Immigration Reform

By Mario Conde

An immigration reform for the United States was the subject of discussion last week at the SDSU Calexico campus were pro-immigration groups highlighted the importance of this reform.

A forum on immigration took place last Wednesday sponsored by the Committee on Diversity and Equity and spoke in length about Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s bill proposal Immigration Reform for American Security and Prosperity. President Barack Obama said on his State of the Union Address that the United States needs to fix its “broken immigration system” and said this reform will secure the borders, make sure the laws are applied, and a welcome to those who can contribute with the economy and enrich the nation.

One of the speakers that evening was Enrique Morones founder of Border Angels, a non-profit organization created in 1986 with more than 1,000 volunteers who try to prevent unnecessary deaths of people who cross the border through the Imperial Valley desert and the mountain areas of San Diego. Border Angels have various stations around the desert were food, clothing, and water is provided to reduce the numbers of deaths at the border. Morones said that since operation Gatekeeper started in October 1994 more than 10,000 men, woman, and children have died tragically trying to cross the border. Those deaths have been caused due to the high temperatures and some are results of racial crimes, according to Morones.

Morones said that this immigration reform has to be passed by the spring or this proposal will not have a chance to pass during the administration of Barack Obama.

“Every day we don’t have an immigration reform someone dies trying to cross the border.” Morones said.

Morones said that the immigration reform needs to be a bi-partisan and criticized the Republican Party for going to the extreme right and holding a racist mentality. “It’s very sad to see the Republican Party going into the dark with racist stands with people like Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo. Even John McCain has changed its position on the immigration reform.”

When asked if the lost of the super majority that Democrats had in Capitol Hill will affect the approval of the immigration reform Morones said that any approval of the reform will be a positive one.

The event also had photography exhibitions, music, and poetry reading. The event was part of the Migrant March advocating a human immigration reform.

Immigrant kid
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It fits our needs perfectly the advantage of immigration reform on the country: Greater supply of unskilled workers, a younger workforce, and skilled workers in needed sectors. But there is also a disadvantage of immigration reform like Greater poverty, more educational cost, lower unskilled wage levels, and increased danger of… Read more »
Tom
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Shoot the illegal insurgents—the Mexican government has laws protecting it’s borders, so we most protect ours —
shoot the mouther fuckers!!!!!

Jimi
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Mexican agent Moron-eze needs to fix his country rather than blaim ours for his country’s failings. Rather than focus on a few hundred dead border breakers, he should explain how it’s ok for thousands of American deaths from the hands of illegal Mexican aliens. As usual from this racist, it’s… Read more »
lance sjogren
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Mr. Nichols, I would contend that it is those who have encouraged people to come to the US illegally that have blood on their hands.

Diane
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The United States was a predominantly Anglo/European nation. What was wrong with that? It is what it is. Africa is predominantly Black, Norway is white as is Sweden. Mexico is predominatly Brown. Why was the U.S. racist for being predominantly white? My family was in the minority status in the… Read more »
garyrose
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MORONES TALKING RACISM ?? HOW ABOUT LARAZA FOR THE RACE EVERYTHING OUTSIDE THE RACE NOTHING??OR M.E.C.H.A. OR L.U.L.A.C. CHICANOS POR LA CASA FREINDLY HOUSE ALL 1 RACE ORIENTED AMERICAN TAXPAYER SUPPORTTED ORGANIZATIONS??IMAGINE REAL BONEIFIED AMERICAN PAYING TAXPXPAYERS SUPPORTTING A 1 RACE ORGANIZATION AND NO AMERICANS COVERSED?? AN AMERICAN> MORONES TALK… Read more »
Redshirt
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Morones is uneducated, a hate monger and a racist. I am able to say this because several years ago I had several conversations with him concerning the lies he continues to spout about the Aztec homeland being in or around Colorado. Morones, though, is smart enough to understand the political… Read more »
Larry
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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION??? Sign up with: http://www.fairus.org/site/PageNavigator/action/

Fernando
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David Nichols, either you are simply ignorant or you’re intentionally being deceptive with your comments. The United States had been deporting illegal aliens for many, many years before the current recession started. To try to create a cause and effect relationship between these two events is overly simplifying circumstances that… Read more »
Greta
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If Morones supports amnesty, this means he holds a racist mentality because the vast majority of illegal aliens are his fellow Latinos.

June
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I’m constantly amazed that no matter how many times the invaders are reminded that there is a legal, lawful way to come to this country, they continue to “break and enter.” I’ll bet if we said, “OK, so you’re sorry for the indigent and want them to have a better… Read more »
James
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Our immigrations laws have nothing to do with racism. We should allow only so many people in every year. Americans want immigration numbers of the past. 350,000 new SCREENED immigrants a year. No more no less. All illegal aliens should be deported. The American people have spoken. Americans polled have… Read more »
Ali
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By the way, Cohen, cracks about “angry old Billy Bob” clearly illustrate the very RACIST attitudes of those who believe that illegal aliens, especially Hispanic illegal aliens, are above the laws of this country. As an Arab-American, I strongly oppose illegal immigration and Amnesty. Now, I do I fit your… Read more »
Ali
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Tell us please, Mr. Nichols–how many of the world’s billions who live in countries poorer than Mexico are we supposed to take? How many of half the population of Mexico that the Pew Hispanic Center study found wanted to come here? Not to mention the many Chinese, Arabs, and non… Read more »
Aztlan Buster
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Illegal aliens are criminals and parasites, one and all. Their very presence here and practically everything they do on U.S. soil is illegal. They need to be ferreted out, rounded up like cattle, punished for their numerous crimes, then booted back to whence they snuck in from with such extreme… Read more »
Cohen
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A comprehensive immigration reform is a matter of when, not if. Read your history books: racism always loses in America. This is THE major civil rights battle of our time, and angry old white Billy Bob will never stop progress. And what a disgraceful creature that Rubio guy is in… Read more »
David Nichols
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Economy/Immigrant Hard Labor Now Missing? January 2008 = Start of Deoportations/Everify Starvation of Millions of Good Hard working Immigrants, and their “Legal” children. January 2008 = Start of the “Worst Recession in U.S. History.” A wise 1840’s French Historian said: “America is Great, because it is Good, when it ceases… Read more »
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