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Deported Immigrant Activist Asks For US Asylum

TIJUANA, Mexico — A Mexican immigrant rights advocate who gained international attention in 2007 when she was deported from the United States has presented herself to U.S. border inspectors and asked for asylum as part of a protest to demand an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws and an end to deportations.

Elvira Arellano and another 20 Mexican and Central American migrants crossed Tuesday into the United States from the border city of Tijuana.

Arellano, 38, led the fourth such group to try to enter the U.S. at the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego and ask for asylum in the last nine days.

Arellano says she wants asylum because she has received threats in Mexico because of her activism and because she wants a better future for her U.S.-born son.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | March 18, 2014 at 4:20 p.m. ― 6 months, 1 week ago

Maybe she should stop her activism towards illegal actions and go home to live in peace. She makes the choice to speak out and then complains about the way others treat her. It is like killing your parents and asking the court for a break because you are an orphan. LOL Catch a clue.

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COEnygaard | March 18, 2014 at 10:14 p.m. ― 6 months, 1 week ago

You should do some research into what problems they are referring to and why they believe there should be reform.

For example, immigrants who are not Mexican citizens but are of some Latin background are frequently walked into Tijuana city and left there. Increasing the level of homelessness etc within a city that is already dealing with poverty issues, or undocumented immigrants who are from Mexico that have been living within the USA for 20+ years are suddenly deported.

Illegal immigration is an issue, but the days of simply shipping them out does not always fall in line with what would be considered humane treatment.

I mean our country was literally built by immigrants, which could explain are closed eye attitude to the treatment of them when it comes to basic rights that have been guaranteed under our own development. Not all immigrants being deported entered illegally, and not all of them intended to stay.

I mean its easy to make a statement like "Maybe she should stop her activism towards illegal actions and go home to live in peace." but if you truly understood the problem you may think a little differently.

Not to mention that she has a U.S. born son, does her status actually warrant him being denied his rights as a citizen of the united states?

Why do you actually feel the way you do towards this kind of protesting anyways, what problems is it causing the united states to consider the pleas of these people?

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muckapoo1 | March 21, 2014 at 4:07 p.m. ― 6 months ago

Our country was built on "LEGAL" immigration. What part of "LEGAL" don't you libs understand?????? Our country is also built on a "LEGAL" system. You know---LAWS. Just because a bunch of no-talent individuals want into a country, does not make it good. I say no-talent, because talented people use the legal system to gain entry.

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muckapoo1 | March 21, 2014 at 5:28 p.m. ― 6 months ago

What problems does illegal immigration cause. Hmmm, let's see. They take full advantage of all welfare benefits they can, free child birth, flooding the school systems with non-English speaking kids. Just the start. Costs us billions!!!!!!!

I see these growing families. There is no way they can afford 5-6 kids in today's economy without huge public $$'s. Perhaps you bleeding hearts should move to Mexico to fix the reasons these people chose to leave.

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benz72 | March 21, 2014 at 6:41 p.m. ― 6 months ago

COE "Not to mention that she has a U.S. born son, does her status actually warrant him being denied his rights as a citizen of the united states?"

Could you please explain which right(s) of his you think is(are) being violated?

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muckapoo1 | March 22, 2014 at 10:14 a.m. ― 6 months ago

Where do all of these US born kids live when the parents get deported? Do they receive welfare money? Who actually gets that money? If abandoned, do relatives automatically receive custody? Do they then receive the welfare?

I thought there was a legal process for the transfer of parental rights. Oh, there I go again with the "legal" stuff again. Sounds to me like there should be an investigation of how "child brokering and welfare payments" occur. Is this part of the reason we have a growing problem of teen slavery in this area? Are the kids receiving full value of the welfare received? Is this just another form of a "puppy mill" of humans? Is there a limit on how many abandoned kids a person is allowed to assume? Should they not be required to send them to foster care? Does anyone even have an answer to half of these questions?

Then someone needs to start a real investigation. Pronto!!!! Kids are at risk here.

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sdreefer21 | March 22, 2014 at 11:08 a.m. ― 6 months ago

Ever seen how hard it is to immigrate to other countries? I really think many of these people have little or nothing to offer. Thus increasing the chances of dependence on social services. While these low skilled laborers are not without need. Our standards should be lofty and ambitious. We should want the best and the brightest as well as those looking for their chance at the american dream. Some of the immigration zealots would like to have any and people welcomed and that just is not an acceptable reality.

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muckapoo1 | March 22, 2014 at 12:12 p.m. ― 6 months ago

Australia has the right idea. Show proof of skills and show enough money to support yourself or family for 5 years. They are not looking to increase the welfare roles for the sake of votes. Some our politicians would sell their mother's tombstone for a vote.

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COEnygaard | March 22, 2014 at 6:46 p.m. ― 6 months ago

MYTH:
Immigrants have a negative impact on the U.S. economy.

FACT:
Immigrants – documented and undocumented – have a net benefit to the nation's total economic output, raising it by a reported $21.5 billion per year (USA Today). And according to Business Week, undocumented immigrants have become an important source of growth for U.S. banks, insurers, credit card providers, and phone carriers.


MYTH:
Sending undocumented workers back to their native countries would have no real negative economic effect.

FACT:
The impact would actually be significant. Rice sociology professor Stephen Klineberg says, "America is totally dependent on the hard work and wages of these workers. They are critical to the economic success and well-being of America." The Pew Hispanic Center says industries that would be particularly affected are service (32 percent of workers are unauthorized); construction (19 percent), production-installation-repair (15 percent); sales and administrative support (12 percent); and management, business, and professional (10 percent).


MYTH:
Immigrants send everything they earn back to their country of origin.

FACT:
There's no question that immigrants do send some of their earnings back to family members. But there's also no question as to the importance of their buying power. Take Hispanics, for example. Hispanic buying power nationally has soared, according to the Pew Hispanic Center: It was $490 billion in 2000, $736 billion in 2005, and is estimated to reach $1.09 trillion in 2010 (or about 9.2 percent of all U.S. buying power). The trend in Texas is similar: Pew says Hispanic buying power was $87.4 billion in 2000, rose to $127.4 billion in 2005, and is expected to reach $188.7 billion in 2010.


MYTH:
Undocumented immigrants' use of public services is negatively affecting our economy.

FACT:
According to a study by the investment research company Standard & Poor's, the cost of providing services to undocumented immigrants is largely offset by the economic benefits they generate. Concludes one researcher: "From an economic standpoint, it's much ado about something very, very small, almost insignificant."

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COEnygaard | March 22, 2014 at 6:50 p.m. ― 6 months ago

MYTH:
Immigrants drive down wages for American workers.

FACT:
Economic researchers have concluded that income inequality on the bottom half of the wage scale has not grown since the mid-1980s. While there has been a general decline in real wages for low-skilled workers, a senior economist for the Dallas Federal Reserve says studies show it is largely unaffected by immigrants. According to The New York Times: "There is scant evidence that illegal immigrants have caused any significant damage to the wages of American workers." The fact is that the real predictor of wage disparity is not whether someone is an immigrant-- regardless of status--or native born. It's education.


MYTH:
Immigrants only perform menial labor when they come to the United States.

FACT:
Pia Orrenius, a senior economist and immigration expert with the Dallas Federal Reserve, estimates that 40 percent of the nation's Ph.D. scientists and engineers were born in another country. Beyond that, foreign-born entrepreneurs have been behind 25 percent of all U.S. technology startups over the past 10 years, according to researches at Duke University. Finally, studies by the Migration Policy Institute show that 27 percent of new computer-software engineer are immigrants, and that one in five U.S. doctors are foreign born, as are two in five medical scientists; one in five computer specialists; one in six people in engineering or science occupations; one in four astronomers, physicists, chemical, and material scientists and one in six biological scientists.

MYTH:
Undocumented immigrants work almost exclusively in low-income jobs.

FACT:
Undocumented workers make up less than 10 percent of the 43 million low-wage workers in the United States, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.


MYTH:
Undocumented workers come from here to get free government services.

FACT:
Most come here to work. Of the estimated 11.5 to 12-million undocumented workers living in America, 7.5 million are employed, and undocumented men come here almost exclusively to work: Their labor force participation--96 percent--exceeds that of men who are legal immigrants or U.S. citizens ("Undocumented Immigrants: Facts and Figures," The Urban Institute). Moreover, undocumented immigrants are not eligible for welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, and most other forms of public assistance.


MYTH:
Undocumented workers are stealing low-wage jobs that Americans need.

FACT:
There's no evidence that immigrants have an impact on the employment outcomes of native-born workers who have low levels of education and are aged 25-34. In fact, there is evidence that immigrants actually create jobs. For example, the efforts of a single farm worker supports three jobs in the surrounding economy - equipment, processing, insurance, farm lending --that would otherwise disappear. (Republican U.S. Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, cited in the Wall Street Journal)

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COEnygaard | March 22, 2014 at 6:53 p.m. ― 6 months ago

MYTH:
Undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes.

FACT:
The U.S. Social Security Administration has estimated that three quarters of undocumented immigrants pay payroll taxes, and that they annually contribute $7 billion in Social Security funds that they will be unable to claim and 1.5 billion to Medicare. They also pay income taxes, and those who own homes pay property taxes -- as do renters, in the form of pass-throughs--that support education, healthcare, and other services.


MYTH:
Immigrants get healthcare for free, and are causing costs to skyrocket.

FACT:
According to research published n the American Journal of Public Health: 30 percent of immigrants use no health care at all during a year, most immigrants have health insurance; immigrant children had healthcare expenditures that were 74 percent lower than those for U.S. born children; and immigrants account for more than 10 percent of total health spending and 8 percent of government health spending. The researchers concluded: "Our study refutes assumption that immigrants represent a disproportionate financial burden on the U.S. health care system.


MYTH:
Undocumented workers worsen the budget deficit by taking services they never pay for.

FACT:
Immigrant workers actually save the country money. When they come to America, they typically go to work immediately. So they begin contributing to the economy almost instantly, without incurring the "upfront costs"--education, health care, unemployment compensation, etc--that might otherwise be incurred through age 18.


MYTH:
Undocumented workers take money out of Social Security without paying into it.

FACT:
It is estimated that more than $519 billion in earnings has been reported to Social Security on behalf of workers who will not be able to draw retirement from the system. Those contributions add up to about 10 percent of the system's total surplus. The Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois-Chicago estimates that undocumented workers generate between $6 billion and $7 billion annually in Social Security tax revenues. So without undocumented immigrants, the system would actually be in worse shape. And because they tend to be younger, and will thus be in the workforce longer, these workers will actually be helping to finance the retirement of Baby Boomers--whose numbers are expected to strain Social Security.

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muckapoo1 | March 22, 2014 at 8:55 p.m. ― 6 months ago

COE. Thanks for regurgitating the propaganda of a pro-illegal, pro-immigration lib group. Everything I read on the internet is real. I know, I read that on the internet. LOL
You and your link are a scam. Illegals are creating a mess we will have to deal with for decades. Try thinking for yourself and quit drinking the lib kool-aid.

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COEnygaard | March 22, 2014 at 9 p.m. ― 6 months ago

Try following the citations within the text instead of debunking something with biased nonfactual based opinions.

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benz72 | March 24, 2014 at 7:40 a.m. ― 6 months ago

COE, did I miss the answer to the question of rights violation in your posts somewhere or are you still working on an answer?

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JeanMarc | March 24, 2014 at 8:46 a.m. ― 6 months ago

COE your post contains no facts, just a bunch of leftist jibber jabber. Illegal immigration is bad for the country. Anyone with a brain can see this.

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benz72 | March 24, 2014 at 10:04 a.m. ― 6 months ago

JM, perhaps a more specific rebuttal would be effective. 'Yes it is! - no it isn't!' doesn't get us anywhere. A flawed methodology or overly broad assumptions often lead to 'studies' undertaken by political groups having untenable conclusions.

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