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Why I support Mr. Sensenbrenner's Bill
On March 10, about 300,000 immigrants marched on the federal plaza in my hometown of Chicago. They marched to decry the immigration control bill passed by the House this week. The bill has yet to be passed by the Senate, whose nansy-pansy members are likely to water down its tough provisions. But I hope that does not happen. I support Mr. Sensenbrennerís bill. That support makes me neither racist nor xenophoibc, no matter what extreme activists may say. Here is why I support this bill:
Entering this country illegally threatens us: We need the wall that the bill calls for. We need to protect ourselves. I donít believe that Mexicans are in any way a threat to our security; but as long as we leave that border loosely guarded, then there is nothing to stop an al-Qaeda terrorist from coming over the border along with the rush of immigrants. We need national security. Our porous borders are our weakest link.
"This lady is wrong. There is noting oppressive in keeping control of your own borders so terrorists donít sashay in and blow up people, not only citizens, but immigrants. How many immigrants were killed on September 11? Over 1,000."
But the immigrants donít seem to understand the issue. Said one legal immigrant from Poland: ďThis is a ridiculous bill. I donít understand how it got as far as it did, and theyíre trying to make this a law -- and then at this point itís a police state.Ē This lady is wrong. There is noting oppressive in keeping control of your own borders so terrorists donít sashay in and blow up people, not only citizens, but immigrants. How many immigrants were killed on September 11? Over 1,000.
Entering this country illegally endangers the illegal immigrants: People are killed and ripped off and abused and oppressed, all because someone has the ability to extort them with their immigration status. There are two ways to solve this problem: 1) Legalize them all; or 2) Keep the illegals out. The first solution is a poke in the eye to each and every immigrant who lawfully entered this country. Itís a stab in the back to every naturalized citizen. The second solution is as much for the protection of the immigrants as it is for the protection of the public.
Enterig this country illegally shows disdain for our laws: We have no obligation to let anyone into this country. However, in our history, we have opened our arms to all. Three of my four grandparents were immigrants, lawful immigrants one and all. I still have a copy of my paternal grandfatherís naturalization papers. They respected the law, revered this country, and worked hard to achieve citizenship.
"Today, the illegals want the privileges of living in America, and sharing in our prosperity, yet they want nothing to do with abiding by the responsibilities of being an American citizen."
Today, the illegals want the privileges of living in America, and sharing in our prosperity, yet they want nothing to do with abiding by the responsibilities of being an American citizen. A Chicago resident, Ms. Marciela Herrera said to WBBM-TV in Chicago: ďItís important that they know that we make great contributions to this country. Weíre not here to take any jobs or anything, weíre here to be able to give our contributions that make the United States what it is.Ē For lawful immigrants like Ms. Herrera, I extend open arms, and my wishes that she succeed beyond her wildest dreams. Nothing in the Sensenbrenner bill harms her in any way.
But the illegals donít pay taxes, or if they do, itís on a phony social security number provided by a criminal who takes advantage of the illegal worker. They use our resources, however. So Ms. Herrera is working and paying taxes to subsidize governmental services for illegal immigrants. Thatís just plain wrong. However, it is also mandated by our courts, which employ wrongheaded readings of our laws in a way that ends up punishing the lawful immigrants. Our courts are punishing those who respect our laws! Only in America could something so bizare take place!
Itís high time that we acted in a sane manner to stop this security breach. That requires the Sensenbrenner bill. Anything short of that is wimpiness.