A Democrat Wonders: “Can The Chertoff Roundup Be For Real?”

Hey, was it just a
coincidence? After 20 years of little or no enforcement
since the last major so-called immigration reform act of
1986, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff calls
a big news conference and talks up his “strategy”
for enforcing laws on the books for decades.

The April 20th
NY Times
story reports “Saying the hiring by
companies nationwide of millions of undocumented workers
is often a form of organized crime.

reported here four years ago
.] Mr. Chertoff, a former federal prosecutor, said the
government will now attempt to combat the practice with
similar to those
used to try to shut down the mob.”

Cracks Down on Hiring of Illegal Immigrants
, By
Eric Lipton]

For those of us
who have been

pleading for action
by the Federal Government for
decades, this latest action is of course greeted with
optimism. But, I must say, with guarded optimism.

We know that the
Senate will shortly be treating various bills dealing
with immigration reform, most of which call for another
massive amnesty of perhaps 20 million more mostly
uneducated Hispanics.


sudden addiction
to law and order must be
suspect—since his boss, President Bush, has been
demanding this cheap labor import for months.

Then there is this
matter of the May 1 boycott called for by sophisticated
organizers of those illegal aliens and their supporters.
The agitators for this attack on American sovereignty
are trying subtly to equate it with the Mexican holiday

Cinco de Mayo.

The growing
knowledge that many Mexicans see this continuing laxity
on border control by our Federal Government as a chance
to retake parts of the US, if not officially, at least


Mother Mexico
—that paragon of mismanagement who
can`t support its own and thus exports its excess
citizens as fast as possible. Remember this concept

La Reconquista,
as it is not to be ignored. It means
the re-conquest of the lands in

America`s southwest
which these neo-Mexican illegal

think still belongs to them

If you want that
to politically happen, go for this latest amnesty plan
by our treasonist President and his cabal of

greedy open border advocates.

Are the forces
favoring open borders getting scared or do they just
think the American public is stupid and that a bit of
law and order window dressing now as the next amnesty is
about to be greased by will be helpful?

You know who they
are. The businesses who, as Secretary Chertoff noted at
his April 20th news conference, use illegal labor as a
permanent part of their business plan.

Until businesses
that use illegal labor are really penalized, none of
this talk by Chertoff and the other branches of
government will be put into play. You know what that
means? That means Congress actually

appropriating money
to do the job
. Without the
money, the law is ephemeral,

and worthless.

Controlling our
borders requires pluck, luck and the

firm exercise
of the laws now on the books. Simply
have Mr. Chertoff do his job with the tools provided 20
years ago with the

1986 legislation.
Make it so uncomfortable for
businesses that break the law that they won`t do it.
Send those

seven Houston managers who were apprehended
to jail.
Make the fines big and painful, not the kind of slap on
the wrist that Wal-Mart got for its open business plan
to hire people without proper documentation.

Of course, the
Federal Government has not made it easy to determine who
is legal. False IDs have become common. But the use of
secure Social Security Numbers issued to legal
recipients would be a great start.

Whether we need a
national ID card as

earlier suggested
by liberal Harvard Law Professor
Alan Dershowitz, or other secure documents which could
be created by

drivers` licenses
has been discussed and debated for

The real question
is do we have the guts, the capacity to go beyond party
politics and the understanding that our country is on
the line if we do not.

My position as a
Democrat is frankly irrelevant. This is WWIII for the

Either we let our
country become a large, fat carcass chewed on willy
nilly by anyone who wants to—or we regain our

and control our borders, make those who
are here prove they are here legally, and halt the rape

American workers
—whom neither party seems willing to

Chertoff`s foray into enforcement is not to be ignored.
He told us the truth about what is going on, even if it
was done for political purposes.

Arlen Specter
is planning  to hold new hearings and 
submit a revised bill by May 4th.They will be
starting with the  Hagel-Martinez

bipartisan compromise
bill that failed disastrously
last month, as reported here on Vdare.Com.

If our US Senate
comes back and passes the Hagel-Martinez “compromise”
bill, we are cooked as a nation and I don`t care which
party you belong to.

Are you listening,

Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.