By Jon Christian Ryter
December 9, 2007
Illegal aliens, on the other hand, aren't immigrants. They are foreign nationals who could not come here legally because [a] they lacked specific work skills to find sustainable work —and they lacked a sponsor in the United States who agreed to hire them, [b] they had criminal records or some other disqualifying condition that could have been medical, or psychological or they didn't possess even the most rudiment educational skills, or [c] both of the above. Illegal immigrants are like any other criminal who breaks into your house in the middle of the night to steal anything of wealth that you possess. They are felons. Simply put, illegals crossing our borders are no different than a thief breaking into your home. Stealing into the United States is a felony.
Law enforcement officers who have reason to believe that suspects they stop for any reason may be illegal, and do not check the legal status of that person, or detain them if they here illegally, have committed a federal felony under the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii) themselves. This felony is punishable by a fine of $10 thousand per infraction or imprisonment in a federal penitentiary for not more than five (5) years—or both.
Persons, groups of persons, businesses, corporations, advocacy groups or any social engineer that helps an illegal has committed a Section 274 federal felony whenever they assist an illegal. You are guilty if common sense tells you its reasonable to assume the person you are helping is, or could be, an illegal aliens, by employing them, providing them shelter, transporting them from one place to another, or assisting them from gaining employment, or even by encouraging the illegal alien to remain this country by making it easier for them to remain here.
Any such person, groups of persons, businesses, corporations, or advocacy groups have committed a federal felony under the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii) that is punishable by a fine of $10 thousand per infraction or imprisonment in a federal penitentiary for not more than five (5) years—or both. In the case of politicians, the Constitution requires, first, that they be impeached and removed from office, then charged with the crimes they committed.
Under the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act persons caught assisting illegals will also forfeit all assets possessed by them which were used by them to assist the illegal aliens, such as their vehicles if they used them to transport illegals. their homes if they harbored illegals by offering them sanctuary. If illegals being harbored by advocacy groups who shelter them commit crimes, those advocacy groups can be held liable for damages for the financial losses of crimes committed by illegals they are shielding under Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii)). The Federal Immigration and Nationality Act provides for treble damages to victims of crimes committed by illegals who would likely have not been in that locality had it not been for the sanctuary group aiding them.
Civil servants—mayors, governors, city or town managers or city or county commissioners, Congressmen, Senators, or Presidents who create sanctuary cities, towns, villages, counties or States by providing to illegals with forms of identification that are banned by federal law to anyone without proof of citizenship—will have committed a federal felony under the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii) that is punishable by a fine of $10 thousand per infraction or imprisonment in a federal penitentiary for not more than five (5) years—or both. In the case of politicians, the Constitution requires, first, that they be impeached and removed from office, then charged with the crimes they committed.
No United States citizen—not even the President—is immune from obeying the laws of the nation although Bill and Hillary Clinton and Al Gore, Jr. acted as though they were immune. Congressmen and Senators cannot be arrested while Congress is in session. But they have not been granted immunity from prosecution for crimes they commit while in office. Several sitting members of Congress—most recently Congressmen Randy "Duke" Cunningham [R-CA], and William Jefferson [D-LA] were indicted while serving in Congress. A few years ago James Traficant [D-OH] ended up in federal slammer. Jefferson, who has not yet had his day in court has been indicted on 16 racketeering and money-laundering charges that carry a potential prison sentence of 235 years—if he's found guilty on all counts and sentenced to serve them consecutively. US Senator Robert G. Torricelli [D-NJ] resigned his US Senate even though the US Justice Department did not have enough evidence to indict him. Torricelli knew if he remained in the Senate he would remain a target of the US Attorney's office who would continue to dig until they had enough evidence to put him away.
The point of this verbal exercise is simply this: elected politicians think they have a special prerogative that allows them to waive federal laws whenever it suits them. They believe this because they know when the Founding Fathers structured our system of governance, the States were superior to the central government. They ignore the fact that their granddaddy's stood by with their thumbs up their butts saying nothing when Woodrow Wilson's Solicitor General Joshua Reuben Clark unconstitutionally made a judicial ruling that needed to be made by the Supreme Court that the multiplicity of errors in the 17th Amendment resolutions did not invalidate them. Clark erased the separation of powers by declaring the 17th Amendment duly ratified on April 13, 1913.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer decided it would be convenient—not for the illegal aliens but for the Democratic Party—if illegals could get State-issued drivers' licenses (since the Motor Voter law would let them vote in 2008). Spitzer angered his own legislature by issuing an Executive Order mandating that counties issue drivers' licenses to illegals. Spitzer violated Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii) of the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act. As the chief executive of the State, he has a responsibility to make sure that all federal laws are enforced within his jurisdiction—specifically the Real ID Act of 2005 that requires all citizens to [a] produce a birth certificate to prove they are a citizen, [b] confirm where they live—a physical address not a PO Box—and [c] it requires States to merge their drivers' license database into a national database in order to make it more difficult for people to fraudulently obtain a driver's license in another State if their license has suspended in the State in which they live, or if they try to secure a license under another name (since the photos and fingerprints are run to find duplicates). Spitzer's decision to violate the Real ID Act of 2005 should have brought about his impeachment and arrest. But the social progressives in New York who want illegals to have drivers' licenses so they can vote Hillary Clinton into office in 2008 aren't going to push for Spitzer's impeachment, arrest and conviction for violating Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii) of the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act.
It is important for American citizens to understand that if they have specific knowledge that any other citizen has violated Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii) of the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act they have an obligation to file a complaint against the person who committed that violation with the law enforcement division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] with jurisdiction over that particular violation of the law. Until someone files a complaint against the citizen, city official, county official or State and/or federal official, nothing will happen to the person who chose to violate Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii). In other words, when the New York Times or New York Post reports that a politician has poisoned its voter pool by giving non-citizens the means and opportunity to vote in that State's election deserves to be incarcerated for a long time because he or she has stolen a fair election from all the people has not filed charges—they merely reported the news. The news report does not constitute filing charges.
A real person must file real charges against the real person who violated Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii)) before that person—whether an employer, a social progressive do-gooder, a city or county official, or a governor—can be prosecuted for violating that federal law. Until "We the People" hold everyone's feet to the fire, the laws legislated by the elite apply only to the working class and not those who write them. Until we force the issue on the equality of the law, the laws will never be applied equally.
Social progressive city officials—mayors or council members—do not have the authority to waive federal law and create sanctuary cities to protect illegal aliens. Even if they pass ordinances granting themselves the power to do so, social progressive mayors or council members don't have the legal authority to order police agencies under their jurisdiction not to enforce federal law. In fact, when they are ordered not to enforce federal law, police officers are duty-bound to file criminal charges against that mayor or those city or county officials for violating Section 8 USC 1324[a](1)(A)[iv][b](iii). If they fail to do so, the citizens in those cities need to file charges with the State Attorney General against those officials—and the police officers who are aiding and abetting the bureaucrats in committing a Section 274 federal felony.
Petty politicians need to understand they are as obligated to obey the law as much as you and me. And, if they don't, they need to go to jail. Have you wondered by celebrities are seldom found guilty of serious crimes everyone knows they committed, and pop tarts spent 70 to 80 hours in jail for infractions that you and I would spend 30 days to 6 months in the slammer for? Because we think they are someone important, they believe they're immune from the law—and the media thinks so, too. We're all wrong. And, its time to hold everyone's feet to the legal fire. If we are all equally accountable under the law—then anyone who violates the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 and 1965 belongs in jail. I don't think either of those laws say if you're a VIP you don't have to obey the law.
The American people must understand one simple fact about illegals—all of them are felons. Entering the United States without a visa authorizing you to be here is a felony. People who aid illegals are aiding and abetting a felon—and that's a felony. That means you, too, may go to jail. If they commit a crime while you are helping them, you are liable—three times over.
When we debate the issue of the "poor people south of the border who only want what we have," think about it in terms of the felon who breaks into your home in the middle of the night and steals your money, your plasma TV, your laptop and desktop computers, your great-grandmother's silver that has been in the family for close to a hundred years,and anything else of value that's not nailed down. The thief then loads it all in your new Ford 350 extended-cab pickup and disappears into the night. Both are felons. Both want what you possess. And, without a twinge of conscience, both will steal everything you own. But in addition to your material possessions, the illegal will also steal your job or the value of the work you do to feed and care for your family.
The social progressives, secure in their life-tenured government jobs or generational family wealth, argue that the illegals who cross our borders in the dead of night—or make their wild dash across the border at midday, dodging cars in fast moving lanes of traffic knowing the Border Patrol agents will not risk their lives in foot pursuit, are basically honest, hardworking Mexicans who simply want what we have. Assuming that it is true, it changes the minute they cross the border. Because at that moment they became a felon. And, because they are, society must learn to treat them as felons.
That should not be too hard since many of them were felons before they began their trek across the border. Those who weren't when they came quickly become thieves when they learn that the streets of America are not paved in free gold, and that the employers along Main Street America who cater to English-speaking US citizens do not want to hire illegals who can't speak fluent English at any price. They need employees their customers can communicate with. As a result, even those who came with clean hands get dirty very quickly when their stomach begins to rumble and they need a warm, dry place to sleep. To the criminally-intent, America is a smorgasbord of opportunity for the lowlifes of the world—not just Mexico. Mexico has simply become the primary swinging door through which the misfits of the world enter to feast on the wealth or naivete of the American people—particularly since the door is ajar and no one is watching. For part three click below.
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Jon Christian Ryter is the pseudonym of a former newspaper reporter with the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel. He authored a syndicated newspaper column, Answers From The Bible, from the mid-1970s until 1985. Answers From The Bible was read weekly in many suburban markets in the United States.
Today, Jon is an advertising executive with the Washington Times. His website, www.jonchristianryter.com has helped him establish a network of mid-to senior-level Washington insiders who now provide him with a steady stream of material for use both in his books and in the investigative reports that are found on his website.