In a new twist in the fight over Arizona’s immigration law, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday asked a federal court to disallow foreign governments from joining the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit to overturn the law.
The move comes in response to a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued Monday, allowing nearly a dozen Latin American countries — Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Chile — to submit friend-of-the-court briefs in Justice’s challenge to SB 1070, which Brewer signed into law in April and is considered one of the nation’s toughest immigration-enforcement measures.
“As do many citizens, I find it incredibly offensive that these foreign governments are using our court system to meddle in a domestic legal dispute and to oppose the rule of law,” the Republican governor said in a statement shortly after the state’s motion was filed Tuesday evening.‘
“What’s even more offensive is that this effort has been supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. American sovereignty begins in the U.S. Constitution and at the border,” she added. “I am confident the 9th Circuit will do the right thing and recognize foreign interference in U.S. legal proceedings and allow the State of Arizona to respond to their brief.”
Mind you the hypocrisy of these countries and what they believe about Illegal Immigration in their own country is hilariously sad.
I wrote about it: https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/what-would-mexico-do/
And these other countries aren’t any better.
But if other countries can spout off about a State Law, then what else will Obama let them spout off about?
So this pure liberal BS. But that doesn’t matter. The ends justify the means for liberals and the truth doesn’t matter. And talk is very cheap.
The National Institute of Statistics and the Census of Argentina reported that residents born in Paraguay and Bolivia are currently the country’s largest group of immigrants, at 325,046 and 233,464 persons respectively, followed by those from Italy, Chile, Spain, Uruguay, and Peru.
Much of the recent immigration to Argentina is essentially economic in nature. Immigrants, who have entered the country illegally, lack documentation of any kind and, therefore, are limited in their options. Immigrants also often will go another route, obtain tourist visas and then purposely overstay their visits to find long term employment. These informal workers are without resources and have to face harsh conditions without many safeguards in terms of workers’ rights or safety nets. Government indifference to these basic guarantees causes a lack of legal recourse, which leaves them powerless in the face of draconian labor law violations that so painfully affect them.
Another recent trend in the immigration process has been the movement of migrants from rural areas where they work in agricultural pursuits to urban areas, especially Buenos Aires. This pattern represents a change in the type of work that is being demanded of them. For example, the growing demand for work in garment factories means that Bolivian migrants to Argentina, who formerly could have worked as agricultural workers in the provinces of Jujuy, Salta, La Rioja, and Mendoza, now increasingly work in factories.
According to a recent article in the Buenos Aires newspaper La Nación regarding a raid on an illegal garment factory, “approximately half of the 160 thousand workers in the textile industry don’t work in the formal workshops.” At the same time, the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INDEC) figures that as much as 78% of the total of apparel industry in the country is illegal.
Gustavo Vera (President of a cooperative called La Alameda that works to improve the conditions of garment workers in Buenos Aires), says that “there are 3,000 clandestine workshops in the capital…there are also 15,000 clandestine workshops…in the surrounding regions…these workshops employ more than 200,000 people who are reduced to forced or even slave labor, which is similar to forced labor except they are controlled 24 hours a day by the owner.”
In their book Muchachas no More, Chaney and Garcia Castro describe the harsh conditions, long hours, low salaries, and frequent instances of sexual harassment that domestic workers must face. In these situations, household workers are often bereft of their rights, and there is no support of organized labor to defend them. (Eurasia Review)
Cue Gloria Alred! 🙂
President Morales of Bolivia:
“Here there’s a lot of talk about policies that aim to expel immigrants,” he said. “There are deep asymmetries between countries, between continents, so of course our brothers in Latin America come here to improve their economic situation. But our brothers who come to the U.S., to Europe, to survive, to reach a better station in life, they are thrown out. What kind of policy is that?”
Morales’ message: “I call on President Obama to halt these policies that aim to deport the Latin American people here, because we all have the same rights.”
Chile has recently become a new pole of attraction for illegal immigrants, mostly from neighboring Peru and Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Colombia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
LIMA — Efforts to stem illegal immigrants from neighboring countries are increasing in parts of Latin America because of concerns, similar to those in the United States, that they drive down salaries and bring crime and violence with them.
Ecuador, Chile and Venezuela are discussing whether to restrict illegal migrants while Costa Rica recently tightened barriers. Peru is studying whether to tighten its southern border with Bolivia.
Driving the changes are concerns echoed in the current U.S. immigration debate: that undocumented workers take jobs from locals, raise the crime rate and drain tax dollars through their use of public school and health systems.
In the same vein, business groups in the region have been opposing new laws that might limit uneducated, low-cost laborers from migrating to countries that need them — just as in the United States.
Governments throughout the region report almost three million immigrants, according to the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. A majority is believed to lack proper documentation.
In Ecuador, a presidential candidate in last year’s campaign made concern about illegal aliens there a staple of her campaign, said Gioconda Herrera, a researcher at FLACSO, a Latin American think tank with an office in Ecuador. She added that she couldn’t remember another presidential candidate making it such a major issue.
The concern there is with Colombians who have fled the war in their country and moved to northern Ecuador, to sell knickknacks in the street and work on sugar and banana farms, Herrera said.
”The public wants more control so more undocumented workers don’t enter,” Herrera said by telephone from Quito, adding that the concern “has reached xenophobic levels.”
Smaller numbers of illegal Peruvians in southern Ecuador have not provoked much public unease, she added. Ecuador and Peru signed an agreement in December to give the Peruvians temporary legal papers to work in Ecuador, but few have bothered to sign up.
Undocumented Colombians in Venezuela have prompted concern there, said Raquel Alvarez, an immigration specialist at the University of the Andes in San Cristobal, on the Colombian-Venezuelan border.
”There’s little anxiety that Colombians are taking the jobs of Venezuelans. They take jobs in sectors where there aren’t enough Venezuelans, such as textiles or on farms,” Alvarez said by telephone. “The concern is that violent elements are crossing into Venezuela to commit killings and kidnappings.”
The government has beefed up its border posts as a result, Alvarez added.
Chile’s strong economy during the past 20 years has been a magnet for illegal immigrants from Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and especially Peru.
”It’s a brand new issue for us,” Jorge Muñoz, a project coordinator at the International Organization for Migration, said from the group’s Santiago office.
The Chilean Congress is discussing whether to begin penalizing people who are paid to smuggle in illegal aliens. President Michelle Bachelet’s government also is drafting a proposal that would allow illegal migrants to gain temporary legal status to work and perhaps eventually gain citizenship.
Argentina approved a measure in 2003 to give illegal migrants the right to public schools and health clinics and to pave the way for temporary work status, said Jorge Gurrieri, a professor at the University of Buenos Aires who specializes in immigration issues.
Gurrieri said 380,000 illegal immigrants have applied for papers since the application window opened a year ago. The country has long attracted poor workers from neighboring countries because of its better economic opportunities.
”The problem of illegal aliens has lost its political force with the new law,” Gurrieri said by telephone from Buenos Aires.
Nicaraguans illegally living in Costa Rica have prompted greater concern there since they represent about 6 percent of Costa Rica’s population, said Guillermo Acuna, a researcher with FLACSO’s Costa Rica office.
Costa Rica’s Congress approved a measure in 2005 that created a vehicle for Nicaraguans to apply for Costa Rican citizenship, but the measure also imposed penalties on businesses that hire undocumented workers.
”There are sectors within Costa Rica that are uncomfortable with the Nicaraguans,” Acuna said by telephone from San José. “Unions, in particular, feel like the Nicaraguans cost them jobs and force down wages.” (freereppublic.com -2007)
I guess they are all heartless, cruel, racists too! 🙂