I was recently interviewed by a Fox News reporter, Diane Macedo, about statements made by “human rights” groups along with other advocacy groups that oppose nearly every effort for our nation to enforce its immigration laws. This past January 11th the news report in which I was quoted appeared on the Web and I decided to provide you with that news article below.
If you wonder why I placed the term “Human Rights” in quotation marks it is because as I noted during my interview that somehow the human rights of the citizens and lawful immigrants of the United States have been cast aside by those who do not believe that our nation has the right- indeed the obligation, to remove aliens from our country whose continues presence in the United States poses a threat to national security and/or community safety.
The hypocrisy behind the supposed reasoning is nothing short of stunning!
Consider one of the individuals noted in the article:
“Roland Joseph, a 43-year-old legal immigrant sentenced to six months in prison on two counts of drug possession with intent to sell who is the sole provider for his four children, ages 22, 19, 16, and 12, and his 2-year-old grandchild.”
Mr. Joseph was a lawful immigrant- he had a “Green Card” and was on the pathway to United States citizenship. He secured for himself all of the possibilities that lawful status in our country provide and he made a conscious decision to engage in the sale of narcotics. He is described as being the “sole provider” for his four children and his two year old grandchild. I am underwhelmed that he apparently sought to “provide” for his children by selling drugs!
The great majority of crimes in the United States are directly or indirectly related to the drug trade. I cannot muster any sympathy for an individual who engages in the sale of narcotics.
As I noted during my interview, any alien who succeeds in securing lawful immigrant status, especially an alien who comes from a country suffering from abject poverty should be extremely aware of how important staying within the laws of our country should be even if for no other reason than selfish reasons- to avoid being sent back to the country from when he came.
If “Human Rights” organizations believe that conditions in other countries are deplorable, and indeed they often are, then those groups should place the blame where it belongs, with the governments of those countries who fail to respect human rights.
Diane Macedo did an excellent job of capturing the salient points of my interview so my commentary today will be brief. I only ask that you read her report and remember that the government of the United States must, first and foremost, take the well being of our nation and our citizens into account when decisions are made.
The goal of effective immigration law enforcement should be to prevent the entry of aliens into our country if their presence would be harmful to our nation and/or our citizens. The corollary of this is that our government should seek to use the immigration laws to seek the removal (deportation) of aliens who, after entry, conduct themselves in such a matter that they prove they have become a threat to the well being of our nation and/or our citizens as evidenced by being convicted of committing felonies.
You would think that such goals would be commonsense and appreciated by any sentient person, but then it would appear for all too many commonsense and reasonableness has vanished!
Many of the criminal aliens who are in prison committed crimes that involve victims. Removing criminal aliens from our country can help to prevent more innocent victims from being harmed by criminal aliens and represents a commonsense method of lowering rates of recidivism. The outrage is that our government continues to fail to secure its borders and create an immigration system that has real integrity. This places our nation and our citizens at risk.
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 resolve this year to get involved!
If this situation 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!