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Border problem is violence, not immigrants

Out On A Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

America is a country that was built on immigration and by immigrants. That being the case, you would think that we would have a better understanding of the process and its consequences.

We see in the news that hikers who wander over the line in other countries are arrested and accused of spying. Every country I know of will put you in jail if you are undocumented.

The process here in America is really a head scratcher.

We have changed the term “illegal alien” to “undocumented immigrant.” That new terminology is supposed to legitimize someone who is breaking the law.

The federal government is obligated by law to protect its citizens. In fact, that is one of the primary reasons for its existence.

In our upside down rule today, the federal government is suing the state of Arizona for trying to enforce the federal laws at its own border. Arizona has a problem. One third of all its jail inmates are felons who entered the country illegally. Oh, I mean undocumented. Consider the incredible cost to the taxpayers to keep those undocumented felons incarcerated.

Where Arizona is concerned, I think we have a question of states’ rights as provided for in our Constitution. That, however, is a whole other can of worms.

Immigration has been and still can be a great thing.

When we have a culture of possibility instead of oppression, we attract a class of people with guts, imagination and ingenuity. We are inundated with people who were excited about the freedom and challenge of a new land.

A family I know came here because they refused to place their business under the control of the drug cartel. I can respect that motivation and am glad to be in a country that can be a safe haven. I don’t know how long that will last.

My brother brings in workers under temporary work visa programs; young people from France, Taiwan, Slovakia and many other countries. These are fascinating young people who are motivated to learn new skills and to experience the culture and freedom of our great country.

He has a long row of flags of all the countries these workers have come from.

Some may decide to apply for permanent status, but they all are part of building understanding and cooperation with other nations and peoples.

If you go back in your family history, you will find that you have a personal stake in immigration. My personal heritage is predominately British and Irish, dating back to the colonies. In fact the battle of Brandywine was fought on my ancestors’ land.

Immigration made us great because of the highly motivated people who came here from all cultures. The problem today is not so much the so-called undocumented immigrants. The real problem we seem to be ignoring is the border war that is going on along the southern border.

Thousands of people have been killed in the drug war. Millions, maybe billions of dollars are flowing south across the border in payment for the drugs that are flowing north. Not only are we fueling the mafia with money, we are suffering the consequences of the drugs they are smuggling into the U.S.

Think of the extreme cost to our economy created by drug users and dealers: murder, addiction, destroyed families, police and prison costs.

We need to close the border. Stop the killing. Stop the loss of money. Then let’s talk about undocumented immigrants with legitimate reasons for coming here.

My other concern is militant people from Middle Eastern countries infiltrating across our southern border. 9/11 may have just been the start.

What’s going on with our federal government taking the side of the drug cartels in filing a lawsuit against a state that is trying to enforce federal law and protect its citizens and us?

Shakespeare wrote, “Something’s rotten in Denmark.” I think the rotten is closer to home now.

“Out On A Limb” appears on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.

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