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While working on a series of articles and prayers based on themes from Governor Huckabee's latest book, A Simple Government, I was impressed with the need to share this subject further. Huckabee has grappled with what is a vital subject to our nation, yet it is also an emotionally-charged issue. He certainly approaches the subject with compassion for people, yet firmness on law and the need for national security.


Chapter 8: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors (part 2)

Huckabee writes:
On Amnesty:
The American people have been burned by the failed immigration “reforms” of 1965 and 1986, which didn’t seal our border and only made the problem worse. Amnesty doesn’t just reward those who have broken our laws; it encourages more people to come. If we don’t take our own laws seriously, why should those who want to come here?

...Typically, when someone from Washington talks about “immigration reform,” they’re talking about amnesty...[Sen. Chuck Schumer blueprint] wanted illegals currently here to pay a fine and back taxes and then have “provisional status” for eight years. Amnesty was and is always a terrible idea.

...What the President doesn’t seem to understand is that securing the border is not a political bargaining chip; it is a federal obligation and duty.

Securing the border is also a national-security issue and an important part of the war on terror. (A Simple Government, pg. 134-136)

On Arizona on the Front Lines:
As the state with the highest incidence of illegal border crossings, Arizona has an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants, and in the words of Gov. Brewer, Arizonans “have been more than patient waiting for Washington to act. But decades of federal inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation.”

Arizona’s controversial law?...Federal law requires certain aliens to register with the federal government and carry their registration documents at all times. What the Arizona law does (at least the part that’s drawing so much attention) is obligate a law enforcement officer, when making a lawful stop, detention, or arrest, to make an attempt to determine a person’s immigration status if there is probable cause to suspect the person is an alien not in possession of the required legal documents. Basically, it tasks state and local law enforcement with helping enforce federal immigration law. This is Arizona trying to step in and get the job done where the feds are not. It’s a strategy called “attrition through enforcement,” and to me it sounds an awful lot like plain old law enforcement...

Drug trafficking has made Phoenix the kidnapping capitol of the United States, second in the world to Mexico City. But just as illegals wouldn’t come if we didn’t give them jobs, they wouldn’t come if we didn’t provide a market for their drugs. The 2009 National Survey of Drug Use and Health found that twenty-one million Americans (ages twelve and older) admitted using illegal drugs within the last month...

Instead of securing the border, the Obama administration put up signs in Arizona warning Americans not to travel on their own roads, in their own country, because of drug-related violence. The signs read “DANGER--PUBLIC WARNING, TRAVEL NOT RECOMMENDED.” The administration surrendered sovereignty over our territory, ceding it to lawless thugs, as if we were Somalia or Yemen. (pg. 136-138)

How Dare You Enforce the Law!

Governor Brewer asked President Obama for more troops for the border, and his response was to send a busload of lawyers instead. The Arizona law finally pushed the federal government into taking action--unfortunately, it decided to sue Arizona!...I consider this lawsuit a misdirected expression of frustration over Arizona’s calling him out on that broken system. The lawsuit wastes taxpayer money and government resources that should be used to go after illegals, not the American victims of government abdication.

The Arizona law is constitutional because it is consistent with federal law, and the state was simply conduction “concurrent enforcement.” A state law does not violate the Constitution’s supremacy clause unless it conflicts with federal law...

Mexican President Felipe Calderon:“The Mexican government condemns the approval of the law” and “the criminalization of migration, far from contributing to collaboration between Mexico and the state of Arizona, represents an obstacle to solving the shared problems of the border region. President Calderon makes an interesting choice of words here--it’s not “migration” that Arizona has criminalized; it’s illegal migration (which was criminalized by the federal government) that Arizona is seeking to curb by simply enforcing the law...

But states shouldn’t have to do this. It is one of the few things the national government is actually supposed to do, and yet, despite how big the government has gotten and how much they spend, the feds can’t seem to take responsibility. Instead of policing the states, they should police those who are actually breaking the law. (pg.138-140)

Secure the Borders
But securing the border is a broader concept than simply preventing people from crossing. It includes discouraging people from approaching the border in the first place. Illegals must view our border not as an obstacle to overcome but as a dead end with no opportunity for them on the other side. So securing our border means securing our workplaces. Illegals are doing many of our jobs only because the federal government isn’t doing its job. If illegals can’t find work, those who are here will leave, and those who would consider coming will stay home. We must enforce the law and we must go after employers with hefty fines and prison time for repeat offenders. As one attorney who represents illegal immigrants said, “It’s like our border has two signs: ‘Keep Out’ and ‘Help Wanted.’” We can’t have it both ways. (pg. 140-141)

Americans Need Jobs Too
As I said at the outset, the problem isn’t immigrants; it’s immigrants that we don’t choose. This is our country; we have to decide who comes here and who stays here...

George Washington wrote in a 1794 letter to John Adams that there was no particular need to encourage immigration, “except of useful mechanics and some particular descriptions of men or professions.” (pg. 142)

If You’re Stuck in a Hole, the First Thing to Do Is to Stop Digging
Immigration reform is not easy and will require a multipronged strategy...An estimated eleven to thirteen million illegal aliens are already living among us. But we cant’ even begin to untie this knotty mess until we secure the border and stop the constant flow of illegal crossings adding to the problem. When you can’t control entry, you don’t have an immigration system; you have a free-for-all...

There is no single, clear answer to the illegal immigration problem, but there is a single, clear first step--secure the border. Only then can true immigration reform take place (pg. 143- End of quotes from A Simple Government)

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The Proverbs:
"My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

"Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil,
It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones." (Proverbs 3:1-8)

The above is from the series of articles called STRONG FAITH AND SIMPLE GOVERNMENT you can find on our prayer thread here. It is a review of the chapters and themes of Huckabee's newest book, along with Proverbs and prayer suggestions.

We invite you to come to the prayer thread if you are interested in following the daily prayers for Governor Huckabee. Right now, German4Huckabee is helping out, and today is another praise and worship post that is awesome! It will bring a bit of blessing into your lives.

Please join us with the best weapons we could employ in Huck's Army--truth and prayer! Governor Huckabee has said that he appreciates as much as anything our prayer support.


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