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The local newspaper reports that my community has absorbed over 400 immigrant kids in the past two years. They also quoted a local immigration attorney as saying that not one of his clients had failed to get a visa. A few days later, the newspaper reported that standardized tests showed a decline in academic performance of up to 30% over the school year. Does anyone think that these two stores are not related? Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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'God Bless America,' With Irony

lee362 Wrote: Jul 31, 2014 7:45 AM
I am an open borders advocate (raised by immigrant grandparents who came here as WWI loomed and the Russian Revolution started raging), but I think you are missing what is happening here. The uptick in immigration is not due to violence (which has been decreasing over the past three years in Honduras (slightly), Guatemala (by about 15%) and El Salvador (by about 40%). It is due to the 2012 DACA Executive Order unilaterally imposed by President Obama which has the effect of luring minors and related others to undertake hazardous journeys in the justified expectation of being given legal status and eventual citizenship. That would be fine and well with me if the kids could take care of themselves but they can't. The end result is that American taxpayers get all the costs of taking care of needy, often sick, sometimes criminal immigrants while getting none of the benefits of having hard-working families contributing their productivity to our prosperity. This lopsided immigration policy has the consequence of making a more tolerant immigration policy impossible to enact. What you are missing is the fact that these immigrants are being used as pawns by President Obama. He lured them here knowing that there would be justifiable backlash and natural humanitarian concerns would be raised. And the resulting mess would keep the issue alive and unresolvable in order to benefit Democratic Party candidates. Every Latino vote in the country will go to them and the Democrats get, as a bonus, the votes of all the immigrants who are ultimately granted citizenship or who manage to vote without the benefit of citizenship. We really have no choice but to take care of these immigrants so that will certainly happen. But please focus on the cynical ploy that Democrats are using to gain political advantage. The Democratic strategy is sabotaging the enactment of a more sensible immigration policy, luring youngsters to embark on manifestly hazardous journeys, and costing taxpayers a bundle. In order to eliminate this mess, we need to determine the cause accurately and focus on repeal of DACA. We should not allow our humanitarian concerns to overwhelm us and we should not be distracted by the lies about false causes (such as violence or Bush's immigration reform bill) being promulgated by Democrats. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Great fact finding. Precisely what was needed. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
I agree with the basic analysis. But when the DC court reviews the decision in full, it will probably be overturned since Obama packed that court with progressive judges following Reid's implementation of the nuclear option. Still hope remains for this line of attack. There are two more similar cases pending in Indianapolis and Oklahoma City. Since those two district courts have solid Republican majorities in judicial positions, it seems likely that at least one of them will declare the HHS/IRS disregard for the plain language of the law is improper. Then the case will have to be heard by the Supreme Court. Still, the Supreme Court could go either way. Remember Chief Justice Robert's mental gymnastics to justify the individual mandate as a "tax" when even the law's advocates were declaring loudly and publicly that the individual mandate was not a tax. We live in sorry times. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Dr. Paul: I agree with you on just about every issue I can think of but I do believe you are at least partially wrong on this one. First, all of the things you said weren't being reported on have, in fact, been reported -- not always in the major media but that information is readily available either on FOX or in popular websites. But the evidence for blaming Putin/separatists is much more overwhelming than you seem to believe: We do have the initial tweets, we do have the blatant lies being promulgated by pro-Russian media, we do have the obvious obstruction of the investigation. But I do agree with you on the main issue. The fact that Putin is a thug and the fact that the ethnic Russian separatists are a minority attempting to impose Russian will on a majority Ukrainian population does not mean that we should be arming the nationalists who also appear to be bad lot or even imposing economic sanctions on Russia. Our involvement can only make a very bad situation worse and would impose unreasonable costs on Americans to boot. To the extent that you are arguing against the counterproductive proposals of neo-cons, bravo. To the extent that you are arguing that Putin or the separatists are perhaps justified, brickbats. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Where's That Inflation I Was Promised?

lee362 Wrote: Jul 17, 2014 7:02 AM
I think the most interesting issue is the question of why, given the massive increase in available money, inflation has not soared. If the economy were actually growing, it might be absorbed without inflation, but that is clearly not the case. I do have some hunches about the increase in foreign demand for American cash and the outflow of cash to lower tax foreign countries. I don't know really but I would sure like to know. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
New Bedford has absorbed about 400 mainly Mayan teens recently. All have received permisos and most have moved into the local high school. High school proficiency testing in Math and English showed student proficiency declined by up to 50% from the start of the school year to the close of the school year. The damage is being done in primarily minority and poor communities like Lynn and New Bedford. As an open border advocate I would welcome hard working families but no one can approve the effects of luring needy, sick, malnourished, kids and teens here to become dependent on taxpayer-funded welfare. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Immigration is good for our country and our restrictive immigration laws are harmful. Immigrants generally create more jobs than they take (with only a few exceptions in Europe). I would welcome more productive hard-working families since they would add to our communal wealth and keep consumer costs down. It is however wrong to lure dependent, needy kids here with the promise of a permiso and force taxpayers to foot the bill. Ron Paul is both honest and correct in his positions on this crisis. President Obama meddled with the immigration system to cause this humanitarian crisis and is now lying about sending these kids back. It's not happening. Locally here in New Bedford, 400 Central American kids have already been absorbed and are stressing local services. Read the recent series of articles on the crisis in the New Bedford Standard Times to see how this is playing out in one community. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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The Real Vote Fraud

lee362 Wrote: May 11, 2014 7:19 AM
Having extensive experience monitoring elections, I want to congratulate you on getting the facts fairly straight. Vote fraud is real enough but it is seldom a result of impersonations. Republicans should drop their demands for ID laws for three reasons. First, it does not correct any real problem. Second, it doesn't even work to disenfranchise Democratic votes -- the studies done so far indicate that ID laws do not suppress minority votes. Third, it makes it easy for Democrats to call Republicans racists. Correcting real vote fraud would involve cleaning up absentee balloting and cleaning the voters rolls. While some Republicans have worked on these issues, few understand voting issues well enough to recognize the problems. Thanks for contributing to the debate that might correct this shortcoming. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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A Personal Note on Inequality

lee362 Wrote: Mar 08, 2014 8:47 AM
I too am a libertarian but I do think your observations are inaccurate for the subset of people at the bottom of the socioeconomic heap. I went to a nice Connecticut school in a community where blacks and Jews were not allowed to live (by covenants) and even Roman Catholics were suspect, I was probably the poorest kid in the school. Over time I have done very well economically thanks to hard work and talent and some luck but in the process I have been desperately poor when I was paying for college and graduate school and under apprenticeship. So for years I lived in hovels with cockroaches and rats in decrepit buildings in crime-ridden slums and got to know a lot of neighbors. Most of these neighbors were trapped in poverty and saw no way out of it. They rode in taxis while I walked because the govt paid for transportation and they chased their spouses out of the house because govt inspectors would take away their few benefits if a man was found, etc., etc. They were too frightened of losing their govt handouts to do anything that might improve their long-term prospects of success. I tried to talk to some of them about making better decisions but I was dismissed, "It's easy for you because you're going someplace else but we're stuck here forever." And I was probably poorer than most of them. Those of us with good value systems often underestimate the barriers to mobility for the neediest people in our society. I don't have good answers to the problem but I do know that poverty truly cannot be overcome by people who are chronically addicted to immediate gratification and have been convinced that this is the correct or even the only way to live. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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