I agree 100% with your commentary. There is not one person I've talked to who has anything against LEGAL immigrants - for Heaven sake, that's what makes this country so unique and it's how we got our start. LEGAL migration is welcomed and anyone who wants to become a LEGAL citizen of this country is and should be welcomed and championed and encouraged. BUT.......I am sick to death of the ILLEGAL (does anyone remember what that word means???) influx of mexicans and whoever else into this country, and more than that, I'm sick to death of the liberals who try to make anyone opposing ILLEGAL immigration look like racists. What we are, are normal, ordinary citizens of this once great country who are outraged and have had enough. These ILLEGAL immigrants have no respect for our country, our flag, our laws, our way of life. They really think we owe them the right to live here without becoming a LEGAL citizen, and they think they have the right to demand that we take care of them when they don't now, and never will, contribute anything to this country. The very sickening photos of the most likely ILLEGAL (and if they're not, then their parents most assuredly probably are) mexican students at Montebello High School in California taking down the USA flag, turning it upside down and then flying it below the mexican flag, has been the final nail in the coffin for me. I have no sympathy for them, and if they are so dang proud of their flag, then why aren't they in the country it represents? I say it's time for America to clean house - too much brown dirt messing her up. And if this country allows the stinking president of mexico to come here as a guest of our government, and then rant to us about our immigration laws again - I say ship everyone of the government agents who invite him right back to mexico with him! I think they will find out real quick just how intolerant and very harsh mexico's immigration laws are. There's only one - you will get shot in the head if you go to THEIR country and decry THEIR laws. Sickening that such a hypocrit was allowed to even speak on the subject, much less have some of those idiots applaud what he said!
I wish I had a million dollars to spend - every penny of it would go toward trying to make sure the border between mexico and the United States was very strictly patroled, and I am not embarrassed to say I would make sure the Border Parol agents were well armed. As I said - I'm sick to death of this mess, and I'm sick to death of "political correctness".
I agree with you about the immigration issue. I did not see the poll, but please count me in. I too, am not against legal immigration, but they do need to go through proper procedures to become a citizen, and then they need to respect the laws of the land, the flag, and everything this country stands for.
What other country would allow people to pour across their borders and then let them disrespect their country and break it's laws? I don't know of any.
Thank you for speaking out and giving us a voice.
The best response we have is "AMEN!!!"
We think your comments are right on! The Federal Government is chicken to act on immigration for many reasons. The fact that one state has done something is really "about time!" Your comments about "illegal"
are most appropriate. I doubt we'll ever get the feds off their collective butts!
Thank you again for all of your commentary articles.
"Well I think the majority got it right and here's why: That new Arizona law, in its simplest form, makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally"
So all of a sudden it is completely legal for the state to investigate someones immigration status based solely on reasonable suspicion? Wow, I wonder who fits that profile and if their skin is brown. And no, I'm not playing the race card. However, this senate bill was introduced in a state with a high population of Hispanic-AMERICANS similar to Texas. Arizona and Texas both have trouble with illegal immigration. There is no doubt about that, however is it mere coincidence that this bill would essentially target a select group of people? Take for example a 37 year old US citizen named Jose Garcia, lets say he works at a local construction company were illegals may work. Compare him to John Smith, a 37 year old causcasian man who works at a mechanic shop who has been living in the US illegally for 17 years. Please tell me who is more likely to be investigated? Your comparison of stealing cars and having to go to jail is spot on. But what you fail to mention is that in the United States people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Under your interpretation of the judicial system in America anyone accused or suspected of stealing or being an illegal immigrant would be investigated and more than likely punished prior to any concrete evidence being brought forth. In your poll 81% of those polled said they agreed and applauded what Arizona did. I wonder what demographic those people were made up of. Just because a majority may agree on something in this nation does not make it constitutionally or morally just. In the 1930's and 20's I'm certain Nazi Germany was in upwards of 81% agreeance on what they believed needed to be done with the European Jewish population, and we all know how that ended. However, we also know how that started...anti-Jewish legislation aimed at discriminating and persecuting a group of people who were believed to be a problem.
Somebody has to do something.
I feel that today's "consider this" was the best yet!
Of course it's only my opinion (which I share with Dan) but I believe this has gone on too long and the time is overdue to put a stop to it! Thank you for addressing this sensative subject.
Many viewers and others will be upset, but the majority of those people either are or know an illegal immigrant. People need to realize that being here illegally is stealing. I do not know of any other country that would allow this, and without punishment.
Thank you Dan!
I want to thank you for your bold statement about immigration laws in our country. I am in 100% agreement with your comments. I did not participate in the poll you mentioned, but I do agree with the 81%.
I have been telling my wife and other people for 3 years if the government didn't secure the borders there would come a time when the people who own property on the border would take the law into their own hands to protect what is their's.I have seen pictures where fences have been torn down, trash and garbage strone all over the place, and now a rancher killed in Az. When these property owners start shooting all the blame should go to Pres. Bush and Obama.
Dan, your point of view on Immigration was PERFECT, the absolute truth with every word said. We agree with you 100%!! Thanks for your "opinions"!!
I support the cause of strongly policing for illegal immigrants -- but there is no chance it will continue.
The minority will organize protests, boycotts and anything that will hit the state of Arizona right in the pocketbook. The majority will be forced to recant their support or will be forced "underneath rocks" as the state loses untold millions of dollars from real or threated boycotts of large events in the state. The Governor and much of the legislature will be distrously defeated in their bids for another term, assuming they aren't impeached and removed from office (as was Governor Evan Meacham in 1988, largely because of similarly conservative views).
There is no hope for the supporters of this bill, just as there was no hope for supporters of Mike Leach or supporters of the Iraq war or supporters of McCain for President. There is no point in even trying.
If you'll go to the facebook story that ya'll did you can see my thoughts on this matter. I think the one thing that really needs to be brought to bear on this subject is the current Mexican laws on immigration and how draconian they are compared to U.S. and Arizona law yet nothing is said of this. It would be a good subject for a news piece. It's very hypocritical.
I do not agree 100% with what Arizona is doing, but I understand the principle. My question is if Lubbock citizens agree up to 80% with the poll, then "Why do they not complain when the majority of the of the cheap labor used to build their household communities in southwestern Lubbock is being built by non-English speaking people? These people come from a hard working background. They also are very skilled in what they do. I also understand that they may might pay taxes, but they also are being exploited by what they can do vs. what they get paid.
I agree with you 99.99%, I just do not agree with an amnesty for illeagals.
I totally agree with Arizona. The key word is "illegal". Immigration is great. Illegal anything is obviously illegal. Politicians need to get a grasp on this concept
I agree with what you have said. Why should I get a ticket for going 35 in a 30 its illegal. My biggest problem is what this is teaching our kids. By the way you can look at it they let them here illegally so my child can say why should I go to jail for stealing a car. How can we tell are kids because that is illegal when they come right back at you and say then why is it ok to be in this country illegally. All this big dogs need to really take a look at this or this country is really going to start to see alot of problems with our youth. Illegal me what it says Illegal.... thankyou
AMEN to your comments!
I am with you on the immigration issue. The Feds have done nothing to stop it in the last 20 years and now we have to pay their way. I am in favor of Texas doing the same. These people are criminals and should not be rewarded.
I agree with you about immigration. Do it the right, no problem.
I agree with your stated opinion. The federal government has winked at the problem because companies, employers wanted a plentiful, cheaper work force. The many millions already here happened because we turned our back and allowed it to happen, giving tacit approval. Hiring illegals should carry severe penalties, with fines stiff enough to put a company out of business should they continue to violate the law. It's time to quit pretending and act. Arizona is leading the way.
The Arizona immigration law is a violation of every Hispanic's/Mexican's civil rights. How would you like to be asked to show citizenship just for walking down the street in front of a police officer, I don't think you would like it very much just like I wouldn't. My father is from Mexico and yes, he did come here legally, and now has a bachelor's in business from Texas Tech and owns a home healthcare agency and a tax/bookkeeping business here in Lubbock and another home health care agency out of town. The immigration law is a federal law and if its failing so bad then do something about the federal law, don't make it a state law because making it a state law in the way that Arizona has is a violation of MY civil rights and I AM a Mexican American born 60 miles from here.
New Orleans has a colorful history, needs lots of infrastructure improvements after hurricane damage and is southern edge of United States.
Ellis Island was the point of entry for numerous legal immigrants in the 19th century.
A proposal for creating a new Ellis Island type staging area for legal immigration, which will unfortunately be much more complicated than just running basic medical and language proficiency tests. Using the opportunity to put the immigration applicants to work rebuilding the community, getting the school district back on its feet, getting proper background information, documentation, and placement information along with essential language proficiency and old fashioned civics class (citizenship training - NOT diversity social studies desensitivity training) instruction has the possibility of providing the necessary ethical treatment of immigrants. This would not be an all out amnesty program, but it would favor those who have been in this country, have contributed to the community and especially those who filed proper tax returns identifying themselves as aliens.
I think it is essential that immigration laws be enforced. If the federal joke of a government is not standing behind the Border Patrol agents currently doing their job and is not actively deporting those who cross over illegally, then yes - absolutely Texas should pass a law similar to Arizona's which is actually very well written.
All State, County, and City Law Enforcement officials making LAWFUL stops and requesting identification should be allowed (encouraged) to turn them over to the federal authorities (who should be expected to act properly on researching and deporting offenders). This is not a call for racial profiling, as a matter of fact, it should make state and local officials more cognizant of racial profiling standards.
While it might make sense to have this massive center in Texas, I believe that it needs to be slightly more distant from the border for controlled access. I know I covered several topics - but in answer to the question asked - YES - Texas should enact a law similar to Arizona's. But more importantly, something needs to be done to either improve the economic incentive of staying in their native country (limited legal authority to initiate) or to facilitate legal immigration. I realize from speaking out about our responsibility to care for immigrants (especially with fellow church members) that this is not a popular West Texas ideal, but it is "the right thing to do."
Dan, I am right on with you in the fight for legal immigration. I don't think the Mexican popultation coming across scares me near as bad as some of the other countries that are coming over the same border, not knowing if they are going to blow us up, pollute our water, or whatever to destroy the American way that I love.
It's high time every state in the nation, but especially those of us on a border, pass a law like Arizona and do the federal governments job, since they choose not to. I'm also not against legal immigration, but I'm fed up with the freeloaders that come across the border illegally and take advantage of our welfare programs – free healthcare, free housing, free everything – while they do absolutely nothing to become legal citizens. And I'm also fed up with those who choose NOT to learn the English language so that those of us who were born and raised in the United States of American and are proud of it must learn their language to get a job because we must be bilingual. It's all a travesty, as is our federal government right now not taking into account what the U.S. Constitution says and instead passes laws that are CLEARLY not constitutional and that are CLEARLY not in the best interest of the people they represent. Frankly, I'm fed up with the federal government period!!!!!!
Thank you for you commitment to common sense. Yes we do have a problem with immigration and the drug trade on the border. If we do not get a hold on it as Texan's then we may be looking a the Red River as a new border crossing. Yes we need to give an opportunity to people to join this great country and state. I believe that each one should join with the mindset of being an American. Not to come to America and try to change, takeover and make the U.S. look like another country.
I saw this quote the other day:
Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant' is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist'
I know that there are more radical statements being made, but I want to be civil and passionate in the right ways. Thank you again for taking a stand.
MEXICO IS ANGRY !
If Arizona can do it, why can't the rest of America ?
Three cheers for Arizona !
The shoe is now on the other foot and Mexicans from the State of Sonora don't like it.
Can you believe the nerve of these people? It's almost funny.
The State of Sonora is angry at the influx of Mexicans into Mexico.
It seems that many Mexican illegals are returning to their hometowns and the officials in the Sonora state government are ticked off.
A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson recently to state that Arizona 's new Employer Sanctions Law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state.
In a news conference legislators said that Sonora, - Arizona's southern neighbor, made up of small towns, cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools that it will face as Mexican workers return to their hometowns from the USA without jobs or money.
The Arizona law, which took effect Jan. 1, punishes Arizona employers who knowingly hire illegals without valid documents .
Penalties include suspension or loss of their business license.
Mexican legislators are angry because their own citizens are returning to their hometowns, placing a burden on THEIR government.
'How dare Arizona pass a law like this?' asked Mexican Rep. Leticia Amparano-Gamez, who represents Nogales .
'There is no one in Sonora who does not have a relative working in Arizona ,' she said, speaking in Spanish. 'Mexico is not prepared for the problems it will face as more Mexicans working in Arizona who were sending money to their families return to their home-towns in Sonora without jobs,' she said. 'We are one family, socially and economically,' she said of the people of Sonora and Arizona .
Immigration Laws: Read to the end or you'll miss the message
1. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools.
* * * * * * * *
2. All ballots will be in the language of the country
* * * * * * * *
3.. All government business will be conducted in our official language.
* * * * * * * *
4. Non-residents will NOT have the right to vote no matter how
long they've been here illegally.
* * * * * * * *
5. Non-citizens will NEVER be able to hold political office
* * * * * * * *
6 Foreigners will not be allowed to be a burden to taxpayers - No welfare, no food
stamps, no free health care or other government assistance programs.
Any burden will be deported.
* * * * * * * *
7. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.
* * * * * * * *
8. If foreigners come here and buy land... options will be restricted. Certain
parcels including waterfront property are reserved for natural-born citizens.
* * * * * * * *
9. Foreigners may have no right to protests or demonstrations, no waving of a
foreign flag, no political organizing, no complaints about our policies. This will lead to deportation.
* * * * * * * *
10. If you do come to this country illegally, you will be actively hunted; when caught you'll be sent to jail until your deportation can be arranged. All assets will be taken from you.
* * * * * * * * *
Too strict ?
These laws are current immigration laws of MEXICO !
These sound fine to me. NOW, how can we get these laws to be America 's Immigration Laws?
Consider This... I'm Not Against Immigration NewsChannel 11 General Manager Dan Jackson speaks out about one of the hottest topics out there - immigration.