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MASSIVE IMMIGRATION & THE INFLUX OF ILLEGAL ALIENS:
THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS -- A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS
By Thomas G. Tancredo

The debate on United States immigration policy must begin with the recognition that we are in fact in a monumental crisis. We have passed from an era of a healthy stream of immigrants to an uncontrolled flood of illegal immigrants, and there are enormous ramifications of this reality. Tragically, our policies have not recognized this paradigm shift. Moreover, this crisis is approaching the character of a constitutional crisis because of our failure to deal with serious issues while they are manageable.

Major segments of the U.S. media have portrayed the face of illegal immigration into the U.S.A. as a sympathetic family with bright kids. The real picture of illegal immigration on our borders is nastier. It is a picture of the two Mexican criminals who, in September, 2002, murdered Kris Eggle, a twenty-eight year old Arizona Park Ranger. They were fleeing Mexico after committing four drug related murders south of the border. It is the picture of Muslims living in Canada who are financing terrorist activities all over the world with the proceeds from the methamphetamine components they smuggle into the U.S.A. It is the picture of "people-smugglers" called "coyotes" who charge desperate Mexicans upwards of $1,500 for transportation to the U.S.A. Often, the women are raped and the families robbed before they are all shoved over the line into what too often becomes a death sentence in a desert inferno. It is the picture of corrupted Mexican and American officials. Segments of the Mexican Army provide protection for large drug shipments and have actually fired on U.S. Border Patrol agents!

Now consider the fact that massive immigration, combined with our own self-destructive policies of radical multiculturalism, have helped to balkanize America to the point where upwards of eight million people living here are so undecided about their loyalties that they claim dual citizenships. Of course, many millions more simply live here, but fail to relinquish their previous political attachments.

The solution: We must immediately gain control of our borders. This can be done with the use of technology ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles and electronic sensors to cameras and radar. This must be backed up with human resources, including military support. I have said time and time again that the defense of the nation begins with the defense of the borders.

Next, we must get serious about identifying and deporting felons and potential terrorists among the thirteen million illegal immigrants now within our country. Socalled "civil libertarians" have thrown up many obstacles. They do not see that the citizensí right to protection of life and property is the FIRST civil liberty of a free people.

In addition, we need to enact a realistic and workable guest worker program. The legislation must establish time limits on participation by individuals in the program, and it must provide incentives for employer compliance. If the demand for illegal immigrants dries up, so will the supply.

Finally, we need to recognize that becoming an American citizen is not something you gain by crossing a border. It is something you acquire through education and adoption of a new loyalty to American institutions. If the word "citizenship" is to have meaning, then stop the rush to give to everyone here without citizenship the benefits and advantages of those who have already earned U.S. citizenship. This means no driversí licenses, no welfare, no publicly funded education, and no voting rights for people who here in the U.S.A. illegally.

Massive immigration will not only determine what kind of a nation we will be -- united or balkanized. It will also determine whether we will be a nation at all.

The clock is ticking.

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Thomas G. Tancredo is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Sixth Congressional District of Colorado.




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