Illegal Aliens Among US

            Is there such a thing as an illegal alien? The way the federal government is acting the answer appears to be “not really.” They are wrong – Arizona is right.

The Supreme Court of the United States just ruled on an Arizona law that is an exact copy of the federal law. Without getting into all the complexities of the case, Arizona law enforcers, according to the court, may check the status of people they stop and detain them if they are suspected of being in the country illegally. But, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says that they will not cooperate with the Arizona authorities and will not take the detainees into federal custody.

Last week the President stated that he will not enforce deportation laws when “children” up to the age of thirty are discovered to be in the country illegally and now the DHS will not cooperate in the removal of illegals detained by state authorities. These two actions make clear that this administration has no interest in protecting the country from invasion and take over by foreign populations.

We are being – no, actually, we have been invaded by a force greater than any army in history. The total Allied Armies of WWII sweeping through Europe did not match the numbers of invaders we now have here. All without firing a shot (well, there is all that drug war stuff and gang related violence, etc.). But, our borders are a joke – worse they are an insult to Americans. This is not just a Democrat fiasco – there is plenty of glory to go around and much of the problem falls at the feet of Republicans. The Democrats are looking for cheap votes and the Republicans are supporting cheap labor. They are both wrong – legally and morally. Those responsible, regardless of party have betrayed their country. Generations of Americans fought and died too preserve, protect, and perpetuate these United States of America – not to give it away.

WE ARE A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS. Ellis Island is held up as an example of how we once truly lived up to the inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty concerning the masses yearning to be free and “send these, the tempest-tossed, to me.” However, one third of the immigrants landing at Ellis Island were turned back because of medical or moral reasons. Immigrants landing at the Island were examined and their backgrounds checked for public health and safety reasons. Illegal immigrants get no such screening – hence the increase in tuberculosis and other diseases and the tremendous increase in gangs and the very large prison population of illegal aliens. If we are to return to the days of Ellis Island then we must have close screening and strict standards for LEGAL immigrants.

The really sad part is that we need more immigration – only the legal kind. We need workers and entrepreneurs at all levels. The right mix of immigrants will actually help our economy and create jobs for Americans – just as it has in the past. But our legal immigration policy and bureaucracy is broken. This has lead to a buildup of demand here for workers and a great frustration outside of the country on the part of those who are trying to get in. At the very least we need an efficient screening process to identify the true undesirables that for any reason should not be allowed in and a reasonable process for those who should.

    The stupidity and inefficiency of the current “system” is the root cause of the problems we are facing. This can and must be fixed. Illegals must be encouraged to return to their country of origin to apply for legal immigration. That system that caused them to be illegal in the first place must be corrected so that we can bring in those we need in a rational, reasonable manner. Illegals returning to their country of origin must be allowed to apply for appropriate visas and go through the screening process – without prejudice because of their previous status. Criminal and other such history should be disqualifying. In other words, have them all go back and apply to be screened for legal immigration – and make sure that we have the system in place to do it right and expeditiously.

Without an effective immigration policy and procedures we will continue to endanger our citizens, harm our economy, and continue the exploitation of the illegal immigration populations. Everyone needs to understand that what we have now is not working and it must work for the betterment of all – our survival as a nation depends upon it.

Enforcing the laws is an essential first step – my hat is off to the State of Arizona for facing the problem and taking action. The federal government needs new leadership – January 2013 cannot come soon enough.

  1. John Nelson said:

    As Steve points out, the issue is really legal versus illegal. Legal immigrants, like those who formed our country, pay taxes. Illegal immigrants do not; by not doing so, they use services and benefit from our government without having to pay for it, like all of us who do pay our taxes. By choosing not to enforce laws currently on the books, the Obama administration chose to exacerbate this problem, rather than help fixing the “root” causes behind our broken immigration policy. As Steve points out, Arizona is right.

  2. Laura said:

    @John Nelson:
    What about all of the illegal ‘immigrants’ who pay into the social security system but are unable to collect? And what services are they ‘using’ from the government? Surely you are not referring to the social welfare programs our government doles out to LEGAL immigrants…?

    Mr. Fitzgerald,

    Do you disagree with children being given a reprieve from returning to their country of origin? Some of these children had no choice but to ‘cross over’ when their (adult) parents chose to break the law and cross illegally…

    Good article.


  3. Greg said:

    Laura– (not Nelson but another guy) From what I’ve seen and experienced MOST illegal immigrants are simultaneously victims AND perpetrators. They most often DO NOT pay into Social Security (a dem talking point) because they are victimized by businesses paying low salaries and often paying in cash to avoid “tax visibility”. Illegals can’t complain because of their status and it’s still more than they would make in Mexico. As for what they wrongfully “take” (that would be stealing from us) is an excessive burden in our hospitals (my nurse practitioner wife can fill you in as she sees it EVERY day), schools (children are “entitled” to go to school but someone (PROPERTY TAXPAYERS) pays for that and it sure doesn’t keep the class size any smaller, and many are filling up beds in our prisons– right here in Lansing and Leavenworth– which we taxpayers also pay for.

    I would prefer keeping my own money rather than paying higher taxes to the governemnet for all this “FREE” stuff. As to the “children”… there are numerous amounts of people in Mexico pursuing the legal way to enter the country. Why would you penalize someone who is trying to come here to follow the law versus someone that came here evading the laws to begin with. Heartstrings and compassion works both ways– and Mexico doesn’t have a free flow across their borders INTO Mexico— just ask the Guatemalans and other Central Americans.

  4. Dan Hopkins said:

    In 2004 Mark Gilstrap voted yes for HB-2145 providing in state tuition to illegals at a subsidized cost of over one million dollars a year. HB-2145 is also in violation of a 1996 federal law but that didn’t stop Gilstrap from giving away our tax dollars and our sovereigntyIn. States are prohibited from offering this benefit to unauthorized immigrant students unless other U.S. citizens are eligible for the same rate. Link to the Senate Journal showing Gilstraps vote to violate US law:

  5. Tom Stoffers said:

    We are the most genrous and accomodating country in the world concerning immigration. We can not allow a large population of illegal immigrants to just show up . Most illegal aliens are poorly educated and have few skills. Those are facts and are meant to be condensending.
    How can our system survive when our schools hospitals and other social services are being overwhelmed with a population of unskilled laborers

    .Steven A. Camarota is the Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies

    Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children: A Look at Cash, Medicaid, Housing, and Food Programs

    By Steven A. Camarota
    April 2011

    In 2009 (based on data collected in 2010), 57 percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal and illegal) with children (under 18) used at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent for native households with children

  6. Laura said:

    At Greg: Having lived with many illegal aliens and seen their lifestyle firsthand, I can attest to the following:

    The people that I lived with did not consider themselves victims. However, they gave little thought to the consequences that their illegal children would pay by bringing them illegally into the country. In fact, many of them thought they were bringing their children to the US for a better life. The illegals that I worked and lived with received a bonafide paycheck from our employer wherein state and federal taxes were removed from their checks. These same individuals did not collect their refund at the end of the year (mostly due to illiteracy or ineptitude at filling out difficult tax forms).

    You say that many are filling out prisons and jails in Lansing and Leavenworth. Where are the statistics on this?

    I agree with you…I do not want any of my hard-earned money to go to anyone that I do not choose to give it to – be it illegal or citizen. Basically, I worked hard for my money…I believe it’s my right to dole it out (or not dole it out) as I see fit. I don’t care if you’re blue, green or brown. And I do not want illegal aliens in our country any more than the next guy. I am a huge proponent of doing the right thing and rectifying any wrongs that may have been committed in the past.

    I do not think that the (now adult) children of illegal (adult) aliens should be punished for their parent’s felonious and negligent actions.

    Thank you for responding! I look forward to continuing our discussion.


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