Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Who Shifted The Focus?

"The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way." ~ Henry David Thoreau

It has been said, "when you are up to your ass in alligators, it's hard to remember that your original objective was to drain the swamp" I think this applies perfectly to the current news of the day about illegal immigration. Or immigration rights, depending on which side you are listening to.

Does anyone remember what created this big flap in the first place? The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Seems to be quite a leap to go from defending America to arguing over whether Mexicans who have entered the country illegally have the right to be treated as American citizens.

This is how it happened:

After years of jumping up and down screaming that something must be done about the numbers of people sneaking across the border between Mexico and the United States, someone finally got the attention of Congress. And the Media.

It suddenly occurred to some pretty astute individuals that if the Mexicans can get across the border undetected, others from other countries and cultures could, too. We had been attacked by terrorists, some of whom were in the country illegally. Someone somewhere made the connection.

If Mexicans can get across the borders so effortlessly, it is entirely possible that a terrorist or two could, also.

So, the campaign to seal the porous border began. Not to keep hard working people from entering our country to find gainful employment and make a better life for themselves and their families, but to avoid another heinous attack against our country by terrorists.

So why has Congress allowed themselves to be distracted from the original purpose? There are many reasons, I believe, but the bottom line is money.

As yesterdays rallies and boycotts across the country have demonstrated, Mexicans contribute a lot to America, and yes, they cost America a lot, also. They supply and consume mass quantities of goods and services in this country, and that definitely helps to keep our economy strong. I don't think anyone can argue with that.

They also are a tremendous drain on our economy. Many of them get social services, and other benefits. Not to mention the growing numbers of illegal immigrants that commit crimes in America.

I don't have any problem at all with Mexicans coming to America, and getting jobs, and raising their families in prosperity. They certainly can't get that in Mexico, where there is virtually no hope of working their way out of poverty.

I do have a problem with criminals. Sugar coat it all you like but when they cross the border without going through the proper procedures, they are breaking the law. When one breaks the law, one becomes a criminal. Anyone that crosses into another country illegally is a criminal. Criminality is not supposed to be rewarded. It is supposed to be punished. Criminals certainly shouldn't be given all the rights that non-criminals work so hard for years to achieve legally.

It is a tremendous problem for America and one that definitely needs to be addressed. But it is not the problem that was originally intended to be addressed.

There are several possible solutions to this problem,none of which are adequate, and none seemingly address the original objective. Stopping terrorists from entering our country and mounting another attack which could conceivably be worse than 9/11.

Somebody shifted the focus. I fear that while we are engaged in arguing over whether illegal aliens should be permitted to enjoy the rights of legal immigrants, the real threat to America will march right in and set up a series of terrorist cells, and the next thing we know, we are up to our asses in terrorists.

And then, we will have real problems.


Sheila said...

Mark I think us little people are the only ones who get it. The people who live inside the beltway are wussies. :)

Shore up the boder first. Then unscrew the INS so that the people who have been paying their taxes faithfully and trying to become citizens can do that. 40% of the people who are applying are lost in the cracks. Then round up the ones that are illegal and ship them back. If we ran to another country illigally, we'd be in jail in that country.

See! Liberals are Americans too. :) Both sides on the Hill are stupid on this one.

Gayle said...

"when you are up to your ass in alligators, it's hard to remember that your original objective was to drain the swamp". Never heard that one before, but I love it. It's so true!

Yes, someone did shift the focus, and very successfully too. I believe it was the MSM. They're very good at it. Those terrorist cells you are talking about are probably already here. And we're looking in the wrong direction.

You're the first one I've seen put this together, Mark. Kudos!

Francis Lynn said...

Over 130,000 OTM - other than Mexicans - are apprehended yearly crossing into the USA from Mexico. We wonder how many OTM got thru. The OTM's come from all countries, including terrorist countries. They are usually given a summons to appear in court & released - yes released - into the general population. Few show up for the court date. Ya think?

The next 911 will be a result of a border crossing. Our pathetic Congress & President are doing nothing to secure the borders. On the heels of 911, this is sickening, if not treacherous.

If there were no terrorists in the world, illegal immigration needs to be addressed big time anyway. It is now of epic proportions. And it is having its negative domino effect on the country. Thank you miserable Congress & President.

ELAshley said...

and not just up to our asses, either, I keep hearing the phrase "American Hiroshima" being bandied about.

Lone Ranger said...

Hey! I live inside the beltway. Would a wuss want landmines planted along our border with Mexico? Among the tons of trash left behind by these hard-working immigrants, authorities have found Korans and prayer rugs. But even if we are nuked one day by a group of 7th century barbarians, it won't harm the country as much as the daily flow of drugs and insanely violent gangsters across our porous borders. Whoever campaigns on border enforcement in the next presidential election will be a shoo-in. I'd even vote for a Democrat if he promised to seal our borders -- and meant it. But how do you tell when a Democrat is lying? Their mouth is moving.

Dan Trabue said...


Liam said...

If the US wants to secure its land borders then it should go ahead and do it. What to do with existing illegal immigrants is a wholly different question.

I think the land border is only one of your troubles though. What about the ports? Last I heard pretty much nothing had been done to secure them. If Al-Qaeda wanted to do something on the same scale as 11th September 2001, they might send a team of terrorists in from Mexico, but they could just as easily hijack a cargo ship in international waters and ride their dirty bomb right into the major seaport of your choice.

On the subject of the immigration debate though, your post sounds a little like band-wagon jumping to me Mark; this is not a new issue. Illegal immigration – and just as importantly the knowing employment of ‘illegals’ – has been around for many years. To rail against illegal immigrants as criminals is technically correct, but ignores the fact that plenty of ‘good honest Americans’ have been happily employing them illegally too. If you are going to deport the immigrants as illegal aliens then, by the letter of the law, you should also prosecute all those who have benefited from their illegal presence.

Mark said...

Sheila, I absolutely agree. This is not a Liberal/Conservative issue. This is a security issue.

LR, In this case I think it's safe to say that's true of all politicians. Both sides are too afraid of losing the hispanic vote.

Dan, ???

Liam, you are right. If we want to stop the flow we must eliminate the incentive. If there were no jobs for the illegals they wouldn't bother coming over without going thru the proper channels. Unless they are intending to committ crimes.

Dan Trabue said...

Sorry, Mark. I was suddenly overwhelmed by fear over the great immigrant menace. I'm better now.