Great Night In Carlsbad Tonight
All I can say is WOW. What a great night down in Carlsbad tonight. I just got home. Roger Hedgecockfrom San Diego's KOGO 600 AM and part time Rush Limbaugh guest host was the moderator for tonight's event. It was a great night for the First Amendment and it was a great night to hear some national, state, and local politicos have a rational discussion about illegal immigration. The scene was surreal upon arriving. There were tons of law enforcement there to make sure that the event was peaceful, which it was. The best speaker of the night was Rep. Tom Tancredo from Colorado. He talked about one of the biggest problems with illegal immigration being all the money that business groups give to republicans because they want to keep that cheap labor flowing over the border. He's right on target. He talked about the old expression "follow the money" in regards to illegal immigration. He talked about all the remittances going to Mexico to the tune of 18 billion dollars per year and still growing. He wants to reduce our foreign aid to Mexico by the amount sent home. It was a great speech. Another speaker was Robert Vasquez. He is a county commisioner from Idaho. He actually sent a bill to the government of Mexico for two million dollars for the services that illegals have used in his county. He joked that they said the check was in the mail, LOL. He spoke of his governor and US Senators being bought off by agricultural special intrests. He also has filed a lawsuit against some of these big businesses under the RICO statutes. I love this guy. Another speaker was Orange County's own, Jim Gilchrist. Jim talked about how he got the idea for the Minutemen, about how it is just a glorified neighborhood watch program molded after a voluteer group like the guardian angels. He didn't make any announcements as far as a run for Congress although he was being prodded to do so. I just wish he would announce his intentions. If he runs, he needs to start campaigning today. We also had Assemblyman Ray Haynes talk about his inititive to start a state border patrol agency charged with specifically enforcing the federal immigration laws. The feds obviously aren't doing and won't do the job so he has gotten the ball rolling on an inititive. Another speaker was former US Attorney of San Diego Pete Nunez. He was talking about the Patriot Act and how if he was still a US Attorney, he would be subpoening all the banks and their records of accounts opened with matricular consular cards. He thinks thats a good way to deport a lot of illegals. I agree with him! All and all it was a great night to be a citizen. It's nice to know that this issue is gaining some huge momentum.