"Immigration, Journalism and the Presidential Race"

Hi Gang:

Here is my most recent commentary for the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) Website.

Once again I have decided to focus on how the media portrays the issue of immigration an, in so doing, create false and dangerous perspectives on the true importance of the immigration laws.  Once again I am compelled to make the point that immigration laws are designed to prevent the entry or permit the continued presence of aliens in our country whose presence would be harmful or even dangerous to our nation and to our citizens.

These concerns are hardly unique to the United States and, in fact, most other countries have similar laws and take them seriously.  Mexico is a prime example of such a country- while the leaders of Mexico protest loudly whenever anyone even suggests that the borders of the United States should be secured or our immigration laws should be enforced.  Yet Mexico has erected a border to prevent the entry of foreign nationals from entering Mexico trhough its southern border!

Simply stated, the primary purposes for our immigration laws is to protect American lives and American jobs.  How much controversy could such a fundamental set of goals generate?  Incredibly, today, those goals are assailed from many directions and nearly every one who opposes those goals stands to gain money or power by blocking those important objectives.  I have come to collectively refer to these individuals as being the “Immigration Anarchists!”

Time and again we see examples of supposed “journalists” stating that it is “Anti-Immigrant” to enforce the immigration lws by which lawful immigrants were granted lawful immigrant status and may even be granted United States citizenship!

It is insulting to lawful immigrants and naturalized citizens to claim that these folks who took the lawful route to enter our country and become members of our nation that they would now only  seek to vote for candidates who would make a mockery of the very process that they had to undergo in order to acquire their immigration status in our country!

The problem is that all too often politicians who are desperate to win elections are often swayed by arguments that are clearly wrong-headed!

It is amazing that journalists who are quick to profile Hispanic voters are likely the same journalists who would scream loudly if a law enforcement officer or his (her) law enforcement agency was accused of profiling!  Yet when anyone speaks collectively about blocks of voters that are united by an ethnicity, race or religion is guilty of profiling and bigotry!  

Stop and give that last statement a bit of thought.

The attribution of a set of values or beliefs to a person based purely on race or ethnicity constitutes profiling and racism! 
Show me a politician who refuses to enforce the immigration laws or attempts to trivialize these laws, and I will show you a politician who needs to find out what it is like to stand on the unemployment line!

Benjamin Franklin, in discussing our then fledgeling nation, said that they had given us a republic if we could keep it!


What he was making clear was that this democratic republic required that its citizens take their citizenship seriously and keep the political leaders accountable.

It is time for the citizens of our nation to make certain that our nation’s leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the purpose of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact.  Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges ranging from national security and criminal justice and public safety to the economy, the environment, healthcare and education!

A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!

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our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!

We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.  
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.

If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.  We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.

For far too long our citizens demonstrated apathy which emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. 

It is therefore understandable that the politicians of both parties, are greatly concerned about the demonstrations currently sweeping our nation just as did the creation of the Tea Party.  Clearly  more and more of our fellow Americans are demonstrating that they are not as dumb as the politicians from both parties had expected us to be!

I am encouraged that more and more of us, We the People, are not willing to simply sit on the sidelines anymore!


I believe our nation’s is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world.  However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda!

I also believe that the original purpose of our nation’s immigration laws need to be be brought “front and center” to make certain that our nation does not permit the entry of aliens into our country whose presence in our country is problematic for the citizens of our nation and that if such aliens do succeed in entering our country that our nation have the resources, integrity and dedication to do everything possible to make it impossible for such aliens to function within our country so that even if they are not apprehended, they will find it pointless to remain in the United States.
As I have noted on a number of occasions, “No one would break into the amusement park if they could not get to go on the rides and no one remains in the amusement park at the end of the day when they turn shut down the rides and turn off the lights!” 

If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce 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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http://www.caps-blog.org/articles/2012/02/08/immigration-journalism-and-the-presidential-race/


Immigration, Journalism and the Presidential Race

The
Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper published an article on February 3, 2012
that provides an example of the ways that immigration is often
inaccurately portrayed in the media leading to false assumptions by many
folks that can be cleared up by simply considering the facts.  That
article was entitled: “Dems face tricky immigration choice”.

The article begins by touting the DREAM Act and the concept of having
illegal aliens enlist in the military.  It is interesting that in
discussing the DREAM Act the writer, Alex Bolton notes that aliens who
entered the United States before they turned 15 would be eligible to
participate but neglected to point out that aliens who had not yet
turned 35 could apply for participation in the program that this
legislation would create.  Think of the potential for fraud, where
millions of illegal aliens who had used multiple false names could
easily game this system.  If you wonder why aliens up to 35 years of age
could apply, you are not alone!  What is interesting is that it is
believed that about 90% of the illegal alien population in the United
States is no older than 35.  This program would enable the vast majority
of all illegal aliens to apply.  The Amnesty of 1986 was fraught with
fraud- a lesson that apparently our leaders refuse to learn!

Next let us consider that the idea of enrolling illegal aliens in the
military is extremely problematic in a number of truly significant
ways, but first and foremost, the issues about this concept that
absolutely must be addressed are national security and community safety!

There are currently federal laws that deem the possession of firearms
or ammunition by illegal aliens to be felony.  As an INS special agent I
made numerous arrests of illegal aliens who were found to be in
possession of firearms and ammunition including a suspected member of
the Irish Republican Army, during a case I worked in close cooperation
with the FBI.

The idea of providing a literal “playbook” for foreign nationals
where military tactics and firearms proficiency training are concerned
should give every rational adult serious “cause for pause!”

If you want a clear example of how wrong-headed this sort of approach
is, you need look no further than the extremely violent Mexican drug
trafficking organization known as “Los Zetas.”  A number of years ago,
the United States federal government decided that it would be in the
best interests of the United States and Mexico to arm and train the
elite of Mexico’s military and law enforcement agencies in the tactics
of our military and law enforcement agencies to enable them to combat
the drug cartels of Mexico.  That plan backfired and rather than help
bring down the cartels, the newly trained Mexicans quickly found that
they could make lots more money by acting as “enforcers” for the Mexican
cartels then they could earn by remaining in their jobs with the
Mexican government.

Not long after these former military and police officials went to the
“dark side” they realized that they could make even more money by
supplanting the cartels that hired them.  Today, Los Zetas are among the
most violent drug traffickers in the world- trained and equipped by our
government!

In my own experience as an INS special agent, back in the late 1970?s
and early 1980?s I worked in close cooperation with members of the NYPD
and the NIS (Naval Intelligence Service) to track down and arrest
illegal aliens who, as it turned out, had enlisted in the Marine Corps
in order to gain weapons and tactical training.  In order to enlist in
the Marines, they worked with recruiters who were being pressured to
meet recruitment quotas.  These recruiters furnished these aliens,
primarily from Jamaica, Trinidad and Panama, with false identity
documents.  Many of these aliens went AWOL, stole high-powered weapons
and carried out a number of commando style bank robberies in the New
York City area.  Many of these illegal aliens did not run our nation’s
borders but had been admitted into the United States with nonimmigrant
visas including tourist visas and temporary agricultural visas.  Those
with the agricultural worker visas were supposed to work in the orange
groves of Florida and the apple orchards of upstate New York.

We also found other such “agricultural workers” from Caribbean
countries who did not seek to enlist in the military but who decided to
become involved with a different sort of “cash crop.”  They became
involved with marijuana and, over time, with cocaine that they sold from
store fronts that were referred to as “Variety Stores” or “Smoke
Shops.”  They were extremely protective of their turf and often resorted
to the use of firearms to protect their turf and the proceeds from the
drug trade.  Many of their customers were high school and even junior
high school (intermediate school) teenagers.

Today there is a growing peril to be found in increasing numbers of
gang members who have joined the military, enabling them to acquire the
skills and weapons that will enable them to pose a formidable threat to
communities and to law enforcement when they leave the military.

A truly disturbing article was posted on October 24, 2011, on the website, Military.com that was entitled: “FBI Says Gangs Infiltrating the US Military” which stated:

The U.S. military is facing a “significant criminal
threat” from gangs, including prison and biker gangs, whose members have
found their way into the ranks, according to an FBI-led investigation.

“Gang members with military training pose a unique threat to law
enforcement personnel because of  their distinctive weapons and combat
training skills and their ability to transfer these skills to fellow
gang members,” the report states. Gang members have been reported in
every branch of the armed forces, though a large proportion of them have
been affiliated with the Army, the Army Reserves or Army National
Guard, it says.

Some gang members get into the military to escape the streets,
but then end up reconnecting once in, while others target the services
specifically for the combat and weapons training, the National Gang
Intelligence Center says in a just-released
2011 National Gang Threat Assessment/Emerging Trends.

Whatever the reasons, it’s a bad mix.

The issue threats to national security and community safety have to
bee seen as the most important areas of concern where immigration is
concerned, but immigration does not just impact these two highly
important areas of concern.  Our nation’s continuing failures to secure
its borders and create an immigration system that has real integrity
impacts nearly every other challenge confronting our nation and our
citizens today.  It is therefore absurd that those who favor various
amnesty programs would insist that United States citizens and lawful
immigrants of the Hispanic community or any other community, for that
matter, would welcome proposals of politicians to create pathways to
legality for aliens whose very presence in our country represents a
violation of our laws.

People tend to be extremely sensitive to the concept of “fairness.” 
How eager would anyone, irrespective of ethnicity, race or religion be
to find out that while they had to jump through all sorts of
bureaucratic hoops and, perhaps wait years before legally immigrating to
the United States, that millions of illegal aliens who showed utter
contempt for our nation’s borders and our nation’s laws would now be
placed on the express track for lawful status and, perhaps even United
States citizenship?

Furthermore, providing lawful status to millions of illegal aliens at
a time when joblessness is a major concern for all Americans is
absolutely counter-intuitive.  Any alien who is granted employment
authorization is immediately place on an equal footing with millions of
unemployed and underemployed American workers who are, in increasing
numbers, losing their homes to foreclosure and are finding it
increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to support themselves and
their families!

Let us remember that first and foremost, our nation’s immigration
laws are blind as to race, religion and ethnicity are designed to
protect American lives and American jobs.  Who could possibly take issue
with those two critically important goals?



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