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Insanity Without Borders

By Greg L | 16 April 2008 | Zapatistas, Illegal Aliens, Prince William County | 24 Comments

The MJM is promoting an effort by members of Mexicans Without Borders to cross into the United States without inspection by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, which would be a federal felony under 8 U.S.C § 1325 if the person doing so is not a U.S. citizen or someone in possession of a valid visa or other authorization to be in the United States. This is all supposed to somehow be a demonstration of the effects of NAFTA, rather than the much clearer demonstration of the federal government’s utter failure to secure our borders. Should there be a valid basis to charge these individuals with a violation of the law, I’d hope these people are prosecuted to the maximum extent that the law allows.

The group’s decision to make the crossing just west of Nogales, Mexico, along immigrant trails, in an unpopulated area of the desert was influenced by the Prince William County illegal immigration resolution, said Leavell, who grew up on a farm outside of Charlottesville.

These kinds of bizarre shenanigans demonstrate just how much Mexicans Without Borders is out of touch with reality. Complaining about NAFTA is part-and-parcel of the struggle by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation’s “Other Campaign” against “neo-liberalism”, although you’d never find that connection between the “Other Campaign” in the mainstream media that seems so enamored of this radical group. This protest against the existence of borders, well-sprinkled with rhetoric of the “Other Campaign” of the EZLN should be a slow pitch right down the middle for the mainstream media to learn about not only the rhetoric of Mexicans Without Borders, but the radical Communist/Anarchist philosophy that underpins it. Here’s Mexicans Without Borders are willing to talk about what they believe in, and instead we get more drive-by reporting, including this quote regarding the Rule of Law Resolution:

“We don’t want hate politics and racist legislation to get passed in other parts of the state,” [Virginia Leavell] said.

You’d think that when a group is talking about willfully violating immigration laws by crossing the border without inspection while spouting the rhetoric of an armed foreign revolutionary group, it might merit just a little digging by journalists to establish whether any quotes such as this should be taken at face value, or dismissed as the nonsensical rantings that they actually are. Readers are sure to have a difficult time understanding why these folks are doing this if they don’t understand the motivations and history of our local Zapatista group, which was originally named “Zapatista Committee of the Ski Mask” not coincidentally. If they’re looking for understanding, the MJM is clearly not the place they’re going to find it.

Still, this will most likely backfire on Mexicans Without Borders, just as their billboard on Prince William Street in Manassas has become a huge political liability rather than the effective protest they hoped it would be. The more these folks try their crazy stunts, the more the public comes to despise them.

UPDATE: The umbrella organization “People United” has some information on this event that’s just fascinating:

The meeting started in the fellowship room of the church with representatives from organized immigrant communities in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Richmond, and Northern Virginia, and allies from the Virginia Anarchist Federation, The [Richmond Defender], and the Occoneechee-Saponi Village in Mecklenburg County.  Inspired by our trip to the Highlander Center’s training for Social Justice Interpreting, Aaron Samsel and Rachel Mehl built a radio transmitter and brought headsets for simultaneous interpretation, which brought our gathering to a new level. The conversations were entirely accessible, and we were able to share organizing successes and challenges from across the state with ease across languages.

These folks are just nuts.



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24 Comments

  1. Freedom said on 16 Apr 2008 at 9:59 am:
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    I’m afraid that before it’s all over, we’re going to have a larger problem to deal with than we have seen heretofore.

    It is becoming clearer and clearer to me that those who illegally cross our border from the south have no intention or real desire for eventual citizenship…they simply don’t care. While some may elect to return home for varied reasons, the ardent ones are here and whether Americans like it or not, they plan to take what they want. Yes, “take,” take from the American people, not earn and integrate to become a part of the American society.

    This is but one more reason to support the 2nd Amendment.

  2. NoVA Scout said on 16 Apr 2008 at 10:28 am:
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    I can’t find in the link where the MJM is “promoting” this project and I can’t find the place in the link to the US Code that makes uninspected entry a “federal felony.” However, there may be a story here nonetheless in the organizers’ assertions that illegal immigration is a result of NAFTA by creating imbalances in economic conditions between the U.S. and Mexico. This is just nonsense. Although the US is by far the greater beneficiary of NAFTA, Mexico’s economy has also been significantly aided by improved flows of goods and services. Absent NAFTA, pressures driving immigration into the United States would have no doubt been even more extreme than they are now. It’s typical left-wing tom-foolery to attribute to NAFTA adverse economic effects. (Witness the Obama/Clinton “who-can-be-most-against-trade” contest)

  3. mnd said on 16 Apr 2008 at 10:43 am:
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    Maybe its time to just annex Mexico.

    Say 5 or so new territories with a 15 year probationary period.

    Statehood to be vested when more than 20% of the territorial population are citizens from the 50 states and local/territorial government and courts conform to those in the rest of the union.

  4. Anonguy said on 16 Apr 2008 at 12:18 pm:
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    Why would the MJM want to screw up a perfect record of superficial coverage of Mexicans Without Borders, by digging into this group in any depth? They are too busy bashing Greg Leticq as a “nativist”, bashing Corey Stewart and John Stirrup as “elected officials who have lost their way” and promoting Maureen Cadigan as a “voice of reason” because of her insulting Stewart and calls to shut BVBL down. Outting MWB as a radical leftwing organization doesn’t fit into Susan Sihvilk’s agenda to destroy a blog historically critical of the MJM.

  5. Mando said on 16 Apr 2008 at 12:29 pm:
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    Anyone know what MJM’s circulation numbers are now and historically?

  6. manassascityresident said on 16 Apr 2008 at 12:32 pm:
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    Big news just reported on FOX. ICE has raided several chicken farms throughout the U.S. in an effort to break up a ring operating in false IDs. Raids were in Tenn, WV, PA, and I can’t remember the rest of the states they mentioned. There will be a news brief in a couple of hours to report just how many workers/illegals have been arrested.

  7. citizenofManassas said on 16 Apr 2008 at 12:45 pm:
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    novascout,

    I see you are back to defend the criminals. These people know exactly what they are doing, and state as much. The MJM is very pro criminal, maybe even more so then you are. The MJM is promoting this group by running the story.

    Do you think the MJM would run a story on people who are planning to rob banks just to prove it can be done, therefore, that is the reason there should be no laws against robbing banks? I hardly think so.

  8. Herndon Bob said on 16 Apr 2008 at 1:28 pm:
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    To the Border Patrol of the United States of America.

    Be on the lookout for members of People United and member of Mexicans Without Borders trying to cross into this country without documentation just west of Nogales, Mexico, along immigrant trails.

    I hope this information will help you stop this kind of publicity stunt now and in the future. Make sure they are not allowed to cross the border into the United States. Please detain these individuals for thirty days and then return these them to Mexico.

    A concerned citizen.

  9. Good Time Charlie said on 16 Apr 2008 at 1:57 pm:
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    I used to live near Nogales, Arizona. From the Border Patrol checking station you could watch criminals walking through a hole in the border fence approximately 600 yards away from the inspection points. It was very demoralizing to watch this and understand how low priority border security was to our government.

  10. americangal said on 16 Apr 2008 at 1:59 pm:
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    This is from www.thevoice.name/
    This you have to go to the website to rsvp and they will keep you updated on the location.
    Bringing you the news the media forgot to mention…

    A MARCH AND RALLY IN SUPPORT OF OUR ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAWS
    by The Voice — published on April 16th, 2008

    A MARCH AND RALLY IN SUPPORT OF OUR ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAWS AND BORDER PATROL
    TIME 8am
    LOCATION: Tucson TBA
    CLICK HERE TO SEND JON AN R.S.V.P.

    Justice
    Rally intention: To show support for
    - Existing and pending laws enforcing the attrition and deportation of Illegal Immigrants
    - The efforts of our brave Border Patrol/ Military men and women fighting everyday on the border and elsewhere in world for our freedom!

    - Putting up the Border Fence and security measures needed to stop the flow of Illegal Immigrants into these United States
    - Allowing our local law enforcement to call Immigration authorities whenever an arrest takes place and suspect is an Illegal Immigrant
    - Halting of divisive Ethnic Studies programs in our local schools
    - Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    - Now is the time for the legal United States citizen taxpayers, and other legal residents of the U.S. to have their voices be heard!

    If you have been listening to my show for any length time you know that our city is faced with a serious Illegal Immigration problem. This issue is deeply rooted into the fabric of our community. Too many members of local government, school boards, elected officials etc..feel there is more to lose by offending the Illegal Immigrants in our community than the legal taxpayer. On May 1st when border rights groups like Derechos Humanos plan on taking to the streets in a direct attempt to strip away the very sovereignty of these United States you now have chance to let your voice be heard. This opportunity is for all legal US citizens and legal residents/workers who are tired of having your tax money wasted by the millions on Illegal Immigrants, regardless of race, religion, or political background. There is another voice that needs to be heard! Spread the word!

    A MARCH AND RALLY IN SUPPORT OF OUR ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAWS AND BORDER PATROL
    THURSDAY MAY 1ST
    Time 8am
    Location: TBASPREAD THE WORD

  11. dilly said on 16 Apr 2008 at 2:00 pm:
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    Potomac News & Manassas Journal Messenger:

    What is the most important lesson you have learned as you have worked on readership in the last few years?

    That we’re still figuring out who our readers are.

    Source:

    http://www.readership.org/readership/papers/potomac.asp

  12. rebelreggie said on 16 Apr 2008 at 2:52 pm:
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    Good news for the Italians - they have elected Berlusconi president on a platform of closing their borders and ousting illegal immigrants –NOTICE HOW THE NEWSPAPER REPORTER IMMIEDIATELY REFERS TO THEM AS XENOPHOBICS AND ANTI IMMIGRANT - it seems that blurring the line between legal and illegal immigrants is a international trait by the mainstream media and other pro open borders/illegals advocates.

    Too bad the USA doesn’t have a strong President candidate still in the race for the 2008 elections who will place the US citizens first, secure our borders and beef up port security, conduct strict employer compliance with laws against hiring illegals, facilitate the self deportation thru attrition and deport all foreign born criminals, stop anchor baby citizenship, deny non life threatening medical treatment to illegals- unless they have the money to pay for it, deny any gov’t/taxpayer benefits to illegals (the way they do to LEGAL aliens) etc etc etc.

    Berlusconi declares war on ‘army of evil’ in crackdown against Italy’s illegal immigrantsLast updated at 00:55am on 16th April 2008

    Silvio Berlusconi returned to power in Italy yesterday and promptly pledged to close the border to illegal immigrants in a crackdown on criminals he called “the army of evil”.

    The 71-year-old conservative secured a third term as prime minister but owed his majority in both chambers of parliament to the support of the anti-immigration and protectionist Northern League.

    As a thank-you, Mr Berlusconi promised tough measures against crime, blamed by many Italians on illegal immigrants, as well as economic reforms and an end to the garbage crisis in Naples.

    Scroll down for more…

    Hard right: Silvio Berlusconi promised a crackdown on illegal immigrants, now he is backed by the xenophobic Northern League party

    “One of the first things to do is to close the frontiers and set up more camps to identify foreign citizens who don’t have jobs and are forced into a life of crime,” he said.

    “Secondly we need more local police constituting an “army of good” in the piazzas and streets to come between Italian people and the army of evil.”

    The results show the anti-immigrant Northern League will be the third-largest force in parliament after winning 8 per cent of the vote.

    Mr Berlusconi’s People of Liberty alliance took 37 per cent, and the Democratic Party of defeated Centre-Leftist Walter Veltroni - successor to former prime minister Romano Prodi, who quit in January - got 33 per cent.

    A drubbing for the far Left means Italy will not have a communist or a socialist lawmaker in parliament for the first time in recent memory.

    The Northern League’s Roberto Maroni said this meant “the Berlin Wall has now fallen in Italy too”.

    Parliament has been purged of tiny parties which, for years, held governing coalitions hostage.

    There will now be only six parties in parliament, as opposed to more than 20 after the 2006 election.

    “Now we’ll govern like major Western democracies, with one major party in power and one major party in opposition,” said Mr Berlusconi.

    “With the extremists gone…we’ll operate extremely quickly in parliament and get to work modernising this country.”

    He rebuked critics who said he was too old for the job, claiming: “I don’t know what tiredness is - I’m at my desk at 7.15am exuding energy from every pore.”

    Although many Italians are disillusioned with politics and doubt any government can quickly cure the ills of the European Union’s fourth-largest economy, Berlusconi’s strong position should help him to push reforms through parliament.

  13. G Man said on 16 Apr 2008 at 3:00 pm:
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    dilly,
    That readership survey was from 2001. Think they have figured it out by now?

  14. Dittyman8 said on 16 Apr 2008 at 3:50 pm:
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    The “activists” can stay in Mexico. The USA, as a soveriegn nation, has the right by international law to control and regulate who can cross it borders. Mexico does the same thing. As people from the nations to Mexico’s south if they can freely just come in? Such a self-serving and hypocritcal attitude they have.

    On another note, the economic problems in Mexico existed long before NAFTA. The more likely causes are government corruption and the existence of monopolies in many industries. For example, try to make a phone call in Mexico without going through a company own by Carlos Slim, who is the world’s second most richest man on some days.

    Some people forget that we’re a nation currently at war and we must control the borders at all costs for our security and protection.

  15. citizenofManassas said on 16 Apr 2008 at 4:08 pm:
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    Mexico’s economic issues are caused by a corrupt Government that insists on not enacting real economic reforms that allow more of the population to get a piece of the pie.

    The Government also finds it easier to use America as a cash cow and to force their poor Citizens on us to take care of, while Mexico collects remittances.

  16. Maureen Wood said on 16 Apr 2008 at 4:18 pm:
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    Virginia Immigrants People’s Coalition along with The People United are sponsoring this. Go to the link below to see what the group is really advocating.

    “We want to close prisons and open borders. We are working towards the day when we have true security because gross wealth and power disparities have been eliminated. If you too support the liberation of all oppressed groups, want to end war, close prisons and open the borders, and believe community organizing is an important means to these ends, we need you. And you may need us, too.”

    Close prisons? No borders? You gotta see it yourself.

    www.thepeopleunited.org

  17. Maureen Wood said on 16 Apr 2008 at 4:21 pm:
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    Virginia Immigrants People’s Coalition is Temporarily Disabled so you can’t see what they are up to.

  18. legal2 said on 16 Apr 2008 at 4:32 pm:
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    Here is a little ditty re VA Immigrants People’s Coalition written by Ricky Juarez - if you have the time you can continue to follow the leads along the information highway. http://caramelizedopinions.blogspot.com/2008/01/virginia-immigrant-peoples-coalition.html

  19. legal2 said on 16 Apr 2008 at 4:34 pm:
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    Maureen, This one seems to work - http://www.thecurranteam.com/vipcoalition.html

  20. legal2 said on 16 Apr 2008 at 4:41 pm:
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    Sorry, Maureen, that last website still doesn’t help much. These must be the people Gov. Kaine, et al. are listening to. http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-03-12-0076.html

  21. rebelreggie said on 16 Apr 2008 at 4:49 pm:
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    1000 Flags to Fly are Sent to Bisbee Minutemen Border Fence!

    New Video Show Illegals Stopped at the Border due to Minutemen Efforts

    As of today the California Operations spotted and reported 122 illegal invaders 112 of which were reported to the US Border Patrol and caught.

    Our “Eye In The Sky” Team (EIS), situated on the far Northeast corner of the 245 acre parcel in CA observed a group of 22 people marching down Twin Road (La Paloma) heading in our direction. Here video links. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQj8hXTYcbA and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=363ZTWmNUpE . We had 30-40 mph winds which kept the camera swaying back and forth.

  22. NoVA Scout said on 16 Apr 2008 at 9:20 pm:
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    Monticup: reading comprehension isn’t one of your strong suits, is it. I doubt I’ve ever defended criminals or criminal behavior. I think my record’s pretty solid on that front. I have done prosecutions in my time, however.

    When you go back and read my comment (it’s OK to take your time and move your lips if it helps) you might want to comment on the point in the article - the allegation that NAFTA stimulates illegal immigration. My point (the one you couldn’t comprehend) was that, given the benefits of NAFTA to both the US and to Mexico, but particularly the latter, illegal immigration would be far worse without NAFTA than with it.

  23. Johnson said on 17 Apr 2008 at 11:10 am:
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    I forwarded these stories to several colleagues on the border. They will be easy to spot, unless they join a larger group and sneak through the desert at night. I would love to see them get caught.

  24. americangal said on 17 Apr 2008 at 11:55 am:
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    Houston PBS, in partnership with the Center for Houston’s Future, Houston Community Newspapers and Houston Public Radio, is hosting a live, televised town hall meeting on immigration

    Thursday, April 24 at 7pm o
    HoustonPBS/Channel 8
    Do you have a question or comment about immigration you’d like to share?

    Email us at haveyoursay@houstonpbs.org

    Upload your question or comment to our Your Tube channel by
    clicking here.

    http://tinyurl.com/5np58u

    (good chance to get it off your chest and speak out)

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