I almost got deported when I was in Mexico in 2002. I was there for a client of mine before I started my estate planning & asset protection law firm. He had a beautiful beach-front property in Cabo San Lucas that had been overtaken by an American squatter. My mission: get the house back.
I knew Mexico enforced their immigration laws so my client gave me a lease so I could go to Mexico representing myself. If I was there representing my client, I would be deported. We couldn’t get any court to help us evict the American, but it was easy for them to enforce their immigration laws.
Long, exciting story that I won’t go into now–but before the American was able to take the front door down with the 20 (or so) Mexicans who were with him he yelled a few things to me while I held the door closed. One was that the Immigration officers were on their way now to arrest me. Now, I knew I had the right to be there because I had a valid, original lease in my name. But did I really want to go to jail and fight my way out through their legal system?
I had my Mexican attorney on speakerphone and when he heard the American say that Immigration was on the way, he yelled, “get out, you’ll be arrested!” (of course he should have yelled, “get out, they’re going to kill you!).
I ran from the door as fast as I could, into the garage, into my rental car, opened the garage door and burned rubber getting out of there. I got on the next flight to the States.
Mr. President and Congress: every country, like Mexico, protect their citizens by enforcing their immigration laws. It’s not immoral when they do it. It’s not immoral if we were to do it. Don’t come to my hometown of Las Vegas and break the law with Executive Orders and in the process weaken our borders, our labor force, our pride and patriotism. Congress, don’t act like you’re going to do anything because I know you’re full of it. (Notice how none of the Republicans are pointing their finger at the illegal and unconstitutional Executive Orders used by Obama because when their president is in power they love the illegal Executive Order just as much. They’re just saying they’ll try to dry up the money so the Executive Order can’t be implemented instead of standing up for the Constitution and demanding he not use the Executive Order in the first place.)
Even churches are telling their illegal immigrant members that they aren’t breaking any law they should feel guilty about and that others should be more welcoming. You can’t blame the churches, they are only following the law (as it’s enforced, not as it’s written).
The truth is, I can only shake my head in disbelief at the American people. We are to blame for not requiring our leaders enforce the law (but because there is so much voter fraud with illegal immigrants voting…).
And I’m not here to just complain. I have a solution. We have to take responsibility that we willingly let families come here. I don’t want to see families torn apart. On the other hand, they knew they were breaking the law and that if they were deported they would have to live with that fact.
I propose simply that we actually enforce the border. Yes, that means those in that position will abuse it at times–but that’s true will all police forces: they are a necessary evil. Get the Border Patrol real tools to do their job like guns and fences. With the border secure we can feel confident that we won’t have millions crossing at will.
Next, stop granting US citizenship simply because you are born here. I don’t believe other countries do that. What a backwards law. If my children are born in England, I want them to be US citizens, not English citizens.
Enforce the immigration laws by cracking down on businesses. When I was younger businesses required I fill out the I-9 form because they were worried about getting in trouble if they couldn’t prove their employees were legal residents or US citizens.
Finally, under certain conditions grant amnesty to those who we let in. I have to admit, the US is still a great place. If I let you in here and if you aren’t a criminal–my bad, I’ll let you stay. But that’s it. If your mom is still in Mexico, sorry. She’ll have to apply to come here while living in her home country of Honduras (or whatever may be her country of origin) and we’ll make her subject to the same rules that your country imposes on us. See Mexico’s rules here (btw, they want you to learn Spanish and they say you cannot apply in Mexico–you must apply from your home country).
Now they say another 100,000 foreigners are crossing the southern border as I type this. And why wouldn’t they? Granting amnesty without enforcing our immigration laws sets a precedent that we will repeat over and over because no one has the guts to enforce our sovereignty. We want to be everything to everyone. I’ve met people like that: they’re called two-faced.
Truth is, it’s not hurting me, financially anyway. I mean the immigrants aren’t taking my job as an attorney. In fact, it’s helping me. When I need to add on to my house or get my trees trimmed it’s a fact that I can get it done a lot cheaper using an illegal immigrant’s help than hiring an American.
When I saw some people in Texas protesting the huge wave of illegal immigration last summer I thought maybe there’s hope. They should be upset. Those protestors said granting amnesty is hurting the blue-collar families–their words, not mine. But they’re right. And they’re my American brothers. I stand with them.