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Economy has a tipping point
It seems that we have reached and passed the “tipping point.” I read an analysis of U.S. Census figures by Terence Jeffrey for CNS News that concluded that 86.5 million private workers actually carry the economic load of the nation, supporting 148 million Americans who rely on government benefits. With close to twice as many on this wagon as are pulling the wagon, it’s obvious that the tipping point has been passed.
If you compound this with the influx of illegal immigrants currently crossing our southern border who will be seeking government subsidies, then our country will be totally consumed with this debt burden.
U.S. Marine Corps General Kelly stated that our border with Mexico has been invaded and we have lost control. There is no verification of who these migrants are. Many minors are being assisted by the drug gangs, while some are being used as coyotes (to smuggle people across the borders). Who knows how many terrorists could be among them?
After all of these “phony” scandals with their subsequent stonewalling and cover-ups, why has nobody ever been held accountable?
To quote President Ronald Regan, “A country with no borders is no country.”
Tell your reps. to enforce laws
I’m tired of being treated as a third-class citizen by the government.
For example, to fly commercially, I must prove who I am with authorized photo identification and be subject to searches, even after proving I’m a law-abiding U.S. citizen. Yet illegal immigrants with a piece of paper and their word can board a commercial airline. And Homeland Security is implying I am more dangerous than an unknown person, with no history, who is here illegally. Either treat us all equally and fairly, or give law-abiding U.S. citizens the same or better privileges.
I urge you to write to your congressmen and senators. Tell them to enforce the laws equally for all people in the U.S. These double standards must stop!
Whenever the illegal immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and San Salvador are photographed and displayed by the media, we see nicely groomed, physically clean, well-dressed and apparently healthy youth and adults.
So are we being duped by conspiratorial nationals in Central America who are practicing population control by sending their unwanted numbers for us to care for?
I have just one question for all the liberals and people who think we should allow in and feed “everyone” from Central America who wants to come here.
Unless my map of this continent is wrong, isn’t Mexico between us and Central America? Why doesn’t Mexico take all of these poor children into their country and house and feed them? Simple, because we are being invaded, and until we understand that allowing millions into our nation, as the Democrats want, just to get their votes, we will continue to be overrun.
And for all those who think I’m un-feeling, will you feed me and let me move into your house when I run out of money? It’s not about race, as Obama and supporters claim, it’s all about dividing this nation under their new world agenda.
It’s not the conservatives as much as the rich liberals who want their yard mowed or their children taken care of by some illegal just so they don’t have to pay a fair wage. I’ve never hired anyone to mow my yard, nor would I allow a contractor to hire an illegal just to save a few dollars while I’m living on a huge retirement.
Illegal is illegal, and to use the world “un-documented” just to be politically correct is ludicrous and insulting. Let’s not forget who will end up paying for thousands of illegals and their (free?) benefits.
I would strongly suggest that you write, call or email your representative and tell them to fight Obama on his border policy. Remember, this November, which party is bankrupting this country.
Sen. Harry Reid says not to worry, the border is secure. He must mean our border with Canada.
In Victor Davis Hanson’s commentary article in The Bulletin on July 13, he offered the idea of having “advocates such as Mark Zuckerberg or Michael Bloomberg offer one of their mansions as a temporary shelter for needy Central American immigrants.” I agree this would be a good start in addressing the problem, for these people feel no discomfort or personal expense in the influx of the thousands of children.
To expand on Hanson’s suggestion, I would require each member of Congress, and each senior member of the White House staff, to accept five immigrants into their home and provide food, clothing, shelter and medical support. At the end of 30 days, if proper immigration laws have not been enacted, then they would be required to accept five additional. Our vaunted representatives feel none of the personal stress and expense of the problem and take a detached view of any solution.
I challenge members of Congress, and the White House, to take this suggestion and share the burden personally, and act with dispatch to find the solutions. Most likely a means of securing the border would quickly be found and a means of deporting the immigrants would also be found. A nation without a secure border is not a nation. We welcome immigrants who go through the proper process to gain citizenship, but we should not provide comfort to those who do not.
Nations who dump their problems on us should receive no aid of any kind until their attitude has changed.
My mother and father arrived in this country independently of one another in the early 1900s. They both had sponsors. They learned to speak, read and write the English language. They studied American history and the Constitution. They took the certification exam. They swore to uphold the laws of the United States ...
The exodus of children from Latin American countries across the border into the U.S. continues while the people who can do something about it would rather win political points than address this humanitarian crisis.
Many of the children, some as young as four, are escaping dangerous life in their home countries, especially Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. They are escaping deprivation and violent gangs; many of these younger immigrants have witnessed what no innocent child should see.
More than 50,000 children have been caught crossing the border since October 2013. Minors from Central America cannot be deported immediately according to the 2008 law that had bi-partisan support. The children are given a hearing before they are deported. Before that they are given a health inspection; many are placed with a sponsor or a family member while their case winds through the immigration court system. Those children that are not quickly sent back can expect to be in this country for up to two years.
President Obama has called for $3.7 billion to address this issue, including increased border patrols and more immigration judges to clear the backlog.
It would be as effective to use that money to address the causes of the immigration surge in the countries the children are fleeing. Life in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador has been dangerous for decades. Poverty and violence is a way of life there for the average citizen.
Instead of addressing only the symptoms of this crisis, the U.S. (we’re looking at you Mr. Obama and Congress) should address the cause. The requested $3.7 billion allocation would do more good if used to improve the economies of the three coutnries with a total population of 30 million.
The U.S. can provide micro-loans for the impoverished in Central America. Miccro-financing has yielded wonderful results where it has been applied in places like India and some of the poorest areas of Africa. The idea is that you loan small amounts to people who create a small business in their neighborhood, as the business grows, they pay back the loan, hire employees and help others with their businesses.
The cost to the American taxpayer will be much less taking that route than serving the needs of more than 50,000 kids here for the next few years—or forever
Can someone please help me understand how the Democrats can feign compassion for the children at the Mexican border ("Obama seeks to shift political debate around immigration, border crisis," July 10) when they are the party of 50 million unborn children murdered?
Can someone please help me understand ...
Can someone please help me understand...
Most of the illicit drugs killing Oregonians are produced, manufactured and smuggled into the state by drug cartels operating out of Mexico.
On April 24, Oregon’s medical examiner reported that there were 222 deaths in 2013 related to the use of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine or a combination of drugs...
Mexican cartels’ drug mules and dealers are operating the motor vehicles that are used to carry drugs into the state or to distribute drugs across the state. And they need some form of identification, like an Oregon Drivers License or Drivers Card...
Senate Bill 833, which was signed into law during the 2013 Legislative session, would literally give the cartel members operating motor vehicles in this state a get-out-of- jail-free-card, because law enforcement authorities would not have probable cause to search their vehicles unless a serious automobile accident or traffic violation has occurred.
... make it more difficult for Mexican drug cartel operatives to access licenses. Oregon’s registered voters will have the opportunity to do just that in the November general election. If voters overturn the law on Nov. 4, they can put the brakes on Mexican drug cartels’ ability to distribute drugs in this state.
Vote no on Referendum 301, and send Senate Bill 833’s Driver Cards for those who cannot prove legal status in the U.S. to the archives of bad legislative history.
David Olen Cross is a resident of Salem.