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Detained Undocumented Mothers Launch Hunger Strike, Vow to Leave ‘Alive or Dead’


Detained Undocumented Mothers Launch Hunger Strike, Vow to Leave ‘Alive or Dead’

Sonali Kolhatkar

Dozens of undocumented women being held with their children at the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania are on a hunger strike that they say will culminate in their leaving the facility “alive or dead.” The mothers are essentially being held prisoner under an Obama administration plan to detain undocumented families while their papers for asylum are being processed. Their children range in age from 2 to 16.


"Most of the families in detention have fled horrific violence and insecurity in their home countries in Central America."

Brought about largely by one of the current candidates for president...


What passes for justice (or Immigration policy) within a system run by Patriarchal Capitalism and its advocates:

"Recently a prison guard at Berks was convicted of raping a 19-year-old Honduran woman in view of a 7-year-old girl. The guard will probably serve less prison time than his victim’s term at Berks."


"The Obama administration has purposely chosen to take up the practice of family detention. As I reported last year for Truthdig, undocumented families had been allowed to stay with relatives in the U.S. while their applications were reviewed and processed, but this president revived a Bush-era practice of family detention for no discernable reason other than to appear tough on immigration enforcement."

So what's worse, wanting to build a wall to stop them from getting in or letting them in and locking them up?

It seems to me both Trump and Obama are reprehensible on immigration.


"Death by a Thousand Cuts"

Please don't despair... but, I must inform you of that which I perceive as a sobering reality.

A past AP article read, "And he [Obama] said those who enter the country illegally should own up to their actions before they can begin the process of becoming citizens." In a subsequent speech, he said that the unauthorized immigrants are crossing the border “SIMPLY TO FIND WORK.” How sympathetic he is to their plight.

Translation: "There will be NO mass deportations."

The United States government has no intention whatsoever of deporting the 24 million-plus unauthorized immigrants. After all, for all practical purposes, the U.S. government did effectively turn off the multi-layered systems that comprised the enforcement of our borders; this was more than two and a half decades ago. Those deeds were done at the behest of the ruling class; you know… the global power-elite. Those elites were the ones who stood to profit the most from cheap, unskilled, immigrant labor, as well as the "dilution" of the perceived threats posed to the status quo of the political spectrum by the citizenry. But, how will mass amnesty affect the—already deteriorating—standard of living of current American citizens?

Unfortunately, what the media doesn't emphasize is that when there is too much cheap unskilled labor, it begins depressing the wages of even skilled workers. This is because as the unskilled positions fill up and become over-saturated with applicants, those wages decrease. Next, many of the lower-level workers begin seeking work in positions slightly above those which are now currently saturated. This begins a new cycle.

This iteration is propagated up the ladder of unskilled labor positions. Next, it cycles thru the skilled-labor level, i.e. certain construction jobs. Thereafter, it hits a ceiling—at the professional level. But, you ought not to worry; you are not alone. Those in the professional ranks are also getting screwed, except this is by the over-abundance of educated, foreign workers with green cards.

So, the U.S. workers are, slowly but surely, getting the raw deal from both ends of the spectrum. Little by little, the United States standard of living is beginning to approach that of a third-world country. The ruling class has already dismantled our once great manufacturing capabilities and infrastructures, and relocated them in other countries. Now, they are attempting to cut not just social welfare, but education programs, wages, retirement benefits, health benefits, etc. It is ever so convenient that the politicians scream for a “balanced budget”, except where it concerns programs that benefit the upper class. Even where there is the illusion that you are getting more of something, inevitably, you will—more often than not—end up paying more and getting less.

All this is being done, while a substantial part of federal, state, and local government budgets is being spent on undocumented/unauthorized immigrants. Those immigrant females—age16 to 25—have a birth rate of 140 out of 1000, each year. Many of their earlier anchor-babies are now American citizens of voting age. Compare that birth rate to the white female counterparts, with a birth rate of 60 out of 1000, per year.

Citizens, you have been sold out—by the very folks whom you have made filthy rich by virtue of your blood, sweat, ingenuity and productivity for the past half century.

It is intuitively obvious to me that all this fits into the "grand scheme of things." Seemingly, a soon-to-be, nascent North American Union is underway; which, in turn, paves the way for a World Government: The New World Order. So, perhaps there is a method to the madness, after all.[/Speculation]

Whoever said that life is fair?

It's too late to stop these events from unfolding. Too much inertia, or built-in momentum, is in the system; and, that powerful force is directed against the citizenry. Inevitably, the U.S. Federal Government is certainly going to ram a poorly planned, haphazardly implemented, and extremely costly amnesty program down our throats and which will be fraught with all matter of adverse consequences!

About the Cost of Deporting the Undocumented/Unauthorized Immigrants…

In 2010, DHS and the Census Bureau estimated that there were some sixteen million-plus unauthorized immigrants in the United States. In reality, that figure was grossly understated, by some ten million). The projected removal costs, at 60 billion dollars per year—over a five-year period, would be approximately 300 billion dollars.

In January of 2006, the United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Immigration Statistics released a report entitled “Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: January 2006”. In summary, it estimated that 11.6 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the United States, as of January 2006. Nearly 4.2 million had entered in 2000 or later. An estimated 6.6 million of the 11.6 million unauthorized residents were from Mexico. The unauthorized immigrant population increases by more than one million each year.

DHS defines the unauthorized, resident-immigrant population as all foreign-born non-citizens who are not legal residents. Unauthorized residents refer to foreign-born persons who entered the United States without inspection or were admitted temporarily and stayed past the date they were required to leave.

In 2005, the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington think-tank, puts the cost of forcibly removing most of the nation's estimated 10 million illegal immigrants at $41 billion—a year. The total cost would be $206 billion to $230 billion—over five years, depending on how many of the immigrants leave voluntarily. The study assumed that tougher enforcement would induce 10 percent to 20 percent of undocumented residents in the United States to leave voluntarily.

The 2005 CAP study, "Deporting the Undocumented: A Cost Assessment", estimated the costs associated with arresting, detaining, prosecuting and removing immigrants who have entered the United States illegally or over-stayed their visas. The study estimated that it would cost about $28 billion per year to apprehend illegal immigrants, $6 billion per year to detain them, $500 million for extra beds, $4 billion to secure borders, $2 million to legally process them and $1.6 billion to bus or fly them home.

According to the 2006 DHS study], an estimated 8.4 million of the total 11.6 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States in 2006 were from the North America region, including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. The next leading regions of origin were Asia (1.4 million) and South America (970,000). The year 2000 unauthorized immigrant population was similar in region of origin composition. Mexico continues to be the leading source of undocumented/unauthorized immigration to the United States.


Obama wants the UN to come in and take control in the USA. On October 1st he is handing over, for free, control of the internet to an international body. He has been trying to do this for years. This is not going through Congress. In other places, he is flooding the country with illegals with a practice of catch and release. He actually has border patrol agents escort illegals with diseases to bus stations, gives them bus fare and they go off never to be heard from again.


More than one-third of refugees in Vermont test positive for tuberculosis