This country has never actually tried enforcement without some kind of concessions to illegal aliens entering this country. A prime example would be the 1986 amnesty granted by President Reagan which made "promises" of enforcement and granted guaranteed amnesty.
Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado now says it's time to stop that tactic and to try guaranteed enforcement, without amnesty or concessions... and I agree.
Tom Tancredo at The Heritage Foundation
If the Congress does not enact key enforcement provisions to achieve border security and immigration law enforcement, proponents of the enforcement strategy will carry the battle to all 50 states and into a thousand local communities. Illegal aliens will begin to self-deport as more and more states adopt measures to discourage the residence and the employment of illegal aliens.
If the Senate rejects the “enforcement first” approach by refusing to enact serious enforcement legislation this year, advocates of border security and immigration law enforcement should move to a new strategy, a strategy aimed at local initiatives in lieu of federal action.
This new strategy will be called, simply, “enforcement works.”
Serious enforcement and border security have not been attempted in 40 years, so there is no basis for creating new amnesty plans until enforcement has had a chance to show its real-world impact. Enforcement is a common-sense approach that the American people understand and support.
You should read the whole thing. It is long, but well thought out and covers issues ranging from the illegal alien marches to the contested Mexican election to the flaws in the Hutchison–Pence plan which has no guarantees that enforcement will occur.
I am 22 year law enforcement veteran in Florida. A very large portion of our job now is dealing with the illegal immigrants and all the problems they bring. We can't get help from I.C.E., Border Patrol, US D.O.J, Social Security Admin., or any other govenment agency. The illegals have forged ID's, immigration documents, social security cards, and no one in the fed. government cares. The illegals do not have driver's licenses, car insurance, or license plates. We (police) can not possibly arrest them all on the traffic misdemeanors, and the fed's refuse to act on the felonies. If illegals are arrested on a felony, I.C.E. is called to pick them up...but ICE says they will not. So the illegals are released on bond to buy more false documents with a new false name and then disapear back into society once again. Our small jail is already overcrowded, so they are allowed to roam the county violating laws that the legal citizens would be arrested for. Thay have brought unemployement fraud, social security fraud, tax evasion, identity theft, prostitution, sex crimes, and a variety of contagious diseases to our small town. We do not have the resources to combat these things and the Fed's refuse to help. The local farmers(prominent landowners) and some businesses who use the illegals to work, pressure politicians, including Sheriff's, to ignore the problems and discourage enforcement by local law enforcement agencies. As one of the officers dealing with this on a daily basis, I am sickened and disgusted with the whole thing. I've been dealing with politics and law enforcement my whole career but this has risen to a new level. I could go on and on about many other problems with the illegals, but I'll stop here. I did not post my name for fear of losing my job for speaking out. I can be reached at my e-mail address. Thank you.
Posted by: Deputy B. on November 9, 2006 12:33 PM
Deputy B.,I,for one appreciate everything you do every day.Most of us know that our government is working against you,and the american people.Just please be careful that you do nothing to get yourself where Deputy Hernandez is.Hopefully,the Republican Congress,with the american people can free him!
Posted by: Peyton Johnston on February 15, 2007 12:14 AM