Most voters balk at spending money on or getting too excited about immigration reform and illegal aliens if there is not an immediate crisis. Similarly not enough Americans complain about the level of legal immigration, chain immigrations and the number of illegal aliens in our country. The apparently don't realize that there is a point of no return at which the foreign-born will be in control of our politicians and therefore our country. At that time it will be too late and all will regret their myopia and somnolence when something could have been done.
In this sense, the American public is as responsible for inaction as the congress. The public has failed to sound the clarion call for a serious immigration reform bill that would expedite the involuntarily repatriation of illegals at their expense and reduce legal immigration to a level consistent with a stable population.
Few Americans understand that chain immigrations are not counted against the regular immigration quotas. They don't know that chain immigrations swell the number of legal immigrants by millions every year.
We, the public, bear the ultimate responsibility. Until we pressure our politicians into passing laws demanding different behavior by employers, illegal aliens, legal immigrants and the official charged with executing and enforcing the law. We could begin by demanding the the heads of INS and ICE be terminated and someone else put in their places who are interested in enforcing the law.
Our policies and lack of enforcement favors immigrants and illegals at the expense of ordinary citizens who may be unaware of these shortcomings of government and their long-term impact on the American way of life. Every American should have the opportunity to visit the barrios of San Diego, Los Angeles and even Santa Rosa, California to observe first hand what the future holds in store for our country. It would be especially revealing to visit some of those cities that already resemble Mexican cities more than they do American cities. Short of that everyone should read: "Mexifornia: A State of Becoming" by Victor Hansen. This books reveals from first hand observation and anecdotal evidence the transformations that are occurring in the Golden State.
Some like the INS, immigration advocates and lawlyers, special interest groups like La RAZA, MALDEFm LULAC, MeChA and the Aztlanistas, and members of the government like to think that they are the experts and that the public is ignorant and should keep quiet.
Fanned by the immigration dispute we should all become activists on behalf of a national policy that encompasses more restrictions on immigration and illegal aliens. Our emphasis must be on managing the problem in the national interest rather than in the interest of foreigners, some of whom would do us great harm. One might well ask, "What is in the national interest?" The national interest should be congruent with the long-term interests of the country's citizens. Those interest surely include: safety from terrorists, preservation of culture and language, the rule of law, and freedom from the ravages of excessive population growth, environmental damage and climate change.