Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email: tomthemick@gmail.com

Monday, July 28, 2014

More Fundamental Change From Our President


Four years ago I flew to Tucson, Arizona, rented a Jeep, and drove down to the Mexican border at Nogales. I wanted to see for myself what was going on down there. I turned right just before the Mexican crossing and drove west along International Street on the US side of our primitive border fence. There, I encountered several modified, four-door, white and green, Dodge pickup trucks scurrying around in a futile effort to stop the flood of illegals constantly sneaking over, under, and through the flimsy international “barrier.” 
International Street in Nogales

The first agent I was able to speak with was, lucky for me, from Maine. He talked freely at first, telling me they arrested over 57,000 illegals just in Nogales during the previous year, down from over 100,000 two years previously, but he indicated that many more than that got through. Somewhere between twelve and twenty million are in the US illegally. Many are on welfare, including thousands in Maine. When I told the agent I was a columnist (wish I’d never done that), he clammed up and referred me to “public information officers” back at headquarters in Nogales who gave me the runaround, erased pictures from my camera, and escorted me off the base. The Border Patrol hierarchy under the Obama Administration wanted to keep a lid on information back then, and it’s only gotten worse since.
Border in Nogales

Illegal aliens are coming across our southern border because they can. Life on our side is better than it is where they come from, whether they want to work under the table or just go on the dole. Neither Democrats nor establishment Republicans want to stop them, but ordinary Americans do. Why? Because while life improves for the illegals, their presence here makes life more difficult for working-class Americans. According to a study last month from the Center for Immigration Studies and reported at National Review Online: “Net employment growth in the United States since 2000 has gone entirely to immigrants, legal and illegal.” Taxes have risen dramatically in many US states and cities to pay for education, healthcare, housing, food, and jails for illegals and their children. Hospitals and schools are overwhelmed in border states, and wages are driven down for blue-collar workers here, especially blacks.
Now President Obama is expected to grant amnesty to five million of them by Executive Order. Tea Party Republicans in the House are threatening impeachment if he does. The Christian Science Monitor quotes senior White House Advisor Dan Pfeiffer saying: “The president acting on immigration reform will certainly up the likelihood that [Republicans] would contemplate impeachment at some point.” Ironically, Obama seems to relish that prospect, perhaps because it will encourage more Democrat voters to go to the polls in November, trying to keep control of the Senate.
Obama wants almost $4 billion for judges, lawyers to process hundreds of thousands of illegal “children” who are unlikely to even show up for their hearings. He’s flying them all over the country and releasing them wherever he can. He claims he must abide by a law passed at the end of the Bush Administration mandating court hearings for OTM, or “Other Than Mexican” illegals who come here from non-contiguous countries. The law was passed to fight sex trafficking, not for what Obama is doing, but Democrats refuse to modify the law. Obama is using it as a fig leaf and doesn’t want to change it. He’s obeying that law while refusing to enforce virtually every other immigration law on the books. He sued Arizona when it tried to enforce them at the state level.
Senior Border Patrol officials are still muzzling agents about what’s really going on down there. Like the one I met, they won’t talk. Cameras are banned and even congressmen aren’t allowed into facilities. Are they afraid pictures of “children” with facial and neck tattoos will circulate? They only want us to see pictures of cute little kids, though according to the Lieutenant Governor of Texas last week last week: “unaccompanied children represent some 12%-20% [of recent illegal immigrants]. We're focused on that [other 80 or 85%] of which a quarter, according to the border patrol, have a criminal record.”
Retired Border Patrol Agents claim the Obama Administration has manufactured the present crisis to put political pressure on Congress to pass amnesty. When the president blames the current flood of immigrants on violence and gang activity in Central America, he’s lying. By issuing his unconstitutional executive order DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - he choreographed it.
Former US Attorney Andrew McCarthy agrees, writing last week that: “The January 2014 solicitation published by DHS’s bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement foretells (a) the arrival of 65,000 ‘unaccompanied alien children, and, tellingly, (b) the administration’s intention to transfer them to ‘Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelters located throughout the continental United States.’”

Obama is lying - again - when he claims he’s going to deport them. They’re staying, as still another way to fundamentally change America.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Texas Transplant said...

232251Even Kafka would have trouble making sense of this situation.

7/28/14, 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

US Congressman Raul Grijalva, (D Arizona)a closet communist/ sympathizer, has encouraged and facilitated this invasion. His daughter continues to defy the minority common-sense board members at the Tucson Unified School district, who has a shameful track record of ethnocentricty, bias, and racist "educational programs."

The Border Patrol has been stymied and not allowed to do its job. "OTM's have been infiltrating (other than mexicans) and evidence of this incursion has been reported by a Tombstone, Az. newspaper years ago. Years ago the FBI received information of a large group of Middle East UA "students" in the desert near Oracle, Az. shooting high-powered weapons and handguns. They mysteriously left, with little if any consequences.

The above is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief. I am a 40-year L.E.O. from the Tucson area and 3rd generation Hispanic ethnicity.

America is my and my family's home. We have all served and are serving our country. A precis of our service, from my father,uncles, cousin, to my sons, son-in-law and grandsons: WWII, Korea, 'Nam.; Gulf war 82nd Airborne; U.S.M.C.; 75th /3rd Btn. US Army Rangers.

We deplore this continued illegal incursion. We wish the politicians would get their act together, and walk the walk as well as talk the talk.

Thanks for your continued, clear, level-headed insight, Mr.M!


Yaqui

7/28/14, 8:40 PM  
Blogger rhondajo said...

Yaqui

Thank you for your and your family's service to our Country!

This has gone too far. When will this end? There has to be and end to this invasion. If we impeach Obama and get him out of office, will we then have a chance of reversing this sink into a third world country? Because that is exactly where we are headed.

7/29/14, 3:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rhondajo, You are very much welcome. There are millions of patriots and folks in this country who have been in the military, but even just as significantly made contributions in other ways. Thanks to folks like the good teacher, my personal awareness has been increased. Others exemplify the good, solid work-ethic, sound morals, and support for their fellow Americans.

As to impeachment. Well, it's a juggernaut, I'm afraid. But stay vigilant, aware, and communicate to others, so that the sentiment becomes stronger.

I hate to say, the country as a whole will awaken and unify if/when another 9/11 happens.


Yaqui

7/29/14, 5:56 PM  

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