Harlingen, Texas, July 1, 2010: I just finished listening to the “Yes We Can” president spend an entire immigration speech saying, “No We Can’t”. According to Barack Obama it is next to impossible for anyone to do anything to repair our broken borders. He also seems to believe that breaking our law by violating the border is acceptable and can be resolved by the criminal alien paying a small fine and learning English.
Well, Mr. President, perhaps if we started treating criminal aliens (note we did not write undocumented immigrants) by enforcing the laws they violated, our border security problems would be markedly fewer. Since 1929 it has been a criminal offense to illegally enter the United States of America. The first offense is punishable with up to six months in jail. For a second offense the individual can be sentenced to 20 years in prison. If we would instruct the courts forcefully use our immigration law to punish offenders, the illegal traffic would slow to a trickle.
Right now, without any new law being written, there are measures to put the brakes on illegal alien hiring. Employers who violate that 1929 federal statute already face a $250,000 fine and five years in prison. Two or three such harsh sentences, highly publicized, would lock the employment doors to illegal hiring across the country.
If we have any major failure in this country, it is a failure of leadership. Federal officials, federal judges, immigration officials and border security, along with the Executive branch of government and the Congress have all failed to perform one of their primary duties, which is to assure the security of the country.
The courts and legal establishment have been a disgrace. Those awaiting trial and facing deportation can stretch their date to appear in front of a judge from months to even years. Of those ordered deported 80% remain in the United States years after being ordered out of the country. Our Department of Justice spends more than $20 million a year to keep 300 lawyers flying around the United States defending those who have violated our borders and face deportation.
It is a felony to use forged citizenship documentation. Yet in Arizona more than 50,000 children have been found to have forged or stolen Social Security numbers, with no action taken against the offenders. The truth is forged and stolen identification used by illegal aliens totals in the millions of documents spread across the entire country. The best estimate is that 75% of the working age illegal aliens in the United States are committing identity theft with forged or stolen documents, yet no action has been taken by our governmental leaders to resolve the problem.
The “No We Can’t” attitude that prevails in Washington, throughout our court system and deep into governmental agencies charged with our protection is pervasive and must be stopped. It is now clear to more and more of the voting public that border security can only be resolved when we place responsible leaders in the offices which will allow them to take the actions American citizens demand. The “No We Can’t” president and his minions don’t appear to be up to the task. Maybe they should be asked; “Whatever happened to “Yes, We Can’?
Thomas D. Segel