Will we still be the United States of America?
By: Carolyn Hileman
Many of us contend that we need no new laws just enforce the ones already on the books and we would be right. We have a myriad of laws that address what is to be done with anyone who is in this country illegally and those who knowingly hire them. The problem we have is not that we donâ€™t have the laws it is that each city and state follow their own set of laws regarding these laws. Take for instance Special Order 40, Special Order 40, initiated in 1979 by former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, reads, in part, â€œOfficers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person. Officers shall not arrest nor book persons for violation of Title 8, Section 1325 of the United States Immigration Code (Illegal Entry).â€ According to a Board of Police Commissionersâ€™ report in February 2001, in practice, the policies and procedures also â€œpreclude officers fromâ€¦notifying the [federal immigration officials] about a personâ€™s undocumented status unless the person has been arrested.â€ In 1996, Congress enacted legislation which states, â€œâ€¦a Federal State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now Immigration and Customs Enforcement) information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.â€
So there you have it even though we have laws on the books specifically prohibiting illegal immigration we have cities and sometimes entire states that write their own laws to circumvent it. Considering the outcry here of late when cities have attempted to change laws to reflect the proper immigration policy it makes one wonder why there was no outcry when these other laws were put in place since the ACLU and some judges are telling us now that illegal immigration is a federal issue and that states do not have the right to enact their own immigration laws. It would appear that they want it both ways and the sad fact of the matter is they are getting exactly what they want. However, Judicial Watch, the public interest group that fights government corruption and judicial abuse, has filed suit against LA for special order 40 it has filed taxpayer law suits against Laguna Beach for funding a day labor site and I believe if we were to contact them they might do the same for us. The ACLU is only interested in states rights when it allows those states to openly violate federal law and today we have the illegal immigrants threatening our front line of defense. Illegal immigrants whom frequent a day labor site in Spring Texas are threatening a lawsuit against US Border Watch because they are supposedly interfering with their contract to work. Blue Star Deli went down because no one would take a stand with them and when you put yourself out there publicly in defense of your country you at least deserve the backing of your fellow countrymen.
Each of us have at one time or another been threatened either with a law suit or other harm and if we cannot or will not stand together we need to shut up right now and go back to normal life as long as we have it. If people cannot pick up a phone and call their elected officials or buy a sandwich from a Deli then there really is no use of the rest of us standing up and being a target. If you are uncomfortable making a phone call, just how comfortable are you going to be when you must raise arms against this force who has sworn to take back major portions of the United States? If you cannot bring yourself to go to a Deli who has openly opposed illegal immigration, what are you going to do when they come for your job, your house, your life? What will you do if you see them tear down the US flag and replace it with theirs? What will you do when you get that phone call that your child has been killed and the person responsible is illegal in our country? Will you then decide that this issue is to important to ignore, will you finally decide to take a stand? When you do, will it be too late? Will we still be the United States of America?
In the End,
we will remember
not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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