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The Border Fence - Security or Hype?: Left of Center View

At first this Border wall seemed like a dumb idea. It will cost a lot of money, and be virtually worthless at the task for which it was built, keeping undocumented workers out of the country. Really, if you've already escaped death squads, extreme poverty and endured a trek of hundreds of miles, is a six foot tall piece of tinfoil going to deter you?

But that was George Bush's border wall, a wall whose foundation was mistrust and fear. It was needed so that we could feel a little safer. So that we could sleep at night without worry, all the while knowing that we were deluding ourselves. But we had to do something, anything to stop the approaching menace.

President Obama's fence on the other hand doesn't really seem like such a bad idea. We know that it won't really stop anyone determined to get by it. But that's no longer the point. Obama's wall represents hope, it represents jobs. It is no more frivolous a project than any of the other bail-outs that are costing us billions. Only instead of going to Wall Street the money will get to Main Street. Working people will have a job to do, a way to put food on the table all while feeling the pride of a job well done. It's rather FDRish in scope and vision if you think about it. Put America back to work. Good job Mr. President.

On a more serious note, there has been an increased amount of drug related violence tied to the various Mexican cartels. But again the fence is not really a solution to the problem. The traffickers are operating miles from the border. In fact, drug officials have dubbed Atlanta "the new Southwest border," said Jack Killorin, a former federal drug agent and director of the Atlanta region's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force.

Yes something should be done, but once again we are targeting the wrong group and using the wrong tools and strategy to accomplish our goals. There is a very real problem developing here, and we need to come up with solutions a little more realistic than the Gilligan's Island proposals we've been trying of late.


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The Border Fence - Security or Hype?: Right of Center View

For those of you who donít have Showtime, you might not have heard of a show called Penn & Teller B.S. Itís a great show that cuts through the B.S. to lay things out on the table in terms we can all understand. In their fifth season they took a look at the border fence. After careful consideration and applied political incorrectness, they determined that the border fence is B.S.

First they took some undocumented workers from a local home improvement store parking lot to an empty lot where they paid them to build a fence to the same specifications as the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico. After the wall was finished they asked the workers to go over, under and through the wall using the tools and or methods they did or would have used in coming to America illegally. In less than three minutes, all of the groups had gone either under, over or through the wall with relative ease. The quickest of the methods was in fact through the wall using tin snips and some well placed kicks.

For those advocates of the border fence who did not see the episode I highly recommend it. As a one-time supporter of the fence, I have to say it was quite eye-opening to me. It seems that short of electrifying the fence and placing landmines on either side of it, the fence will only slightly delay would-be immigrants and is a humongous waste of taxpayer money. Not only that, one of the primary builders of the fence was actually fined for having undocumented workers building it. Thatís right folks, illegal immigrants have been building our border fence.

Rather than building a fence we should be figuring out how to use the immigrantsí desire to come here to our advantage. We need people to do certain jobs that most of us really donít want to do and they are willing to work for less than minimum wage. Set up an immigrant work program that allows them to come here legally, identifies them and denies them access to public services except in the case of life threatening emergencies. Let them work in the jobs Americans wonít do with employers paying a percentage in taxes to keep from being a drain on the government. Allow them to send a limited amount of money out of the country to support their families back at home negating the need for their families to come here.

If they wish to immigrate permanently let them go through the normal process while working here as guest workers. Itís fair, fills an American need and lets them pursue the dream. Not to mention they can be here without fear of deportation which is a big incentive to do it the right way. Itís not perfect but it seems a bit smarter than wasting billions on a fence that will at best only slow them down a little bit.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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