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Some of you may recall the 1,000's upon 1000's of illegal immigrants who demonstrated in Los Angeles. Guess what? I was lucky enough to be there, and take lots, and lots of pictures!

I personally do not want these people legalized, because I see them as people who have BROKEN our laws (ILLIGAL immigrants). It isn't fair that so many others have filled out paper work, and patiently wait to be called LEGALLY.

Immigration issue draws thousands into streets

Here are some of the pics I took that day:

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Oct. 31st, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
exactly! I dont get the rationalization for it being OK to cross a national boundary/work illegally. I guess that makes me a bad person or something.

Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Some people seem to forget the rights of those who continue to wait for their turn, after having gone through the legal procedures to enter this country. These are the people I want here in the U.S., not those who broke our laws by entering without permission.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
in a way, as someone from the working class I'd almost like to see them get full citizenship so they woldnt be able to be black-market labor working for peanuts, putting citizens out of work and driving down our standard of living. I'd much prefer they fight for labor rights and economic development in their own country of origin like generations of legal immigrants have had to do here. I understand that through things like NAFTA, US and multinational corporations have economically raped central and south America to hell and labor organizers would have to fight a (literally) bloody struggle, but then that's the price that was paid here in order for us to have the US labor laws we have today. the sacrifice that so many legal immigrants before us had to make is being eroded by illegal labor. the argument that illegals are exclusively doing the labor that US citizens dont want to is total BS and anyone who is actually from the working class should know that. Ive known contractors driven out of business by illegals.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
NAFTA is the worst thing that could have happened.

Oct. 31st, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
I agree... Illegal is illegal...

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And I love the pics of the horses!
Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Too bad some don't understand what ILLEGAL means.

The horses were absolutely beautiful.

Love you, too!
Oct. 31st, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Was there anyone protesting their protest?
Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Not a soul. It was as peaceful as could be.
Oct. 31st, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I agree as well, I have no problems with anyone wanting to come to this country, just do it legally, and become a citizen.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
I for one think that you and the commentators DONT really care to become informed and understand the desperation and risk of why people do it.

God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in their shoes. EVER. The WILLFUL ignorance is disgusting. IF you blatantly don't care, that is one thing. To remain ignorant of all the reason, terrible.

The legal system will not stop hunger/poverty.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
There’s nothing to become informed about. They have broken the law.

I believe we have all experienced countless times the anger and the rage where we have stood in line awaiting our turn to enter an event such as a movie, or whatever, only to have jerks butt in the front of the line. This is what these illegal immigrants remind me of. There are countless people who have gone through all the LEGAL procedures, and who await their turn in desperation, but because all these jerks have BUTT (crawled through tunnels, and God know how else into this country) in line so to speak, they will have to continue to wait, and wait, and wait – perhaps forever.

Believe it or not, there are American citizens who are ALREADY experiencing hunger and poverty; American citizens who are already “walking a mile in their shoes.” If our economy continues to plummet as it is doing, will THEIR country accept us with open arms? I don’t think so.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
1. First two sentences - Some laws are shit and don't work. You don't WANT the information, is one this. To pretend that there is nothing behind the occurrence is bullshit.

2. It is terrible that we treat our american citizens that are in poverty with such judgment as well. But that is a completely separate issue.

3. Neither you, nor I know if another country would accept us, but it sure would be a humbling experience for those that judge from their pedestals.

Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
No body is judging from a pedestal. The law is the law, and when people enter this country by hook or by crook, they have broken our laws. I have many acquaintances that entered this country legally, and have absolutely nothing to fear from the authorities. Why? Because they entered LEGALLY.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
The real issue is not immigration, but the loss of political and economic power by the working and middle classes.

IMO, it is the poor economic, social and industrial policies that are the real issues

As part of what we said - there are plenty american poor who suffer. It is very desperate and easy to say it is just the illegal people. Just making them go away will not fix the problem.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
I feel it's too late to make them go away. There are so many, and more continue to find ways of entering this country by hook or by crook.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
If you want to get into Mexico illegally...fly into Mexico City from the US. You get off the plane and you're in the main stream terminal. You can go anywhere. In fact, if you change terminals, the bus will drop you off on the street outside.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
There is no problem boarding a plane into Mexico, but you better have an international passport, because if you don’t, you’ll have a hell of a time returning. It’s a well known fact that those who fly there go as tourists, and tourists are more than welcomed $$$. Now, if we were to go there to live, and take the little jobs left there, then you better believe we’d be sent back to the U.S.A. But then, who in their right mind would want to move to a 3rd world country like Mexico, where corruption and poverty as we cannot imagine exists.

Mexico also has its laws. There are thousands who are entering that country such as Cuba, and especially from Guatemala. Those people are sought out by the Mexican authorities to send them back. These people, who enter Mexico, do so to try to eventually cross over illegally to the U.S. through our border cities. Since it has become harder and harder, they have found they must stay in Mexico, which I’m sure has caused even more hardships to Mexico.

Juarez, Mexico use to be a wonderful and safe place to visit. As we can all see, it isn’t anymore. My heart breaks for the good citizens who live their, because of the out of control crime that exists there, but this country cannot help them by turning a blind eye to them entering this country illegally.

America has always welcomed immigrants with open arms, but only if they enter by having gone through all the procedures that are expected, and that is to enter this country LEGALLY.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
There are so many Americans retiring to Mexico, especially in the South of Mexico, that the smaller towns are becoming so Americanized that they're losing there identities.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
There used to be, but I'm sure others have changed furture plans to do the same thing. I can't help but feel that those who retired over there, regret it now.
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Dec. 31st, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
No, it isn’t a black and white issue.

I have been going to Juarez for a long time, and can see first their impossible situation. It’s always been a hard life for them, but now, it is a living nightmare. Not only are they confronted by the poverty they’ve always lived with, but now, they live in terror. All the things that I see there break my heart to pieces, but I can’t let my heart rule over my head.

There are so many who have gone through the legal procedures to enter this country, but because of those who have taken it upon themselves to break our laws and enter this country by hook or by crook, these people will wait possibly forever, thanks to the illegals. It really isn’t fair at all, and this is among the many reasons I am against those living here illegally. Yes, it’s true they work for slave wages, but they do very well when it comes to their creature comforts such as food, medical, and housing.

I agree with you that it would be so very simple for the authorities to keep them from entering this country, but they will continue to enter, because it is most profitable for many entities.

I’ve been meaning to make more posts about the things I’ve seen while visiting Juarez. I’ve taken so many pictures that I would like to share.

I can’t for the life of me understand why the news media isn’t mentioning one iota about the horrors that are going on in a city that is now considered the most violent and dangerous city in the world!!

Thanks for adding me to your FList. I enjoy those who are frank, and aren’t afraid to say what’s on their mind about any given topic – just like you. :o)
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