Born with 13 major birth defects, 2-y...

Born with 13 major birth defects, 2-year-old is in need of special equipment

There are 38 comments on the Ledger Dispatch story from Apr 11, 2010, titled Born with 13 major birth defects, 2-year-old is in need of special equipment. In it, Ledger Dispatch reports that:

Beth Hewitt talks with son Andrew Hewitt, 2, in their Livermore, Calif., home on Monday, April 5, 2010.

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Anon

Pleasanton, CA

#2 Apr 12, 2010
Exactly. Citizens are sacrificed (culturally, financially) to provide for illegals and anchor babies. In general the middle class is squeezed from both ends - wealth is transferred from the middle higher and lower.

What we need is legislation that removes all incentive for illegal immigration. We need a system that can properly identify and authenticate citizens. If you can't be authenticated as being a citizen or legally authorized to be in the US, then you get no services: no job, no banking services, no license to drive, no utilities, can't rent or buy a property, can't enroll in schools, etc. And we need to be able to deport people found in the US without authorization on an immediate basis.

The law regarding this should be crafted so that when a foreigner is found here in the US that their country of origin is billed for the costs involved in identifying and deporting them, as well as for the cost of any services they have received while here. If the country won't pay the law should invoke diplomatic and economic sanctions. You can bet that a country like Mexico would quickly make preventing illegal immigration into the US it's top priority if they were forced to pay the costs incurred by their citizens while in the US. Mexico receives so much wealth and commerce from the US; you think they'd jeopardize that? Problem would be solved for us.

We also need an amendment that makes explicit the meaning of the citizenship clause of the current 14th Amendment. Congress never intended to make persons born on US soil to foreigners, citizens. Simply by a tradition stemming from judicial error, this has become a loophole that has suffered rampant and flagrant abuse. So the Amendment should state that in order to be a citizen, your mother must be a citizen.
Livermore Person

United States

#3 Apr 12, 2010
That is the best post you have ever put up here, Anon. That is something I would vote for. I hope you don't mind a "copy and paste" to pass this on.

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#4 Apr 12, 2010
Anon wrote:
Exactly. Citizens are sacrificed (culturally, financially) to provide for illegals and anchor babies. In general the middle class is squeezed from both ends - wealth is transferred from the middle higher and lower.
What we need is legislation that removes all incentive for illegal immigration. We need a system that can properly identify and authenticate citizens. If you can't be authenticated as being a citizen or legally authorized to be in the US, then you get no services: no job, no banking services, no license to drive, no utilities, can't rent or buy a property, can't enroll in schools, etc. And we need to be able to deport people found in the US without authorization on an immediate basis.
The law regarding this should be crafted so that when a foreigner is found here in the US that their country of origin is billed for the costs involved in identifying and deporting them, as well as for the cost of any services they have received while here. If the country won't pay the law should invoke diplomatic and economic sanctions. You can bet that a country like Mexico would quickly make preventing illegal immigration into the US it's top priority if they were forced to pay the costs incurred by their citizens while in the US. Mexico receives so much wealth and commerce from the US; you think they'd jeopardize that? Problem would be solved for us.
We also need an amendment that makes explicit the meaning of the citizenship clause of the current 14th Amendment. Congress never intended to make persons born on US soil to foreigners, citizens. Simply by a tradition stemming from judicial error, this has become a loophole that has suffered rampant and flagrant abuse. So the Amendment should state that in order to be a citizen, your mother must be a citizen.
Amen to that, Anon.
Anon

Pleasanton, CA

#5 Apr 12, 2010
Livermore Person wrote:
That is the best post you have ever put up here, Anon. That is something I would vote for. I hope you don't mind a "copy and paste" to pass this on.
Please feel free!
DojoRat

Livermore, CA

#6 Apr 12, 2010
Good luck getting the Mexican government to pay for costs associated with deportation.

The government has their hands so dirty with the drug trade near the border, and lets face it, a lot of the illegal traffic by the border centers around that exact industry. Why would they want to stop that?

And oh yeah, the Mexican government hands out flyers on how to successfully cross the border without getting caught or dying. I suppose I can understand basic survival tips, but yeah, the parts about how to avoid the cops is pretty ridiculous.

There won't be any political will until the tipping point has occurred, which I don't believe will happen for a long time unless some Mexican gang is responsible for a mass act of terror along the lines of 9-11, which generally isn't their M.O. anyway.
Anon

Pleasanton, CA

#7 Apr 12, 2010
DojoRat wrote:
Good luck getting the Mexican government to pay for costs associated with deportation.
The government has their hands so dirty with the drug trade near the border, and lets face it, a lot of the illegal traffic by the border centers around that exact industry. Why would they want to stop that?
And oh yeah, the Mexican government hands out flyers on how to successfully cross the border without getting caught or dying. I suppose I can understand basic survival tips, but yeah, the parts about how to avoid the cops is pretty ridiculous.
There won't be any political will until the tipping point has occurred, which I don't believe will happen for a long time unless some Mexican gang is responsible for a mass act of terror along the lines of 9-11, which generally isn't their M.O. anyway.
DR, it is within our legislative powers. It could be required by law to be a component of any treaties or agreements.
This type of legislation comes down to a very simple, libertarian concept of responsibility. At the individual level there is personal responsibility. Recognizing that we aren't going to eliminate governments, this is an extension of personal responsibility to be applied to the State and the various governments with which it has relationships.
Mexico is not going anywhere, however, if we change our laws, and our approach to providing incentives (and never seeking reimbursement for services extended to foreign nationals), then this problem is easily fixable.
The Mexican government has so much more to lose than we do. We have literally nothing to lose. They have everything to lose; the foreign aid, the exports (just imagine shutting down the border and refusing their ships at our ports, for example). Mexico cannot handle an economic boycott. They need the US. We do not need them anywhere near as much, so we have the upper hand in all negotiations. There is nothing they can do in response that would cost us more than we are spending today on their citizens.
DojoRat

Livermore, CA

#8 Apr 13, 2010
The main point in my post is that there's no political will to do so here in the United States.
Think about it, the immigrant population (legal or otherwise) accounts for a significant part of the Democratic party voting base, but a very minor part of the Republican one. There's no way any Democratic politician will alienate those voters by doing something along those lines.
You already know this, but don't think for a second that politics is about doing what's best for the country/state/whatever.
Remember:
poli-Latin for "the many"
tics-blood sucking insects.
Anon

Pleasanton, CA

#9 Apr 13, 2010
I appreciate the point. However, I think you underestimate the pulse of the public on this issue. There is a lot of political will actually. If you stop reading the MSM articles, you'd see it too. We also happen to live in CA, which is verifiably a reality-warping fantasy land.

The immigrant population may have a lot of numbers, but many of them aren't legal voters. Some 20-30M are actually illegal aliens. So even if the immigrant population were as high as say, 100M, then 25-30% of the group has zero political power.

The people who vote and have to pay the bills sure as hell aren't going to approve an amnesty, and in fact are more inclined to go the opposite way.

That's why the liberal leadership is already saying that the only way the Democrats could pass amnesty is to illegally end run the Constitution (again) like they did with HCR.

I actually hope they're just crazy enough to do it, because it might be the impetus to propel this country into revolution/civil war/uprisings. All of which , like a forest fire, would be good for the country. Clean out all the deadwood and breathe new life into the forest.
DojoRat

Livermore, CA

#10 Apr 13, 2010
Simple question: if the political will is there, why hasn't it happened yet?
DojoRat

Livermore, CA

#11 Apr 13, 2010
btw: I actually do in fact agree with what you say about illegals draining state and federal funds. I really don't see how anyone with any education or lucid thought process can say otherwise.

Our only disagreement is how to fix the problem. The other reason nothing will ever happen: big business generally favors the Republican party. Who does big business often hire at very cheap rates?
Anon

Pleasanton, CA

#12 Apr 14, 2010
I'll do you one further, DJ. I think the idea that there are two parties and one is anti-big business and for "the common man" and the other is the GOP, is all just a charade. It's a nice fairy tale. However, that is all it is.

The truth is that both sides of the aisle make a living from big powerful interests. Do you think that Wall Street isn't big business? That Pharma isn't? That SEIU isn't big business?

The money goes where it knows. And the money is always right. That's how the game is played.

Elitists will do anything to prevent the American people from waking up to their scam. It is easy to provide the illusion of two parties, or of the possibility for "hope" and "change", mere buzzwords. It's marketing.

GOP has no power in this Congress. The health care reform bill proved that.
Mike in Springtown

San Francisco, CA

#13 Apr 14, 2010
Lizzie Borden wrote:
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Amen to that, Anon.
Lizzie you are so dumb

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#14 Apr 14, 2010
Mike in Springtown wrote:
<quoted text>Lizzie you are so dumb
Yet here you are.
Mike in Springtown

San Francisco, CA

#15 Apr 14, 2010
Lizzie Borden wrote:
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Yet here you are.
I saw the headline and I was thinking of you. 13 major birth defects
DojoRat

AOL

#16 Apr 14, 2010
I'll certainly concede that. When I was thinking "big business" i was thinking more along the lines of WalMart, oil/energy companies/banks, etc being in the Republican party back pocket. But yeah, no doubt, there are just as many in the back pockets of the Democrats. No doubt there.
Anon wrote:
I'll do you one further, DJ. I think the idea that there are two parties and one is anti-big business and for "the common man" and the other is the GOP, is all just a charade. It's a nice fairy tale. However, that is all it is.
The truth is that both sides of the aisle make a living from big powerful interests. Do you think that Wall Street isn't big business? That Pharma isn't? That SEIU isn't big business?
The money goes where it knows. And the money is always right. That's how the game is played.
Elitists will do anything to prevent the American people from waking up to their scam. It is easy to provide the illusion of two parties, or of the possibility for "hope" and "change", mere buzzwords. It's marketing.
GOP has no power in this Congress. The health care reform bill proved that.

Since: Apr 10

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#17 Apr 14, 2010
Mike in Springtown wrote:
<quoted text>I saw the headline and I was thinking of you. 13 major birth defects
Nah, I have 14.
Mike in Springtown

San Francisco, CA

#18 Apr 14, 2010
Lizzie Borden wrote:
<quoted text>
Yet here you are.
just another stupid comment from a WOW lover
DojoRat

Livermore, CA

#19 Apr 14, 2010
Mike, just out of curiosity, why are you so bitter?

I've gone through a few of the threads here, and you very rarely ever have anything constructive to say, or add to the debate or whatever. I rarely agree with what Anon says, but at least he adds something to the discussion. All you do is spew out a bunch of hate towards Lizzie or whoever else shrunk your anatomy that day...

What's the deal? Talk to us, help us help you... lol
Mike in Springtown

San Francisco, CA

#20 Apr 14, 2010
DojoRat wrote:
Mike, just out of curiosity, why are you so bitter?
I've gone through a few of the threads here, and you very rarely ever have anything constructive to say, or add to the debate or whatever. I rarely agree with what Anon says, but at least he adds something to the discussion. All you do is spew out a bunch of hate towards Lizzie or whoever else shrunk your anatomy that day...
What's the deal? Talk to us, help us help you... lol
Who is bitter but just another stupid comment from you
WOW

Long Beach, CA

#21 Apr 15, 2010
DojoRat wrote:
Mike, just out of curiosity, why are you so bitter?
I've gone through a few of the threads here, and you very rarely ever have anything constructive to say, or add to the debate or whatever. I rarely agree with what Anon says, but at least he adds something to the discussion. All you do is spew out a bunch of hate towards Lizzie or whoever else shrunk your anatomy that day...
What's the deal? Talk to us, help us help you... lol
I know how we can help Mike. We need to install one of those ticket taking machines in his house. You know the kind that say now serving and give the number. At least this way he could keep track.

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