Former Border Patrol Officers to Congress: ‘Where Are the Barbara Jordans of Our Times?’

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In an open letter to Congress this week, former Border Patrol Officers lamented that Congress is not pursuing the national interest on amnesty because it lacks lawmakers like the late Rep. Barbara Jordan (D-TX).

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) wrote that the “American people are trapped in a conundrum” because “they find themselves appealing to Congress to effectively address nationwide Immigration Insecurity while fully realizing that Congresses failure to insist that current Immigration Laws are fully enforced is precisely what has lead to the current crises.”

“Who then will pick up the banner in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and rally to the rescue of the disenfranchised American Citizen, the Legal Resident Alien and call for the total abandonment of any pathway to citizenship or amnesty for the undocumented law breakers?” they ask in the letter.

The former Border Patrol Officers ask lawmakers to listen to the late Rep. Barbara Jordan (D-TX), who chaired a bipartisan commission on immigration in the 1990s and declared that“it is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.

“Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave. The top priorities for detention and removal, of course, are criminal aliens. But for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process.”

“Where are the Barbara Jordan’s of our times?” the former Border Patrol Officers ask.

In contrast, while todays’s black lawmakers talk about the need to address poverty, the Congressional Black Caucus has supported President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty and comprehensive amnesty legislation that would lower the wages of American workers. They have ignored the pleas of Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, who has urged the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose massive grants of amnesty because of the devastating impact it would have on struggling black workers looking to move up the economic ladder.

“If seventy five percent of American voters reject President Obama’s executive amnesty and eighty percent do not want foreign workers taking jobs of American Citizens and Legal Immigrants why does this administration and members of both political parties continue to push for Amnesty?,” the letter reads, citing a Polling Company poll of the 2014 midterm electorate. “Clearly it is the pursuit of money and power and not in pursuit of the National Interest.”