The congruence of two recent Washington Post front page stories can hardly be over looked. You can`t avoid contrasting the actions taken to solve these problems by so-very-tippy-toe elected officials with sensible initiatives taken mostly by private, thinking citizens who have forced changes.
The first story:
to my delight and surprise, I found a front page, Sunday, January 11th news column in the Washington Post entitled Attitudes Shift on Illegal ResidentsSome|Link Crime In Montgomery To Immigration [By Dan Morse and Ann E. Marimow]. It actually uses the term "illegal" and finally reports in considerable detail on something which most of that county`s residents have felt for years.
Of course the reporters had to make it appear like a sudden change in citizens` attitudes:
"For years, mainstream
"But public sentiment appears to be shifting in
"`People who are very, very tolerant want to see some changes,` said County Council member Marc Elrich [Email him] (D-At Large), one of five council members who said in interviews that public opinion has shifted in recent months."
Sorry, Mr. Elrich, I don`t buy your lame excuse that the whole county just woke up, when poll after national poll shows over 70% of all citizens are concerned about the immigration invasion.
Especially when "Mariana Cordier, who grew up in the county and is a past president of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, said residents are increasingly linking crime to illegal immigration." This is national, folks, so get with the facts.
The second Post story:
On Monday, January 12th,
I find another
Post front pager:
Once Scorned, Deer Hunters Find Welcome in Suburban Md.,
[By Steve Hendrix
"A year ago, this would have been illegal: Mark Eakin, a federal oceanographer and avid deer hunter, sat in a portable tree stand with his bow at the ready, overlooking a small creek and two Rockville back yards on a cold January morning. As the camo-clad Eakin peered down, the weekday routine rolled down the street behind him, school buses, trash trucks and commuters heading toward Wootton Parkway...Eakin, who has bagged eight deer since bow season began in September...[is] one of several hunters, game officials and residents to hail Montgomery County`s surprising emergence as ...a deer hunting haven."
a resident living near the border of this county.
overlooking a view of the 2,000 acre
I was raised in a small Western Pennsylvania town, where the first day of deer hunting season was reason to give kids a day off school. I have often wondered when the huge number of these creatures would trigger a reasonable citizen reaction. Were we too effete or too feckless to care?
Now we have seen one sensible reaction. Is this the start of something bigger?
The story continues:
"Last season, Eakin`s
"They`ve gone from `How dare you propose shooting the deer` to `When are you coming to my neighborhood?` " said Rob Gibbs, head of Montgomery`s Deer Management Working Group".
John Yakaitis, 62, has watched increasing numbers of deer destroy his shrubs and the surrounding forest understory. His wife hit a deer two years ago, doing more than $1,000 in damage to their car. `There are just so many of them, they`re eating everything in sight and they`re still starving,` Yakaitis said. `A lot of folks who were opposed to it are signing up` to allow hunters, he said. "
In fact, I suppose when it happens to an elected official, as it did when a council member, George Leventhal (D-At Large) was injured in a deer collision on the Capital Beltway, suffering serious facial damage that required reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins, action to make sensible laws quickly follows.
Hey, are we getting to see the parallels yet with dear deers and the immigrant invasion yet? Perhaps some of these elite Congressional members will need to be attacked by illegal aliens, or improperly vetted legal ones, before they see the light.
Sensible laws on deer thinning can be constructed to make sure citizens are not endangered by firearms or even bows and arrows. The hunters should be vetted carefully, so they are in effect like our Border Patrol, fully professional and licensed. Why not?
But to do nothing is exactly what our Federal elected officials did about human immigration policy since 1965 until finally it got so out of whack. Even now the new Congress doesn`t seem to get it. It seems, even amidst this deep recession, that proper measures taken now will be deemed by the bleeding hearts, ethnic and ideological lobbyists, and by their corporate puppet masters as examples of "nativism" or "racism".
Back to the illegal (and please
also the overdone legal) immigration situation. We can
Guess these elected folks in
When I was an officer in the Navy, one of my Chief Petty Officers would often opine that standard military refrain, "There`s always that 2% who don`t get the word." Enter Bethesda resident Judy Campbell, "I wouldn`t have gone for it a year ago," when interviewed recently, leaving a natural food co-op in Takoma Park with soy milk and a slice of vegan double-chocolate fudge cake. "Until this series of violent crimes, it wasn`t on my radar screen."
Admittedly so-called "liberals" such as Campbell, a 50-year-old nurse, have been among those slow to "get it". And in fact the article reports that "She thinks illegal immigrants deserve publicly funded health care."
Campbell unfortunately is joined by a typical deaf to
the facts–or afraid of the facts—official,
County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), [email
him] who claims he has detected no major shift in
public sentiment. Leggett, who in the past has said
to persuade him to reject the idea, which they say would
result in racial or ethnic profiling that could ensnare
You mean they would reject you when they hear you are against reasonable law enforcement, don`t you, Ms. Gutierrez?
The irrationality of past practice is underlined by this quote: "The proposal is a departure from past practice for a police agency that has cultivated relations with immigrant communities. The department has long taken the position that delving into immigration matters could jeopardize cooperation from crime victims and witnesses, undermining public safety."
But then that is the political
Their acid test of need for change must be that you first need to run you car into an errant deer or get shot by an illegal alien?
This kind of thinking denotes that it is better to harbor dangerous illegal aliens among those who are here legally, rather than find out who is legal and who is not. This of course follows the common refrain of local officials who always avoid the unfunded by proper Federal funding, the cost of policing the illegal alien problem. As more and more complain, the noise level will perhaps reach the office holders, who as noted above, don`t want to be turned out of office.
"Serious crime is
up 7.7 percent in
Typical Post reportorial comment: " Police acknowledge that they do not know how much of that increase, if any, is attributable to illegal immigrants." Oh, please!!!!
Especially after the article tells us that "As of a week ago, eight of 16 people held in the county jail on murder charges had immigration detainers placed on them, meaning federal authorities might move to deport them after their criminal cases have run their course."
A big deal with illegal alien advocates is concern about racial profiling. Give me a break. If people are arrested for a crime, they should be asked for identification. A driver`s license, a home address, a Social Security number. What is so hard about getting information on that?
The plain truth is that the way we have allowed this immigration situation to deteriorate caused the problem. Lax enforcement over decades at every level of government, but particularly at the Federal level, has brought us to this fix, just like the mortgage crisis and the various scams perpetrated on Wall Street.
Round`em up and ship`em out should
have been our action all along with illegal aliens.
These people are either here legally or illegally. Find
out. Two of the
Talk about trying to escape fulfilling the responsibility for which he was elected.
The Post reports that "Police officials have not said how officers would determine whom to press on the question of status, or what kind of training they would need to carry out the policy effectively." Cripes, you have a felon and you can`t ID him? Where are Mickey Spillane or Sam Spade when we need them? Just like the deer infestation, we know when we have too many and now is the time to fix this.
Many citizens, including one local activist group called Help Save Maryland, are demanding action on this plan. And while you are at it, Mr. Leggett, how about insuring that all illegal aliens are denied public services?
Unfortunately, nearby Prince George`s County is "governed by a 2003 County Council resolution directing them to refrain from enforcing immigration laws". Hard to believe.
about cutting off Federal funding for any jurisdiction
which fails to obey Federal laws?? You know, just like
55 MPH law was enforced on states, by withholding
Deer me—have we learned anything after all these years of immivasion experience? Not enough, but some, apparently.
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.