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Was this data collected only from illegal immigrants who had at some point been incarcerated? Don't you think that flaws it just a wee bit (or a LOT), considering the rate of repeat offenses for criminals in general? Furthermore, 45% of the arrests were related to immigration...that's a significant number. Just something to think about. "Illegals" are people too, and I bet you'd be surprised at the things in your life that wouldn't function properly without immigrants who happen to be here illegally because they cannot get here legally. I just have very little respect for people who are so quick to judge an entire (very diverse) group of people based on one set of very limited, biased numbers.


Just happened upon your blog and noticed immigrantsarepeopletoo used quotation marks around the word ILLEGALS- as if they're NOT illegal? Give me a break. I live approximately 200 feet from a sanctioned day labor worker center. The area I live in is filled with illegal aliens. I have nothing against immigrants, but I do against ILLEGALS/CRIMINALS. My family immigrated here legally. I wish those who break laws to get here would instead put some of that energy into making their home country a better place and not come here. Things in my life wouldn't function properly without them? Umm, NO, things would be just fine. The big May 1st demonstration day was bliss- less traffic, no crowds, no loss in any way for me or my clients or any business we visited. We all enjoyed it. I don't care if you have no respect for those "quick to judge"- guess what? I am an ex-liberal and it took me many years- nothing quick about it- to open my eyes and see we're being taken! I have very little respect for people who deliberately break the law and those who encourage them. (End of my rant).


First of all, immigrantsarepeopletoo, the 45% number is for a lumped category of drug offenses & immigration violations. I don't know why they lumped those two together, and you're correct to spot it as the weakest point in the GAO summary, but it includes drug offenses. Important point.
and of course they're people, too. People with the same Natural Rights you and I have. They just don't have any right to be here, and there are way too many of them from a relatively small area.
And everything I do went just fine on May 1.
Illegals go home!


Oh, and of course the data was from people who had been incarcerated! It's arrest data, and damn obnoxious ones at that. These are not people behaving as guests. Having bronken the law to get it, it looks like they just keep on breaking it in very disproportionate numbers.

Frederick Martin F

If our laws would allow the illegals to enter legally through the checkpoints, then those that attempt to bypass that would easily be caught. The ambitious here to work have a moral right to be here. The current immigration law is unconstitutional, as a quota system, it violates natural rights. There are almost no work visas available that allow any migrants especially of the numbers of Mexican worker/migrants, Central American, South American migrants, that are willing to work and there are only few B1 visas that allow engineers or high tech worker immigrant/visitors. Why should we and do we have moral right to continue to violate Jefferson's principle of Expatriation and free migration?
This country is based on freedom and capitalism.

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Seen at low tide

  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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