Several days ago I was contacted by Judyth Piazza about being a guest on her popular radio program, The American Perspective. Her show’s focus is success and she wanted to know how I have been successful at getting my message about the need to have our nation secure its borders and create an immigration system that has integrity “out there.”
We had a lengthy discussion about my career as an INS special agent and my efforts, since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to educate our fellow citizens and to make our political accountable.
Today my interview appeared on The SOP (The Student Operated Press) and I thought I would share it with you.
Here is the link to the interview:
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As you likely know, since the attacks of 9/11 I have been attempting to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”
If after reading the text of this article and listening to the audio portion you decide you want to forward the material to other folks, I would urge that you do so- and ask them to do the same!
I would also urge you to forward this to those who are opposed to my perspectives. When asked about the First Amendment to the Constitution, most of our fellow citizens simply say that it was that Amendment that provides for “Freedom of speech freedom of the press and freedom of religion.”
Certainly they are correct but please consider the actual wording of the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Please pay special attention to the last half of that amendment:
.” ..the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
At the time of the founding of this nation, the only way to have a debate, discussion or argument was “live and in person.”
Those meetings could only be conducted in someone’s home, in a church or synagogue, in a school or under a shade tree.
Today we can certainly hold such discussion in person, but because of technological advances, have a wide array of venues for our conversations, debates and disagreements. Television, talk radio, telephones, the internet and social media provide for easy communication.
In 1776 there was no technology, such encounters needed to be conducted nose to nose, toe to toe and face to face. All that our nation’s Founding Fathers required was that such disagreements and discussion be “Peaceable!”
Debate, discourse and disagreement are as American as apple pie!
If anyone shies away from a peaceful discussion to air differences, you really must call into question whether they really believe what they are saying!
We must not be intimidated by the bullying and name-calling that all too often appears to be all that the advocates for open borders and “Immigration Anarchy” that they are advocating for!
(If the term “anarchy” appears to be too strong, how should we refer to calls to provide United States citizenship to unknown millions of illegal aliens who do not have a shred of official documentation to attest to their true identities including their names, dates of birth or even their countries of citizenship? There is no way of substantiating the manners in which they actually entered our country. Considering all of the foregoing, we have no reliable way of knowing about their possible criminal backgrounds in other countries or their affiliation with transnational criminal or terrorist organizations!)
Yet the President and many members of our Congress want to place these millions of people on a pathway to United States citizenship!
It is no more an expression of “racism,” “nativism” or “xenophobia” to demand that our borders be secured against those who would evade the critically important inspections process than it is “anti-social” to lock the doors on your home when you head out to work in the morning or go to sleep at night!
I would remind you that when aliens evade the inspections process, no record is made of their entry into the United States. Furthermore by running our borders, these aliens evade the scrutiny of our CBP (Customs and Border Protection) inspectors who are charged with preventing the entry of aliens into our country whose presence may be harmful or even deadly. It is said that you need not state the obvious, but isn’t it worth considering the name of that agency Customs and Border Protection? How can those inspectors protect us when unknown millions of aliens can circumvent the inspections process that is designed to protect us?
Title 8, United States Code section 212 is section of law that enumerates the various categories of aliens who, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, are supposed to be prevented from entering the United States and are supposed to be removed if they are found here:
Here is a link to that section of law:
Please take the time to review the contents of this section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Among the categories of aliens who are supposed to be kept out of the United States are aliens with dangerous communicable diseases, aliens who suffer serious mental illness and are prone to violence, aliens who are convicted felons, aliens who fugitives from justice in other countries, aliens who are human traffickers and drug smugglers, aliens who are war criminals and aliens who have committed human rights violations. Also aliens who are engaged in terrorism and espionage are among those who are, by law, supposed to be prevented from entering our country and are supposed to be removed if they manage to evade the Border Patrol and enter the United States.
It must be presumed that an alien who seeks to evade the inspections process belongs to one or more categories of aliens who would be deemed inadmissible under the provisions of this section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Finally, I want you to consider the last few words of the First Amendment:
.” ..petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
This is our right and, indeed, our obligation!
This is why I always end my commentaries by saying that “Democracy is not a spectator sport!”
A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!
If our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!
We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same. We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”
The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.
The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!
The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to the politicians. I implore you to get involved!
I believe our nation’s is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world. However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda!
If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation!
All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated; this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!
You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!
Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Lead, follow or get out of the way!
Additionally- this summer, on Friday afternoons from 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time, I will be filling in for Tom Garcia as the host on The USA Talk Radio Network’s excellent radio show, “The American Hour.”
I hope you will be joining my co-host, Paula Lauzon Ostman and me, on Fridays this summer!
Here is the link for this program: