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Finding common ground on immigration

Post by Brian O'Neill on May 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm with 8 Comments »
May 24, 2011 10:31 pm

In a perfect world, immigrating to the United States would be a painlessly short process for those who lawfully chose to add their names to the spreadsheet of our country. In reality, the current sloppy legal mess in which we all find ourselves is the rough equivalent of a slog through a muddy stream, which, now that I think about it, looks just like the Rio Grande.

The debate on immigration started when Native Americans decided that the Pilgrims were getting a little too comfortable, gained steam when the Chinese and Irish dared to build us a better railroad, and continues today with our neighbors to the south. Why is it that this immigration discussion seems to have no resolution?

As a nation and as individuals, we are most definitely of two minds on this topic. We have Arizona on one side, intent on using cops to remove the human problems that are sucking their social service coffers dry. On the other we have sanctuary cities where federal agents rounding up illegal aliens is about as tolerated as Airbus or Folger’s coffee might be in Seattle (yes, the Emerald City is one).

Two options, yes, but one’s too soft and the other too hard.

There’s got to be an answer that’s just right. Now, I’m just spit-balling, but what about deporting illegal aliens that have committed crimes here in the U.S.? By any nation’s standards, someone who illegally enters a country and commits a crime should be shown the door as rapidly as possible.

It sounds like a reasonable idea, doesn’t it? It is and it has a name: Community Shield.

As Sheriff Lee Baca writes in an article for the LA Times, this federal program simply links county jails’ fingerprinting computers to a Homeland Security database. When an illegal alien is identified, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers place a hold on the arrestee, thereby guaranteeing a deportation hearing following the criminal case’s adjudication.It’s so simple I can’t believe the feds thought of it.

The only problem is–and you knew it was coming– Washington State doesn’t participate in Community Shield. It figures. Finally the federal government makes a good move and the state blocks the shot. Instead, cops do virtually the same task only taking more time and energy (remember, time + energy = $). Since cops are not trained on, nor have jurisdiction over, immigration status, illegal aliens booked on felony crimes will often walk out the door of the jail to disappear into a new identity.

This is a ridiculous way to do busines. Whether you are of a mind to grant legal status to all law-abiding illegal aliens or give the boot to any foreign national without a green card, getting rid of criminals should be a fair and simple decision.

If you agree then direct further inquiries to Governor Gregoire.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. smokey984 says:

    Thats a great line Brian…”Law abiding illegal aliens”…there is the problem itself.

  2. smokey984 says:

    and how about some support from those immigrants who have assimilated themselves into our society? Shouldn’t they be standing by our side and speaking out? Same thing can be said of the Muslim silence of their radical wing…It starts with the people speaking out and holding the elected folks accountable. and if your in a southern state then vote with your feet…

  3. “By any nation’s standards, someone who illegally enters a country and commits a crime should be shown the door as rapidly as possible.”

    I’d change that to read “By any nation’s standards, someone who illegally enters a country and thus has committed a crime should be shown the door as rapidly as possible.”

    After all, once they cross the border through other than legal means has thus committed a crime. Chances are also that those same illegally entered aliens will continue to break more laws. Gaining work illegally. Failure to pay taxes, or using fraudulent SSNs or identification to draw social services (welfare, foodstamps, etc). They may have also brought illegal drugs with them as a way to pay for the crossing. Just because they didn’t rob someone on the street doesn’t mean they’re not stealing via social services.

    In short, the fact they’ve crossed the border means they have no problems breaking the law, and will continue to do so. All of this costs John Q Taxpayer money. Only people that put blinders on condone the illegal activity out of some misguided humanitarian emotional feeling.

  4. APimpNamedSlickback says:


    No, the wording was correct the first time. Illegal immigration is a violation of civil, not criminal, law. That’s part of why we experience birth-tourism and the issue of anchor babies.

    If illegal immigration were a criminal offense, immigrants who want their children to be raised in the US legally could simply come across the border with them. They might not be able to stay, but the kids could because If the kids were young enough, they would be legally incapable of committing a crime, and would be legally present in the US. If illegal immigration were a crime there would be no way to regulate immigrants who cannot form mens rea.

    The end result would be thousands upon thousands of immigrant children left in the US to be put in foster care and provided education and healthcare at public expense, with no cost mitigation from the parents (who would either be deported or imprisoned, again at public expense). As a civil infraction though, once caught, illegal immigrants can be deported, regardless of age.

  5. We are a sanctuary state….time to give the liberals a boot!

    And deporting the same criminal 8 or 9 times isn’t the answer either. Unfortunately, some of the hardened criminals just keep coming across our porous borders to deal drugs over and over and over… jail time, just a quick trip south, and just as quick a trip back north.

    Securing our borders is the first step to any immigration reform, be it the DREAM act or any other legislation.

  6. The idea of aliens being Hispanic (period), drives me to distractiion. From experience, I can tell you of West Hollywood, California, where aliens were white Europens, ‘rescued’ from the remains of the Soviet Union. They took over buildings meant for habitation of gays and lesbians, receive social security and voting rights, and encourage their young to have children quickly. The Hispanics I met in Southern California worked, paid taxes and voted.

    BTW, it’s up to the employers to take taxes out, Not the employees, which was suggested earlier.

    This is so much rich and/uninformed garbage and it’s racially motivated. It’s not that no Hispanic takes from our city/county/state/federal governments, it’s that they’re blamed for all the taking.

  7. BlaineCGarver says:

    Brian, I’m curious about a statement you made, that open carry might contribute to a dangerous situation? How so? Unless, like my concern, one might be disarmed by a bad guy. Most cops are shot with their own weapon, if what I heard was true.

  8. RHOLUC-the race card is out of date….sorry, played out. The simple fact is that the largest percentage of illegal aliens in our nation come from Mexico. That’s an undeniable fact. Doesn’t mean we can’t improve our tracking of expired Visas, etc. And the fact remains that a fence and proper border security would severely reduce the influx of illegal aliens, the influx of drugs, and the illegal transfer south to Mexico of firearms. It’s a simple solution, we just don’t have politicians bold enough to do what it right, and risk “offending” the Hispanic vote.

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