James Lambert
Immigrants who are in U.S. illegally don't respect our laws
By James Lambert
May 3, 2011

Many of our "progressive" friends in government identify immigrants who are here illegally as 'undocumented immigrants' instead of common references like 'illegal aliens.' Somehow in their thinking the term 'illegal aliens' is demeaning. One of the most powerful liberals in Washington D.C., House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (SF) goes so far as to say that undocumented aliens are, in her estimation, "heroes." In an address she made in a bay area church, Pelosi also labeled U.S. Border Patrol ICE Agents as "un-American." While many Democrats across the country continue to push for amnesty and defend the President's weak border policy, is it any wonder why most of the estimated 12-22 million people who are here illegally have little respect for this country's laws?

Not only have millions of foreigners come into our country illegally, but many of them have committed fraud by using fictitious forms of identification (i.e. social security numbers and driver's licenses) they show employers. What is most disturbing about this is the fact that the federal government itself can uncover this form of crime almost immediately. Why don't they? They won't because to do so would mean they would have to deny themselves of social security and other tax revenue from these sources.

I ask you: how can such a large segment of our population respect our laws? They don't. They already have crossed our borders illegally. These 'undocumented' residents drive cars without valid state driver's licenses. One city in San Diego county, regularly conducts 'drivers check points' and issue tickets to dozens of these aliens who do not possess valid drivers license each time they set up a check point. No driver's licenses mean no insurance to the driver. Hence, public safety is put at risk.

I once interviewed a former Republican Congressional opponent of liberal congress woman, Maxine Waters, (from South Central Los Angeles). He told me a story about the many years it took for his community to raise millions to build a new hospital in the area. When the hospital finally opened it doors, it didn't take long for the facility to close down due to financial constrains. The problem, from what he tells me, was caused by the high emergency room expense caused by (non-paying) 'undocumented aliens.' Why, because California law requires the hospital (along with some government agencies) to share in these expenses. According to the (2008) Republican Congressional candidate, the South Central (LA) community was the looser when the hospital closed its doors.

For years, both Houses of the California state legislature (Assembly and Senate) have been overwhelmingly controlled by members of the Democrat party. In November of 1994, Proposition 187 was voted in by California voters. The Proposition was a statewide voter referendum that would have made it illegal to provide public assistance funding to illegal aliens. Then Democrat state Governor Gray Davis asked California's Attorney General to concede legal defense of the voter approved initiative, since it was being challenged in the courts. The move by the Democrat Governor effectively killed the initiative that was approved by the voters of California.

Time and time again, our politicians have shown they just don't get it. What is so sad about this dilemma today is that there are millions of U.S. citizens all around the country who are unemployed and who are actively trying to find work. I was angered when President Bush said 5 years ago that these 'undocumented immigrants' would do work that Americans would not do. I am still angered by that reasoning when comments like these are uttered by our political leaders today.

This week 5 ½ million Americans will loose their unemployment benefits.

What do you say to them? I cannot help but think of two military veterans whom I personally know. They are hard workers and will do a variety of work for around minimum wage. Yet, everyday these two military veterans are competing with people who are here, breaking our immigration laws and taking advantage of a system that subsidies them in a variety of ways. Morally, I believe it is wrong to hire someone who is knowingly breaking our laws and ignoring everyday American citizens who are not.

Currently, America is incurring over $185 million in new (federal) debt every hour! We no longer have the funds to provide public funding for people who are not American citizens (whether with health, education, social services, or other types of taxpayer funded services). We have private agencies like the Blue Cross and the Salvation Army who do this. The public or more specifically taxpayers simply do not have the resources to continue this process. Now is the time for American officials to put the interest of United States citizens first! I can only hope that voters, in the 2012election, will vote for candidates who reflect these values.

© James Lambert


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James Lambert

James Lambert has a broad business background. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Linfield College (McMinnville, Oregon), Lambert pursued a career in banking by working in various management capacities for Crocker Bank, San Diego Trust & Savings Bank and First Interstate Bank (between 1973 and 1995). By 1990 Lambert received his Master in Business Administration from National University (San Diego). For 3 years, Lambert also taught Finance at Mira Costa Community College... (more)


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