Immigration crackdown tears families apart but good for the country

By Noble Johns

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (BNW) – The silence is deafening in the Black community on the illegal immigration debate. In fact, you can almost hear a rat piss on cotton when it comes to most of the Black politicians in the Democratic Party who have already taken a stand on the issue. Them niggers are for the bill! But, they are avoiding the subject because they know their views are at odds with the average Black on illegal immigration.

The average Black politicians in this country have more loyalty to the Democratic Party than they do to their own constituency or the Black race. Consider this; the main reason the Democratic Party wants to bring in to this country between 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants and give them citizenship is because the Democratic Party is looking at them as potential voters in the future.

And furthermore, when they illegally enter the country in the first place, they not only break one law by crossing the US boarders illegally, when they get to this country they commit identity fraud on a daily bases to get and keep jobs. So, they don’t have any respect for our laws because they break them everyday to stay over here.

Again consider this… the first claim the supports of illegal immigrants make is that they’re doing jobs that Americans won’t do. That’s a big lie because when ICE closed-down a Swift meat processing plant in Minnesota this year and deported the illegal immigrants, hard working Americans were at the company’s door the next day wanting the jobs. Why... in some communities in the Black community, the Black unemployment rate is over 70%, while the illegal immigrants are fully employed.

They also say that the US can’t reasonably get them all out the country and back to their home counties. That’s bullshit! We put a man on the moon, so we can get the illegal immigrants out of our country and back homes. We can simply stop illegal immigration overnight by enforcing the laws on the books, now!

There are a sundry of reasons how and why illegal immigration hurts the Black community, but the Black politicians in Washington… that, Congressional Black Caucus, that suppose to support you and me, can’t give US one reasons how the illegal immigration bill helps the Black community.

So, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, we need to get the illegals out of this country, or you out of office! I don’t care if Maria de la Luz Bocanegra Velasquez was leaving for work when the U.S. immigration agents surrounded her car and locked her ass in jail.

They were after another Maria but settled for arresting Velasquez, a pregnant mother of three who came illegally to this farming town from Mexico 15 years ago. Get ‘em all!

A week later, Velasquez, 33, sat in jail awaiting deportation while her partner, Antonio Ramos, tried to shelter their American-born children — aged 12, 10 and 8 — from the grim reality of a U.S. backlash against illegal immigrants.

Deep divisions have split this country of immigrants and President George W. Bush, a Republican, is struggling to push a broad package of immigration reforms through Congress, where opponents from both sides are balking at different details.

Across the country, raids on workplaces and homes of suspected illegal immigrants have increased. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Greg Palmore said some 20,000 people have been arrested since October 2006.

"Gone are the days where individuals will find a haven here," said Palmore.

Ramos, who came to Ohio in 1977 and works legally in the area's sprawling fields, started to cry when asked whether he will take his children to Mexico to be with their mother or split the family so they can continue their U.S. education.

"I don't know what to do," he said. "If we go, they won't know how to read or write and they'll get jobs just like me, in the dirt, in the mud, in the heat."

As he spoke, 10-year-old Luis lurked in a stairwell behind his father, straining to hear. His father told him his mother may be home next week, that she was filling out paperwork.

"But I know she's not coming back," Ramos said, wiping away tears.

He brought a small bag of clothes and personal belongings to the jail, hoping Maria would have some things when she was deported. The jailer refused all but two pairs of underwear and socks, all in plain white cotton.


Palmore said the Painesville raids, which began on May 18, targeted illegal immigrants wanted for missing court dates, as well as a few wanted for crimes including a sex offense and disorderly conduct.

He said only two of the wanted immigrants were found during the operation, plus 35 others who could not prove legal status. A local immigration advocate said 42 people were arrested and that raids continued on Wednesday.

Border crackdowns had already made it harder for employers in Painesville to find workers this year.

The raids infuriated Larry Secor, a third-generation farmer who is short of labor for his tree, flower and fruit farm.

"The public in this country has no idea who's feeding them," said Secor, 50, as he sorted fruit at his roadside store.

"People already complain that strawberries are $4 a quart. Do they want it to be $10?" he said. "If you don't let these people come over here you'll get food from the same place we get our oil -- overseas. Do you want them to control our food supply too?"

The suggestion that immigrants take American jobs and lower U.S. wages angered Secor further.

"Americans are not raising their kids to work on their knees in the fields. My daughter's in college — she's not going to be a farmer," he said.

While most opponents of illegal immigration acknowledge that rounding up America's estimated 12 million undocumented workers is impossible, raids like the one in Painesville may convince some to leave voluntarily.

Rosario, a Mexican mother of four who did not want to give her full name because she is an illegal immigrant, faces the same bleak choice as Ramos — stay in America with her children or follow her deported spouse back to Mexico.

Rosario's husband was caught in May moments after dropping their two youngest children at the babysitter. Word of the raid spread like wildfire to her factory and the local high school, where 15-year-old Saul heard his father had been caught.

"It was panic. Everyone was calling to see how the parents were," recalled the boy, who came to Ohio when he was 7 years old after a trek through the desert with his family.

Rosario has taken extra shifts at the factory to pay the bills and Saul, who wants to study medicine or technology in college, said he will leave school to get a job as well.

But the government's capture of the head of the family will probably send the other five packing as well.

"If he can't come back, I'll have to go back," Rosario said. "We've been destroyed."

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