published Sunday, April 18th, 2010

King: America hardly needs a repeat of amnesty fiasco

"This country belongs to everybody, not just to the American people."

-- Jose Galvez, a protester at a 2008 rally opposing immigration and identity theft arrests at an Iowa meat-packing plant, from an Iowa ABC-TV affiliate.

Far too many Americans lack fundamental knowledge of many facts concerning America's ongoing illegal immigration and illegal employment crisis. Endless, misleading headlines and a constant barrage of contrived cries of "injustice" from special-interest, open-borders groups opposed to enforcement have diminished accurate and rational conversation on the issue.

A pro-American look at some apparently inconvenient details is past due.

Let's start with the word "immigrant." Using a federal definition, an immigrant is someone "who enters the United States lawfully with the intention of permanent residence" -- or "an alien who has been granted lawful permanent residence." The word "alien" merely describes a non-citizen in our country.

Anyone present in the United States in violation of our immigration laws is correctly and legally described as an "illegal alien." Inconvenient detail: All illegal aliens are eligible for deportation, which is the penalty for illegal immigration.

Real immigrants have waited in line, completed the applications, gone through the fingerprinting and background checks, and paid the legal fees that are rightly involved in the legal immigration process. No insult hits as hard as watching while illegal aliens -- for whom non-beneficial American law means nothing -- are referred to as "immigrants." This is the true immigrant bashing.

At more than a million, the United States takes in more real, legal immigrants annually than does any other nation on the planet. We have nothing to apologize for on the matter of immigration -- unless it is the fact that we are taking in record numbers of immigrants while approximately 20 million Americans are out of work.

There is no universal civil right to live and work in the United States. Immigration laws and borders are not human rights violations. Traditional levels of immigration were set to allow about 250,000 immigrants into the United States each year if they could demonstrate that they would not become a "public charge" and would benefit the national interest.

Inconvenient detail: Immigration into the United States is not and never was intended to serve as a relief valve to benefit any other country.

Most illegal immigration into the republic that Ben Franklin challenged us to preserve comes from Latin America -- most of that from the sovereign nation of Mexico. That Third-World nation to our south cannot adequately educate, feed, employ or provide medical care to many of its 110 million citizens.

Polls show that as many as 70 percent of Mexicans would migrate to the United States if they could. Nobody can blame them for that logical desire. There are billions of people on the planet who are poorer than the poorest in Mexico. We cannot allow the entire world to migrate into the United States ... which is why we have immigration laws.

Mexico uses its military to attempt to secure its own southern border, has an efficient and enthusiastic interior immigration enforcement system and deports nearly as many illegal aliens each year as we do. Most are Hispanics migrating from Central America looking for a better life. No one in Mexico regards the attempt at self-preservation and application of immigration laws as somehow "extreme" or "mean-spirited."

Or "anti-immigrant."

We should all be asking why the United States should not be allowed the right to enact -- and enforce -- its own immigration laws.

Or why a 21st century legalization program for illegal aliens who escaped capture by our Border Patrol would somehow stop illegal immigration.

Which brings us to the resentful illegal aliens marching in American streets demanding legalization, citizenship and the right to vote.

Inconvenient detail: We already tried legalization.

In 1986, having assured the American people that the certain solution to the 20th century illegal immigration crisis was to legalize about 1 million victims of geography, the Reagan administration granted a "one-time-only" immigration amnesty.

The steadfast official promise was that "after reform, we will secure the borders, and begin to sanction the employers who are hiring the black-market labor. This is the path to return to the rule of law."

The 1986 amnesty ended up legalizing nearly 3 million illegals. Look around to see how the other promises were kept.

Last fiscal year, American Border Patrol agents report apprehending more than 500,000 illegal border crossers. The very optimistic estimate is that they are able to catch one of every four or five future "undocumented workers." Do the math.

Let's be crystal clear here: After a series of White House administrations that refused to secure our borders -- war on terror be damned -- it is the criminal employers who hire the artificially low-priced illicit laborers who are most to blame for the organized crime that is illegal immigration.

Twenty-four years after the "one-time" amnesty, these campaign-donating business leaders have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being prosecuted for the crime of employing unlawful foreign labor while their countrymen stand in unemployment lines.

What we have proved is that amnesty, by any name, does not stop illegal immigration. The untried but obvious solution is enforcement of our immigration laws.

Immigrants do not require legalization. The current mantra that "we can't enforce our immigration laws because we may separate families" should be regarded as the mindless howls of people without any coherent argument.

For some, "the system is broken" because we don't yet have officially open borders -- which is the actual goal.

For the majority of Americans who think this country actually does belong to them, the new American Dream is English as the official language, genuine border security -- which is the fundamental duty of the federal government -- and the equal application of the rule of law upon which our republic was founded.

"Comprehensive immigration reform" is merely transparently concocted Newspeak for a repeat of the failed 1986 amnesty.

We shouldn't be fooled again.

D.A. King of Marietta, Ga., is a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration and president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society, a multiethnic coalition that advocates for the enforcement of immigration and employment laws. He is not a member of any political party. The society's Web site is Mr. King can be reached at

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note2self said...

D.A. King of Marietta, Ga., is a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration??? Seriously? I suppose that makes David Duke an authority on affirmative action and civil rights.

April 18, 2010 at 10:23 p.m.
Ali999 said...

note2self wrote: D.A. King of Marietta, Ga., is a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration??? Seriously? I suppose that makes David Duke an authority on affirmative action and civil rights.

Just what "race" is "illegal"? And just what are YOUR reasons for wanting amnesty for illegal aliens? WHOSE interests are YOU looking out for? I doubt it's that of the American people in general. It certainly isn't mine (I'm a Democrat and Arab-American and oppose amnesty).

April 19, 2010 at 11:06 a.m.
Redshirt said...

The facts offered by D.A. King are not in dispute.

jerry_galeo is the head of an Amnesty for illegal, criminal, aliens group (Georgia Associatin of Latino Elected Officials) that receives part of it's funding from the State of Georgia. Jerry has never been elected to any position -- not even dog catcher.

Jerry Gonzales, nor his group, can debate the illegal, crininal, alien issue on the merits; so, like other out of control ethnic hustlers,(like the SPLC) he resorts to character assassination.

Since he, they, can not refute the facts, resort to attacking the messenger.

April 19, 2010 at 1:33 p.m.
LoneRanger said...

I totally agree with the article. Having served as a patrol agent with the U.S. Border Patrol for ten years, and then serving as a special agent for another thirteen years, I have witnessed the abuse of America's immigration laws. The last amnesty was nothing more than a horrendous fraud. The only thing wrong with our current law, is that it takes too long to deport illegal aliens. We need to find ways to expedite the process.

Many of those that received green cards through the last amnesty weren't eligible for the two programs, which were the "Special Agricultural Worker" (SAW) and those that had illegally entered prior to a specified date in the early 1980s. There were thousands from India, Pakistan, China and other countries that claimed they were illegal to obtain the permanent residency, while they had actually entered as non-immigrant students or tourists.

There were so many applicants and so much paper to examine that the government couldn't keep up with it, so they merely rubber stamped approvals on the applications.

I successfully prosecuted a NYC immigration law firm that did almost exclusively fraudulent filings for amnesty applicants. The firm was so blatant that they even hired the people they legalized through the fraud. The law firm hired Gambino crime family lawyers to represent them in the proceedings.

The lawyers eventually plead guilty to felony fraud charges, but the thousands of aliens they "legalized" got away with it, simply because the responsible government agency lacked the resources to go after the beneficiaries. Many are now U.S.Citizens.

The Democrats want the votes and the Republicans want cheap labor, that is why it was bi-patrisan in 2007, the last time they tried selling an amnesty to the American people. La Raza and the American Immigration Lawyers Association backs amnesty to raise money and to increase their profits.

And if you are foolish enough to think it will be an additional 12-20 million getting legalized, research "chain migration!"

April 19, 2010 at 2:16 p.m.
HectorOrtega said...

Mexico is the richest country in Latin America. It is run by an oligachy of 46 families and is home to Carlos Slim a Hungarian immigrant that is the wealthiest man in the world.

Mexicans are voctims of geography, and if they're so loyal to their homeland they need to make efforts to change things there, instead of migrating with their problems to the U.S.

April 20, 2010 at 11:11 a.m.
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