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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Democrats: Illegal Immigration Not Important

From Christi at CommonSenseAmerica:

The Democrats have already made it clear that they are putting the issue of illegal immigration on the back burner - heck they’re going to be so busy investigating and playing gotcha politics that they won’t have time for this issue.

At first glance, that may seem to be a setback for all sides in this debate but a closer look may reveal something quite the opposite.

As the American people pushed for better enforcement last year, our government began to beef up our borders, deport criminal aliens and finally, after years of neglect, began to go after businesses such as the poultry industry and others who hire illegal aliens. We are also seeing cities across this nation, from Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to Escondido, California, to Valley Park, Missouri, and now even Farmers Branch, Texas, taking measures and enacting laws to protect their citizens against the onslaught of illegal aliens.

This upside-down-bottoms-up-enforcement will continue to spread across the nation because of the federal goverments lack of enforcement and, as it does, coupled with the new enforcement attitude of the government, we will begin to see the fruits of enforcing our laws - attrition. If employers are afraid to hire the illegal alien and the illegal alien cannot find housing or employment in our cities, the border problem will dry up.

“It is unrealistic to deport millions of illegal aliens” was their mantra but, in cities across our nation, there are elected officials who are proving that there is no need to deport the millions of illegal aliens.

In September, The Washington Times wrote:

More local governments across the country are trying to get tough on businesses that encourage illegal entry into the United States, saying they are frustrated both by Congress’ failure to stop it and by rising crime perpetrated by illegal aliens in their own communities.

Mayor Lou Barletta of Hazleton, Pa., estimates that as “many as half” of the estimated 10,000 Hispanics who were living in Hazleton when it passed an ordinance in July to punish those who hire or house illegal aliens have since left the city.

“We’ve been notified by some 30 other cities in the United States that are waiting to process such ordinances,” he said yesterday in an interview.

In Valley Park, Mo., 20 immigrant families disappeared virtually overnight from a high-crime apartment complex, and at least dozens quickly left Riverside, N.J., this summer when those two small towns passed laws cracking down on employers who hire illegal aliens and landlords who rent to them.

Legislation enacted this week in Suffolk County, N.Y., bars contracts with employers who hire illegal aliens, and a measure that would closely resemble the one enacted in Hazleton will be considered next week in Altoona, Pa.

“Our purpose was a matter of public safety, since there was too much overcrowding and a serious fire” in a house filled with illegal aliens, said Mayor Charles Hilton of Riverside, a blue-collar town of 8,000 on the Delaware River that enacted its ordinance in July.

“Serious crime, including murder and assault, doubled in Hazleton between 2004 and 2005,” said Mr. Barletta, who cited a killing in May for which an illegal alien has been charged.

Mike White, chairman of the Board of Aldermen in Valley Park, said that “it turns out a fair number of people were living and working here illegally, and we recognized we had to do something and do it fairly. Jobs are the magnet that draws illegals here, and the idea is to take away that magnet.”
They come here because they can. Illegal aliens have been allowed to ignore our laws. Businesses have been allowed to ignore our laws. But throwing up our hands and saying there is nothing we can do, as our politicians seem to have done, is not an option.

As we continue to push our government to resume its responsibility of enforcing our immigration law from the top and our cities continue to revolt from the bottom by enacting their own enforcement laws, this problem will be pressed from both sides.

And as our laws continue to be enforced, this problem will be resolved.

See also:

Hazelton gets a Cheese Steak and a hand . . . you can help too

Geno’s Steaks Owner Backing Hazleton

Minutemen ‘Clean Up’ Migrant Encampment

Small Town America Fights Back

Citizens Are At Their Wits’ End

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**

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