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Time for a national discussion


July 16, 2014
The debate over the nation's border policies continues. In this region, the debate is fueled by the regular arrival of planeloads of illegal immigrants from Texas for processing at facilities in San Diego and Riverside counties. A facility to house these immigrants was recently rejected by Escondido authorities over land-use concerns. In addition, citizens of Murrieta have prevented busloads of newly-arrived illegal immigrants from being unloaded at the Murrieta Border Patrol facility.

For decades, the federal government has been largely ignoring the issue of illegal immigration. Through multiple administrations, our borders have not been secured. Now that the issue has reached a crisis stage, the federal government's only solution appears to be to transport the incoming illegal immigrants to places like Escondido or Murrieta for rapid release, presumably to other family members. This grotesque dereliction of duty, which diverts Border Patrol agents from essential duties like drug interdiction, is being orchestrated at the highest levels of the federal government.

Whatever the reasons for federal inaction may be: indifference, incompetence, political expediency or ideology, the result is the same. The nation's leaders are derelict in their sworn constitutional duty to protect our citizens, our borders, our national sovereignty.

The underlying humanitarian concerns do not outweigh the negative national consequences resulting from open borders. Failure to secure the border will lead to disaster; just ask the citizens of Iraq or Ukraine about that. I call upon responsible federal authorities to honor their oaths to the Constitution by securing the nation's borders now.

Marie Waldron

Assembly member

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