Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Just In Case

I'd just like to get waay out in front of this one. Nine Illegals were killed around Yuma, Arizona when their Suburban, packed with twenty-two people, crashed while attempting to evade agents of the United States Border Patrol.

This is a tragedy. More people may die from injuries. I do not blame the Border Patrol for what happened. It is their job to apprehend and detain these individuals, and these individuals took their own lives in their own hands as anyone does while breaking the law and then attempting to evade capture.

I know a few Border Patrol agents, and I'd reckon that more than a few agents out there, doing their best in the desert to enforce our laws, will endure a few more sleepless nights over this one. That is to say nothing of the families of the dead.

Tradgedies like this are the result of inconsistencies on the part of American law, the inconsistencies on American enforcement (not prosecuting businesses that hire illegally) and nothing short of that. The Border Patrol can only do so much; this is another example of the legislature and executive branches (still) not doing their damn jobs. Tradgedies like this will continue to happen until we get a real immigration policy for this country and real penalties for businesses who hire outside of the law.


dadvocate said...

You are totally correct about the executive and legislative branches not doing their jobs. Too chicken to lead. Just want to get votes.

Lou Dobbs wrote about this a couple of weeks ago. I think the title of the column was misleading.

One excerpt: "Work site arrests have fallen even more drastically under this president. From 1995 to 1998, there were between 10,000 and 18,000 work site arrests of illegal aliens each year. But during the Bush administration, work site arrests fell to just 159 in 2004."

Of course, the left doesn't complain about this because they like it. The executive and legislative branches are just doing the part of the job they want to. I'd be fired in a heartbeat if I followed that policy.

Dobbs concludes with this thought: "As Abraham Lincoln said, if bad laws exist they should "be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed." President Lincoln devoutly believed that rule of law assured that ours would continue to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people."

A much better approach than the picking and choosing policy now in effect.

Patrick Armstrong said...


As far as the left, this is where we're running into the ideological split: pro-immigration vs pro-labor laws vs pro-law and order.

Illegal immigration, and the pick and choose policies that enable it (as you correctly call a spade a spade) hurts those who come here illegally (working for slave wages, no protections), hurts American labor, (as slave wages and no protections are far more attractive to businesses than real wages and labor laws), and makes a mockery of American law (as enforcment agencies do what they can, with no leadership or direction from above).

liberalandproud said...

While I do agree that our laws should be enforced, I also firmly believe that our immigration policy must be reformed. I believe that there is room in our country for many of these immigrants. Much of the red tape needs to be eliminated, with the remaining bureaucracy concentrating squarely on security. I believe the primary concern when deciding who is allowed in legally and who isn't should be security.