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“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, American philosopher

This week The Signal published a guest column by Analisa Astorga entitled “A door through the wall.”

We’ve been down this road before.

In 1986 President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, which was a “one-time, never to be repeated grand bargain” between him and congressional Democrats, led by Ted Kennedy, to grant amnesty to an estimated 3 million illegal aliens, in return for which the border would be secured and employer sanctions would be put in place to prevent illegal aliens from finding employment in this country.

That would supposedly remove the incentive for future illegal immigration.

Look how well that worked out. We ended up with the amnesty and absolutely nothing else. Reagan went on to later regret it as the biggest mistake of his presidency. He got hornswoggled.

Now we’re being asked to do the same thing again, except now there are four or five times as many illegals in the country as there were in 1986.

This reminds me of the “Peanuts” cartoon strip in which Charlie Brown repeatedly trusts Lucy to hold the football in place so he can practice place-kicking, only have her yank it away at the last second, leaving poor Charlie to end up flat on his back.

Astorga even recycled the same tired clichés we heard 30 years ago during that last go-around.

As long as people think they can scramble across our border and, once here, enjoy the benefits of living in this country with no real risk of any sanctions –particularly with eventual amnesty dangling within their reach – we’re never going to solve our problem with border security.

That’s just a simple expression of basic human nature.

Build that wall. Secure the border. Prevent the hiring of illegal aliens. No amnesty, ever. Do those things first. Only then can we consider other aspects of this issue.

 

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  • Gil Mertz

    Brian, I’m in total agreement with your sentiments but I must confess I have some doubts about a wall. I’m thinking a wall that stretches for miles will have lots of desolate areas that will be vulnerable. What’s to keep people from climbing over some how or tunneling under?

    • Frank Rizzo

      It wont stop the flow 100%, but it will slow it down significantly. We need to start following the laws in this country. Something Obama wasn’t concerned with if it didn’t meet his politics.

      This will stem the flow, then we can come up with a compassionate lawful way of dealing with the situation going forward. Without stemming the flow, we just keep getting deeper and deeper in problems. We are importing a growing lower class.

      • Gil Mertz

        Without protecting our border, it’s like pouring water into a bucket with holes in it. Your last statement Frank is why illegal immigration is so important to Democrats. They see recruiting low information, easily frightened, and easy manipulated people as their base. They’re now seeing it slip away from them as people become better educated and more independent. Democrats are terrified by how their base is slipping away, especially if Trump succeeds. This is why we are seeing the daily tirades. To say they’re losing their minds implies that at one time they had one.

        • charlesmauricedetallyrand

          “is why illegal immigration is so important to Democrats. They see recruiting low information, easily frightened, and easy manipulated people as their base.”

          So it’s the democrats that use fear to easily frighten and manipulate their low information voter base and that’s why we need to build a 2,000 mile wall to keep the Visigoths from sacking Rome?

  • lois eisenberg

    ‘Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of men,’
    Perfect analogy of Donald being so so stupid !!!!!!!

    • Frank Rizzo

      The wall has worked everywhere it has been tried. Only ignorance says otherwise.

      In Hungary, their wall was completed in 2015-10. Look at the change. Or keep your head in buried in the sand and continue the lies we so expect from the left these days

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea16795a30afe1aa6028d16ab2532cddc91acefcfd4c989f10195edf516c400a.jpg

      • charlesmauricedetallyrand

        Where have walls been tried again?

        • Frank Rizzo

          Did you read my comment? I gave one concrete example. If you REALLY cared, a simple google search would find others.

          But I know how the left hates Facts

          • charlesmauricedetallyrand

            You said the wall has worked “everywhere” it has been tried. That implies it has been tried a number of times. I simply asked you to name those places. I don’t see how that’s hating facts? What you can’t name these many places the wall has been tried?

          • Frank Rizzo

            OK I will give a few more examples. There are roughly 75 currently built or under construction:
            Macedonia
            India/Kashmir
            Botswana/Zimbabwe
            Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan
            United Arab Emirates–Oman
            Afghanistan–Uzbekistan

            This is not a modern thing. It has been around forever.
            Summarian’s Amorite Wall
            Great Wall of Gorgan
            Hadarian’s Wall
            And of course, the Berlin Wall.

            To name a few

          • Frank Rizzo

            But it doesn’t really matter. I mean every country is allowed to have immigration laws, except us. If the USA does, then we are racist and hateful.

  • lois eisenberg

    Build bridges not walls !!!!!!!!!!

    • Kriss

      Obey our laws or leave….

  • Brian Baker

    Guys, walls work. Just like anything else devised by mankind, is it 100% perfect? Of course not. But Gil, under any circumstances it’s better than nothing, right?

    Further, as I wrote, in those areas where barriers have been built they’ve proven pretty effective in cutting the flow across the border.

    On top of that, there’s value to the symbolism. It means we’re FINALLY serious about doing this.

  • Gil Mertz

    Well, the 9th Circus Court didn’t disappoint. If a conservative tried to enforce the law that all cars need to stop at a red light, this crazed bunch of liberals would overturn it. Never dreamed the day would come that we would have to fight protecting our borders in court. Thank you Barack Obama! Hopefully the Supreme Court will rule in favor of the law over ideology – but don’t count on it.

    • lois eisenberg

      “Well, the 9th Circus Court didn’t disappoint,” , but trump does!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Frank Rizzo

        85% of the 9th circuit court of appeals rulings are overturned.

        That is a failing grade by any stardards, even a liberal one

  • Bill Reynolds

    Outstanding LTE, Brian Baker. I agree 100% Many a good man & woman fought for this great country and we sure don’t need it overrun with illegal aliens.

    • Brian Baker

      Thanks, Bill.

  • lois eisenberg

    “A federal appeals court refused to reinstate President Trump’s targeted travel ban, delivering a stinging judicial rebuke to his administration.” 3-0
    YEAH FOR THE GOOD GUYS !!!!!
    Guys, bridges work better they keep you above the madness not in the madness !!!!!

    • Gil Mertz

      Democrats found the most liberal kangaroo court in America for their case so their partisan ruling was 100% predictable but even this outfit agreed that this is not a Muslim ban. Any other ideas Lois besides building bridges for illegal immigrants, drug smugglers, and terrorists?

      • lois eisenberg

        “Democrats found the most liberal kangaroo court in America”

        HOW SMART OF THEM !!!!!!!!

    • K. Hebert

      Only temporarily dear Lois. The 9th circuit court of appeals is THE MOST overturned appeals court in the nation! This is merely another stunt by the left to gain publicity and try to rally the libs, but it will fail miserably, just like everything else the left touches. The 9th circuit is an embarrassment to itself. Three leftist making biased agenda driven decisions for all of us. I’m not sure who embarasses themself more, Fauxcahauntous Warren or the 9th circuit?

      • lois eisenberg

        3-0

        • K. Hebert

          It will be overturned.

    • Frank Rizzo

      85% of the 9th circuit court of appeals rulings are overturned. 85% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Figures you would be on their side LOL

  • lois eisenberg

    Humpty Dumpty Trumpty sat on a wall,
    Humpty Dumpty Trumpty had a great fall; TRAVEL BAN
    All the EVIL MAN’S horses and all the EVIL king’s PUPPETS
    Couldn’t put Humpty TRUMPTY together again.! ! ! ! !!!!