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"I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend. But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me." – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Our goal is to have a country that’s not divided by race." – Barack Obama
"People of Berlin – people of the world – this is our moment. This is our time." – Barack Obama
"Ich bin ein Berliner" - John F. Kennedy (June 1963)
“We should certainly do a better job patrolling the borders in Canada. This recent case with the young lawyer who had tuberculosis being waved through by a border guard because, he said, he looked okay is a problem. We’ve got to strengthen our border patrols on both sides. We are a country of immigrants. We’re also a country of laws. And the question is, how do we balance that appropriately? I am hopeful that we can solve this problem constructively.” – Barack Obama (June 2007)
“More than 25 percent of TB patients reported in the United States originate from Mexico, which make the control, prevention, and treatment of this highly infectious disease a question of important to U.S. national interest and policy.” – USAID.org
At Least Seven Hundred Foreign Bases
It's not easy to assess the size or exact value of our empire of bases. Official records on these subjects are misleading, although instructive. According to the Defense Department's annual "Base Structure Report" for fiscal year 2003, which itemizes foreign and domestic U.S. military real estate, the Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and HAS another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories. Pentagon bureaucrats calculate that it would require at least $113.2 billion to replace just the foreign bases -- surely far too low a figure but still larger than the gross domestic product of most countries -- and an estimated $591,519.8 million to replace all of them. The military high command deploys to our overseas bases some 253,288 uniformed personnel, plus an equal number of dependents and Department of Defense civilian officials, and employs an additional 44,446 locally hired foreigners. The Pentagon claims that these bases contain 44,870 barracks, hangars, hospitals, and other buildings, which it owns, and that it leases 4,844 more.