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
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
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
To get serious, the administration should consider the following:
Protect the borders of the United States properly.
Allow people to enter the United States legally.
Once here, learn the language, which is English.
Study the history of the United States.
Accept the founding principles of the United States.
Obey the Constitution of the United States and the laws of the
Integrate into the culture of the United States.
[By JIM KILLEBREW]
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