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Independent Senate candidate Gordon Howie says to close the borders now

July 11, 2014

Over at American Clarion there is a press release posted coming from Independent SD Senate candidate Gordon Howie. I’ve been hoping to do a post on Howie for some time now since I really want to make sure Independent candidates get more attention. The press release is Howie asking for the borders to be closed before any immigration reform talk can begin. I’m going to have to disagree with Mr Howie on this one.

This from the press release:

Howie said that proposals to deal with illegal immigrants must come AFTER the border is secure.

“Anything short of a secure border is completely unacceptable,” Howie said. “We have a crisis of major proportions, and all this President wants to do is ‘talk about it’. We obviously have many secondary problems to deal with, but first we have to stop the flood of illegal immigrants into our country.”

Howie’s statement is pretty standard for a lot of conservatives in this state (and country). But it is a stance I happen to disagree with. The current flood of immigrants into the country is not the problem; rather it is a symptom of a larger problem. The larger problem is a broken immigration system. We could create a full military demilitarized zone (DMZ) along the Mexican border and continue to have the same problem. Such an approach would do nothing but waste taxpayer dollars and exacerbate the humanitarian crisis. I suppose it would make the war hawks happy though…

Mr Howie does have a point when he says the President wants to do little more than talk. Obama had made immigration reform a campaign promise during both election cycles. The problem is Obama does not have any political power left to truly do anything with immigration. Had he done immigration reform Year 1 (as he originally promised) he might have been able to make some headway. But after pouring all of his political clout in the Affordable Care Act he really had nothing left for immigration reform. Constant scandals haven’t helped the situation.

For that reason it is unlikely that any true immigration reform will happen until at least after the 2016 Presidential election. Until that time there will continue to be immigration crisis after immigration crisis. And yes, politicians such as Howie will blame lack of border security for causing this issue. Well, that’s his right as a candidate. But as a voter I prefer to look at root causes of problems.

There are two good sources to learn more about the immigration system and border control. First there is this infographic from Reason published a couple of years ago. I would urge anyone that wants to understand the immigration process to try to using this flowchart and see how long it would take a person to immigrate legally to the US. You might have to click twice in order to see the whole graphic.

Immigration Infographic-Flowchart on Reason website. Click twice to see the whole chart.

A second good source comes from the Penn & Teller show Bullshit. Watch this episode below for a different view on immigration. The episode is old, but the information contained remains relevant. It is particularly interesting to see how building the wall along the Mexican border has been a great source of jobs for illegal immigrants. Fair warning: if you are offended by swear words and crude jokes this might not be the show for you. The episode has been cut down into three parts.

  1. Individualist
    July 11, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Ken, I think you should lead the charge to stop libertarians from supporting Chad Haber. Libertarians should at least nominate a real libertarian for AG and not a guy who will no doubt make the libertarian party look terrible.

    I wish we heard more from Johnson, Thune and Noem on this situation on the border since they are our actual reps in DC. When I read the weekly letters and press releases they are sending out I don’t feel they are taking what is happening in the world seriously right now or giving it enough attention. I understand if they can’t do something in the US Senate but that shouldn’t stop someone from speaking out and building support.

    • July 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      I plan on attending the convention. That would be horrible if Chad tries that.

      It is unlikely any of our three congressional offices will speak too loudly on immigration. It is quite a divisive topic right now. Noem isn’t going to want to give Robinson any potential issue to hold over her. Thune has to keep looking pretty for the 2016 election. And Johnson, well.. he has checked out…

  2. Merlyn Schutterle
    July 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Individualist, It’s much to do about nothing. The Libertarians are going nowhere in SD. It doesn’t matter who they run or what they do. Virtually nobody is paying attention. As the old song by Johnny Cash goes, “I don’t like it but I guess things happen that way.”

    Ken, you seem to have a better vision of it all. The problem with the president is that he is acting like a Christian, which he claims to be. He can’t be a Muslim like they try to make him out to be. You can’t be a Muslim and deny you are. It’s against the rules, and probably carries a death sentence.

    Where do you get all this time and money to cover this? You have to do something to make a living.

    • July 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

      My wife an I own Tax & Accounting office. Or at least are trying to grow one. In order to travel to these events I’ve had to make sacrifices in other areas of my life. It is not cheap traveling around trying to get information out to voters. But I feel it is the right thing to do at this time.

  3. Anonymous
    September 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    defend the constitution,stop the insainity, close the borders,what don’t my so-called fellow americans not understand? I’m an American natural born citizen and I vote.

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