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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Time to Get Serious with Illegal Aliens - Part 2

In Part 1 arguments were presented on why the current flood of illegal aliens into this country was a serious problem that threatened our national security and sovereignty. In this post I look at what can and should be done about the problem. Many of these ideas are not my own, but rather a composite of proposals made by others on talk-radio (both hosts and callers), the blogosphere, and in print along with some conclusions I've drawn from them.

The first step in dealing with this crisis is to immediately seal our borders as quickly as possible. While it is true that the millions of illegals already in the country are a problem that must be dealt with (more on this later) there is little effective action that can be taken until the influx of new invaders is cut off. As Former Secretary of Education and Drug Czar William Bennett argued on his nationally syndicated radio show "when the bath tub is overflowing it's pointless to start mopping until the water is shut off". The government has a duty to use whatever means are necessary (diplomatic, law enforcement, military, etc.) to secure the borders, especially the one with Mexico.

To permanently get the border under control an impenetrable physical barrier such as a wall or series of walls, trenches, etc. needs to be constructed along the entire Mexican border. Talk show host G. Gordon Liddy has been one of the foremost proponents of this approach. He is collecting signatures on a petition to demand that Congress take action immediately.

In addition to advocating the building of a border wall, Mr. Liddy's petition also advocates other actions to address the problem of the existing illegals already in this country:
We, the undersigned, citizens of the United States of America, petition you, the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, to state that we, under no circumstances, want you to pass any law containing any provisions whatsoever for guest worker/amnesty for the millions of lawbreaking illegal aliens in our midst.

On the contrary, we ask you to pass a law that a) erects an impenetrable barrier along the entire southern border of the United States, from Brownsville, Texas to Imperial Beach, California and b) makes it a felony to knowingly hire an illegal alien to do any kind of work and c) makes the penalty for conviction of the aforesaid felony a mandatory sentence of at least one year imprisonment.
The key component of this strategy is to make it as difficult as possible for illegals to function in our country. The misguided supporters of amnesty maintain that it is a near impossible task to round up and deport all of the illegals. Granted, the task would be difficult, but would be much easier if the aliens could not easily find work or access the other benefits of our society and return to Mexico on their own. The current policy of only fining employers who hire illegals has not been effective as the fine is viewed as a cost of doing business and is merely passed on to the consumer with the other business costs. The mandatory jail time cannot be just passed along and would therefore be a much stronger deterrent to hiring illegals.

There are several other actions that can be taken (in no particular order):

President Bush should summon Vicente Fox to Washington and read him the riot act. There is a lot of pressure the US can place on the Mexican government to get them to enforce the border from their side. Fox's corrupt government is dependent on money flowing to Mexico from the US. Perhaps the threat of freezing all Mexican assets and severely restricting or taxing all wire transfers from the US would get his attention. Fox could also be advised that the US will hold Mexico to the treaty we have with them that requires them to take custody of Mexican residents incarcerated in the US (this alone would reduce the California prison population by nearly 50%). Fox (or is it "Weasel") could also be informed that any Mexican Embassy issuing bogus ID cards will not be tolerated and will be shut down. The US could also cause a lot of problems for Mexican oil drilling in the Gulf...

Immediately petition the Supreme Court to overturn the long time liberal courts interpretation of the 14th Amendment that makes all children born to non-citizens on US soil instant citizens. According to Constitutional Law Professor John Eastman there is a lot of legal ammunition that shows the 14th Amendment was enacted to accommodate the transition of freed slaves to legal citizens and that liberal activist judges have, as they so often do, bastardized the law to promote their social agenda. Currently illegals are having children ("anchor babies") that are instantly US citizens. Not only can these children petition the government to grant citizenship for all of their "relatives" when they turn 21, they are also used as pawns in deportation hearings to get liberal judges to allow illegals to stay in order to not "break up a family".

Make English the Official Language of the US and "encourage" all of the states to do the same through the granting/withholding of federal funds . As much as I hate advocating the use of federal funds as an instrument of blackmail, the libs and nanny-staters are already doing it to "encourage" state drinking age and seat belt legislation. This is a matter of national security, plus if the libs see that their heavy-handed techniques can be used against them they may not be so quick to advocate them in the future. End all bi-lingual government services, including those in our public schools.

Require all new hires to have an "Authorization ID" placed in their employment records. A system could easily be set up similar to that of a point-of-sale credit card approval that verifies the Social Security number the prospective employee gives to the employer is legitimate and belongs to the employee. Social Security numbers have imbedded data in them that indicate the time and place the card was issued and can be instantly cross-checked against the information supplied by the employee. For example, if a person obviously in their early twenties who claims to be a life-long California resident presents a SSN that was issued in Salt Lake City in 1967 the ID is obviously fake or stolen. The SSN is also a key into credit history and public records data that can give a very good indication whether or not the person possessing the card is the true owner.

Restrict free access to our hospitals for non-citizens except for legitimate life-threatening situations. Make it known that at any time treatment is given recipients will be subject to the same SSN checking proposed for employment checking and that people found to be in this country illegally will be turned over to immigration authorities.

Enact an "amnesty period" that will allow illegals in this country to voluntarily return to Mexico where, if they choose to do so, they can take their place in line in the process of applying for legal citizenship. After the amnesty period anyone who is already in the country illegally or is caught entering the country illegally will be classified as a felon and will lose all eligibility of ever becoming a legal US citizen. This policy should not be confused with liberal blanket amnesty programs or "moderate" amnesty programs disguised as "guest worker" programs.

I realize that some of these measures seem harsh, even to conservatives. But look at the potential national security and cultural issues involved. Blanket amnesty has got to be out of the question as making illegals citizens would give them all rights and privileges of citizens including, but not limited to, the right to bear arms (is it really a good idea to legally arm a de-facto Mexican militia?) and access to our court systems (look at the farce the Moussaoui trial has become).

As Ronald Reagan said in a speech at Notre Dame University on May 17, 1981:
They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that "the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits -- not animals." And he said, "There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty."
The Gipper was right then and we should heed his advice now and have the political courage to do what needs to be done to protect this country.

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