I also knew I was loved and could attain forgiveness by simply admitting my mistakes, correcting my behavior and learning from the process. I believe that pattern of child-rearing, not created — but continued by my parents and many others — played a large part in making the United States the greatest nation in the history of mankind.
This is the prism through which I view life and try to help people as a consumer investigator. I say that because I want you to understand why I’m writing a column about illegal immigration. I am saddened that our nation has reached an impasse on dealing with an issue that is so clear-cut under the rule of law.
It is illegal to be in the United States without permission. Nothing more needs to be debated. Even so, it is continually debated by those who seem to want to overturn the rule of law. I have no problem with like-minded people changing the law; that’s called representative democracy. I do have concern over small groups of people exerting their influence in a manner that circumvents or nullifies the rule of law.
Example: I’m not certain why people who are clearly and admittedly in the United States illegally and have no rights as citizens of the U.S. are extended due process prior to being removed from this country. Due process should be reserved for people who belong to the network of citizens who participate in the social contract of living in the United States. The fix seems so simple, but it can’t be fixed because too many people make a ton of money helping illegal immigrants stall the deportation process. Taxpayers foot the bill for this expense and politicians score points by arguing — and never fixing the process.
Example: I read news articles that appear to be written with the intent to create sympathy for people who have chosen to enter the United States and remain here illegally. It is as though these news organizations want to use their influence, not to inform the public but to change public opinion. I also read editorials in those same papers attacking or criticizing people who stand for the rule of law. I witnessed such an example recently regarding Gov. Nathan Deal’s appointment of Phil Kent to Georgia’s new immigration panel.
Kent’s appointment was subsequently castigated by a columnist who used out-of context comments to make Kent appear to be a bigot. I know Kent to be a man of integrity who does not judge people by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. It is my concern those comments were reprinted out of context in order to create the perception that Kent’s appointment was a poor one. I could not disagree more.
Here’s my point: As a consumer investigator, I know that capitalism works because people create a social contract to buy and sell under a known set of rules. Illegal immigrants harm capitalism because, by working for wages that are lower than the market would normally bear, they create rocket fuel for a false or bubble economy. This is one of the many factors that created the mess our economy is in today.
Kent is one Georgian and American who will fight to fairly enforce an immigration law that was passed through an open and democratic process. Please join me in making certain Kent continues to serve in a capacity to do just that. If you need help in solving a consumer problem, email me at Help@TrustDale.com.
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