Monday, May 15, 2006

The key word is "illegal"

Tonight, Dubya is going to lay out his plan for "immigration reform." Here's what I want him to do:

1. Close the borders. Use the military, the girl scouts, or AARP volunteers, but get it shut down. We're letting in people who may be carrying anything at all. We've given them years to learn the way to "get it right" getting people and contraband into our country.

2. Deport the illegals. They're breaking the law. Prosecute or deport, I don't care, but a disregard for the rule of law cannot be good for the welfare of the country.

3. Enforce the penalties against employers who knowingly and willingly hire illegals. This law has been on the books for years, with little to no enforcement. Again, a disregard for our laws is not good for the civil disposition of our country.

4. Stop all federal benefit programs for those who are not here legally. Get rid of the carrot that's luring the lazy and criminal here.

5. Hold illegals accountable for hospital costs they incur. If they insist on using the emergency room for non-emergencies, then hold them accountable for it. See point 2, as well.

6. Penalize jurisdictions that make themselves havens for illegals. Houston encourages lawbreaking by not doing anything when illegals are found.

7. No amnesty, "guest worker" amnesty, or any other kind of reward for these criminals. Deport them after having them work off the "benefits" they've received. My idea for the works project would be building a fence along the border.

8. All of the above applies to the Canadian border and illegals crossing there, as well.

That's a good start. I bet less than half get addressed.

5 Comments:

Blogger Hamous said...

Good to see you the the blogosphere Wino. As to your points:

1. He can't use the military (posse comitatus) but he can use the National Guard since they're state controlled. Let's hope this move isn't just, as Neo says, lipstick on a pig.

2. I don't think its possible to deport the 12 million already here but if we do:

3 through 7 - If we do all of these they will soon leave of their own accord. Dry up the gravy train and there will be no reason to stay. This is basically what Newt has been saying for a while now.

8 - From a terrorist infiltration standpoint this is probably a bigger problem than the border with Mexico. Canada has no problem letting terrorists immigrate legally.

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 7:00:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Don said...

Hi, hamous!

#1 You know my point of view on this... posse commitatus doesn't apply to national security. I'm not wanting the military there to stop the gardeners. I want them stopping EVERYONE to stop those who are coming to blow us up. National Security trumps everything...

Speechifying starting.

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 7:04:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Hamous said...

I agree that national security trumps everything. Unfortunately the courts don't. If he sent the military down there within minutes the courts would issue an injunction. But, I like the idea of the National Guard and I like his idea of how to use them. The same thing can be accomplished without the political crap to worry about. We'll see if it works.

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 7:32:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Don said...

Well, the branches of government are supposed to be co-equal. Make me president, and I'd tell the courts to stuff their injunction. They'd need the Congress, as well, to stop me. One to one is a tie... two to one is a win.

The courts need to be reined in. I just wish we had a Congress or Executive who had some guts.

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 7:35:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Hamous said...

Go for it. You got my vote!

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 7:45:00 PM CDT  

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