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Donít wave the flag in my face, close the border
Lodinews.com ^ | Sept 23, 2001 | Joe Guzzardi

Posted on 09/23/2001 11:29:20 AM PDT by DakotaKid

If you are one of the tens of thousands of Americans who bought a flag this week, my column is dedicated to you.

Or if you’re among the millions who linked hands in church to sing “God Bless America” then pay special attention to what you are about to read.

The unhappy message that I have to deliver to almost of you who are now bursting with patriotism is that you have helped — through your passivity — make this horrible moment possible.

By refusing to become involved in the democratic process and by steadfastly turning your back on the compelling issues that surround you, you have helped make it possible for terrorists to carry out their heinous mission.

If only you had paid as much attention to what goes on in Washington regarding your freedoms as you did to Jon Benet Ramsey, O. J. Simpson, Princess Diana and Gary Condit, then possibly — just possibly — things might be different.

Had you put down your remote to pick up a pen, we might have had some changes in our immigration laws that would have made such a blatant infiltration of our country impossible.

Instead, we have terrorists mingling among us with complete ease. They open checking accounts, attend our community colleges and send their children to our schools.

For 12 years, my column has urged you to demand of your Congressional representatives that United States immigration laws be reformed. I have called for a common sense approach to immigration that would be fair to immigrants and native born. Such a policy would have had the best interests of the country at heart.

But you couldn’t spare the time.

Lax airport security is not the main cause behind the attack. The planes were hijacked because the terrorists were in the country. If we had kept them out, then the rest of the scenario would never have played out. The U.S. has open borders. Anyone can get in. And once you’re in, you’re home free.

The indiscriminate distribution of visas has been badly in need of review for years. The U.S. issues about 6 million visas annually. Any Tom, Dick or Harry can get a visa for any half-baked reason.

If you enter the U.S. on a business or student visa, as some of the terrorists did, when your visa expires, so what? No one will chase you. According to some experts, thousands of individuals determined to do harm to the U.S. are roaming about the country.

No nation serious about its security would give business visas to foreign nationals from the Middle East without at least tracking their activities.

What democratic country in its right mind would give student visas to college-age students from Syria?

Any analysis of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon attack has to begin with some hard questions:

How did the terrorists get into the U.S.? What compelling reason allowed them to remain in the U.S.? Why weren’t they sent home when their visas expired?

You won’t be comforted by the answers. What you will learn instead is that, despite what you are currently hearing, U.S. leaders have not given your safety one instant of thought until now.

Ironically, on that fateful Tuesday, I was on a tour of the Arizona/Mexico border with a retired Border Patrol agent.

What struck me as I drove along miles of unprotected land was not how hard it would be to secure the border but how easy it would be.

A mere 1,700 border patrol agents protect our entire southwestern border

If the U.S. can station thousands of military personnel in Germany or Bosnia, surely the government can find a way to protect was is known along the border as “Cocaine Alley.” But according to one rancher, “The government just isn’t interested.”

And George Bush’s sudden passion to protect us is a cruel joke, too. Two weeks ago, I called Bush a gold-plated phony. Although the country has rallied around him and while I am pulling for him to rise to the occasion, I stand by my statement.

With death and destruction all around him Bush is talking the talk. But look at what his agenda was until the World Trade Center came tumbling down.

Bush met five times with Mexican President Vicente Fox to push through, against the will of the American people, an amnesty/guest worker program. I do not recall hearing one single word about security or background checks for any who might qualify for amnesty.

His silence on security was odd since the last amnesty legalized hundreds of criminals.

On the very day of the terrorist attacks, Congress was poised to vote on an extension to Section 245i. That provision states that any illegal immigrants who have been working in the country or have family ties may apply for a green card for $1,000 fee. Again, I heard nothing about background checks.

Let’s be clear. Immigration doesn’t equal terrorism. But stupid immigration laws have lead to terrorism.

Now that you’re awake, take the next step. Become involved. Our porous borders have made this terrible event possible.

And until you express your feelings to Congress, please don’t wave your flag in my face.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: aliens; guzzardi; immigrantlist; immigration

1 posted on 09/23/2001 11:29:20 AM PDT by DakotaKid
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To: DakotaKid
Talk about preaching to the choir! LOL. Anyone reading his commentary is involved, I would expect. =]
2 posted on 09/23/2001 11:32:33 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March
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To: DakotaKid
The writer does make valid points. Too often we don't take a personal interest in what is going on in our country until it bites us in the a.. This article should be required reading for all liberals.
3 posted on 09/23/2001 11:32:58 AM PDT by Don Myers
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To: DakotaKid
Oh. The Mexico border. Well, I still don't think this is appropriate of the writer. Let the flags wave!
4 posted on 09/23/2001 11:39:29 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March
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To: Don Myers
We should take a moment to ponder some of the forces that have promoted mass illegal immivasion; big business, mass media and the churches. They have all been in lockstep on this issue, promoting their agenda and screaming "racist" in the face of anyone opposed to their little game.

Well, it seems to me that the charge of "racism" is just starting to lose its sting, and thank goodness for that! We were on the threshold of actually putting people behind bars just for being accused of "racism". You all know its true.

Now we have to start standing up and demanding that our Congress close the borders, and stop all immigration into this country for the next fifty years! We have to start screaming our heads off, and we have to keep screaming and screaming until our elected whores get their pig snounts out of the money trough and actually do something good for our nation!

5 posted on 09/23/2001 11:41:56 AM PDT by Billy_bob_bob
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
I intend to send this column to some that I know AREN'T involved.
6 posted on 09/23/2001 11:46:10 AM PDT by monkeywrench
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To: Billy_bob_bob
Well, there has to be a definite change in the way that we have been doing business, and that might happen now.
7 posted on 09/23/2001 11:49:19 AM PDT by Don Myers
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To: DakotaKid
By refusing to become involved in the democratic process and by steadfastly turning your back on the compelling issues that surround you, you have helped make it possible for terrorists to carry out their heinous mission.

Sounds like a typical impeached *Squirt voter...

8 posted on 09/23/2001 11:58:55 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: monkeywrench
Check another article posted just a few minutes ago from the Seattle Times entitled "Few Resources Spent on Guarding the Canadian Border." It's a disgraceful listing of how incredibly easy it is to slip into the country. Also a threat in yesterday's Washington Times entitled "Canada Warns US against Imposing Tight Security."
9 posted on 09/23/2001 12:00:34 PM PDT by holyscroller
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To: DakotaKid
Letter to the House Immigration Reform Caucus, Tom Tancredo, Chairman

Everyone seems to be acutely aware of our border problems and the invasion occurring there. It is not a case of inadequate laws, as such entries have been criminalized, just political will. Yet, it is reported that about 40 to 60 percent of illegal aliens in the U.S. entered through ports as documented nonimmigrants and have overstayed. Many have become part of the underground work force. That's a sizeable chunk of the estimated 11 million.

In my judgment and that of my former colleagues many of the millions who made such entries did so with the clear intent to remain in violation of the terms of their temporary admission. As it stands now, if and when found, they are simply ordered to depart, voluntarily or otherwise. They may or may not as the most severe penalty is deportation.

There is a great deal more sophistication and a lot less risk if one can fraudulently obtain a temporary visa. To level this playing field, I would ask that you introduce legislation criminalizing the violation of terms of admission of nonimmigrants. For instance it would become a misdemeanor thirty days after the permit expires, or, in the case of students, business people, temporary workers (H1Bs) and a myriad of others who violate the terms of their admission at any time.

It is also a free pass to almost anyone intent on committing acts of terrorism against the U.S. After gaining admission, they drop out of sight seldom making any effort to renew or extend their visa.

The Bush administration had advanced the idea of splitting INS. Something long overdue. Once we have a standalone enforcement branch, surely more attention can be given to ferreting out all violators.

10 posted on 09/23/2001 12:10:32 PM PDT by Deportem
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To: MJR
If u don't want to let in immigrants,may i ask who is going to run ur 7-Eleven stores,gas stations,and numerous business enterprises?The lazy Americans need all these people to have a stong economic engine,for growth and prosperity.Without that the country is doomed.

I've noticed that the cost of about everything has gone up about three to four times in the last twenty years. However, people on the bottom pay scale haven't kept up.

I'm not writing this to bash the rich. I'm not writing this to promote the minimum wage (which I think is wrong).

What I'm saying is, we all know why the lower economic class has been left behind in our recent prosperity. It's because the free market wage for unskilled and low-skilled labor has been kept artificially low by an influx of illegal immigration.

Americans will gladly work in 7-11s and other places, if those places will pay real wages. When they do not, kids figure they would rather stay in school, welfare moms figure they're better off on the dole, and old folks decide to play shuffleboard instead.

It's been estimated that every illegal who crosses our border costs our economy $55,000. That's including welfare, law enforcement, public education and other governmental services. That's not including the destruction of skyscrapers.

13 posted on 09/23/2001 2:33:33 PM PDT by 537 Votes
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To: DakotaKid
I totally agree. Until there is a good assessment of how this all happened, the borders should be CLOSED.

Q: What's the easiest way to smuggle a head of lettuce into the United States?
A: Plant it in the belly of some diaper-head terrorist waving knives and chanting "Death to Americans!".
16 posted on 09/23/2001 4:55:01 PM PDT by djf
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Still true today.


18 posted on 09/12/2004 4:48:03 PM PDT by 4.1O dana super trac pak (Stop the open borders death cult)
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