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December 18th, 2007
05:50 PM ET

Delaying border security?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Members of Congress want to delay a new security rule that requires Americans to show passports at all U.S. border crossings next year.

The reason is they're hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened last summer when there was a massive backlog of passport applications. Lawmakers say that under part of the major spending bill that will be voted on this week, the border passport rule would be moved back even further to June 1st, 2009.

The Bush administration says it opposes the measure and that the Department of Homeland Security still expects to go ahead with implementing the planned passport rule this coming summer.

But some in Congress, especially those in border states where tourism could be affected, insist the government should have more time to implement the law and do it in a way that won't cause the "passport headaches" we saw this year.

Of course, that still leaves us with plenty of other "headaches" regarding this nation's open borders and the need to secure them.

Here’s my question to you: Should the U.S. further delay a border security rule to give people more time to meet stricter passport requirements?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Stephen writes:
Delaying the requirement for passports at the land borders won't eliminate the passport delays like we experienced last summer, it will just postpone them for a year. People will forget all about the requirement until a few months before the deadline approaches and then everyone will overload the passport offices with their applications, just like last year. Out of sight, out of mind.

Kathy in Omaha, Nebraska writes:
Jack, Of course we should once again delay passports. We should also give everyone crossing our borders a welcome basket, map, personal guide, hotel room etc. This do-nothing government and all agencies in my opinion are overpaid, underworked, ignorant excuses. As for states along the border, what's more important: securing the U.S. or additional income? This entire situation makes me sick!

Jason in Baton Rouge, Louisiana writes:
No, they should not give people more time. This is past the point of being ridiculous. We have had 6 years to get this fixed and no one seems to want to get it done. Congress is too busy posturing and funding pet projects while the president is masquerading as a conservative but acting like a liberal. Both Congress and the White House are so unbelievably out of touch with the wants and needs of the American people it is almost unfathomable.

Robert in Tacoma, Washington writes:
I think it is about time that passports were required for crossing our borders. I spent 24 years in the active military, with all but four of those overseas. We needed passports wherever we went.

Waymon in Peoria, Arizona writes:
Jack, My wife and I recently applied for a passport and received them within 3 weeks. I don't understand the problem. Why should the deadline be extended to accommodate those waiting until the last minute to apply?

Mike writes:
Screw the passports, finish the fence.

Maybe Jack will read yours tomorrow.


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soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Rich, McKinney Texas

    A passport gives no more information then a State Issued ID. Currently anyone can drive back and forth to Mexico and Canada without a passport. A passport is only required now for flights in and out of the country and an application exceptance slip will suffice.
    Someone wanting to smuggle a nuclear device or Biological weapon into this country isn't going to come by commercial aircraft anyway. Not with borders so wide open like they currently are. Only a fool would think that a passport requirement is going to stop a terrorist.

    December 18, 2007 at 2:19 pm |
  2. Judy

    We've gone long enough without border security. When will the knuckleheads in Washington stop fooling around with our safety and get serious about this important issue.

    December 18, 2007 at 2:33 pm |
  3. EF Phoenix, AZ

    Delays, delays, delays - even 6+ years after 9/11 we still haven't fixed our borders, built a fence or made any progress towards solving our immigration problems, and now they want to delay border security provisions. Why am I not surprised? This is just another example of our inept & incomptent leadership in Washington.

    December 18, 2007 at 2:46 pm |
  4. Pam from Virginia Beach

    HELL NO, JACK, THEY HAVE HAD LONG ENOUGH! ANYONE TRAVLING IN AND OUT OF THIS COUNTRY THAT DOSEN'T REMEMBER 9/11 DOSEN'T DESERVE A PASSPORT, LET ALONE, MORE TIME TO PROCESS IT!!!!!

    December 18, 2007 at 2:46 pm |
  5. ginger

    well, heck, why bother with a passport folks!? What kind of dummy are you? Just pay a coyote like everyone else and wonder what the hell happened to the 1st and 4th amendments to the Bill of Rights.

    December 18, 2007 at 3:02 pm |
  6. Patricia

    No... As much as I dislike Tom Tancrado, he's right about 1 thing. Terrorist have probably gotten into the U.S. via the Mexican border. Add to that, the drug runners attacking our sheriffs along the Arizona & Texas borders killing at will, & life is becoming un-bearable even for legal immigrants. At least get finger-print & eye-retina I.D. working properly.

    December 18, 2007 at 3:20 pm |
  7. Tina

    Lets just make passports for all coming and going into each state and then that way we could catch the evil ones coming and going. I am so ready to vote this lot out of office and put new blood back in.

    December 18, 2007 at 3:20 pm |
  8. William

    What good is it to standardize passports/ID's if illegals are able to sneak across are borders with no papers.

    December 18, 2007 at 3:24 pm |
  9. Aware

    Border security is very important to secure the country from further attack. For those who already here should get State ID. That way we know who they are, and whenever they buy from store/supermarket/ or such they should use they ID, so that we can relocate them at any time we need too. Second building the fence is vitally important and them we can ask passport to anyone who comes in and out of the state.

    December 18, 2007 at 3:25 pm |
  10. Mary

    No, we shouldn't delay this ruling. It has been known for over a year, that if you need to go from our country to Mexico or Canada you are required to get a passport. Why are we making excuses again for our insecure borders? On the northbound Amtrak leaving from NY going to Montreal in 2000, I was asked for my passport and again on my return from there. My friend who was with me, who flew into NY from Germany was asked how she was getting back home. She had to show them her departure airline ticket. I think that this procedure should be enforced all across our border states.

    December 18, 2007 at 3:34 pm |
  11. Patsy Fisher

    Hi Jack, Not only no but hell no. What the heck does a passport mean anyway. All the illegals didn't have one. And still don't need one. They just come. The thinkers are thinking again. Nothing will ever get done. Good grief

    December 18, 2007 at 3:40 pm |
  12. Terry O'Flaherty

    Jack
    Are you kidding ? Close the borders NOW ! These people had more than enough time to secure passports. Illegals are entering this country everyday, and are costing the American taxpayers money.

    December 18, 2007 at 3:46 pm |
  13. James S. Lenon

    Concerning border security, no more delays are acceptable. This Congress was elected to improve security, stop an undeclared war, and to carry out the business of state. None of those tasks are even begun and they want to delay security measures for the convenience of those too lazy to get their passports ahead of time.
    It's time for national ID cards for all citizens, repeat, citizens. No privileges of citizenship without an ID card, and no entry from outside our borders without a passport. If third world countries can issue passports, we should be able to do the same; unless, Bush decides to privatize yet another functionn of government for his buddies to cash in on as happens in the third world.

    Nero is supposed to have played his lyre while Rome burned. We have two branches of government playing and lying while our country is invaded from without and sold off from within.

    December 18, 2007 at 3:55 pm |
  14. brett kilgore

    hey Jack,

    Maybe if the lawmakers delay rules like this a few more years and delay the enforcement of already existing laws a few more years the American people will forget about 9-11, that is untill someone that hates us, reminds them.

    December 18, 2007 at 3:59 pm |
  15. jim

    Jack, there are those who are bound and determined with their last breath to destroy our collective way of life in North America. No amount of passport or security documentation legislation is going to change that! For 99.99% of the population that wants to travel between our countries it is for visiting friends and relatives, tourism and shopping. The few that want to do other wise can walk across pretty much any time they want, anywhere they want. They certainly won't need a passport to do that.

    December 18, 2007 at 4:18 pm |
  16. jim

    Jack, there are those who are bound and determined with their last breath to destroy our collective way of life in North America. No amount of passport or security documentation legislation is going to change that! For 99.99% of the population that wants to travel between our countries it is for visiting friends and relatives, tourism and shopping. The few that want to do other wise can walk across pretty much any time they want, anywhere they want. They certainly won’t need a passport to do that.

    December 18, 2007 at 4:21 pm |
  17. Donnald, Butte Montana

    This has already been delayed once !!

    Either enforce it or get rid of it - or, will this just be another law/policy that the current administration doesn't care to enforce????

    December 18, 2007 at 4:30 pm |
  18. Tom Thatcher Libby, MT

    Jack, Close the borders, Give our country back to us. Illegals have more rights than us. Put Bush and Cheny over the border and LOCK IT!!!

    December 18, 2007 at 4:57 pm |
  19. Charlie Murphy

    For the safety of Americans we need to know who is coming in and out of the country, period.

    December 18, 2007 at 5:14 pm |
  20. Cody Weber

    North American Union conspiracy?

    Theres a reason behind everything and i don't think that the incompetence of the passport office is to blame. Keep selling us out there Bush.

    December 18, 2007 at 5:15 pm |
  21. Rob Arizona

    This is the federal goverment again pushing us into the global economy plan. The national ID card ammo is there own lack of work on fixing the immigration problems.

    December 18, 2007 at 5:15 pm |
  22. James

    Don't you love people who procrastinate? We knew about this for about a year now and gave people a reprieve on it the first time. No! Once is enough. If you can't get it together by now then you deserve to wait. So everyone take a deep breath and stop whinning.

    December 18, 2007 at 5:23 pm |
  23. Glenn

    Building a wall is a waste of money. People will go over it; under it; or through it. The Southern border is about 1,400 miles across. The only way to stop people from crossing the border is to 1. Prevent the employment of undocumented people or 2. Wait until the economy is balanced on both sides of the border, but don't hold your breath.

    The chances of stopping people from coming across the border would best be done by the Border Patrol, but they need the resources to do so. There is a current proposal to give the Mexican Government some 560 million dollars for controlling drugs, which is a waste of money and would be better used by the Border Patrol. The Mexican Government isn't going to do anything about it, so let's put it where it will be used effectively.

    Some of these "fat cat politicians" and media need to go to a border town and see what the real world is like.

    December 18, 2007 at 5:25 pm |
  24. Eric

    Is Bush a drug smuggling terrorist? Why would he want to keep delaying the security of our country?

    December 18, 2007 at 5:28 pm |
  25. James

    Jack,
    Why not? It's not like the 20 million illegal aliens that are here are checking the rule board before illegaly crossing our border. Might as well delay the entire thing until the North American Union is put in place, evertightening Mexico's strangle hold on our country.

    December 18, 2007 at 5:33 pm |
  26. suzie from atlanta, GA

    NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!

    The Bush administration has already delayed border security for seven years, and that’s too long. What’s wrong with fixing the delays experienced by citizens trying to get a passport? Is that too obvious for the Bushies?

    This is a distraction, and just another song and dance from the boys and girls at homeland security and the state department to make us think they are doing something and actually care about Border Security, which they do not, with a nice assist from those members of congress with something to be gained from this mess.

    Meanwhile for a US citizen to get a simple passport so they can go to Canada is a daunting and ridiculous task, costly, time consuming, and basically a crap shoot. Why? Because the passport department is incapable of processing a simple application, or even a renewal in under 12 months.

    This is bull. I want my passport in a month, and my borders secure, and for what we pay in taxes, we should have both.

    December 18, 2007 at 5:35 pm |
  27. john

    It seems to me that if the passport office can’t crank out the passports fast enough maybe they could hire some Mexicans to help them out..

    December 18, 2007 at 5:35 pm |
  28. Greg from PA

    To slightly misquote Eli Wallach from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, "Borders? What borders? We don't need no stinkin' borders." Well, that's George Bush's philosophy regarding a North American Union and illegal immigration.

    December 18, 2007 at 5:39 pm |
  29. Larry

    NO! They have been telling us long enough about the pass port change. IF you can't understand then maybe the one needing the pass port should go back to the county THEY originated from (look somewhere down your family tree) and stay. How many times do you need to be told? That's why the ten year old got hauled off today. DOES ANYONE LISTEN?

    December 18, 2007 at 5:46 pm |
  30. Jessica from South Florida

    NO. Why the heck are we still in this situation anyways?! The government has been saying "Oh, we'll fix this, we'll increase security" but look! We still have more illegal immigrants than we can handle! Why can't we just put an account for a new..no...a REAL fence? Maybe end this War on Terrorism and send what troops we have left (if any) to our fence and keep an eye out. That way, the "passport headache" bull won't be a problem.

    December 18, 2007 at 5:47 pm |
  31. Chub Conner

    No. Each delay by each entity having authority to correct this profoundly serious matter further multiplies its complexity and intensifies the emotional frustration.

    It is time for someone to make some decisions. Test the waters and see where it takes us. Utilize such tools that logic, facts, objectiveness and love for country creates.

    Hopefully, the few reasonable people that can be found with positions of authority and best interests of we American people, will surface with decisiveness, get the extremist leaders of both sides in this issue to agree that the answer lays somewhere in the center of the issue. That is where the majority of we Americans are.

    Unfortunately, only the loud mouthed ding bats who have a personal agenda have their opinions heard.

    December 18, 2007 at 5:51 pm |
  32. Brett

    A delay will make no difference. As a native Texan, I see immigrants every day. Not criminals or leeches on society, just people who weren't lucky enough to be born here and needed a better life (the ones we are always so quick to forget about). Passports represent nothing but an inconvenience, only as a joke would I call them a form of "security".

    That's what you get when people from the midwest get to share their opinions on borders, the same fat-headed rhetoric you get when straight people get to make policy about gay marriage.

    December 18, 2007 at 5:54 pm |
  33. Joseph from NY

    I'm sick of George W. Bush!! The lying, spying, and abuse intended for terrorist, has extended well into the personal lives of America citizens. Therefore, I don't want a federal ID, that's exactly what a passport is, Jack! I don't want this ever expanding GOP Government to have any more excuses for prying into the lives of decent American citizens. So yes Jack, this rule should be delayed, indefinitely!!

    December 18, 2007 at 5:57 pm |
  34. Kelley

    What borders?

    December 18, 2007 at 6:10 pm |
  35. Mike Haslam

    Jack: If the State Department had not outsourced the issuance of passports we wouldn't be having this problem and paying $90 for this critical identification. Loved the book.
    Mike

    December 18, 2007 at 6:10 pm |
  36. TJ FROM NC

    No, the US should not delay this. We are already behind the pwer curve as usual. Our government always takes too long to act and we pay the consequence. We need someone like you or Lou Dobbs in office, people with common sense.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:11 pm |
  37. Ryan

    They shouldn't delay the stricter requirements, they should abandon them all together. These new requirements do nothing to make us safer, and only serve to make it look like an ineffective department is doing something while they are actually simply wasting taxpayer's dollars.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:11 pm |
  38. Joy from Arizona

    It's PAST the Time Border Security should be in place. If Non-Americans do not like our policies they are welcomed to go elsewhere. I am personally tired of 'Non-Americans dictating our policies! SECURE THE BORDERS or GO FIND ANOTHER JOB!

    December 18, 2007 at 6:11 pm |
  39. Mike

    Screw the passports, finish the fence.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:11 pm |
  40. Ted Minnard

    What the heck, we've already got old laws that have not been enforced that got us into this "undocumented immigrant" entanglement, why not pass another new law or even 50 that won't be enforced. It could also apply to document-challenged pharmaceutical distributors.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:12 pm |
  41. Roy

    don't delay!

    December 18, 2007 at 6:12 pm |
  42. Elizabeth McGue

    I wonder why it is that we as Americans have to prove who we are while people are still streaming in here without any identification. Instead of worrying about delaying forcing American Citizens to obtain passports, shouldn't this government be implementing an ID program for those who are not citizens without delay!

    December 18, 2007 at 6:12 pm |
  43. Stephen

    Delaying the requirement for passports at the land borders won't eliminate the passport delays like we experienced last summer, it will just postpone them for a year. People will forget all about the requirement until a few months before the deadline approaches and then everyone will overload the passport offices with their applications, just like last year. Out of sight, out of mind.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:13 pm |
  44. James G

    Jack,

    My friend is from Windsor, Ontario. Her sister and brother-in-law live here in Detroit, MI, just across the river. They are a hardworking couple with 4 great kids, but money is tight. So, if they cannot find away to afford passports, their parents, on fixed incomes themselves, living just 20 minutes away, may never get to see their grandchildren again?

    Why isn't our state-issued ID sufficient? Why did they jack the price up so high? Why do I have to have a freakin' RFID chip in my passport?!!!

    Those numb skulls at HSD have their heads up their you-know-whats, again.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:14 pm |
  45. Dominique

    Jack,

    After just finishing a class on immigration politics, I can say that our borders would be no more secure if their was a stricter policy on passports than if there was a 12 foot border wall. Both will result in other methods to get around the system. It has not been proven that potential terrorists have come in through the Mexico border. As for the Canadian border, the only thing Canadians need to worry about is college students driving to Toronto for the weekend to drink. Seriously, all this jargon about passports is another tactic the Administration is using to make us think our borders are unsafe and that for some unknown reason having a stricter policy on passports would somehow make us safer.

    Dominique
    Oneonta, NY

    December 18, 2007 at 6:15 pm |
  46. leon zelby

    Quite some time ago, it was pointed out to me that the difference between wisdom and stupidity is that the latter has no limit. The entire idea of requiring passports to cross our borders falls in the latter category, considering the number of what is euphemistically referred to "illegal aliens." Whoever really wants to enter our country, one seems to be able to do it without ANY documents!

    December 18, 2007 at 6:17 pm |
  47. Rich, McKinney Texas

    People put locks on doors to keep honest people honest. No illegal alien or terrorist will be stopped by a passport law or any other law or lock or fence for that mater. Don't let the government lull you into a false sense of security by charging Americans money for a flimsy piece of cardboard with a few papers stapled to it or a few hundred miles of fence. That is a facade and a waste of money until you have enough law enforcement and military troops to enforce them and you penalize employers for employing illegal aliens. Anything less is unacceptable. We need no more laws just the enforcement of the ones we already have.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:20 pm |
  48. Marcia Buvia

    Jack-Yesterday at the airport, my bags were x-rayed,my shoes were off,and I was asked to take off my sweater by security as he thought I might have something besides my bra underneath-I refused so I was patted down; but illegal aliens cross the borders daily without any inspections.Legal citizens are being treated as criminals;as illegals in this country waltz in and take jobs, health care, education,and drivers licenses. So why should the citizens and taxpayers of the country be treated fairly -we seem to be the ONLY TARGETS of the government. Our freedoms are gone-and we gave them away. The Bush government and Congress hold the American people in contempt. So we willl get our passports without delay while the government sells us down the drain and the Constitution seems to have wound up in the wastebasket.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:21 pm |
  49. Kay

    Jack, In my humble opinion, border security and passport requirements are two entirely different things. Those who are going to come over here illegally will not be deterred by a simple passport requirement. Kay – Rockwall, Tx

    December 18, 2007 at 6:22 pm |
  50. pam

    can we get a box when we vote for president that has "none of the above" clinton should have had the song "dirty man" by joss stone for her campain song. as you can she he is a lier and she is too. i dont trust any one that is running. god help us.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:23 pm |
  51. old timer

    It's crap.
    Another $100 tax.
    Guaranteed the real jerks will have all the phony passports they need,
    while the rest of us are badgered and harassed beyond all good sense.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:24 pm |
  52. John Lintz

    No. I have two homes- one in Arizona and one in Mexico just south of Guadalajara. I travel frequently and any traveler who doesn't know about the coming deadline has been asleep for the last three years.

    I frequently travel the cross border bus (TUFESA) from Guadalajara to Phoenix. Everyone on board gets checked for papers.

    All luggage gets checked, several times by the Mexican Army (due to Pres. Calderon's anti-drug campaign) en route and by US CBP at the border. This is the way it should be. All Citizens should have their passports if they travel. All foreigners should have Visas.

    People should quit whining! We are at war with terrorism.

    However, considering our controls at the Southern border, I think that the threats are likely to come from the Northern borders, from the air or from shipping containers at our ports. Backpacks full of drugs are a threat, but not terror weapons.

    People who keep knocking Mexico as a corrupt third world country are sadly out of date. Mexico is in on the war on drugs and on terrorism. All northbound trucks and buses get thoroughly checked several times for contraband.

    "Those who embrace prejudice are doomed to live in ignorance." – John P Lintz

    http://www.makeyourhomeinmexico.com

    December 18, 2007 at 6:26 pm |
  53. kalisetty

    Yes, U.S. should further delay a border security rule to give people more time to meet stricter passport requirements. This is democratic country, which means for the people, to the people and by the people. American citizens and the legal immigrants should not be punished because of the deeds of illegal immigrants..

    December 18, 2007 at 6:27 pm |
  54. Paul

    Hey Jack, anything this administration is interested in doing right now should be delayed until Jan. 2009. If they were so concerned with border security then they would have implemented the rule a long time ago.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:27 pm |
  55. BRADLEY SCHMIDT CS.CO.

    Planning to put off border Security is treason ,It has always been treason,and the continuence of such rediculous inefectivness is nothing short of treason.

    MR. cafferty, whare do I send my bill for the best truck I have ever owned in my life wiped out by a criminal drunkin dream pirite ilegal mexican national.

    After fighting for my life after colorados sham of workers compensation law for seven years and permnent injury,this ileagal dirt bag drunkin,hit and run moron tried to report the vehical he did not even owned stolen to shield his crime after citicen vigolanties captured this dirtbag he gets to stay in my home town of my birth and leave me without a car for three years.

    If mexico cares so much about the american citicens why are they full of crap when it comes to paying for the damage for crimes caused by their nationals.

    I'll tell you why,their government is criminal also,I say lets save the usa.bomb mexico and stop the dirtbag invasion

    December 18, 2007 at 6:39 pm |
  56. Joe Williams / Atlanta, GA

    Jack,

    Isn't it true the 9/11 terrorists entered the United States legaly? Unfortunately the fight in terrorism & illegal immigration is turning our borders into Check Point Charlie. It's justifiable to argue we are incorporating KGB & Gestapo tactics into US domestic security. Of course I want to feel safe but implementing human tracking technology like ID requirements & increased surveilance allows for greater government control of people. Freedom is defined by one's ability to live without government control. ID requirements presume all are terrorists or illegals. We are all presumed guilty until proven innocent. That's why you have to show an ID. Unfortunately most only see the road ahead of them and not what's around the bend.

    Joe Williams
    Atlanta, GA

    December 18, 2007 at 6:42 pm |
  57. Jason Villamil

    Plato said “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws”

    A terrorist with a dirty bomb and a death wish doesn’t need a passport to get in this county a map and a pair of shoes will do just fine, but please make me stand in more lines; it makes me feel safer…

    December 18, 2007 at 6:43 pm |
  58. Karen

    Here's a stunner for you....the law changed, my family applied immediately and got our passports. What a surprise when we went on vacation and had absolutely no problems. The inaction of govt is apparently contagious. Come on people, get it together.

    December 18, 2007 at 6:50 pm |
  59. BRADLEY SCHMIDT CS.CO.

    God bless america ,and if government thinks it can stop its people from protecting itself from southern invaders they need to check their history books,we can we have and again we will.

    And we will do what is proper and humane with or without are governments blessing because it is obvious that they are asleep at the wheel and could not care less about are way of life or are saftey!

    December 18, 2007 at 6:51 pm |
  60. Tin

    But we can make 20 million illegal be legal in 24 hours....HA..ha..

    December 18, 2007 at 6:52 pm |
  61. Dawson Lodge

    The entire passport issue is another tempest in a teapot, in an attempt to portray the government as "taking action". A good book on the passport question is at http://www.fff.org/freedom/0500h.asp. How many passports have been examined in the last year? How many "bad guys" were caught? The whole thing is a sick joke, just a cover for the move to the surveillance society. Any serious "infiltrators" can get a phony passport, if Iran can produce perfect 100 dollar bills, you don't think they can make passports? Besides, people from
    170 different countries were caught sneaking into the US through the Mexican desert last year. These are economic immigrants. As for protecting against
    terrorists, it is simple to just leave their countries alone and remove their incentive to bother us. But we need Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace,
    just like George Orwell portrayed.

    December 18, 2007 at 7:14 pm |
  62. Andy

    A quote from H. L. Mencken: The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

    That pretty well sums up the current administration, and their foolishness.

    December 18, 2007 at 7:16 pm |
  63. Brian

    I agree with Mike, they should finish the fence and use American Steel to do so.

    December 18, 2007 at 7:43 pm |
  64. Michael Keller

    Hey Jack, I Got An Idea,Lets Send Hugo Chavez And All His Politicos To Iraq And Get Him and His Crazy Anti-Amercan Ideas In With His Peeps. BONUS,Smaller Target/Out Of Our Hemisphere. Thanks Mike K.

    December 18, 2007 at 7:46 pm |
  65. hl

    Our elected officials are provided with security courtesy of taxpayers. They view us in the same patronizing manner as the government of Mexico view it's peons. If, as they believe, we have no value, why waste resources protecting us? After all, the people that really count are already secure...

    December 18, 2007 at 8:14 pm |
  66. hl

    We didn't need passports when I was in the service – they issued geneva convention cards when we went overseas. They didn't even ask for my passport when I arrived in Viet Nam!

    December 18, 2007 at 8:17 pm |
  67. Nancy

    Most of the people who responded to your question with rude comments about border security seem to have misunderstood it; in fact, the U.S. delayed border security requirements in order to give their OWN CITIZENS more time to meet stricter passport requirements, not to extend the deadline for foreigners coming into your country! Here in Canada, where we also faced long waiting times for passports in order to meet new U.S. requirements, we were given no extension at all, and many of us had to cancel trips. Suddenly we heard that the U.S. had decided to give its own citizens an extension, since they couldn't seem to get it together as we had. Meanwhile, your American guns keep coming across our border and killing our citizens. To the smart aleck who replied that the U.S. should hasten building border fences, I say: Go for it - just make sure that same fence keeps YOUR people out of OUR country, please, because we're getting sick of cutting you guys the slack and getting nothing in return!

    December 18, 2007 at 8:57 pm |
  68. Hal Medlin

    Jack, why don't we just put welcome centers at the borders, and give them AK-47s, some C4 with road maps and throw in a health card in for good measure? Who needs a passport?

    December 18, 2007 at 9:23 pm |
  69. John Deitch

    Border Security?

    I have lived in San Diego, CA many years. A Passport is a band-aide on a chest wound when it comes to security. The only adherent is, limiting the foot traffic into the U.S.A..

    Non-Citizens (illegals) cross on foot daily to jobs they should not have by merely saying to the (I.N.S.) Border Patrol Agents; “ I’am shopping for the day” and slick as a whistle their in. If you drive an automobile your resistance to entering the U.S.A. is less concentrated and varying entry locations, like San Ysidro crossing or father East lessons suspicion.

    Our own Government, yes, our own Government realizes that to stop the crossing of these (illegal) shoppers would jeopardize the economies of many Southern States in our Union.

    The only way that we can or could secure a border of our country would be to close it... there are no solutions to this problem. Grandstanding? We could move our troops from Iraq to our borders at hand.

    Multi-generational U.S.A. Citizen

    jD IV

    December 19, 2007 at 4:20 am |
  70. Christian Maier

    People, a little less paranoia please.
    It is true that 6 years after 9/11 the borders are still open, but ask yourselves "What has happened in those 6 years?". Despite the open borders no attack happened.
    Even more, the 9/11 hijackers entered the USA legally, not illegally because through open borders. So tighter border security would have until now prevented absolutely nothing.

    Sure, the open borders are a potential risk but not as dangerous as many people here seem to believe.

    December 19, 2007 at 5:25 am |
  71. Dana Knight

    I think it is time to outsource CEO jobs and break the back of corporate corruption.
    In my opinion 99.9% of the wealth is created by 99.9% of the people, hence 99.9% of the wealth should go to the wealth creators, the 99.9% of the employees. As a 401K stockholder I thinks its good business to reclaim our profits for better benefits for the wealth creators and more R & D for competitiveness. In a nation where we espouse the goodness of the US to keep us distracted from the 45 Million who have no health care for their families, its time to address the corrupt transfer of wealth that continues in our companies. I also think its time to address a nation that spends on weaponry , and exports, more that the sum total of all other nations put together, and use 80% of that $ 500+Billion to address our well being as a nation, healthcare, education, infrastructure, mass transit, energy development, environment.... That would still leave us spending more than 2X the next biggest nation on weapons, Russia, whose $67+ Billion is in decline.

    Time for us as a nation to carry out our principles, not use them as cover for theft and robbing poverty stricken people and folks struggling to make ends meet.

    December 19, 2007 at 7:47 am |
  72. Marlon La Rose, DE

    Jack, I do not think that they should further delay the border security rule because regardless if the time is extended or not, people will always wait until the last minute to get a passport. If people know that they have to travel soon then now is the time to apply for your passport. If they cannot afford a passport, then how come they can afford to travel – hmmm! Anyhow, for those who need a passport right away, they have the option to pay more to expedite the process to get their passports.

    December 19, 2007 at 8:50 am |
  73. Jason

    Jack. and Lou Run for office!!!

    Border Security? The Bush Admin needs to start with mental security. These policies are as effective as killing a dead man. Stop putting tiny bandaids on big cuts. Stop with the temporary solutions and fix the entire problem.

    December 19, 2007 at 9:14 am |
  74. Jo Ann Negovetich

    The real issue is not about passports, but about legally documenting the millions of illegals already in this country ... the overwhelming majority of who provide vital labor to our economy.

    Americans need a reality check ...

    It's illegals who run our restaurants ...
    build our cities and roads ...
    Paint our homes ...
    Service our hotels ...
    Landscape our yards ...
    Babysit our children ...
    And clean our offices at night

    It's time to give them dignity through legal status ... just as we did for our immigrant ancestors who provided this country's labor in the last century.

    December 19, 2007 at 9:27 am |
  75. martin

    Delay, delay, delay, excuses, excuses! Whats the difference, people coming over here illegaly, don't care about passports. Hows that fence coming along?

    December 19, 2007 at 9:40 am |
  76. Gregg Crocker

    As usual, the troglodyte in the White House has missed the point. In his attempts to scare and manipulate the U.S population with his Machiavellian demeaner, he has only succeeded in taking away, or at the very least limiting the freedoms of those he claims to be protecting. Our best hope is that we can make it to January of 2009 without adding yet another asterisk beside the name of the U.S in the annals of history which reads..."yet another bumbling, incompetant knee-jerk reaction by an inept and certifiably unqualified *Chump and Poser (i.e. *President)by the name of George W. Bush.

    December 19, 2007 at 9:54 am |
  77. Linda

    No, the timetable for getting passports should not be extended again. Enough notice about this change was given the first time around. I know government employees only know two speeds - slow and stop - but someone needs to whip these people into shape and tell them to do their jobs. Why did the passport offices wait till the last minute to add temporary employees, etc? They should have been prepared for the extra volume of applications. If I worked for the government, I would probably be fired for being too efficient!

    December 19, 2007 at 10:04 am |
  78. Mario Estrada

    Its time to face the facts, that our elected officials have no intention to secure America:

    American food sources are compromised, the borders are wide open, they want to sell control of our ports, our imports are killing us, jobs are leaving us, immigrants are swamping us, employers are abusing us, mainstream media is manipulating us.

    Being a Democrat I dont trust politicians at all, I was fooled twice, and never again.
    no more traditional party loyalties, seeing that my party has already broken them with me.

    I support John McCain now, because he has been true to his word, eventhough I dont agree with his Iraq policy, I know America will become a secure nation under his administration.

    December 19, 2007 at 10:37 am |
  79. Ken

    What difference does a delay make, the Bush administration is the most incompetent in American history! All is lost! My country has been destroyed!

    December 19, 2007 at 10:53 am |
  80. John Myers

    Jack, Our elected officals have had plenty of time to secure the border. They simply don't want to. It's time to stop the flow of drugs and Illegals now! The citizens of this country want this taken care of .

    December 19, 2007 at 11:13 am |
  81. Nick

    My biggest complaint about the immegration ruling is that it seems it only apply to Mexicans. If there are such rullings, it should be used for all the immegrants.
    I personally think that the Republivcans are very prejudicial toward the Mexican..
    They are a bunch of hippocrates because they want the Mexican to come over for next to slave labor and then dump them. I believe that they should be treated like any o\ther immigrant an be granted papers within the 5 year period like everyone else has.

    December 19, 2007 at 11:14 am |
  82. Jim Barton

    Just keep our borders open and get rid of all this stupid paperwork and just let anyone come into this country. Once they are here, we'll police them fine. Besides, if our leaders thought there was a problem, wouldn't they have already come up with a solution?

    ...scary stuff....

    December 19, 2007 at 11:28 am |
  83. dianne

    No, I don't feel we should delay the rules. People has been notice and time enough to get passports if needed. We could delay for 2 years from now,and there would still be some people asking for a 'further' delay.
    In order for the message out to everyone, just have newspapers print in bold:
    PEOPLE... GO GET YOUR PASSPORTS NOW!
    If you live here and want to go to another country, or live in another country and want to come to the U.S. ....just get your passport... or the alternative... stay in the U.S. or stay in your own country... its not rocket science.

    December 19, 2007 at 11:36 am |
  84. Gary

    NO! They need to build a fence that can't be climbed over, cover the top with razor wire, then connect electricity to the razor wire just to be safe.

    Down with Bush!

    December 19, 2007 at 11:38 am |
  85. Gary

    What border security?

    December 19, 2007 at 11:39 am |
  86. John Baker

    Jack

    It's only been a little over six years since 9/11, so I think we ought to give it at least another six to see if border security won't tighten up on it's own…

    John in Normal

    December 19, 2007 at 11:43 am |
  87. Steve in Antioch

    For Mr Schmidt in Colorado...this is why illegals need drivers licenses...so they can get insurance.

    Passports for american citizens is ridiculous. A drivers license or a birth certificate is more than ample to prove citizenship...illegal dl's would be noted as such. A real criminal will get in, this only harms the law abiding citizens and is a joke. I have crossed the border a number of times for business and the border agents are the best. These guys are well trained and know what to look for.;

    December 19, 2007 at 11:55 am |
  88. Mike

    I always enjoy reading how many posters make this border issue the problem of the existing administration. There are more Democrats than Republicans in Congress right now and still nothing gets done. Let's not place blame on only the Republicans. This Democratic Congress has been more inept than any we've had in modern history. They have low poll numbers and for good reason. They have no backbone and absolutely no chance of getting anything significant done (unless it involves millions, even billions, of dollars in self serving pork projects). I say every single Senator and Congressman should get voted out on both sides of the aisle and get all new blood in there from the top down. We at least know we'll get a new president this time. Hopefully they will have the guts to do something about our borders instead of simply talking a good game which seems to be about all the current presidential candidates are good for.

    December 19, 2007 at 12:21 pm |
  89. John Lavallée

    Good afternoon Mr. Cafferty,

    Being an outsider, like so many people i spoke to, we can not understand that you American have impeach President Nixon for a little bug installed in some hotel room where nobody got hurt, and this bush/cheney MORONs you have in the White House are responsible for thousand of American soldiers's death and countless of innocent Irakians, he is also on the verge of creating an economic chaos in your country and you people do nothing.
    a country that was so loved/liked/respected by the majority of nations is now the most hated.
    It will take you people years to remedy the situation, and for years to come the Americans tourists will put their life in danger in any country every time they open their mouth and say i am American.

    Just because of a few MORONS you supposely intelligent people elected.

    John

    December 19, 2007 at 12:28 pm |
  90. waltie g

    Dear Jack: Passports, for what? Does our elected morons in Wash DC, actually think that making passports manadory will help keep felons out of this country?

    Let's do this: Put every lawmaker in the "Cess Pool", outside the country and just see how fast they come back to get there paycheck. Enough Said.

    December 19, 2007 at 12:46 pm |
  91. Jim Jensen

    Why in the world would you think that our government would enforce a passport requirement when they don't even enforce our 1986 Immigration Law. You remember that one; the one that would solve our immigration problems forever. C'mon, we are reaping what we sow; or fail to sow, and if people are taking advantage of us and our inability, or lack of desire, to enforce the laws we've made why shouldn't they? Sure I think we should require passports – from everyone – coming into or leaving the country, but I think we should all have tamper proof National ID cards too. Wow! How fascist of me. I also think that we should put up a double 15 foot electrified fence along the whole border with Mexico and fill the space in between with rows of concertina wire about 10 feet high. Once this fence is finished I think we should put cameras, sensing devices and guard towers, with machine guns, along the fence and use them to prosecute anyone not entering into the "front gate" with the proper papers in hand. I also think that we should seal the rest of our borders as well and thoroughly inspect all boats, trains, planes and motor vehicles coming into the country. But, gee whiz, we aren't going to do any of that are we. So welcome to the United States of Mexico, where more information is written in Spanish then English now.

    December 19, 2007 at 12:54 pm |
  92. Keith Cornelius

    ok, so once again they want to delay protecting the LEGAL american citizens of this country. Jack correct me if I am wrong here but, all these politicians take a SWORN OATH to protect the borders and the Constitution and enforce the laws on the books. Now the fact that they are leaving our borders wide open for terroists and whatever else comes across our borders ILLEGALLY . Now the fact that EVERY POLITICIAN knows this can they not be brought up on treason charges for violating the sworn oath they took when they took office SWEARING that they will defend the laws and the contitution.....I don't get it anymore how they (politicians) all get away with this and the Citizens (legal) just sit back and don't do a damn thing. The time of party loyalty are long gone, the politicians or crooks if you will are not loyal to this country or its legal citizens. They are more loyal to the illegals then they are to the legals. We in tunr are allowing different groups such as hispanics become powerful. MAybe Americans need to get off there ass and do something instead of just complaining. Thanks to Lou I am now an idenpendent and will vote for every independent candidate.....

    December 19, 2007 at 1:10 pm |
  93. Ray in Massachusetts

    As it stands now, the US passport costs a lot of money. Requiring passports to visit Canada, for example, would be just another tax brought to us by those fine people who claimed they wouldn't raise taxes. And what about 'NAFTA'? Do corporations doing business with Canda and Mexico have to submit to the same stringent rules that the ordinary American tourist will have to abide by? When will we Americans finally wake up and discover how our own government has been cutting back on all programs that help the average citizen, and then charging us to leave and return to the USA? If the ID passport is free to all citizens, then I'd have nothing against it.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:16 pm |
  94. Craig

    If the government can't get their act together and handle a law they requested, then a delay in implimentation is necessary until they can handle it. In this electronic world where things (government workers excluded) move at the speed of light, it seems to take longer than it did a hundred years ago.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:40 pm |
  95. Darrel @Lone Rock Iowa

    Time is of the ESSENCE
    Get R Done
    When we can not control our boarder we just invite trouble and trouble is just
    what we have now. If (and I say If) are laws ment anything anymore we would
    not even have a problem.
    So the correction comes at election time. One President and 450+ Representitive are up for election. Lets move them out and put in those who will represent
    John Q. Public. I is just that dam simple.
    Independant Voter from Iowa.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:41 pm |
  96. Marilyn Martin

    EVERYONE THAT I KNOW THAT HAS APPLIED FOR A PASSPORT HAS GOTTEN THEIR'S. IF SOMEONE PROCRASTINATED, THAT IS THEIR PROBLEM. OURS IS PROTECTION OUR BORDERS. IF A BACKLOG OF APPLICATIONS IS CREATED, SO BE IT. WORSE THINGS HAPPEN. IT IS TIME WE STOPPED THE INFLUX OF ILLEGAL ALIENS.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:42 pm |
  97. Bryland

    Does it matter under the current administration? My opinion would be to inform people about the true nature of our country and they may not want to come in.
    "Oh, the Bush dictatorship is still thundering along? I'll come back later."

    December 19, 2007 at 1:47 pm |
  98. Joyce Martini

    What do passports have to do with illegal entries to this country? This administration will do anything to see their buddies across the border get as many into this country as possible before they go out of office. What is scary, is the Democrats will probably open it up even more. What is there about illegal all these people do not understand? Build the fence Now! High, Wide and Tall, all the way across!

    December 19, 2007 at 1:48 pm |
  99. Don Lincoln

    Annual federal budget battles typically include lots of 'pork' or 'ear marks' for various political pet projects. I have to confess my ignorance as to when and where this idea originated or whether it's a mandated provision.

    But, I'm all for getting rid of them for the obvious reasons, including the ever-growing deficit, they don't serve our 'national' interests and, of course, the sheer absurdity of having to hear about these proprietary scams, usually after they've slid thru with no public scrutiny.

    All this is 'back-scratching' is sanctioned in order to pass a primary budget bill – and they proudly announce the news as a 'fiscally sound budget'. How do these people sleep at night or face a mirror? Safety in numbers, plenty of blame to go around & dispersed accountability, I guess.

    So, who do 'we the people' see about getting some control over a political system that is so out of control? They & their supporters control the system. It seems as though we have no personal authority or higher authority to refer this to. Voting them out of office every few years takes too long & the damage is too far gone.

    I often feel like a person who, by law, must pay compulsory taxes, to benefit someone I don't like, who then buys me a stick to beat myself with, and pretend it's OK. It's not OK! We must have some recourse to stop the non-sense, take charge of the situation, fire the offenders & restore some common sense. I think a great majority of our citizens agree.

    How do we attack the major issues facing our nation in a timely, orderly & legal fashion and get decent results – Jack, Lou? Thank you!

    December 19, 2007 at 2:07 pm |
  100. Denise

    Jack, I'm overwhelmed with anxiety and anger. What on earth is going on in Washington. I'm in the class of poverty level Americans, and I'm sure that poverty level in Washington means stupid, but even a Washington "labeled – stupid" person could fix the problems that Mr. Bush and the Republican Congress has created in the US today. What are we waiting for when it comes to illegal aliens? Why are we hesitating to implement our laws on illegal aliens? I just don't get it. Are they all blind, can they not hear. Where is the leadership that we expect from our President? I'm living a life of hell just wondering where our Country is headed. It's really sad, I should be worried about my health which is poor, my children that can't afford to go to College, my job (whether I will keep it), gas prices, medical bills, health insurance, my elderly father, or just everyday problems. But I have to worry about Mr. Bush and our "so called" leaders destroying all that our Ancestors worked hard to create. "Why" can't I talk about God in School, "Why" can't I call Christmas "Christmas", "Why" should I have to press 1 for English? We as Americans better stand up and fight for our right to be American's in "America".
    .

    December 19, 2007 at 2:18 pm |
  101. Mary, Iowa

    You all will understand why boarder controll is a must do when you see how my family has suffered from the Illegal Alliens driving in the USA
    #1 Lost my Brother in law with an Accident cause by some stupid driving done by an Illegal Allien. Yes he was Kill by this Mexican that did not even have a liscense?

    #2 My Daughter was slamed into by an Illegal Mexican who was so drunk that he tried to pass another car on the road by going down the ditch to do it. Well as he reentered the road he hit my Daughter Head On. My Daughter after 6 surgureys will have to live her life with a bad foot. This guy had his sisters car/ no insurance/ no liscense/ no green card/ deported once already/ an he is back in AMerica? wow!
    By the way 2 were killed in his car also. His Sister and an unborn Baby ,that was ejected from the mother into a field along side of the mother and what was left of the car the Drunk
    Illegal Alien was so stupidly hearding down the hiway. This happend @ 2:30 in the afternoon. Must have been drinking beer for breakfast and dinner?

    Damm it is past time to correct this situation. If our immagration laws were up held by our Congress, this situation would not be a situation, My Daughters suffering would not have to be.

    December 19, 2007 at 2:20 pm |
  102. doc

    During the past several months, UTW has periodically reported on plans among some Washington elites to bring about a "North American Community" in which the United States, Canada and Mexico would be integrated into a single entity modeled after the European Union. The body would share infrastructure, common regulating agencies and laws, and no actual borders would exist between the three nations. This is great news, because it will save the US alot of money on things like border patrol, and fences.

    December 19, 2007 at 2:53 pm |
  103. JASON

    NO! Americans have been informed to get passports for years now. Although I don’t think they will help anything. Secure our borders, we need a strict controlled ‘rate of immigration’ based on a percentage of nationality. I’m afraid we have already lost too much of our identity and have become too much of a Non-English speaking as a nation. A ‘zero tolerance’ for illegal immigration and a removal of all incentives for illegal’s who keep coming back in needed.

    December 19, 2007 at 3:27 pm |
  104. Bill Howell

    its just Bush pandering to the President of Mexico.
    If he wasn't behind to border guards predictiment
    Bush would possibly have let the guys out until a new trial could be had.
    But NO he cannot offend this IDIOT in Mexico.
    Same old Bush with no conscience
    Bill

    December 19, 2007 at 4:22 pm |
  105. Mack McCallon

    No we should not delay. Congress should just enforce the laws we already have on the books, What good is a law if we don't enforce them? They are wooried about there images and my question to them would be what part of the ILLEGAL part of Illegal allien don't they understand. I have watched them on TV mention that word over and over again and they don't act like the even know what they are saying out loud. I am a 30+ retired Military man.

    Mack

    December 19, 2007 at 4:30 pm |
  106. Ruth Harmon

    Jack: Why are you wasting your time on these silly questions when Dick Cheney has been caught red-handed burning his papers on the torture tapes? Ruth Harmon

    December 19, 2007 at 5:44 pm |
  107. Steve

    Congress is voting on something?

    December 19, 2007 at 6:19 pm |
  108. Gonzalo Rios

    I am all for security. I am a Disabeled American Veteran, Vietnam and have lived in Texas all my life. The only problem I have is commuting back and forth to border towns between our two countries. A better method of issuing documents to us that go into the border towns for dental and prescription services should be considered by the Federal Government. My wife and I are Senior citizens who have very limited income and cannot afford some of aforementioned services here in Texas. We dont get breaks. The cost of obtaining a Passport is not within our budget. We do not travel into the interior of Mexico so a method should be implemented that will allow us to use our Texas Drivers license or ID along with our original Birth Certificate.

    December 20, 2007 at 5:48 pm |
  109. Ron Ballard

    No more delays in border security is acceptable. It is going to take the involvement of all law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels to clean up the massive illegal immigration mess our government has allowed to get so out of control. America can no longer afford to be the wholesale house for freedom in the world!

    December 20, 2007 at 8:09 pm |
  110. Allen

    Yet another example of how we are selling out our culture and national security for the sake of petty economics. Fifty years ago if a politician had even hinted that national security should take a backseat to economics, they would have been ostracized by the media and their colleagues. This country is selling its soul. Shame on our politicians and shame on us for putting them where they are?

    December 21, 2007 at 5:38 am |
  111. ndrocker

    shame–pushing through all those "special earmarks" but deleting funding for border security–obviously no one in washington takes National Security very seriously. Securing our north and South borders needs to happen IMMEDIATELY! I am sick and tired of these illegal aliens crossing over. not to mention possible terrorists. what is the matter with washington and its lack of priorities!

    December 21, 2007 at 10:56 am |
  112. alan

    The Federal government should not allow any delays for any reason to any measure that would stop the daily invasion of the US.

    December 22, 2007 at 9:14 am |
  113. Wayne S.

    A friend of mine emailed me a copy of a letter he ran across. It was written somehwat in jest but the jist of the letter shows a person fed up with the talking heads walking around the halls of congress disconnected from a backbone.

    This letter does relate to those who broke line and law by coming to this country under the cloak of darkness(figuratively speaking of course, as I am aware some come here under our noses in plain daylight).

    But rather than to berate those in this country illegally he wishes to become one of them. His letter is an effective and intelligent way of making his point. All he can do is make a point. He knows he will never be able to accomplish his goal.

    Those elected to any office in this country should have one liitle sentence added to the oath they must take at their swearing in. It comes from the Hypocratic oath that medical doctors are required to take. The words I am speaking of go like this. "To first do no harm." Heck, the politicians could change it to the Hypocritic's Oath.

    Regardless of your view point concerning the subject matter, you must admit below is a cleverly drafted letter.

    Becoming Illegal

    Dear Senator

    As a legal resident of the US and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you. My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the UnitedStates for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years.

    I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out. Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I'm excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

    Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider. Once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year. Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications, as well as "in-state" tuition rates for many colleges throughout the United States for my son.

    Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the burden of renewing my driver's license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums. This is very important to me given that I still have college age children driving my car. If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative.

    Thank you for your assistance.

    Your Loyal Constituent,

    Get your Forms (NOW)!! --–Call your Internal Revenue Service 1-800-289-1040.

    December 23, 2007 at 9:38 pm |
  114. Keith Mann

    Where's the fence?" ad in several states. Now a new version has been produced with images of several senators who have pushed for passage of the "comprehensive immigration reform bill," which would give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

    Steve Elliot, president of Grassfire.org, says the new version is now airing in Nevada, Arizona, Kentucky, and Mississippi. It features images of Republican Senators Trent Lott, Mitch McConnell, John Kyl, and John McCain, along with Democrats Harry Reid and Ted Kennedy.

    "We're featuring the gentlemen we call the 'co-conspirators,' who went behind closed doors for a fourth time to bring this bill back to the Senate floor - against the clear objection of the vast majority of the American people," Elliot explains. "We want these senators, and the president, to know that we will hold them personally responsible if this bill passes."

    The conservative activist says he wants to make sure that those senators receive a message from their constituents - "and feel some pressure back from them that we are disgusted with what they have done against the clear will of the American people." Those "co-conspirators," his name John McCain is immigration policies. It can call it that is worse than his views on the Iraqi war John McCain as a warmonger and will take America further down the rabbit hole.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:30 pm |