Tactless Game of Tag Planned to Protest Illegal Immigration

Tactless Game of Tag Planned to Protest Illegal Immigration – Seattlest
April 14, 2008

Has immigration become the most divisive issue in America? If the battle brewing at the University of Washington over planned protests on the issue is any indication, we’re leaning towards yes. An email from College Republicans is making the rounds at UW, announcing a planned game of “Find the Illegal Immigrant Tag” on the HUB lawn. The “game” is planned for Tuesday afternoon to call for the securing of American borders and a crack-down on illegal immigration.

According to the article the College Republicans like to act as if racism and prejudice do not and have never existed by staging terrible events like an affirmative action bake sale.


3 thoughts on “Tactless Game of Tag Planned to Protest Illegal Immigration”

  1. US students would be more respected round the globe if they had a few anti-war protests of the type a previous generation of American intelligentsia staged.
    If the ‘games’ go ahead it will be very sad and seem reminiscent of National Socialism practices of the 1930’s.

  2. I agree. Though this blog focuses on immigration I believe the biggest issue in this country is the war and it needs to be stopped. I believe many of our problems are either a result of the war itself or simply the mentality that allowed it to move forward.

    In context to National Socialism I believe the movie “The Wave” speaks much to what’s happening here.


    I acknowledge that the United States has been built on the talents and sacrifices of immigrants starting with the first settlers. While this nation has always accepted newcomers it did so by establishing a system of eligibility. America has never promoted open borders. In recent decades our nation has been burdened with an invasion of illegal aliens who have taken jobs away from American citizens and legal resident aliens and who are active participants in violent gangs and other illegal activities. It has been estimated that more than 25% of the inmate population in the jails throughout the United States are illegal aliens. These Illegal Aliens and their families are also a drain on our social services, schools, hospitals and the taxpayers.

    There are approximately 11 million to 20 million illegal aliens currently in our country. When these people are caught, they are usually deported back to their own country. Many of them voluntarily self-deport after they are temporarily released, but many others must be forcibly deported back to their home countries.

    The good news is that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has launched an ambitious nationwide effort called “The Secure Communities Initiative” that would deport the estimated 300,000 to 450,000 illegal immigrants locked up each year in jails and prisons in the U.S. In 2007, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed deportation charges against 164,000 illegal immigrants in jail, and removed 95,000. As part of the program, ICE will upgrade computer technology in jails and allow local jailers to access ICE’s fingerprint database to quickly identify prisoners with immigration violations as they are booked. $200 million in funding has already been allocated for the program this year and would add an unspecified number of ICE detention and removal officers. The first priority of the program is removing those convicted of major drug offenses and violent crimes including murder, manslaughter, rape and armed robbery. It is estimated that removing those offenders would cost around $1 billion a year. ICE estimates the cost to remove all convicted criminal immigrants in custody would be $2 billion to $3 billion annually.

    There is, however, a loophole in the deportation of illegal aliens because some countries have been refusing to take their own citizens back, both criminal and non-criminal. Currently, there are eight countries that are refusing to accept their own citizens from the United States who have been ordered to be deported from the USA. These countries are China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Jamaica, Laos, India and Vietnam. As of February 2008, these countries are refusing to repatriate a total of 139,000 individuals. More than 18,000 of them are convicted criminals and many have already been released back onto American streets.

    It’s time to close the legal loophole. I support legislation recently introduced by Congressmen Michael N. Castle R-DE and Charlie Dent R-PA, who have introduced legislation (HR-5761) in April 2008 in the House of Representatives as a companion bill of The Accountability in Immigrant Repatriation Act of 2008 (S-2720), which was introduced by Senator Arlen Specter R-PA, in the Senate in March. These two pieces of legislation will authorize sanctions against those countries that refuse to accept their deported citizens back. These sanctions are:

    A) Countries that deny or unreasonably delay the repatriation of their nationals who have been ordered removed from the United States will not be eligible to receive any federal financial assistance from the United States, and

    B) Discontinuing the granting of Visas to nationals of countries that deny or delay the acceptance of their deported citizens.

    These two bills would require reports to Congress every 90 days on the countries which inhibit repatriation. Receipt of the report automatically triggers denial of foreign aid as well as suspension of visa issuances to the listed countries.

    I propose the addition of two more steps in the process in case the above two procedures do not achieve their goals:

    C) Impose “Sovereignty Tariffs” on all imported products from countries that refuse to repatriate their criminals and deportees, and if the sovereignty tariffs do not achieve the goals,

    D) Impose a ban on the import of all products from any countries that refuse to repatriate their criminals and deportees.

    Candidate for Congress
    New York’s 20th Congressional District

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