What makes a diamond so valuable?
Must be the beauty and the sparkle.
A jeweler friend of mine posed a question: If I laid out 99 diamonds on a black velvet cloth along with one single cubic zirconia and gave you a jeweler’s glass, giving you one minute to find that lonely cubic zirconia, how would you go about finding it?
The trick is looking for the most brilliant stone among the degrees of semi-cloudy diamonds and there will be your CZ.
But wait, diamonds are valuable because they are rare, right?
Over 133 million carats are mined annually and are moved around using huge front-end loaders. Restricting the supply side release of diamonds on the market preserves value along with a driving force pushing the demand side, derived by advertisement aimed directly at the consumer…your honey pie, sweet cheeks, momma can’t do without that bling, bling, ya know, ya know.
Remember the slogans: Diamonds are forever (so are the payments), Give her what she’s waiting for – a symbol for forever, Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, Every kiss begins with Kay, Getting rid of headaches since 1888 (my favorite).
Illegal immigration runs a direct parallel with the value of diamonds. Legitimate American citizenry is valuable to obtain, but because of immigration caps, only a fraction of those wishing better lives, jobs, safety and hope will become legitimate citizens while waiting between 3-5 years. Violating our immigration laws makes you a CZ immigrant; an imitation synthetic stone among the other authentic diamonds (naturalized citizens) and leaves you subject to always being found out to be a fraud and deported.
My wife and I vacationed in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. I asked a Dominican border agent there if there was a wall, fence with razor wire, or armed guards. He said the border is a dirt road. We don’t go over there and they don’t come over here, despite their horrible economic condition. It’s all a matter of respect and fear of the unknown.
In retrospect, I no longer believe building a wall at the border is the most effective deterrent to massive illegal immigration. A wall would scar the landscape and forever interfere with Mexican-American friendships that are over 300 years old.
But what I do agree with is aggressive detention camps for those we “catch” to be “released” into a tent city to wait for their immigration proceedings to be adjudicated instead of being released into the United States never to return to court as has been the case for over 90 percent of those awaiting a court date.
Once the word gets back home that the average wait in the camp is about three years, A.) they will go back home, and B.) tell all their countrymen unless they like being confined to an area with the aroma of port-a-johns while slurping rice and beans around a campfire for three years, it be best to follow the rules, apply at points of entry, go back home and wait to be contacted.
As far as those 22 million or so illegal immigrants that are living a “catch-me-if-you-can” lifestyle, I think any subsequent or incidental contact with law enforcement could and should result in deportation until our laws are adhered to and above all, respected.
I spent 26 years with the police department practicing a simple mathematical equation: Fear or respect = compliance. The job has to get done and I don’t have to make friends of everyone to do it.
The Precinct Press is authored by W.J. Butcher, a retired 26-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department. Send comments, kudos, and criticism to: firstname.lastname@example.org