published Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

‘Day without immigrants’

Modesto Moralez pushes a frozen treat cart through the streets of Dalton, Ga., early Friday afternoon.
Modesto Moralez pushes a frozen treat cart through the streets of Dalton, Ga., early Friday afternoon.
Photo by Dan Henry.
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DALTON, Ga.—It wasn’t quite a day without immigrants in Dalton on Friday, but a couple of dozen businesses closed their doors in support of immigrants and in opposition to Georgia’s new immigration law.

Adrian Salaices closed his convenience store, Carniceria Nacho, and his family traveled to neighboring Chattanooga to spend the day to help the cause, he said.

“I thought about [whether to participate] because Friday is our busiest day and we are going to have losses, but it doesn’t matter because we need to support the community,” he said.

Groups throughout the state organized several events this weekend in opposition to House Bill 87, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, which went into effect three days before the country celebrates Independence Day.

Friday was a “Day Without Immigrants,” when businesses were asked to close and shoppers were asked to stay home.

Today the Georgia Latino Alliance For Human Rights expects more than 20,000 people to march in front of the state Capitol, including participants from North Carolina, Louisiana and Washington, D.C.

Along Dalton’s East Morris Street, which has many businesses that serve Hispanics, a mix of establishments bore signs saying, “Este negocio no abrirá el 1 de julio en apoyo a la comunidad hispana,” or “This business will not open July 1 in support of the Hispanic community.”

Francisco Paniagua, owner of Paniagua Auto Sales, said he supports the community but would have lost thousands of dollars if he closed his business.

“I know that we need to be united, but I want people to know that if we close, we lose a lot more than if you miss a day of work at a factory,” he said.

By 2 p.m. he had sold two cars, and he needed to sell another two to make the payments on more than 200 cars, he said.

“The bank is not going to forgive the interest if I close for one day,” he said.

ABOUT THE LAW

Jobs in agriculture, construction and the carpet industry, particularly in Dalton, have attracted immigrants, illegal and legal, to Georgia.

The Pew Hispanic Center says Georgia ranks seventh for the largest share of illegal immigrants, at 425,000 — down from 475,000 in 2007.

And according to the U.S. census, the Hispanic population in Whitfield County grew from 18,417 in 2000 to 32,471 in 2010.

In April the Georgia General Assembly passed what is now considered among the toughest immigration laws in the nation. It mirrors Arizona’s controversial law.

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash temporarily blocked two of the most controversial parts of the law. Twenty-one plaintiffs, including Dalton’s Coalition of Latino Leaders, argued that the law is unconstitutional and asked for an injunction.

One blocked section authorizes local law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration status of anyone suspected of having broken the law.

The other section halted by the judge prohibits transporting and harboring illegal immigrants while committing another criminal offense.

In his opinion, Thrasher called the law “a state regulation of immigration,” and said some sections “will undermine federal immigration enforcement priorities by vastly increasing the number of immigration queries to the federal government from Georgia.”

He wrote the “mere presence in this country without authorization is not a federal crime.”

And he said “the apparent legislative intent is to create such a climate of hostility, fear, mistrust and insecurity that all illegal aliens will leave Georgia.”

But Thrasher also dismissed some of the plaintiffs’ arguments, including that the law violates the constitutional right to travel.

D.A. King, president of Georgia’s Dustin Inman Society, a group that opposes illegal immigration, said the key provisions of the law remain intact.

“We are very thrilled that our law goes into effect, it’s very comprehensive and again it goes after the root cause of illegal immigration,” added King, who said he worked closely with legislators to craft the law.

In 2006 Georgia passed what was then considered the toughest immigration law in the country.

King said the new law is “aimed at improving and refining the 2006 law.”

“We are ending what is a de facto Georgia amnesty for illegal employers, illegal aliens and elected officials who have been ignoring the law,” he said.

State Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, voted for the law but on Friday called implementation of the bill a “solemn and sad day” for all of Georgia.

“It is the failure of the federal government that has forced us to take these steps,” he said. “The federal government needs to allow for more lawful immigration. We need to completely rethink the way we do immigration.

“What we have now is essentially a racist quota system.”

PROTESTING THE LAW

In a small shopping center on East Morris Street, the A2 Convenience Store was the only shop open next to several closed restaurants and shops. The owner of the store is not Hispanic and decided to remain open, said Santo Cruz, who worked behind the counter Friday.

“He said he was going to work so I needed to be at work today,” Cruz said. “So I’m here today. I can’t lose my job.”

Friday was much busier than normal for the business because so many other stores were closed, but the traffic on East Morris Street was much lighter than usual, Cruz said.

He said he supports people protesting the new law but is not sure that asking Hispanic businesses to close and people to stay at home is the right approach.

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“I think it just hurts the Hispanic community. It doesn’t make any difference in the American community,” he said. “And just one day probably won’t matter that much anyway.”

At Carniceria Nacho on Underwood Street, car after car pulled up at the store. Most people jumped out and tried to open the door before reading the notice about the protest.

Greg Horton, who can’t read Spanish, tried to figure out why his favorite neighborhood store wasn’t open when he stopped by for a soft drink.

“I just got off work and needed something to drink. I probably come by here two or three times a week,” he said, after tugging on the locked door.

Horton said he is good friends with the owner of the store. After hearing why the store was closed, he said he supports what the Hispanic community was trying to do. He doesn’t know that much about the new immigration law, he said, but Hispanics are vital to Dalton.

“If they left — if it wouldn’t shut down, it would certainly slow to a crawl,” he said. “I have a lot of Hispanic friends. They are good family people. They just want to take care of their families like everyone else.”

Efrain Becerra, who has lived in Dalton for 16 years and works for a carpet factory, also tried the door at Carniceria Tienda with no luck. He had heard about the “Day Without Immigrants” but didn’t take it seriously.

“I didn’t think anybody would do it,” he said.

Across the state, the Day Without Immigrants was a success, its organizers said.

About 120 businesses in the Atlanta metro area were closed, with more than that statewide, said Gina Perez, with the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights. Many of the large Hispanic restaurants and shopping areas in Atlanta suburbs were “ghost towns” throughout the day, Perez said.

No official data was available for Dalton as of 7 p.m. Friday.

Dalton Mayor David Pennington said he was unaware of the planned protest and had not heard anyone talk about it Friday. He said the holiday weekend was probably not the best day to have an impact on the city, since many carpet mills close down and a lot of people are on vacation.

Pennington vocally opposed the state immigration measure. He said there are federal laws to deal with the issue if they were enforced and that Dalton will have a more serious economic downturn if many Hispanics move away.

“Our state passing another law was just pretty much overkill,” he said Friday. “But I don’t think the law really changes anything.”

PEOPLE LEAVING

Some Dalton residents said the law’s effects began to be felt even before it passed.

Iliana Rivera said her daughters are going to Mexico this weekend and she soon will catch up with them.

Her husband was deported last year and, even though she’s a U.S. citizen, she said it’s time to go.

Paniagua, the auto dealer, said he has lost about 60 percent of his Hispanic clients in the last six months, but it has been especially noticeable in the last two.

“I hope the situation gets better because just as we are losing money, the state is losing money,” he said.

Father Paul Williams’ problem with the law and similar enforcement measures is the deportation of noncriminal illegal immigrants, who he said are not the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s priority.

Hispanics are a majority of the 5,000 regular Sunday churchgoers at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where Williams is the priest.

The new law, Williams said, “is meant to turn sheriff deputies and police officers in Dalton and Whitfield into immigration enforcers.”

“The [Whitfield] sheriff’s department and the Dalton [police] department seem unconcerned that ICE has stepped up deporting noncriminal aliens,” he said.

Bruce Frazier, the Dalton Police Department’s spokesman, has said the department is not involved with immigration enforcement and officers have to enforce the law.

But Williams said he “respectfully disagrees.”

“Officers should be allowed to use discretion, as the ICE director [John Morton] said, but they are really not and I think that they can,” he said.

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about Mariann Martin...

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...

about Perla Trevizo...

Perla Trevizo joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2007 and covers immigration/diversity issues and higher education. She holds a master’s degree in newswire journalism from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas. In 2011 she participated in the Bringing Home the World international reporting fellowship program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, producing a series on Guatemalan immigrants for which she ...

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Brittanicus said...

The Dream Act in itself, might be a reasonable law allowing the students of illegal parents, to be permitted to stay in the United States? But the ramifications are more ominous, that once the students have legitimacy they can then start petitioning for family members and that by any other name is CHAIN MIGRATION. It further challenges more people to simply scorn what lax laws we have and just enter illegally. Immediate family members overtime can then bring in even more people, and this has set up a chain reaction. Just like another possibility of yet a second mass amnesty, it always attributes to costs. It has been verified that the 1986 accounting, when the final tally was made that it cost US taxpayers 76 Billion dollars. By the time of a further amnesty in today’s dollars and cents had been calculated, the Heritage foundation assessed such final bottom line of in the range of 2.6 Trillion dollars.

Now this dollar figure is based on the assumption, that there are only 11 to 12 million foreign nationals in the country, a number based on processing, background checks and an accumulation on other personal data along with medical examinations. But (FAIR) Federation of American Immigration Reform, ( NUMBERSUSA) and thousands of grass root sovereignty organizations have assessed the population figures to well over 20 billion. This is an overwhelming number to consider and a dollar figure to incredulous to even imagine. That would strip any gains against the $14.5 Trillion dollars we owe outside the shores of America. This nation must be entirely thankful to the great State of Arizona, who started this long and dangerous crusade against the tyranny inside the Obama administration that would welcome into America every indigent family from across the globe.

Stepping forward now the TEA PARTY is the only true way that will elevate this massive debt, placed upon taxpayers by thoughtless politicians. We cannot trust the Imperials in the Republican Party and we certainly cannot trust the undercover far Left, that has impregnated the Democrats. Either party has had their own agenda for omnipotent power of new voters through illegal immigration, or the overall influence from big business to relax laws, so millions can be used for a lesser form of slavery; except in both ideals the programmed taxpayer picks up the unknown estimated cost to support them. In three decades America's working man/ women has lost a percentage of his wages, to support illegal immigrants. How academia thinks the economy would grow, must live in a delusional world, when nearly every State is burdened by instant citizenship baby laws, which under the current misinterpretation payments of cash to these families, has diluted every treasury.

July 2, 2011 at 12:17 a.m.
Brittanicus said...

Our schools are crammed to capacity, full of the children of illegal aliens, the health system slowly falling apart as more hospitals fail of wanton families to be treated; many of these institutions unable to survive. Then we have the US penal system choked with illegal alien criminals, that is yet another tax hike on the American population. The TEA PARTY is our only remedy as the Congress, have no sense of urgency to the impending financial crash. Perhaps Rep. Michele Bachman of Minnesota, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sarah Palin of Alaska; all regarded as strong supporters of the ever growing TEA PARTY. Only the TEA PARTY leaders seem to understand the financial predicament we have truly manufactured for ourselves, from the years of corruption within equal parties. The TEA PARTY has astounded both political parties in power, and will release us from the years of rot and poor or intentional mismanagement to gain favor with open border lobbyists. The TEA PARTY Has sworn to the major majority of the American people, no new amnesties of any kind, which includes the dismantling of Sanctuary cities and towns, no dream Acts or anything assigned to foreigners who broke our stagnant laws.

To accomplish this task we must insist our government implement mandatory E-Verify and Secure Communities, which will track down both illegal workers and criminal illegal aliens. There must be no compromises, but that Congress should enforce these laws, without interference from the open border zealots or the elitest groups discount labor.

You should also introduce yourself to the people who run this devastated country at the Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121 and tell them it’s time to depart of fight for the American taxpayer.

July 2, 2011 at 12:17 a.m.
nucanuck said...

The sooner we deport these 20 million workers, the sooner our sons and daughters can have these fine jobs.

July 2, 2011 at 12:56 a.m.
328Kwebsite said...

There may be a follow up story in that last quote. How many times do we blame the police for enforcing or not enforcing laws, when we direct them to carry out unclear directives which make them personally liable for the public safety?

I thought this was a good story. It shows all the signs of classic journalistic tradecraft: observing conditions in the field, obtaining record of reaction to problems, outlining compelling social issues in the applied and the abstract.

Some compelling details are in this story, like the US citizen who feels it is time to go to another country because her own is treating her family poorly.

Good work. Keep it up. Have the Tea Party people present their Long Form brith certificate so that we know they are not illegal aliens masquerading as patriotic morons.

July 2, 2011 at 4:22 a.m.
rolando said...

"Noncriminal ILLEGAL immigrants" is a contradiction in terms. The mere presence here is a crime.

The mere headline and the name of the day screams their attempt. Change that to "Day Without ILLEGAL Immigrants and you have a winner.

ILLEGAL aliens/immigrants is what this entire article is about. It is a favorite trick of those favoring illegal activities to classify ALL immigrants, illegal and legal, into one category and then tell us we are evil racists to be against immigration.

Nothing could be further from the truth. We are a nation of LEGAL immigrants. You can easily tell the legal ones from the illegals -- the former are assimilated into our culture, the latter insist on bringing their old, failed culture with them...witness the language on the pushcart/store windows.

An example of the impact ILLEGAL immigrants have on our country? County and city leaders in Southern California -- except uninvited Los Angeles County -- are seriously discussing seceding from the state and forming a new one with its own stiffly-enforced border security. When is the last time this kind of serious discussion took place?

Another? Check out the following post...

July 2, 2011 at 8:41 a.m.
rolando said...

http://theworldlink.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_7ec65f00-4d6d-539d-9f2f-c3e44e2c55a9.html

quote [in part]

Which brings us to Saturday's [soccer] match in the Rose Bowl, with 93,000 in attendance, between the United States and Mexico.

According to Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times, when the U.S. team took the field it was 'smothered in boos. ... Its goalkeeper was bathed in a chanted obscenity. Even its national anthem was filled with the blowing of air horns and bouncing of beach balls."

U.S. coach Bob Bradley respond[ed]...'Obviously ... the support that Mexico has on a night like this makes it a home game for them."

"A home game" for Mexico -- in Pasadena?

"I have never heard more consistent loud cheering for one team here," wrote Plaschke, 'from the air horns to the 'Ole' chant with each Mexico pass, all set to the soundtrack of low throbbing that began in the parking lot six hours before the game and continued long into the night."

After the 4-2 win by Mexico, for the first time, the trophy award ceremony was held in the Rose Bowl. When the losing U.S. team was introduced, the stadium rocked again with boos.

"We're not booing the country. We're booing the team," one rooter for Mexico told Plaschke. 'There's a big difference."

But why would scores of thousands boo a defeated team after a game?

Why would spectators raise a ruckus during a national anthem, except to manifest contempt for the country whose anthem it was?

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard [said about the ceremony that] he was disgusted at how the officials conducted the ceremony awarding the Gold Cup title to Mexico.

They 'should be ashamed of themselves," said Howard. 'It was a disgrace that the entire post-match ceremony was in Spanish. You can bet your (expletive) that if we were in Mexico City, it wouldn't be all in English."

Indeed, were U.S. fans in a Mexican town to boo, jeer and chant obscenities at a Mexican team before, during and after a match, and blow horns during the Mexican national anthem, they would be lucky to get out of the stadium alive.

What does this event, in which Plaschke estimates 80,000 fans in the Rose Bowl could not control their contempt for the U.S. team and for the U.S. national anthem, tell us?

We have within our country 12-20 million illegal aliens, with Mexico the primary source, and millions of others who may be U.S. citizens but are not truly Americans.

Perhaps [they] should go back there, and let someone take [their] place who wants to become an American.

By 2050, according to Census figures, thanks to illegals crossing over and legalized mass immigration, the number of Hispanics in the U.S.A. will rise from today's 50 million to 135 million.

Say goodbye to Los Angeles. Say goodbye to California. . . . . unquote

July 2, 2011 at 8:53 a.m.
tifosi said...

I find it interesting when folks point the finger at these so called "criminals", when they would do the same thing given the same circumstances. If I thought that I could give my family a better life - you are damn right I would climb a fence, dig a tunnel or walk through a desert for my family. It takes an incredible love of family to do what they have done. We can all earn a lesson about "love" from that. BTW, these folks are more committed to their Christian faith than 99% of the Christians in the USA. Excellent role model in my book and an asset to America.

July 2, 2011 at 9:51 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

they're not "so-called criminals"....they're criminals...illegal entrants...illegal aliens...pick a label. they're not immigrants....they're not legal anything....they broke in.,

"noncriminal illegal immigrants"....what the hell does that mean?? what a perfect example of libspeak.....what garbage.......everyone is welcome with open arms in this country if they come in legally.....try breaking into other countries and see what happens.

great posts rolondo!

nice weepy, sugary and typical lefty post, tifosi. what bull****.......idiocy.....speak for yourself. typical liberal, ....using emotion in order to try and get your way. absolutely no idea of how damaging it is to this country.

why break in when you can come in legally....they can come in as guest workers..or whatever.

instead they try and stay under the radar to take advantage of the country ,and be free of any obligations that citizens must follow through on

dumb liberals like the chairman of the democrat party national committee..."republicans want criminalize illegal immigrants"........

love of family is no excuse for breaking in.......

i suggest huge penalities, much larger than they are now, for employers who hire them....i suggest using the military on the border...like they do in other countries. especially in this age of terrorism. take some of the troops being taken out of afghanistan and move them to the border....

July 2, 2011 at 10:26 a.m.
01centare said...

wildman, unless they're working and being paid under the table in cash, they already pay into the social security system and other federal and state taxes(where state taxes are withheld) for which they can't file an income tax claim at the end of the year. I've always wondered what happens to all those tax dollars being withheld from their checks since they can't file to regroup at least some of that money during income tax filing season? Is that money held in some special account or something? :?

July 2, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.
knightboy said...

"Day Without (ILLEGAL) Aliens" Let's get the title correct TFP!

OOoooh they closed their stores.....Oh No what shall we do!! Maybe if we tunneled under the wall of the store we could just open the store and run it ourselves!!

July 2, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

This WHOLE mess of lost jobs began when employers left America for foreign countries because of lower wages. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil...not money.

No jobs meant lay-offs and eventually a recession. Now we're in the middle of it and it's not getting better.

Mexicans and other South Americans take jobs the average American either cannot live on, will not do or are not used to doing ie. farm labor, animal/chicken plants or fast foods. Illegals take these jobs at a low wage to Americans but a high wage to them. $7.25 (minimum wage)an hour looks pretty good to a lot of these people. If several live together they split rent,utilities and food and send the rest back home.

Someone on here said this division was making 2 nations, 2 cultures and 2 languages...he was SO right. The rights of the average American are gone. The rights of illegals are at an all time high. What happened to majority rule? What happened to America...MY home sweet home?

July 2, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

some good point, brittanicus...it's astoundingly arrogant of democrats and republicans to attack the tea party movement when they've had their run of the place forever..and it's been going down hill ever since.....the tea party has solutions...the democrats just want to hold on to power even if it means letting illegal aliens trample on the rights of citizens...and the country club repubicans just want to get along......they like the two party system....

July 2, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.
Wilder said...

I have been told by credible sources that the most notable change during the last day without Mexicans in Dalton, was a dramatic decline in the pilferage rate in the big box stores.

Cbtole said...

"They're all going to end up in Chattanooga if we don't watch out."

Bad news Cbtole; they were only waiting until school was out for the summer in Dalton, before they head your way. It's very good news for Dalton's taxpayers; not so good for Hamilton County's taxpayers.

This list is representative of what the good people of Hamilton County have to look forward to, when these fine hardworking families move your way.

Dalton Police Dept. Active City Warrants as of 6/29/2011

http://daltonpdblog.typepad.com/ACTIVEWARRANTS062911.pdf

July 2, 2011 at 1:49 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

i'm sick of these never ending attempts by libs to bestow sainthood on illegal aliens from mexico...it's absolutely ridiculous.......

nobody works harder than illegal aliens, nobody loves their family as much as they do, look at the risks they're taking just out of love for their family....horsecrap.....nonsense....

the left doesn't give a damn about how hard tax paying citizens work for their families...how much they contribute to the federal government.......they have no problem elevating them above citizens, not out of respect, but so they can use them to gain more control over people's lives.

plainly transparent....clearly..

the left is arrogant beyond words....just like obama.....he oozes hatred for the hard working , regular american tax payer.....those who live in small town america and suburbia....yet he wants their support.....

theirs racism and bigotry going on..but it's directed at tax paying citizens and white americans..

July 2, 2011 at 1:56 p.m.
sangaree said...

Wilder, that list just proves Dalton is partaking in racial profiling, which is illegal. The same thing that's long taken place in Chattanooga and the rest of the nation. The only difference is in Chattanooga and much of the rest of the nation the targets of racial profiling historically has been against the African-American population.

July 2, 2011 at 1:57 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

sangree that's crap....if nearly 100% of illegal aliens from mexico are of mexican ancestory , then why should they look for swedes, nigerians or chinese? they're law breakers...and they fit the profile, so tough cookies.....typical liberal crap, attacking the law because the law interferes with' your agenda..

racial profiling is very much necessary when it comes to breaking the law....if one 100% of foreign terrorists are arab-muslim men, then that's what they should be looking for at airports, not in babies diapers, wheelchair bound, 90 year olds and 5 year old girls....if two guys rob a bank, and witnesses say they were black males in their 20's, then that's what they look for....if a black man is murdered by a white supremisist, and witnesses id the guy as a white,blonde male in his 20's, then that's what they should look for....and so on..

mexicans don't deserve any special treatment......if any foreign group poured into the country illegally they would all be subject to profiling.....it doesn't matter what race they are. tough.

you libs would allow lawlessness in exchange for power.

July 2, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.
rolando said...

Those are arrest warrants, sangaree, not a college entrance list that gives preferential treatment based on race...but THAT is an OK-with-you kind of profiling, I guess.

Just out of curiosity, exactly what did you use as the basis of determining whether or not it was "profiling"? Oh, their names? My goodness -- how racist of you. But again, your kind of profiling is supposed to be the "good kind", at least in your mind.

Those people on that list are wanted for crimes they committed.

July 2, 2011 at 2:52 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

sure, wildman...get over yours.....the middle class does get screwed...and you're a moron if think democrats don't own large corporations and succesful busineses.....just check comrad obama's donor list.....the rich are doing quite well under obama..the correct rich people, the ones that kiss his ass.....the middle class spoke loud and clear on 11/2/10..obama is no friend of the middle class.....

the republican bad-democrat party good crap is getting old... and its myth........"republican owned businesses" that's moronic..what does that mean?.....

both democrats and republicans have screwed the middle class.....but, obama even said he loathes the middle class...read it. it's one of his lame books..

July 2, 2011 at 3:03 p.m.
Momus said...

So is it the immigrants fault or the businesses that hires them's fault? These topics always confuse me.

July 2, 2011 at 3:19 p.m.
brokentoe said...

wildman, if those far right wing fruity-loops would let go of their hatred for a sec, they'll remember that image of Bush standing alongside Mexico's El Presidente' Vincent Fox, speaking in favor of immigrants, illegal and otherwise, crossing the borders.

If there's one thing the Republican politicos count on is the fact they're diehard followers have short term memories.

July 2, 2011 at 4:15 p.m.

I suspect most who have posted can trace their heritage to generations being from a country other than The USA, making for some legit questions. I don't recall hearing much about 'discrimation' from my grandparents who were immigrants, as is the case with Latinos. It seems that Latinos are not leaving anytime soon. We have literally become a bi-lingual nation...English/Spanish. Many have expressed their sentiments in light of what we are experiencing with the faulty economy...perhaps justifiably so...jobs being the real issue. Wonder how these issues will be handled in spite of il/legal Latinos. At one point (in the not too distant future) it is predicted that the Latino population will out number all other races (combined) in our country. Time has thus become a delicate issue.

July 2, 2011 at 4:57 p.m.
BobbieChampion said...

StrongEmphasisWho cares if they close the mexican doors for the day. how many americans visit the mexican stores unless there married to a hispanic. all there money they make goes back to mexico so they can live comfortable down there. let all of them move to tenn if they dont like waht georgia doing. if they dont like the immigrant laws why dont they get there green cards like the 1,000s of others who have. there babys shouldnt be born here and be legal. all the ones that are far illegals are the ones that are getting the labor workers for nearly nothing. they can send all the illgeals back to mexico as far as im concerned and im not the only one that feels like that either. the president just after all the votes from illegals. Because everyone knows they buy there illegal social security numbers for $250 a peice and thier illegal drivers license which is bought to. Strong Strong

July 2, 2011 at 5:16 p.m.
TN_Mtn_Man said...

I'm not sure why TFP has decided to do so many sob stories on the topic lately (and filtering off their use of the word "ILLEGAL" when they do) but its getting old fast. Its ILLEGAL immigration - its working around and abusing the system... those that are here illegal should be sent back, and those that have hired wihout proper papers FINED harshly for doing so.

Want to reduce health care costs in this country? Stop Illegal Immigration - the government (TennCare) and the hospitals (non insured - no pay) will be relieved of the strain.

Of course, let's not get onto the topic of government programs - Illegals aren't the only abusers....

July 2, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.
rolando said...

The TFP is a PiberalProgressive mouthpiece for the DNC, TN Mtn Man.

Their purpose of all those sob-stories and their refusal to print the words "illegal alien is two-fold: 1) get us used to equating illegals with legal immigrants and thereby make us feel bad about our "bias", and 2) to gain their amnesty and garner votes.

The TFP has a conservative editorial page but only give it lip service so they can claim to be relatively non-partisan...when they aren't.

July 2, 2011 at 8:11 p.m.
Wilder said...

One of TFP's sources of revenue is their website, where they sell the advertising, that you see at the top of the page, priced relative to the amount of activity on their site.

Perla's Mexican sob stories generate activity - they stir the pot, so to speak. The Mexican advocates are probably plants to further stir the pot. Either that, or they are among those who make a living from the fray.

The Catholic church has been resurrected from the grave that they dug for themselves by harboring and shuffling petifiles to and fro for years, by the masses of ignorant and unsophisticated illegals.

In Dalton they were aligned with the carpet cartel from the beginning - one of the lint house's CEO's donated a million dollars to build them a new church. I noticed that he didn't do the same for any of his other worker's denominations, which was meant to convey a message.

July 2, 2011 at 9:07 p.m.
HannaBeckman said...

Do these ice cream cart people file/pay income taxes?Perla???Does this old guy have a business license?vendors license? Health Dept. Inspection sheet?TB, and other shotsHow about an expose on these tax cheats/code enforcement violations/welfare/,Well, how about it??? How about all of them at that dump of a flea Market north of Dalton?

July 2, 2011 at 9:55 p.m.
Wilder said...

One of several documents on how the Mexicans colonized Dalton, provided by a giddy Hispanic academic who spent years studying the process. Note that he references the carpet cartel's recruiting methods, and open violations of our laws in what he refers to as the "informal economy". http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/IMG/pdf/migrationindustry_mexico.pdf

The migration industry in a new destination: the case of Dalton, Georgia The small industrial city of Dalton, seat of northwest Georgia’s Whitfield County,became a new destination for Mexican migration at the close of the 20th century(Hernández-León and Zúñiga 2005). Recruiters became operative again during the 1980s and 1990s, when carpet companies – the most important industry in the city and the region – enlisted Mexican workers in south Texas (Hernández-León and Zúñiga 2005). Clearly, direct and contractor mediated recruitment has been a part of different stages of the formation of Dalton as a migratory destination. In addition to well-known electronic money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram, Mexicans in Dalton also use small remittance transfer businesses. These informal operations employ vans to cover various locations in the migratory circuits that join Dalton with multiple Mexican regions and localities. Dalton’s Van Couriers and the Sending of Remittances On Saturday mornings, Belle Street, one of the main thoroughfares of Dalton’s Mexican neighborhood, turns into the heart of remittance sending services. All along the avenue, different van services park their vehicles in front of stores and supermarkets. Some rent their own office space. A steady flow of people preparing to send money, packages and even correspondence to various states and localities in Mexico passes by. Some of the vans also offer passenger transportation services. In addition to receiving and organizing remittances (sent to their destinations in dollars), a great deal of the feverish activity on Belle Street revolves around organizing parcels on the overhead grills of vans and in the trailers attached to many of the vehicles. How do van couriers survive competition with each other and with other remittance mechanisms? As part of the informal economy many of these services have no permits and commercial insurance for transporting people and packages. This represents a savings in costs that would otherwise be passed on to customers in the form of higher fees for sending remittances and parcels. Informality also generates savings on paymentsof drivers’, loaders’, and other employees’ social security taxes and health benefits. .

July 3, 2011 at 12:20 a.m.
MasterChefLen said...

There is an easy fix to all of this. Cut welfare and all the social services to all able bodied Americans. There are plenty of jobs, however it is too easy for many lazy people to sit on rearend, collect check, have multiple babies with several different non-present fathers, and all the while, blame someone else for for all of their problems. If you give these people of choice, work or don't eat, they will quickly do jobs that previously would seem "beneath them" and probably make better choices of how to live their lives and practice birth control. President Johnson's "Great Society" and liberal courts and judges have ruined this country much the way the Roman Empire crumbled.

July 3, 2011 at 12:46 a.m.
rolando said...

Fome, too, only lasted as a Republic about two hundred years, MasterChef. Then the people find out they can vote themselves money -- other people's money.

July 3, 2011 at 4:41 a.m.
DelawareBob said...

When are these hispanic groups going to get it through their head there will be no amnesty for these 12-20 million illegal aliens. States are cracking down to get rid of the illegal aliens. If the illegal aliens are not taking our jobs, they are using the United States as a Welfare country. Who pays for all their anchor babies? Yes, Who? Then who pays to school the anchors? Yes, who? Then the parents get on welfare because of the anchor babies. Who pays for this? Come on, who?

When we get rid of all the illegal aliens, we will get rid of the all the problems that go with them. THAT IS A FACT! And oh, are hispanics the only illegal aliens in this country? Well, are they?

ENFORCE THE LAW! NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS!

July 3, 2011 at 11:54 a.m.
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