Amnesty No Cure for Illegal Imiigration

By D.A. King, Marietta Daily Journal, February 7, 2006

I watched the president’s state of the union address the other night, and was fascinated to hear him remark that “our nation needs orderly and secure borders.”

This seems to be a recurring item on his wish list. Along with most of the rest of the country.

My school boy civics education was a lot longer ago than I care to think about, but I do recall that it is the sworn duty of the Chief Executive to see that American borders are secured and that American laws are equally enforced.

"I have a solemn duty, and so do the members of the United States Congress, to protect our nation, our Constitution, and our laws." Bush told us in December.

So,on the fact that in a war on terror more than a million people were apprehended crossing our borders illegally last year - the huge majority sent here by Mexico, with the most wishful estimates from Border Patrol being that they catch one of three or four crossers - what is the president waiting for?

Here’s what.

In his speech, the president of the United States went on to inform us that “to meet this goal… we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection… we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty … allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally” .

Rewarding illegal aliens with exactly what they violated our laws to get - legal presence in the United States. Amnesty.

Any plan that does not require illegal aliens to go home is amnesty.

We cannot secure our borders until we “legalize” all of the people who have already invaded our country? We cannot begin to enforce our immigration or employment laws until we overlook the fact that we have been ignoring those laws since the “one time” 1986 amnesty?

Call me crazy, but I am coming out of the shadows and saying out loud that this does not sound “rational”. If we don’t enforce our borders we really have no borders and if we have no borders… we have no country.

This is where I keep wondering what our grandfathers would say.

Despite the overwhelming rejection of the President’s amnesty that is not an amnesty by the American people, many in the U.S. Senate are poised to add a guest worker plan to the recently approved House bill that allows illegals to stay here and be…legal. Amnesty.

The proposed amnesty doesn’t only apply to the wage thieves who have laughed at our immigration and employment laws - while using stolen, duplicate or fake Social security numbers. It is also aimed at the influential criminal employers who hire them. A federal crime. And… the smirking bankers who market mortgages and credit cards in a brazen enterprise that produces millions in profits while encouraging the illegals to remain here.

A federal crime.

From here in Marietta, it seems that unless we secure our borders first, we can never expect to stop illegal immigration. Unless we demonstrate that violating American law will always produce a punishment, the law is not really the law.

I think I just imagined Grandpa say something about a nation of laws.

Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson is working on legislation to address the current national crisis. I contacted his office to see what we could expect.

From the senator:

“First and foremost, we need to secure our borders to stop the influx of illegal immigration… we will need to increase the number of agents in U.S. Customs and Border Protection… as well as using new and existing technologies to supplement the work these agents do. We must also put the Mexican government on notice that encouraging their citizens to break our laws will not be tolerated. We should create a guest worker program that is employer friendly but forces every illegal worker to return to their home country for processing and legal re-entry. Otherwise, they cannot work in the United States. Finally, we need to reform our laws so that children born to parents who are in the country illegally will not receive US citizenship.”

Personally, I think the senator is on the right track. Amen to stopping the nationally suicidal practice of granting citizenship to children of illegals, but the “legal re-entry” part sounds an awful lot like the existing law that has been a joke for more than twenty years.

What punishment for the employers and bankers?

Somebody make us believe we will simply enforce the law.

That is “rational”.

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