As you probably know, I was scheduled to appear on Tuesday morning’s edition of Fox News’ morning program, “Fox & Friends” to debate the ruling by the D.C. Court of Appeals that illegal aliens are entitled to Workman’s Compensation.
The blizzard that blanketed the North East with roughly two feet of snow kept me home, however.
By an interesting coincidence I was contacted last evening by Kimberly Dvorak of the Examiner who wanted my perspectives on the ruling. Kimberly’s article I have provided you below quoted me extensively but left out a few points I had hoped to make on air this morning, had the snow not intervened. (Below her article I have provided you with the news reports about the ruling that delve into the details of the case.)
I suspect that what I will get into may make it a bit more difficult for you to sleep tonight- but I don’t want to get ahead of myself- you will find out, soon enough, what I find so troubling!
The illegal alien whose case was ultimately taken up by the Court of Appeals was Palemon Gonzalez, an illegal alien who had used the Alien Registration Card of his cousin, Armando Casarrubias when he applied to work for the bar where he would come to be injured when a patron threw a bottle that struck Gonzalez aka Casarrubias in the eye.
Here is a link to the actual court decision:
The illegal alien in this case is referred to as being “undocumented” when in reality he was falsely documented- he was claiming lawful status to which he was not entitled and, in order to substantiate this false claim he resorted to using the Green Card of his cousin. It is not clear whether or not his cousin willingly lent him his Green Card or if he took it without the knowledge of his cousin. This should be a matter of concern because if his cousin lent him the document, he may have committed a felony by entering into a conspiracy to enable Palemon Gonzalez to obtain employment he was not lawfully entitled to. (This issue went utterly unaddressed by all concerned.)
If Palemon stole the card he may well have committed identity theft- another issue and possible crime that was ignored by all involved.
Next we can see where the employer in this case was exposed to potential legal problems with the federal government for hiring an illegal alien. While I strongly support punishing employers who intentionally hire illegal aliens it must be pointed out that the onus falls on the employer to not hire illegal aliens while not being potentially commit a “Civil Rights” violation by subjecting the employee’s documents to excessive scrutiny!
If you have a hard time believing this I would urge you to check out the M-274 Handbook for Employers. You can find the entire handbook at:
In reviewing the handbook you will notice that employers are told to use “good faith” in assessing the authenticity and validity of the documents that a newly hired employee provides and warns employers from asking for additional documentation under the possibility of being seriously fined if they violate these instructions while, at the same time warning the employer about the dire consequences that may result if the employer is charged with “knowingly hiring” an illegal alien! Furthermore it is more than a bit crazy that while aliens present in our country are required by law to always carry proof of “alien registration” if they are over the age of 14 years- for a lawful immigrant that proof is the Green Card, but an employer may not demand to see the new employee Green Card when completing the Form I-9!
Many people check out local Health Department ratings before eating in a restaurant because of obvious health concerns. After all, how often do we hear about patrons of restaurants suffering the ill effects of food poisoning? How often do we hear about the serious effects that an E Coli outbreak may have or the dire consequences of Salmonella showing up in food?
How comfortable do you feel knowing that thousands of restaurants employee God knows how many people who have access to our food and yet their true identities are unknown and unknowable? The point is that when a person goes to the bother of creating a fictitious identity we do not know if they are simply attempting to secure illegal employment or have more sinister goals in mind. Yet these folks are simply written off as being “undocumented” even as all of us who travel are subject to incredible and ever more invasive searches before we are permitted to board airliners.
The fact that a person uses a false name is not inconsequential.
The 19 hijackers used 364 aliases, including different spellings of their names and noms de guerre. As they passed through various countries, their names were recorded by governments and their intelligence and border authorities.
Let me repeat that last two sentence paragraph:
In the 9/11 incident, the 19 hijackers used 364 aliases, including different spellings of their names and noms de guerre.4 As they passed through various countries, their names were recorded by governments and their intelligence and border authorities.
It is also interesting that one airline pilot has been hammered by DHS for raising serious and reasonable concerns about the fact that while flight crews and passengers are screened and searched airport workers who have total access to airliners can get on an airliner by just swiping a card with a magnetic strip through a card reader! I will deal with this sort of lunacy in a future commentary.
The bottom line- our nation’s leaders, members of our courts and other official in decision making positions act with reckless abandon to minimize the importance of our nation’s borders and the significance of the immigration laws that are supposed to protect our nation and our citizens for foreign nationals whose presence in our country may prove to be harmful if not deadly!
Meanwhile our nation’s “leaders” slice away at our expectations of privacy and freedom where the citizens of our nation are concerned. The time has come for the effective and fair enforcement of the immigration laws to be seen as an important component of national security and an effective tool in combating transnational crime as well as terrorism.
How can anyone really talk about a “War on Terror” with a straight face?
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.
Any politician who refuses to work to secure our borders and create an immigration system that has integrity is either corrupt or too dumb to keep his (her) job. Any politician, irrespective of party affiliation who favors amnesty for millions of illegal aliens such as the DREAM Act or Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the outrageous betrayal that this would represent given the national security implications that this program would have, should be shown the door at the next election!
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!”
However, 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!
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!
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