Here's What's in My Dirty Martini

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Immigration Enforcement, the American Way

Here is something I am glad to see. In Scottsdale, AZ police have begun routinely asking for proof of citizenship from every suspect they arrest and turning those who are in this country illegally over to federal immigration officials. More cities need to follow suit.

The county I live in is trying to do something about it themselves and are not waiting for the feds to do their job. The legal challenges will determine what our county eventually is able to do but at least they’re doing something about it by scaling down the services that illegal aliens are able to get. It's a start.

And in Scottsdale they are asking everyone about their citizenship status. I’m sure some will be offended but so what. I get asked that question on a daily basis by a lot of the customers and partners I deal with in my job. I politely and proudly say I am a US citizen and go on with my day.

The illegal immigration issue is a complex beast. But like a lot of issues we face the first thing we need to do is enforce the laws that we already have on the books. I don’t know why our politicians think we need new laws. Maybe it's to convince their constituents that they are actually working. Maybe they're graded on the number of legislative initiatives they sponsor.

But the cost that this country incurs paying for services provided to illegal aliens is astronomical. No one should be denied emergency medical services but other social services should not be available to those that are not here legally. I have yet to hear an argument with any merit that causes me to change that view. Talk about something that will and does drain the economy - it’s all of the money we spend on services to people that are here illegally. And they think they’re entitled to it!

How about this for a set of laws for immigrants in our country (this does not apply to legal US citizens):

If you immigrate to our country, you have to speak the our native language.

You have to be a professional or an investor or a skilled worker; no unskilled workers allowed.

There will be no bilingual programs in the schools. The native language will be the only language in which classes are conducted (excluding foreign language classes).

No special ballots for elections. All government business will be conducted in our language.

Foreigners will not have the right to vote — or hold political office. If you’re not a legal citizen in our country, you are not entitled to welfare, food stamps, or other government handouts.

You can come if you invest here: an amount equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage. If not, stay home.

But if you want to buy land, it'll be restricted. No waterfront property is allowed to non-citizens. As a foreigner, you must relinquish individual rights to the property.
You don’t have the right to protest. You're allowed no demonstrations, no foreign flag waving, no political organizing, and no bad-mouthing our country, our President or his policies. You’re a foreigner: shut your mouth or get out!

And if you come here illegally, you're going to jail.

Whoa! Harsh, huh?
Well, every one of those laws are actual laws of Mexico today! See how the Mexican government handles immigrants to their country. But yet they don’t want us to protect our border or our culture. Sounds like a double standard to me.

So how do we fix it? Here are my thoughts after listening to many discussions from both sides of the aisle.

The first thing I would do is to do whatever it takes to stop illegal aliens from crossing the southern border, or any other avenue of entry. If that means a fence, great. But we need to do whatever it takes.

I don’t want to stop immigration. Legal immigration is vital to the growth of this country and it needs to be promoted. And legal immigrants coming to America need to properly assimilate. We can handle the influx of the right numbers of legal immigrants economically.

Then we should allow more qualified, skilled immigrants like high-tech graduates, specialists and other skilled workers into this country.

The next thing to do is deal with the 11 or 12 million, or however many, illegal aliens that are here now. I'd recognize they're here. I don't know that deporting them is a reality. I'll keep that option open for now.

But we have to do what's necessary to stop more of them from getting in, find the ones that are here, fine them and put them through a process that makes them legal. And that process cannot be any easier than what we make any legal immigrant go through to be here legally or become a US citizen.

If we get tough on the borders, there shouldn't be another 11 or 12 million illegal aliens in the next 20 years, or 200 million the next 20 years. But if you don't have a border you don't have a country, and if we're not going to enforce our borders then why worry about having a country.

So we need to fix our borders first. If you did that you'd have a much easier time coming up with an enforcement plan with which people can agree. As long as that border remains porous and we continue to always have 11 or 12 million illegal aliens that are always here, or more, it's going to continue to be an issue that plagues us on many different fronts….socially, economically and in our national security at a minimum.

As I see it, this is a local as well as a federal issue. Don't all law enforcement officers and public officials raise their right hands and swear to defend the consititution an the laws of the land?
I’m glad to see another city take the bull by the horns and not wait for someone else to do their job. That’s leadership and that’s American.

For the Christmas Season, here is a good martini recipe:
Gingerbread Apple Martini
1 oz vanilla vodka
2 oz Canton Ginger Liqueur
2.5 oz apple cider
3-4 drops of lemon juice
orange zest
Agave syrup
Line a chilled martini glass lightly with agave syrup. Rim the glass with graham cracker crumbs. Place all ingredients except orange zest n a shaker with ice and shake until the shaker is too cold to hold in your hand. Strain into the martini glass and grate orange zest on drink and serve immediately.

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