Scores of polls taken over the past few years have regularly shown that the majority of Americans do not want amnesty for illegal aliens, do not want the federal government to continue conveying taxpayer-supported benefits onto them and do not support legal measures that legitimize them in any way. The Obama Administration and too many in Congress, however, are not paying attention to the will of the people.
And now, there comes one additional insult: The Department of Homeland Security is fining Americans for accidentally crossing borders, but our government gives free education and other benefits to those who break our laws and sneak into our country illegally.
As reported by InfoWars.com and other alternative media, DHS has fined an American and a Canadian $5,000 apiece for cross the U.S./Canadian border, though fines are never given to the tens of thousands of illegals who are detained by U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and other agencies on a daily basis.
According to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol press release, the two men — a 40-year-old American and 44-year-old Canadian — had been walking down a dirt road with mountain bikes near the border when they were approached by a USBP agent.
“Questioning by the agent revealed that the two suspects illegally entered the U.S. from Canada,” a USBP press release stated. “Subsequently, both males were arrested for violation of U.S. law and transported to the Rangeley Station for further processing.”
“Following database verifications, Border Patrol agents turned over both subjects to CBP officers at the Coburn Gore port of entry for assessment of fines and penalties,” said the release.
The government assessed for both men “a $5,000 civil penalty under 19 USC 1459 for Failure to Report” to border patrol officials. As InfoWars.com stated sardonically, it isn’t very likely the two men crossed into the U.S. in quest of President Obama’s de facto amnesty for illegal aliens.
Americans and Canadians pay, but illegal crossers don’t
“Since this is an administrative fine, the individuals do not have to go through a judicial process and will have approximately 30 days to pay the fine,” the press release added.
Are their political implications involved in the administration’s decision to fine Americans and Canadians but not illegal aliens? Of course there are; immigrants — once they are able — are eight times more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans, which makes it all the more confusing why too many Republicans would support amnesty in the first place.
Nevertheless, those who break into the country are not fined; most, under the current administration, are increasingly being allowed to stay in the country, especially minors. And all are given taxpayer benefits like free food, shelter, medical care and primary education.
Obama Administration officials say that the illegal border crossers are given “notices to appear” before immigration judges — before they are taken to destinations throughout the U.S., again at taxpayer expense — but courts are heavily backlogged. Court dates are being scheduled for four years from now.
“They know they are going to be processed and released and they are free to go wherever they want to go in the United States and the likelihood of them ever showing up for their court date is slim to none,” Stu Harris of National Border Patrol Council Local 1929 told Infowars.
Aimed his gun at the scout’s head
The site added:
This selective enforcement of immigration laws, in which an American is fined for crossing the border while thousands of illegal aliens are encouraged to do so, exemplifies how the Obama administration is directing federal agencies to target peaceful Americans but not illegal immigrants the White House is exploiting for political gain.
For instance, in July federal agents detained a Boy Scout Troop, of all people, for taking pictures near a border checkpoint. In that case, one agent aimed his weapon at a scout’s head.
“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” Troop 111 leader Jim Fox told KCCI.
Meanwhile, American citizens will continue to suffer these indignities until those in power get the message that voters are tired of being ignored.