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Border Security and the War on Drugs: Left of Center View

The War on Drugs is a real buzz kill, but at least is makes sense. Drugs are the currency o f the underworld. The War on Terror has crossed into the War on Drugs, since it is drugs that often finance both and there is no end in sight for either. So it comes as no surprise that the current war on illegal immigration, ok so it hasn’t been declared yet so at this point it should be call the “police action” against illegal immigration, also is intertwined with the other two main governmental declared wars of propaganda.

Illegal immigration begins with the exact same crime as drug-running; undetected entry into the U.S. It makes sense that the two would combine. Really, why would you pay people to sneak into the country when there is a large pool of folks willing to pay you to sneak them into the country? Talk about a win-win situation. Besides, even if you do get caught the punishment is exactly the same. You get sent back to where you came from.

So it’s pretty easy to see why criminals would combine their operations, less risk more profit. The operations grow larger and more efficient and more and more entrenched and difficult to eradicate. So even though both activities are illegal, the real harm in this instance is created from the organization rather than the actual crime being committed.

Drugs are bad, mkay. Except when they’re not. When used properly drugs actually help millions of people every day. Just as there is an entire industry set up to supply legal drugs, there is a similar one in place to fill the demand for illegal pharmaceuticals. But unlike marijuana the drug cartels really are a gateway to bigger and more sinister things.

Illegal immigrants are usually hard working folks, doing their best to blend in with society and stay under the radar. However, when you combine their already illegal activities, such as working and going to church in a land outside the one of their birth, with those performed by organized drug smugglers, well it get s ugly quickly. Honest, decent people, whose only initial crime is wanting a better life for themselves and their families can quickly find themselves caught in a world of prostitution, drugs and terrorist related activities. The deeper you get, the more difficult it is to get out and there is absolutely no place to go for help.

American’s pride themselves on their generosity, for their willingness to help other in their time of need. So why not help the men and women who find themselves essentially sold into slavery. I think we can all agree that the criminal organizations pose a much greater threat to our Nation than the poor people they’ve ensnared. We offer mafia informants immunity and a chance for a fresh start, why not do the same for illegal immigrants who are willing to help rid our shores of these parasites. Finally a win-win situation that benefits the rest of us.


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Who Owns America?
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American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
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Border Security and the War on Drugs: Right of Center View

Border security and the war on drugs have to be tied together. The simple fact of the matter is that if you don’t secure the borders against one the other will have an open path to come into this country. Without making any judgment about which is more detrimental to the country most reasonable people can acknowledge that the borders need to be secured to limit the trafficking of both drugs and illegal immigrants across our borders.

The problem with trying to focus on one without the other is that it becomes a self-defeating process. The borders of the United States are, to say the least, porous and inadequately protected. Every day tens of thousands of people cross them and not all of those people have the best intentions toward our people. In order to protect us from the people that would do us harm we must also stop, question and scrutinize people who may mean us no harm. Some might call these interrogations “racial profiling” but the truth of the matter is that most of the people coming into this country illegally do look to some degree like one another and therefore you are more likely to catch the illegal entrants if you focus on the people that fit the description of the majority of offenders.

I’m sure at this point I have now angered a whole bunch of people but you have to put aside your political correctness once in a while and face realities. The highest number of undocumented residents in the United States came here from Mexico. Therefore it makes sense to focus a significant portion of your resources on looking into suspicious activities involving Mexicans. Likewise, if you are looking for the traffickers in the drugs that typically come from Mexico, you need to start by looking at the people coming into the country from Mexico. This is not to say that all Mexicans are drug smugglers or illegal aliens but there is a significant enough number of them that are to warrant a little extra scrutiny. It’s not PC but it is logical.

So if we are to fight the war on drugs then we have to improve border security. In the process we will likely cut down the number of undocumented immigrants coming across the border as well. That is not a bad thing. I’m not saying we have to persecute the people that are here already if they are following the rules and not choosing to associate with criminals but we do need to make sure that we don’t let criminals get away with it because it might offend somebody’s sensibilities to thoroughly investigate a crime that may have been committed because the person being investigated is of a certain ethnicity. Political correctness and liberal values should never supersede the safety of American families. We need to try to be fair in our dealings with our neighbors to the south but they also need to crack down on people from their country bringing illegal drugs into our country. If they stopped it on their end we wouldn’t need to even be having this discussion.

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Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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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". 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 “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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