Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Federalism, Illegal Immigration, the Budget, and the United States Constitution—part 2

Two different, recent news stories. Two very different perspectives. Both deal with federalism, illegal immigration, the budget, and the United States Constitution.


“Obama mocks Republican position on immigration

From Associated Press
May 10, 2011 4:05 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP)—Delving anew into an explosive issue, President Barack Obama stood near the border with Mexico on Tuesday and declared it more secure than ever, trying to build pressure on Republicans to take on a comprehensive immigration overhaul—and eagerly working to show vital Hispanic voters that he is not the one standing in the way. (Is the question whether the border is “more secure than ever” which seems to be a very low standard considering that in the past the border has never been secure in relation to preventing illegals from crossing the border or is the question one of the border not being nearly as secure as it needs to be to keep out terrorists and illegal immigrants?—my addition)

Countering Republican calls to focus on border security before moving to a comprehensive overhaul, Obama said their demands have been more than met by his administration but ‘they’ll never be satisfied.’ (This is an old and outdated argument. A small minority of Republicans called for this before the 2010 election when there were two separate pushes by Democrats to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants. The Democrats controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate and yet failed to pass a bill to grant citizenship for illegal immigrants. The House of Representatives is now controlled by Republicans and many of those Republicans are more conservative. A significant majority of the American voters DO NOT want citizenship for illegal immigrants, including me as I’ve written about upon several occasions. Does the President really believe there is any call for granting citizenship to illegal immigrants outside of his leftist, Democratic supporters?—my addition)

On his first trip to the U.S.-Mexico border since becoming president, Obama boasted of increasing border patrol agents, nearing completion of a border fence, and screening more cargo. (Nearing completion of a border fence? Consider the facts in the next quoted news story!—my addition)

‘We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement,’ Obama said.

‘But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time.’ (As I wrote above, the situation has changed. Even if every Republican who wanted this voted to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants, there would not be enough votes in the House to pass such a bill. His best and no doubt last hope for passing such a bill was in the lame duck session of Congress after the 2010 election when the Democrats still overwhelmingly controlled the House. It did not pass. Doesn’t he know this?—my addition)

‘Maybe they'll need a moat,’ Obama said mockingly to laughter from the crowd. ‘Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat.’” (If it keeps out terrorists and illegals!—my addition)

“Republicans disputed Obama’s contention that the border has been effectively secured and accused him of playing politics in pursuit of the ever-growing Hispanic electorate ahead of the 2012 election. With Republicans in control of the House there’s no longer any appetite on Capitol Hill for the comprehensive legislation Obama wants that would offer a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.”

The second news story which was a May 8, 2011 is from a very different perspective. This story is From:

“Arizona seeks online donations to build border fence
From Associated Press
May 08, 2011 6:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP)—Arizona lawmakers want more fence along the border with Mexico—whether the federal government thinks it’s necessary or not.

They’ve got a plan that could get a project started using online donations and prison labor. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year.

Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that sets the state on a course that begins with launching a website to raise money for the work, said state Sen. Steve Smith, the bill’s sponsor.

‘We’re going to build this site as fast as we can, and promote it, and market the heck out of it,’ said Smith, a first-term Republican senator.

Arizona—strapped for cash and mired in a budget crisis—is already using public donations to pay for its legal defense of the controversial get-tough illegal immigration law, known as SB1070. The state is appealing a federal judge’s ruling blocking key provisions of the law, including a requirement that immigrants get or carry immigration registration papers.

Part of the marketing pitch for donations could include providing certificates declaring that individual contributors ‘helped build the Arizona wall,’ Smith said. ‘I think it’s going to be a really, really neat thing.’

Construction would start ‘after we’ve raised a significant amount of money first’ but possibly as soon as later this year, Smith said.”

(What! The State of Arizona which is a southern-border State doesn’t believe the federal government has done enough to secure the border with Mexico? The State of Arizona believes that too many illegal immigrants and possible terrorists are still flooding across the border? The State of Arizona believes that the federal government has reneged on their Constitutional responsibility to secure the border? The State of Arizona believes that if the federal government has failed that the State must take up the mantle and do what the federal government has failed to do—secure the border between Arizona and Mexico?

Do you think the federal government will once gain sue the State of Arizona for trying to do what the federal government has failed to do? Do you believe, if the government sues, that the federal government will once again Unconstitutionally sue in an inferior federal Court instead of in the Supreme Court as required by the Constitution?)

“The nearly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) U.S.-Mexico border already has about 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) of fence of one type or another, nearly half of it in Arizona. The state’s border is the busiest gateway for both illegal immigrants and marijuana smuggling.

(If the above figures are correct, there is fencing of one type or another covering about one-third of the border with Mexico. Nearly half of it in Arizona would be about 325 miles. The article does not say how many more miles of fencing within Arizona would be needed to fence the entire Arizona southern border with Mexico. The article does state that Arizona is the busiest gateway for illegal immigrants which means it most probably is also a busy gateway for possible terrorists.

If the State is willing to finance and build more fence without federal assistance, it seems the State believes it is an important project. Will the federal government help or hinder the project? Who really is concerned with border security—the federal government or the State of Arizona?—my addition)

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matthew Chandler said federal officials declined to comment on the Arizona legislation.”

If the State procedures with this project, what will be the reaction of the Obama Administration. Will it be cooperation with a State within the Union or will it be another Unconstitutional lawsuit? Will the federal government increase the costs when neither budgets can afford more expenses or will it help to SECURE the border? Will this Democrat Administration pander to its constituency or act in the best interests of the United States of America?

It is time, it is past time, that the Constitution of the United States be obeyed as written!!! It is time, it is past time, to TAKE BACK THE NATION!!!