Friday, July 28, 2006
Government Breaking Its Own Laws
And Failing to Enforce Them
Dobbs: Why is the president ignoring our laws?
Bush, feds flout the Constitution by finding ways around laws
The headline is misleading because the column is about much more than Bush's problems. Dobbs points out how Bush has failed us concerning illegal immigration:
The Bush administration in its first four years was responsible for 318 fines against employers who hired illegal workers, an average of fewer than 80 each year. That's down from 5,587 fines against illegal employers during the eight years of the Clinton administration, according to the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, an average of 698 each year. And the problem is getting worse; in 2004 only three employers received fines for illegal hiring.Dobbs also points out how many local governments are in blatant violation of immigration law with no repercussions.
Work site arrests have fallen even more drastically under this president. From 1995 to 1998, there were between 10,000 and 18,000 work site arrests of illegal aliens each year. But during the Bush administration, work site arrests fell to just 159 in 2004.
It is not only the federal government that had diminished our claim to be a nation of laws. More than 70 U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, California, and Chicago, Illinois, have set up "sanctuary" policies that offer safe haven from the law to illegal aliens and their families.Dobbs then cites "As Abraham Lincoln said, if bad laws exist they should "be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed."
"It most certainly is a blatant violation of the law," says Rep. Tom Tancredo, a Republican from Colorado. "There is a provision of the 1996 Immigration Act that is very clear: It says states and localities can't do this. The unfortunate thing is there are no teeth in it."
In Blount County, Tennessee, a group of citizens are suing to force government to enforce and follow its own laws regarding zoning regulations and environmental study requirements. (Hat tip: R. Neal)
Ultimately we have no one to blame but ourselves because we keep electing these bozos. Odds are very strong that in the next presidential election I'm voting third party (again). Too many people think if you vote third party it's a wasted vote. Not true. Even if we don't win it sends a strong message.
Each member promises to vote against the incumbant of what ever party is in office. Then, after two or three election cycles the people running for elective office will get the idea that they work for us, not the other way around which apparantly 99.99% do.
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