Border Agents Make Zero-Tolerance Zone

There are 66 comments on the The Associated Press story from Aug 24, 2006, titled Border Agents Make Zero-Tolerance Zone . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

Standing in a cramped federal courtroom last month, illegal immigrant Walter Oscar Portillo-Machado pleaded with a judge for mercy.

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Sheesh

United States

#1 Aug 24, 2006
If they just wanted to work, that would be fine, after they became a citizen and while. But...they don't, they jack up our prices while they get free medical, schooling, etc. And don't even have the courtesy to learn our language, and act like we owe them something. Just want to come here and work. Yeah, Right, more like, come here, for a hand out!!
ncvoter

Walkertown, NC

#2 Aug 25, 2006
They say that - "just want to come here and work" - as if that makes illegally entering the country o.k. But, its not o.k. and it doesn't excuse the illegal entry! I would like to walk into a bank vault and take some money, but I would be arrested and jailed, and rightly so. Why don't they and their handlers realize and acknowledge that they are breaking many laws and should be punished and deported?
Tesenisis

Palo Alto, CA

#3 Aug 25, 2006
Not only do they enter our country illegally, which is criminal, they come here to birth their children so their children can then have all the advantages of being US Citizens. They get health care for the time of the pregnancy and for the life of the child. We need to change more than just how we patrol our borders to change the problems that are caused by having illegal immigrants in our country. We need to make it much harder for them to survive here without documents, and their children should not be given automatic citizenship if the parents are illegal.
Sheesh

United States

#4 Aug 25, 2006
Tesenisis wrote:
Not only do they enter our country illegally, which is criminal, they come here to birth their children so their children can then have all the advantages of being US Citizens. They get health care for the time of the pregnancy and for the life of the child. We need to change more than just how we patrol our borders to change the problems that are caused by having illegal immigrants in our country. We need to make it much harder for them to survive here without documents, and their children should not be given automatic citizenship if the parents are illegal.
Agreed!!
JCZ

Chino, CA

#6 Aug 29, 2006
How sad to note such utter bitterness. These people come to work. I'd like to see you in their position. Remember that Jesus Christ was a foreigner many times, would you classify him as an illegal, undesirable just for being poor and in need?
Joe

Palo Alto, CA

#7 Aug 29, 2006
All of you that are blaming the immigramnts for every single problem that is wrong in the U.S. should be ashamed of yourselves. You are sorry human beings that doesn't understand or want to understand compasion. Sure the immigra=nts should come her by legal means, but the fact they are here doesn't make them less of a human than you arrogants. I understand now why a lot of countries hates Americans. They think they are the only ones that mean something in this world.
Sheesh

United States

#8 Aug 29, 2006
Bitterness...Compassion...Do you have elderly parents trying to decide between eating this week or prescriptions, heat or piling on more blankets, after a liftime of paying taxes to this great country, after a lifetime of standing behind the company they worked for, only for the retirement program to go bust when it was time for them to retire? Do you have a brother who contracted MS in his 40's but up to that time had worked and paid taxes. The government helps a little. I will give them their due, but nothing close to what they are handing out to the illegals. My parents aren't near as bad off as they could have been, if they weren't the type of people they are. And my brother has a great family to lean on, even though he hates it. Ashamed of ourselves for feeling this way....Arrogant... I don't think so..I was taught that charity starts at home. Meaning your family!!!! Not a bunch of thieves in the night.
Lakotawoman

Lemmon, ND

#9 Aug 30, 2006
It kills me when I hear people like you run your mouth...as you said
Yeah, Right, more like, come here, for a hand out!!
Your ancestors better be True Native American, if not, your ancestors did the same thing. For the exception they stole our land and slaughtered my people... Besides the mexicans have every right to this country after all part of it was Mexico. Read some of the History that wasn't written by the greedy white man...Also English is not the true language of the states there were over 500 languages spoken before the damn white christians came over with their thumping bibles.
Lakotawoman

Lemmon, ND

#10 Aug 30, 2006
OUR COUNTRY...Illegal Immigrants....What is your heritage???
Tesenisis wrote:
Not only do they enter our country illegally, which is criminal, they come here to birth their children so their children can then have all the advantages of being US Citizens. They get health care for the time of the pregnancy and for the life of the child. We need to change more than just how we patrol our borders to change the problems that are caused by having illegal immigrants in our country. We need to make it much harder for them to survive here without documents, and their children should not be given automatic citizenship if the parents are illegal.
Lakotawoman

Lemmon, ND

#11 Aug 30, 2006
I have another comment.... Did you realize that The Government isn't really handing out anything. For every Illegal with no documents, did you realize he or she cannot claim income tax. So there for all the taxes taken out of their checks, well heck it has to go somewhere... oh I dont know maybe to like the Government. Did your ancestors not come from another country, gave birth to you and yours to become a citizen....If we are to keep out immigrants, I think everybody should go back to where they come from.
Sheesh wrote:
Bitterness...Compassion...Do you have elderly parents trying to decide between eating this week or prescriptions, heat or piling on more blankets, after a liftime of paying taxes to this great country, after a lifetime of standing behind the company they worked for, only for the retirement program to go bust when it was time for them to retire? Do you have a brother who contracted MS in his 40's but up to that time had worked and paid taxes. The government helps a little. I will give them their due, but nothing close to what they are handing out to the illegals. My parents aren't near as bad off as they could have been, if they weren't the type of people they are. And my brother has a great family to lean on, even though he hates it. Ashamed of ourselves for feeling this way....Arrogant... I don't think so..I was taught that charity starts at home. Meaning your family!!!! Not a bunch of thieves in the night.
Sheesh

United States

#12 Aug 30, 2006
On one side of my family my great great grandparents were native american, but that wouldn't make a difference to me and dosn't. So I will run my mouth off as I please. AND yes they do get hand outs. Eye surgeries that cost thousands, they get for free, with a free interpreter that the Drs office has to pay for, oh bull, I'm not going to go into it all again, just get out and come back in the legal way if you want tobe apart of this country and learn english.
Duh

Santee, CA

#13 Aug 30, 2006
JCZ wrote:
How sad to note such utter bitterness. These people come to work. I'd like to see you in their position. Remember that Jesus Christ was a foreigner many times, would you classify him as an illegal, undesirable just for being poor and in need?
Were not talking about Jesus Christ - Its Jesus (Hay-zeuse) here - Im all for them coming here - just do it LEAGELY - Stand in line like everyone else did.
Lakotawoman

Lemmon, ND

#14 Aug 31, 2006
Yea, sure your great great grandparents were native, if they were, it would mean a damn to you. Hand outs, not only mexicans get hand outs, but, so do the whites, blacks, asians etc. etc. etc....Then oh yes, lets not forget the rest of the world, who from the middle east. """Sure ya'll come and buy up our country that never belonged to us from the beginning. We will help you get a business, and no you don't have to pay taxes for seven years, and lets not forget you can sell the business to your brother and he wont have to pay taxes for another 7 years...and so on... We will help you live in 250,000 homes, and give you credit, credit, credit till your eyeballs fall out and lets not forget either,, we will train your offspring so they can come back and kill off America.""" You must work in a Dr's office....Quess what read up on your history, Spanish....Mexican style, was one of the original 500 languages here in your so called America......NOT AND I QUOTE ENGLISH>>>>> >>>>>>> >>>>>>> >
Sheesh wrote:
On one side of my family my great great grandparents were native american, but that wouldn't make a difference to me and dosn't. So I will run my mouth off as I please. AND yes they do get hand outs. Eye surgeries that cost thousands, they get for free, with a free interpreter that the Drs office has to pay for, oh bull, I'm not going to go into it all again, just get out and come back in the legal way if you want tobe apart of this country and learn english.
Sheesh

United States

#15 Aug 31, 2006
I don't have to validate my heritage to you or anyone else. And your right there are a lot of people out there getting free hand outs that shouldn't, I would love to be a insurance investigator, or a medicare investigator. There are alot of injustices out there, and I am willing to help anyone who comes here and honestly wants to become a citizen. But I am not willing to help anyone who comes here and demands more than what who is here already can get, or what we can afford. And we cannot afford these millions of people receiving free medical and schooling etc.
I don't think our government treated the Indians right either, I think the American people have been quiet for too long about how our government operates, so I will speak up when I can. In ENGLISH!
Joe

Palo Alto, CA

#16 Sep 1, 2006
Shesh you are so mis-informed. Where do you get your facts, Bill O'reilly or is it comedy central? The american people are so eager to jump on this bandwagon because they feel their "lifestyles" are at risk and those are the ones that don't really care about other countries or cultures. Like I said, I am all for having people coming to this country by legal means, but you just have to insult all immigrants by saying things that you don't have the facts about and blaming them for all the evils of this country. be objective, do some research and find the facts before you run up your mouth. That is so much the immigrants can and will take and we will all pay the consequences of your actions. Don't lump all foreigners as illegal. There is a big fraction of the population that are illegal but the rest who are here LEGALLY are resenting being included in your prejudice remarks. Think about it.
Sheesh

United States

#17 Sep 1, 2006
Read the post again Joe, I said, I was for helping people who wanted to come here and honestly wanted to become citizens. I have immigrants in my own family, they have married into it, so no, I wouldn't insult ALL immigrants, just illegals who think we owe them.
PWB

United States

#18 Sep 8, 2006
JCZ wrote:
How sad to note such utter bitterness. These people come to work. I'd like to see you in their position. Remember that Jesus Christ was a foreigner many times, would you classify him as an illegal, undesirable just for being poor and in need?
When ever Illegal Immigrants can turn water to wine, bread to fish, raise the dead and heal the sick then they can come on over. They will not be drain on MY goverment. We already have enough deadbeat US citizens, we don't need all of Mexico's.
Living in the Present

United States

#19 Sep 8, 2006
Lakotawoman wrote:
Yea, sure your great great grandparents were native, if they were, it would mean a damn to you. Hand outs, not only mexicans get hand outs, but, so do the whites, blacks, asians etc. etc. etc....Then oh yes, lets not forget the rest of the world, who from the middle east. """Sure ya'll come and buy up our country that never belonged to us from the beginning. We will help you get a business, and no you don't have to pay taxes for seven years, and lets not forget you can sell the business to your brother and he wont have to pay taxes for another 7 years...and so on... We will help you live in 250,000 homes, and give you credit, credit, credit till your eyeballs fall out and lets not forget either,, we will train your offspring so they can come back and kill off America.""" You must work in a Dr's office....Quess what read up on your history, Spanish....Mexican style, was one of the original 500 languages here in your so called America......NOT AND I QUOTE ENGLISH>>>>> >>>>>>> >>>>>>> ><quoted text>
BLAH BLAH BLAH...

Get out of the past. You were not slaughtered and I wasn't there doing the slaughtering. That crap is really getting old. Besides if the Europeans had not come along you would still be eating your second harvest corn out of your turd.
Lakotawoman

Lemmon, ND

#20 Sep 9, 2006
YOU MUST BE WHITE>>>>>> I FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR LACK OF INTELLEGENCE.
Living in the Present wrote:
<quoted text>
BLAH BLAH BLAH...
Get out of the past. You were not slaughtered and I wasn't there doing the slaughtering. That crap is really getting old. Besides if the Europeans had not come along you would still be eating your second harvest corn out of your turd.
Sheesh

United States

#21 Sep 9, 2006
Lakotawoman wrote:
YOU MUST BE WHITE>>>>>> I FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR LACK OF INTELLEGENCE.<quoted text>
and your so smart........go back to the reservation!!!! you hit me on a bad day...Why do you want to pay for people who have no respect for your country? Why do you want to pay for people who have a way to become legal? and can get help to become legal? Why? They march in the streets threatening us, waving another countrys flag, gang members shooting into crowds of white people, why do you stand up for them? I know not all illegals are like that, but California and Arizona are having a really hard time with this type. So, why?

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