Naval Landing

September 7, 2010

One of the neglected issues in the immigration discussion is the daunting task the government faces in protecting the coastline of the United States, a problem vividly illustrated by an incident that just occurred in San Clemente.

Although a seemingly minor incident, the arrests on Santa Calafia Beach represent a much larger problem we face in the struggle for immigration enforcement. Namely, the inability for law enforcement to be everywhere at once. There’s no possible way to police every inch of the 2,000 mile-long border between Mexico and the United States, either on land or at sea, which is why the solution to this problem needs to be a comprehensive one.

Not the comprehensive immigration reform envisioned by amnesty proponents, which would not only pardon 12-15 million illegal aliens and set them on the path to eventual citizenship, but allow in tens of millions of more immigrants for decades to come. But reform that includes a host of provisions to both discourage people from entering the United States illegally and encourage those already here to leave, e.g. consistently applied penalties for those employers who violate immigration law, targeting sanctuary cities-a pivotal part of SB 1070-and increased federal-local cooperation through Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and yes, greater resources for local and state law enforcement and federal immigration agents.

In short, what we need to do is create a comprehensive plan to legally target illegal aliens and the infrastructure that undergirds their presence in our society, not a comprehensive way of ensuring the perpetuation of this problem into the distant future.


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