city and local governments have passed ordinances which, in effect, prohibit
the police from enforcing federal immigration laws. The federal government
-- our Congress -- has just said, “way to go!”
Most folks without an agenda pretty much understand that illegal immigration
is a bad thing. Our leaders, in their infinite wisdom, have over the
years formulated a series of requirements for foreign nationals who want
to come to this country to live or visit. While there may have been
an argument in the past some of these immigration restrictions were discriminatory,
that is no longer the case. The immigration laws nowadays are in place
to ensure that America as a whole is better off whenever someone is approved
to have a visa.
People who circumvent our immigration laws or any other laws are criminals.
People -- mainly folks who may not have the best interest of the United States
at heart -- want to call immigration criminals by another name -- “undocumented”
workers. Nevertheless, a rotten egg by any other name still stinks.
The INS, the Border Patrol, and federal law enforcement across the land have
all taken an oath to uphold the laws of this great land; so have local police
departments. Even the members of Congress have sworn to do the same.
Basically, they lied.
Actually, the Border Patrol is trying to fulfill their job description, but
they are undermined at every turn. You would think after 9-11, mindsets
would have changed; they haven’t. In fact, just the opposite has occurred.
Now the people that want open borders, amnesty for all illegal immigrants
and the relegating of the United States to being just another third world
nation (or worse, to be like Canada), are calling the shots. If someone
even mentions border control, they jump into action and begin doing what
they do best, name calling. And not just any name calling. They
simply accuse others of being like themselves. They call people who
demand that our laws be enforced “unpatriotic.” If someone says that
illegal immigration is “dangerous,” they inexplicably claim that 9-11 is
no excuse to “discriminate” against undocumented workers. Logic, reason
and just plain common sense are in no way acceptable or tolerated by the
The Homeland Security Department's $30 billion dollar budget was approved
by Congress last month. At last, much needed federal funding would
be allocated to various municipalities across our great nation. Just
before the bill was approved by Congress, Representative Tom Tancredo tried
to add an amendment to the bill that he and most honest Americans would believe
would make it an even more effective measure. Congressman Tancredo
wanted the bill to allocate Homeland Security money only to cities and towns
that did not have ordinances which, according to the Washington Times,
“do not require their police to report illegal immigrants to the Immigration
and Naturalization Service, even when they are arrested or convicted of crimes.”
Mr. Tancredo explained, “It was simply a provision that required cities to
enforce a federal law already on the books. This is the kind of thing that
will become an issue at re-election time. I really don't know how anybody
can defend that vote.”
When the measure came to a vote, 102 members of Congress voted for it (all
Republican), and 322 members of Congress voted against it. Cities and
towns can now collect their federal subsidies for homeland security and still
keep their own law enforcement personnel from enforcing federal laws that
help keep the homeland secure.
The arguments against having local law enforcement attempt to manage illegal
immigration are many, but virtually every one of them is spurious at best.
After 9-11, and contrary to what the hate-America crowd says, it is more
important than ever that we protect our borders. Our immigration laws
are in place to keep America America. There is no other country
on the planet that has as many people wanting to populate its land than the
United States. If the Left was to have its way, America would be reduced
to a series of Bantustans, with each particular group encouraged to maintain
their own culture without embracing America itself. American culture,
as the Left is so fond of saying, is based upon racism, colonialism and economic
domination. Why would anyone want to pledge allegiance to a nation
that -- as college students are taught -- is the cause of world misery?
The Left is thought of by many as a fringe element in American society.
They are thought of as tree huggers who are more interested in saving the
snail darter than in personal hygiene; not a serious threat to our way of
life. Now, however, even our Congress is willing to put aside America’s
long term well-being for their personal short term success.
Americans are fast becoming an endangered species. While diversity
can be a good thing, it cannot be considered as such when, in order to achieve
it, we lose ourselves and our own identities in the process. Being
inclusive in most endeavors is a noble cause. We need to keep our eyes
on the reason diversity can be beneficial, rather than simply having a goal
of achieving it.
All Americans are the children of immigrants or were immigrants themselves,
save the Native Americans. Regardless of ethnic background, or race,
the one thing that should not be fair game for “diversity” seekers is the
one thing that holds this country together: our sense of belonging and allegiance
to America, and our faith and belief that America is the land of opportunity,
freedom and what is good about human-kind.
America for Americans is a place to be cherished and to be defended and not
to be trashed by the likes of college professors who, but for America's freedom
of speech, would be unable to spew their venom. We need to take back
our country and hold the members of Congress accountable for their votes
against upholding laws that were enacted to protect all of us.
Paul Walfield is a freelance writer and member of the State Bar
of California with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and post-graduate
study in behavioral and analytical psychology. He resided for a number of
years in the small town of Houlton, Maine and is now a California attorney.
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