Jewish World Review March 21, 2005 / 10 Adar II, 5765

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To protect and serve | Here's how bad things really are in America as far as your security is concerned. Ebner Anibal Rivera-Paz is a hard-core gangster from Honduras. In the past four years, he has been arrested eight times in California and deported four times by federal authorities. Four times!

Police agencies say Rivera-Paz sold drugs, stole cars, assaulted people and may have even murdered 28 people in a Honduras bombing. Finally, after causing pain in this country for 12 years, the guy is now being held in a Texas prison, but it is likely that he'll be deported once again.

The reason Rivera-Paz and thousands of other criminal illegal aliens are allowed to hurt Americans time after time after time is that the federal government will not stop illegal border crossings, and places like Los Angeles, where Rivera-Paz wreaked much havoc, are "sanctuary cities" that will not allow local authorities to report illegal aliens to the feds. City officials in Houston, Chicago, Denver and New York City actually forbid any local inquiry of immigration status.

There are all kinds of rationalizations and excuses for the failure to protect Americans from illegal alien criminals, but they all become hollow PC madness when real people are hurt or killed. All but one of the 9/11 killers were here illegally, so was sniper mass murderer John Lee Malvo, and last week, the feds rounded up more than 100 members of the violent Central American gang MS-13, almost all of them illegal aliens.

Last November, Americans had two choices for President: Bush or Kerry. Neither man even faked it as far as the border was concerned. Both said they would beef up the Border Patrol but do little else. Both men know the illegal alien invasion cannot be stopped by the BP alone. But Bush and Kerry said no when asked if they would allow U.S. troops to assist the Border Patrol. So, in effect, both men put politics over public safety because they knew the border chaos would continue.

The "do little" strategy worked for President Bush, who was reelected largely because 9 percent more Hispanic Americans voted for him than did in 2000. The Republican plan of wooing Hispanics was very effective. A crackdown on the southern border would have derailed that strategy because the anti-Bush media would have played it as bias against Mexicans.

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All of this was very good news for the likes of Ebner Anibal Rivera-Paz, who committed a multitude of crimes against Americans without much punishment. While Rivera Paz ran around hurting people, Mr. Bush carried the state of New Mexico.

I don't want to sound cynical, but there is no question that both political parities are not looking out for you regarding the immigration mess. This column has stated before that it will take another 9/11 before we the people demand that elected officials protect us. It will take blood in the streets. Most Americans have no idea what kind of danger they are facing, and the elite media will never tell them. Once again, it is politically incorrect to mention that immigration laws must be enforced and the borders effectively monitored.

Immigrant bashing is an ugly thing. But demanding that U.S. authorities enforce laws already on the books is not bashing anyone. Two months ago, President Bush swore to uphold the laws of the land. It is time he did.

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JWR contributor Bill O'Reilly is host of the Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor," and author of, most recently, "Who's Looking Out for You?" Comments by clicking here.

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