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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2000
Being an American-born Latino, I do not condone the illegals coming from South America. But why isn't anything said about the illegals coming from Europe and Asia? JIM BASYE Santa Fe Springs
April 3, 2012 |
ATLANTA -- Mississippi's controversial illegal immigration crackdown bill died in a state Senate committee Tuesday, bucking a trend in Deep South states for more-stringent enforcement efforts. Reportedly still afoot, however, are other legislative maneuvers to get the core elements of the bill onto the desk of recently elected Gov. Phil Bryant, a strong supporter of an Arizona-style immigration law. Pro-immigrant groups say they are not ready to declare victory until the legislative session ends next month.