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Gangs; Importing Criminals: Left of Center View

It's crazy to even consider letting criminals into the country, never mind letting them apply for citizenship. Political prisoner, right, we've all seen Scarface and we're not falling for that one. If we could we'd deport all of our own criminals to other countries, so why then would we ever let other countries criminals come here, even for a visit. No way, not a chance! Finally an easy one, you have a criminal record, you’re not a citizen, then you're not coming in.

Except... It seemed like a good solid, can't argue with it policy, that is until the Canadians started doing it to the U.S. We’re keeping our border safe from terrorists. They’re overreacting. We’re still fighting the war on drugs. They’re… well actually one of the reasons they don't want us to keep coming into their country is that we keep buying all the drugs they have.

See they have national health care, and common sense. So all these American seniors whose medications cost more than Medicare and Social Security will pay for, sneak across the boarder and have their prescriptions filled in Canada. Damn sneaky elderly people! Cheating hard working American pharmaceutical companies out of their profits. Damn Canadian affordable health care, drug providers! Got us all addicted to their cheap drugs and quality beer. Now they have the audacity, just because their dollar is now worth more than ours, to shut the gates and not let us in any more. Ingrates!

So obviously you don't want to invite the Jeffrey Dahmer's of the world to sit at our table. Career criminals, even those just getting their start, should not be allowed into the country. Folks affiliated with various gangs and criminal enterprises should also not be allowed into the country, sorry don't mean to get all Dunkin’ Donuts on you, but we do have the right to refuse service to anyone. We have more than enough gang problems already, and don't really need anymore.

Once this whole international information sharing thing gets up and running, border checkpoints will be where the real criminals are finally caught. Hopefully by the time we get the system working on any level of efficiency we'll have also fixed the current minor league baseball style of international prisoner exchange. "I'll trade you two arsonists and a pervert for one embezzler."

The border will and should get tighter. Criminals should be detained, restricted, rehabilitated. We should agree upon an international standard of who can and can not travel due to their criminal convictions and we should stick to it. Really, isn't it time we did something about those damn Canadian drug pushers?


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Tariffs and Fair Trade
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ICE Raids Detain Thousands of Innocent People
Political Activism and Illegal Immigration
Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Common Sense Laws
Rise & Fall
Outsourcing & Insourcing
English
Amnesty vs. Reality
Defining Immigration




Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

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Gangs; Importing Criminals: Right of Center View

Gangs are blight on humanity. The collection of wanton criminals together in some sort of social club to glorify their lifestyle is so unbearably intolerable their very existence should be a source of concern for every law abiding citizen on the planet. The tolerance of these organizations is tantamount to a surrender of civilized society to the basest of animal barbarism. Yet by our own actions and inactions Americans are not only tolerating them, we are turning them into folk heroes with video games, movies and music. We simply accept that they are a part of modern living. For that we should be ashamed as a nation.

So how do our lawmakers respond to this very real threat to our way of life? They create "sanctuary cities" where cops who bust the gang members can't even send them packing out of our nation if they are here illegally. Unless they are caught committing a serious crime, the cops can't touch them. That is a prime example of why the "sanctuary cities" are foolish concepts. In their efforts to be warm and fuzzy for the poor immigrants, they allow violent, murderous criminals into our midst to set up shop.

We need to start being more realistic in how we deal with criminals. These thugs aren't even hard to spot because they wear clothing and mark their bodies with tattoos that identify them as gang members but our cops can't even question them unless they are investigating a specific crime. This is insane! Stopping a gang member and checking them for weapons or contraband is not racial profiling! It's law enforcement's due diligence! If you happen to stop one and find out they are here illegally, ship them off and be happy for one less monster on being our streets.

As for how to deal with them coming into the country; we should lead an international effort to surgically GPS tag every person convicted of violent crimes. That way they will set off alarms when they cross a border, come too close to a school, approach a federal building and any number of other places where they pose a threat. We need to get tough on violent criminals and make them understand that if they act violently they will be branded for life as someone who poses a risk to society. By tagging the problem people, we can then focus on them when we are trying to keep our people safe. If they are later shown to be not guilty of the crime, it would be a simple matter of removing the tag and compensating them for the wrongful conviction.

This is a viable solution to a real problem. No more ankle bracelets or lost fugitives. Tracking codes locate them anywhere anytime. If a crime occurs, you know if they are there by checking the locator logs. Alibis become a matter of documented fact vs. criminal fiction. Restraining order violations in domestic violence situations become a matter of record by giving the person threatened a proximity detector that is tuned to the frequency of the offender and that instantly uploads violations to law enforcement computers.

Some will surely claim that this is a violation of civil rights but we have to ask ourselves what is more important, the rights of criminals to remain lurking in the shadows free to commit more crimes anonymously or the safety of our families. Make no mistake that is what it comes down to in the end. Anyone who has lost a family member to a drive by shooting or convenience store holdup committed by some thug who was a known criminal might have a different take on whose rights are more important.

Tracking would also allow for law enforcement to know when they congregate together and to track them down instantly when they are known to have committed a crime. How many unsolved murders could be avoided if we knew where these people were all the time? As for civil rights it should be academic. Obey the laws and your rights are more important than the people who don't. That's both logical and fair.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

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Open Border Trucking Policies
Unions Defending Illegal Aliens
Political Activism and Illegal Immigration
Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Let's Get It Right This Time
Once Again Congress Fails
American Jobs
English Also vs. English Only
Amnesty
Defining Immigration

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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