Saturday Forum

06/26/09 – A Reader Reminds
Us Of More Forgotten Black Serial Killers

A Vietnam Veteran (Democrat) Says Sonia Sotomayor Will Advocate For More Special Privileges For Illegal Aliens; etc.

Paul (e-mail him)

Re: Henry McCulloch`s

Sonia Sotomayor`s Double Standards

Judge Sonia Sotomayor`s
primary focus, once she is
appointed to the court, will be continued advocacy of

more special privileges
for illegal aliens, a
tragedy for working Americans.

As an example, let me tell you about what has happened
to the
packing industry
as a result of illegal
immigration. I worked at a nationally-known meat packing plant when I returned
and the wages I earned there helped to pay
for my B.S. degree in economics at the
University of Wisconsin.

My sister and brother-in-law worked at the plant for
many years. My brother-in-law was also a
union steward at the
plant, deeply involved in union politics.

Back in the 1970s, the plant employed
several thousand people on all three shifts,

many of whom were black Americans
. In fact, I worked
with and became friends with several University of
Wisconsin football players who went to the NFL but never
made it past their team`s final cut of the season.

The plant provided jobs that paid well. The
work was hard, but a person could earn a comfortable
middle-class income
working at the plant.

This is no longer the case. What remains of the plant is
now almost exclusively staffed with immigrants from

Mexico and Central America

who will work for a fraction of what American citizens
were being paid, and who are also afraid to stand up for
their rights when
labor or safety standards
are violated.

What has happened to the plant is

common across the country
. Was the

Civil Rights revolution of the 1960s
fought so that
the advances
black Americans
that were made could be undercut by
corporate and political pandering to the

illegal alien lobby

Working class Americans like my old
colleagues and myself suffer the most from illegal
immigration. American citizens, both

black and white
, should receive priority over
non-citizens in employment, education and all the other
avenues that lead to success.

In closing I should point out that I am not a right-wing
xenophobe. My Democratic family has

strong union ties
. My father was butcher and also a
union steward who eventually became a union business

Although I have earned a degree in economics with
graduate credits and now work for an insurance company,
I still have my union card with the

Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen

of the AFL-CIO and continue to follow union politics

Paul`s previous letter
about worthless Republican presidential candidates is


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A Missouri Reader Sums Up In One Word What It`s Like To Work In Mexico: Nightmare!

Ned Garver (e-mail

Re: An American-Mexican Mom`s Column:
An American Contemplates The “Path To Citizenship” In
Mexico—It`s Hard!

Like the American-Mexican Mom, I found
the road to

working in Mexico
almost impossible to navigate.

I worked under a tourist visa for
three months and could legally renew it for three more
months. During that six- month period, our Mexican and
American attorneys worked on my behalf to secure a
permanent work visa granted to a person for a specific
job called an

or FM 3

“Lucrativa” as in
“making money.”

Foreign residents who work in Mexico
are required to have them. They are to be
carried at
all times
in addition to your U.S. passport.

To apply for the FM3 work permit I
needed to submit the following notarized originals:
my birth certificate
for (as well as my wife`s), our
marriage certificate, high school transcripts with proof
of graduation, college transcripts for every university
I attended as well as proof of graduation, two letters
of recommendation from supervisors for whom I had worked
at least two years, a letter from the St. Louis

Chief of Police
stating I had I had no arrest record
or outstanding warrants in the US and was "a
citizen in good standing
Finally, I had to
write a letter about myself that clearly stated why
there was no Mexican citizen with

my skills
and why my skills are important to Mexico.

As if that wasn`t enough, all of
the above were in English that had to be translated into
Spanish and be certified as legal translations with our
signatures again notarized.

In the end, we had a folder about
1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and
Spanish on the right.

Once these documents were
completed, my wife and I spent several hours accompanied
by a Mexican lawyer touring Mexican government office
locations and being photographed and fingerprinted
various times.

At each location we received
instructions on regulations regarding Mexican taxes,
housing, and criminal law, with a reminder that we were
obligated to follow these laws.

We paid out $4,000 in
and bribes
to complete the process. Only when this
step was complete could we legally bring in our
household goods that were held by US customs in Laredo
Texas. This added more costly fees.

not buy a home
and were forced to rent at very high
rates and under contract and in compliance with Mexican

We were required to get a Mexican
driver`s license. This was an amazing process. My
company arranged for the Mexican licensing agency to
come to our corporate headquarters with their camera,
fingerprinting equipment and laminating machine.

Surprisingly, we did not take a
written or road test. The only instruction we received
was never give
your license if stopped, but to hold it
against the inside window away from his grasp. If the
policeman got his hands on it you would
have to pay ransom
to get it back.

Leaving Mexico involved the same
process but in reverse. We had to surrender our “lucrativas”
and, before our personal belongings were released to
customs, to certify that we left no debts behind or had
any pending unresolved legal matters.

Working in Mexico was a real
adventure. If any of our


went through it once, they would have a

more realistic attitude
about Mexico.

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A Reader From India Is “Fed Up” With, Patrick Cleburne Replies

Dear Mr. Cleburne,

This is my final note to you and I
have become fed up of the constant vitriol and hatred
spewed on your site by you and the other authors. I do
understand many of the concerns that
Americans have and I do hope they are addressed and
resolved in the future. However, by demonizing and
vilifying a population of an entire nation, you have
trivialized your own issues. And I know very well
that you do not really care what a "brown" person thinks
about your site but I guess I wanted to pour my heart

Guess what, you`ll be extremely surprised to know that
even though I am Indian, I do understand the concept of
free speech. So I visited your site to understand your
points of view and get the reasoning behind the vitriol.
However, it seems no matter what, you have an inherent
hatred for anything non-white so objective thinking is
not on the agenda for

Thanks a lot for totally demonizing and vilifying my
fellow country people
in the eyes of the world. I
know we have flaws but then who doesn`t. Even America
wasn`t in the best of conditions just 60 years after
independence and it came to a point where it is today
after much effort and hard work and it took a lot of

Good luck to you and your site.

Best Regards,

World Citizen

Patrick Cleburne

I was saddened to get this.

In her
previous letter, World Citizen appeared to be trying to
be reasonable, and
as I
, I actually like Indians.


Free Speech
is an absolute value, not to be
suspended because of impatience.


recent events
give Americans more reason to be
apprehensive the Obama Administration`s

in favor of this


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