Anytime La Raza or any of the other Latino immigration groups start to define our illegal problem, they inform us that the aliens streaming across our southern border are just hardworking folks looking for a better life for them and their families.
Well I'll submit to you that it isn't mom, dad and grandma climbing those high border fences with the razor wire at the top. It takes an able-bodied, athletic person to scale those heights.
The people who scream the loudest against an Arizona type law are those who either have a vested interest in keeping the price of basic labor down, those seeking political gain or those interested in increasing the Latino population of America.
I personally have nothing against any law-abiding citizen seeking a better life coming to this country, but I am against anybody who makes their first act on American soil to break our laws.
Out of the millions of illegals who have crossed our border how many are members of violent gangs, how many could have terrorist ties, how many are carrying dangerous diseases and how many are ferrying the drugs that are destroying our culture.
The truth of the matter is that we just don't know and that's just insanity.
This is the only civilized nation in the world that allows foreigners to just walk across its borders unimpeded.
What is wrong, in my humble opinion, boils down to this:
This is not a partisan political problem because presidents of both parties have dropped the ball on this one. There are evidently longer strings being pulled from higher secret places that can control the policies of two political parties which are diametrically opposed on so many other issues
It is not fair to the rest of the world's immigrants who wait patiently and legally to become citizens of the U.S.A.
This unimpeded influx of unskilled, uneducated, non-English speaking workers will severely water down the labor pool and seriously increase the national debt as greedy, vote seeking politicians grant social entitlements to people who are not even citizens of this country.
While the majority of Hispanics who come to this country just want to be good citizens, assimilate and live in peace there is a militant fringe that is not too far from serious violence at the present and could easily be incited to destructive civil unrest.
When that happens it will farther harm Anglo-Hispanic relations.
What can we do about it?
First of all, whether you're Hispanic, Jewish, Irish, Arabic or a mongrel like me we have to be Americans first. We have to have a burning desire to protect our country from chaos and lawlessness.
It is after all everybody's country and the shape we leave it in for our children is up to us.
The first thing that has to be done is to seal the border. Nobody comes across except through a legal port of entry where his or her identification, nationality and general state of health can be determined.
If it takes fences, National Guard troops, electronics or a massive increase in border patrol agents it has to be done, without sealing the border all other efforts are futile and meaningless.
And then begin the long and laborious task of identification. And I'm not talking about rounding up people like a cattle gathering but it can be done in a firm but humane way.
But the only way to accomplish this is to let our law enforcement officers do their jobs by determining the nationality of those who are stopped for other offences just as the Arizona law suggests.
The Arizona law is not an attempt to increase racial profiling, it is just common sense, and I dare say if it involved the Haitians or Algerians there would be no public outcry.
But the resistance has more to do with politics than compassion.
By implementing this kind of policy we can immediately deport the criminals and otherwise undesirables who have come across our border illegally and we can work out a path to legal citizenship for the others, giving them a place in line but not in front of those who have gone thru of citizenship ought the long process ahead of them.
We should require all employers to determine the nationality of any person they hire and work out a comprehensive guest worker program by issuing temporary visa and after that severely punish employers with undocumented workers.
America was discovered and founded by immigrants. All our ancestors came here from some other country. Immigration has sustained and strengthened America for over two hundred years, but legal, controlled immigration not wholesale invasion by anybody who wants to walk across the border.
There is a major catastrophe on our horizon and the people who are supposed to do something about it absolutely refuse. They're long on talk but horribly short on action.
So, as usual, it falls to we the people.