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Where Compassion Hits The Mexican Wall

Do-gooders forget the hard, personal realities of illegal immigration's victims


Every American is for compassion and understanding of our fellow man’s plight. But when it comes to immigration, the heart too often runs ahead of the head. If you haven’t been on the front line of immigration’s war, it’s easy for the heart to lead – down the wrong path.


When you’re insulated from the violence, drug cartels and moral degeneration, it’s easy for the head to give way to the heart. That’s where much of America sits today – until those troubles come to your home, as they have in Texas and Arizona.


With Uncle Sam’s soft border policy, more than 22 million undocumented immigrants have sneaked across Mexico's border in Texas and Arizona. Rough federal estimates are that New York has 540,000 illegals, New Jersey has 430,000 (up substantially in the last six years), and Pennsylvania has more than 140,000.

Many came for jobs and have been good workers – still illegal though. However, an estimated one in five brought a along a criminal record and the moral “gunny sack” that they drag along with it. And today, the percentage of those with criminal records is rising.


Arizona’s criminal invasion comes home


My parents and my sister spent the last 40 years in the Phoenix area, about 180 miles north of the Mexican border. The area was a magnet for good and bad illegals. Guess which has the most impact?


Over the last 20 years, the Phoenix area was flooded with illegals. With them, came a huge increase in crime. My parents’ once quiet neighborhood morphed into nightly police sirens and flashing lights.


Fear is a powerful influence; justified fear, even more so. Reinforced doors went in. Steel bars and curtains were installed, along with motion-detection lights.


Then came the break-in. When you return home to find your front door busted open and precious things gone, it changes you forever. If you’re fortunate enough, you can move farther away from what became a high crime zone. This is what happens all across America, even in once quiet rural communities.


Arizona’s new law isn’t “out to get” all illegals. There are too many to do that.  It’s targeted to put criminals who happen to be illegals behind bars, and to slow the tide of drugs and automatic weapons that come with them – which Uncle Sam hasn’t seen as important enough.


Not our problem?


Sorry, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most of the drugs coming into the Northeast come via Mexico.


In 2006, for one instance, Virginia had 12,000 illegals in custody. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took only 690 of them. Why? Uncle Sam doesn’t have an immigration enforcement program to deal with them. They don't really know how many illegals are here, because they "disappear".


In late April, a three-day sweep by ICE in the Southeast netted 596 immigrants with criminal records. Of them, 144 had committed assaults; three were murderers.


Some decry “profiling”. It simply means making a judgment call based on common patterns of behavior. If the FBI hadn’t been profiling, the would-be bomber of Times Square, Faisal Shahzad, would have gotten away to Dubai.


We must put common sense and risk assessment ahead of “heart”. Or, Americas’ heart will surely be seriously damaged. We must address America's interior security -- now. It's long over due.

It's time for Congress and the President to build an effective worker permit program plus an enforcement wall on the Mexican border. If they've got money for their own raises and pet projects, they've got money to do this. Then give current illegals one year to get a green card or return to their homelands.


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