My article was predicated on a series of disturbing news articles about billboards in El Paso, Texas emblazoned with a slogan that has become all too familiar in Mexico, “Silver or Lead.” The purpose of that terse message is that law enforcement authorities from police officers to prosecutors to judges and high-level government officials have a choice- take the silver (a bribe) or die when lead bullets fired at them by the cartels.
Near one of the billboards in El Paso, a mannequin attired in a black suit swung from the end of a noose. In Mexico the cartels don’t use mannequins but the bodies of their victims who decided, apparently, to not take the bribe.
While the administration claims our borders are secure the truth is that our borders are anything but secure. To bolster the claim of border security the administration has used arrest statistics provided by the Border Patrol. Of course those numbers are about as meaningful as the unemployment statistics provided by the Labor Department. The officials at the Department of Labor now claim that the unemployment rate stands at just above 6 percent. If this was the case our economy would be humming along and all would be right with the work- or at least with the economy of the United States. What is incomprehensible is how these officials have the chutzpah to blithely spew such statistics with a straight face. It is only slightly less infuriating that many news programs report on those statistics as though unemployment is not a problem.
What is being left out of those statistics is that it does not include the tens of millions of working age American workers who have exhausted their unemployment benefits and have given up looking for work.
The Border Patrol statistics are just as thoroughly “cooked” as the Labor Department stats which could make Bernie Madoff’s books look legitimately balanced!
I have come up with a different metric for determining the actual security of our borders- proving that the borders of the United States are little more than speed bumps and discuss this in my commentary.
Illegal aliens are freely entering the United States and among them are criminals, likely terrorists and unprecedented quantities of narcotics.
My article addresses these concerns and is an important article for you to check out.
Please forward this e-mail to as many folks as you can- I am attempting to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”
In his historic speech before the 3rd Army on May 31, 1944, General George S. Patton said, on the strategy of holding a position:
“We’re not holding anything, we’ll let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly, and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy.”
Pushing back against Comprehensive Immigration Reform is the same as holding position. The time has come for us to advance by demanding that our borders be made truly secure and our immigration laws be effectively administered and enforced.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform violates all of the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission but no one is willing to even consider how the lack of real border security and the lack of real integrity to the various components of the immigration system imperil national security and public safety.
The findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission must be the starting point for any discussion about immigration legislation. That commission determined that a lack of border security, including the visa process. and fraud in the immigration benefits program, enabled terrorists to enter and embed themselves in the United States, as they went about their deadly preparations.
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today! Simply stated, the immigration laws were enacted to save lives and protect the jobs of American workers. In point of fact, our borders and our immigration laws are America’s first line of defense and last line of defense against international terrorists and transnational criminals.
It is not “Anti-Immigrant” to be “Pro-American!”
Our armed forces are charged with securing America’s borders externally while the DHS is supposed to secure those same borders from within. The failures of the DHS to live up to its half of the equation are undermining the efforts, valor and incredible sacrifices of Americas men and women who serve in our military!
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!