Monday, January 23, 2006

Illegal immigration...

I heard two very disturbing stories in the news yesterday.
The first one is about the Mexican government distribution of some 70,000 maps showing highways, rescue beacons and water tank locations in the Arizona desert which will alleviate the deaths among illegal immigrants stuck in the desert. The maps also show areas where there is cell phone reception.

A member of this Mexican government commission said:

"We are not trying in any way to encourage or promote migration. The only thing we are trying to do is warn them of the risks they face and where to get water, so they don't die."

Sure they are. If they were that concerned for their fellow man they would do something to improve conditions in Mexico so that these people didn't feel it necessary to flee their own country.

We are friendly with Mexico, Bush just loves Vicente Fox. There's never been one word out of Bush's mouth blasting Fox for his support of illegals coming over our borders. And here we have the Mexican government doing even more to encourage breaking our laws and where is Bush? Yep, he hasn't said a word.

The second story I heard was that ten heavily armed men in Mexican military style uniforms were confronted by Texas law enforcement officers after crossing the Rio Grande yesterday. The Mexicans retreated and went back across the border but they abandoned more than a half ton of dope. Of course Mexico denies its military was involved. The Mexican government claims that drug dealers dressed up like Mexican military to make us think it was indeed the military.

Yeah ok, whatever.

It doesn't matter whether they were military or not, we are all quite aware that the Mexican government encourages breaking US laws. I mean if they're encouraging illegal aliens to cross our border, why wouldn't they also encourage smuggling drugs into our country?

Now before you think I'm anti-immigration I am not. I am a descendant of German, Irish, English, Italian, Sicilian and Romanian immigrants. And oh yes I am also descended from Native Americans (Cherokee), so I have the best of both worlds thank you. My ancestors emigrated here legally and they helped millions of other legal immigrants build this country. America is a country of freedom and of laws. It is imperative that we enforce our laws in order to preserve our freedom and liberty.

I do not dislike Mexican, quite the contrary, I've met several Mexicans and they are really very nice and also very proud and extremely hardworking people. But that isn't the issue. The issue is about breaking our laws. I understand the Mexican and other peoples wanting to come here for a better life but they are breaking our laws and we cannot tolerate it. The border states have such an influx of illegals it is overwhelming the educational and health care systems not to mention it's taxing on local and state law enforcement who cannot keep up with catching the illegals and incarcerating those who break the law.

At this time I see illegal immigrants from many nations coming to America and sure many of them work hard, but they tax our system incredibly. And unfortunately unlike my ancestors who worked hard to read and write English and assimilate to America, offering their culture to us in exchange for them learning to become Americans, many immigrants coming to America today do not assimilate. They do not learn our language or our customs. If they did you would not see a ballot in California that is available in 37 languages. And that's just the beginning.

If we are going to encourage immigration it must be legal. And those who come here legally must work, pay local, state and federal taxes, contribute positively to our society, learn our history, become citizens, abide by our laws, and of course they can speak whatever language they want at home but when conducting business in America, they need to learn to speak, read and write English.

Sure it takes a lot of time and effort but if one truly wants to be an American, then certainly the time and effort is worth it.

In the meantime, come the next Congressional and Presidential election, I am watching and listening carefully. I don't care what party they belong to, whomever does not support the protection of our borders and the enforcement of our laws will not get my vote.

1 comment:

  1. What do you think would happen to you if you illegal crossed into Mexico and hung out on the street corners looking for a job?? I doubt Mexico would fly you back to your "home country". Mexico is STRONGLY against illegal immigration... illegal immigration into their country. Their southern border is patrolled by their army to keep the Guatemalans out of Mexico. A little hypocritical of Mexico, don't you think???

    Your friend in Queen Creek.