Thursday Thoughts

Thought #1

Did you know that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has closed, or at least recommended that U.S. Citizens enter at their own risk, a very large piece of land in Southern Arizona. The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and the area surrounding it have been closed off, 80 miles north of the Mexican border, because of Mexican drug dealers operating in the area.

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife this area is about 3500 acres in size. Our concern for public safety is paramount. The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent. The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge has been adversely affected by border-related activities. The international border with Mexico has also become increasingly violent.

That’s right. Land within the United States, along the south side of I-8, 80 miles north of the Mexican border is now closed to Americans.

How long do we ignore the border issue? How long do we wait? Do we wait until they take Tucson? What about Phoenix? This is one of the most ridiculous, yet frightening, things I have ever heard. It’s time we secure the border. Now!

Thought #2

I’m sure you’ve had a chance to watch President Obama’s “energy” speech by now. I bet you had an eerily familiar feeling while watching it, didn’t you?

 

Thought #3

It looks like an actual cleanup effort is about to begin.

Actor Kevin Costner says having BP use his company’s device to help clean up the Gulf oil spill is “not a Hollywood ending for me.”

BP has contracted with Costner and Ocean Therapy Solutions to use 32 of the centrifuge machines designed to separate oil from water.

The company says the device can fit on fishing boats or docks, where it can separate 200 gallons per minute.

With 32 centrifuges at work, Ocean Therapy Solutions can separate 6,400 gallons of water and oil per minute. Imagine how things would be if Costner and his team were allowed to start helping immediately after the spill began.

I’m already working on tomorrow’s post. I discovered a major security issue on a rather important website this evening. I am not going to discuss it yet, as I am waiting to be contacted by the people running the website, but needless to say I was shocked with the information I was able to uncover.

No Reason At All

If I had to move tomorrow, and pick any other state to live in except Georgia, I would have to choose Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, or Utah.

One of America’s national organizations fighting against illegal immigration is announcing that 17 states are now filing versions of Arizona’s SB 1070 law which is designed to help local police enforce America’s existing immigration laws.

That’s right. I want to live in a state that tries to make sure that laws are adhered to. No, it has nothing to do with race. It has nothing to do with discrimination. It has nothing to do with racial profiling. I simply want the state I live in to enforce existing law. It really is that simple.

Numerous national and local polls indicated that 60-81% of Americans support local police enforcing immigration laws.

I bet 60-81% of Americans also want their local police to enforce all of the other laws while they’re at it too. Isn’t funny how we try to single out this one law, from one state, rather than address the issue at hand. Our current laws, especially those pertaining to illegal immigration, are not being enforced. What’s wrong with ensuring that those existing laws are actually enforced?

I can’t think of one good reason not to enforce current laws. Not one single reason.

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Time To Put Morton On Ice

John Morton, the head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said he plans to increase immigration enforcement in places such as Illinois, but he also said that ICE won’t necessarily process any illegal immigrants referred to them by the state of Arizona.

John Morton, who heads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said his agency intends to expand the Secure Communities initiative, which gives police and sheriff’s departments access to a Homeland Security database that includes fingerprints. The initiative recently grew to include most of Chicago’s suburbs.

Morton said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona officials. The best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, not a patchwork of state laws, he said.

“I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,” Morton said.

Morton doesn’t think that immigration laws are the solution. Wow. I wonder if he knows that he’s not quite living up to his mission as the head of ICE?

ICE’s mission is to protect the security of the American people and homeland by vigilantly enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws.

The federal government hasn’t been enforcing our current immigration laws, so the states are starting to do it for them. There’s no good reason not to process illegals from Arizona. There’s no reason at all to continue ignoring our nation’s immigration laws. If he doesn’t like the job, maybe he should step down.

For Mr. Morton, like everyone else in the Obama Administration, it’s time to shit or get off the pot.

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Stop, Look, And Show Me Your I.D.

Now that you’ve had time to digest everything the media is telling you about the new Arizona Immigration Law, and you’ve had time to read it (you did read the link I posted here on my site didn’t you?), Let’s look at the meat of the bill.

NO OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY ADOPT A POLICY THAT LIMITS OR RESTRICTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS TO LESS THAN THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW

FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).

Take a moment to read that part one more time. I’ll wait.

Arizona is simply enforcing federal immigration laws at the state level. Federal immigration laws that the feds are not (and have not been) enforcing.

The federal government changed the law in respect to state issued identification a few years ago.

By now people should have noticed that their renewal of their license in 2005 or later required much more documentation than was required prior. The reason for that is because the Federal Government set a series of guidelines that must be met for the issuance of IDs in order for the federal government to accept them.

Since all but one state is in compliance with these federal guidelines that is why a valid license from all states except one is proof someone is here legally.

In every state, but one, when you produce your state issued identification you are essentially proving your citizenship status at the same time.

As a white male in America I have been subjected to this very thing my entire life.

When I wanted to drive a car, I was told I needed proof of who I was in order to obtain a driver’s license. When I applied for grants and student loans, I was told I needed proof of my identity in order to receive either one of them. When I write a check, purchase alcohol, or use my credit card, I am constantly asked for identification. But most importantly, when I travel to Mexico, crossing at a legal border crossing, I am asked for my identification when I return. I am forced to prove my identity when I enter my own country.

I have lived my life pulling out documentation and providing proof of my identity. Why should it be different for anyone else? Many states already have laws on their books requiring you to carry (and produce when asked) photo identification, so how is this law any different?

Many people consider this bill to be racial profiling, but let’s be honest here. It’s not like we have hundreds or thousands of Irish people crossing our southern border on a daily basis. It’s only natural that some people consider this new law racist since, coincidentally, a large number of those here illegally are of the same race.

The new Arizona immigration law isn’t really new (or news) at all. The 17 page bill simply gives authorities the right to double check someone’s citizenship status while engaging them for other reasons (traffic violations, investigation of crimes).

If I am not mistaken, I am also asked for my identification if I am pulled over for a traffic violation or suspected of committing a crime.

Obviously, our country was founded by immigrants, but illegal immigration shouldn’t be tolerated. If we’re willing to ignore one crime, how long will it take until we begin to ignore all of them?

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