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Drugs and Immigration: Left of Center View

In our modern world, it seems like whenever someone wants to vilify a group of people, they either accuse them of being drug dealers or terrorists. When we talk about the influx of undocumented immigrants from across our southern border, drugs and terrorism seem to always creep into the conversation.

Apparently, it’s not the bankers that make millions of dollars laundering drug money or the multi-billion dollar per year drug cartels that are the problem. Apparently the real problem of drugs in America is from Hector and Lupe sneaking into America with their five kids trying to find a job to put food in the kids’ mouths and clothes on their back. Apparently, they and everyone like them are drug mules bringing in the “H” to sell on the streets. Apparently, they are also the ones sneaking “dirty” bombs and suitcase nuclear weapons into the U.S. to blow up our children. Just to make sure they have the perfect cover, they also live in squalor and work fourteen hours a day for less than minimum wage so nobody will suspect that they are really international criminals.

If you believe that any significant portion of illegal immigrants are bringing drugs into the country and supporting terrorism, you obviously haven’t met any of them. Most of them are so happy to be in a place where they can find any work and have even a slight chance of improving their fortunes that they smile while working insanely long hours and make sure that the quality of their work is superior to others so that they will not lose their meager jobs. These are not the people we need to fear. The bankers who take 10% of cash transactions to not report them to the IRS and get paid to play the monetary shell game for drug cartels are the ones we should be afraid of and they are mostly Americans. Those are the people that literally stand to lose millions if the drug trade dries up. Joe immigrant doesn’t stand to gain or lose anything if the drug trade ended tomorrow. As for terrorism, why would anyone go to all the trouble to sneak their whole family into an foreign country just to kill themselves blowing up a building or airplane. The 9/11 hijackers weren’t Mexican immigrants. They were Middle Eastern and here on legitimate student visas originally.

It’s time to start using some common sense and stop looking for bogeymen in the faces of migrant farm workers and people cleaning toilets for less than minimum wage. We need to take a long hard look at those who profit from misery and then decide who the real threat to America is. Chances are we will find that the most dangerous people attacking our nations interests are old men in business suits.


LJ Finstermore - World Citizen | E-mail Comments on this column.

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The Border Fence

Previous Weeks Views from the Left:
American Immigration Abroad
Port Security
Setting Standards for Legal Immigration
Diplomacy And Immigration
Gangs; Importing Criminals
Cultural Migration
Tariffs and Fair Trade
Open Borders and the American Worker
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




Drugs and Immigration: Right of Center View

Every year billions of dollars worth of drugs cross our borders. By the boatload, truckload and the “mule” load, everything from marijuana to methamphetamine to heroin come into this nation and make it onto our streets to threaten our children. The proponents of open borders never want to include the discussion of drugs in their rhetoric because it is one of the fatal flaws in their plans.

Sadly, our nations border security is a joke at best and criminally negligent at worst. Our government officials have allowed our borders to be so poorly defended that people can literally walk across the border with hundred pound packs of drugs on their backs and not even be challenged by our Border Patrol. The funding for border security is a travesty and the result is drugs driving, swimming, flying and walking across our border to be sold to our children. While some may not see the drug problem in America as a serious issue, I cannot help but think we would be well served by making it a priority for our border enforcement agents. Congress needs to fund increased border security and the President needs to sign the legislation.

As long as we continue to short-change our border security the ravages of rampant drug use among our people will harm our nation. When combined with the threat to our economy posed by too many unskilled illegal immigrants coming into our nation and the possibility of terrorists coming over the border at an unsecured point to attack us the threat becomes immense. We must act to stem the tide of people crossing our borders without scrutiny. We can no longer afford the luxury of apathy when it comes to the protection of our borders. The threat is real and the time to act is now.

Congress has the power to allocate the needed funds to secure our borders and the President can with a stroke of the pen put those funds into the hands of the people that will defend our borders against those who would harm us. It is only a matter of political will to bring about the changes needed to protect us and our children from the threats staring at us from across our borders. Congress must have the strength to stand up to the special interests and fight for honest and decent working Americans who simply want to keep their children safe and drugs off their streets. Likewise the President must have the will to sign the bills into law and show the rest of the world that we care enough about our children to do something about securing our borders. There is no better time than the present and no better reason than our children to take a stand against the things that would harm our nation if left unchecked

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Diplomacy and Immigration
Gangs; Importing Criminals
Cultural Migration
Tariffs, Safety and Fair Trade
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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