Archive for the ‘Immigration’ Category

Not Deporting Our Own Children

About a year ago, we reported here about the plight of Blanca Catt, a young lady who was adopted by a local Portland couple as a baby, raised in the Portland/Vancouver area, and knew only this place as home. Her new parents had adopted her after her birth parents, who had turned to a life […]

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Immigration Policy

Quick Thought of the day: Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild […]

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Pretending that Our Government Has Common Sense

Sometimes you read a story and you just have to wonder how things got this far. An article in today’s Oregonian tells us the story of a 19-year-old Vancouver WA girl named Blanca Catt.  Despite having a hard start in life, she had become a success story of a bad situation turning out well.  But […]

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The Real Mission of the Border Patrol

Thanks to a recent Seattle P-I article, we now have some facts and figures on the roadblocks being set up by the US Border Patrol on Washington State highways and at ferry terminals.  From the beginning, the justification made by the Border Patrol for using this technique of stopping everyone to make them prove their […]

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Rescuing Ourselves From a Recession

We know that many people around Cascadia and around the US are losing their jobs. We blame that on the recession. We also know that the price of oil is very high. Sure, it is a lot less now than it was a month ago. We all know that one way or the other, those […]

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Exaggerating Illegal Immigration

There are perhaps twelve million people in the United States today who are working here without the legal right to do so.  This figure represents less than four percent of the US population of about 305,000.  Yet, if you look around at the news media and online sources, you will find that most of our […]

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More Border Patrol Roadblocks

Here we go again!  According to a Seattle Times article this week, The Border patrol is again protecting our borders on some highways far from the border in Washington.  This week they were set up for five hours on SR 104 near the Hood Canal Bridge, apparently protecting the border of Kitsap County from terrorists, […]

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More on Border Patrol at Anacortes Terminal

I earlier posted an article about the US Border Patrol stopping passengers coming into Anacortes on domestic ferries to ask them to prove their immigration status before they can continue. I am on record as being strongly opposed to law enforcement systematically stopping large numbers of innocent citizens without reasonable cause to do so. I […]

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Living and Dying in the US

Recently, I posted a couple of articles on the subject of US law enforcement agents stopping people on the ferry dock to check out whether they might be terrorists. Or perhaps they might be undocumented foreigners that we might find while looking for terrorists. In any case, I thought that it might be unwise for […]

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UPDATE — Random Stops of US Citizens

Last week, I discussed in a post that the US Border Patrol was blocking a state highway in Anacortes and randomly stopping cars looking for undocumented aliens. While I don’t dispute the need for the Border Patrol to do their job of protecting our borders, and commend them for what they do despite their under […]

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