Amnesty won't work: Secure our borders

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Amnesty won't work: Secure our borders
Illegal migrants are placed in holding facilities before they are returned to Mexico. CPB photo

Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

While the great scientist was himself a legal immigrant to, and later a citizen of, the United States, it doesn't take a genius of Einstein's intellect to know that America's immigration policy over the last several decades has been broken and the federal government has been derelict in its responsibility to fix it.

While the Obama administration says it's committed to "immigration reform," Americans are rightly concerned that this reform is merely a euphemism for amnesty. When President Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., said, "This amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.3 million illegal aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forth an amnesty bill like this."

The senator was right. Today's amnesty proposals are even worse. They are worse because the population of illegal aliens has skyrocketed to between 10 million and 20 million, depending on whose figures you choose to believe.

Moreover, America has since been struck by a major terrorist attack inflicted by illegal aliens, not to mention numerous failed attacks by those who managed to flout our immigration or entry laws.

The American Legion offers a common-sense strategy to address illegal immigration without offering amnesty or other loopholes that endanger America's national security and threaten our economic well-being.

First, America needs to secure its borders and other points of entry. That means complete the fence, beef up border patrol and deport those who have already been identified as illegal aliens. Deportation does not require a mass round-up as the open-borders lobby would have you believe, but simply processing those who already enter our legal system through other violations.

Additionally, we need to eliminate the jobs magnet by enforcing no-nonsense penalties on employers who hire illegal workers. Likewise, all taxpayer-funded social service benefits - with the exception of emergency medical care - must also be denied.

Finally, and most importantly for our national security, we must effectively screen and track all foreign visitors to the United States. Three of the convicted terrorists who plotted to kill innocent soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J., were illegal aliens. A man accused of assisting the would-be Times Square bomber was also here illegally. Americans have grown accustomed to increased security measures when boarding airplanes. We should expect the increased scrutiny to continue for foreign nationals staying in the United States.

The Obama administration has given strong indications that it does not grasp the problem. While Phoenix is second only to Mexico City in kidnappings, and the Mexican border has seen a recent rise in violence by drug cartels, the Justice Department succeeded in getting a court to temporarily hinder Arizona's attempts to deal with an issue that the federal government has neglected for years.

Moreover, the U.S. Department of Labor produced a video in which its secretary incredibly states, "Every worker in America has a right to be paid fairly - whether documented or not."

The Obama administration is not alone in its misguided approach to this issue. Democratic and Republican administrations have allowed the problem to fester for decades. The issue will not be solved until leaders from all political parties put electoral considerations aside and start putting America's interests first.

 

 

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sapper

October 16, 2010 - 4:10pm

Illegal Alien is Illegal. End of story. Remove your emotions because you have relatives in Mexico. Remove your misguided beliefs that we need low paid labor, there is no such thing. Remove your uneducated feelings based on what you think or what you may have heard. The only reason this is even an issue is that the liberal, marxist, elitest members of your government are USING these poor folks as a tool. Using them for illegal votes, amnestize them to broaden their power base and use them as a distraction while they destroy your Democracy and Constitution. Illegal is illegal. Get your eye back on the real issue before we have red stars on our flag. As for you that think illegals are cheap labor, they get 7 bucks an hour right? Then YOU pay for their medical, food stamps, subsidize their housing, pay for their anchor baby, their education, extra law enforcement,increases in your auto insurance and on. This is why AZ is FIGHTING TO KEEP FROM GOING BROKE. Or do u think it's JUS FOR FUN

soup20000

October 3, 2010 - 1:34am

I am a recent Navy vet who was on active duty from 2003-2007. I was really interested in joining the legion but after reading the stance that the American Legion takes on immigration I have to say that I am outraged and appalled. Way to alienate me with this stupid position on immigration. I know that I am not alone.

halftruthlies

August 12, 2010 - 10:41pm

Your comments are welcome; although let's get something straight. We as veterans have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United states. The immigration issues clearly fall under the Constitution. ( 22 enumerated powers of government) One of those powers is in article 9 section 4 of the Constitution. I recommend reading a book called the 5000 year leap. It talks about the Constitution and the 28 principles our founding fathers used to come to a full agreement on writing the Constitution. The problem at hand comes from illegal's not following through, and our government not using one of the 28 principles to guide so they know when they are about to make decisions that will affect our constitution, and Americans being apathetic.

halftruthlies

August 12, 2010 - 10:44pm

Article 9, Section 4 of the Constitution states, "The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a republican form of government, "and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence. " Definition of "Invasion" ______________________________________ The act of invading; the act of encroaching upon the rights or possessions of another; encroachment; trespass. ________________________________________ A warlike or hostile entrance into the possessions or domains of another; the incursion of an army for conquest or plunder. ________________________________________ The incoming or first attack of anything hurtful or pernicious; as, the invasion of a disease.

halftruthlies

August 12, 2010 - 10:46pm

James Madison, our 4th President, mindful that there would be those who would tinker with the Constitution admonished these meddlers thusly, "Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government." The separation of text from historical background is a common occurrence in our nation today. Advocates of one cause or another routinely alter and misrepresent the meaning of various portions of the Constitution to justify drivers, and often conflicting, agendas. These campaigns and causes seem to be endless in number. We know that many provisions of the Constitution have been subverted, and we know also that the false extrapolations of the meaning of these provisions, as intended by the authors, has bastardized our government. These crusades for social change seem to be rampant and endless and the peddlers of the same look to the Constitution to

Dr Bobby Dickerson

August 4, 2010 - 7:44pm

The American Legion should have nothing to do with inmmigration or immigration policy. It is here to serve our veterans and this is just another distraction from focusing on veteran issues. Like TBI, PTSD and hundred of service related issues. Stay on point and out of politics and domestic policy and focus on veterans issues. Serve those who have served.

NoblettRoger

August 1, 2010 - 11:12pm

You are write to a point but what about the people that served in the US.military that came from canada i am not allowed into the USA I Dont Have Apassport Dont get me wronge you open the door to terrorism or criminals from other countries through your own stupidity you take on the world you lose . i would give up my right arm just to save the usa learn from the brits it dosent work there is no such thinge as armesty you have to show the world that you are not backing down from the fight we support you ex nam vet

NoblettRoger

August 1, 2010 - 11:12pm

You are write to a point but what about the people that served in the US.military that came from canada i am not allowed into the USA I Dont Have Apassport Dont get me wronge you open the door to terrorism or criminals from other countries through your own stupidity you take on the world you lose . i would give up my right arm just to save the usa learn from the brits it dosent work there is no such thinge as armesty you have to show the world that you are not backing down from the fight we support you ex nam vet

DB

July 31, 2010 - 12:29am

You need to take charge of this deteriorating situation. Tell your friends and family that are already here illegally that you did it right and they are making a big mistake. Tell your family and friends that want to come here illegaly that you will not support or back illegal acts of any kind. By breaking the immigration laws they, THEY, are creating a lot of disrespect for the entire Hispanic people and HATE of the lawless acts they are committing. If YOU, do not do this from within the family of Hispanics that came to this country the "right way", then, even though you are receiving the love of the majority right now will soon find a certain lack of warmness towards you because you failed to DISCIPLINE YOUR OWN FAMILY. tHE iRISH, pOLES, gERMANS, iTALIANS, jEWS, cHINESE etc, etc, in thier great majority came in legally, (they didn't have the temptation of a Mexican border to get them in trouble.) Your self-discipline ,now, from within your own ethnic group, must shine!

h2oplmgw

July 30, 2010 - 4:21pm

Commander Hill, I find it very apporopriate to make personal comments about an issue that affects so many. And agree whole heartedly with you on your comments. However I believe it goes deeper that most folks like to talk about. I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable, but, here's my two cents worth. Lets cut to the chase here. Why is it so obvious to the vast majority of people I talk to, that this is part our current administrations' plan pertaining to the "Change America Needs", (more government rule ? ) and why is no one talking about the current administration's obvious attraction to Socialism? Millions of "forgiven" illegal immigrants would equal future votes for them. THATS why they are fighting Arizona! Sinister plan? Depends on your politics. We should adhere to and stand by the principles of our Preamble, especially the second paragraph "To Uphold and Defend The Constitution Of The United States Of America." We need to wake up and do just that before it is too late.

myvoice

July 30, 2010 - 2:10pm

What is the American Legion doing taking an official stance on border and immigration policy? It is our function to take care of our veterans. It is not our function to tell other citizens what is good or bad about any government policy that does not directly relate to taking care of our veterans. You have crossed the boundary of what the American Legion is all about and you should retract your statement and appologize to all Legion members for crossing that boundary!!! you are more than welcome to have your personal beliefs as an individual, but you MAY NOT state your personal beliefs as though they were OFFICIAL POLICY of my American Legion organization! Mike Medley Chair of the Americanism Committee Post 157 Mill City - Gates, Oregon

America First

August 4, 2010 - 1:57pm

If our country was invaded by the army of a foreign nation should the Legion say "we have no position on the war because it does not relate to taking care of veterans"? Up to 20 million+ Illegal Aliens in our country is an invasion that threatens the sovereignty of America! Soldiers join the Military in large part because they Love their Country and are willing to die protecting it. Selfless service, Love for and duty to country, the American way of life, the sovereignty of our Nation does not end when we ETS! Just because we have politicians that have forgotten their duty to protect our Great Nation is even more of a reason we as soldiers MUST remember OUR DUTY to our nation. That MUST be a concern of the American Legion, AN ORGANIZATION OF SOLDIERS! Let not our comrades have died in vain.

jm7700229

July 30, 2010 - 7:16pm

I can't agree with your postion. The anti-SB1070 forces in Arizona have crossed the line from legitimate protest (albeit by people who aren't here legitimately), to vandalism and terrorism. Among other actions yesterday, a band of Mexicans sabatoged Interstate 19 with a string of tires roped together, broken glass, nails and other debris across the entire southbound highway, including shoulders (the northbound lanes are used by illegal entrants, and therefore safe). A young man saw them, stopped traffic and got the road cleared before anyone was killed in this 75 mph zone. We are under invasion, and the invaders are now fighting back against legitimate restrictions on their movement. Protecting our borders is very much a Legion concern. If Mr. Medley does not believe that upholding the law is an obligation rather than a personal opinion, then my opinion is that he should reconsider his opinion.

framos

July 30, 2010 - 1:54pm

Immigrants are good for our country do to the fact that baby boomers didnt reproduce the way their parents did. In order for our country to stay as a world leader we need them no matter how they got here. We need to make it easier for them to become part of our country in order to supply labor in many industries. We have People from every country coming to our country illegally but why is it that we pay so much attention to the south. Latin American countries werent the reason for the terrorism attacks. We have Bad people from every country not just one. Open your eyes to the bigger issue politicians are not helping our economy. They arent making our school system any better. We need better resources at our schools to create a base for our country to succed from no matter who comes to our great nation. If I ever decide to move out of our country I hope I dont get treated the way people here talk about other countries citizens.

jm7700229

July 30, 2010 - 7:31pm

There is no doubt that immigration is good for our country. There is also no doubt that international law supports the right of countries to determine who immigrates. Why are we paying so much attention to illegal immigration from south of the border? Because they make up about 95% of the 500,000 to 600,000 illegals crossing into the US every year. Duuhh. You think we treat immigrants badly? What we are howling about Arizona doing, most developed countries do routinely (by the way, you REALLY don't want to get caught in Mexico illegally!). Europe believes they have a severe problem with illegal immigration, estimated at 55,000 people in 2008, a tenth of our problem. You think we have a problem with schools? Try teaching math to someone who doesn't speak English and isn't even literate in his own language (a problem unique to illegals). Want more resources allocated to schools? How about denying them to people who don't belong here? Ignoring one problem won't fix the others.

Don Green

July 30, 2010 - 11:51am

It really baffles me why citizens, politicians and the courts do not get the point. Anyone crossing the border through any means other than the proper channels is breaking United States law. That makes them criminals with crimin int criminaal intent. Their first act is breaking the law and not honoring the United States ideals. If they disregard our laws they should not be allowed any concessions - only sent backs to country. Illegal aliens also seem to miss the point in that if we allow them to enter illegally and stay - our country becomes like theirs. They are running from their countrys social and economic breakdown. It also seems the more illegals we condone and allow to stay the more gang problems we have in more and more cities. Let them make the effort to enter legally or be stopped at the border or be deported. Anyone that supports amnesty or condones illegals staying in the country are supporting breaking the laws of the United States.

KVET

July 30, 2010 - 11:06am

Commander Hill, As your year ends, you have apparently taken sides and have become more political. I know you may discuss issues, but in my opinion, you have gone too far on this issue. Your role is to support the military and you have done that on the side of the military and military issues. As I see it, Your role is not to take sides on a political issue and damage the effectiveness of the commander's position. Each administration is responsible to secure the border, and the past five presidents have not done that well if at all. Please let the Politicians decide policy. When your year is over, choose what ever side you please and do it loudly if you can. You have that right. But as long as you are Commander you should remember that there will always be two sides to an issue, and in my opinion, you tend to compromise the effectiveness of National Commander when you take a stand on a non-military issue. Respectfully

America First

August 4, 2010 - 2:16pm

Protecting our Borders is a Military Issue as in any war and when up to 20 million+ Illegal Aliens enter our country it is an invasion that threatens the sovereignty of America! Soldiers join the Military in large part because they Love their Country and are willing to die protecting it. Selfless service, love for and duty to country, the American way of life, the sovereignty of our Nation does not end when we ETS! Just because we have politicians that have forgotten their duty to protect our Great Nation is even more of a reason we as soldiers MUST remember OUR DUTY to our nation. That MUST be a concern of the American Legion, AN ORGANIZATION OF SOLDIERS! Let not our comrades have died in vain.

DaveMay

July 30, 2010 - 12:38pm

I disagree. It's the partisans that are making this political on both sides. The law is the law and should be enforced. Ignoring it or becoming a sanctuary city should be a crime as well. If the law is wrong, change it. Don't simply ignore it. If someone is kidnapped, it’s a federal crime. If someone robs a FDIC insured bank, it’s a federal crime. Interstate mail fraud or identity theft is a federal crime. Should a state trooper or a city’s police force ignore crimes like these for the same lame reasons Arizona’s law was restricted? I live in a state overrun with ILLEGAL aliens and I pay dearly for their care. I also suffer from the crime and higher insurance rates because of their presence. BEFORE we make a pathway to legality, we must secure the borders, enforce the laws regarding hiring illegal immigrants and make any other changes to make it less attractive for these criminals to be here. Then make them go through the proper process!

tbmorris51

July 30, 2010 - 7:55am

These people are not immigrants, and should be treated as the criminals that they are. If we have a federal government that wont enforce the law (probably because they want the votes), then it should be up to the states to protect their own borders, and they should be encouraged to do so. There is a legal process by which to come here, and that process is to allow us to slowly absorb people who may need some help when they get here. What we have now is out of control and it costs us a fortune that we dont need to spend. It is time to close the borders and close them for good until we get this in hand. It is an open sieve for those who want to come here and harm this country and its people.

gubserb

July 30, 2010 - 1:57am

Bob, Respectfully, I think your comment that "We do not have the resources to search for, round up, feed/transport all persons who are here illegally" is off the mark. The Arizona law, at issue here, and in a broader sense the whole immigration issue, is not about doing an Old West roundup. Do you actually believe law enforcement has that kind of mentality or that concept was the intent of the law. If so, you are sadly mistaken. Just like every other single criminal law on the books, it will only be enforced when observed by someone in law enforcement. Get stopped for a traffic offense, get your driving license and vehicle registration checked. What? No driving license OR you have a driving license but it is from the Mexican state of Chihuahua? Great, may I see your passport, please, or some other identifying document? I would be asked the same thing if I was in Mexico... or Canada... or France... or Germany... or... I just don't understand what the big deal is...

Chaplain Lambert

July 30, 2010 - 12:53am

[We need to deal with the situation as it IS, not as we wish it to be. We do not have the resources to search for, round up, feed/transport all persons who are here illegally.] It costs us more in welfare, medical payments and criminal prosecution for illegal aliens than it would cost to round up and deport. On the other side, the cost goes down immesurably if we deny them social services other than Emergency Medical and not let our employers keep them employed. Without handouts and jobs, they have no reason to stay. They are not immigrants folks, they are criminals that broke our laws entering this country and it is the responsibility of ALL law enforcemment, to enforce our laws, including the arresting of all those who enter this country illegally. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY

USNDOC56

July 30, 2010 - 12:45am

I HAVE LIVED IN ARIZONA SINCE 1962. THE MASS INFLUX OF ILLEGALS IS A HUGE PROBLEM. INSOFAR AS THE CURRENT DC REGIME CHOOSES TO FAVOR THE ILLEGALS OVER THE NEEDS AND WISHES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE FOLLOWING SCENARIO: STATION TAXI DRIVERS ALL ALONG THE BORDER FOR FREE RIDES TO THE NEAREST AIRPORT. WE WOULDN'T WANT THESE POOR PEOPLE TO RISK THE DANGERS OF CROSSING OUR MEAN DESERT. WHEN WE HAVE A PLANEFULL, TAKE OFF AND HEAD FOR DC WHERE THEY WILL BE GREETED BY OUR ILLEGAL ALIEN LYING MUSLIM BASTARD AND OUR SCUMBAG CONGRESS AND MAYBE EVEN THE SUPREMES. HOW SOON DO YOU THINK WE CAN SEE A FINISHED WALL FROM THE GULF TO THE PACIFIC??????????????????/

tony1946

July 30, 2010 - 12:15am

Are there no unemployed veterans who need jobs? If not, there are 315,000 Hoosiers who are unemployed and over 15 million unemployed Americans. Guess what? There are over 8 million unauthorized aliens working in the USA right now and many of them work in construction and factory jobs...good jobs that Americans and legal immigrants would love to have. No one needs to round up and deport all the illegals. We can prevent them from taking our jobs by using E-Verify which is a free database that all employers can sign up to use right now. This federal program is non-discriminatory. All new hires, be they American citizens, legal immigrants or illegal aliens, have to be checked through E-Verify when the employer signs up. If illegals can't get jobs, can't get public benefits, most will take their families and go home on their own.

pilotdavems

July 29, 2010 - 11:39pm

Amnesty doesn't work folks. And this Susan Bolton judge person was appointed by Bill (I did not have sex with that woman) Clinton socialist. We have a constitutional duty to replace this government. And I remember taking the oath to protect this country from enemies foreign, and domestic. I believe Obama, and his appointees are enemies. The Obama administration isn't the only reason our immigration laws have not been enforced. However, he is now in the office of President, and he can enforce the laws. He may not change them. If he does not comply with the will of the citizenry, then he should be impeached. Thank you for your time.

Goldrush

July 29, 2010 - 10:04pm

Granting amnesty to someone who has committed an illegal entry crime is asinine. That's rewarding someone who was able to circumvent the legal process and enter our country. How much money has California, Arizona, and others, put out, and bankrupting the state, to cover the medical costs, welfare, etc. If they are looking to improve their lives then do so legally. That's all. Follow the law. Others that are unemployed, no income, etc., would take the jobs that the illegals are doing. It's just that the employers are paying the illegals less and not having to pay taxes, insurance, workman's comp, unemployment insurance, etc. I say that anyone employing illegals are criminals. Secure our borders! and round up all the illegals and send them back to their country. We can not suppose our own people must less million of illegals!.. If States have a right to change laws, different from other states they have the right to keep illegals OUT!! There are a bunch of laws that are different

bobkovitz

July 29, 2010 - 9:18pm

I am a full Vietnam era veteran, regular Army who enlisted and served 3 years. We need to deal with the situation as it IS, not as we wish it to be. We do not have the resources to search for, round up, feed/transport all persons who are here illegally. Sorry, folks, but that's the reality of the situation. We ARE in agreement that the federal government needs to do more, but it needs to take wise steps that don't bankrupt the country further or put people out of business who cannot afford higher labor costs.

William W Cottrell

July 29, 2010 - 9:14pm

I have served in the military and in Vietnam, so Americans can have their freedom. For several years I lived El Paso, Texas and know how Americans are treated in Mexico. Illegal Mexicans should be rounded up and deported. They come to the United States only to take advantage of our social systems and when they work they send most of their money back to Mexico. They usually pay no taxes and take jobs that our citizens could have. Our border with Mexico needs to be more secured, to stop these Mexican criminals, drug runners, and illegals from entering the United States and abusing our social systems, taking our jobs, and committing criminal actions against our citizens. Put our military on the Mexican/US border and give them the right to use all measures to stop illegal alians at the border. Also, levy large fines on employers who hire the illegals and require local police to request identification from all individuals stopped for an offense or picked up for committing a crime.

cptken152

July 29, 2010 - 8:06pm

The core of this country, as you say in your comment, was not LEGAL immigrants, but terrorists that sought to overthrow a legal government. Your continuing logic of everything is free for the illegals, makes no sense. If they pay rent, someone pays tax for that building. Taxes, real estate taxes, pay for services in this country. The American Legion has no business in discussing the immigration policies. Stick to helping veterans and the current miltary in receiving help for the burden of two wars. Talk should begin of removing our men from the two wars, that serve no purpose for this country. Possibly you may want to start a third war with the illegals.

DaveMay

July 30, 2010 - 12:50pm

[Stick to helping veterans and the current miltary in receiving help for the burden of two wars.] How about the veterans that can't find a job? I think it's a perfect topic for my American Legion. I Quote: The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans. You might want to visit the home page and read what the Legion is all about...

GeorgeC

July 29, 2010 - 8:05pm

I'm not sure if bobkovitz was a View Nam era amnesty recipient, or not, of just someone who has a personal agenda. But amnesty flies in the face of all those that have served this county, made the ultimate sacrifice for this county, or came to this county legally and received their citizenship. Granting amnesty to someone who has committed an illegal entry crime is asinine. That's rewarding someone who was able to circumvent the legal process and enter our country. How much money has California, Arizona, and others, put out, and bankrupting the state, to cover the medical costs, welfare, etc. If they are looking to improve their lives then do so legally. That's all. Follow the law. Others that are unemployed, no income, etc., would take the jobs that the illegals are doing. It's just that the employers are paying the illegals less and not having to pay taxes, insurance, workman's comp, unemployment insurance, etc. I say that anyone employing illegals are criminals.

vze3qtdy

July 29, 2010 - 7:51pm

Our government won't follow the Immigration Laws, so Arizona tried it (hopefully it will work.) The government needs to wake up and listen to the people of the USA. Amnesty is not the solution for this problem. We need a workable Immigration Reform.

BoydJrs

July 29, 2010 - 7:12pm

AMEN. Americans take a look what is happening to us. We can afford this influx of illegals here and those that are coming daily. Let those illegal countries take of their own. Its not our responsibility when we are in over our heads with troops in 2 wars and finance is bleeding us dry. We have our rights to take care of our OWN countrymen. HELP AMERICANs. TAKE CARE OF AMERICAN 'FIRST'.

BoydJrs

July 29, 2010 - 7:03pm

They don't have the right to be here and we should not do for them that their President don't do. The burden of taking care of his citizens should rest with their government. Not Americans. I fought for my country and many others did too; they come here for a free pass without earning the rights to be here. Americans are waking up to this injustice placed on them. Some body better get their act together as well as go back to how many labors can enter the country on visa's to handle the farming or other need that will be paying taxes like we all have too to help maintain our way of living. DEPORT! DEPORT! ALL. Let them enter our country the legal way.

BoydJrs

July 29, 2010 - 6:54pm

Many crossed the borders to have their babies to get aide. Send them back to their country for aide. We cannot afford these illegals nor can we teach them English. Many have been here long enough to learn English, as well as get legal. They sent their money back to Mexico or whatever country they are from and just ignored our laws on entering this country. The Mexican President should not have a say on American values or its laws. He should be centering energies to his drug problems and taking care of his countrymen rather than making them a burden on us poor Americans. I am putting all those names in my next vote of whom approve of taking care of non-citizens and placing extra burdens on our elderly citizens as well as young adults. If those in charge from President on down to Senators or whomever continues with this crap of trying to take care of illegals is truely will be on their way out. We cannot bare this burden with our troops fighting 2 wars that is costing us dearly.

bobkovitz

July 29, 2010 - 6:49pm

Mr. Hill is sadly wrong in his comments. It would be a complete waste of government time and money to track down every immigrant who may have entered this country illegally. At the same time, his call for employer sanctions (although required by law) flies in the face of the reality that Americans will simply not take the jobs that a vast majority of immigrants will take (whether they are legal or not). "Beefing up the border" does not solve the underlying economic problems of third world countries whose people are suffering every day. Like our own ancestors, they are looking to improve their lives by finding a place where they can provide for their own families. We all agree that immigration overhaul is needed, but it would not be a wise use of our limited resources to try to round up, imprison, fine or otherwise punish those who are already here. It takes courage to stand up and say: We need a new system that respects human rights and dignity. That is what we fought for.

glowndk

July 29, 2010 - 7:54pm

We need to seal our borders locate all illegals and deport them. I am not against imigration, I am not a racist if you are here illegal then leave . I dont accept this bleeding heart story of making a better life , TAKE control of your country (MEXICO ) and correct the problems. Start at the canidian border and walk south if you do not belong here leave. The cost to the states and goverment is excessive. If you are allowed to imigrate then I will SUPPORT you effort but legally. I did fight for freedom but I OBEY the LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY. If you can not leave. ILLEGAL IMIGRATION IS NOT A RIGHT. FIGHT TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY YOU LEFT MAKE IT BETTER.

earlcj

July 29, 2010 - 6:46pm

LEGAL immigrants are the core of this country. ILLEGAL aliens from any country are the scourge of destruction for America. We veterans served our country to ensure that the United States of America would be free. However, politicians are taking away these freedoms when they, in the name of collecting votes, betray the country and those who served by turning their heads while the crime rate soars, drugs run rampant, jobs are harder to find because scabs are allowing employers to pay cash to those who send the money out of our country. Then, the current administration rams through a health care bill which provides free care for those who do not pay for health insurance, pinning the cost on the people who make this country run. The American Legion needs to stand tall and oppose all the politicians of any party who won't close the border and enforce the laws already on the books!!!!!!!!! Don't cowtow to these traitors!!

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