Once again the administration is gearing up for another attempt at ramming amnesty through the legislative process. Of course the duplicitous politicians, who favor this legislative betrayal of the American citizens and the countless millions of lawful immigrants and their descendants who built our nation, will tell you that Comprehensive Immigration Reform is not an amnesty because these aliens would be required to pay a fine and, perhaps, make some rudimentary effort to learn English. In point of fact, a fine to an illegal alien who has already paid thousands of dollars to a smuggler would simply think of that fine as a “surcharge” for attaining his (her) objective. Rather than waste time and effort debating if Comprehensive Immigration Reform is an amnesty, let’s consider what damage it would do to our nation and our citizens. First of all, I feel compelled to ask you a question. Why do millions of illegal aliens run our borders? That question may seem similar to the joke that asks, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” The answer to that question, of course, is, “To get to the other side!” Where the issue of illegal immigration is concerned however, there is no humor to be found. The problem is that illegal aliens who run our nation’s borders come here for a variety of reasons, and none of them are readily apparent to anyone, including our government. No matter what motivation an illegal alien has to run our border, each reason represents a violation of the laws that are intended to protect our nation and those who live in our country. When you consider the grounds under which an alien is supposed to be excluded from the United States, you quickly realize that the inspections process is not simply a formality but represents an effort to ensure national security and community safety. It must be presumed that the reason illegal aliens run our nation’s borders is because they know that they would be statutorily ineligible from entering our country for one or more reasons. By running our nation’s border and evading the inspections process, illegal aliens do not create a record of their entry into our country. They also do not have to provide evidence as to their identity. In an era of “Terror Watch Lists” and “No Fly Lists,” it is insane that the President, senior members of the Administration, “leaders” in both houses of Congress, and even some local politicians make light of millions of aliens who have managed to enter our country by circumventing the process that is supposed to protect us and then talk about how there is a need to provide these individuals with a “pathway to United States citizenship.” Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), continues to insist that the borders are more secure today than ever before. She makes this baseless assertion by citing arrest statistics. Her reasoning is that if the numbers of arrests of illegal aliens by the Border Patrol are down, then the border must be under some control. The problem is, as the saying goes, “Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure!” Where our nation’s arrest statistics are concerned I fear that the books are being cooked and so will our proverbial goose. While you may think it is unreasonable to claim that false arrest statistics are being provided I would urge you to read the news report that appeared on the Fox News website on April 19, 2011, aptly titled EXCLUSIVE: Arizona Sheriff Cites Flood of Border Agents Confirming Feds’ No-Apprehension Policy. USCIS has an abysmal record of ineptitude and corruption and is utterly incapable of handling the processing of more than 6 million applications for various benefits for aliens each year that include the conferring of resident alien status and United States citizenship upon aliens. On July 27, 2006 I was invited to provide testimony at a hearing conducted by the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims on the topic: WHETHER THE ATTEMPTED IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REID-KENNEDY IMMIGRATION BILL WILL RESULT IN AN ADMINISTRATIVE AND NATIONAL SECURITY NIGHTMARE. What I said at that hearing is every bit as applicable today as it was on the day of that hearing. (video) The outrage is that the President and politicians were elected to uphold the Constitution of the United States and yet they appear oblivious to that which is called for in the Preamble to the Constitution, which states, in part, “…insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare…” Simply stated, a country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls. Providing a pathway to United States citizenship for illegal aliens makes as much sense as providing a burglar with the key to the front door to the home he has broken into.