Our Own Safety Net Broken

We’ve often heard the phrase, “social safety net”, when referring to a government backed plan to intercede with sufficient resources when an individual is unable to meet their own basic needs. The current situation on the southern border of the U.S. shows how ineffective our government has become at meeting the needs of its own security. While politics is fully on display in Washington, concerns over the health care of our veterans, mismanagement of the IRS, (a group soon to be fully responsible for rendering penalties against non-compliant citizens who fail to purchase government mandated health insurance), and now on the media radar is a problem long in the making, failure to secure our borders.

Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly claims: Crisis on our southern border threatens U.S. existence.  “The ongoing border crisis is much more than just a flood of illegal immigrants searching for amnesty and a better life.  It is a crisis that is threatening America’s national security, and even it’s very existence as we know it, as deadly diseases, drugs, weapons, even terrorists are being smuggled into the country, with doctors and agents being threatened to stay silent about it.”

It’s time for anagnorisis (moment of realization and discovery).  As citizens we need to understand all the political rancor and rhetoric won’t solve any problem. What we’re witnessing on the border is nothing short of a full-scale invasion. Any country that can’t or won’t defend its borders is in serious jeopardy. We may see thousands of children pour in, but beyond those innocent faces hides a far greater problem. Uncontrolled spreading of disease and a significant gang / criminal influx. Yes, it’s a humanitarian crisis but it has been brought about through inaction. (see link for details)

July 9, 2014 Obama campaigns in Austin, TX

July 9, 2014 Obama campaigns in Austin, TX

President Obama has been an effective campaigner and has used his office to point a scolding finger at Republicans in the House of Representatives. When that wasn’t sufficient, he chose to blame his predecessor for any big problem that has come his way. The economy wasn’t his fault, and neither is the immigration crisis. As far as he’s concerned, he’s done everything in his power to correct the inequities in health care and has continued to campaign for immigration reform. In a recent campaign visit to Austin Texas the President said, “Sometimes I feel like saying to these guys, ‘I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy,'” “What I’ve said to my team is ‘get me out of Washington,’” the president told donors at the event. He said he wanted to talk to people who are doing the right thing and struggling so they know they are being heard. Meanwhile, minutes away by helicopter (less than 200 miles), the aggregate border crisis has become larger than the invasion on D-day in Normandy. Obama has resisted calls for him to see the crisis up close, saying he has no plan to visit the border. He had time to go raise funds for November political campaigns, just not going to get his feet near the Rio Grande.

What has the President done to rectify the illegal immigration problem? In 2012 he signed an executive order to halt deportations of people brought to the United States illegally as children (age 16) before July 2007. What effect did that have on the current crisis? It set the precedent, get your kids in and then the adults will likely be given amnesty as well to take care of their children, thus the surge.

Allocation of funds requested by President

Allocation of funds requested by President

Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in supplemental funding, half of which he has said would help Customs and Border Patrol deal with the humanitarian crisis of thousands of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. illegally every week. Only about 3 per cent, however, would be dedicated to strengthening America’s southwest border with Mexico.

He has, however, asked for a larger, more permanent overhaul of U.S. immigration law that would give most otherwise law-abiding illegal aliens a path to legal status – and, for some, a path to citizenship.

House Republicans, it’s your move. Tired of being blamed? Then meet with your colleagues and get a bill moved through which responds to the basic needs of both parties. This is called compromise and that’s how things get done, it’s not all or nothing.

OP Ed in New Your Times
Break the Immigration Impasse
July 10, 2014
Read by clicking on the above underlined link.
Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett & Bill Gates on Immigration Reform

“Our illegal population alone exceeds all the Irish, Jewish and British immigrants who came. Each year, we catch more people breaking in at the border than all the Swedes and Norwegians who came to America in 200 years. Half a million illegal aliens succeed in breaking in every year, more than all the Greeks or Poles who came legally from [our 1776] Revolution to 1960..” – Patrick J. Buchanan

Tell your Congressman the time to act is now!

What we need to do in the mean time is urgent and fundamental.

  1. Deport all of these new illegal immigrants.
  2. Secure the border by sending enough personnel. It’s time for a little Homeland Security.
  3. Stop all aid to governments that export their people.
  4. Pass immigration reform to deal with the current crisis as well as law-abiding established immigrants & advanced educated graduates who wish to stay in this country.

Related Link
In Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, a seemingly endless surge of immigrants