Skip to comments.The Ed McMahon Solution for Illegal Aliens
Posted on 04/07/2006 10:01:04 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob
Decades ago, the Publishers Clearing House launched a campaign to give away $1 million with Ed McMahon and Dick Clark as spokesmen. In addition to the prize and fat payments to the sponsors, PCH had millions in costs for its advertising and direct mail. That campaign offers a solution to the illegal alien problem in the US today.
Some people wondered when the Ed McMahon campaign began, how that made good economic sense. I was working in direct mail advertising then. I knew exactly why it made sense. PCH were (and still are) spending tens of millions of dollars in order to give away money. But what were they getting in return?
They were getting accurate names and addresses where people currently live. Why? Well, if you wanted Ed McMahon to come to your door with a check for $1 million, wouldnt you give your accurate name and address? Isnt that exactly what the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) wants from all illegal aliens?
Consider how the publishing industry gathered correct names and addresses prior to the McMahon campaign. They hired hundreds of college students, put them at desks with hundreds of phones, and stacks of directories. Hour by hour they made thousands of calls to find people. And, since Americans move all the time, those addresses quickly became obsolete.
Now, consider the INS today. An excellent article by Michelle Malkin yesterday detailed the towering incompetence of many of the administrators of the INS. Her article is the capstone of a series which demonstrates that far from being able to find 12 million (or whatever million) illegal aliens in the US, todays INS could not find its *ss in the shower if it used both hands.
So, take a leaf out of the Ed McMahon playbook. Instead of trying to find all those illegal aliens, why not give them every incentive to identify themselves? And, no, I am not suggesting cash prizes like the McMahon campaign.
Congress should pass a law that gives all illegal aliens 90 days (or so) to register with the INS by name, address, place of employment, etc.. Photographs, fingerprints and DNA swabs would be included, so theres no question that folks are who they say they are.
What would be the incentive for aliens to register? The law would state that any illegal alien found inside the US after the period expired, who had not registered, would immediately be positively identified by fingerprints, etc., taken to the nearest US border, and dumped on the far side. That person would also be barred from ever seeking to enter the US again. That result would be placed beyond the power of the federal courts to interfere. And, it would happen regardless of time in the US, family status, jobs or children.
With strong incentives like that, the only illegal aliens to stay in the shadows and not register would be those actively involved in criminal activities, ordinary ones of robbery, drugs, etc., or extraordinary ones like smuggling more illegal aliens into the US. By their actions, the group of all illegal aliens would self-select out those who have no intention of living and working in the US while obeying its laws.
Coupled with this, of course, would be practical steps to close the US border to the invasion from Mexico. Build the fences. Complete the wall at San Diego. Man the border with both volunteers and professionals. The Minute Men are proving again, right now, that more eyes on the border mean less illegals coming in.
It currently looks like the Senate bill, providing amnesty for illegals, will not pass. Even if it does, it looks like the House which is closer to the people and supposedly better represents their will will kill the Senate bill if it reaches the House.
Its insane to accept the idea that any group of people can forcibly change the laws of the US just by walking or wading across an unguarded border. The Constitution gives control of immigration to Congress. For decades, Congress has abdicated its responsibilities in this area. Congress has fiddled, while the flames of the reconquest lick higher and higher on the walls of the state capitols in Sacramento, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Austin and Tallahassee. And those flames are spreading to capitols as far from the border as Raleigh, Albany, and Denver.
Serious action, not another false, band-aid solution, is needed immediately. A nation which cannot control its borders, cannot control its destiny. And the Ed McMahon solution would help regain that control
About the Author: John Armor is candidate for Congress in the 11th District of North Carolina.
John / Billybob
You could already be a wiener..........
The Mexicans are unlike previous immigrants. This definitely needs to be read by everyone at least once! It should be linked on pertinent immigration threads. Here's an interesting link about Samuel Huntington:
"Strangely enough, despite the fact that he was buddies with Henry Kissinger at Harvard, he is registered as a member of the Democratic Party, and has written foreign policy speeches for Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, and Jimmy Carter."
Mark for later...
The "...and a miracle happens here..." portion of the equation.
Who has a greater moral and ethical obligation to obey US law? Illegal alien foreign nationals or American citizens? We know exactly where every US employer is and it's time to stop feeling sorry for them. The laws to sanction them are on the books now. There are great sanctions, and reasonable protections as well, for employers in H.R. 4437. Force the Dems to drop the controversial "felony for being illegal" provision (that the Dems inserted) and put the onus on the employers. If the jobs dry up the illegal aliens will self-deport.
The Senate, House and White House are seriously confused about what is at issue and what is at stake here.
The issue of a guest worker program is completely separate from the issue of illegal aliens.
We have a guest worker program. It may need to be reformed but illegal aliens are those who have not applied to be guest workers. There are 11 million of them. (or more)The only thing needing reform concerning illegal aliens is to enforce the existing laws respecting their presence and their employment here. And border security.
Border security is the number one problem in this debate. The flood of illegal aliens is a major factor in relation to our lack of border security but it is only one factor. There is also a matter of national security in a time of war and in an age when terrorists have set their sights on inflicting mass destruction on our society.
After the issues of border security and millions of illegal foreign nationals on our soil the matter of guest workers is very small. Until the first two problems are thoroughly and firmly addressed the guest worker issue should not even be discussed.
The President the Senate and the House need to get that message with unambiguous resolve.
Border security! No employment for illegal aliens! Immigration and a guest worker program are separate issues from the above.
I'm 6'2". I guess I never saw him coming. I was sure glad to see him go though. ;^)
I like it.
"The Ed McMahon Solution for Illegal Aliens"
I think it would be funny and instructive if the companies who hire illegals were required to participate in a privitized social security plan for illegals, setting aside 10% of wages paid.
Within a decade, their retirement plans would look better than most Americans.
"You are correct, sir."
RIP Phil Hartman
I don't recall Dick Clark acting as a spokesman for Publishers' Clearing House. He did co-star with Ed McMahon on TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, though, so maybe you confused the two roles.
You, sir, are correct!
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