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Alligators in the moat

By Jim Killebrew

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[March 06, 2014]  The topic of immigration continues to linger as a point of discussion for all political parties in America. Borders along the Mexican-American line still remain active with people crossing into America illegally. States along those borders continue to struggle by walking the narrow line between their need to protect their citizens from a myriad of people coming across wanting to do harm, and the federal laws regarding border crossing that the administration's Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are failing to enforce.

In May 2011 the president gave a speech in Texas where he began mocking the opposition party's call for protecting the borders of the United States by asking what the Republicans want to do. In a mocking fashion the president asked if they wanted to build a moat around the country. After much laughter, the president continued with a suggestion that maybe the Republicans would like to stock the moat with alligators, asking, "Do they want us to put alligators in the moat?"

When late-night comedians in their stand-up routines poke fun at various people, we sometimes laugh and think it is funny. When they take events that are happening around the country and turn to a funny side of even a serious matter, we might smile. And so with political pundits who squeeze a laugh line from the audience by turning an issue to hyperbole with obvious exaggeration to bring home some intended message, we sort of chuckle at the amusement. With such musings we often find relief.

But it is not such a relief to know that the president of our great nation, the United States, is so frivolous about preserving the safety and integrity of all our citizens against those who would enter illegally to do us harm. His speech in Texas was appalling to say the least. His lack of concern for each of the citizens in Texas and all the border states left us with a feeling of fear and emptiness that we hadn't felt for many years. When it comes to mocking and ridiculing the people who are desperately trying to protect themselves against the onslaught of thousands of illegal intruders who are actually killing American citizens, it becomes a travesty of justice.

No, the citizens of America are not wanting a moat built around America; they are not wanting it filled with alligators. What those who are desperately in need of relief really want is for the administration to enforce the laws that are currently on the books. Citizens of various states who are treading waves of people illegally crossing the borders, protecting themselves in some cases just to stay alive, just want the administration to back off from suing them for enacting laws that mirror federal laws already on the books.

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If the Mexican government built up several divisions of their army on their northern border and launched penetrative attacks across the border against the citizens of the United States, killing them as they went, would the administration interpret that act as war? There are drug cartels aligned against the southern border of the United States who are at war with each other, killing each other and spreading their war into the United States. Mixed within that war are those who are human smugglers bringing illegal people into the United States by the thousands, and the administration makes jokes about the people who are being hurt wanting to build moats and stock them with alligators. And this frivolity is coming from the highest levels in our government.

This question of illegal immigration has been around a long time. There are many difficult questions that must be worked out with the people who are already here. But similar to the issue of a broken water pipe spewing water all over the house, the first order of business is to turn off the water! Do not make jokes to the people who own the house about soon having an indoor swimming pool. For those people who are already here and have been born here in America or have entered illegally, we can discuss their fate and take the time to rationally, logically do it. But for now we must turn off the water!

To get serious, the administration should consider the following:

  1. Protect the borders of the United States properly.

  2. Allow people to enter the United States legally.

  3. Once here, learn the language, which is English.

  4. Study the history of the United States.

  5. Accept the founding principles of the United States.

  6. Obey the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the land.

  7. Integrate into the culture of the United States.


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