April 30, 2010

Yes, We Are On The Firing Line

Yesterday, I got lambasted by a liberal for suggesting that those of us in the southwestern part of the United States are “on the firing line” when it comes to illegal immigration. After being called a racist and a warmonger (how dare I use such militaristic language!), I noted that we do have a lot of issues with crime committed by illegal immigrants – and was accused of defaming these “law-abiding” violators of our immigration laws.

Well, eat this one, liberals.

While the correlation between illegal immigrants and crime is almost impossible to quantify precisely, the available numbers indicate that Arizona -- as well as California and Texas -- are dealing with increased crime as a result of high illegal immigrant populations and activity.

Part of this is because some of those immigrants are being arrested based on immigration-related charges. A Pew Hispanic Center report last year said "increased enforcement" of immigration laws accounts for part of the trend.

But there are other crimes, many of which are drug-related. Furthermore, illegal immigrants and smuggling organizations have been linked to some specific violent crimes in Arizona. Local officials frequently cite the rash of kidnappings in their state in defending the new law. The Department of Justice's latest National Drug Threat Assessment says there were 267 kidnappings in Phoenix last year and 299 in 2008. The report said the victims usually have a connection to immigrant smuggling groups or drug traffickers.

The report also showed that assaults against U.S. law enforcement on the southwestern border are on the rise. The report found that the number of attacks on Border Patrol agents increased 46 percent to 1,097 incidents in fiscal 2008. The report said the assaults were mostly related to immigrant smuggling.

In other words, the criminal aliens are HERE – and our national government is not doing a damned thing to protect us. That is why Arizona has acted – and why Texas needs to act, even if our weak-kneed faux-conservative governor does not want to.

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Nothing like being a racist. And a fat one too.

|| Posted by D Garcia, April 30, 2010 05:35 PM ||

Please point to the racism, D. Garcia. I make no assertions regarding anyone's race. We have a border security problem along our southern border which is resulting in the uncontrolled entry of non-citizens in violation of our laws. The race or ethnicity of those in question is irrelevant to me.

But let's make it clear to you what my beliefs are on race:

I believe that there is only one race, namely the human race. To the degree that certain social constructs have been created to divide members of that single race into categories based upon certain generalized physical features, I reject that notion as fundamentally antithetical to my religious and political beliefs regarding the fundamental equality in rights and dignity of all human persons.

As regards ethnicity, I accept that there are certain categories that are useful based upon historical and cultural characteristics -- but I reject the notion that individuals are in any way superior or inferior based upon the membership in any of these groups (which is not to say that I find the cultural practices of all groups to be equally good).

As regards citizenship, I recognize that as a political rather than biological reality. One is neither inferior nor superior because of citizenship -- but one may have greater or lesser rights within a given country based upon citizenship.

So try again, numb-nuts -- and do not engage in intellectually vacant name-calling as if it constitutes logical argumentation.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, April 30, 2010 06:39 PM ||

Two points:
1. Who will pay for all the extra local law enforcement needed to enforce this law? These new prisoners will not jail or transport themselves, and if manning is kept at the present level, that would mean less LOEs on the street. That does not sound like a safer environment.
2. Decriminalize marijuana (as a start) to remove the partial stimulus of getting paid to "mule" into the US. With the money saved from less LOEs, court systems, and prisons, fund a proper system to process valid applications for work visas and/or citizenship. If someone didn't have to wait 10 yrs to get approval, more people might follow the rules.
As for the AZ law, Breathing while Brown sucks. Break out the Yellow Stars.

|| Posted by Andy Gossett, May 1, 2010 06:48 AM ||

Clearly, Andy, you have read neither the original law nor the revisions signed yesterday which make it even clearer that there is no such thing as "Breathing While Brown" as an offense in Arizona.

By the way -- it seems like only a couple of weeks ago we were told (By the Left and the MSM -- but Ai repeat myself) that it was the height of unAmericanism to call one's opponents Nazis over policy differences -- and now the comments of the same folks make it clear that they believe it to be the height of Americanism to call one's opponents Nazis over policy differences. That makes it pretty clear that they are both hypocrites and scared of the majority of the American people.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, May 1, 2010 06:59 AM ||

At the risk perhaps of sounding unbelievably naive, I want to ask "Why isn't anybody deeply asking Why?"

It is very easy to simplistically ask and answer Why undocumented workers are here? "To take My jobs!!"

But, more deeply, are further questions. "If I myself had been born in Latin America, where there are no jobs and my family was starving, why wouldn't I go where the jobs and the money are?" -Take SOME time with that. It ain't an easy answer.

- And, then, even if I was witness to drug and human smuggling, just where is that "tipping" point where I re-assign my family to a future-without-hope by testifying and getting us all sent back to the hopelessness from which we fled.

Stand up and testify that you have that kind of cajones.

|| Posted by PA, May 1, 2010 11:44 PM ||

1) Andy -- your entire reply was based upon ignorance of the law. I therefore didn't need to respond to your questions -- it would be like Einstein talking about nuclear physics to a first grader.

2) First, I don't care why they are here -- they are here illegally. But if they do testify to such things, there is actually a visa program that grants the witness and his family legalization, so your premise is wrong anyway.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, May 2, 2010 08:03 AM ||

Well I'll broach the dangerous line. Let us assume that the prime movers on illegal immigration enforcement are white.
What the heck is wrong with that as long as they don't exclude whites from enforcement as far as I can see they have every right to expect the Feds. to do their job protecting all citizens from invasion. Don't like the term invaision? Well if the Chinese move millions of Han chinese into Tibet to reduce the natives voting strength and take jobs from them the Richard Geres of the world have zero problem calling a spade a spade but if latinos come over in their millions and do the same thing we are hoorible racist for objecting. Why is that fair at all.

|| Posted by Pat, May 2, 2010 04:57 PM ||

I'd have to argue with you, Pat, insofar as the Tibet example is an intentional policy of the Chinese government to destroy the Tibetan nation. I do not believe that is the goal of the Mexican narco-regime.

On the other hand, there are certainly those in this country who are making an active effort to ethnically cleanse the southwest -- take this racist local Democrat activist (and NASA employee once suspended for 180 days for violations of federal law) who wants to ethnically cleanse white people from Texas if we do not know our proper place and give support to the border jumpers in their violation of American law.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, May 2, 2010 07:39 PM ||
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