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Leppert supports immigrant office..
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Mayor has a few questions amid heavy lobbying for agency......

    Once again we have local politicians, newly elected, doing an about face on what they stood for when they were campaigning. Well, can someone tell me something new?? This type of behavior has been going on forever. Let me see, tell the people what they want to hear and as soon as you manage to be elected to office you reveal your true colors, right?
    Another of a very long line of articles that expose the truth after the fact. Yes, this was printed in one of my local newspapers and I thought it was worth while to write about it.
  "Tom Leppert's mayoral victory (Dallas, Texas) was less than a week old when the lobbying intensified from an unusual camp, immigrants."
  "They wanted an office of immigrant affairs, dedicated to assimilating immigrants, legal and illegal, into the city of Dallas."
    Now on the surface, to establish an office of immigrant affairs of sorts is not such a bad idea. Actually, it would be a very good idea to assist all the newcomers to this country that are here legally.
    I know from personal experience with my own family and many of my friends that if something of this sort existed when they first arrived in this country it would have helped them tremendously.
   It can be a very overwhelming and intimidating  experience to be in a new country and not be familiar with the customs or language. Being alone, without any assistance will take any person a very long time to learn all they need to learn before they can begin to feel comfortable.
   However, I do draw the line for only the legal immigrants, not the illegal immigrants. Please do not talk with me about the "migrant workers", "undocumented workers" or any other cover term because illegal is still illegal.
   "At a victory reception held by Latino groups for the new mayor Thursday, Mr. Leppert said he is committed to opening an office of immigrant affairs."
   "Last week's defeat of a massive immigration overhaul proposal will probably place more heat on cities and states with high immigration to deal with a variety of issues from day labor sites to bond programs for new schools to proposals to crack down on those who provide services to those in the United States illegally. Groups such as Numbers USA are calling for more deportations of illegal immigrants or "attrition through enforcement and self removal."
   "Claudia Herrmann, an immigrant who heads one of the largest Mexican hometown or homestate associations in the Dallas area, is also bending Mr. Leppert's ear.
   "We applaud that you have recognized the need to create a Dallas Office for New Americans," it read, "to help immigrants from different countries as well as international refugees to adjust to their new life in Dallas."
   "The proposed office could focus on connecting the foreign born to social service agencies in the city, Ms. Herrmann said, and on teaching immigrants about basic services, such as how 911 works for emergencies and how to use the Dallas Public Library."
   "One of the major things that this office would have to work on is to let the immigrants know about all the resources to learn to speak and write English and about educating their children and about knowing the laws so that they can obey the laws, she said.
   Well, as I mentioned earlier in this article, if it is to render assistance to legal immigrants then I am all for it, but they are painting a very blurry line. I still do not see the value in rendering assistance to someone who has broken laws in the first place because they want to live here.
   There are many people from around the world who have been trying to enter this country and are continuously turned down. Should anyone, from anywhere, at anytime be allowed to live here just because they want to?
   Our public facilities are so overwhelmed already and the tax dollar that you and I have confiscated from our salaries is only going to go so far. All of our systems are already stretched beyond capability. Is the answer for all of the legal citizens to be taxed more to continue paying for the illegal population?? Or should we continue to band together to refuse assistance until either they are deported or leave on their own because they can no longer find work and housing??
    "The foreign born make up twenty seven percent of Dallas population, according to 2005 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. Immigrants come from El Salvador, India, Vietnam, South Korea, China, Canada. But the majority, seventy two percent, come from Mexico. The next highest group, Salvadorans, make up four percent of the foreign born total."
    Of these figures, all of the people are not illegal, it is the reporting that blurs the figures. However, I do find these figures interesting because I also know of people from Germany, England, Ireland, Egypt, France, Italy, Russia that are all here legally.
   Where is the "Office of Immigrantion Affairs" for them? Where do these newcomers go for assistance or is it okay to discriminate against them?? Now would it not be a nice idea if this office they want to establish was there to help ALL legal immigrants?


Thanks for taking the time to read this, I do appreciate it and enjoy your comments.....Karen


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Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 7/30/2007
A good thinking article. Legal is ok , illegal , isn't .. I still feel their own countries should offer more for thier own people and make their living standards better . I guess I hope for too much!........M
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/23/2007
Thought provoking read; well done!
Reviewed by steve Chering 7/7/2007
My inner racial problems died a death as soon as my son married a Half cast girl} as she likes to be called.
and gave us a beautiful grandchild. So theres always room for improvement! well written.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 7/4/2007
Makes one stop and think that's for sure. I agree that if legal immigrants are working and earning their pay the same as we do, that's fine for they are also contributing to the economy, but I don't agree with giving assistance to those in the country illegally. Our elementary school has gained numerous Mexican children whom speak little to no english. It is difficult to teach them because very few teachers speak Spanish fluently. We cannot retain them due to their lack of understanding and use of english language which in turn hurts our test scores. Wonderful children, but living in a world and attending a school where cultures often clash. Interesting article my friend!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/4/2007
El Alamo all over again.
Santana came with 6000 soldiers, but he wasn't sneaking around, he came with trumpets and drums, with soldier's pride not with a burglar's stealth.
The new Santana is a pollero which are coming with 6.000.000 desperate people that are tired to see their children dying from hunger because their governments take all the national revenues to Swiss nummered accounts for themselves and their cronies.
We shouldn't put up more costly barriers, we should use the monies to change those governments that are putrifying their country and ours, we should ironclad isolate them by a collective action, we should impose an international ban on secret bank accounts so all can see where the money goes, to whom and for what.
We are been flooded by millions of people pushed, bulldozed away from their homes by political and military corruption.
The Godfather isn't a dead maffia boss, the Godfather are presiding in 2007 alive and well in almost all the White Houses of 200 countries.
Attention!!! put the red carpet, here's coming another one.
From a deeply disgusted human being...
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