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No one should be incarcerated for possession of marijuana and no one should die because they committed the misdemeanor of not presenting themselves for inspection at a port of entry before entering the country. It is NOT a felony. It is not even a misdemeanor to be present in the U.S. without proper documentation. It is simply an administrative matter. Ask any immigration attorney. I have worked with hundreds of migrants over the past five years. I've traveled to visit their families in Mexico and seen how they live, talked to them about their hopes and dreams, consoled them, treated their injuries, helped them as best I could and in the process I learned from them. I've walked the same trails they walk through the deserts and mountains and I admire them for their courage and determination.

The migrants themselves do not feel any self-entitlement. They are simply desperate to feed and clothe their families. They feel the responsibility to find work to pay for medical care for their loved ones, pay for their children's education, etc. 'Americans' as the people of the U.S. refer to themselves waste more food, more fuel, more of everything than any other people on the planet. The billions of dollars that we are wasting building fences and towers and paying thousands of Border Patrol agents to drive around in gas-guzzling off-road vehicles day and night or stand around talking at unconstitutional checkpoints, paying Wackenhut employees to sit around in idling, air conditioned buses, paying private military contractors to 'guard' so-called 'security' towers, paying CCA to imprison people who haven't committed any crime, etc., etc. Those billions of dollars could have been and could be spent in helping Mexico and Central America build infrastructure, hospitals, schools, provide education to their children so that people would not be forced to emigrate to find work in meatpacking plants, on dairy farms, in hog confinement operations, in hotels, or in farm fields doing the work that 'Americans' STILL won't do.

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Posted by cactus on 08/20/2009 at 5:44 AM

Re: “Trashing Arizona

What about our trash - the twenty-plus miles of toxic mine tailings along I-19? All the clothes and bottles the migrants leave behind can be picked up but the degradation and pollution from the mine tailings is forever.

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Posted by cactus on 04/03/2009 at 10:39 AM

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