An Open Letter To Congress Regarding The Southern Border

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

 As a very active registered voter, father of four, grandfather of four, diligent taxpayer, and one who is and has been actively employed my entire life since age 13, I feel the need to demand of you all; solve the crisis at the southern U.S. border immediately, with absolutely zero amnesty for those already here illegally.

I demand you do whatever you can do within the power of your elected office, immediately, to resolve these issues.

A careful review of current immigration law should be undertaken immediately, and the letter of the law should be followed, for starters.

You should introduce emergency legislation to your respective legislative bodies immediately, in order to ensure adherence to the law, and the security of the United States itself.

Besides demanding enforcement of existing law, the Legislation should include:

•    The border itself should be physically secured as soon as possible, and given the utmost priority, no matter the up-front costs to do so, and should be manned with enough Border Patrol personnel as it takes to effectively guard the Border. The border states should activate their respective National Guard units to provide whatever manpower necessary until such time the Border Patrol is able to adequately man the border. This move will pay untold dividends in the future of this country.

•    The illegal aliens themselves should be immediately repatriated to their countries of origin by the safest, most expedient means possible. The costs associated with this should be billed to the countries themselves, as should the costs currently being accrued providing medical care, food, and shelter for them.

•    The countries that these illegal persons originated from should immediately have severe economic and political sanctions imposed upon them for allowing-and in many cases encouraging-their citizens to travel to the United States illegally. You and your staff should investigate the type of sanctions that would be most appropriate for each individual country, based on whatever trade the U.S. does with said nation. If the U.S. provides any sort of aid to those countries, monetary, militarily, anything, it should be halted immediately, and a complete feasibility study undertaken before any aid is restored.

•    The same should be done in regards to Mexico. They must have severe economic and political sanctions placed on them immediately. They must be held accountable for their actions, as well as their knowing inaction. They are as much to blame as the inhumane “coyotes” that transport these illegal individuals to the United States border. There are thousands of stories of illegals crossing Mexico’s southern borders, and being allowed to traverse the entire length of Mexico until they reach the border of the U.S. Until Mexico puts a stop to this, as well as the illegal border crossings of their own citizens into the U.S., this country should impose these sanctions.

It is my belief, along with millions of my countrymen, that the current border crisis is the greatest threat to national security that the United States currently faces from any outside force. The country simply cannot withstand the financial implications of allowing this unstemmed tide of illegal aliens entering this country.

This nation has over 23% of its working-age citizens out of work (when you remove the government spin from the formula), and over 50 million citizens on government sponsored food assistance. That’s one in 6 Americans on food assistance of one kind or other.

Some other ‘fun facts’;

54 million on Medicare, 33 million on Medicaid. 47.2 million currently live below the poverty level. Over 47 million currently without insurance.

The U.S. is spending grossly more on its unfunded liabilities than the entire GDP of the country.

To the uninformed-we are spending more than we are making. If my family did that, we would be bankrupt and homeless. How, I ask you, can we withstand adding more to an already overloaded economy?

I know that most people, and nations, usually bristle when something is framed as a demand.

However, in this case, I feel the only way to frame this is in the form of a demand. A demand from we law abiding, tax paying, voting citizens who try our best to do everything right, only to have our works thrown in our faces by the ruling elite who allow such a travesty to occur in the first place. So yes, consider it a demand.

We The People demand action.

Anthony Webb
Ooltewah, Tennessee


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