May 26 2011
Earlier this month, President Obama traveled to El Paso, TX -- right on our Southern Border -- to deliver a speech on immigration reform. I had hoped to hear a speech of substance with ideas on how to begin work on a bipartisan effort to protect and secure our southern border states. Instead, we heard a campaign speech, with the President pandering to the audience by reiterating his support for the "Dream Act" and calling for “comprehensive” immigration reform.
Unfortunately, the President refuses to listen to the very people who voted him into office. The American people overwhelmingly want the Southern Border secured before even considering reforms to our immigration system. The President clearly favors some form of amnesty for those who are in our country illegally. As a former law enforcement officer, I know that we simply can't reward people who break our laws, no matter what their motives may be. What the American people want is for this Administration to enforce the laws it has on the books.
That's why so many of us found the President's comparison of illegal immigrants coming across the Rio Grande to those coming to Ellis Island so disturbing. There is a big difference between coming to America legally through Ellis Island and crossing the Rio Grande. Those who came to Ellis Island did so legally. Those crossing the Rio Grande are breaking the law. There is no way to rewrite that history.
If we are going to get serious about illegal immigration, we first need to secure our border. Please leave me a comment below. I want to hear what you think.