The massive influx of illegal aliens into the United States through the Rio Grande is another outstanding example of Barack Obama’s failure to lead. To say that illegals pouring over the Southern border has reached crisis proportions is to state the obvious rather late in the game. The problem is one of national security, and the person responsible for doing nothing for far too long occupies the White House. The uptick in violent crime and theft in regions of the United States where illegals are present can be attributed to this President’s refusal to protect the border. An act of terrorism pinned on one who entered the country from the Southern border is a real prospect rightfully feared by border state authorities.
Given the porous nature of the Southern border it does not require too much imagination to contemplate entry of terrorists through that border into the United States. Indeed, every day that passes with the border effectively open for illegal traffic is another in which the temptation to infiltrate the United States through that avenue becomes ever more attractive to terrorists.
The President has an irreducible duty to protect the United States from invasion, whether that is from troops, armed cartels or gangs, or illegal aliens. The threat of harm is real, the danger to the entire country should be apprehended, and every effort should be undertaken to close the border and act against the countries allowing (even condoning) the migration to the United States.
While the border cannot be sealed entirely, the federal government can certainly turn over to the states the opportunity to work with interested parties in each border state to build militias capable of policing the border, arresting illegal entrants, and assisting with their return to the border and release back to their countries of origin. This administration has created an environment of hostility between the federal border patrol and the state police. For example, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona, are treated like pariahs by this Administration when, instead, they should be encouraged to expand their efforts at protecting the security of Arizona from the deluge of illegal immigrants.
At the same time, we must recognize that our nation’s greatness is indeed predicated on maintaining an opportunity society in which those with skills and resources who wish to come to the United States to build their fortunes should be welcome, so long as they have a background free of crime and connections to terrorists. The present system for legal immigration is a disgrace, causing many hard working and able individuals with marketable skills and exceptional talent to be locked out of the country, while illegal aliens enter with ease.
No system to close the border will ever work without a change in immigration laws to enable those who can bless this country with their talents and resources are allowed to enter upon proof of law abiding backgrounds. Currently those who are honest and hard working without criminal backgrounds have enormous difficulty emigrating to the United States and, when they finally get approval to enter, oftentimes find staying extremely difficult.
Without a change in immigration law to replace the current system with a streamlined and efficient alternative, the pressure will only continue to mount for more people to enter the United States illegally rather than go through what may be perceived as a futile legal alternative. Just as making legal immigration difficult dissuades resort to the law, so too granting amnesty for those here illegally creates a perverse incentive for more illegal immigration. Consequently, we need to fix the system for legal immigration, demand resort to it, and refuse the grant of amnesty or special accommodations for those illegally here.
Undoubtedly, the great flow of children across the border creates special problems which demand particular sensitivity and care for those children, ascertaining whether they are appropriately classified as refugees from a hostile country, and determining whether they ought to be allowed asylum here. But for those coming here illegally to seek financial opportunity, and even for those children who can return without risk to their safety, we must send them home because to do otherwise will invite many many more (as indeed it is presently) which will bring down already taxed welfare systems and will increase unemployment and crime related to unemployment.
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