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By: Wayne Brown


Tonight, well-known television commentator, Lou Dobbs, went on the Record on the Fox Network Show, “On The Record With Greta VanSusteren,” to make a very effective statement with regard to the Dream Act and illegal immigration in America. I have included a link in this article to allow readers to hear that commentary if they have not yet done so. Mr. Dobbs makes some very strong points which so many of us have hammer for quite some time. He suggests a solution the entire matter in terms of a path.


Our country offers legal citizenship to over one million people per year. More than half of those people are of Hispanic heritage. As a public, we are certainly not opposed to the Hispanic population and do welcome them to our country with open arms when the follow the steps involved in the legal process for citizenship in America.


We have and have had an extreme problem with the porosity of the southern border of the United States with Mexico. After the events of 9/11, that issue became a real serious threat to national security. It is also the primary source of the flow of illegal drugs into this country in terms of cocaine and meth-related drugs. It is rapidly become a frontier of crime which is fringe on the United States with its violence and occasional crossing over. It is simply a matter of time before border towns of the USA will see the crime on their streets increase to even greater levels.


We have Senate and House members suggesting that we must initiate reform to address the status of the roughly 15 million illegal immigrants already in this country before we even talk about changing our border security strategy. Now we hear appeals from these people up to and including the President citing that we must do something for the children of these immigrants by passing legislation allowing them to seek higher education without the normal penalties encountered by the average American student seeking a higher education. They also want to throw open service in our military to individuals who have yet to take an allegiance to this country. In turn, these individuals may apply to have the other members of their family receive citizenship without stating whether or not they go through a process to achieve it. The appeal is based on the fact that these young children of illegal immigrants had no choice and thus should not be punished. The approach plays to the emotions and heart of every American and that is exactly the reason that it has been employed.


Illegal immigration is just that…ILLEGAL. We are a country which has from the beginning forward subscribed to the Rule of Law. That rule extends to the laws which are on our books regarding illegal entry into this country. When, those we have elected to office, find that the manner in which those laws are being enforced is ineffective, it is their responsibility, first and foremost, to modify the country’s behavior in a manner that does raise the effectiveness of our efforts of enforcement. That effort begins with securing our southern borders not educating illegal students. We need to get our priorities correctly aligned.


Without border security, anything that we do in terms of programs only expands the invitation to cross our borders and get here illegally as soon as possible so they too can cash in on the program. Any reasonable individual with half a brain can figure that part out without a lot of effort. We have two separate and distinct problems. One is the security of our southern border for a number of reasons that run the gambit all the way up to our National Security. The second is what to do about the roughly 15 million illegal immigrants already here in our country. No doubt the first one is challenging but it cannot and must not be impossible for our national security depends on it in the future. Don’t tell me about a legal citizen coming into JFK Airport from Europe and being grilled to the nth degree about their activities and then turn a blind eye to our southern border. When you do that, you are simply proving to me that our immigration efforts at ports of entry are nothing but symbolic in nature.


Selling the Dream Act as a solution to the 15 million illegal immigrants in this country is absolutely insane. It does lip service to the problem at best. At best, it delays making a decision about what to do with these people. At best, it turns America’s collective heads in another direction with the suggestion that the problem has been addressed and mollified. It is a con, a scam, a total gaming of the system by elected politicians who are only doing one thing and that is playing to the Hispanic vote.


In recent years, we have seen the struggle of African-Americans or black people as they made efforts with one voice to attempt to secure their place in American society. In many ways, that has not been accomplished but it is not necessarily the fault of America. America only offers opportunity not a guarantee. But, given that basis, we have seen a large portion of the black population of this country take the opportunity at hand and better themselves. In return, they have earned a better life for themselves and their children. In the process, they have also learned that it requires considerable effort on the part of any individual if they are going to get to a better place in America. Handouts will not do it and most of those who have made it to the next level see that. In that respect, they have become individuals who demand as much from their fellow black people as anyone does. I offer this to say, that the black people of America no longer think with one mind or speak with one voice because so many of them “get it” now. Thus our elected officials in may circle recognize this shift and immediately move to another population to gain their blanket vote. This, more than anything else, is what is behind our inability to act down on our southern borders. It rendered the last President ineffective and is basically have the same effect with the current one.


Let’s get real about this problem and the priority of it. It has languished for the last two years with a President and a Congress who had a majority position to do something about it and did not. There is a reason for that and it is not that they were too busy or there were too many other higher priorities. We hear talk about the genius required on the part of Obama to move national healthcare through into law yet it never required genius to do it…on the contrary, it appears by the position of the majority of Americans that it only required sheer stupidity. Given that premise, where does that leave us on the priority and solution for illegal immigration? Possibly the man credited with the genius to push through healthcare reform needs to step forward and rationalize his ideas for curing illegal immigration with the American public. I for one seriously doubt you will be hearing that speech anytime soon. Sadly, I for one also predict that America will continue to wait for security of our southern border while we watch our own federal government prosecute the states like Arizona who are willing to attempt the fight. Mr. Dobbs should be commended for his position and his courage and fortitude in delivering it in support of America.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

There are areas in Arizona that American citizens are forbidden to enter because they are in control of Mexican criminals.

No president since World War Two has made a serious attempt to control our southern border.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@WillStarr...There is certainly not one that I can defend. Unfortunately it was not seen as that much of an issue until National Security entered the picture and the movement of drugs, etc. gained more awareness. The situation down there is endangering the lives of both the illegals and a portion of the American public. One cannot lean on it being a dilemma in America in terms of workers because all the labor required to do the agricultural work in this country amounts to only 2% of the immigrant population. Harry Reid got himself re-elected playing to the Hispanic vote...if he played legally. The whole thing stinks of hidden agendas. Thanks, Will. WB


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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

American is democratic country. People must be respected with its freedom of speech.


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FCEtier 5 years ago from Cold Mountain

Yet another thoughtful and engaging article.

Keep up the good writing Wayne!


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Wayne - another great hub by one of my favorite writers.

There truly is a war raging on parts of the US/Mexico border that most of our citizens are not aware of. To many, this war might as well be in Africa or some other far off place. When the war is not in their backyard, they tend to ignore it, and that includes our government officials. We are talking about a war that has cost the lives of American citizens and law enforcement almost every week. This is not an argument where people are yelling insults at each other across the border, we are talking guns, bullets, blood, and death. Yes, we have National Guard troops on the border now, but they are not allowed to be seen with their weapons. They are just allowed to observe and report any illegal activity with their weapons kept out of sight in a nearby hut. What kind of joke is this? I suspect this whole "guard on the border" program was put in place so our leaders can sleep well at night knowing they took care of a serious problem.

It is our border, and our country, what would be wrong with showing some real strength in our efforts to protect this border? Oh, I forgot, this would not be PC and might offend our neighbors across the border. And this in turn could cost some politicians some much needed votes.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

What a travesty. American citizens are abandoned by the government in favor of illegal aliens who threaten our borders, our safety and our economy. I will never get over the sight of Calderon addressing our Congress. It turned my stomach. Voted up and awesome.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@H P Roychoudhury...So true HP and those on both sides of the issue should be heard on it as opposed to pushing a "reform" act through in lame-duck session with nothing more than urgency to support it. If our laws are ineffective, then we need to change them but they need to be enforced first and foremost before we do anything else. In the past months and years, our legislative body and other parts of government have just decided upon themselves that they do not have to follow process as it was designed originally within our government. This is wrong and it subverts the will of the people. We need to twist some arms and get things back on track. Then and only then can any kind of reform with regard to immigration have its fair day in court.

@FCEtier...Thanks much...glad I could add something to the discussion. WB

@Old Poolman...You are so correct and our President will not even visit the area and see things first-hand...possibly fearing the violence himself. This situation is a travesty and a threat to all the well-being of America's citizens. WB

@breakfastpop...So true and spoken of by the President as if it was a priority when he held the majority. He is pandering and doing lip-service in the hope that it plays well for him in 2012. I don't think he can pander that long and I certainly hope our newly elected officials will take a stand rather than compromise on reform. If reform is what we need, then lets modify our laws for currency, not start handing out free citizenship like prizes in a box of CrackerJacks. If those in Washington cannot see the real threat of what's going on on our southern border, then they need to find work some where else...maybe southern Arizona! WB


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Wayne, you are so right about this problem. Not only are we fighting overpopulation in our own country, but we are having to deal with the overflow of overpopulation from Mexico and southward. It's just a travesty. If only we could use our military to defend OUR country instead of trying to fix problems on the other side of the world.

Illegal immigration didn't work out for Native Americans and it won't work out for our current Natives either. When will we learn?


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Austinstar...Just this morning I heard a discussion on our debt ceiling, which by the way has increased by 4 trillion dollars since 2008 and here we are talking about ways to create more citizens faster...oh I know, they'll pay taxes and everything will be okay! Sure. Regardless, we have a national security threat in more ways than one on our southern border and it needs to be the top priority to secure that situation. Thanks for the good words. WB


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C.A. Johnson 5 years ago from South Hutchinson, KS

Unfortunately, with government ignoring our southern border they have granted free passage to extreme terrorist. The first car bomb at the border a few months ago had a signature belonging to a known Middle Eastern terrorist. Knowing this and keeping our borders open tells me that the current administration is inviting them in. We no longer have a government for the people but one against the people. When the tides turn, and they will turn, this country and its people will never be the same again and trust will become the most valuable commodity.

Charlotte Ann


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I don't see any sense in the college part of the Dream Act, that is probably something the taxpayer will end up paying for. A four year enlistment in the military would make some sense because it would be a service to the county. Foreign nationals have done so in the past (I don't know about illegals) since my brother was in the Navy with a foreign national.

If we enforced the minimum wage laws on employers who hire illegals they probably would not hire them.


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yankeeintexas 5 years ago from Lubbock, Texas

Illegal immigration has been a major problem for years! The sad thing is that it is not just from the U.S./Mexican Border but also from other countries where people are doing whatever it takes to get to America, even to the point of loosing their own life!

As far as our government goes I am insulted that somebody can come into our country, ILLEGALLY, and be given more rights, and opportunities, than my children will! I just thank God that my two youngest children have their college tuition already paid for by the State of Texas!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@C.A. Johnson...you are quite correct in your assessment Charlotte. I feel certain our next major terrorist event will come through that unsecure border and the government will end up hiding the fact because they know the people will go nuts upon hearing about it. It is a sad state of affairs in our federal government these days and it does not appear to matter who is in office. Thanks for the great comment.

@dahoglund....I tend agree DA...The taxpayer should not have to shoulder more costs to annex these illegals...military service, national service, or some other form of prescribed work...say like preparing yourself for the citizenship exam would be fines with me. WB

@yankeeintexas...Amen to every word...AMEN! It is past high time that the taxpaying citizens of this country got their demands answered. The border must be secured, we must decide what to do with the illegals who are here and then look at our laws for any adjustments necessary. We also have to pray that terrorists have not brought another tragedy to our door through this hole in the chicken wire. We really need a president with a set of balls! WB


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

I totally agree, Wayne - and well done. My grandmother and my grandfather both immigrated to this country - from Denmark and from Germany respectively. They treasured being in this country to the day that they died and always lived within the law, no matter how eccentric and crazy they both were! They never asked anything of the government and were some of the hardest working people I've ever known.

That said, it really does rile me up every day when I do medical reports on illegals. As pointed out, we don't turn people away - but why do we need to support folks who are 'sneaking' into our country? Why do we have to bend over backwards to take care of and support people with no insurance, give them free medical care, etc. when they can't even respect our country enough to apply for citizenship?

My whole premise has always been - if we did that in another country, how would they treat US? You betcha.

Great piece (as always) and happy holidays to you and yours!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

You made a number of great, applicable statements with this hub, Wayne. Now if Obama and cronies would only act on them.

I agree wholeheartedly with your views and those of Audrey above in the second paragraph of her comment - why are we supporting people who 'sneak' into our country? There is only one reason. They represent potential votes for Obumma.

Happy New Year. :)


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

There seems to be an unwillingness in Washington to address the problem of illegal immigration. Both party leaderships are guilty. What a mess. (Great Hub, btw).


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@akirchner...This is what is all about...gaining new voting blocks in the poor end of the people...they tend to naturally follow a liberal agenda for some reason. Somehow the liberals convince them that they are the only ones with their interest in mind and they do it with taxpayer money not their own. What a shame...we get used and so do they.

@drbj...ditto all that for me! We have to keep voting these people out of office. As you have already seen...the Hispanic vote is the only thing that saved Dirty Harry Reid's butt in the last election...they actually believed they voted for a man who will champion their cause. He will use them as long as they are useful and then toss them aside like the trash out of his office. WB

@suziecat7...You are correct...neither party has any ground to claim as proof of their attempts to secure the border. It is all rhetoric while the illegals and the drugs just keep pouring in. WB


MICHAEL SCHWINN 5 years ago

I DIDNT SERVE IN VIETNAM SO SOME A GODDAMED ILLEGAL CAN COME OVER HERE AND REEP THE BENIFITS OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA WITH OUT A GREEN CARD OR PAYING TAXES TO THE COUNTRY,BEFORE SENDING MONEY BACK TO MEXICO ,SOMETHINGS WRONG WITH THE COUNTRY! ITS WHOSE RUNNING IT , AND WHEN DOES A ILLEGAL HAVE A RIGHT TO SUE A CITIZEN OF THE U.S. FOR TURNING HIM OR HER IN FOR BEING HERE ILLEGALY...!!!!WOW,,, ILLEGALYS HAVE NO RIGHTS HERE AS LONG AS THIER HERE ILLEGALY, AMEN ,,,,,,,I SAY BRING THE ARIZONA LAW TO SAN FRANCISCO AND THE REST OF CALIFORNIA TOO...IF YOU ARE HERE ILLEGALY,, TIME TO GO HOME MUCHACHOS , YOU,LL FEEL BETTER TO ABOUT RETURNING BECAUSE YOU WONT HAVE TO BE LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER FOR ,,,,,,,LA MIGRA


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@MICHAEL SCHWINN...I share your anger and your position. We need some people with balls in office who are not pandering to the Hispanic vote more so than taking care of America. It is a sad day that we find ourselves here...reminiscent of those who gathered around fires and sang Kumbaya while protesting service in Vietnam...real Americans ya think! WB

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