Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Is Illegal Immigration the Issue for 2016?
"The Donald", as you may know, has proposed completing a wall or other barrier to prevent individuals from sneaking across in violation of US and international laws respecting secure and safe borders. At the same time, he has suggested what most Americans have been saying for years; namely that if you want to come to America, great. This country can been a place of unique opportunities, however, don't make your first act criminal. Go through established channels and do it the right way. That way you don't have to be looking over your shoulder all the time. You don't have to be worried about be deported and losing your job, your home, and whatever else you've acquired. Most of all, if you do it the right way, you don't have to worry about be separated from your family (and all this garbage about how "unfair" it is to "breakup" families isn't the fault of heartless laws or officials. It's squarely the fault and responsibility of those who willingly chose to break the laws. It's like complaining that the court system breaks up families because someone robbed a store, got caught, and sent to jail).
The Obama Regime has done its lowdown best to undermine existing laws regarding illegal immigration up to the point of suing the
Other states have begun allowing illegal residents to obtain a driver's license (offering the tests in their native language instead of English), while a number of cities are refusing to enforce existing laws regarding the presence of illegals. Individuals and organizations (including a few religious institutions) have openly defied federal and state laws by assisting these individuals with housing, employment, and instructing them on how to bypass the legal system when it comes to obtaining social services---all paid for by taxpayers. Illegal immigrants may now enroll their children in public schools while receiving free textbooks, meals, shots and basic medical care, and language assistance translators (without the requirement that they learn English, which can be refused by their parents). Recently, a new campaign has been started to play down the need to learn English; citing it as a tool to breakup families and an attack on their culture. Boloney. The overwhelming majority of people came to this county with different traditions, religions, and speaking a different language. The difference is that they wanted to be Americans, and so they took the time to learn the language and adopt the traditions of this nation, and in doing so, added their traditions to the "melting pot" that made this nation prosper. Yes, many spoke their native languages at home or in church, and yet they yearned to show off their new skills in speaking "American". The only different is that many---perhaps the majority---don't want to become citizens. They want to created miniature imitation of their homeland here. They don't invest in the American Dream, but instead send their money back home, often for honorable reasons---to support their families because of the economic failures their homelands have become (in some cases it's so bad, that their own governments encourage their citizens to leave because they have failed their People as a nation).
For the few who are able to evade the system for the time being, there is the constant fear of being caught and losing everything. Meanwhile, US Taxpayers end up footing the bill (as usual) to the tune of approximately $113 billion dollars every year; enough to house and feed nearly everyone of US citizens currently in need, not to mention provide medical care. So what do we do?
Trump's idea of building a wall is popular, though I'm not sure how practical. Putting US troops or National Guard on the border would certainly boost our presence, but what authority would they have? The US Border Patrol has already had minor clashes with the Mexican military escorting bands of illegals into the US and have been told to stand down and not engage (numerous local ranchers have been shot at and occasionally strafed by Mexican Police helicopters as cover fire for illegals crossing over). Whenever a border guard or ICE agent attempts to do their job, they're reprimanded (and more than a few have been killed, sometimes by the very weapons sold to the drug cartels by Attorney General Holder's botched and illegal "Fast and Furious" gun deal).
I think we do need to increase our presence along the border and US territorial waters. Military and Law Enforcement should intercept and aggressively deter any attempt to enter the US illegally. Any attempt at armed resistance should be met with armed force. No more putting our military and law enforcement officers in harm's way without adequate recourse. We must severely penalize all businesses, individuals, and non-profits (including churches) for their role in hiding, aiding, or employing illegals. Illegal immigration will continue to be a growing problem until we stop the demand. When the cost becomes too high, the demand will stop and employers will turn to Americans once again. Non-profits and churches are not above the law. They should be as strictly fined and lose their tax exempt status for multiple violations.
Meanwhile, instead of returning these individuals to the border where they can simply cross right over, I propose transporting them to the nearest consulate of their native origin. There's no sense for taxpayers paying to have them flown back home or having to
To many of these countries not only openly encourage and in some cases, aid these individuals, they claim that while they may enforce their national borders---often severely---the US has no such legal right to secure its borders in the same fashion. Finally, these same nations must do more to change their societies and economic systems in order to encourage their citizens to stay and become more prosperous instead of trying to push their problems on to someone else. That's not leadership. It's cowardice. Something that Americans experience firsthand from Washington.
The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers (2013)
Illegal Alien Crime Accounts for over 30% in Many States