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Hi Gang:
Here is another of my commentaries that is based on an article I wrote for the Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) website.  This time the predication for my CAPS commentary was a report that aired on CBS News’ 60 Minutes on July 29, 2012.  
I urge you to please take the time to watch the video of that poignant 60 Minutes report, for which a link is provided in my commentary.  As a retired INS Special Agent I often encountered the horrific conditions under which illegal aliens lived and worked in the United States.  It turned my stomach to see how these vulnerable people were, all too often exploited.  My colleagues and I understood that effective border security- and not just where our southern border was concerned but where all methods of entry into our country needed to be secured.  We came to understand from first hand experience, that effective immigration enforcement from within the interior of the United States could accomplish a number of critically important goals- to protect Americans from the specter of terrorists and transnational criminals, to discourage the outrageous exploitation of foreign workers and, at the same time, help make certain that American and lawful immigrant workers would be able to find work to enable them to support themselves and their families.
Anyone who argues against the securing of our borders and means of entering the United States from those who would violate our borders and our laws is actually arguing against the fundamental goals I just noted above.  Yet there are many politicians across this country, on all levels of government- local, city, state and federal who have managed to oppose effective immigration law enforcement and still get elected and then re-elected to public office.  Often they are able to do this because the Chamber of Commerce and the unholy alliance that they have forged with various corporations and advocacy groups have been able to raise incredible sums of cash to fill the coffers of elected officials who will do their bidding, especially where immigration is concerned.
Violations of our borders and our immigration laws are not “victimless” crimes.  These failures of border security and effective immigration law enforcement cause our country and our citizens to bleed both red and green!  Lives are lost to the transnational criminal aliens who come from the four corners of this planet.  Terrorists and those who support their violent objectives have also inflicted casualties in the United States.
Meanwhile Americans who, through no fault of their own have lost their jobs and consequently their thin slice of the “American Dream” to foreign workers who either violate our immigration laws by running our borders or by violating the terms of their admission into the United States.  High tech workers have lost their jobs to foreign workers who have gamed the visa process.
When you read the transcript of the segment of the 60 Minutes episode or watch the video of that episode, I want you to consider that the father who now lives out of a truck with his two children is described as being an unemployed carpenter.  Think of how many tradesman have lost their jobs to “day laborers.”
My dad was a construction worker, a “plumber by trade” as he would proudly tell people who asked him what he did for a living.  He died more than 40 years ago when I was 19 years old and he was 57.  He died of lung cancer- likely caused by his 3 pack a day Chesterfield cigarette habit and his exposure to asbestos in the shipyards during the Second World War where he worked on American warships and on construction jobs in the years after World War !! ended.  I can still recall the days my dad would trudge through the front door with that look in his eyes that came whenever he was laid off from work.  I remember how hard it was for my parents to make ends meet during the months he was unemployed.
Today those tradesman are finding it increasingly difficult to find work especially work that pays enough for an American family to live on.  All too many are competing with day laborers for scarce jobs.  You cannot compare the quality of the work a tradesman does with the work a day laborer does- but for unscrupulous building contractors, often all that matters is maximizing profits.  For those employers, day laborers are the solution.
We have become accustomed to the barrage of images of aliens who live in squalor.  However, it is rare to see how citizens of the United States, in growing numbers are now also living in squalor inside the United States of America!
It is often said that charity begins at home!
CBS News and the folks at 60 Minutes should be commended for telling the side of the story that is rarely told or shown!   The 60 Minutes report did not draw the connection between the loss increasing numbers of Americans who have lost their jobs to foreign workers- but the connection must be made!
President Obama’s end run around the Constitution to essentially enact the DREAM Act via misuse of executive orders will ultimately enable millions of illegal aliens to be granted employment authorization.  These aliens will become immediately eligible to obtain driver’s licenses and Social Security cards as well as credit cards and other such documents even though they will not be able to furnish reliable proof as to their true identities.  This fact alone should give us all cause for pause!  This is a national security nightmare!  This nightmare is not being created by our adversaries but by the actions of the current administration without the consent of Congress!
Furthermore, aliens who receive employment authorization will have as much lawful right to a job as do American citizens and lawful immigrants.  This is a betrayal of every hard working American and lawful immigrant!  Yet barely a word of protest has been heard by politicians from either political party!
Just as frustrating- barely a word of protest has been heard from the citizens of the United States!
When you connect all of these dots and many others that are “out there” and readily available, the picture you create is not at all pretty!  
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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For many years the advocates for open borders and unfettered immigration (those whom I have come to refer to as “Immigration Anarchists”) have done everything they could to foster an image about how illegal aliens are suffering and hiding in the shadows in communities across our country.

Illegal aliens are indeed being exploited; their vulnerability to exploitation is what makes them such desirable employees to unscrupulous employers.  However, they are hardly hiding in the shadows.  You can find illegal aliens on street corners in many American cities soliciting illegal employment.  In fact, many communities have provided areas where these illegal aliens cannot avoid detection but the hot sun in summer and rain and snow when the weather turns inclement.  These illegal aliens are not hiding in the shadows but congregating in the shade!

Sunday, July 29, 2012 the CBS News Program 60 Minutes aired a truly disturbing and disheartening report that they entitled, “Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars.”

The people living in cars are not illegal aliens but United States citizens and their children who became homeless as a result of the economic crisis some economists still refer to as a recession but should probably more accurately be called a depression!  It is certainly depressing, and worse, to consider that conscientious American workers,  in losing their jobs, have lost their homes and even their ability to pay for a room in a motel and have taken to living in their cars and concealing this from authorities out of fear that those authorities might well take their children from them!  These American families and their children are now living in the “shadows!”

The report noted that it is estimated that nearly 25% of all American children are now living below the poverty line, yet no one has jumped up and taken the President to task for proposing that providing at least one million illegal alien “DREAMERS” with employment authorization will create unfair competition for these unemployed Americans who can no longer support themselves, let alone their children!  Once given employment authorization, these illegal aliens would have as much right to a job as do Americans and lawful immigrants!  They would be eligible to get Social Security cards and driver’s licenses under whatever name they claimed was theirs!

Here is an edited excerpt from the transcript of CBS News Correspondent Scott Pelley’s report in which he interviewed two teenagers and their dad:

The Great Recession began December 2007 — 1,700 mornings ago.

If you were rushing to work this morning, in Seminole County, Florida, it’s not likely you’d notice the truck or hear the children getting ready for school.

Arielle Metzger: In the clear bin, we have dirty laundry. In that one, there are tools that we might need.

Scott Pelley: All these bank bags are storage of this and that.

Arielle Metzger: Like shampoo….

Austin Metzger: And over here is food.

Arielle Metzger: Food.

Pelley: So, you’re really not heating up food so much. You’re eating out of cans?

Arielle Metzger: Yup.

This is the home of the Metzger family. Arielle, 15, her brother Austin, 13. Their mother died when they were very young. Their dad, Tom, is a carpenter. And, he’s been looking for work ever since Florida’s construction industry collapsed. When foreclosure took their house, he bought the truck on Craigslist with his last thousand dollars. Tom’s a little camera shy – thought we ought to talk to the kids – and it didn’t take long to see why.

Pelley: How long have you been living in this truck?

Arielle Metzger: About five months.

Pelley: When kids at school ask you where you live, what do you tell ‘em?

Austin Metzger: When they see the truck they ask me if I live in it, and when I hesitate they kinda realize. And they say they won’t tell anybody.

Arielle Metzger: Yeah it’s not really that much an embarrassment. I mean, it’s only life. You do what you need to do, right?

It’s life for a lot of folks. The number of kids in poverty in America is pushing toward 25 percent. One out of four. Austin and Ariel usually get cleaned up for school at gas stations. They find its best to go to different ones every day so the managers don’t get sore.

Before the bell, they blend in with more than 1,800 other homeless students in the Seminole County schools. At Casselberry School we met 15 kids who’d been living in cars. With their parent’s permission, they told us you don’t get much sleep – with your brothers and sisters in the backseat – but that wasn’t the worst part.

Marquis Gines: We were really scared. So we would stay up all night sometimes and watch over my mom and keep her safe.

What can be said about the political “leaders” of our country who look down their noses at their fellow citizens and talk about the need to create the “American Dream” for aliens whose very presence in our country represents a violation of our immigration laws- laws that were enacted to protect American lives and protect American jobs?

It is time that politicians truly represent their constituents- Americans who live within their political jurisdictions.  That would certainly be the sort of representative democracy that should be a “No Brainer!”

Not only are far too many American workers no longer working, but our government’s failures to honestly and effectively address the immigration crisis are not working either!