"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, January 05, 2007

TexasFred, the Arizona border and Mexico; Guns Blazing?

I got a late e-mail last night from TexasFred regarding an incursion over our nation's border at Arizona by armed men and overran a U.S. Border Patrol entry Identification Team site.

From TexasFred, "Guardsmen Overrun at the Border":

"A U.S. Border Patrol entry Identification Team site was overrun Wednesday night along Arizona’s border with Mexico."

"According to the Border Patrol, an unknown number of gunmen attacked the site in the state’s West Desert Region around 11 p.m. The site is manned by National Guardsmen. Those guardsmen were forced to retreat."

The rest of the post and comments are here.....

Kind of bizarre no? Especially since it isn't regular news. Isn't this part of what immigration reform is about? Or is this the part of the debate we should ignore or gloss over?

This is the border of our sovereign nation we are talking about here. Instead what we here from the media is Charlie Gibson's definition of "multi-tasking."

Painted by the Left as "racist," "xenophobic," etc.; when the basics of what we want is ENFORCING WHAT IS PASSED!!!!! How many times have I and others thought or typed that "we've been here before."

I posted back January 30, 2006 regarding the abuse of Tennessee's "immigrant driving certificate." The post also covers previous times when enforcement had been tried in various ways, like "Operation Vanguard in Nebraska in 1998-99."

Operation Vanguard was instituted by the INS to verify or check the validity of meatpacking workers social security numbers. The operation itself survived less than a year, but results were promising (from CNN.com roughly 7/8s down the page):
"26,000 meat packing employees were reviewed, 4500 discrepancies were found, 3500 workers left their jobs, rather than be interviewed. And 50 illegal aliens were found and deported."
But then, according to Rural Migration News, July 3, 1999:
"Nebraska's congressional delegation met with the INS in May and June 1999 to complain about the impact of Operation Vanguard on the state's meatpacking industry. Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) said that Vanguard caused cattle and hog prices to decline because slaughter-line speeds had to be slowed as unauthorized workers quit."
Well, Kerrey is no more, but there are many like him on the Left and Right in this debate. We're going to see all these things over again unless we hold these people to the fire. Debate/discuss and enact what you will, but there better be follow through......HENCE, my big concern regarding the border itself and over the border, ENFORCEMENT FIRST. It's not a tough concept.
Coalition Against Illegal Immigration posts today:

A polite reminder from Leaning Straight Up, "Excuse me, Speaker Pelosi, sorry to interrupt your party, but there is a problem to the South..."

stikNstein posts, "Things are Quiet on the Illegal Immigration Front...too Quiet."
Not immigration related, but definately a force that will affect it, Rightwing Guy posts, "The Democratic Miscalculation."

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**

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