AWCheney’s Forum On Immigration

The Merida Initiative

The Merida Initiative, as is the case with most of the negotiations between Mexico and the United States, is again one of those deals which was struck behind closed doors between President Bush and President Calderon, so it is unlikely that a great many of you are familiar with it, or have even heard of it. Even its first year funding was tacked onto a funding bill for the war in Iraq in order to expedite, and essentially sneak through, its implementation. This lack of transparency has been the case with this Initiative from the beginning:

An excellent source for information on various aspects of the Initiative is to be found at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars website, Merida Initiative Portal:

http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=5949&fuseaction=topics.item&news_id=407349

For instance, according to the overview of the Initiative…

“Congress is currently considering a proposal to provide $1.4 billion in equipment, software, and technical assistance to Mexico over three years as well as a smaller but still unspecified amount to Central America over the same period. The first year of the initiative is part of the Iraq Supplemental, while the second and third years will be discussed as part of the regular FY09 and FY10 appropriations process.

The Merida Initiative is actually more than an assistance package—rather it is one element in a broader strategy of growing cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico to address a shared threat presented by organized crime involved in drug trafficking. The U.S. and Mexican governments have increased joint efforts significantly in recent years in order to protect communities on both sides of the border. Moreover, both countries recognize the need to engage Central America in broader regional efforts.”

…which confirms those “rumors” mentioned by Glenn Beck of CNN in the previous video.

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August 18, 2008 6:04 am Posted by | Mexico | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Border Security…NOW!

Although the task of physically closing the border would seem to be insurmountable, what about those U.S. security fears following 9-11 which led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the passage of the Patriot Act? We sacrificed many of our freedoms to have those fears alleviated (which I thought was a bad idea from the get-go…just ask my husband about my tirades at the time)? What about that incredible power over our lives that we willingly turned over to so few people in our government on the promise that they would give us that security in exchange for the liberty we were abrogating? Well, here’s what’s happening with at least part of that promise:

This is part 2 of a 4 part series that aired in December of 2007…well worth your time to watch. The links to parts 1, 3, and 4 are as follows:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3PpaY-Gx5Q&feature=related Part I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0ZdJqOkxfg&feature=related Part III

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8ZuFChoINI&feature=related Part IV

We most often speak of our porous Southern border in terms of multitudes of illegal unskilled workers, gangs, and drugs being smuggled into our country…but how about those folks?

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July 7, 2008 7:10 am Posted by | Illegal Immigration | , , , , , | 18 Comments

The “Attrition” Theory

It has been argued that the states and localities that are attempting to control an overwhelming illegal alien problem with enforcement of existing laws and establishment of new, more strict laws and regulations are deluding themselves that it will have any effect. Well, there seems to be some evidence to the contrary:

Since January 1, 2008, Arizona has seen that attrition in large numbers when a new law went into effect which “shuts down any businesses that repeatedly hire illegal immigrants.” I’ve long felt that, if the enablers could be shut down, there would no longer be any incentive for people to cross the border illegally…and it wouldn’t take much time before the word would spread and, perhaps, the problem become manageable with further influx reduced measurably. Along with the attrition, we might actually see the light at the end of the tunnel and be able to properly address immigration reform.

July 3, 2008 7:53 am Posted by | Illegal Immigration | , , | 10 Comments