Is Mexico going “Trump” on Cubanos?

Up here, Mr Trump wants to send illegal immigrants back home. The Mexican government has criticized such a campaign position.
I have said several times that massive deportation is an unrealistic option, in large part because it will get caught up in the courts and not send any one home.

Interestingly, the Mexican government is doing its own version of Trump’s idea.

They pick up “indocumentados cubanos” and send them back to Cuba, as we read in The Yucatan Times:

After providing first aid and verifying that they were in good health, the Navy transferred the rafters to the remote terminal of the Port of Progreso.

The Cubans were then sent to the Merida facilities of the National Institute of Migration.
Authorities have reported the arrival in Yucatan of more than 150 Cuban rafters in 2014 and so far in 2015, in what is considered the largest exodus from the island in the past decade.

Most are seeking to reach the United States, using Mexico as a stopover on their journey.
However, unlike the Cubans who have in past months arrived to Mexico, the six recent arrivals could never reach the United States due to the Mexico-Cuba repatriation agreement signed Nov. 7 in Merida by President Enrique Peña Nieto and Cuban President Raul Castro.

Due to the agreement, the six Cubans would be sent back to the island.

We understand that Mexico is a sovereign country and has the right to enforce immigration laws, such as keeping people without papers away from its territory.

Here is the question: Why do so many Mexican politicians criticize Mr Trump for proposing to do here what they do down there?

The bottom line is that Mexico is hypocritical about enforcing immigration laws.   Apparently, it’s OK for Mexico to deport Central Americans or Cubans in the name of sovereignty and the rule of law.   It’s not OK for the US to do the same thing.

The word is “hipocrita”!   Someone should ask President Pena-Nieto about it!

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Why all of the turkey posters? My first Thanksgiving in the U.S.


Back in 1941, President Roosevelt made it official:

Thanksgiving became an annual custom throughout New England in the 17th century, and in 1777 the Continental Congress declared the first national American Thanksgiving following the Patriot victory at Saratoga.

In 1789, President George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when, at the request of Congress, he proclaimed November 26, a Tuesday, as a day of national thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution.

However, it was not until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November, that the modern holiday was celebrated nationally.

With a few deviations, Lincoln’s precedent was followed annually by every subsequent president–until 1939. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt departed from tradition by declaring November 23, the next to last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving Day. Considerable controversy surrounded this deviation, and some Americans refused to honor Roosevelt’s declaration.

For the next two years, Roosevelt repeated the unpopular proclamation, but on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.

In my case, I did not know a thing about Thanksgiving when our family settled in Wisconsin in the fall of 1964.  I began to detect that something was coming when the kids in school started putting “turkey posters” about the upcoming holiday.

Finally, Miss Jones, that wonderful 6th-grade teacher I was blessed with, sat me down and explained the story, from the ship crossing the ocean, to the landing at Plymouth Rock, to the terrible first winter and eventually a day to say thanks for everything.

It did not take long for me to get into the Thanksgiving mood.

Today, it’s my favorite American holiday for two reasons:

1) It demonstrates the role of faith in the early days of what would become the United States.

2) It confirms that this land was settled by self-reliant people who faced adversity and grew stronger.

As I told a friend years ago, you cannot understand American exceptionalism unless you get familiar with the Thanksgiving story.

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Cambio en Argentina……but it won’t be easy

(My new American Thinker post)

Argentina made an important right turn on Sunday. Mauricio Macri, the opposition candidate, won Sunday’s election. He is not perfect but offers a more realistic option than the misguided populist policies of the incumbent party.

At the same time, “argentinos” longing for change will have to be patient because Mr. Macri is inheriting a mess of huge proportions, as we read in Bloomberg:

“Neither candidate has addressed the elephant in the room: the reforms needed to reduce inflation, fix a fiscal deficit of 7.2 percent of gross domestic product – the largest in over 30 years – and lure back investment dollars which have stayed away due to currency controls, a lack of regulatory predictability and a decade-long dispute with holdouts from the 2001 default.”

Macri’s victory is also a huge defeat for “the Kirchner way”, the populist philosophy that guided Argentina for a decade. John Fundhas a good analysis about this point:

Argentina’s election on Sunday represented the starkest choice the country has faced since the uthoritarian era of Juan and Evita Peron began in the 1940s.

The seven-point victory of center-right candidate Mauricio Macri may herald a real shift towards more sensible economics and less anti-U.S. policies in Latin America.

Defeated Peronist candidate Daniel Scioli was a hand-picked defender of the interventionist economics of his party’s retiring President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner.

In a recent TV interview, Scioli summed up the differences between him and Macri simply: “I defend the role of the state and he defends the role of the market.” He accused Macri, a leading businessman and mayor of Buenos Aires, of representing policies of “savage capitalism” that would devastate the poor.

Argentina’s voters have often fallen for such rhetoric, but not this year.

The record of Kirchner and her Peronist party was a disaster and not easily ignored.

It won’t be easy but Mr. Macri is a better option.  He has a better chance of attracting the kind of foreign investment that the country needs to create jobs and help the struggling middle class.

Good luck to Sr. Macri.

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Cubano not Hispano?

(My new American Thinker post)

How crazy is the left getting?  Chris Matthews of MSNBC recently wondered if Senator Rubio and Senator Cruz are Hispanic. It’s nothing new since most liberals think that minorities are only genuine when they vote Democrat. Ask Justice Thomas or Dr Carson.

Here are a couple of tips for Mr Matthews:

First, the U.S. government defines Hispanic like this:

So, are Cruz and Rubio Hispanic? That’s easy. It’s a blood thing. Look at the definition from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: “A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.”

Second, Hispanics come in many colors.

There are white Hispanics, or the descendants of Spanish and Europeans. My father’s ancestors moved to Cuba in the 1840s from Spain. My mother’s family moved to Cuba from Asturias (the northern province of Spain) in the 1920s. Let me add that Fidel Castro’s father was a Spaniard who stayed in Cuba after the Spanish American War of 1898.

There are black Hispanics who are primarily from Caribbean countries, such as the Dominican Republic and down to Panama. These are the offspring of the slaves who came to the region in the 18th century.

There are Asian Hispanics too. Chinese immigrants built the railroads in Mexico. The Chinese left their impact. I would suggest looking for a Cuban-Chinese restaurant in Miami or New York.

Of course, there are many native Americans in such countries as Mexico,  Peru, and Central America. They are the descendants of the great civilization that the Spanish explorers found, such as the Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas.

There is also great diversity when it comes to religion. It’s true that most Hispanics have Catholic roots but there are hundreds of Jewish high schools in Latin America. It’s estimated that 500,000 Jews live in Latin America.

Hispanics in the U.S. are a combination of all of those groups. It’s amazing that “diversity mad” liberals do not understand that.

Unfortunately, the word “Hispanic” has now been given a political meaning. It was only supposed to be a definition of your background, not the way you vote.

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A word from a refugee about today’s refugees

(My new American Thinker post)

Our family came to the U.S. in 1964 and we called ourselves “refugiados” or refugees.

The U.S. accepted us as refugees from a communist state.

Therefore, I’ve always been very sensitive about refugees from other lands or places. I look at them and see a lot of ourselves in their faces. I see the young boys and remember that I was once a young boy watching my parents fill out paper forms at The Freedom Tower in Miami.

The Syrian situation is very different from our experience in a couple of ways:

First, we came in a very orderly way. I understand that the Mariel experience of the summer of 1980 was chaotic but that was the exception rather than the rule.

Most Cubans came here in the Freedom Flights of 1965-75.  There were two planes that landed in Miami and brought generally families, mom, dad and kids.  They were greeted usually by family members who put them up at their homes until father had a job. There were lots of Cubans willing to hire Cubans in Miami so work came fast for our fathers and uncles. These Cubans integrated very quickly to the Miami scene and contributed greatly to the local economy and politics.  It didn’t take long before mothers were angry that their kids were forgetting their Spanish!

Second, most of us were willing to integrate. We grew up watching “The Lone Ranger” and “Rin tin tin” in Spanish. We were also huge baseball fans, another connection to U.S. culture. Most importantly, we were so grateful that the U.S. had given us a second chance. We embraced America in a very unique way.

Today’s Syrian refugees, or any other refugees from that region, will not be greeted by families or a culture that they understand. There are already reports that some are missing in Louisiana or that we are having a hard time identifying them:

A Syrian refugee relocated to Louisiana has already gone missing, but the group accommodating them isn’t taking responsibility.

WBRZ reports:

WBRZ has learned Catholic Charities helped the refugee who settled in Baton Rouge, but said the immigrant left for another state after a couple of days, and they don’t know where the refugee went since they don’t track them.

“We’re at the receiving end,” Chad Aguillard, executive director of Catholic Charities, says. “We receive them, we welcome them into our community and help them resettle. There has been a lot of commotion and fear with Syrians. The fear is justified, but we have to check that against reality.”

State leaders are upset after the federal governor began relocating Syrian refugees in the state without notifying them.

“This is a federal program, and it was their responsibility, as the governor has stated, that they should have notified myself or governor directly,” according to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management Director Kevin Davis.

Last week, a Texas refugee services group detailed what they give to those the Obama administration are bringing into America.
Liberty News recently published an audio recording it says is a phone call between a representative of Refugee Services of Texas and a man posing as a potential volunteer.

The services detailed in the call — being paid for by U.S. taxpayers — is staggering.

I am not saying that we should shut the door or refuse to take any of them. At the same, the U.S. has every right to demand information, specially from young men travelling alone. In fact, I would deny entrance to young men for fear that they may be connected to terrorists.

We’ve seen in Europe how political correctness has created all kinds of problems with thousands of refugees.

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ISIS is contained so let’s release another 5 from GITMO


The Obama White House is a bit off on its timing these days. We’ve all heard about President Obama saying that ISIS was contained the morning of the Paris attacks.
Let’s add another one to the timing file with the announcement that 5 more are leaving GITMO:

“The Department of Defense announced on Sunday that it had transferred five lower-level Yemeni detainees from the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba to the United Arab Emirates. The United States had held each for nearly 14 years as wartime prisoners, and none had been charged with a crime.The transfers reduced the detainee population at the prison to 107. As many as 17 other proposed transfers of lower-level detainees are in the bureaucratic pipeline, an official familiar with internal deliberations said.The resettlement of the Yemeni detainees was the first of its kind to the United Arab Emirates, which had previously taken in just one former Guantánamo detainee, in 2008 — its own citizen.”

Let’s be fair and say that this release was already under way before the Paris attacks. Nevertheless, didn’t it occur to someone that maybe releasing GITMO terrorists may just be the wrong signal hours after Paris?
The Obama White House does not seem capable of dealing with ISIS. They talk tough but seem completely unsure of what to do. They look scared to take the war to the terrorists!
I don’t expect much from President Obama, unless we are attacked or ISIS captures US soldiers. Therefore, this mess will be left to # 45. I just hope that the millions planning to vote for Mrs Clinton understand that she will very likely send ground troops to the region.
Yes, Obama’s mess will have to be cleaned up by # 45!
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