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Letter: Joe Guzzardi’s June 20 column contained inaccuracies

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Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:00 am

I read with much distress two recent columns by Joe Guzzardi, specifically those dated June 20 and June 28. As many long-time Lodi News-Sentinel readers know, Guzzardi, according to his bio, has been a columnist since 1987 and has written on immigrant and immigration issues, both for the Lodi News-Sentinel and for publications across the nation, mostly expressing his negative views on both.

In this letter I will tackle several of the inaccuracies stated by Guzzardi in the June 20 column, “Obama’s policies are luring children across the border.”

His first point that the 2012 executive order, known as DACA, called for “deferred” deportation for children who had been bought to the U.S. illegally by parents. Guzzardi claims that it “has granted legal status and work authorization to more than 500,000 illegal immigrants.”

A simple check on the Homeland Security website tells the truth — there are five stringent requirements that these individuals must meet to qualify, the most important of which is that children must have already been present in the U.S. between June 2007 and June 2012 and have had five years of continuous presence prior to the order. This requirement alone precludes all of the current arrivals. Also, 500,000 individuals were established to qualify for DACA — they were not given any type of automatic “legal status” unless they applied for the program.

Guzzardi then goes on to compare the current influx of children from Central America to the Mariel boat lift. While he implies that Jimmy Carter was responsible for this disastrous project, it was actually coordinated by several Cuban-American groups. It was an illustration of the complete power of the highly-regarded Cuban-American community which, for the past 55 years, has prevented the U.S. from establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and continuing the embargo that contributes to the poverty of the Cuban people.

Since I am limited to 350 words, I will continue to refute Joe Guzzardi’s inaccuracies in a series of letters.

Joanne Bobin


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  • Thomas Heuer posted at 8:02 pm on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1674

    I miss you Ms Joanne Bobin.

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 8:00 pm on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1674

    Its Chang not Chaig
    And it's Bobin not Boben
    And BTW Liebichs posts are not accurate. Far from it.

    Thanks for getting my name right.

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 7:55 pm on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1674

    Thanks Steve
    Ah it was another thread along time ago
    Oh never mind

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 1:43 pm on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1674

    I second that Mr Chang

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 1:40 pm on Fri, Aug 1, 2014.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1674

    Thanks Mike

  • Walter Chang posted at 4:01 pm on Thu, Jul 31, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1189


    E.D. you can't offend me.

    But for the sake of "forum decorum" please don't try.

    The most frequent emotion I feel when reading your postings...

    Is pity!!

    Now regarding the author of this letter, three words come to mind: intelligent, wise and beautiful!!

    Get over it!


  • Ed Walters posted at 12:29 pm on Thu, Jul 31, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    Chaig, you didn`t slight me, just a average white guy who can handle anything an average woman can hand out, BTW who would that intelligent woman be. I would offer a suggestion concerning " get over it". Get over it. When I mentioned "white" guy, did I offend you, again, get over it.

  • Jien Kaur posted at 7:55 am on Thu, Jul 31, 2014.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 382

    I think number requirements is the not important. The important is the issue that the column of Guzzardi say law is fault when it cannot be - that the new children here can not use it. To argue number is not very smart.

  • Walter Chang posted at 6:43 am on Thu, Jul 31, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1189

    "fan club"

    Sorry Ed...

    I didn't mean to slight you.

    Lots of men (think: angry old white men) can't handle being outgunned by an intelligent woman.

    Get over it!!


  • Andrew Liebich posted at 9:58 pm on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    I can assure you I am not a "little mistaken" Jien.

    The 7 DACA requirements listed on the uscis.gov website you provided are the exact same 7 DACA requirements I listed below.[lol]

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 6:33 pm on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2680

    Complaining about Joe's "inaccuracies" is like complaining that rain is wet.

  • Ed Walters posted at 5:18 pm on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 638

    Boben , As far as the "fan club" is concerned, not much to gripe about as of late. I know you love to attack Joe`s posts. He forgot more than you will every know. It was so peaceful and quite, Pity, I see where rehabilitation didn`t work, Chaig, read Joe`s posts, learn something. Boben, I suggest you stop while your still behind.

    Liebich post are most accurate, and one from you will be enough.

  • Jien Kaur posted at 4:27 pm on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 382

    I work to help many immigrants and train on this. I think the Mr Liebich little mistaken - were before 5 rules - now change in month July to 7. Here is the US customs website address:


    Many websites of US customs have different words about requirements and training is important to help the children to know the laws.

    The important of truth the mrs. Bobin is correct about new children from the central america can no take the action defered with this law.

  • Walter Chang posted at 1:56 pm on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1189

    Hi Joanne, good letter.

    Debunking Joe's nonsense can almost be a fulltime job!!

    I have to admit that I seldom read anything that the man writes. Only on the rare occassion when his column generates any "conversation stimulus" at all, do I even bother to take a peak.

    I'll look forward to your upcoming offerings but definitely miss your enlightening comments on other matters.

    Good luck in your new endeavour.

    PS. I noticed your "fan club" had been on absent too. What's up Simon??


  • Andrew Liebich posted at 2:26 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    A simple check of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Form I-821D tells the real truth. To request Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, you must meet the following 7 DACA requirements:

    1.) You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;

    2.) You entered the United States prior to your 16th birthday;

    3.) You have resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 and currently are present in the U.S.;

    4.) You were in the United States on June 15, 2012 and must be physically in the U.S. at the time of filing for your request for deferred action;

    5.) You entered the United States without border inspection before June 15, 2012, or your immigration status expired prior to June 15, 2012;

    6.) You must be currently in school, have graduated, or obtained an equivalent certificate of completion from high school, successfully obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or must have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States; and

    7.) You must not have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and must not pose a threat to national security or public safety.


    I will continue to refute Joanne Bobin's inaccuracies in a series of comments.[lol]


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