Friday, June 25, 2004

One Reporter's Opinion - If I've Said it Once, I'll Say it Again...

One Reporter's Opinion - If I've Said it Once, I'll Say it Again...

One Reporter's Opinion - If I've Said it Once, I'll Say it Again...
George Putnam
Saturday, June 26, 2004
It is this reporter's opinion that over the past 35-40 years we've hammered away about the ever-growing problem of the continuing illegal invasion of America. It is encouraging to see a vast number of our fellow journalists have joined the battle and as we pointed out in last week's column, we are making headway on some fronts. But it's time now to get to the root of the problem.

All objective comprehensive studies of the problem of illegal immigration - including those by the Ford, Carter, Reagan and other administrations - have concluded that adequate enforcement of immigration laws cannot be achieved without greatly reducing the incentive represented by the temptation of employment in the United States.
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It is time to make unlawful, with severe penalties, the conscious hiring of illegal aliens and to provide a system that enables employers to verify that job applicants are American citizens or legal aliens. This is nothing new. Among others, Alan K. Simpson, the Republican senator from Wyoming, proposed such legislation yet the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spiritedly lobbied against such enforcement. Yet in spite of the growing illegal invasion each administration in turn has not too subtly softened our immigration laws.
My friends, the worst is yet to come. It is population and economics. For instance, the population of Latin America in 1985 was 390 million. By the year 2025 it is projected that Latin America will be populated by 800 million people.

The two factors which most entice legal and illegal immigrants are jobs and free government services. The cost to American taxpayers is rising astronomically. In 1985 in the city of Los Angeles it cost over $10 million a month just for AFDC payments for children born to illegal alien mothers and that did not include housing, medical care and education. And where did these illegals come from? Sixty to 70 percent are from Mexico and Central America, the remainder mostly from the third world.

The smuggling of illegals is a multi-billion dollar underground business and, let's face it, our immigration laws are blatantly flouted by aliens and the citizens who help them, including radical clergy and church associates. Professionals pay as much as $10,000 to the smugglers who are called "coyotes." You know you're in trouble when you can't even count on the churches to obey our laws!

The massive legal and illegal invasion has impacted every aspect of our lives. It is estimated that for every hundred illegals hired, 70-80 Americans are permanently displaced. We've got to face the fact that a conspiracy exists among big business in seeking cheap labor and radicals in search of votes. There is an obvious agenda. And militant Hispanics are frank about their intent to build a political base and thus redefine our political structure. They shout their demand that the U.S. cede back to Mexico the area that comprises a mythical land they call "Aztlan" - the seven states of California, Nevada, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. They call it "Mex-America."

Whenever our dedicated border patrol conducts a sweep of illegals, our American people shout out their support. They know that the only thing that will stop the invasion is stiff immigration laws. They know that by ignoring the problem and granting all forms of amnesty and other concessions we will lose the battle.

The eminent philosopher Mortimer Adler said the two greatest threats to the survival of the U.S. are a potential enemy nuclear attack and the massive invasion of illegal aliens who fail to assimilate into our culture. Meanwhile the illegal invasion of America continues. I said it 40 years ago; I say it again today: It's high time we enforce our immigration laws.

The legendary George Putnam is 89 years young and a veteran of 69 years as a reporter, broadcaster and commentator ... and is still going strong on KSPA-AM, 12 noon to 2 p.m. Pacific Time - simulcast all over the world on the CRN Radio Network.


Blogger gothicarch said...

But America is a land composed entirely of immigrants, or their children... When did the Putnams land? Two generations ago? Three? Last week? What's the difference? How would your grandfather feel, if he watched you breaking the fingers of drowning men, as they attempt to climb over the side of your vast lifeboat, with you and your friends all snug and dry?

It seems particularly unfair to condemn men and women from the Third World, who seek to work hard in America. Put yourself in their position: imagine a bankrupted or devasted America, whose rich neighbour, Mexico, forbids illegal entry to their prosperous world. Would you sit back and watch your children starve and your elderly parents die from easily treatable diseases, or would you do everything in your power to save them, to give them a future?

Think a minute, before you let the hammer fall... their frightened eyes are looking up at you

June 25, 2004 at 6:38 AM  

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