Here is my newest commentary for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization).
The point to my commentary is quite fundamental- the immigration laws of the United States are designed to protect American lives and American jobs. These should be goals that everyone could and should agree with.
While just about every politician seeking elected office promises to “create jobs” precious few of these politicians acknowledge that the easiest way of getting millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans back to work is to simply “liberate jobs” by enforcing the immigration laws that are already on the books!
What is impossible to understand is how the concept of enforcing immigration laws is seen as being controversial. There is nothing in our laws that make distinctions about people that are based on race, religion or ethnicity. The only distinction our immigration laws make is to differentiate those who are citizens from those who are aliens.
The media and the political pundits often talk about how enforcement of the immigration laws is opposed by Hispanic American citizens. They often talk about how certain politicians are making a mistake by endorsing the enforcement of immigration laws because by taking a strong stand on immigration law enforcement they will likely lose the “Hispanic Vote!”
The point that is being ignored is that America’s minorities are suffering the most from an influx of illegal aliens and that all Americans are suffering economically as a result of having to compete with foreign workers. Immigration benefit fraud as well as visa fraud undercut American hi-tech workers.
We continue to see escalating levels of depraved violence playing out across Mexico as competing drug cartels vie for supremacy in the drug trade. Since the current president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon has taken office, more than 40,000 Mexican citizens have been killed. The drugs that fuel this ongoing meltdown of Mexico are, for the most part, being smuggled into the United States and yet we are assured by Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano insists that “our borders are secure!”
The most likely victims of the violence of the Mexican cartels operating in the United States will be found in the Latino immigrant communities. Securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws would actually help to save the lives of members of that vulnerable immigrant community!
What needs to be understood that is that along with the drugs being smuggled into the United States are members of these extremely violent cartels to make certain that the drugs make their way onto the streets of our cities and town across the United States and the proceeds from the drug trade flow, unimpeded, back to the cartels in Mexico. These cartel members will use the sort of violence in the United States that we have witnessed in Mexico if anyone gets in the way of the drugs or the money. The immigration laws are important- indeed invaluable tools to law enforcement efforts to combat the drug trade and the violence associated with it. While it should be considered commonsense that immigration laws can be instrumental in combatting criminal organizations that depend on significant numbers of transnational criminal, my observations are based on my first-hand experiences as an INS Special Agent. I spent nearly 4 years as the INS representative to the Unified Intelligence Division of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration from 1988 until 1991 when I was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent and assigned to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force for the balance of my career.
When we read disturbing accounts of the potential for Iranian “sleeper agents” setting up shop in America, poised to strike if the conflict between the United States and Iran heats up over the Iran’s nuclear program, we likely worry about the potential that these sleeper agents to do harm to us, but no one discusses how such sleeper agents may have entered our country in the first place or have been able to hide in plain sight or, in the parlance of the 9/11 Commission, embed themselves in communities around our country. Once again, the answer to these concerns can be found in our lack of border security and the ease with which aliens can game the immigration system.
The 9/11 Commission Report and the 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel did an in-depth analysis of how the terrorists who attacked our nation on SEptember 11, 2001 were able to enter the United States and embed themselves in our country as they prepared to launch the worst terrorist attack ever carried out on our soil.
Here is a link to the Staff Report (Monograph) on Terrorist Travel in its entirety:
Here are two important excerpts from the 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel.
First of all, here is the first paragraph from the preface of that report:
It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.
Here is a paragraph under the title “Immigration Benefits” found on page 98:
Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.
It is absolutely impossible to comprehend how, given all of these facts, that there is even a debate about whether or not our borders should be secured and our immigration laws be enforced in such a way as to deprive terrorists the opportunity to enter our country and embed themselves in our country.
It is similarly impossible to comprehend why there is any controversy to be found in enforcing immigration laws to make certain that Americans are able to be provided with jobs at a time of record levels of unemployment and at a time of record levels of foreclosures on American homes!
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!
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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It is Anti-American to Not Enforce Immigration Laws
laws are among the most important laws a nation can enact and enforce.
Incredibly there are those who favor open borders and massive amnesty
programs for unknown millions of illegal aliens. They refer to those of
us who stand firm in our belief that our borders must be made secure
and our immigration laws must be effectively administered and enforced
as being “Anti-Immigrant.” This is a false accusation and they know
that they are being dishonest- but they also know that open borders and
amnesty programs will provide them with money and political power.
The purpose of effective immigration laws is to prevent the entry of
foreigners into a country whose presence would pose a problem for that
nation or its citizens. If we were to write the immigration laws for
our nation, we would have to come up with a list of aliens who should be
Most people would agree that aliens who suffer from dangerous
communicable diseases should not be provided access to a country for
fear that they might spread the disease to the general population of a
nation. Whether they suffer from resistant forms of tuberculosis or
other such highly deadly and contagious diseases, it certainly makes
sense to keep such individuals from entering a country. Similarly, it
makes sense to prevent aliens who suffer from severe mental illnesses
and are prone to violence from entering a country. It is important to
remember that while advocates for open borders and sweeping amnesty
programs often get misty-eyed when they talk about Ellis Island, that,
in fact, Ellis Island was a quarantine facility that was run by the
Public Health Service in conjunction with the Immigration Service.
Next we should want to keep aliens out of our country that are
convicted felons. Certainly aliens who belong to violent gangs or
engage in human trafficking, drug smuggling, money laundering and other
such crimes should be barred from entering a country we seek to
protect. We certainly do well to also prevent the entry of aliens who
are known as human rights violators, war criminals, spies and
Finally, it is important to prevent the entry of aliens who lack the
monetary resources to pay their way and would become public charges-
depending on the government to pay for their expenses or aliens who
would seek to work without authority.
If you were asked to draw-up a set of immigration laws, would it not
be appropriate to codify these categories of excludable aliens to look
out for the well being of our nation and our citizens?
Could any reasonable person argue that the categories of excludable
aliens are not reasonable, prudent or, essential to the safety, security
and well-being of our nation?
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) has already codified these requirements and they are to be found in Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182.
This section of law provides a list of inadmissible aliens. It is also
vital to note that there is absolutely no distinction to be found in
our immigration where race, religion or ethnicity is concerned.
Some time ago, Ms Napolitano and others made the assertion that it is
not a crime to run our borders. While it is not a felony for an alien
to run our borders if he (she) had never been previously deported, it
most certainly is a felony for a previously deported alien to run our
borders. If the alien has no previous criminal convictions, the maximum
penalty for unlawful reentry is a two year prison sentence. If, on the
other hand, the alien who unlawfully reenters the United States had
been convicted of previous felonies, the penalty for his unlawful
reentry is a maximum of 20 years in prison.
When aliens simply run our borders to gain illegal employment,
Americans and lawful immigrants lose out on those jobs that they
desperately need- especially when our nation suffers from unparalleled
unemployment and increasing levels of poverty. The presence of foreign
workers not only costs jobs for United States citizens and lawful
immigrants of every race, religion and ethnicity, but drives down wages
for everyone! This is why, prior to the Second World War, the
enforcement and administration of our nation’s immigration laws was the
responsibility of the United States Labor Department. The effective
enforcement of our immigration laws, back then, fostered the growth of
America’s Middle Class and hence, the “American Dream.”
We are often told that America was built by immigrants. Indeed, many
of those who built our nation are either immigrants or the descendants
of immigrants. However, simply having lots of foreign nationals enter a
country is not necessarily the prescription for success but, more often
than not, is the prescription for conflict and suffering. The reason
that the immigrants who came to America were able to create the American
Dream was the ability for them and their children to acquire training
in various trades or a higher education in vital areas that enabled them
to quickly move up the economic ladder. In America each generation
expected to do better economically than the previous generation. “Aim
High” used to be the motto of the United States Air Force and could have
been the theme of Americans. Today corporations demand that they be
provided with high tech workers who will work for minimal wages and, for
the most part, their demands are being met by importing foreign workers
who undercut highly qualified Americans! They have found ways of
gaming the immigration system that is supposed to protect American
workers and nothing is done to combat this assault on American
professionals. This is nothing short of a betrayal of our hard working
and highly educated fellow Americans and it contributes to the
accelerating destruction of our Middle Class!
Our nation’s immigration laws were enacted to protect the citizens of
our nation irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity. The policies
of the Obama administration to refuse to enforce those laws imperil the
lives and safety of our citizens. Encouraging and enabling foreign
workers to enter the United States to compete unfairly with American
workers undermines American workers at all levels of the economy and
represents a betrayal of every hard working American. These policies
are bringing about the destruction of our nation’s Middle Class.
With all of the promises by virtually every politician to create
jobs, precious few politicians have demanded that our government work to
liberate jobs by enforcing our immigration laws.