Monday, January 10

"THE PRIMARY UNMET CHALLENGE OF MODERN TIMES" (WFB)

Further to my post of January 9th on the thorny problem of illegal immigration and Presidente Vincente Fox's encouragement of it as a matter of written policy, I suggest to readers of this Blog that it would be worthwhile to read a compelling William F. Buckley column on this issue, as he too notes that our government has virtually ignored the problem. Buckley terms illegal immigration the primary unmet challenge of modern times. That the challenge remains "unmet" and "primary," it follows that the Bush Administration has been remiss in dealing with the veritable flood of illegals flowing across our contiguous border with Mexico. The essential question WFB poses and for which neither President Bush nor Department of Homeland Security officials has provided an answer is: "what are the risks to security in being as offhanded as we have been?" To my point, in my prior post, if there's no risk (a response that would be patently nonsensical) then increase annual legal immigration quotas from Mexico to current annual levels (both legal and illegal), so we can quit deluding ourselves; if, however, there is a risk(s), then LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT and in a material, comprehensive way. And let's endeavor to get buy-in and support from the Latino community so that our politicians on both sides of the aisle know that there will be no political retribution for properly sealing our borders in order to promote domestic security. After all, why continue the charade of having my parents and mother-in-law (all three in their 80s) remove their shoes during security check-in at the airport, as if each poses a potential threat, when they and all other citizens alike know full well that our southern border is being breached by millions with impunity. The federal government, vis-a-vis homeland security, had best start walking the talk, because every day is a red alert day from Brownsville, TX to San Diego, CA.

Here, sadly, is a satirical video on Homeland Security that captures the flavor of the widening credibility gap between what's actually being accomplished versus what Americans expect to see done.