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The Immigration Debate: My Take & My Support for Marco Rubio

You were born in Mexico. You know that your chances of giving your family a better life than you’ve had to this date are far superior in the United States. You also know that the US government is extremely lax in enforcing their immigration laws. Knowing those things, do you stay in Mexico and begin the long and arduous process of immigrating legally? Or do you take your chances and swim the Rio Grande in search of that better life for your family?

Before you answer, consider this scenario:

You’re driving down the freeway. The speed limit is 70 miles per hour. You know that state troopers will allow 5 to 7 mph over the limit before they stop you and possibly issue a ticket. So, do you drive the speed limit or, knowing you won’t be stopped, do you drive 75? Or do you own a radar detector so that you can exceed the speed limit by an even greater margin, comfortable that the likelihood of being stopped is significantly mitigated?

If you are consistent, you would either (1) go through the legal immigration process in the first scenario and drive the speed limit in the second, or (2) disregard the law by swimming the Rio Grande in the first scenario and by exceeding the speed limit in the second.

So what’s your point, you ask? I’m betting that many of those who support a position on illegal immigration that all who entered this country illegally must be deported because they “didn’t respect our laws” are some of the same people that fly by me on the Interstate on a regular basis. I would opine that the habitual speeders, especially those who use technology to evade detection “don’t respect our laws.” Would it be unfair to call the people belonging to the “deport all illegals (because they don’t respect our laws) while I continue to speed down the freeway” group hypocrites? I don’t think so.

We have an immigration problem in the United States. The root cause of the problem is not a disrespect of our laws by some who want to live here. The root cause of the problem is a lax and negligent federal government who, for decades, has turned the other cheek as people flowed into this country illegally. Just like the state trooper who sits on the shoulder as speeders fly by is inviting the traveling public to exceed the speed limit, so also is our government’s failure to enforce our immigration laws an invitation to come on in. Yes. Our illegal immigrants were invited to be here. Many of them have had children here (legally US citizens) and raised their families here. I believe that the vast majority of them truly are here to improve their lives, not to do us harm. And now, many of my fellow Americans want to yank the rug out from under them, separate families, and build a symbolic wall to keep them out once and for all. Shame on us.

Here is what I propose:

  1. The federal government must develop and implement a plan to enforce immigration laws currently on the books to stop the flow into the country. Until this is done, the problem will not be solved.
  2. Get rid of the wall idea. Enforce the laws. Invest the money that would go towards building the wall (no way will Mexico pay for it) in enforcing the laws.
  3. People who have entered the country illegally would have a reasonable amount of time during which they would have the opportunity to identify themselves and apply for legal residency.
  4. Of those in number three above, any with felony or greater criminal convictions would be immediately deported.
  5. Any person in the country illegally that is affiliated with any gang, even if they have no criminal convictions, would be immediately deported.
  6. At the expiration of the registration period, any person in the country illegally would be subject to immediate deportation.
  7. Amend the law to provide that children born in the US to parents who are not US citizens are not granted automatic citizenship; their status would match that of their parents.

Our government created this problem. We citizens stood by and let it happen. There is a humane and reasonable way to address this issue that could benefit millions of people while showing the world that the United States is still the world’s brightest beacon of opportunity. Let’s not be hypocrites. Let’s be kind, caring, understanding, and compassionate.

I support Marco Rubio for president. His immigration views align more closely with my own than any other Republican candidate in the race. Rubio is the compassionate conservative America needs right now. He is pro life. He is a constitutionalist. He is fiscally conservative. I believe that he is best positioned and most desirous of working towards healing the divide that the current Administration has nurtured over the past 7 years.

2015 Photo-Some-Days 3.14.2015

The Peggy V. Helmerich Great Reading room in the Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma is nothing short of inspirational. Reeking of history, the room beckons one back in time to an age at which this 50-something man wished he could enroll himself! The notion that generations of students have read, studied, and learned here – and continue to do so today – is quite fascinating. I could have lingered for awhile, but alas, our tour must move on.

“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.” ~ Carl T. Rowan via brainyquote.com

Note to Self: Put ‘Busy’ in Perspective…..

Here is a healthy perspective on Easter preparations posted by a sister in Christ. Enjoy!

I Place My Trust…

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. ~ Psalm 1

This is the man I yearn to be: one who trusts completely in the Lord. There is a significant element of peace that comes with standing firmly on The Rock, even as the world around me embraces sinful ways. My heart aches for my country and for the church, but I take great comfort in God’s sovereignty: no matter what happens in American politics or church polity, Jesus Christ has won the battle over sin. On that promise I stake my life. May God help me live a life that consistently witnesses to this Truth and may He give me the ability to lovingly and respectfully share this Good News with a world that so desperately needs to hear it.

Travel Bible study. Taken 9.15.2013, Chicago, IL

Travel Bible study. Taken 9.15.2013, Chicago, IL

Be Thou My Vision – Alison Krauss

Be Thou My Vision – Alison Krauss

I was working from home this afternoon, quite frustrated at having to redo work I’d already done through no fault of my own. While I brooded over my computer, grumbling with each entry in my spreadsheet, this hymn came to mind. As I sung the lyrics to myself, I completed my work wearing a smile. I sometimes need to be reminded that, even when working my job in corporate America, I must work as for the Lord. He lovingly delivered this much-needed reminder in the words of this beautiful hymn. May it be as much a blessing to you as it was to me this afternoon!

There Is A Gift (9/23/13)

I had to share this piece. In this age of hundred million dollar lottery jackpots, this puts it all into proper perspective. Read and be blessed!

THE RIVER WALK

Read: Isaiah 41:17-43:13, Ephesians 2:1-22, Psalm 67:1-7, Proverbs 23:29-35

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (Ephesians 2:4-5)

Gift

Relate: Sometimes I imagine the day it will happen. I’ll be sitting at my desk typing away, or perhaps I’ll be reading some book while all sprawled out on the couch. Maybe I’ll be in the kitchen slaving away over a hot microwave getting ready for dinner. Wherever I am, the doorbell will ring. My mind will run through the possibilities. Did I leave something somewhere and it is being returned? Am I expecting company? Is the ups guy here with more books?

I’ll walk to that front door a little hesitant, turn the lock, and open up. There they are. It is the publishers clearing house prize…

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Pay for Play in College Athletics?

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. Photo credit: Wikipedia

I’m hearing a lot of chatter these days about the exploitation of college athletes, especially those in the upper echelon of exposure in the major sports programs. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel is the latest centerpiece in the discussion. It is time the NCAA consider some rule changes.

First, let me be clear: I do not support direct “pay for play” in college athletics. The upper echelon athletes are already compensated for play via generous scholarships. Depending upon the school, the monetary value of these scholarships can reach well into six figures – money that most students must pay for the education they receive.

With that said, there are circumstances under which college athletes should be compensated:

  • Athletes should be compensated for their time when the university asks them to attend events not directly related to their athletic endeavors. For example, if the athlete is asked to appear at an alumni fundraiser to drive attendance and contributions at the fundraiser, he should be compensated for his time.
  • Athletes should be allowed to profit if their name and/or image is marketable. Johnny Manziel was suspended 1/2 a game because he allegedly sold his autograph to an autograph broker. This is capitalism at work! If his name and/or image is marketable and the school isn’t damaged by the activity, he should be allowed to sell his autograph or image and be compensated for it. This principle should also apply to Olympic athletes.
  • Athletes should receive a share of profits derived from the sale of licensed apparel and other items bearing their name or likeness.
  • Athletes should be allowed to consult with agents or other professionals for these endeavors. There are sharks in these waters, therefore there should be a qualification process for such professionals to protect the student athlete and ensure legality and objectivity.
  • If they don’t already, colleges and universities should have professionals on staff for the purpose of counseling and advising athletes and other students on how to deal with their new-found fame.

I am an enthusiastic fan of college athletics. We fans root for our teams in the same manner in which we root for our favorite professional sporting teams. College athletics generate millions of dollars for their schools, and when an institution is blessed with an athlete of Johnny Manziel’s ability, the income increases even more.

It’s time to review the rules. College athletics is big business. It’s time to let the athlete share in the profits. It’s time for change.

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