This morning, Thursday, May 22nd, was interviewed by Brian Kilmeade about an important ongoing deplorable situation. U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, is currently being held in a jail in Mexico, after, by all accounts, he accidentally crossed the US/Mexican border with three US issued and permitted firearms in his possession.
I wish I had a bit more time, but I think we got to some of the most salient issues.
Here is a brief news article about the story:
Sgt. Tahmooressi has been held for over a month now, and despite efforts from some lawmakers such as Rep. Duncan Hunter to garner support from the State Department and Administration on his behalf, to have him released – he is still being held, awaiting a court hearing date scheduled for later this month.
Secretary Kerry is making a trip to Mexico today, though it remains to be seen if he will address this issue with members of the Mexican government. During a news conference Kerry talked about the “mutual respect” between the United States and Mexico but, at least publicly, Kerry made no mention of the Marine Sergeant who may be facing up to 21 years in a Mexican prison.
On July 2, 2013 the Washington Times published my Op-Ed:
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 starting point for any discussion about any immigration legislation must be the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. 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.
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!