April 09, 2007

Lack of Enforcement in LA Illegal Alien March Makes Democrat Screaming Mad
By Donald A. Collins

Oh, Glory be! Could it be that our benighted President has finally partly gotten the message? That his citizens are not in favor of "open borders"?

Not really, judged by his latest proposals outlined in a speech in Arizona. (See April 9th Washington Post story by Jonathan Weisman entitled President Renewing Efforts on Immigration). But at least there seems to be a flickering of the dim bulb there.

My reason? Well, the Associated Press report on the illegal alien marchers in downtown LA on Sunday, April 8th says the marchers condemned President Bush's latest amnesty proposal.

As Peter Prengaman's story says:

"Many were angry about a White House plan that would grant illegal immigrants work visas but require them to return home to apply for U.S. residency and pay a $10,000 fine.

“‘Charging that much, Bush is going to be even more expensive than the coyotes,’ said protester Armando Garcia, 50, referring to smugglers who transport people across the Mexican border." [Immigrants march in downtown L.A. to protest Bush visa plan and demand path to citizenship April 7, 2007]

This of course reminds one in reverse of the famous story about the girl who was asked if she'd sleep with a man if he gave her million dollars. When she said "Yes", he asked "How about fifty dollars?"

"What do you think I am?" she said.

He said "We've settled that—now we're just arguing about price."

Folks, these marchers are here illegally. They are blatantly ignoring our laws and marching in broad daylight down the streets of America's second-largest city, shouting for their rights (what rights?) and complaining about the price our Presidential propositioner is asking.

I am truly incensed, in fact screaming mad, at a country that will permit marches on its streets by people who are here illegally. They should be deported right now. We have indeed gone crazy by letting our laws go unenforced by those we elect to uphold them.

What is a nation that can't protect its borders and enforce its laws? Headed for oblivion.

Mexico has really strict laws on immigration. Here are a few:

1. No foreigners right to vote or hold public office,

2. No welfare, food stamps or health care for foreigners,

3. No foreigners are allowed to march like those in LA, or wave flags of other countries and

4. Of course if you come to Mexico illegally you are hunted down and put in jail.

Hmmmm. No reciprocity between the US and Mexico with those rules. And yet the Mexican government attacks us by issuing Matricula Consular identity cards via its diplomatic offices here and in Mexico.

Have we here in America gone crazy? Have we gone soft and greedy? No, more likely hard and greedy. According to a recent Reuters story,

"Occidental Petroleum Corp's chairman and chief executive took in more than $400 million in compensation last year, the company said in a filing, one of the biggest single-year payouts in U.S. corporate history. The largest part of Ray Irani's 2006 payout was $270.2 million from the exercise of options awarded from 1997 to 2006, representing more than 7.1 million shares, according to the company's annual proxy statement, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in March. Irani also received $93.3 million in stock and dividends from a deferred stock program when the company closed the plan in October due to increases in liability and expenses for the program, the company said." [Occidental boss took home $400M in 2006, April 8, 2007]

Big US Corporate CEOs like Irani average 369 times the wage of their average employees.

Why mention this obvious imbalance based?

Because this is the same crowd which crows constantly as well as via the Chamber of Commerce and other business trade associations for open borders for aliens both legal and illegal and they can pay the Federal Government not to enforce the laws and to not pass real immigration reform.

Prengaman’s AP story goes on to note, "The White House's draft plan, leaked last week, calls for a new ‘Z’ visa that would allow illegal immigrant workers to apply for three-year work permits. They would be renewable indefinitely, but would cost $3,500 each time."

I am clearly a "not in the majority" Democrat. My party is predominantly partial to open border legislation, I should be pleased at the anger of these illegal aliens, who are showing their real colors, since as a result Bush may at last be hearing massive US citizen anger.

The early brave drumbeat of Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), now a candidate for President, has gradually attracted many to his position both in and out of Congress. Speaking recently of the House clone of the failed Senate bill S.2611 of last term, now called the Flake/Gutierrez bill, which would give easy access to millions of illegal aliens now here, Tancredo said, "It's another attempt to change the color of the lipstick they keep putting on the pig. This color is no more attractive than the others they slathered on. It's a debacle." Immigration Reform Revisited Bipartisan Bill in House Includes Guest-Worker Program by Darryl Fears Washington Post, March 23, 2007]

What we need is REAL reform, not an unsatisfactory stalemate. This newest proposal allows more illegal, mostly Hispanic aliens to stay. No real reform also means these illegals mostly stay, breeding new birthright citizens. The cultural difference between American citizens and the illegal alien arrivals in the fertility department is striking. The Arizona Republic reported that while "Teen pregnancy rates in our state and across the country have declined over the past decade, but the teen pregnancy rate among Latinas remains disproportionately high."[Teen mothers face tough road, March 15, 2007 By Carey Peńna]

This means that these illegal parents are spawning citizens, as any child born here is automatically a US citizen. This crazy, outdated law needs to be amended. But more urgently we just need to enforce our borders now and when that process is completed–it will likely be several years at least—then we can speak of amnesty.

Which, if enforcement truly occurs, will be largely a moot issue. Because, in those intervening years, any of these companies that hire illegal employees would under good reform rules be heavily fined and their CEOs and any employees who are involved made to pay those fines out of their own pockets. That would insure due diligence on who is legally here, I betcha!

It would also be fair for the government to make identifying employment eligibility a standard procedure by using secure social security numbers easily and rapidly available to employers. If fraud is involved in an application, the person here illegally applying with false documents should be immediately exposed and deported.

Furthermore, municipal jurisdictions which refuse to apprehend illegal aliens for deportation should have their federal funding cut off until they comply.

Once we enforce the law, aliens here illegally will leave. We will not have to conduct mass deportations. Instead, we will observe mass voluntary returns by illegal aliens to their country of origin because they can no longer be employed with fraudulent documents.

Why can't our Federal Government see the folly of allowing this invasion to undermine our Rule of Law? Because employers have inhaled the drug of cheap labor and addicted our elected officials to the cocaine of payola.

It is a lethal combination and unless we send the feckless elected perps to jail or retirement, this travesty will continue.

It's round up time, Busharoos! Let's cut the bull and get real reform done!

Bush may think he is pleasing his real reform critics with the $10,000 offer. But he is only playing politics again.

The answer must be: enforcement, real stoppage of the invasion and of employers' illegal hiring.

Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a board member of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.