I find it curious that news outlets across the country portrayed this weeks illegal immigrant boycott as a pro-active political movement to support immigration. When in fact it was just the opposite, it was an organized slap-in-the-face of our immigration laws. The message to the American people was not one of solidarity; it was a message of defiance and disrespect. It was a blatant attempt to extort amnesty.

What was equally as appalling as the failed extortion attempt was the effort by American organizations to register illegal immigrants to vote. You must be a citizen of the United States to have a say in how our laws are made and how our country operates. Many of the protestors carried signs saying, protest today, vote tomorrow. I encourage every American to exercise their right to vote, but you must be an American first. It is a privilege of citizenship, a right and duty bestowed upon each and every citizen of our country that it is not be taken for granted or abused.

On the heels of Mondays boycott, the Mexican government announced their support of legalizing hard drugs, such as heroine and cocaine. It would be nave to think that this is going to do anything to lessen the violence and murder at he hands of the drug cartels. The violence along the Texas-Mexico Border is at a breaking point as we speak, the thugs running dope are becoming more brazen everyday. The Mexican government has made no attempt to address the violence and appears has given into the drug lords that will soon rule their country.

This is just one more reason it is time the United States take back the border. We have wasted so much time and energy focusing on the plight of the poor illegal immigrant that we are losing sight of the real dangers lurking along the Rio Grande. It is time the bureaucrats stop pontificating on what should be done and take innovative steps to securing the border now. It is obvious that what we have done in the past has not slowed the tide of people entering our country illegally. By not enforcing our laws we have empowered the drug dealers and terrorists around the world.

Mexicos decision to legalize dangerous drugs will only put more money and power into the hands of the enemy. Terrorist operations around the world are well funded and have no moral boundaries as to where they filter their money as long as it facilitates their radical agenda. The legalization of drugs in Mexico makes the Texas-Mexico border prime breeding ground. Drug dealers work with human smugglers and with the encouragement of drug use in their country, more illegals with drug addiction will enter the US continuing to make their problem, our problem.

We can not sit idly by and let Texas be overruled by illegal inhabitants and a corrupt foreign country. I have personally invited President George W. Bush to come to Texas and meet with the Texas Border Sheriffs Association so that he can hear first hand the serious consequences we are facing. I have an open-ended invitation to my northeastern colleagues in Congress to visit the border with me as well; so far I have not had any takers.

Our own history shows us amnesty does not stop illegal entry and only rewards illegal conduct to people who disrespect American law. Lawlessness only breeds more lawlessness. You must be proud to be an American and pledge allegiance to her and her only. We have only but one flag in this country and only one National Anthem. That is just the way it is.