The Washington Times - November 1, 2007, 06:28PM
National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers Okla. SEE RELATED:

\ “NAFBPO is pleased to see that Oklahoma is free to proceed; it is a step in the right direction,” said Kent Lundgren, coordinator of the 800-member association. “It is the proper role of the states to act when the federal government ignores its responsibilities, as it has for decades with respect to illegal immigration.\

\ “Furthermore, the states have long been laboratories for social and political experiments \0x2013 Oklahoma’s action will explore this for the nation,” he said.\

\ Judge Payne ruled on Wednesday that the plaintiffs — including the Southwest regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund — had failed to introduce enough evidence to meet the burden of proof required for a preliminary injunction to be issued. The judge threw out an earlier attempt by the group to stop the measure, known as House Bill 1804, saying the plaintiffs could not show they were harmed by a law that hadn’t taken effect yet.\

\ Mr. Lundgren, a former Border Patrol assistant chief, said NABPO has predicted that if the things that make it convenient or easy for illegal aliens to stay are removed, they will move on. He said that is being demonstrated in Oklahoma now, “where it is said by some that tens of thousands of illegal aliens have moved out of the state in response to the law.”\

\ NAFBPO, he said, expects that after an “initial period of adjustment to new realities,” employers will find that there is no labor shortage. He said they may have to pay more to bring domestic workers back into the workforce, but that will benefit the state’s economy. He said hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent locally, no longer being sent abroad by illegal aliens to their families back home.\

\ Mr. Lundgren also said that NAFBPO believes an “honest accounting of welfare and education costs a year from now will reveal that they have either diminished to a noticeable degree or that stable funds are able to better support and educate legal Oklahoma residents.” He said NAFBPO also predicts the state will see an improvement in public safety issues, from accidents involving uninsured motorists to gang crime.\

\ Immigrant rights groups have decried the legislation, saying it unnecessarily repeats federal law, dehumanizes people and panders to people with racial biases.\

\ But Mr. Lundgren said it was NAFBPO’s position that although real immigration reform is possible, “it doesn’t begin by legalizing millions of people who got here by evasion and trickery and deceit,” he said. “It begins by making it clear to illegal aliens from anywhere that they must go home — and most of them do still have homes and family abroad.\

\ “We don’t have to arrest them and deport them; they will go on their own once they understand that they are no longer welcome.” he said.\

\ Mr. Lundgren said immigration laws exist for demonstrable reasons, although the government has “ignored those reasons for decades and is now paying a price for it.” But, he said, a correction is underway, beginning with the states, and ultimately this is about “Americans making the decisions about whom we will allow to live among us.\

\ “We will not have the decisions forced down our throats by those who have broken our laws and those who profit by their presence,” he said.\

\ — Jerry Seper, national reporter, The Washington Times \