Skip to comments.Former San Antonio mayor Cisneros speaks out about border security issue
Posted on 06/04/2006 10:12:31 AM PDT by WestTexasWend
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros says the United States has the right to secure and seal its borders, but he warned it should be done with "a sense of humanity and human rights."
Cisneros, the former U.S. housing secretary under Democratic President Bill Clinton, made an impassioned speech on the subject Friday during the Bilateral Immigration Forum.
"I believe in immigration," he said. "I have used religious words in this regard. It is the salvation of the American future."
Cisneros cited personal reasons behind his stance. His grandfather came to Texas from Mexico to escape persecution during the 1910-17 Mexican Revolution.
Cisneros said President Bush frames the immigration issue correctly by presenting three reforms: improved border security; a channel for legal workers to be hired in the United States; and a path to earned residency and citizenship for existing and new illegal immigration.
"Mexico is pushing out its people by its inability to provide jobs. People will come before they starve. They will come before their families starve. The push is immense, but the pull is just as strong - the job opportunities in the United States," he said.
The United States has a right to define its borders and to define who comes in and has the right to seal the borders if it chooses, Cisneros said.
"But it should do so with a sense of humanity and human rights. Securing the border should not end in the death of people. They are not criminals. They are responding to the push-and-pull realities. There should be some reasonableness because people's lives are in danger," he said.
Cisneros warned that sending National Guard troops to support the Border Patrol may end up being a tragic mistake because the National Guard is not trained to guard the border.
"Just sending the National Guard without specific training for that purpose is dangerous. Border security needs to be proper and effective and not waste people's lives on either side," he told the forum.
On Friday, Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed an agreement authorizing the deployment of National Guard Troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a plan Bush recently announced to support Border Patrol agents.
Cisneros said he does not sense that there is urgency in Mexico to create economic growth.
"Somewhere in Mexico's consciousness, there must be some sense of inadequacy. A country that cannot provide jobs for its citizens fails," he said.
Cisneros also said he has "zero patience" for the argument that immigration will change the United States culturally.
"We must assimilate immigrants into the American way," he said. "This is something we do together."
The US taxpayer is subsidizing aliens' every need 24/7, morn til night: Using multiple phony SS #'s, forged documents, and multiple IDs the invaders collect multiple $4500-$5400 EICs from the IRS by declaring several names/jobs - just by going $1 over the income limit. They also line up for EINs, ITINs, Child Tax Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit, welfare and food stamps.
US Taxpayers are subsidizing invaders' daily food intake, housing, reduced mortgages, free medical care, free education, reduced in-state tuition and out of state tuition. We also foot the legal bills when they start suing if we don't provide these goodies pronto......etc., etc, ad infinitum, ad nauseaum.
The 423 pp monstrosity Senate bill (secretly written in El Presidente Vicente Fox's hacienda assisted by reconquista groups) provides that invaders will be paid a prevailing wage, Earned Income Tax credits, medical benefits; housing benefits; WIC; anchor baby citizenship; legal representation and amnesty from back taxes owed.
The Senate atrocity does not meet Constitutional muster b/c Vicente, and the reconquistas, could care less about the US Constitution. They want only to get their greedy hands on the US treasury and to take over the US government with the vote, or by violence, if necessary (their own words and signage at the recent protests).
All of this explains why aliens will do anything, pay anything, endure anything, to sneak over the border to get so-called "low-paying jobs" They have extortion dancing in their criminal heads......plans to rip-off US taxpayers every which way they can.
.....and billions of it goes back to Mexico where El Presidente Vicente gets a nice chunk of it---and so do the federales in Central and South American banana republics who help their compadres cross the border.
This guy epitomizes the abomination of liberal thinking----they justify just about any travesty as long as they're "feeling-good" about being "tolerant and compassionate."
The US government, and all its trappings, has been turned into a huge psychotherapy agency designed to mobolize government power---and tax assets---to subsidize and shore-up the self-esteem problems of various hyphenated groups.
Anyone with a chip on their shoulder can claim victimization, persecution, discrmination, and is encouraged to apply for sanctuary on our shores which entitles then to numerous tax-subsidized financial benefits, head-of-the-line citizenship, and various other preference-based gov't programs.....all at our expense.
It's a big con game. To some of these con artists a day without "victimization" is like a day without sunshine.
Salvation of America? HA HA HA HA HA! What a pinhead. No wonder he got BUSTED!
Thank you for your reply.
Your tag line says it all.
"The US Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government"
Unfortunately, our leaders, whom we have untrusted with power -- who swore to "preserve and protect the Constitution" -- have betrayed their Country.
Our leaders serve not "The People"(as embodied in the constitution) but rather the Royal's, the elite -- whom serve only themselves.
Now I understand that "The people" is a somewhat nebulous term, but even so, they (the leaders referred to above) should at the least try to do what's best for the Country as a whole; whilst keeping in mind the parameter's of the Constitution, they have -- at least putatively -- sworn to uphold.
One can only conclude(as I have said in other posts)that either:
(1) They are simply unfit for office(incompetent to be kind).
(2) They are corrupt.
(3) They are traitors.
More and more the evidence points to conclusions two or three.
It has gone completely unnoticed that the Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government. The gov't acts like it is the reverse equation.
The citizenry does not exist to serve the government.
The Founders intended to protect the people's rights by limiting the powers of government. Any action which is intended to protect the people's interests from an errant government---as in the immigration dilemma---is in keeping with Constitutional imperatives, and is to be applauded.
That the Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government goes unnoticed..........and untaught. Unfortunately, liberal thought police have indoctrinated generations with Marxist/Socialist agit-prop so that many see the gov't as the solution to problems, and work to grant gov't more and more power over the lives of the citizenry.
Translation of the double speak...
20 "plus" million(or more) brand new VOTING democrats is a GOOD THING..
Amen-----very well said. Notice that our "best friends" in these money-sucking hellholes are the ones that hijack the most annual aid from the US treasury.
"That the Constitution is intended to protect the people from the government goes unnoticed..........and untaught. Unfortunately, liberal thought police have indoctrinated generations with Marxist/Socialist agit-prop so that many see the gov't as the solution to problems, and work to grant gov't more and more power over the lives of the citizenry."
Clearly, "big brother" government wants to do everything but the very things The constitution clearly empowers it to do, namely, protect us from invasion.
Article IV, Section 4, Paragraph 1: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against INVASION; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestics Violence.(emphases Mine)
Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 15: The Congress shall have the Power (to) provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress INSURRECTIONS and repel INVASIONS(emphases Mine)
You will notice that I have also emphasized the word INSURRECTION(S): The act or an instance of open revolt against civil authority or a constituted government.
Therefore, those that are abetting the invasion of our "constituted government", subverting the laws of the land, may also be looked upon as INSURRECTIONISTS.
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