Land is Our Land…
Or is it Their Land?
Written by JB Williams
It appears that Americas
open arms policy towards immigration has lost its luster after 230 years,
especially after 9/11. Under increasing pressure from constituents to do something
about the massive illegal immigration problems at our borders, legislators
begin the process of doing what they do best, nothing. Well, nothing outside of
igniting a pre-election firestorm that is…
DC, when an issue is too hot and too complex
to handle head on, the obvious answer is to pontificate and when that fails, legislate.
You’re not supposed to notice that had we enforced any of the already
existing immigration laws over the last 50 years, we wouldn’t be having
this conversation now. Nor are you supposed to figure out that any new law they
pass now, will be enforced (or not enforced) with the same vigor as the old.
It’s called kicking the can down the
that’s what they do. Any problem that can’t be solved with a piece
of legislation can’t be solved in Washington
DC. Of course, if legislation alone would
fix the problem, past legislation would have already fixed it.
Partisans across the
board are angling for voter blocks and the Latino vote just became a hot
commodity for the upcoming mid-term elections, which brings me to the real
message I have for you on this subject.
Like fixing Social
Security, fixing our immigration nightmare will cost somebody votes, no matter
how they address the issue. Politicians aren’t in the business of losing
votes. So not too many are likely to be in the business of solving tough
border) Democrats have been pounding Bush over the head for not doing more to
secure our boarders for the last five years now, under the guise of a bogus
concern for national security. But the second any effort was made to actually
address the issue, Democrats took a quick head count and immediately jumped
sides to defend the poor downtrodden illegal immigrants, accusing the Bush
administration of cruel and unusual punishment of their new prospective special
interest voting block.
have avoided addressing the issue for so long that they are beginning to get
nervous about what they read in the tea leaves for November, growing
increasingly concerned about their base and feeling the need to at least appear
to be taking action on the matter before the election rolls around.
immigrants and those who support the notion of an open society where our laws, language,
principles and traditions don’t matter, take to the streets in protest
against any effort to address illegal immigration at all.
Protesters brandish signs
saying “This is OUR continent, not
yours,” “We are
indigenous! The only owners of this continent!” and “If you think I'm illegal because I'm a Mexican, learn
the true history, because I'm in my homeland."
They have already established
their election year slogan, “Today we
march - tomorrow we vote.”
Clearly, an estimated 12
million illegal immigrants living and working in America
have no real concern for American laws, further placing in doubt any notion
that yet another new law can
solve this problem. If that doesn’t sink the idea for you, go read a
similar effort signed by Reagan some 20 years ago that was supposed to solve
the same problem. It looked good on paper, but if it had worked, would we be
here right now?
Yet it is an election
year and constituents want to see action. So Washington
takes the only action they know how to take. They once again attempt to
legislate the problem away. That provides a paper trail to prove that they did
“something”. But what else does it accomplish?
We have not yet reached a
consensus on the cause of our immigration ills. So how can we hope to come up
with the right cure? And will any cure be acceptable to all parties involved? Hardly…
Unless I’m missing
something, there is only one reasonable cure for the problem and that is to
enforce the laws these people broke the moment they set foot on US
soil in the first place. If you are here illegally already, what other law do
we need? Did we forget to pass a law establishing our right to enforce our
Frankly this is just as
insane a notion as the idea that gun laws will keep guns out of the hands of
criminals. If criminals cared about what our laws say, they wouldn’t be
criminals, now would they. If laws alone worked as a means of keeping people
decent and honest, we wouldn’t need prisons. Prisons exist for the sole
purpose of enforcement.
The same rule applies
here. If illegal immigrants cared about American laws, they wouldn’t be
here now. Since they don’t care what our laws say, what difference can
one more law make? If not enforced, the answer is none! And we have no reason
to believe that anyone in Washington
is interested in enforcing any of these laws, old or new.
So why another law? That
brings me to the “guest worker” (amnesty) program…
The guest worker idea is
designed to entice these lawless visitors into compliance. Do they look enticed
by this idea to you, as they march in your city streets with signs saying
“Gringos must leave, not us?”
They don’t look enticed to me, by this generous offer ….
And with the standard
“gasoline on the fire” help from Democrats busy mining for votes
with yet another class warfare toy, is there any chance that anything positive
can come from the effort? Sadly…I don’t think so.
The real truth of the
matter is, until somebody is willing to enforce our immigration laws, it
doesn’t make any difference at all what those laws say, does it?
Are our current laws
un-enforceable because they are unfair or unreasonable to people seeking a US
residence? Legal immigrants don’t seem to think so. Those same laws even
allowed 14 of 19 9/11 hijackers to enter the US
legally. So how unfair could they possibly be?
Enforcement is our
problem and I can’t even imagine another law improving the situation,
much less solving it. Unless of course, someone in Washington
wants to sponsor a bill that would increase the existing penalties and fund an
all out search, capture and deport mission while standing the National Guard on
Is there anyone in Washington
proposing that we even attempt to enforce immigration laws? Not that I have
seen. I hear lots of typical Washington
hot air, but where’s the bill?
Until I see a bill that
addresses our enforcement problems, I can’t get on board. And unlike my
Democrat friends, eagerly strip mining America
for much needed votes, I couldn’t care less how people unwilling to live
by our laws feel about the issue. They can march in the streets from now till
November and their opinion means nothing, because they have not earned the
right to have an opinion in the country they clearly don’t respect.
As for those seeking to
penalize people who hire illegal immigrants for casual labor, I suggest you
rethink your position. Any immigrant willing to toil in the hot sun picking
fruit for minimum wage in order to earn his family a better life is likely to
be the kind of immigrant we wouldn’t mind having around.
It’s the immigrants
that you won’t find on anyone’s payroll, but will find robbing your
local 7-Eleven or surviving by way of the gang lifestyle that’s the
problem. Stop the decent people from finding honest work and guess where they will
go to survive from there? Besides, why penalize tax paying employers for a
problem our law makers are responsible for? This nonsense only makes sense to
people who spend too much time listening to politicians yak.
how many Americans seem to have overlooked these minor details.
I can’t think of
another thing to say about this…. Can you? If we aren’t going to
enforce existing laws, why bother to pass a new one?