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- Pledge to Mexican flag featured at Texas school 9/22/2006
- Hospitals: Aid to offset costs of immigrants is necessary
- Lawmakers Pass Separate Bill to Kill Border Fence Construction; Funding Sent Elsewhere!  They do not think you will notice
  or care about their trickery!!! (10/10/2006)
 
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 Pledge to Mexican flag featured at Texas school

Principal says he was pursuing 'diversity,' but wouldn't do it again
September 22, 2006

© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

The principal of an elementary school instructed his students to stand during the recitation of a pledge to the Mexican flag during a diversity assembly recently, and he's been trying to backtrack ever since.

"We absolutely refuse to stand up and pledge allegiance to another country's flag," a mother whose daughter attends the school told talk show host Chris Baker on AM 740 KTRH radio. "Where is the sensitivity to the country and to the troops and the men and women that have fought and died for this country?"

The mother, identified only as Amy, said school officials gave all the children Mexican flags to wave and then asked everyone to stand up and pledge allegiance to the Mexican flag.

"Get out!" Baker shouted. "What school is that?"

It was Velasco Elementary in Clute, Texas, where Sam Williams is principal.

Stuart Dornburg is a spokesman for the Brazosport Independent School District which includes Velasco, and he said Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is a national Hispanic Heritage Month and the assembly was a cultural education activity in a district that values and respects diversity.

But Amy said she got "glares" when she didn't participate and when she "proudly" put the Mexican flag on the ground.

She said her husband was in Vietnam for three tours of duty, and she has a son in the war now.

"Arrest that man immediately. Bring him to me," Baker said.

In a report in The Facts, Williams said the response to his action was "overwhelming."

"It's been a real trying ordeal and all I can say is I deeply apologize if anyone was offended by it – and I can see that they are," the principal said

He said the situation should have been done differently. "There's no way that we would repeat it," he told the news group.

Officials say there are 635 students from preschool age to fourth grade in Velasco, and about two-thirds are Hispanic.

"We have stated in our mission statement that we are a campus that is a beacon of hope for a culturally diverse population,” Williams said.

The assembly was held Sept. 16, a day on which Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain.

Baker said the recitation was especially offensive since the U.S. is in the middle of a serious dispute over illegal immigration and the huge ramifications the nation faces from not having a secured border with Mexico.

"To blow it off as quote-unquote 'historical teaching methods' either shows complete arrogance or a lack of the ability to grasp the seriousness of the illegal immigration issue to Americans," told his listeners.

On a weblog, a fan identified as El Jefe Maximo said, "What's needed is a dose of nationalism, with a pinch of religion, and I'd throw in a dash of evil old imperialism as well."

Papa Ray told the same blog, "Homeschooling is looking more and more attractive to me for my Sweet Sarah."

Williams was upset that parents took their complaints to the radio waves.

"I would have graciously visited with that parent and explained on-site what the intent was," he said.

"I really don't understand why President Bush is so gung ho on giving these people 'a pathway to citizenship.' I would like to see them given a pathway back to Mexico after they help to build the wall," said Starblazer.
 

 Hospitals: Aid to offset costs of immigrants is necessary
September 24, 2006

Monitor Staff Writer
 

MISSION — Between 20 and 25 undocumented immigrants arrive each week for kidney dialysis at Mission Regional Medical Center’s emergency room.

“They have no way of paying for it, and in six months they rack up $750,000,” said Mitch Ladyman, the hospital’s trauma coordinator. “That’s just a number we’ll never get reimbursed.”

And while the federal government has a $1 billion federal program intended to help with unpaid hospital emergency care, a recent Associated Press report shows a large chunk of that money has gone uncollected by cash-strapped hospitals.

Federal officials can’t explain why overburdened communities have not grabbed the cash.

Nationally, only 15 percent of the money has been handed out three-quarters of the way through the program’s first year, according to the AP.

Texas as a whole is slated to receive almost $25 million for the 2006 fiscal year.

Rio Grande Valley hospital officials say they take whatever disbursement they can or risk cutting hospital services essential to the community.

“We’ve definitely applied for and have definitely gotten some of it,” said Dan McLean, CEO at South Texas Health Systems in McAllen, which includes McAllen Medical Center and Edinburg Regional Medical Center.

The health group has collected about $2.41 million since it filed its first claim for its five facilities in February 2006.

That may seem large, but in the last eight months alone, the hospitals have provided more than $118 million in uncompensated care, said hospital group spokeswoman Dalinda Guillen.

The $1 billion financial dispensation is through September 2008 and authorized under the 2003 Medicare law. Hospitals are paid a percentage of the ER costs on quarterly cycles, so they receive money six to nine months after the actual procedures.

Some hospitals are reluctant to apply for funds because they don’t want to do the paperwork, say hospital and public health officials. The government also trims submitted hospital bills and returns money based on costs, not on services provided.

Hospitals feel uncomfortable asking patients about their citizenship status.

“A lot of undocumented patients already don’t access care,” said Sonal Ambegaokar, a health policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, a non-partisan policy center that works with low-income immigrants based in Los Angeles.

“The few that go in, if they hear they are being asked about their immigration status, they’ll assume they’ll not be able to get care … that will affect the public health.”

Local hospitals dismiss the objections, noting the required paperwork is only two pages long and their employees are trained to sensitively ask questions.

“I understand the reluctance of a hospital that doesn’t see that many undocumented patients,” said Mission hospital Chief Financial Officer Randy Slack. “But when you’re treating a number of undocumented patients, it’s worth your while to go through all the hoops and troubles to get partial reimbursements.”

Mission’s hospital has also received a “six-figure amount,” he said.

“It covers cost of supplies and labor, operations to treat those patients who are undocumented,” Slack said. “If money went away, we might have to find other areas to cut to keep bottom line balanced.”

For South Texas Health Systems, the trauma room or pediatric ICU unit could become financial casualties if it continues to lose money through uncollected ER care, McLean said.

“We literally can’t afford not to do this program,” he said.

Jennifer C. Smith covers health, environment and science issues at The Monitor. She can be reached at (956) 683-4462. For this and more local stories, visit www.themonitor.com.
 

 

 

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 Lawmakers Pass Separate Bill to Kill Border Fence Construction; Funding Sent Elsewhere!

They do not think you will notice or care about their trickery!!!

Excerpt from Washington Post Friday, October 6, 2006
“No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts.”

GOP leaders have singled out the border fence as one of their premier “tough on illegal immigration” accomplishments of the recently completed Congressional session. Many lawmakers plan to highlight their $1.2 billion “down payment” on border fence construction as they campaign in the weeks before the midterm elections.

But it seems it is all smoke and mirrors to “fool the voters”!

The Minutemen aren’t fooled, and we need your help!

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Shortly before recessing late last Friday, the House and Senate gave the Bush administration broad leeway to distribute the money to a whole host of other projects – not just the physical barrier along the southern border.

"It's one thing to authorize. It's another thing to actually appropriate the money and do it," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.).

The fine-print distinction between what Congress says it will do and what it actually pays for is a time-honored political maneuver to pull the wool over the voters’ eyes, and make them think problems are being solved that are NOT…

In this case, it also reflects political calculations by GOP strategists that voters do not mind the details, and that key players – including the administration, local leaders and the Mexican government – oppose a fence-first approach, analysts said.

 
The Senate Plan is clear…

1. Before the election, pass a last-minute smoke screen and head home to campaign, telling the voters Congress has secured the border…

2. Obey the Mexican President after the election – offer a blanket amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants for U.S. citizenship, and let illegal aliens, gangsters and terrorists have free access to American territory across our still-open borders!


Your continued help and support is needed TODAY to BUILD THE FENCE AMERICA NEEDS to PROTECT OUR NATION! We can only build as much you HELP FUND!

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Mexican President Fox Opposes all Fencing
The President of Mexico Vincente Fox has railed against any fencing, calling it "shameful" and falsely comparing it to the Berlin Wall that the Communists built to imprison their subjected population.

A spokesman for President Vicente Fox predicted on Wednesday that the United States will probably never build 700 miles of new fencing along the border that divides the two nations. The Mexican government sent a diplomatic note to Washington criticizing last week's U.S. Senate vote to authorize the new fencing. President-elect Felipe Calderon, who replaces Fox on Dec. 1, has also criticized the fence plans.

Minutemen Stand Up to Mexico and Build Security Fencing
Over the objections of Vincente Fox and the Mexican government, the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps is leading the way to build border security fencing. The fencing is being installed to demonstrate how it is an integral part of a total security plan that includes vehicle barriers, fiber optic sensors, cameras, anti-climb barriers and increased ground patrols to give the U.S. Border Patrol more operational command of our frontier.

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Fences Do Work!
Fences in San Diego California have dramatically reduced trafficking – illegal alien apprehensions dropped from 202,000 in 1992 to less than 9,000 in 2004.

 

Fence post steel delivered near Bisbee, AZ at the Hodges Ranch 9/28/2006.


In Arizona, the Volunteers of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps are already building security fences and vehicle barriers on private land using private donations, which have vastly diminished illegal intruders in our sectors. A multi-level design which includes anti-climb fencing, fiber-optic fencing, vehicle barriers and camera systems to observe and report will allow thousands of Minutemen to monitor the border day and night, 365 days a year.

Give what you can TODAY!

A new one mile segment of fourteen foot high, anti-climb Israeli style double fence barrier, with cameras and ground sensors is being installed at our current project at the Hodges Ranch. The Minuteman Border Fence will help local Arizona ranchers and landowners to make actual progress in the imperative task to secure the U.S. border and stop illegal aliens, criminals and terrorists from violating sovereign American territory.

Your continued help and support is needed TODAY! We can only build as much you help fund!

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Select www.minutemanborderfence.com for more information.

Be sure to send this to EVERYONE you know who wants to help STOP illegal aliens at the border NOW! We invite and welcome your assistance. Thank you!

Donate now and join those who have already added their name with an individualized metal name plaque to the Minuteman Border Fence.

 


Go to www.minutemanborderfence.com and join with us to build the fence – a real fence, not a political smoke screen – TODAY.

Sincerely for America,

Chris Simcox, President
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps

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