The time has come for our elected officials to enforce our laws

By Phyllis Schlafly,, February 21, 2005

The U.S. Constitution specifies that the president of the United States "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Americans pride themselves on being a nation of laws, not of men, so here are some suggestions for our government to faithfully enforce our laws....

The most dangerous area where U.S. laws are not being faithfully executed are those designed to protect U.S. citizens against millions of aliens who enter our country illegally every year. The Constitution provides that the federal government "shall protect each of (the states) against invasion," but little is being done to stop this invasion, and the president's new budget would provide funds for only 210 additional U.S. Border Patrol agents instead of the 2,000 authorized.

Since 1986, federal law has made it a crime for employers to hire illegal immigrants, and President Ronald Reagan called the sanctions for violations the "keystone" of the law. But no administration has shown the willingness to enforce that law, even though a recent study by the Wall Street firm of Bear Stearns (as reported in Barron's) estimates that taxes lost in the underground economy could wipe out the federal budget deficit.

Our government has admitted that it isn't deporting 400,000 illegal immigrants (80,000 of whom have criminal records) because it can't find them. If the U.S. government can track and locate one case of mad cow disease (out of millions of cows), why can't the Department of Homeland Security faithfully execute U.S law and deport these criminals?

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