Facing Reality—Amnesty Means More Illegal Aliens!

note to Arizonans:
John Slagle, a resident of
Three Points AZ, addresses the

South East Arizona Republican Club

in Sierra Vista, AZ, on
Thursday, February 19

For the Bush Administration and
fellow travelers at the

Wall Street Journal
and the CATO Institute, “facing
in immigration policy means passing an
unprecedented open-ended

foreign worker importation
act granting legal status
to millions of illegal aliens already in the U.S.

But it is these

amnesty cheerleaders
and the whole

Treason Lobby
that is out of step with reality.

They conveniently ignore what
happened on the border the last time the federal
government granted legal status to

of illegal aliens—in the Immigration
Reform and Control Act of 1986.

So what really happened when the

last amnesty
became law?

Illegal aliens rushed the southern
border like never before!

And it just so happens that retired
U.S. Border Patrol Agent John W. Slagle, whose book
Illegal Entries
I recently

, has the pictures [click here] to
prove it.

Slagle spent his career facing
reality. He saw the truth about the 1986 amnesty on the
border before, during, and after the fact—all from a
front-row seat as a special agent in the Border Patrol`s
anti-smuggling unit.

Though an invitation to testify
before Congress has not been forthcoming, Slagle has
dedicated his retirement years to telling the truth.

I`ve corresponded with Slagle since
reviewing his recent book. Here`s a sampling:

failed Amnesty of 1986, to most people is just numbers
without faces, just poor people seeking work. Those of
us actually trying to enforce the laws—which were
largely unenforceable due to manpower restraints and
politics—saw first hand the criminal events and impacts
on society.

“Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, Juan,
especially when it comes to human trafficking, narcotics
or the vast amount of money involved.
[I have]
[click here]
of an illegal alien cartel courier with over 2.2 million
dollars in cash concealed in the false bed of a pick-up—

most Americans would not do.

“I have
ancient photos spanning thirty-two years on the border
including the arrests of massive groups of illegal
aliens in 1986, 1987, 1988 . . . and also the indentured
servitude labor camps created by politics as well as
agricultural businesses…as well as significant human
trafficking cases that made millions of dollars
importing illegal aliens. In my career, I always had a
small camera at hand.

photos portrayed an era that senior active duty
officers are prevented from discussing now with the
amnesty proposal.

as you have stressed many times, and law enforcement
agents know factually, the immigration crisis in the
United States could have been resolved long ago with the
first IRCA.

Border Patrol tried to enforce

labor sanctions laws
, but were soon over-run by a
secondary invasion from the borders by illegals.

“A Task
Force should have been established soon after the failed

became known
. Thousands of additional Special Agents
should have been made available throughout the U.S. with
no other purpose than enforcing labor sanctions and
establishing large fines for companies that continually

violated the laws
by hiring illegal aliens. Strict
enforcement would have prevented millions from entering
without inspection. If all U.S. companies had feared
massive fines for hiring cheap laborers, there would
have been no financial advantage to displace citizen and
legal resident workers.

“One or
two assigned Investigators to work

IRCA frauds
per state is hardly a force of
any consequence—other than for more fraudulent

despite reports and requests from the field, the

failed to take action.

of illegal aliens,

or otherwise was also a joke, an exercise
in frustration that was ridiculous by law enforcement

was always the Board of Immigration Appeals, and later
the Executive Office for Immigration Review. I always
thought of the

as the

Ninth Circuit Court of Illegal Importation
, not

measure by law enforcement to control the borders of the
United States or to enforce compliance of immigration
laws was hamstrung and rendered ineffective by
litigation. `Political` policies from the INS on
anti-smuggling investigations were also truly amazing.

equally amazing that we were able to accomplish many
major cases in the late 80`s and 90`s without guidance
from the
[Washington] D.C.


“In the
field, an undercover operation is far removed from a
plush, protected office building with security. But in
the world we knew,
[we respond differently when]
a partner is killed by gunfire from a human
trafficker—or to an amnesty proposal by politicians who
have forgotten their oath of office.

It`s high time that Congress, the
Bush Administration and

Secretario Ridge
got a dose of border

Beltway think-tank

The collapse of our borders is the
great scandal of our times—far exceeding Watergate or
the Clinton capers.

When the inevitable investigations
begin, John Slagle will be a star witness.

Juan Mann [send him
] is a lawyer and the proprietor of