Area 51 warning sign states, “Use of deadly force authorized.”
Last week Customs and Border Protection officials reported that two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff approved a $20 million virtual fence along a 28-mile stretch in Arizona (called Project 28), the fence was scrapped as impractical and ineffective.
Is anyone really shocked by this security fence fiasco? Another government solution bites the dust.
Our government has failed to produce a suitable resolution to the illegal immigrant crisis. Amnesty is not the answer. And immigration laws aren’t effective if we continue to dodge or ignore them. Furthermore, globalization efforts have only confused security matters, endangering our borders as well as our national identity – our sovereignty.
While border patrols and homeland security have made some headway, our nation’s boundaries, ports and airports remain largely open runways for illegal and terrorist transport. For example, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., just sent out his newsletter update (April 21, 2008) reminding us about another type of illegal crossing, those from the United States to Mexico. It appears drug cartels are again using revenue derived from their “free trade” to illegally purchase weapons in the U.S. and smuggle them back into Mexico, where they are bolstering murder rates up 100 percent in certain towns.
Exacerbating the security crisis is the fact that there continues to be a shortage of both Border Patrol and other safety government officials. The Homeland Security Department is still trying to fill last year’s 138 vacancies in high-level jobs – an employment crisis that it calls “a critical homeland security issue that demands immediate attention.”
Unfortunately, illegal transport of immigrants, terrorists and other contraband is only going to worsen, especially with the possible creation of a North American Union (with Canada and Mexico) and the so-called NAFTA Superhighways. Unless of course we stop it! (How is it that we can militarily overthrow a government like Iraq, yet we can’t militarily keep illegalities from crossing our borders?) As Mike Huckabee still says, “If the government can’t track illegals, then let’s outsource the job to UPS or Fed-Ex.”
Now more than ever, we must protect our borders and sovereignty by providing genuine solutions to the dangers of American boundary fluidity. With estimates showing that by 2060 America will add 167 million people (37 million immigrants today will multiply into 105 million then), it is imperative for us to do more to solve this crisis. Now is the time to beat the doors of change and save the boundaries of America.
It is not a matter of if but when America will be attacked again from terrorists who despise our country and us. I’m not an alarmist, but I believe threats of terror remain real and imminent. Unfortunately, too many Americans are still living in denial, forgetting 9/11 and being more worried about the government’s intrusion into their personal lives and bank accounts. Do people really believe ceasing a war in Iraq will quench our enemies’ vindictive fire and revulsion to destroy our country?
From America’s birth, our founders struggled with national enemies and border troubles, from the sea of Tripoli to the Western frontier. While welcoming the poor, downtrodden and persecuted from every country, they also had to protect the sacred soil they called home from unwanted intruders. Our fourth president, James Madison, challenged Congress early in his career on Feb. 3, 1790, to strike a balance, “When we are considering the advantages that may result from an easy mode of naturalization, we ought also to consider the cautions necessary to guard against abuses.” At the same time, we need to reward and expedite those who abide by the law and protocol to obtain legal immigrant status. I recently heard a man on Glenn Beck’s show who went through the legal channels to acquire his wife’s U.S. citizenship, and it took them seven years!
I still agree with leaders like Newt Gingrich, who I believe has some excellent resolutions to the illegal immigration dilemma. Here are a few of his ideas and a few others I think are worthy of implementation.
- Consider becoming a border patrol agent. You can help to protect America’s boundaries.
- We need to quit condoning illegal immigration through couching language and compromising justifications. Using terms like “undocumented immigration” only complicates the issue. Illegal is illegal. To justify or exempt one illegality will only open the floodgates for others. Haven’t we condoned enough already.
- Don’t just write your representatives – hound them about the issues of illegal immigrants and terrorist importations. To speak against illegal immigration is not racist but humane and American. Immigration – yes. Illegal immigration – no.
- We must tighten the loops through which illegals dodge deportation.
- We need to immediately quit subsidizing the costs for illegal immigrants’ residency in America. How long will we allow them to siphon millions upon millions from honest, taxpaying Americans by supporting their health care, welfare, education and criminal expenses.
- If arrested, law enforcement needs to check the immigrant status of criminals. If they’re illegal, deport them – as Oklahoma has now committed to do. Far cheaper is their deportation than the lifelong leeching from genuine taxpaying citizens.
- Cut off all federal aid to any city, county or state that refuses to investigate if a criminal is here illegally. Sanctuary stations are merely potential harbors for fugitives.
- The IRS and law enforcement need to audit and prosecute employers who hire illegal aliens. Illegals often come to this country because they can earn a better wage than in their own. If Americans stop employing them, many simply won’t come.
- To preserve our heritage, distinction and encourage one common language, we must make English the official (though obviously not the exclusive) language of the U.S.
- And for the remaining illegal immigrants already in this country, I agree again with Newt: “Workers who came here illegally but have a good work relationship and community ties (including family), should have first opportunity to get the new temporary worker visas, but instead of paying penalties, they should be required to go home and get the visa at home.”
If these solutions don’t stop the tides of illegal flow in and out of our borders, a friend of mine has a Texas-tough alternative and answer to replace the government’s virtual fence failure. In fact, he says, we don’t need a security fence at all. All we need to do is to post signs and position manned trucks at key points, just like our government does at Area 51, the top secret military airfield in remote central Nevada, around which there are no fences or walls. There is never a breach or unwanted border crossing there, at least that we hear about! And why? Because the boundary sign reads and is never questioned, “Warning: Use of deadly force authorized.”
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