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Border Security, Drug Wars, Immigration — Obama’s Trip To Mexico

Evening Edition

Aired 4/30/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

Shannon O'Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Transcript

President Obama heads to Mexico later this week. It's his first since the country elected its new president. Economics, border security, drug wars and immigration are key topics expected to be part of the conversation between Obama and President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Observers say he'll find the new Pena Nieto administration accentuating economic policies over the security concerns that have dominated US-Mexico relations for the last few years.

In a way, that mirrors the priorities of Tijuana's Mayor Carlos Bustamante focusing on economic development in Baja after years battling drug cartel violence. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and Bustamante are attempting to forge closer ties between the cities, even going so far as to suggest a joint bid to host the 2024 Olympic games.

"The US needs to start seeing Mexico as a partner instead of a problem. Our future depends on it," said Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow for Latin American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Event

-Tequila Talk With Dr. Shannon O'Neil

Tuesday, April 30, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Institute of the Americas - UCSD Campus, 10111 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037,

-Book Signing U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce California Regional Chapter

Tuesday, April 30, 12:00 p.m.

Duane Morris LLP

Suite 2900 750 B Street

San Diego, CA 9210

-Book Signing Institute of the Americas-Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego

Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 p.m.

Institute of the Americas, Weaver Room

10111 North Torrey Pines Road

La Jolla, CA 92037

O'Neil, author of the book Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States and The Road Ahead, told KPBS there are many ties that bind both countries.

She said throughout the past three decades, there have been many changes in Mexico that are "overshadowed by the drug war."

She points to investments made in the country.

"The US exports to Mexico are double those to China, and only second to Canada," she said.

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Brittanicus | April 30, 2013 at 8:46 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

THE GANG OF EIGHT IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL IS FULL OF EXEMPTIONS, WAIVERS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS & EMPLOYERS?

The 844 page bill of the 2013 Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, known as the (Senate bill 744) has so many loopholes for illegal immigrants and employers, you could drive an AMTRAC train through it. There are so many exceptions to the rule and waivers, it will propel us into another recession or even worse, if it passes as-is? If the statement from the left, agriculture, the unions, the religious and faith groups, the massive business community, other special interest and of course the Department of Commerce have their way, the doors to illegal aliens will never stay closed. It’s like we owe the rest of the world a living, especially free health care as this is happening under the present circumstances. All the taxpayers get is paying for it all, after the emergency rooms cannot accommodate the fees it’s shifted onto the people. All you have to do is to climb the porous single line fence, (where it actually exists) step of a plane (neither entries are tracked) and you are more or less home free. Then whereas the American people must –pay as they go for services—illegal aliens and visa overstays pay absolutely NOTHING! Without a true double layer fencing as an obstacle to the poor from South of our border or from Central America, they will breech our enforcement.

THE ONLY WAY TO SIGNIFICANTLY HALT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A MANDATORY BIOMETRIC ID CARD. IT USED TO BE THAT JUST A DRIVERS LICENSE FOR ID AND EVEN A SOCIAL SECURITY CARD WAS SUFFICIENT, BUT IN THE LAST 27 YEARS THAT IS NO LONGER THE CASE. BOTH DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED? SINCE 1986 MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HAVE FLOCKED HERE, AND VERY LITTLE MEANS FOR THE AUTHORITIES TO SEEK THEM OUT? THE IDENTITY CARD ISSUED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD ELIMINATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM BEING HIRED, AND OTHER USES WOULD INCLUDE STOPPING VOTER FRAUD AND THE TERRIBLE ANXIETY OF CREDIT THEFT.

An inkling of the savings in the billions of dollars would come from federal and state court proceedings on credit theft. Even Obama has called for a “fraud-resistant, tamper-resistant Social Security card” and the White House has drafted legislation that would make undocumented immigrants provide biometric information as part of the qualification for obtaining legal status.

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Brittanicus | April 30, 2013 at 8:47 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

In a survey by Privacy & American Business seven million were identified represent an 81% rise over victims in 2001. And, incidents reported so far suggest a major rise. The victim’s level and upward trend parallel findings of a Gartner survey released. An earlier survey on ID theft (P&AB and Harris) found that a majority of Americans, 91%, do not see light at the end of the tunnel; they expect heavy ID theft incidents to increase rather than decrease in the near future. This survey also found that 49%, or 98 million adults, feel they do not know how to protect themselves against identity theft. While 62% of victims did not incur any out-of-pocket expenses, 38% did, representing 13-14 million Americans. 38% have paid approximately $3.8 billion, or an average of $1.5 billion per year. Based on actual amounts volunteered by respondents themselves, the average cost per victim for this time period is $740.

On Election Day, in order to vote, all the citizen would need do is show up at the polls, have their ID card and biometric scanned and matched and the controversy over voter fraud would fade away. One national ID card comprising of an American/ legal residents (green card information data as well) and all this in one compact card would deliver a death blow to illegal aliens stealing social security personal information, voter irregularities and a victim of credit card theft. Dr. Alan Westin stated, "It affects the rich and poor, high school to university graduates, men and women, young and old, Blacks, Whites, and Hispanics. And the crime is thriving in cities and suburbs, and in all regions of the nation," In terms of cost, a 2012 study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley concluded that the price tag of such a program would be around $22.6 billion to create and another $2.1 billion a year to operate. The Heritage Foundation in an earlier released report that another mass amnesty would cost the taxpayer $2.6 TRILLION dollars, so any politician who ignores this unspeakable sum needs to have their brain examined. That amount of money indicates financing not only the Comprehensive immigration reform, but everything from retirement and pensions. Then least we forget the funding forced oon every state to pay around $113 billion dollars annually.

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Brittanicus | April 30, 2013 at 8:48 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

Gang of Eight loopholes put many illegal immigrants on fast track to citizenship
By Stephen Frank on 04/28/2013 at California Political News and Views.
The supposedly smart people putting together amnesty legislation for over eleven million illegal aliens either outsmarted them or is providing us with another disaster like Obamacare. In the rush to pass legislation, for the sake of passing legislation, they have given a loop hole for quick citizenship for illegal aliens.
“A little-noticed exception in the Gang of Eight bill provides a fast track for many — possibly very many — currently illegal immigrants. Under a special provision for immigrants who have labored at least part-time in agriculture, that fast track could mean permanent residency in the U.S., and then citizenship, in half the time Rubio said. But not just for the immigrants themselves, but their spouses and children, too?
A second provision in the legislation creates another fast track for illegal immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16 — the so-called Dreamers. The concept suggests youth, but the bill has no age limit for such immigrants — or their spouses and children — and despite claims that they must go to college or serve in the military to be eligible, there is an exception to that requirement as well.”
Do you think the Amnesty Bill will do any good if it doesn't safeguard our borders, improve the process for legal immigration or address how our current system failed?

Me neither, so I will cut to the chase. I need you to help me tell Congress "NO AMNESTY!" You can't wait until tomorrow. Lawmakers are moving on this FAST. I sent mine this morning.

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Brittanicus | April 30, 2013 at 8:48 p.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

We have four Senators fighting hard against the Amnesty Bill: Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL). We need to support their efforts, paper Washington with faxes at numbersusacom NO AMNESTY, NO WAY Fax Blasts sent in your name to every member of the House and Senate.

Our national security is at risk. Look what happened with the Boston bombers--they slipped through.

Our livelihoods are at risk. Illegal’s will flood in and take our jobs.

Our well-being and the future for our children are in grave jeopardy if this Immigration Reform passes? Imagine millions of illegal’s added to the welfare system. What will that do to our taxes?

This is urgent. Tell Congress, "AMNESTY IS BAD FOR AMERICA! VOTE NO!" and do it today by phone central Washington switchboard at -free t 1-888-978-3094. We can win this fight with your help with prudent taxpayers. Read the huge amounts of daily information disclosed on AmericanPatrolcom. This is the articles, blogs and media reports that are a must avidly read. Learn so much more about illegal immigration bills at JudicialWatchorg.
Boston Herald today:
Tsarnaev family received $100G in benefits

The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance --- a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned. -- "The breadth of the benefits the family was receiving was stunning," said a person with knowledge of documents handed over to a legislative committee today...

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JohnRandolph | May 1, 2013 at 11:32 a.m. ― 1 year, 7 months ago

Washington profiteers will throw average US taxpayers under the immigration bus while pandering to the Latino vote, pandering to their cronies who run the border security industrial complex, and sending the majority of the bills and headaches to American taxpayers.

Obama now heads to Mexico to continue to pander to the Mexican elite as their bi-national profits from trade, oil and the "war" on drugs continually soar upward.

These shysters will never secure the border in such a way that it interferes with their 1.25 billion dollars a day in cross border trade.

They play on people's emotions by pretending to care about the undocumented's families being broken up and people dying crossing our border deserts. We seldom hear them discuss what their "designed to fail for profit" immigration policies have done to the middle class Americans.

Yet Washington remains silent about the 100,000 people killed during Calderon's failed US backed Mexican drug war that rages on today? In fact, Washington remains silent about Harvard University granting their crony Mexican Drug War President Felipe Calderon the First Angelopoulos Global Leader's award? Calderon gets a free one year's Harvard vacation and $100,000 a pop speaking at crony universities?

They are lying about their motives behind immigration reform just as the Bush administration lied about its motives for starting the war in Iraq. It is all about money; their money.

No more gimmick bills until we get to the bottom of their insidious motives behind illegal immigration and immigration reform (for profit)!

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