Politicians Doing Despicable Things

Just this weekend, we get news of the behavior of two political actors, one from each party.  Both of them deserve censure, and one of them needs to be perp-walked, and placed in handcuffs, then brought before a judge to answer for his treasonous acts.  You know all about the “Iran Nuclear Deal”, negotiated in secret by the Obama Administration, and never brought before the Senate for its consent (which is a requirement in the US Constitution).  Yes, that was the one where the Obama henchmen sent a full pallet of Cash to Iran. That would be Your Money!  Due to that illegal non-treaty, sanctions were removed from the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism, and many countries and businesses initiated new contracts.

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However, President Donald Trump has stated many times that he thinks this non-treaty was a big mistake, and he intends to get the US out of it.  Of course, that started the multiple cases of hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth in Europe and among the denizens of the Swamp in DC.  Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu last week publicized a plethora of new documents obtained from Iran that show unequivocally that the country has been cheating on that “agreement” from the very beginning, and continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons.  We now learn that FORMER Secretary of State John Kerry has been pursuing “shadow diplomacy” with Iran, to try to keep that illegal agreement in place.  Now, I don’t know of any agreement with the Trump administration for him to even travel to Iran, much less do ANY type of diplomacy!  This behavior is demonstrably illegal, and Kerry needs to be stopped and charged immediately. Sigh, that probably won’t happen.

And then, we have the behavior of ostensible Republican Senator John McCain.  He is suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, but instead of graciously retiring from the Senate, he has stayed on, making a fool of himself, and destroying any goodwill that we may have had for him.  Yes, he is to be pitied for his health issues, and admired for his survival of torture from the North Vietnamese (50 years ago!).  But when he insults his VP Candidate Sarah Palin, and announces that none other than Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy at his funeral, he puts himself beyond the pale.  This is deplorable behavior, and totally reduces his standing in the minds of all Republicans.  And all so he can get his revenge against President Trump.  This is just pitiful, and diminishes HIM, but not President Trump.  Maybe before he dies, he should become a Democrat.

…On the Other Hand… 2017 Wrap-up

…On the Other Hand… 2017 Wrap-up

2017 was an “on the other hand” year for RushBabe49.  For every great thing that happened, there was something disgusting in return.  No good thing goes un-punished, and 2017 was a great example.  Starting in January with the inauguration of duly-elected President Donald Trump.  Election night in 2016 was the most fun I had had in years, spending hours on the live chat on Ricochet.  Many members’ comments were priceless, and when we went to bed that night (some stayed up until the wee hours of the next morning) we were elated.  But the Left’s tantrums at having been defeated were not terribly unexpected, but they were more violent than we thought.  The “Resistance” was immediate and loud, and we have been putting up with it for the entire year.

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This response shows the level of culture of the majority of leftists.  They immediately start with the worst curse words they can come up with.  Too bad, President Trump remained in office.  The resistance was also widespread within the bureaucracy in DC, and every one of the new president’s appointments was drawn-out and fought tooth and nail by the “deep state”.  I remember being on a trip in February, and being regaled by all the crap thrown at Michael Flynn, who was forced out of his position for communicating with the Russian ambassador, which was part of his job!

The Deep State and the Democrat Senate Losers tried their best, but they could not stop the nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, one of President Trump’s most important achievements in his first year in office.  President Trump has also had confirmed twelve new federal Circuit Court judges, a victory for Constitutionalism.

On the other hand, 2017 was marked by numerous murders of police officers, many in ambush situations, all over the United States.  By July, the total of police officers killed in the line of duty had risen nearly 20% from 2016.  The Ferguson Effect, where community members not only do not help the police solve local crimes, but positively hinder them, was much in evidence.  The murder rate in cities like Chicago and Baltimore skyrocketed, as gang members felt more comfortable carrying on their wars in many neighborhoods.

The employment situation in the US improved in 2017, as companies brought jobs back from overseas and opened new factories.  About 1.7 million new jobs were created in Donald Trump’s economy, and the stock markets reached new record-highs multiple times throughout the year.  Locally, tech companies have been on hiring sprees, with software engineers and systems analysts able to field multiple job offers and basically write their own tickets.

On the other hand, the cost of living in many big cities has also gone up so high as to price non-techies out of the housing market.  Landlords raise rents, and ordinary working stiffs have to leave town to find places they can afford to live.  Those of us who own our homes already just face increasing property taxes and utility fees, but we can remain in our homes.

On the other hand, we saw huge data-breaches that exposed the personal information of hundreds of millions of Americans, who had NO choice of where their data were stored.  The big breach at the credit-reporting giant Equifax brought it home to Americans how fragile their hold is on their privacy.  The subject of cyber-security was a big one in 2017, and promises to remain so in the new year, and for the foreseeable future.

President Donald Trump’s 2017 economy also brought the opening up of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines and the opening up of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in places to oil exploration to increase America’s energy independence.  And the best news of all, the most consequential tax reform of recent history was passed in December, ensuring that the majority of Americans will see the government confiscating less of their hard-earned money.  The tax bill repealed the individual mandate of ObamaCare, so many young people will not be required to purchase unaffordable health “insurance” or pay a huge fine/tax.  Since their employers will also be paying less to Uncle Sam, employees may get another benefit from the new tax laws.  Many big companies have already announced special bonuses for their employees (including those sleazy liberal TV commentators who swore the bill was horrible for the country).

President Trump’s foreign policies have also borne fruit, with ISIS being deprived of most of the territory they held, the UN de-funded of $285 million, and Jerusalem being declared the Capital of the State of Israel.  We have now brought the Israelis back as our friends, when the Obama administration had denigrated them and sided with the anti-Semites in Europe.

On the other hand, 2017 has brought increasing conflict (mostly words so far on our part) with the madman at the head of North Korea, and the mullahs who still rule in Iran.  But President Trump is doing his best to unravel the one-sided Iran nuclear “deal” which was a terrible bargain for the US.  2018 is bound to bring more tensions on those fronts, but America will now be dealing from a position of Greatness, not leading from behind.

Illegal immigration to the United States has gone down dramatically since Donald Trump was elected, and that is in the absence of the border wall!  This shows that even the expectation of action can affect the behavior of those who might be affected by the action.  On the other hand, the “deep state” judiciary has continued to throw obstacles in the way of the President’s legitimate power to allow or not allow anyone to enter the US.  This makes me very angry, and so far every one of the “bans of bans” that makes it to the Supreme Court gets overturned.  I hope that in the New Year the Supreme Court will be able to finally rule that the Executive Branch is solely in charge of immigration policy.

Personally, my own situation has remained very good in 2017 and going into the new year.  Hubby and I are still gainfully-employed, mostly healthy, and comfortable in our home, with our owner, Kikyo the black cat.  I again played the full-length Messiah the day after Christmas, and was just transported by the wonderful singing of the choir; an excellent end to the season.

I extend my best wishes to all my readers and followers at Calling-All-RushBabes for a very Happy New Year of 2018.

Oh, yes, here are my two last photos of 2017, taken on a shopping trip this afternoon.

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Giving “Transformation” a bad name: why I’m not doing a photo challenge this week

Giving “Transformation” a bad name: why I’m not doing a photo challenge this week

In the past 8 years, two major events have totally soured me on anything that bills itself as a “transformation”.  The first one happened back in 2008, when Barack Hussein Obama was elected president.  His mission, stated boldly before the American people during his campaign, was to “totally transform America”.  He basically was dissatisfied with the way the United States was founded and had developed, and he did his level best, in his eight years in power, to bring that about.  From his first “apology tour”, to the fight to socialize the medical care industry with Obamacare, to the tight leash on the banking industry with Dodd-Frank, he succeeded fairly well.  And we, the American People, are still feeling the adverse effects of that success.

Excuse me, but America did not need to be transformed, and we are now a demonstrably weaker, less-satisfied, and less-capable country.  More and more ordinary citizens have felt the yoke of Big Government ruling their everyday lives.  The US economy has been hobbled by more intrusive regulations, and no, you were NOT allowed to “keep your health plan” or “keep your doctor”.  Millions of self-employed and small business owners lost their medical plans all at once, and were forced to purchase unwieldy, very expensive, “approved” plans that did not meet their needs.

Barack Obama learned very well from his Communist father that America was a nasty place, where black people were mistreated at home, and abroad; and other countries were beaten down by that terrible US foreign policy.  He did his best to make the majority of Americans (those of us who are white and US-born) feel guilty for oppressing all those downtrodden (illegal) immigrants.

So that ‘s the first Transformation that has made me cringe whenever I hear the word, and prevented me from ever again supporting anything that bills itself as transformation.

The second major event took place at my place of work, a medium-sized company that makes items for the aerospace industry.  In late 2014, the company hired a new chief executive, who came from a huge conglomerate.  With him, he brought other executives, and a big plan to totally transform our factory to make things more efficient and profitable.  In October of 2015, our plant underwent a “total transformation” of the factory floor and production processes.  The plant was basically shut down for what was supposed to be a week and two weekends, but ended up as two full weeks, and minor shutdowns over the next year.  We employees were issued safety gear (hard hats, vests, steel-toed galoshes, safety glasses), and were directed to help move things around where needed.  I spent a day helping pull up carpet tiles, but mostly stood around and watched. Oh, and the Customer Service department, while we were destroying and rebuilding the factory (while not engaging in any production), was in a conference room taking new orders from our customers at normal lead time.  No mention of the factory shutdown-they were basically lying to our customers about when their parts would be ready.  More on that later.

Those high mucky-mucks from the head office were convinced that they knew exactly how to run our factory, and they changed everything with NO input from us peons.  Big noisy machines, which had been behind a wall, were brought out into the main factory, so production employees who assemble small parts now had huge machines right next to them.  The ambient noise level in the factory rose by 100%, and many of us were forced to wear earplugs so we could hear ourselves think.  Production procedures were altered so operations were done in different order, and components that used to be stored close to the production areas were moved back to the main stock room.

Well, funny thing, that total transformation was a fiasco.  Production levels suffered, on-time delivery plummeted, and we had a bunch of unhappy customers.  Many of the new production procedures had to be reversed when they were found to make the process worse instead of better.  And now, two years later, some of those big noisy machines are being moved back behind the wall!  Over the past two years, dozens of employees quit the company, and those of us who are left are forced to take on more and more of their work.

So you can see why anything that is billed as a total transformation makes me frown these days.  Sorry, but no photo challenge this week.  I have had enough of transformation.

The Trump/Sessions Department of Justice just did “Justice”!

The Trump/Sessions Department of Justice just did “Justice”!

The DOJ has communicated to Congress that it is ending the Obama-era corporate shakedown regime, where it forced corporations who paid huge settlements to resolve conflicts relating to the financial crisis, to pay (liberal) third-party organizations as part of those settlements. Billions of dollars were siphoned off to various Obama special-interest groups, in violation of the Constitution.

Well, those days are over. Congress is working on legislation to outlaw that sort of executive-branch misbehavior. Jeff Sessions, in one of his very best actions to date, has ended the Obama slush-funds.

Sessions said the money should, instead, go to the Treasury Department or victims.

“When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people—not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power,” Sessions said in a statement.

In my opinion, those third-party groups should have to refund every penny to the US Treasury. Yeah, I know it’s a pipe dream, but it should be considered anyway.

Remember some of the Obama-era Department of (In)Justice activities?  Like when Eric Holder refused to prosecute the New Black Panther members who were outside polling places intimidating voters?  Like Operation Fast and Furious which bought guns for drug cartels to infiltrate back into the US?  Like numerous “consent decrees” entered into under duress by many big-city (Democratic-run all) police departments, essentially admitting that their policing was racially biased?  Like the bullying and imprisonment of an innocent filmmaker to cover up Hillary Clinton’s misdeeds in Benghazi?  Like the hounding and destruction of “Joe the Plumber”, when he called out Obama?

Those Days Are Over.

[Cross-posted on Ricochet.com.  Post promoted to the Main Feed today, so it is accessible to everyone.  You might be interested in the Rico members’ comments]

RushBabe49 and Hubby’s Excellent Arizona Adventure

From February 13th through the 18th, hubby and I flew down to Arizona for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar in Phoenix.  We attended the Seminar Tuesday and Wednesday, then did some sightseeing the rest of the time.  Monday’s flight was uneventful, and we arrived at our hotel in good time.  Upon unpacking, however, hubby discovered that he had forgotten to pack some necessities, one of which was very important for our Seminar.  So we broke out the GPS for directions, and went shopping.  We made our way to the Desert Ridge Marketplace, an outdoor mall near the site of the seminar.  Fortune was smiling on us that day, because we found what he needed the very first place we stopped.  Once that was done, we could go find dinner.

On the way over to “restaurant row”, we stopped by an interesting amenity at the mall, a shallow “fountain” designed for people to wade in to cool their feet.  I sat down on a bench, under the palm trees, and looked up.  I couldn’t resist taking this picture with my iPod camera.

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Tuesday morning, we checked out of our hotel, and headed down to the Arizona State University Research Park, to visit the offices of my professional association, the Institute for Supply Management.  I have been doing the Report on Business for the Western Washington Chapter since 1999, and I thought it would be good to visit those at the National office who manage the National ISM Report on Business, to whom I send a summary of my data every month.  I found them to be a delightful group, and we had a productive meeting.  I thank them for their excellent hospitality, and their ongoing support of my efforts for Western Washington.  As a result of this meeting, I was invited to complete the National survey for my company; my boss and I agreed to do it.

When we were done there, we had a nice lunch at the local Chick-Fil-A, then drove over to the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa (long name, huge property!), the site of the Hillsdale Seminar.  We found our very nice room, got unpacked, and relaxed for a while.  Our room had a balcony, and this was the view.

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Once we settled in, we went downstairs to meet one of our online Ricochet friends, who was also attending the seminar.  As with all of our Ricochet friends, she was a very nice person, but busy so we couldn’t talk very long.  Next, we went to the President’s Club reception before dinner, where we greeted friends from Hillsdale, including, of course, their President, Dr. Larry Arnn.  RushBabe also got a chance to cross an item off her “gotta do before I die” bucket list.  I got to speak with, and shake the hand of, the “Last Un-documented Guest Host (for Rush Limbaugh) Before the Border”.  That would be Mark Steyn, who was one of the conference speakers.  He is a very tall, very gracious guy, and I was lucky to get to talk to him.  We also met another of the speakers, Mr. Herbert Meyer, who just so happens to live in Friday Harbor, Washington, not too far from us. And, he is the father of one of the Ricochet editors-a twofer!

After the reception, we went in to dinner, and were bowled over by the size of the crowd.  This seminar had over 700 attendees, enough to fill the entire ballroom.  At our table were seated two more of our Ricochet friends, one of whom flew down from our neighborhood to attend.  We had a nice dinner, heard Dr. Arnn and Mark Steyn give excellent speeches, and then called it a night.

On Wednesday, we had a nice breakfast out on the lawn, and were joined by Mr. Meyer.  The rest of the day was filled with  speeches, a nice lunch, and more speeches!  In the afternoon Elaine Donnelly gave a very interesting talk about women in the “Obama social experiment” military, and how that may be reducing the readiness of the US military for combat.  The seminar ended in mid-afternoon, and our Ricochet friends went home, so we were free.  Wednesday evening, we drove into Scottsdale, through ugly rush-hour traffic, to have dinner with yet another Ricochet friend, who we’d met before.  We had a great pizza dinner at Grimaldi’s, and caught up with everyones’ doings.

Thursday was to be our “drive south” day.  In the morning, we had a nice breakfast in the hotel, and strolled around the grounds for a while.  The resort has some very beautiful landscaping; in fact, a river runs through it!

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After our stroll, we checked out, and headed south toward Tucson.  Along the way, we stopped at a rest area, and I got out the trusty camera.  This is really Arizona.

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And then, there’s this:

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In Tucson, we had a very nice lunch, at the Gringo Grill, with a couple more Ricochet friends, one of whom is a former Portland, Oregon police detective, and the other of whom is a graduate student in Physics, from Cambodia.  Can you say “great stories”?!  Well, they had them, and we spent a very pleasant hour.  Then, it was back on the road.  We drove to the border town of Nogales, caught a glimpse of the border with Mexico, turned around and drove back to Phoenix.

Friday was our “drive north” day.  We had a Ricochet dinner meet up scheduled that evening in Prescott.  We headed north, and stopped at the Sunset Point rest area to stretch our legs and get some pictures.

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Northern Arizona obviously gets more precipitation than the south-just look at that green grass!

We arrived in the town of Prescott a little early, so we strolled around the Old West-looking downtown area.  We stopped into Jersey Lilly’s Saloon for a drink.  Jersey Lilly was the famous Lilly Langtry, and here is her portrait.

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Under her portrait on the floor is this cool old potbelly stove.

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I was taken with these beautiful old buildings across the street.

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Next door to the restaurant where we had dinner, there was this tiny establishment, and I was intrigued with the combination of services this small business offers.  CDs and bike repair?

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We had a yummy dinner of Indian food at the Taj Mahal restaurant with our Ricochet friends, then headed back to Phoenix.

On Saturday, when we were scheduled to fly back to Seattle, we awoke to something we had never seen before in Phoenix.  Rain!  It was raining lightly, very similar to what we have most of the winter in the Seattle area, so we felt right at home.  I imagined that there must be a lot of very happy vegetation in Phoenix that day.  We had been warned about the danger of flash floods, but since the rain was pretty light, there didn’t seem to be much danger of that.  We got to the airport in plenty of time, and went to our gate to wait for our flight.  It was nearly an hour late taking off, due to trouble with the aircraft (which turned out to be a software issue).  The flight was another uneventful one, and we arrived back in Seattle to nearly the same weather as we had left in Phoenix, only 20 degrees colder!

In all, it was a nice, relaxing vacation, with no real crises.  We made new friends, saw new scenery, and got away from the rat race for a while.  Definitely worth the price of admission!

Borrowed with permission from a Ricochet friend. How many of these phrases do you Disagree with?

Hello, Visitors and Followers of RushBabe49..

I’m hoping you’ll help me with a very simple data-gathering project! It will take maybe five minutes, and should be painless.

Instructions

a.) go down through the following list of statements and count up those with which you DISAGREE.

b.) don’t overthink it. Even if the phrase doesn’t precisely match your view, if you generally agree, don’t count it.

c.) let me know ONLY the number of items with which you DISAGREED (e.g. somewhere between 0 and 25!) . You don’t have to tell me which ones or why!  *Put your answer in the comments below*

I am not making any presumptions of your political leanings-just list a number, how many of the following statements you Disagree with.  Thanks!

AGREE OR DISAGREE:

1.) Sexism remains a very significant obstacle for women in America.

2.) Racism remains a very significant obstacle for Americans of color.

3.) Race-based affirmative action is necessary.

4.) The minimum wage protects workers from exploitation.

5.) To be white and male in America confers significant unfair advantage.

6.) Climate change is a real and urgent problem.

7.) Islam is no more likely to inspire violence than Christianity or Judaism.

8.) Systemic racism explains the disparity in arrests and imprisonment of black men.

9.) Systemic racism is a significant factor in recent shootings by police of black people.

10.) Income inequality is a problem in the United States.

11.) Abortion rights are good and necessary.

12.) Same sex marriage is a human right.

13.) Americans have a right to good quality healthcare.

14.) Diversity on college campuses confers significant educational and social benefits.

15.) Republicans are ideological rather than practical in their approach to things like controlling gun crime, reducing poverty, increasing affordable access to good quality healthcare and bringing down rates of teen pregnancy and abortion.

16.) Stricter gun laws are necessary to prevent gun violence.

17) Corporations are not people and thus do not have First Amendment rights,

18.) Government led educational standards are the best way to make sure the next generation is well-educated.

19.) Social problems are usually the result of prejudice/hatred/discrimination against that person’s “group” rather than character failings or poor choices on the part of the people involved.

20.) Government regulations protect citizens against harms caused by profit-driven corporations.

21.) Fossil fuels are a threat to the climate and must be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

22.) Israel is at least as responsible as the Palestinians for the continuing hostility between Israelis and Palestinians.

23.) The tax code should be used to redistribute income from wealthier citizens to poorer ones.

Thank you!

Illegal Immigration…Mexico Encourages it! Make this Handbook go Viral.

Illegal Immigration…Mexico Encourages it! Make this Handbook go Viral.

Thanks to my Ricochet friend “Wiley”, you can now access the Mexican Government’s Handbook for Illegal Immigrants to the United States from Mexico.  This handbook is published only in Spanish, and is available to any Mexican who thinks he can make a better living in the United States than he can in Mexico.  Just FYI, Mexico relies heavily on the remittances sent to family in Mexico from Illegal Immigrants to the USA.  My resourceful friend, “Wiley”, has translated this handbook for your edification.  Herewith is the “Guide for the Mexican Migrant”.  The original has graphics that did not copy, but the text below is engrossing in itself.  Please read, and send to as many of your “immigrant rights” friends as you can.  One more thing.  Mexico itself has very strict laws prohibiting illegal immigration into Mexico!  And their laws are strictly enforced!

Published by Mexico’s foreign ministry (apparently in 2005). The version displayed below was captured from the sre.gob.mx website. “SRE” stands for Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores or the office of the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs which is the equivalent of the US Department of State. I can no longer find the guide on their website. The guide gives insight into the Mexican government’s attitude towards illegal immigration into the US. It begins with (page 1):

Dear fellow citizen:

This guide tries to provide you with some practical advice that may be useful to you in case you have made the difficult decision to seek new work opportunities outside of your own country. [emphasis added]
Then the guide proceeds to illustrate and advise on how to “cross the northern border without the necessary documentation” (page 1); safety measures for swimming the Rio Grande (pages 4-5); advice on choosing a smuggler (pages 8-11); how to deal with the US border patrol (pages 12-17); legal rights once in the US including “You are not obligated to disclose your immigration status when you are detained” (pages 18-23); how to avoid detection once in the US (pages 24-27); and a handy list of the Mexican consulates in U.S. Cities including their phone numbers (pages 29-30).

I have provided the entire guide with an English translation below each page. It is helpful if, as you read, you envision an equivalent document written by the Dept. of State, advising US citizens on illegal entry into Canada.

INTRODUCTION, PAGES 0 – 1

Dear fellow citizen:

This guide tries to provide you with some practical advice that may be useful to you in case you have made the difficult decision to seek new work opportunities outside of your own country.

The safe way to enter another country is by first obtaining your passport, which is issued by the Delegations of the Secretariat of Foreign Relations, and your visa, which you request at the Embassy or Consulate of the country to where you wish to travel.

However, we actually see many cases of Mexicans who try to cross the northern border without the necessary documentation, crossing high-risk zones that are very dangerous, especially in desert areas or rivers with strong and not always noticeable currents.

INTRODUCTION, PAGES 2 – 3

As you read this guide you can also learn some basic questions about legal consequences of your stay in the United States of America without appropriate immigration documents, as well as the rights you have in that country once you are there, independent of your immigration status.

Always keep in mind that there are mechanisms for you to enter the United States of America legally.

In any case, if you encounter problems or difficulties, remember that Mexico has 45 Consulates at its disposal in that country, whose contact information you also can find in this publication.

Identify your Consulate and go to it.

RISKS, PAGES 4 – 5

DANGERS OF CROSSING IN HIGH-RISK ZONES

Crossing the river can be very risky, especially if you cross alone and at night..

Thick clothing weighs you down when it’s wet and makes it hard to swim or float.

RISKS, PAGES 6 – 7

If you cross in the desert, try to travel when the heat is not so intense.

Highways and towns are very far apart, so that it could take you several days to find roads and you will not be able to carry food or water for that long. You could even get lost.

Salted water helps you retain body fluids. Although you get more thirsty, if you drink salted water the risk of dehydration is lessened.

Dehydration symptoms are:

? Little or no perspiration

? Dryness of eyes and mouth

? Headache

? Fatigue and exhaustion

? Difficulty in walking and reasoning

? Hallucinations and mirages

If you get lost follow utility poles, railroad tracks or furrows.

BE CAREFUL OF ALIEN SMUGGLERS, PAGES 8 – 09

BE CAREFUL OF “POLLEROS”, “COYOTES” OR “PATEROS” [Various names for alien smugglers)

They can deceive you by assuring you they’ll cross you [smuggle you across the border] at certain times over mountains or through deserts. This is not true! They can put your life in danger leading you through rivers, irrigation canals, desert areas, along railroad tracks or freeways. This has caused the death of hundreds of people.

If you decide to use the services of a “pollero”, “coyote” or “patero” to cross the border, consider the following precautions to take:

Don’t let him out of your sight; remember that he’s the only one that knows the terrain and therefore is the only one that can guide you safely.

Do not trust anyone who offers to cross you over to the “other side” and asks you to drive a vehicle or carry a package for him. Regularly those…

BE CAREFUL OF ALIEN SMUGGLERS, PAGES 10 – 11

…packages contain drugs or other prohibited substances. For that reason many people have ended up in jail.

If you transport other people you can be confused with an alien smuggler and be accused of alien smuggling yourself or even vehicle theft.

Don’t hand over your minor children to strangers that offer to cross them to the United States.

DO NOT USE FALSE DOCUMENTS, PAGES 12 – 13

DO NOT USE FALSE DOCUMENTS OR DOCUMENTS OF OTHER PEOPLE, NOR DECLARE A FALSE NATIONALITY

If you try to cross with documents that are false or that belong to someone else, keep the following in mind:

The use of documents that are false or that belong to someone else is a Federal crime in the United States, for which you can be criminally prosecuted and end up in jail; the same as if you give a false name or say you are a U.S. citizen when you are not.

Do not lie to U.S. border crossing or inspection booth agents.

IF YOU ARE DETAINED, PAGES 14 – 15

Do not resist arrest.

Do not assault or insult the officer.

Do not throw stones or other objects at the officers nor at the patrol cars, because this is considered a form of provocation.

If the officers feel they’ve been assaulted they will probably use force to detain you.

Raise your hands slowly for them to see you’re unarmed.

Do not carry or hold any objects that could be construed as weapons, such as: lanterns, screwdrivers, blades, knives or stones.

IF YOU ARE DETAINED, PAGE 16 / YOUR RIGHTS, PAGE 17

IF YOU ARE DETAINED

Don’t run or try to escape.

Don’t hide in dangerous places.

Don’t cross freeways.

It’s better for you to be detained for a few hours and be repatriated to Mexico than to get lost in the desert.

YOUR RIGHTS

IF YOU ARE ARRESTED, YOU HAVE RIGHTS!

Give your true name.

If you are a minor and are accompanied by an adult, tell the authorities so they do not separate you.

YOUR RIGHTS / YOUR RIGHTS, PAGES 18 – 19

Your rights are:

To know where you are.

To request to speak to the nearest Mexican Consulate representative in order to receive help.

To not make statements or sign documents, especially if they are in English, without the aid of a defense attorney or Mexican Government Consulate representative.

To receive medical attention if you are injured or in poor health.

To receive respectful treatment regardless of your immigration status.

To be transported safely.

To have water and food when you need it.

You are not obligated to disclose your immigration status when you are detained.

YOUR RIGHTS, PAGES 20 – 21

To not be hit or insulted.

To not be held incommunicado.

In case they take away your personal effects, request a voucher in order to claim them when you are released.

If there is any violation of these rights, it’s important for you to inform your attorney or Mexican Consulate representative that visits you or even the nearest Delegation of the Secretariat of Foreign Relations within Mexico.

If you wish more information and you live in Texas or in Ciudad AcuÒa, Coahuila, tune in to “The Powerful Station” at AM 1570.

IF YOU ARE ARRESTED / DETAINED, PAGES 22 – 23

IF YOU ARE ARRESTED / DETAINED

If you have already been sentenced for some crime or you are in jail facing criminal prosecution, you have the following rights:

To not be discriminated against by the police, the courts or prison authorities.

To receive visits from consular officials and family members.

To receive appropriate legal counsel without conditions or obstructions.

If you being criminally prosecuted and have not yet been sentenced, ask your attorney or consular representative what the “Plea Agreement” consists of.

Do not plead guilty without first consulting your attorney about the possibilities of winning your case if you go to trial.

It’s important they you know the laws of the American state where you live and work, since each state’s laws are different. Bear in mind the following information:

If you drink don’t drive, since if you do not have papers you can be detained and deported [a bit of INFOMUNDO editorializing here: no word about maiming or killing yourself or others as a drunk driver!].

If a legal resident is cited more than two times for drunk driving, he can be deported.

Do not drive without a driver’s license.

Observe traffic signs and signals and use your seatbelt.

Do not drive without auto insurance nor drive an unknown vehicle.

[THINGS TO] AVOID, PAGES 24 – 25

Do not pick up strangers.

If you commit some traffic violation and are detained by the police, place your hands on the steering wheel and do not get out of the car until the officer requests you to do so.

Avoid calling attention to yourself, at least while you are arranging your residence papers to live in the United States.

The best formula is not to alter your routine of going between work and home.

Avoid noisy parties because the neighbors can get upset and call the police, and you could be arrested.

Avoid fighting.

If you go to a bar or night club and a fight starts, leave immediately, since in the confusion you could be arrested even if you did not do anything wrong.

Avoid family or domestic violence. As in Mexico, it is a crime in the United States.

[THINGS TO] AVOID, PAGES 26 – 27

Domestic violence does not consist solely of hitting others but also can be threats, shouting or mistreatment.

If you are accused of domestic violence against your children, your mate or someone else who lives with toy, you could go to jail. In addition, Child Protective Services authorities could take away your children.

Do not carry firearms, bladed weapons or other dangerous objects.

Keep in mind that many Mexicans have died or are in prison because of these things.

If the police enter your house or apartment, do not resist, but ask to see a search warrant. It’s better to cooperate with them and ask to speak to the nearest Mexican Consulate.

CONSULATES, PAGES 28 – 29

The Secretariat of Foreign Relations has 45 consular representatives within the U.S and on its southern border, which are designed to help you. Remember: if you have been detained or are serving a sentence, you have the right to speak with the nearest Mexican Consulate. Always carry your “Guide to Consular Protection” with you at all times.

Get Near to the Consulate…

Embrace Mexico.

It’s your home, fellow countryman!

– Secretariat of Foreign Relations

– General Administration of Protection and Consular Matters.

CONSULATES OF MEXICO IN THE UNITED STATES, PAGE 30 (left side above)

List of U.S. Cities and phone numbers.

STATES – [MEXICAN] STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICES – DIRECTORY OF OFFICES GIVING ATTENTION TO MIGRANTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF MEXICO, PAGES 31 (right side previous page), 32-33, 34 (page below)

List of Mexican cities and phone numbers.

BOX ON LAST PAGE:

This consular protection guide is not promoting the crossing [of the border] of Mexicans without legal documentation required by the government of the United States; its objective is to make known the risks implied and to inform about the rights of migrants regardless of their legal residence.

Notes

Images: https://albertozambrano.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/guc3ada-del-inmigrante-ilegal-mexicano.pdf

English translation: http://www.theamericanresistance.com/ref/brochure_translated_guia_del_migrante_mexico.html

Original URLs for document:

http://www.sre.gob.mx/tramites/consulares/guiamigrante/
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