherry picked the economic studies. Look the cities like LA and Dallas to see what a glut of illegals does to schools, hospitals, and jail populations. I'm not buying it.
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When Kids Show Up at Our Borders

Kurt114 Wrote: Jul 06, 2014 7:06 AM
I had an idea what Chapman's position would be based on reading him over the years. It's really simple, Mr. Chapman. If we enforce our immigration laws in a consistent manner fewer will violate them in the future. If we don't secure our border and monitor visa overstays more "undocumented foreigners" will violate our laws. Mr. Chapman, go to South Texas for a while and marinate in the fruits of our lax enforcement, then write a column after you know what you are talking about. I left Texas out of self preservation. Buddy, you don't have a clue.
Just request the e-mails from the NSA.
Odd. I was just reading that oil prices were on the rise as a result of turmoil in Iraq, yet this article cites lower fuel costs. In my region, much of our electricity comes from coal plants, and our bill went up by about 50% recently. I am on a cost averaging plan, so this increase was not seasonal. Maybe these increases haven't been factored in yet. Maybe my experience isn't the norm. In my world, costs are up much more than 2% year over year. We are learning ways to get creative with beans and rice. We are indefinitely putting off major purchases and avoiding the mall as our discretionary income falls due to increasing expenses. Still have to save money in order to turn it over to the IRS next spring. Can I claim the federal government as a dependent on my tax return?
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Rubbish: Emails Don’t Get Lost

Kurt114 Wrote: Jun 16, 2014 7:49 AM
It's become clear that we no longer have the rule of law in this country, assuming by the term "rule of law" we mean an equal application of the law. The "law" is a tool to be used for political purposes, to punish enemies and protect allies. This perversion of the rule of law risks nullifying the citizens' right to seek redress. When the legal system is the vehicle of oppression, how can it also be the vehicle for overturning that oppression? Dangerous times. Notice how nobody in the current administration has done the perp walk.
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