by Ron Bartels, Ph.D.
The Handwriting is “On The Wall”
Gov. Rick Perry uttered some blunt, plain-spoken words about the Obama Administration Agenda on Wednesday in Midland, Texas saying, “This is an administration hell-bent on taking America towards a socialist country.”
The Governor was referring to Federal the Alien Transfer and Exit Program, a program he has been talking about for more than a week. Perry explains the Obama Program as a plan where illegal immigrants who are captured in Arizona are sent to the small Texas town of Presidio and set free. “It’s a sign that the Obama administration is trying to punish Texas,” Gov. Rick Perry said, adding that members of the state’s congressional delegation, as well as his office, weren’t given any warning of the administration’s plans for Presidio.”
According to a story by the CBS affiliate in Odessa, Texas, illegal immigrants are returned by the Obama Administration to Mexico via secured buses. The station also reported, “last year 4,500 illegals were sent back through Presidio. Over 90 will be bused across this bridge 7 days a week.”
In addition, Brandi Grissom of the Texas Tribune reported last month that Bill Brooks, spokesman for the Border Patrol Marfa Sector, where Presidio is located, claimed the plan would not create any burden on the local community. That is kind of like saying the Health Care Plan won’t raise taxes on the middle class.
Brandi also Grissom wrote, “The plan will bring two buses per day to Texas, each with 74 undocumented immigrants. The immigrants will be checked for health problems and will have signed voluntary deportation agreements. The program will not involve immigrants charged with criminal violations, Brooks said. Mexican officials are participating and will provide the immigrants with bus tickets to their hometowns, Brooks said.”
Advocates for the program say the point of transferring the immigrants from Arizona to Texas is to breaking the smuggling cycle that allowed them to enter in the first place, Robert Gilbert, the Tucson sector chief for the U.S. Border Patrol, wrote in a January op-ed. He wrote that in 2008 (during the Bush administration), more than 10,000 illegal immigrants were removed through the program (although it did not go through Texas then). Gilbert wrote, “The largest impact can only be made by breaking the smuggling cycle, by putting up barriers and checkpoints that make the business of smuggling humans and narcotics unprofitable and unattractive. Only as the smuggling cycle is disrupted do we see consistent decreases in arrests and increases in drug seizures.”
So the whole point is this. We the people must seize control of the Federal Government at the ballot box. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats seem willing to take on this critical issue and many others.
When Obama was “talking change,” he was speaking to people who knew that the Bush Administration was not up to doing the right job so they choose Obama. But, they jumped from the frying pan into the fire, so to speak. Evidence of voter awaking is manifest in the numerous ever-growing Tea Party Movements in every state and now many counties as well. Time to check them out yourself. Report back what you discover.