The Wall Revisited

A local Kokomo Tribune columnist and well-known Democrat lawyer is critical of President Trump and his adamant stance on obtaining funds for the building of a WALL along the border between the United States and Mexico. A problem is he mis-states several “facts” in his recent column. The worst is his claim a wall did not work for the Chinese or the Romans or the East Germans. The truth: a wall did work as intended for extended time periods in every case. Check your history. And even if you agree with him, check out the modern experience of the Israelis whose wall is working just fine. And check out the more recently reported experience along the US/Mexican border where there is a new wall: over 90% reduction of illegal crossings. No one is suggesting the building of a wall like the Chinese or the Romans or even the East Germans. Modern designs are proposed; not earth berms, rocks, or even only concrete.

The building of a WALL has been a keystone issue for President Trump ever since he was nominated for, then elected President. If you look back just a few years, Democrats who now are railing against a wall were for a wall or barriers between the US and Mexico. They have reversed positions not on effectiveness of a wall but on purely obstructionist grounds of not giving the President funds for a wall. They rather want a continuous flow of what would become a permanent underclass of uneducated, unskilled, non-English speaking, government (taxpayer) dependent population they believe would further their goal of bigger, more controlling government. More voters for Democrats in short.

No one is suggesting other technology to stop illegal immigration, human trafficking, and illegal drugs would not be used in conjunction with a wall. Certainly increased border patrols, cameras, electronic detection equipment and drones overhead would be implemented. But, a wall is a physical barrier difficult to cross. All the others just provide seeing rather than stopping crossing in the first place. More border patrols with the other technology are for catch, not stop before entry. Get it? And as laws now stand, if one foot touches US soil, there is a long legal process required before deportation can happen.

Oh, but I forgot. The local columnist in an earlier column proposed sending hundreds more “magistrates” to process claims at the border. Magistrates are lawyers. Great for employment of lawyers, but a lousy way to deal with illegal crossings and no way to stop smuggling of illegal drugs that are killing people. The vastly better way is to stop the crossing in the first place.

And the local columnist mentions DACA. What a hypocritical comment. The President long ago proposed a solution for DACA that would have provided a path to citizenship for even more than were registered under the Dream Act. The Democrats rejected it.

The USA needs skilled, educated, English-speaking immigrants; not the opposite. Stand firm, Mr. President!


No snow outside for us this year, but Christmas is here! This is a time to be reminded of the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Jesus taught forgiveness and love to all. He is the way-shower for us and Christmas is a time for gift giving to those we love.

Marcia has spent untold hours in the kitchen baking and decorating Christmas cookies and making fudge the way taught to her by her father, Harvey.

The fudge recipe is the best. The fudge and cookies, too, are savored by all who receive them. I am a lucky one since there are cookies and fudge in our own abode. Nothing like satisfying a sweet tooth in the holiday season. Love it!

I think, too, it is a time to reflect on the past year. There have been some significant challenges along the way. We pray 2019 will be smoother sailing. We pray for our country and for our President. We pray that those in power will choose the honest and upright ways to lead us to a better future.

God bless all….

The Wall

Soon-to-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says building the WALL on our southern border is “immoral”. She says she will never allow funds to go to the building of any wall. Local Tribune columnist and well-known Democrat lawyer and professor at Ivy Tech Community College, Ken Ferries, whines about seeing shoeless kids in diapers “pounding on the gates” at the border. What planet do Nancy and Ken live on? The days of mass migration into the United States of America are and should be long gone.

And take a look at what is lined up at our southern border. It is not a bunch of shoeless kids with or without their mothers. It is mostly masses of young uneducated, unskilled, non-English speaking MEN. More are coming our way. One does not have to look any farther than the images on the electronic media to know this. Apparently, Nancy and Ken cannot see.

It is reported that 63% of illegal aliens in the United States are on public assistance and that for non-citizens in the country for 10 years or more, over 70% are on public assistance. “Public Assistance” — nice term for in the pockets of tax payers like you and me. I prefer tax money go to benefit American citizens, not incoming immigrants.

Now the story is a significant number of the caravan members are sick. Diseases that would threaten the health of our citizens, particularly our children, are showing up. Reportedly, well over half of those in the first wave of the caravans have sought medical treatment. Allowing mass crossings would assure an increase in demand for free health services in the USA; another expense we cannot afford.

So, get real. Those supposedly running from hardship, violence, and “economic ruin” in their countries of origin need to turn around and go back to fix their own countries. The United States is not the land of milk and honey for the world. We have our own issues with hunger and poverty and employment to deal with.

Yes, there are thousands of jobs in the US waiting to be filled. But, these are jobs for the educated and skilled, not what we see lined up at the southern border. Our resources should be directed toward education and skill development of American citizens of which there are plenty who do not now qualify for open jobs.

Ferries suggests a possible solution to “processing asylum claims” would be to hire a few hundred more magistrates (that’s lawyers). We already know that something between 80-90% of all claims that come before existing courts are denied and the claimants are sent back to their countries of origin. We already know that there are thousands of cases backed up awaiting adjudication and that many of those thousands have been released into the interior of our country never to show up again. Great system, don’t you think?

When Nancy and Ken and all others wailing against a WALL are willing to sign up for taking personal legal and financial responsibility for aliens, they might be worth listening to. Otherwise, what is immoral is to not fund and build the WALL. Thousands are already in the legal immigration waiting line. They deserve first consideration.