January 28, 2013 Rotogram: 27


Drake Bassett, CEO of the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus, will tell of the home’s mission and ministry.


Mississippi State’s Head Baseball Coach John Cohen brings his annual Diamond Dawgs season preview.


Invocation and Pledge:         Charlie Guest

Attendance:             51.26%

Present — 86 (30 exempt, 1 honorary)

Absent — 88 (15 exempt, 9 honorary)

Makeups reported: Mark Guyton and Jeff Donald

Visiting Rotarians: Barbara Travis, Rankin County; Bob Killilea, Canton; Danny Williams, district governor, Jackson; Dick Dickenson, North Jackson; Jack White, Columbus; and, Mark Dillard and Steve Prestridge, Macon

Guests: Guests of members were John Guyton and Katie Landry of Mark Guyton, John Rigdon of Pat Lane, Pattie Molen of Marshall Molen, and Ryan Walker of Brent Fountain. Guests of the Club were Troop 14 Scoutmaster Cliff Taylor, and Guilia Martinoli, RYE student.


Late and missed quarterly payments have caused budget management problems for the Club. Consequently, the board has voted to set a service charge on accounts in arrears. If a member’s dues, meal charges and other expenses have not been settled by the sixth week into a quarter, a $25 fee will be added to the statement.

Members are encouraged to schedule their payments through bank draft to avoid oversights and arrears. Statements are e-mailed to members every three months unless the individual has requested otherwise. If you have not been getting your bill, please let Treasurer Clay Richardson know.


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Our seventh annual rodeo is less than two weeks away. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, manage concessions, monitor entrances, direct parking, and do other tasks. Each member is responsible for at least four tickets to the event. Let John Forde and his committee know when you can help.

February 8-9  Mississippi Horse Park


Marcus Grant who handles loans for Renasant Bank has been proposed for membership by Tommy Tomlinson. His classification is Banking.

Between the Lions


  • 01/29 ··············· Jeff Donald – Emerson Family Resource Center at 11:00 a.m.
  • 01/31 ············· Andy Gaston – First Presbyterian at 9:30 a.m.

Next week:

  • 2/05 ·················Jeff Donald and Martha Wells
  • 02/07················· Sarah Fratesi and Brad Jones



January 14 — Describing failed Romanian baby adoptions, Ricardo Inzunza, former Deputy Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service said, “This is one of those unfortunate situations where people with good hearts were trying to do the right things.”

Inzunza spun several amusing, heartbreaking and frustrating tales of unintended consequences of American immigration law and policy.

Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the former commissioner said, “In the Immigration Service we have taken an issue that was a neutral in value shading and extracted the maximum amount of negative publicity from it.”

The Romanian situation came about after the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu. The Communist dictator’s policy of no abortions and all the children for the glory of the state caused parents to send their offspring to orphanages. With parents still living, these children technically fell under US non-orphan immigration regulation.

By the letter of the law, the adopting parents had to live with the child outside of the US for one year before bringing it into the country. When Inzunza attempted to follow the law, the attorney general overruled him and the INS granted approvals over State Department objections.

Unfortunately, many of the children were so damaged that their problems became insurmountable and parents un-adopted them. To this day many are wards of American states.

Now the CEO of Rapid Immigration Assistance, Ltd, headquartered in Starkville, Inzunza illustrated his frustrations with two medical stories. In one, a comatose Korean woman was to be deported from San Francisco, but could not go until she was interviewed.

In another, a Ghanian student at Baylor University was paralyzed when hit by a truck. When the local health care system attempted to have him repatriated to his home country, he appealed on the basis that his iron lung would be useless in an undependable power system.

With the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Lautenberg Amendment in 1989 required taking 50,000 refugees from former Soviet Union republics. Inzunza said the problem was that they couldn’t find that many asylum seekers. Under Congressional pressure, the agency had to search for people to come to the States.

Answering a question about “anchor babies,” he said, “The issue is gone. You have to be careful when listening to arguments about immigration. Years ago a baby born in the US could pass on its citizenship to its parents at that moment. Although we couldn’t change the Constitutional definition of citizenship, we could change policy about how citizenship passes on.”

Now the child has to have been born in the US and lived here five years continuously past the age of 12. If he or she leaves for 30 days, the five year wait has to start over.

Border agencies used to be under different executive departments, but now are under the Department of Homeland Security. What was Immigration and Naturalization now is in two parts. The Citizenship and Immigration Services administers benefits. Enforcement—border patrol, anti-smuggling, detention, deportation — now is handled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“When I was commissioner, we had 2,300 border patrol agents arresting about 1.2 million people a year. The recession came along in 2008 and the Mexican economy got better. So last year we arrested around 150,000 people on the southern border. But we now have 22,000 border patrol agents. That’s more than all the law enforcement agencies in the Justice Department combined. Two months ago we had to close five border patrol stations because there was no business.”

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