The U.S. Senate recently passed immigration “reform,” or what many rightfully call “amnesty.” The Senate apparently was willing to legalize these immigrants, allowing them to remain in the United States with a promise to strengthen border security at a later date. What the House will do and the final outcome is yet to be seen.
The United States needs immigrants. What we no longer need are borders that are nothing more than lines on a map that are open for crossing by persons unknown.
To illustrate how absurd these “reform” discussions are, imagine that you’ve just returned to the United States from a trip abroad and you’re standing in line, passport in hand. Now imagine what would happen if you decided to forgo coming face-to-face with Border Patrol or the Transportation Security Administration. You look for a way to circumvent this security to re-enter the country, and in the process you are caught. What would you expect to happen?
Here you are, an American citizen with every right to return home and you find yourself imprisoned and awaiting trial for your illegal efforts. And you do not find this unexpected.
Why, then, does anyone believe it OK for an unknown foreigner to do the same? Yes, they may be coming here for the good of their family or noble reasons. Then again, they may be drug runners or terrorists. We don’t know. Why would anyone just throw up their hands and say, “We don’t know who you are, but here are your papers. Have a nice day”?
You hear commentators say, “Well, you’re not going to deport 11 million people.” This is the view of progressives and many conservatives. The question, however, is: Why not? Let’s enforce the laws we already have.
No, we’re not going to empty the country of 11 million people overnight, but we can start. It will take years and no, we will never catch them all, but we can do what every sovereign nation has a right to.
The recently passed Senate bill called for doubling the number of Border Patrol agents to nearly 40,000. Perhaps we should only increase the number of agents slightly and procure buses instead.
What about the children of illegal immigrants? The Supreme Court has found that children born on U.S. soil are U.S. citizens; therefore, they can stay. We should deport the illegal immigrants and allow them to decide whether to take their children with them.
Doing this will surely discourage others from illegally crossing our borders. It also will make room for the millions of people who wish to immigrate here legally, and who wish to assimilate beneficially to the country.
And on that note, perhaps we should use a little more care with whom we allow to immigrate here legally.
The Obama administration recently said it will allow 9,000 Syrian refugees into the United States because of the unrest there. Hopefully, each one will be carefully scrutinized to ensure we don’t find ourselves locking down another major U.S. city as we search for more “infidel-hating” welfare recipients who have brought harm to us.