(Real) Immigration Reform and what we learned in Boston

no_compromiseAs tempting as it might be for anyone in Washington to find some way to spin the tragic events of the Boston bombings to advance their legislative agenda on Capitol Hill—and as mentioned in yesterday’s article they will indeed; however, they ought to think twice. That particularly goes for all sides in the immigration debate.

We are irked, therefore, that some of the bill’s supporters are making the case that the bombings in Boston demonstrate that we need the bill so “we can know who’s here.”

Washington should not get ahead of the facts, and it will take some time before we understand all sides to the events in Boston. From what we know so far, it appears law enforcement has conducted a textbook investigation into the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

They gave us the factual information they had, when they had it, and when they could share it. When it comes to tweaking the measures we use to prevent terrorist travel and foil plots, it is far too premature based on what they have told us to draw any conclusions on how to be more efficient at fighting terrorism.

America has had over a decade of experience in battling both transnational and “home-grown” terrorism. There is already plenty of experience to draw conclusions on how to keep this nation safe, free, and prosperous. When it comes to counterterrorism, the single most effective tool is finding the terrorists and stopping them before they kill. That has been the key to success to foiling most of the 54 frustrated plots by Islamist terrorists against America.

Good immigration and border security policies play an important, but supporting role. Generally, the rule is if you have good policies that facilitate legal immigration and travel while providing for public safety and security — they will serve well to help thwart terrorist travel.

coffee 4 2 - CopyThe comprehensive immigration bill proposed by the Gang of Eight should be able to stand on its own merits. And there is plenty in the bill to suggest that it cannot.

In fact, the bill promises “new security” by demanding the government have an electronic system to ensure that we can check out every foreign visitor leaving the country. The problem is the federal requirement to do that is not new— it has been on the books at least 17 years and ignored by three different Administrations. It is still not in place. There is a vigorous debate over if “building this system is worth the security or immigration enforcement benefits it may provide.”

There are national security problems with the bill that we hope to be able to debate at length.

The Boston bombings were a stark reminder that terrorism is still a real security threat. The seriousness of that threat requires we react carefully and thoughtfully in debating key issues to
moms apple pie ensure we do what’s right to solve immigration reform and border security.

Therefore, we contend that we should make ALL MATTERS OF IMMIGRATION REFORM coming from or endorsed by the U.S. Senate be scrutinized to the inth degree. As time continues on we become far more
aware that we do not have a fence — built and completed before they started up again with immigration reform. Furthermore, let’s not forget about the Border Patrol officers, police, law enforcement personnel, and the lot who have paid the ultimate price, with their lives, ensuring our safety.

For example allow us this question: Would you willingly allow Senator’s Schumer, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, or Dick Durbin and many others your PIN numbers to the bank account? Or giving any one of them the keys to your house for a week or month? Sorry folks, I just don’t trust them at all!

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One Response to (Real) Immigration Reform and what we learned in Boston

  1. Lech Dharma says:

    Right ON!
    One of the few black marks on Reagan’s administration was his signing of a massive blanket amnesty; meant to be the last one ever needed, because Congress said it would secure the border to prevent further illegal immigration. MANY years later, when legislation to build “the fence” was FINALLY passed in Congress, construction was halted several times due to “environmental impact” studies, etc… And we—especially AZ—are STILL are waiting for its completion.

    Meanwhile, Obama—with the stroke of his usurping pen—gave de facto amnesty to hundreds of thousands of breeding-age illegal aliens who had illegally entered the country as children (or have overstayed their visas).

    In this day and age, “securing the border” ALSO means scrutinizing individuals once they have been granted temporary permission to be here—especially if they come from certain countries.

    No “comprehensive” immigration reform will be meaningful unless “automatic” birth-right citizenship is reviewed in the light in which it was actually intended—and then properly-interpreted to exclude the offspring of illegal immigrants and foreigners that are here on a temporary visa.

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