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Et Tu, Mexico?

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ET TU, MEXICO?

Immigration has been a key issue in the news of late. Congress has flipped, then later flopped on their position concerning illegal immigrants. They will do anything to keep President Trump from a win on his border wall campaign promise. They will obstruct knowing full well that border area is in true crisis and something must be done to prevent the US from being overrun with those who would bypass the line and enter illegally. The fact that violent crime and dangerous drugs travel with some of the people in the caravan is of little concern to the Democrats. They have walls and security, unlike the average citizen.

The Democratic side led by Pelosi and her gang of misfits , will go for allowing more illegal aliens into the country in the hopes that they will be fresh Democratic voters for their machine. They do not care that the system is groaning under the weight of their upkeep.

Secure borders to both the North and South are essential for national security, but what of the 22 million or so illegals from various countries that have already been released into the United States, not to mention the thousands that continue to come?

For the sake of argument, say theoretically, the US would need a three part plan.

The first of a three part plan would be to try to build the wall in order to keep out any new illegal immigrants. Check, President Trump is getting monies and resources together for the first half.

Part two of the plan is to find a way to document the people who are already here and find the best way to deal with and process them. No check, Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol and ICE are overrun with lack of resources, and so many migrants are lost in the system as they are already here.

Part three would be to quell the “caravans’ at the border before they enter the US. See part two, it is a no go right now.

Except for part one that President Trump is forcing through by declaring (legally) a national emergency, there is no cooperation to find or create any plausible ideas or ways to accomplish parts two and three.

The Democratic Party controls the House. They have made it abundantly clear that their obsession is to take President Trump down and if it is necessary to pull everyone in the United States down with him, so be it.

They refuse to visit the border and meet the troops on the ground. Border patrol have issued a standing invitation, which they have refused to acknowledge. They prefer to wear blinders and throw shade and derision at the President. They do not want to know the truth.

Congressional and Senate leaders would not listen in a meeting with the DHS director, Kirstjen Neilson. Pelosi stating, “I reject your facts.”

However, the facts weren’t particular to Secretary Nielson, they were the exact data about the problem. It is a stalemate between the President and the Democratic held Congress, and the renegade RINOS.

One of the traditional sources of illegal aliens is Mexico. For many decades, the country was so economically depressed, that the United States was the proverbial Promised Land.

People could cross the border, get a job, even a low wage job, and earn much more than they had in Mexico. They could send their money home to their families, build their homes there and put money into their economy, usually around a 10 to 1 exchange rate. That is, 10 pesos to one dollar.

In 1993, NAFTA, (North America Free Trade Agreement) was signed into law. Then president Clinton said that “NAFTA meant jobs.” (He did not necessarily mean for people in the United States, but it did mean jobs for the neighboring countries where former US manufacturing jobs were transferred.)

Vicente Fox, president of Mexico at the time, said, “The real end winner of NAFTA will be Mexico because we have that human capital. We have that resource that is vital to the US economy.”

Felipe Calderon, Mexican president from 2006 to 2012, has issued a statement to Trump’s claim of a border wall at Mexico’s expense, “Mexico won’t pay a cent for Trump’s stupid wall.”

All of this is most likely true even with NAFTA, however the mass migration continued from Mexico to the US, illegal immigrant dollars have been sent south of the border, improving and building many of the Mexican citizen’s standard of living. A job that the government has not been held responsible to do for its own people.

Hospitals in the United States deliver migrant babies, heal their sick and injured. Some pay their way and some cannot. Many take advantage of social welfare programs such as WIC and Food Stamps.

In 1985, when Mexico City had a horrendous earthquake and subsequent mudslide, causing great loss of life and physical damage, the United States sent a large sum of financial aid to combat the devastation.

The above references are just a couple of the many examples of the helpful relationship of the United States and Mexico.

It might be nice for Mexico to remember how it has come to have opportunities for its people. The Mexican government has never done one third as much for her people as the United States has done indirectly and directly by sending financial aid every year. Central and South American countries also receive this aid from the United States.

This aid is to ensure that these governments will provide opportunity and an economy for their citizens, so they wouldn’t need to leave their homes to come to the United States for a better life.

While it is not the responsibility of Mexico to secure our border, they might want to consider with some gratitude all the United States has done for them by way of employing their citizens, and ensuring the good health of many as well.

There is certainly a lot more the Mexican government could do to deter the caravans from arriving at the US border, but the new president isn’t cooperating very much.

If President Trump is forced to close the border indefinitely to solve the Humanitarian and Drug crisis, everyone is going to lose money and commerce. There will be shortages of products and foods. The cost of this action would certainly be staggering for both sides of the coin.

It is ironic that a United States President has to fight his own government along with foreign governments just to keep his constituents safe.

Write your representatives and demand an answer to this dilemma.

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Pickens Hosts Flu Shot Clinic!

Community, Health

FREE HIV Testing at Public Health Facilities in North Georgia

Health

NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY

June 27th

North GA – Why should you get an HIV test?

Because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in seven people in the United States are HIV positive and they don’t know it. If you are age 13 to 64, you should get tested for HIV at least once. *People at higher risk should get tested more often.

National HIV Testing Day on Wednesday, June 27th is your opportunity in North Georgia to get HIV tested for FREE at your local public health department in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties or at The Living Bridge Center in Dalton. Just go to www.nghd.org to find your health department or The Living Bridge Center hours of operation, phone number and location, or call the North Georgia Health District at (706) 529-5757.

Our HIV testing is fast, safe and confidential.

National HIV Testing Day is an annual occasion to encourage people to get an HIV test. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. *People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. People who test HIV positive can take medicines to stay healthy and greatly reduce their chance of transmitting the virus. People who test negative can continue to take steps to prevent HIV infection, such as always using a condom during sex.

 

Business After Hours- RESCHEDULED DUE TO CHANCE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER

Business, Community
IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!
Rescheduled due to chance of inclement weather!!
New date:
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

158 West Church Street
Jasper, GA 30143

Spend the evening networking with local business professionals.  This event is open to the public at no charge.  Everyone present will have the chance to win wonderful door prizes and could walk away with our cash prize.  You do not want to miss this event!
Thank you to our cash sponsors!



Currently in a “soft” Lock Down

News, Pickens High School

The Pickens High School is currently in a “soft” lock down, meaning the hallways and common areas are kept clear. This is being done to allow a planned K9 search of the facility. Students are not at risk and this has been a planned operation to continue to make our schools a drug free environment.

Additional details will come as the search is completed.

Weekend Snack Program

Community

Jasper, GA – Some children get a free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the week, but do not have enough food or any food on the weekends.  

The weekend snack program sends out a small bag of food for needy children so they will have food on the weekends. This helps families who are barely getting by or can’t afford to feed their entire household.

This year, the group has decided to also provide small canned hams to children so that they can enjoy a special treat for their Christmas dinner and throughout their break.

Our community shows need for this program with around 100 children signed up.

Allowed Food Items:

  • Individual packages of crackers with cheese, peanut butter, etc.
  • Pop tarts
  • Granola bar or other healthy snack bars
  • Fruit snacks (in individual sealed bags)
  • Mac and cheese
  • Individual boxes of cereal, oatmeal, grits
  • Small individual cans of meats (Vienna sausage, Beanie weenies, Ravioli or other small cans of meat)
  • Or any other items that would be easy for a child to eat or cook and keeps well outside of the refrigerator – many items come in individual containers so it is easy to find

 

For more information, contact Fran Bishop, Volunteer Coordinator at efrbishop@gmail.com or 770-735-1434

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Randy’s Last Dance – Pet of the Week

Lifestyle

pcas-randyRandy is running out of time.

5 year old Randy is a very trainable, very muscular boy with a big heart. He was surrendered to a kill shelter because his owner passed away. Randy cannot be adopted in this county due to a breed restrictive ban. Randy is not good with cats or kids. But he is house trained and knows the sit command.

Randy needs an experienced, firm, and patient hand to give him a second chance. Randy is free to qualified adopters & rescues. A local charity, Partners of Pickens Pets, has offered to pay for Randy’s spay surgery if he is adopted.

Randy’s time is limited. Please spread the word. Please rescue Randy before his time runs out.

Pickens County Animal Shelter
3563 Camp Road
Jasper Ga. 30143

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