Saturday, July 19, 2008

Gatekeeper Haiku

Simple desert jog
Clarifies what we suspect
Gatekeeper murders

I'm in Arizona to attend the 80th birthday of my oldest brother. Around 7 a.m., I tried to go for my typical morning jog here in the desert. The heat and immediate exhaustion that quickly struck were unbearable. Yet everyday, DHS continues Operation Gatekeeper along the border forcing border crossers to the most treacherous routes. As a result, hundreds die every year.  Operation Gatekeeper must end. The need to expand labor and family migration categories and visas is clear.


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Your idea that we should abandon our border surveillance efforts hasn't a snowball's chance of acceptance. And even if it were passed, it wouldn't change a thing. Our Border Patrol would still be in place and illegal aliens would still make the dangerous attempt to cross. Even when Operation Goalkeeper didn't exist, illegal aliens were still dying in the desert. There is no evidence that this operation ever resulted in more deaths. The statistics certainly do not indicate so. As a matter of fact, this effort has actually resulted in fewer deaths, as indicated by the lower death rate for 2004-2005. You are as much responsible for these deaths as the government, as you and other advocates have promoted hope for future amnesties. Does this sound outrageous? Maybe so, but it's no less so than blaming our country for illegal immigration while absolving Mexico of any wrongdoing.

One question, professor, what happens when all of the guest worker jobs are filled, and Latin Americans continue to cross the border, even at great risk? After all, there is no real hope that a guest worker program could possibly fullfill the needs of everyone who would desire to seek work. Do we just abandon our Border Patrol efforts and have our street corners crowded with day laborers? This country would look like the years of the great depression, with soup kitchens and vast numbers of homeless Mexicans sleeping in our streets. You have no answer, sir, because you, professor Johnson and other advocates haven't thought beyond the implimentation of CIR. Our last amnesty was supposed to resolve the immigration problem, but it failed. What you propose is as doomed to failure as the last.

Posted by: Horace | Jul 19, 2008 10:33:33 AM

BH is not right
Murder malice aforethought
BH is BS

Posted by: David Wiener | Jul 19, 2008 11:48:08 AM

LOVED the haiku. Very clever as always. Give a ring if you come through Tucson. Happy Birthday to your brother!

Posted by: tally | Jul 19, 2008 5:04:37 PM

UCD law prince
Safely ensconced in Davis
Far from the border

Reality bites
Thirteen dead in El Paso
Undocumented Murderers

Over a thousand
Dead in Ciudad Juraez
Our law doesn't work

//could go on and on

Posted by: UCD Class of 93 | Jul 19, 2008 7:05:21 PM

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