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Illegal immigration has become one of the most
ridiculous arguments I've heard in my lifetime.  As a
police officer, you're going to listen to people
everyday trying to convince you of things totally
devoid of any logic.  If you extrapolate some of the
goofy viewpoints you're going to hear to a macro
level, you'll have all kinds of comparisons to today's
views on illegal immigration.

It will depend upon where you begin your police
career as to how much exposure you'll have
regarding illegal immigration.  However, since no
one really knows how many people are residing in
this country illegally, you may encounter more
illegals than you might imagine.
As an individual police officer, there's really not
much you can do to affect whatever policies are in
place within your department regarding illegal
aliens.  Anytime any situations or circumstances
involved with your law enforcement duties become
politicized, your best response is to take a step
back and wait for direction.  When it comes to illegal
immigration, you're looking at a totally politicized
problem with little, to nothing, being done to solve
the problem.

Illegal immigration isn't unique by any means.  
There's a lot of people, and politicians, who throw
up their hands when faced with any number of
social problems.  Their solution is most often to
make something legal if, in their view, it's too much
trouble to deal with the illegal issue.  If these same
people had everything their way, every drug under
the Sun would be legal...except tobacco, of course.

The most ridiculous part of the illegal immigration
argument I've heard is the part where, "You can't
kick out eleven million people."  The response to
that is simple, you don't have to kick out eleven
million people.  You'll learn very quickly that when
you begin enforcing laws against a particular
criminal activity, the activity immediately begins to
recede, and you'll be amazed just how quickly you'll
be able to reduce that criminal activity to a
manageable level.

Here's another view of the
smart people, "Most
illegal immigrants are not criminals."  Of course
they're criminals.  Doesn't anyone know what
illegal
means?  Oh, I know where they're coming
from...they're just displaying their compassionate
side.  Perhaps, when you earn some extra money,
and you forget to pay income tax on that money,
they'll come to your defense as well when the IRS
catches up to you.  Okay, I'm being sarcastic.
Let's assume that most illegal immigrants are not
criminals when defining criminals who are dangerous
to one's life and limb.  In that case, enforcing laws,
already in place, against illegal immigration should
have an immediate and lasting effect.  Police
officers, for obvious reasons, have a better grasp of
the effects law enforcement have on people than
those who know everything about everything.  Law
abiding people -- I love the term
law abiding --
break laws everyday.  Sure, they're mostly  minor
violations that go ignored; until, those violations
begin to bother others.  As soon as those
violations are addressed with enforcement, the
violations cease.  Traffic enforcement is a perfect
and obvious example.

I know, "How can you compare traffic violations to
illegal immigration?"  Well, if most illegal immigrants
aren't criminals, that means they're law abiding
people who, like every other law abiding person, will
fall into line with a little bit of law enforcement.  I
happen to believe that most illegals are not criminals
in the true sense of the word.  But...just like every
other law abiding person, they'll violate any law that
they do not view as morally reprehensible, or, more
to the point, a law that is rarely enforced.  The
truth of this point is the act of entering this country
illegally.

The smart people are on a roll, "Physical barriers
don't work."  Again, of course physical barriers
work.  People who say, "They'll just dig a tunnel
under a fence" have obviously never had to dig a
ditch.  I like this one, "If you build a thirty foot
fence, they'll just use a thirty-one foot ladder."  
These people simply don't know what they're talking
about.

Physical barriers come in two forms... impregnable
and really inconvenient.  Forget about impregnable.  
As a police officer, you'll see the effectiveness of the
inconvenient barrier in the form of the
gated
community
.  A gated community with a few
sensors and a couple of security guards do
wonders in keeping the criminals out even if the
community is situated within a high crime
neighborhood.  The robbers and burglars know that
if they're detected while trying to gain entry, you'll
be called to deal with them.  I'd love to know how
many of the high profile critics of a southern border
fence themselves live in gated communities?

The real reason that real solutions to illegal
immigration are yet to be applied is simply because
the problem hasn't yet reached an intolerable level.  
Sure, it's intolerable for a lot of people bearing the
brunt of the problem.  At some point, the politicians
and critics will move on to something else, and law
enforcement will be free to conduct law
enforcement.  
Illegal
Immigration
"When it comes to illegal immigration, you're
looking at a totally politicized problem with
little, to nothing, being done to solve the
problem." ~ Barry M. Baker

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