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For well over 35 years, I lived and breathed horses and spent much of my time traveling many miles to study with a variety of trainers from Seattle to San Diego and studying every secondary road that had a barn on it.  When you drove to the barns in Southern California, you would see these huge appliance boxes in the arroyos where immigrants lived with no water, no sanitation facilities, no way to get food unless they walked at least 5 miles to get it.  That is how most of those immigrants lived, and they were likely illegal.

On a national level, according to  Federation for American Immigration Reform, An estimated 17,000 to 19,000 foreign nationals are trafficked into this country annually and are exploited for purposes of commercial sex, including prostitution, stripping, pornography live-sex shows and other acts, in addition to labor exploitation, including domestic servitude, sweatshop factories, agricultural work and more. After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today.’

When you speak of sanctuary cities, THIS kind of violation and debasement is what you support.  It is the very thing refugees flee when they seek asylum in this country,  and I do not want to be involuntarily forced to support such abuse by those ignoring our immigration laws.  It is worse than exploitation…it is depravity at its worst,  and it is wrong. 

We need immigrants; an influx of legal tax paying immigrants will boost our social security and Medicare programs. More importantly, however, we also need all immigrants to follow our immigration laws and learn our language so their integration into our country teaches them what is legal and fair along with all the other concerns like health and safety….  Mandarin Chinese was not the first language spoken in 911 evacuation instructions and THAT was the difference between life and death in many cases.

We need to focus on the common sense in our immigration policies, cease arguing about walls, and stop declaring sanctuary cities and states.  We need to respect the rule of law because we expect our immigrants, both legal AND illegal, to respect it.  We need to enforce our immigration laws because it is the right thing to do for ALL parties.   

No matter who you are or what you intend to do,
you should NOT exceed the boundaries of the rule of law.
Li Keqiang

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