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Mexico Complains Of Too Many Repatriated Mexicans

The U.S. border state leading the battle against illegal immigration with unprecedented tough laws has received complaints from Mexico’s government that too many Mexicans have been repatriated and the country is overwhelmed with demands for housing, jobs and schools.

Fed up with the devastating effect of illegal immigration, Arizona has enacted the nation’s toughest laws to curb the problem and evidently its working. State legislators have passed laws barring illegal immigrants from receiving government services, posting bail for serious crimes and winning punitive damages in lawsuits. This year a new law makes it illegal for businesses to hire undocumented workers and those that do can be shut down.

The state legislator who sponsored the work bill, Representative Russell Pearce, says the law’s undeniably positive effects include smaller class sizes, shorter emergency room waits and an overall huge savings to taxpayers. The Republican congressman drafted the bill because studies revealed that illegal immigration cost Arizona taxpayers over $2 billion annually, not including the toll of crime and destruction.

It turns out that enough illegal immigrants have either fled the U.S. or been deported that officials in the Mexican state of Sonora, which shares an extensive border with Arizona, have complained that too many of their fellow countrymen have returned. They miss the remittances sent from the U.S. as well as smaller class sizes in local schools.

Mexican government officials knew Arizona’s tough employment verification law would become their worst nightmare, which explains why they tried blocking it. Earlier this year a delegation of nine legislators from Sonora toured Tucson and held a news conference to say that their beloved state cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools resulting from illegal Mexican workers returning home.

One baffled Mexican legislator, Leticia Amparano Gamez, asked in Spanish “how can they pass a law like this?” She went on to explain that Mexico is not prepared for the “tremendous problems” it will face as more and more Mexicans working in Arizona and sending money to their families return to hometowns in Sonora without jobs. Another member of the Mexican delegation, Representative Florencio Diaz Armenta, asked “what do we do with the repatriated?”

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April 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Kidnapping of illegal immigrants on the rise

Kidnapping of illegal immigrants on the rise

Lindsey Collom
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 29, 2007 12:00 AM

They are kidnapped at gunpoint, whisked away, held for ransom, sometimes tortured. Sometimes, they are sent home. Sometimes, they end up dead.

They are involved in human and drug trafficking; many are illegal immigrants. They are kidnapping victims, and police say their numbers are on the rise.

Kidnappings have long been an issue among illegal immigrants, where predators know victims are less likely to turn to law enforcement. But authorities say the rate of such crime has reached a new high. The violence rarely touches legitimate businesses and citizens, police say, but it’s happening close to home.

“What you have are people who are heavily armed, motivated, very violent, who are in the community that are torturing people, killing people,” said Sgt. Joel Tranter, a Phoenix police spokesman. “They’re driving the same streets as everybody else. They’re in that house that’s quiet, and you see people come and go a little bit. Imagine if that’s the house next to yours.”

Phoenix police now investigate one to three new cases each week, but officials believe the crimes are vastly underreported because victims are hesitant to come forward, and even when they are, many are too scared to help prosecute. More..

December 4, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment