April 15, 2007

Why the Fence Comes First

Filed under: Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:47 pm

Interested-Participant has found three reasons why in the space of only a week:

Antioch, CA (I-P link) –

An undocumented immigrant arrested in the traffic death of an Antioch father of five was impaired by drugs and alcohol, had four prior DUI convictions and may be charged with murder, according to the Highway Patrol and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.

Jose Pena, 26, ….. who the CHP alleged had two pounds of crystal methamphetamine in the Ford Expedition he was driving, crossed a double-yellow line at an estimated 90 mph to pass another vehicle when he hit Boone’s Ford F-350 pickup truck.

Nashville, TN (I-P link) –

An illegal immigrant pleaded guilty Monday to drunken driving in a case that killed a couple and then became an issue in last year’s election.

The case of Gustavo Garcia Reyes was highlighted by Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Bryson and other candidates in 2006 in pushing for tougher immigration laws. Reyes was in the country illegally and had been arrested at least 14 times before the crash last June.

….. Police initially identified him as Gustavo Reyes Garcia, but the defendant told the court his name is Garcia Reyes.

Early last week, I-P wondered if the DUI illegal involved in the wreck that killed “Christmas Story” director Bob Clark and his son in California had been arrested before. Yup:

ALIPAC reported Velazquez-Nava didn’t have any previous deportations but had been convicted in 2004 in Los Angeles of soliciting a prostitute. Court records revealed he was given 24 months probation and a $1,500 fine after pleading no contest.

The fact is that illegals all too often (perhaps almost always) slide through the “justice system” undetected, and aren’t deported (or if they are detected, nothing is done about it). Deportation should obviously be an automatic event after any prison time involved, and should take place immediately (after restitution and payment of fines) if there isn’t one.

But deportations clearly aren’t happening, or at a minimum aren’t happening often enough. Until they do, those who argue against ironclad border security to keep new illegal entrants out, or who want to establish a pathway to citizenship for those who are here illegally already, have no case. None.

From the UK: What Nationalized Medicine, aka HillaryCare Hell, Eventually, and Inevitably, Will Lead to

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:02 am

In the UK Telegraph (HT Boring Made Dull):

Don’t join NHS for a career, say doctors

More than two thirds of doctors says they would not recommend medicine as a career as morale in the health service reaches an “all-time low”, according to a survey published today.

More than half of the 14,000 doctors who responded said they felt morale at work was “poor” and in the case of junior doctors “terrible”.

BMD would like to see some of the British docs come here. They might be advised to wait until they see the 2008 election results.

Positivity: First Catholic Church in Qatar in 14 Centuries Being Built

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:58 am

From the Catholic News Agency:

After 14 centuries without a place of worship, construction of first Catholic Church in Qatar underway
Church to be dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary

Doha, Apr 2, 2007 / 10:54 am (CNA).- After fourteen centuries without a place of worship, the Catholic Church in Qatar, a majority Muslim country, will soon have its first parish in the capital of Doha, which will be dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.

Catholics in Qatar, many of whom are migrants who have come to the country seeking work, have been pooling their donations for the church’s construction.

Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Arabia and ordinary for the faithful in Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia, is looking after the development of the project.

“It’s true that it is not easy to be bishop here. But at least it is good to see that the Church’s life is full of vitality,” he said. The religious freedom of Catholics should be respected, he noted, which would bring them much benefits. “It is obvious that the more spiritually satisfied they are the more they can help the country develop,” the bishop stressed.

Bishop Hinder also explained that many immigrant Christians he serves practice their faith more during their time in the region than they do in their own countries. Most immigrants are from the Philippines, Lebanon and India, he said.

“We must accept that they are expatriated in every sense of the word. We are a purely pilgrim church,” Bishop Hinder said, adding that the challenge for the Church there is that “we are a multicultural, multilingual and multiracial church composed of faithful from more or less the whole world.”