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Friday, March 28, 2008

Another Victory on the Illegal Immigration Front

Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri signed an executive order that includes a series of steps to combat illegal immigration. He correctly links the presence of illegal aliens to Rhode Island's financial woes. It’s good to see a leader see that can add 2 + 2 and get 4.

He signed the order Thursday and it requires state agencies and companies that do business with the state to verify the legal status of employees. It also directs the Rhode Island State Police and prison and parole officials to more aggressively find and deport illegal aliens.

By the way, did I mention that he was an evil Republican? I really didn’t think I would need to do so since I am talking about someone doing the right thing for our country.

Like all of us, Gov. Carcieri said he understands that illegal aliens face hardships — but he does not want them in Rhode Island, America's smallest state. "If you're here illegally, you shouldn't be here illegally. You shouldn't be here," Carcieri said.

Here comes the violin music….

Illegal alien advocate Juan Garcia fears Gov. Carcieri's proposals will drive a vulnerable community underground. Would that be underground into one of the tunnels going back to Mexico? He said illegal aliens who are victims of crime will fear approaching police, and that children could suffer if parents lose their jobs.

"These people are not criminals," he said. "This is affecting the poor people."

Juan, they are criminals. What part of the word illegal is so hard to understand? They are here illegally. Because they’re poor it’s supposed to be okay? Rhode Island faces an estimated $550 million budget deficit, its worst financial crisis since a series of bank and credit union collapses in the early 1990s.

I wonder how much of that deficit would be gone if RI didn’t have to use the taxes of legal citizens and guests to pay for services for illegal aliens? As a result, Carcieri has had to propose cutting school funding, reducing welfare and health care benefits and even letting prisoners out of jail early. Maybe all of those areas would be getting cuts even if there weren’t illegal aliens in RI. But I bet it would be less. And in all fairness, it isn’t the burden of the illegal aliens alone that have caused this deficit. But it didn’t help either.

The truth is that we need to either enforce our current immigration policy or get a new one. We need to secure the borders first, and then figure out how to handle the supposed 12-20 million illegal aliens in this country.

Carcieri supports increasing the number of legal immigrants and skilled workers allowed into the country. The difference here is the word ‘legal’.

When a reporter asked if his order might embolden xenophobes (that’s liberal code word for anyone that loves this country and wants our immigration laws enforced), Carcieri blamed the media for inflaming the immigration debate. YES!!! As we used to say when our bombs hit the target… “Shack”!! Way to go, Governor!

So, under his order, state police will enter an agreement with federal immigration authorities permitting them access to specialized immigration databases. That information would allow police to identify and detain illegal aliens.

Even better, though, the state police could investigate the legal status of anyone they suspect is an immigration violator, including crime victims, witnesses and people supplying police with confidential tips. Finally, someone is taking the political correctness out of the way of enforcing our laws.

I’m sure this will cost money in the short term but I know it will save money in the long haul.

Perhaps we could send a bill for services to Mexico and other countries that tell their people to come here illegally.

Now I am going to wait to see what the real defenders of freedom, the ACLU, have to say about this.


The Kiss of the Tigress
2 parts Mandarin Vodka
1 part Cointreau® Orange Liqueur
1 part Orange Juice
1/2 tsp Powdered Sugar
1 Twist Oranges

Moisten glass rim with an orange twist, then dip rim into sugar (for more flavor try Stirrings® Coffee and Cocoa or Espresso rimmer). Pour liquid ingredients into shaker with ice and shake until very cold. Strain into rimmed martini glass. Garnish with twist of orange if desired.


William Stout said...

Great post, the immigration issue touches many other issues and it is good to see that there are politicians willing to take this issue on. The liberal left and to a lesser extent the Republicans view the illegals as the next great voting block and neither party wants to alienate these people. However, governmental funding is not unlimited and these people are a constant drain of resources.

Unfortunately, the illegals view residency in our nation as their right. When May Day rolls around again this year we will again see illegals walking in our streets demanding acceptance. I hope that ICE has the necessary transportation waiting for them this time.

Tigress said...

Woo hoo! My martini is ready! Thanks A-6! Hope you don't mind if I copy the recipe and share it on my blog! :-)

Here's my view on the illegal immigration situtation. As long as Americans keep employing them they will always be here. Part of the solution is that they need to buckled down and make it less than desirable to hire illegal aliens. They're shipped over here in vans because there is a demand to be met.

We live in a country that doesn't want to pay for labor because everyone wants the cheap way out and too many of its citizens couldn't afford what it costs to pay for something made on our miniumum wage. Everything is being outsourced overseas.

The way I see it illegal immigration isn't the problem, it's our economy. Fix why people need to hire illegal immigrants, and/or make the repurcussions of doing so not worth hiring them and that is most of the battle. If they can't get the jobs they won't come. Give some aid to Mexico so that they have a reason to stay home.

Desperate people do desperate things and the illegal coming over are just as desperate as those who hire them.

Just my 2 cents.

A-6Dude said...


It is a complex issue. Your thoughts are also part of the solution. I think the first step is to secure our borders. Until we can stop the influx we will never effectively be able to deal with the current illegal population.

Let me know how you like the recipe. You can play with the ingredients and portions to find a taste you like. If there is a liquor you like best, let me know and I will create a martini around that one too.