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Archive for January 10th, 2006

Having Fun Dinosaurs?

Posted by Mike on January 10, 2006

It looks like the Democrats didn’t enjoy themselves today. I haven’t seen any of the hearings but I’ll catch the reruns on C-Span. I’m hearing good things though.

Source: Reuters via the Corner.

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What right do they have to demand this?

Posted by Sal on January 10, 2006

The Mexican government, along with some Central American governments are demanding that the U.S. institute guest worker programs and the legalization of “Undocumented Workers” [sic], or as they should be called “Illegal immigrants”. The quote of the day has to be the following:

“Migrants, regardless of their migratory status, should not be treated like criminals,”

There are two ways to enter the United States. The first is legally, and the second is illegally. Illegal migrants should be treated like criminals, because they are violating the sovereign laws of the United States. Illegal immigration is a problem for a whole host of reasons:

  • Security: It poses a huge security risk to our borders. An open-border policy would allow any would-be terrorist to cross the border.
  • Cost: The flood of illegal immigrants costs the federal government $10 billion a year in services over and above what the illegal immigrants pay in taxes. This does not include state costs associated with the illegal immigrants. If the illegal immigrants were regularized, it is estimated that it would cost the federal government $29 billion per year (Source: Center for Immigration Studies)
  • Fairness: Thousands of people apply for immigration status legally each year. Many must wait for paperwork to process and their status to be confirmed before traveling to the U.S. It is unfair to those immigrants who do things the right way when illegal immigrants who shun the process that is in place enter this country.

Immigration has been one of the strengths of this country. The cultural richness that it has added through generations of immigrants from Ireland, France, Great Britain, Poland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Mexico, and many other countries has helped to enrich American culture and made us into the melting pot that we are. We the American people have been and continue to be generous in offering the American Dream to people from all over the world who want to start a new life. All we ask is that they respect our laws, and apply for immigration status the correct way, the way that our ancestors did. For the leaders of other nations to demand that we change our laws to suit the interests of their own countries is wrong.

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FISA Warrants

Posted by Sal on January 10, 2006

The argument has been made regarding the NSA wiretaps that warrants were easy to obtain, so there is no reason to avoid a warrant. However, the FISA law states otherwise. Rush Limbaugh has posted the requirements for obtaining a warrant from the FISA statute. If you go down the list, the paperwork is somewhat involved. In today’s war on terror, the NSA needs the ability to quickly tap into a call made to or from known terrorists operating internationally. If Osama bin Laden or one of his top lieutenants calls someone in the U.S., don’t you want that call monitored? If the requirements of the FISA act are carried out, lives may be lost in not responding to a terrorist attack.

The argument above represents the practical argument for the current NSA program. However, the legal question still remains. We are a nation of laws, and even the president is not above the law. Mark Levin (a.k.a. The Great One, a.k.a. F. Lee Levin) summed up the issue nicely in a posting on December 26 on the National Review Online’s The Corner as follows:

Since December 16, when the New York Times published the first NSA story, the big media have largely ignored the actions of past presidents in extending warrantless searches via executive orders; a Supreme Court and four circuit court decisions recognizing the president’s inherent constitutional authority as commander-in-chief to order the intercepts; a FISA Court of Review decision acknowledging presidential authority; and the Constitution itself in trying to portray the Bush administration’s NSA program as unlawful.

Article II of the Constitution gives the President broad powers in war time. One of those powers is the ability to declare Martial Law, which would give the President much broader powers than he is currently exercising. Congress has declared a state of war twice this decade. The President now has the authority to act on that state of war to protect and defend this country.

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