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Please Take a Number… Then get out!

04/29/2010

DISCLAIMER: This post isn’t to debate the political merits of our immigration policies.  It is simply to point out the delicious irony inheirent in those issues.

Someone please help me find the congruity in trifecta:

1. The same government that passed “toughest” anti-immigration state law in the U.S.,
2. Is the same that wants to all people, illegal aliens included, counted in the census tally,
3. Which is the same gov. that is voting to admit Puerto Rico as our 51st state of the union.

1. Arizona has an immigration “witch hunt” law on it’s books, SB 1070, that will allow state officials to inquire into the immigration status of any person based upon “reasonable suspicion.”   The law seems to me to be perfectly innocuous by itself, especially if you consider we have an immigration problem.  The real problem is with the enforcement of the law.  The responsibility rests on the “officials” to enact it fairly.  As a people, we have a healthy distrust of authority, and why wouldn’t we?  We have a police departments guilty of corruption, a congress and a senate who obviously have been asleep behind the wheel, and we have trusted corporations (banking institutions, oil companies, etc.) making record profits amidst the worst recession in the last 80 years.  Again, this is not a debate, but it’s cause for concern with me when the most expensive and luxurious douche in the world, Donald Trump, supports the law.

2. The Census bureau is spending billions of dollars to ensure states keep their political strongholds.  Five states stand to lose congressional seats because of lackluster census mail results.   Because of that, the bureau has contracted 600,000 workers at a $10-$25 per hour to ask the 10 census questions that are required by law to be answered. Census workers are told to allow the respondents to “self identify” and that all responses are strictly confidential… that’s gonna’ work well, huh?.  side note: This 10-week endeavor will cost billions.  Here’s a rough estimate.  600,000 workers * 40 hours per week, for 10 weeks at an average of $17.50 per hour come out to $4.2 billion U.S. dollars.  Say nothing of the cost to mail out 150 million households, and not to mention how much it costs to run the census bureau (government organizations are so notoriously efficient).

3. The U.S. House is voting Thursday on a bill that that will allow Puerto Rico’s residents to enter into U.S. statehood.  The only governmental motivation I can muster is for taxation.

So, to summarize, if you are or “look like you are” an illegal alien, we want you out of our borders, but please answer a few questions as we’ld like to count you first.  We will then send you back to the place of your birth, but if you allow us to tax said country, we’ll let you and all your compatriots back in.

Got it.  Now it all makes perfect cens… err.  Sense.

Update 4/29/10 5:09 p.m. PT: The House passed the Puerto Rico statehood measure.  Now on to Senate, then POTUS. Track the progress here: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h2499/show

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn permalink
    04/29/2010 5:53 pm

    Thoughtful. Funny. and True.

  2. 04/30/2010 5:50 am

    I fully support the arizona law. I love immigration. legal immigration. I want the WHOLE country to do it.

    And the PR thing. I can’t imagine what is going on there.Unless they want someplace to send all the people they pick up in Arizona to.

    🙂

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