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Letters 04-13-2015

Perplexing Eighth Street Changes I’m writing to you about the way 8th Street in Traverse City is organized. I commute on 8th Street daily like hundreds of others.

115 Years of Injustice Investigative reporter Pat Sullivan’s March 23 article “BURNOUT” exposed for the first time to many northern Michigan residents the 115-year-old tragedy that took place at Burt Lake in October of 1900.

Kicking The Prop 1 Can “Proposal 1 consists of only 100 words, but if approved by voters on May 5, it would trigger into law thousands of other words in 10 bills passed by the state legislature in December.”

Expose The Republican Playbook There was much angst among Democratic Party loyalists after the November election about their failure to convey a strong populist message.

Unions Are Essential Thanks to Stephen Tuttle for pointing out in his recent column how we have had trade apprenticeships for decades throughout Michigan and other states.

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Border Blues

Express Staff - September 23rd, 2004
Rep. Camp probes flood
of uninvited visitors
U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland) says he was outraged to learn recently that more than 4,000 illegal aliens cross into the United States unlawfully in a single day -- most of whom arrive via the Mexican border.
Camp, who serves as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Infrastructure Security, was stunned by a Time Magazine article entitled “Who Left the Door Open.“ The article notes that in addition to many Mexican citizens fleeing their country for opportunities in the U.S., there have also been border crossers from from Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Russia, China, Egypt, Iran and Iraq.
“There is some evidence that the crossings are not just people from Mexico,“ Camp noted in a phone interview. “There are people from some countries who are finding that the Mexican border is the back door to the United States.“
Last week, Camp questioned Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on the matter, asking whether enough is being done to address “America’s abysmal ability to manage its southern border.”
Camp believes that the number of illegal visitors entering the U.S. could range as high as one million (by Time Magazine‘s estimate it‘s 1,460,000) and says that with millions being spent on Homeland Securities, the department should be more accountable.
“We have clamped down at our airports, at our seaports and at many of our border crossings. We have taken many positive steps, but what is happening at the Mexico border is unacceptable,” said Camp. “Prior to 9/11, this was a huge social and economic problem. Today, the southern border is a threat to our homeland security.”
He notes that for now, the Canadian border doesn‘t warrant the same level of concern as what‘s happening in the Southwest.
“We haven‘t seen as much traffic on the northern border. Partly it‘s a matter of geographic boundaries with bridges or tunnels to cross to get into Michigan.“
Although a new fence is being constructed in the San Diego area to stem the tide of intruders in California, Camp notes that there are hundreds of miles of open border in Arizona.
In response, over 1,500 new border patrol agents have been hired along the Mexico border and unmanned surveillance vehicles have been deployed. Camp adds that new technology has also been introduced to check I.D.s of newcomers to the U.S., as well as the veracity of cargoes and container ships. Visa requirements have also been tightened since 9/11.
Still, the problem of intruders remains a major concern. “Many of them feel that why should they go to all of the difficulty to obtain a visa when they can just walk across the border.“
 
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