Jewish World Review Oct. 7, 2003 / 11 Tishrei, 5764

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"WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU?" | In my new book (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR) I list a number of ways the federal government, which operates courtesy of your tax dollars, is simply not looking out for you. And by far, the largest failure on the part of the feds is the charade of immigration.

Here's the truth: Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush the elder and Reagan all avoided cracking down on the porous borders for political and economic reasons. Businesses like the cheap labor illegals provide, and ethnic pressure groups will brand you an "anti" if you scrutinize undocumented aliens. As a result, the feds estimate that eight million persons are in this country who shouldn't be.

Now we all know that most of these people are hardworking and honest folks who are just trying to improve their lives. So it's difficult to apply pressure on illegals without looking heartless.

But chaos is chaos, and that's what we have. The federal government is constitutionally mandated to protect the borders and enforce naturalization laws. The feds simply will not do it.

  • The IRS is currently providing illegals with taxpayer identification numbers so employers can deduct taxes. But the IRS will not provide the Homeland Security department with the names of the six million people illegals who have received those numbers. So much for Homeland Security;

  • The feds and states provide welfare to more than 200,000 homes headed by illegal aliens;

  • The following cities have ordered municipal employees not to report information about illegals. Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Calif., Seattle, Houston, Chicago, Denver, Portland, Maine, Portland, Oregon and New York City. Of course, the feds could force these cities to enforce the immigration laws by cutting off money, but the federal government will not do it;

  • Illegals cost the State of California at least $3 billion annually in services. That has greatly contributed to Gray Davis' problems.

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This November, Arizona has an initiative on the ballot that would stop the state from funding entitlements to undocumented aliens. The latest poll taken by Arizona State University has 70 percent of Arizonans favoring the initiative. Yet Republican Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl are opposed, and so is the Democratic governor.

It is clear and disturbing that the feds have no will to enforce the immigration laws. Why have them in the first place? If the system is faulty, get a new system.

Howard Dean's solution is to give illegals citizenship if they behave and have jobs. But Dean and the other Democratic candidates have no plan to secure the borders. So what we have here is an all-skate. If you can get to America under President Dean, you are an American. And Dean will not stop you from getting here.

Does this make any sense at all? Most other countries place military units on the border. Try getting into Mexico from Guatemala. Even China has the Red Army patrolling its borders, and nobody in his right mind wants to get into China!

One of these days, some terrorist is going to walk across our border and do something dastardly. When the story is exposed, the politicians will hue and cry and promise to fix the problem. Of course, it will be too late for the unlucky Americans who will be dead, but, hey, that's life in the political world.

Are the feds looking out for you? You make the call.

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JWR contributor Bill O'Reilly is host of the Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor," and author of, most recently, "Who's Looking Out for You?" Comments by clicking here.

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