The Problem with Illegal Immigration
The U.S. has a serious illegal immigration problem. To be clear, the problem is not with immigration but with the proliferation of illegal immigration. An estimated 11 million people or so…are living and working in the U.S. “without papers” – i.e. illegally.
Glib soundbites and euphemisms aside, the terminology used by illegal immigration advocates like “undocumented” does not mean that a legal document was misplaced or that someone who snuck into the country was the victim of an administrative snafu. These phrases are intentional, manipulative and deceitful labels used by those who advocate for unfettered borders to disguise the real issue of millions of criminal immigrants living inside the U.S. The growing number coupled with their anonymity elevates this issue to national security problem number two – right behind Iran and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Illegal immigration is just that - against the law. Creative branding does not change the facts. Drug dealers are not unlicensed pharmacists. No, I am not saying that illegal immigrants are drug dealers. In fact, the debate should not be at all about the number of illegal immigrants who are hard-working and honest, as compared to the number of illegal immigrants who commit additional crimes after entering the country illegally. Credibility requires that the rule of law not be politically cherry picked. It needs to be enforced and applied fairly. It should not be politicized as if crossing the border illegally was the only option for oppressed immigrants attempting a better life.
Human beings from other countries should be afforded opportunities to seek a better life in America. However, a legal process exists to ensure order and protect the USA from committing sovereign suicide. There is nothing intrinsically immoral about entering the country illegally, but there is something very wrong with the proposition of choosing the welfare of lawbreakers over the rule of law and ignoring the sovereign will of the citizenry.
Notwithstanding, if a majority of citizens want to scrap the current legal immigration process and opt for open borders because they think the restrictions are onerous and unnecessary then we should change the laws. Marijuana used to be illegal in all 50 states - - it’s now legal in 20 states. Regardless of individual opinions regarding marijuana, the outcome was accomplished by rescinding the laws that used to make marijuana use illegal. If U.S. citizens and elected leaders desire open borders then it should be an intentional decision by the sovereign as opposed to willful ignorance of the law justified bypolitically motivated, ethically dubious decisions, shrouded in prosecutorial discretion.
Until then, the rhetoric labeling anyone opposed to unfettered illegal immigration as racist needs to be dialed back. It’s a fact - not racist - to defend the proposition that illegal immigrants are breaking the law by entering the country. And it’s a fact that illegal immigration has the potential to be a legitimate law enforcement and national security nightmare. It’s also a fact that we will be thwarted from a meaningful solution until the facts are acknowledged and real words (not euphemisms) are used to describe the potential threat to our nation.
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