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The Wasatch Behind: That standing ovation


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By TOM MCCOURT
Sun Advocate Columnist

On May 19, Mexican President Felipe Calderon spoke to a joint session of congress. In his speech he criticized America for not passing "comprehensive immigration reform" that would make things easier for the millions of Mexican citizens living here illegally. He blamed us for the drug violence and illegal flow of guns and narcotics along the border, and he said the new Arizona law is racist because it will promote racial profiling. I was shocked when the Democrat side of congress gave the man a standing ovation instead of escorting him back across the Rio Grande with his visa revoked and his state dinner in a doggie bag.

I might be wrong, but I don't think FDR, LBJ, or even Jack Kennedy would have sat still while a foreign leader, with upwards of 20 million of his citizens in our county illegally, put the bad mouth on us for being racist and intolerant. Obama not only accepted the rebuke, he applauded it. A real leader like Harry Truman or Teddy Roosevelt would have escorted Calderon to the door.

But, in some ways, the Mexican president is right. The flow of drugs into our country is our fault. The flow of guns into Mexico is partially our fault, and we do need to pass immigration reform. On the other hand, the charges of racism and bigotry are pure horse manure.

I asked Uncle Spud what he thought about all of this and he said he had it all figured out. Here is how he would solve the problem.

First of all, seal the border. We are being invaded. Use federal troops if necessary. Then, follow the legal and historical precedent for solving our illegal immigration problem. Most people don't know about it, but president Herbert Hoover instituted a Mexican Repatriation Program in 1929 at the beginning of the great depression. His successor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, continued the program after he took office in 1933. Between 1929 and 1939, under both Republican and Democrat administrations, an estimated one million illegal Mexicans were rounded up and deported back to Mexico. Then, in 1954, president Dwight Eisenhower began Operation Wetback (look it up), a Mexican repatriation plan modeled after the earlier 1930s effort. In less than a year more than a million illegals were deported or chose to return to Mexico on their own.

So, Uncle Spud suggests that if Mexican president Calderon is not happy with the way his law-breaking citizens are being treated in this country, maybe he should take all 20 million of them back to Mexico. Or, we could follow FDR and Eisenhower's lead and begin sending them back by the truck and trainload. If we could do as well as they did in 1954, we could solve our illegal immigration problem in 10 to 20 years, maybe sooner. In Spud's opinion, American employers who knowingly hire illegals should be jailed and fined. I agree.

As for the drug trafficking and violence on the border, we could help with that too. We need to adopt a zero tolerance policy on drug abuse the same way liberals have insisted on zero tolerance weapons policies for five-year-olds in kindergarten. No compromise; no appeal. Drugs are social poison and we need much stronger drug laws. As for guns, many of the weapons the cartels are using are military weapons, so lets stop supplying the Mexican government with American arms. The Mexican military and police are corrupt and they often provide cover for the drug trafficking.

Then comes racial profiling. To some, racial profiling is a bigger sin than drug running, terrorism, or welfare fraud. That is absolutely ridiculous. Who is crossing our southern border illegally? Doesn't it make sense that Mexicans should be the focus of our efforts? It has nothing to do with race and everything to do with illegal activity. Lets cut the bleeding-heart political posturing and get to the root of the problem. Anyone living and working in this country who cannot speak English or produce proof of citizenship or a green card should be questioned, detained, and deported if necessary. "Illegal" is the key word in "illegal alien." Illegal means criminal, prohibited, or against the law. It's time to put a stop to it.

Finally, there are those American lawmakers who stood to give the Mexican president a standing ovation for his derogatory remarks about our country and our laws. Need we say anything about that?

Register to vote folks; it's the only way to drain the swamp.

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