Sunday, January 2, 2011


Recently I received an email that has been widely distributed in the last few months relative to the situation that has been brewing in connection with illegal immigration and security along the Arizona border. My wife and I know something about this situation, because we lived in Yuma along the border with Mexico for four years, and we experienced first hand just how serious this issue is and how it has grown in the ensuing twelve years since we left. We have close friends still residing near the border and they report to us that the situation is out of control, and the problems are only escalating.

Both border security and the entire Immigration issue cry for a prompt solution, but our federal government fails to act aggressively. Or how about enforcing the laws we already have regarding illegal residents? Our politicians are putting this country in peril, because they do not want to offend the growing Latino population or lose their vote. Please take a couple of minutes of your valuable time to consider the following:


The owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, Robert Sarver, opposes AZ’s new immigration laws. Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, released the following statement in response to Sarver’s criticism of the new law.

‘What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were sneaking into games without paying? What if they had a good idea who the gate-crashers are, but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their tickets stubs, thus non-paying attendees couldn’t be ejected. Furthermore, what if Suns’ ownership was expected to provide those who sneaked in with complimentary eats and drinks? And what if on those days when a gate-crasher became ill or injured the Suns had to provide free medical care and shelter?’

-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer-“

2. “Try going to any other country without ID.”

3. “I’m a legal American citizen and I must show my ID when:

1. Pulled over by the police.
2. Making purchases on my department store credit card.
3. When I show up for a doctor’s appointment.
4. When filing out a credit card or loan application.
5. When applying for or renewing a driver’s license or passport.
6. When applying for any kind of insurance.
7. When filling out college applications.
8. When donating blood.
9. When obtaining certain prescription drugs.
10. When making some debit purchases, especially if I’m out of state.
11. When collecting a boarding pass for airline or train travel.”

I’m sure there are more instances, but the point is that we citizens of the USA are required to prove who we are nearly every day!


The recent killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry should be the last straw, but our politicians will drag their feet until you and I demand a SECURE BORDER before comprehensive immigration legislation discussion is ever considered. I totally support the Arizona Immigration Law and a SECURE U.S. BORDER ASAP. To do less is playing Russian Roulette with the security, and economy of our country. It is far past the time for our politicians to stop playing politics with the future of our country.


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