It is about damn time! Finally Bush gets points for doing something about the overrun of our borders by illegal aliens. Today October 18, 2005 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said without exception his department will expel all those who enter the United States illegally. Chertoff told a Senate hearing today, "It should be possible to achieve significant and measurable progress to this end in less than a year." Chertoff went on to say "Through a comprehensive approach, we are moving to end this 'catch and release' style of border enforcement by reengineering our detention and removal process."
I have been wondering why it has taken so long in stopping the illegal traffic across our borders. This illegal traffic has been going on for more than 30 years. When I lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1974 I remember talking to an owner of a service station who is Hispanic. He told me that the illegal's were actually hurting his business. He said that most of his drive offís (those who fill their tank with gas then drive away without paying) were illegalís. While talking with him he told me that his parents and the roots of his family had been in the state of New Mexico since before New Mexico became a state. He told me and I agreed that if those who live in Mexico (or other countries) want to become a citizen of these United States they should do it legally. This whole point being why should anyone respect the law if no one is willing to uphold the law. This move today will make our country respected across this planet.
Illegal's compete for every part of American life from the fuel they use to fill their vehicles and heat their homes to the food they eat. I donít have a problem with sharing my country with others on this planet I just think that they should respect our laws and should also know that our form of government is a republic based on laws created by those who we (those of us who vote) elect to write those laws.
Finally a president that is willing to doing something about this long lasting problem and he is a republican and someone that I voted for, thank you President Bush for upholding the law.
It will be interesting on how the press tells the story. Will they give President Bush the credit for doing what other President's could not?