The subject of immigration has once again reared its ugly head and stirred up emotions; particularly in response to some of the statements made by one Donald Trump. While Trump might have been more tactful in some of the things he said, he is fundamentally correct in most of what he says when it comes to immigration.
It seems every couple of years we are subjected to calls for ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ in the hopes of fixing our broken system. I find that to be insanely funny; calling our system broken that is. If you buy a vacuum cleaner to keep your house clean and you never take it out of the box, or keep it hidden away in the closet, are you going to say your vacuum is broken and go out and buy a Shark or a Dyson simply because your house is still dirty; when you’ve never used the vacuum you have in the first place?
Why not; that’s exactly what you’re saying about immigration reform? We have laws in place to deal with immigration, yet those in positions of authority lack the intestinal fortitude to enforce them. Whether it is because they fear offending large voting blocks of certain ethnic backgrounds or if it is because they feel sympathetic to their desire to come to this country by any means possible, is irrelevant; they are violating their oaths of office by not seeing that all laws are duly enforced.
If you were starving to death because you had lost your job and could not afford to buy food, would that justify you breaking into your neighbors house and stealing it? Why should the poor conditions in another country justify anyone from covertly entering this country to seek a better life? There are procedures to follow, and if you do not follow them your act becomes criminal; it matters not if you have established a family here. A judge certainly would not show a mass murderer any sympathy just because he had a family as well. Why should whether or not a person has established a family make any difference whether or not we choose to punish a person for their crime?
Our Constitution grants Congress the authority to enact laws regarding Naturalization, which must also include laws regarding immigration to this country. After all, you can’t naturalize people if they don’t emigrate here first. It is the job of the president to ensure that all laws passed by Congress, and signed by a sitting president, are duly enforced. Since Ronald Reagan signed into the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, or IRCA as it is also known, we have had laws that have been stuck in the closet not being enforced. People say our system is broken when the truth is our will to enforce it is what is broken.
Immigration law, as it stands now, makes it a crime to knowingly hire an illegal alien; to harbor or transport illegal aliens, and to be an illegal alien residing in America. Are these laws enforced? Hell no, at least not with any regularity. In fact we have a Border Patrol whose job it is to secure our borders which has been told to document and report what they see, but make no effort to arrest, or turn back anyone they find entering the US illegally. What kind of nonsense is that? If you were in a war and you saw the enemy advancing do you think that you would just write down what you saw and let them pass by, or would you engage them? Telling our Border Patrol to turn the other cheek, so to speak, is leaving our door wide open for anyone to come in.
Regardless of what people think, America does not owe anyone the privilege of entry into this country; and it is that, a privilege. Those who have been granted entry should be grateful and not protest when any talk of enforcing existing immigration law comes up.
How times have changed, huh? Can you imagine a president, past or present, saying the following, “From the melting pot of life in this free land all men and woman of all nations who come hither emerge as Americans and nothing else. They must have renounced completely and without reserve all allegiance to the land from which they or their forefathers came. And it is a binding duty on every citizen of this country in every important crisis to act solidly with all his fellow Americans, having regard only to the honor and interest of America, treating every other nation purely on its conduct in that crisis, without reference to his ancestral predilections or antipathies. If he does not act, he is false to the teachings and lives of Washington and Lincoln; he is not entitled to any part or lot in our country and he should be sent out of it.” That simply would not fly in today’s politically correct, multicultural world, yet it is exactly what Theodore Roosevelt said in 1917.
I have nothing against immigrants; hell I married an immigrant. My wife is originally from the Philippines and we got her visa and she came here legally, later becoming a naturalized American. She wants to bring her family here, but does not speak about hiding them in a shipping container or flying them into Mexico so they can sneak across our border at night. We filled out the proper paperwork, paid the fees, and have waited…patiently for over 10 years for the State Department to grant her family members visas. That is how it is done, any other way is not deserving of the privileges and opportunities this country provides.
I do not single out any ethnic group when I speak about illegal, or legal immigration for that matter. I only seek to see those who love what America stands for and truly want to become Americans through and through allowed to come to this country. If you cannot say that is why you want to come to this country then we don’t need you here. If you come here to suckle off the teat of America; signing up for all these programs to aid those in need, as soon as you enter the country you are not true to the principles which established this great country…you are a parasite, a leech sucking on the lifeblood of America and should be removed from it.
When I filled out the paperwork for my wife’s family members I had to sign an affidavit of support saying I would accept responsibility for providing for the needs of her family members; that they would not become burdens upon society. Why should it be any different for any immigrant; legal or illegal? If you come here, come here with the means to support yourself or don’t come here at all.
Of all the immigrants who came to the US in previous ages, passing through Ellis Island, there was no welfare office awaiting them to hand out food stamps and welfare checks; they came here with the clothes on their backs and the drive to make it on their own. Yes, some turned to the shadier side of things such as organized crime, but most worked hard to scratch out a living for themselves and their families. Not today, you go into the welfare office and it sounds like you are in a meeting of the United Nations with all the foreign languages being spoken.
While I do not single out any specific ethnicity in regards to immigration, why is it that the loudest group in opposition to any kind of real enforcement of existing immigration law tends to be Hispanic in origin? Groups like La Raza and MEChA are the loudest and most outspoken of those who cry out that our existing immigration laws are biased, and anyone who speaks of enforcing them is racist.
Yet what does Mexico itself say about immigration into Mexico? Well for starters Mexico’s immigration law declares that anyone entering Mexico must have the means to support themselves and not become a burden upon society. It also declares that immigrants must be of good character and have no criminal records. It also states that anyone immigrating to Mexico must contribute to the general well-being of the nation. That means that no one without any specific skill set needed by society shall be allowed entry into Mexico.
And that’s just for starters. Mexican Immigration law makes it a crime to assist in bringing people into the country illegally and for interfering in the internal politics of Mexico. In short, no protesting against the Mexican government by immigrants is allowed. Wow, maybe we should adopt Mexico’s immigration policy!
But it is not just Mexicans, or Hispanics in general that I wish to talk about. This belief that America should open its doors to the people of the world, regardless of their views and political beliefs, is insane. That is nowhere more evident than when it comes to allowing hundreds of thousands of Muslim immigrants to enter the US every year.
Depending upon which source you check anywhere from 100,000 to 250,000 Muslims enter the US every year, and have been doing so since the election of Barack Obama. I’ll bet you didn’t know that Obama once said that “Islam has always been part of America.” I think he should have qualified that by saying American History, as Islamic pirates have always been part of our history. I guess Obama misunderstood Jefferson’s war with the Barbary Pirates.
It is just my opinion here, but I believe Islam and American values to be incompatible and cannot exist peacefully side by side; eventually there will be conflicts; violent conflicts. This is made worse when our foreign policy dictates that we go into their home countries and let war devastate them, then allow the refugees to come to America and live. It’s absolutely insane to believe that they do not harbor some deep seated resentment towards America and will not plot to exact some sort of revenge against us.
Our immigration policy should be one that allows entry to those who love what America stands for and seek to participate in our society as Americans only; renouncing all allegiance to their native land. As it stands now we have become a refugee camp for all the downtrodden of the world.
You can call me racist if you want. But if placing my countries interests above all else, if saying only those who love the principles of freedom and liberty should be allowed to enter the US, then racist is a name I will proudly bear. If saying that immigrants to this country should not be entitled to benefits until they have worked for at least 10 years; thereby not becoming burdens upon society makes me racist, then it is a badge I will wear with pride.
As one who has travelled pretty extensively to other parts of the world I can tell you one thing; immigrants to this country ought to get down on their knees and kiss the ground for all this country has to offer them; not seek to change America into another version of the country they fled from. Go to Kuwait or any of the other countries in the Middle East and see how they treat immigrants, especially migrant workers, in their country. I heard horror stories from some of the TCN’s, (Third Country Nationals), living in Kuwait regarding rapes, beatings, and even the killing of employees who made their employers mad. This is all on top of the fact that upon entering these contracts for employment these workers are required to surrender their passports and are unable to flee when crimes are committed against them.
I grow weary of all these protesters who cry out every time someone speaks about actually enforcing our immigration law. If these protesters really wanted to make a difference why don’t they protest conditions in the native lands of these immigrants which forced them to flee to America in the first place? Why don’t they try to lift up these countries so that all their citizens enjoy the same standard of living we do, instead of trying to drag us down to their level?
I’m sorry if this has offended anyone but this is America and if you come to this country then you had best think of America’s interests first, not the interest of the people in the country you fled from to come here. If you can’t do that, then maybe you do not belong here.
And that’s all I have to say about that.