ICE Punks Out To DREAM Act Students

In the light of day, while they're being watched, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents ain't so tough.

The above video with footage by Bill Pierce and editing by Dennis Gilman documents a November 19 demonstration outside the Phoenix offices of ICE by undocumented Arizona DREAM Act students.

It begins with a segment snipped from a confrontation DREAM Act students had with state Senate President-elect Russell Pearce on election night at the Hyatt in downtown Phoenix.

From there, it jumps to the November 19 protest, with the DREAM Act students, undocumented because they were brought here by their parents while kids, practically begging ICE to arrest them.

ICE, avoiding a PR nightmare, pretends the DREAMers aren't there.

Not all ICE agents are nefarious. Some just happen to work for a nefarious organization. If they were focused on pulling in real criminals, I'd have no problem with them. But they are focused on numbers, plain and simple. Mothers, fathers, and children are torn from each other as ICE pursues its ungodly quotas.

President Obama has called on Congress to present him with a DREAM Act bill to sign into law by the end of the year. A vote could come as soon as next week.

The DREAM Act would address the problem presented by these undocumented children, who have been raised in the U.S., educated by our schools, and are essentially Americans for all intents and purposes.

Those kids who stay out of trouble, go to college or serve in the military, would earn legal residence. It's a no-brainer. The young men and women who want to serve this nation and get an education? We should keep them here. They are an asset to our country.

(Note: To voice your support for DREAM legislation, click, here.)

For one of these young patriots, I'd trade a thousand native-born bigots like Russell Pearce. Pearce is a worthless human being, motivated by hatred and a lust for power.

The DREAM Act students, however, are the future of this country. Pearce belongs to its white pride past.

Has Pearce ever served this country in wartime? If so, he doesn't list it on his C.V. And I'm guessing he would boast about it if he could. He's of the Vietnam generation. Why didn't he sign up for service in Southeast Asia, assuming he loves his country as much as he claims?

Pearce needs to be confronted over and over and over again. He is easily the most powerful racist in Arizona, perhaps in the nation. 

ICE, too, deserves constant confrontation. Take a look at that sheriff's van leaving the premises. Talk about an axis of malevolence: ICE, the MCSO and Pearce. I'd call that a nativist trifecta.

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eds
eds

Most poeple are OPPOSED to the dream act, actually many law abiding people's dream is deportations of the free loaders, no more leeches. Illegals and or their parents need to go back home to improve their own country

Ruski
Ruski

Go away, eds.You are more of a leech than the immigrants are, since you're ELIGIBLE for social security benefits, welfare, food stamps, financial aid and grants for your kids to go to college, while immigrants aren't.

Get your facts straight, and go away.

Kthnxbye.

Leonard Clark
Leonard Clark

Thanks brothers and sisters for fighting non-violently to save our beloved state of Arizona and the United States from the hateful racist and nativist venom of National Socialist supporters (Nazis) like Russell Pierce, Arpaio and Jan Brewer. Finally, for the racist spewers of hate that dis-honor our beloved state of Arizona: On the front entrance to the state Capitol and legislature of Arizona there are 3 names listed as being medal of honor winners: a Mr. Pruitt, a Mr. Ira B. Hayes and a Mr. Slyvestre Herrera, the last medal of honor winner who sacrificed his feet and was personally awarded by president Harry S. Truman was the great evil un-documented immigrant brought here as an infant by his family. Hmm...imagine that... on the very front entrance to where all those racist legislators sit and where many a racist rally has been held: A tribute to an undocumented immigrant that chose to give everything, even his life if need be for his fellow U.S. Army soldiers and the racists who now sit in the Arizona legislature now guards the front entrance to the kidnapped state legislature which once actually cared about love and humanity and Democracy.Mr. Herrera's fellow soldiers that day didn't respond to Mr. Herrera's shout that he would take out the Nazi German pill box gun emplacement, they didn't say: "No, don't you dare go and give your life for us and your country!" So...how ironic that now his name along with the man who raised the flag on Iwo Jima guard a bunch of Nazi sympathizers that sit in elected positions of power that they fought over 65 years ago.The racists and nativists are always saying: "Don't you know what the word legal means?" Then when they're asked about king Solomon and the baby being cut in half, they cruelly and inhumanly say:" the baby should have been cut the in half"! This is the same type of crazed hate that I personally witnessed in Iraq whereby human beings would execute other human beings even dis-membering their opponents bodies just because they were of a different religion or ethnicity. We must let our racist friends know (and remind ourselves) of another man that we loved and still love and that they still hate (whether they admit this fact or not) and what he said about the concept of an "eye for an eye": "The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding. It seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers." -Dr. Martin Luther King.Thank you again, brothers and sisters for standing unified you inspire me and not least of all thanks to Mr. Salvador Reza, who inspires me by his non-violent yet fighting spirit in the face of this hate and injustice. Love and humanity shall reign someday in the state of Arizona despite racists like Russell Pierce, Joe Arpaio and appeasing politicians who say that not only would they enforce the racist s.b. 1070 but that they would "vigorously enforce s.b. 1070". Leonard ClarkPersian Gulf/ Iraq Occupation III vetformer Green party Candidate for Arizona Congressional District #311-28-10

DA Morales
DA Morales

As Carmen Conejo, an immigration-rights activist said this week, there is no path to legalization for the DREAM Act students... and as Dennis Gilman's video shows, there is no "line" to wait into to remedy this problem.

It's like living in limbo, and these are all hardworking nerds! True benefits to our society.

BucksGhost
BucksGhost

The majority of American Citizens have spoken, time and time again. Over 70% of American Citizens refuse the notion of a "dream act", amnesty or rewarding any sort of criminal behavior.

Democracy and this Country's sovereignty are the 2 structural strengths that have made the USA the most successful, productive and respected Country in the World.

This pitiful, lame socialist/Marxist/anarchist movement is a joke, completely unproductive, and has actually bonded American Citizens and Constitutionalists together like never before in history. 2012, the real CHANGE will begin. Hope you all can secure enough medical marijuana to take you further away from the reality that annoys you.

Allan
Allan

BG, it is easy to refute your "facts"

Here is a recent poll that claims "sixty-six percent of voters support the DREAM Act, including majorities of Democrats (81%), independents (60%), and Republicans (57%)."http://americasvoiceonline.org...

An earlier poll claimed simmilare results:http://www.firstfocus.net/site...

Now where do you find data that is just the opposite?

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

"This Country's sovereignty" is just another way of saying you are a White Nationalist. It means the same to you as it does the neo-Nazis, you just phrase it differently. They are more honest. What are you really sovereign to?

Are these the kids you are trying to protect your hateful and warped view of a free country from? Their contributions already out-weigh yours and your family members. For over 9 years, the majority of Americans have supported the DREAM act. It makes sense on every level: including tax revenue as well as human decency. There is nothing you can do to change the truth regardless of how many times you repeat a lie. Is Jim Cooney still the leader of that incestuos bunch of low-life biker-wanna-be's called RAIA?What has he accomplished other then a felony record? How much has his crimes and incarcerations cost us tax payers?

2012?

You haven't any solid plans now? The Tea Party has the House yet haven't a clue what "big Government" they are really willing to cut except what they are told. They are more concerned about giving Paris Hilton a tax break then hard working Americans.

Your Tea Party has the majority in Az politics yet we keep losing millions and sinking farther from a functioning State. Who is going to pay for SB1070? Courts, Jails, Cops? Think about it, buy yourself a calculator and get back to me.

Lets see some accountability from your side for a change.

Ruski
Ruski

Dear Dennis, i admire you. Just stating that for the record. And thank you for bringing up American celebrities who get more slack than the immigrants lol GREAT touch :)Thank you, again.

Guest13
Guest13

Those are some balls

That many of us "Americans" don't have nowadays, specially those in the Sheriff's truck

MSADA"Ghost"
MSADA"Ghost"

The Dream Act is comming folks. You can no longer oppress the innocent.

As an American raised "DREAMER" im proud to have met many great men and women who are now overseas, true PATRIOTS...though the reasons for war may not the the best.

Im a DREAMER and pay taxes, and am working towards a degree in architecture but hope to join the USMC and ultimately become a CO. (Am recommended to be promoted to E-3 upon enlistment)

Now folks, ive seen American born citizens with all the opportunities to make the best of their lives and end up dropping out of high school...im sure these numbers surpass the ammount of young DREAMERS wanting to serve this country in the states or out in the field.

Over 70% of Amricans want the Dream act Now...Lets get to it...

DPW
DPW

I'm not sure what you're smoking but PLEASE SHARE! 70% of Americans DON'T WANT THE "DREAM ACT" and are ACTIVELY pressing our representatives to VOTE AGAINST IT! Pack them up & ship them out!

Tina
Tina

DPW, why don't you educate yourself as these motivated college grads, people with unique circumstances, have. They were NOT and are not "criminals" as you allege. You and I will be the beneficiaries of their training, education, talents, work ethic, etc., what they are ready to offer our society. They were brought here as children and toddlers, remember? In the best sense of the word, they are more "Americanized" than many native born lacking in motivation to better themselves and achieve to be a contributing member of our society....a plus for us all.

Ruski
Ruski

Actually, you got that a little bit backwards. Over 70% of Americans are FOR this bill to pass :)

And the only people that are "smoking something" tend to be the ones with a clouded judgment and perspective, much like yourself :)

And I want to state this AGAIN, not ALL undocumented immigrants are here illegally lol, some lost status along the way(after obtaining valid visas, being inspected when they came to U.S.A., and doing everything by the book) which, OF COURSE, you, OBVIOUSLY, have failed to notice in the ACTUAL description of the ACTUAL bill. But you decided to read NumbersUSA or watch Fox News, right? Right. But, please, continue on with this nonsense of these huge immigrant criminals taking your hard earned tax money, I would LOVE to hear more!!

Thanks.

Tromulus
Tromulus

OK lets be honest they want this because they want a free ride for their tuition, room and board. You can't get a US Government sponsored tuition if you are not here legally. Just more of the whiner entitlement and this time from people who are not even here legally. I dare any of you to go to a foreign country demand they pay your way and then spit on their laws.

Ruski
Ruski

just throwing this out for you to chew on, not all undocumented immigrants came here illegally. a LOT of them came here legally, passed inspections, etc., and have LOST STATUS overtime due to the government backlog.

also, immigrants aren't allowed to have ANY sort of public assistance either, unless it's emergency room(for being stabbed, shot, staph infection, etc.) care. that includes: welfare, food stamps, social security benefits, scholarships, any grants, etc.

please read up on facts and don't turn to NumbersUSA for your information since it's not a legitimate website anyway lol

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

You are so wrong on everything. Are you so slow upstairs that you really believe young children some age 2, snuck here so they could get to pay "in State" Tuition? If you were age 2, raised here-should we send you back to Germany or wherever your ancestors are from? We need talented and smart people to keep this Nation strong. The Tea Party has no plan. The DREAM act was a bi-partisan bill now over 9 years old.Stop playing your political hate game and get real. By the 100% inaccuracy of your comment- it's fair to say these kids are smarter then you or yours. We can't continue to expect dumb-asses like yourself to fix this economy or anything else. Your ideas about border security are too costly. We can no longer afford them. How will AZ even pay for enforcing SB 1070 if the courts ever allow it?

Think for a change. You have no answers or facts.

Anon
Anon

Dennis, Well said!

DPW
DPW

Just goes to prove "the sins of the father are visited on the children"! Too bad - pack the entire family up - ship them out and send their gov't a bill for the years they were here in the US ILLEGALLY MEANING THEY WERE CRIMINALS for all the "free" services!

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

You mean return the Social Security they have been paying into but wont see anyway, the taxes they paid and also give them back wages every time they were under paid or ripped off? Sounds like you are finally coming around.

Ken
Ken

Either they don't pay taxes or they are stealing your jobs. Make up your white-trash minds.

Only the absolute worst country would reject this kind of talent and dedication. Only Russell Pearce's country. If Congress wont pass the Dream act they will be the shame of all the free world.

Bikhrse
Bikhrse

@ Tommy Collins:

It wasn't that he was taking care of anybody's girlfriend. He took advantage of connections to get a spot in a guard unit. Rather than patrolling in SE Asia, where people could shoot back, he patrolled the SE valley with an MCSO gun and badge, one weekend a month checking in at an armory.

That's why his worship of that posuer Marion Morrison is so apt. Neither ever served, but both made careers of self-proclaimed 'patriotism'.

http://rockfordrascal.blogspot...

If Lemons were doing his job well, we'd be reading an interview with members of Pearce's guard unit and know which stake the unit commander tithed at.

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

Tell the truth about the DREAM ACT?

AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MUST READ THE FULL TEXT OF S 3827, BEFORE THEY CONDEMN THOSE AGAINST THE LAW. THIS DREAM ACT MUTANT LAW HAS MANY HEADS, THAT WILL HAVE BAD IMPLICATIONS ON OUR FUTURE. IT MUST BE TABLED AND THEN REVISED WITH COMMON SENSE? THIS IS ANOTHER EXPENSIVE PARTY FAVOR FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS AND WHOLE FAMILIES THAT WILL JOIN THEM LATER? AS FOR STUDENTS GOING ON HUNGER STRIKE, WE CANNOT BE INTIMIDATED BY THIS TYPE OF RECKLESS BEHAVIOR AND MUST NOT BE TOLERATED.

The Dream Act is not a crucial law if aliens want to join the military --right now? They don't need the Dream Act to enter the military? Just get them to the recruiting center. The Liberals have intentional failed to offer this message in such far left-oriented newspapers as the Huffington Post, New York Time, los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.Another provision that misleads the public is the fact that illegal aliens can join the military in this time of conflict and collect as a guarantee a path to citizenship at a later date. Under the provisions of the current law (10 USC § 504), the Secretary of Defense can authorize the enlistment of illegal aliens. Once enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, under 8 USC § 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship in six months.

These corrupted legislators will not even tell you the real costs, for settling instant-citizenship infants (Anchor Babies?) Here is the last chance to harass your Senator or Representative by phoning (202)224-3121. Challenge them to stop the Left wing zealots for planting another Amnesty in America called the DREAM ACT. HOW CAN SENATOR HARRY REID AND HIS HIERARCHY OF LIBERAL CRONIES, PUSH PASSAGE OF THE DREAM ACT WHEN 15 TO 22 MILLION AMERICANS ARE GROVELING FOR A JOB? IN MOST CASES ANY JOB TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES?

Go to www.numbersusa.com website for in-depth information on illegal immigration and what you can do to stand for our sovereignty and citizen rights? The Tea Party is adamant that no new laws must--NOT--find passage until the real DOUBLE border fence is secure. That no new visas should be implemented until the Guest Worker fraud is extinguished, which businesses owners and their lawyers undertake annually. The Tea Party will blacklist any politician, including those lawmakers they backed, if they cater to illegal immigration and the DREAM ACT--as is?

Here is the full text of the Dream Act (S. 3827: Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010:

http://www.govtrack.us/congres...

READ the facts about the Dream Act and not the propaganda from Senator Harry Reid's Liberal party leadership that must--END? Sen. Jeff Sessions put out the following release last week on the DREAM Act, that it’s an incremental illegal-alien amnesty bill. IT IS A VERY CAREFULLY PLANNED AMNESTY, FULL OF RHETORIC? BUT EVERY TAXPAYER NEEDS TO READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE WHITE PAPER. Remember your taxes are certain to accelerate upwards, to pay for all these indecent provisions. American citizens are already having money extorted from them to pay for the babies of illegal aliens born here, the education of illegal alien children, the health care for all family members and crammed prisons and jails for convicted illegal alien felons. All needs to be paid for by your taxes? High on the list of Negatives is that the students will be able to sponsor immediate family members under the chain migration law.

Not so much the students who would become naturalized citizens, but the chain migration that would snowball for all family members. As I have said before we are committing financial suicide, because the majority of guarantors never honor their affidavits to support the people they vouch? In the end the older family folks who have never paid into the Social Security system, become another public welfare liability. Hundreds of thousands or may be millions have been allowed into America on the surety of the original sponsor, who failed to support his-her immediate family. Over the years taxpayers have been confronted with this issue, as the US government never had the man-power to enforce this sponsorship law. Years of non-compliance has become yet another Social Security, (SSI) Supplementary Income of Tax payers left to pay even heavier taxes in support of people who were sponsored and then neglected. The amount of money that cannot even be estimated, that is being appropriated every year to account for the illegal immigration invasion.

The invasion hasn't stopped and never will until we cut of all welfare entitlements?

WANT THE REALITY OF COSTS? GOOGLE---Illegal immigrant costs and find out for yourself and then you decide? Then go to the Heritage Foundation website and it will explain with graphs, projections and text by the reputable in-depth analysis by Robert Rector.

http://www.heritage.org/resear...

Next week will add further enticements for illegal immigrants to come here, if this Dream Act passes?

For immediate release: Are the Liberal extremists under the leadership of Billionaire Ultra-Socialist George Soros, trying to take over the free Internet and place it under government control this December using a secret vote: Go to http://spectator.org/archives/...

No Copyright. Distribute freely.

Anon
Anon

spam from numbersusa

Ruski
Ruski

i really feel like chiming in, i know LOTS of undocumented students who are/ have been DYING to join the military BEFORE they were even 18. they called NUMEROUS recruiters, went to the bases, have talked to lawyers, JUST TO BE TOLD THAT NOBODY IS ALLOWED TO TALK TO THEM AND WOULD HAVE TO REPORT THEM IF THEY CONTINUED. How is one supposed to join the military if they are told they aren't allowed, you idiot!? GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!and please, don't really on that BS website as "numbers USA", it's nothing but biased, ignorant shit from people like yourself.

CooperG
CooperG

This is nonsense. Every word. I challenge Brittanicus to come up with some study a little more recent than this bullshit Heritage Foundation crap. $26 trillion? AND YOU BELIEVE THIS? As for the Sessions/FAIR distortions, read these.

http://www.migrationpolicy.org...http://www.nilc.org/immlawpoli...http://www.nilc.org/immlawpoli...http://www.nilc.org/immlawpoli...

You confuse amnesty with legal status. They're not the same. You presume these kids will be drains on society when they all have educations and many have college degrees. They will contribute taxes from their income throughout their working careers. The Heritage report is fear-mongering because it assumes they will all be on welfare, where there is no evidence whatsoever they will ever be on welfare.

greenribbon
greenribbon

Your sources are organizations that are supported by and have strong ties with white supremacist groups with ZERO academic credibility. That is information for the gullible.

Anon
Anon

Arizona is attracting white supremacists and hate groups by the truck-load. guess conservatives would rather have them then Hispanics who were here first.

Ken
Ken

"They don't need the Dream Act to enter the military? Just get them to the recruiting center. "

WRONG DUMBASS!.

Watch the video. Learn something other then how to spam dog shit from NumbersUSA. They haven't been correct on anything.

You're a dumbass loser.

Stephan
Stephan

By Ashley Lutz - Nov 18, 2010 10:02 AM ET

A business boycott of Arizona over its immigration law may have cost the state’s economy as much as $141 million, a Washington-based policy group estimated.

Convention bookings for July and August fell 35 percent from a year earlier, cutting lodging revenue by $45 million, the Center for American Progress said in a report today. Lost spending on food, beverages, entertainment, local transportation and retail goods brought the total cost to $141 million, the report said.

The boycott is aimed at an Arizona law requiring police officers to determine the immigration status of people stopped for questioning. The state’s credit may be affected if the boycott harms tourism, Moody’s Investors Service said in May. In July, Moody’s cut the state one level to Aa3, its fourth-highest credit rank, citing “economic and financial weakness.”

“This significant hit to direct visitor spending could not come at a worse economic time for Arizona,” said the report by the policy group founded by former Clinton administration chief of staff John Podesta in 2003. The center describes itself as a critic of conservative values and a supporter of the progressive movement.

Tourists spent $16.6 billion last year in Arizona, where the travel industry supports 157,000 jobs, the state Office of Tourism said July 15.

Stephan
Stephan

Non-citizens, for their part, contributed $28.9 billion, or eight percent of Arizona’s economic output, resulting in 278,000 full-time equivalent jobs. Their output included $10 billion in labor income, and $3.3 billion in other property income. The state tax revenues resulting from this economic activity were approximately $1.08 billion.They also looked at what would happen if the illegal workers were removed from the workforce. Agriculture: A fifteen percent workforce reduction in the agriculture sector would result in direct losses of 3,300 full-time-equivalent jobs, and losses of $600.9 million in output including lost labor income of $198.6 million, and lost other income of $116.1 million. The lost direct state tax revenue would be approximately $24.8 million. Construction: A fifteen percent workforce reduction in the construction sector would result in direct losses of 55,700 full-time-equivalent jobs, and $6.56 billion in output including lost labor income of $2.59 billion and $450.5 million in other lost income. The direct lost state tax revenue would be approximately $269.2 million. Manufacturing: A ten percent reduction in the manufacturing workforce would result in direct losses of 12,300 full-time-equivalent jobs, and $3.77 billion in output including lost labor income of $740.8 million, and lost other income of $286.1 million. The lost direct state tax revenue would be approximately $104.4 million. Service industries: In the service sectors analyzed, a sixteen percent reduction in the labor force would translate to direct losses of 54,000 full-time equivalent-jobs, and lost output of $2.48 billion including reduced labor income of $901.3 million, and reductions in other income of $273.0 million. The lost direct state tax revenue would be approximately $156.9 million.I hope Governor Napolitano is realizing what a mistake she made pandering to the bigots.

The study concluded that the state of Arizona took in tax revenue of $1.64 billion from immigrant workers while the amount the state spent on immigrants was approximately $1.41 billion leaving a net benefit of $222.6 million to the state coffers. But that is only what they contribute to Arizona’s revenue. They also pay national income taxes and social security taxes

Stephan
Stephan

Not surprisingly, America's biggest failure is a lack of understanding about the profound benefits of immigration. Immigration is this country's great "free lunch" and it represents a significant transfer of wealth from the rest of the world to the U.S. By way of example, think of an immigrant — even an unskilled one - coming to the U.S. at age 18. As any parent knows, the cost of producing an 18-year-old is significant (clothing, shelter and rudimentary education). Based on my research, the cost is approximately $150,000 to produce even a menial laborer in the United States. Obviously, the more skilled the worker, the greater the cost and value. An Indian with a degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology is probably worth closer to $1 million. Given this data and immigration patterns, the total transfer of wealth from the rest of the world to the U.S. is approximately $300 billion per annum. Our lack of understanding is borne out by the fact that America's current account calculation does not add the net benefits from immigration. In its simplest terms, America's current account is equal to our trade balance (currently a deficit) plus inflows and outflows of capital. But, this calculation only recognizes a flow of financial capital. The constant flow of semiskilled and skilled workers into the U.S. is a tremendous inflow of human capital. If taken into account, America's current account deficit would decline from about $600 billion per annum to $300 billion - a significant improvement. The value of immigration is accentuated when comparing America's demographics with those of the rest of the developed world. Largely due to healthy immigration, America will have a population for the remainder of this century, standing alone among major developed nations. Japan and Europe will see their populations decline over the decades to come. More ominously, China - due to its one-child policy - will see its population age and decline by the middle part of this century, calling into question whether China will modernize before it ages. It remains to be seen whether a nation can remain a world leader with a declining population. Recent history has no precedent. The precedent set during the late Middle Ages - when Europe's population declined - provides a dismal omen.

Stephan
Stephan

New data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau highlights the rapidly growingeconomic power of Latino-owned businesses in the United States. According to theBureau’s 2007 Survey of Business Owners, there were 2.3 million Latino-ownedbusinesses in the country as of 2007, which generated $345.2 billion in sales andemployed 1.9 million people. Moreover, the number of Latino-owned businesses grewby 43.7 percent between 2002 and 2007, which was more than twice the national average.In other words, the Latino community tends to be highly entrepreneurial, and thebusinesses which Latinos create sustain large numbers of jobs.

While Latino-owned businesses accounted for 8.3 percent of all nonfarm businessesin the United States as a whole in 2007, they comprised a much higher share ofbusinesses in many states and cities. For instance:Latino-owned businesses were 23.6 percent of all businesses in New Mexico, 22.4percent in Florida, 20.7 percent in Texas, 16.5 percent in California, and 10.7percent in Arizona as of 2007.Latino-owned businesses were 59.8 percent of all businesses in El Paso (Texas),39.4 percent in San Antonio (Texas), 23.3 percent in Houston (Texas), 23.1 percentin Albuquerque (New Mexico), and 21.0 percent in Los Angeles (California) as of 2007.Given that the majority of Latinos are immigrants or the children of immigrants,their entrepreneurial contributions to the U.S. economy should be an integral partof the debate over the economics of immigration. Yet the role that Latino-ownedbusinesses play in growing the economy and creating jobs is often overlooked. As thenew census data illustrates, however, the entrepreneurship of the Latino community isa powerful economic force which can not be ignored. Even though the recent recessionhas undoubtedly hit the Latino business community hard, the fact remains that, withoutLatino businesses, the United States would have a smaller economy and fewer jobs.This is a basic economic truth which many nativist groups seem unable to grasp.

Stephan
Stephan

By Edward Schumacher-MatosFriday, September 3, 2010;

The contributions by unauthorized immigrants to Social Security — essentially, to the retirement income of everyday Americans — are much larger than previously known, raising questions about the efforts in many states and among Republicans in Congress to force these workers out.

In response to a research inquiry for a book I am writing on the economics of immigration, Stephen C. Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration and someone who enjoys bipartisan support for his straightforwardness, said that by 2007, the Social Security trust fund had received a net benefit of somewhere between $120 billion and $240 billion from unauthorized immigrants.

That represented an astounding 5.4 percent to 10.7 percent of the trust fund’s total assets of $2.24 trillion that year. The cumulative contribution is surely higher now. Unauthorized immigrants paid a net contribution of $12 billion in 2007 alone, Goss said.

Previous estimates circulating publicly and in Congress had placed the annual contributions at roughly half of Goss’s 2007 figure and listed the cumulative benefit on the order of $50 billion.

The Social Security trust fund faces a solvency crisis that would be even more pressing were it not for these payments.

“If for example we had not had other-than-legal immigrants in the country over the past,” Goss e-mailed me, “then these numbers suggest that we would have entered persistent shortfall of tax revenue to cover starting 2009, or six years earlier than estimated under the 2010 Trustees Report.”

Americans are faced with the difficult choice of cutting pensions, delaying the retirement age or raising taxes if we want to maintain the solvency of what has been the centerpiece of social welfare for ordinary Americans since the 1930s.

Stephan
Stephan

face of the law of firstthe United States without legal status is a civil violation, not a crime. But take everything from undocumented. Now throw them out and take the last the rest what there was working for. Steel from the poor who try to build a new life is that the American face to the world? It looks bad from any tourists view.For every detainee the incarceration payment is $90.00 the little what they have is taken away and now the report of sexual abuse on immigrants the gov problem between 12 – 18 years to clear the immigrant status it is despicable as the shortage of visas, and the resulting 18- to 25-year wait, prompts many people to enter the U.S. illegally, Garcia said.

Little
Little

Be honest, little Dreamsters: how many of you have lots of poor sick relatives back home whom you are planning to import–so the good old US taxpayer can foot the bill for their goodies?

How many of you major in computer science, biochemistry, or stuff like that? No, I thought so--you are mostly Chicana Studies majors at the community college. Oh yeah you folks are really going to help America compete against China in the 21st century, with its 10 million high powered engineering majors it is graduating every year.

Time to pack up Dreamsters. But do join up in the DREAM Hunger Strike before you leave, because most of you have gotten awful roly and poly during your stint living off the US taxpayers, and now you need to get in shape before you go back home.

Ruski
Ruski

By the way, I have one more thing to add, who's going to make your fat Chipotle burrito once all the immigrants are gone, my "little" friend? Or clean the bathrooms at Wal- Mart so you can sit your fat ass down to take a dump after eating that fat burrito lol? :)

Prepare to start doing ACTUAL hard, sweat busting work, my friend, since you think all the immigrants are taking American jobs since Americans don't feel like working for $7 an hour, they feel like having a nice fat paycheck at the end of the week that equals out from getting paid at least $13 an hour. Are you ready to go and bust your ass, working till you're blue in the face, and covered in sweat and stink at the end of the day? Be my guest since you believe immigrants are taking ALL the jobs lol.

Please continue thinking that lol.

I'm waiting for that day when Americans will start complaining about how hard they have it, working their asses off and doing 12 hour shifts on a daily basis for under minimum wage- sorry, my friend, wont happen. Want to know why? Because Americans will THEN start complaining that immigrants did something wrong again lol.

Thanks.

Anon
Anon

little, it's people like you that are destroying Arizona. Who wants to live in a racist and state filled with hatred and abuse of power by elected officials?

Ruski
Ruski

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, how I ADMIRE ignorance!! And just for the record, a LOT more immigrant students graduate from schools with honors for bio- engineering, linguistics, computer science(etc.) than the "true American" students do, sorry to burst your bubble! Those immigrant students actually take advantage of education in this country while birth right American kids take it for granted and piss their mommy and daddy's money away every weekend after long nights of "studying"(not really studying, you know???? They party because their parents aren't around, you know??). Are you THAT scared that those illegal over achievers will replace your child in a class because they are "favored"??!?? Haha think again, sweetheart.

On the other note, awwww, that's so terribly sad!! America will prosper if this bill passes and you're too stumped to see it lol! Oh, so so so sad!!!

Yetundegaruba
Yetundegaruba

Guess what.. youre only counting the latino immigrants there are a huge amount of african european and some canadian immigrants who are undocumented who study a variety of things.. not just chicano american studies.. and btw none of these immigrants can bring their relatives to the united states for a 10 years! you have to be a citizen first in order to bring relatives here.. and under this act it will take 6 years for each person to reach permanent residency and then another couple of years to become a citizen then they can bring who ever they like.. douchebag.

CooperG
CooperG

You're showing how "Little" you know. Your pathetic conspiracy theory and juvenile insults are nothing short of ignorant nonsense. These kids are more American than you will ever be.

greenribbon
greenribbon

Actually you are incorrect. 51 % of the DREAM Act students in Higher Education in AZ are in STEM fields, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The DREAMers pay taxes - the little pieces of paper that stores give you when you buy all things and say at the bottom TAX - plus property taxes, etc, that funds public education.Actually DREAMers are the ones being ripped off paying taxes and receiving nothing in return. Learn the facts.http://www.nilc.org/immlawpoli...

Anon
Anon

green ribbon, well said.

Allan
Allan

Little, You did watch the video? Electrical Engineering, etc. As you probably know, green card holders can only sponsor their spouse and unmarried children. Now if a kid was brought here before the age of 16, do seriously think they will be bringing thier spouses and children here? If they ever become citizens, then, like all citizens, they can sponsor their parents. Their parents would have to do their application in their own country, not in the U.S. and then go though the vetting process.

I know a number of the DREAMers in this article. High quality people willing to serve our country to protect your freedom, work as professionals improving our standard of living. We need them.

Crow
Crow

What kind of land that calls itself free, can deny the

Spirit of Humanity?

From coast to coast, from sea to sea:

We are those who complete the history!

From time immemorial, from stars yet to be born:

We stand and turn,

We return and stand among you to say:

What kind of land that calls itself free, can deny the Spirit of Humanity?

We are those who fulfill the destiny!

anaism
anaism

DREAM ACT ALL THE WAY...PASS THE DREAM ACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Stephen, Great article on informing the public of what is going on with the ICE/arpaio/pearce trifecta. The bullies who destroy the most vulnerable for their "head count for $$$'s" are the true criminals. Yes! to the Dream Act!! Show the better side of America.

CooperG
CooperG

One of the most potent and effective things that could happen would be for Pearce, et. al. to be confronted at every opportunity about their lies and distortions. It needs to be every opportunity both at the legislature and at public meetings and in the media. People need to understand how nearly everything he says isn't true and is propaganda for his own agenda.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

CooperG, Will do! We cannot let up and allow ellected officials to steamroll their personal agenda across the state and a nation!

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