The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I’M NOT MY BROTHER’S KEEPER

Why Should American’s Pay for the Health, Education and General
Welfare of People who are Not Supposed to be here in the First Place?

I moved back to the United States in 2004 after living in a number of different countries for more than 15 years. Within days I was really shocked to see what had become of my hometown (Torrance, CA), in the suburbs of Los Angeles. It wasn’t so much the urban sprawl that had spilled into my beloved hometown; I expected to see a lot of growth. Torrance has always been a city with a bent towards fostering new business and industry. My formal introduction to our “Brave New World” was when I walked into the local McDonald’s where I recall my father bringing me as a child. I saw no white faces, no black faces, no Asian faces, only Hispanics. And as I approached the counter to place my order, a young Hispanic girl greeted me with the obligatory and heavily accented “welcome to McDonald’s, may I take your order”. I said, “I’ll have a No. 1 and an Apple Pie”. She frowned and looked at me as if I were from Mars and said “Que?”. After repeating myself twice in English, and a third time in Portuguese, I finally got my order placed; if the words in Spanish and Portuguese weren’t the same, I’d still be trying to get my Big Mac. (Maybe that would have been a good thing)

While I was filling my Coke, all I could hear behind the counter was Spanish. They were actually conducting business operations in Spanish… in Torrance, California USA? Unthinkable. That may seem an innocuous occurrence to you, and I would agree if it were an isolated incident; but it wasn’t, it’s business as usual in today’s America. As a result, I haven’t been to a McDonald’s since. The more I thought about it, the more my annoyance turned to anger. What country is this anyway?

Even in Leningrad, where I lived for three years, the counter staff spoke better English than they do here. That is just fundamentally wrong. But this little event has served to set the stage for what I see as the greatest threat to our society and national sovereignty today.

Our American Dilemma really hit home when I went to pickup a cell phone and was denied for bad credit. Bad credit? I haven’t been in the US for 15 years, I shouldn’t have any credit. When I finally got my hands on my Experian report I found that I had purchased a car in 1998 while I was living in Brazilhmmm. Then I saw it had been repossessed in 1999, curiouser and curiouser. Next I saw I had been working in San Antonio, Texas in 1996 and San Mateo, California in 1996 and 1997, and two federal tax liens as a bonus, all while I had been living in Hong Kong. Now, call me paranoid, but I felt there might be trouble afoot.

From one day to the next we hear news reports of emergency rooms closing, classroom overcrowding in our public schools, falling student test scores, the growth in the low-paying job market, the decline in good paying jobs, the erosion of our civil rights, our correctional institutions bursting at the seams, and so on and so on; all traceable back to our 25 million and growing illegal alien population. As we listen to one politician after another lamenting about the problems these people are causing, I hear nobody offering any solutions.

The only politico who seems to have a clue is the so called “Right-Wing Extremist”, Pat Buchanan. What Buchanan proposes is really our only logical course of action, it makes sense for America, and at the end of the day it makes sense for the illegal aliens. In a word, “Attrition” is the answer.

If we were only to enforce the existing laws we have on our books, we would only need to make some minor modifications and amendments to tighten things up and bring our nation back from the brink. But if I may, I prefer what I like to call the “Buchanan on Steroids” plan.

Our laws, as they are currently written, require deportation of individuals who have entered the United States without the proper entry documentation (a.k.a. a visa), there are of course exceptions, but those exceptions are very focused and do not apply to most of the undocumented aliens currently residing in the United States.

Aliens without the proper visa are not permitted to work in the United States, and it is unlawful to hire such persons. Employers currently have access to a database to verify Social Security Numbers as valid or invalid. Today, when an employer submits a prospective employee’s Social Security Number for verification, and they receive a “No Match” notification from the feds, they are legally required not to hire, or terminate the employment of these undocumented individuals.

Regrettably, many employers disregard these notices and put undocumented aliens to work anyway, often to their own detriment. Putting an end to this practice would require a monumental commitment from both government and business. Enforcement of these laws and mandating the imposition of severe penalties would be a beginning. Appropriate penalties must include significant prison time (not Club Fed) and a hefty fine, perhaps one year in federal prison and a $50,000 fine per occurrence as a minimum mandatory sentence. That sounds like it might be a pretty good deterrent. I know I’d think twice about hiring somebody whose identity and residency status I couldn’t verify.

Our educational system in the US is currently being destroyed by the children of people who are not supposed to be in this country. The people who are paying the price for this abuse are our children, their teachers, and you and I, the American taxpayer. A federal mandate could quickly alleviate this problem by requiring the parents of new students enrolling in school to provide evidence of their legal residence in the United States. All others needn’t apply.

And while we’re on the topic of kids, “Anchor Babies” are an insult to the 14th Amendment. I know it’s safe to say the writers of this Amendment did not intend for it to be taken advantage of by people who do not have legal residency in the country. Even children born of foreign diplomat parents residing in the country legally do not receive US Citizenship. Why should the children born of parents who are not supposed to be in the country in the first place?

I should state for reference purposes that no amendment to the US constitution has been written for the benefit of criminal violators, and clarification of this point would be helpful to law enforcement. The Supremes’ have the authority to define the intent of this Amendment and should do so to close this loophole without further delay and put the Anchor Baby to bed for good.

Finally, the use of our hospitals as primary care facilities for illegal aliens is abhorrent. It has caused the closure of otherwise productive emergency rooms and trauma care centers. If we, the American taxpayer, are expected to foot the bill for the healthcare of people who have committed felonies in order to live and work in our country, I’m serving notice right here and now that I am opting out of the system until real change is made. I don’t know about you, but my tax dollars must be used to maintain the health of my family and myself, and for the betterment of my standard of living and that of my fellow Americans. Allowing illegal aliens to take unbridled advantage of our healthcare system, and the innate generosity and desire of Americans to help people in need is criminal in itself and the federal authorities that allow this abuse should be prosecuted.

The only answer is to require proof of legal residency in order to treat people with non-life threatening illnesses. People who arrive at an ER with a condition that threatens life or limb must, of course, be treated; but not their 11-year old with the sniffles. This may seem harsh, and it is to some extent, but it is necessary in order to save the system for the people that it was designed to serve.

The other important benefit we would realize by following this course, which nobody in government seems to have a genuine concern, is the ability to close our borders to individuals’ intent on doing us harm, AKA, terrorists. And let me tell you folks, if you believe that’s just government hype to instill fear in the American populous, I only wish it were so. The years I spent in the Middle-East and Central Asia proved to me otherwise. If we don’t stay on the offensive in the Middle-East and hunt down these murderers, they will certainly follow us home. But that’s grist for another article on another day.

So that’s it, saving the republic in a nutshell. No mass deportations required; No ICE hunter teams out looking for these illegal aliens. Simply strict enforcement of our existing laws and tightening of regulations governing issuance of public assistance only to people with legal residence would compel these folks to leave on their own. In fact, we should even incentivize the proposition for them and provide for their return trip and give them $500 in parting gifts, just so they can land on their feet. It would be a bargain.


In Part II of this article, I will address the talking points of detractors to my position. The topics will include: answering the Need for Unskilled Labor, Immigrant Abuse, Foreign Spending and Investment, and the need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform among others.

1 comment:

Daisy Peese said...

your post is totally racist. whatz wrong with spanish? this was mexico before america stole it. we shoold give it back with interest.