Saturday, June 16, 2007

Folks, It's up to you

On May 29, 2007, President Bush visited the Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA. During his visit, he said, "And it gives me great confidence when I meet you to tell the American people there's a lot of decent souls doing everything they can to provide security for the American people."

The President was right, there are a lot of decent people out there providing security for this country, unfortunately the President isn’t one of them.

For 21 years, after we granted amnesty to 3 million illegal aliens, our immigration laws have gone un-enforced. The American people were lied to once about stricter enforcement of immigration laws. Due to our governments unwillingness to enforce these laws, we now are confronted with the issue of what to do with an estimated 20 million illegal aliens.

The American people do not want another amnesty, and this new legislation is just that no matter what George W. Bush says. The President is promising $4.4 billion for more border security as a sign that he is serious about sealing our borders. In October of 2006 President Bush signed the Secure Fence Act, which would build 700 miles of fencing along our southern border. To date eleven miles of fencing have been built. Is the President serious about border security? I think not.

Our Border Patrol Agents work tirelessly to stop the human tide of the poor and the criminal element that wants to cross our borders. Yet the U.S. Justice Dept has aggressively persecuted those same border agents for doing their jobs. Just ask Ingacio Ramos and Jose Compean if you don't believe me.

Recently Republicans and Democrats got together and drafted a ‘Grand Compromise’ of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The American people did not buy it. They flooded their senators with calls, faxes, e mails and letters opposing this bill. On the floor of the Senate if failed to get enough votes to pass cloture and was declared dead by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The American people thought they had won a major battle, but the President stepped in and began twisting arms of his fellow Republicans to bring the bill back to the senate floor for a vote. Whatever the President did or said, it worked, the bill is being re-introduced for further consideration. It appears that there has been another compromise that will allow a certain number of amendments to be discussed and voted upon with the agreement that the bill will this time have enough votes to make cloture.

America, we have been sold out by our senators, especially if your senators name is Feinstein, Kennedy, Kyl, McCain, Graham, Martinez, or Spector. Worst of all, our President has made it clear that he cares more for the people of Mexico than he does the citizens of the United States.

I was in a very heated argument the other day with a woman at work about the enforcement of immigration laws. She claimed that no matter what I say, what argument I make, I am only interested in getting rid of all the Mexican illegal aliens because I am for stricter control of our southern border. She did not want to hear about the drugs, or the gangs that come across that border. All she heard was RACIST, RACIST.

I am only concerned with enforcement of the law, equally applied to every illegal alien in this country. While I am only concerned with applying our immigration laws equally to all those who violate them, our President has made it clear that his goal is to aid and assist as many citizens of Mexico to come to the United States as he possibly can. Why else would he make the following comments in Mexico at a Cinco de Mayo celebration?

Comprehensive immigration reform is a vital goal for our nation, and it is a matter of deep conviction for me. I will continue to work closely with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to build a consensus for reform, so Congress can pass, and I can sign, a comprehensive immigration bill into law.

It is obvious that certain lawmakers care nothing for the wishes and desires of their constituents. It, therefore, is up to us to continue to tie up their phone lines with negative feedback on this bill. If that does not work, and our voices are ignored we must make a united stand to remove these traitors from the offices they have disgraced. It is imperative that we do so.

There was an article in my local paper today about the Ya es Hora, (Now is the time) movement by Univision. It is an attempt to get all eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens so they can vote. The pro-immigration folks are highly organized and are making great strides in getting their message out and their voices heard. We must do the same. If this bill passes and the President signs it into law, there will be at least 20 million new eligible voters. With the apathy and low voter turnout of the American people, we may forever lose our chance to have our voices heard in regards to controlling the flow of illegal immigrants into this country.

That may suit George W. Bush just fine, but it doesn’t sit well with me. If you share my sentiments on this issue you must make a concerted effort to recruit friends and co-workers for the cause. You must send out e mails, make phone calls to your senator and you must be persistent. I have called Diane Feinstein’s office daily for three weeks now. I may not have been successful in getting through each time, but I have made the effort. If you want to stop this bill from passing, you must do the same. The future of our country depends upon it.

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