Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner signed a measure that proposes to restrict undocumented immigrants from Tuesday public benefits.
Archive for March, 2005
Truck driver, Tyrone Williams, was convicted today for “his role in the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants who clawed at the walls of his sweltering tractor-trailer and screamed for air as he smuggled them across Texasrole in fatal smuggling.”
Customs officials discovered a new tunnel in Mexicali, Mexico and were shocked to find a “… cement floor and an intercom system, the passage ran nearly 200 yards from a house on one side of a rusty metal fence, under two streets and an apartment complex, to emerge in an unassuming tract home in California.”
The smuggling trial of Tryone M. Williams has been recessed because the prosecutors failed to prove that he harbored illegal immigrants in the fatal smuggling case. The trial has been continued for a day to decide whether to drop 19 of 58 counts against the truck driver.
According to the Pentagon, Mexicans are the largest group of immigrants who have been killed in action in Iraq. From the New York Times: “Yet so many Mexicans have migrated to the United States seeking jobs in recent years that they and their children are willing to fight and die for it, even if they are frequently motivated more by economic necessity than patriotism.”
Study finds that illegal immigration to the U.S. continues to grow steadily.
The Cuban architect of the famous “truckonauts,” the floating trucks that transported Cubans fleeing to the U.S., has finally arrived in Miami. Luis Grass and his family traveled to the U.S. by land, crossing the U.S. border with Mexico. He is asking for asylum protection.
The New York Times is reporting on Spain’s new immigration program that hopes to decrease illegal immigration: “As a first step toward drawing foreigners out of the underground economy, the government is currently offering legal residency papers to people with no criminal record and a six-month labor contract in hand from an employer. After this amnesty expires in May, workers who fail to qualify will be deported, while those who employ them will face fines of more than $80,000 per illegal employee.”
Washington Post’s Marcela Sanchez writes: “Meanwhile, the major hope for development cash in Mexico and many other Latin American countries continues to be tied to immigration. Last year, immigrants in the United States, many of them illegal, sent to their relatives back home more than $45 billion in so-called remittances. This has exceeded foreign direct investment and foreign assistance to the region three years in a row.
Such “aid” would seem to exacerbate the problem of illegal immigration. Had remittances not become the only conceivable way to change the fortunes of entire families south of the border — where the gap between rich and poor is widening — one might argue that so many people would not be willing to make the harrowing journey to find work in the United States.”
Cuban immigrants who overstayed their visas are not allowed to receive SSI benefits.
Mexican President, Vincente Fox, is saying U.S.-Mexico immigration reform talks are being set-aside for the moment.
From the Miami Herald: “The Mexican government has issued a warning about an Internet website offering to help illegal migrants obtain temporary work permits in the United States in exchange for money.”