Drawing the Line"

Hi Gang:
My commentary today is based on an article I recently wrote for the CAPS (Californians f

or Population Stabilization) website that they posted earlier today, Monday, October 8, 2012.

The focus of my article is as basic as the immigration issue gets- the significance of the borders of the United States.  As I have noted on many occasions including when I have testified before Congress- “A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!”
When we studied geography back in school, we learned about the various countries to be found on our planet.  All of those countries are defined by their borders.  Many significant wars have been fought over the placement of borders.  Yet, in the name of commerce and free trade, our country is doing everything in its power to dismantle the borders of the United States even while the failures to secure our borders against illegal entry of aliens whose presence is problematic and contraband that poses many risks enable those individuals and dangerous materials to enter the United States.
It is time for a reality check!
Furthermore, when aliens evade the inspections process they create no record of their entry into the United States and there is know way of knowing why they are here.  Unlike the Apollo astronauts who traveled to the moon more than four decades ago, Illegal aliens do not run our borders to simply plant their boots on the U.S. side of the border, grab up some rocks, plant a flag of their their native country and head home.  Illegal aliens generally seek to make their way to towns and cities across the United States from coast to coast and border to border.  The impact of illegal immigration can be found in virtually every state.
It is also important to understand that any state that has a seaport or international airport must also be thought of as a “border state.”
On May 11, 2006 I testified before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on International Relations on the topic:
VISA OVERSTAYS:

CAN WE BAR THE TERRORIST DOOR?”

You can read the transcript of that hearing at:

Here is a link to a CNN report aired on May 31, 2010 that was titled, “Tracking Down Visa Violators:”
Casey Wian and his producer, Sara Weisfeldt interviewed me for this report and I appear briefly on screen.
On May 10, 2010 I was interviewed by Daniel Gonzalez, a reporter with the Arizona Republic for an news report titled, “U.S. not cracking down on immigrants with expired visas.” Here is the link to the news report in which I was quoted:
The responsibility of the CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Inspectors at ports of entry is to prevent the entry of aliens into the United States whose presence would be problematic.  The laws they enforce are utterly and totally blind as to race, religion or ethnicity and only make one distinction- the distinction between citizens of the United States and those who are not citizens (aliens).
It is important to understand that an alien who evades the inspection process mandated by our immigration laws may have multiple reasons for entering the United States surreptitiously. The inspections process is supposed to prevent the entry of aliens into the United States whose prosence would be harmful. Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182 enumerates the various categories of aliens who are to be excluded from the United States. A review of those categories makes the intention and importance of our immigration laws, our borders and the inspections process crystal clear.
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!

If our government’s failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation’s borders and effectively enforcing our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! 

All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!

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Illegal Immigration: Drawing the Line

It is unfathomable that at a time when America is under the Damoclean threats posed by international terrorist organizations and transnational criminal organization from around the world  that so many politicians seemingly fail to grasp the significance of America’s borders and the need for meaningful control over those borders.

Of course the U.S. / Mexican border is the border that gets the lion’s share of the attention but, the U.S. / Canadian border, the coast line of the United States (all 95,000 miles of it) and America’s international airports must be considered as components of the borders of the United States.

A couple of years ago I was flown to San Diego to participate in a much publicized “Town Hall Event” on immigration by MSNBC.  During one of the segments of that program in which I participated, the very attractive actress and immigration activist- Rosario Dawson referred to the borders of the United States as being an “Imaginary line.”

That segment is well worth watching.

I was not able to respond to that absurd claim during the discussion but what I would have loved to have asked Rosario was if the property lines surrounding the house in which she lived were also “imaginary lines?”  Homeowners are familiar with the fact that when they bought their houses or even applied for a refinance of their mortgages a surveyor is called upon to make certain that the property line are accurately drawn.

Electoral districts are drawn up around lines that are drawn by the process that determines the boundaries of each district.

No one would be foolish enough to

declare property lines or political district lines are “imaginary,” yet this is a common claim made by the advocates for open borders, the folks I have come to refer to as the “Immigration Anarchists.”

I have come to think of borders as being comparable to the locks of a canal.  The reason that canals often require locks is that a canal connects two bodies of water.  Often the water level of one body of water is not the same as the water level of the other body of water.  Think about the Panama Canal that permits ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Without locks in the canal water would overflow and chaos would quickly ensue.

The border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico is a very unique border; it is the only place on this planet where the Third World collides with the First World.  The issue for this border is not water level but standards of living.  Upon crossing the U.S. southern border into Mexico, it becomes immediately apparent that you have entered the Third World.  This adds to the pressures exerted on that border.

Today that violence is spreading to the United States and not just along the U.S. / Mexican border but in cities across the United States.  Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano conceded that more than two hundred American cities have become infested by members of the Mexican drug cartels.

Failures to secure our borders are threatening national security as well as the economic well-being of far too many American citizens and their families, who are losing their tenuous grip on the middle class and falling below the poverty line.

There is certainly nothing imaginary about the poverty line, either!

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