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Sierra Club vs. Border Fence: Left of Center View

Here we go with the fence again. Look America, no fence for you right now. You're just going to have to learn to play nice with the other kids. The Sierra Club is just the latest group to object to this, but they are also a favorite target of the right and since attacks not solutions are their stock in trade here we go again.

Let's take a step back here and look at the bigger picture. America is at war, literally, and the enemy is not Mexico. Trillions of dollars are flowing out of the country at a time when our own economy is failing. We have no idea how where this months rent is coming from, yet now, now we want to make home improvements..

Look, the Sierra Club has a good point. Nobody has really taken a good look at the long term impact of the whole "build a fence" project. Kinda like that whole "month long police action" we started in Afghanistan. That's right people, this whole mess in the Middle East started in Afghanistan. Now we’re committed in Iraq indefinitely and if someone doesn't take the remote from Dick soon, we're moving on to Iran next. Somehow it went from a month long campaign to clear out remote terrorist training camps is the Afghan mountains to a five year invasion and occupation THAT'S STILL GOING ON AND LOOKING TO EXPAND! Can you imagine what these people will do if you let them build a flipping fence across the bottom of the country?!?

Just putting up the fence won't do any good. You need to patrol, protect and fix the damn thing. What you don't think they have wire-cutters in Mexico? So it has to be a little more substantial than just a chain link fence. Ok so they have shovels too, remember most of these folks are coming here to do manual labor. They can dig a ditch under a wall.

So the wall has to go down as well as up. This sounds like a job for the Army Corps of Engineers, and it is, EXCEPT THEY'RE ALL IN IRAQ. And since it’s Iraq, most of the stuff they build gets blown up a week later, so they're not coming home anytime soon. Speaking of the military and coming home, piece of advice, don't mention it. The Army is a little sensitive what with the stop-gap low level of recruiting thing and all. The patriotism has worn off in the high schools and everybody's a little more reluctant to sign up when you're almost certain to end up in the desert with people shooting at your ass.

So the environmental concerns of building a fence across the bottom of the country are real and should be examined. But at the moment, it’s really not the biggest issue, it’s kind of like worrying about the effect that smoking has on your teeth. But hey if that's the kind of thing it takes to get you to quit smoking more power to ya. Oh, one more little thing, building a fence across the border makes you look fat.


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Sierra Club vs. Border Fence: Right of Center View

The Sierra Club has long been an advocate for environmental causes and that is a noble mission that should be supported. We all need air to breath and clean water to drink and there needs to be people working to support those things. What is mystifying to me is why they would come out and attack the border fence when it would keep tens of thousands of illegal border crossings by people who drop litter, urinate and defecate on the same habitat that the Sierra Club has vowed to protect. These illegal border crossings are doing untold damage to the very habitats and creatures that the Sierra Club is supposed to be sworn to protect.

The Lone Star (Texas) chapter of the Sierra Club in an October 11, 2007 statement also went so far as to ask that the Real ID Act not be put into place, making the following statement: “In such endeavor the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club believes that it is imperative that the Department of Homeland Security refrain from invoking the Real ID Act and that the Department instead uphold and obey all of the laws of the United States of America.” That act has nothing to do with environmental causes. So why then is the Sierra Club stepping into the immigration debate? It would seem that they have decided that they will align themselves with the pro-amnesty left and show their truly biased agenda. When taken in its totality it seems that the Sierra Club’s stand against the border fence has less to do with the environment than it has to do with supporting illegal immigration.

While other chapters have opposed the fence for seemingly legitimate environmental reasons, it seems that the folks in Texas didn’t have enough real reasons to fight the fence so they fell back on liberal rallying cries of amnesty for all the “poor innocent” lawbreaking illegal immigrants. The hypocrisy of their cries is only outstripped by the ignorance of their claims that the fence would do more damage than the people coming across the border on a daily basis. The people sneaking into our country are not concerned with the welfare of the endangered species or the preservation of open space other than the benefit to their illegal activities of leaving the border unsecured. If the Sierra Club wants the habitats protected, they should be working with the people at Homeland Security to work on ways to make the border fence more environmentally friendly to the animals and habitats they are trying to protect. They should not be advocating an open door to people who wantonly destroy those habitats while illegally entering the United States.

There is room in the debate for all voices but if you speak up your ideas should be at least logical and balanced. Don’t defend the rights of people destroying the habitats you are trying to protect. Raising questions about waiving environmental regulations for the fence is a legitimate discussion but asking that the federal government not enact a law that has nothing to do with the environment in order to please a group you are allied with that supports illegal immigration is ludicrous. This is one of those debates where people that are not well informed should stay out of it. The Sierra Club should stick to environmental causes and leave the immigration debate to the people more qualified to speak on it.

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A Legal Immigrant’s 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".

When I left my native country, my father said to my brother and I "Keep walking and don't look back". Once we landed, he told us never to go back, this is our new Country. At the age of 58 I can still recall the day I became a US Citizen, one of the proudest days of my life.

Now, my concern is why can illegal aliens come to the US and not get checked or even caught? They have to get sick, have accidents, traffic violations, go to schools, hospitals and even give birth. Their medical bills are paid for plus get Medicaid. True, they work hard for minimum wages, but pay no taxes. Live in fear, if caught, they run. They can get a job in restaurants, in health care, as care givers or a nanny, in hotels, etc. No one really knows if they are carrying a disease which could become an epidemic. On top of all, live 10 in a 1 bedroom apt, spend NO MONEY here, only on pre paid phones, calling cards and money transfer fees to send it to their countries.

It doesn't matter which race, gender, political party or religion you have. We must stand together as Americans"

I know this is AMERICA, the land of the FREE, land of OPPORTUNITY....but please, if you go to Rome, do as the Romans do. If you come to America, be an American!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

ONE NATION UNDER GOD

WITH LIBERTY

AND

JUSTICE FOR ALL!

LOVE IT…OR…LEAVE IT!


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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 “The Race” 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 isn’t 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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