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Author:  Jim Kouri
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Date:  May 17, 2006
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Illegal Immigration: POWER TO THE GRINGO?

by Jim Kouri

A representative from Mexican President Vicente Fox claims that if the US National Guard troops detain illegal aliens crossing the US-Mexico border, the Fox government will file a lawsuit against the Bush Administration in US federal court.

At first, such a scenario appears ridiculous until you remember some of the people serving as judges in the US at the state and federal levels. In the words of Ann Coulter, these are some of the people who hallucinate when they read our Constitution.

There are some political observers who believe that the American Civil Liberties Union is preparing to assist the Mexican government in such a lawsuit. In fact, the ACLU sent a statement to the Mexican government regarding their stance on immigration enforcement.

As Congress moves forward to reform our nation’s immigration laws, the ACLU said the US must reject measures that threaten to increase the bloodshed on our borders. "Innocent peoples’ lives and liberty should not be threatened by this dangerous deployment," said ACLU Director Anthony Romero.

Following President Bush's speech on Monday night, the American Civil Liberties Union urged the president and congress to reject any measures that fail to uphold the letter and spirit of our laws and encouraged lawmakers to adopt immigration reform that protects the freedom and privacy of all in America. Conservatives are wholeheartedly in favor of upholding the "letter of the law," but it's the so-called "spirit of the law" that leads to the problems in the US on a multitude of issues.

"Turning immigration enforcement policy into another military operation is not the answer. The president’s proposed deployment of National Guard troops violates the spirit of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the military from getting into the business of civilian law enforcement," says Romero.

Mr. Romero failed to mention how National Guard troops are routinely deployed fully armed for disasters such as Katrina or terrorist attacks such as 9-11. In fact, during riots and other dangerous incidents, Guard troops are deployed without hesitation on the part of elected officials.

"Our government and people have long recognized that federal law enforcement officers are the best equipped and trained to deal with these kinds of civilian law enforcement needs. Soldiers are trained to kill the enemy, and they lack the training to conduct proper law enforcement. Furthermore, they lack training to respect and protect border community residents’ civil liberties and safety. History has shown the dangers of using the military to engage in domestic law enforcement activities," said Romero.

Ask America's law enforcement about the ACLU and you will get an earful about their anti-law enforcement actions. Suddenly, law enforcement officers are being praised by Romero, while his statements conjure up visions of Nazi stormtroopers. I'm certain Sen. Dick Durbin will concur with the ACLU on that characterization of US troops: A horde of mercilous criminals preying upon the poor drug traffckers, human smugglers, criminal aliens and others.

Meanwhile in Mexico, the popular left-wing newspaper La Jornada saw the move as a show of force by Mexico's much more powerful neighbor, six weeks before presidential elections in Mexico.

"Installing National Guard support bases on the border is a way of warning Mexican voters... that the relationship with the United States could get dangerously complicated if a president is elected who does not understand the gringo power," wrote the paper's columnist Julio Hernández López. That's right, Mr. Leftie, Power to the Gringo!

In a statement likely to swell his lead in the opinion polls, presidential candidate Felipe Calderon, from President Vicente Fox's own PAN party, was quick to add his own condemnation of the deployment of national guardsmen.

"The focus on more security for the frontier, and the temporary use of the National Guard... has been seen in the past to be misguided," Mr Calderon said.    

Jim Kouri
Chief of Police Magazine (Contributing Editor)

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Biography - Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com,, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.

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