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Friday, March 31, 2006

I've been giving most of my attention in the news, as many people have, to two issues - censure and immigration. But with interest groups screaming, Hispanic mobs taking to the streets, and children ditching school despite knowing why, I thought I'd touch a bit on immigration.

As these kids skip class in order to protest the "criminalization of illegal immigration" (perish the thought) in such states as California - a state that foots a $7,700,000,000.00 bill to educate illegals - I'm left wondering...what is the real issue? What are the real problems?

I suppose the first thing that strikes me is the daunting reality that the Border Patrol admittedly retains, at best, 1 in 5 aliens that choose to hop our southern border. Can we do better than that? Yes. Can we empower an agency that was created for one purpose - to patrol the border - to fulfill their mandate? I think we can and should.

Meanwhile, President Fox of Mexico continues to vilify the views of many American lawmakers and citizens: the borders were not built with turnstiles. Rhetoric about America being "a country of immigrants" continually flows from Mexico City while harsh Mexican laws (fines of $28,220.00 and two years in prison) remain on the books for illegal immigrants from such places as Guatemala and elsewhere in Central and South America.

If Mexico chooses not to enforce their own laws then that is their own business. But when it becomes the attitude that America should be obliged to do the same, a line has been crossed. Although Americans (or anyone else for that matter) cannot easily buy Mexican real estate or invest in certain Mexican industries, it is somehow expected that the reverse should be true to a degree of reckless abandon.

America, I hope, has never really been about borders, presidents, purple mountains, and amber waves of grain. It has been, and remains today, about people and ideas. And should one wish to join the ranks of great American men and women of past, work hard, and enlist in the pursuit of happiness, one cannot immediately disregard the Rule of Law from the first moment on American soil.

I am not opposed to immigration. I am not opposed to those who want to provide for their families and reach for a better life for themselves. I am opposed to the disrespect of the very country to which people flee. It is offensive to the millions of immigrants before us who considered it a privilege to reach America and begin a new life.

If President Fox is concerned about something it should be the realization that his people will stop at nothing to escape his country and will do everything they can to reach mine.

"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...

There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

-President Theodore Roosevelt

posted at 5:50 PM by Randy


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