April 29, 2010

Raynard Jackson

My position on illegal immigration is very public—I DO NOT SUPPORT AMNESTY under any circumstances. So, with the new illegal immigration bill signed into law in Arizona and the volume of phone calls seeking my opinion, I have decided to share my thoughts on this issue.

But this time, I want to try a different approach. Those who are interested in my detailed views on illegal immigration can go to my website and read some of my previous columns of this subject. In this column, I will pose a series of questions and make some observations that will, hopefully stimulate a more reasoned debate on this issue.

As written in previous columns, how can the NAACP (supposedly the premier civil rights organization in the U.S.) support amnesty for over 30 million people and yet complain to Obama about the high unemployment rate in the Black community? So, their solution is to increase the pool of unskilled workers who will compete with citizens of this country for a limited number of unskilled jobs!

Why is Al Sharpton sticking his nose into the business of Arizona? He is threatening to organize boycotts, yada, yada, yada!. I wish he would devote the same level of energy to the racist “wet foot, dry foot” policy that is in affect in Miami, Florida. This insane policy allows any Cuban who gets at least one foot on U.S. shore to stay, but if a Haitian does the same thing, he is immediately returned to his country. Where is Al Sharpton on this issue? Oh, I forgot, there is no camera crew there to cover this story.

If we can strip away all the emotion on both sides, I think it will become very clear why Americans are not in a mood to forgive criminals for coming into our country and be told what their rights are. Let’s establish the fact that they broke the law—regardless of their reasons, they are lawbreakers! If I rob someone because I have no money to feed my family, I have still violated the law and deserve to be punished. Me having a good reason is not enough to absolve me of the crime committed.

Please, my amnesty supporters, tell me why an illegal (they are NOT undocumented, they are ILLEGAL) person should get in-state tuition for college, but a U.S. citizen can’t get the same benefit? Why should illegals be able to get free health care and there is none for U.S. citizens? Americans receive more immigrants annually than the sum total of all other countries combined. We are very much pro immigration, not illegal immigration.

My pro amnesty friends want us to forgive illegals, but these same people won’t spend the same energy restoring voting rights to felons who have been released from prison. They have paid their dues to society, but still carry the brand of being a felon. Are you kidding me? You want me to get upset over how we treat those who broke into our country, but overlook those who served their time and still can’t get a break? In the immortal words of Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson, “Child please!”

When I go to foreign countries, if I don’t speak the language, then I am out of luck. But, yet California prints their election ballots in over 200 languages. We are enabling foreigners not to assimilate. If you are or want to be an American, then you must speak English.

I guarantee that none of my pro amnesty friends know who Robert Krentz was. Well, he was the Arizona rancher that was murdered by an illegal a couple weeks ago. He is the reason the bill in Arizona was passed. But his death has been lost in all the emotion of the debate. No one is talking about the impact that illegals who are committing crimes are having on U.S. families.

When will we focus on the rights of Americans to be safe more than the non-existent rights of those who are illegal? Rights are earned with responsible behavior. Would someone please tell me what are the responsibilities that illegals have to America? You never hear illegals talking about their responsibilities, only what their rights are.

This attitude is what is grating on Americans. The only right illegals have is the right to leave the country. Obama has the right, er, obligation to enforce the existing laws of the land. If we don’t step up enforcement of existing laws and punish employers that hire illegals, then Obama and the Democrats will only continue to fuel this alienation!

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a D.C.-public relations/government affairs firm. He is also a contributing editor for ExcellStyle Magazine (

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