TOM TANCREDO FOR PRESIDENT
I have been a conservative most of my life, from military service in the Viet Nam Era to Immigration Law Enforcement missions dating to 1972 on the Rio Grande River Presidio, Texas. As a registered Independant voter in 2007, I seek the best qualified person for the Office of President of the United States. The Constitution of the United States, national security, the illegal immigration crisis, and the war, support of our troops, our citizens at home seems to be in limbo. On illegal immigration issues, border security, to outsourcing of American jobs, Tom Tancredo has been consistant, a rare trait in political circles.
Guest workers, Special Agricultural Workers under the 1986 IRCA Amnesty is well known for a "fraud filled" political fiasco with extensions well into 2000. Employer Sanctions enforcement was never a priority in Congress, nor additional personnel on the Border or interior investigations. 2.7 million illegal aliens were now legal and the secondary invasion never ceased from 1987 to 2007. Threat assessments, intelligence reports from the field, Sector to Sector never seemed to make a difference in D.C. The Office of the Inspector General reported wide spread "fraudulent admissions" in the first Amnesty which "fell on deaf ears". Human Trafficking, false document venders increased as organized crime cadres found Amnesty an easy multi-million dollar criminal enterprise.
The undercurrent of illegal aliens from any country of the world are unknown factors, hence strict enforcement of Immigration Laws are required even in Mexico, a government that condones no active border enforcement in the U.S.
Criminal elements of society, border bandits, wanted felons, murderers, rapists, burglars,armed illegal aliens guarding or transporting contraband shipments would compile a massive list. Since 1995, over two hundred Mexican military incursions have taken place on our Border in the Southwest, international incidents and very serious, many in Arizona.
From 2002 to 2004, when people in Southern Arizona needed representation from Cochise County West, the only person that was here was Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado. Events from the international incident, AK-47 murder of Park Ranger Eggle in August, 2002 assisting U.S. Border Patrol to other serious incidents reported by local authorities, as well as citizens was of little importance in D.C. The Senate and President Bush were on vacations and out of touch.
Respect for a politician in the remote areas of southern Arizona are never forgotten by people who live in very dangerous smuggling corridors of this nation from Cochise County to the Tohono Indian Nation west to Organ Pipe. In brutal August desert heat, 2002, and years thereafter, Tom Tancredo took the time to actually see the territory and talk to residents, ride with the U.S. Border Patrol on incursion smuggling trails where "gunfire" is always a possibilty.
It's easy to sit in an air-conditioned office or take a ride at 1500 feet above ground level in a Blackhawk at 80 knots per hour and become an instant expert on the Border crisis. It is a different reality for "boots on the ground." Mr. Tancredo has become Arizona's adopted U.S. Representative on illegal immigration, crime and I'm very proud he has announced a run for President of the United States.
© 2007 John W. Slagle
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John W. Slagle is a U.S. Navy Aviation Veteran, Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engines rated and was a Firefighter, Engineer Lt. prior to United States Border Patrol service spanning 30 years. Duties included Agent/Medic, Special Tracking and Rescue Unit, Intelligence Officer, Sector Pilot to Criminal Investigator.
Slagle spent 12 years in undercover operations nationwide as a Special Agent, Anti-Smuggling Operations involving organized human trafficking, narcotics, certified Master Gun Smith and second degree Nidan black belt Goshin Iaido.
It's easy to sit in an air-conditioned office or take a ride at 1500 feet above ground level in a Blackhawk at 80 knots per hour and become an instant expert on the Border crisis. It is a different reality for "boots on the ground."