Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Ariz., says it is "an outrage" the Obama administration has stopped building the double-layered border fence needed to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. Babeu is shown here speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference on April 19, 2010. ( photo/Penny Starr)

( - Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Ariz., says it is "an outrage" the Obama administration has stopped building the double-fencing needed to assist the Border Patrol in securing the U.S.-Mexico border and says it is time for the United States to begin fighting illegal immigration and drug smuggling directly at the border instead of within the country where it harms American citizens and communities.
By the time Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, according to the Justice Department, only 108 miles of the 262-mile-long Arizona portion of the 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border had been fenced.

"We shouldn't be fighting this battle in the interior. We should be fighting it directly on our international border,"
Babeu said in an "Online With Terry Jeffrey" interview. "And it's an outrage that our own federal government stopped building the fence."

Babeu, whose southern Arizona county sits astride major drug-and-alien-smuggling routes running north from Mexico, has joined with Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, Ariz., and Arizona's two U.S. senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl, to push a 10-point plan for securing the border. The plan includes, among other provisions, completing the necessary border fencing, deploying 3,000 National Guard troops to cover just the Arizona stretch of the border, and deploying significantly more surveillance aircraft than are currently used to patrol the border. 
Babeu, who is also a major in the Army National Guard and who did a tour in Iraq, formerly commanded Task Force Yuma, a deployment of 700 Army and Air Force National Guard troops who worked with the Border Patrol to secure one segment of the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.
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by Gregory Kay 

After watching the ongoing debate over illegal immigration, I keep hearing the same old arguments brought up, both by power-hungry liberals, money-hungry conservatives, and collection-hungry clergy about why it's necessary. They have developed an entire joint mythology around the subject, and, frankly, I am both tired of it and disgusted with it, so I have decided to do a little debunking of these myths, and bust their arguments wide open. Here are the nine most common immigration myths. 

MYTH #1: "Immigration is a Federal problem, not a State problem!" This is obviously wrong. If that were the case, then the Federal Government, not the State, would be paying the full cost of immigration, legal and otherwise. If it was a Federal responsibility, they would be Federal wards, and the Federal Government would foot the bill and provide all logistical services for food stamps, welfare, public housing, public education, bi-lingual paperwork, interpreters, medical care, court costs, and incarceration of all illegal aliens no matter where they were in the United States. As the States are forced to pay most of this now, it is very much a State problem. 

MYTH #2: "Jesus, Mary and Joseph were illegal immigrants in Egypt!" No, they were not. Egypt, like Judea, Palestine, and much of the known world, were part of the Roman Empire. By being born into it, they, like the Apostle Paul described himself, were freeborn Roman citizens, with as much legal standing and the same rights as if they had been born in Rome itself. They didn't cross the border from one country into another; they crossed the border from one Roman province to another, not much different than I might cross the border from West Virginia into Ohio. 

MYTH #3: "Illegals do jobs Americans won't do!" Anyone who says this is either a damned liar or a damned fool, and you can tell him I said so. The number of illegal aliens - not even to mention the legal ones - is about triple the number of Americans out of work, so the only possible mathematical conclusion is obvious. The people who make this claim do so because the illegals, being from the Third World, will work for Third World wages under Third World conditions, something Americans, quite justifiably, will not do. 

MYTH #4: "It's un-Christian to stop illegal immigrants who just want to better their lives!" Actually, it is un-Christian to support them, because they are, according to the Bible, thieves. Jesus Christ said so himself, in John 10:1: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." Remember, that guy breaking into your house and stealing your TV is just trying to better his life too. There is absolutely no moral difference between them; both are intentionally breaking the law in order to take something, be it a TV or a job - or, more likely, welfare - that is not theirs and they are not entitled to. 

MYTH #5: "We have to accept them because we came here uninvited ourselves!" Tell you what; got out to a reservation and ask an Indian what happens when you allow a bunch of strangers in. There is no moral onus on us that forces us to repeat someone else's tragic mistake just because we benefited from it. The lesson is plain and in front of us, and we're fools if we don't pay heed to it. 

MYTH #6: "It's morally wrong to throw out women and children!" What if you came home from work, and some strange woman and her brood of brats had moved into your house without your permission, were eating your food, taking your own kids' belongings, and demanding that you pay for their bills, medical care, and education? They'd be lucky if their little brown butts only bounced three times on the sidewalk before they hit the curb, and you know it. Well, illegal immigration is the exact same thing, only on a larger scale, and should be handled in exactly the same manner. 

MYTH #7: "We will never be able to completely secure the Southern border!" Oh, so we've sunk so far we don't even have the power or technology of the 1960s Soviet Union, who built this little thing called the 'Iron Curtain?' It's much less difficult with modern technology, especially when, in our case, the vast majority of our people are behind the idea. 

MYTH #8: "We can't realistically deport millions of people!" Of course we can, through a logical, step-by-step process.  

1. Make them want to leave by severing all public assistance funding, including medical care and education for illegals.

2. Begin severely fining businesses and arresting people who hire them, and begin asset seizure proceedings against those who make a pattern of doing so under the RICO statutes, with the said assets to be sold at public auction to recoup the cost of immigration enforcement.

3. Charge any person, organization, or church intentionally harboring illegal aliens with conspiracy to violate Federal immigration law, imprison the offenders, and begin asset seizure proceedings against them.

4. Charge any public official who votes for 'sanctuary city' status with conspiracy to violate Federal immigration law and imprison the offenders.

5. Offer a bounty of $1000 dollars a head to anyone giving information leading to the arrest and deportation of an illegal alien.

6. Give any illegal currently living here who owns property the chance to turn himself in; he will be given ninety days to get his affairs in order and put his property up for sale, after which he can leave in an orderly manner. If he fails to turn himself in, all personal property will be seized and he will be immediately deported.

7. Secure the Southern border using a combination of National Guard and regular military troops, a border fence, and high tech surveillance equipment, empowered to make arrests and use deadly force as necessary. Guarding the country's border is the single most legitimate function of the military.

8. Make any illegal entry subject to one year in Federal prison at hard labor, followed by immediate deportation with no appeal. 

MYTH #9: "Illegal immigrants contribute to our economy!" This statement is patently untrue. The middle of the road figure in the studies I examined indicate that each illegal alien costs the American taxpayer $9000 per year. There are well over 20 million illegals in this country, so you can do the math. That kind of economic contribution we can do without!

Originally published in THE FIRST FREEDOM monthly: May be distributed free and unedited only; all for-profit publication by permission of the author only. Contact:

Gregory Kay is the author of THE THIRD REVOLUTION Series, available at