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Friday, April 14, 2006

Turn Off the Faucet

An anonymous commenter on the previous post says:
TV and newspaper reports on this story focus on citizenship for those who are here illegally rather than on tightening our borders. When you leave the faucet on and the sink over flows, don't you turn the water off first and then worry about cleaning up the mess? We're watching congress try to mop up the water while the faucet continues to run full blast.
Mop it up? They're on vacation hoping everyone will forget.

Meanwhile the proposals for amnesty are producing predictable consequences. More illegal immigrants are rushing to start their residency clock running. Amnesty this year, next year, the dirty little secret is that US politicians have been selling out their citizens and legal immigrants for years.

Given the popularity of the euphemism "undocumented worker" isn't it odd that amnesty proposals depend on documents? The longer you can prove to have lived here illegally the more deference you're granted. But remember, we're not supposed to call it amnesty, because all these sub-minimum-wage aliens will be forced to pay a fine. And if they don't we'll deport them. Riiiight. In civil law somebody with no money is "judgement proof" because there's no point suing them. The illegals invading this country are judgement proof in their own way, and anybody who promises to require documents or levy fines is either a liar or a fool.

Anyway all the euphemisms and wishful thinking concerning the illegals already here is just a distraction from what should be the first priority: turning off the faucet. We need the National Guard to shut down our borders to all illegal traffic. Then we need to begin construction of a barrier that will ultimately make border security cheap and permanent.

In the meantime our politicians must stop inciting even more illegal immigration with their amnesty carrots. The temptation to pander to large voting blocks of former illegal immigrants is a conflict of interest. They should recognize and remove this problem by passing laws that permanently diminish the voting rights of any recipient of amnesty. I won't be holding my breath while I wait.

See Mickey Kaus and Michelle Malkin for the latest immigration-related developments.


Blogger phactoid said...

Would the founding fathers ever have thought that Congress would pander to a foreign constituency? That's the underlying problem. On the face of it, Congress is acting so illogically, i.e., trying to mop up the mess without turning off the faucet, that it makes one wonder exactly why? The reason is the 14th Amendment (ratified in 1868) that states in part "[a]ll persons born ... in the United States...are citizens of the United States..." The 10 million or more illegal aliens have children that are by right of birth US citizens. That's to whom Congress panders. And why not? If Congress grants amnestia they get the 10 million illegals as constituents too. The 14th Amendment undermines national security by granting those here illegally citizenship by progeny proxy. Of course at the time of ratification I'm sure it was impossible to predict this would happen because law makers in the states that ratified the 14th Amendment were depending upon laws securing our borders to be enforced. The bottom line is that the U.S. must either secure its borders or repeal the 14th Amendment. Otherwise the United States will be conquered by Mexico.

4/15/2006 07:32:00 AM  
Blogger Tanstaafl said...

It would of course be far easier to build a fence than to amend the Constitution.

4/16/2006 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger flippityflopitty said...

Its probably cheaper to offer mexico statehood than build a fence the way this country operates.

I dont know why the congress is pandering to anyone. Do they really believe the II will feel compelled to vote for these stooges once they are granted the right to vote?

4/28/2006 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger phactoid said...

Why do we feel compelled to add poor countries as protectorates, e.g., Guam? Can't we aim higher, perhaps adding a country as a state or protectorate that could improve our GNP? How about Canada, I'd rather add Canada as a state. Or how about Sweden who says that it will be free from its dependency on foreign oil by 2020?

Are you ready for anti-gringo day? Some how this is not considered racist. It used to be white males who were politically correct to bash, now it's just anyone white.

The old addage "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" is just as true with countries as it is in suburbia. And could we use a good neighbor.

4/28/2006 04:22:00 PM  

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