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Port Security: Left of Center View

Immigration and port security are two issues that should not be joined together. U.S. corporations and the current opportunistic administration are the folks trying to combine them simply because the fear of terrorists wasn't enough for them to bully the American people into giving them what they want. Time and time again we see the War on Terror being used to frighten public funds into the pockets of those who could afford the $10,000 a plate dinners. An investment in fear is an investment in their futures. So it has become a common practice to link that which we fear most and least understand so that the fleecing of the public can continue unabated.

Seriously, think about it, if we can't secure the land crossings into the country what chance do we have against the sea? When you are talking about small groups coming ashore there really isnít much more you can do to police the coastlines than is already being done. The only place where large ships can dock and unload is in our ports, and there is enough security already in place at us ports to stop the perceived threat of illegal immigration through them. Everything on board a ship entering into us waters is supposed to be documented and must pass through customs. This system was beefed up during our War on Drugs, so if you itís good enough to find a kilo of powder, it should be able to turn up a whole person. So when it comes to stopping illegal immigration through the most obvious entry points, everything we need to be successful is in place, we just have to figure out how to use it.

That said, itís also true that our ports are not completely secure. Contraband gets through all the time. But that is due to corruption and complacency. But really, when it comes to matters of immigration, why go to all that trouble. All it takes is a guy and a rowboat willing to meet you off shore and you can get around the port authority. Just land a mile or two up or down shore and you can walk into the U.S. uncontested. And in doing so bring with you all kinds of nasty goodies. That's what we should really be worried about, the hazardous materials, not the people.

Of course there should be some level of security in place at all ports of entry. Of course every person wishing to enter the country should have to go through customs. But isn't that what they're already required to do, or did the Saudi Arabian company the bush administration wanted to award the contract to secure our ports to do away with that requirement? Separately port security and immigration are viable issues. The only reason to combine them is to grab bigger headlines and distract the public from the real issues, like why are we spending a billion dollars a month to ďliberateĒ the people of Iraq while at the same time vetoing health care funs for impoverished American children? Think that bill would have passed if Halliburton was a health care provider.


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

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Port Security: Right of Center View

With all of the tough talk about wars on terror and securing our borders, how is it that we only inspect a minute fraction of the cargo containers for dangerous materials? That must be incorrect right? You might be thinking to yourself that itís insane that we only inspect a minute fraction of incoming cargo containers with all of the threats facing our nation today. Well, you would be right. Now the bigger issue in this situation is who is behind the lack of security. While there is a good amount of poor legislation and budgetary mismanagement by Congress, the main problem since 2001 has been lobbyists.

Corporate lobbyists for companies like Wal-Mart have literally spent millions of dollars lobbying Congress to limit the amount of inspections on incoming containers so they can maintain their cheap pipelines to China without interruption or delay. This lack of inspection has led to thousands of containers entering the United States uninspected and our nation vulnerable to things like dirty bombs or even terrorists being smuggled into the nation from countries that have no vested interest in our security or safety. The previously existing challenges to port security that existed prior to our nation being attacked by terrorists in 2001 have been exacerbated by people trying to make more money by making sure there is no additional scrutiny of their shipments as if their shipments might be somehow immune from lapses in security. Add to this the recent rash of problems related to product safety of goods from China and you have a double threat to the people of the U.S. in the form of thousands of uninspected cargo containers coming through our nationís ports. Still the lobbyists want to make sure our ports have no more ability to inspect containers than they had on September 10th 2001.

Surely in this there must be an outcry from the politicians running for office right? Not really. The only major candidate to speak out against the lobbying against port security has been John Edwards. It seems an almost Twilight Zone world when the most outspoken advocate for putting American security first is a Democrat. Have the guardians of our nation become so dependent on the lobby money that they have decided that our nationís security is less important than getting campaign donations? Perhaps they have decided that the lobbyists are the best equipped to assess the nationís risk from terrorist attacks via our ports. Whatever the case it is clear that our politicians would rather not discuss the links between lobbying and failures to improve the security at our ports. Your safety and mine must be less important than the steady stream of commerce. Otherwise there would be more than one Democrat running for president talking about the lobbyists impairing security improvements at our nationís ports.

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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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