Bordering On Fraud

posted at 12:55 pm on April 20, 2010 by Doctor Zero

There are many areas in which the American political class does not deal honestly with her citizens.  Immigration is one of the worst.  Deceit and disrespect flow from both parties.  John McCain, who previously regarded serious enforcement of immigration law as morally equivalent to hunting Mexicans  for sport, suddenly supports a bill that would allow Arizona police to arrest people on the “reasonable suspicion” they’re in the country illegally.  While contemplating the southern horizon last week, he realized it would be greatly improved by the addition of a massive wall, tastefully decorated with three thousand National Guard troops.  None of these border security revelations would have occurred to McCain if not for a surprisingly strong challenge from J.D. Hayworth, and they would not long survive his re-election.

The governments of the West have largely adopted the position that even discussing immigration policy in a rational manner is beyond the pale.  It is the considered opinion of the political class that their constituents simply are not qualified to participate in such a discussion.  The Left is eager to import reinforcements for the permanent underclass it dreams of engineering, while certain business interests are hungry for cheap labor, as the cost of domestic labor skyrockets.  Much of the general public suffers from the cold sweat of multiculturalism, contracted in the public schools.  Racial motives are reflexively assigned to the insistence on border security.  The refusal to let people come here and be exploited is the final insult our greedy, hateful nation can deliver to the wise and ancient world surrounding us.

Common sense tells us that every nation has the right to secure its borders.  Mexico, for example, does so quite aggressively.  Mass migrations are nothing new.  In previous eras, they were generally conducted all at once, with brightly-colored banners fluttering proudly overhead.  The receiving country would send a few thousand lads to meet the new occupants at the border, carrying banners of their own, and a lively exchange of cutlery would ensue.  Territorial integrity is a serious concern for any nation.  Even the most restrained and minimal government requires its citizens to accept the social contract, and recognize its authority.  It’s no coincidence that waves of illegal immigration raise a dusty cloud of general lawlessness in their wake.

The continuity of a democratic republic depends upon tradition. It’s not a fashionable word these days, but it accurately describes the body of law, and legitimacy of government, each generation passes forward… stretching all the way back to the days when it was forged, with a pledge of lives and sacred honor.  The young are not tasked with reconstructing society from scratch when they come of age.  If you were born an American citizen, you inherited the tradition of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and no other children upon this Earth ever received a richer inheritance.  If you are a legal immigrant, you worked and studied hard to understand that tradition, and embraced it through a noble act of your own free will.

Illegal aliens have no stake in that tradition, having rejected the authority and legitimacy of the United States through the act of penetrating the border.  Upon arrival, they are romanced by powerful racial interests, and encouraged to see themselves as “dual citizens” at best.  In the shadowy precincts where they live and work, they are treated with contempt, or irritation provoked by the language barrier.  It’s understandable that these feelings become mutual.  The illegal immigrant community is a machine designed to manufacture inhabitants, not citizens.

Regulating the number of immigrants to a country is only logical.  Massive immigration inevitably changes a culture – a simple truth denied by the same people who will rant for hours about the effects of white European immigration on the culture of seventeenth-century North America.  A just and responsible government is obliged to give its citizens a voice in deciding how much their culture should change.  This is not a question of race.  American culture would be profoundly changed by the arrival of a few million Swedes, Germans, or even British.  Similarly, no other country could absorb a tidal wave of Americans without damage to its culture… particularly if they did not expect the new arrivals to learn their language.

There are cold, practical reasons to intensify our efforts to control the border and reduce our illegal population.  The massive entitlement state constructed over the last few decades has transformed illegal residents into a liability we cannot afford.  The already-overstressed hospitals of the South and West will soon feel the baseball bat of ObamaCare slamming into the backs of their heads.  The unsustainable trinity of Social Security, Medicare, and ObamaCare will eventually drain the funding from other welfare programs, eroding the already deplorable living conditions of many illegal families.  A nation battling twenty percent real unemployment cannot absorb a flood of low-skilled, low-paid illegal labor.  Life on the other side of the border may be awful, but we can best render assistance to the impoverished people of the world by getting our economy firing on all cylinders again.  Airline safety briefings always remind you to secure your own oxygen mask before attempting to assist anyone else.

America would be able to handle its immigration issues much better, if its politicians would deal with them honestly.  What might the private sector have done to prepare for the coming flood of illegals, if the political class had been honest about its intentions, following the amnesty of the Reagan years?  Instead, we’re left with millions of alien families facing uncertain futures, and communities grappling with crime and poverty… because the government has committed borderline fraud in upholding its end of the social contract, and ignored a duty it didn’t feel like performing.  The United States can always use more willing hands and hearts, welcomed with a legal immigration process that should become much easier, while crossing the border without an invitation becomes far more difficult.

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This article states obvious.

Unfortunately the obvious is a political and financial inconvenience to the elites

rickyricardo on April 20, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Life on the other side of the border may be awful, but we can best render assistance to the impoverished people of the world by getting our economy firing on all cylinders again. Airline safety briefings always remind you to secure your own oxygen mask before attempting to assist anyone else.

Excellent analogy Doc!
And yes, we can’t see the forest right now, what with all the allegators and all.
Another great post Doc.

JusDreamin on April 20, 2010 at 1:04 PM

It’s no coincidence that waves of illegal immigration raise a dusty cloud of general lawlessness in their wake.

And the dust is gettin’ thick here in SoCal.

infidel4life on April 20, 2010 at 1:06 PM

The border issue is not the main part of our security issue. When grown-ups look at the whole problem–not just the southern border–the most dangerous people coming in are about 100 times more likely to arrive on a jumbo jet, calmly collect their luggage, walk out of the airport, get in a car or a cab, and disappear. They’ll come as tourists, and leave as vaporized blood and tissue. The security-minded worry more about those kind of illegal immigrants–the ones who buy plane tickets to get here.

RBMN on April 20, 2010 at 1:07 PM

I worry more about the rop type that can come over here from mexico. They can ‘blend’ in with those who live in mexico very well. I have a feeling there have been numerous of those rop type already here from the open south border.
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letget on April 20, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I think of illegal immigrants in four main categories, and I will give examples:

1)Maria is the actual definition of a migrant worker. She works as a hotel maid in San Antonio during the tourist season, and lives in Mexico the rest of the year. She might have a run-in with a neighbor or get sick while here, but by an large, she stays off the radar.

2)Miguel intended to be a migrant worker, but he kept finding work in Austin, and has been staying in this country year-round. Being a young, blue-collar fellow, he may get in a barfight or two. Being here year-round he’s likely to catch the cold that leads to the sinus infection that keeps his housemates up all night, which lands him in the ER at Brackenridge.

Okay, these two examples so far, it is arguable they are the majority of illegal immigrants and in many ways, they more than pay for themselves. But wait:

3) Marisela, a Mexican citizen, got pregnant in Mexico by another Mexican citizen, who left her in the lurch. Her family is too poor to let her live with them. So she looks for social services. Social services in Mexico is swim fins and a map to the Rio Grande. Marisela has her baby in a Brownsville hospital, and lives on the welfare and housing subsidies she gets as a mother of a US citizen. Then she figures she can get more if she has another baby….

4)Mario is a member of MS-13, enables drug smuggling across the border, recruits gang members from local kids in Houston, and is well-known by the Houston PD, as well as the Texas Department Of Corrections, Legal Aid, and the judicial system.

Okay, I said Marias and Miguels more than pay for their own presence. But arguably, they can’t also pay for what the Mariselas and Marios cost us. Even if the welfare queens and criminals are in the minority, that minority sucks up a lot of cash.

Sekhmet on April 20, 2010 at 1:12 PM

..Great job Doctor….
……but way to smart and logical for our constituents on the Hill who are more concerned about “getting the votes” than they are in supporting legislation that “protects the voters”.

Baxter Greene on April 20, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Liar, liar, pants on fire
John McCain’s nose is longer than a telephone wire

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 1:19 PM

America would be able to handle its immigration issues much better, if its politicians would deal with them honestly

Hahaha. Honest politicians? Good luck. Wasn’t it Diogenes that took his lamp to try to find a honest man? Notice that he never tried to find a honest politician.

docdave on April 20, 2010 at 1:20 PM

The United States can always use more willing hands and hearts, welcomed with a legal immigration process that should become much easier, while crossing the border without an invitation becomes far more difficult.

Sometimes I wonder how many individuals come here legally and overstay their visa. I know of a few situations where the people came here to work and then just stayed without extending their visa because they didn’t want to go back to their country, etc.

deidre on April 20, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Here in AZ the legislature has just passed a law to allow the police to do what the federal Gov. won’t. That is arrest illeagal aliens. McCain would have never had any part of this if he were in the state legislature and niether would Hayworth. Some say the law will found unconstitutional and they may be correct. But as someone who has to live here I think this is the best way for states to control the problem. We are tired of paying for them and want them out. Lets all hope this law stands so that other states may follow with similar laws.

paulrtaylor on April 20, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Roe v Wade has left America 50 million plus short on an age n population and this is who our GubRmint sees as their replacement.

roflmao

donabernathy on April 20, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Doctor Zero is the Master of Articulation
The Maestro of Pronunciation
His words may be to some Arizonians a revelation
And are well crafted to increase John McCain’s perspiration

Cheshire Cat on April 20, 2010 at 1:24 PM

As always, a reasoned look at the issue from the Doctor.
Really loved the line:

“The unsustainable trinity of Social Security, Medicare, and ObamaCare”

Methinks that would make a good Tea Party sign.

Obviously, the Federal Government is “too busy” “servicing” our citizens with non-constitutional acts to pay attention to a job the constitution actually tasks them with (control of our borders)

djtnt on April 20, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Our Republican tradition attaches neither the words “illegal” nor “legal” to an immigrant.

All those anti-immigration laws we “fondly” remember were the result of the Democrats. Republicans valued individual initiative and were not part of that tradition.

Doc constructs a strawman here based on Democratic tradition.

unclesmrgol on April 20, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Graham and Shumah have a plan for the America.

Immigration reform could lead to biometric Social Security card.

Spathi on April 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Dr. Zero has a talent to articulate the problem, offer solutions. Doc for Pres.

Herb on April 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM

There is no argument for granting citizenship to illegal immigrants that cannot logically and irrefutably be extended to anybody born in any country in the world. American ‘rights’ therefore become universal human rights. If one claims that our borders must not be enforced for those who appear on our shores, there remains no argument standing against one world government.

PD Quig on April 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM

The Arizona law does not allow an officer to arrest someone upon the “reasonable suspicion that the person is an illegal alien.” Frankly, an officer must have “probable cause” to arrest someone. What the law does is allow an officer to verify whether someone has their registration documents if the officer develops reasonable suspicion of the person’s unlawful status during a lawful encounter with the police officer. If the person is an alien and does not have the required documents, that should constitute probable cause that the person is committing registration crimes–either not registering or failing to carry their registration documents on their person. Both are federal crimes and under the Arizona law have been made state crimes as well.

Conservative in NOVA on April 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Another HOLD EVERYTHING! It’s a Dr. Z column.

This is not a question of race.  American culture would be profoundly changed by the arrival of a few million Swedes, Germans, or even British.  Similarly, no other country could absorb a tidal wave of Americans without damage to its culture… particularly if they did not expect the new arrivals to learn their language.

Yes, this isn’t about race – it’s about Criminality.
We have people who are violating our laws and our sovereignty – it matters not what their race is.

Illegal aliens are criminals – the Left would like to distract us with a load of Schummer that it’s about race – don’t let them do it.

Chip on April 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Dr. Zero has a talent to articulate the problem, offer solutions. Doc for Pres.

Herb on April 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Doc 2012 :)

In any case, I’m hoping someone picks him up to do some speech writing as I think every speech would be stellar!!

deidre on April 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM

As a point of discussion, I can assure you that the political class does not see this issue in the same light as ‘flyover’ citizens.

They see legalization (or amnesty, if you will) as the best method of importing taxpaying laborers to pay for the social programs that are going bankrupt.

That is the sum total of their analysis.

Vashta.Nerada on April 20, 2010 at 1:31 PM

The Left is eager to import reinforcements for the permanent underclass it dreams of engineering, while certain business interests are hungry for cheap labor, as the cost of domestic labor skyrockets.

Don’t forget the 3rd leg of the stool…Big Church.

Jorge Bonilla on April 20, 2010 at 1:32 PM

The governments of the West have largely adopted the position that even discussing immigration policy in a rational manner is beyond the pale. It is the considered opinion of the political class that their constituents simply are not qualified to participate in such a discussion. The Left is eager to import reinforcements for the permanent underclass it dreams of engineering, while certain business interests are hungry for cheap labor, as the cost of domestic labor skyrockets. Much of the general public suffers from the cold sweat of multiculturalism, contracted in the public schools. Racial motives are reflexively assigned to the insistence on border security. The refusal to let people come here and be exploited is the final insult our greedy, hateful nation can deliver to the wise and ancient world surrounding us.

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This is worth a second look. Nicely done, Doc.

Jaibones on April 20, 2010 at 1:33 PM

This article states obvious.

When stating the truth is considered “hate” or otherwise politically incorrect, we have arrived at a Very Bad Place indeed.

The Monster on April 20, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Those who are more concerned with terrorists getting in than with just your average illegal obviously don’t live shoulder to shoulder with them. While a terrorist coming in is a SERIOUS problem, illegals create such a miserable living environment for citizens that to me it is almost a form of domestic terrorism. I spent eight years living in a 98% hispanic (over 1/2 illegal) lower income neighborhood in Dallas and it was miserable and horrible in every way. So thankful to finally get out. It should not be this way.

mrsmwp on April 20, 2010 at 1:37 PM

There is no argument for granting citizenship to illegal immigrants that cannot logically and irrefutably be extended to anybody born in any country in the world.

True.

American ‘rights’ therefore become universal human rights.

Also true. Remember, these rights are inalienable in more ways than one.

If one claims that our borders must not be enforced for those who appear on our shores, there remains no argument standing against one world government.

PD Quig on April 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Wrong. Every Chinese citizen deserves the same rights we do, but they don’t have it. That’s because China is a sovereign nation — as we are, and their government chooses not to allow those rights.

There is indeed an argument. Once you cross our border, you are subject to our laws. That is the core of sovereignty — that the sovereign has the power to enforce law in the area over which he/she/it is sovereign.

Such power includes the power to admit or deny entry to anyone. In the time of Abraham Lincoln (a time of unrestricted entry), the United States had the same sovereignty as it does today. That didn’t stop “property” from leaving the country or anyone who wanted to come in from coming in.

Of course, such power should be used wisely.

unclesmrgol on April 20, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Illegal aliens are criminals – the Left would like to distract us with a load of Schummer that it’s about race – don’t let them do it.

Chip on April 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM

It was also criminal, once upon a time, to withhold a slave from its master.

Here, it is not a matter of what is criminal or what is currently law, it’s a matter of what is right.

unclesmrgol on April 20, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Okay, but I have a parable.

Once there was a lake that had an awful algae growing out of control. The algae were killing all the fish!

A biologist was brought in, who said there was no chemical solution for the destructive algae, but he noted that a neighboring lake had a different kind of algae which competed for the biological resources of the bad algae.

So the residents of the lake brought in samples of the new algae. The samples grew and spread. Yes, some of the new algae cross-bred with the violent algae, yielding offspring that killed a few fish. But on balance, the new algae kept the old algae in check.

Soon the lake was clear and fish prospered in it because the the bad algae lacked the resources to compete with the new algae.

jeff_from_mpls on April 20, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Here, it is not a matter of what is criminal or what is currently law, it’s a matter of what is right.
unclesmrgol on April 20, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Whether it’s a matter of Criminality or Sovereignty, the fact remains that we don’t really care what the people in the incremental invasion of our borders look like or where they are from.

Chip on April 20, 2010 at 1:55 PM

These days the Obama-regime lies about most everything.

tarpon on April 20, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Illegal aliens have no stake in that tradition, having rejected the authority and legitimacy of the United States through the act of penetrating the border. Upon arrival, they are romanced by powerful racial interests, and encouraged to see themselves as “dual citizens” at best.

Would the term “sedition” then apply to those racial interests who foster dissent from our laws? I’m just saying since the term has recently been used to describe Sarah and friends.

Wine_N_Dine on April 20, 2010 at 2:11 PM

The problems from lack of border enforcement have gotten worse. From
the Corner, this letter:.

I just read your post on Sen. McCain and the immigration problem in our state. I’m assuming that you think he is either hypocritical or a flip-flopper. As someone who has lived in Tucson, AZ since 1972, I don’t think you all back east understand how much things have changed down here in the last few years. This is not the same border we were protecting just a few years ago. The difference is the Mexican drug cartels and the war that is going on down there between them and the Mexican government and among themselves. Just last week, three of the cartels joined together to try to take out the Zetas, a sort of rogue group responsible for all sorts of horrible things. We have never had a rancher murdered before Mr. Krentz two weeks ago. This is a very dangerous place to be these days, and Senator McCain is smart enough to recognize that. Give him some credit please. For our sake, the country needs to listen to him and Senator Kyl.

I still don’t trust McCain on illegal immigration, but I’ll allow that maybe he’s honestly changing his mind on part of the subject.

LarryD on April 20, 2010 at 2:21 PM

A few years ago, while my French wife was applying for citizenship, I struck up a conversation with a woman who was helping Italians to obtain American citizenship. She told me the story of a Mexican doctor who had married an American woman, and was practicing medicine in the States for three years, then his wife divorced him and demanded that he be deported to Mexico, and he had since waited three years to return to the United States, and resume his medical practice.

This may be just an anecdote, but isn’t there something wrong with a system that lets any uneducated Jose walk or swim over the border from Mexico to pick tomatoes or smuggle drugs, but throws out Mexican DOCTORS?

We do need a wall along the border, with some well-controlled gates, so that America decides which Mexicans we want in our country.

Steve Z on April 20, 2010 at 2:27 PM

On another racist front: The city of Alexandria Va. officials have become ALARMED at the number of wealthy white people that have moved into the city. It is polluting the diversity they have enjoyed for so many years. Oh yeah they said it!

faol on April 20, 2010 at 2:35 PM

It is getting worse. I live in the southwest and a Mexican man came by my office last week soliciting goods. He was talking in Spanish which I couldn’t understand. When I told (relayed, no habla espanol) him I don’t speak Spanish very well he got really angry. What the heck is that?? Mad at me for not speaking Spanish…go figure.

SWChance on April 20, 2010 at 2:38 PM

If one claims that our borders must not be enforced for those who appear on our shores, there remains no argument standing against one world government.

PD Quig on April 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Bingo. When “human rights” trumps national sovereignty there are no more borders, no more real nations. This is the goal of the socialist globalization agenda.

infidel4life on April 20, 2010 at 2:51 PM

In San Diego, our hospitals are going broke by treating illegals in the ER for every little sniffle, for free, while some of us born and raised in America can not afford to even see a doctor. California is bankrupt because of illegals but not even our “beloved” (HAH!!! slimeball!) Governator will admit that this is in fact the reason our state is broke! My wife and I filed our taxes two weeks ago, and were amazed to see that ALL of our federal return was needed to pay our state tax, with an additional $15 besides! We received $350 in federal and had to pay $365 on our state tax!!!

Vntnrse on April 20, 2010 at 3:03 PM

LarryD on April 20, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I think that letter’s a little disingenuous. I’ve lived in Arizona since the mid 1960′s and the situation is the way it is today precisely because McCain and everyone else did all the could to ignore the dangers. It has been escalating many years, where have they been? There were cops getting killed and ranchers threatened the last time McCain told us to STFU. McCain’s conversion is due to the fact he’s not running unopposed this time.

Shay on April 20, 2010 at 3:04 PM

If our institutions, both government and private (like the press), were capable of dealing with immigration honestly, McCain’s blatantly dishonest revelations on the issue would have been met with peals of laughter and derision. McCain has been an active member of the Senate for many years, the issue today is not what he says but what he has done. There is nothing new in the qualities of the conflict on our southern border, only moderate variations in its intensity, and I don’t trust McCain to act any different now. He’s too well-practiced a compromiser to take his words seriously.

Socratease on April 20, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Rat own, rat own – Common Sense its ownself, which has been sadly uncommon for lo these many years. Good on ya, Doc.

I must quibble, nit-wise, with the phrase “The Left is eager to import reinforcements for the permanent underclass it dreams of engineering.” It ain’t a dream, it’s a nightmare, and we’ve all been living it for the last 40 years. The Permanent Underclass was the precise characterization employed in an extensive and scathing essay by none other that Pat Buchanan vis-a-vis the demonstrable outcomes of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” boondoggle.

Said essay was published in the latter ’70s, and in the San Francisco Chronicle, no less. And he wasn’t talking about Mexicans, either.

warbaby on April 20, 2010 at 3:10 PM

as the cost of domestic labor skyrockets

Ummmmmmm.

With the oversupply of labor from unemployment, domestic labor costs should be plummeting.

olesparkie on April 20, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Soon the lake was clear and fish prospered in it because the the bad algae lacked the resources to compete with the new algae.

jeff_from_mpls on April 20, 2010 at 1:53 PM

The new algae is bringing in drugs, their ‘war’ spilling into the lake, their residents, poor, ignorant, multiplying at an alarming rate, those algae insuring their parent algae and relatives will be eligible for citizenship, none of said algae speak English, the algae EXPECT rights they do not deserve, and the new algae will make sure the socialist algae stay in power if they get amnesty.
No thank you.

HornetSting on April 20, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Has anyone considered the implications of the drug traffic and birth rate?

LarryG on April 20, 2010 at 4:00 PM

How many more Americans are going to die for money hungry politicians?
How do we control and lock down the border to protect Americans?
Open a camp for the children of politicians, build it right on the border,…problem solved!

christene on April 20, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Doc,

The day has unfortunately come when I have found myself in disagreement with you.

John McCain, who previously regarded serious enforcement of immigration law as morally equivalent to hunting Mexicans for sport, suddenly supports a bill that would allow Arizona police to arrest people on the “reasonable suspicion” they’re in the country illegally.

The bill is repugnant.

Having said that, McCain is (and will continue to be) vilified, regardless of the position he supports.

Some of McCain’s critics say his current stance proves he has no principles, others say they are not fooled by a leopard changing stripes, and still others say it is too late.

Had McCain come out against the bill, those same critics would have simply responded with “Told you so, Purge the RINO!”.

While contemplating the southern horizon last week, he realized it would be greatly improved by the addition of a massive wall, tastefully decorated with three thousand National Guard troops.

Walls that are built to keep individuals out of the country can also serve to keep people from leaving the country.

A nation battling twenty percent real unemployment cannot absorb a flood of low-skilled, low-paid illegal labor.

They were here before the recession and high unemployment. They are still here.

They come here for the same reason as our ancestors. Opportunity!

Being the party of no will ensure Republicans do not earn their vote for generations.

Grant them amnesty and a path to citizenship and make them pay taxes.

Some (not all) will realize the taxes being taken from them is a direct result of policies of the other party.

It is the only chance Republicans have of earning their votes.

rukiddingme on April 20, 2010 at 4:08 PM

What might the private sector have done to prepare for the coming flood of illegals, if the political class had been honest about its intentions?

Doc, do you actually think they didn’t know? Hell, they lobbied for it. Like those large midwest packers who fired their union workers and hired thousands of Mexican illegals at a fraction of the American’s pay.

Ron Paul’s “corporatist” tag most clearly fits the leading politicians of both parties regarding immigration. The GOP and WSJ editorial staff see cheap labor, the Dems see both cheap labor and cheap votes. The Feds know whats going on. Reciting the obvious won’t make a dime’s worth of difference.

Bottomline; this is not an accident or a mistake. It is policy to let them come. Unconditional enforcement of existing law has to be a non-negotiable position. Just another issue that has to be forced down Republicans’ throats whether they like it or not.

rcl on April 20, 2010 at 4:19 PM

They come here for the same reason as our ancestors. Opportunity!

The reason has nothing to do with it. Legal or illegal is the issue. Either we’re a nation of laws or we are not. Repeal it or enforce it but ignoring the law is a form of tyranny.

rcl on April 20, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I apologize for the long post, its important if you haven’t to read all of this.

The Stoddard letter.

Dear Senator Frist
There is a huge amount of propaganda and myths circulating about illegal aliens, particularly illegal Mexican, Salvadorian, Guatemalan and Honduran aliens.

1. Illegal aliens generally do NOT want U.S. citizenship.Americans are very vain thinking that everybody in the world wants to be a U.S. citizen. Mexicans, and other nationalities want to remain citizens of their home countries while obtaining the benefits offered by the United States such as employment, medical care, in-state tuition, government subsidized housing and free education for their offspring. Their main attraction is employment and their loyalty usually remains at home.They want benefits
earned and subsidized by middle class Americans. What illegal aliens want are benefits of American residence without paying the price.

2. There are no jobs that Americans won’t do.
Illegal aliens are doing jobs that Americans can’t take and still support their families. Illegal aliens take low wage jobs, live dozens in a single residence home, share expenses and
send money to their home country. There are no jobs that Americans won’t do for a decent wage.

3. Every person who illegally entered this nation left a home. They are NOT homeless and they are NOT Americans. Some left jobs in their home countries. They come to send money to their real home as evidenced by the more than 20 billion dollars sent out of the country each year by illegal aliens. These illegal aliens knowingly and willfully entered this nation in violation of the law and therefore assumed the risk of detection and deportation. Those who brought their alien children assumed the responsibility and risk on behalf of their children.

4. Illegal aliens are NOT critical to the economy. Illegal aliens constitute less than 5% of the workforce. However, they reduce wages and benefits for lawful U.S. residents.

5. This is NOT an immigrant nation. There are 280 million native born Americans. While it is true that this nation was settled and founded by immigrants (legal immigrants), it is also true that there is not a nation on this planet that was not settled by immigrants at one time or another.

6. The United States is welcoming to legal
immigrants. Illegal aliens are not immigrants by definition. The U.S. accepts more lawful immigrants every year than the rest of the world combined.

7. There is no such thing as the “Hispanic vote”. Hispanics are white, brown, black and every shade in between. Hispanics are Republicans, Democrats, Anarchists, Communists, Marxists and Independents. The so-called “Hispanic vote” is a myth. Pandering to illegal aliens to get the Hispanic vote is a dead end.

8. Mexico is NOT a friend of the United States. Since 1848 Mexicans have resented the United States. During World War I Mexico allowed German Spies to operate freely in Mexico to spy on the U.S. During World War II Mexico allowed the Axis powers to spy on the U.S. from Mexico. During the Cold War Mexico allowed spies hostile to the U.S. to operate freely. The attack on the Twin Towers in 2001 was cheered and applauded all across Mexico. Today Mexican school children are taught that the U.S. stole California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. If you don’t believe it, check out some Mexican textbooks written for their school children.

9. Although some illegal aliens enter this country for a better life, there are 6 billion people on this planet. At least 1 billion of those live on less than one dollar a day. If wanting a better life is a valid excuse to break the law and sneak into America, then let’s allow those one billion to come to America and we’ll turn the USA into a Third World nation overnight. Besides, there are 280 million native born Americans who want a better life. I’ll bet Bill Gates and Donald Trump want a better life. When will the USA lifeboat be full? Since when is wanting a better life a good reason to trash another nation?

10. There is a labor shortage in this country. This is a lie. There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of American housewives,senior citizens, students, unemployed and underemployed who would gladly take jobs at a decent wage.

11. It is racist to want secure borders. What is racist about wanting secure borders and a secure America? What is racist about not wanting people to sneak into America and steal benefits we have set aside for legal aliens, senior citizens, children and other legal residents? What is it about race that entitles people to violate our laws, steal identities, and take the American Dream without paying the price? For about four decades American politicians have refused to secure our borders and look after the welfare of middle class Americans. These politicians have been of both parties. A huge debt to American society has resulted. This debt will be satisfied and the interest will be high. There has already been riots in the streets by illegal aliens and their supporters.
There will be more. You, as a politician, have a choice to offend the illegal aliens who have stolen into this country and demanded the rights
afforded to U.S. citizens or to offend those of us who are stakeholders in this country. The interest will be steep either way. There will be civil unrest. There will be a reckoning. Do you have the courage to do what is right for America? Or, will you bow to the wants and needs of those who don’t even have the right to remain here? There will be a reckoning. It will come in November of this year,again in 2008 and yet again in 2010. We will not allow America to be stolen by third world agitators and thieves.

David J. Stoddard
U.S. Border Patrol (RET)
Hereford, Arizona

Speakup on April 20, 2010 at 4:29 PM

It is the only chance Republicans have of earning their votes.

rukiddingme on April 20, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Sounds more like yet another bribe to me.

Vote Republican ’cause they like bribes!

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Vote RINO Republican ’cause they think all men are create equal, only those from Mexico are created more equal than others.

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 4:39 PM

“Massive immigration inevitably changes a culture – a simple truth denied by the same people who will rant for hours about the effects of white European immigration on the culture of seventeenth-century North America.”

Especially when illegals are allowed to vote…

Seven Percent Solution on April 20, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Sounds more like yet another bribe to me.

Vote Republican ’cause they like bribes!

MB4 on April 20, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Have your hearing tested. I said:

Grant them amnesty and a path to citizenship and make them pay taxes.

You must not pay taxes since you define taxes as a bribe.

I also said:

Some (not all) will realize the taxes being taken from them is a direct result of policies of the other party.

It is the only chance Republicans have of earning their votes.

It refers to some realizing the Democrats are the party of high taxes.

Taxpayer’s being informed must be a bribe in your world as well.

rukiddingme on April 20, 2010 at 5:24 PM

A fine piece by the doc. Thanks.

ronsfi on April 20, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Jobs our teenagers and young adults can’t do anymore to earn spending money:

mow lawns
paint curbs
work at any fast food restaurant
work as bus boys at sit down restaurants
laborers on construction jobs
paper routes

Work adults can’t do because of the undercutting

carpentry
masonary
AC mechanic
cleaning business
auto mechanic

if anyone seriously thinks that we are not going to gain in numbers by being the party of NO they are seriously mistaken. Here in Los Angeles we are at our tipping point. We are no longer willing to subsidize an unregulated and endless stream of illegal immigrants who unlike others before them come knowing they might not find work but they will find a more peaceful environment and social services that feed them, clothe them, and house them. Los Angeles is broke and our decline multiplied when our mayor declared us a Sanctuary City. You better believe Angelenos are ready to revolt!

As always Doc an excellent analysis… Oh and McCain will not take this stance after he manages to get re-elected. He is a RINO through and through and what he does as AZ’s senator affects us just as negatively sometimes as what Boxer and Feinstein do to the rest of the country. I say get rid of 95 percent of the incumbants… They forgot they work for us!

CCRWM on April 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

committed borderline fraud

Heh.

davidk on April 20, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Jobs our teenagers and young adults can’t do anymore to earn spending money:

mow lawns
paint curbs
work at any fast food restaurant
work as bus boys at sit down restaurants
laborers on construction jobs
paper routes

Uh.

davidk on April 20, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Meanwhile; Back in Tucson, Mexicans are stealing cars to drive back to Mexico, and in the Florida Keys Cubans are stealing windsurf boards and sailing south. Haitians are booking flights back to Haiti with the money given to them for earthquake relief.
In San Diego, illegal aliens are surrendering to local police to be arrested and deported.
It has been reported that a bus of senior citizens, on a group prescription drug purchase to Montreal, have chained themselves to the bridges spanning the Lachine Canal at the Old Port.
Imams are prophesying planetary doom for all muslims remaining in the United States.
I’ll report more when I get the information.

Cybergeezer on April 20, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Doc, as usual, excellent post

AH_C on April 20, 2010 at 7:14 PM

If all the Mexicans leave, what will we do with all the fat goats being bred here in Texas?

ericdijon on April 20, 2010 at 8:53 PM