Just as President Bush is announcing sweeping changes in immigration laws critics say amount to de facto mass amnesty, WorldNetDaily's publishing division, WND Books, announces a powerful new book destined to supercharge the debate over illegal immigration.
In "Illegals: The Imminent Threat Posed by Our Unsecured U.S.-Mexico Border," veteran journalist Jon E. Dougherty documents the hard truth that both major political parties have missed – namely, that sustained high immigration levels from south of the border will continue to pose economic, labor, security and criminal threats to the United States, unless American and Mexican leaders find ways to limit it.
Taking readers right to the front lines of the "border wars," "Illegals" includes interviews with citizens living along the most traveled border corridors in the American Southwest, as well as Border Patrol agents and other immigration officials who are charged with guarding and protecting America's nearly 2,000-mile-long border with Mexico.
Dougherty also brings readers along on actual "missions" involving local citizens' groups who are trying desperately to stem the tide of the illegal incursions. And he takes readers into the lives of men and women who have been victimized by hordes of illegal immigrants who cross their property by the thousands every year.
While acknowledging that most immigrants come to America to work and others come because they truly want to become U.S. citizens, "Illegals" shows that an increasing number come "merely to clamor for opportunities and benefits not available to them in their home countries."
"Worse," writes Dougherty, "there is a growing faction in America assisting them – knowing all along these immigrants aren't interested in enriching American society, but rather to take what they can from it."
"There is also a change in mindset among elements of the political establishment and among the U.S. population, in terms of immigration," writes Dougherty. "In years past, gaining access to America so one could share in its promise was treated as a privilege, not a right to be granted automatically just because you could make it over the border. Today, however, the process of immigration – indeed, the requirement our immigrants assimilate into our society – has changed dramatically."
"Illegals" is especially timely now as Bush has announced a major overhaul of immigration policy that will offer a reprieve to an estimated 8 million illegal workers facing the threat of deportation.
Under the plan, illegal immigrants working in the United States would be allowed to remain in the country for three years if their employers vouch for their jobs. During that period, the worker essentially would be given the rights of a worker with permanent-resident status, including Social Security benefits and the right to bring family members to the United States.
"Illegals" provides a gripping and profoundly disturbing dose of truth – the kind most politicians, whether Democrat or Republican, can't seem to confront – about immigration in modern America. As politicians now attempt to deal with this crucial national issue, the book couldn't have come at a more important moment.
Indeed, writes Dougherty in "Illegals": "How the problem is solved – or not solved – ultimately may decide the fate of this nation."
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