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San Diego Activists Part of Nationwide Immigration Reform Effort

Immigrants rights activists gathered at San Diego County's Administration building Monday to call for comprehensive immigration reform. AS KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson reports the gathering is part of a nationwide immigration reform campaign.

About two dozen people representing various religious, labor and immigrants rights groups got together to tell Congress and President Barack Obama its time to fix the nation's immigration system.

Estella de los Rios is with the San Diego Immigrants Rights Consortium.

She says creating a process for undocumented immigrants to become United States citizens tops the agenda.

"To come out of the shadows and have the opportunity to be good citizens and contribute to the economy because they already contribute. Seven-billion alone is contributed to the social security system."

Immigrants rights activists gathered in 39 cities nationwide.

About 750 people representing these groups plan to meet in Washington DC later this week to craft a unified reform plan.

President Obama plans to discuss immigration with members of Congress early next week.

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Brittanicus | June 1, 2009 at 3:19 p.m. ― 7 years, 9 months ago

There must be an awfully big pay-off by the greedy corporate communities to intensify their attacks against E-Verify and the Georgia politicians? The US Chamber of Commerce, ACLU and other anti-sovereignty groups are profiting by placing a wrench in every cog, to stop enhancement of new immigration enforcement law. At each turn these open border organization have been condemned in every way possible, to annihilate E-Verify use in the workplace? Our Democratic free trader politicians have tried to weaken it, or eliminate it altogether even though it has grown in popularity, and shows a high 99.6 success margin.

This is not just about the illegal immigration, it has manifested itself as an association, with the open border, free-traders. Free traders have a powerful agenda to open the border gates wide for foreign labor, much as they have in Europe. Now the Europeans have uneasy situation, that has been growing for years and will finally erupt into unrest by the indigenous people who have been ignored. Free trade have compromise the American workers, by intentionally lowering wages across the country, by introducing 20 million illegal aliens and families which Federal mandate says we have to feed, house and offer free medical services.

The free traders label anybody who tries to cause any ripples in the commercial world, as protectionists. Protectionist or not? Our nation has a massive importation of cheap products--lose of millions of jobs--many being sucked up illegally by foreign nationals. Illegal immigration has undisclosed gigantic costs ranging into hundreds of billions in welfare, health care and education and a high percentage in our prison system. Not forgetting the massive amount of dollars in remittances illegal workers. to foreign banks, that should remain in America.

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Brittanicus | June 1, 2009 at 3:19 p.m. ― 7 years, 9 months ago

With the invasion of illegal nationals, our schools have plummeted downwards in performance, with what privileged medical care we had, is now a place of last resort for the American poor. Our whole quality life has been comprised, by unheard of violence, mayhem caused by illegal aliens with criminal records, that our police have failed to eradicate. In many states their have been directives of non-compliance--a gag order not to question people of their legal status, specially in Sanctuary States like California. The public audience have already seen the terrible budget nightmare, brought on by mass illegal immigration into the once Golden State.

Free trade I heard was $600 billion dollars in imports mostly owned by the communist Chinese. While the free traders have intimidated our politicians, they have certainly damaged our industrial base that in many states, shown by the presence of locked commercial properties. They remain hollow shells that once was thriving commerce, producing our own goods to export instead of investing in cheap products that have damaged our health, our infrastructure, that our government has mainly remained silent about?

My thinking is to return to our old ways of doing business, as we are the largest consumer country in the world and do not need to genuflect to any other country. Their cheap labor, the poorly manufactured products and the importation of cheap labor has been a catastrophe for America. The final outrage US jobs spirited away, companies that our government offers huge tax incentives to even move overseas. We need to clear out the political free traders, open border zealots and all the other parasites within Washington? NUMBERSUSA, is a good place to start about our corrupted political system, the killing of E-Verify and other immigration enforcement tools. And the sacrilege of pushing for another AMNESTY, with even more people to support.

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