Monday, March 27, 2006

United States Representative Sam Graves On Border Security/And A Broken Immigration Policy

I subscribe to my United States Representative, Sam Graves (R-MO) news letter, STRAIGHT TALK WITH SAM. I'd like to share the most recent issue with you.

"Volume 6, Issue 13, March 27, 2006

Phone 816 792-3976

STRAIGHT TALK WITH SAM

Security Begins at the Border

It's easy to figure out where robbers might enter your home when you're not there. That's why some houses not only have locks, but deadbolts on the door. If it's a high-crime neighborhood you might even see bars on the windows. Unfortunately, our American home has no walls and its borders stretch over 6,000 miles of land and 2,000 miles of coastline. There is not a deadbolt big enough for that kind of space.

The security of the United States begins at the border. We cannot control what terrorists do once they get into the country, and we cannot control when and where a terrorist chooses to strike us. However, we can control whether or not terrorists get into this country. We have taken steps in recent months to boost security along both of our borders. It is not enough and we still have more to do.

I have proposed suspending non-resident visas. It only makes sense to shut off a leaky faucet in order to fix it. We must conduct a background check or have a face-to-face interview with every person who is allowed into our country. I believe that every time someone is let in without a proper security check we are playing with our safety.

There is no doubt this country is great because of immigration, not in spite of it. However, failure to control both legal and illegal immigration means that America is rolling the dice when it comes to our security. We need a common sense, manageable immigration plan and we need it now.

Sincerely,

Sam Graves
Member of Congress"

I'll be watching to see if Sam can come up with that plan. In the past he has gone as far as to suggest a complete moratorium on all immigration until our broken policy is fixed. I think we can all agree something needs to be done soon.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

6 Comments:

Blogger Stephanie said...

I fear that reducing legal immigration is just going to increase illegal immigration, making it even more difficult to fix the break.

If we let more people in legally, at least then we'll be better able to track them.

10:29 PM  
Blogger The Sovereign Editor said...

I'm afraid I agree. After a day of poring over illegal immigration materials and considering the problem all day, I arrived at the conclusion that it probably won't be realistic to deport them all. I find that I would accept some sort of amnesty if such amnesty extends to non-criminals who made the effort to learn English, and if the border fence plan goes through and we make a real effort to keep future illegals out. I invite anyone to read my article and comment. My brain is fried right now, and my thinking may not be as clear as it ought to be because of the sheer amount of information I was trying to consider.

2:52 AM  
Anonymous Traven said...

Sorry, David, however Sam seems to be rushing to plug holes in his own poll ratings.

The intrepid Sam either doesn't understand what student visas are or doesn't care. When he gets around to clarifying his position a little more, I'll take him a little more seriously.

5:12 AM  
Blogger Jake Porter said...

I wrote Sam Graves a letter a few months ago concerning Congress's disregard for the Constitution. I politely told him, I was not accusing him of any wrongdoing but I was concerned about this nation. Article 1, Section 8 was mentioned along with the Patriot Act.

He has not sent me anything back.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I think you'll be interested in this!!!

Those who support illegal immigration claim that those who skip across the boarder illegally “contribute to our economy”. Some go as far as say that they are the backbone of this country. This is in no way true. While they do indeed pay some taxes, the cost of having them here far outweighs any taxes collected.

Here’s the break down:

Illegal immigrants pay approximately 16 Billion dollars per year in taxes.

Sounds pretty good right?

This is how much they cost us:

They cost Arizona taxpayers alone over $1 billion annually in services for schools, medical care, welfare anchor babies, loss of tax base and prisons.

Illegal aliens displaced American workers at a cost in excess of $133 billion dollars last year according to Harvard Professor George Borjas.

75 percent of drugs arrive from Mexico at a net cost of $120 billion hard currency that leaves our country for good. In addition, our tax dollars pay $80 billion for the War on Drugs each year.

$1.6 billion annually in prison costs to house, feed and clothe those filling 30 percent of our federal and state prisons “not to mention TV, movies, weight rooms and other entertainment” they enjoy while being incarcerated.

The average annual cost per child K-12 is $7,161.00 and exceeds $109 billion annually per cycle of anchor babies. That is your money given out to 300,000 moms and their kids annually and all they did was get pregnant and birth that child on U.S. soil.

Average bilingual education is $1,200.00 per illegal alien student. Get this! We educate 1.1 million illegal alien children each year. Georgia taxpayers paid a whopping $242 million for educating illegal alien kids in 2003.

The average head of household illegal alien costs you $2,700.00 in welfare money over and above any taxes he or she pays in their meager paying jobs. With 15 to 20 million illegal aliens in the USA, that figures exceeds $20 billion of your tax dollars.

$56 billion in pure cash illegal migrants sent to their home countries last year and every year? That’s after their kids enjoyed free education, free lunches and free medical care paid for by you. Mexico receives $15 billion annually from its worker drones. No wonder Vicente Fox sent us 9.2 million illegal alien Mexicans so far.

The lifetime net fiscal drain “taxes paid minus services used” for an adult immigrant is $55,200.00. $27 billion to provide forms, ballots, interpreters and brochures for languages other than English

It costs $200 million to provide for emergency health care for illegal aliens in the Border States annually. California with over three million illegals paid $79 million, BUT four of their major LA hospitals bankrupted and shut their doors in 2004. Texas with 1.5 million illegal aliens paid $74 million in hospital care.

Georgia ran a $63 million deficit for 64,000 unpaid doctor visits. The total of illegal aliens flooding into the United States this year will total three million “enough to fill 22,000 737 Boeing airliners, or 60 flights every day for a year”.

YOU DO THE MATH.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

More immigration insecurity

4:21 AM  

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