Are We a Nation or Something Else?

I am getting dizzy! The world (at least the U.S.) is spinning out of control!

At least it would seem that way when one considers that some of the bluer states in the country seem to be ignoring any considerations of our federal system that legally delegated responsibility for immigration regulation and control to the federal government about 235-odd years ago.

CBS News, Denver, is carrying a story about a bill currently under consideration in the state legislature that would completely ignore the illegal status of aliens living in Colorado and create an entirely separate system within Colorado that would issue “Purple Cards” (instead of the legal kind that are green) which would bestow “legal status” on resident aliens – who are otherwise illegal under federal law – so that they can continue working in Colorado and continue paying taxes. That is assuming many are actually working and paying taxes to start with.

It is apparent that legislators in Colorado have absolutely no clue about how our constitution works. Colorado joined the union of states voluntarily and its leaders swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Within that document, in Article II, the Executive Branch of our federal government is burdened with the responsibility to administer the immigration laws of the United States. This is one of the items relinquished to the central government by all of the states because there is a need for uniformity of law and enforcement throughout the entire country.

Without this being the case, our country would certainly be more screwed up than it already is today. A patchwork of different rules would be haphazard in both provisions and enforcement. It would literally be chaos every day.

Several other states, all controlled by legislatures and executives supporting the leftist views on immigration (i.e. Democrat controlled) have declared themselves sanctuaries for any illegal alien and have, at the least, refused to cooperate on detainers issued by federal agencies because of an individual’s legal status. At the worst, we have states like Colorado and California going well beyond passive non-cooperation as in California’s declaration that its entire state is a sanctuary, all the way to Colorado’s attempt at creation of their own systems that are only valid in their state.’

The way it is going, at some point we will become a chaotic group of individual states that is completely at odds with or hostile to the federal government. It would be most unfortunate if it got to that point, but it seems to be within the realm of possibility given these recent developments.

Over the past nine years, we have seen an increasingly passive federal approach to controlling our borders until President Trump took office last year. In fact, even before Barack Obama began to dismantle any semblance of border security, cross-border illegal aliens were not effectively interdicted with any regularity. When Arizona attempted to enforce the actual federal laws while Obama was in office until it was sued by Obama who claimed that they had no authority to enforce federal laws. This was and still is a novel interpretation of existing laws.

So, the question that must be asked at this point is this: Are we, or are we not a constitutional republic? A federation of states as described in our constitution? Or, are we just a geographically compact group of states that has no common connection of rules for living together in an orderly fashion?

At some point, it will become imperative that the Department of Justice take a stand, draw a line in the sand, and if necessary, act against those states that do not follow our constitution and federal laws. This is not something that requires Congressional action – something that is unlikely to happen – but rather an entirely executive decision that can be made with the stroke of a pen.

What absolutely baffles me is how these rebellious states believe that they will truly be better off allowing an uncontrolled invasion of aliens from other countries without benefit of knowing who they are or why they are in our country. San Diego residents would very likely ask some pointed questions about such a posture given the fact that even with some involvement with the federal system, the perpetrators of a mass murder in that city a few years ago still slipped through the cracks. Without some sort of organized effort to control our borders, we cease to be a sovereign nation any longer.

Is it me, or are these situations indicative of a wide-spread dysfunctional dementia within some of our state governments? I really am getting a bit out of sorts with these fools. Then, again, it might be OK to approach it this way…if we just identified the rogue states and built walls around them all. We could just pick the illegals up and drop them off at a different state each day. Might even be cheaper than international flights to ship them home.

Tom Stark

Tom Stark’s career began with Air Force service, including a year in Thailand and Vietnam, and progressed through a variety of manufacturing and service positions to Manager of Security, Safety, and Transportation for the Orange County (FL) Convention Center. He graduated from Barry University in 1994 and soon after embarked on a second career building custom furniture as an entrepreneur for the last 20 years. He unsuccessfully ran as a Tea Party candidate in the 2010 Congressional race (WV-01). Tom currently writes and advocates for smaller more prudent and less intrusive government, strengthening families and protecting life while building free market principles that make America stronger. He is now 70, retired, and residing with his wife in Weston, West Virginia.

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