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Opinion: Southern similarities

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

We watch with great concern each day as our country faces a toxic assault on our southern border. The daily flow is clearly devastating, yet a solution seems as distant today as when the problem first surfaced.

I'm not talking about the oil spill in the Gulf but rather the assault of illegal immigration from Mexico.

The comparison of the oil spill and the issue with illegal immigration is striking. Both issues threaten our southern regions, but the potential for more widespread damage is equally obvious. Both problems were virtually ignored by the current administration until the cries became too loud to ignore any longer.

The administration criticized Louisiana for taking a proactive approach to address the oil-spill issue in the absence of federal intervention. Louisiana's efforts to put booms offshore to halt the flow of oil onto her shores was criticized as harmful to the environment. Arizona's efforts to stem the tide of illegal immigration has been roundly criticized by the administration along with the threats of lawsuits.

But at least in regard to the oil spill, the Obama administration has finally taken some decisive action, though it seems limited more to financial reimbursement than addressing the daily flow of oil.

When it comes to illegal immigration, the administration finally ordered a handful of additional personnel to monitor the southern border.

Both actions were more symbolic than substantive, and we all know it.

But here's the real problem concerning our southern border assaults. Long after the oil spill is history and the Gulf has returned to normal -- and it will -- the issue of millions of illegal immigrants will remain.

The oil spill will temporarily change the face of the Gulf Coast -- though the full extent remains unknown. The issue of illegal immigration threatens the very culture of this country, and the impact will remain forever.

But oil spills can't vote. And though the threats from these twin assaults is most obvious, don't ever expect this administration to take any positive role in addressing the daily flow of thousands upon thousands of illegal immigrants coming on our shores.

Wouldn't it be interesting if the Obama media took an example from their oil-spill cameras deep in the ocean that bring us minute-by-minute reminders of the negative impact and used the same technology to post a camera on the Arizona or Texas border and allowed us to witness the daily flow than threatens from Mexico?

Like the oil spill, illegal immigration requires less study and more action. When this administration turns to the academic world to study an issue, the translation is that little will be done to address the problem. The administration believes we will somehow be impressed that "the best minds" are focusing on our problems when what we need are boots on the ground to face the issue.

The oil spill in the Gulf -- devastating and disruptive as it is -- will be but a footnote in history. The other assault on our southern border however will change history.

In my mind, that change will not be for the better.

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Not sure what's more ridiculous, the despicable, hateful referring to HUMAN BEINGS coming to this nation, for exactly the same reasons as our ancestors, as a "toxic assault" or the hysterical, pathetic myth of the "Obama media".

No, the most ridiculous thing is that the writer screeches about "taking action!!" but doesn't say word one about the real action that's needed, comprehensive immigration reform.

-- Posted by ColumbiaCowboy on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 8:55 AM

@ColumbiaCowboy: do you have family living near the border in Arizona? I do. They know about the violence and the filth that those poor, innocent people you are defending are bringing into our country by what they hear (gunfire), what they see (miles and miles of gross litter and unsanitary wastes along the established footpaths the illegal immigrants leave behind in our deserts), and they "know where it is safe to go or not." (a quote from my 70+ aunt who sits nervously in her home watching our freedom vanish before her eyes.)

IN OUR OWN COUNTRY there is a sign posted by a governmental entity warning its own citizens to avoid the area due to the dangers posed by the illegal immigrants who are invading. It tells citizens of the United States to stay north of the interstate highway for their own protection. WHY? so they don't get killed visiting OUR public lands by the encroachers who believe OUR LAWS don't mean anything.

Have you ever been to Ellis Island? Do you know that ALL immigrants who sailed across the ocean to come here were not permitted to enter? They were screened for their health and their ABILITY TO BE SELF-SUPPORTING before they were allowed to enter our country. Some were sent back. Imagine that!

Now with many more ways to easily come to the United States of America than in years past, we cannot surrender our security. Immigration laws are meant to provide that by limiting the numbers who enter. It would be wonderful to think we can continue to turn a blind eye, but the illegal invasion allows those who have no intention but to continue to drain our great nation's resources and its already-empty pocketbook. We cannot afford to support the entire world, and if we continue to try to do so, we too will soon become a struggling third world country with no benefit to anyone--those born here or those who still somehow believe we're their magical solution.

-- Posted by Midge on Sat, Jul 10, 2010, at 12:33 PM

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