Illegal Immigration and Your Security

Recently, a fellow online-blogger, Warner Todd Huston, wrote an article on the “rethinking” of 14th Amendment. In his article, he conveys the nonsensical, the heresy of, one of my US Representatives from Colorado, Tom Tancredo, of the 6th District, as wanting to redefine the 14th Amendment in the name of controlling illegal immigration. Yes, most of us understand the history of why the 14th Amendment was needed and added to the US Constitution. Simply, it was to correct the wrongs of servitude and slavery of black Americans.

Nevertheless, some would have one believe that the 14th Amendment is the causation of bureaucratic, debt-ridden, high security threat to the nation. In that, by tweaking the amendment that our crises to our welfare services would dissipate, shrivel, and go bye-bye. Okay…that might work. But! What about the illegal immigrants already here? Surely, we would have offer some sort of amnesty, or a grandfather act to ensure the fairness of those who already in the system? Right? Or do we do some sort of deportation (internment camp) round up and start shipping them back over the border?

Moreover, some would have one believe that illegal immigrants are “birthing” there stay in America, and thus, creating an anchor, or as the term goes an “anchor baby” so they can stay here, in case they get caught in the US illegally. That may be, but these people are not Tribbles, and for the record, they are human, and therefore entitled to not only their civil rights but their inalienable rights endowed by the universal creator known as the human community.

So, the question remains, what do we do about the illegal immigration situation? First, we must start enforcing the laws that are on the books. Second, depose any politician who supports the policy of “sanctuary”, which simply states that the police officers “disregard” obvious and suspicious identification given by “undocumented workers.” Third, prosecute and heavily fine employers that “knowingly” hire undocumented workers.

Admittedly, the third item above will be more difficult to execute, but with record verification to reveal the discrepancies should expose corporate corruption. If the social security numbers come back invalid, then have ICE, the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency, target those businesses and verify eligibility of the workers at the job-site. Meanwhile, border and port security should be increased by technological and personal means; if that also means building a wall, so be it. Nonetheless, what we need not do is to redefine what now affects all Americans. This is what I mean. The 14th Amendment guarantees the following,

"Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

In other words, no matter who your parents are, you are a US citizen if born within the territories of the United States of America. This means something. Illegal immigrants, for the most part, are not here to be nefarious but are to aspire to the American Dream. This does not mean, however, that we should disregard our own security with the barbarians at the gates of America. What it does mean, however, is that we are more vigilant in protecting the dream; and, preparing the nation for crisis.

Unfortunately, to date, our government has done a vastly incompetent job in preparing the nation for such crises (see the examples of Hurricane Katrina and Rita). And, for the amount of money we have spent on the War on Terror, protecting the home front has been last on the list. Oh yes, there has been domestic spying, and warrant less wire tapping, and the disregarding of the rule of law by a president when he deems it necessary. Nonetheless, the security of the nation is still at risk, with flood of illegal immigrants coming through southern, as well as the northern borders, with our shipping ports being severely insecure, it has been surprising that no other incidents have occurred. So, how will changing the 14th Amendment make us more secure when the insufficiencies of our own inequities regarding our own US borders? It does not. It will not. Nor will it ever! The time for enforcing the laws on the book is at hand; let us get these tasks done first. So say we all!

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