November 6, 2010
Borrow some sense Re "Pay the mortgage, hurt the economy," Nov. 1 Lenders are learning quickly not to lend, which hurts the economy. Ultimately, banks do not set the lending standards; they are subject to the markets' willingness to supply capital. So paying a mortgage does not hurt the economy. Suggesting that it does is foolish. And since when did being underwater become a reason not to repay a loan? After making home loan payments as scheduled, I guarantee that when the last payment is made, the homeowner will not be underwater (unless asset values are negative, which is implausible)
April 11, 2012 |
U.S. Border Patrol agents are asking Mexican and Central American TV stations to help discourage illegal immigration. Will bad PR about the United States do the trick? Actually, simply reporting the news should do the trick. ALSO: Immigration: Leave it to the feds Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Feds reach out to Latin American media to warn of border dangers For more from Ted Rall, visit tedrall.com or follow him on Twitter: @TedRall .
February 2, 2013
Re "Border issues still divide the public," Jan. 30 It irks me that immigrants lured to the United States by the availability of jobs, and who may be put on a path to citizenship, are the only ones asked to pay penalties. Businesses big and small welcomed them as cheap labor. Was that not breaking the law just as much as crossing borders illegally? The last time immigration reform was in focus nationally, some of us suggested that simply enforcing laws or enacting new ones that penalized the businesses that employed illegal immigrants would be enough.
November 6, 2012 |
Voters in Arizona's Maricopa County have reelected Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the face of Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law. With 82% of the county's precincts reporting, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff” in America won a sixth term convincingly with 53% of the vote. Arpaio, 80, is best known for vigorously cracking down on illegal immigrants in his county - moves that won him admirers in and outside Arizona but also created a fissure dividing Latinos and law enforcement.
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July 31, 2013 |
Mexican migrants deciding whether to cross the border illegally are driven not just by economics -- but also by their own beliefs about whether United States immigration laws are legitimate and fairly applied, a new study finds. The study, published this month in the American Sociological Review, paints a complicated picture of why people choose to enter the U.S. illegally. Some findings seem unsurprising: Mexican men are more likely to decide to cross into the United States illegally if they think there are few jobs in Mexico, the study shows.
July 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Future illegal immigration to the U.S. could be cut in half by the Senate-approved bill to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, according to a new analysis Wednesday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The new estimate reflects changes in the bill made last week, including the $46-billion “border surge” amendment proposed by Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) which won over several Republican senators. The Senate's final version of the legislation would cut federal deficits over the next decade by $135 billion as immigrants and their employers pay new fees and taxes, the budget office estimated.