“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” – Ronald Reagan
My Great-Grandmother came to this country from her native Ireland fleeing the Great Potato Famine, and passed through Ellis Island. At no time was it considered to sneak into the United States like a thief in the night. People came to this country as a land of opportunity, a chance to start over. Coming in illegally was not the way to start a new life. This is the strength of the United States.
I take great insult to the Liberal’s implication that it is somehow the duty of the United States and its citizens to welcome people who cross our borders illegally, and that we should stop and examine our conscience. The Liberal viewpoint also implies that to do otherwise is discriminatory.
What is right and legal is for immigrants to follow the due process of our laws, for then we know (at least in principle) that these people intend to be law-abiding. It’s not discrimination, it’s self-preservation given the world today. The violence in Arizona and Texas from Mexican gangs crossing the border illegally should give one pause the practicality of having an open border.
The Liberals dream of a Utopia that cannot exist in this world or in any other physical world. It is not the fault of the immigrant that wants a better life for himself or his family. It is the fault of the country he lives in for being repressive and closed to opportunities to better his lot in life. The United States, realistically, cannot have unlimited immigration with open borders. It is not practical nor is it sustainable.
Which is why I have such a hard time with the various Senators wanting to address our “broken” immigration system. And yes, a “path to citizenship”, aka, amnesty, is on the agenda, and a bare mention of border security was made.
I understand fully the desire for people to better themselves, and to travel to places that offer them more opportunity. But I also understand respect for the law, and the immigrants that come to this country by sneaking across the border are not respecting our laws, our country, nor us. How does giving them a shot at citizenship while ignoring the laws of the land beneficial to this country? I have yet to hear of a logical, common-sense (!) explanation – all I hear are heartstrings and sob stories mixed with various platitudes.
As I see it, this issue is broken down into 3 parts – security of the border, people who enter illegally, and companies who employ those without citizenship or papers. Each of these issues must be dealt with independently of each other. This so-called “comprehensive legislation” with “triggers” being thrown around as a one-stop shopping solution is a bunch of weasel words designed to delay, obscure, confound, and otherwise mislead the citizenry from the issue of illegal immigration.
Here’s the kicker: There are already laws on the books that deal with these issues!! If our elected representatives would start worrying about this country instead of the next election & political power struggles, enforce the laws on the books by funding the appropriate agencies for manpower & equipment, there would be absolutely no need for new legislation. Illegals would be apprehended & deported, companies would be fined, and the border wouldn’t resemble Swiss cheese. And we, as citizens, would show our gratitude by voting to allow these wonderful representatives to keep their jobs.
The enforcement of these laws must be a priority of the Administration and the various law-enforcement agencies tasked with this job. And that direction starts from the Office of the President.
No President can knowingly or unknowingly violate or ignore the laws of this country. He is not king, nor does he write the laws. It is his Constitutional duty that he has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this country!! The current laws state that illegal immigrants are to be arrested & deported. By directing the law enforcement agencies of this country to ignore the laws of this country is illegal and potentially treasonous.
Our government is broken. We, the People, have allowed this to happen by our inattentiveness and the assertion that “government is here to help.” It may be too late to right the ship with the political parties in charge, but We The People must hold our elected leaders accountable no matter what political party is in power. Otherwise, this nonsense will continue, and ruin this country to the point that it cannot be fixed.