Ignoring the fact that Washington State is deeply embroiled in the worsening economic decline, it is utterly unbelievable to see a group of about 400 people marching upon the capital in Olympia opposing budget cuts intended to close the multi-Billion dollar budget gap.
Even more astonishing, many in the crowd appear to be in the country ‘ILLEGALLY!’ As such, they are lawbreakers! Illegal aliens!
We recently saw in a Seattle Times report: “An estimated 230,000 illegal immigrants were living in Washington state in 2010 — 35 percent more than three years earlier,” with the claim by state senator Val Stevens, “the illegal-immigrant cost to the state is $272 million a biennium for such functions as social services, health and corrections.”
At the rally, illegal immigrants gathered to “urge lawmakers to oppose cuts to medical interpreters and health care for kids and fight bills that require immigration status checks before issuing driver’s licenses.”
While illegal aliens whine and cry for public tax dollars to support them, information entered in Immigration Form I-864, sponsorship of a legal immigrant states, “The information will be used principally by an immigration judge, USCIS or a Consular Officer to support an alien’s application for benefits under the Immigration and Nationality Act and specifically the assertion that he or she has adequate means of financial support and will not become a public charge.” (pg 9)
Democrat Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, attending the rally sponsored by OneAmerica said, “I know about the critical role immigrants play in the economic and social life of our state. The well-being of Washington State is intertwined with the well-being of our new American communities.”
Is she seriously claiming the well-being of the state depends on lawbreakers that add millions in dollars of expense to budget? Is not such dependence on our tax dollars becoming a “public charge?”
Republican Senator Joseph Zarelli injects a little sanity noting, “Too much burden is being put on the average taxpayer, and they can’t afford it, to pay for something that shouldn’t really be their responsibility.” He goes on to say “legislators [have] a responsibility to make sure immigration laws were upheld.”
Currently, there is a bill before the state senate, SB 5407 requiring applicants for a drivers license to “show proof of their legal presence in the United States.” Washington State and New Mexico remain the only two states that allow Illegal Aliens “to get a driver’s license and use it for identification.”
Claiming how important Illegal Aliens are to the state’s economy, one construction worker at the rally said, “Without a driver’s license, who can go to work?”
With the states continuing unemployment numbers, I would imagine a lot of citizens and taxpayers seeking jobs would use their legal drivers’ licenses to return to work.
Left out of the equation at the rally is the rate of crime committed by Illegal Aliens.
Yana Cosme, Multilingual Services Coordinator at Tacoma Community House and an immigrant herself (I assume legal, although I don’t know), said, “many of the clients she works with rely on the Department of Social and Health Services’ Naturalization Program and many can’t afford the legal help they need to get citizenship.”
The in excess of 13% unemployed in Clark County and in other counties around the state cannot afford much right now either, but we are having to tighten our belts while those who are in violation of our laws by being here hold rallies in Olympia asking for more!
Such an event was held in Clark County this past Saturday, February 5, 2011 and billed at Citizenship Day and “hosted by Clark College where volunteer attorneys, paralegals, translators and other community resources offered free consultations and assistance with filling out citizenship applications.”
Also sponsored by OneAmerica, we read, “90 percent of the funding for Citizenship Day programs and other naturalization services comes from the state and is likely to be eliminated in the developing Washington budget.”
Saturday’s event provided free legal help and advice for about 70 people, including those who live in Oregon, not Washington, many who originally entered our country illegally, but have taken steps to obtain a green card by marriage or other steps.
One such immigrant, Adriana Cazorla admits she was an illegal alien for 10 of the 15 years she’s been here. She also admitted that her one fond wish is “a job with the U.S. Government, so she can represent her people.” She also said that to her, “Citizenship means you can vote, have a louder voice in community decisions and politics, sponsor family members who want to immigrate too, raise children who are citizens, gain public benefits — and travel.”
Another illegal alien turned green card holder, Maria Ruiz said, “Being [illegal] is always being scared, afraid, insecure. You don’t have any voice. When you show up anywhere the first thing is you’re afraid they’re going to ask you if you’re legal. Ask for your documents.”
Is that why at Wednesday’s rally in Olympia, Governor Gregoire, who was once the State Attorney General came out to the rally and declared Wednesday “Immigrants’ Day,” leaving out the “illegal’ part like a good little liberal?
In discussing the growing problem of illegal immigration, I often hear words such as “When God looks down he doesn’t see illegal’s, he only sees his children.” To that, I can only answer from the Bible, Romans 13:1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (NIV)
To me, that means we are expected to obey and honor the laws of the nation and to respect the sovereignty of the nation, not grant lawbreakers a day of honor.