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Bob McMillanAn Opinion

By Bob McMillan
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Some Thoughts About Illegal Immigrants

Interestingly, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld, in May of 2011, a 2007 law passed in Arizona. That law imposed sanctions and penalties on employers who employed illegal immigrants. Do not confuse the 2007 law with law passed last year in Arizona allowing police officers to ask for documentation from people who are caught in the act of a crime or are stopped for traffic violations. That case is on the way to the Supreme Court, and a decision will be, at least, two years away.

Now, back to the recent Supreme Court decision dealing with the 2007 Arizona law. Chief Justice Roberts, in the Majority Opinion, stated, that the sanction against employers “falls well within the confines of the authority Congress chose to leave to the states.”

Both the 2007 and 2010 Arizona laws take state action against illegal immigrants. In my judgment, the recent Supreme Court decision clearly sets the stage for a decision supporting the action of Arizona in 2010. By the way, several other states have enacted laws similar to the 2010 Arizona law, and an additional 18 other states are currently debating the issues.

Unfortunately, many business organizations are siding with those supporting amnesty and other giveaways for illegal immigrants. Business support also comes from farm organizations. Many businesses and agricultural operations use illegal immigrants. And those group are currently violating federal law which makes it a crime to knowingly employ illegal immigrants.

Now, to compound the problem, President Obama wants to provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. What about the millions of foreigners who have waited in their home countries to obtain legal visas to the United States? The entire issue is too much about politics and catering for votes! In addition to amnesty, President Obama wants a “Dream Act” to be passed by the Congress.

The “Dream Act” would give Green cards or make legal residents some two million children of illegal immigrants who are now between 16 and 30 years of age. In addition, it would give to this category of illegal immigrants free college tuition! What am I missing here? I cannot believe such a law has any chance of passing in the Congress.

Finally, take a look at the security of our borders. Between Mexico and the United States and between Canada and the United States (including Alaska), we have some 7,500 miles of borders. Add to that figure 12,300 miles of coastline, and we have almost 20,000 miles to protect. The same mileage also applies to terrorists who want to enter the United States. There is no doubt that our borders are not secure.

Drone airplanes and a few hundred new border agents will not solve the problem. There has to be a tough crackdown on all employers who hire illegal aliens. That will be the quickest way to secure our borders!

Robert McMillan Website: www.bobmcmillan.net