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A stretch of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales, Arizona, June 2006
"Until we have a legitimate labor market between Mexico and the United States, people will attempt to come here to work."
- Alan Bersin, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in Tucson last Friday
Yesterday's Arizona Daily Star featured an interview with Bersin, one of the top officials in the Department of Homeland Security. He addressed the unfeasibility of sealing the border and the need for reforms to the nation's immigration system.
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I'm not a fan of gore by any means, but I can't wait to see this film. Any movie that is supposedly going to start a race war, according to one radio talk-show host, is something I have to see.
The film, which opens nationwide today, stars veteran Danny Trejo, he of the deeply etched facial skin and stringy long hair, as former Mexican cop who fled the cartels and now works as a day laborer in Texas. He is hired to assassinate a brazenly anti-immigrant senator (played by Robert De Niro), but the assassination goes awry and all hell breaks loose.
It has been lovingly labeled as "Mexploitation" by its director, Robert Rodriguez, a spinoff of a fake trailer in Rodriguez's earlier film "Grindhouse" that promises to be equally liberal with the blood and guts (at one point, the hero is said to escape from a hospital using tripas - yes, intestines - for rope). And while all I've seen are the trailers, the film appears to laugh at itself the entire way through.
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A traffic jam in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 2008
"I do not know the language and I fear going outside because I am different from everyone else. Speaking in English is an easy way to be targeted here. We cannot afford to live in a safer area. I have not left the apartment for 8 months. It simply is too dangerous for me to leave the apartment unless my parents go with me. I cannot attend school due to the language barrier. I do not know anyone in Bangladesh.
"...Mr. President, you are the most powerful man in the world, all I ask from you is to bring me home."
- Saad Nabeel, arrived in the United States at age 3, recently deported at 18
Nabeel was removed to Bangladesh in November, along with his parents, who were trying to obtain green cards. His personal story appeared this week on the social-justice blog Citizen Orange as part of a series of posts written by undocumented students, titled "DREAM Now: Letters to Barack Obama."