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Once Again, We Are Reminded

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Submitted by Dr. James M. Buccigross (United States), Feb 24, 2003 at 09:35

This article yet again reminds us first & foremeost of the the need to completely re-examine & overhaul our immigration policies and procedures. The dangers of an irresponsible, though well-intentioned immigration philosophy are repeatedly demonstrated with an alarming frequency. In this day & age, we can no longer afford the luxury of a liberal & lax attitude toward the influx of individuals who seek to enter the U.S.

While it is true that the majority arrive seeking a better life by truly sharing in the American vision and open to participating fully in our culture, there is a significant number who have no such intentions, who seek to breach our borders in order to do us harm because they wish to see our culture humbled, defeated, and destroyed. And while this may be true of the most extreme end of the continuum, there are also those who, while not directly wishing us such harm, are drawn to our country in order to exploit it in numerous ways, who do not wish to be contributers to our society. The bottom line is, we have been harmed by our current policies and practices, based upon the laudible, but perhaps out-dated philosophy of offering santuary to all, and we need to seriously and soberly re-examine this philosophy in the light of 21st century reality.

I am not ignoring the issue of academia being hijacked to provide a haven for terrorists - I believe strongly in open & free academic discussion and debate, even if many so-called "liberal" academics appear to have a narrower view of freedom of expression when applied to those who disagree with them. But our attitude toward, and policies regulating immigration are still the first line of defense in safeguarding our borders from maurauders masquerading as innocents. Academia has the right to present any point of view - but with such a right comes the responsibility to try to guard against just the type of situations that are discussed in the article. That job would be made easier if our immigration policies were overhauled. But the final responsibility would remain with the academic community itself - I, for one would not like to see legitimate programs of study lose the subsidies that should be available for them. But how to accomplish this task remains the crucial question in this sphere.

Our British, Continental European, and Canadian allies who have even more liberal policies toward immigration than we have are starting see the peril thus engendered. But it is one thing to recognize there is a problem, and another to do something about it. Hopefully, it is not too late & we can shake off the paralysis brought about by an overly-idealistic - though again, well-intentioned - philosophical position toward immigration & have the courage to make the changes that will benefit both our nation & legitimate immigrants who enrich our culture and contribute to our shared society. Perhaps this seems like a tall order, but it is one that we can no longer put off - only at our own peril.

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Academic Treason [112 words]Donvan SickleJun 25, 2003 09:239736
Avowed enemies of U.S. automatically forfeit it's protections [23 words]DSm.Jun 20, 2003 13:569659
Generalizations fail [202 words]tramisJun 2, 2003 11:349325
We are pleased you provide solid info re muslim terrorists; Secy Powell [38 words]Helga & John WeisburgerMay 8, 2003 20:328965
Welcome to little Araby, aka Dearborn! [235 words]Halina MinadeoMar 28, 2003 20:257752
21st Century Fifth Column [125 words]John Gould, Jr.Mar 4, 2003 13:347062
Follow-up to " Will this even surprise you then?" [69 words]Jewel AtkinsMar 3, 2003 21:357025
Where has the FBI been? [104 words]Toby LeeMar 3, 2003 14:357022
Al-Arian [184 words]Mary J. HoekstraMar 1, 2003 21:216996
Palestinians are terrorist apologists [62 words]L.M.EderMar 1, 2003 16:356993
A Little Reading Goes a Long Way [123 words]A 'terrorist apologist'Dec 5, 2006 08:576993
To Jewel Atkins [39 words]MontyMar 1, 2003 09:576991
Al-Arian's Army [106 words]Bill HadneyFeb 28, 2003 17:376980
To "A British Citizen" [154 words]kenFeb 27, 2003 15:316962
Freedom of speech DOES NOT APPLY TO TREASON! [250 words]Keith MooneyFeb 26, 2003 15:106938
The West's Slow Death [270 words]Robert MacapagalFeb 26, 2003 10:036930
Thank you! [3 words]LinFeb 26, 2003 08:136929
Tip of The Iceberg Indeed [383 words]Larry StrattonFeb 26, 2003 01:086926
Witch hunt? [170 words]KellyFeb 25, 2003 22:266923
The hush at SFU [102 words]David EckhausFeb 25, 2003 21:056922
re: comment by "British citizen" [100 words]Daniel UtleyFeb 25, 2003 18:516909
Reinforcements Needed [172 words]Bill HadneyFeb 25, 2003 18:156906
Islam, America, and immigration [187 words]AlexanderFeb 25, 2003 17:326905
Rules in war [53 words]J.ShearerFeb 25, 2003 16:246904
Academic no surprise! [142 words]JackFeb 25, 2003 10:446897
Nothing but educated old men [140 words]British CitizenFeb 25, 2003 08:586895
A Question of Timing [246 words]Eliyahu SkoczylasFeb 25, 2003 08:076892
No Tax Revenue for islam [24 words]HavocFeb 25, 2003 01:306888
So-called Professors [174 words]Larry JacobsonFeb 25, 2003 00:316887
Something must be done [113 words]TLFeb 24, 2003 23:296886
No Surprise Here [24 words]NATA$HA VFeb 24, 2003 22:546885
Will this even surprise you, then? [541 words]
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Jewel AtkinsFeb 24, 2003 22:046883
Keep at it- Somebody needs to keep wake us up! [55 words]Herchelle YoungFeb 24, 2003 21:486882
Educated Terrorists [231 words]Jim RivardFeb 24, 2003 21:326881
re: comment, "innocent till proven guilty" [103 words]YonasonFeb 24, 2003 19:276879
Jumping to conclusions? [85 words]
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Emanuel A. HerzFeb 24, 2003 17:576878
Scholarly or Skullduggery? [213 words]
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Alo KievalarFeb 24, 2003 14:136877
Here comes the backlash [90 words]GaryFeb 24, 2003 12:506876
Religion and Politics [138 words]Glenn KlotzFeb 24, 2003 12:476875
Willing to speak the truth [71 words]
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Innocent Until Proven Guilty [39 words]Ralph WinstanleyFeb 24, 2003 12:156873
Follow the money! [7 words]Bob HowardFeb 24, 2003 12:106872
Thank you [48 words]TonyFeb 24, 2003 12:066871
Tip of the iceberg? [73 words]OviFeb 24, 2003 11:426870
Thank you. [13 words]Robert G. MogullFeb 24, 2003 11:286868
To commenter "Bruce" [74 words]D. ConnellFeb 24, 2003 10:166867
1Revivalist Islamist trends? [219 words]AlexanderFeb 24, 2003 10:066866
Deterrent to terror [178 words]Arlinda DeangelisFeb 24, 2003 09:416863
Once Again, We Are Reminded [509 words]Dr. James M. BuccigrossFeb 24, 2003 09:356862
American Freedom [69 words]HRalstonFeb 24, 2003 09:296860
Scholars and extremists? [51 words]BruceFeb 24, 2003 09:006859
Another one bites the dust [48 words]John ProiaFeb 24, 2003 08:546858
Professors [114 words]Brenda RossiniFeb 24, 2003 08:016856

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