Reasonable and reasonably sane commentary from Fred Thompson:
I vote for option, “ILLICIT”.
In the Comments section of Thompson’s opinion piece, I found these interesting statistics — bear in mind that what follows is the result found in only one major U.S. city (Los Angeles, CA) and these results should be projected nationwide if and as any other amnesty legislation is ever enacted:
Saturday, May, 19, 2007 12:27 AM
Pasadena Phil writes:
Coming your way if any bill goes through.
The result of the 1986 “Comprehensive” amnesty/open borders bill in LA:
1. 40% of all workers in LOS ANGELES COUNTY (LA County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on MediCal , whose births (are) paid…by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are (in the U.S. illegally).
9. 21 radio stations in LA are Spanish speaking.
10. In LA County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.
There are 10.2 million people in LA County.
— From the Los Angeles Times
Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare.
29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.
I read some illegal alien advocates and affiliates declaring that “the War in Iraq has killed more American lives than illegal immigration has.” Which is utter bunk. Because here are two more significant — yet awful — facts:
Twelve Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. That translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That’s 21,900 since September 11, 2001.
While King reports 12 Americans are murdered daily by illegal aliens, he says 13 are killed by drunk illegal alien drivers for another annual death toll of 4,745. That’s 23,725 since September 11, 2001 (U.S. citizens murdered by illegal aliens in the U.S.).
Whenever the Constitutional penalty for being in our nation illegally — deportation — is mentioned in the media, in Congress, from the White House, in state governments, it’s immediately denounced with woeful sarcastic tones as, “people are NOT going to be going door to door and rousting people out of their beds,” and, “(deportation) is just not practical.”
No one said that enforcing our Constitution involved “going door to door and rousting people out of their beds” but the penalty is law and deportation is the penalty.
Whether people are identified and then deported by visit or request, the point is that this is the penalty for the crime of entering and/or remaining illegally in the United States.
Illegal aliens display little to no fear of enforcement of this penalty, and thus, they continue to arrive and remain here illegally and now even petition Congress and the White House through ethnic-supremacy groups for “rights” and U.S. citizenship. They have no basis for citizenship and if anything, have already established why they are not deserving of U.S. citizenship by their various illegal actions already taken.
We have an entire Congress and an Executive Branch who have (all) taken an oath of office to protect and defend our United States Constitution. Instead, what’s said by the entire lot is in ridicule of the legal penalty, belittling the process of deportation as excessive or “impractical” and similar. And, being advised by groups that represent an illegal alien population — and on ethnic terms at that — is truly reprehensible; it’s created reprehensible notions in the federal government accordingly.
People make choices to enter our nation illegally as do those who enter legally and then remain illegally afterward. They make choices when they provide false information inorder to gain access to U.S. taxpayer-paid programs and services, goods and resources, they make choices when they live in our society illigitimately. Their illigitimacy is self-made. What we have today is a government servicing these illigitimacies and abusing the citizenry. They certainly are abusing our Constitution.