Immigration Reform gets to be complicated and seems unattainable; because of political reasons.
It does not have to come to a show down like what we witness: our Federal government suing our state government.
Why not reduce the porosity of our border? Why not come together to figure out some sort of solution? Why not send help to deal with the increasing crime rate, as requested by the Sate of Arizona? Why not do the job the federal government is supposed to do?
Kind of like the BP spill, no matter how much care and labor you expend in picking up the tar balls that cause harm to the marshlands and coastline, no matter how much oil you try to suck up from the surface, it would still be a losing battle if you don’t plug up the hole.
That tells you the administration and his supporting party’s attitude. It’s dereliction of duty to protect the citizens, it’s arrogance, it’s I do what I want, I don’t care what you think……
It’s illogical when sanctuary cities harbor the illegals and face no consequences, but a State that wants to enforce the law to address pressing problems gets the beating.
The immigration issue is a big item to be discussed; but here I am responding to how the administration and congress are handling and solving (or not solving) problems.
Can you imagine that the mightiest nation with the most updated technology cannot keep portions of its own land safe for its citizens to enjoy? ( 70 miles from the border in Arizona, there is WARNING posted on federal land for citizens to stay away.)
That’s when we need to examine about the representatives who make decisions like these. Before November. You want to keep them, or have a part in effecting changes at the ballot box?
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Obama Sues Arizona, Gives Sanctuary to Lawbreakers
by Rep. Lamar Smith Texas
The Obama Administration is suing Arizona for wanting to enforce our nation’s immigration laws, but they won’t sue cities that violate our immigration laws by enacting sanctuary policies.
So-called “sanctuary cities” prohibit their law-enforcement officers from cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security to report illegal immigrants. Many sanctuary cities do not even allow their officers to report illegal immigrants who have been arrested.
Unlike the recently enacted Arizona law, sanctuary policies are in direct violation of federal law. Section 642 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 provides that “no … government entity or official may prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending … information regarding the citizenship or immigration status … of any individual.“
Aside from being illegal, sanctuary policies protect criminals. Consider these tragic examples, all of which took place in sanctuary cities and might have been prevented:
An illegal immigrant gang member shot three students in Newark, N. J., execution-style in August 2007. He was free on bail and was facing charges of aggravated assault and sexual abuse of a child at the time of the murders.
Seventeen-year-old Jamiel Shaw, Jr. was murdered by an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles in March 2008. The murderer had been released from jail on an assault charge the day before he killed Shaw.
And an illegal immigrant who had numerous past violent crime convictions savagely murdered Tony, Michael and Matthew Bologna in San Francisco in July 2008. Tony and his two sons were all shot while sitting in a car.
The Obama Administration needs to enforce our immigration laws, not ignore them. Will they also ignore individuals who fail to pay taxes? Of course not.
The Obama Administration, in a lawsuit brought by Atty. Gen. Eric Holder’s Justice Department, argued that Arizona and other jurisdictions may not adopt their own immigration enforcement measures—even measures that mirror federal law—because that will result in a “patchwork” of immigration laws. But the administration is apparently content to ignore a patchwork of sanctuary-city laws.
It would not be a stretch to conclude that the only immigration policy that the Obama Administration favors is one that allows illegal immigrants to remain in the United States.
And it’s not just illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities.
These policies and the Obama Administration’s announcement that they will allow sanctuary cities to violate the law reflect its anti-enforcement ideology. It is just one more piece of evidence that the Obama Administration has no interest in enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.
Mr. Smith represents the 21st District of Texas. He is the former chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims.