Monday, May 15, 2006

Summer baseball fun

My family is big into baseball. This is the sixth season of the Round Rock Express, currently the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. My dad has always been a baseball fan, but my sisters never really followed baseball before that first season of minor league ball the summer of 2000, but they fell in love with the game. They are currently on their way back from Houston after watching the Astros lose 10-1 to the Giants. At least Barry Bond didn't hit his 714th home run tonight.....

When the Express first came to Round Rock as the Astros Double-A affiliate, I was still living in Arkansas, but I always managed to take a summer vacation. I enjoyed going to the games with my family, but it gets really hot and sticky, sitting out on the right field berm in the Texas summer heat. Berm tickets were only $4, and when my dad bought them with his military ID, he got another dollar off, so it was cheap entertainment.

My sisters learned the players and learned the game. They have enjoyed seeing the players they have watched with the Express get called up to the majors. Players like Roy Oswalt, Jason Lane, Eric Bruntlett, Mike Gallo, Wandy Rodriguez, and most recently Joe McEwing who got the call after Chris Burke (also an Express alum) went on the DL as a result of running into a wall…. My sisters befriended a lot of the ushers out at the ballpark, and now work out at the games.

My sisters are ushers, so although they have to ride herd on often unruly children out at the ballpark, they get to see most of the ballgame. Not bad, getting paid to watch baseball. In addition to ushering, they also help out in the clubhouse (after the players have cleared out, of course…). My sisters get to talk to the players, and some are sort-of friends. My sisters love being called “sweetie” by, and getting pecks on the cheek from, Luke Scott, and they have been known to bake “Home Run” cakes for the players, especially when it helps to win a game. So far this season, Luke and Brooks Conrad have both gotten cakes, and for the same game…

As a family, we haven’t had to pay for tickets much for the past several seasons. My sisters “know people”, and more often than not, we get put on the pass list. The last game of the last homestand, we got some really choice seats: first row next to the Express dugout – the seats belonging to the “Ryan family”. As in Nolan Ryan. That was pretty cool! We were only “in danger” once, when Luke Scott fouled in our direction, but it hit the wall in front of us. We won’t get seats like that too much. I usually make the rounds of the ballpark a couple of times during the game to visit with my sisters while they are working, but I wanted to make the most of our front row seats last Monday! So far this spring, the weather has been great for all the games I’ve gone to (except for one with a rain delay). Last spring, I had to go into the Railyard and buy a blanket, it was so cold. We won’t have to worry about that for the rest of this season. It’s been hot, and it will only get hotter...

I told Ben that if he can get to the point this baseball season where he can leave the hospital for a few hours, I’d take him to a game. Football might be his favorite sport, but going to baseball games is lots of fun. And right now, the Express are a half game out of first place in their division, with a record of 22-13.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Never Forget

I read this over at Cassandra's place this morning. This kind of thing just pisses me off...

I will never forget. Although my father was in the Army for almost twenty-seven years, he never saw combat. He enlisted in December 1964, but instead of becoming a helicopter pilot, as was his first choice, since all four of the available slots went to active duty personnel instead of recruits like my dad, he ended up going to DLI (Defense Language Institution), becoming a German linguist and going into MI. My dad was a Cold Warrior. He would go into the field, and although people can get hurt in training exercises, nothing ever happened to my dad. I can only think how things might be different if he had become a helicopter pilot like he had wanted to. I have no doubt he would have been sent to Vietnam. That being the case, I realize I might not be here today if he had become a helicopter pilot, because he might not have come back to my mother.

Several years ago, while living in Arkansas, I "adopted" an MIA. The MIA I was given is James William Holt. The information I received gave his rank as "SFC", Sergeant First Class. However, I found myself in DC on a business trip in the spring of 1998, and when I looked up his name in the books to find his name on The Wall, it showed him as "MSG", Master Sergeant. Not sure why there was a difference, unless he was promoted after he was MIA. I guess that's not unreasonable, since I've heard of posthumous promotions. James Holt was born in Hope, Arkansas. I don't know if he left behind any family.

Here is the story of how James went MIA from the P.O.W. Network:

Shortly after midnight on February 7, 1968, a combined NVA infantry-tank assault drove into Lang Vei. Two PT-76 tanks threatened the outer perimeter of the camp as infantry rushed behind them. SFC James W. Holt destroyed both tanks with shots from his 106mm recoilless rifle. More tanks came around the burning hulks of the first two tanks and began to roll over the 104th CIDG Company's defensive positions. SSgt. Peter Tiroch, the assistant intelligence sergeant, ran over to Holt's position and helped load the weapon. Holt quickly lined up a third tank in his sights and destroyed it with a direct hit. After a second shot at the tank, Holt and Tiroch eft the weapons pit just before it was demolished by return cannon fire. Tiroch watched Holt run over to the ammunition bunker to look for some hand-held Light Anti-tank Weapons (LAWs). It was the last time Holt was ever seen.

LtCol. Schungel, 1Lt. Longgrear, SSgt. Arthur Brooks, Sgt. Nikolas Fragos, SP4 William G. McMurry, Jr., and LLDB Lt. Quy desperately tried to stop the tanks with LAWs and grenades. They even climbed on the plated engine decks, trying to pry open hatches to blast out the crews. NVA infantrymen followed the vehicles closely, dusting their sides with automatic rifle fire. One tank was stopped by five direct hits, and the crew killed as they tried to abandon the vehicle. 1Lt. Miles R. Wilkins, the detachment executive officer, left the mortar pit with several LAWs and fought a running engagement with one tank beside the team house without much success.

Along the outer perimeters, the mobile strike force outpost was receiving fire. Both Kenneth Hanna, a heavy weapons specialist, and Charles W. Lindewald, 12th Mobile Strike Force platoon leader, were wounded. Hanna, wounded in the scalp, left shoulder and arm tried to administer first aid to Lindewald. The two were last seen just before their position was overrun. Harvey Brande spoke with them by radio and Hanna indicated that Lindewald was then dead, and that he himself was badly wounded. Daniel R. Phillips, a demolitions specialist, was wounded in the face and was last seen trying to evade North Vietnamese armor by going through the northern perimeter wire. NVA sappers armed with satchel charges, tear gas grenades and flamethrowers fought through the 101st, 102nd and 103rd CIDG perimeter trenches and captured both ends of the compound by 2:30 a.m. Spearheaded by tanks, they stormed the inner compound. LtCol. Schungel and his tank-killer personnel moved back to the command bunker for more LAWs. They were pinned behind a row of dirt and rock filled drums by a tank that had just destroyed one of the mortar pits. A LAW was fired against the tank with no effect. The cannon swung around and blasted the barrels in front of the bunker entrance. The explosion temporarily blinded McMurry and mangled his hands, pitched a heavy drum on top of Lt. Wilkins and knocked Schungel flat. Lt. Quy managed to escape to another section of the camp, but the approach of yet another tank prevented Schungel and Wilkins from following. At some point during this period, McMurry, a radioman, disappeared.

The tank, which was shooting at the camp observation post, was destroyed with a LAW. Schungel helped Wilkins over to the team house, where he left both doors ajar and watched for approaching NVA soldiers. Wilkins was incapacitated and weaponless, and Schungel had only two grenades and two magazines of ammunition left. He used one magazine to kill a closely huddled five-man sapper squad coming toward the building. He fed his last magazine into his rifle as the team house was rocked with explosions and bullets. The two limped over to the dispensary, which was occupied by NVA soldiers, and hid underneath it, behind a wall of sandbags.

At some point, Brande, Thompson and at least one Vietnamese interpreter were captured by the North Vietnamese. Thompson was uninjured, but Brande had taken shrapnel in his leg. Brande and Thompson were held separately for a week, then rejoined in Laos. Joined with them was McMurry, who had also been captured from the camp. The three were moved up the Ho Chi Minh trail to North Vietnam and held until 1973. The U.S. did not immediately realize they had been captured, and carried them in Missing in Action status thoughout the rest of the war, although Brande's photo was positively identified by a defector in April 1969 as being a Prisoner of War. A Vietnamese interpreter captured from the camp told Brande later that he had seen both Lindewald and Hanna, and that they both were dead.

Several personnel, including Capt. Willoughby, SP4 James L. Moreland, the medic for the mobile strike force, and Lt. Quan, the LLDB camp commander, were trapped in the underground level of the command bunker. Lt. Longgrear had also retreated to the command bunker. Satchel charges, thermite grenades and gas grenades were shoved down the bunker air vents, and breathing was very difficult. Some soldiers had gas masks, but others had only handkerchiefs or gauze from their first aid packets.

The NVA announced they were going to blow up the bunker, and the LLDB personnel walked up the stairs to surrender, and were summarily executed. At dawn, two large charges were put down the vent shaft and detonated, partially demolishing the north wall and creating a large hole through which grenades were pitched. The bunker defenders used upturned furniture and debris to shield themselves. Willoughby was badly wounded by grenade fragments and passed out at 8:30 a.m. Moreland had been wounded and became delirious after receiving a head injury in the final bunker explosion. Incredibly, the battle was still going on in other parts of the camp.

Aircraft had been strafing the ravines and roads since 1:00 a.m. Throughout the battle, the Laotians refused to participate, saying they would attack at first light. Sfc. Eugene Ashley, Jr., the intelligence sergeant, led two assistant medical specialists, Sgt. Richard H. Allen and SP4 Joel Johnson as they mustered 60 of the Laotian soldiers and counterattacked into Lang Vei. The Laotians bolted when a NVA machine gun crew opened fire on them, forcing the three Americans to withdraw.

Team Sfc. William T. Craig and SSgt. Tiroch had chased tanks throughout the night with everything from M-79 grenade launchers to a .50 caliber machine gun. After it had become apparent that the camp had been overrun, they escaped outside the wire and took temporary refuge in a creek bed. After daylight, they saw Ashley's counterattack force and joined him. The Special Forces sergeants persuaded more defenders fleeing down Route 9 to assist them and tried second, third and fourth assaults. Between each assault, Ashley directed airstrikes on the NVA defensive line, while the other Special Forces soldiers gathered tribal warriors for yet another attempt. On the fifth counterattack, Ashley was mortally wounded only thirty yards from the command bunker.

Capt. Willoughby had regained consciousness in the bunker about 10:00 a.m. and established radio contact with the counterattacking Americans. The continual American airstrikes had forced the North Vietnamese to begin withdrawing from the camp. Col. Schungel and Lt. Wilkins emerged from under the dispensary after it was vacated by the North Vietnamese and hobbled out of the camp.

The personnel in the bunker also left in response to orders to immediately evacuate the camp. They carried Sgt. John D. Early, who had been badly wounded by shrapnel while manning the tower, but were forced to leave SP4 Moreland inside the bunker. 1Lt. Thomas D. Todd, an engineer officer in charge of upgrading Lang Vei's airstrip, held out in the medical bunker throughout the battle. That afternoon, he was the last American to pass through the ruined command bunker. He saw Moreland, who appeared to be dead, covered with debris.

Maj. George Quamo gathered a few dozen Special Forces commando volunteers from the MACV-SOG base at Khe Sanh (FOB #3) and led a heroic reinforcing mission into Lang Vei. His arrival enabled the Lang Vei defenders to evacuate the area, many by Marine helicopters in the late afternoon.

Sgt. Richard H. Allen - Survivor
Sfc Eugene Ashley, Jr. - Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for Lang Vei
Harvey Gordon Brande - Captured - released POW in 1973
SSgt. Arthur Brooks - Survivor
Sfc. William T. Craig - Survivor
Sgt. John D. Early - Survivor
Sgt. Nikolas Fragos - Survivor
Kenneth Hanna - Missing In Action
James William Holt - Missing In Action
SP4 Joel Johnson - Survivor
Charles Wesley Lindewald, Jr. - Missing In Action
1Lt. Paul R. Longgrear - Survivor
SP4 William G. McMurry - Captured - released POW in 1973
James Leslie Moreland - Missing In Action
Daniel Raymond Phillips - Missing In Action
Maj. George Quamo - Killed in Action April 14, 1968
Lt. Quy - Survivor
LtCol. Daniel F. Schungel-appointed deputy commander of the 5th Special Forces
Dennis L. Thompson - Captured - released POW in 1973
SSgt. Peter Tiroch - Survivor
1Lt. Thomas D. Todd - Survivor
1Lt. Miles R. Wilkins - Survivor
Capt. Frank C. Willoughby - Survivor

Never forget.

(Updated 2/4/11 with new link, as Cassandra will eventually shut down Villainous Company, but has given me permission to re-post selected pieces of her writing elsewhere.)

Friday, May 5, 2006

What I will do with my two week vacation:

In two weeks, I will be an unemployed graduate student. In order to be able to complete my course work in time to student teach in the fall and graduate in December, I will not be able to continue my employment this summer. Summer classes are only offered during the day, run two hours long, and are five days a week for a four week session. I will be taking four classes over the two summer terms. That kinda puts a wrench in the 8:30-3:00 part-time office job I'm in....

All this being said, I haven't had two weeks of no real responsibilities since graduating with my Bachelor's degree in May 1992. When I was looking at the calendar to determine my last day of work in relation to the beginning of summer school, I decided to allow myself a two week break. But, I also didn't want to just sit around doing pretty much nothing, and I'm not in a position to go off somewhere at the moment. I also know that I'd go stir crazy sitting around the house for 16 days straight. So, I will be doing some volunteer work for a group of people who are near and dear to my heart. I will be supporting our soldiers.

Being supportive of the military is something I grew up with. After all, I grew up in the military, in a manner of speaking. My father enlisted in the US Army in December of 1964 and made a career of it. He did not retire from the Army until August 1991. So, I'm not one of those people who just jumped on the "Support the Troops" bandwagon - it's a part of who I am.

I first "supported the troops" during Desert Shield/Desert Storm by writing a letter to "Any Servicemember" through Operation Dear Abby. I received a letter back, and had a pen pal. I sent lots of mail and care packages, to include "homemade" from a box brownies packed in an empty coffee or Crisco can, to help keep the brownies from getting crushed. As can be expected, when my soldier was no longer deployed, I stopped hearing from him. I sometimes wonder what became of him.

Then, when we sent troops into Bosnia, I did the same thing again, and again got letters back. But, as is the usual pattern, once the soldier returned to the States, I no longer heard from him.

Even though we continued to have our military deployed or stationed in Saudi Arabi and Bosnia after it was no longer in the news all the time, the drives to get the American public to send mail and care packages weren't really publicized, so I never "replaced" pen pals once I stopped receiving mail from them. However, after a number of years, I decided I wanted to pick up this "hobby" again, but I found that the Operation Dear Abby was only in operation at the holidays, so I couldn't send off a letter at that point in time. Then came 9/11....

I had posted a comment somewhere on the internet saying I was looking for a pen pal. I received an email back from a man asking me to write to his son, who was with the 10th Mountain Division, and had been involved in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. I wrote letters, but never heard back. After all, what do I have in common with a young man barely out of high school?

After 9/11, people wanting to support the troops started showing up and/or getting publicity. I found both AdoptAPlatoon, and eMailOurMilitary, and signed up to get pen pals. Didn't get much snail mail back. Had mostly Navy e-pals, since they have much easier access to email all the time when they are on a ship. Then, I found two years ago. I can't tell you how many contacts I've sent letters off to through that website. I read every single new post daily until last summer when I became a grad student, and my free time shrank dramatically. I still kept up with my pen pals that I already had, but I stopped sending out new letters because I knew I wouldn't be able to respond to anyone I heard back from like I would want to. This past semester really had me swamped!

With my semester winding down, and knowing I might have more free time in the summer months, I signed up with Soldier's Angels when they put out the word they needed people to send mail to new contacts they had. I got a new address, and have been sending (usually) weekly notes to this new pen pal over the last couple of months, but I've only been able to send out one package (takes time to do the packing and filing out of the customs form, and then you still have to go stand in line at the post office) to this new guy. Haven't heard back from him, but that's okay. I'll continue until he's not deployed anymore.

Now that I am a member of Soldier's Angels, I receive emails about what is going on. I recently received an email that an injured Marine was coming to my neck of the woods. This young Marine had recently returned from Iraq unscathed, only to be hit by a car almost immediately upon his return. This Marine was very seriously injured. His family is from my state, and since he will have to undergo lots of physical therapy, his family arranged to have him transferred closer to them. The rehab center is about 3 miles from my house. Although I haven't visited yet (he's just barely arrived here), I plan on visiting him regularly. I don't know his exact condition, but at this point, he's not really able to speak, although he has been responsive. I emailed his family last night, and got a response back. I'll be calling later this afternoon to get an idea of when would be good for me to visit him.

Also through Soldier's Angels, I checked into volunteering at Brooks Army Medical Center. Since I only have two weeks with no specific commitments, volunteering there at the hospital isn't really practical, as there is extensive training that is required to be a hospital volunteer. I was given some alternative volunteer opportunities, though. Soldier's Angels could use some help with data entry, so I'll go to San Antonio a few times to help with that. I was also given information on an Austin-based group called Operation Comfort. I've emailed them, but haven't heard back yet. Also, I was given contact information for the lady that (I think) runs the Fisher House at BAMC. Haven't had a chance to call her yet. If nothing else, I figure if there are kids at Fisher House, I could read to them or something, and give the parents a little break. It will be good practice for becoming a teacher, too. Plus, any excuse to go to San Antonio will make it easier to stop by Karam's on Zarzamora for their fabulous tamales & chili!

In addition to my volunteerism plans, I also may go to visit an old friend from junior high I haven't seen in over ten years. Depends on if my free time schedule works with her schedule, since she has a husband and two kids. Another thing I'll be doing lots of is going to AAA baseball games. I've missed most of them so far this season, since I had class three nights a week. But, I took my last final last night, and the Express are in town through the 8th. My family is big into baseball, and my sisters "know people" out at the ballpark ;-)

Don't get me wrong - I also plan to take advantage of the fact that there will be days when I don't have to go anywhere and I'll be able to sleep in as late as I want. I'm just glad I'll have the time to do some of the things I would have liked to have done long before, but was unable to because of work and school commitments. I'll tell you what it's like, visiting that young Marine, and the other activities I end up doing on my two week vacation later this month.....

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Making the plunge....

Today, I finally made the plunge and created a blogger profile after being invited to post a letter I wrote to my elected representatives on my best friend's blog. Not sure how often I will post to my own blog. After all, I am still a graduate student, and my studies (should) come first. We'll just have to wait and see how prolific I am....

A letter to my elected representatives in Congress

The following is a letter I sent to each of my three representatives in Congress. A slightly modified version of this letter was also sent to the President.

I am concerned about the current illegal immigration problems our country is dealing with. I want to see my federal government enforce the laws currently on the books before more laws are created.

I am old enough to remember when nearly three million illegal aliens were given amnesty in 1986. This legislation was originally only expected to legalize about one million illegal aliens. Also, there were to be consequences for those who employed immigrants who were in the United States illegally, and increased control of our borders. Sadly, neither of these things happened. Employers who hire illegal aliens, if caught, are given a slap on the wrist – hardly a disincentive for continuing the practice of hiring cheap illegal immigrant labor. Our southern border leaks like a sieve. After twenty years, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 would appear to me to be a failure. Illegal immigration has only gotten worse.

I am adamantly against any form of blanket amnesty for people who are in the United States illegally. I realize attempting to deport the estimated twelve million is not a feasible option. I also understand that over the past twenty years of continued illegal immigration, there are families with illegal immigrant parents and American citizen children. It would not be moral to deport minor children who are American citizens along with their illegal immigrant parents. We need to end that problem by changing the law as it pertains to citizenship being granted automatically solely based on being born within the borders of the United States, regardless of the status of the parents of that child. Using anchor-babies as a way to remain within the United States needs to stop. In order to gain citizenship, any baby born in the United States must have at least one parent who is a citizen or legal resident alien. This would eliminate the problem of illegal immigrant parents and American citizen children.

I am also tired of hearing that “illegal immigrants do the jobs Americans won’t do”. My family has never hired an illegal alien to mow our lawns. My parents raised their children – they did not hire illegal immigrants to do it. I have heard small business people tell of how they have had to close their businesses and lay off their American citizen employees because they are being undercut by unscrupulous employers who are hiring cheap, illegal immigrant labor. I’m sure there would be American to fill those jobs if those jobs paid a decent wage.

By turning a blind eye to the illegal immigrants coming to the United States, we are importing poverty. The majority of illegal immigrants are coming from poor countries with not much more than the clothes on their backs. They are being paid sub-standard wages. They cannot afford to pay for healthcare, so it is paid for by the American taxpayer. They send their children to American public schools. This put an additional burden on American taxpayers. These children require more support than their English speaking classmates whose parents are American citizens, through things like the need for ESL teachers and free and reduced-price school lunch programs for those living in poverty.

We need to know who is in our country, and we need to control those who enter here. In the days of immigration through Ellis Island, people were screened to ensure they were healthy. Those people who were sick were denied entry into the United States. Today, with uncontrolled illegal immigration, our healthcare system is beginning to see diseases that had formerly been eliminated within our borders. This is a healthcare nightmare waiting to happen, especially with the specter of a bird flu pandemic.

Another aspect of the illegal immigration problem is the risk of terrorists coming into the United States illegally. The director of the FBI recently announced that Hezbollah terrorist had been apprehended after crossing our southern border. I’m sure the coyotes that extort money from Mexicans to sneak them over the border into the United States would have no problem accepting money from terrorists for the same service. The terrorists only have to be right once. We have to be right all the time to keep our citizens safe.

I am also deeply disturbed by the protests by illegal immigrants and their supporters. Since the majority of the illegal immigrants come from Mexico, the hypocrisy is overwhelming. Mexico treats their immigrants much differently than we currently treat our immigrants. If you are in Mexico illegally, you have committed a felony and are immediately deported. We should do the same thing. In Mexico, immigrants are not allowed to demonstrate against the government. We have allowed this, and have not done anything to catch these illegal immigrants as they protest for rights they are not entitled to. Mexico does not allow immigrants to own property, to join the clergy, or to become cabinet members. Yet, the Mexican government wants us to grant amnesty to their citizens who have violated the sovereignty of the United States and completely disregarded our laws. Mexico has not been a partner in attempting to stem the tide of illegal immigration over our southern border. In fact, they have aided and abetted that illegal activity.

One aspect of these protests that are not being reported by the mainstream media are those people seeking Reconquista of the American southwest. These people do not want to assimilate into the American culture. They seek to “take back” parts of our nation they view as being stolen from “La Raza”. I am also disturbed by the leftist, communist elements that are supporting blanket amnesty and a no borders/open borders policy. This is not just about lawbreakers. This is a fight for what the United States of America is. We have always welcomed immigrants into our country, but they have to want to assimilate, and they have to follow the rules to get here. I do not see the desire to assimilate in a lot of the protests that have been held over the last number of weeks. What does giving amnesty to illegal immigrants say to all those people who have or are currently following the rules, and have had to wait years for the privilege of coming to the United States?

I would venture to guess that a majority of those protesting are not citizens of the United States. That being the case, those people are not your constituents. The American people are who you should be listening to. The vast majority of American citizens want to see our borders secured and do not favor amnesty for illegal immigrants. You don’t answer to a mob, you answer to the American people. You cannot equate these protests to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s as some are trying to do. The Civil Rights movement was to right wrongs being perpetrated on American citizens. The current movement seeks to reward those who do not respect our sovereignty and are not entitled to the protections of the Constitution granted to American citizens.

Although I live in Texas, I thankfully do not live along the border. If I did, I think I would have to move away. Illegal immigrants have no respect for the private property they trespass through and leave their garbage on during their illegal journey into our country. I know for certain I will not ever want to live in a border town. I would be too concerned about my personal safety. I am aware of the incursions over our southern border by armed men wearing military style clothing and driving in armored and heavily armed vehicles. The Mexican government may deny these incursions are done by the Mexican army, but it doesn’t look to me like they are doing anything to prevent these incursions if they aren’t being perpetrated by the Mexican military.

Another aspect of granting amnesty to the majority of illegal immigrants is the fact they would then be able to start bring any family they have left behind in their country of origin. Our nation is not capable of absorbing such a massive influx of addition immigrants. I have read some estimates stating this would make an estimated 60 million additional people eligible to come to the United States. The majority of these people will be poor, and will be living in poverty, becoming a further drain on our social services, healthcare and educational systems.

I will be paying attention to voting records for all my elected representatives. Right now, the immigration and border issues are trumping all other issues. Having said all this, I want to express to you that I will never vote for a candidate who is not for tough border and interior enforcement of all our existing laws in regard to immigration, and I do vote, and I will not vote for anyone who supports or votes to approve blanket amnesty for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants who are currently in the United States. I would rather see no new immigration laws passed and have the existing laws strictly enforced. Once we stop the flood of illegal immigration, then we can address the problem of what to do about the estimated 12 million and counting illegal immigrants that are here now. If we grant amnesty and don’t secure our borders, we will have an even larger illegal immigration problem, and next time, I don’t think it will take 20 years to get to a crisis point.

I appreciate your attention to this issue, and I look forward to hearing your position on illegal immigration and border security.


Miss Ladybug