I feel violated!

by Jayne D. Frank

Just as any victim of sexual abuse will tell you, you go through a long period afterward of feeling violated, shocked and helpless.  Then there comes a period somewhere down the road that you’ve had enough and you get tired of being the “victim.”  Well, this is my analogy of what it has felt like the past year and a half as a citizen in Barack Obama’s America!

Despite my best efforts to fight back, I have seen ruthless and secretive actions by our Congress and President pushing a healthcare bill down our throats that America cannot afford.  We have endured months of a coordinated effort on the part of the Administration’s cronies and associates to push an excessive, costly, energy bill through, which is now in the Senate for consideration (H.R. 2454). This bill is nothing more than an attempt to control every part of our property rights and our ability to live as we choose.  On over three separate occasions,  people were nearly killed in huge numbers by radical Islam Extremists (but by the Grace of God), because this country’s national security has become a very low priority for the Obama Administration.  The President has done everything in his power, especially if you look at the bills and resolutions flowing through Congress, to take care of his “global” image and weaken the image of America as a world leader.

Now, after one of the proudest moments I have had when Arizona passed a law to enforce the Federal Government’s responsibility for border security, we see his Administration chastising the great Arizona people and their State government, for getting tired of being victims and standing up for their legal rights to preserve their state.  All we hear about is how sad a situation it is that all these illegal immigrants and their kids are here, and how they are truly misunderstood because they came here to work, get healthcare and live a better life.  What about the quality of life for American citizens, our children and grandchildren?

I for one, will continue to fight for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” of the people legally in this country, remembering the hundreds of thousands of soldiers that died for that very liberty in many wars and battles.  They did not fight and lose their lives so that our borders could be sponges allowing untold numbers of illegals, many of whom are criminals, to penetrate our hospitals, schools, work places and cities, and then turn around and demand their rights.

If liberal Americans can just get past their bias that says that people who want to uphold our Constitution, are either racist, unfeeling or dispassionate, we might have a chance to fix this problem by open and honest debate.  But for now, looking at  the course our country is on, I do feel violated, and hope that every legal American registers to vote and goes out to the primaries and elections this year, to reaffirm that they too, are tired of being victims.  We have to vote for honest men and women with integrity and a true love for this Country who honor and will uphold the Constitution in their actions.  We have so much work to do right now in this Country, and it can all be done.  We need to close our borders, get jobs back for the citizens of this Country, stop the wasteful spending in our Government and get our economy back on track, as well as refocusing our efforts on keeping America safe.

Immigration Law and the Constitution

by Richard H. Frank

The debate continues to rage at both ends of the political spectrum concerning Arizona’s strict enforcement of immigration law.  The debate centers around any state possessing authority under the U.S. Constitution to pass a law which essentially enforces a Federal statute.

It is undisputed that under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress is charged with and responsible “to establish uniform rules of naturalization.”  This enumeration was necessary to avoid the “several states” from enacting different laws affecting immigration and thus a uniform standard was and is necessary for the nation.  However, Article I, Section 8 makes no reference of responsibility for enforcement of those uniform rules.

Constitutional scholars contend that enforcement of uniform immigration rules is covered under Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution which in part holds the Federal Government responsible to protect the states …”against invasion and domestic violence” upon application of the Legislature (Congress) or the Executive (President) when the Legislature cannot be convened.

Some political and Constitutional scholars interpret these sections of the Constitution as placing the responsibility for making the law and enforcing that law, on the Federal Government.

If this is in fact true, what happens when Congress and the President (the Federal Government) fails to act to enforce their own law when illegal aliens continue to break that law?

Arizona has decided to put the Federal Government to the test with regard to upholding its Constitutional duty by passing a state law which “mirrors Federal law” and assuming Arizona’s right of self-protection under provisions of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.

Thus, the battle lines have been drawn!

Arizona claims injury from the Federal Government’s failure to protect their border with Mexico from illegal entry.

The Federal Government claims Arizona’s law is unconstitutional and makes the argument that the “Supremacy Clause,” Article VI, Section 2 of the Constitution holds Federal Law as the “supreme law of the land” over any state law to the contrary.  This argument fails in light of the fact that Arizona’s law says nothing contrary to the Federal statute, but places enforcement of that law in the province of local and state agencies in support of the INS and Homeland Security.  The Federal Government is faced with a dilemma caused by their own abdication of responsibility.  Arizona is not attempting to preempt the Federal Law, only to enforce it.

Past Congresses and Presidents all have egg on their faces and the political posturing and blustering begins anew as opposed to enforcing the existing law.

All the talk of Comprehensive Immigration Reform is meaningless unless we have the courage to enforce existing law and take control of our borders.  The cry for amnesty and charges of racism amount to nothing more than political posturing and noise created to pander to the minority vote or some other special interest group.

Even though our elected Representatives don’t get it, the People do understand the real solution to “illegal immigration,” and that is secure our borders and enforce the law!  We don’t need comprehensive immigration reform….just enforcement of our current laws.

Maybe it will take Texas, New Mexico and California to join Arizona in passing similar laws to wake up our massive Federal agencies and bureaucracies to do their jobs.  If not, the states will just have to resort to the next level of their power under our Constitution, and change those in the Federal Government.

No threat, just a promise from American citizens tired of Big Government trampling the Constitution!