Remember Elián González and that Immigration Policy?

I don’t understand this immigration mess. The current administration wants to leave the illegals alone while the past democratic administration deported a 6 year old boy. Do you remember Elian Gonzalez?

I will never forget how Elian was removed from his relatives house in Miami by gunpoint. The scared to death 6 year old kid was deported back to Cuba by the heavy hand of the United States Government. This was one of Janet Reno’s more famous actions while head of the Justice Department.

To refresh your memory, Elian was traveling with his mother and 13 others by a rickety boat from Cuba trying to get to Miami illegally. The boat sunk drowning 11, including Elian’s mother. The other 3 were rescued and Elian was given to his extended family in Miami. The family was able and desiring to take care of Elian. He was returned to his estranged father in Cuba after causing a huge stir.

Thinking about this and the current immigration crisis raises some questions. Is there a different immigration policy for Cuba and other countries as opposed to Mexico? If it was so important and lawful to return the 6 year old to Cuba, why is it so wrong to quickly deport any illegal from Mexico? Is there any application of the Elian ruling that would apply to our current Arizona mess?

Based on my recent traffic violations it would be easy to deport most illegals quickly. It is obvious that traffic violations is a great source of revenue for the government and they are really coming after us hard. In the last couple of months I have been given a violation for wearing headphones that cover both ears (In Illinois the law says you can have only one ear covered), not coming to a complete stop at a traffic light, and for not wearing a seatbelt. In each instance I was required to produce papers, my drivers license and proof of insurance.

I wonder what is happening when illegals are stopped for traffic violations? They don’t have paperwork and it is obvious that law enforcement in most states do not want to deport them. Do they still have to pay fines or are they free of that too? When I got my seatbelt ticket I was told it was mandatory. How do you give a ticket to a guy that does not have paperwork? Do you really think he is going to show up at court?

It angers me to get these ticky tack tickets and then hear the Officer say, “I’m sorry, but it is the law.” Then I say start enforcing whatever laws are on the books regarding illegal immigrants.

I propose a three step plan to solve the illegal immigration problem.

Step One – When stopped for traffic violations or other laws, arrest them if they cannot produce paperwork.

Step Two – Determine their citizenship status and if they are here illegally do the next step.

Step Three – If they are criminals from their country of origin, send them back right away. If they are law abiding and desirous to stay in the US, register them and provide an easier path to citizenship. Mainly, don’t expect them to come up with so much money.

By the way, I would have left Elian with his family in Miami.

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