"Immigration Questions for the Presidential Candidates"

Hi Gang:

I am, once again, providing you with my most recent commentary for the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) website.

This time my focus is on how we can attempt to learn where political candidates, especially the candidates for the Presidency truly stand on immigration.  Most successful politicians are effective “artful dodgers.”  They know how to answer questions raised at town hall meetings and other such public events in a way that does not pin them down but may provide the illusion of taking the position that coincide with what most voters want them to do.

As I prepared to travel to Myrtle Beach last week to address the Tea Party Convention in South Carolina, I decided to attempt to not only provide information to the audience about how critical the various aspects of the immigration crisis are to the safety and well being of our nation and our citizens, but to provide them with a means of determining if the candidates truly understood the real significance of the immigration crisis and had a sense of what really needs to be done to solve the problems associated with it.

I decided that proper questions asked of the candidates would accomplish two goals- to try to gain insight into the mindset of the candidates while, at the same time, providing the candidates and the journalists in attendance with insight into how well informed the people asking the questions are.  The information contained in the questions would likely then propagate throughout our country as more people at more venues began repeating these questions- this would make certain that there would be no way of “putting the toothpaste back in the tube!”

I would suggest that you consider making note of the question I have provided, or craft questions of your own the next time you attend a town hall meeting with your elected officials and see how well you can pin down the positions that your elected officials have on critical issues.  This is one of the best ways of being the best citizens that we can be- making our elected representatives actually represent us!

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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Immigration Questions for the Presidential Candidates

When
I travel around the United States to participate in debates and panel
discussions, or appear on various radio and television programs, I find
that many people agree with me on the need for immigration effective law
enforcement.  Many become truly frustrated and then ask me what they
can do to make the politicians accountable.  They tell me how it seems
that no matter what happens our leaders never seem to do what is
necessary to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws. 
During the conversations I have had, these folks also lament about the
many other areas in which politicians manage to say one thing and do
something else.

The problem is that when politicians appear in public, they all have
the same goal, to appeal to the broadest audience possible to garner the
most campaign contributions and, ultimately, the most votes that they
can because the purpose for their public appearances is to drum up
support from their constituents and those who would back their political
campaigns.

We have all seen politicians in action and we almost always are
amazed by how so many of them are “artful dodgers” when they make
statements and especially when they respond to questions.  It has been
said that attempting to pin down a political candidate is as difficult
as attempting to nail Jell-O to the wall!

These politicians are fearful that if they take a firm stand on one
side of a controversial issue that they will alienate those who oppose
that position and lose their campaign contributions and their votes.  As
a consequence they have learned how to speak volumes and say nothing!

It has been said that you can often judge a person’s intelligence
more by the questions he (she) asks than the answers he provides.

Questions are absolutely essential in so many areas of endeavor.  In
fact, some time ago I remember reading about the value of our nation’s
space program- in particular the value of the various space probes that
NASA and the JPL as well as other organizations have sent hurtling
throughout the solar system.  The most coveted return on the investment
of money, talent and efforts of the scientists, engineers and
technicians to construct, launch and operate those probes was the
questions that those exploratory probes provided the scientists who
received the information transmitted back to the earth.

Knowledge empowers folks, in all areas of endeavor, to ask the right
questions.  Think about how a high-powered (and high priced) trial
attorney earns his (her) paycheck by knowing how to ask those insightful
questions of a witness in court to advance his client’s cause.

This past week I was provided with a truly unique opportunity and
honor- I was invited to address the Tea Party Convention in Myrtle Beach
South Carolina.  As I prepared for this event I spent quite some time
considering how I could empower the audience that I would address. 
Clearly those in the audience were highly motivated!  I would not have
to spend much time convincing them to “get involved!”

Many politicians, and others, have attempted to minimize the
importance of the Tea Party- I think that there is some real trepidation
on the part of politicians from both parties who are concerned that the
frustrations that gave rise to the creation to the various Tea Party
groups will make it impossible to conduct business as usual.  I am not a
“Tea Partier” and I don’t always agree with positions that some members
take- but I have often made the point that “Democracy is not a not a
spectator sport!”

These folks are certainly not spectators- and I appreciate and laud their activism!

Therefore during my address I decided to provide a brief overview
about the many ways that immigration impacts our nation and then I
compiled four defining questions that I thought could help to force a
candidate to define himself.  The questions do not provide much “wiggle
room” and are not the sort of vague questions that are often asked.

We have all heard questions about immigration that provide that sort
of opportunity for artful dodging.  Some of those questions ask, “Would
you secure the border?”  “Do you favor sending the military to the
border?”  “Will you provide illegal aliens with amnesty?”

The experienced candidates can plow these sorts of questions with
confident alacrity.  You can imagine how easily they can say that they
would certainly send the National Guard to the border, build a fence and
not provide amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.  They could actually
follow through on every one of these “promises” and nothing would
change!

National Guardsman can be assigned to the border and told to answer
telephones, maintain Border Patrol vehicles and do other non-enforcement
work and no matter how many such Guardsman head to the border, nothing
will change!

Building a fence won’t make that much of a difference if there are
gaps in the fences that are built and if there are a lack of Border
Patrol agents to stop those who manage to scale the fence or go around
the fences.  Even putting more agents “out there” won’t matter if these
agents are intimidated by the administration by having agents prosecuted
at every opportunity.  (This should not be construed to mean that
agents who engage in nonfeasance, misfeasance or malfeasance should not
be punished- it means that agents acting in good faith need to be
supported by the agency that places them in “harm’s way!”)

Today the administration and the open borders anarchists insist that
because arrests are down along the border that fewer illegal aliens are
running our borders and therefore this means that there are fewer
illegal aliens present in the United States.  I have countered this
argument on a number of occasions, including during one of one of my recent appearances
on Neil Cavuto’s excellent program on Fox Business, that “Trying to
determine the number of illegal aliens who are present in the United
States by reviewing arrest statistics is comparable to taking attendance
by asking those who are not present to raise their hands!”

As for the “Amnesty question,” all that a politician has to do is
explain why by fining illegal aliens or demanding that they learn
English that giving them lawful status is not really an “amnesty!” 
(Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder!)

I think you see the problems to be found with many of the questions
that the politicians are asked- therefore I have formulated my list of
questions that I would urge you to forward to as many of your friends as
possible and suggest that if they have an opportunity to attend a town
hall meeting where a candidate appears that effective questions will
either provide that candidate with an opportunity to provide clear
evidence that he is willing to do what is necessary or make it clear
that he cannot be counted on to take the vital steps.

Here are the questions that need to be answered by the candidates:

  1. If elected President, what would you do with the outrageous
    lawsuits filed by the Justice Department to block states from enforcing
    their own immigration laws that parallel the federal immigration
    statutes?
  2. What would you do to make certain that Americans are given
    priority for jobs rather than foreign workers?  Would you seek to expand
    the H-1B visa program that enables high-tech workers to enter the
    United States to take highly desirable jobs, often displacing American
    workers, or crack down on the fraud that permeates that program and
    implement a training program to help Americans take those jobs if there
    is a shortage of highly skilled workers?
  3. Would you be willing to hire more ICE enforcement personnel to
    help liberate jobs and combat the growing threat of transnational gangs
    and members of drug cartels?  (There are currently about 7,000 special
    agents at ICE and more than half of engaged in enforcing Customs laws
    while the TSA reportedly has more than 60,000 employees.)  If you are
    willing to increase the number of ICE agents assigned to specifically
    enforce the immigration laws, how many such agents would you hire and
    assign to the enforcement those immigration laws?
  4. Would you be willing to cut funding for law enforcement for
    so-called “sanctuary cities” that obstruct and thwart the enforcement of
    our nation’s vital immigration laws?  Would you consider having the
    Justice Department prosecute local officials who, for example, would not
    honor detainers lodged by ICE agents against aliens being held in
    prisons?


The political campaigns are the equivalent of a job interview for
those who seek elected office.  Today it is the office of the Presidency
is on the line and We the People must resolve to do the best job of
interviewing the man who will likely be our next President!

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