Immigration Monday: Do It Yourself Edition
9/10/2007
September 10, 2007

Blah, blah, blah. – Zen Saying.

COMMENT:

Here comes September 11.

Did you see there was a terrorist attack in Mexico this week? Blew up Pemex lines. It’s being called a political act, but we know terrorism when we see it. Pemex—petroleum. Oil. Gas. Is there a better target?

Mexican truckers began the experimental long-haul drives in the US this week, also. Did you see that? On the talk radio shows there have been good Americans suggesting they will stand on bridge overpasses and throw cement blocks through the Mexicans’ windshields.

The conservative president of Mexico scolded the US for harsh anti-immigrant policies.

Switzerland is urging a round-up and deportation on all foreigners.

Israel has to move parts of their Great Wall that have been placed in the wrong place.

Part of our own border fence in Texas is actually in Mexico.

In Arizona, contractors who built the fence are in trouble for hiring undocumented Mexicans to build it.

Syria and Iran and Jordan and Saudi Arabia are being flooded with Iraqi illegal immigrants.

Hezbollah is recruiting in Mexico.

I did an interview with the New York Times this week about border deaths—the numbers are now officially going to be acknowledged: there are fewer “illegals” coming across, but the death numbers have not changed…in fact, seem to be rising. As our son says, WTF?

Look it up. It’s easy to do. Google any of it.

Are you laughing?

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I had all kinds of trenchant things to say this week. But I’m all talked out. This might not be a good sign, since I’m about to go out into the Big World again to talk about THE DEVIL’S HIGHWAY. I was wondering why it suddenly started to jump in sales—man, schools and cities are reading it again. It’s Wisconsin’s state book. In Texas, 3,600 students are reading it at one college alone. You might not believe me when I tell you my excitement is tempered by a feeling that I can only describe as: Oh Nooooooo.

Last year, Phoenix sent gigantic police officers to my appearances in case any conspiracy buffs wanted to cap me. The only one who tagged me was an 80 year old woman who told me I was too short and too fat to be a real Urrea. I was quick on my feet, however, and quipped: “Uhhhh….”

This just goes to show you can’t tell what will capture anyone’s attention. DH was my fourth non-fiction border book. I was not intending to write it at all, and I was fairly certain it would be ignored. This was a blessing in disguise: I was free to write it any way I wanted to, and my general rage and loathing for the border slaughterhouse we have running (All hail, Baal! All hail, Moloch!) fueled the snarky tone of the book. Can love be angry and harsh? I think it can. But if I’d thought I’d become a mouthpiece for immigration, immigrants, Mexico, Border Patrol, coyotes, Chicanos, I’d have watched what I said. Fools rush in, after all. So I didn’t hedge my bets. And now look what’s happening.

Did I expect to be a finalist for the Pulitzer? No way. Did I expect to win the Lannan Award? Nope. Did I buy a new car with the money? Oh yes—and my family thanks Lannan. Did I expect to be pals with USBP agents? You’ve got to be kidding. Movies? Well, okay, yeah—I was sure I’d have movies either starring, by, or about ME when I was thirteen. When you’re typing your John Lennon/Bob Dylan/Leonard Cohen/Richard Brautigan/Jim Morrison masterpieces in the kitchen on your mom’s WWII manual typewriter, these things occur to you.

Honestly, I was worried about HUMMINGBIRD’S DAUGHTER and forgot about DH as soon as it was done. I’ve been tolling this bell since 1993. Since 1990, if you include my journalism and essays about the border. That’s a long time, an ocean of ink. I didn’t think anybody was listening, except maybe God. And God didn’t seem to be doing anything about it, either. But—oops, people are listening. Thanks to the Little,Brown books, I’m actually earning royalties on books that never earned royalties before. Trickle-down economics! I’m as good as a new improved sausage biscuit! I’m a brand name!

New and Improved! Urrea 3000! Cleans, Whitens! Fat-free! Rich Sinful Flavor!

What am I selling?

Here we are. It’s Monday. You want to form Border Policies, get dirty. Look around. Learn. Fuel your opinions. Do it yourselves.

REDEFINE YOUR OWN LINE.





BORDER INTERNET DIRECTORY
Prepared for Your Edification by Luis Urrea


Nobody seems to know where to look for a straight answer about the border. And that’s because there are no straight answers! People tell you what they want you to know so they can get you to do what they want you to do or vote the way they want you to vote. Find out for yourself! Take action! Be informed. The best thing you can do is prowl and think about what you find. Make your own informed decisions and ignore the pundits.

There are far too many sources to list here. But I offer some places you can begin.

[Note: since this was a document originally prepared for my classes on a different computer program, the hyper-links didn’t transfer to blogger.com. So you can’t just click on them. However, it isn’t difficult to jot down the addresses. Better yet, print this out and use it to begin your own Border Research Institute.]

General Information

THE BORDER INFORMATION OUTREACH SERVICE (USA)
www.us-mex.org/borderlines

MEXICAN IMMIGRATION WEBSITES
www.colef.mx
www.inegi.mx
www.conapo.mx
embassyofmexico.org/eng

GOBIERNO MEXICANO
www.gob.mx

SCHOLARS ON IMMIGRATION
Socrates.berkeley.edu/7001/Outreach/education/migrations2003/index.html

IMMIGRATION NEWS WIRE
www.cis.org/
idexer.com
www.usimmigrationsupport.org

Immigration Law

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
www.aila.org


Numbers

CENSUS IMMIGRATION DATA
www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/immigration.html

GENERAL IMMIGRATION DATA
www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/statistics/
www.erien.com/index.cfm?fuseAction=SocTrends.Main

SOCIAL SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION DATA
www.slate.com/2096880/immigration.about.com/b/a/211786.htm
www.csmonitor.com/2005/0509/p17s01-wmgn.html

IMMIGRATION AND WELFARE DATA
www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_n11_v49/ai_19517838
www.cbo.gov/showdoc.cfm?index=4761&sequence=0
www.heritage.org/research/Immigration/bg1936cfm
www.ncpa.org

IMMIGRATRION AND EDUCATION DATA
www.rand.org
www.udart.com
www.education .ucsb.edu/news/releases5-2-06/immigration-forum.html

IMMIGRATION AND MEDICAL COSTS DATA
www.mensnewsdaily.com/archives/p/powell/2005/powell120605.htm
immigration.about.com/cs/economicslabor/i/ImmHealthccosts_2htm

NAFTA
www.citizen.org/trade/nafta
www.mac.doc.gov/nafta/

BORDER DEATHS DATABASE
www.regulus.azstarnet.com/borderdeaths/



US Border Patrol, Etc.

THE BOYS IN FOREST GREEN (USBP)
www.cbp.gov
honorfirst.com/usbpl.htm

ANTI-BORDER PATROL
deporttheborderpatrol.com

WE HEART THE BORDER PATROL
www.friendsoftheborderpatrol.com

US CUSTOMS\SERVICE
www.cbp.gov
search.cbp.gov/query.html

HOMELAND SECURITY
www.dhs.gov
www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/


The Minutemen

www.MinutemenBorderFence.com
www.minutemanproject.com
www.minutemanhq.com



Mexican Border Police

GRUPO BETA
www.gob.mx/wb2/egobierno/egob_grupo_beta
www.americas.org/item_27769
migration.ucdavis.edu/MN/more.php?id=1177_0_2_0

LUIS URREA WITH GRUPO BETA IN SONORA
www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20040328/news_la28urrea.html


The Local News

(I did not include the excellent Mexican border papers in this section.)

ARIZONA DAILY STAR
www.starnet.com

ARIZONA REPUBLIC
www.azcentral.com

LOS ANGELES TIMES
www.latimes.com

SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE
www.signonsandiego.com

TUCSON CITIZEN
www.tucsoncitizen.com/daily/local/

YUMA SUN
www.yumasun.com



Blogs


(These are only three of the MANY blogs available—Google “immigration blogs” or “illegal immigration blogs” or “border blogs.”)

www.illegalaliens.us/blogs.htm
www.coyoteblog.com
blogs.chron.com/immigration /archives/2006/05/blogs_and_immig.html



Talking Heads


THE DAN RATHER OF MEXICO
www.jorgeramos.com/books

THE LOU DOBBS OF AMERICA
www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/lou.dobbs.tonight/

HA HA HA! ARE YOU OFFENDED YET? (Ask A Mexican)
www.ocweekly.com/ink/05/19/news-arellano.php



Human Rights and Rescue Workers

HUMANE BORDERS
www.humaneborders.org
humanebordersblogged.blogspot.com

NO MORE DEATHS
Nomoredeaths.org

HUMAN COST
www.immigrationshumancost.org

DERECHOS HUMANOS
www.derechoshumanosaz.net

MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE
www.maldef.org



Pro Immigration

www.arthurhu.com
dmoz.org
www.floricanto.net
librarylawschool.cornell.edu
www.gothamgazette.com/resource/immigrants/beginners
www.ilw.com/lawyers/immigdaily/digest/2003.0304.shtm
www.aztlan.net
www.tolerance.org

THIS WILL MAKE LOU DOBBS MAD
www.reconquista.org



Anti Immigration


MICHELLE MALKIN
www.michellemalkin.com/Immigration/

OTHERS
www.dfrie.org
www.alipac.us
www.fairus.org
WeNeedAFence.com
www.theamericanresistance.com
www.numbersusa.com
grassfire.com


REALLY Anti Immigration

KKK
www.kkk.com
www.k-k-k-.com

WHITE ARYAN RESISTANCE
www.resist.com

SHOOT A MEXICAN COMPUTER GAME
www.nothingtoxic.com/media/1147260264/shoot_the_illegal_immigrants



Violence Against Women


THE JUAREZ KILLINGS
www.amnestyusa.org/women/actions.do
www.savejuarez.org
www.pbs.pov/pov2002/senoritaextraviada/
www.wola.org/Mexico/hr/ciudad_juarez/juarez.htm
latinalista.com
www.cfomaquiladoras.org/mujeresjuarez.com

BORDER RAPE
www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1295/is_n9_v60/ai_18610915

VIDEO
www.witness.org/index.php?option=com_rightsalert&Itemid=178&task=links&alert_id=40


Drugs, Etc.

NARCO
www.narconews.com

DEA
www.dea.gov

FBI
www.fbi.gov



Border Deaths

(See: DEATHS DATABASE in “Numbers” section.)

www.derechoshumanosaz.net/deaths.htm
www.tolerance.org
www.uh.edu/cir/death/htm
www.fas.org


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