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    Polarized proof of failed immigration policies

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    Polarized proof
    Activities of 2 divergent groups are clear evidence of our failed immigration policies

    Apr. 1, 2005 12:00 AM

    It's hard to think of two groups more different than the vigilante Minuteman Project, which has attracted favorable attention from White supremacists for its call to arms along the border, and Humane Borders, whose members spend long hours maintaining water stations for migrants who are at risk of death in the Arizona desert.

    But both are products of a failed immigration policy.

    Both scream frustration with the federal government's inability to control what happens on the southern border.

    That failure is most costly and poignant in Arizona, which accounted for 51 percent of the 1.1 million apprehensions of undocumented immigrants along the U.S.-Mexican border last fiscal year.

    That failure takes increasing numbers of lives as would-be workers from poor nations try to reach the jobs offered by American business.

    It results in the degradation of valuable habitat on public and private lands, and puts costly burdens on local systems of law enforcement and medical care.

    And, as clearly illustrated by the Minuteman group, also undermines confidence in the power of the rule of law to solve problems. That's bad news in a nation built on the rule of law.

    The Minuteman Project says it will launch today a monthlong operation along the border with hundreds of volunteers, some armed, to report undocumented immigrants. Their shenanigans offer more evidence that the status quo on the border is not acceptable.

    Meanwhile, the official announcement this week that an additional 534 Border Patrol agents will be dispatched to Arizona is welcome. But enforcement - absent a workable, realistic immigration policy - is not enough.

    It can never be enough as long as poor migrants know that the reward of a job waits just on the other side of a hellish journey.

    Congress and the president have talked about necessary reforms, which include bringing the current undocumented population of 11 million into legal status, creating a legal mechanism for employers to secure new immigrant workers and establishing a system to assure employers can no longer get away with hiring undocumented workers.

    This would do more than a bunch of good old boys with guns to discourage illegal immigration. It would also reduce the flow of undocumented immigrants so that terrorists trying to cross the border would be more easily spotted and caught.

    Minuteman goofy guys and the humanitarians who try to prevent death in the desert may represent polar opposites. But they both point to one unmistakable message: Immigration reform is needed now.
    "This country has lost control of its borders. And no country can sustain that kind of position." .... Ronald Reagan

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    I'm speechless! Totally speechless!
    The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. " - Lloyd Jones

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    Despite the content of the article, the writer has a valid conclusion ....

    But they (humanitarian groups and MMP) both point to one unmistakable message: Immigration reform is needed now.

    I don't know what kind of immigration reform the writer has in mind.... hopefully not the amnesty, but I can agree with him that "immigration reform is needed." Or perhaps I should reword that to "immigration enforcement is needed!"
    "This country has lost control of its borders. And no country can sustain that kind of position." .... Ronald Reagan

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    Anyone with an iq over 75 knows that immigration "policy" is in need of
    major repair. The laws are in place--they need to be enforced, including
    I did send the Arizona Republic a note taking exception to the word
    "vigilante" and also pointing out that we had enough poor, uneducated people in this country already and that we did not need to import more from a foreign country. Enforce immigration laws!

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