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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Homeland Security chief supports immigration reform

According to the Los Angeles Times Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said, "we missed a critical opportunity, not through lack of effort but through lack of result, to implement a comprehensive solution to a decades-old problem that we know cannot simply be solved by enforcement." In the article, Chertoff suggested that the stepped-up government raids on work places are the agency’s only recourse following the lack of political will by congress to resolve the immigration issue through legislation.

Even Chertoff himself agrees using trained security personnel to root out undocumented workers is a waste of resources when terrorists still threaten the nation. “Right now, I've got my Border Patrol agents and my immigration agents chasing maids and landscapers. I want them to focus on drug dealers and terroristsm,” Chertoff said earlier.

So why is Mr. Chertoff continuing the workplace raids? In my book, it seems the executive branch also lacks the political will to stand up to the wrath of the “amnesty” screamers.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez