We all live in “border states” now
In 2003, the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona, John “I wanna be president” McCain wrote to a constituent; “according to U.S. Border Patrol apprehension statistics it is estimated that almost four million people crossed our borders illegally in 2002”.
Having recently returned from our southern border and spoken with many dedicated but frustrated Border Patrol Agents while I watched what can only be called an invasion, I can sadly report that in a war on terror, the flood of illegal and un-inspected entries continues unabated.
Also in 2003, Georgia state senator Sam Zamarripa [D-Dekalb], told the Georgia Senate that there were “20 million” people in the United States illegally.
President Bush’s Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge - again in 2003 - told the world that there were “8-12 million illegal aliens” in our nation.
Now, at the close of 2005, the most commonly used figure is…11 million!
Confused? Don’t be.
Eleven million is the lowest number all concerned hope you will believe. It is easier to peddle amnesty for 11 million than what likely now well exceeds 20 million.
Still not sure whose figures are most accurate?
Put your money on Zamarripa.
Information on these numbers is essential for him…as he is one of the many who reap great profits from the presence of the black market labor that we all see on our streets everyday. He is a founding partner of United Americas Bank [aka Banco Unido] here in Georgia. A bank that makes mortgage loans to the illegals.
Not for the first time, and certainly not for the last in this space, we note that it is a federal crime not only to employ illegal aliens, but also to assist or encourage them to remain in for what is for now, our United States.
McCain has bonded with that giant of American morality, Teddy Kennedy [D-MA] in proposing that we not only grant amnesty to the illegals - and their employers - but also give them a path to…citizenship!
With his non-profit “coalition” - the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials - Zamarripa has joined forces with such American luminaries as Jane Fonda to “empower Latinos”, legal or otherwise, in whom he has a vested financial interest.
More about about ethnic profiteers, liberals and Democrats further down.
What is the GOP leadership here in Georgia saying, and doing, about our having one of the largest and fastest growing illegal alien populations in the nation?
In the last session of the Georgia General Assembly, state senator Chip Rogers [R-Cobb] introduced several bills that, if passed - and then enforced - will discourage illegal aliens from choosing Georgia as the next stop from our un-secured borders.
One of them, SB 169, would require that state contracts go only to those who can prove, using an available federal verification system - the “Basic Pilot Program” - that their workers have valid and legal Social Security numbers.
Under the Gold Dome, this attempt at making certain that taxpayer dollars are not spent on criminal labor has been met with a very noticeable silence from the office of the Governor, his Democratic challengers for re-election - and House and Senate leadership. Not to mention most of the media.
Surprised? Don’t be. Just follow the money. And the unspoken agenda.
Politics being what it is, expect that state leadership will continue to mutter that “illegal immigration is a federal problem” while those in the state Capitol who are up to their necks in illegal immigration - and the campaign donations it produces - try very hard to ignore what the Georgia taxpayer cannot.
More on those profiteers, liberals and Democrats.
On October 20, having seen the writing on the adobe concerning the election she must face next year, the Democrat Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, signed an executive order that stipulates contractors doing business with the state of Arizona be monitored to insure that …the horror… their workers are in the country legally.
The Business Journal in Phoenix writes; “It would be embarrassing for the state government and governor if government agencies and/or government contractors are caught employing illegally undocumented immigrants”.
The profiteers are having a cow.
From here in Marietta, we wonder how the people of Arizona got their Governor’s attention on the crisis.
Is it because they live in a “border state”?
Maybe - but because of the president’s refusal to secure American borders, we all live in border states now.
If only we in Georgia had the leadership to deal with that perilous reality.
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