IMMIGRATION FOLLIES

I’m a conservative. I support President Trump’s courageous stance for a

border wall because I want to bring illegal immigration to a dead stop. But first, the current climate forces me to issue a disclaimer: I hate no one.

I don’t care if legal immigrants – I repeat, legal – are brown, black, yellow, blue or polka-dot, so long as they are loyal to the country, believe in its institutions and traditions and can support themselves. I love legal immigrants and I happen to be the son of legal immigrants. So why the disclaimer? Because if you give voice to the belief that we should have some control over who enters our country, name-calling will swiftly follow: you’ll be called a bigot, racist, xenophobe, or Nazi. The left has so successfully poisoned the well of public discourse that anything that differs from their orthodoxy – open borders, sanctuary cities and states – must be the product of a crazed white supremacist. I am no such thing.

I oppose illegal immigration because most illegals are low-skilled and quickly become a burden on US taxpayers. In addition, those who break the law to get here are more likely to commit crimes here. According to a GAO study, illegals in state and federal prisons cost us $1.6 billion annually. According to the US Department of Justice, in 2014, 33% of all Federal prison sentences were meted out to illegals, and illegals were responsible for 13% of all US crime. The FBI found that illegals committed 25,064 murders between 2003 and 2009.

The left always distorts the language to meet their ends, and immigration is a prime example. So let’s do some linguistic repair. There is no such thing as an illegal immigrant. An immigrant is someone who is here lawfully. Someone who is here illegally is an illegal alien. According to Merriam Webster’s definition, illegal means contrary to or forbidden by law, while alien is defined as someone belonging to a foreign country. There is no such thing as an undocumented immigrant. An immigrant without documentation is here unlawfully, and is therefore an illegal alien.

In 1986 the Simpson-Mazzoli bill gave a pathway to citizenship (amnesty) to 2.7 million illegals while promising an end to “illegal immigration.” But the enforcement never came. This is what conservatives fear: amnesty first with no enforcement. It’s long past time we got enforcement with a barrier to make it stick.

Canada has a merit-based immigration system. Proposed immigrants must score 67 of a possible 100 points to gain lawful admission to the country. Points are awarded based on education, job skills, language skills (proficiency in English and French), age, and having a job. If the applicant does not get 67 points they don’t get in. What happens to illegal border crossers in Canada? Liberal Member of Parliament and special adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Randy Boissonnault, said, “..our country has been built on, and will continue to be built on immigration…but if you cross the border illegally, you will be breaking the law. You will be apprehended. And after that, you will be in detention.” Canada, with their point system and strict border enforcement, doesn’t sound racist – it sounds like President Trump.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, most border crossers are now families and unaccompanied children. They do this to skirt our laws. They know they will be released into the country with a court date that most will never keep.

Speaker Pelosi says a real wall is immoral, but a virtual wall is not. A virtual wall will allow the Border Patrol to watch people break into our country, but won’t stop them. A solid barrier will.

President Trump and half the Republican party support building a border barrier to protect the American people. In 2006, Democrats were for it. The Secure Fences Act passed with large bipartisan majorities: 283 votes in the house and 80 in the Senate. Some of those Senators are still there: Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Ron Wyden, Debbie Stabenow and Sharrod Brown. Senator Schumer once said, “illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple.” Hillary Clinton, while running for President in 2015, said, “I voted numerous times when I was a Senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in…” She has now changed her stance. The first responsibility of any government is the protection of its citizens. In this, Democrats have failed, along with many

Republicans.

Democrats say they want border enforcement. But at the same time, we have 500 so-called sanctuary cities and three declared sanctuary states run by Democrats. Each of these stands in contravention to federal law, thereby giving refuge to law-breakers and encouraging more lawlessness. Meanwhile, not one Washington Democrat has stood up for the rule of law by publicly criticizing the so-called sanctuaries. How can we take these people seriously? The only way Democrats will agree to border security is if it is attached to an amnesty. And why is that? Ask yourself, who benefits? And the answer will emerge in sharp relief. They want voters and the power to control the country for generations.

Canada has a sensible immigration policy which is supported by most Canadians. They guard their borders. They enforce their immigration laws and they admit qualified applicants into their country. It sounds like Canadian leaders love their country and their citizens enough to protect them.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.