Professor to visit MU to discuss immigration issues

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 | 10:47 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – Jon Inda, an associate professor from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will visit MU on Thursday to speak about immigration issues.

The focus of his discussion will be on current issues surrounding immigrants who come to the country from Mexico, said Rebecca Martinez of the MU Department of Women's and Gender Studies, who helped bring Inda to campus.

If you go

What: A lecture by University of Illinois associate professor Jon Inda on race, ethnicity and how Americans police the border

When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Room 210, Strickland Hall, MU

Cost: Free

"He's talking about policing the border and the social construction of criminality of illegal immigration," Martinez said.

Martinez said Americans are sometimes opportunistic in discussing the immigration issue.

"There's a long history of immigration discourse, and it's gone kind of up and down as it suits us as a nation," Martinez said. "We don't put the immigration problem in context of a long-standing relationship between the U.S. and Mexico."

Inda, a member of the Latina/Latino Studies Program at Illinois, has researched migrant cultures and the anthropology of globalization, among other subjects. He has also published a number of studies, including "Targeting Immigrants: Government, Technology, and Ethics" and "Race, Identity, and Citizenship."

Inda will speak at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in room 210 of MU's Strickland Hall.

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Dave F April 22, 2009 | 4:01 p.m.

First and foremost we are a nation of laws, or as we are all anticipated? But years of previous administrations have neglected the illegal immigrant problem, to the detriment of American workers. Ever since the inception of the 1986 Immigration & Reform Act, signed into law by Ronald Reagan, the politicians have pushed for a new AMNESTY. In addition, anytime a new law has been drafted to combat the illegal immigrant occupation of our country, they have behind closed doors killed it or weakened it's enactment. The law of given instant citizenship to babies intentionally born here, is a complete misinterpretation of the 14th amendment, after the civil war that emancipated African slaves.

It was never meant for (Anchor Babies) to give pregnant illegal alien mothers the right to legal status? The law has been badly mauled because the children can then draw on US education, free medical care, free baby delivery and after care, low income housing and it is a route to many government handouts. The major problem now facing the Obama White House is are the children of illegal immigrants to blame for their parents breaking the law? Obviously the left-wingers are to blame for this conundrum, but both parties have added to neglect to the sovereign laws of our nation. I think we should follow other countries "Rule of Law" and cement in place that children who have proven themselves can go to a place of higher learning. We desperately need a wide scope of professionals in Engineering, Science and 21st Century technology. But also remember that our government settles the largest population of new immigrants on Earth. What we don't need is more poorly educated, non-English speaking, impoverished aliens, looking for handouts. Like other developed nations we must be very specific, who we pick and choose as new citizens. We must also restrain ourselves from chain migration, who are liable to become a public charges, because the family sponsors have decided the US taxpayer should carry the financial weight?

We can thank our corrupt liberal politicians, judges in the past as drafting a passive law, instead of entering America being a criminal offense. Now we have uncountable number of illegal aliens squatting here, because of the absolute intentional neglect of our lawmakers. Is there any other country in the world, that makes illegally crossing into their sovereign territory a Civil Crime--I really don't think so? Our laws deliberately drafted this way in favor of the open border, big Catholic church and special interest groups. To HXXX with the American people, who are forced to fight for their jobs?

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Dave F April 22, 2009 | 4:03 p.m.

But if American defeat the next Amnesty ready to pounce on the unsuspecting legal population, we must make an example in using the 1986 law. We as a people must build-on the E-Verify application, upgrade, modify to extract illegal job applicants from the workplace. Illegal immigrants who have overstayed visas, illegal crossed the border and children must be exempt from any pardon. All children of illegal parents that have committed crimes, been expelled or just deserted school should leave with parents in the usage of self-deportation. This is a compliance way to remove foreign nationals and any criminal businesses that employ them, must receive mandatory, fines, asset confiscation and prison terms. The use of a in-perpetuity E-Verify will be a ultimate deterrent and see movement of illegal labor and families packing and leaving under the term of "ATTRITION" We must force our reluctant politicians to be governed by--THE PEOPLE'S--WILL or face the dire consequences in the election process. This will surely happen when Sen. Reid, Speaker Pelosi and 48 other Senate lawmakers come up for re-election. They underfunded E-Verify, that obviously is working efficiently for them to kill it.

The open border, free traders, special interest groups will use any contradictions, epithets, racial slurs to annul any new law--which they have done successfully up to now. But American should realize strongly, that this has nothing to do with a persons color, religion or ethnic background--and EVERYTHING--to do with being--CARTE BLANCHE--for parasite employers, who pay nothing to illegal immigrant upkeep? It's left to Taxpayers? Its everything to do with billions of dollars spent, to pacify the big Catholic church, a portion of Liberal voters and others who see nothing wrong in loading citizens, residents down with sky high taxes. Supposedly the last White House promised no thoughts of a Path to Citizenship until the border was orderly and closed to undesirable With another drafted and secret Amnesty on the House and Senate table, like always--this is not the case. Drug smuggling and incessant illegal immigration is still very prevalent. The rumors from the new White House are clearly signaling another push for AMNESTY?

So go to these sites: VDARE, FAIRUS, JUDICIALWATCH, NUMBERSUSA, AMERICANPATROL, CAPSWEB & ALIPAC. The stakes are sky high because Amnesty means, thousands more will swamp the border looking for yet a 3rd---AMNESTY.

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Ray Shapiro April 22, 2009 | 5:18 p.m.

@Dave F:
Good job.
As hidden in the article above there is a desire to do away with and/or ignore borders and manipulate the laws of the USA.
("Inda, a member of the Latina/Latino Studies Program at Illinois, has researched migrant cultures and the anthropology of globalization")
The sovereignty of these United States is at jeopardy. Mexicans coming into this country have been, will be, continue to be and are akin to foreign invaders, trespassers, financial rapists and outright law breakers/criminals. Our government's decision to create the Amero is indicative of the collusion taking place to destroy the concept of what constitutes a "Natural American." If you broke OUR law by coming into OUR country, in the first place, you need to go back to Mexico and start all over again, LEGALLY. The line is drawn in the sand and in the Rio Grande. Respect it...

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