Several days ago I was contacted by Judyth Piazza who asked if I would agree to her offer to interview me. Her focus is on success and she wanted to know how I have been successful at getting my message about the need to have our nation secure its borders and create an immigration system that has integrity “out there.”
We had a lengthy discussion about my career as an INS special agent and my efforts, since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to educate our fellow citizens and to make our political accountable.
Today my interview appeared on the SOP (Student Operated Press) and I thought I would share it with you.
Here is the link to the website that carries the interview:
As you likely know, since the attacks of 9/11 I have been attempting to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”
If after reading the text of this article and listening to the audio portion you decide you want to forward the material to other folks, I would urge that you do so- and ask them to do the same!
I would also urge you to forward this to those who are opposed to my perspectives. When asked about the First Amendment to the Constitution, most of our fellow citizens simply say that it was that Amendment that provides for “Freedom of speech freedom of the press and freedom of religion.”
Certainly they are correct but please consider the actual wording of the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or
abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the
people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a
redress of grievances.
Please pay special attention to the last half of that amendment:
“…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
At the time of the founding of this nation, the only way to have a debate, discussion or argument was “live and in person.”
Those meetings could only be conducted in someone’s home, in a church or synagog, in a school or under a shade tree.
Today we can certainly hold such discussion in person, but because of technological advances, have a wide array of venues for our conversations, debates and disagreements. Television, talk radio, telephones, the internet and social media provide for easy communication.
In 1776 there was no technology, such encounters needed to be conducted nose to nose, toe to toe and face to face. All that our nation’s Founding Fathers required was that such disagreements and discussion be “Peaceable!”
Debate, discourse and disagreement are as American as apple pie!
If anyone shies away from a peaceful discussion to air differences, you really must call into question whether they really believe what they are saying!
We must not be intimidated by the bullying and name-calling that all too often appears to be all that the advocates for open borders and “Immigration Anarchy” that they are advocating for!
(If the term “anarchy” appears to be too strong, how should we refer to calls to provide United States citizenship to unknown millions of illegal aliens who do not have a shred of official documentation to attest to their true identities including their names, dates of birth or even their countries of citizenship? There is no way of substantiating the manners in which they actually entered our country. Considering all of the foregoing, we have no reliable way of knowing about their possible criminal backgrounds in other countries or their affiliation with transnational criminal or terrorist organizations!)
Yet the President and many members of our Congress want to place these millions of people on a pathway to United States citizenship!
It is no more an expression of “racism,” “nativism” or “xenophobia” to demand that our borders be secured against those who would evade the critically important inspections process than it is “anti-social” to lock the doors on your home when you head out to work in the morning or go to sleep at night!
I would remind you that when aliens evade the inspections process, no record is made of their entry into the United States. Furthermore by running our borders, these aliens evade the scrutiny of our CBP (Customs and Border Protection) inspectors who are charged with preventing the entry of aliens into our country whose presence may be harmful or even deadly. It is said that you need not state the obvious, but isn’t it worth considering the name of that agency Customs and Border Protection? How can those inspectors protect us when unknown millions of aliens can circumvent the inspections process that is designed to protect us?
Title 8, United States Code section 212 is section of law that enumerates the various categories of aliens who, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, are supposed to be prevented from entering the United States and are supposed to be removed if they are found here:
Here is a link to that section of law:
Please take the time to review the contents of this section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Among the categories of aliens who are supposed to be kept out of the United States are aliens with dangerous communicable diseases, aliens who suffer serious mental illness and are prone to violence, aliens who are convicted felons, aliens who fugitives from justice in other countries, aliens who are human traffickers and drug smugglers, aliens who are war criminals and aliens who have committed human rights violations. Also aliens who are engaged in terrorism and espionage are among those who are, by law, supposed to be prevented from entering our country and are supposed to be removed if they manage to evade the Border Patrol and enter the United States.
It must be presumed that an alien who seeks to evade the inspections process belongs to one or more categories of aliens who would be deemed inadmissible under the provisions of this section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Finally, I want you to consider the last few words of the First Amendment:
“…petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
This is our right and, indeed, our obligation!
This is why I always end my commentaries by saying that “Democracy is not a spectator sport!”
A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!