WHAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN DO ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Apr. 19, 2006
It should be painfully obvious to most all of us that our federal
government has no intention of stopping or even reducing illegal
immigration. It seems all too clear that we have a president and
congress that are willing to allow foreign lawbreakers to invade
our country and live off taxpayer welfare with total impunity. But
there is something that local governments can do. And, thankfully,
several local governments around the country are already doing it.
An April 14, 2006 New York Times report stated, "While
lawmakers in Washington debate whether to forgive illegal
immigrants their trespasses, a small but increasing number of local
and state law enforcement officials are taking it upon themselves to
pursue deportation cases against people who are here illegally.
"In more than a dozen jurisdictions, officials have invoked a little-
used 1996 federal law to seek special federal training in
immigration enforcement for their officers.
"In other places, the local authorities are flagging some illegal
immigrants who are caught up in the criminal justice system,
sometimes for minor offenses, and are alerting immigration
officials to their illegal status so that they can be deported."
Well, amen! Local and state governments are beginning to see the
light (and are probably feeling the heat as well). And for good
The brunt of the burden caused by illegal immigration is born by
local and state governments. It is local communities who feel the
strain of overcrowded classrooms, congested highways, packed
emergency rooms, and stuffed jail cells. It is local citizens who
must bear the burden of higher taxes to support the skyrocketing
costs of health care, education, criminal justice, and transportation.
Rest assured, President Bush and his fellow elitists in Congress
feel the burden of illegal immigration no more than retiring Exxon
chairman Lee Raymond feels the burden of increased gas prices.
However, imagine what would happen if a majority of local and
state governments began a concerted effort to arrest and arrange
deportation for every illegal alien they discover! Well, my friends,
many local officials have begun doing just that. Now, each of us
should demand that all our local officials follow suit!
Each of us should call our local sheriff, police chief, city manager,
county administrator, mayor, councilman, and commissioner. We
should demand that they enforce the law by arresting and arranging
for deportation every illegal alien that they discover.
Furthermore, there are already laws on the books that punish
employers for hiring illegal aliens. We must insist that those laws
be upheld and those employers be punished!
Remember, the law is on the side of the American citizen. Illegal
aliens are lawless violators and must be treated as such. When
American citizens break the law, they are expected to pay the
price. Are illegal aliens above the law? President Bush and
Congress may think so, but local and state governments have the
power to say otherwise.
If the American people will aggressively communicate with their
local and state officials and insist that they put their foot down on
illegal immigration, they will respond!
So, what are you waiting for? Start calling now!
© Chuck Baldwin
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