One reason why I, a Democrat of 37 years turned Indy, wholeheartedly support the election of Anna Little in CD6 is that she recognizes the gravity of illegal immigration, whereas Frank Pallone has nary a clue, exhibited by his votes for awarding Social Security benefits to illegals and funds to sanctuary cities and against the border fence and reporting illegals who receive hospital treatment.

For those lacking the common sense to recognize the problem, I suggest a trip to the Tucson corridor. In the year that I lived there before returning home in February, I saw the situation escalate from bad to worse, and it’s moving rapidly on its way to the negative superlative. Think I’m exaggerating? Consider this: in a WaPo article on 5/29, Nogales, AZ, police chief Jeff Kirkham said that his officers weren’t seeing a spillover of violence from the Mexican side. Weeks later, on 6/23, the Arizona Sentinel said Kirkham had received death threats from the cartels after two off-duty cops seized 400 pounds of pot. "The warning,” he said, “was ... that the officers, if they are off duty, are to look the other way and ignore any drug trafficking loads that are coming across the border, otherwise they will be targeted."

Most Jerseyans don’t know that Mexican cartels already LITERALLY control parts of the Tucson corridor, along a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 8. The BLM has posted warning signs that read, “DANGER - PUBLIC WARNING, TRAVEL NOT RECOMMENDED, Visitors May Encounter Armed Criminals and Smuggling Vehicles Traveling at High Rates of Speed." Congress has expanded its powers beyond the bounds of the Constitution yet fails to perform the duty set forth therein to address such a situation, namely, “[t]o provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.” If you consider the deployment of 30 National Guardsmen to Arizona to “observe and report” a means of repelling invasion, you are deluded. That Obama and his staunch supporter, Frank Pallone, would allow foreign invaders to operate with impunity on American soil is a crime against the Republic that they are sworn to protect.

Returning to the area after three years away, I’ve noticed the marked increase in illegals, and with it the fact that my friends in the construction trades sit idle while “the work no Americans want to do” is done by unskilled illegals employed by local companies (whose owners should be fined and jailed). And the $2.1 billion NJ spends on benefits for illegals hurts citizens who are dependent through no fault of their own (the physically and developmentally disabled and veterans). Nonetheless, from your cloistered elitist perch, you will deem me an alarmist (or worse) when I say that if we continue to elect representatives who give support and succor to illegal invaders while arrogantly thumbing their noses at law-abiding citizens and residents, we will one day make our way to the beach and other public county lands only to find similar signs warning us away. Many Arizonans scoffed at such a scenario, but they are not laughing now.

You can vote for Anna Little, who will support the Border Fence Act and E-verify and work for reforms to prohibit illegals from receiving benefits meant for our most vulnerable citizens, or you can reinstall Frank Pallone and repent at restricted leisure when our illegal alien situation mirrors that of Arizona. We’re getting closer every day.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

J. D. Barbato

Bradley Beach