The other day I was reading about the various proposals for DACA legislation. The one thing that struck me was a proposal to cut legal immigration to compensate for the DACA impact. Thus, our legislators are intent on trading the interests of those who follow our laws for those who do not. We will sacrifice individuals with needed skills for a large number of individuals who do not have much in the way of skills. But worst of all, we are deciding that the rule of law is to be discarded because there is just too much illegality to deal with.
When Obama was president, he opened the borders and invited in “refugees” from all over the world. Individuals from south of the US border flooded in. California was particularly inviting in this regard, and now has the unique distinction of a huge and growing illegal population and a native-born middle-class citizenry fleeing in large numbers. The national situation, however, is much worse and Americans know it.
At President Trump’s rallies, the cry “Build the Wall” is constantly heard. This symbol of citizen frustration and anger really has a larger meaning – get immigration under control and protect the nation. “Build the Wall” supposedly shocks and dismays the Democrats, but not really. The Democrat Party, and far too many Republicans, favor the great new socialist world order of welfare, multiculturalism, open borders and the destruction of nations. By the way, a physical “wall” is the only visible symbol of immigration control. The rest is law and, as we well know with Obama, the law can be enforced or not by executive whim and regulatory gamesmanship.)
What is or should be the reward for immigration illegality? Some think full citizenship or modified legalization is appropriate. Admittedly, the DACA individuals are here whether we like it or not. There are also many other individuals who were invited here but ignore the laws to leave. There are many businesses owners who think that getting lower wage workers is a good deal even though higher welfare costs and higher taxes is the result. If a reward for immigration illegality is to be created, then an easier path to deportation should likewise be created. Fundamentally, there has to be a punishment to go along with any reward for illegality – and it should be severe.
As a nation, we ought to be able to control our borders and who comes and goes. We are in the process of giving up that control, and in doing so we are looking more and more like the Western European nations that are being invaded by millions of uneducated, unskilled, illiterate, and, all too often, violent people. Nations like France, Germany, Sweden and the UK are crumbling. I suggest that the USA not join them on their journey.
Either national citizenship matters or it doesn’t. As far as I am concerned, America, its Constitution and its rule of law does matter.