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Old 09-18-2008, 08:03 PM
 
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The Pew Hispanic Center, a nonprofit research think tank based in Washington, concluded that Hispanics across the country, and in particular immigrants, are increasingly concerned about staying employed and being deported.

According to Pew's annual national survey of Latinos, nearly two-thirds of Latino immigrants said their lives have worsened over the last year and nearly as many fear that they, their relatives or their friends could be arrested at any time and shipped out of the country.

“There has been significant deterioration in the mood of Hispanics,” said Susan Minushkin, the center's deputy director. “Immigrants in particular are much more pessimistic.”

Respondents indicated that increased societal tensions have made them targets of ethnic discrimination and that's why they've had a harder time finding and keeping jobs and homes.

Additionally, 10 percent of immigrants said they were stopped by law enforcement officers and asked about their immigration status. That was the first time the question has been asked, so it's unknown if that is a trend or not.

Most answers varied in percentage depending on whether respondents said they were born here or not, but all Latinos showed vehement opposition to the government's ongoing illegal immigration crackdown.

Eight out of ten are against local police acting as immigration enforcers and nearly just as many disapproved of work-site raids. Majorities also opposed the criminal prosecution of unauthorized workers and the employers who hire them.

Opposition levels decreased when respondents were asked about a voluntary program allowing employers to check government databases for the immigration status of potential hires. Fifty-eight percent of U.S-born Latinos don't support employers signing up, while 63 percent of immigrants don't like the idea.

“This is the only enforcement measure where we find a difference between native- and foreign-born Hispanics,” Minushkin said.

Regarding fears of deportation, 53 percent of immigrants said they worried “a lot” about it, up from 43 percent last year.



Latino immigrants increasingly pessimistic about life in U.S. (http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/28618869.html - broken link)




Wow, 53%? Woo-hoo
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:47 PM
 
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53% seems to bear out my assertion that about half of the Hispanics in America today are, in fact, illegals.

I never figured Pew to be my proof, though...
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:16 PM
 
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Of course with the stock market and big layoffs, wages lowered by uncontrolled immigration, many Americans are feeling a bit pessimistic --- but obviously the news media isn't interested in reporting on that.
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:27 PM
 
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53% seems to bear out my assertion that about half of the Hispanics in America today are, in fact, illegals.

I never figured Pew to be my proof, though...
Exactly Mr. Pinestra! I find it amusing that they are still being called "immigrants" out of one side of the authors' mouth, while out of the other side claiming that said "immigrants" fear deportation. The spin is just about spun.
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:51 PM
 
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Of course with the stock market and big layoffs, wages lowered by uncontrolled immigration, many Americans are feeling a bit pessimistic --- but obviously the news media isn't interested in reporting on that.
Whether they report it or not, the elephant in the room can no longer be ignored by the media or the 2 panderers running for POTUS. The collapsing of America can no longer be ignored. It's time to take care OF OUR OWN.
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:26 PM
 
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Whether they report it or not, the elephant in the room can no longer be ignored by the media or the 2 panderers running for POTUS. The collapsing of America can no longer be ignored. It's time to take care OF OUR OWN.
Great post
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:02 AM
 
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The Pew Hispanic Center, a nonprofit research think tank based in Washington, concluded that Hispanics across the country, and in particular immigrants, are increasingly concerned about staying employed and being deported.

WHAT? Why would a legal American have any fear of deportation?

According to Pew's annual national survey of Latinos, nearly two-thirds of Latino immigrants said their lives have worsened over the last year

Um.........................

HELLO

It's called a recession. I hate to bust real news to the PEW folks but ALL AMERICANS lives have worsened from:
A. Illegal Aliens
B. The recession

this is news?
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:24 AM
 
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Sorry if Latino immigrants are getting pessimistic. Many American-born locals are getting that way, too.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:32 AM
 
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Just think for a moment how much more in welfare funds we could have in the pot if they were all to leave. I am not trying to give the impression that I am a bleeding heart, but I would rather take care of Americans, especially women with children, the disabled, etc than illegals. Think also, how much relief we could give the taxpayers on top of it.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:47 AM
 
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Why would immigrants fear arrest and deportation? They wouldn't. Only illegals, and that is a fine point Ms Minushkin and the PEW have yet to comprehend. Unfortunatly for them, Americans are waking up and understanding the distinction quite well.


I think there is a possibility that the US will be in for an ugly economic ride that will last several years. If that were to happen, adding twelve + million people to the citizenry will be the equivalant of committing suicide. How can we support all those people? We cannot. The money is not there. If we pulled out of Iraq tomorrow, the US will not suddenly have an extra trillion or so dollars lying around with nothing to do. We are broke, and we need to start living in what America is at this moment, and not what it was or could be twenty years from now.
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