Immigration Reform returns to the front burner

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Immigration Reform returns to the front burner

I wasn't going to talk about immigration reform today, until I saw two stories that were sadly humorous when read together.  I want to start by reminding you what our position is.  As Commander Koutz said recently:

The American Legion is not opposed to immigration. We are a nation that was built by immigrants. But we also believe in adherence to the law.

Further, our immigration resolution talks about enforcement first (Resolution No. 21: Illegal Immigration Policy, 2012):

The American Legion urge Congress to adopt an immigration reform policy which emphasizes border security against those individuals attempting to enter this country illegally and internal tracking of all resident aliens and illegal immigrants....

That the Department of Homeland Security be provided the monies necessary to ensure both the thorough performance of its responsibilities and the security of the borders of the United States...

And recently there has been an effort to stop using the phrase "illegal immigrants" pushed in no small part by a gentleman who is in the US illegally:

Jose Antonio Vargas may not have convinced the New York Times or the Associated Press to stop using the term “illegal immigrant,” but he’s restarted the conversation.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist-turned-activist has pushed for media to drop the term “illegal immigrant” since coming out as undocumented last year, arguing that the modifier is offensive and inaccurate because it criminalizes people rather than their actions.

So, this morning I get this sent to me, via the Washington Times:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet A.  Napolitano told lawmakers Wednesday that the southwest border is more secure  than ever and warned against holding legalization hostage to more border  security — prompting a key Republican to warn the Obama  administration that it is endangering chances for a bill this year.

Ms. Napolitano, testifying to the SenateJudiciary Committee, said the Border  Patrol has been beefed up, hundreds of miles of fencing have been built, and her  department is deporting a record number of illegal immigrants.

She said those efforts will ensure there is no repeat of 1986, when amnesty  was supposed to be coupled with better immigration enforcement, but the  government didn’t follow through.

“Immigration enforcement now is light-years away from what it was in 1986,” she said.

Now, I literally had no sooner read that than someone else sent me this link to Twitchy, which has this tweet from a reporter at the New York Times this morning.

If we can't even agree on the nomenclature ("Illegal Aliens" vs. "undocumented Americans") or whether the border is secure or not, it would seem that the immigration debate is less a debate and more people just saying things randomly.

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I too wonder why people are paid to create legislation that already exists. Just enforce the laws that exist, and make sure there are consequences that are based on punishment and less on reformation of the criminal.

If illegal immigrants is an offensive name, I suggest "Border Crossers. " As for the border, the current chief executive does not want to enforce the law even though it is his job to do so. Seems like an impeachable offence to me. Worse than that it sends a signal that lawlessness is OK.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.---- ---- By altering, attempting to alter, and disregarding the constitution and our laws, I would think our "Commander and Chief" along with most of the members of Congress, along with some Chief Justices are guilty of treason or treasonous acts and should be tried and held accountable for the same. The oath is sworn to God but also is a promise to the people who they are susposed to be serving. Our elected officials are walking all over our constitution and knowingly allowing illegal acts to occur and yet not one thing is being done about it. How about Eric Holder? Wake up America while there still is one. What's so hard to understand about illegal. And this "politically correct" b.s. - now there's an oxy-moron for you. Those two words should never be used in the same sentence. God Bless our Republic

We already had an amnesty once for people who where here illegal. What ? We have to do this every 10 year`s or so! The word is what it say`s, ILLEGAL, they come over the border & live here with thier offspring & then they want to be able to have all the right`s of a citizen. I think not! Many a good person has given his or her life for this country. Only to have ILLEGAL people trample all over the right`s of legal citizen`s! Not to mention the jobless situation,& the welfare benefit`s that some of them receive !! B.S. It`s high time that someone stood up & said enough! Hey, Mr President & Congress! we did elect them ?? Or is it the other way around ??

I agree, every 10 years is insane. My ancestors had to legally enter the country, learn the language, and it shouldn't be changed. If I walked across another country's borders illegaly... I'd be shot, or imprisoned. I have a friend who just became a citizen, through the process.

they are here and come here illegally then send their asses back from where they came and let the legal aliens come into this country and become part of this country in our legal manner.
NO TO AMNESTY OF ANY KIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been saying it all along. They are here illegally and should not be rewarded for breaking the law. How dare these politicians want to give these criminals a pass. There are many immigrants that come here legally and go through a rigorous process to become citizens. To just hand it to someone is an insult to all those that came before. Also, if politicians are sooo scared the economy would collapse if the illegals were deported, don't worry, there should be plenty of welfare recipients who are capable of taking over these "undocumented workers" positions. As for the politically correct BS about what we should call them, sorry, but you need to earn the title of American, and "undocumented American" is a slap to the face of our citizenry.

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