The Immigration Debates: Spotlight on the U.S. Mexico Border with panelists Jorge Bustamante, Emilio Gonzalez, Bob Kerrey, Heather Mac Donald, and Aristide Zolberg.
How to secure the U.S.-Mexico border is a hugely contentious issue in the immigration debates shaping the 2008 presidential race. A panel of experts will discuss the challenges of securing the world's most frequently crossed border and the immigration policy agendas heating up the campaign trail- The New School
Jorge Bustamante is the President and founder of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, the prominent Mexican institute for the study of border issues. He is the author of numerous studies on the sociology of the border region between the United States and Mexico and on Mexican-origin residents of the United States. Bustamante is a leading participant in international scholarly networks dealing with these themes and has played a major role in building and sustaining scholarly linkages between Mexico and the United States.
Emilio T. Gonzalez, Ph.D, serves as the current Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an Under Secretary position within the Department of Homeland Security.
January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices, an environment that was well suited for his leadership. He also served as New School's President Emeritus from January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2013.
Prior to coming to The New School Bob Kerrey represented Nebraska in the United States Senate. For two terms, Senator Kerrey emphasized the direct connection between citizens and their laws, and made a concerted effort to allow Nebraskans to participate in writing laws that defined the quality and inclusiveness of their health care system, their schools and the safety of their communities. He served on the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Senate's Appropriations Committee, Senate's Finance Committee, and last but not least on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate Bob Kerrey served a single term as Nebraska's Governor. He established a reputation as a fiscal conservative who regularly crossed political party lines for the good of Nebraska and the Country.
Bob Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. While in Vietnam, he was wounded, permanently disabled from the injury, and from this injury received a great gift: Sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. Before his time in the Navy Bob Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska graduating in January 1966 with a BS degree in pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there. In 2002 he published a memoir "When I Was A Young Man."
Bob Kerrey is married to Sarah Paley and lives in New York. The couple has a 12-year-old son, Henry, and Mr. Kerrey has two children from his previous marriage, Ben and Lindsey Kerrey, and four grandchildren.
Heather Mac Donald is a John M. Olin fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to City Journal. She also is a recipient of 2005 Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement. Her newest book, The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today's, coauthored with Victor Davis Hanson and Steven Malanga, chronicles the effects of broken immigration laws and proposes a practical solution to securing the country's porous borders.
Aristide Zolberg is Walter A. Eberstadt Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Faculty of New School University in New York City and director of its International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship.
He has served twice as chair of the Department of Political Science and is a member of the Committee on Historical Studies as well as chair of the NSU component of the New York City Consortium on European Studies. He held the University-in-Exile Chair from its founding in 1984 to 2002.
Heather MacDonald, coauthor of The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today's, argues for an increase in enforcement of United States immigration law as a deterrent to curb the costs accrued by the surge of illegal aliens.
Founder and president of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Jorge Bustamante argues that a solution to the immigration issue in the United States will never be found as long as the problem is being dealt with domestically on a unilateral basis.
Theis people are like cocroches,So what we need to do is 1 stop making it so ecommidating them comming and staying,We need to denie them axcess to medical care.And foodstamps,actually denie them protection under our laws.Unless they come here legally,WE allow LEGAL IMMIGRATION FOR THE PEOPLEW OUR LABOR FORCE NEEDS.What we do not want is a million people comming here illegally.
JUst because most people here are immigrants,DOes not mean we have to allow or border be runnover and illegally crossed.Their are times when the econamy and social services cannot sustain the influx,And their are other times when we can handle more.Thats we have immigration limits.
We are noit moraly reswponsable to take all of you,it is your contrys (MEXICOS RESPONSABILITY)to take care of you to provide you with jobs,medical care,scoole ect.If you people die comming here its on them,our responsabillity stops at the border. Yes illegal immagrents have some basic rights.! to be treated humainlly
And to be deported without being harmed,Thats where it ends.
But when you come her illegally,And have a child here regardless of wether they wer concieved here or in mexico.If their parents are illegal and are deported they should lake their children with them.Know if they are here legally and have a child,if they are granted citizenship,than their children at that time should also be granted citizenship.But if the are not granted citizenship their children regardless of where they are born should have the same statis as their parents.Illegal immigrants should NOT have axcess to free healthcare,foodstamps,or jobs that should go to citizens first,than illegal immagrents but than they should be deported.And yes send them home once,they come back go to prison,And yes if they continue to come heir illigally be put to death.so they will not come back,They pay sales taxes.But thats it But they use our resorces and social programs.And contribut nothing to the programs,They stael our identities.
The root cause of this immigration,Is the mexican government-Specifically not creating jobs and infostructor,And programs that take care of their poor.So would it not be benificial to help mexico solve this problem.And at the same time increase trade between our countrys.
If mexicans would respect our laws,And come to this country the legal way,We would not need the wall.Thats the only thing we can do.We need to put troops on the border.And do what ever we have to do.If that means shooting them as they climb over.
Mexico city needs to start changeng their country.That means protest start building buisnesses.The us did not steal texas or any other state.We payed cash for it.And then had to go to war to keep it.And will again if necisary.
They need to fix their own country and stop milking ours.
we allow immigratio for the labor this country nrrds,legal immigration is benificail,for both usa and mexico,But illegal immigration is detrimental
I dont see,how mexicans can say the do the work americans will not do,I am white-Native american.I have worked in stables,Been a dishwasher,mowed lawns for extra money.Worked in construction and in cotton fields in arkansas,The only difference is I am a citizen born in us,And I pay ALL MY TAXES whitch is about 50% of my income.I have to pay for my healthcare.one way or another.I have my own Identification,And i dont need to steal someone elses.
I have to compeat with people that works for near nothing,And employers want this labor to hold down wages.they use our health system,they full our classrooms,Use up our social services.And actually think my country belongs to them.Its time for them to go home--I am trying to be clear that us citizens by in larg do not want illegal immigrants here.
So we will start enforcieng our immigration pollicies,and they need to take all their children with them.wether they were born here or not go home.
It is not Americas responsability,to support and maintain mexicos poor populetion.We have our own poor to take care of.So for every one ove mexicos poor we support ther are 2 of our own to take care of.And It is time for citizens.to take the matter into our own hands.go home while you can We are tired of it.Go home get in line and wait your turn come here legally.