According to The Daily News, Bowling Green, Kentucky: on borders
It’s no secret our southern border is in chaos with all of the illegal immigrants coming into this country and not nearly enough is being done about it.
President Barack Obama has done nothing but turn a blind eye to the situation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said with a straight face that our southern border is secure. The only person who has shown any type of leadership on the issue is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has sent 1,000 National Guard troops to the border.
Individuals are subject to arrest, prosecution and jail time when they commit crimes while being in our country illegally.
Some serve their time before they’re deported and pay a minimal fine. Others just vanish into the population only to defy our laws once again.
Once these lawbreakers serve time, they cause a major problem by coming back - illegally - again. Some commit violent crimes when they return.
The latest such example involves the murder of a U.S. border agent in Texas. Two illegal immigrants, Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40, are charged with the first-degree murder of border patrol agent Javier Vega Jr.
They have confessed to killing Vega, who was off duty when he was murdered by these two thugs.
The fact Vega was murdered by these men is a tragedy, but the fact they showed no mercy in killing him in front of his family shows what ruthless, uncaring people they are.
They wouldn’t have been here to kill Vega if this country had secure borders as Reid attests.
What is so outrageous about this case, besides the murder of a U.S. citizen, is the fact that they both men have extensive records of being deported and again illegally entering our country.
Tijerina has been jailed and deported on four separate occasions dating back to 2007 prior to this murder. The first three times he was in jail, he paid a $10 fine for breaking our laws. On Dec. 15, 2009, Tijerina was indicted by a grand jury on charges of entering the U.S. illegally yet again by crossing the Rio Grande River.
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Hernandez had been deported twice.
It is quite clear these two men have no respect for our laws or human life. Those who respect our laws and want to come to this country to reside don’t tunnel their way in, jump fences or use whatever means they can. They go through the proper legal channels to enter our country.
The U.S. public still hasn’t received adequate answers on that tragedy from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Obama, Holder and Reid obviously don’t care what is occurring on our southern border. Their inaction is proof of that.
According to The Daily News, Wahpeton: the second busiest shopping season
Many parents are using the next week or two to purchase back to school supplies for their children.
In this day of technology, shopping for supplies isn’t as cheap as it once was. In fact, according to the National Retail Foundation, consumers are expected to spend about $74.9 billion this year to send their children and college students back to school, which is a collective 12 percent more than last year.
What is the most expensive time of year for shoppers? Christmas.
Do you know what is next? Yes. Back to school shopping.
As school budgets become tighter, the cost has shifted from classroom onto families. Smart parents can save money without skimping on necessary supplies for their child.
Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, a national nonprofit credit counseling and debt management agency, offers some tips for cutting costs on back-to-school shopping.
Supply lists often call for scissors, rulers, pencils and other items people already have at home. Parents need to take stock by using what they have instead of buying new supplies.
Stick to the list. Teachers’ supply lists have become more extensive and expensive, so Sullivan encourages parents to stick to the list and avoid impulse shopping.
He suggest parents comparison shop, clip coupons, wait until after Labor Day to reap savings, shop or swap secondhand stores for clothes, shop tax-free and include children in their budget for clothing and school supplies. If given a choice, most children will choose to stretch their dollars with sensible purchases instead of blowing the budget on pricey items.